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My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted July 20 2008 - 01:49 AM

I've wanted a dedicated home theater and lobby area for almost a decade, but never had the space to make it happen. My wife and I recently had a new home built, and my long-time dream having a dedicated home theater and lobby has finally be realized.

Everything is functional, but I plan to further improve the theater and lobby in the coming months.

Here are a couple quick photos, but on my Home Theater page I have many more before/after photos, videos, links, descriptions and information on my plans to improve the theater & lobby.

Now I just need to name it. Posted Image


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#2 of 25 OFFLINE   slimmatic

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Posted July 23 2008 - 06:41 AM

Looks great. We are in the process of redoing ours, and plan to have a concession type area like yours.

#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Dave Moritz

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Posted July 23 2008 - 11:14 AM

Just wanted to congradulate you on your new dedicated home theater room, very nice! Posted Image
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#4 of 25 OFFLINE   chuckg

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Posted July 24 2008 - 02:06 AM

Nice! tastefully done. How about "Stone Cinema" ?


and, get that phone out of the room! sheesh, you want to be interrupted in the middle of a battle sequence? Posted Image
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#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Joel...Lane

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Posted July 25 2008 - 08:25 AM

Looks very nice. Congrats! The whole house looks great. I like how you terminated your audio cables into the back of the plate. Gives it a much cleaner look than having the cables just coming out of the wall, even if it is in a closet.

What are the room dimensions if you don't mind my asking?

#6 of 25 OFFLINE   don monteith

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Posted July 25 2008 - 08:41 AM

Clean and classy!! I really like it.

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#7 of 25 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted July 26 2008 - 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by slimmatic
Looks great. We are in the process of redoing ours, and plan to have a concession type area like yours.
We're really enjoying the lobby and theater. Good luck with yours, I'm sure you'll love it!


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Originally Posted by Dave Moritz
Just wanted to congradulate you on your new dedicated home theater room, very nice! Posted Image
Thanks, Dave. Posted Image


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Nice! tastefully done. How about "Stone Cinema" ?
I was trying to come up with a name that's a little different. Right now I kind of like "The 10 Palms Theater" or "10 Palms Cinema" (there are 10 palm trees in my front yard). I'm still mulling it over, and probably will be for awhile. Posted Image

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and, get that phone out of the room! sheesh, you want to be interrupted in the middle of a battle sequence? Posted Image
Oh, the phone is just in the lobby--there's no phone in the theater (and cell phones are NOT allowed in the theater Posted Image).


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Originally Posted by Joel...Lane
Looks very nice. Congrats! The whole house looks great. I like how you terminated your audio cables into the back of the plate. Gives it a much cleaner look than having the cables just coming out of the wall, even if it is in a closet.
Thanks, Joel. Posted Image

Yeah, wire clutter is a big pet-peeve of mine; I think it can ruin the appearance of an otherwise very nice setup. I guess that's just the network administrator in me coming out. Posted Image


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What are the room dimensions if you don't mind my asking?
Pretty small, actually: The theater is just 15'4" long by 12'1" wide, and the lobby is roughly 12'10"x15'1".

#8 of 25 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted July 26 2008 - 12:29 PM

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Clean and classy!! I really like it.
Thanks, Don. Posted Image

There is still a lot more that I want to do (both in the lobby and in the theater), but the idea is to build on what I have without getting too opulent. I don't have the budget to place form over function (at least not too much!)

#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Nick P

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Posted July 27 2008 - 04:55 AM

John - Theater and lobby look fantastic. How do you like the Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB projector? I'm looking to upgrade my old 56" RPTV with either a front projector or something like the Mitsubishi 73" DLP RP.

#10 of 25 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted August 01 2008 - 04:44 AM

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How do you like the Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB projector?
I love it--the image is fantastic (note: I had it ISF calibrated). The blacks are deep and very detailed, and the colors are vivid and bright without looking unnatural.

I have two complaints about the 1080 UB, but they are fairly minor:

The convergence is a tiny bit off. This is only noticeable at distances closer than the seating distance, so it's not really an issue. Convergence is the one strike against the 1080 UB that I've heard repeated a lot; however, the buzz these days is that the units coming out now are much improved over the earlier units. I know mine looks great unless I get right up on it, and even then it's just a pixel off. Most people would never notice. My wife has no idea what I'm talking about, no matter how close she gets.

The other complaint is that my SVS was causing the screen image to shake when played at, or near, reference (my preferred movie watching volume). I tried decoupling the sub to no avail, and was about to decouple the projector mount with spring clips, when it was suggested that I take a small piece of index card and wedge it between the inner and outer lens housing. It worked perfectly--the image is now rock solid! Not bad for a 2 second free fix. Posted Image

#11 of 25 OFFLINE   L8NVR

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Posted August 01 2008 - 06:02 AM

Really nice job. Clean and tidy. Well done.

