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My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Hi guys, I have been hovering aroung the HT world for a few years now but having never had a chance to do it 32E8 properly. For the last 3 years I have been bending the ear of the other half to allow me to convert the extension of our house into a HT. For the last few years I have aquired various bits of kit. I am now at the point where I can get going. I have some very firm ideas as to what i want but these have to be tempered somewhat by having to keep her in doors happy.
My room is 16ft x 11ft with a A frame roof. It has a large French windows into the garden, large glass entrace doors , two Velux roof lights and a side window. As you will see from the photos below light control is going to be a problem.


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My first real attempt at Home Cinema




Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

As you will also be able to see from these photos have already wired the room for the speakers and for a projector. I wanted as much of the wiring to be hidden as possible. I channelled the walls using an angle grinder which I inserted via a hole I cut in a plastic serving bowl. I then attached a hoover to the bowl via another hole. This allowed me cut into the wall and suck up the dust at the same time. I should have taken photos at the time as it would have explained things better but it did work well. Dust was kept to a minimum


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

My new Beamax screen arrived this week along with my New Infocus 7210 projector. The screen is 7.5ft wide, I was hoping to have a smaller screen but the projectors throw distance dictated this size. And boy is it big. the case is over 8ft wide. The idea is to hide it in a pelmit which I will build above the window and in frount of the curtains my other half will make. When its up it will be hidden. It will be operated via a 12v trigger from the projector.
Yesterday I mounted the screen and fired it up, damn its big.






Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I have already sorted out my DVD storage with these Ikea units.



They will have some kind of back lighting in the future.

These limited addition prints I have had for over ten years. They are very cool but will not be in the completed room as i intend to apply some accoustic treatment to the walls




Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Plans call for the installation of a 7.1 speaker system which will be KEF and Quad based. I have already aquired the speakers which are now in storage.The electronics are currently a combination of Denon and Nad Master Series, the plan is to have a complete Nad Master Series set up as and when I can afford it. All the lighting in the rome is going to be changed and will hopefully be LED based. I am also hoping to have a number of colour changing LEDS as well. Being as the room is built from block work and has a wooden floor the accoustics are very "Live" I will be looking to treat this in what I hope will be a good looking way, watch this space. The room will also be repainted in a darker colour, but not too dark according to the other half, with everything controlled by a Phillips Pronto.
I would welcome any suggestions or comments as this is the first time I have done this

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Looks very smart and doesn't seem to over power the room

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thats what i was hoping for. I still have a long way to go. Next up will be sorting out the wiring for the lights in the pelmit and the projector. I have a 12v trigger box so I just need to add a spur up to the screen. All the cables will be buried in the walls.
Anyone who has exp of controlling lights from the remote, I would welcome some advice on good but not too expensive remote switches

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

gonna look good I reckon.

One thing, you could do with a bigpicture warning

Alun

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I'm liking the DVD shelves..

mjn

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

what are the dimensions please of the DVD shelving units, as its something I may look to incorporate in my HT room.

Do they easily fix to the wall, and are the mounting points rigid or adjustable?

thanks

thomo99

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by thomo99
what are the dimensions please of the DVD shelving units, as its something I may look to incorporate in my HT room.
Hi, these are the dimensions mentioned on the IKEA site:

Width: 42 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Height: 170 cm
Max load/shelf: 3 kg

http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...umber=00093136

Ridley

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

cheers m8, suppose i was being a bit lazy

thomo99

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Ok things have been a little slow what with holidays and having to do the usual domestic stuff, but here is an update.
I have stated to build the pelmet and install the power for the electric screen and the lights. I am also puting in another electrical spur for a second screen, this is to keep the other half happy. The Projector has also been installed using a Vogel wall mount, but I dont like it as it is damn ugly, I may have to re-visit that one. I have also installed the 12v trigger for the screen which I got from Beamax, and I have to say for ?90 the quality is a bit naff, they could have come up with a much better design, but at least it works.
I had to send back my first sceen because the motor was mounted wrongly in the case, this made it impossible to adjust the drop on the screen. I have added some pics below.



