Photo of the new Epson 8350 mounted inverted in the theater:
The original projector in the theater was a Sony VPL-HS20.Photo of the previous projector mounted inverted in the theater:
Blu-ray HD Playback:
A Bass Shaker Pro is installed under each of the front row seats to augment the subwoffer. They are powered by a Dayton SA100 100W Subwoofer Amplifier.
In April of 2007 I upgraded my television service by switching to Verizon FiOS. The picture quality is fantastic compared to my previous cable provider (Comcast). I am now using a Verizon-supplied Motorola High-Definition QIP-7232 DVR to provide both HD and SD TV signals to the projector via HDMI.
For lighting control, The Bridge use standard X10 controls and switches from www.smarthome.com. I make use of X10 "scenes" so I can program the various dimmers and switches to achieve multiple different lighting effects, everything from all lights on to all light off and several combinations in between.
To save money, I have constructed all of the screens myself. I built three different versions, the first, a 100" diagonal 16:9 wooden frame and "blackout cloth" screen; the second, a 102" diagonal 16:9 with an aluminum frame and a matte white vinyl screen; and the third and current screen a 125" diagonal 2.35:1 widescreen (see photo below). For details on the building of the first two screens, visit my DIY Projects Page.
For the theater remote control I chose the Philips Pronto TSU9400. This is a color touch screen remote with multiple hard buttons. A key feature is that it can be programmed and the user interface designed using your PC. The benefits to me are that I can put just what buttons I need on the primary screens and leave the others elsewhere. Also, with my aging eyes, I can design the buttons so I can read them without reading glasses, a problem with many other remotes. The hard buttons allow quick access to common functions such as volume, stop, play, pause, etc. without having to look at the touch screen at all.
For power cleaning I utilize a Monster Cable HST-2500 unit. It provides power to the equipment in the rack as well as the projector.
For IR distribution (to get the remote control to work the stereo when the units are located behind and to the side of where you sit) I again chose www.smarthome.com and their IR distribution equipment. It turned out to be relatively inexpensive and provides just the features I was looking for.
In order to program the DVR without having to power up the projector, I installed a small 8" 16:9 LCD TV from Audiovox (PLV16081). The only change I made was to paint the case black to better match the decor of my room. The picture below is of the unit before painting.
So what does it all look like when it's done? Read on...