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Home Theater underway (51 photos)(5.0) (92 ratings)
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:06:11
Here's a hall looking into my theater. My office takes up about the back 1/4th.
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:06:13
Major changes below - I'll leave this up until I get a better overall room picture taken. Temporary screen hanging from eyebolts. I built this screen so I could dial in image height and height above the floor. Projector is on a steel stand because I wanted to isolate it from vibration in the floor above. I couldn't anchor the stand to the floor because of radiant heat pipes. Used 400# of concrete block with a gravity assist instead.
Nice furniture, 'eh?
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:06:18
It's a hodgepodge. And those stools really are camping gear. This view is from the right side looking back towards my office. I have a metal plate in front of the projector, below the lens to catch light spill from the RS-2. The plate is stuck to the projector stand with magnets. Meet Tanner. Such a good dog. Kody is crashed out under my desk and who knows where the hell the Kat is.
Looking back toward the entry
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:06:25
Little better view of the projector here. And the Bud select cans. You can see a glimpse of the equipment rack to the right. The door opens to the back of the equipment. Lazy dog. He's usually scratching. That's the left surround you can see with yet another bud can sitting on it.
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:06:29
DVD rack and CD rack. The green stuff is fiberglass acoustic boards without any kind of covering. I have them positioned to catch first reflections from left right front. The media racks help diffuse the surround reflections. My desk is in the background. The big white thing is a mini-split air conditioner that is entirely too damn loud.
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:06:33
Here's my equipment racks. You can see the hallway in the right side of the pic that leads in/out of the theater. The racks are just el-cheapo aluminum equipment racks from some internet reseller. I built the desk and soffit out of some pine panels I had lying around my shop. (updated pic below)
Another view from the hall
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:21:04
The door to the engine room is open in this shot.
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:21:05
These wiring room pics are somewhat out of date since I've replaced the Rotel prepro and removed the Crown 2 channel preamp. This is a two post rack mostly for structured wiring. Top is a small UPS for network equipment. then two panels for speaker wiring, next is COAX from all over the house, then a keystone panel with various connectors, below that with all the yellow wire is the patch panel for CAT5. The white box is an Ethernet switch, and below that three Sonos zone players
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:21:06
My Bose (rhymes with Hose) 901 equalizer is teetering on top. The 901's are great shop speakers. Below that three Rotel power amps. All the other gear is hard to see in this pic. This is a generic four post rack and the shelves are particle board.
Uploaded Apr 03, 2010 19:21:08
Here's a shot of the back board bolted to the concrete basement wall. Left side, from top down: Comcast modem, cable splitter, D* multiswitch (off air antenna dist amp to the right of that), Netgear NAS box, Sonicwall router, another switch, and a UPS for misc odds and ends. The diamond plate metal thing on the left is an outlet strip that feeds all the audio/video electronics. The computer and network junk is on another power strip.
B&W Nautilus 804
Uploaded Apr 21, 2010 19:47:39
Here's the left speaker with the grill off. Tweeter on top, Kevlar FST mid driver, two woofers, port. Since I took this picture I've taken the amps off the stand and lined them up side by side. They were running too hot stacked like that. In my old HT I didn't have any trouble with them but my new space is much bigger and has better room treatments. The amps definitely have more work to do to fill this space.
Uploaded Apr 21, 2010 19:47:41
This is a "before" picture - the screen was hanging from eyebolts and cargo straps in this picture. Plus I didn't want to move Kody and Tanner to the archive folder. The dogs like the doubled up rug. Much more comfortable for their lazy a$$es. The center channel has the same driver compliment as left and right but is not ported.
Uploaded Jul 25, 2010 13:22:14
I bought a used Outlaw 990 to replace my long in the tooth Rotel prepro. The 990 can do bass and distance management on the 7.1 analog inputs, which is pretty uncommon. The Bluray player is capable of decoding HD audio but has somewhat limited bass management. The 990 is a perfect fit for my needs. The $1,200 I saved by getting this instead of the Onkyo prepro I had my eyes on will go into finishing the room construction.