The start of the frame

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The screen requires two power sources, one for the motor and a 12v supply for the trigger box, so I have taken a spur of the mains and channeled the wall up to the screen



The 12v trigger box that I have mounted above the screen. When projector is switched on it sends a signal to this box to lower the screen



The screen mounted in the frame



I have now started to box the screen in



The light cannon is now mounted. I have made sure that I do not need to use any keystone correction. As you can see the mount is not a thing of beauty and I still have to tidy up the wireing



The 7210 in all its glory



A quick test fireing...... oooooohhhhhh......aaaaaahhhhhhh.....



And this new channel in the left hand wall(sorry i forgot to rotate it) will feed power and cables to this........



I got this for the other half as a birthday present, hopefully it bought me a few brownee points

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Re: My first real attempt at Home Cinema
So still a long way to go. Next up will be to finish the wireing and sort out the lights. I can then replaster and start the repaint.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

So still a long way to go. Next up will be to finish the wireing and sort out the lights. I can then replaster and start the repaint.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by mission
You have done a excellent job there mate, i`m in the process of converting my cellar and i could do with a couple of them things in the picture. Can you tell me where you got them from if you don`t mind

Cheers
Sorry if it's been asked ( and I'm sure it has) but where did you get the face plates with the brush mate?

geo99

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Sorry its taken so long to reply, I have been away for a bit. You should be able to get the wall plates at this site: http://www.home-networking-online.co...aceplates.html

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Looking good Streetrod. I dont think that PJ mount looks too bad. I don't think you will find a wall mount that looks any better. Have you had any problems adjusting it so the image is centred on the screen? Mine was a complete pig!

Andy.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Hi, I spent a long time measuring so as to get it exact, that way I dont have to use any keystone correction. As for the mount it can be a bit arkward, its a matter of getting it tight enough so that it does not flap around and loose enough to adjust, its just try and error in the end.

I made a big mistake last night, whilst trying to tidy up the cables to the projector I managed to drill a hole into the cables to my back speakers, DOH!!!!!!, so after a lot of cursing I had to dig them out of the wall and replace them, all of this was at 1.00am this morning. I could not go to bed untill I had fixed them.
So beware a lapse of concentration can cause a lot of bother.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Hi, I spent a long time measuring so as to get it exact, that way I dont have to use any keystone correction. As for the mount it can be a bit arkward, its a matter of getting it tight enough so that it does not flap around and loose enough to adjust, its just try and error in the end.

I made a big mistake last night, whilst trying to tidy up the cables to the projector I managed to drill a hole into the cables to my back speakers, DOH!!!!!!, so after a lot of cursing I had to dig them out of the wall and replace them, all of this was at 1.00am this morning. I could not go to bed untill I had fixed them.
So beware a lapse of concentration can cause a lot of bother.

Bugger! I know exactly what you mean. I was up till 4am once while i was decorating my cinema room. I knew if i didn't finnish what i was doing i would just lie in bed all night thinking about it. Infuriating isn't it.

Andy.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

My LCD Mount arrived today from e-vision. Now I said that my projector mount was ugly, this thing is the complete opposite. Now it might sound a bit nerdy but I love a bit of good engineering, especially if it is made out of billet aluminium. It was not cheap but I think it will set off the Samsung LCD to a treat.


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Looking good, although I do think you need help!! Mental help, its a bracket! Get it off that pillow!

Being serious you room looks very well thought out and that DVD cabinet looks really well arranged, keep up the picture postings.

DaveCHCI

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Dave you are right, I do find this sort of stuff more attractive than I should, I think I need to get out more... now where are those pills....

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Great post Streetrod. Keep up this thread with your updates. Just about to start my long overdue HT project. Not sure where to start, but it's always good to see others work in progress and get good ideas such as those DVD cases from IKEA. Did not have any decent plans for storage before reading your thread. Good luck man

Joe7

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks Joe, more than happy to keep people in the loop. I would also welcome any suggestions people my have

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

A quick update, I have added back lighting to the DVD storage, which I think looks OK.



I have also cleaned up the cables for the projector and put in a dedicated power supply for it. The damage you see behind the cables is what happens when you manage to drill through your rear speaker cables in a moment of madness, ho hum. They were a real pain to replace as they are buried in the wall.



