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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350
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ok here's a quick intro: My name is Daniel, I'm 24 and I just bought my first house Thanksgiving and I'm finally putting up pics from my first home theater
I started by painting the walls a deep red(they are much darker than they appear in the pics)to sort of resemble the old classic movie theaters.
I did my research on the projector and I am sooo happy I went with this one. I bought it for around $1,200 and the picture quality is amazing. The last pic of the screen in the dark was taken on my cell phone...so the quality is much better in person. I would highly recommend this projector. And of course it's hooked up to the blu-ray with only HDMI cables.
The sound system is the Energy brand from Best Buy. I bought the set during the brand's 30th anniversary and got it all for $1,299 when it was originally $1,800 on sale. The front towers alone are $500/ea. on sale. I am blown away by the sound quality of this system. I've read reviews from people who said they liked this brand better than Bose and I can definitely see why. This I would also highly recommend.
The sound system is hooked up to a Pioneer receiver I purchased at Best Buy the day after Thanksgiving for less than $200 --very satisfied
For the screen--I found a company on ebay that makes the projection screen material and sells it by the role. I bought it for about $90 and built a frame and put dowel rods on the inside along the edge between the screen and frame to stretch it out and get a smooth finish. The same company that sells the screen material also sells a very nice black velvet border tape for about $40. For roughly spending about $150 all together for the screen I am extremely satisfied with the quality. The screen is 110 inches diagonal
The theater seats I also bought on ebay for $757/free shipping for all 3 seats together and I love them!!! once again, highly recommend.
the sofa was left behind when I bought the house so I built a cheap platform to place it on so because can see the screen from the back row. I also built a box for under the screen to A)hide all the excess wires and receiver and B)use as a shelf for the center speaker.
The room was already finished so I didn't want to tear up the walls to hide the wiring so I did what I could for now to make it look presentable.
Overall I'm very happy with the room. I made sure to do a lot of research before I started or purchased anything and I want to thank everyone on this forum for answering all of my questions. You have been great.
The picture and sound quality of the movie room is phenomenal and when my girlfriend's uncle sat down and watch Inception for the first time in the room he said he would pay me to help put in his own home theater

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Nice job. If you're open for suggestions, I would paint the ceiling as dark as possible with a flat finish. Of course, black would be best.
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would a medium gray work you think? Maybe something not quite as dark as a charcoal gray?
Is that to keep from any excess light from bouncing off the ceiling?
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A medium gray would be much better than white(which is what you have, it looks like). It's to keep the light from the projector bouncing off the ceiling onto the screen, washing out the image.
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Excellent Job-Great cost savings !
Love the dark red -you may want to go with darker ceiling
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