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Repooc's Dedicated Home Theater Build

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Jul 6, 2005
3525 posts
bjohannes wrote:
Sep 10th, 2018 9:49 pm
Awesome setup! Did you manage to source much of your stuff from this side of the border? All the DIY speaker stuff I've found is in the states.
The DIY speakers, yes... all from the states. But again, even with the cost to bring the components over, I'm still miles ahead on a cost:performance ratio on what I would have spent to get the same quality sound from a branded product.

The Fluance speakers (rear and side surrounds) are Canadian. Also my Anthem receiver is a Canadian product as well.

Leather seats were bought on bestbuy.ca

Screen was shipped in from the states.

Projector was shipped from the states.

Remote was shipped from the states.

Automatic door bottom shipped from the states.

Black velvet fabric shipped from the states.

Projector mount shipped from the states.

Power bridge units shipped from the states.

LED light for lighting cove shipped from the states.

.... sorry, just trying to recall off the top of my head the countless deliveries and boxes I had sitting in my dining room while the basement was being built.
Mar 15, 2005
358 posts
Earlier in this thread i mentioned i was planning on building my own home theater. This thread has inspired me to do considerably more than i had originally planned on doing, and my build is now well underway. I'd like to thank Repooc for sharing his design ideas and plans. Also a big thanks is in order for his patience when i asked all sorts of clarification and questions! I was going to start my own thread but there is no way i could compete with this RFD THREAD OF THE YEAR!!!

They say immitation is the greatest form of flattery, and i almost feel like I cheated with Repooc doing all this research and design on my behalf! But i did make some compromises enough changes Repooc's design, so hopefully he won't sue me for copyright infringement! :) I know he was considering going into business as a home theater consultant, we'll, its an honour being a beta-customer. :)

Stuff i copied aka ripped off from Repooc:
-room within a room design, with noise isolation clips, hat channels, double drywall, green glue
-65" deep riser for second row of seats
-utilizing the bulkhead running along the left side of the room, and build a fake bulkhead wrapped around the front and right of the room to house intake/exhaust for deadvents to adjacent rooms
-plans for LED lighting around the bulkhead
-potlights in the front bulkhead
-wired so equipment is in a closet outside the room
-copied his chief mount and isolated mounting solution
-copied his riser size and 7 seat configuration

i wired the room for 9.5.6 (yep, can place a sub in 5 different spots in the room (and ran wiring for tactile transducers for each row of seats) - no receiver can do it at the moment but i figure i'd futureproof myself.
While a false wall / transparent screen would have been nice, i couldnt justifify the added expense at this time. i may add in the future. Plus my 108" 16x9 screen will fit perfectly under the bulkhead with room for my towers on the sides.
the front row is about 12-13' away from the screen, which i think is good for a screen this size, its about a 35 degree viewing angle.
-i prefer having a 16x9 screen rather than 2.35:1 - i enjoy a good tv series just as much as movies, and i find top/bottom bars/masks to be a better compromise than sides.
-plan on in ceiling speakers with backer boxes rather than on ceiling speakers.
-ran conduit to the projector in case there is a new hdmi standard in the future that these cables cant handle, i can easily run new cables.
-for LED and side lights i plan on using Philips hue lights and LED strips. I know they are way more expensive than other LED's I plan on tying into my nest protects and doorbell so i can be visually alerted if there is any alarms or someone is at the door. The nvidia shield also allows you to bring the nest camera up on the screen :) - plus i always wanted to try THIS

equipment list (sofar)
-speakers - paradigm monitor series v6 (9's cc290, i also have atoms, minis, adp390's, and 7s) i know they are 10 years old but im pretty happy with them, plus they're canadian!. i'll decide what goes where later. and whether i'll use the ADP bipoles or direct firing for the sides.
https://www.paradigm.com/products-hidde ... page=specs
-sub - svs pb12 plus... this thing is a beast almost 150lbs and easily goes down to 16hz in single ported mode https://www.svsound.com/products/pb12-plus and should be able to pressurize a room my size
-atmos - picked up 6 these on the cheap from gibby's - everything i heard atmos doesnt carry / need much - https://gibbyselectronicsupermarket.ca/ ... l-speaker/ plus they have good off axis performance.
-projector - jvc announced thier new projectors last week, and i picked up the very well reviewed jvc x790 projector at a 33% discount. i know is 'faux k' but its got some of the most vivid colours out there out of any projector. https://www.soundandvision.com/content/ ... tor-review
-screen - 108" 16x9 elunevision reference studio 4k fits perfectly in my space https://www.eastporters.com/product/108 ... -1-0-gain/
-scone lights lights https://progresslighting.com/product/p7103-31/
-deadvent fans - http://vortexpowerfans.com/s600 - very quiet and push ALOT of air. also i was pleasantly surprised that they seal up when not in use to prevent backflow. (also a canadian company)
-nvidia shield

purchase wishlist:
-need a second sub. svs just announced that there is a 3000 series and they are phasing out the pb12 plus Might wait for svs 3000 series, or look for a matching pb12 plus now that svs is clearing them out.
-upgrade my speakers from paradigm monitor v6 to paradigm prestige series https://www.paradigm.com/products-curre ... s=prestige, but i think that will be a 2019 / 2020 project once my toy fund is replemished.
-i have a space under the upstairs fireplace in the back of the room, which i plan on creating some shelves in the back of the room. I may end up putting a cylinder sub back there.
-harmony elite remote
-new receiver that can do 7.2.4 minimum, will probably get the anthem 1120 (was looking at it before repooc's thread existed (again canadian) ) , but was eyeing the denon 8500H as it can do 6 overheads or front wides atmos which my space/wiring can support and i currently have the speakers for :)
-home theatre seating - looking at https://www.eastporters.com/product/val ... n-leather/
-center channel stand
-logitech harmony elite
-some sort of power conditioner (even tho anthem recommends against it)
-mass loaded vinyl - plan on affixing to door to soundproof it, or perhaps affix a layer of mdf on the inside sandwiched with green glue.

Currently they are just putting in the last of the hat channels , but there is insulation in all the walls and now i know what Repooc was talking about when he meant anachoic chamber, its dead silent in there, your ears kind of pop. I realize there will again be reflections once the walls are up, and plan on either purchasing or making acoustic panels for the primary reflection points.

I'm sure i won't match the visceral experience Repooc's man-cave has with his 120" screen with 4k native projection, with the chest pounding / brain rattling in the room cause by the dual 18" subs he has, but i think what i have is still something others will be envious of.
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Jul 6, 2005
3525 posts
I can't wait to see this setup completed.

It's been a pleasure helping you along with your HT build!

6 atmos speakers will be absolutely bananas.
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Jul 6, 2005
3525 posts
... Still a work in progress, but definitely all set to watch the big fight.

Ceiling colours set to green, white and orange to show my support!!