I have a pretty cool home theater in my loft, which is
nearing completion as I write this (June 2001). The main
work left is installation of blinds on the windows and
skylights, and further work on the remote control and
automation of everything. This page gives an overview of
the system - check here
for more details.
The pictures below show what the main room of my loft looks
like with and without the home theater equipment in place.
In the left hand picture you can see the screen retracted at
the top of the end wall. In the right hand picture, the
screen is down and you can also see the projector hanging down
from the ceiling at the top of the picture. It's a very
bright projector (2500 lumens), which means that the image is
reasonable even in daylight, as you can see in this photo.
Because of this environment, a bright projector was important
to me - in a room where you always watched in the dark
projector with lower brightness would be fine.
The lift mechanism is the most unique thing about my home
theater setup. It uses a scissor lift from Display
Devices, with the "bomb bay door" option, and
with a custom wooden case. To see the lift in action,
look at the following videos (you will need a reasonably up to
date version of Windows Media Player).
Neither video shows the lift in its fully down position (it
takes about 50 seconds to come all the way down - or up - and
my digital camera, which is the easiest way for me to capture
video clips, will only take about 35 seconds at a time).
The following pictures show more detail of the lift mechanism.
Inputs that can be displayed on the big screen include DVD
(which gives the best quality picture by far), DirecTV
satellite TV, in conjunction with a TiVo Personal Video
Recorder, VHS tapes, and a PC with a fast DSL internet
connection and a wireless keyboard and mouse. Additional
audio inputs include a Bang and Olufsen 6 CD player, radio
tuner, Super Audio CD (using the DVD player), and MP3 files
via the PC. For more details check here.