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Posted: 8/4/2005 5:04:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2006 7:29:06 PM EDT by SmilingBandit]
Link to DLP thread, trying to clean up the stickies. Sylvan
DLP Thread
This home theater forum needs more home theater. To start it off I'll show off my theater in work. Summer has slowed down the finishing work, but I'm still proud of my work.

The setup is 12 theater seats on three tiers. Up in the alcove is an Infocus X1 as my current projector.


The screen is 108" when it's 4:3 and the columns hide the subs and front speakers. The center channel speaker is under the stage.


Here's a shot of a show in progress.


And this is the gear that runs it all. The computer on the left is the home theater pc that I use for the av input.


Added 28 Dec:

I guess since everyone else is putting the areas around their theaters I should too. Here's the bar I built in my basement. It's not currently, nor do I ever think it will completely be, done.

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:08:28 PM EDT
That's my knee in the Pacino pic.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:13:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wombat_SCSO:
That's my knee in the Pacino pic.



I'm not sure GoatBoy will count that as your ARFCOM Idol entry for Heat.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:24:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2005 5:30:33 PM EDT by BeetleBailey]


Well, here's mine, minus the other four speakers:

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 6:16:32 PM EDT
Nice.

I have no pics, but I'm running an Onkyo receiver, 5 Infinity reference speakers with a Cambridge powered sub.

Still trying to convince the wife that a proj is the wayt to go, for now I watch on a Mitsu rear proj.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 7:33:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 10:15:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
color me jealous.



If you can spare the square footage you too could have a setup like this.

I've spent about two grand in equipment and a whole lot of time, but damn is it worth it.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 10:23:52 AM EDT
its a 12 theater seat theater with 13 seats?
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 11:41:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tequilabob:
its a 12 theater seat theater with 13 seats?



I forgot I had four in the back row.

I may not be a smart man...
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:06:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/5/2005 12:23:02 PM EDT by Jon_C_]
Wow. That's a nice theater setup. I thought my setup was pretty darn nice until I saw that.

Here's mine. Why get a big TV when you can have 5 regular sized ones.


Upper left TV goes to the DVD player, Upper right is cable, middle right (commodore 64 monitor) is DVR 1, lower right (commodore 64 monitor) is DVR 2, Main TV swaps between all the other inputs.


Some DVD's, I need to add another rack. :(

Photos of the stadium seating (we have 4 full length couches arranged), 6th TV (for the 2nd row of the stadium seating), movie posters, and surround sound system to come (eventually).
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:13:49 PM EDT
why did you put the center channel speaker under the stage?? . the way you mounted it, all the voice from center chammel would be at your feet sub are the only speakers should be mounted under stage. you don;t actually hear subs
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:17:22 PM EDT
you guys suck....

One thing I'd do different(like i'll ever have the money you guys do) would be to put a big old lazy boy in there for me.

Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:30:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/5/2005 12:30:20 PM EDT by fight4yourrights]
Still waiting to build the theater, but I got the good stuff for when I do

62" Mitsubishi Diamond line DLP

Denon 3800, most of the rest Denon

Definitive Technology speaker set....


Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:31:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tequilabob:
why did you put the center channel speaker under the stage?? . the way you mounted it, all the voice from center chammel would be at your feet sub are the only speakers should be mounted under stage. you don;t actually hear subs



It was pretty much just a compromise. With the size of the screen my only options were:
- Put it below the screen (and come up with a way to hide it)
- Put it above the screen (same issue)
- Put it behind the screen (and try to find a screen that wouldn't jack with the sound, and make a box big enough for the speaker without messing with the acoustics)

Now I will admit that I'm no real audiophile (working on jets long enough will do that to anyone), but I haven't noticed any issues with the setup. The first two rows aren't too much higher than the speaker, and the back row is mostly for making out.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:38:09 PM EDT
When you watch Blackhawk Down in there as loud as we did, all the speakers could be in the next room pointing away and you wouldn't miss out.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 1:39:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:

Originally Posted By tequilabob:
why did you put the center channel speaker under the stage?? . the way you mounted it, all the voice from center chammel would be at your feet sub are the only speakers should be mounted under stage. you don;t actually hear subs



It was pretty much just a compromise. With the size of the screen my only options were:
- Put it below the screen (and come up with a way to hide it)
- Put it above the screen (same issue)
- Put it behind the screen (and try to find a screen that wouldn't jack with the sound, and make a box big enough for the speaker without messing with the acoustics)

Now I will admit that I'm no real audiophile (working on jets long enough will do that to anyone), but I haven't noticed any issues with the setup. The first two rows aren't too much higher than the speaker, and the back row is mostly for making out.



what kind of ceiling do you have, can you recess the speaker into it?? i know it is a pain in the ass but it will sound 10 x's better higher up
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 7:06:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/5/2005 7:09:09 PM EDT by FrankSquid]
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 9:09:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 10:50:08 AM EDT
After that first set of pictures I can't even see the point in taking pictures of my "home theater" as it's really just a TV on a stand with some components under it. Everything else posted below the first post will just pale in comparison.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:14:36 PM EDT

Everything else posted below the first post will just pale in comparison.