Uploaded Jul 25, 2010 13:25:43
From top down: Rotel six channel amp for yard speakers, Behringer DSP1124p parametric equalizer, Outlaw 990 prepro, Nakamichi BX2 cassette deck, oppo BDP-83 bluray player.
Still to come...A friend is sending me his Nakamichi CR7-a deck to replace the BX2, and I want to hardwire IR to the prepro and BD player so I can lose the emitters.
Uploaded Jul 25, 2010 13:25:45
My original intent was to build a false wall, acoustically transparent screen and automated masking, but I decided to keep it simple and modify my temporary screen into something more permanent. I built a combination wall bracket, center speaker stand and amp shelf to mount the screen frame. Projection surface is blackout cloth held to the frame with Cleco clamps. I have material on order to make proper top and bottom screen borders and I will fabricate simple movable side masking. I need to cover the wall with acoustic boards and fabric. Blinds need electronic control with limit switches.
Amp Rack Closeup
Uploaded Jul 25, 2010 13:25:46
What you see here is just typical 2x4 construction lumber from The Home Depot. I intend to cover all the visible surfaces with some nice 50 year old clear vertical grain redwood that I salvaged from a remodel. It should finish out nicely and match up fairly well with the cherry veneer on the B&W's. I considered using cherry, but figured I'd save money by using redwood. The amps get good air flow. There is no shelf under them, just cross braces that align with the feet on the amps.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 12:08:49
Been productive this weekend - finished building my screen, masking and amp shelf. Mask panels are in place for 16:9 aspect ratio.
2.35 aspect ratio
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:41
Smaller masking panels applied for 2.35 aspect ratio.
Native aspect ratio is 2.55
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:42
The basic screen works out to 2.55 AR. I didn't worry what the final aspect ratio would be, I just wanted to be wider than 2.40:1 so I could mask down from there. Turns out that It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is 2.55. Go figure...
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:43
Here's a closeup of the amp and speaker shelf. Darn flash brings out every dust blob in the room.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:44
Here's a shot of my helpers taking a much deserved break in the back yard. They have a massive hole dug in the corner behind the outdoor fireplace.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:45
This is a shot of the mask panels before I applied the black velvet fabric.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:46
The top and bottom screen border is velvet wrapped steel. The masking panels have rare earth magnets glued to the top and bottom to hold them in place (silver pucks sort of visible on the beveled part of the wood. The block in the center rests on the horizontal border and keeps the mask from sliding down.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:48
Here's a better shot of the magnets - took this while I was applying the fabric.
Top and bottom borders
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:49
Closeup of one of the borders before I applied the fabric. This view is from the back side, the clamp attaches the border to the screen frame, which is made from 1x wood.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 11:59:50
Here's the shelf, all sanded and ready for finish. This is all cosmetic, the structure that holds weight is made of 2x4's.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 12:03:30
A puddle of Danish oil on the redwood. I really like oil finish. Easy to apply and touch up and no worries about dust.
Uploaded Aug 29, 2010 12:03:31
Here's the shelf saturated with oil. With Danish oil you keep the surface wet for at least a half hour, or until it quits absorbing oil. Then wipe it dry.
Shuffled desk, room for two rows
Uploaded Oct 10, 2010 13:05:41
I rearranged my crappy desk and cut one section in half. Made room to move the projector stand back about 2.5', which makes room for two rows of seating. I'll build a platform for the Futon that's the same size as that rug under it. I'm thinking about 9" high will give a clear view over the first row but not put shadows on the screen from the people in the cheap seats. I put a shelf above the projector to keep the stupid Kat off of it. He turned it on a couple of times walking around on it. He's too stupid to turn on the bluray player though.
Looking toward screen
Uploaded Oct 10, 2010 13:05:42
I may raise the futon platform taller than 9" and do two steps up. I'll carpet anything that's not covered by the rug. As positioned I can still lower the futon into sleeping mode. I'll buy some nice comfortable theater type chairs for the front row when people start buying windows again.
