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I managed to take a few more pics of my 95% finished Home Theater, with the LT150 in action.


You can see them here:
http://www2.speedhost.com/htpics/


Here's a small description, although the filenames are almost self-explanatory:

ceilingmount.jpg - My PVC Technology based ceiling mount for the LT150. Cost was under $15 probably for the whole thing. You can't see there, but the LT150 is sitting on 6 thick rubber sticks to provide breathing space for the unit. You can also see my Diva R2's hanging from the sidewalls, and some old Bose speakers I had from a long time ago, while the Diva 2.1s come out of backorder.

screen.jpg - A picture of the screen, with the Diva 6.1s, and the Diva center speaker on the floor tilted up. The screen again is a DaLite Permwall CinemaVision, 120" diagonal on a 4:3 aspect ratio.

seating.jpg - A look at the seating arrangement. Those are actually Berkline seats, and are very comfortable. The 4 ends are wall-away recliners.

toystory1.jpg , toystory2.jpg , and toystory3.jpg are a few screenshots from the LT150 in action, displaying Toy Story 2. The second and third one look blurry, but that's caused by me moving as the Epson 3000Z used to take the pictures wasn't sitting on a tripod. As you can see by the first one, the picture is actually quite sharp.


I hope you enjoy the pics =)


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[This message has been edited by JoseQ (edited 09-30-2001).]
 

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Classy HT pics bring tears of joy to my eyes. One of these days, I'll have a theater like that :) For now, my LT150 on table will have to do :)


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Nice mounting job!! Very classy.


The room looks hot though, do you have exhaust fans to the outside?


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I see how you would think the room gets hot living in Florida, but here in Rochester, hot is not a word, it's a symbol for 'somewhere else'. From a couple of weeks ago, until up and around May, we will not see above 70 degree temperatures, so in fact, the room is quite cold and we're still not down to freezing temperatures. The room is also the farthest in the house from the heating furnace, so the heat barely gets there. I need to fix that, or else it'll be too cold to use once we get into February.


During the few weeks of summer, I do need air conditioning and it works out OK. As you would assume by our unforgiving weather, the room is fully insulated, so it takes a lot of time to change the temperature in the room from the outside. So far no problems.


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Looks like an awesome setup! I can only wish I had a dedicated space to set up my HT the Right Way!


How are you liking the PermWall screen? I've been considering one, but I've heard talk on the Screens board of one issue that is putting me off a little. The supposed problem is that the da-lite screen materials are not 100% opaque, so there is some leakage through the back. That, coupled with the few inches between the screen and the wall with the PermWall frame, leads to a somewhat washed-out picture.


Since you appear to have nice reflective (off-)white walls behind your screen (as do I), have you noticed your picture appearing a bit "washed out" as a result? If you're curious enough to take the time to put some blackout material behind the screen, I'd be curious to know if that affects the image in any positive way.


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Aaron:


Nice to see you around these parts... I had not heard anything like that before, but you can rest assured I'll try it tonight. However, I can tell you that when the projector is well focused, the pixels and the screen door are quite noticeable, so the picture looks sharp as hell. I actually have it a bit out of focus so that I can hide the black lines a little bit. I'll check to see if that makes any difference.


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JoseQ,


I think the problem, if it exists, would manifest itself as a loss in contrast. With the LT150 and its very high contrast, it might not be an issue, but it's more of a concern with LCD projectors that don't have quite the impressive contrast. I'll try to find the article again.


Here's hoping it's not really a big deal!


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Well even if it is true, it wouldn't be a big deal. Provided you find some cheak black cloth and tape it to the wall behind the frame. You would still be loosing some light, but as you can see from the pics, it is pretty bright even at 800 Lumens. Any other projector with a higher light output would be even brighter, which would be too much in my opinion, except for uncontrolled lighting situations.


I'm lucky that room has only one window, and I was able to cover it pretty well, so light is not a problem.


Also, a big hurrah for X10. It's light dimmer works excellent as now I can turn on/off or dim the lights right from the Sofa. Also, the nice remote control from Hauppage and a ulce found at http://www.mediatexx.com is an awesome combination. With it, I can control WinDVD with my Onkyo receiver remote as if I had a real DVD Player.


Another set of good news for LT150 fans is that the new Onkyo remote, found with the Onkyo 797 and 898, is able to learn the LT150 codes, including the power off. I only have two remotes now in that room, one for the receiver/pc/cable and the X10 remote for the lights.


Only thing I can't do is turn on the PC with the remote. But the wireless keyboard will do that. =)


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I power on the keyboard with the same remote I use for the receiver, WinDVD and cable.


I can't turn it on/off through the PC. The only connection between my PC and the LT150 is a Shielded 10BaseT Video cable (VGA).


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Very nice pics.

What a unique ceiling arrangement. Very clever.


Do you have more information on how you built the ceiling mount?


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Here's all the details about the ceiling mount:


Components:


2 * round wood pieces (I believe 12" diameter)

2 * PVC Sockets

1 * PVC cylinder

4 * Very long, thick screws, and bolts

2 * Semi long, thick screws

1 * Rectangular wooden piece (optional)


Brief explanation:


The only reason for the white wood slate at the ceiling is because the studs are 2 feet apart there, and there didn't happen to be anything closer to where the projector had to be (remember the LT150 doesn't have a zoom lens).


Once we found the exact position for the projector, we screwed that to the studs, and screwed the PVC socket to that piece. We used two semi-long, thick screws to hold the PVC together as we didn't know about the PVC glue that's used to seal those together. In additional, nothing beats physics rather than chemical compounds when trying to get something to defy gravity. So the PVC cylinder was inserted there, and we added a screw that goes side to side.


Then we attached the other PVC socket to one of the round wooden pieces, and attached that to the hanging tube.


We (my brother and I) had made 4 holes to the round wooden pieces at 4 corners (90 degrees apart each). We put the projector on the remaining round wooden piece, and using the four long, thick screws, we attached the two round pieces together. The purpose of the 4 screws at each of the four corners is that now we had four way tilting capabilities by simply tightening/losening the bolts at the top. So once the projector was there, it was just a matter of playing with those bolts to make the projector point straight ahead and at the exact height it needed to be.


Let me know if you have more questions, or if you want closer pics of the thing. =)


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Very nice job, I like it. Some more pix of the mount would be great.

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JoseQ-


Could you please repost the links to the pictures of your lt150 ceiling mount? I am not able to see the pictures because the links are coming back with errors. If anyone else has worked around this issue, please let me know how. I'm anxious to see this clever design.


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Sorry I haven't gotten back to you Marc but this last week has been a real bear! Looks like JoseQ's links are dead but thanks to his idea I've created the same shelf unit myself (thanks JoseQ). You can pretty much take his parts listing from an earlier post and apply it to the following photos. Took about an hour and a half to make & mount:
 
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