Keep rubbing it in....
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 12:40:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pathfinder74:
After that first set of pictures I can't even see the point in taking pictures of my "home theater" as it's really just a TV on a stand with some components under it. Everything else posted below the first post will just pale in comparison.



I feel the same way in the gun porn threads (or ammo-can fort threads).
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 12:54:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 6:20:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/7/2006 2:46:11 AM EDT by AssaultRifler]
Aerial view, I have a transitional house where half of the second floor is wide open, so I have very high ceilings. Note the speakers in the wall, those are for the front surround sound. The standing audio speakers are used only for stereo, mostly CDS and powered by a separate amp. I had the stereo equipment before I got into home theater




The rear surround sound speakers, built in the wall, they're up high but the tweeters are aimable and adjusted downward



The powered sub, I use it to store newspapers until recycling day



Viewing angle. Stuff on left component stand is my 2 channel stereo stuff which powers the floor standing speakers. Stuff on the right is all for surround sound, nothing fancy, a cable box, a DVD player, a VHS player, and an A/V receiver.

TV's a 57" Sony

Link Posted: 8/8/2005 5:42:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:


Well, here's mine, minus the other four speakers:

homepage.uab.edu/beetle/theater.JPG



Is that a Sharp 32" TV? (If it is, I have the same one, or at least a very similar one.) The rest of my 'Home Theater' setup consists of a Pioneer VSX-411 5.1 reciever (100 watts per channel), Infinity IL-60 front speakers (each one has a 12" subwoofer built in), Infinity Beta 360 center and Infinty Alpha 20 rear speakers (In case you couldn't tell, I think Infinity is one of best deals going in speakers, especially when I get the just-discontinued models for half off).

Currently, the theater is dismantled (When I live at my parents house it's in my bedroom as my mother detests the mass of electronic equipment downstairs). The TV is in the living room at my house in College Park, the two rears and the center are now the front and center speakers for my computer (the rears are just some old Panasonic speakers from a broken tabletop system) and the big fronts are still in my room at my parents', being somewhat too large for my room in CP. I wish I had gotten two smaller speakers and a separate subwoofer.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:22:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 3:38:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FrankSquid:

Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
Aerial view, I have a transitional house where half of the second floor is wide open, so I have very high ceilings. Note the speakers in the wall, those are for the front surround sound. The standing audio speakers are used only for stereo, mostly CDS and powered by a separate amp. I had the stereo equipment before I got into home theater

tacoma4x4.no-ip.com/AR15s/HomeTheater1.jpg


The rear surround sound speakers, built in the wall, they're up high but the tweeters are aimable and adjusted downward

tacoma4x4.no-ip.com/AR15s/HomeTheater2.jpg

The powered sub, I use it to store newspapers until recycling day

tacoma4x4.no-ip.com/AR15s/HomeTheater3.jpg

Viewing angle. Stuff on left component stand is my 2 channel stereo stuff which powers the floor standing speakers. Stuff on the right is all for surround sound, nothing fancy, a cable box, a DVD player, a VHS player, and an A/V receiver.

TV's a 57" Sony

tacoma4x4.no-ip.com/AR15s/HomeTheater4.jpg




Very nice. I've heard some of those wall mount speakers and they sound pretty damn good. The Polks were really nice sounding.



Thanks. I had the house prewired when I had it built in summer of 1999. Now the downside is I'm stuck in the Dolby 5.1 world and now there's 6.1 and even 7.1 I think.
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 11:26:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pathfinder74: Everything else posted below the first post will just pale in comparison.


Agreed.
Sweet setup SmilingBandit. The wood under the screen looks great.

I'd love to have a dedicated room, but that's a few years off yet.

Here's my meager contribution. For now, it's a compromise. There's a fireplace behind the TV. Behind that wall is the water heater and a/c unit. Right is an exterior wall, left is a bedroom, so there's no way to build in the components as I'd have preferred. Decent equipment, but crappy room & acoustics.

