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Old 01-21-2021, 12:08 PM   #11226
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As someone who lives in a small house with someone who insists that every square inch of every flat surface must have some sort of knickknack on it and every inch of wall must have a family photo on it, I appreciate your space.
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Old 01-21-2021, 12:18 PM   #11227
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As someone who lives in a small house with someone who insists that every square inch of every flat surface must have some sort of knickknack on it and every inch of wall must have a family photo on it, I appreciate your space.
Hahah my wife has become obsessed with chairs and seating. Decorative chairs in lots of rooms that we donít use. Iím trying to stop that and get the theatre room done so we can actually use it, and that decorative chair that will never get used, yeah that can wait.

The other side of the room. Dog was laying on the cushions so thatís why theyíre off. We have another lazyboy that is normally in the other corner that got moved while wife was isolating due to Covid that I just need to bring back down. Back of the couch to wall is 16 feet. So viewing from my eye to the screen is closer to 15.5 feet.

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Old 01-21-2021, 12:24 PM   #11228
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Yeah, I had a 36" Toshiba. It was awesome. For about a week before flat screens came out. For the same price.
I recall going with my dad to buy a 32" Vizio from Costco...only $1000.
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Old 01-21-2021, 12:36 PM   #11229
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Hahah my wife has become obsessed with chairs and seating. Decorative chairs in lots of rooms that we donít use. Iím trying to stop that and get the theatre room done so we can actually use it, and that decorative chair that will never get used, yeah that can wait.

The other side of the room. Dog was laying on the cushions so thatís why theyíre off. We have another lazyboy that is normally in the other corner that got moved while wife was isolating due to Covid that I just need to bring back down. Back of the couch to wall is 16 feet. So viewing from my eye to the screen is closer to 15.5 feet.

that is a nice livingroom.
I like the couch colors too. Were going opposite. That color will be the accent in the room. Couch colors will be be beige/greyish.


My first LCD TV, 32" $1500.
Second, 46" LCD, $1500
Third, 55" LCD, $1100.

I think I can fit a 65" for my next upgrade. Dont think future wife will notice
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Old 01-21-2021, 12:48 PM   #11230
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I still have my 65" DLP from 2010. Can't bring myself to replace a perfectly good set.
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:12 PM   #11231
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that is a nice livingroom.
I like the couch colors too. Were going opposite. That color will be the accent in the room. Couch colors will be be beige/greyish.


My first LCD TV, 32" $1500.
Second, 46" LCD, $1500
Third, 55" LCD, $1100.

I think I can fit a 65" for my next upgrade. Dont think future wife will notice
Thanks. We have a large print of this painting coming that will go up on the fireplace mantel. I think it's due to be here this week.

https://www.artic.edu/artworks/27992...nde-jatte-1884
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:40 PM   #11232
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The 85Ē in the living room. Doesnít look that big on that giant wall.

We have the same picture
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:51 PM   #11233
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I still have my 65" DLP from 2010. Can't bring myself to replace a perfectly good set.
I remember a time when a moth got inside my rear projection TV. That was a lot of fun.

Eventually got rid of it because it would overheat and shutdown.
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:54 PM   #11234
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We have the same picture


So the other print just got delivered. Will snap a pic once it's hung, though apparently it came with the wrong frame.
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:54 PM   #11235
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Hahah my wife has become obsessed with chairs and seating. Decorative chairs in lots of rooms that we donít use. Iím trying to stop that and get the theatre room done so we can actually use it, and that decorative chair that will never get used, yeah that can wait.

The other side of the room. Dog was laying on the cushions so thatís why theyíre off. We have another lazyboy that is normally in the other corner that got moved while wife was isolating due to Covid that I just need to bring back down. Back of the couch to wall is 16 feet. So viewing from my eye to the screen is closer to 15.5 feet.

Big room, no kids, little soundbar?

Step up your game!
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Old 01-21-2021, 03:17 PM   #11236
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Big room, no kids, little soundbar?

Step up your game!
Soon to be 11 yr old twin girls.

All my AV stuff is in the basement, which will become the home theater. We got a deal on that Sony Soundbar when we got the TV last year.

Mostly current state, though it has been picked up put relatively back together recently.


How it looked a few months ago with the 65" TV and the same entertainment center as the main room (it came in slightly damaged so they sent a replacement and we kept the "broken" one.


