My Media Room

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  1. Barry_NJ

    Barry_NJ Well-Known Member

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    Well, I've never been very proud of its appearance. When we moved into the house, half the basement was finished, and the finished part is roughly 20x11x7. I just put my audio gear down there with a couch, and while it sounded good, the looks were more than dated. After a while, I ended up adding a screen and projector, though sound was and remains primary for me. Over time, the shelving I had there got filled with the kids old toys and stuffed animals, but when the tunes were going, or the lights were out and a movie playing, the looks didn't matter much...

    Here are a couple of pix of my space as it was...
    Note the lovely chair-rail, green & white striped wallpaper, and the off white, beach stone, 12x12 vinyl tile :grinning:

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    How it looks after this past weekend...

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    I'm going to paint the walls and ceiling a dark gray, and will be putting down some dark gray wood-look vinyl flooring. Also getting rid of the track light and one 6x24 recessed fluorescent, replacing those with soffit style lighting down both walls.

    I'll post some progress pix as I go, and the finished product too.
     
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  2. carlthess50

    carlthess50 New Member

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    Looks fine to me. Lol
    Your the only one person that it needs to work and look good for. Other then your wife. Lol
    One things I would do ASAP , is remove and replace all of the fluorescent lights you have in your home, or at lest any on the same breakers or near it
    That way you will remove any 60hz or (50hz if your over seas) buzz noise from your system
    Those fluorescents make your power lines have a nasty noise in them and on some horn speakers you can here the buzz from them. Plus they are hard on your eyes as you get older
    I use a power filter setup to make sure I don’t get and power supply noise
    I had some noise going on in my system that I would only hear in between songs or when nothing was playing, drove me crazy, then one day the fluorescent lights went out in my kitchen and I replaced them with led lights tubes and then all the buzz sound was gone.
    The noise was pretty low but I could hear it and then it was gone after the light change
    Happy camper now.
     
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    Barry_NJ Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Carl, and yes, the last fluorescent in the house will be gone after this.
     
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    Have fun with it and be safe. Looking forward to seeing progress and finished pictures.
     
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    Threw some paint on the wall tonight.
    I've got a gallon each of the dark and the light shades, and thought I'd try mixing the two, which is what I'm leaning towards.
    The mix is on the right of the top pic, and left of the bottom pic...

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    Good luck with the finishing. When I did my basement in VA (had a house in central NJ that came with a finished basement and really wasn't usable for a HT or audio room but had a family room and when I moved to southern NJ I ended up just throwing out lots of excess junk and sealing the walls but never got further) I think it took me 4 years from start to finish. I did much of the framing and some of the finishing, except for the sheetrock. It looked good when I finished.

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  7. Barry_NJ

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    Well, progress is being made, about 70% done with painting, and some flooring and baseboard is down...

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    After painting this wall, I decided it would be better to start fresh with it and the adjacent ceiling...

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    Starting to lay some floor...

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    A new look for the bi-fold doors with some textured paneling..

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    Fresh molding...

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    I probably should have just replaced all the walls, but I'm spot skim coating... PITA...

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    Last wall/corner, needed to move an outlet..

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    Electric and HDMI run...

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    Big effort!! It should be great when you’re all done!
     
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    I love it. The skill and the effort as much the result.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Looking good man!

    MORE pics
     
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    Paint is done...

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    Straight run of 10 gauge to a 20amp breaker in the box...

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    Now to finish the floor, then baseboard and crown molding, then the hanging soffit to soften the side lighting.
     
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    Woohoo. Getting close. White trim?
     
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    What are your plans for those windows?
     
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    Since you obviously hate that Stasis 3 amp, getting it all covered with dry wall dust, I'll be happy to take it and any others you leave laying around off your hands.
     
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    I'll be hanging black-out curtains on the back wall, I'll be attaching a black towel right on the window on the left, and I'll also be hanging a black-out curtain from the ceiling on both sides of the screen, between it and the shelving, that can be pulled back when not showing a movie. Also of note, the 2 back windows face east, and the left window north, so there's no direct sunlight except in the fairly early mornings, which isn't really movie time. We usually only watch movies at night ;-)
     
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    Yeah, I tried to sell it some time ago, but no one wanted it... I'll be vacuuming it with a soft brush, inside and out, when all the construction is done, though still not really sure how much use it'll get. Too hot to use in the summer, makes a pretty decent space heater in the winter ;-)


    P.S. It was fully rebuilt about 18 years ago, with input on parts from Nelson. Fresh transistors, caps, etc. Replaced all the assembly hardware with stainless, and fresh nylon washers. It's a nice amp, but I prefer sound of my Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150 with PSU-150 + PSU-150M
     
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    Class A does that. Do you have a pair of them?
     
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