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My Home Theater In The Works

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by filper, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. filper

    filper Auditioning

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    It has been an ongoing retirement project for the past 4 winters. Great fun.

    ht 1. ht 2.
     
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    Neat!
     
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    gear.

    Here is my equipment list;

    Epson Home Cinema 2030
    110" DIY Screen using Behr Silver Screen paint
    Onkyo TX-NR414
    Sony UBP-X800
    Oppo BDP-80
    Sony PS3
    Originally 5 Totem Mite speakers (now substituting 2 KEF Q150 for mains)
    Polk PSW10 sub
    19" RCA LCD for display monitor
     
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    Very cool. Keep it up. And show us more as you go along.
     
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    That's a fun, modern aesthetic. Are the stools fixed so they can't drift and rotate from speaker vibrations?
     
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    My congratulations, especially on the screen. I made a DIY screen years ago [several actually] and i know it's a lot of work.
     
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    The crossover for the Mites and the KEF's is 50HZ so they don't move. The room was initially designed for multichannel SA-CD and DVD-A playback so the audio portion came first.
     
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    I built a false wall for the screen. It was a challenge getting the drywall seams perfect. I had to overprime the joints to make the end result perfectly matte.Framing the screen with felt covered 1X2's made the image dead square. The 2030 generates very little keystone so that helped.
     
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    Just wondering on the reasoning of placing the speakers so far in front of the screen? It seems to me that placing them against the wall would put the sound plane even with the picture. My own personal preference would be to widen the sound field as well by placing the left and right to the outside edges of the screen.
     
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    I have always found that the more unobstructed space you give speakers the better they sound. When I began planning this project many years ago space was the key factor for audio playback. In fact it was one of the determining factors for the home I was considering for retirement. I had carte blanche for the basement so I designed the room around the speaker placement. As I mentioned above the original intent for the space was for multichannel listening, Acoustically (to me) the room is ideal. I have no problem with the current set up to fill the space with (again to me) a realistic seamless soundfield. Increasing the distance between the mains would affect stereo imaging and moving the front speakers closer to the wall would negate the benefits of the space they now enjoy. Since light travels faster than sound having the fronts 3.5 feet closer to me is not an issue.
     
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    start.
    At the start the screen was a bit smaller.

    before.
    Just a sheet of drywall to try out the Epson 2030 (on the step ladder).
     
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    wall frame.
    I ran a dedicated 15amp circuit for the electronics. Enough room behind the false wall for built in speakers.

    wall paint.
    Before the black felt frame and grey surround.
     
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    Very cool.
     
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    What a great space.
     
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    Most of the technical stuff is over my head but it's a fantastic project with some lovely photos. Is the black and white a deliberate artistic choice?
     
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    Very very nice and cool collection and as I see there was a lot of technical systems run along.
    Thanks, it is really a great job.
     
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    Thank you for the compliment. I have always had a fondness for black and white photographs. Thank you as well Angal.

    I just upgraded to an Onkyo TX-NR585 and since the ceiling is conveniently unfinished I am considering adding two speakers for Dolby Atmos.
     
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    The cave is now Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 equipped. I made use of a pair of old speakers I had kept.

    dolb 1 bw.

    dolb 2 bw.
     

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