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Using a Conservatory as a home cinema

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by darthvader, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. darthvader

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    I'll be installing a conservatory soon, about 16' x 12', and would welcome any advice about what to do specifically relating to getting the best sound and picture.

    I'm thinking about a Sim2 projector and greyhawk screen (108").

    Thanks, Pete.
     
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    excuse me for saying this.... but how are you going to stop external light getting in!?

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  3. MartinImber

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    Curtains - loads of them

    It will be echoey as hell!
     
  4. gaz.thomas

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    What shape is the conservatory and the roof going to be?

    Gaz
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    And dont forget the Air con! The stuff we are talking about will not be well too happy if you let it bake in the sun! :eek:

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  6. MartinImber

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    Thanks for the replies.

    The conservatory is on the rear of a bungalow so will have a double-hipped roof with four straight sides, with the exterior wall to the rear and three 'walls' of windows.

    I have been considering blinds to account for daytime glare, or curtains if they would help with any sound reverb etc.

    I haven't decided on the floor covering so don't know how heavy or absoebent it will be. I am hoping to keep the decor sparse to keep a roomy feel to the area.

    Cheers, Pete
     
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    I think that you would need to use heavy curtains with blackout linings to control light and help to deaden the sound for the windows and presuming the roof will be translucent, blinds for that. I would also go with carpet for the floor covering.
     
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    no offense, but my mate went through the same dilema and ended up with a plasma.

    when you're looking at a few grand for the black out blinds a 60" plasma starts to look quite reasonable.
     
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    I can't really help you with the picture but if you give me some of the dimensions/materials involved I may be able to help with acoustics/speaker placement.

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    I'm afraid I don't think it's a great idea.

    Blackout is a must, particularly with a PJ as they manage relatively low contrast levels, and that is going to be very difficult to achieve in a conservatory.

    My room is in the cellar and I've just painted the ceiling black to reduce reflected light.

    I'm sure it would make for a lovely room, using the conservatory, but I feel it would be distinctly compromised for AV purposes - but hey that's the real world!
     
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    I've still to speak to the companies but the following should be accurate:

    Width 12', depth 16', height 10'.

    uPVC in white, Pilkington glass double glazing, existing outer wall is solid brick, carpeted floor, and I'm investigating Martin's recommendation above for blinds.

    Current equipment to be used is all Linn plus Denon av amp. Eight speakers (FL,FR, Sub, Surr L & R, Back L & R, and Centre).

    Cheers, Pete.
     
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    Totally agree about the real world.

    Ideally I would use the lounge, but it's so beautiful and the other half really frowns when she sees the Kimber Tri-focals snaking across the floor.

    Ultimately I may be moving the kit into the loft conversion but that is probably a year or two off. I also need to convince someone that the roof needs raising about two feet.:laugh:
     
  14. MartinImber

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    You're based in Lancashire?

    so are quite a few of our customers eg Regency Glass in Leigh, Woods in Wigan, Interpane, and we have a load in the Liverpool area.

    However they all make the sealed units not the UPVC, but you could call a glass processor to see who they recommend
     
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    also try Hillary's blinds, I looked at both and Sandersons were way over the top in price.
     
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    Darthvader

    One of the biggest impracticalities I have found re trying to use the conservatory for viewing is how cold these things get in winter - maybe mine is a bad one (it was already bolted on when we purchased) but boy does it get cold in there in the winter.

    Best regards

    Joe

    PS If you haven't bought yet NOW is the time to purchase a SIM2 - great deals on until 21 April 03.
     
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    Oi Sandersons use a fabric optimiser we wrote so the more they save the better off we are:p
     
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    get tinted carbon fibre for the roof,you can get really dark shades and that will help with the light problem .gat a oil heater and buy a thermastat socket plug thing that way in winter you can keep a nice temp.
     

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