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#114068 - 11/18/05 08:46 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
el_giovato Offline
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Northern Ontario
I've not put much thought into room treatment yet, I'll wait until I hook everything up and have a listen. The room has asymmetrical walls along either side, this coupled with the furniture and a couple of areas rugs should sufficiently soften it up. The flooring is actually quite 'soft' as it's laminate, not hardwood and the delta subfloor, and relatively thick underpad should help absorb some of the highs.
I picked up my screen last night; I'm looking forward to seeing the final results of the built-in screen frame.

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#114069 - 11/18/05 08:49 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
el_giovato Offline
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Northern Ontario
You guys are hilarious! My wife got a kick out of the euphemism, I'll be using that one for a while .

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#114070 - 11/18/05 09:09 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
el_giovato Offline
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Northern Ontario
What Ken said!

It's actually laminate, with a v-groove and not to toot my own horn, but it's the nicest laminate I've ever seen. It has a very rich look to it, and the grooves give it a nice texture.

I'm not a big fan of carpet in general, although it is cozy to lay on, and the VOCs emitted by carpet underlay is enough to keep me away. And, even though I spent a lot of time and money to ensure a dry, warm basement, there's still that slight chance of moisture.

Actually, I've now finished all areas of my house and the only carpets are small area rugs, and bathroom mats. It makes for a much healthier indoor environment (IMO), that is easier to keep clean.

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#114071 - 11/21/05 10:34 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Northern Ontario
I watched my first movie tonight, Finding Nemo, with my eldest daughter and a couple of her friends. I mounted the screen and projector on Sunday, but have yet to do any real tweaking. The only tasks performed to-date are centering the image on the screen, and auto set-up on my Yamaha 5890 (a re-badged RX-V1500) with EQ off. I'll save the full review for another day, and different thread. I will, however, say the Panasonic EA900 is STUNNING! Even with all 15 pot lights on in the basement, it still produces a viewable image!!! The speakers sound fantastic, with the HSU VTF3-MKII being the most impressive so far! The HT portion of the basement build was the most fun, and I'm thrilled with the results. I'm looking forward to running AVIA to maximize the picture quality. I'm also looking forward to the kids being out of the house so I can play the Lobby Scene from the Matrix to give the QS8s and HSU a good run.

The pictures really do not do the space justice, but have a look and give me your opinion.

The first 3 pictures are simply different angles of the HT room:






This is a close up of the component rack. I built 2 shelves from 3/4" MDF. I have not yet finished the unit, and the components are connected temporarily, with no wire management.


The next few shots are of the projector and mount. The mount is homemade, as I refuse to pay several hundred for a store bought unit. It cost ~ $8 in steel, nuts and bolts, and about 1 hour fabrication time at a friend's house. It's screwed to the ceiling with 4 - 2"x1/4" lag bolts, and I hung on it before putting the projector on, so no fear of it ever falling.






So that's about it for this project. I have a month or 2 of little jobs to wrap up, like a couple of light fixtures, painting the component rack, trim, bathroom etc. It's really only ~ 2 solid weekends of work, but with the HT up and running, I'll be hard pressed to 'waste' all of my time on these tasks. Thanks for your advice along the way...

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#114072 - 11/21/05 11:34 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 06/20/05
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Loc: Utah, USA
Very nice! I like the projector mount you made. It looks very professional. You should go into the business. Something like cheapprojectormounts.com.

You will only enjoy it more and more as you get everything finalized and dialed-in.

Might I suggest a different center speaker stand I'm guessing it's temporary, but makes me nervous that your center will slide right off during a movie.

You have done an excellent job! A space to enjoy and be proud of.

Did you get that dragon from Ikea?
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#114073 - 11/22/05 12:44 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13321
Loc: Iowa
Yeah but when your kids slip and bump their heads, that soft wood might cushion the blow. In my kids case, they bump into stuff all the time and our Bruce Hardwood doesn't even phase them anymore.

Back to the subject, what a nice room you have!
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#114074 - 11/22/05 12:54 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 04/10/04
Posts: 626
Loc: Wichita, KS
In reply to:

In my kids case, they bump into stuff all the time and our Bruce Hardwood doesn't even phase them anymore.




So what are you saying, they all have cement heads.

Man I wish I did back during my football days.

Serously though, to the OP, very nice job man!



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#114075 - 11/22/05 09:27 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
el_giovato Offline
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Northern Ontario
The speaker stand, consisting of an ottoman and the box from the Panasonic S77 DVD player, is temporary and relatively stable. I'm probably going to build a stand, not sure if it'll be wood or steel. Watching my first movie, I found the center performed well, but I think I'll raise the height and angle it towards the listener.

Yes that's an Ikea dragon, my wife loves that store.

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#114076 - 11/22/05 10:20 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13321
Loc: Iowa
Awe the old football injuries, that explains things more clearly Believe me I can relate, for me it is when my Ryukyu Kempo master likes to KO me.
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#114077 - 11/22/05 10:32 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3884
Loc: Up yonder
It looks to me as if you have spikes on your speakers. If so, be careful, lamanite chips. When it does, a nasty white mark shows.

nice job.
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