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Just bought a new house having to start a new theater build. Here are a few pictures of the new room I’ll be finishing for the new theater. Room is 20x13 old room was 20x12. Should work out nice. I’ll have the same gear as the old room. JVC RS620, 7.2.4 atmos setup , 138 inch 2.35:1 screen. Doing 70% of the room in triple black velvet going for a fully blacked out room.
 

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Just bought a new house having to start a new theater build. Here are a few pictures of the new room I’ll be finishing for the new theater. Room is 20x13 old room was 20x12. Should work out nice. I’ll have the same gear as the old room. JVC RS620, 7.2.4 atmos setup , 138 inch 2.35:1 screen. Doing 70% of the room in triple black velvet going for a fully blacked out room.
That's a legit cave at the moment. Sweet plans. I'm also thinking of going with a projector setup. Never thought of going anamorphic screen. I can fit about a 110" 16x9 screen. Are most blue rays 2.35? I am definitely out of the loop as most of what I watch is via a fire stick.
 
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That's a legit cave at the moment. Sweet plans. I'm also thinking of going with a projector setup. Never thought of going anamorphic screen. I can fit about a 110" 16x9 screen. Are most blue rays 2.35? I am definitely out of the loop as most of what I watch is via a fire stick.

If your watching mostly movies then I would go with a 2.35:1 screen. Very few movies now days are 1.85:1, even nextflix originals are 2.01:1. I really like not having black bars, and being able to hide the speakers behind the screen. Here is my old setup.
 

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If your watching mostly movies then I would go with a 2.35:1 screen. Very few movies now days are 1.85:1, even nextflix originals are 2.01:1. I really like not having black bars, and being able to hide the speakers behind the screen. Here is my old setup.
if you have a 16:9 native projector, isn't there light bleed on the top and bottom of the screen? (I'm a noob, but I have a 4:3 native projector now so watching 16:9 content has light bleed like I describe)
 
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if you have a 16:9 native projector, isn't there light bleed on the top and bottom of the screen? (I'm a noob, but I have a 4:3 native projector now so watching 16:9 content has light bleed like I describe)

With everything being black around the screen it absorbs the light so you don’t see it at all. You see it so much on your setup because it’s hitting the screen. That’s reflecting the light back because even though there is no picture there, it’s still producing some light where the black bars are. If you take some velvet and just hang it down from the top of the screen over the black bars you will see how big of a difference it makes. When I had a 16x9 screen I built some masking bars out of foam and velvet , made a huge difference.
 

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What speakers are these? (nice setup!)

Thanks. They are Presonis Eris E5. They sound amazing. They are very sensitive to ground loops though. I had to completely isolate them. I also have small pioneer sub for extra bass. The stands I got on eBay a long while back. I can find the seller if you’re interested in those too.
 

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Just bought a new house having to start a new theater build. Here are a few pictures of the new room I’ll be finishing for the new theater. Room is 20x13 old room was 20x12. Should work out nice. I’ll have the same gear as the old room. JVC RS620, 7.2.4 atmos setup , 138 inch 2.35:1 screen. Doing 70% of the room in triple black velvet going for a fully blacked out room.

We need a step by step thread on this. excited to see you get going on it.
 
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We need a step by step thread on this. excited to see you get going on it.

I’ll keep it up to date. Should be starting on it in the next month. Just finished up my wife’s new kitchen 20k later. Turned out nice though lol But she said I can spend whatever I want on the new room now. Also think she wants me to get my server off my desk lol.
 

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I could see why she would maybe want that. hey whats the guts of the server btw?
 
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I could see why she would maybe want that. hey whats the guts of the server btw?

Nothing to crazy, 4960k , 8gigs of ram, 12 hot swap bays. 1060gtx , 850 Evga platinum psu. Damn pci-e video card slot died last night. Looking at bumping up to an AMD 2700 setup or a server cpu off eBay. Worried the whole motherboard might die at some point now. That’s an older picture but not much has changed. This also serves as my HTPC for my theater room. Need something some what beefy to run MadVr.
 

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Nothing to crazy, 4960k , 8gigs of ram, 12 hot swap bays. 1060gtx , 850 Evga platinum psu. Damn pci-e video card slot died last night. Looking at bumping up to an AMD 2700 setup or a server cpu off eBay. Worried the whole motherboard might die at some point now. That’s an older picture but not much has changed. This also serves as my HTPC for my theater room. Need something some what beefy to run MadVr.

What about the Intel CPU's with the integrated graphics? not good enough for what you need to run?
 
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Nice! I just finished their ported cube 15 myself!

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Was scrolling through the thread and enjoying everyone's man cave setups and had to give you props for the Polk LSi series, I'd have to guess the LSi15's. I actually have the same ones in my living room paired with dual SVS PB1000's (not a huge room so these rock pretty good). LOVE those speakers!!
 
