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I was going to go the fiber optic route but it is expensive!! I got these LED lights from IKEA for a 30 bucks and the effect is great. I just wish I would have added more.

Matt

P.S. I removed the led lights from the metal frame and poked them through sound board that I attached it to the ceiling.
Of course, I covered the sound board with black fabric and then the entire ceiling was covered in black fabric..
I will NEVER fabric another angled ceiling again. :hissyfit:

:TThe room has the same feel as the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney Land. Something that I have been trying to achieve since I was a child.
 

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THANKS bbieger!!!! I will try shooting in RAW and editing it in Photoshop. Do you think it will work in Photoshop or does it only work in the Adobe Bridge?

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You can do all the adjustments in photoshop but they are much much much easier done in adobe Camera RAW. I am pretty sure that adobe camera RAW is no just a plugin program that is included in photoshop CS4. I'm not really sure as I use adobe bridge to handle my photos (deleating, rating, pinning key words to the photos) and when I double click on a photo in bridge, it opens in RAW. Open photoshop and then try to open a RAW file..it should open in camera RAW instead of the normal photoshop window.

You can get the whole adobe CS4 professional suite ummm..somewhat less than legally online and apply the keygens and hacks.

At any rate, I would highly highly highly suggest that you pick up a copy of the adobe Photoshop CS4 book for digital photographers by scott kelby. It is a terrific book that steps you through how to use photoshop and I can't stress enough how a little time spent reading the book and following the examples can help your pictures tremendously. Photoshop is a nightmare if you try to just work your way through it. If you learn some simple shortcuts and functions though, it is an amazing and QUICK software.

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Brian
 

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WOW, just looked and sure enough my CS4 suite here at work has Bridge!! Thanks for the help!! I will be giving this a shot for sure. Never used Bridge but it looks easy enough. I have not done a lot of photo editing in Photoshop but I use it every day for web graphics, so the learning curve should not be to bad.

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buy the book, buy the book, buy the book.

jeez you would think I was getting kick backs or something. one of the cooler things in RAW is that you can adjust all the settings on one photo and if your others have the same issue (poor lighting, whatever). You can select all the other photos and "apply changes" to all the other photos. BOOM all your photos now look good. If you really want to save time, you can record a macro in photshop. I have a "resize for web" macro. you just hit record on the macro then resize your photo, reduce the resolution, and save it to a seperate folder. then hit stop on the macro. next time you open a photo you just hit that macro key.. kabam... web suitable picture saved in seperate folder for upload.

Pretty nifty really. Again, all this is covered in the book :)

Bridge is really a file management program. play around with the different desktop view settings. they can help allot. or jsut hit the space bar..tadah instant slide show.
 

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So, you really think I need the book?:devil: Thanks for all this tips I might even have to break down and buy the book.


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There are two sets of those lights in the the panel and the panel is 4x8 feet. I would recommend min of 2 sets per panel maybe even three depending on many stars you want. I will try to take a better picture of the ceiling.

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Thanks Gilltyone! I would love to see the Eagles in concert!!!

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I finally got the DCX 2496 hooked up to the Soundstream 4 channel car audio amp and the Crown XLS 802D Mal-x amp in a 3 way setup and WOW! That DCX 2496 is not for the faint of heart. It is a VERY complicated and the manual is worthless. It won't even make good toilet paper. :) So, now the room looks and sounds better than a real theater!! Yeppppeeeeeeeeeeeeee finaly after over a year it is 99% done... there is always something else.... I still need to learn the eq on the DCX but that should be easy compared to setting the thing up. :T

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Wow the eq works great!!!! I highly recommend the DCX 2496!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am blown away with how flat the DCX 2496 was able to get my room. If anyone gets
stuck using the DCX 2496 I would be happy to TRY and help. :D
 

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Thanks!!! It was a lot of work and it is still a work in progress. :bigsmile:

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Very cool build Drake! Your stage is classy. Are you hiding the sub in the stage? Is there insulation all around it in there?

Def show some more pics of that ceiling! :T
 

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Thanks for the kind words!

There is installation in their but the box takes up most of the space under the stage. The stage is just framed and the panels in the front are fabric and the top is sound board to keep it from acting as a second enclosure. It seemed to work pretty well.

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Can I ask how deep the stage is? How far forward of your screen does it extend? I've been racking my brain about how to fit my sub in, and everyone has very low step stages that make what you did impossible. But your build shows that a more square stage still looks very good, and gives room to hide the sub (i want the phantom speakers look :) )

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The stage is 20in high by 16in deep and it extends about 15in from the screen. I think the stage works because of the curtains to the side of it. It gives it an old theater feel.

My wife and I both wanted the phantom speaker look (more her :bigsmile:) which was very hard to do and still have good sound. I tried Magnepans mounted on the side wall towards the front and they looked strange and then towers close to the front and side wall which really did not work. :rolleyesno:

The mains are now behind the curtains and I can move the curtains out of the way for critical listening. They are horn loaded drivers so the curtains don't effect the sound as much as I thought they would for movies.

What are you going to do for mains?

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I am looking to get the Axiom Audio setup all around. M60 mains are 7.6"W x 15"D x 36"H i think.

I have 2'8" on each side of my screen, so im hoping that the relatively narrow towers will snug up against the screen frame (in a column of fabric) and still have good clearance from the side walls.
 

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Cool, I wish I would of had the much room on each side of the screen!

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We'll see how it pans out lol. I'm in planning phase now, and my wife and i sit about 10' back, and are currently enjoying a 134" screen...about a 1:1 screen width to first row ratio. pretty much everyone here says thats a bad idea lol. But the wide screen doesnt leave much room on the sides (room is 16'6"W). Im sure you'll see posts from me soon with 'HELP' written all over them :D

A funny thing about speaker placement, and its not necessarily optimal, but most advice on these forums says move the speakers away from the side walls. However, 90% of the theatres i see have them in columns...in the corners lol. :) Mine may end up this way as well.

I may just copy your stage though :D Nice work.

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