Old School Canteen Home Cinema

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  1. srwwhite

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    I've been lurking on the forum for a while taking inspiration and tips from some of the fantastic builds I've seen here. I live in an Old School in a (very) small village with an outbuilding that was used for school lunches. I have had a projector and small diy screen in it for a number of years with a very low cost receiver and speakers and decided that it was time for an upgrade!
    It had every kind of rot in the floor that you can imagine and the floor had to be replaced, including joists. I'm doing all the work with the help of my wife and boys. I've had some great advice from Jag from Epic Home Cinema and have (as you'll see from the later pictures) gone for a scope format screen and am using an anamorphic lens on a Sony HW55ES. The three front speakers arrived today (JBL 3677's) and can be seen in the 2nd last picture.

    I've included a few pictures of the build process so far..
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    Damp proof membrane down, insulation and floor going down..
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    The floor is all down, ceiling painted and partition for screen nearly done.
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    Front speakers installed and sound amazing.
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    Filmex screen back on. This picture also shows the blackout blinds down with the diy edge channel to block out as much light as I can, I haven't finished the bottom on all the windows yet as can be seen :)
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    and with lights off
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    It's looking like it'll be a great room once you've finished. Looks like you've got the lens all sorted out too (unless you're just zooming in those shots). What sub(s) are you going to be using with the JBLs?
     
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    Wow looking fantastic. Can you shed some more light (not literally) on this DIY channel for the blackouts.

    Mine are rubbish and bleed so much light.
     
  5. srwwhite

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    There is no zooming, i'm using the lens and I'm really happy with it :)
    I have a pair of XTZ 1x12's on the way.
     
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    I bought long lengths of wood, 50mmx12mm and 20mm x 10mm. I then glued and pinned one piece of 50x12 to the 20x10 to make an "L", I pre-pinned (put the pins in until they were just about through and glued the 20x10 to make it easier to then attach to the window frame. Once the "L" was in place I glued and pinned the other piece of 50x12 to make the "U".

    I then have another piece of 50x12 along the bottom connecting the outside, side pieces. These are just glued in place. I have a large piece of (approx) 200mmx12mm at the top with a piece of 50x12 under it to stop the light from where the roller is until the start of the channel.

    It's difficult to take a good picture of the channel when it's all black.. but i'll include a couple that will hopefully help
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    Wow looks great. You've achieved a lot in one day!
     
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    Looks great already. The screen looks huge. What size is it?
     
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    very nice mate well done!
     
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    The screen is 4 metres wide which is a big upgrade on my old 2.3m 16:9 screen.

    I wish it was just one day but i've been working on it in my spare time for about the last 6-8 weeks.
     
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    I've been doing some upgrades to my setup over the last few months with a change of the screen to Excellence Enlightor Neo which made a huge difference to the picture quality but given the price difference between it and the Filmex I would hope so! I've also changed the receiver to a Denon AVC-X6500H, again a big upgrade over the Yamaha I was using. After looking at this thread again I realised I hadn't posted any pictures of the seating/partition wall.
    The rear speakers are inside the wall and it is covered in acoustically transparent cloth on one side and plaster board on the other with sound absorber foam stuck to the plaster board.
    I'll be looking at some Atmos speakers as my next upgrade.
     

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