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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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Very cool!


I also love the AE3000. Very happy with the lens memory feature.


Have you considered painting the in-walls?
 

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Very cool!


I also love the AE3000. Very happy with the lens memory feature.


Have you considered painting the in-walls?

Thanks! I'm really happy with the 3000, too. I upgraded from the 1000u, which served me well. Fearing any downtime if the 3000u needs to go in for any repair, I've got a Sanyo PLV-Z5 that I picked up cheap on eBay in my closet ready for duty.


The in-walls are paintable, but right now I don't want to deal with the hassle of making sure it's thinned so it doesn't clog the grills, etc. Also, I really don't mind calling attention to my equipment (hence the equipment across the front), so I may paint them, I may not. I agree it would give the room a much cleaner look, though.
 

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The room's been done (except for treatments) for about 3 weeks now. Is it too early to dream about upgrading to an Anthem D2v?
 
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