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edit: An article on my theater has just been added on ElectronicHouse.com. Check it out!


First off, I wanted to thank the members of AVS Forum for giving me ideas, advice, and inspiration for my first theater build. I don't post much but I have been looking at the awesome theater builds posted here for quite a while.


This is the very first time I tackled a project of this size. I didn't have a huge budget for my theater so I had no choice but to DIY. By doing everything myself (except the carpet), looking for deals on craigslist, using coupons, and taking my time and waiting on deals I was able to complete this project for under $6K.


Here's what I got:


Epson 8350 Projector

DIY 155" 2.39:1 SilverFire Screen

Harmon Kardon AVR 154 Reciever (from my previous system)

Polk Audio TSi300 Floor Speakers (Front Channel)

Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel

Monoprice.com Ceiling Speakers (rear channels x 4)

JBL Venue Series 10" Subwoofers (x 2)

Sony PS3


Now, don't have the time and patience to do a complete theater build thread where I post step by step photos of the construction progress so I'm just sharing the end result. I do have some photos I took during the build so if you have any questions or comments please post them and I'll respond promptly with answers and photos from the construction process.


The theater is in my basement. The dimensions are 14' wide by 23' long.


Enjoy the photos!







 

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very nice indeed however it would have been nicer in my opinion if your potlight is center between columns
 

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very nice indeed however it would have been nicer in my opinion if your potlight is center between columns

I entertained that idea but was worried that the columns would block some of the light
 

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Nice job. Some nice wooden framed acoustic panels w/ a deeper color in between the columns would look nice and help with the sound.


Are your surround speakers located in the columns below the sconces? (nevermind, re-read the beginning)
 

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I LOVE your columns. Where are the surrounds?
 

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Nice Job. The columns, molding, and color choice look great.
 

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Nice work. Really like the color choice.


Few things though:

1 - What is the name of the blue color on the columns?

2 - Looks like you have your center mounted in the stage riser. No problems with the CS10 being rear-ported?

3 - Where are your subs located?

4 - Why no step on such a large rear riser?

5 - What all connections do you have in that rear-most column?

6 - Where do you have your equipment setup?
 

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Nice work. Really like the color choice.


Few things though:

1 - What is the name of the blue color on the columns?

2 - Looks like you have your center mounted in the stage riser. No problems with the CS10 being rear-ported?

3 - Where are your subs located?

4 - Why no step on such a large rear riser?

5 - What all connections do you have in that rear-most column?

6 - Where do you have your equipment setup?


The columns look black to me.


Wow, navy blue! I thought it was the lights that made the columns look blue.
 

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What is that large bubble/lump in the screen? To the left of center about 1/4 the way up??

That's where I screwed up my drywall screen. I didn't notice until the paint dried after spraying. When watching a movie, you don't know it's there.
 

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Nice work. Really like the color choice.


Few things though:

1 - What is the name of the blue color on the columns?

2 - Looks like you have your center mounted in the stage riser. No problems with the CS10 being rear-ported?

3 - Where are your subs located?

4 - Why no step on such a large rear riser?

5 - What all connections do you have in that rear-most column?

6 - Where do you have your equipment setup?

1. The screen wall and columns are the same color. I used Behr Ultra Premium Plus in flat finish from Home Depot. The color is Midnight Dream (570F-7). It's a deep navy blue, but when the lights are dimmed it turns black and absorbs light well.

2. No problems with the CS10 being mounted in the stage. The sound quality is as good is if it was sitting ouside. The stage is pretty much open inside. I did not stuff with insulation so there is plenty of room for air to move around in there.

3. The subs are located inside the stage on each side. I did line those areas with insulation and carpet pad to absorb the bass inside.

4. I thought about it, and I don't think it was necessary to add a step. The height is about equivalent to a typical stair riser. My 18 month old daughter can get over it with no problem.

5. I have (1) HDMI port, (2) Ethernet Ports, (1) Video RCA, and (2) Audio RCA ports. I plan on replacing one of those Ethernets ports with a headphone jack.

6. I have all of my equipment in a seperate room in the rear of the theater (notice the door in the back). I'll post pictures when I get home from work.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by 4fit? /forum/post/20836950


Nice work. Really like the color choice.


Few things though:

1 - What is the name of the blue color on the columns?

2 - Looks like you have your center mounted in the stage riser. No problems with the CS10 being rear-ported?

3 - Where are your subs located?

4 - Why no step on such a large rear riser?

5 - What all connections do you have in that rear-most column?

6 - Where do you have your equipment setup?

Also...Where are your rear speakers located? Very nice work!
 

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Looks great. Nice and clean, as you mentioned.


I assume the area for your subs and center is removable for access? Any pictures of the speakers inside with the cover removed? We all love speaker pron.


What about your equipment area? Any pics?
 

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Looks great man, like the columns.
 

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Looks great. Nice and clean, as you mentioned.


I assume the area for your subs and center is removable for access? Any pictures of the speakers inside with the cover removed? We all love speaker pron.


What about your equipment area? Any pics?

I'll post pics this evening. Thanks!
 
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