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View Poll Results: Do you have a dedicated home theater
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I used to have one 15 2.47%
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post #31 of 137 Old 03-18-2019, 02:17 PM
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Well, I live on a mountain in the middle of the rainforest in Costa Rica. I built a hexicon building with no windows for watching movies. My equipment is
Epson 5040
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and Polk speakers
BW Sub Woofer.

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While watching movies on a TV in the living room can be fun, it’s a bit of a stretch to call TV and a soundbar a “home theater.”
Flagged for unnecessary roughness! I am "surviving" with a 5.1 soundbar. The only finished room in my house that has 100% light control is in the basement, and I can't set up a 7.1 system because I can't easily modify the walls (can't run wire -- long story), and even if I could, I can't take advantage of Atmos because the ceiling is a foam drop-ceiling which Atmos can't bounce off of. Additionally, my TV can only be mounted in a column in the middle of the room (another reason I can't run wires). And before you ask, there's not enough throw in any direction to set up a projector properly.

My solution? A Visio SB4051-C0, which is a wireless soundbar that has LCR in the bar which communicates to the sub/surrounds wirelessly, and the wires that connect the surrounds to the sub are routed on the floor behind the couch. My end result is a 100% dark room with an OLED panel, true 5.1, and a theater-seating-style couch. That's the best I can do without major remodeling or moving to a new house, and I feel it definitely falls on the Home Theater spectrum. Heck, some people have "home theaters" with windows -- I'm at least beating that...
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I voted no though I have a room in which my HT is separate from the rest of the house. It's just a room with my 70" TV and my 5.2.2 sound system and a 4 seat sofa. So not truly a HT but better than just being in the living room.

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Yep! the GPowers Fabric Frame Home Theater. Built in 2004.



with a true 4K projector, a wide 2:31 screen and 7.2.4 sound

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In 2000 I converted my 18 x 18 garage into a dedicated home theater.
I have a JVC protector and 11.2 surround sound.
The quality of work I put into it is very amateurish though.. 😄
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Yep, designed by @SierraMikeBravo and calibrated by @appelz . Those guys do some ok work

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Lumagen Radiance Pro
Stewart ST100 13' wide 16:9 screen with electronic horizontal masking
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I have a dedicated room and watch all my movies and TV shows in it. Watching an anticipated movie/show on a 2-channel system or weak HT is irritating me, I'm I the only one?
I have my moments where I think a smaller dedicated room could be pretty awesome, with just a potent 2.1 sound system, behind a good sized AT screen.
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Yes. The house was designed from the beginning to include a 21 x 16 foot home theater. All equipment is hidden away in a projection room. LCR speakers are behind a 10' wide 16:9 AT screen. There are 2 rows of tiered seating. I'm so glad I did that. My wife and I are in there almost every evening and we have friends over almost every weekend. With a modern JVC projector and LUT box calibrated with a spectro trained colorimeter it really is a consistently breathtaking experience. I've also got an 8 woofer IB sub and Dynaudio speakers. And the ceiling is vaulted from 9' to 17'.
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When I built my current house, in 2000, I made a dedicated H/T room and have never regretted it. We moved in in 2001, so I have had the room for 18 years now and it has gone through several upgrades. I am currently upgrading it from a 7.1 setup to a 7.1.4 and will most likely upgrade to a 4k projector later this year, or next year, depending on what new projectors become available. Here are a couple of poor pics of my room.














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Yes, I have a 16' x 21' dedicated Home Theater with 100% light control.

