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Home Theater of the Month: Contrast Theater

Jesse Dykema's home theater – Contrast Theater – is so impressive that his parents ended up buying their own A/V setups. However, creating his own impressive home theater wasn't that easy. Dykema, also known as @soundguy1989 on AVS Forum, lives in Tucson, AZ and said demoing high-end A/V equipment within a drivable distance of his house presented a challenge.

Click here to read about the Contrast Theater, AVS Forum's December 2019 Home Theater of the Month.


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This is an interesting build. Is there a build thread with more photos and how things were done?

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Interesting choice for the screen. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am not seeing SVS SB16 subs in the pictures. They look like ported subs from another brand. Hard to tell. If using an AT screen, I'm assuming the mains are somewhere behind the screen mounted on the wall. Is this also where the wides are since it was designed to a DOLBY layout? How are movies in 1.87 handled on the 2.39 screen? I don't see a video scaler on the equipment list. More pictures would have been helpful in telling this story. I'm sure he is very excited and happy with the end result.
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Interesting choice for the screen. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am not seeing SVS SB16 subs in the pictures. They look like ported subs from another brand. Hard to tell. If using an AT screen, I'm assuming the mains are somewhere behind the screen mounted on the wall. Is this also where the wides are since it was designed to a DOLBY layout? How are movies in 1.87 handled on the 2.39 screen? I don't see a video scaler on the equipment list. More pictures would have been helpful in telling this story. I'm sure he is very excited and happy with the end result.
It was mentioned in an email that the subwoofers are a recent upgrade, the photos were provided prior to that. Sorry for any confusion that may cause. The previous subs were 4X HSU Research VTF-15H mk2
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Awesome project. So much science and best practice went into this.

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Wow, this is gorgeous. Absolutely love it. Is there a build thread with more photos?
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Wow, this is gorgeous. Absolutely love it. Is there a build thread with more photos?
In the responses to the questionnaire it was mentioned that (unfortunately) there is no build thread.
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I would kill to have those room dimensions for my theater, particularly the ceiling height.

With respect to the room itself, it's nice to see the result an exercise in pure engineering can deliver without aesthetic concerns. Not that the room is bad looking to my eyes....it's only most people opt for aesthetic compromises.
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"Seymour AV Center Stage XD material on custom aluminum frame (150″ wide, 2.39:1, 1.0 gain, woven acoustically transparent)"

The screen stands off of wall, quite unusual, I believe it looks incredible when watching a movie. I would love to see how it was constructed.
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Love this theater as it's nice to see a design made purely for performance. I am a big move fan and don't want any distractions taking me out of the story. Some of these other theaters with themes that look great with the lights on but what's the point when the lights are out. Still out of the budget for the average Joe something very similar on a smaller scale could be built fairly inexpensively. Nice Job

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Interesting choice for the screen. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am not seeing SVS SB16 subs in the pictures. They look like ported subs from another brand. Hard to tell. If using an AT screen, I'm assuming the mains are somewhere behind the screen mounted on the wall. Is this also where the wides are since it was designed to a DOLBY layout? How are movies in 1.87 handled on the 2.39 screen? I don't see a video scaler on the equipment list. More pictures would have been helpful in telling this story. I'm sure he is very excited and happy with the end result.

They look like HSU VTF-15H's, agree with others that this one would be nice to see build details.
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Very nice , not only would it be great to watch films in it, but it looks like you could slide in an A/V editing suite and go to work making films. I love the color scheme (or the lack of it). It looks like the biggest problem you would have is trying to get people to go home around 2 or 3am in the morning.
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Nice size of that room, it has six times the volume of mine...

With all that space between the seats and the walls/ceiling I'm surprised no diffusion was used.
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Height speaker mounts

That’s a fantastic looking theater! I’m curious about the mounts used for the height speakers. Are there any details available on those? I would like to suspend monitors from the vaulted ceiling in my theater but haven’t found any good options.

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Nice size of that room, it has six times the volume of mine...

With all that space between the seats and the walls/ceiling I'm surprised no diffusion was used.
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Outstanding -- smartly designed and filled with functional detail.
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I complained once, I'll complain again. More photos, please. I would love to be surprised after reading "The double door entrance also offers a great reveal to the theater. Everyone I’ve shown my theater to has been surprised to discover the second door, when I open the first one."

Very nice theater, and thanks to AVS forum staff.
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How was the dimensions factored in? what was the reason for those particular measurements? Was it space related, acoustic related, other?

And yes any additional photos would be great!

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Another function over form theater - PERFECT. Clearly well thought out and I love the use of active speakers all around. I have no doubt it sounds fantastic, and given the projector, I have no doubt the image is excellent as well. And for the dollars spent, great value as well.

Congrats. Great job and a well deserved award!! I
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One more thing. When you run out of things to spend money on, double up on your woofage. With that amount of cubic footage, more displacement will certianly add to the experience..
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dam, nice space and well done. once I kick my live in nephew out of my basement maybe I set up something.


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Sweet room, clean simple and elegant.
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I would love to know more about the screen build, and how it is elevated. I want to see the back side to see how it all works together

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What amplifiers are being used to drive this system?

And is it possible to get more than just two pictures in a home theater of the month, especially a theater named because of the aesthetic?

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What amplifiers are being used to drive this system?
As written they are self powered (active) speakers and subs

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Who else has checked this thread multiple times to see if more pictures have been added?

Awesome theater!
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