And hear is the LCD mounted on the side wall on its new mount. I am still wondering if I should backlight this at the moment, any comments welcomed



This week I will hopefully get the wireing finished I can then start to plaster over the mess I have made of the walls. Also SWMBO is getting impatiant and wants it finished. Onwards and upwards

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Seriously impressed with the DVD cabinet - just 100% perfect!

Great room aswell, wish you all the best in getting it finished.

Max Payne

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks Max, I am having a few problems trying to sus out my light switches at the moment as I have combination of LEDs and halogens on the same circuit which dimmers do not like!!!

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I like the lighting behind the cabinets, what lighting did you use?

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Its that old favorite "Trettioen LEDs" from Ikea, simple and easy.
Inzaman can I ask where you got that Brown paint in your room? and does it come in other colours?

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Its that old favorite "Trettioen LEDs" from Ikea, simple and easy.
Inzaman can I ask where you got that Brown paint in your room? and does it come in other colours?

Hi Streatrod. That DVD cabinet looks brillient. I am thinking of doing something like that in my room now. I have the Trettions on the back of my front speakers which isn't really working. It just highlights the PJ cables coming down from the ceiling that i can't figure out how to hide yet

The paint is Dulux chockolate suade which i got from B&Q. I used it in my room after reading Inzaman's thread. Think it cost's ?14.99 per 5ltr tub.

Good luck filling in all those holes, and be carefull when you are sanding as filler dust is a I didn't use a mask at first and could taste the dust in the back of my throat for a week!

Andy.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by andyturner28
The paint is Dulux chockolate suade which i got from B&Q. I used it in my room after reading Inzaman's thread. Think it cost's ?14.99 per 5ltr tub.
Thats the stuff, it also comes in Ivory as that is the white'ish colour that is one the walls, i also remember a Tan colour but there are various other colours

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks guys, I will check out B&Q this weekend

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Thanks guys, I will check out B&Q this weekend

If you go for a suade effect paint to get best results make sure you apply with a brush only and try and do an entire wall in one go, or you will see the lines where you stopped and restarted after the first bit has dried. Using a roller you loose the suade effect, which i found out to my cost as i had to do three layers on that wall.

Andy.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks for the advice Andy, painting by brush is going to hard work as one of my walls is over 12ft high, ah well cant be helped.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

12ft.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by andyturner28
The paint is Dulux chockolate suade which i got from B&Q. I used it in my room after reading Inzaman's thread. Think it cost's ?14.99 per 5ltr tub.
Andy.
To save you some time at B&Q looking for chocolate suede paint I should point out that it is made by Crown and NOT Dulux!
I (like many others after looking at Inzaman's home cinema) have also used this (see my thread "My First Cinema Room" http://www.avforums.com/forums/showt...ghlight=dobbin) in my cinema room. It looks great and is commented on by nearly everyone that sees it!

Here is the relevant link on the Crown site.

dobbin

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by dobbin
To save you some time at B&Q looking for chocolate suede paint I should point out that it is made by Crown and NOT Dulux!
Thats an excellent point

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by dobbin
Here is the relevant link on the Crown site.
There is no link on this so find it here

You will need adobe.

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

B&Q certainly have a lot of Dulux paint!
Inzaman you have influenced so many Home cinema rooms by your excellent choice of suede paint. Once again I thank you.

Forgot to include the link to Crown website. Here it is
http://www.crownpaints.co.uk/coloure...reative/suede/

dobbin

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Guys, thanks for the help. I hope to start the paintwork next week. I am currently finishing off the wireing for the lights and the sound and vision feeds for the LCD. Once that is done i can start to re-plaster, hopefully this weekend.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by dobbin
B&Q certainly have a lot of Dulux paint!
Inzaman you have influenced so many Home cinema rooms by your excellent choice of suede paint. Once again I thank you.

Forgot to include the link to Crown website. Here it is
http://www.crownpaints.co.uk/coloure...reative/suede/
Sorry. We are using Dulux paint in the kitchen so i must have got confused.

