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post #61 of 79 Old 06-01-2016, 06:58 PM - Thread Starter
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I wish there were some comments at the HTOTM section from the reviewer about his personal impressions from the theater.
I don't usually visit the theaters I profile; as someone else said, the US is a big place! Obviously, I do visit the theaters in which I shoot video, but not the other ones in general.
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I don't usually visit the theaters I profile; as someone else said, the US is a big place! Obviously, I do visit the theaters in which I shoot video, but not the other ones in general.
A shame, really. Would be nice to have profiles of non-lifestyle theaters from AVS staff or members who know what to listen and look for. There must be some here who advocate for ideal image and sound while disregarding, to a large degree, the over-the-top aesthetics.

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It's all about getting the biggest possible image you can fit, and the aspect ratio shouldn't needlessly limit you further.
Actually, it's not. Most of us with front projection likely screen the vast majority of films we see in that single theater. So there's going to be somewhere around 50/50 for "scope" and 1.85. Why would someone choose to watch an episode of GoT followed by, say, Lucy where the tv show looks like a giant IMAX and the would be impressive scope presentation is relatively small!? No thanks.

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Just adding another Olathe resident to the chorus of congrats. Great theater!
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Congrats kevin. I still remember the first time you visited my HT a few years ago because you brought your girlfriend and she was really into it! I was kind of shocked Because you would say things like "yeah we want to do something just like this" and I kept expecting her to maybe tone it down a bit and say well dear let's not get too excited.......but she was all in! Glad you held on to her. Great story.

My first movie in the theater with my wife was singing in the rain. Audio and video quality are NOT extraordinary. Awful if I'm honest. But you did the right thing by watching a meaningful film first with her. Well done.

I do wish Scott could actually visit all of the theaters of the month. Is it just not in the budget?
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More about Kevin's room since Scott was not able to provide impressions. I recently brought my Samsung uhd player over there with some local enthusiasts so we could watch deadpool in atmos. It was fantastic! Just great sound coming out of those JTR mains and tight bass from the captivators. The room is very cohesive regarding audio. I know that jeff Meier recently did a calibration. I did not get to hear the room prior to the calibration but it sounds great now. I really enjoyed the atmos and dts x demo material he ran for us. I did not detect timbre differences in the speakers when listening to movie clips. The room is set up and treated well. More than enough good amps coming from his avr to drive the JTR well last reasonable listening levels and clean as a whistle!
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More about Kevin's room since Scott was not able to provide impressions. I recently brought my Samsung uhd player over there with some local enthusiasts so we could watch deadpool in atmos. It was fantastic! Just great sound coming out of those JTR mains and tight bass from the captivators. The room is very cohesive regarding audio. I know that jeff Meier recently did a calibration. I did not get to hear the room prior to the calibration but it sounds great now. I really enjoyed the atmos and dts x demo material he ran for us. I did not detect timbre differences in the speakers when listening to movie clips. The room is set up and treated well. More than enough good amps coming from his avr to drive the JTR well last reasonable listening levels and clean as a whistle!
How was the volume for you guys up front? I think I had it down around -5 and it was plenty loud in the back, but I wasn't sure if it might have been too much up front being so close to the JTRs. I had only listened to maybe 5 minutes of Deadpool before the movie night, but I don't remember what volume I had it at when I was testing (mostly checking if the Dune Hard Drives got the movie okay).

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I do wish Scott could actually visit all of the theaters of the month. Is it just not in the budget?
I have the same wish, but I'm afraid it's not in the budget.
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I don't usually visit the theaters I profile; as someone else said, the US is a big place! Obviously, I do visit the theaters in which I shoot video, but not the other ones in general.
Out of curiosity, have you had any HTOTM located outside the US?

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Well, I didn't get an answer to my question about the screen masking, so I am hesitant to ask another question, but here goes anyway..

Why all the different vendors for the sound absorption panels? RPG, Auralex and Kinetics? I am currently building a high-end HT and am wrestling with this aspect of the room right now. Thanks for any help.
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What part of the build thread talks about the screen masking? Thanks
I don't really think I talked about it too much. There might be some pictures with them up in the last 3-5 pages.

Simple panels that have tabs at the bottom and magnets at the top. They are AT as well, with a thin strip of velvet on the inside edge.

I don't know about the vendors.

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Well, I didn't get an answer to my question about the screen masking, so I am hesitant to ask another question, but here goes anyway..

Why all the different vendors for the sound absorption panels? RPG, Auralex and Kinetics? I am currently building a high-end HT and am wrestling with this aspect of the room right now. Thanks for any help.
There are of course many more vendors than those listed (Real Traps, Quest, GIK, etc), why?
Because it's a global market for good/qualified acoustic products and consultants - supply/demand gives opportunity.

If you don't want the 2-3 year immersion it takes to get up to speed on acoustics, yep reading quite a few books and then learning by doing, I suggest you look for an acoustic plan (again, many to choose from) from a 3rd party, possible Nyal Mellor @ Acoustic Frontiers among others, or the Erksine group, etc.
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Hey Kevin, great theater. Question: How does the Yamaha receiver compare in ease of use, setup, etc to the Onkyo? I haven't owned a Yamaha since before the HDMI era, but I've been considering making a similar transition from my current Onkyo.
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Hey Kevin, great theater. Question: How does the Yamaha receiver compare in ease of use, setup, etc to the Onkyo? I haven't owned a Yamaha since before the HDMI era, but I've been considering making a similar transition from my current Onkyo.
Well, the UI is a lot more featured than my old Onkyo was. I'm not sure if more recent models have a more robust interface, but the Yamaha definitely has more to work with than the Onkyo.

I'd say it's fairly easy to use and setup. I think setting up the scenes could be done a little better with how you select which settings to include. I didn't really have any problems with it though. I am not sure how easy the YPAO is to setup since I had everything manually calibrated.

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Big fan of this theater and build thread. I'm curious what your height from floor to projector is. I have a similarly sized space but I have an I-beam in the middle of mine and am trying to figure out if it's going to cause me issues or not.
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Big fan of this theater and build thread. I'm curious what your height from floor to projector is. I have a similarly sized space but I have an I-beam in the middle of mine and am trying to figure out if it's going to cause me issues or not.
It's maybe 79" or so from the floor. It's about as high as I can get it. That's about 12" from the ceiling (give or take). I had to get it low enough so that it got to the top of the screen. It's just below the level of my shallower interior soffit. I haven't had any issues with it except the last time I had a friend over they stretched out their arms when they yawned when the movie was over and bumped it. I had to realign it afterwards.

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