Mikemag's mini Lyric

mikemag

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The Lyric was my local fleapit when I was growing up and was down the street from where I lived. This is about fifty times smaller but still not a bad place to escape to !!.
 

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mckee74

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I really like that. It looks like a very relaxing room.
 

mikemag

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Very smart....

can I ask what your room size is please?

many thanks!

Tony :)

About 9 foot wide and 12 foot long so it's cosy to say the least. The main problem, other than only being able to fit a two seater couch in was the very short throw between the projector and the screen, but it still looks pretty good to me.
 

gareth_alien

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That looks really good! A little cluttered for my taste, but the red walls works well.
It's not clear in the pics, have managed to squeeze a 7.1 system in there? What speakers are you using? Love the posters.
 

mikemag

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Would have to put my hands up to it being too cluttered, but, for the sake of domestic harmony it's the only place i'm allowed have my "toys", and I REALLY like my toys so they're all crammed in there !.

I have a 7.1 setup, Monitor Audio for the 7 and a BK Monolith doing the .1.
 

mikemag

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I started off with 5.1 , using an older a pair of bookshelf speakers as the rears either side of the couch. Unfortunately because of the narrowness of the room I spent too much time trying to avoid banging into them.

When I changed to a 7.1 layout I first used 4 Monitor Audio Radius 45 cube speakers for the rears. They took up a lot less space and did a pretty good job but quite often felt under pressure with more aggressive soundtracks.

The best compromise has been the FX rears, they've a big enough cabinet to generate a decent sound but are small enough in depth not to be elbow catchers.

I'd definitely recommend going to a 7.1, there really is a :D factor when you're watching a big stupid film and the sound is coming at you from every angle.

Cheers
 

mikemag

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Small update and apologies in advance for the underwhelming iPad photos. My current set up uses a fixed 80" inch screen suspended from the ceiling in front of curtains and blinds blocking the light from the patio doors behind. Other than changing to an Ikea unit for the kit that's been it for about eight years.

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I decided to use some time off to try an experiment and after the extremely arduous task of actually moving everything out of the way I got rid of the screen, the curtains and the blinds.

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Next step was a trip to Homebase where I got them to cut a sheet of 3mm thick white painted hardboard to my measurements and bought some wooden slats to make a frame and some matt black emulsion for the rear wall. Next stop some sheets of sign making plastic material that would allow me to block out the light from the glass in the patio doors.

After several hours of DIY "fun" the walls have been painted, the doors blacked over, the frame made and mounted and hey presto, i'm now enjoying the delights of a 92" screen.

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I haven't decided whether to actually paint the screen yet, at the minute i'm too busy enjoying some bigger screen delights :)

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mikemag

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Small update: I started having some issues with my DIY screen, discolouration on the sheet of wood began showing through the grey paint I covered it with. Even though I repainted more than once the marks kept showing through.

So, having done a Sophie's Choice of my movie collection and paid a visit to Cex a new 92" Sapphire screen now sits extremely snugly between my fronts :)


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I put strips of velvet on both of the floorstanders as well as the top of the kit storage unit to minimise reflections. Very happy so far.
 

mikemag

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Cheers Mark, it's very rough and ready compared to yours, not helped by the fact that my DIY skills are even more pathetic than my iPad photography skills, so, based on the shots I usually provide to these hallowed Forums, you can guess the rest :blush:
 

mikemag

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Upgrade time :)

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Nayfne

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mikemag

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It's all wired up and I did a few basic settings with the Yammy on Saturday, but the speakers only arrived yesterday, so hopefully I'll have a proper look at it soon.

Still one more box to arrive, maybe on Friday :)
 

mikemag

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The rest of the world might be going 4K and HDR crazy, but some of us are giddy with excitement at the prospect of being able to watch 3D :)

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Nayfne

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The rest of the world might be going 4K and HDR crazy, but some of us are giddy with excitement at the prospect of being able to watch 3D :)

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I love 3D on the projector, how's the atmos setup going mike? Had a good listen to any atmos yet?
 

mikemag

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I've had a play around with a few discs, Gravity, American Sniper, 13 Hours etc and I love the sound from the Yammy, but if I'm honest I still haven't felt like the effect was coming from overhead yet.

I probably need to spend more time adjusting levels and can't expect too much using upfiring rather than proper ceiling speakers anyway.

Have to say I'm sad enough to to smile every time that Atmos shows up on the display :blush:
 

Nayfne

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I've had a play around with a few discs, Gravity, American Sniper, 13 Hours etc and I love the sound from the Yammy, but if I'm honest I still haven't felt like the effect was coming from overhead yet.

I probably need to spend more time adjusting levels and can't expect too much using upfiring rather than proper ceiling speakers anyway.

Have to say I'm sad enough to to smile every time that Atmos shows up on the display :blush:
Good stuff, I have to admit, the difference between upfiring and on ceiling is very noticeable. I heard the onkyo up firing modules at RS which sounded good enough, and I know not everyone's circumstances will allow for in ceiling or on ceiling.

One thing I do know though, is that Atmos soundtracks are very dynamic and aggressive[emoji106]
 

mikemag

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Thank you Sir. Having a few teething difficulties with the new setup, but very happy in general.
 

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