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Started to build a home cinema room (pics inside)

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  1. grant666uk

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    Well after being into movies for years I thought it was about time I turned my spare room into a Cinema.

    I bought a 36 inch tv last year and its nice but a pal got a projector a few months ago and that was it.

    I have on the way a Panasonic PT-AE300EC should come wed or thurs.

    I still have a lot to do to the room. Stripped the carpet out wallpaper off and all holes filled in

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    Going to paint the walls dont really know what color to do them. I thought about a light blue.

    Going to try and fit all the amps, dvd player and pc in the cuboard with the projector on the shelf.

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    Speakers etc are still all down stairs. Will wait till most of the works done before setting up. Going to go for a blind from Ikea to use as a screen. Need to keep cash for a carpet and something to sit on.

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    simple plan. LOL

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    Also bought these off Ebay a bit sad but will look nice on the wall.

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    Will keep posting pics as I go along.
     
  2. GrahamC

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    Love looking over threads like this, insite into how others enjoy films. :thumbsup:

    One little pointer as to colour choice, dark and matt is the way to go. Good luck for your project.
     
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    Same here! always intrigued to see how everyone elses rooms look!

    And it looks like it will be be great when its done!

    Just a quick question; what are the sizes of the room, will it give a good throw distance for the projector?

    I ordered the same "sad" prints off eBay and its a regular subject for mocking from the girlfriend! Tho they do look good behind glass frames (£1 each in pound land!)

    Can i post a couple of pics of my recently put together bedroom cinema on this thread? i was too late to add them to the long gone "show me yours (Home Cinema!)thread"!

    Keep up the good work!
     
  4. grant666uk

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    Hi monkeynuts go for it post away. I am off to work (nightshift) but will post the room size when I get back.
     
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    Thanks for letting me post :D

    Rear of the room:
    Bit of a tight squeeze as its been built around a bed and a set of built in shelves (on left)

    The projector mounting is very strange as i didn't want to cut the tube that came with the LMP mount in case i move it and need the extra length. Also its a dormer window which complicates things even further

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    Front of room:
    Home made screen- Black out material stretched over a reinforced frame (still trying to find a cheap source of black fabric tape for the border). Temporary measure till i finish exams and make an MDF screen with Dulux Icestorm....

    Screen is level, but cottage walls are certainly not with a 4-5inch curve from top to bottom!

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    Sony HS2
    Marantz SR6200
    Limit 9000 (i think!) DVD player- Pal progressive
    Phillips DTR-1500 freeview box
    JVC S-VHS VCR
    Marantz CD6000 OSE
    Paradigm PDR-12
    Lots of Logitech THX speakers from the Z560 PC kit on home made stands at the back and "altered" wall mountings at the front.

    Oh and a Toshiba 28ZD26P sitting there doing nothing! (for sale soon if anyones interested!)
     
  6. grant666uk

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    Right I am back. Just got out the measuring tape. The length from projector to the wall will be 10 foot 11 inch. It will be on a shelf inside the cupboard at a hight of 5 foot 7 inch aprox.

    Will that be ok. I am rather new to this "throw" stuff.

    Would it be a good idea to paint the hole room plus roof in Dulux Icestorm 5. Will the wife flip out.

    P.s nice setup Monkeynuts. Could not see your DTS sign on the wall .
     
  7. monkeynuts

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    Find your projector on www.projectorcentral.com and there is a screen size calculator for every projector. Its very good and lets you use change all the different parameters and use imperial or metric units.

    From what i have learnt (i'm still learning and may be wrong!) a projector will project an image straight out from the bottom of the lens and upwards from there:

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    So if your projector is 5ft7 high, the ideal base of the screen will be 5ft7. This doesn't have to be exact as there is no real harm in tilting the projector down to lower the image slightly.

    This is why my projector is on such a strange mounting and upsidedown!
    I'm sure someone can correct me or at least explain this better!

    As for Icestorm, this is what many people have used as a screen colour rather than room colour. I am stuck with my room colour and would ideally do some research on here and find a suitable darkish matt colour for the walls. I find the light colour ok as long as the room is darkened sufficiently.

    The plaques were being put together as i was taking pictures so they are up now!
     
