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post #1 of 13 Old 07-03-06, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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What would you have done differently

Please post all the things you wished you had hind sight on when you put together your home theatre set up. It can be anything from wrong room to wrong colour, or choice of equipment.

Hopefully, everyone can learn from other people's mistakes, cheaper that way

Might even make it as my first sticky.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-03-06, 09:48 PM
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Re: What would you have done differently

This could indeed turn out to be a good one and worthy of a sticky.

I'd say my first and foremost mistake was not going ahead and taking advantage of my entire garage. My wife had actually okay'd it, but I felt like 1/2 was enough. This is not necessarily to have more seating space as much as I believe I could have improved on acoustics with the proper size and shape room. I can live with what I have for now, but it would have been nice to build it to recommended specs the first time around.

I just learned about color selection... or should I say still learning. That is more easily corrected, but it is aggravating to re-paint.

I would have ran my pipe straight up into the attic, left it open over to the projector and then ran another pipe down to the projector area. This would have made fishing wires much simpler. However minor, I would have still done it differently.

Another minor thing would be to have went ahead and built a CD case into the rear wall. I'm about to do that now, but again, much easier in the beginning. I was in too big of a hurry. I was trying to beat the Super Bowl date. Now I don't even have regular TV out there... just DVD.

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Re: What would you have done differently

In my last cinema set up, I wished I had never mounted the PJ directly over my seating area, loudest part of my projector was directly under the fan opening when you inverted it for ceiling mounting.

Should have sited it over rear seats instead.
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Re: What would you have done differently

A few things:

1) I would have probably gone with Studio 20's all around -- especially in the rear. Easier to place.
2) SVS sub instead of the Paradigm PW2200 -- a good sub, but an SVS is better/cheaper. Two things that appeal to my accounting side.
3) Different TV -- either smaller or an LCD or DLP rear projection. It would just make seting up my equipment a lot easier (using the equipment stand as a tv stand)

Things I'd like to do if I were able to do whatever I want in my house:
1) Accoustic Panels -- I've been in a room that was treated properly. It was truly a relevation.
2) Better layout of my equipment -- it's so horrible right now it makes me want to cry. Absolutely no imaging whatsever. No way to fix it with the current house -- it just is what it is.

I'm sure I'll think of some more stuff later, but that's what I've got so far.

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I think I would have gone separates instead of the 3805. And maybe dual SVS subs instead of my 1212-SE.

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What I would have done differently,
I would have paid someone else to do it....
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Re: What would you have done differently

First of all I did not design my room addition to originally to be a HT but rather a pool room. It was only after I had my room blacked in that I stumbled on to the HT idea. So I had two 3X5 windows and two double french doors that I would have done without. I also made the area 15X20 I would have gone 18X24 for the extra couch and riser. Ran 4 circuits to the room but only 1 to the rack should have run 4 cirucuits to the rack. Found out the hard way about ground loop hum issues using the pro amp with the reciever. Would not have used ceramic on the floor but we have alot of allergies so I don't know what else we would use that would not be a hard surface.
Would have mounted the lighting switches in a better area. Would have run a couple of more cables from the rack to the front of the room for my temporary CRT setup till the projector and screen go in. I know there are some other things in there but at 3:45 in the morning that's all I can think of.
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Re: What would you have done differently

My faith in Yamaha was poor choice on my part. We have had so much success in this house with Sony; DVD Players, Receivers, Cameras, etc

My HT in my room has been down since September 20th cause my Yamaha RX-V1300 crapped on me. It been in the shop since. The trouble is they had to order part directly from Yamaha, since they are pretty much built from ground up in house by Yamaha.

Never again will I go with Yamaha, we gave my grandparents my old Pioneer VSX-D608 to replace the Kenwood one from their HTIB.. The VSX-D608 was in tha ttic for 4 years...

What else oh yeah Harman Kardon, total there, cause I bought the FL8380 in two months of owning it I sent it in cause the DAC died or something and then 1 1/2 years later it just would start skipping all over the place so screw them as well.

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-15-06, 09:47 AM
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Re: What would you have done differently

Don't paint ceiling tiles...they're sponges and soak up too much paint that they grow in size and then don't fit properly in the railing when do try to put them back.

I should have rebuilt the common wall that divides the laundry/workshop from the theater as it rattles when the sub is pounding.

I should have run conduit to the projector to make cable runs easier.
post #10 of 13 Old 11-25-06, 12:04 PM
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I should have repaint the wall ... it's white now >_< not really happy with it.

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