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<p>Oh, hi there!  This theatre is just about "finished" as of 11/2012 but the project is very much an ongoing thing.  It's my hobby.  Since I wrote this first post I've morphed the design and overall concept quite a bit.  The video archive and Table of Contents in the next post down does a pretty good job of showing you my progress.  All of my videos are produced in timelapse which, as you'll see has also progressed in quality since my first attempt.</p>
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<p>My theatre was featured in Electronic House in May, 2013.  Have a look at <a href="http://www.electronichouse.com/article/crestron_programmer_adds_creative_tweaks_to_his_own_theater/" target="_blank">this excellent article</a>.</p>
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<p>Here are photos as the project stands in January 2013.</p>
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<ul id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_608"><li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_636"><b id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_635">Room:</b> 24'-4" x 16'-8" with 8'-1" ceilings.  Single 5/8" drywall direct to stud (standard) w/ R30 in walls and ceiling.  Soffits are drywall over wood w/ IC 4" cans and R30.</li>
</ul><ul><li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_631"><b id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_633">Screen:</b> Seymour Center Stage XD acoustically transparent.  139" diagnonal viewed from ~ 12 feet</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_629"><b>Projector:</b> JVC RS45</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_627"><b>Speakers:</b> Meridian DSP 5000 24/96 (L,C,R), Meridian DSP 5000 16/44 (SL,SR,RL,RR), Two LFE Lil' Mike Cinema F20 (15" horn-loaded subwoofers)</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_625"><b>Electronics:</b> Behringer DSP1000 (subwoofers), Meridan 568.2mm Surround Processor, Meridian 562v.2</li>
<li><strong>Sources</strong>: Mac Mini running XBMC Eden, Samsung Blu-ray, Apple TV 3rd Generation, Logitech Squeezebox</li>
<li><strong>Infrastructure</strong>: Synology DS1812+ NAS hosting ~6TB of (LEGAL) media, DLink and Apple Gigabit switches</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_623"><b>Rack:</b> Middle Atlantic</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_621"><b>Power Management:</b> Too many power strips.  Soon to be ETA sequencer or similar.</li>
<li><strong>Power Draw</strong>: ~950w in use, ~300w in standby (unacceptable!)</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_619"><b>Lighting:</b> 8 overhead LED 6" fixtures, 21 perimeter 4" fixtures w/ 40w incandescents.  Lutron Diva LED Dimmers.</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_617"><b>Control:</b> Crestron QM-RMC, Crestron Mobile Pro G App for iPad, Custom software, XBMC-Commander app, Apple Remote app, iPeng app (for Squeezebox)</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_615"><b>Seating:</b> Palliser sectional.  Seats 5 for a movie but 4 is more comfortable.</li>
</ul><ul><li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_611"><b>Acoustic Treatments:</b> 2" Linacoustic RC ductliner on screen wall, bass traps coming soon</li>
<li id="user_yui_3_7_3_1_1358313348312_613"><b>Paint:</b> Restoration Hardware 'Charcoal' (soffits, rear wall, closet door, trim), Restoration Hardware 'Shore' (walls), Behr 'Mouse Ears' (ceiling, rack corner, exterior door)</li>
<li><strong>Decoration: </strong> Custom-designed CNC carving on two sheets of MDF 3/4" (rear wall).  Finished in clear satin finish.</li>
<li><strong>Future:</strong> Bass trapping (right of stage behind panel), reflection absorption (2" Linacoustic behind custom-printed 19th century map of London)</li>
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<div style="text-align:center;"><b><span style="font-size:large;">Ongoing Progress Updates & Table of Contents</span></b></div>
<br><p>If you are just joining us then I'll save you some hassle, run-on sentences and give you the Reader's Digest Condensed version. <b>The videos are available in HD</b> if you're so inclined to click through to Youtube.<br>
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<div style="text-align:center;"><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=20851322#post20851322" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">8/21/11 - Stage Construction</span></a></div>
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Done! Sand Dance!<br><img alt="" src="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3982656/theatre/dance2.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=20951990#post20951990" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">9/14/11 - Insulation Installation</span></a><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=20994702#post20994702" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">9/24/11 - Finishing the Stage... Trials and Tribulations</span></a><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=21049257#post21049257" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">10/7/11 - Soffit Mockup</span></a><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=21054532#post21054532" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">10/27/11 - Making the Soffits</span></a><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=21245535#post21245535" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">11/22/11 - Lighting the Theater</span></a><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1323919&page=14" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">1/19/12 - We Have Subwoofers</span></a><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=21795506#post21795506" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">3/18/12 - Scraping, Sanding, and What-Have-You</span></a><br>
<br><br><span style="font-size:large;">4/11/12 - Wiring, Subwoofers, Drywall, Guest Stars! Including our own NicksHitachi!</span><br>
<br><br><span style="font-size:large;">5/17/12 - Drywall, Painting, and a Little Sound Treatment</span><br>
<br><br><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=22086648#post22086648" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:large;">6/1/12 - Building the Screen</span></a><br>
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<div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.avsforum.com/t/1323919/the-timelapse-theatre-planning-n-build-log/960#post_22262247">11/12/2012 - Painting and Screen-Wall Panels</a></span></div>
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<p style="text-align:center;">And Finally... A Tour of the Finished Theatre</p>
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<p>A few people have asked about my process for making the timelapse videos. It's pretty involved but I outlined it in <a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=21180162#post21180162" target="_blank">this post</a>.</p>
 

