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  1. Bobofbone

    New Home Theater Design

    You have plenty of room. You could also consider putting a false wall in the front, using an acoustically transparent screen and placing the front speakers and center speakers behind the screen-that would put the speakers out of sight and directly behind the image. You also have enough space to...
  2. Bobofbone

    Layout Advice for Open Concept New Construction

    I'd second the idea of a sound bar. The great room in my home has a peaked 20' ceiling with a loft in the back. I also had WAF, with the agreement being no free standing speakers in the great room, and I could do what I wanted in the theater. She changed her mind about the theater, but I figured...
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  4. Bobofbone

    Need help with a large bonus room

    If you're open to a fixed screen, you might consider making your own. The easiest is a painted wall, but you need to make the wall smooth and do an even paint job. There used to be threads on the AVS forum on painting screens. The nearest I got to that was with some white spray paint on poured...
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  6. Bobofbone

    New Home Theater - Rough Wiring

    Run whatever you are going to use for equipment as a separate circuit from the rest of the house. You might not want your washing machine or refrigerator on the same circuit as your amp.
  7. Bobofbone

    New bonus room HT construction

    Wire for what you might want in the future, not what you have right now. While wire is no longer cheaper, it's still easier and less expensive for place wiring now, before the dry wall goes up than it is after everything is done. I'd suggest placing the wiring for a 7.2.4 system. My current...
  8. Bobofbone

    Budget home theater in a small room. Aucustic dampeners.

    You might also consider an area rug for most of the room with a pad underneath. Lowes and Home Depot have a good selection. Some echo and reflection is desirable-we don't live in an anechoic world. A good part of what you hear in a small room is echos that occur after more than one reflection...
  9. Bobofbone

    Home Theater -Back to Front...

    Running wires can be done in a number of ways. It depends on how your walls are made, and possibly what is above and/or below. I've done things in several houses a number of ways. 1. The simple way is to run the wires on the floor, and either place them on the sides or put something over them...
  10. Bobofbone

    Epoxy Theater Seat Risers

    Nice. Looks fairly kid resistant, too.
  11. Bobofbone

    The Disc Collection of Mike Frezon

    I'd like something like this:
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  13. Bobofbone

    New Home Theater

    I'd suggest deciding how you are gong to lay things out, and go from there. I had a 22' X 15' room with a 9' height. I brought in lawn chairs, masking tape and some spray pain to make screens on a couple of walls, to get a mock up of projecting both ways. I also went out to a theater with my...
  14. Bobofbone

    New Home - to pre-wire or not to pre-wire?

    As above. I used CL2 wire as well. I believe the information at the time was that CL2 grade wires were resistant to heat and did not conduct a fire along the wiring inside the walls. Building codes in some areas may require them, and if it's new construction, will (probably) have to pass an...
  15. Bobofbone

    New Home - to pre-wire or not to pre-wire?

    It's easier and cheaper to wire while building before the drywall is up. I'd wire for everything-if you use less, you're not out much. Put the ending into juntion boxes with excess and cover it with a wall plate if you don't use it. 14 gauge should be sufficient-you can get it by the roll from...
  16. Bobofbone

    SciFi home theater as seen on Reddit

    Nice. Makes me wonder if the night bridge crew on the Enterprise ran videos on that big screen. Sort of like watching movies while on night CQ duty when we served.
  17. Bobofbone

    Help setting up projector / entertainment / sound system

    A couple things to consider. Short throw projectors have the added advantage (I've read about, but not used them) of using a screen with what amounts to selective reflection that allows them to reflect the projected beam to a limited (the seating) area, and reflect ambient light elsewhere. The...
  18. Bobofbone

    Show Off Your System! The HTF Theaters Thread

    A well thought out, beautiful theater. Very impressive.
  19. Bobofbone

    Show Off Your System! The HTF Theaters Thread

    You might want to check out the local mill wright shops. I had short space to put a door into for my equipment access. I also wanted a smoked glass front. After talking to the shop, I brought in the glass, mounting hardware and dimensions, and had a framed door made to my specifications. It was...
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  23. Bobofbone

    Distance between reclining couches

    Some of the furniture manufactures have dimensions on their web sites. I used them to determine the configuration of 4 recliners with attached angled center pieces to make a curved row. By the calculations, they appeared to have sufficient room to recline simultaneously. I ordered them on that...
  24. Bobofbone

    question about tolerances

    That should work. Post an update with pictures, we're all interested in seeing your result !
  25. Bobofbone

    question about tolerances

    I've found the figures in the manual are not exact. The best ways are either to pick a screen size under the maximum and use the zoom to shrink the image to fit, or get the projector, try it out and then select screen size. I made my screen from fabric and sized the frame I stretched it on to...
  26. Bobofbone

    Booth Bijou Garage Theater

    Lucky for the humming birds !
  27. Bobofbone

    Booth Bijou Garage Theater

    Something else for you to watch for after the gophers vacate the area. Praying mantis nests. We have humming bird feeders, and started noticing more praying mantis around. Then we began finding nests. We found out that praying mantis catch and eat humming birds. We started catching and...
  28. Bobofbone

    New Home Theatre Set-up - Projector issue

    Projector central has a calculator that can give you a rough idea of the image size you can obtain with a given distance. I've found this not to be entirely accurate. A closer approximation can be found in the projector manual. You can usually download the manual from the company website for any...
  29. Bobofbone

    Speaker placement in a tricky room

    You might also consider bookshelf size speakers for the front left and right channels along with a sub woofer. There are also low profile speakers that are somewhat thinner that might be out of the way. If they are mounted above the door frame, they may need to be angled downward towards the...
  30. Bobofbone

    Speaker placement in a tricky room

    I assume your seating is as diagrammed, and can't be moved to another wall. I have another idea, but its a bit out of the box, and I haven't seen it done before. If you have any, or can borrow some, try a speaker in the corner versus the side wall. If the speaker on the front has enough...