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post #1 of 16 Old 07-24-08, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Claiming my garage back... selling the dedicated HT!

I have already had several ask me why I was selling off the dedicated HT room, so I figured I make it public, not that I have anything to hide.

We have been trying to cool our dedicated HT room since we had it. Each summer seems to get worse. About the only time we can watch a movie in the HT room comfortably is in the winter. When you get 3-4 folks in there and all the equipment running in that small of a room, it gets hot and stuffy very quick. Even in the winter after a movie it is warmed up beyond comfort. We have two air vents and a return air vent, but it is not enough, plus it causes our daughter's room to be get too warm in the summer. It basically destroys our cooling on that end of the house. We will need either a new larger systems and revamped duct work... or a separate system for the HT room. Either way we are looking at about $3500.

We are buying and watching less and less movies than we ever have. I just don't get nearly as excited about movies as I once did, not to mention there have been less that I believe are worth watching.

We can pay off about $12,000 in debt by selling off the HT room... that always helps matters. With us commuting and gas prices at an all time outrageous high and still climbing, groceries getting higher as well... less debt and less monthly outgo will be appreciated.

Having my side of the garage back will be very nice! I do miss it.

We have the great room setup very well right now and plan to upgrade the 61" to a 67", now that we have sold the 65" Toshiba. The 61" will go to our daughter... (sweet dad, I know).

All these things put together makes it an easy decision for me. Maybe one day we can consider adding on to the house and doing it right to begin with... making the HT room a room for more than just movies, but TV as well. It can be a fun project to think about and maybe look forward to in the years to come... that is when (if) we make it big.
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-25-08, 02:24 AM
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I can see your point, my dads room has same issue and mine did aswell, we just moved into this home in Dec and the summer magnified comfort issues I was afraid of. Lucky for us we have a walk out door in our room and I was able to add a small window unit very easily into the door, its a really quiet model and if worse comes to worse I cool room before use and it lasts a good while, the best benefit isnt really the cool air but the humidity reduction......72f is suprisingly comfortable with 50% humidity. While its cooler now I just dont spend as much time there as I thought I would, I use the budget HD/audio system in living room with pleasing results, the theater blows it away but I feel like I am hiding out down in the basement at times and it gets in the way of enjoyment.
I hope you dont miss the system and space when winter rolls back around and someday you can do a room that works out better for you.............if your ever in Ohio and have a movie jones look me up!
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Hi Sonnie,

Sounds to me like a wise decision, and one that you are not going to regret.
Good luck with the selling... but above all: lots of fun with planning your future HT room!!!!

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They typically don't size furnaces/air conditioners to include the garage space. It's definitly not worth changing your furnace. You could have put in a separate window (or wall) mount A/C unit though. But then there's the added electric bill costs and noise.

In 5 years your HT gear will be worth very little compared to it's value now, you would have just paid off your $12K in debt, if you paid the minimum $350 every month, and would have paid almost $5K in interest (@18&#37. So just think of it as saving yourself $5K. That's also $350 a month you can put towards other things.

$12K in debt gone, and still having a great room to watch movies is a win win situation. Glad to see you've got your priorities straight.

BTW: If you're ever through Southern Ontario you're welcome to your share of popcorn at my place.
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Re: Claiming my garage back... selling the dedicated HT!

I think heat is one of the problems we never consider when building/renovating HT's rooms ... (at least I didn't )

When I saw that you were selling everything I wonder "Why???" ... I though that you were getting or already have new equipment for your HT

With this economy, we have to think twice and take the best decissions to survive until it settle again (Hopefully soon ) ... think most of us have changed out lifestyle and priorities.

Good luck with all your plans ...
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Sonnie,

I think it won't be very long till you decide to build a HT again. It is addiction but you just don't realise...

I hope for you I'm wrong. Have fun!

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Re: Claiming my garage back... selling the dedicated HT!

Thanks guys!

It has actually been fun selling everything... of course I got to buy some stuff too.

We just got our new 67" DLP LED setup and are watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in HD. Nice!

Believe it... everything ... I mean everything is gone, except one PC13-Ultra.
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We just got our new 67" DLP LED setup and are watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in HD. Nice!


How do you like your new TV??? ... I remember you said before is a Samsung, Right???

I have an old 67" DLP (not LED) ... How they compare??? ... is the LED much better than old ones???
(is not that I'm planning to get one ... I can anything right now ... but Who knows in the future
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How do you like your new TV??? ... I remember you said before is a Samsung, Right???

I have an old 67" DLP (not LED) ... How they compare??? ... is the LED much better than old ones???
(is not that I'm planning to get one ... I can anything right now ... but Who knows in the future
I haven't compared them really... never owned a regular DLP. The old Toshiba we had was a CRT. From all I have read though, the LED's are supposedly far superior to the regular DLP's.

Here is more on our 67".
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Re: Claiming my garage back... selling the dedicated HT!

A well set-up great room can come very close, especially at night.
Also you will all be more comfortable which can make or break the whole experience -imo.
The 67 inches of screen will help with the loss, you can always shimmy up a little closer during movie time to get as immersed as possible.
I don't miss my PJ and my PDP is only 50".
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