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All right...long time promised, finally got off my rear and did it; pics of the (except for acoustic treatments) finished theater room. I really wish I had taken pics of the room before, then after stripping down to studs and concrete, to now, which would make the transformation much more dramatic. Imagine a 15 1/2' x 17 1/2' room with a white ceiling of industrial 4' x 2' grid ceiling tiles with a double-flourescent tube light in the middle, a thin layer of wood paneling directly over uninsulated studs, and a thin carpet with no pad over concrete. That was my room before. This was nicely furnished with a 110" pull down screen, which pulled down in front of my equipment rack and a 52" DLP rear-projection TV, flanked by my front soundstage and single MFW-15. Seating consisted of a black extra-large LoveSac bag, a tan futon, 2 folding chairs, and also an elliptical and end table. Now, it looks like this...


Equipment rack (will be cleaned up a bit after everything gets tweaked to its final state). This is positioned behind the back of the room, and unfortunately there's no access directly from the room due to not wanting to sacrifice seating. The access is next to the exercise room, and a future kitchen area. Sorry about the slight blur.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...mandBBpics.jpg


The equipment consists of (from the top down)

- equipment remotes (if needed)

- Audyssey Mic

- Dell XPS 1330 (connected via HDMI to Edge, and using a Logitech diNovo Edge (bluetooth) to control while in room); using DirecTV2PC beta software to access HD DVR in family room, which actually works really well.

- Fire Extinguisher (can't be too careful)

- RS SPL meter

- Logitech Squeezebox Duet controller

- PS3 (20gb launch unit with 120gb HDD upgrade)

- Panasonic BD-35k

- Toshiba HD-A35

- Panasonic VCR (it was sitting in my closet, so I figured why not hook it up)

- Panasonic S97s, mostly for DVD-Audio discs

- Panamax Power Conditioner

- Logitech RF extender (hard to see)

- 8-port gigabit switch

- Logitech Squeezebox Duet

- Velodyne SMS-1

- DVDO Edge

- Onkyo TX-SR876

- Belkin Power Conditioner

- Sunfire Signature Seven 400x7 amp


Rack with lights off:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-1.jpg


In room, starting in back left of room and moving around clockwise:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...mandBBp-10.jpg


Screen is a 136" Carada Criterion Brilliant White 2.35:1 fixed screen. Equipment across the front includes Definitive Technology PM900's (may be replaced with my BP7001's if I ever get the energy to move them downstairs); Definitive Technology CLR2000 set vertically; dual MFW-15 subs; Vornado fan (will retrofit HVAC later if needed, as we are only finished remodeling half the basement); Logitech diNovo BT keyboard and charger; Logitech Harmony 1100 charger; PS3 controllers (charger behind keyboard); power strip is a Belkin with remote control for 2 outlets, which is what the fan is connected to).

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-9.jpg


Same pic as above with lights on. Using two zones, one for 6 can lights, the other for 4 sconces. Using Lutron SpaceSaver system with IR control using my Harmony 1100, with 5 scene settings.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-8.jpg


In-wall speakers are Definitive Technology BPZ/A for the sides, and UIW 75's for the rears. Projector is a Panasonic ae3000u (ISF-calibrated). The open hole in the wall by the left rear speaker is a pass-through to the equipment rack for audio and video calibration purposes. It'll be covered with a wall plate, and then with a horizontal 4' x 2' 2" panel from Ready Acoustics (Chameleon) in black fabric with tan trim (when they get here). The "home-made" bass traps in the back corners are actually 2 pairs (four total) of folding gamer seats for overflow.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-6.jpg


Switches on the wall by the door are for the riser step lights (black) and the Belkin power strip under the projector screen (white). Due to the DD with GG, there's about a 4" cavity in the doorway when the door's closed, so I'm planning on hanging a 4" thick 4' x 2' Ready Acoustics bass trap panel on the door (if needed; we'll see when it gets here).

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-5.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-4.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-3.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...amandBBp-2.jpg


Sorry I was too lazy to put in a movie with a 2.35:1 AR; it fills the Carada nicely with the ae3000u's zoom lens memory function. Perhaps someday soon I'll get a pic or two of that.


Eventually, I'll be getting some 4' x 2' Ready Acoustic Chameleon 2" panels on the side wall first-reflection points (black with tan frames), and a pair of 4' x 2' 4" Ready Acoustic bass traps in the front corners. I've got a lot of slap echo in the room right now, and I'm hoping to just tighten up everything from the dialogue to the bass response.


Overall, I'm very happy with the way the room turned out. I didn't want to go to the expense or time of completely sound-proofing the room. While I did DD with GG, and use 2" thick ceiling panels (both of which help to contain the mid- to high-frequencies), the bass from the dual MFW-15's carries throughout the house since I didn't use any clips to isolate the framing. Not a big deal-breaker for me, though.
 

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Nice,nice, nice... But that Sunfire amp. Is it 400 watts x 7 channels? If yes, you must have that plugged into a 30amp outlet?
 

