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Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Wimbo, May 11, 2008.

  1. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    Anyone here ever design and build your own home theater? I am contemplating this project. I have a large "man room" in the basement, which is already running 7.1 audio and has a 50" TV... not a bad set up for watching TV, but I am thinking of a more elaborate design, which resembles an acutal theater (sans Jujy-Fruit stuck to the floor). I want a retractable screen, HD Projector, theater decor, etc. I am interested to hear any stories/ideas from those who have done this before. Thanks!
  2. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I have done a lot of thinking about exactly that at times, Wimbo... rather than bore you with how I'd set things up, it might be more helpful if I aimed you at a coupla websites that I found that might give you some practical ideas as to furniture, carpeting, ceiling treatments, even wall treatments to help produce acoustic clarity, and even some high end video equipment from Runco:

    http://www.htmarket.com/

    http://www.runco.com/
  3. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    lets get an area drawing of the basement then we can go from there :)
  4. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    I know AVS forum has some threads about this. You might try there. Some guys there built some really serious stuff.
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    bbgun Benched

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  6. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    yup. by far best place to go.


    I built out a homemade 110" screen, HD projector and 7.1 sound for about 3K excluding the media server pc which was an old gaming pc i converted for next to cost.

    yamaha 661 receiver
    polk audio speaker 7.1 set up except sub is cerwin vega.
    infocus sp-7210 projector.
    ps3
    hd-dvr dish network.
    htpc.

    i did all the work myself and just ordered online or drove to pick up items based on best prices after research.

    I am extremely happy with it. The entire family loves it.

    but it is no where near as nice as many of the true room renovations and setups at avs.
  7. jterrell

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  8. FloridaRob

    FloridaRob Active Member

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    I have a 61 inch Samsung Dlp and I have yet to see any projector type that has as good of HD picture.
  9. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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  10. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Ditto, the HL-S6187 for me. I'll be getting it professionally calibrated this month as well to make it even better.

    I have the same receiver as JT does.
  11. Passepartout

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    I am too poor to own a home theatre my friends.
  12. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    you can make one pretty cheap it doesnt have to be jaw dropping with speakers so loud it will tear a part your innerds, the set up i have in my room i consider a "home theater" system
  13. jterrell

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    You'd have to go with the RS1 and it ain't cheap to get real close.
    My projector is a DLP Dark Chip 3 and they throw wonderful images for true.

    Sim II has a lot of projectors that would beat that image and rival the high end Pioneer Plasma Kuros but it is gonna cost a mint.

    I have a nice 55" Sony HD LCD but it doesn't compare to sitting in an actual room built for a projector.

    A custom build screen using a mirror as the base and 5 coats of specifically mixed paint will get one to an awesome image but it a true hobbyist job.

    The beauty is in the end getting an image twice the size of that 61" tv.
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