Our Family Home Theater
The Lubahn Family Home Theater
It was after seeing several dedicated home theater rooms during a tour of newly constructed homes that I decided to build one for my family in an unfinished section of our basement (with no windows).
I built this home theater together with some help from the rest of the family; it took almost a year to complete. Our family home theater is not real big, measuring just 11ft x 15ft, with a single couch that seats 4 (3 comfortably), but we are extremely happy with the overall result. Watching movies and TV over our new 100-inch screen in HD with the rest of the family is just fantastic!!
The heart of the audio system is the Yamaha HTR-5960 7.1 AV receiver. I made use of in-wall speakers - except for the subwoofer - to reduce the speaker clutter in the room while still enjoying great home theater sound. Speaker setup consists of seven Home Theater Direct (HTD) in-wall speakers while a Klipsch 10" subwoofer provides the LFE.
The video setup consists of a ceiling-mounted Mitsubishi HC4900 1080P 3-LCD projector and a 100" Elite EzFrame screen with High Contrast Grey surface. Driving the HC4900 video projector is a Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and a Dish Network VIP722 HD DVR; the latter is our TV source. An XBox and a Gamecube hooked up to the system provide additional entertainment for the whole family.
All the system components are housed in a built-in rack recessed into one of the side walls that separates the home theater from the utility room; this made it possible to design the rack system such that all equipment rear panels and wiring are easily accessible from the utility room without the need to pull out everything when changing wirings, etc. via a hinged back door on the AV rack. Complementing the AV rack is another identical built-in unit with its shelving configured for DVD storage. Additional storage for DVDs, video games, etc., is available via a 5ft x 5ft walk-in closet accessible via the home theater.
The home theater room lighting is controlled using Smarthome's Insteon line of switches. Their RemoteLinc remote gives me total control over the different lighting systems in the room; these include 4 recessed ceiling lights, 4 decorative wall sconces, and the rope lighting in the crown molding. The remote has also been programmed to control the lights in the recreational room to which this family home theater is connected by french doors. Using a smart remote such as the RemoteLinc also made it possible to configure ''Movie Start' and 'Movie End' buttons that automatically sets the correct light levels in the room for movie watching and while the movie is over with the press of a single button.
This family home theater project turned out to be both an awesome experience to build and a great entertainment gathering place for the whole family - a place where my wife and our 2 1/2 year old daughter love watching movies in our own personal movie theater!
The Mitsubishi picture is great, the audio system rocks and I could not be happier. If you are looking for anyone in my family, chances are we wi'll be in the basement in our family home theater room; we spend a lot of time down there.
Submitted on: March 28, 2008
Updated on: Sept. 4, 2012
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