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  • Home Theater Rebuild (again!) (May 2012) - It’s that time again: upgrade time! I’ve moved to a new home in Santa Cruz and I now have the wall space to do a super widescreen (2.4 by 1) in a Constant Image Height (CIH) setup and do it big: 12 feet wide by 5 feet tall!  Sweet!  And I’ll give 3D a try […]
  • Glenn & Michele’s New Home Theater (January 2010) - Photos from the weekend-long build-out of my brother’s new home theater system in Portland, Oregon:  
  • Projector Review: JVC RS-1 (April 2007) - Well, my JVC RS-1 has arrived. I’ve spent five or six hours with it trying different sources and comparing it to my existing Sony HS-20 projector. This is my mini-review including additional notes I made in December 2007.
  • Home Theater Rebuild in HD! (March 2007) - Well, I’m in!  Finally it’s time for 1080p high definition! There’s a newcomer that’s currently getting all the attention on the various home theater forums around the world. It’s JVC’s DILA implementation at the full HD 1080p resolution, the DLA-RS1 or DLA-HD1 – two different model numbers but they’re identical apart from the casing and […]
  • New Projector: Sony VPL-HS20 (October 2003) - Okay, back in February of 2002 I said I didn’t expect to upgrade my home theater projector until full HDTV resolution was available, but I spoke too soon. It looks like affordable full HDTV projector resolution is still years off, so I’ve just sprung for the new Sony VPL-HS20.  It boasts much improved contrast, more […]
  • Screen Material Testing (February 2000) - This is an old write-up and screen shots from some screen material testing I did back in February of 2000 when I built my home theater around the Sony VPL-VW10HT.  I tested mostly product from Da-Lite but also a single sample from Stewart. Please keep in mind that both companies now have many newer materials to […]
  • Home Theater Based on the Sony VPL-VW10HT (February 2000) - This is an archive of my original home theater page based around the Sony VPL-VW10HT video projector. It includes lots of screenshots as well as information about projector technology and tips for setting up a system.

Home Theater Related Sites and Forums

AVScience Forums — Extremely popular and extensive forum discussions on everything to do with Home Theater.

More excellent forums: Home Theater Forum  |  Home Theater Talk  |  The Digital Theater  |  Home Theater Spot

ProjectorPeople.com — This is where I bought my projector in early 2000 for about $5800. It was a competitive price and I appreciated how I was kept appraised of my position on the waiting list that existed when this projector first became available. I’ve checked their prices again (one year later) and they do still seem competitive.

Medical Video Systems — This is where I got my Da-Lite projection screen and my ceiling mount for the projector. They were very helpful (even through the dealing with Da-Lite and the shipping company when the screen frame arrived damaged). I also ordered my new JVC DLA-RS1 projector from them after finding that they were quite competitive with the few other dealers I could locate early in the release of this projector.

ProjectorCentral.com — Their site includes professional and user reviews and provides the ability to search for current prices for any projector model.

The Digital Bits — News, reviews, and rumors on all things DVD.

Here’s a whole gaggle of Home Theaters at www.hometheaterforum.com.

Manufacturers of Home Theater screens:  DA-LITE  |  Stewart  |  Draper

It’s worth noting that there is a great difference in pricing of screens of different material, different frame types, and from different manufacturers. My screen and frame was under $800 in May of 2000 while others of the same size can cost over $2000.

Unlimited DVD rentals from NetFlix.com — This is pretty cool! It’s a DVD subscription rental service which allows you to keep several DVD’s at home for as long as you want (two, four, or eight titles at a time) for $15 – $25/month. Really convenient! I just add titles to my rental queue whenever I hear of something interesting. When I send a title back (shipping is included), then the next item on my list gets shipped out automatically. I always have four unwatched titles on hand!