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Thanks Owen! I looked into doing some DIY speakers - the 4pi's look very nice - but I'm planning on getting PRO-10s, which to me are a great value, to the point where I don't think I could build something better for less $$. I did build my own sub though, completed a couple weeks ago - in that case, I felt the $ vs. time worked in my favor. I built a THT LP (folded horn), here's a few pictures:













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Edit: checked your sig links, great looking work! nice job on the router circle jig too! - but the first link (GeoCities) seems to be dead?
 

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Kind of slow going here - but I *think* I might be done with the drywall dust everywhere phase - at least I hope so, sick of cleaning up and inhaling that stuff. Here's the soffit (again), ready for priming and painting the ceiling / cove, installation of rope light, installation of soffit lights, installing rest of fiberglass insulation, and fabric covering.

Front over the screen - curved:





rear - the soffit is open on the bottom to hold fiberglass for bass trapping - some in place, some still to buy. I better keep the little halogen lights well away from the fiberglass, due to flammable facing.



Behind the screen wall, with fiberglass in:



I wasn't sure on the front whether to (1) keep all the same level, (2) add a ledge, with a curve matching the curve of the front, or (3) add a more angular ledge, which is what I ended up doing. Will be covered with fabric - and a little trim piece next to that ledge.





I'm waffling on the color scheme - want to have the soffit contrast with the walls and the ceiling, with either an olive green or mocha color scheme - black ceiling / dark shade soffit / lighter shade walls? Any suggestions?

Also, how well does rope lighting light up a black ceiling? Vs. say an olive green or mocha ceiling (so I could do black soffit, and green/mocha walls, and still have a contrast there).

The sub is great fun - I'm expecting to get my new speakers in this week, which means I better get cracking on setting up a shelf behind the screen to support the LCRs at proper height, and work on columns for the side and rear surrounds.

Anyone happen to know off the top of their head what the distance from floor to eyes is for a 5'10" guy in a Berkline 13175? And the distance from the bottom of cabinet to center of tweeter on a PRO-10 / SHO-10? :p

Hopefully Bryan is watching to keep me honest, in case I've missed something entirely in my attempt at bass trapping within the soffit.
 

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Nice work with the soffits!!! Don't you think it would be better to take the paper out of the insulation if you are going to use it as a bass trap?
 

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Thanks Radar - the reason I've left the insulation facing out is to reflect some of the mids/highs, while absorbing bass - so as to not overdeaden the room, when combined with other treatments to be added. It's what I've seen on other bpape directed soffit builds.
 

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Here's some updates...

New speakers - CHT (Chase Home Theater, formerly Tweak City Audio) - 6x Pro-10, 1x SHO-10 (center) - they were returns (scratches here and there), and Chris gave me a smoking hot deal on them - thanks Chris!













Did the fan mod on my QSC power amp that drives the THT LP - huge difference, the old fan was a turbo prop:



















Painted the trims for the 3" recessed lights that are going in the soffits:



Cut the holes for the lights:





Pile of debris, and cans ready to go (tomorrow):



 

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Soffit lights in, and filled the soffit cavities with insulation:







Testing out the rope light - trying to decide between one and two layers (one looks better I think), and placement (seems like against the inner face of the soffit, raised up about an inch gives a better diffuse effect):







 

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Hey Brad,

Great thread so far! you are right it looks like we are in almost identical posistions :D

I've subscribed to your thread so I can hopefully keep up!

Cheers,
Simon

P.S. I love the rack :T
Thanks Simon - I'm subbed to yours as well, and will be following along, there's always room to see something someone else just did and add another change order. :T

For example, I didn't originally plan on having a soffit, but after seeing several other builds, I decided to bite the bullet and add one, just to give a little visual appeal that seemed missing. Shot about two months on it as a result. :scratch:
 

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Here's a picture of the painted ceiling - also used the same paint to cover the soffit wood and the screen wall framing, so no wood will show through the fabric once covered. The color is Behr "Espresso Beans" - the darkest shade of brown that I could find, looks near black in the picture (and with the lights off, yay).



Rope light with the lights off.







I had been planning on just building a cheap rack to save some money - but I read someone else's thread mentioning they got a good deal on craigslist, so I checked, and whaddya know, there was one waiting for me - $180 for a 37U Slim 5 with casters, 3 2U shelves, 8 1U vent panels, and 9 horizontal lacing bars. It was part of a huge pile of gear pulled from a mansion in Chatsworth that was being sold by an NFL player who was moving - an estimated $500K I was told, 6 racks total, saw a stack of Anthem amps and a Titan projector among the pile.

The rack is total overkill as far as what I really needed - but hey, sure has plenty of room for expansion. =) My plan is to house both my A/V gear and music gear in the single rack.



Still debating whether to just roll it into the closet, or cut a hole to poke the face into the room. The latter would make for easier access both front and back - back, since the closet is only 27" wide, rack is 19" - 8" isn't even enough to be able to rotate the rack to access the wiring. If I poked the hole, I'll have to figure out how to reroute electrical - the rack would stick through the framing shown here - note the romex running horizontally that I would have to relocate - move it above the rack and add a junction box I guess? Would the junction box need to be accessible?

 

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For example, I didn't originally plan on having a soffit, but after seeing several other builds, I decided to bite the bullet and add one, just to give a little visual appeal that seemed missing. Shot about two months on it as a result. :scratch:
Good decision ;) the end result looks fantastic! I would have loved to have done a nice curve like that at the front.

