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    Win an Onkyo TX-NR1030 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

    What an incredible giveaway! I've been doing "surround sound" since the days of quad-channel LP albums. My first "big HT system" was a Dolby Prologic receiver and that is what really got me hooked on home theater. I skipped 3D because it gives me a headache, but would love to take the next...
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    Wall-mounting rear-ported speakers? Plug the port?

    My L/R speakers are Axiom M22's http://www.axiomaudio.com/m22-bookshelf-speakers They are rear-ported. They have the ability to be wall-mounted using a bracket Axiom sells, which puts the rear of the speaker/port 2" from the wall. Axiom sells custom port plugs for the oddly-shaped (but...
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    Prefect projector screen paint gain project

    What's the purpose of the LED strip in each picture? It's not a measuring instrument and it interferes with seeing the image as well as determining the quality of the image, so what does it do?
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    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Ahh, now I remember. It looks like corrugated cardboard in the middle...except it's all plastic and it's about 1/4" thick. Thanks for the info. :)
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    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    I've read about the "plastic board" used as the base but never researched it. I know it's common at Lowe's/HD...what's it called? It's like a piece of insulation or something, no?
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    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Thanks, Sam. What is the advantage of the painted screen over a cloth screen? Without spraying the paint it would be difficult to get a perfectly flat finish. I do have total light control in the room; it just won't be pitch black in there when I've got a bunch of people over watching football.
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    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    Hmm, I will look at the options sheet for acoustic drywall. Thanks very much for that tip!
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    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    I am having the floor insulated (the bonus room is over the garage and kitchen) but it's just normal insulation. It is not much, but it is better than just leaving it uninsulated...it will at least prevent that space between the kitchen ceiling and theater floor from being just a hollow box...
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    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    Thanks for the tips, guys. I'll be referring back to this thread when the time comes to tell the builder what color to paint the walls (new construction). I guess I will pick the darkest color carpet I can from whatever the available choices are (assuming one of the "custom colors" is not too...
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    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    After many years of waiting I'm finally getting a dedicated HT room. The room is 17'D x 21'W x 9'H and has total light control. There are windows, but they will be covered with blackout drapes. I've gotten the green light to paint it whatever color I want (Did NOT see that coming!). Now, we...
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    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Hmm, $753 (on sale today) for a 118" screen. http://www.carada.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=PROJECTION-SCREEN-H118P And that's just with the basic Classic Cinema White Material. Not sure if I should use any other color? The W1200 does not have a dynamic iris. Considering I can build a 120"...
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    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    I will check out the Carada screens; thanks for the tip. Why the recommendation for painted plastic over a screen of some type? The Benq W1200 isn't a light canon, but it's a fairly bright PJ and with total light control in the room, that eliminates may problems right off the bat.
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    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Thanks, Sam. I should be OK with the Denon on it's own then, assuming the internal amps are all up to snuff. On a side note: What is happiness? Happiness is discovering that the AVR refurb you purchased for $600 just two days ago has gone up in price to $650. :banana: Boo-yah!
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    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Thanks for actually clicking and reading my thread; I know this is an old question but bear with me. I have built a screen before with blackout cloth over a wood frame, but it was a smaller size than what I'm looking to do now. Basic Facts/Assumptions: Throw distance is 15 feet (+/- a foot)...
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    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    That works for me. 33wpc is roughly 25% of what the X4000 allegedly puts out, theoretically leaving plenty of oomph in reserve for transients. Assuming the whole "factory refurbished" thing works out, of course. If it didn't come with a 1-year warranty I wouldn't have went with the refurb...
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