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Old 03-10-2008, 03:18 PM   #121
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Thanks !! I fell in love with the hex tanks when I helped a former college roommate of mine move from one apt to his new house. He had a 10G hex. Mine is a 20G hex. It's fun to watch and my kids love it.

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Old 03-10-2008, 03:45 PM   #122
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Man some sweet set ups Farout stew tomes awesome systems you got going . I am in the planning phase of my first proper HT for later this year. I have been planning what I'm going to do for the last year and a half because I know once I put it all together I'm not going to be able to change much.

I hate loose wires and I want it to look professional as it is my present for my parents 25th anniversary from me. granted I want be paying for it but you guys know how much effort can go into a project like this, besides I'm graduating from University this year. Anyway long story short they love movies and they want something which is professional and future proof since they don't know anything about HT. The best part is I really don't have a budget which will make choices endless.

I'll post some pics of my set up later on today keep in mind I live in a small apartment. That said audio wise it delivers a little too well for the size of the room but I should be moving to a bigger space soon. I'm glad I enjoy HT as a hobby, makes it much more likely that by the time I retire I will have a mind bending set up.
Thanks! I've been interested in hometheatre for many years (my first cheap dolby pro logic surround system and vhs player was bought back in 1994-1995 I think), and have bought the components for my current system over several years as well - first because I couldn't afford to buy it all at once, secondly because I like to research my options - almost more fun to me than the final result..

Good luck with the project- sounds like a lot of fun, and hard work!!
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:16 PM   #123
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Haha... I like how you proudly displayed "The Holiday" as your demo pic.
Damn right! first film me and my gf watched together, so that HD DVD is always going to have a special place, when I get around to buying it... waiting for the firesales, it's still £17.99 online the reason that was on was because it was a rental and I was checking out the PQ before commiting to buy the film lol.
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Spectacular setup, Farout!

I'm intrigued by the whole CIH notion, but do you think an anamorphic lense would be required/make sense for a 1080p projector? I'm guessing I could achieve a similar result by zooming in and out on the projector, depending on the aspect ratio? I'm planning on having the entire wall except the screen itself, black non-reflective, and with some kind of masking system to make the screen "narrower" in width for 16:9 movies (vs 2.40/2.35 etc). I'm guessing you chose 2.37:1 since it is between 2.40:1 and 2.35:1, right?
Yeah tomes, I considered the zooming method, but after heavy research into CIH, I went the anamorphic route for two reasons.

1) I don't want to be constantly zooming in and out between 1.85 and 2.40AR movies.

2) When zooming, you are magnifying the pixel structure thus increasing the "screendoor effect".
By using the anamorphic approach I'm using the full 16:9 panel in the PJ for picture info and not losing 33% of the PJ panel resolution to projection of blackbars top and bottom. Also by using the full panel, my light output increases by about 20%.

As for the 2.37AR choice here is my reasoning...
1.78:1 is the Full panel resolution of the 16:9 PJ
1.33:1 is the horizontal expansion of the anamorphic lense
1.78 x 1.33 = 2.3674. Rounded is 2.37

Hope this helps!
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:06 PM   #125
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Some beautiful rigs here. I'm jealous already and I've only owned mine for a month. LOL
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:39 PM   #126
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I really need new HiFi furniture. But what fun is that? I could spend that money on gear or movies.

My front bookshelf are stacked on broken towers. Makes my rig look more bodacious.
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:48 PM   #127
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Combined with the Ascends (which I'm also very happy with - Internet Direct brands rule!), it makes for engaging movie experiences I damn near had a heart attack in one of the war scenes of Master and Commander. I thought I was going to get hit by cannon-balls
Couldn't agree more! I really love my Aperion speakers.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:02 PM   #128
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Yeah tomes, I considered the zooming method, but after heavy research into CIH, I went the anamorphic route for two reasons.

1) I don't want to be constantly zooming in and out between 1.85 and 2.40AR movies.

2) When zooming, you are magnifying the pixel structure thus increasing the "screendoor effect".
By using the anamorphic approach I'm using the full 16:9 panel in the PJ for picture info and not losing 33% of the PJ panel resolution to projection of blackbars top and bottom. Also by using the full panel, my light output increases by about 20%.

As for the 2.37AR choice here is my reasoning...
1.78:1 is the Full panel resolution of the 16:9 PJ
1.33:1 is the horizontal expansion of the anamorphic lense
1.78 x 1.33 = 2.3674. Rounded is 2.37

Hope this helps!
Thanks for the explanation! I'm still torn but have time to figure it out I suppose

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Couldn't agree more! I really love my Aperion speakers.
Yeah, Aperion, Axiom and a couple of others were on my short list as well!
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #129
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Some beautiful rigs here. I'm jealous already and I've only owned mine for a month. LOL
Hey, that setup looks pretty sweet if you ask me!
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Farout777 how wide is your screen? When I built my house I added a bumpout in the kitchen. I purposely had the basement walls poured instead of over handing it. It's about 11 feet wide where it begins to taper in and 7 feet of flat wall. I didn't put any windows in because I didn't want any light in this area. It is a walkout basement so it gets plenty of light.

Friends keep saying how great of a bar (with a pool table) it would make but I have other plans. I really don't know much about front projectors. Things like placement, how close to the floor can you go with the screen, and now reading about anamorphic. How close do you sit to that monster?
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Farout777 how wide is your screen? When I built my house I added a bumpout in the kitchen. I purposely had the basement walls poured instead of over handing it. It's about 11 feet wide where it begins to taper in and 7 feet of flat wall. I didn't put any windows in because I didn't want any light in this area. It is a walkout basement so it gets plenty of light.

Friends keep saying how great of a bar (with a pool table) it would make but I have other plans. I really don't know much about front projectors. Things like placement, how close to the floor can you go with the screen, and now reading about anamorphic. How close do you sit to that monster?
141" diag which equates to about 136" or so.
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I still need to pick up some sort of stereo system. I got the speaker stands sitting in my garage.

I hate how sci-fi channel is pillar boxed and then letterbox inside that.

42" Sharp Auquos. The brand new model. Fantastic 1080 p picture. Lot better than the last model (my brother has the last model). And awesome looking using HDMI. I used to use cheap component and I can't believe how much better the HDMI looks.
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Hey, that setup looks pretty sweet if you ask me!
I like it too. Nice looking Aquos and a very clean equipment rack.
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I still need to pick up some sort of stereo system. I got the speaker stands sitting in my garage.

I hate how sci-fi channel is pillar boxed and then letterbox inside that.

42" Sharp Auquos. The brand new model. Fantastic 1080 p picture. Lot better than the last model (my brother has the last model). And awesome looking using HDMI. I used to use cheap component and I can't believe how much better the HDMI looks.
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141" diag which equates to about 136" or so.

That's a little too big for where I'm thinking, lol. I figure I have about 15 to 16 feet of distance. That must be about 6 feet high, wow. As I said I have plenty of homework to do yet. I wouldn't even know how high to mount the projector. That of course would lead to seat placement and how high to make the second row. I haven't even finished the trim or staining the windows yet and now you have me inspired to get my ass in gear and start this.
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