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Hi All,

Been a member of this forum for a while, but did more reading than posting.
I started my basement home theater build in October of 2008 and finished it approx. two years later, building it during my days off. I had help from a friend who had carpentry skills and who assisted me in the framing, sheet rock hanging, ceiling grid construction and flooring.
I had a retired electrician install another circuit to be sure I had enough "juice."
My total build cost was just under $5000.
My signature will tell you what I have for my home theater equipment.
I'm always looking for ways to tweak it a bit in both appearance and audio/video presentation.
I'm attaching before and after pics of the same area of my theater.
Feel free to critique or ask questions.
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Here are some construction pictures of my home theater. It took a while to complete, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
All of the shots are basically of the same area of theater, as work progressed.
Notice as how the pictures advance, the basement junk disappears
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A full remodel for what appears to be just 3.1? Or are you hiding surrounds somewhere?

Ultimately it's all about comfort and personal taste. I remember reading a thread where one man was content without a subwoofer, but several members spent many posts trying to convince him of the benefits of having at least 1, yet he was perfectly pleased. So please don't take my comment as a judgement. Just curiosity!
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Jaurhead...
I appreciate your input. It is actually a 5.1 set up.
I should post better pictures of my surround set up. If you check out my signature, you'll see what I'm using for speakers.
While not state of the art or high end, these speakers (all over 20 years old) do a great job and impress all who come over to view. I will replace them some day, but I'm honestly not in a rush...they sound that good.
Tell me about your set up.

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I have 4 or 5 sets of Minimus 7s, great little speakers. $10 a pair at the thrifts I can never resist.

I love this HD stuff!
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The Minimus 7s are great little speakers. Those who've never heard them, don't know what they are missing.
While there are definitely better speakers out there, value to dollar, you can't go wrong with these. They are a small package with a big surprise.

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Nice project, congrats on completing it.

I personally however would not call this a theater/cinema room. It's more of an entertainment room, or a second downstairs living room with a TV in it. Theater room would have a much larger TV or Projector, theater seating, sound treatment, etc.

One thing I'd do is move those DVDs to a different wall. It would detract my eye from the TV, giving me less of an immersive feel.

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Nice project, congrats on completing it.

I personally however would not call this a theater/cinema room. It's more of an entertainment room, or a second downstairs living room with a TV in it. Theater room would have a much larger TV or Projector, theater seating, sound treatment, etc.
One thing I'd do is move those DVDs to a different wall. It would detract my eye from the TV, giving me less of an immersive feel.
After I posted my build to the dedicated theater forum, I realized it belongs more in the generalized home theater forum.
As for it not being a cinema room. While it doesn't have a big screen, a projector...yet, theater seating and sound treatment...it's also not a room where people would just hang out to chat as you would in a living room. As for the seating, I seriously considered and had the opportunity at one time, to purchase six first class airline seats from a Pan Am 707 that was being scrapped in Arizona. Beautiful, unique and comfortable seats, but unfortunately that plan didn't come to fruition. The seller didn't want the hassle of shipping them.
My room was built solely for watching movies, HDTV, and occasional music listening. I also have it set up to receive C and Ku satellite reception from my big dish outside. So maybe it could be considered more of an entertainment room as you said. I guess I could consider the title for my room (Cape Cod Cinema) my ultimate plan for the room.
Funny you should mention those racks on either side of my TV. I've thought about moving them several times, to another area. Just have to find an appropriate place. I could also just drape a dark material over the front of them making them look more like speaker stands. BTW...there are CDs in those racks not DVDs.
Thanks for the input...always welcome.

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The Minimus 7s are great little speakers. Those who've never heard them, don't know what they are missing.
While there are definitely better speakers out there, value to dollar, you can't go wrong with these. They are a small package with a big surprise.
Many, many (MANY) years ago, I worked at Radio Shack, which was the original seller of the Minimus 7s. Despite the fact that at the time you could get much better consumer electronics from competitors at a lower price, the Minimus series were always something that stood out in their field - superb quality and sound for a value price. And always topping consumer lists. I sold tons of them. I had no idea they still made them until recently - It was at least 25 years ago when I was working there.
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I had no idea they still made them until recently - It was at least 25 years ago when I was working there.
I think they finally stopped making/selling them around 2005, but by then they weren't the same speaker and were being sold under the RCA badge.

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