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#114078 - 11/22/05 11:11 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
SirClyde Offline
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Loc: Cedar Park, Tx
Well done looks great. I really like the the framing around the screen and the black within. Is that just plai flat black?
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#114079 - 11/22/05 11:34 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/05/04
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Loc: Northern Ontario
The spikes are not sticking out the bottom of the speakers. The feet are a nice design, and the spikes can be screwed into the speaker, with only the brass feet sticking out. I've also stuck some felt on the brass to avoid scratching, and to make it easier to move the speakers around.

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#114080 - 11/22/05 11:40 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/05/04
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Loc: Northern Ontario
Thanks.
Yup, plain flat black paint. I also think the frame and black interior are one of the highlights of the room: gives the screen more of a built-in look.

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#114081 - 11/22/05 04:05 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 07/12/05
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Loc: Western Canada (just)
I really can not believe that you got all that work whipped together in about a month.

It really looks great. That is the type of layout I want to achieve except in a dedicated room with mechanically isolated walls.

Had you compared differnt projectors before settlingon the Panasonic? I wa thinking about a BenQ projector.

Aces on the projector mount! I love a guy who can fabricate a perfectly functional accessory without the need to drop a few hundred bucks. Did you do the welding?

Have you an area rug or is that not in the picture?

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#114082 - 11/22/05 04:14 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/29/04
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I used Valspar Flat Black paint for my back wall behind my screen. I works great and the screen appears to be floating in space. You do need to be careful not to mark it up though as flat paint shows dust/fingerprints easily.
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#114083 - 11/22/05 05:53 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 04/10/04
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Loc: Wichita, KS
In reply to:

Believe me I can relate, for me it is when my Ryukyu Kempo master likes to KO me.




What a small world we live in, I study Kempo myself. Have done so for many years. Not Ryukyu Kempo, but Kempo nonetheless. That's awesome!

Anyways, sorry to hijack the thread. Back to the OP's topic.



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#114084 - 11/22/05 06:44 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 06/20/05
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Loc: Utah, USA
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Yes that's an Ikea dragon, my wife loves that store.




Yours too? I could never of guessed. That's exactly my wife. She could go as crazy there as I would with HT. Luckily she is limited by the fact that the nearest store is about 700 miles away in California. But they just announced in the local paper that Ikea bought 40 acres of land here in Utah for a future store. That made her year.
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#114085 - 11/23/05 01:57 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/05/04
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Loc: Northern Ontario
Bruce,
I did not compare many projectors side-by-side. Being in a realtively small city in Northern Ontario, we only have 3 or 4 places that have projectors on display, with one of them being Future Shop (yuck). I deal with the only "hi-end" shop we have in the city, as I have a pretty good relationship with the owner, and I trust him. Most of my conparisons were done from online research, mainly at Projector Central. I had actually decided on an AE700, since Panasonic was giving away a free bulb. It just happened that the AE900 was released while I was waiting for the AE700 to arrive. My dealer called me up, and offered me the AE900 for the same price, with the free bulb. My only concern with the projector was how it would perform in a less than dark environment, and these fears have gone away.
A friend of mine did the welding, and we've discussed going into business - GorillaMounts.com, strong but ugly. Although that name was coined right after fabrication, and I've since spent some time grinding and painting, and it actually looks pretty good. Our design gives me plenty of flexibilty as I can move the projector anywhere from 8" - 14" from the ceiling, and -35 to +35 degree angle.
No area rug yet, I simply dropped in a cheap Ikea couch that we had in storage. I'm still undecided as to what type of furniture and accessories we'll get.

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#114086 - 11/23/05 01:59 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Northern Ontario
I used Sherwin Williams flat black. It really does not like to be touched, marks up very easily. I only used ~ 1/8th of a gallon, so I can just re-paint anytime it starts looking too crappy.

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#114087 - 11/23/05 02:04 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 01/05/04
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Loc: Northern Ontario
Small world. My wife's Ikea shopping trips are also limited, since the nearest one is in Toronto (~ 250 miles South). I was also just in Los Angeles on business, and one of my colleagues brought his wife and kids. We dropped them off at an Ikea in Pasadena (or close to Pasadena) on our way to a dinner meeting... is this close to the one you're referring to?

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