120" 16:9 Seymour Screen 1.3gain
Sony VPL40HWES 1080P Projector
Klipsch Reference Performance Speakers 7.2 with 2x Klipsch 15" Subwoofers
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Yes. I have had a dedicated home theatre for a bit over 20 years. When we did a major remodel of our house, a special room was an essential part of the plan. Originally it was divided into 1/3rd - 2/3rd with the smaller area setup as an office. Once the need for that went, the divider was removed and the resolved into first of many consequent setups. I started with the original 5.1 matrix system, Sony Prologic amp, Richter Excalibur speakers for L/R and Wharfedale 3-way 'Bricks' for surrounds. The projector was a Sony 3-gun and source player was a VCR and an Panasonic laser disc player (no AC3). A year later, when I swapped the Sony for a Barco, I spun the room orientation around and fired the projector down the long dimension. The original screen was a 100" local brand (Australia). During all this I was a mad multi-channel enthusiast and had a Marantz Quad amp with a stack of CD-4 albums, some of which I still have. I had an 8-track cartridge player in my car and an 8-track recorder in the theatre. My source player was upgraded to an Onkyo DX-4500 double-sided AC3 player. Of course I still had the 2 VCR's, Pioneer 25 disc jukebox, dual deck studio quality cassette recorder with variable bias control, 5 disc CD carousel, 2 DVD players, Marantz Quad amp Garrard Zero 100 vinyl player with quad cartridge, I had 2 laser disc players (1 NTSC 1 PAL).


When I upgraded to a discrete 5.1 Denon amp I moved the Wharfedales to the front as height speakers and added a pair of ex-recording studio JBL 4301 Broadcast monitors as the surrounds. I still have all these speakers, they are too good to just dump. I also added a JBL 18" sub. When a friend and fellow HT enthusiast brought around a friend, he convinced me to swap my Richters (which I absolutely loved) for a pair of JBL 4315's for L&R and an orphan 4315B for the centre. This was a real boost to the sound because of the better timbre matching. By this time I was into DVD too. I bought the best there was at the time, a Toshiba with a multi-region code chip fix so I could play DVD's from anywhere. In Australia, we are severely constrained in what we are allowed access to with media, that was until Ultra-HD. I stayed with this setup for a few years until 7.1 arrived and so an amp upgrade was required. I went for the best and got a 'shop-soiled' Denon AVR-4311. I also upgraded the screen to a motorised 138".


This setup persisted for a few years until I swapped the 3-gun Barco for a JVC X3. Wow, what a difference. I still use this PJ and will until sometime later this year when the 2nd lamp expires and I upgrade to a UHD unit. I upgraded the amp to a Denon X7200WA, Atmos with the DTS-X extension and added a Pioneer UHD player. I had already added a Fostec 600 amp (rescued from my recording studio) to power the two subs (the 18" and a folded horn DIY).

At some point my son convinced me to get rid of the JBL monsters that consumed an enormous amount of the front stage and replace them with Osborne Epitome's. I replaced the JBL centre for an Osborne centre, retired the JBL 4311's, replaced them with Osborne E2's. Plus I added 2 more for wides and 4 more in the ceiling for Atmos. I bought a Behringer 2000 to power the Atmos speakers and between the 2 external amps they happily the subs, wides and Buttkicker. In a 7m x 5m room with an enormous media gear shelving system (it is 3m long and 1.5m tall) with drawers for cassettes, DVD's and other junk).


The weirdest thing about my theatre is that while the sound and vision is simply fab, I am the only one ever in there. Occasionaly my son will join me when he is in town and we have stuff to share (he too is HT guy) and on even rarer timers my wife comes in to watch something that I can't (or won't) channel to her TV. She hates the dark and I hate the light. All in all, I love it and can't wait for the UHD PJ to get here, sometime.
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Im just finishing off a dedicated 13x26 basement theater , 7.4.4 and loving it, still need to do some treatments and been playing around with dsp on the subs.

still waiting on one row of chairs so havent totally dialed in the room till they get here but its pretty nice. Had to downsize with my new house to a 92 inch screen but loving it more than a 120 in a mixed use family room/theater that was not fully light controlled.
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Yes, I have a home theater. The room was designed when we built the house in 1998 to be an Adult Playspace. The room is 16X32 (feet) with 10-foot ceilings. The back 8 feet is a full wet bar and a bathroom giving the theater a usable space of 24x16. The room has evolved as technology has changed.

