DIYer Upgrades to His Dream Theater
DIYer Morris Saad's acoustically sound home theater is the result of years of audio/video experiences.
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Morris Saad’s no stranger to home theater, and his current version is a stunner.
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October 23, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

Upon the theater’s completion, Saad popped in a Blu-ray of The Hulk. “You feel him running around and stomping, and it’s very bassy and loud. I cranked it on the Pioneer [receiver], shut the doors and went upstairs, and all you could really hear was some muffled bass that wasn’t disturbing at all. In the bedrooms on the third level you couldn’t hear anything.”

Projector placement proved to be another well-planned solution to a potential problem. Bulkhead ductwork ran across the middle of the room, so a projector mounted behind it would have its image cut off, and there wasn’t enough throw distance to mount it in front. So Saad and Cammaert framed the 12-inch bulkhead into a soffit to make it look like a natural aspect of the room, then carved a V-shaped niche in front of the projector so the light beams through unobstructed. To minimize the soffit visually, a cove was framed into the rear half of the room, with can and rope lighting installed to emphasize that area.

Saad took more steps to recreate the theater experience by adding popcorn and candy and even a working ticket booth. “I realized there was some dead space underneath the stairs, so I can actually sit in there,” he enthuses, “and there’s a ticket maker so you can print tickets off the computer.”

But even this theater might not be Saad’s golden ticket, as there’s always room for upgrades. “Automated curtains and blinds triggered via remote, perhaps a larger screen and 2.35:1 aspect ratio and anamorphic lens—but I guess that’s OK, because I hope to have the opportunity to build another theater in the future.”

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Equipment List

ABOUT THE PROJECT
MONEY SPENT
TOTAL: $39,600 (Canadian)
Electronics: $17,600
Seating: $7,500
Construction: $14,500
LOCATION: London, Ontario
ROOM SIZE: 20 by 14.5 by 8 feet
TOTAL PROJECT TIME: 2 months
NICKNAMES: “Friends call me Moe for short, so we’ve called this the SilverMoe, the IMoe (like IMAX) and the CineMoe—the tickets say ‘The Cine-Moe Presents.’”

EQUIPMENT LIST
Epson Home 1080UB projector
Stewart Filmscreen Luxus Deluxe 106” G3 screen
Pioneer Elite SC-07 receiver
Pioneer Elite DV-05 DVD player
Sony PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Bell SAT PVR
Russound whole house, CAM 6.6T
Definitive Tech BP2004TL main
Definitive Tech CLR2002 center
Definitive Tech BP2X surround (4)
Monster Power center HTS 2000MK II
AudioQuest speaker and subwoofer cable
Monster Advanced 800HD HDMI interconnects (2)
Tributaries cable, component video interconnect
AudioQuest HDMI (2)
Lutron Spacer System (4)
Harmony 1000 Remote with extender
Bell’O Theater chairs (4)
El-Ran Reclining theater sofa


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