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HT of the Month: The GMG Theater

As an electrical and systems engineer in the television-broadcast and mastering industry, Andy Delle (Glimmie) is ideally suited to design a home-theater system that rivals any professional setup and far exceeds most consumers' dreams. When I visited his dedicated home theater in Santa Clarita, CA, I was astounded by the amount of gear in the isolated equipment room—which resembles broadcast and mastering studios, complete with floating floor—and the complexity of the system that nevertheless operates very smoothly and efficiently thanks to Andy's system-design skills.

Starting with an empty shell that a contractor added to his house in 2003, Andy built the interior of the theater entirely with his own hands. He also built many other components, including most of the audio amplification, signal switchers, and all the speakers and subwoofers from DIY kits and plans with drivers obtained from ScanSpeak, Vifa, Morel, Dayton, and other high-end providers. The entire theater is a DIY masterpiece!


Even with all the DIY, the total cost of the theater—including the contractor's work and all the equipment—reached about $120,000. That's a hefty sum by any standard, but it would have been much more if Andy had needed to hire someone to do what he is so qualified to do himself. And judging from the audio and video quality, ease of use, and comfortable environment, I'd say it was worth every penny—and then some!

If you'd like your home theater considered for HT of the Month, PM me with the details and a link to your build thread if available.

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Media Server #1 (HD/Blu-ray/DVD)
Motherboard: i7, 4 GB RAM
Software: JRiver MC20
Video: Nvidia FX3800 HDSDI
Audio: Onboard SPDIF, Lynx AES-16 for Blu-ray audio
Media Server #2 (uncompressed SD/LaserDisc archive)
Motherboard: Fujitsu Dual Xeon, 4 GB RAM
Software: BlackMagic Media Express
Video: BlackMagic Designs DecLink SDI
Audio: BlackMagic Designs DecLink AES
RAID: Internal 8 TB
NAS on gigabit-Ethernet dedicated network
RAID #1: 30 TB running UNRAID v5
RAID #2: 30 TB running UNRAID v5
Dish VIP612 HD satellite DVR

Pioneer CLD-95 LaserDisc player, SDI modified (for ingest to server only)

Mitsubishi D-VHS VCR (for ingest to server only)

AV Electronics

Lexicon MC8 pre/pro (AES-out modified, used only for AC3 and DTS audio; analog input and output section not used)

DIY digital processor (3 miniDSP miniSHARCs, 2 miniDSP 2x4 DSP cards; generic Asus I5 with 200 GB SSD for miniDSP management)

Lucid AES-88192 DAC (3, 8 channels each)

DIY 24-channel analog master volume controller (sets all gain trims and master volume)

DIY 110W power amps for LCR woofers (3, based on rebuilt Hafler DH220 modules)

DIY 60W power amps for LCR mids (3, based on rebuilt Hafler DH120 modules)

DIY 20W power amps for LCR tweeters (3, pure class-A)

DIY 70W power amps for surrounds (5)

DIY 75W power amps for heights (4)

Yamaha P2700 power amp (500Wx2 for front subs)

Stewart P600 power amps (2, each bridged for side subs, 300W each)

DIY 8x2 AES distribution amplifiers (3)

DIY monitoring computers (3, Windows 2000, running PAS Products Multimeter, RTA, Surround Meter; all with Lynx AES-16 I/O)

Repackaged Tektronix 764 Audio Analyzer (VGA only, internal CRT section scrapped)

DIY 16/2 analog mixdown unit for RTA

AV Processing

BlackMagic Teranex 2D processor

Darbee Darblet processor (legacy version)

Digital Vision DVNR-500 SDI image processor

Technike DX210 SDI NTSC/PAL decoder (used for LaserDisc-to-server ingest)

Sony BVX-D10 SDI color corrector

Sony DSC-1024 VGA scan converters (3)

DVDO VP50Pro scan converter

Videotek VTM420 VGA scopes (2, HD & SD)

Videotek VTM400 VGA scope (HD Only)

BlackMagic Ultrascope running on Win7/64 with Nvidia Graphics and Thunderbolt I/O

NEC 20" CRT SVGA monitors (5, above main screen)

