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post #1 of 20 Old 03-15-2018, 07:05 PM - Thread Starter
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PTAaron's Springtime Get Together

Okay guys, I mentioned this in the "Official Michigan Home Theater Get Together" thread... but here's the official thread about it



It's about time I host a get together... but this won't be a normal home theater get together. My theater doesn't hold a candle... or even a match... to the theaters that have been on display at the other get togethers - so the theater won't really be the focus of the get together. Instead it is going to be about the whole "cinema experience" I've created in the basement.

Basically I'm calling this a "Come check out the basement bar, arcade, and budget theater" get together

WHEN: To be determined, but probably in May
WHERE: English Way Cinema and Brewing Company - located in Novi, MI near 13 Mile and Novi Road.
WHAT:
Bar: featuring a kegerator with 2 types of beer on tap - most likely one will be Oberon since it comes out this month. Liquor and mixers to make whatever you may want.

Arcade: Big Buck Hunter, Megatouch Ion 2008 bartop gaming machine, custom cabinet MAME/Hyperspin based multicade arcade setup with LED button control panel, RetroPi setup for playing console games

Theater:
  • Screen: 117" DIY milliskin spandex 2 layer white over black screen
  • Projector: BenQ HT-2050 DLP 3D projector
  • Amp: HK AVR-3600 doing processing duty, HK VR-635 doing amplifier duty
  • Speakers (7.2 configuration): Pioneer SP-FS51-LR front towers, Pioneer SP-C21 Center, Emotiva ERD-1 surrounds, Dayton crappy rear speakers, 2x Elemental Designs A2-300 subs
  • HTPC: OpenELEC system running Kodi with CinemaVision doing the "theater experience" duties
  • Control: Harmony Elite remote linked with Insteon hub - all integrated with Amazon "Dot" devices
  • Seats: 3 Costco Pulaski HT seats, back row is remnants of a leather sectional couch

Other:
concession snacks/candy, theater popcorn, custom made "ticket booth"

Anyway - my room is not huge, but the overall basement space is pretty large so there isn't really a cut off on how many people we can accommodate. The theater has seating for 6-7, but standing room for a few more. I have enough 3D glasses for 8 people at a time if anyone wants to check out how a budget projector does 3D (the answer is REALLY well!).

I am waiting on work to let me know what weekend days I've been assigned before I can tell you guys the date... but I'm shooting for May sometime?

So let me know who's interested!
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Sweet. Cant wait!

Its a great time to be an AV enthusiast in SE Michigan!!!
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Sounds great. Very similar setup like mine without amenities though. Will love to join you guys for a meet and greet��
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Excellent! Looking forward to this thanks Aaron.
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Hope to make it! Thanks Aaron.
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I’m really interested in your “whole cinema experience”! Your basement looks awesome. I’ll keep an eye on the date, but count me in.


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Count me in as well. I just want to get aquainted to local enthusiasts and check out your theater as well👍
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I'm a maybe, as depends on kids soccer schedules/other.
Novi is very close to me, I'm in Howell.
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I'm interested. Love to see your progress. I've only occasionally dropped into your thread but it looks like you've come a long way. I feel like I'm slacking.
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Ok Aaron it’s May. When is this happening?
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Ok Aaron it’s May. When is this happening?


Funny you asked, I was trying to figure out what I was going to post to update you guys this morning...
I’m going to have to postpone a bit from my original plan. Some unexpected things have come up with family that are taking up a lot of free time - so I can’t commit to a date for a formal event right now.
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Funny you asked, I was trying to figure out what I was going to post to update you guys this morning...
I’m going to have to postpone a bit from my original plan. Some unexpected things have come up with family that are taking up a lot of free time - so I can’t commit to a date for a formal event right now.


Absolutely no problem brother. Family first. Let us crazies know when and if anything changes.
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Question

just checked my calender and I have ptaaron gtg posted for three consecutive saturdays
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Funny you asked, I was trying to figure out what I was going to post to update you guys this morning...
I’m going to have to postpone a bit from my original plan. Some unexpected things have come up with family that are taking up a lot of free time - so I can’t commit to a date for a formal event right now.
Don't feel bad- I've known some avs guys who've been "working" on their HT since ~2000 and still never got anything built/setup (at least to demo)!

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Absolutely no problem brother. Family first. Let us crazies know when and if anything changes.

Huh?
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But seriously, looking forward to see how Amazon Alexa/voice control/Echo Dots integrate with AV gear/receiver/media players
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Funny you asked, I was trying to figure out what I was going to post to update you guys this morning...
I’m going to have to postpone a bit from my original plan. Some unexpected things have come up with family that are taking up a lot of free time - so I can’t commit to a date for a formal event right now.
Yea - why is it that family "life" gets in the way of this hobby??

I'm behind in my HT 2.0 upgrades also .... so my tbd gtg is more looking like September / October ... gotta re-stain the log home exterior among other "stuff".

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Still hoping to do something this summer guys... waiting on the weekend schedule for next quarter to come out for work so I can see what weekends are open.

Haven’t done anything new with the theater/basement aside from watching movies and making use of the bar

Another project fell into my lap that’s been taking all my free time:


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