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Tyler Lowe's DIY Home Theater

by Tyler Lowe
(Edwardsville, IL)

View from the double pocket doors

View from the double pocket doors

A DIY Home Theater with a Difference!

It was always my dream to build a home theater in our house. The result is this DIY home theater which I built over a three month period, mainly on weekends.

The room is a mid-size room measuring 19ft by 14ft and includes a 96-inch diagonal 16:9 motorized screen. The video projector is a Panasonic PT-AE2000U.

Driving the whole AV setup is a Sony AV Receiver with HDMI switching, Sony Blue-Ray player, an HP Media Center PC with a 200Gb disk, Sony DVD changer, and a 7.1 surround sound speaker setup using Polk Audio speakers.

I am making use of raised platform for the back seats; a hidden door for access to a storage room resides behind the TV/projection screen wall area.

In this home theater, I also have a 55-inch Sony flat-screen HDTV which I use for normal TV viewing when I do not want to dim the lights. The motorized projection screen will just lower in front of the TV when I want to see everything on the big screen.

Integrating the two - flat-screen TV and projection screen - in one place turned out to be a real plus in that it makes for a more flexible use of our entertainment room - whether with the lights on or off. I have to admit that this part of the project turned out to be a bit challenging for me. But then I figured out that using a motorized screen which I can lower at will when the TV is not in use would solve the problem!


Article date: July 25, 2008

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Apr 27, 2016
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More Pictures Please!
by: JMVieira

Would You please share more pictures? I do have a room with almost the same layout, and I would like to transform it in a home theater like yours.

Thank you.


Jan 12, 2011
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Thanks for showing me it is possible
by: Malcolm


Sweet Home Theater.

You have shown me it is possible to make a great room yourself. I have been putting it off because I thought I could not do it with just the limited time I could get; thanks again.


Jul 30, 2008
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by: Anonymous

Excellent


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