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Dr Gekko's Home Cinema (11 photos)(5.0) (13 ratings)
Front Row Up & Away.
Uploaded Jul 09, 2012 18:02:03
The 2.4 metre wide 2.40:1 acoustically transparent screen is framed by aluminium and black velvet. Timber frames also wrapped in black velvet are positioned around this. The front speakers are 3 B&W CT7.3's and sit on shelves at viewing height behind. Below these, there are 2 Velodyne CHT12 subwoofers. The power is via Rotel 1575 and 1565 5 and 2 channel amps and processing is done via Rotel 1570 pre-amp. I also have an Audyssey MultEQ installed to for audio correction in the room. Most of my movies are stored on Buffalo linkstations and I use a Dune Smart HD H1 media player or a Panasonic BD60 to play discs. The red velevt curtains are manual and really set the mood and atomosphere to the room - their secondary role is to help improve contrast for 16:9 material when pulled across the bare portions of the screen.
The Red Sofa
Uploaded Jul 09, 2012 18:02:05
Our first purcahse for the entire project was the red sofa! The two end seats are motorised recliners. The JVC HD750 projector sits above in the space between internal walls and exterior garage door. Scaling for different aspect ratio material is achieved with a Lumagen Radiance Mini 3D. Matching framed panels wrapped with acoustically transparent cloth, hide the 4 surround B&W CT7.4 surround speakers. Dimmed lighting is controlled via Lutron GRAFIK eye. Currently I use a Logitech Harmony One to control all the kit but if funds allow next year, I would seriously consider Control 4 as an option.
Frame by Frame
Uploaded Jul 09, 2012 18:02:06
The room was previously our double garage, accessed from the porch. Then a room was built within it using frames, studowork and plenty of insulation. One of the major aspects of the project was to reposition the Megaflow pressurised water cylinder, from its original position at the centre of the wall to the left side as seen now. 2 radiators were also positioned vertically on opposite sides but even then, we often require an electric heater during winter. The kit was housed on the right hand side on shelves, facing you as you walk in to the room.
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 13:59:22
Wasted space transformed!
Planning & Design
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 13:59:23
Basic layout and planning the end appearance.
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 13:59:25
Gets cold in winter!
Getting hot in here.
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 13:59:26
Even with 2 full sized rads we need an electric heater & a blanket in winter!
Plans coming together
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 13:59:27
Speaker in place on shelves at the correct positions relative to seating.
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 13:59:30
Who needs opening garage doors without a garage?
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 14:04:04
I wanted a curved wall at the entrance just to give it that traditional cinema lobby appearance.
Uploaded Jul 10, 2012 14:04:06
The kit is stored on shelves with access to the front display panels. The surrounding wall was covered in black velvet too as I had loads spare and I thought it would look cool.
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