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Nice,nice, nice... But that Sunfire amp. Is it 400 watts x 7 channels? If yes, you must have that plugged into a 30amp outlet?

No, it's on a 20 amp circuit. It's a tracking downconversion design, which analyzes the incoming signal and provides power just above that which is required. Under normal usage, it's not drawing anywhere near it's rated power. In fact, its maximum watt draw is 1800 watts (fuse limit), and under normal usage is closer to 580 watts. It's actually plugged into the Belkin power conditioner along with the smaller gear (gigabit switch, Squeezebox Duet, RF extender). I've never had any issues with it from a power standpoint.
 

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Very nice theater room! The Acoustic Panels would be a great idea. You've got some serious equipment. If I would change anything, I would put some sort of a panel under the screen to hide the wires that are coming from the wall.


You would get much more feedback if you would post the actual pictures than to just add the link. All you have to do is to put


[I]link for the pictures[/I][img]


That way, it will show up right on the page. Or, you can click the little picture landscape button on top of the reply box and then paste the link to the pictures there. To make it even easier, photobucket (which I also use) has the link fully wrapped in the [img] codes as well.


For example,

[IMG]http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/schroedk/Finished%20Theater/SkatingPartyOliviasProgramandBBp-9.jpg
 

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Ah the tracking downcoverter. Love Sunfire amps. You have a very nice system, albeit slightly messy with the wire management.
Sorry, I'm a stickler for that stuff. Did I mention I love your amp?
 

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Ah the tracking downcoverter. Love Sunfire amps. You have a very nice system, albeit slightly messy with the wire management.
Sorry, I'm a stickler for that stuff. Did I mention I love your amp?

Thanks! I love the Sunfire, too; I also have a Sunfire Cinema Grand 200 x 5 in my family room setup, using an Onkyo 805 as a pre/pro.


The wire management will eventually be cleaned up; I'm still in flux a little bit with it. I initially was running my DirecTV HD box via component + optical into my DVDO Edge, but was having trouble with audio sync so moved it over to a direct connection with the 876. Also, I'm still debating sticking with the SMS-1 vs. just letting the Audyssey MultiEQ XT handle the dual subs. There are a few other things that I'm contemplating changing, but once I get everything set then I plan to re-label and clean it up.
 

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Hey schroedk,


Definitely a very impressive lineup... Sunfire gear is always a crowd pleaser and for good reasons, of course...


What format do you have your music archived in?


Nice touch with the fire extinguisher
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Cheers
 

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Hey schroedk,


Definitely a very impressive lineup... Sunfire gear is always a crowd pleaser and for good reasons, of course...


What format do you have your music archived in?


Nice touch with the fire extinguisher
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Cheers

Thanks!


As far as music file types, I'm kind of a dork. I'm all about redundancy and backups (had a HUGE crash in college which was very painful). I still buy CD's and rip them with EAC to WAV files. I then use Schuang's WAV to MP3 converter to create 320kbps MP3 files of each WAV (so at this point, I have 2 separate music files). The MP3 files go into one folder, which is my iTunes folder, with a backup on a separate external drive. The WAV file then gets converted to Flac, and the original WAV file goes to ANOTHER external HDD for archiving, and the Flac file goes to yet another folder that I use for streaming to my Squeezebox units (I've got 2 duets, one in each system, and two squeezebox boom radios). It's obviously a process, but I'm to the point where my 16,000+ file collection is completed now in these three formats, so any new CD's takes me about 10-15 minutes to archive.
 

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Thanks!


As far as music file types, I'm kind of a dork. I'm all about redundancy and backups (had a HUGE crash in college which was very painful). I still buy CD's and rip them with EAC to WAV files. I then use Schuang's WAV to MP3 converter to create 320kbps MP3 files of each WAV (so at this point, I have 2 separate music files). The MP3 files go into one folder, which is my iTunes folder, with a backup on a separate external drive. The WAV file then gets converted to Flac, and the original WAV file goes to ANOTHER external HDD for archiving, and the Flac file goes to yet another folder that I use for streaming to my Squeezebox units (I've got 2 duets, one in each system, and two squeezebox boom radios). It's obviously a process, but I'm to the point where my 16,000+ file collection is completed now in these three formats, so any new CD's takes me about 10-15 minutes to archive.

I'm glad there's more of us out there
... I use foobar2000 to stream music to my 2 channel. I ripped all my cd's with dbpoweramp to flac files which I backed to 2 separate external drives plus the main computer's hard drive. Like you I have too much invested in this and losing everything because of a crash is not an option, especially when storage has gotten so cheap.
 

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Bump due to the number of new threads asking about Panasonic ae3000u/ae4000u with 2.35:1 screens.
 

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Nice Theater,I all ways wanted a dedicated room for my gear. must be nice.
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Thanks! It actually gets a lot of use, about 4-5 nights a week on average, so I think it was a worthwhile investment. It's been about 15-20 years coming, since I first got into this hobby during my early college years (holy cow, am I that old?).
 
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