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Repooc's Dedicated Home Theater Build

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Did you not follow Atmos speaker placements because the room is too small? And why bipole for side surrounds. That's old school 5.1, not Atmos.
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theSPOOLER wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 11:57 pm
Did you not follow Atmos speaker placements because the room is too small? And why bipole for side surrounds. That's old school 5.1, not Atmos.
See earlier posts...

Its partly room dimensions, but largely because there is no Dolby Atmos specification for speaker placement in a multi-row setup. Dolby remains silent in this regard.

Bipole speakers on the side are placed to benefit both front and back rows, allowing for maximum side channel dispersion. If I only had a single seat in the middle of my HT as Dolby designs for (or more practically/realistically, one row); then yes, I would have opted for monopole side surrounds.
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theSPOOLER wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 11:57 pm
Did you not follow Atmos speaker placements because the room is too small? And why bipole for side surrounds. That's old school 5.1, not Atmos.
There are conflicting views on non direct firing surrounds. Experts I've talked to at boutique shops like audio one and Kennedy hifi still recommend dipole even tho the trend nowadays seems to be going towards direct firing surrounds. It's a matter of preference. Do you want a smaller or bigger sweet spot? I plan on trying both ways when I build out my HT.
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A quick but short update...

Sorry, but not much action in a while... been gearing up and preparing for when my wife and kids leave me with another weekend alone to work on the HT, So, I've been busy buying and building some HT gear. My wife has given me a deadline of July 28th to have this all done (which oddly coincides with a party we're hosting at our house... go figure). So, I have my work cut out for me.

Speaker Cables
You know you've met "the one" when your wife sits down with you on a Friday night, after the kids have gone down; to help you build speaker cables. I really lucked out fellas! I created some 12 gauge interconnects to go from my AV/Receiver to the jacks on the walls in my media closet. Built from raw speaker cables, black mesh sleeving, heat shrink and banana clips. I think they look pretty decent.
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After:
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UHD 4K BRD player
After much humming and hawing, I finally bit the bullet and decided to get the Panasonic DMP-UB900 instead of the Oppo 203. It really came down to the fact that my projector doesn't have HDR, and I don't plan on upgrading it anytime soon. And the Panasonic actually out-performs the OPPO with HDR to SDR conversion. So, I saved quite a few bucks going with this option too.

Popcorn Machine
Starting to think about the concession stand area outside of my HT. So, I picked up this awesome popcorn machine. Should be able to handle a full house of 7 guests in the HT. No HT is complete without a popcorn machine!! The wall on the left side, is where I plan to build some kind of plexiglass candy dispenser with multiple candy options. Opposite of that same wall is my wet bar, so all within steps once you're outside of the HT.
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It's ALIVE!!!! (well, kinda)

I had a bit of free time on Saturday night, so I decided to fart around with setting up the lens shift feature on the projector. This was the first time I turned on the projector since I had that "quibble" with my wife about the projector mounting point and verifying its positioning with the calibration lines.

This was just a very quick mock-up, and plugging in a 4K source directly into the projector and into a regular power outlet... so, no receiver and no speakers hooked up and not using my Furman Power Conditioner to clean up the signal on the source or projector.... This is the projector RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX, no colour calibration settings, bulb enhancements, motion, etc... the ONLY thing I adjusted very quickly was the focus using the remote (which I think can still be fine tuned).

I have an appointment scheduled for a certified ISF technician to colour calibrate my projector at a later date (more on that later).

Needless to say... I'm thoroughly impressed and even more excited for what's to come when this projector is perfectly dialed in. At worst, I can say there's a bit of red push out of the box, which I'm sure can be corrected with colour calibration. The room was completely dark with no light/sconces/LEDs on. only the light from the projector. The black velvet around the screen works flawlessly (I might end up putting some velvet panels over the light switches as the reflections off the faceplate was somewhat distracting). You cannot see the weave of the AT screen at all from either the front or back rows.

In short, the lens shift from 16:9 to 2.35:1 works smooth as butter. And having the wall to wall image REALLY draws you into the film. I can only imagine what this is going to be like when I have all of the speakers going all around. Mind you, these pics were taken on my crappy LG G4 phone... if you think these pics look good, then I guarantee you the real life 4K is infinitely better in person!

Optimus Prime
Did a pause of a 4K Transformers movie (forgot which one... its one of the recent crappy ones with Mark Wahlberg). I paused it here, because the contrast was so incredible it made the video look almost 3D as the gun barrel seemingly protruded past the screen into the room. I've never experienced anything like that before.
Here's some perspective from the front and back rows...
Front row, middle seat
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Back Row, Left middle seat
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Snake
This was a 4K Costa Rica nature clip I found. I had to pause it on this one scene with a snake, where the focus and background bokeh had my jaw on the floor. You could see every single detail in the scales of the snake as they articulated on one another. And the water droplets on the snake's head... my goodness!!
I was sitting in the back row and leaned forward when I took this pic
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EDIT:
Looking at the pics uploaded to RFD, after the fact, they REALLY don't do it justice. The site definitely compresses image attachments (understandable), but a lot of the detail is lost and even grain/colour stepping is added. These are not visible on the pics on my phone... and surely not in real life. You'll just have to take my word for it. Sorry.
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SAVINGSTAR wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 12:56 pm
That looks amazing
thank you!!!

Let's just hope the sound will be as equally as impressive.

I think my wife is taking the kids to her parents' cottage for this coming long weekend. Sucks that I'll be stuck in a basement working on a long weekend, but should get a good most of the system plugged in.
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Cool, can you upload all the pictures during the setup? Showing the progress?

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Repooc wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 11:40 am


EDIT:
Looking at the pics uploaded to RFD, after the fact, they REALLY don't do it justice. The site definitely compresses image attachments (understandable), but a lot of the detail is lost and even grain/colour stepping is added. These are not visible on the pics on my phone... and surely not in real life. You'll just have to take my word for it. Sorry.
I'm sorry, I don't believe you. I think you'll just have to invites us all over when its done so we can see in person :)
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Elfwood wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 5:02 pm
Cool, can you upload all the pictures during the setup? Showing the progress?

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Definitely... If you guys want to see that stuff too. Will see what I can do about perhaps some videos too. No prob!
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Evil Baby wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 5:47 pm
I'm sorry, I don't believe you. I think you'll just have to invites us all over when its done so we can see in person :)
LOL... If you're in the Durham region area. Hit me up with a PM.

Tickets are only $8.99/movie amd that includes a beer and a bag of popcorn ;)
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Repooc wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 7:07 pm
LOL... If you're in the Durham region area. Hit me up with a PM.

Tickets are only $8.99/movie amd that includes a beer and a bag of popcorn ;)
That’s a pretty good deal!
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SAVINGSTAR wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 8:46 pm
That’s a pretty good deal!
This IS RFD, afterall.... Hahahaha
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Repooc wrote:
Jun 25th, 2018 7:07 pm
LOL... If you're in the Durham region area. Hit me up with a PM.

Tickets are only $8.99/movie amd that includes a beer and a bag of popcorn ;)
Can we do a group buy? 10% off if over 20 signup?

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