Asus 24" LCD monitors (4, below main screen)

Samsung 19" LCD monitors (2, equipment racks)

Various SDI/HDSDI/AES interface cards and bricks behind rack

AV Switching

DIY 16x16 RGBHV (SVGA) matrix switcher for monitor wall

DIY 8x8 HDSDI matrix switcher

Sony DVS1616 16x16 SDI matrix switcher

DIY 8x8x3 analog matrix switcher configured as 16x8 composite video and 8x8 AES (used for S/PDIF)

Belken 16-port KVM switcher

Projector

Panasonic PT-AE4000

Screen

Stewart GrayHawk (130" wide, 16:9, 0.9 gain, not acoustically transparent)

DIY 4-way independent masking system

Speakers

DIY LCR (triamped with digital crossover)

DIY front heights (2)

DIY side surrounds (2)

DIY rear surrounds (3)

DIY subwoofers (4)

Cables

DIY using broadcast and IT-grade cable; equivalent to Blue Jeans cables

Control

DIY master controller (DOS computer, controls entire system)

iPad running iRule interfaced to master controller for total remote control

Power Conditioning

DIY balanced 6 kVA house feed (handles all but the servers in HT plus all TVs and DVRs in house via dedicated outlets)

Liebert GX2000 3 kVA UPS for servers, projector, storage (5-minute delayed shut off when system is off; dedicated 30A circuit)

Eaton/Powerware 1500 750 VA UPS for Dish DVR and house network/Wi-Fi gear (always on, fed from balanced power panel)

DIY balanced distribution power filter/controller with dedicated analog audio section (also includes power monitoring CPU)

DIY 3600W 3-circuit power sequencer for all power amps

DIY power controller for all servers and RAIDs (selected on/off depending on viewing source)

Seating

Octane XL400 (4, first row)

Generic leather recliners (3, second row)

Room Dimensions

Building footprint: 38 x 19 feet
Theater: 25 x 18 feet (11-foot ceiling)
Equipment room: 10 x 9 feet (11-foot ceiling)
Foyer: 10 x 9 feet (2-story ceiling)

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What a great theater! Very personalized, for sure, which makes it extra special I think.

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Another fine job Scott. Once again, I am a HUGE fan of the video.

I like how unique his theater is and is a good example of how many different options are available in this hobby.
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What a great theater! Very personalized, for sure, which makes it extra special I think.

Indeed! Really enjoyed the video.
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Awesome video. Nice calm interview. Awesome room. Thanks guys.
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Yup! Nice daydreaming material!
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Fantastic Room! I've been looking forward to seeing this one for quite a while!
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Holy Cow!

I've been poke'n around this place since 2002 and don't recall every seeing your room. Can't believe I missed this masterpiece! I think it's pretty obvious you get the award for the lengthiest equipment list.......EVER.

Congrats on having a video showcasing your endeavor. So well deserved!


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Amazing!!! This has been one of my favorite theaters since I joined in 2003 and deserves HTOM.

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Wow, such a great job you have done and it all turn up just awesome ! Thanks for sharing.





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I would rename it to OMG.
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Beautiful room and beautiful dogs!
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A shout out for Andy (aka member "Glimmie") who's been an active member here for much longer than I, and been a huge asset to the AVS community with his expertise in many things, including his electrical SME.
Like the EF Hutton commercial, when Glimmie posts, I read.

Q: Andy, what is the background on your user name?

Congratulations on a well deserved HToM.
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Got some serious amounts of gear in that HT. Looks awesome.
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A shout out for Andy (aka member "Glimmie") who's been an active member here for much longer than I, and been a huge asset to the AVS community with his expertise in many things, including his electrical SME.
Like the EF Hutton commercial, when Glimmie posts, I read.

Q: Andy, what is the background on your user name?