#12 of 25 OFFLINE   Nick P

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Posted August 01 2008 - 05:46 PM

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I love it--the image is fantastic (note: I had it ISF calibrated). The blacks are deep and very detailed, and the colors are vivid and bright without looking unnatural.
Do you have experience with any 1080p DLP RPTV units? Can you compare the image (brightness, sharpness, ect.) from the 2 different displays?


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The convergence is a tiny bit off.
Even after ISF calibration?

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The other complaint is that my SVS was causing the screen image to shake when played at, or near, reference (my preferred movie watching volume). I tried decoupling the sub to no avail, and was about to decouple the projector mount with spring clips, when it was suggested that I take a small piece of index card and wedge it between the inner and outer lens housing. It worked perfectly--the image is now rock solid! Not bad for a 2 second free fix. Posted Image
That's funny. I'd be in the same situation as I have a twin 20-39 CS+ / Samson 1000 combo in my room.

#13 of 25 OFFLINE   troy evans

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Posted August 01 2008 - 06:14 PM

Man, I love your setup. It's neat and not overboard in it's decor. The lobby, now that's really awesome. Taking the time to do one of those shows hardcore love for home theater. The setup Rocks man. Keep the updates comin' bro.
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#14 of 25 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted August 03 2008 - 12:26 AM

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Do you have experience with any 1080p DLP RPTV units? Can you compare the image (brightness, sharpness, ect.) from the 2 different displays?
I do. I have a 61" Samsung 1080p DLP HDTV, a couple of 42" LCD HDTVs and a 52" plasma HDTV; I find the image from the Epson projector to be the most "film-like" and the most pleasing of the bunch.

Of course there are other factors involved in my satisfaction with the projected image, not the least of which is the Stewart filmscreen, which I feel was well worth the money. Also, the projector and my HD-DVD and Blu-ray players can do 24 FPS, while none of the HDTVs can.


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Even after ISF calibration?
As I understand it there are no means to adjust the convergence via software. I've been told that units exhibiting unacceptable convergence must be returned as defective.


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That's funny. I'd be in the same situation as I have a twin 20-39 CS+ / Samson 1000 combo in my room.
I've got a 20-39 CS downstairs in the family room. That was my first SVS, and it's flat-out awesome. I'll bet two of them sound insane! Posted Image

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Posted August 03 2008 - 12:27 AM

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Man, I love your setup. It's neat and not overboard in it's decor. The lobby, now that's really awesome. Taking the time to do one of those shows hardcore love for home theater. The setup Rocks man. Keep the updates comin' bro.
Thanks! I'm trying to obtain a pinball machine for the lobby right now, so that'll probably be next. Posted Image

#16 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeff_Czyz

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Posted August 03 2008 - 01:21 PM

Great looking theater. I can't wait until I move again so I rebuild my theater from scratch... I'm so jealous of all these new theaters.

#17 of 25 OFFLINE   Nick P

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Posted August 04 2008 - 08:12 AM

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I do. I have a 61" Samsung 1080p DLP HDTV, a couple of 42" LCD HDTVs and a 52" plasma HDTV; I find the image from the Epson projector to be the most "film-like" and the most pleasing of the bunch.

Of course there are other factors involved in my satisfaction with the projected image, not the least of which is the Stewart filmscreen, which I feel was well worth the money. Also, the projector and my HD-DVD and Blu-ray players can do 24 FPS, while none of the HDTVs can.
I'm kinda on the fence at the moment. One half of me knows I would love the large fixed screen and the other half thinks I'd be happier with the cyrstal clear image of the DLP RPTV.

#18 of 25 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted August 04 2008 - 08:46 AM

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Great looking theater. I can't wait until I move again so I rebuild my theater from scratch... I'm so jealous of all these new theaters.
I know how you feel. Until I had my new home built, I just didn't have room at my old house. I've been waiting nearly 10 years for this!

I hope you get yours soon. Posted Image


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I'm kinda on the fence at the moment. One half of me knows I would love the large fixed screen and the other half thinks I'd be happier with the cyrstal clear image of the DLP RPTV.
Trust me, the image is crystal clear on the projector. I'll grant you that most standard def DVDs don't look that great blown up to 110" (even upconverted with my XA2), but HD material is jaw-dropping.

Here are a few screenshots I took with a crappy handheld digital camera (which is responsible for the barrel distortion--sorry about that). The screenshots don't even come close to telling the story of how awesome it is to see these 8-foot across images brought to life in 24fps goodness. Posted Image

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#19 of 25 OFFLINE   Nick P

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Posted August 04 2008 - 02:10 PM

^^^Those screen shots do look great. All of those are from 1080p disks? I can't find a theater store with a properly setup projector viewing room for me to see in person. I'd essentially be making a blind buy which makes me a little nervous.

#20 of 25 OFFLINE   Dave Moritz

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Posted August 04 2008 - 04:57 PM

Hey Nick,

If you are in the Phoenix area you could check out Showcase Home Entertainment. They have a couple of rooms set up with projection. Showcase is also part of another store called Tweeter.
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