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My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running! (1 Viewer)

John Stone

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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.
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slimmatic

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

chuckg

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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?
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Joel...Lane

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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?
 

John Stone

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Pretty small, actually: The theater is just 15'4" long by 12'1" wide, and the lobby is roughly 12'10"x15'1".
 

John Stone

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Thanks, Don.
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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!)
 

Nick P

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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.
 

John Stone

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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.

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. :laugh:
 

Nick P

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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.
 

troy evans

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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.
 

John Stone

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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! :eek:
 

John Stone

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Thanks! I'm trying to obtain a pinball machine for the lobby right now, so that'll probably be next.
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Jeff_Czyz

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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.
 

Nick P

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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.
 

John Stone

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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.
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Nick P

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^^^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.
 

Dave Moritz

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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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