Great work with the painted ceiling! How many coats did you end up giving it?

The rack looks great as well. Did the $180 include shipping?
I'm partial to being able to access the front and back of the rack so that would be my vote ;). If you don't want to do that, can you put the rack on one of those bases that then lets you pull it forward and spin it? I think sandman had something like that for his rack?

Cheers,
Simon
 

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Good decision ;) the end result looks fantastic! I would have loved to have done a nice curve like that at the front.

Great work with the painted ceiling! How many coats did you end up giving it?
Thanks for the support Simon! :wave: I did one coat of tinted primer, 2 coats of the paint that I ended up not happy with (Valspar), and then one coat of the paint I was happy with (Behr). So one primer, three color coats.

The rack looks great as well. Did the $180 include shipping?
It was local and "cash only", so no shipping, no tax.


I'm partial to being able to access the front and back of the rack so that would be my vote ;). If you don't want to do that, can you put the rack on one of those bases that then lets you pull it forward and spin it? I think sandman had something like that for his rack?
Yeah something like that - maybe it was a slide out I don't recall. Trouble is the corner to corner dimension of teh rack is 27 1/4", which is exactly the width of the closet - so not practical to be able to rotate it to access the back. And if I put it in a slide, it would need to slide several feet to the doorway to be able to rotate it. The other option would be to create an access door at the back (there is an open closet on the garage side) - but would have to relocate a bunch of stuff, so not attractive.

I think I'm talking myself into the "poke a hole" option. :huh: Just need to figure out what I need to do to satisfy code when extending/rerouting that Romex run that's in the way. Maybe tomorrow I'll just start cutting a hole so there will be no turning back - I've been waffling on this far too long.
 

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Thanks for the support Simon! :wave: I did one coat of tinted primer, 2 coats of the paint that I ended up not happy with (Valspar), and then one coat of the paint I was happy with (Behr). So one primer, three color coats.



It was local and "cash only", so no shipping, no tax.




Yeah something like that - maybe it was a slide out I don't recall. Trouble is the corner to corner dimension of teh rack is 27 1/4", which is exactly the width of the closet - so not practical to be able to rotate it to access the back. And if I put it in a slide, it would need to slide several feet to the doorway to be able to rotate it. The other option would be to create an access door at the back (there is an open closet on the garage side) - but would have to relocate a bunch of stuff, so not attractive.

I think I'm talking myself into the "poke a hole" option. :huh: Just need to figure out what I need to do to satisfy code when extending/rerouting that Romex run that's in the way. Maybe tomorrow I'll just start cutting a hole so there will be no turning back - I've been waffling on this far too long.
Nice work, the tinted undercoats make a huge difference to the end result :T

Go with you gut :T Hopefully you won't need access to the junction boxes. They'll be inside the wall anyway won't they?

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I decided to keep the equipment fully enclosed in the closet - the way I got off the wall was by finding a nice deal on an MA Slim5 on craigslist - $180 for 37U rack, with 3 2U shelves, casters, lacing bars, and 1U vented spacers. Shame to waste the nice casters, so I will just roll it into the HT closet. Because the closet is pretty narrow, I'll need to disconnect the rack and roll it out to do anything major or rack wiring - I can live with that - I think.

Also bought a Hot Link XL IR-over-cat5 extender, haven't installed it yet though.

Catching up with some pics:

Mini Coopers, even Clubmans, are not optimal insulation transport vehicles - not an inch to spare in this load:



Inside of the entry doors painted satin black:



Right rear surround column / bass trap - used Roxul AFB, great stuff - cheap and super easy to work with with an electric carving knife. Framing is 2x2s, and 1/2" plywood speaker shelf. I plan on filling the bottom part with more AFB, but need to discuss the outlets buried in there with the building inspector - can I leave them and bury them, or move into the columns, or move outside columns. Same issue with all column locations.



Left surround speaker column:



Right surround column, right rear column:



Right screen wall superchunk:



Screen wall - L/R superchunks, 1" OC 703, Rubbermaid shelving for LCRs (THT will either be upright in the corners, or slide under the LCR shelf on its side:



1.5" OC 703 FRK/FSK in the soffits, covering pink fiberglass filling. Boy sure is shiny, wish me luck not having that show through fabric. May have to paint it or use two layers of cloth, not sure.



Left side of room, showing rear column, side column, and side front (dummy) column.



Right side of the room, showing columns and miscellaneous mess.



Still thinking through color schemes - for the soffit, columns, and wall panels. Going to have an earth tone scheme for sure - the ceiling is very dark brown, the front faces of the columns will be black speaker cloth - so need to decide on soffit, rest of columns, and walls. Some combination of contrasting brown colors, olive greens, or deep wine reds. Any suggestions?? Kinda leaning towards a mid tan for wall panels, black speaker cloth in the middle front of the speakers, maybe deep burgundy accent on the column sides, black on the soffits.
 

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If you have any other pictures or comments regarding your soffit fabrication, I would love to see/hear them. Very envious of your space. I have a 15x20 room and I thought it was plenty big enough. Would love to have your dimensions.
 

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Nice job..:T It's all coming together nicely..
My suggestion for your wall colour would be a dark olive/grey green..That would go well with the dark brown ceiling..
 
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