Journey into the Unknown - My First Dedicated Home Cinema

Discussion in 'Members DIY Home Cinema Showcases' started by Scrubs, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Welcome to my thread on my first dedicated home cinema.
    I haven't really got much experience with AV related things so everything is new and a learning curve. My home cinema watching has never consisted of more than a 32" TV with no separate speakers.
    Mostly I watch films on my 27" iMac with Harman Kardon Soundsticks.

    So last year we decided to convert our integral garage into a cinema room, with an area at the back for music related things (piano/guitars). We wanted to begin last summer but things got in the way, so everything has been delayed, until recently.
    Builders start work Monday morning. I've started to receive the equipment although most deliveries will arrive next week.

    List of equipment:
    Optoma HD33 Projector
    Carada 96" Precision Fixed Screen
    Onkyo TX-NR616 Amp
    Wharfedale Diamond 10.5 Floorstanders
    Wharfedale Diamond 10.CM Centre
    Wharfedale Diamond 10.DFS Sides
    Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 Rears
    BK Monolith DF Sub
    Sky+HD (Sky Sports)
    PS3
    Xbox 360
    Apple TV3
    Logitech Harmony 900

    So begins our journey to a home cinema!
    First task was to turn this:
    [​IMG]
    Into this:
    [​IMG]

    Updates should come thick and fast this week as there are a team of builders working on it.
    Can't wait!
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013
  2. True Romance

    True Romance
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2005
    Messages:
    6,956
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Wolverhampton
    Ratings:
    +3,026
    Good luck with this one :thumbsup: Should be an interesting build. Hope you've figured a way to black out that sky light?

    It may be better posted in the "Home Cinema Building DIY" thread as this one is mostly for completed rooms.
     
  3. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Thanks.
    The sky light will be going, as will the back door and side window. It's being gutted and completely redone.

    Yeah I'm not sure what I've done but I've managed to balls up the threads. I'd posted this last year in DIY but couldn't find the thread (because I was searching in gallery). I've asked for the mods assistance :facepalm:
     
  4. rousetafarian

    rousetafarian
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    23,180
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    NW
    Ratings:
    +15,175
    <Subscribed, this looks like it could be a great result
     
  5. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Thanks, I hope so. Can't wait to finally open my Lord of the Rings extended bluray box set I got for Chistmas!
     
  6. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Well a team of builders are now in and they've already made good progress given they've only been here a few hours. I'll post some pictures tonight of the changes, but in the mean time, here is my growing pile of stuff.

    [​IMG]

    Amp, Screen, Floorstanders and cabling are due to arrive any day.
    Picking up projector this afternoon.
     
  7. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Picked this up a few hours ago :D:D
    [​IMG]

    Day One
    This is the current state of the garage. Window blocked up, new ceiling going in.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  8. Arcam_boy

    Arcam_boy
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2006
    Messages:
    11,980
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Ratings:
    +2,334
    Those optoma's are superb pieces of kit, I've seen them in action a couple of times now and always been impressed!!
     
  9. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    They are, although I'm new to all this so I don't have anything to compare, however, I had a 2D demo and thought it was incredible. I've also been unimpressed with 3D at the cinema, but again, the demo just blew me away.
     
  10. True Romance

    True Romance
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2005
    Messages:
    6,956
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Wolverhampton
    Ratings:
    +3,026
    Coming along I see, tbh if it was me I'd have to wait until the build was nearly done before buying all the kit. Would be just to excited and want to set it all up, even in a building site :D




    Mark any chance you can get this moved into the "Home Cinema Building DIY" thread. Would probably get more views there?
     
  11. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Day Two
    Decent progress again today, timber in for walls and ceiling. You can't see behind me but the window is beginning to be blocked up.
    [​IMG]

    Very fun day for deliveries though, look what I added to my pile!
    [​IMG]


    And my screen came! Ordered on Thursday night, came from the US and arrived this morning. Well done Fedex.
    [​IMG]

    I ordered everything partly because I'm new at this, so wanted everything in once place so I can make sure everything works and partly because it should be done in about a week and a half and I want to watch a film in it as soon as possible :D
    I'll admit to trying out the projector on my lounge wall, however that was in the interest of 'testing' :laugh:
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  12. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Day Four
    Soundproofing in on the side wall but forgot to take a picture while it was light. Roofers come tomorrow and front wall starts being knocked out.
    Mark Grant HDMI cable arrived, tested with Amp and Projector in my bedroom, looks excellent.
    Rear speaker mounts arrived.
    More Van Damme 2.5mm cabling arrived (underestimated how much I'd need)

    Here's a new plan of how it should look in the end. (Sortof to scale)
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  13. scottthehat

    scottthehat
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Messages:
    11,160
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Location:
    honiton
    Ratings:
    +2,801
    your not going for 7.1 then, also if it turns out like that very nice.
     