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Old 01-21-2021, 04:37 PM   #11237
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Big room, no kids, little soundbar?

Step up your game!


I would put zone 2 in that living room with some in wall speakers. At least get some good music going.
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:56 PM   #11238
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What's yall's thought on the Sonos ARC soundbar and their home theater setup? It is Atmos compatible.
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Old 01-21-2021, 06:02 PM   #11239
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I remember a time when a moth got inside my rear projection TV. That was a lot of fun.

Eventually got rid of it because it would overheat and shutdown.
Oh man that would suck. I've replaced the bulb once and DLP chip once. Otherwise it is still going strong.
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Old 01-21-2021, 06:18 PM   #11240
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What's yall's thought on the Sonos ARC soundbar and their home theater setup? It is Atmos compatible.
reviews
https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/sonos/arc

I personally wouldnt go with a company that bricks their own gear for the purpose of forcing users to upgrade.

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here is a better explanation
https://www.engadget.com/2019-12-31-...alls-flat.html

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Old 01-21-2021, 06:21 PM   #11241
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Hung the painting up. Will try to get a better pic tomorrow in the daylight.

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ya'll trying to look so worldly with your fancy art.
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ya'll trying to look so worldly with your fancy art.
My house is actually mostly filled with my own photography
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So now you're just showing off
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Old 01-21-2021, 08:11 PM   #11245
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Those seats look nice and the curve might actually work good in our space.

We have an 85" Sony in the main living room, we got it at BB for 2k, so you do make a good point about that vs a projector, though I was hoping for a 120" screen for that theatre experience.
Itís big $ to do it right with a quality 4k projector and screen. 4-5k for the projector and another few k for a quality screen. And thatís not a retractable screen either. You chintz on the screen then you are defeating the purpose.

Itís much easier and cheaper to get deep blacks and a quality picture going with a panel. 85Ē is plenty IMO. You then have room to position the seats where you want in relation to the screen. Push them closer if you like sitting in the front rows of the theater. When I used to go to the theater I like being 75% up the stairs. Everyone wants a massive screen these days and itís just not necessarily. Positions the seats correctly and focus on audio. 7.2.4 and Dolby Cinema is sick.
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Phase one was a lot easier than I expected. And returning the wires to the tube amp would be very easy.

The turntable is going to take a little more work. I'm waiting on a better aux to RCA cord, as something is introducing a lot of feedback over the one I have, and it's not coming from the turntable. I might not need the pre amp though it seems. Fun fact, turning on the tubes for the first time in a couple of years smells like a hair dryer

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Old 01-22-2021, 10:47 AM   #11247
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Itís big $ to do it right with a quality 4k projector and screen. 4-5k for the projector and another few k for a quality screen. And thatís not a retractable screen either. You chintz on the screen then you are defeating the purpose.

Itís much easier and cheaper to get deep blacks and a quality picture going with a panel. 85Ē is plenty IMO. You then have room to position the seats where you want in relation to the screen. Push them closer if you like sitting in the front rows of the theater. When I used to go to the theater I like being 75% up the stairs. Everyone wants a massive screen these days and itís just not necessarily. Positions the seats correctly and focus on audio. 7.2.4 and Dolby Cinema is sick.
You're right, if I was going for an end all be all crazy theater experience, I'm sure I could easily spend (not that I have or would_) 6 figures on an top of the line set up.

I just want theatre like experience in my basement. I have and always will love the movie going experience, and now especially in COVID, I miss going to a dark theatre to watch a movie.

I don't think the dimensions and layout of my basement theater is ideal for spending top dollar $ on.

I think a $500 screen plus a ~$2000 4k home projector in my space will be "good enough" considering I have under $1000 in the receiver/speakers. I'm not looking for super high end audiophile stuff, just something that works and is affordable and usable.
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Do any of you have interest in Def Tech UIW 75 in wall speakers? I've got 3 of them I pulled out from my recent redo of my main room. I probably will list them on ebay or something soon just thought I'd ask here.
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Old 01-22-2021, 11:25 AM   #11249
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ya'll trying to look so worldly with your fancy art.
We've actually got some real art - a Peter Lik photograph. It's hanging above our Big Lots couch, across the wall with our Super Mario decals. We get tons of compliments on the Mario decals. We're high klass.

Not a single person has commented on the Lik
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You're right, if I was going for an end all be all crazy theater experience, I'm sure I could easily spend (not that I have or would_) 6 figures on an top of the line set up.

