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This is Michael. "I'm a fire lieutenant in Connecticut," he says. "Here we are at one of the higher mountains where I took an advanced rope rescue class." 

His home theater kicks ass. Check it out.

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Michael says "The Lazy Dog is actually our very lazy chocolate lab Emmy."

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The theater chairs are equipped with four Buttkicker transducers that shake the seats and floor.

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The candy display is functional -- just lift the door and help yourself to your favorite movie-time snack.

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The restaurant booth allows you to eat and watch the movie.

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Michael says: "I made the mountain out of spray foam and glue. I painted it, sprayed it with beach sand, then airbrushed details such as cracks. The screen is a 106-inch Stewart." 

We didn't ask him why he built the mountain. 

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Michael says: "This rack is in the basement just below the theater, cool and dry. The LAN cabinet has supplemental cooling fans that activate if needed. This way you don't hear fans running while you're watching a movie."

In this rack:

Buttkicker amp (pulled for repair)

DVR from cable company

Russound controller for whole house audio

Denon amp for whole house audio source

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 amp for theater

Russound amp for whole house audio

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Here's the second rack, located in the theater because it doesn't get hot enough to need cooling. 

It contains: 

Panamax power conditioner

Sony Blu-ray player

Sony 300-disc DVD player

Kenwood equalizer

Keyboard to add labels to the DVDs

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Speaking of cooling, there's beer on tap. "My wife's a nurse," Michael says, "hence the sign."

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Island Oasis frozen margarita machine.

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