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#111356 - 09/24/05 01:26 PM Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Iowa
Well as most of you know I have been working on remodeling about 3/4 of our basement, which amounts to about 1800 sq ft. Included in the remodeling is a bedroom/office, full bathroom, and a larger recroom which includes a bar area/pool table and YES a dedicated HOME THEATER area.

Anyway, Nickbuol and I have been in a bit of a contest to see who would get done first, well he kicked my butt a long time ago. I basically have done everything myself from wiring/framing/drywall, etc... I did hire the mudding/texturing job and will get someone in soon to lay the carpet.

Nick has been asking for some pics, so here are a few:

First off we have a shot of my DIY Screen I just temporarily mounted for testing purposes. I still need to trim the corners as you can see where I folded the material around the frame. The screen is 51" x 120" in a 2.35 AR.



Second we have a shot of my DIY QS8 mounts, basically they are some shelf brackets I picked up at Menards. I like them becuase they give me the clearance I wanted, and have a gloss black plastic cover on the backside to hide the wires.





Third we have a shot of my projector, which is a Sanyo Z2 WXGA LCD projector. I made the DIY mount out of 3/4" pipe/flanges/bolts&nuts/painted wood.



Here is a picture of my new Prismasonic H-600M Anamorphic lens, I have not mounted it yet in front of the projector. What this will achieve is once I scale 2.35 movies to fit the height of my screen vertically (makes everything look skinny), the lens then stretches out to fit the 2.35 screen. The advantage is your using the 33% of the pixel panels you normally lose on a 16:9 screen. Thus, the picture is much brighter/better as well, not to mention you get the full movie experience with no black bars and full width...



Here is a pic from near the back of the room by the walk out door of the entire theater area, you can see the 4 Qs8's in this picture. I don't have my other speakers/receiver down their yet, as I am building a stage/platform for below the screen for them. That is the stuff you see sitting on the floor to the left.



And here is a picture of what will become my AV rack. I built a nice big closet for easy access.




I am eager for your comments. I resized the pictures to try to be dial up friendly

Randy


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#111357 - 09/24/05 02:15 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
Wegiz Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nice setup Sirquack! I'm very envious!

I too recently finished off part of my basement (no room for a dedicated home theater though -- too small for that), and I too did just about everything myself except for the carpet. I really wish I would have hired out the drywall mudding and taping. No matter how hard I try, I never wind up with a finish that I'm totally happy with, so that was a great idea you had.

Can't wait to see the pictures of the finished project!
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#111358 - 09/24/05 05:21 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
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Registered: 09/21/05
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Loc: Fairfax, VA
Whow, I have some serious envy blended with a touch of jealousy happening. Obviously, an awful lot of thought and hard work have gone into your project. You have given me some great ideas. Unfortunately, I will have to wait another 3 years until I can get back to my house and start work on my own project.

Please keep us updated!

Cheers,
rob

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#111359 - 09/24/05 06:54 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Iowa
Thanks guys, I appreciate the nice comments. When I started refinishing the basement about a year or so ago, I had basically just basic carpentry skills. I knew I could not afford paying someone to do the work, I would have had to take out a loan ... Anyway, I asked a lot of questions on forums like Axiom and AVS, and received a lot of great advice.

I had never run electrical, but ended up wiring the whole basement, ended up being pretty easy once you get started. I had never hung drywall or done any framing, so I pretty much learned on my own. Sure I made a few mistakes from time to time, but it was a learning experience.

The only thing I farmed out was the taping/mudding, I had heard many horror stories from people that tried it on their own. Besides my wife said no way

I've been working on a few doors today, applying the finish coat of polyurethane, that is new to me also. Can't wait to try to hang them, should not be to bad as they are pre-hung doors from Menards.

I also started on building a new DIY projector/lens mount to accomodate my latest toy, the Prismasonic Anamorphic lens.

Randy

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#111360 - 09/24/05 07:28 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
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Registered: 12/15/03
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SQ - That is one GREAT looking room.
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#111361 - 09/24/05 09:36 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
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Registered: 06/10/04
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Loc: Colorado
Randy
Looks fantastic!
I'll take ya on to a fooseball game or 20.
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#111362 - 09/24/05 09:43 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

That is on nice looking H/T room.I might have just a touch of jealousy, good thing you can't tell .
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#111363 - 09/24/05 09:45 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13318
Loc: Iowa
Thanks Craigsub, it is actually Home Theaters like yours that have given me the drive to take on this project.

Bray, thanks for the comments. Actually that is a cheap fooseball all-in-one table we picked up at a garage sell for our 6yr old. It has table tennis/shuffle board/bowling/ etc...

After I get everything carpeted, my dad is giving us his 3/4" slate pool table. They don't use it like when us kids were around. Most likely I'll add air hockey and a nice fooseball table at some point. I already have a decent electronic dart machine.

thanks again.
Randy

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#111364 - 09/24/05 10:59 PM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Very neat installation, Randy, especially the QS8 mounts.
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#111365 - 09/25/05 12:08 AM Re: Some in Progress Pics of my HT....
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13318
Loc: Iowa
Thanks Wid and JohnK....

I didn't mention this above, but I am also going to have 2 rows of seating. The first row is 3 lazy boy recliners we bought that are in our storage room waiting to be used. The back row will be elevated and will have a couch that has built in recliners.

I can't wait to get the rest of the speakers down there and start enjoying everything.

There just seems to never be enough time for the fun stuff. Just work work work, come home, eat fast, run the kids to soccer/activities, come home, give the kids a bath, put them to bed, then it is time for us to go to bed. Then you do it all over again the next day. The only time I have to work on this stuff is on the weekends.

I guess that is life. Maybe I'll win the lottery and watch movies and listen to my Axioms every day
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