  14. AV21

    AV21
    Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Location:
    sevenoaks
    Ratings:
    +7
    this is a very good idea, i cant wait to see the finished room
     
  15. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    I was very tempted in 7.1 but can't see a way of mounting rear surrounds.
    And thanks for the nice comments :)
     
  16. True Romance

    True Romance
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2005
    Messages:
    6,956
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Wolverhampton
    Ratings:
    +3,026
    in ceiling ;)
     
  17. Philw101

    Philw101
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    2,068
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    -
    Ratings:
    +222
    Hey great plan :) Looking forward to seeing how this will turn out! :)

    With regards to your 7.1 issue have you thought about either ceiling mounted speakers? or maybe even using dipole speakers to spread out the sound at the back for a less directional approach?
     
  18. True Romance

    True Romance
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2005
    Messages:
    6,956
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Wolverhampton
    Ratings:
    +3,026
    Oh you may find if you put the poster fames up that you'll get lots of refections from the pj screen. Be careful how close you put them to the screen, I would'nt go any closer than 1.5m. I have a lot of frames in my room but I'm now removing them to increase the PQ. Anyway its looking good so far :smashin:
     
  19. muRte

    muRte
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Messages:
    81
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Ratings:
    +10
    Where did you get the poster frame?
    Nice work! ;)
     
  20. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Thanks for the comments.
    I'll have to look at where to mount the posters once the screen is up, it won't be too much hassle moving them further down the wall. I think I got them from Next or Amazon.
    What would be the recommended rear speaker for 7.1? I have the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 that I was going to mount at the rear side, would they be better suited behind?
     
  21. flashf1

    flashf1
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2008
    Messages:
    394
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Dublin
    Ratings:
    +130
    I have the 10.4 up front, cs in centre, and a pair of 10.SR for surround, top quality sound
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013
  22. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    How did you mount the SR? I'd need mine coming from the ceiling.
     
  23. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Day Five
    Speaker cables in and plasterboard is up.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Roofers and plumber are in on Monday.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  24. tinmanuk

    tinmanuk
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Messages:
    349
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +9
    looking foward to seing more pics as it progresses ;)
     
  25. mooperman

    mooperman
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    12,769
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Notts
    Ratings:
    +2,886
    looking good matey, loving the mock up of the finished article...!!
     
  26. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    Thanks :hiya:
    Should see some serious progress next week.

    Oh, ordered the seating today. Two single recliners and a three seater as seen in the mockup.
     
  27. mooperman

    mooperman
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    12,769
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Notts
    Ratings:
    +2,886
    will look forward to seeing the pics...

    have to say though, i think you should put the sofa at the back and the 2 recliners at the front but that maybe just my mind going back to my teenage years and telling me that you should cuddle up on the back seat... :D
     
  28. signs

    signs
    Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    21,490
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    nr burton on trent
    Ratings:
    +3,316
    Looking Good :thumbsup:

    where did you get the speaker cable from and what gauge did you use ? did you use conduit or not bother seeing how it's going behind the board ?

    cheers
     
  29. Scrubs

    Scrubs
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    203
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +10
    I was tempted in the sofa at the back, but as that will be my seat, I wanted my own recliner. I can always swap them around.
    Speaker cable was Blue Van Damme 2.5mm and no it hasn't gone in conduit as it's behind the board, however the HDMI will be in a tube, as that's more likely to break out of the two.

    Day Six
    Side window blocked up, already looks about 50% darker.
    [​IMG]

    This is the front of the garage. We're having a porch extension, so the garage is coming out another two foot, in line with the grey wall on the right side.
    [​IMG]

    From the otherside
    [​IMG]

    And this is where the AV cupboard will be, with everything hidden. Lovely.
    [​IMG]
     
  30. JamesDavison

    JamesDavison
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    494
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Ratings:
    +32
    Looking good, i love these builds. Whats the blue plasterboard? is it a special type?
     

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice