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Today's post marks the end of our discussion on the home theater I installed and how it is setup. I hope you've enjoyed, the series and perhaps learned a little as I have. I do love the interaction and conversations these posts generate. I learn so much from all of you. Thanks. The last bit for the theater is the room and visually what happens. Here I am rather clueless and depended completely on Robert, my installer. Robert's theaters are wonderful looking. A visual delight once they're done. Robert, like any artist (and myself included) can be a royal pain in the ass when it comes to getting the details right. But it's worth it, because the results speak for themselves. His rooms are always a delight to the eye with their intricate lighting schemes and perfect visual aspects. Take a look at this picture of the room I posted before. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Note the black around the screen. See just how black this is? It comes from installing the blackest velvet material you can find. What we have here absorbs 99% of the light and is so black that when you stand next to screen and look up, you'd swear the ceiling went up twenty feet and into the room above this. It's actually so black it is somewhat disorienting to stand and stare into what looks like the inky blackness of a moonless night. But black like this has benefits I never considered. Even with the light colored walls we chose (much to Robert's horror) once you play a film you never notice anything BUT the film. This is one of the best and most effective tweaks I never knew about but would repeat if I had the chance to do it all over again. I'll post pictures when we finally get the couch and shades installed and have a totally finished theater. My thanks to Robert Dreher of Custom Quality Theaters, Dan Laufman of Emotiva, Sandy Gross of Golden Ear speakers, John Hunter of Rel, Bob Carver of Sunfire, Josh and Jason from Music Direct, and my wife Terri who, through all the dust, butt cracks of electricians, drywallers, framers, and workers, pains in the asses of me and Robert, tolerated it all with a smile. Tomorrow we return to our regularly scheduled program.
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