At the current time, It is a front projection system (JVC) with a 133" (diagonal measure) screen. The audio is 7.4.1 Atmos capable. The room is carpeted, with sound conditioning panels in the front third of the side walls. The AVP is an Anthem AVM-60. The main 7 speakers are B&W Signature Seven in-walls. The ceiling speakers are 8" units. The Sub is a Velodyne 12" system. There are full blackout shades and sliding pocket doors at the entry. Everything in the room is automated and under the control of a small PC. The Human Interface is a Philips 9800 which communicates to the PC over Wi-Fi. A single button press will start the theater dropping the shades and shutting the entrance doors.

There is a Tivo DVR for television, a Dune Player for movies, an nVidia Shield and an Amazon Fire TV Cube for streaming. Movies are stored outside the room in a 21 TB NAS expandable to 44 TB. The movie librarian is of my own design and very similar to a Kaleidescape system. There are approximately 750 movies/concerts on the NAS. If I just want to listen to music there is a Transporter (originally Slim Devices, but now Logitech Music Systems) which is fed by my music library stored on a server at the NAS.

I am a Programmer, now retired so I did all the coding for the systems control, and designed the movie librarian. The local ISP support staff considers my theater to be one of the top 2 or 3 in the county barring cost.

The attached picture is an older one with different equipments but gives one a good idea
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I do. I had several projectors setup in my basement. Walls and ceiling painted black. Really wanted an OLED and 4K so sold the projector. Some people don’t consider a panel setup a theatre but I do. It’s infinite contrast and superb color more than makeup for the size.





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I do. I had several projectors setup in my basement. Walls and ceiling painted black. Really wanted an OLED and 4K so sold the projector. Some people don’t consider a panel setup a theatre but I do. It’s infinite contrast and superb color more than makeup for the size.




It's vibing like a home theater. Nice.
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Thanks. I had theatre seating as well but I really wanted a more comfortable room. I don’t have a tv on my main floor so all viewing between the wife and is in this room so a comfy couch that we can sprawl out on was priority. I also have blackout blinds behind the blackout curtains.
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After I retired, I converted my large downstairs office/library into a home theater room. It not a fancy deal like many I’ve seen here. It’s for my wife and I and the occasional guest. The room’s about 23 x 15, no outside windows or doors so I can let loose. I have a Dolby 5.1 install with an older model Pioneer Elite, rescued Klipschorns front L&R and Klipsch for my center and other surround speakers. I have a SVS cylinder sub to help on the really deep stuff in one of the rear corners. We are down there literally every night. It’s one of the most enjoyable features of our home. Oh, video is a 65” Samsung DLP rear projector which is still just fine for us. We’ll probably run it until it dies.

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I am building a dedicated Home Theater with a 82" Samsung NU8000 and 7.2.4 Atmos set up. Should be completed by mid April. Can't wait to see the survey results.
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My set up: Samsung UN82nu8000 LED TV, Marantz SR7012, Emotiva XPA3, Sony UBP-X800
Roku 4k Premier, Panamax MR4000, 2 Marantz MA-500U, Klipsch RB81II (L/R),
RC62II (center), R-1650-W (surrounds), RB61II (Rear Surrounds),
Monoprice 6.5" in ceiling speaker (top front/rear), Two Klipsch R-10SW subwoofer
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I voted yes. I have 2 spaces, a Klipsch room, and a JBL room. The JBL room is a space dedicated to movies and 2 channel audio. 2 seperate systems. Nothing is hidden. All out in full bloom and glory for all to see. Just a few areas of exposed white painted drywall remain. My space is small, so compromise is necessary. And as of now it is still a 2 seat coupe. I continue to upgrade my room incrementally. Just got some new to me gear this weekend while visiting an out of state, like minded audio nut. As can be seen in my pics, my subwoofer does not get much exercise, as I am good down to 30Hz.
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This is my thinking on a room to do whatever. A MEDIA ROOM is where you get together, could be light controlled, to hang out, play pool, what ever. A HOME THEATER is one room, light controlled, that only shows movies. A MOVIE THEATER is a room that has a 35mm projector and if they want, a PJ (which my friend has down the street).


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A dedicated theatre should have the ability for cable and gaming IMO.