Andy.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I have stolen this idea from others on the forum and it is a great solution for tidying up your cables into and out of walls, they are also cheap. I Have used a number of them around the room.


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Now I have a problem that I need help with. Does anyone know of a remote control light switch that just switches on and off but does not dim. The reason I ask is that I want to control some LED lights that do not like dimmers. The ones that do cost a fortune. I just need to be able to turn them on or off.


As for my room, I am just waiting for some cables to arrive and then I will be able to get the plastering done and start on the painting

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Nice job Streetrod

Kenny Glasgow

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Now I have a problem that I need help with. Does anyone know of a remote control light switch that just switches on and off but does not dim. The reason I ask is that I want to control some LED lights that do not like dimmers. The ones that do cost a fortune. I just need to be able to turn them on or off.


As for my room, I am just waiting for some cables to arrive and then I will be able to get the plastering done and start on the painting

I use one of the touch remote dimmers from B&Q. If you don't want it to dim though you just press it the once to turn it on and off. You have to hold the button for about 2-3 seconds to make it dim.
I am very happy with it and it only cost ?18 so might be worth a go.

Andy.

andyturner28

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Ok, I have made a little progress. I have now finished the plastering and with a little bit of sanding hear and there I should be in a position to start painting soon. I have also aquired some of my new lighting which is mainly LED based. As you will have seen I have already back lit the DVD storage with blue LEDS from Ikea. I have also now installed colour changing LEDs in the skirting boards along side one side of the room. The colours dont show up well in the pics but you get the idea. In the dark they look great as they fade from colour to colour. You can also stop them on any colour you like for a static effect





I have also got the lights for the pelmit, these again are LEDs. I have five small bright Blue LEDs that will wash down accross the screen or curtains and two colour changing GU10s that will high light the two main speakers. I still need to sort out the lighting above the pelmet, but again these will be colour changing LEDS.



And a quick example of my plastering


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Steetrod

Coming along nicley

Where did you get the skirting lighting from?

Kenny Glasgow

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Hi Kenny, the lights came from B&Q, its called "FLO Weatherproof 10 Colour Changing LEDs" Its made by a company called Micromark Colour Master and cost ?60. For that you get 10 lights, a decent amount of cable and a controller. The lights are 30mm accross. I hope this helps.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Streetrod

Many thanks

I have a huge B&Q warehouse 5 mins away so I may take a break and go and have a look

Kenny Glasgow

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Man that's awesome stuff! can't wait to see the finished product!

Ronan|IRL

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Hey..
u've inspired me..
i have to prepare a pelmet for my screen too. Might emulate urs! It looks great.. am very very keen to see how u wire up the lights into that ie leds and gu10s.. might emulate..

I too am spending hours drawing diagrams as to how its going to be laid out.. my plan gets into action in November..

Were the lights in the skirting hard to wire up? did u need space behind the skirting for them?

I'm looking to get the same ones.. will check in b&q tmrw! Am eagerly looking forward to see how the room turns out.

Hope you dont mind but i may be asking for advice when i get started..

jagdeepp

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks for the comments guys, I realise my install is not as involved as a number of others on this site but you work with what you have got.
The colour changing lights are about 3cm deep so you may have to knock of some plaster behind you skirting boards to bet them to fit like I did. Apart from that they are a plug and play installation.

I started to install the LEDs in the Pelmet last night, boy they are bright. They are great becuase they are very compact and could be used in a number of locations. I think I will get a couple more to light the inside of the DVD cabinets. More pics to follow

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

A couple of pics of the LEDs installed in the pelmet. If you are wondering why there appears to be a large gap for the screen to come down its because I also have to mount curtains in the same space behind the screen, the tops of which will be hidden in the pelmet.





these lights incuding the LEDS in the skirting are wired to a couple of ceiling roses mounted in the pelment and then on to the switches

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Keeps getting better Streetrod

Kenny Glasgow

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Lights against the screen


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

The lights look very smart and Streetrod.

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Awesome dude what's your projector btw?

Ronan|IRL

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Sorry Ronan, what does BTW mean?