I just want theatre like experience in my basement. I have and always will love the movie going experience, and now especially in COVID, I miss going to a dark theatre to watch a movie.

I don't think the dimensions and layout of my basement theater is ideal for spending top dollar $ on.

I think a $500 screen plus a ~$2000 4k home projector in my space will be "good enough" considering I have under $1000 in the receiver/speakers. I'm not looking for super high end audiophile stuff, just something that works and is affordable and usable.
What are the dimensions of the room? My HT is 15 X 13 and I'm using the 15 foot length as my viewing portion. The 13 feet walls are the sides. My 75" panel is wall mounted and the panel sits about 4" from the wall. Front of the seats are approximately 10 feet from the panel, with the back of the seats being 3 feet from the wall behind so your ears are approximately 3 feet from rear wall, and your eyes are sitting at 12 feet from the panel once the recliner is in lean back. Walls and ceiling are painted a medium gray so once the lights go off, it's pitch dark, theater style. There is a window but it has a blackout shade as well as a blackout frame so in the middle of the day in the summer it's still pitch black.

A lot of people get hung up on screen size and they don't even have a room to accommodate. I could have done a 85" screen but it would have overpowered the room and I would have had to flip everything around and it would ruin audio setup as well as seating. You need to look at the room as a whole. Many people spend the largest portion on a panel then muck the audio, which is equally as important. Like I said, 75" or 85" you can move your seats closer to it to blind you to get that theater, first 1/3 of the theater type setup.

I spent I think 12k all in with wiring, all components, seating, new breakers/electrical. Sony X940E, Marantz SR8012, Sony 800M2 4k player, Apple 4k box, Dish 4k Joey, component shelf, Octane seating, JBL Studio 5 Series for the 7 channels, JBL Studio 210 for Atmos X 4 (wanted full range speakers for Atmos to future proof as the studios are increasingly sending more sound through Atmos channels) and two HSU VTF-3 Mk5 subs. I got everything at cost, or well below cost (All JBL's) sans the subs and seats. The panel is the best LED panel that Sony has ever made for cinema. They quit making it and the series on purpose to push people into OLED. The JBL Studio 5 series, if you hunt, you'll catch them for steal prices. They have bi-radial horns and are absolutely stunning. I had a friend over who has built home theaters since 1979. He was appalled at how little I spent for what I got. And he was especially pissed at the JBL's because he did not know they still made bi-radial horns. Bigger rooms the front channels should go with 3 590's, laying one of them horizontally for the center channel. My room is not large enough for that setup so I went with 580 towers and the 520c center channel. I have the 530's for sides and rears and they are one of the best speakers I have ever heard. 11 JBL's, cost me $1650 shipped. They sound like they cost 10X that amount.

Don't chintz on your audio. It's what makes it a theater experience. My audio setup mutilates even an Imax theater. Together with PQ there is no point ever setting foot in a commercial cineplex, even Imax, ever again. The subs have chest slam and will rattle your brain. I could have went with dual 12" subs but got the 15's for overkill. And the gains are on the lower end, and it still shakes the room in spades. If you want to spend less then go with 5.2.2, but at least get 2 Atmos channels. It really does make a massive difference because it creates a bubble, or 3D like sound. Rain, sound effects, it makes a big difference, to me, because you have sound all around you. 7.2.4 is ideal. I've been to people's houses who have the fanciest OLED made, and have a sound bar hooked up to it and I The sound is horrible. The movie theater experience is having that sound pan all around you. In a dialog movie it's not as important (you still need a quality center channel) but if there is a killer soundtrack, either music or sound effects, you are missing the boat.

The screen is just one thing in a list of things to get a room right. Like you I was dead set on a 4k Projector and screen for many years. A few friends big into HT, with one of them going back to 1979 building his own HT's said no. And that guy has money, I mean F U money. Even he quit using projectors when he did the 4k migration. He has an 85" panel now. And his JBL's are commercial grade, big $$$, the kind of JBL's they put into commercial cinemas. So if he is not using a projector and he has the deep pockets to drop on a 40k Sony 4k projector (commercial projector) then it spoke volumes, to me. Projectors are for big rooms where you are going to have multiple rows of seats. Pivot and get the audio right. It's just as important as the screen. I did this almost 2 years ago and it was worth every single cent. I put a lot of it on 0% and just now paying the room off.
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