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I voted no though I have a room in which my HT is separate from the rest of the house. It's just a room with my 70" TV and my 5.2.2 sound system and a 4 seat sofa. So not truly a HT but better than just being in the living room.
Same here. We have a small 4 x 4 metre dedicated room in which I have a 5.1.2 Atmos setup. All speakers are Krix, the .2 are in ceiling speakers, with a 105" fixed screen and Sony VPL-HW45ES 1080P projector. We have a 3 seat individual recliner seating at the back of the room. We bought an existing house so I was consigned to the room we had.

I don't have any acoustic treatments, lighting control or 100% black out. Black out blinds are on the list to buy, I have a quote already, needing sign off from the CFO aka wife. I purchased a Zigbee light switch that was Hue compatible so I could integrate with the Logitech Harmony Elite remote but the light switch needs a 3 wire config including neutral but the existing switch is only a 2 wire and it's chased down a brick wall so to rewire with 3 wire is going to be very messy. I'm thinking about replacing the lights in the room with down lights that can take Hue bulbs, hardwire the switch to be on & put a Hue dimmer remote in place of the switch as the wife and kids will expect the lights to work like regular lights.

The room is too small to really call it a proper home theatre but it's much better viewing experience than the TV in the open concept living / kitchen / dining area. I had a 5.1 setup in our previous house that was in a similar type of open concept area but the new room is a big step up.
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We have a 25 foot by 16.75 foot (by 10.7 foot average height) room that is dedicated to being a home theater, library/study and music listening room. We only run movies in total darkness, except for light that comes off of the screen. Seats for 5 people are permanently placed in a fixed position. My desk is directly behind them, so if we have 5 guests, I can sit in the 6th (centered) seat behind the desk.

We have a true width (not diagonal) 130 inch 'scope (2.35:1) acoustically transparent screen. Of the 10 aspect ratios I counted, our projector can fill the screen (+/- about1"), top to bottom, with 8 of them, i.e., "common height," while providing the maximum width for Panavision, and most other true wide screen formats. The only fly in the ointment is Christopher Nolan.

To use the TV industry's deceptive metric, the diagonal is about 141 inches.

The center channel is behind the screen and EQ'd so that the screen doesn't diminish the treble, since "acoustically transparent" is a bit like "clean coal." IIRC, the EQ required was only about 1.5 dB to boost at 16 K Hz.

We sit about 12 feet away. Distance from any screen is an important variable, since it, and the screen size and the aspect ratio dictate the perceived size of the image. My friends and I used to use visual height as measured with a detachable viewfinder of a 35 mm still camera to estimate the perceived height of an image on a screen from a given seat in a commercial theater. As is true in most theaters, 'scope is wider, with the same height. When the viewfinder was set for a 50mm lens, the image height that just barely fit in the viewfinder from top to bottom became our unit of measurement. This height could be seen from the 20th row in one theater (a 70 mm venue, with seats that went all the way down to the curved screen), but to get an image that tall in another (a movie palace with a good size gap in front of the front row, an organ that took up a fair amount of space, with the screen placed well back from the front of the stage), we had to move up to the 6th row. Our home theater's common height image is that same height (just fills the finder, top to bottom) from our 12 foot distance.

The projector is a Panasonic.

Our Left Front and Right Front speakers are stock upgraded Klipschorns. The Center is a modified Belle Klipsch. The modification involves a new top hat, making room for the same midrange horn as in the Klipschorns, for uniformity of timbre (all drivers and mid and tweeter horns are the same in all three front speakers). Surrounds are Klipsch Heresy IIs. They are fed by NAD amps (separates) and a Marantz pre-pro, with an Oppo universal player. The sub is a Klipsch RSW 15.


Audyssey improves the smoothness of the response. We use Audyssey Flat for most movies and music disks, and Audyssey (Reference) for a few. The room is moderately treated with absorbers, a rug, and diffusers. The book shelves, books, and art objects provide some additional diffusion and absorption.

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I don't have a dedicated room, but I have a nice 5.1 system in the living room. Speaker positions and main couch are fairly optimized in placement.