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Sorry Ronan, what does BTW mean?
by the way...

mason

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

That stands for "By The Way" Streetrod


Oh and BTW, the lights on the screen look top notch, looking forward to see the whole set once complete

Joe7

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

looking good mate.

mason

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Looking great.

I note that you are using MDF for your pelmet.. its also against the window.. isnt it an issue that the mdf is likely to contract and expand with the heat?

My thoughts are along the lines that the sheets of mdf will warp with time given the fact that there is direct sunlight.. how is this countered? I am a novice by the way but had a bad experience with a bit of wood.

Also, i note you've joined to sheets of mdf at the front leaving a visible gap. Is that to allow for contract and expand or do u intend to add some woodfiller?

I guess it may have been easier to leave gaps on the ends nearer each wall and cover with cove so its not visible? I only ask as i'm considering whether to dry wall a pelmet (plasterboard over a frame and then finishing plaster for a tdy finish) or to follow your example which is an attractive alternative.

Sorry for the number of q's but we all learn from watching other peoples work here.

jagdeepp

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by jagdeepp
Looking great.

I note that you are using MDF for your pelmet.. its also against the window.. isnt it an issue that the mdf is likely to contract and expand with the heat?

My thoughts are along the lines that the sheets of mdf will warp with time given the fact that there is direct sunlight.. how is this countered? I am a novice by the way but had a bad experience with a bit of wood.

Also, i note you've joined to sheets of mdf at the front leaving a visible gap. Is that to allow for contract and expand or do u intend to add some woodfiller?

I guess it may have been easier to leave gaps on the ends nearer each wall and cover with cove so its not visible? I only ask as i'm considering whether to dry wall a pelmet (plasterboard over a frame and then finishing plaster for a tdy finish) or to follow your example which is an attractive alternative.

Sorry for the number of q's but we all learn from watching other peoples work here.
No, one of the biggest if not the biggest advantages and selling points of MDF is the fact that by the nature of its construction is that it does not warp, expand, bow etc. Unless of course God forbid it gets wet when it will disintegrate.
Looking good BTW Streetrod

Figment

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ronan|IRL
Awesome dude what's your projector btw?

Its an Infocus 7210, very bright, great

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by jagdeepp
Looking great.

I note that you are using MDF for your pelmet.. its also against the window.. isnt it an issue that the mdf is likely to contract and expand with the heat?

My thoughts are along the lines that the sheets of mdf will warp with time given the fact that there is direct sunlight.. how is this countered? I am a novice by the way but had a bad experience with a bit of wood.

Also, i note you've joined to sheets of mdf at the front leaving a visible gap. Is that to allow for contract and expand or do u intend to add some woodfiller?

I guess it may have been easier to leave gaps on the ends nearer each wall and cover with cove so its not visible? I only ask as i'm considering whether to dry wall a pelmet (plasterboard over a frame and then finishing plaster for a tdy finish) or to follow your example which is an attractive alternative.

Sorry for the number of q's but we all learn from watching other peoples work here.
Thanks figment, I was worried there for a moment.
The MDF is in two pieces because I could not get once piece long enough, I also used MDF because I wanted to avoid having to do any plastering. The gap is only about 1 mm and will be filled as will the screws. The whole thing will then be painted

On a separate note I have just recieved today my solution for controlling the lights remotely that was causing me all sorts of problems because all the remotes I saw dimmed the lights. This is a major problem because LEDs do not like to be dimmed. I just needed a way of turning them on and off. The solution has come from a company called www.eurobatteries.com They offer a cheap radio controlled system. You get three recievers and a remote that can control five. You plug your device or lights into the reciever and the reciever into your wall socket, you can then turn them on or off remotely and you do not need line of sight because its RF rather that infra red, and all for just £21.90 including postage. I will install them this afternoon and see how they work. I will post a pic in a moment

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I have now added the new remote switches which took all of 5 mins to set up and it works really well. You also use them to switch on bits of equipment if needed.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Glad you like them.

I've always found them to be pretty good value for money and effective in what they do. Even better is that they are RF which makes out of line of sight operation possible.

Look out for packs of 3 with a controller for about £10. They often appear at 'cheapie shops'.