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I thought that I'd add a little more information. This room is "finished" in our new house and is down in the basement. Well, it *is* the basement, really.<br><br><i>Sound Proofing</i><br>
Before I decided whether or not I need to apply double drywall, green glue, etc. I am going to hook up the speakers and pump up the jams. If I can perform this experiment while my wife and son are asleep then I will have my answer!<br><br><i>Equipment Choices</i><br>
All I own at this stage are one pair of the Meridians. I'm open to suggestions for projector, anamorphic lens, scaler/video processor, screen material, etc.<br><br><i>Appearance/Design</i><br>
The rendering of the waffle-wall is STRICTLY for reference. The actual piece of art from Dharmesh will be quite different from what you see up there. The basic idea is to build a solid false wall, paint it black (or, if money allows, add an absorption layer and black GOM or something), and apply the dark-gray interlocking pieces onto it.
 

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Is there a reason for the new wall f you don't go IB? Looks like you're not planning on AT with the meridians out front. With four more feet, you could probably get a second row of seats in there (I'd guess).</div>
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That's a good question. I had originally planned for the false wall so that I could use an AT screen but then somebody talked me out of it based on audio quality, moire problems, and cost.<br><br>
Since there's a door on that wall (with a window in it no less) I knew I could center the screen on the false wall and make the window in the door an un-problem. Does that make any sense? haha!<br><br>
I don't know now. I'm doubting my layout every time I think I've decided on something. I guess that's part of the process?<br><br>
Now I'm thinking about rotating the entire thing 90 degrees and putting the screen on the long wall opposite the door in the alcove (the entrance door). I think I might scrap have to go back to the drawing board altogether. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/frown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Frown">
 

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Your room is real close to the dimensions I have. I tried a seating configuration like you show and it's pretty tight. I'd keep the orientation like you have it, screen on the short wall. Check out my theater (signature) to get a feel for the size of your space with stuff in it.
 

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I had originally planned for the false wall so that I could use an AT screen but then somebody talked me out of it based on audio quality, moire problems, and cost.</div>
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Audio quality? I find that slightly misleading, since you have <b><i>better</i></b> audio quality with an AT setup (if configured correctly). Moire is an issue in some instances, but can be dealt with or eliminated (I don't have it). If cost is another concern, you can DIY an AT screen for less than buying a retail non-AT screen.<br><br>
I would also keep your current orientation with the screen on the short wall.
 

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Welcome to the cash flow black hole (aka HT) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
One thing I noticed is that it looks like you have two center channel speakers. I believed this is a big no no given that it leads to severe comb filtering. Am I missing something?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jdanforth</strong> <a href="/forum/post/20197929"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><i>Sound Proofing</i><br>
Before I decided whether or not I need to apply double drywall, green glue, etc. I am going to hook up the speakers and pump up the jams. If I can perform this experiment while my wife and son are asleep then I will have my answer!</div>
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Don't forget that soundproofing is not just to keep sound from bothering the rest of the family, but also to lower the noise floor in your theater. Depending on the amount of ambient noise in your home (walking, kids playing, the sound of AC running, etc), this might be the difference in being able to watch a movie without turning the volume up for quiet dialogue and back down for loud effects.
 

