Theater Up and Running

The last couple months saw some real progress on my home theater. Most of the work was wrapped up several months ago, but I have been slow to post information on the blog thinking I could get more done before making any kind of “big reveal” on here. Well nuts to that, it’s time to just throw some pictures up.

Shortly after my last post we were able to wrap up sheetrock work around the rack location. After that things progressed quickly with soldering the last of the wall plates and mounting speakers.


Paint quickly followed. I chose a blue gray Sherwin Williams color called “Web Gray” (sw7075). To my surprise, and delight, I found the color to be much richer, with more green hues than the paint sample originally led me to believe. The rack itself was an incredibly tight squeeze, but manageable with the help of a few shims. I may place a smoked out glass door in front of it in time or possibly some trimwork, but for now I think it is fine.


With speakers mounted and connected we splurged on an IKEA Kivik sectional sofa over the holidays. The covers are Dansbo Red and are removable and washable. Unfortunately, IKEA stopped making this particular color of cover so I had to purchase several more for future seating in a second row . Eventually, I hope to build an eight inch tall riser with a second Kivik sofa directly behind the first sectional in the front. With the riser and second sofa on hold, I decided on using some director chairs from Pier 1 Imports for the interim.



Finally we were able to add a Subwoofer from GoldenEar Technology as well as some basic Control4 automation. However, I’ll save details on both of those for separate posts. As of today the equipment list is as follows:

140 inch 2.35 aspect ratio CinemaScope dimension painted screen
3 Mackie HR824 MK2 speakers at left, center , right
2 Mackie HR624 MK2 speakers at surround left and right
GoldenEar Forcefield 5 subwoofer
JVC DLA-RS20U projector
Onkyo PR-SC5508 pre-amp/processor.
Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-Ray player
Pioneer CLD-79 Laserdisc player
Channelmaster CM-7000 / DTVpal over-the-air DVR
Control4 HC300 automation controller
Araknis Networks rack mount switch

And because of my love for all old formats, especially real celluloid, an Ampro Stylist 16mm Projector as well as a Bell and Howell 122LR 8mm projector (I’m sure there is a whole post just on film collecting and the projectors as well). 


I certainly don’t consider the room to be finished, but it is usable. Future plans include a front stage with an acoustically transparent screen which hides all of the speakers. A riser, and sofa for the second row. Finally, a bar table with benches in the far rear. Progress on the theater room will be slow, but hopefully I can go in to more depth on each improvement in the future.


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