I bought the same set as you (but with the name Torino) from a trade warehouse for £9.99 +VAT. WHen I went back for a second set they had sold out. The only company I could find with the same controllers were the one you purchased from. That way the switches match the other set and I can program the switches to use the one controller (5 in total).

dobbin

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Damn, that was cheap, but i am not complaining as for the price i paid i still think they are very good value and they work perfectly.
I am now about to start final sanding and painting so the projector is down soon to be followed by the LCD. I still have not decided on colours. Every time I mention it the other half gives me a dirty look, I think she feels I am going to paint the whole room black. Ah well I will sit down tonight with the colour charts and get it sorted. Wish me luck

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Started the painting in the last couple of days on the screen wall. I am using a dark purple colour that form some reason looks lioghter on the photos, but you will get the idea


Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Looks good, keep them coming

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

A couple more pics. I have also included a picture of the radio recievers that contol the lights. These are hidden in the pelmet.







The Blue cable you see in the above picture is a Cat 5 cable that I will use to connect up a QED room Link system. It will take all the infra red remote signals and pass them onto my equipment which will be behind the sofa so out of direct site of the remote

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

The purple really works with the blue lights

aolden

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

think it will look amazing once finnished and imagine how much money you will have saved after doing it yourself!!! love the blue lights!!

stelangton

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks guys for your comments, and yes the blue LED's do look good against the Purple. I will be visiting B&Q this evening to get the rest of the other paint for the others walls which I think are going to end up a light grey colour, unless someone has a better solution??

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Looking brilliant..

Can i ask a question about the pelmet. What sized battens did u use? is it a simple frame of 4 battens? I'm looking to do exactly the same with mine and as discussed earlier i'm wondering whether to go the mdf way or plasterboard.. ur's is an example of perfection ..

Also , did u cut your mdf bits with a jigsaw? my one seems to cut fine but the cuts are never perfectly straight.. your tips will be massively appreciated.

jagdeepp

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
I have stolen this idea from others on the forum and it is a great solution for tidying up your cables into and out of walls, they are also cheap. I Have used a number of them around the room.

You have done a excellent job there mate, i`m in the process of converting my cellar and i could do with a couple of them things in the picture. Can you tell me where you got them from if you don`t mind

Cheers

mission

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Thanks guys for all the positive comments. The cherry on the cake is that my other half has had to admit that she actually likes it now having not had a positive word on the subject from the start
Women for you hey

Still we all like it as well

inzaman

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Stunning job, Kudos to you .

Spinke

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Streetrod, Wicked!!!

Awesome job you've done on it, lots of hard work I guess. Its payed off, BIG time.

Looks quality!!


neil666

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks Neil666, i still need to finish a couple of things like the curtains and the acoustic panels, but these have been delayed because i have been away since before xmas. Hopefully I should get these sorted in the next couple of weeks. I will then post the final pics and some screen shots.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by Streetrod
Thanks Neil666, i still need to finish a couple of things like the curtains and the acoustic panels, but these have been delayed because i have been away since before xmas. Hopefully I should get these sorted in the next couple of weeks. I will then post the final pics and some screen shots.
Cool

neil666

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Hi Streetrod

love the set up, think it's fantastic and you have inspired me to do my own home cinema room.

Just wandering if you wouldn't mind posting some pics of the projector screen when the room is dark to see what it the picture quality is like.


Dogma21

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Will do Dogma21, I will try and take some tonight, and thanks for the comments.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I was wondering where you got them things for cables... the one that looks like the things on back of letterboxes... thanks,,, looks great by the way..

jake arms

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Hi streetrod, I have been reading your thread with great interest and have found t very informative and a great resource for my project - Thank you

Just a quick question if i may - i too wondered if you might explain in a little more detail how u fixed the draught excluder to the face plate, and where i you get the plates with sucjh a large hole in the front?

Your MDF pelmet looks very nice - once it was painted culd you see where the two edges meet? it has always been a wory f mine that the paint would crack and show the join in of the two pieces. has this been the case for you?