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Hi

Here are some photos of the workstation and the entire house that I´ve been developing since I was eighteen years old, I´d like to share some of the projects and knowledge about green energy and sustainability.

I tried to capture the house exactly how it looks when you arrive and get into to, is a little dark because is a man cave I took maybe 10 shots to make one photo and was pretty hard to capture the vision that we have when you sit to play something or watch a movie.

I have two setups, the first one is for gaming, movie and work, the second one is for watch movies with friends and family. The entire house is powered by green energy, I have one sun water heater for the hot water, all the house were made using recycle parts from another houses / company's. I will try to list everything that I have here, some people think that the house is not real because looks like one store or playland, the truth is that neverland from MJ was my inspiration and I´m not even close of that...haha The house has automation for everything, I can turn on the lights, music, movie, the kitchen and even control the pressure of the water, the temp and the flow.

The room and the office are jumped together with cables from outside of the house, so If you want to play games in setup 2 you just need to change the monitor and audio setup. If you want to watch some movie in setup 1 from setup 2, you just have to change the entry in Denon receiver, all the house is connected together and working as it should after long years of test and programming. In the setup 1 if you want to play using TV you just need to change to monitor 2, if you want to use the headphones just change the audio output for Razer board, if you want to play using headphone in setup 1 with cockpit you just need to grab the second Razer Tiamat and plug in the Sony receiver.

I´m so sorry for the bad quality of some photos, I had to use my cellphone because my lens could not take the photo so close. maybe I will do one update when I get one canon 10/22 mm. Me and my friends use to do some lan parties over here, there is one video of us doing one stress test with Asus and the ISP. Since everything in the house has one IP and access to the internet, the 400 / 200 ISP link sometimes is less for what the house want, right now the Asus is showing me 5 / 6 TB of traffic peer month, crazy right?

Some shots:

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This is the electric panel of the house, everything were made by hand and with Siemens products for best quality, I use one sand fuse for setup 1 and another one for setup 2, that´s filter the noise from power surge and delivery clean energy for the entire house, also it has DPS for rain lighting protection, two grounds, even for the cable TV and telephone line, all the receptacles are hospital grade, kitchen receptacles are waterproof.


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With the red Acer laptop that I use to work ( I left it plugged in the table because is more fast and easy to get out and get in when I need to do some fast jobs/projects with customers ).


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laptop closed.

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Panoramic view

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This is how I use the system, almost with all the lights off and just some little blue and warm light to keep the climate of men´s cave.

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The second monitor for play games or watch movies / Chromecast videos ( smart TV ).


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This is the back of the main setup , one acer nitro with tree screens and one Philips ambisound system with full razer setup...



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Couch mode


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Cockpit mode


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The couch get´s out of the room and I install the cockpit for play some games on tv, we can use the 7.1 home theater or the Razer Tiamat 7.1 if there´s someone in the same room using another computer / arcade and we don´t want to disturber or make so much noise.

This is the back view of the couch / cockpit setup with surround speakers


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This is an old project that I´ve made in the past, it uses one computer inside with Hyperspin and almost 500 GB of games and emulators, built in speakers and one original CRT tube from 1990, also one coin selector that works with 25 cents.


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The entry view of the house with arcade in the background and kitchen / cinema room.

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This is the setup 2, the photo looks like a little ''dead'' and with no life because of the poor lighting, sometimes is hard to take one shot of some place that is dark almost 90% of the time like one movie theater.

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Close up with all the spikes for and bases for isolation/vibration


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This is the back view of the room / kitchen, the kitchen were made with old bricks from 1960, it has automation in lights, kitchen appliances and food garbage disposal, also it uses one Nest protect v2 to monitoring all the activity of the place.



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The gas burner that I did, less space = creativity to solve the problem.



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Working


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I can take more photos of the green power station and house, but I think this is not the focus of this topic and forum.
I hope you like my hard work,

Here is the list for setup 1:

Samsung 52' Lcd Series 6 FullHD.
Monitor Benq XL24t 3D Vision2 Nvidia.
Pioneer 212D.
Pioneer BDR-206BK.
Razer BlackWindow Ultimate Keyboard
Razer DeathVadder Mouse.
3d Vision 2 Nvidia Kit.
Western Digital 4TB External Hard Drive.
Palm TX for house automation.
ASUS AC68U Plus TPLINK 8 Ports Switch.
Internet Speed -> ONT Vivo Fibra 400/170 mb
Wirelles Xbox360 Kit.
Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam
Logitech G25 Racing Wheel / Cockpit
WDTV Live G3.
Chromecast 2
Receptacles Hubbell Hospital Grade / Leviton.
APC Power Surge Filters.
Headphone Razer Tiamat 7.1 x 2 + USB Offboard sound 7.1 Vantec.
Laptop Acer 5100 - Zmodo HD Surveilance System.
Laptop Samsung - Server + 10TB in Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External.
Laptop Acer E5 - I use to work almost everyday and this stay in the table until I have to grab and get out every morning.
Lacrosse Weather Station model 330-2315 Professional Weather Station
The table was made by me, is an old door of one cabinet with acrylic supports, the entire house were made using stainless steel screws.

