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    Above ceiling screen question

    The unit is actually designed with two doors, one of them is locked down. I'm guessing that if work needs to be done on the unit, you'd open the second door so there would be room do drop the screen and motor out (the motor is in the roller. That gives me an extra 'hinge.' I decided to texture...
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    In-ceiling speakers - recommendations

    I am not an audiophile. So what I'm going to suggest is purely from experience. For my theater I put in a 5:1 setup and bought OSD Audio ICE-640 pro series speakers. This was almost 2 years ago, so things may have changed. I love them. They sound great. I actually have bought a pile of these...
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    Above ceiling screen question

    Here's ours. We built a 2x4 box the size of the screen enclosure and placed it on the existing drywall. Then we screwed it in. Then we used a handful of 2x4s to connect it to surrounding joists. This was just a frame to support the drywall. Then we cut out the drywall to open the hole. The...
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    Anyone else have a family with almost zero interest in their HT?

    Chuck, We had a dedicated theater when my kids were teens. But here's the kicker, while they were growing up and until they hit high school, they only were allowed one hour a week to watch TV. They had to pick their show, and if we approved it, they could watch it. And this is from parents with...
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    Above ceiling screen question

    In my experience, it depends on what kind of access you have to the screen area. I put mine in my attic, which made it easy to work on and to wire. I even made a 'ramp' where I put 2x4's across the joists and put plywood on top of that. This ran parallel to the area between the joists where the...
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    Theater Update

    I have not posted here for ages. Life caught up with me. This is an update to my theater post a couple years ago. This is my second home theater. My first was a great basement build from scratch. Classic room with tiered seats, sconces and movie posters...the works. I loved it, but it was in the...
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    Gator's Bookshelf Theater

    Time for home base electronics. I've ordered and received my in-ceiling speakers, I've run my line(s) for the SW. The projector, lift and screen are all set. As noted, I've also run two 1 1/2" conduits going to a junction box to the base of my electronics cabinet (contractor has ordered...
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    Gator's Bookshelf Theater

    I understand the toxins used in meth houses can be a concern. For grow houses, the humidity and resulting mold are the problem. We removed all of the drywall below 4 feet and then any suspect drywall as well as all the ducts and then installed a new A/C. To be on the safe side, at the...
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    Gator's Bookshelf Theater

    This project is starting to fall together. Once the fact that I actually owned the house set in...I began ordering 'stuff.' The room This was a former grow-house, so I had most of the place stripped down to the studs. But it's worth it, the house has a great view of the ocean...
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    Things HDMI

    I'm building a house/theater from the ground up. I want to connect various video displays to my A/V receiver, a LCD screen in my office, a LCD in the livingroom and an LCD projector, also in the living room. What are the pro/cons of spillters and switches. Picture quality is, of course...
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    Gator's Bookshelf Theater

    Theater Update: The major items have been purchased. The screen is a Draper 120" Envoy electric that will be recessed in the ceiling. The projector is the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350, a nice 1080, 2000 lumen 3 LCD unit. And the projector lift is the Focupix, which is the only...
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    Projector Lifts

    I've been shopping around for a projector lift. While there are some nice looking ones by folks like Draper, the cost is a little steep. I keep coming across the Focupix Electric Projector Lift at shops like Amazon.com for $999, but I can't find any reviews on the device. It looks like it...
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    Audio/Video Center

    In my last theater I had a JVC RX-888 audio/visual reciever, it allowed me to run a fair number of audio and video inputs, acted as a switcher and then send the signals out to a couple devices. It also supported 2 speaker outputs. I can put in a second audio switcher, but it would be great if...
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    L5 Remote for the iPad

    Anyone have any thoughts on the L5 Remote for the iPhone/iPad? Or any other remote for the iPad? I read a handful of reviews on the RedEye, but they didn't seem favorable. Goal is to use my iPad as my remote for my home theater, projector, screen, TV, DVD, receiver, etc. Family...
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    Gator's Bookshelf Theater

    The contractor is part of the house purchase. It was formerly a grow house, so most of the drywall has to be removed. The only way I could get a loan for the house was if I applied for a renovation loan and register a contractor, then I have to have a home inspector approve of everything and...
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    Gator's Bookshelf Theater

    First off, I'm still six days away from closing on the new house that I plan to build this theater in. I hope to edit this line out soon. But once we close I need to start framing things up. The more I can do, the less I have to pay a contractor. That means I want to dive into my new theater...
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    Screen Size

    I have one wall I can work with, and it has a door in it. While we're actually moving the door during the reconstruction, the move won't make much of a difference. So I have about 12 feet to deal with. I need to bring in at least 1 foot from each side to make the 'lines' of the room look normal...
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    The Mrak Theater Construction

    In my previous house I had a huge basement, so I took over one of the rooms and made it a dedicated theater. I thought I'd share the experience here. I am in the process of buying a new home and will be constructing a 'built-in-bookcase' theater with a projector on a lift, since the new one...
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    Screen Size

    I'm about to have a contractor start some renovations in a house I'm about to close on. I miss my home theater from my previous house, so I want to build another one. This time, though, it's going to be in the main family room. Since it won't be a dedicated theater, I'm going to buy an electric...
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