Our Cyberdyne Cinema Gallery

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Darren Mortensen, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. Darren Mortensen

    Darren Mortensen Stunt Coordinator

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    I invite you to view the images of our nearly completed Cyberdyne Cinema.

    Comments welcome! (Only good comments though...[​IMG] )

    SPECIAL NOTE: Allow plenty of time for BOTH audio and visual loading at the gallery! ALSO: If you chose to view by "SLIDESHOW" you will only capture 20 of the 56 images.


    http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...2597&members=1
     
  2. Steve Lambrecht

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    Very nice job! Looks great...and you carried the theme throughout very well. Just needs one of the full-scale T-2 Endoskeletons.... I've seen them EBAY every once and a while. Again, very nice.

    Steve
     
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    That is impressive, love the theme!
    So you have a flush tv and a projector!
     
  4. Robert Mee

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    From an aesthetics standpoint, OUTSTANDING!!

    I have to ask, though, how are the accoustics and lighting? It seems with the hard shiny surfaces necessary for your theme, you would get an abundance of reflections, both sound and lighting.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] uh..........WOW... from another KC film fanatic
     
  6. MikeWh

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    Great Job, Darren. Glad you found a better camera! [​IMG]

    Excellent job. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]/5

    Can you tell me more about the screen? I'm preparing to add a FPTV/screen in front of my RPTV, so I'm looking for ideas.
     
  7. Darren Mortensen

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    Hummmm....yes the lifesize T-800 Endoskeleton for $10,000. YIKES!!!!!

    Actually, I am very happy with both the audio and visual reproduction of the cinema. Perhaps I am partial? Or even biased?

    The room acoustics are flat. A dramatic change from the original room before adding a new wall, solid core door and carpeted walls. Like a sound studio. After doing some reading and studying of "Acoustical Room Treatments"...I devised my own versions of acoustic diffusers, These in effect allow the high frequency waves to be redirected in various directions from the carpeted walls...instead of being absorbed. This can also be obtained with hard surfaces...such as picture frames, artwork, shelving, etc.

    There are remarkably minimal issues with light reflection from the huge screen. The "Movie Reel" platform actually was made specifically to absorb light from the screen...rather than reflect it back. I do get reflection is the glass from the illuminated poster frames...but again causes me no distraction, and ill comments from visitors.

    Excellent question!
     
  8. Darren Mortensen

    Darren Mortensen Stunt Coordinator

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    Mike.

    The 6 year old 4:3 Hitachi was built into that faux wall when I had my home custom built. I drew the design of the wall with SPECIFIC measurements for BOTH the RPTV and speakers. I submitted this to my builder....who had never done anything else like that before. He charged me a measly $500. A BARGIN! Considering the amount of work in the sheet rocking alone. The original version had a removable piece of MDF that covered the lower portion of the TV. I had always hated that! When I began work on the Cyberdyne. I simply removed the MDF and sheetrocked and taped the lower TV area to make a seamless exsistence. When the TV are serviced ther is no need to move the TV out...they simply remove the plastic TV screen. The area behind the TV is accessed from a hidden door for wiring and cable connections.

    As for the 159" screen we use this ONLY for movie viewing. with bulbs for my Sony costing $500 a pop...I prefer to watch OZ and other shows on the RPTV. The screen is tensioned and motorized, activated via my ProntoPro remote. The screen is mounted to the wall via two long Lag Bolts into the wall studs, just above the upper arch of the faux wall. It is then completely hidden by a black velvet valance...until the remote is activated! A HUGE { WOW } EFFECT when the screen lowers! I did not even attempt at cutting into the ceiling to mount a screen flush and hidden by a trap door. This would have been to costly AND permanent...should I wish to take the screen later on. I imagine upgrading to a 16:9 HD RPTV or PlasmaScreen when ALL channels here in KC are HiDef....that will be a while yet, then prices will continue to plumment for the HDTV hardware. For now the 4:3 works fine.
     
  9. MikeWh

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    Darren-

    My RPTV set-up is essentially the same, with access behind via hidden doors. Can you tell me brand/model/approx. cost of the screen? I have some issues with the geometry of my HT's ceilings, as it is in my walk-up attic. I'm looking at various ways I can keep the RPTV for regular viewing and have a motorized screen for movies-- just like what you do.

    I'm not a big fan of motorized screens, mostly because of cost. Also, I did substantial work on my faux wall and would hate to tear it down, but I'd get another 3-1/2 feet of floor space, and I really do like the look of a fixed screen with curtains. I'm also concerned about my center channel's placement, as it is currently above the RPTV (which would be blocked by a screen, if I mounted it higher than that speaker. So, I'm trying to weigh the factors. You can check out my HT using my profile's www icon.
     
  10. Darren Mortensen

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    Mike,

    I was unable to upload the pics at your WWW. I have a Da-Lite Tensioned Cosmopolitan-Electrol with 159" High Contrast Da-Mat screen material. I found a company in CA.after during a few months of research...mainly as you said...cost factors! The company is www.presentingsolutions.com they were great to work with and they beat everyones price by a few hundred bucks!

    As a special note. My screen recently developed some strange spots...that were highly reflective...and the screen was out of warranty by about 6 months. A rep from DaLite read my complaint in another forum and sent me a new model out the next day. AWESOME SERVICE! I also just added the IR remote...Since the DaLite rep also sold me that at cost. It is awesome. No longer do I have to get up and push a switch to drop the screen!

    My comment to you is the same comment my wife first made to me years ago. DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! Meaning...spend the extra money now...to get what you WANT...rather than being dissatisfied down the road! (I hold that to her everytime I shop for electronics now [​IMG] )
     
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    Darren--

     
  13. Darren Mortensen

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    Anthony,

    You are the second person to show me that EndoSkull...totally awesome. I'm considering a "HELP DECORATE THE CYBERDYNE CINEMA FUND...Put your dollars to help a now financially desperate home theater owner!!!"

    Wish to contribute?[​IMG]

    Mike,

    Okay, here's the approach:

    "Look at how much you skimped and saved on your HT budget...now reward your savings with a grand scale electric screen with all the "bells and whistles"....after all, you dang well deserve it after all the hours you have invested in your hobby, and above all keeping your HT under budget!"

    See my man....it's all in how you look at it![​IMG]
     
  14. MikeWh

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    hehehe... I would have guessed you were a lawyer, if I hadn't noticed the scrubs in one of your pictures. I'd hate to debate elective surgery with you. [​IMG]
     

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