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I've been wanting to post pictures of the home theater my wife and I put together for a couple of months but couldn't find the time. Well, finally I'm able to and hope you all like it. We certainly do. The 13' x 21' room spent the first 10 years in the house as my dedicated music room. I'm one of those dreaded "audiophiles" and spent quite a bit of time just sitting in my chair listening to tunes, mostly on vinyl. Over the last couple of years however I found myself wanting a dedicated theater and spending less and less time listening to music due to other things demanding my time. My wife and I decided last summer that we would go ahead and turn the music room into a theater and set about the task of what we wanted to achieve. She was mainly interested in what it would look like, I was mainly interested in the video and audio portion.


My wife has an interior designer that she has worked with on the rest of our home so she wanted her to come over and talk to us about the theater. That was fine with me as long as certain requirements I had were met. The designer had to make sure that the room was completely light controlled, acoustically I had some requirements for reflection and so forth, the room had to be dark colors, etc. My wife Judi wanted to try and have a classical theater theme to the room, so she and the designer came up with some heavy velvet curtains and trim, very dark blue paint, carpet and lighting accessories that fit the look my wife wanted. I decided that I could live with the curtains acting as an acoustical treatment since the panels I wanted didn't exactly meet the WAF visually. The curtains are serving two purposes. They have blackout cloth sewn to the back to prevent any light from coming through the two windows in the room and they also do a surprisingly good job a taming room reflections. Not perfectly, but I've had no issues with the sound in the room.


As far as the equipment, I spent time with a local dealer who I decided to use and we talked about all my wishes. I gave him a wish list of everything I could think of knowing it would be above my budget, but figuring I could start eliminating things I could live without. I also wanted to use some of the gear I already owned since I'm very happy with it. I ended up getting a good deal on a Pioneer PRO-FPJ1 projector and mated that with a Da-Lite Cinema Vision 2.35:1 screen, 115" diagonal. I added a Panamorph lens with the manual sled about a month after everything was installed. For the sound I kept my Thiel 2 2 speakers for my mains and added a pair of Thiel Power Plane 1.2's for the surrounds and a Thiel SCS4 for the center. Sub work is being handled by a single Epik Sentinel. The mains are being powered by my Classe' Audio CA-300 with the other 3 channels driven by an Emotiva XPA-3 (thanks to this forum). Processor is a Rotel RSP-1570, Blu-Ray is a Pioneer BDP-51FD and a PS3 for my inner child. I also have my CAL Audio Labs CD player and my VPI Scout turntable still in the system for when I'm in a music mood.


Before work began. Room has mostly been stripped.




Screen wall with the soffit under construction and screen marked.



Rear wall







Fast forward to the finished product.






I hope to add some more images in the coming days to show some more details. I guess I should add a screen shot too.


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What a transformation! Love the carpet and colors and how they work together. Beautiful room. Nice job!
 

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I forgot to mention the seating. Those are the craziest looking seats I have ever seen. Sweet!
 

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I forgot to mention the seating. Those are the craziest looking seats I have ever seen. Sweet!

Yeah, the seats were a real leap of faith for me. We wanted fabric and not leather so my wife and the decorator began searching for fabrics. We originally saw these seats (Motioncraft) with a two-tone fabric pattern where the arms and bottom were a solid and the back was a pattern - something I liked. The women put together this combination and were just so in love with it and all I could think was how much I hated it. My wife pleaded with me to trust her judgement so I did - and I like them very much. Front row is powered recline and the back row is manual.
 

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Yeah, the seats were a real leap of faith for me. We wanted fabric and not leather so my wife and the decorator began searching for fabrics. We originally saw these seats (Motioncraft) with a two-tone fabric pattern where the arms and bottom were a solid and the back was a pattern - something I liked. The women put together this combination and were just so in love with it and all I could think was how much I hated it. My wife pleaded with me to trust her judgement so I did - and I like them very much. Front row is powered recline and the back row is manual.

Well at least you trust your wife enough to allow her to make that decision. If it were my wife she would probably pick a purple with rainbows pattern. Hence the reason she is not allowed to make decisions as they relate to the basement.


Nice Job!
 

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Another Panther fan! Sweet! Do you live in/near Charlotte?


Theater looks great.

Yep, just outside Mint Hill. Season ticket holder for 15 years (some of them very tough).
 

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Yep, just outside Mint Hill. Season ticket holder for 15 years (some of them very tough).

No kidding! My parents and inlaws live in Mint Hill. I went to Indepedence. I work in Mint Hill too. My company has season tickets since the first season in Charlotte. I get the chance to go every now and then. Already looking forward to training camp!
 

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Here are some additional photos of the room. The blue on the walls is actually much darker than the photos show.













 
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