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Your room is real close to the dimensions I have. I tried a seating configuration like you show and it's pretty tight. I'd keep the orientation like you have it, screen on the short wall. Check out my theater (signature) to get a feel for the size of your space with stuff in it.</div>
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Thanks for the tip on seating. I was struggling to figure out how to make the wide dimension work. Also your build is great. I love the B&Ws! I sold them for years and loved having my own. Special thanks for the great detailed photos of your masking solution on your DIY screen.<br><br>
I was planning to go curved but I see you have flat. Any reason you did that other than, I assume, it was an easier build? What is the width?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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...you have better audio quality with an AT setup (if configured correctly).</div>
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Really? I don't understand. I suppose woven would be better than microperf and neither would be better than no barrier but I'm just going on my gut instinct. Color me curious!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I would also keep your current orientation with the screen on the short wall.</div>
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Welcome to the cash flow black hole (aka HT)<br><br>
One thing I noticed is that it looks like you have two center channel speakers. I believed this is a big no no given that it leads to severe comb filtering. Am I missing something?</div>
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As a photographer (specializing in a weird, out-dated method) I am well aware of cash-flow black holes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> I did put two center channels in there but I never considered the consequences. I only put it in there because I knew that I'd have to buy another pair and that the unused one would get lonely. It would make a rad iPod dock though! hahaaha!<br><br>
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Don't forget that soundproofing is not just to keep sound from bothering the rest of the family, but also to lower the noise floor in your theater.</div>
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SAGE advice! I'll consider the dishwasher in the kitchen above, AC, etc. now in the design.<br><br>
Thank you all for your responses. This is quite a learning experience for me.
 

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I've placed revised drawings in the first post based on the excellent feedback I've heard from you all so far.<br><br>
I decided that the false wall was unnecessary because I'm not planning AT anymore and I decided that I wanted to leave the exterior door accessible for emergencies and for easy hot-tub access. :) I saw BIGmouthinDC's post about the linacoustic and fabric in <a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=20041746#post20041746" target="_blank">this post</a> and I think that's a great idea.<br><br>
I'll need to re-carpet the whole room anyway so that linoleum won't be a problem.<br><br>
Moving the wall back gives me four more feet to play with so I'm liking the idea of integrating a riser now. I lowered the screen to 24" off the ground, put the first row at about 10'-10" from the 130" wide 2.35:1 curved screen (too close, maybe?) and the second row at about 16'-6" from the screen on top of a 10" high riser.<br><br>
I can't imagine where I'll come up with Berkline money but the riser dimensions will help in picking out seats!<br><br>
I also switched to the idea of using a standard center channel speaker instead of a pair of towers. This is good because I can lower the screen and nip a potential sound problem in the bud early.<br><br>
Another addition is a soffit but I'm not sure if it will be necessary.
 

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Special thanks for the great detailed photos of your masking solution on your DIY screen.<br><br>
I was planning to go curved but I see you have flat. Any reason you did that other than, I assume, it was an easier build? What is the width?</div>
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I went with a flat screen since I have no plans to buy an anamorphic lens any time soon. With my long throw, even <i>with</i> a lens the pincushion would be minimal. Plus this screen was done on the <i>really</i> cheap. I have about $150 in it, the most expensive thing being the steel I used for the top and bottom borders.<br><br>
The screen is approximately 108"x42". Eyeballs are about nine feet back.
 

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Sound Proofing<br>
Before I decided whether or not I need to apply double drywall, green glue, etc. I am going to hook up the speakers and pump up the jams. If I can perform this experiment while my wife and son are asleep then I will have my answer!</div>
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The purpose of sound isolation is to lower the noise floor in the room to below NR22 (below the level of the softest sound on the sound track).<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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That's a good question. I had originally planned for the false wall so that I could use an AT screen but then somebody talked me out of it based on audio quality, moire problems, and cost.</div>
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BS what part of acoustically transparent do they not understand? Of course, they totally forgot to tell you about high frequency slap echo and SBIR notches caused the the screen itself. Find a different advisor.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Really? I don't understand. I suppose woven would be better than microperf and neither would be better than no barrier but I'm just going on my gut instinct. Color me curious!</div>
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No barrier? Well, hum ... if that were the case speakers would not come with acoustically transparent speaker grills. Why would woven be better than microperf? There is no inherent reason why that would be true or not true. I wonder what the shadows cast by some weaves do to the picture quality?<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Serious big no no. There was one, count 'em one, Meridian processor modified 10 years ago to handle this horrid problem and you don't own it.<br><br>
Don't put the center channel below the screen ... particularily with multiple rows of seating.<br><br>
There you go...some free advice ... likely worth exactly what you paid for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie">
 

