Bill's Home Theater
 

I've been tinkering around with home theater for many years now, but generally had never made an effort to do much more than attach various surround speaker configurations to a bargain receiver, then watch movies on a standard format (4:3) TV.  Since Bonnie and I moved into a new home in Tucson, Arizona early in 2004, I thought this might be a good time to start assembling  a "world class" theater.  Although I think the home theater shown below falls short of being world class, I'm getting closer.  OTOH, movies at home sound and look much better than at pay theaters, so I must be doing something right.  What's even better is that there's nobody behind me talking or kicking the seat!  :)

Note that all autographed pictures and posters were photographed outdoors in order to take advantage of the better lighting.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!


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The front of the home theater (HT).  If it looks like we're sitting too close to the screen, our seating position is comparable to sitting in the center of a full-size movie theater.  Under the TV is an Axiom VP150 center channel speaker, and under the speaker a little to the left is an 875 watt APC UPS.

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Starting with this photograph, I am taking pictures while moving clockwise around the room.  Beginning at the front left corner of the HT is an SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer rated at 525 watts.
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On the wall next to the subwoofer is a photograph, signed by Frank Sinatra.
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An Axiom M80ti speaker at the left.  The components in the cabinet from top to bottom are a Pyle PT4601AIU 500W receiver used to power 2 pairs of outdoor speakers (requiring over 400' [30 lbs] of HD speaker wire), Oppo UDP-203 UHD player (on top of the player is a pair of Sennheiser RF-180 wireless headphones), Sony STR-DN1040 HT receiver, Comcast DVR and a Marantz CD5004 CD/MP3 player.

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The television is a 2014 Vizio 702ui-B3 4K TV.
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I filled the bottom of this cabinet with HT equipment.  Since I had no more HT stuff to store away, my wife used the top of the cabinet for her cut glass.  At the right is another Axiom M80ti speaker.

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A 2nd SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer rated at 525 watts.
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Signed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
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Blank tapes, music CD's and cassette music tapes ~ there's still room for growth! :)
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Signed by Al Pacino, Steve Bauer, Robert Loggia and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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The side and rear surrounds are two pairs of Axiom quadpolar QS8 speakers, wall-mounted at each side and at both corners of the rear of the HT.

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Every good HT needs a fireplace for those cold evenings!  :)
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Signed by Danny Glover and Mel Gibson.
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Signed by Doris Day ~ the letter was from Ms. Day to ME!!
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Signed by Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, John Williams, Drew Barrymore, Steven Spielberg and Dee Wallace Stone.
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Signed by Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Kurt Russell and Bill Paxton.
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The top row of remote controls have all been replaced by the URC Home Theater Master MX-850 shown horizontally at the bottom of the picture.
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No HT would be complete without comfortable seating.  These are La-Z-Boy rocking recliner home theater chairs.
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In a hallway near the HT is my DVD and BD collection.  The knick-knacks are there to save space for future movie purchases!  :)
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For daylight viewing, these motorized rolling shutters eliminate all reflected light from the 65" TV screen!  Note that the swirls do not exist ~ they were created by my quirky thumbnail program.



You may use any of the above pictures for any purpose and may do so without giving me credit.  Note that these pictures have been downsized for those with slow connection speeds.  If you'd like copies of the original JPG pictures, send me an E-mail telling me which pictures you want and I'll be happy to send the original pictures to you at no charge!


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