Thanks again

Jono

kiterjonno

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by mission
You have done a excellent job there mate, i`m in the process of converting my cellar and i could do with a couple of them things in the picture. Can you tell me where you got them from if you don`t mind

Cheers
I could do with a couple of these myself, they do look handy... can you let us know where you got them Streetrod? (post 166 for pic of item)

Iain Shields

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Quote:
Originally Posted by mission
You have done a excellent job there mate, i`m in the process of converting my cellar and i could do with a couple of them things in the picture. Can you tell me where you got them from if you don`t mind

Cheers
Hi guys sorry its taken so long to get back but i forgot where I got these from. But I have found it now, try this link: http://www.home-networking-online.co...eplate_50.html

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

A few updates, I have added a PS3 and a Sky HD box to the mix so I have now joined the HD club

Before



After





I have also tied up the cables behind the speakers and added my model cars to the room.
My other passion is building real life versions of these. The first Streetrod I built is in the Pic below.









Screen Shots from the projector







I still have not sorted out the curtains or accoustic treatments yet, hopefully one day soon
 
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Re: My first real attempt at Home Cinema
dont forget to check the powerbuys for acoustic panels Streetrod, or post in teh acoustics forum for DIY panels.

Looks fantastic, the little leds in the skirting are a nice touch

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

dont forget to check the powerbuys for acoustic panels Streetrod, or post in teh acoustics forum for DIY panels.

Looks fantastic, the little leds in the skirting are a nice touch

mattym

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Thanks MattyM, I will check them out. The LEDs change colour by the way and look very cool in the dark.

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

OK Folks, I am in the home stretch. All that is required now are the curtains(decision to be made on material), the rug for the floor(ordered this morning) and the accoustic treatments for the walls. I will also introduce some plants and my model cars etc to make the room more homely. Hear is a current equipment list:

Projector: Infocus 7210
Centre Speaker: Kef XQ2c
Mains: Kef XQ5
Surrounds: 4 x Kef Q2DS
Sub:Quad L
DVD Player:Nad Master Series M55
Amp/Processor: Denon AVC-A10SE(about to be replaced)
Power Amp: Denon POA-T10 (About to be replaced)
Games machine: Sony PS2 (Xbox 360 + HD DVD drive coming soon)
Record player: An Old Kenwood thatI have had for years
Projector Screen: Beamax M
LCD Screen: Samsung LE26R74BDX
Lighting: a combination of single colour LEDs and colour changeing LEDs and GU10 spots all controlled by radio control
DVD Storage: Ikea
Sofa: Covered in Alacantara by DFS
Cables: mainly custom length QED (good service from hificables)
Remotes: I have a Phillips Pronto that needs to be programmed

Pics to follow:

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema



The rack in its current form but this will all change next week, watch this space



The DVD storage showing the Led back lighting and the LED internal lights I have added, these are all remote controlled





My beloved main speakers, they weigh a tonne, sound great and have great build quality



I had to shorten my centre speaker stand by 20 cm to get it to fit well under the screen. On of the problems of buying this stuff before you are sure about the complete install.



The sub, what a wonderfull thing in birds eye mapel



Somewhere to park your bum





Not a great screen shot as light is streaming in, but you get the idea. I will take some better ones latter



In this shot you can see the colour changing LEDs in the skirting. Thats it for the time being. I will update again once I get the accoustics and the new kit onboard. I would welcome any comments good or bad

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

That looks smart

StreetDragster

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Streetrod



How's the NAD?

Kenny Glasgow

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Then Nad is great, not only is it a very good DVD player but its also a very good CD player. I think its up with the best, but then I would say that wounld'nt I. Hopefully it might have some friends joining it next week

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Yes it looks the part and built like a tank.

the friends being the Processor and power amp?

Kenny Glasgow

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

I really could not say

Streetrod

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

hi streetrod, your room is looking fantastic,really top drawer,sorry if i missed it but where did you get the dvd racks from,they look really cool.

Also how do you post pics on here,wanna show mine existing cinema and my current new build 2nd1 in progress.

Stel

My first real attempt at Home Cinema

Streetrod looks excellent and all the effort has been well worth it, really like the sette as well.

You will now have to change your user name to hotrod

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