CaptainCook's Cinema

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  1. CaptainCook

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    (Last Updated 21/10/2008 - New TV - See Post 40)

    Hi All,

    I've been sharing the build of this setup with the folks in the DIY forum, but with the three piece suite finally making an appearance, I thought I would post a few pictures in the Gallery.

    For those of you who may be interested in the build, you can find some further details here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402857

    Again, thanks to all of you for the inspiration!!


    View towards the front:

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    Front view with screen dropped down:

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    Rear of the room (hoping to bin the mahogany cabinets soon):

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    Lighting feature:

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    and it's effect with the spots off. (Hidden LED ropelight)

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    Finally, a couple of screen shots:

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    Apologies to those of you at work who have had the images blocked by the IT police. I can post some thumbnails as well if desired.

    CaptainCook
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008
  2. Mr X

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    Great install and love the lighting feature :thumbsup:
     
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    Yep that sure is one classy install happy viewing :thumbsup:
     
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    Top class job mate.:smashin:
     
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    Nice, so do you leave the ropelight on when using the PJ?
     
  6. DodgeTheViper

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    That is fantastic !

    Put together with some real thought. Lighting, the PJ screen, all looks great.

    Well done fella :thumbsup:
     
  7. Mr_Wistles

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    Arrrggghhhh that there be a mighty fine setup. I is espcially liking the rope light feature. (say in pirate voice for best effect)
     
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    Simply amazing! :smashin: What plasma is that btw?
     
  9. CaptainCook

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    Hi Ash,

    I tend to turn it off when watching a movie as there is enough light from the screen/projector to see what's going on.

    However, it's very useful when getting a disc ready or when pausing for a comfort break and you need to find the door. It can also be dimmed, so I have a bit of control over the light level and it's installed high enough not to cast any shadows/reflection on the screen.

    CaptainCook
     
  10. CaptainCook

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    Thanks po_man,

    The Plasma is actually quite old (but very trusty) Hitachi 42PD3000. I cry at how much I paid for it a few years ago, but I've certainly had my moneys worth in viewing time!!

    I have the sources fed through a DVD recorder that upscales it all to component for the plasma, but feeds HDMI to the projector (Panasonic AE900)

    CaptainCook
     
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    very, very lovely set-up mate.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
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    Yeah, really neat install :)
     
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    I like the lighting and the ceiling design, never seen one like that before. :smashin:
     
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    that is one nice room, very clean install
     
  15. Jamiewalshe

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    that is fantastic, very nicely done.

    im in love with that lighting feature. its really different - was it your own idea/design?
     
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    Top job CaptainCook. Nice'n'Tidy:thumbsup:

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  17. CaptainCook

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    Hi Jamiewalshe !!

    The lights were a bit of an experiment really. I couldn't have "normal" lights as I was worried about them hanging in front of the projected image. So we scribbled down some of our ideas and gave it a go.

    As a fallback, we have skimmed the entire ceiling and made use of the existing electrics (I did add another channel for the ropelight), so if we sell up and the new buyer hates the design, it won't be too much work to revert back to a more traditional setup.

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  18. CaptainCook

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    Thank you Darren.

    CaptainCook
     
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    Very nice captain, love the symetrical look of the main wall :thumbsup: . Looking to do something similar this year, albeit i would stick the plasma a bit lower.
     
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    Simply stunning setup m8 - well done!

    (and yes bin the mahogany! lol)

    Especially love the lighting - are the spots and rope controlled by remote from the comfort of that very comfy looking sofa?
     
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    Great set-up.. I'm seeing a trend to people buying/using projectors... If I had the a bigger room i might be tempted.
     
  22. CaptainCook

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    Hi Kdog,

    A couple of people have mentioned before about the height of the plasma, but with the viewing distance from the 3-seater set at about 4 metres, it doesn't feel like an unnatural viewing angle or caused any neck pain.

    Unfortunately it came down to pure logistics of where I was able to stick the thing!!

    That's the great thing about AV; it's very subjective.

    CaptainCook
     
  23. Miniholic

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    Great work Captain, nice to see the finished room in all its glory. It certainly looks very professional. :thumbsup:
     
  24. CaptainCook

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    Hiya,

    Yep..they are fully remote controlled from my Pronto. Here's the dimmer switch:

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    First two channels control the spotlights on the main lighting feature (front 6 and back 6 are independant). Third controls the rope. Fourth controls the spots in the main unit.

    The switch is a Varilight 2-way 4 gang 250w and I bought it from here: http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Wiring_Accessories_Menu_Index/Wiring_Accessories~Dimmers_All/Wiring_Accessories~Dimmers_5_Victorian/index.html

    CaptainCook
     
  25. CaptainCook

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    Thanks for that.

    Are your builders back on the job yet. Very impressed with the progress on your build so far.

    By the way....did you buy the builders their own mugs for Christmas?? ;) Certainly seemed to be wearing yours out at a rapid rate!!

    CaptainCook
     
  26. Miniholic

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    Thanks Captain, progress has slowed a little since the beginning of December, and we are currently on hold awaiting inspections, but we should be good to go next week, hopefully.:rolleyes: I'm currently trying to organise the trades for the first fix, but a few people are still on their Christmas Hol's.

    It was suggested.:D
     
  27. shahedz

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    that is a really nice set up. great example of how a home cinema can be integrated into a living room. Love the cabinets
     
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    love the job,can i ask if you have any pics of the fire in action? and where did you get it from? any linkys?
     
  29. CaptainCook

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    Thanks for your kind words Shahedz and also for your help early on in the build by pointing me in the direction of the Jali units.

    CaptainCook
     
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    Your set-up blows me away, simply stunning, it's all so clean. :thumbsup:
     

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