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Layout of a Home Cinema Room

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by William, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. William

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    I am setting up a room above my garage as a home cinema. The room is 5.3M * 2.7M. The room will essentially be dedicated for this purpose, but will probably try to fit in a desk at the back so I can also use it as a Study.

    Given the shape of the room (sloping ceiling like loft conversions) The screen will be on the end wall (2.7M wide), so I won't be using the full length of the room (5.3M) for seating as the back will be too far from the screen (hence the idea of putting a desk at the back)

    With this layout I don't really want to put the equipment rack in front of the main seating due to the narrowness of the room, so thought of putting it at the back part of the room. The problem is how can I control the equipment via my remotes if it is behind ?. Is it possible to get a remote extender so I can look forwards at the screen and still control the DVD, amp, Sky etc ?. I think that having to turn round to use the remote will be a pain. On the other hand having the equipment at the back means that leads to the projector will be shorter.

    If I haven't lost you all is this a common layout problem, or should I just put the equipment rack at the side of the room in front of the seats and be done with it?.

    Any thoughts from those who have set up a home theatre will be appreciated.

    If this is too confusing I'll try to draw a plan and attach it.
     
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    Hi William,

    There are controllers that do this. I've seen them in professional installs where the equipment is in another room. Some of the builds in the forums have this kind of setup so hopefully they will give you more detailed information.

    Depending on where you put the equipment on the back wall you may not need to worry, unless it's hidden away behind the couch. I still point the projector remote at the screen (it's a habit from the TV) instead of backwards and it works because the IR bounces back from what is essentially a large reflecting surface.

    However, it's not just controlling the equipment you need to think of, you may also want to see the displays. I find it useful at time to see what's going on.

    Cheers,

    Ray
     
  3. William

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    Ray

    You have raised some useful points. I will spend some more time playing around with the layout.

    Just seen your post on your garage conversion. Looks an interesting project. Good luck !

    Many thanks, William
     
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    I have a loft conversion (of sorts), and all the gear is at the back. I use a remote extender (cheapie form CPC - £16) on top of one of the front left speaker ), and it works well. I actualy have the transmitter it sat on top of the equipment rack, and use a small mirror to bounce the signal back to the equipment inside the rack which is underneath it. It works better than I thought it would, so I don't need to run a power cable to in front of the rack for the transmitter. The mirror is under the seats out of sight, with the rack about 4ft behind them.

    Gary.
     
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    William,

    I'm not sure whether cost is an issue but I have a friend who uses the Marantz 9500 LC remote which comes with it's own IR extenders. He seems to use it well to control his kit from almost anywhere is his open plan flat. I believe that the signal can bounce off wals and such.. perhaps testing one out in a shop would be useful. Otherwise, Gary's idea sounds good.
     
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    Gary and Digisocialist, thanks for the tips. I'll follow up on the two options.

    Cheers
     
  7. gaz

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    hey hatcher: :offtopic:
    just looking at your site cool place,
    and as for the ex taxi........... NOT, great cars i also own one have you ever been to npoc forum the lads 'n' lases on there really know there stuff esp, kev shek and your cinemas not bad either ........................
     
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    Thanks Gaz,
    Haven't heard of that forum. Can you give us a link?
     
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