Right now, I'm working on upgrading to 5.2.4. I just tested the crossover in my first cabinet for the Atmos speakers. Now it's time to build 3 more cabinets and buy the parts for the other 3 crossovers. After these are installed, I'll be saving for another Ultimax sub.
My situation is similar, and seeing that Imagic (thread starter) "liked" your post, I too voted "yes." I have 4 Atmos speakers along with the main 5, and a 65" 3D 4K OLED (extra credit for 3D I think!). I live in a high rise condo, which is common for my city so home theater has to accommodate the space provided in a condo. Can't rebuld but can control the interior space.

I was intrigued by the light blocking powered window treatment a fellow condo dweller described, and would like to learn more, as perfect light control is the area I can still most improve on.
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I do not have dedicated room because my place is only a 1300 soft condo, however in my condo .... I can honestly say in a condo I have gone as far as one could go...
Sounds great Dave-T. I'm looking to improve my condo light control. I have blinds that are supposed to block but light bleeds through at certain times of day. Would like suggestions and range of sticker shock to anticipate with a window application like yours. Also, the exterior of the blinds facing out must be white or off-white (condo rules).

If off topic, please PM. Also, solving the unique challenge of home theater in condos may be a good thread topic.
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What a great idea to have this thread. I enjoyed all the reading and different ideas. I bought a house about 1 1/2 years ago with a separate living room and family room. In this area, usually one or both rooms are opened up and at least one has a fireplace. I have a totally enclosed room. It does have a window unfortunately and to enclose it, you have to close the glass French doors. I currently have a 7.4.4 setup. Like many of you I've poured a ton of money into this and I'm learning that I'm just getting started. I have four Power Sound Audio Subwoofers with 18" drivers in them. I've had to pack foam around everything that vibrated. The figured the glass French doors would be a problem but they don't make any noise. It's the custom blinds for the window that was the big noise maker and my registers in the floor. My subs have also forced out much of the woodwork so I had to reinforce that. In the last 12 months I've switched receivers three times. I am picky. Had a Denon and sold it for a huge loss. Currently have a Sony ES STR-ZA5000ES that I love but the subs just aren't working out with the receiver, and I have a Yamaha RX-A3060 waiting to be setup which hopefully I like.

I've learned how much this "hobby" can cost. I mainly listen to two channel music with subs. But this is built as a theater except it doesn't have typical theater seating. I have loveseats on the sidewalls and a La-Z-Boy recliner right in the sweet spot. 75" Sony 4K. Here is a work in progress picture. There are many things that I still want and need to do, but some of the things I don't want to do. For example, I don't want to paint the room black. I have my lights on remote control and that's smart enough for me. And I'm probably going to sell this house within the next 6-7 years so I don't want to ruin the walls with permanent acoustical treatment. My next plan is to tear this all down and integrate the Yamaha receiver into the system and remove the Sony ES. If I have better results with the Yamaha, it stays. If I like the Sony ES better, then the Yamaha goes. Currently I'm recovering from stomach surgery and I'm not yet permitted to lift this equipment or bend down to do all the wiring. Next problem is that while waiting, tonight both of my Monster Surge Centers started flashing a red light at me. Three weeks ago both surge centers had their WIRING OK and GROUND OK lights go out. Today the red light flashing indicated "abnormal voltage" 126.6. I called the electric company and they fixed the voltage problem but not my ground and wiring problem. I tried the surge centers on other outlets and that didn't help. But when I plugged one of the surge centers into another room's outlet, all the good lights came on, so I know that it's a problem only in the home theater room and in all of the home theater room outlets. So I have that expense to deal with tomorrow. Here is a crappy shot of the front of my room.
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Guess I should have read first Voted no but more than qualifies as a dedicated space
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Here's my updated theater, room painted 18% gray, acoustic treatment, B&W 7.4 surround (2 subs and 2 tactile sofas), 100" screen, Onkyo Network HTR, Yamaha amps for subs and sofas, multi-format VHS, Laserdisc with Lexicon AC-3 RF decoder, CD-I player, HD-DVD, 3-D Blu-ray, awesome fun!
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We're shopping for our first home. One of the must haves is a basement or an attic. It will be a movie room first and foremost but I need it to also function as my man cave. My home away from home if you will.
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