Uploaded Feb 26, 2011 11:50:56
A friend gave me his old Nakamichi gear. CR-7a cassette deck, CA-7a preamp, ST-7 tuner. It's also known as "System 7". Beautiful stuff. I don't really have a need for it now, but as my friend said "it's too nice to put in the dumpster". That's an understatement!
Ceiling project finally started
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:25:41
Here's a shot looking into the theater from the hall. You can see a bit of framing screwed to the walls. These will support cross pieces which will have acoustically transparent panels attached to them. When complete, all you'll see is fabric panels
Looking at enterance
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:25:43
You can see 2x4 cleats running perpendicular to the ceiling trusses. They will support the faces of the soffit and be covered with false beams
Left side of viewing area.
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:25:44
On the left the wall ledger is screwed to the wall. Red oak veneer plywood is screwed into the end of the 2x4 cleats on the ceiling. You can see pocket holes in the plywood that will be used later to attach trim
false beam and rope light
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:25:45
I'll put an "L" shaped trim around the bottom edge of the soffit with rope lighting. I built a short mock-up section to see what it'd look like. Also made a short section of false beam showing how it will attach to the cleat. The lighter colored wood running horizontally is the ledger on the wall which will support the bottom of the soffit (acoustic panels).
wide angle shot
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:26
My mock-up section is right above the ladders. I'll install false beams attached to the 2x4 cleats the width of the room. Then I'll install beams running front to back to give a coffered ceiling look. I will infill with fabric panels to cover the drywall and those wires.
View from rack
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:30
The room is sort of divided into two sections of high ceiling with low ceiling separating them. The low ceiling carries through into the hall. So the area directly in line with the ac unit and above my projector rack will be lower and covered with AT fabric panels.
Rope light installed
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:32
Here's a shot showing the rope lights. I nailed a 3/4" square piece to the bottom edge of the plywood. The rope is affixed with hot melt glue every foot or so. Once I make the "L" shaped trim, you won't see the individual bulbs, just the glow uplighting the ceiling.
Detail of rope light support
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:33
Here's a shot of the square blocking. I drilled holes into the plywood to pass the rope light through. I had to taper one of the blocks to allow one rope light to pass beneath the other.
Hidden side of rope light tray
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:39
Here's the back side of the soffit showing the rope lights. I've already covered the light with black tape on the right where it's above the fabric panels of the lower ceiling. Still need to wrap the other one. Since the rope light has to be cut at specified intervals, I ended up with lighted rope inside the soffit where I don't want light to bleed through the fabric ceiling panels
Wrapped other side.
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:40
Opposite end from hallway
Uploaded Nov 25, 2011 18:41:42
Here's the area right above the mini split AC. I've got rope lights passing through here too, tying together the two sections of coffered ceiling. I've wrapped part of each rope with tape in this shot too. Everything between the two sections of coffered ceiling and along the wall will get fabric panels.
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:22:59
I'm fabricating the oak trays that will hide the rope lights and direct the glow upward
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:00
Drilling pocket holes so I can screw the two legs of the tray together
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:02
You can see some glue squeeze out here. I removed that before it hardened.
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:03
Here's everything glued up. They need some cleanup work though.
A trip through the jointer
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:05
Makes quick work of the uneven surfaces and blemishes
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:07
Here are the trays after sanding.
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:08
Danish oil does wonders. It's not glossy like a varnish finish, but I'd rather not have reflections from the woodwork during a movie.
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:09
Here are the installed light trays. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. I'm annoyed that I've already had two sections of rope light quit working though. I'll beat up on the supplier to find a solution. 35,000 hours...Right. Still to come, false beams and fabric panel inserts.
Uploaded Dec 05, 2011 20:23:10
After I get all the beams up and finish framing the soffits I'll start this project. I'm going to build four 15" sealed subs with these. I already have a five channel amp to drive them and parametric equalizer to tame them. I want to get my acoustics dialed in before I install the fabric panels. Plus I've blown the budget for 2011. Have to save up nickles for the fabric.
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