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Pictures of this local theater have been seen in magazines and online most any time an article is written about a Star Wars themed home theater. Type "Star Wars Home Theater" into google, and a picture of this theater is first in the list. [smile]

Here is a quick pic I took from my phone last weekend before we shot the video below:
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The aesthetic and structure of this local home theater was designed byJamie Pauls of F1 Audio about 7 years ago now. Both Jamie and I worked with this Star Wars loving couple long before Seaton Sound or F1 Audio came to be. I was brought in to help with what started as a search for subwoofers to adequately fill the 20' x 30' x 12' shell of their basement theater with the intensity and excitement they were after. We started with a few SubMersives in the room while we started working on bigger plans. Now a few years later, it's time...

Before we begin renovations take a tour of this awesome, home theater and get a glimpse of what we have in store. With the help of local contractor Accurate Construction & Acoustics, we will be adding extensive acoustic treatment behind new fabric panels, upgrading the 126" wide solid screen to a massive, acoustically transparent, 170" wide screen from Seymour-Screen ExcellenceWolf Cinema's SDC-15 Ultra 4k projector, two 8' tall stacks of our new F18 subwoofers, and 11 Seaton Sound speakers to adding Dolby Atmos surround sound all controlled by Datasat's RS-20i surround processor.  The speaker compliment will be very similar to our display at Axpona 2016 with 3 Catalyst 12Cs behind the screen and flush in a baffle wall, 4 stacked F18s on each side of the center channel, 4 of the 30" tall Spark loudspeakers as surrounds, and 4 more Spark XC speakers mounted on the ceiling as height channels.  The project is expected to take 8-10 full working days to complete the physical renovations before audio and video can be fully connected and dialed in. We'll be adding a few more videos and a glimpse of the drawings I did for the renovation as we strip things back and make the improvements. Keep following this thread to watch the transformation.

Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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Day 1 of removing gear, protecting the carpet, entry way, removing the window frames, and installation of the front stage to provide an even work surface.  The stage was made for when the owners or their friends set up for a concert night where they pull the theater seats out and put ~20 chairs in the room.  I've been present for one of the concerts and the space transforms nicely.

The next step is to start opening up all of the black fabric areas on the side walls and create the front cavities for the Catalyst 12C main speakers and 8 F18s flanking the center channel.

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Speaker and subwoofer cavities are fabricated and fit, and no, I'm not a midget. [tongue] That's an 8.5 foot tall subwoofer cavity!

Columns and side walls have been opened up to allow thick acoustic treatment and more space behind for more effective midbass and low frequency control in the room. Behind the wall electric has been stripped back and the dedicated 20A circuits relocated for the Catalyst 12Cs being installed with separate power for LED speaker lighting and 3 new, overhead service lights behind the wall. Many thanks again to the team at Accurate Construction for the careful work in transforming the aesthetic design from Jamie Pauls of F1 Audio.

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A few more in-progress photos as we fit the huge screen frame and the fabric track was getting installed:

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Here is a peek at the very nice fabric track work by Accurate Construction that conceals 7" thickness of absorption and the rear Spark loudspeakers:
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Here you can see the Catalyst 12C's installed and 1 of the 2 F18 towers in place:
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All 8 F18's in place and the RGBW LED's installed on the left stack (mind you Jeremy on the ladder is 6' 1"):
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Yes, we have made some serious progress on this project, which is why updates here have been slow.  Here is the screen fit with all fabric in place.  Final connection of everything happens over the next 2 days with video and Dirac calibration early next week.  The fabric came out great and the owners love the update with the huge screen and clean front wall:
[SWHT-ScreenIn-1Mark] 

Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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Seaton Sound, Inc.
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Kain
Awesome! Wish I had a large room like that.
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smithmike53
Wow,  Someone is spending a TON of money on that room. Mark, Are 2 front channel speakers on stands or do they come that way? In the near future I am going to be switching completely over to your speakers. Love how big and tall the front channels are. Can't wait to get mine. Also, what's the deal with the sparks as of now?
Mike Smith
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Speaker and subwoofer cavities are fabricated and fit, and no, I'm not a midget. [tongue] That's an 8.5 foot tall subwoofer cavity!

Columns and side walls have been opened up to allow thick acoustic treatment and more space behind for more effective midbass and low frequency control in the room. Behind the wall electric has been stripped back and the dedicated 20A circuits relocated for the Catalyst 12Cs being installed with separate power for LED speaker lighting and 3 new, overhead service lights behind the wall. Many thanks again to the team at Accurate Construction for the careful work in transforming the aesthetic design from Jamie Pauls of F1 Audio.

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Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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audioguy
Would love to have that ceiling height in my room.
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Sands
G'Day Mark
When you get time, could you list what gear you are putting into this theatre, total watts, and the retail prices.
Thanks
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DC3
I'd like to experience that theater when it gets done....I like the ceiling height as well.  I have close to 9', but with the riser and a soffit on one wall it dips into the height.  Looks like a really fun project.  
Don
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smithmike53
calentz wrote:
I think it won't be Until mid next week. I have had the best luck using the phone.
 