Congratulations on a well deserved HToM.
I don't remember exactly what he had said, but in the video he mentions it has to do with their dogs. Might have been the name of one of them. He mentions it right at the end.
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This video gave me that feeling you get when someone is explaining something to you and you have no idea what they're are talking about but it sounds AWESOME so you just want to hear more. Thank you for sharing your theater and experience. Good stuff!
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Is there a build thread? I'm not a fan of videos
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Sorry, Andy does not have a build thread.
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Why so much equipment? Are all those peices necessary? Id be interested in the diy stuff. Any guides / schematics
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Scott, always enjoy these HT videos. As readers, we don't have the opportunity to hear these rooms so if you can share with us - if you were to compare them to each other, what would you say is the biggest difference in how they sound?
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I picked Andy as Broadcast Engineer just reading the specs list I know a bunch of them very well who'd probably love to build very similar HT's that kind of resemble 'mini ingest/studio/presentation control suite/playout centres' more than traditional HT's! I'll have to show some of them this one as I'd sure they'd all get a kick out of it. Well done their Andy, you'd make a lot of B.E.'s jealous with all that gear and the installation

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Really nice theater. I am a HUGE dog fan, love Golden's, and thought it was fitting he named the theater after 3 of them (from whom he stole some backyard).

When looking at all of his equipment (in the theater and in his "equipment room"), I was struck by what my wife's response would be. I have a Control4 managed room (lights, masking, etc) and for all practical purposes, it is a one button operation (exception: have to manually turn on one of the sub amps). And my wife thinks that is too complicated. I can only imagine her response if I presented her with the bazillion options his room offers. I was smiling during the entire video, which was very well done by the way.

I was also struck by the amount of money he spent less what he spent to build the space. That is one heck of a lot of equipment for $40,000!!

Nice room, nice guy and nice video.

Good job Scott.
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I have a question...does he leave all the scope and meter screens on while watching, or does he just turn them on as needed? I would find those distracting when I'm trying to watch a movie.

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About 75% is not necessary! It's my hobby (as well as my career).

I don't have a WEB site yet for my DIY work but am considering one.
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I have a question...does he leave all the scope and meter screens on while watching, or does he just turn them on as needed? I would find those distracting when I'm trying to watch a movie.
Any monitor can be blanked out. When both rows are off, they disappear into the blackness of the room.

Generally I keep them all off for movies and casual TV viewing.
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Really nice theater. I am a HUGE dog fan, love Golden's, and thought it was fitting he named the theater after 3 of them (from whom he stole some backyard).

When looking at all of his equipment (in the theater and in his "equipment room"), I was struck by what my wife's response would be. I have a Control4 managed room (lights, masking, etc) and for all practical purposes, it is a one button operation (exception: have to manually turn on one of the sub amps). And my wife thinks that is too complicated. I can only imagine her response if I presented her with the bazillion options his room offers. I was smiling during the entire video, which was very well done by the way.

I was also struck by the amount of money he spent less what he spent to build the space. That is one heck of a lot of equipment for $40,000!!

Nice room, nice guy and nice video.

Good job Scott.
The entire system is controlled by a DOS based touchscreen. There is a master power button, the box at eye level in the 2nd rack with the RED and GREEN buttons. Once the GREEN ON button is pressed, the touchscreen comes up with four options:

1) Watch Movies and Concerts: (brings up first 30TB RAID)
2) Watch TV Series. (brings up second 30TB RAID)
3) Watch Dish PVR.
4) Set PVR Record. (this brings up the PVR on one of the equipment room screens for the wife to program stuff in)

Electrical power management is quite extensive. Only devices that are needed are turned on. This is done via controlled AC power outlets and power management of all the computers.

There is also an Ipad interfaced to the master touchscreen via Irule Software.

I'll post the IRule screens tomorrow.
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Certainly one of the most advanced personalized theaters out there.

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Pure awesomeness!!

Goodbye to a great audio and video genius and writer... JOHN GANNON. I enjoyed your friendship, wit and a nice long run we took around Indianapolis at CEDIA years back... and for buying my Runco 980 Ultra years back... you saved my ass! Rest in peace.
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Wonderful HT.

When I first started reading the article, I was thinking that because of Andy's profession, he obviously knows what would be the best components to get for his HT, but probably would not be able to get it all because of budgeting.

However, after reading that he spent $120k and did most of the work himself, I guess Andy didn't hold back and got exactly what he wanted.

Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor Andy!

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