The Littlest Home Theater Grows Up
Gary Ngo has upgraded his space to accommodate his growing family and AV habit.
July 30, 2013 by Rachel Cericola

Gary spent a lot of time studying up on home theater acoustics. He also got a little help. Jeff Parkinson, home theater contractor and AVS Forum regular, worked on the room side-by-side with Gary. He also consulted Bryan Pape from GIK Acoustics out of Atlanta, GA. Pape was able to advise Gary on the design of his room. He also fine-tuned the room’s acoustic treatments by helping him tackle a bass issue.

“After the home theater was done, I did some measurements and noticed there was some bass issue. I was hardly feeling much of the bass at my main listening position, while the second rows were getting a serious bass massage,” Gary says. “Bryan suggested that I put at least 6 to 8 inches of acoustic material (OC703) at the back wall to absorb the excessive bass energy.”

Now that he’s gone with and without acoustic treatments, Gary says that he notices the huge difference those make in the sound quality. They also look really cool, adding a unique design element to the room. Of course, it helps that he was able to build the room from the ground up versus building around an existing small space.

Gary says that he also appreciated having professional help this time around, especially when it came to calibrating his display. “It does make a night-and-day difference, as anyone who has seen mine will tell you,” he says. “You really owe it to yourself for that big, expensive display!”

For now, the room is pretty much finished. However, Gary says that he plans to add a second SVS PB12-Plus DSP subwoofer to make the room a full 9.2 setup. Of course, he’s also not ruling out a third home theater install, if the family decides to move again.

“I would definitely make a false wall and go with an acoustically transparent screen to hide all of the speakers and subwoofers for a cleaner look,” he says. “Also I would probably hire a professional to design the room for me. And I think my wife would like to have a big sectional for the front row instead of the recliners, too.”

For a tour of Gary Ngo’s home theater, check out the pics in “The Littlest Home Theater Grows Up” slideshow.

Equipment List
DarbeeVision Processor
Definitive Technology BP7001SC Bipolar SuperTower Speakers (2)
Definitive Technology BPX Surround Speakers (4)
Definitive Technology CLR3000 Center-Channel Speaker
Definitive Technology Di6.5S Speakers (2)
Denon AVR-4520CI AV Receiver
Emotiva XPA-2 Stereo Amplifier
Emotiva XPA-5 5-Channel Amplifier
Insteon Lighting Control
JVC DLA-RS4810 D-ILA Projector
Logitech Harmony 900 Remote
Microsoft Windows Home Server (10TB)
Microsoft Xbox 360
Middle Atlantic Slim5 5-37U Rack with Custom RSH Faceplates
Nintendo Wii
OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Disc Player
Palliser HiFi Seating (8)
Popcorn Hour A300 Media Streamer
Seymour Screen Excellence 2.35:1 138-inch Screen
Sonos Connect Wireless HiFi Player
SVS PB12-Plus DSP Subwoofer

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How to Save on Home Automation Expenses

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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