  Thanks!
Mike Smith
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smithmike53 wrote:
Wow,  Someone is spending a TON of money on that room. Mark, Are 2 front channel speakers on stands or do they come that way? In the near future I am going to be switching completely over to your speakers. Love how big and tall the front channels are. Can't wait to get mine. Also, what's the deal with the sparks as of now?


Hi Mike,

The speakers in the video are the Catalyst 12C's on their matching stands.  Here is the speaker itself standing 38" tall:

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You can see in this thread how we set the pair up at RMAF 2014 on stands as a stereo pair:

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[RMAF-T-05] 
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The Sparks are very close to shipping.  We'll have a few units getting installed in the next few weeks.  I'll be posting plenty as soon as we're set to deliver them in a reasonable lead time.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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A few more in-progress photos as we fit the huge screen frame and the fabric track was getting installed:

[SWHT-Screenwall-1]  

Here is a peek at the very nice fabric track work by Accurate Construction that conceals 7" thickness of absorption and the rear Spark loudspeakers:
[SWHT-rear-fabric-start] 
Here you can see the Catalyst 12C's installed and 1 of the 2 F18 towers in place:
[SWHT-Screenwall-2]  
All 8 F18's in place and the RGBW LED's installed on the left stack (mind you Jeremy on the ladder is 6' 1"):
[SWHT-Screenwall-3red]
[SWHT-Screenwall-4blue]  

Yes, we have made some serious progress on this project, which is why updates here have been slow.  Here is the screen fit with all fabric in place.  Final connection of everything happens over the next 2 days with video and Dirac calibration early next week.  The fabric came out great and the owners love the update with the huge screen and clean front wall:
[SWHT-ScreenIn-1Mark]  
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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DC3
Looks great and I bet the impact will be intense.  The screen size is really nice...definitely an improvement given the depth of the space.  
Don
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audioguy
THAT will be a killer sounding room!!!  Any Seaton Subs elsewhere in the room to provide improved seat to seat variance and better over all FR? I agree that the front wall looks more impressive and imposing.  With an RS20i in that theater [and all of the benefits it provides over virtually everything else with the possible exception of the Trinnov], along with your speakers, that may well be the best (sounding) theater you have participated in.  I know Art's theater must be impressive but this room has tons of woofage!!!

Too bad that guy is in Chicago.  Not much chance of me getting to hear it.
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Kain
LOL, the 12C looks like the 8C in the pics.
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calentz
Are there any concerns about all that woofage behind the screen causing it to shake?
Carl
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Kain
calentz wrote:
Are there any concerns about all that woofage behind the screen causing it to shake?


Would like to know too.
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Mark_Seaton
calentz wrote:
Are there any concerns about all that woofage behind the screen causing it to shake?


The woven Screen Excellence 4k Enlightor fabric does work quite well in this regard, but in retrospect I would have given even more depth spacing between the screen and subwoofer face.  Fortunately any moving of the screen is fore-aft and at these frequencies it moves as one large piece rather than causing ripples.  So far I couldn't see any distortion in the picture when pushing the subs.  This one probably pushed the limits of how much subwoofer you want to stick behind the screen vs fabric around it.

We did a quick listen last night just running the LCR Catalyst 12Cs and 8x F18s.  I ran a couple quick measurements from the listening position and was impressed with where we are starting before running Dirac.  The effortless power behind the system feels akin to driving a V12 luxury car around town.  It sounds full and pleasant on soundtrack music, and then really jumps when things get intense. [eek]

Height channels are hung and connected to the Datasat RS20i with the projector now in place and connected.  This afternoon I'll be installing the 4 Spark surrounds (30" tall, 8" coax with dual 8" PRs), and getting the system functional for the weekend where full calibration will be done Monday-Tuesday.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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We are still dialing in some production details of the passive crossover and the very tight fit of all the internals, but here are 4 of the first dozen Spark XC1s getting built up:

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Here you can see the front left and right height channels in the top of this photo I took yesterday:
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A quick run of a few clips from Interstellar was quite the moving experience [eek] :
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Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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Stereodude
I think you have some gremlins in the system Mark!

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Stereodude wrote:
I think you have some gremlins in the system Mark!



Yes, you can see the Wampa still likes to cause problems... even as a throw rug.  He is a little bit reflective with such a large screen now. [wink]

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Mark Seaton
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Stereodude
Mark_Seaton wrote:
Yes, you can see the Wampa still likes to cause problems... even as a throw rug.  He is a little bit reflective with such a large screen now. [wink]

[image] 

Oh, so that's what it is...  The angle of the shot makes it look like a little white gremlin climbing up the riser, at least to me.
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MikeDuke
I am just going to say wow and leave it at that.  It's one of the most impressive systems I have ever seen.  I do have one question though.  Not counting subs, how many speakers are in this system.  Is it 11?  Is it 11 plus the 6 atmos speakers?  I am just wondering.  And how was the power setup in this room.  Is each speaker plugged into it's own outlet (I assume they are all 20A outlets.)  Or is there a s central location that they are all plugged into.  If it has already been mentioned, sorry [confused], it was probably because I was in a daze with the awesomeness of this theater.
I simply love this stuff.
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