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Complete: Stebbins Theater 2.5 !

     My basement theater room started with a Mitsubishi 65" HDTV. We enjoyed that for a few years, but I got bitten with the home theater bug and purchased a Mitsubishi HC3000u 720 DLP projector.

After enjoying it for almost a year, I decided to step up and order a Mitsubishi HC4900 1080p LCD Projector. I'm projecting onto a 100" DIY screen consisting of a custom 1" square tube aluminum frame, WilsonArt Designer White Laminate, and have added some felt-covered border material with a custom backlight.

    We started on our home theater in early 2003. I had originally planned to do a dedicated theater in conjunction with finishing my basement, but quickly realized that a dedicated theater would limit the basement's usefulness. Instead, my wife and I decided that we would make best use of the space downstairs and make it a combined tv/theater that could also be used for entertaining. My main concern was movies and gaming. However, since it's in the basement, it's dark in there most of the time and great for movies during the day as well as at night. It is 100% light controlled using some panels I made to attach to the basement windows.

The basement took about a year to complete, and we enjoyed it for about 3 years before I decided to rip out the existing rear-projection Mitsubishi TV and go with a projector. I was nervous when I started, but after seeing the 100" picture for the first time, I've never looked back.

Below are some pictures of my new and old setup in the basement theater, and I just added pics of my new living room setup with a Vizio 42" GV42LF 1080p TV, TiVo HD, and Sony receiver.

Click here to see a list of my components

Here's my new setup :

Device Brand Model
Projector Mitsubishi HC4900
AV.Receiver Onkyo SR-606 7.1
Subwoofer Kicker CVR-12 - Custom corner box
PVR TiVo Series 3 w/ dual cablecards 1TB storage
Consoles: Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite
  Xbox 360 Halo 3 LE
  Xbox Halo Edition (modded for XBMC)
Nintendo Wii
Sony PS3 (40GB) Blu-Ray Player
Remote: Harmony One

My new living room setup:


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