All Def-Tech speakers:
BP2000tl mains. Bi-polar towers, each with a built-in 15" subwoofer, & 500 watt amp.
CLR3000 center, with it's own built-in 10" powered sub. Sits on a wall mount made for small TV's. (Need to lower it & adjust the angle a bit.)
BPVX surrounds.

65" Sony XBR DLP.
Sony ES Reciever & cheapo Sony DVD player.
5 - Carver M500t power amps, running mono, 500 watts to each speaker.











I was able to build in some neat little drawers for DVD storage. There's a small 3-level light & touch control mounted under the counter.
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 12:51:18 PM EDT
I like some of the detail work, especially the remote shelves and the trim.
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 12:56:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 1:15:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 1:48:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/2/2005 5:56:05 AM EDT by thebomber]
Here's what it used to look like:







Then it morphed into this:









The equipment:

Sharp 12K HD 2+ DLP projector
128" dia 16 x 9 Dalite Hi Power Screen
Pioneer Elite DV 59 via HMDI to DVI cable
Panny HD STB
Pioneer Elite 47 TX Receiver
Sherbourn 250 wpx amp
Dynaudio Speakers up fron L,C,R
Atlantic Tech for surrounds 7.1 set up
HSU TN 1225 sub
other stuff

Controlled by a Phillips Pronto

Bomber
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 2:44:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thebomber:
Then it morphed into this:



That's awesome.

Link Posted: 8/11/2005 3:34:43 PM EDT
Nice looking joint bomber. I saw the door to yours in another thread and wanted to see what was behind it.

Did you do the work yourself?
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 3:56:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
Nice looking joint bomber. I saw the door to yours in another thread and wanted to see what was behind it.

Did you do the work yourself?



Yea....I it was a lot of work but it was fun.

I can remember talking to my wife about a dedicated theater and she would say "i don't get it". "Like we're going to go all the way down into the basement to watch a movie".

When we decided to finish the basement I drew up the plans w/o a theater because she has....veto power . I did however have a kick ass gun room planned. She nixed the gun room and said let's do the theater instead. I ended up with a walkin gun closet . As it turns out, she the one always suggesting that we go watch a movie. I put the bar in the back because from time to time we eat a late dinner and can eat in comfort and still get a movie in.

Bomber
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 9:54:42 PM EDT
... Dang, some nice-assed set-ups there!

... tagged for my modest home theater pix
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 5:38:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thebomber:
Here's what it used to look like:
Bomber



I stand corrected... everything beyond page one might notbe crap... your set-up is pretty ding dang sweet.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 5:47:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Doucheatron3000:

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:


Well, here's mine, minus the other four speakers:

homepage.uab.edu/beetle/theater.JPG



Is that a Sharp 32" TV? (If it is, I have the same one, or at least a very similar one.) The rest of my 'Home Theater' setup consists of a Pioneer VSX-411 5.1 reciever (100 watts per channel), Infinity IL-60 front speakers (each one has a 12" subwoofer built in), Infinity Beta 360 center and Infinty Alpha 20 rear speakers (In case you couldn't tell, I think Infinity is one of best deals going in speakers, especially when I get the just-discontinued models for half off).

Currently, the theater is dismantled (When I live at my parents house it's in my bedroom as my mother detests the mass of electronic equipment downstairs). The TV is in the living room at my house in College Park, the two rears and the center are now the front and center speakers for my computer (the rears are just some old Panasonic speakers from a broken tabletop system) and the big fronts are still in my room at my parents', being somewhat too large for my room in CP. I wish I had gotten two smaller speakers and a separate subwoofer.



yep
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 12:39:05 PM EDT
someone tack this thread.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 6:56:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/5/2005 9:46:16 AM EDT by cmjohnson]
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 8:01:01 AM EDT
Love the setups everyone.

Here's mine.

Full disclosure, I bought the house this way, the previous owner put some real thought and money into this, and I cannot take the credit. The basement was a major reason we bought this particular house, that and the backyard, but that needs a different thread. My kids think ours is the greatest house in the world.

I put in some pics of the whole area so you can get a real feel of the atmosphere, but a few of them are not strictly home theatre pics.

Coming down the basement stairs:


Left turn into theatre





Back two rows:


10 seats total:


Curtain controlled by auto dimming light switch: (forgot the screen shot)


Rest of the basement:











Link Posted: 10/5/2005 8:17:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 10:53:07 AM EDT
Tagged to steal some great ideas. I love this place....arfcom.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 11:10:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
That looks like a really fun basement/home theater. Nice and playful. The previous owner had some
great ideas, and you've followed them nicely.


