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** 2018 Update HERE **

Original display: Mitsubishi Diamond 842 82" DLP
Screen: Screen Innovations Black Diamond Zero Edge 1.4 115" with LED kit
Projector: Epson 5030UB
Receiver: Denon AVR 2313Ci
Mains: Focal Chorus 726v
Center: Focal Chorus CC 700
Surrounds: Definitive Technology DI 5.5R
Subwoofer: Dual SVS 20-39+
Subwoofer amp: Samson 1000
Media/Processor: HTPC running XBMC (Gotham)

Hi Everyone. Just wanted to share my experience in updating our media room. We already had a fairly large display. It's a Mitsubishi Diamond 842 82" DLP.

I love it! This display was suppose to stay in our media room. The plan was to buit a dedicated home theater in the basement. After a couple of

discussions with the CFO, aka the wife, we decided not to finish our basement yet. Based on our decision not to finish the basement, I decided to update the

media room instead.
I moved the Mits to our loft upstairs.

Day 1

Original media room.


Removing the TV and the console revealed a bunch of wires/cables. Time for some cable management as part of the makeover.


Found some old banana plugs. Time to put them to use!


Setting aside all the cables and stuff.


Bare in wall speaker wire coming out of the wall.


Terminated the in wall speaker wires.


Ah! Looks much better than cables sticking out of the wall.



Day 2

Went to IKEA to pick up a new console. During my research, I couldn't find a cheap low profile console to replace the larger console I purchased at Dania. It needed to have space for a center channel since I didn't want it placed on top. I wanted to go as low as possible.


Added some of those Magic Sliders to the conosle making it easier to move around.


Console all built and components are in place. Total height of the console is a mere 13". Old console with the center channel on top was a total of 27", a whopping 14" saved!!


I thought I measured all my components and was sure that the new console would work. Unforunately, the HTPC and sub amp couldn't fit. ARGH!


Day 3

One of the holes for the wall mounted speakers that is no longer needed.


Front, center and left wall mount speaker holes have been patched up. I left screws holes with screws just in case they are needed again in the future.


Time to pick out the new color scheme for the media room. Bye bye orange!
 

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Since the sub amp and HTPC case would not fit together, I ended up getting a new, lower profile, case (needed a new motherboard to match).



All the cables for the makeover arrived!



Doing some cable management.


Day 7


Even though I am going to have to break the front wall open again for some electrical work, I couldn't stand the orange anymore. I tinted the primer to a grey similar to what the side walls will be. The front wall will be a darker shade of grey.



Front wall all primed. Waiting for it to dry. Can't see the speaker wall mount holes anymore!




After a couple of failed attempts to find a stud to used, I finally found it. It's much further back than intended. There were electrical conduits at my original choice



Projector mounted. Yey!



Approximate size of the screen being projected on the wall and on a sample of the screen.


Day 8


Temp cables on the ceiling.


Day 9

Masked out the window. Ready to begin painting the side walls!


Day 10


Side walls all painted. Checking out how the screen will look like during the day without window treatments. Looks amazing, considering all the ambient light. Nice color and contrast! The technology is just amazing!



Making short interconnects between the receiver and the wall plate.


Day 11


New roller shade arrived!



It was a tight fit, but I've finished installing the shade.



Screen just arrived. Pretty excited!! The delivery guy had a smile as big as mine! lol


One of my little twins posing next to the massive packaging.



Unpacking the screen.




Screen mounting brackets installed. I pre-measured everything already. I was just waiting for the hardware to arrive.



A close up of the LEDs that line the screen.



I almost hit a bullseye! The projector and screen almost lined up perfectly!

 

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Day 12


My eldest has no school today. He gets to enjoy a day of movies. You can see the roller shade down and the LEDs on.


Day 13


My isoloation feet arrived for my subs. Just installed them.



Sub in action


Screen perfectly aligned now. Time to play around a bit.

 

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Cutout for the recessed cable passthrough and outlet


Cover installed


Cutout needed to pull wires to the projector


My scientific method of aligning the in-ceiling surround speaker


Front view of the in-ceiling surround speaker (Definitive Technology DI 5.5R)


Rear view of the in-ceiling surround speaker (Definitive Technology DI 5.5R)


Installation was easier than I thought
 

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That's a nice clean set up. I really like the screen.
 

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Actually your thread was posted just on time !

I have roughly the same area and am in the process of selecting the last piece of equipment : the screen ! I am also building a living room home theater and it seems there isn't that many people going that way. It is really reassuring to see that a quality image can be achieved in a semi-light-controlled environment.

Hope you enjoy your HT !
 

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That looks great! I would really love to get a 115 or 120 inch SI Black Diamond edgless screen like that! 2 issues I have with it is for one not sure I'd get that down in my basement seeing it's one solid piece and I have a 90 degree turn at the top of the stairs. I may be able to slide it in at an angle but not sure really. I guess I'd have to test with something cut to the same dimensions first! But the second issue I have is the cost of those screens. They are super nice but also super pricey. Will see though. I'll be waiting to buy the screen last as I would like to shine the pj on the wall when the room is done so I can get a good feel on size and ratio differences.

But your room looks very nice and clean! Looks like a really nice place to hang out and watch TV/Movies!
 

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Actually your thread was posted just on time !

I have roughly the same area and am in the process of selecting the last piece of equipment : the screen ! I am also building a living room home theater and it seems there isn't that many people going that way. It is really reassuring to see that a quality image can be achieved in a semi-light-controlled environment.

Hope you enjoy your HT !
Thanks. The screen works fairly well in a semi light controlled environment. I like the ability to have all the lights in the area and still get a very watchable image. :)

That looks great! I would really love to get a 115 or 120 inch SI Black Diamond edgless screen like that! 2 issues I have with it is for one not sure I'd get that down in my basement seeing it's one solid piece and I have a 90 degree turn at the top of the stairs. I may be able to slide it in at an angle but not sure really. I guess I'd have to test with something cut to the same dimensions first! But the second issue I have is the cost of those screens. They are super nice but also super pricey. Will see though. I'll be waiting to buy the screen last as I would like to shine the pj on the wall when the room is done so I can get a good feel on size and ratio differences.

But your room looks very nice and clean! Looks like a really nice place to hang out and watch TV/Movies!
My stairs to the basement sounds similar to yours. If I really wanted to get it to the basement, I think I would have to poke a hole through one of the walls so I could slide it through. There is no way to make that turn. The screen does come at a premium but it gives me a decent image with ambient light, looks amazing when its at night and looks absolutely jaw dropping at night with the LED border on. Could one build it cheaper? I'm sure its possible, but I wanted a turnkey solution when it came to the screen. The screen was almost 40% of my media room update costs. Was it worth it to me? Let's just saw I'm extremely happy with how my media room turned out. :D

Great looking room - I sent my wife the photo's as an example of what I was trying to accomplish (new house currently under construction) and she's totally on board with me now!
Good luck on the new construction! :)
 

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yep,good job,cool,That looks great! I would really love to get a 115 or 120 inch SI Black Diamond edgless screen like that! 2 issues I have with it is for one not sure I'd get that down in my basement seeing it's one solid piece and I have a 90 degree turn at the top of the stairs.
I may be able to slide it in at an angle but not sure really.
 
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