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    About 30 mins ago I got a chap at the door. Whoooo Hooooo My First Projector. It was like Christmas in my house. Done a fast set up in other bedroom. Stuck on Monsters inc OH MY GOD!!!!!! :eek: :clap:

    Had a look for any dead pixels none that I could find.

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    Looks like I may have to mount the projector upside down if its going to sit at about 6 foot. Mmmmm Going to have to look into this.

    Think I will pop into Ikea and get the 6 foot blackout blind a lot of people buy for a screen.

    Still cant work out what color to paint the walls for the best effect.

    Also bought a Profigold PGV332 1.5m Component Video Cable last night should look better than scart.
     
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of projectors!
    Now i'm in i don't think i'll be leaving!!
    have fun setting it all up and let us know how you get on....wall colour has been discussed on this site so a quick search might return something....
    Good luck
     
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    It's funny how watching anything in a "regular" sized screen now feels likr toytown eh?!
     
  12. grant666uk

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    Went to Ikea tonight. Got two blackout blinds one for the window and one to use as a screen.

    Also picked up a wall mount that will hold the projector on top and you can clamp the dvd player underneath.

    Bought of a work mate the two chairs and foot stool for £45 cost over £140 at Ikea. Just need to get paint for the walls and I could have it all set up by sat.

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    Small update. Just back from homebase. In the end I went for a tin of icestorm 3 for the walls and ceiling should be nice. Just got in and got a chap at the door. The Posty with my component cable. Whooo Hooo

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    Well just done one wall (paint still wet) Dont think the wife will like it.
     
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    You will need a good couple of applications of the Icestorm for best effect. I looked at it, but in the end went for a dark(ish) pastel blue.

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    I love reading threads like this
    Brings nothing but good memories flooding back from last Summer....
    Mind if I post some pics as well?
     
  16. grant666uk

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    Go for it Dis 1. I love to see other peoples set ups too. The more the better. Going to paint till about 2am then might post a few pics.
     
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    Arghhhh thats me for the night. I am just over halfway there with the paint. Had to fill a good few holes and its a bit late to get the sander out.



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    Looking good,are you going to paint the door the same colour?
     
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    Mmmm dont think so. You should have seen the wifes face when she got in from work and saw the one wall I had done.
     
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    Where's the screen going to be, in relation to the door?
     
  21. grant666uk

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    Hi Dis 1 If you look at my crap plan pic on my first post, the door in bottom left in the pic.
     
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    im really enjoying this thread and your progress.hope you have it done by the weekend then the serious movie watching will commence!

    all the best and keep the pics coming :thumbsup:

    and to quote someone "see all your old films in a new light" so true.
     
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    Well small morning update. Things I am doing. I have just had to empty a 3 foot fish tank that was in my HC room. (fish are all down stairs in the big tank) What a job arghhhh sooooo much fish poo. When ever I suck on the pipe I always get a bit of scumy water in me gob.

    Almost done with that. Still need to empty the cupboard that all the av stuff going to go into will have to paint that too.

    Here's a pic from hell.
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    great topic! I'm in the process of buying a new home and threads like this give me great ideas, keep it up, can't wait to see the finished room!
     
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    Well I am about 90% done with the painting. Everything apart from the pc is out the room.

    Going to do a wee bit gloss then tomorrow it will be time for the carpet to go down.

    Went to B&Q and Ikea tonight got cable,dimmer switch, new sockets one of them smart floating shelfs and a cool light.

    Still hope to have everything in by sunday. Better check I have enough speaker cable.

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    Untill my next update. G.
     
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    Are you sure thats not a ray gun :laugh:
     
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    I am going for the Flash Gordon look. LOL
     
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    Great stuff Grant, I love reading this kinda thing. Good luck!
     
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    Be aware Grant.... those shelves hold virtually NO weight!
     
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    Well been hard at it all weekend. Carpet is down all walls done. Some wiring done. Put up a shelf arghhh my walls are like putty. About 4 hours to put up a shelf and Projector mount. Changed all sockets and light switches to grey ones to match in. Screens going up tomorrow.

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    P.S. Still to lay a carpet in cupboard
     

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