The difference between high end digital projectors and high end CRT projectors:

3 year service life of digitals. They're obsolete by then.
Greater than 10 or 20 year service life of CRTs. And then they just need to be refurbished and
thrown back into service. And there's always a way to get the newest signal format into a CRT
projector. Always.

I have a definite preference for the mighty CRT.

CJ


Everything you said is true although the 3 year life is a tad bit of an exaggeration......the problem is you didn't say everything that needs to be said.

Bomber


Link Posted: 10/5/2005 11:59:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/5/2005 12:06:31 PM EDT by cmjohnson]
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 12:04:16 PM EDT
Once again you're still exaggerating and presenting a very onesided arguement. Keep in mind, not everyone here is a HT neophyte.

Bomber
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 12:11:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 12:29:09 PM EDT
So, where can I get a good, long life crt projector from at a decent price?



TXL
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 12:31:10 PM EDT

Digital isn't ready to overtake top flight CRT projectors yet.


You're right but it's getting closer every day, then again in some aspects it has already.

Smaller
Brighter
no convergence issues (single chippers)
easy set-up
allows use of an all digital signal path

For the masses, these are compelling reasons to go digital. You also have to ask youself, where are the manufacturers spending their resources. I can't think of a new model CRT FP being made. The technology peaked years ago.

Benefits
Blacks
color fidelity

I have not seen nor heard of any systemic quality issues with digital PJs other than bulb flicker which was isolated to a bad batch of bulbs. I have a 3 year old HD2+ PJ that has not had any issues and would put it up with any comparably priced CRT. It't been miticulously calibrated and the grey scale is absolutely flat and the color points are right on. Temporal dithering is non existant as is screen door or visible pixals from less than 1 sceen width. In fact you have to pretty much walk up to the screen to see the pixals.

Most people do not have the absolute control over ambient light to take advantage of a CRT FP picture quality. I happen to have complete light control but went digital due to size, ability to project a larger image and the desire to maintain an all digital signal path.

Bomber
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 1:06:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fish223:
Love the setups everyone.

Here's mine.

Full disclosure, I bought the house this way, the previous owner put some real thought and money into this, and I cannot take the credit. The basement was a major reason we bought this particular house, that and the backyard, but that needs a different thread. My kids think ours is the greatest house in the world.

I put in some pics of the whole area so you can get a real feel of the atmosphere, but a few of them are not strictly home theatre pics.

Coming down the basement stairs:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42045

Left turn into theatre
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42046


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42047

Back two rows:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42048

10 seats total:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42050

Curtain controlled by auto dimming light switch: (forgot the screen shot)
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42051

Rest of the basement:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42052


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42053


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42054


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42056




Dude, that is some sick shit.

WOW, so cool.

But I'd have to say, along with SmilingBandits post....why the regular theater seats? Man, I put some big 'ol, super comfy lazy boys in there...otherwise PERFECT!

One of these days, when I stop spending on guns and stuff...I'll have to do something in my house!

I do have nearly 600 DVD titles....I should put together a stellar system to watch them!
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 1:06:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fish223:
Love the setups everyone.

Here's mine.

Full disclosure, I bought the house this way, the previous owner put some real thought and money into this, and I cannot take the credit. The basement was a major reason we bought this particular house, that and the backyard, but that needs a different thread. My kids think ours is the greatest house in the world.

I put in some pics of the whole area so you can get a real feel of the atmosphere, but a few of them are not strictly home theatre pics.

Coming down the basement stairs:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42045

Left turn into theatre
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42046


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42047

Back two rows:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42048

10 seats total:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42050

Curtain controlled by auto dimming light switch: (forgot the screen shot)
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42051

Rest of the basement:
photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42052


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42053


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42054


photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=42056




I love the theme the basement has. It all was put together nicely.

And kids do love this stuff. My foster brother had his birthday party at my house last weekend and all of his firends were insanely jealous.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 1:10:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pzjgr:

Dude, that is some sick shit.

WOW, so cool.

But I'd have to say, along with SmilingBandits post....why the regular theater seats? Man, I put some big 'ol, super comfy lazy boys in there...otherwise PERFECT!

One of these days, when I stop spending on guns and stuff...I'll have to do something in my house!

I do have nearly 600 DVD titles....I should put together a stellar system to watch them!



For me the theater seats were installed because:
- The size. I have alot of friends over for movies and for games on tv and I can fit 13 comfortably where I could probably only fit 4-6 nice recliners.
- The look. Nuff said.
- The price. I got my theater seats from a theater that was being decomissioned, so around 50 seats cost me an afternoon of my time.

And it is worth noting that I have yet to hear a complaint about how comfortable the seats are.
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