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There you go...some free advice ... likely worth exactly what you paid for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie"></div>
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Wow, thanks for the insight, Dennis. Out of curiosity, you're not talking about the epically-weird Meridian 518 DSP, are you? But you're right, I don't own it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie"><br><br>
I'm going to rethink the AT screen idea based on your feedback. I think I have to see one in action to see if the moire annoys me or not. Who knows, I might not be able to see it at all. I certainly like the idea of a stealthy installation.<br><br>
I've been busy since my last post thinking deeply about the room and designing a new wall/ceiling treatment in 3D CAD. My working inspiration is this restaurant designed by Office dA in Boston:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3982656/theatre/banq_1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
More images here: <a href="http://www.yatzer.com/BANQ-restaurant-by-Office-dA" target="_blank">http://www.yatzer.com/BANQ-restaurant-by-Office-dA</a><br><br>
At this point I'm thinking about building something very similar but lining the space between the ribs with an absorptive foam and using a darker veneer (walnut, wenge, tiger-stripe bamboo, something like that). Before I decide how much and where to put the foam, though, I'll put an RTA in the room for proper measurements.<br><br>
I'm a little concerned that the wall/ceiling treatment will render the room a little claustrophobic but that can be tweaked. As long as I don't extend the ribs more than a few inches off the wall/ceiling I think it should be fine.
 

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OMG...do it! I say that because I want to see an example of how you would treat that monster while preserving the unique look!
 

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Wow that restaurant is amazing - as would your build if you could pull that off. If designed with it in mind, you could build in some nice diffusion - but if done haphazardly, could make a mess of things acoustically as well. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin">
 

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HAHA, thanks. I'm trying very hard not to screw it up! It's hard putting a design like that into the scale of my room. I'm mocking it up in Rhino with Dharmesh's help.<br><br>
I'll laser cut a scale model of the space a couple times to hash out the design, of course, but the acoustics will be tricky. Thus the RTA...
 

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Hey Jon! I see you already have a build thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie"><br><br>
I'm also on the cash flow program. Depending on income, it can really slow things down. I'm in year three right now! I've only been working about half time though. The economy has crushed my industry (development).<br><br>
I highly recommend fitting an AT screen in place. The "better" sound that folks are referring to is due to more flexible speaker placement options. You can put the speakers right where they need to be for the best imaging and anchoring. I found it to be VERY valuable.<br><br>
Can you post a floorplan that includes more than the theater room? Access doors? Equipment room?<br><br>
There are different preferences for coming in at the front of the theater or the rear. Mine is from the rear, and I like it. No traffic or distractions as people come and go.<br><br>
I'd also think about that riser some more. You want to minimize steps in a dark room. Instead of having all those edges as tripping hazards, can you extend it wall to wall. Then you can have one or two places that you step and the rest is safer.<br><br>
Anyway, I look forward to following along. If you think a visit ot my place might be helpful, then lets plan a visit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie"><br><br>
Tony
 

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Nope ... wasn't talking about the 518 or 618 (have 'em both). It was a specially modified 565 ... modifications in software to accommodate a very specific problem for a very special individual (not me, I might add).
 

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Hey Jon! I see you already have a build thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie"><br><br>
I'm also on the cash flow program. Depending on income, it can really slow things down. I'm in year three right now! I've only been working about half time though. The economy has crushed my industry (development).<br><br>
I highly recommend fitting an AT screen in place. The "better" sound that folks are referring to is due to more flexible speaker placement options. You can put the speakers right where they need to be for the best imaging and anchoring. I found it to be VERY valuable.<br><br>
Can you post a floorplan that includes more than the theater room? Access doors? Equipment room?<br><br>
There are different preferences for coming in at the front of the theater or the rear. Mine is from the rear, and I like it. No traffic or distractions as people come and go.<br><br>
I'd also think about that riser some more. You want to minimize steps in a dark room. Instead of having all those edges as tripping hazards, can you extend it wall to wall. Then you can have one or two places that you step and the rest is safer.<br><br>
Anyway, I look forward to following along. If you think a visit ot my place might be helpful, then lets plan a visit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smilie"><br><br>
Tony</div>
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I now agree that an AT screen is most compatible with my vision. I'll work on a larger floor plan and post it. I'm starting to have some questions about HVAC planning, softly design, etc. I'm sure that will come in handy.<br><br>
The riser is tricky. The entrance to the room might present a challenge. When I get the floor plan up I'll need some advice on riser design.<br><br>
Thanks for the offer of a visit! Your build is beautiful and I'd love the opportunity to see the fine detail in person. I've been disappointed that there isn't more local interest in the Raleigh-Durham area. Upstate SC is pretty close, though!<br><br>
I had a nice conference with my friend Dharmesh about the design and he gave me some really great pointers. My plan now is to lay out the entire room (speaker locations, screen, seating, HVAC returns, light fixtures, rack, etc. and only then begin to design the sliced wall/ceiling feature. I have to do it this way so that the feature can wind around all of those fixed things.
 
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