Quantcast

My dedicated cinema room construction thread

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
peterc14 said:
The border is made from foamalux - was this one sheet cut to form the border or couple of pieced attached (glued?) together. My screen is slightly larger than 8 x 4 sheet, so not sure foamalux comes i this size.
You can get foamalux in larger sizes as a special order, but it might not be worthwhile. I made the border from 6 pieces. You can't see the joins unless you look hard. If I were to do it again, I'd use gaffer tape to join the foamalux and cover the lot in material so it was just 4 pieces instead.

peterc14 said:
The foamalux is covered with black material - velvet? Where did you buy the velvet from - seems to be expensive material.
I used wool serge (theatre backdrop cloth) that was leftover from my ceiling. It's pretty black. I guess velvet would be better still.

peterc14 said:
I have never actually heard of foamalux - would you recommend it?
You can order samples on EBay if you want to see what it's like. It's a good alternative to hardboard or MDF because it's light, easy to cut and flexible.
 

inzaman

Moderator
Very nice :cool::smashin:
 

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
Thanks, everyone :)

Screen diagonal is around 115", ratio 2.40:1 constant height. I zoom out for 16:9 films to leave about 1ft at the left and right of the screen blank. I don't use any masking yet, but might consider some in future.
 

jagdeepp

Banned
Superb.

Very impressive indeed. The project also shows that the outlay isn't as significant as many expect for what is essentially your own mini odeon that you can enjoy without mobile phones going off and the sound of others crunching loud on tortila chips during a movie.

Intrigued by your screen. I've gone with a Carada which is totally awesome. I do however hope to go wider at some point. My screen is 135" diagonal in 16:9 ( i think). I'm thinking of going scope and making a screen at some point in future. I just wonder how wide the blackout material is since my screen would probably be just under 4 metres in length by around 2.5 metres or so in width.
 

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
jagdeepp said:
I'm thinking of going scope and making a screen at some point in future. I just wonder how wide the blackout material is since my screen would probably be just under 4 metres in length by around 2.5 metres or so in width.
The Dunelm Mill material is 135cm wide. I think you'll struggle to get anything much wider, unfortunately.
 

Phil.LFC

Active Member

CraigyMcfly

Novice Member
This is a great project and the style is exactly what I had in mind for mine.

Unfortunately my budget is a little tight as we have a new addition to our family so all my time and money is now dedicated to my lovely little daughter for the time being.

From the dimensions posted, we're they before the false wall was added for the screen? I only ask as I have a room roughly 12 x 12 feet and wondered if it will be large enough for a screen of your size
......
 

Philw101

Well-known Member
Hi Neil,

Superb setup if you don't mind me saying! :)

I especially like your fibre optic lights in the ceiling, do you have any more pics of these both in the day and night? How does it look in the day with them installed?

What are you next plans with the system? Or are you happy for the moment.
 

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
From the dimensions posted, we're they before the false wall was added for the screen? I only ask as I have a room roughly 12 x 12 feet and wondered if it will be large enough for a screen of your size
......
The finished room is now 10'2" x 14', and the screen is 9' wide (on the 10'2" wall). It actually looks bigger in real life than it does on the final photo.

If your seating is 12 feet away, you should be okay with a screen that size, but I'd test it first to see how you get on with it. You might prefer it a little smaller.

Another consideration is getting a projector with a suitably short throw distance. The back of mine needs to be around 13'6" away from the screen to project an image that size.
 

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
Hi Neil,

Superb setup if you don't mind me saying! :)

I especially like your fibre optic lights in the ceiling, do you have any more pics of these both in the day and night? How does it look in the day with them installed?

What are you next plans with the system? Or are you happy for the moment.
Thanks!

The fibre optics are nearly invisible in the day. They looks like small specks of dust. You certainly wouldn't be able to see them on a photo.

The fact that the ceiling is covered in fabric definitely helps. It might be harder to drill holes in plasterboard neatly enough for them to be invisible, but I guess you could always do some careful painting before you cut the fibre-optics flush with the ceiling.

We're going to spend our free time for the next few weeks catching up on all the films that have been released over the last year. Until the "premiere" last week, we hadn't seen a film since we moved house, 14 months ago!

After that, I need to find a more permanent home for the projector as it's currently sitting on a temporary stand behind the sofa.

My original plan was to make a box for the projector and mount it in the eaves behind the rear wall. I've abandoned that plan for now, in part due to concerns that it will overheat. I've read some worrying reports on AVS forum about lamps failing very prematurely when people have positioned this model (Epson TW3600 / 8100) in a bookcase, as the air inlet is at the back, so a box could be even worse.

I'll probably just install a shelf for now, or perhaps find a ceiling mount that will work on a 55 degree sloping ceiling.

I also want to make a cover for the radiator. It's not nearly as distracting as I thought it might be, but it will definitely look neater.

Equipment-wise, I've run out of money to buy anything else for the moment, but I'm keeping an eye out for a reasonably-priced anamorphic lens, such as an Isco II.
 

CraigyMcfly

Novice Member
Neil in Bristol said:
The finished room is now 10'2" x 14', and the screen is 9' wide (on the 10'2" wall). It actually looks bigger in real life than it does on the final photo.

If your seating is 12 feet away, you should be okay with a screen that size, but I'd test it first to see how you get on with it. You might prefer it a little smaller.

Another consideration is getting a projector with a suitably short throw distance. The back of mine needs to be around 13'6" away from the screen to project an image that size.
Thanks for that Neil

The room is still a shell with various bits of junk from he house slowly piling up but I think I'll end up drawing a screen on the wall to see how seating will cope.
 

Digimons

Member
What a fantastic install, what do you think of the Wharfedale DX1 HCP Speaker package you have used?
 

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
What a fantastic install, what do you think of the Wharfedale DX1 HCP Speaker package you have used?
I don't really have anything to compare it with, other than my old stereo 'bookshelf' speakers, I'm afraid.

I notice that I do have to turn the amplifier up quite high (level 70) to get a decent volume. Not sure if that's normal, but it has been suggested that the Wharfedales take a lot of power to drive them as they're 4 ohms.

The sound quality has varied a lot depending on the source. Only watched a couple of films so far. Sound quality in Star Wars was disappointing, I thought. Much better in Source Code. The musical soundtrack on trailers etc is very good indeed, so I think it bodes well.
 

s1mon

Standard Member
congrats on brill install.... my only comment/ question do you get any light bouncy / reflection on your door on the right ? or is it painted matt?
 

Neil in Bristol

Novice Member
congrats on brill install.... my only comment/ question do you get any light bouncy / reflection on your door on the right ? or is it painted matt?
Thanks :)

The door is painted with satinwood paint. It doesn't really seem to reflect any more light than the grey matt walls do. The photo makes it look worse than it is due to the long exposure.

Using black material for the first metre or so of walls would be ideal for optimum picture quality, but I think it would make the room less appealing when the lights are on.
 

Crabbie

Active Member
Hi

Gotta say this room looks fantasticthe star ceiling looks great can you tell me what sort of cost was it for the complete lighting kit and where did u get it from

Thanks

Crabbie
 

mckee74

Distinguished Member
Another fan of the star kit here. Do you have any pictures of your install of that at all please?

Room just looks incredible. Well done.
 

Trending threads

Latest News

Panasonic launches SC-HTB600 and SC-HTB400 soundbars
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Panasonic launches HX940 and HX800 4K LCD TVs for 2020
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Elipson launches 3230 loudspeaker at Bristol Hi-Fi Show
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
AVForums Podcast: 17th February 2020
  • By Phil Hinton
  • Published
Top Bottom