·Equipment List

·Home Theatre Pictures

·Screen Shots (page 1)

·Screen Shots (page 2)

·Movie Moments (page 1)

·Movie Moments (page 2)

·My Movies

·External Home Theatre Links

The Equipment Rack

Above is the equipment rack with the centre speaker resting on top. The equipment is as follows... Top left is the Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-Ray Player. Top centre is the Yamaha RX-V1075 7.2 channel network AV receiver rated at 110Wx7. Top right is the Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player. Bottom left is the Harmon Kardon EQ8 Graphic Equalizer. Bottom Centre is the Yamaha CDC-585 Carousel CD Player. Finally, at the bottom right is the Denon DBT-1713UD Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player. Click on the image to enlarge.

The A/V Receiver


Above is the heart of the Holodeck, the Yamaha RX-V1075 7.2 channel network AV receiver. This beauty can handle the newer 4K video resolution and will up-convert lower resolution video as well as process 3D video. It also sounds as good as it looks with plenty of power, 110W x 7. The 4 pictures show the front and back of the unit as well as the hidden panel and the remote control. Click on the images to enlarge.

The Remote Controls

Above is my ever changing collection of remote controls.

The Movie & CD Racks

Above is my Blu-Ray, HD DVD, DVD and CD collection. Click on the image to enlarge.

Home Theatre Pictures

The Home Theatre Room (Thumbnail Images)


Here are a few pictures of the new room. Click on the images to enlarge. The first shot is the front soundstage. I ran a PVC conduit inside the wall from the component rack up to the ceiling and then across to the ceiling-mounted projector. These contain all of the video wires. The second shot shows the back of the room, which has 3 large windows, two being visible here. I installed shutters on these windows but a special projection screen is used to control the ambient light from these windows. Read more about that in the Projection Screen section further down this page. The following picture is a shot of the main seating areas. In the fourth shot you can see the surround speakers and the projector which mount off the 12' 4" ceiling.

The Speakers (Thumbnail Images)


These are shots of the speakers in my system. Click on the images to enlarge. From left to right is the 300W Paradigm Monitor SUB 12. It is located at the front right side of the room and sits atop a Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizer. This sub boasts a low frequency extension of 16Hz, in a sealed design, with an ultra quick bass response. I have it optimized with Paradigm's Perfect Bass Kit which analyzes the subwoofer’s response in the room and then sets the correct equalization parameters to obtain optimal sound. Even when the finest subwoofer is placed perfectly, bass can sound bloated or boomy due to imperfect room acoustics. The PBK system measures the subwoofer from multiple positions in the room to highlight problem areas and calculate the correct EQ curve, resulting in pitch-perfect bass tailor made for the room. Next are the main speakers, Paradigm Mini Monitors, which are mounted on 25" stands to place their tweeters at ear level while in the listening position. Next is the Paradigm Centre 3 which is resting on top of the equipment rack using a 5" stand. After that are the PSB Ambient II quasi-dipole speakers, which I use as my surrounds. They are located to the left and right of the listening position and mounted off the ceiling. Finally there is the PSB Alpha C which I am using as the rear centre speaker to match the Ambient II surrounds.


The Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player

The Denon DBT-1713UD Smart 3D Blu-Ray player is the latest addition to the Holodeck and plays movies in full Hi-Definition, 1920 x 1080 but also plays the new 3D Blu-Ray format. Sporting a solid cabinet, large footprint, and sleek black finish, the DBT-1713UD contains no fan and is virtually silent. A fully shielded drive mechanism suppresses internal and external vibrations and electromagnetic noise for consistent, precise playback. It is capable of playing all of the newer audio formats available to Blu-Ray which include Dolby TrueHD, dts HD Master Lossless and PCM up to 7.1. As a smart player, it allows you access to various things online like Netflix and YouTube. I have it hooked up using HDMI for the audio and video. Click image to view the rear of the player.

The Blu-Ray Player

The Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-Ray player is capable of playing the next generation of movies in full Hi-Definition, 1920 x 1080. It has gotten rave reviews for both  picture and audio quality for Blu-Ray disks as well as its ability to up-convert standard dvd's to 1080p. The audio connections include HDMI in 7.1 and analog in 5.1 channels, optical and coaxial digital audio, as well as the standard 2-channel audio. The video connections include HDMI, component, S-video and composite. It is capable of playing all of the newer audio formats available to Blu-Ray which include Dolby TrueHD, dts HD Master Lossless and PCM up to 7.1. I have it hooked up using HDMI for the audio and video. Click image to view the rear of the player.

The HD-DVD Player


The Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player is a Hi-Def player with a 1080i output. It plays standard dvd's as well as the newer HD-DVD format, not unlike the above blu-ray player. The hookup is also similar to the way I have the Panasonic player connected, with an hdmi cable handling the audio and video. It is capable of the newer audio formats available to HD-DVD which include Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital TrueHD. It is a welcome addition to the Holodeck, allowing us to enjoy all of the movies available to the Hi-Def formats. Click image to view the rear of the player.

The Front Projector (Thumbnail Images)


This is the projector (a Panasonic  PT-AE8000 LCD unit with a full Hi-Def resolution of 1920 x 1080) paired with a 106" Black Diamond 16:9 fixed screen. This amazing projector is capable of full 1080p 3D video and has beefy specs including a brightness of 2400 ansi lumens, a 500000:1 contrast ratio and is extremely versatile in its placement. This is due to the amount of image shift adjustment available. The projector is fed with a 36ft long HDMI Cable delivered from the equipment rack to the projector via a PVC conduit that runs behind the wall and above the ceiling. The projector is mounted 10ft 8in away from the screen using a CrimsonAV heavy-duty mount that drops the unit down by 34". Surge protection is accomplished with the Monster SW200 which can be seen in the last picture. Click on the images to enlarge.

The Projection Screen (Thumbnail Image & Videos)

The screen that I have recently installed is a Screen Innovations, Black Diamond 106" 16x9 screen with a gain of 1.4. "Black Diamond™ is the only screen material available that absorbs all of the unwanted ambient light in a room, making it a highly versatile screen solution for a wide variety of applications. Uniquely designed to resolve the negative visual effects that are caused by light scatter, the proprietary ambient light rejecting technologies enable Black Diamond to absorb ambient light above, below, and even in the path of the projector. Not only does this reduce light scatter over 75%, it also preserve the projector’s contrast by allowing only the projector’s light to be reflected back into the viewer’s eyes. This results in more than a 900% boost in contrast compared to what would be achieved in the same space with the same lighting with any other screen material, paint or surface treatment." The viewable area measures 92.5" x 52" (106" diagonal) and the total screen size is 99.5" x 57" and works amazingly in my home theatre room that suffers from ambient light. Click on the image above for a closer look at the front of the theatre and click on the three videos below to get some great information on the screen. You can also visit DIY Reviews here for some more great videos about this screen.