Computer:

Asus Maximus formula x38
Quad Q6600
8GB OCZ Reaper DDR2 1066Mhz
Gtx770 Zotac
Zalman Fan Controler
OCZ SteathSteam 600watts
Corsair H50 Hydro Series
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB Solid State Drive
Wester Digital 1TB internal Hard drive
ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim 24-bit Stereo PCI Low Profile


Arcade Machine:

I used one old cabinet from a local store.
There´s a computer inside with 500GB of games.
I use Hyperspin for emulation.
There is light buttons for player 1 and 2 and one coin selector that works with 25cents of dollar =]
Over here you dont have to buy the coins, I can gave it for free.


Sound and Speakers

Home Theater 7.2 Sony Model DAV-DZ77T.
Speakers Pedestal all made by me with acrylic and old parts from music stores.

Cables and Accessories.

Hdmi Blue Jeans,
Audio - Monster Optic and Coaxial.
Signal Power Cable.
RCA Sthaca ( By Thalles ).
Belden Power Cable.
Sthaca / RCA Din.
Spikes ViaBlue / in speakers.


Here is the setup 2 / Room:

Projector Optoma HD25.
3d Vision 2 Nvidia.
HD 6TB MyBook Essential Western Digital.
Palm TX / Palm T5
Harmony Ultimate HUB.
Router ASUS AC68 ( AP MODE )
WDTV Live G3.
Blu Ray Player BDP-S590.
Receptacles Hubbell 8300.
APC power surge.
DIY Home Made Projector Screen 106''.
Electric Curtains.
Lights Lutron Maestro.
Nest Home Protect V2
Harmony Ultimate Control.

Sound and Speakers

Receiver Denon 3312.

Front Speakers - Klipsch F-2 Synergy.
Center - Klipsch Synergy C-3.
Surrounds - Klipsch B-2 Synergy.
Subwoofer - Sunfire True Signature Series TS-EQ12
ELG Speakers Support.

Cables and Accessories

Hdmi Blue Jeans.
Audio - Blue Jeans Optic and Coaxial.
RCA Sthaca DIY.
Belden Power Cable DIY.
Sthaca / RCA Din DIY.
Spikes DIY / Viablue.

thanks guys
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Welcome to some nice blurry crappy pics. This is my back room mancave. I have my Plex server housed here on the bottom shelf of the tall bookshelf (specs in sig), my main dual monitor rig (again, specs in sig), and a ton of nostalgia stuff scattered around the room. It looks a lot better in person, if I wasn't so lazy I'd clean the lens on my camera and try again because these pics kinda...suck. Anywho, I spend quite a bit of time back here gaming, youtubing, plexing, etc. Also included is a pic of the ol' hardware closet. Most isn't relevant anymore but like a lot of [H] members, I hold on to the past.
 

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Little update on my room.. I just ordered my replacement front LCR speakers. People over at AVSforums be killing my wallet. They are JBL 4722n ScreenArray. They are what most Full theaters have in them. Dual 15's in each one. I'll also be running dual 18's for sub's tuned down to 17hz. Should be fun lol



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Here's a photo dump of my cozy ~9'x11' office, I really don't think I could pack too much more into this space: Big gaming rig, big audio, PLEX server, massive CRT/Retro gaming setup, old school gaming collection coming together slowly, and a Bass + practice amp combo.

Trying to do a lot with an old late 50's Bob Sunday house, the bedrooms are TINY.

So happy with how everything has turned out so far, just need to keep growing the retro gaming collection :D

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Looks better with the lights off, all ice blue back lit, both the comp desk and retro station.

And that's a 80's era Formula 1 race tire as a center table :)

PLEX server (old HP Micro server) hidden behind the 2nd monitor.

Still trying to figure out what needs to go above the monitors/CRT, got a lot of space to fill with something large...
 
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got a third screen:


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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51 + 16GB + 256 M2 Nvme Samsaumg 970 evoplus

HT Philips HTS 6500 Ambisound

Razer Blackwidow Chroma Ultimate v2

Razer Deathadder Chroma

UPS YupE

AOC ``22 model 2236v

Dell ``22 model E2211hc

FlexForm Led Black HD Chair

Samsung wireless fast charger

Powerdewise Lapel Microphone

Galaxy Tab 2

S10+



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New theater room is getting there.. Should have all the electrical and speaker wire ran this week. Maybe even the insulation finished. Then hope to do drywall next week. Drywall will be fun doing 2 layers of 5/8's. All the wall are doubled with a air break in between. Hope to keep most of the sound in the room.

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nice! are you going to be putting insulation in the walls?

Yeah it will have r13 in the walls. Then an air gap then the exterior wall that also has r13. Granted all but one wall is an exterior wall. Just trying to keep the outside sound out more then in.
 
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