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Glenn's Texas-sized home theater will make you jealous

Show Us Yours: After you see this Dallas native's home-theater, you might get inspired to concoct own audio-visual feast for your abode.

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David Carnoy

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This is Glenn. He's from Dallas. Most people would think his home theater looks pretty finished, but he says it's "very much a work in progress."

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Glenn says his ultimate goal is to "have the best possible aural experience using the latest technology and keep everything within a Cinemascope screen."

Here's his equipment list:

Screen Innovations 120-inch 2.35:1 ratio Cinemascope Slate Zero Edge screen

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030

Revel by Harman F206 tower speakers

Revel by Harman C208 center-channel speaker

4x Revel by Harman W990 for the surrounds 

2x Revel by Harman C783 ceiling Atmos speakers

2x Klipsch RS-115SW subwoofers

Marantz SR7010 AV Receiver

Nvidia Shield TV

The components were all bought from and installed by Home Pro. The audio tuning was done by local Revel Audio techs.

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He says the first time he laid his eyes on the 120-inch Screen Innovations Cinemascope Zero Edge Slate he knew he had to have it. At the time, options were limited for 2.35:1 screens with a thin border. Now Elite Screens has a similar line for about a quarter of the price. 

Working with a Cinemescope screen and a 16:9 projector has its challenges. In effect, he has to zoom a 16:9 movie to fill the Cinemascope screen. This puts the black bars above and below the screen where they can't be seen. There is some resolution loss, but nothing Glenn notices.

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These are Palliser Rhumba seats, configured in a single curved row a few feet ahead of the rear surround speakers and directly under the Atmos speakers in the ceiling. They're motorized and very comfortable.

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In the future Glenn plans to add two additional Atmos speakers, Acoustimac graphic acoustic panels and either a native 2.35:1 projector or one capable of using an anamorphic lens.

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The seating from another angle.

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That device between the seats? Glenn says he uses Nvidia's Shield TV to stream PC games from his gaming rig a few rooms over. Custom resolutions are configured to allow the games to run in Cinemascope.

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Glenn bought two configurable LED strips for the screen after he mounted it. He says they really help give the screen a floating effect when nothing is projected on it.

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From another angle.

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Epson's PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 projector.

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The projector from below.

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Glenn chose the Marantz SR7010 because it supports Atmos, DTS-X and Auro 3D -- there's a small but growing library of movies with these audio formats.

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Glenn says his Revel F206 tower speakers "provide crisp and clear imaging for both music and movies."

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The center-channel Revel C208 is no slouch either, according to Glenn. However, he feels it's too low and is looking at options to mount it to the wall just under the screen.

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This "in-wall" speaker is actually mounted flush with the ceiling. It's the Atmos "height" speaker.

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The front speakers: left/right towers flank dual subwoofers and the center-channel speaker.

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Rear surround speakers, also mounted in the wall.

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One of two Klipsch RS-115SW subwoofers. He says he started with a single Revel B110, but the 10-inch sub was not enough for the levels he was looking for. Two of the Klipsch subs got him what he wanted -- and more.

"At roughly 750 each the output is staggering," Glenn says. "You feel the bass more than you hear it. The sweet spot is about 33 percent of the volume. Anything more will pull things off the walls."

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Lights off with LED strips in effect. 

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All four sconce lights have a GE link bulb controlled by a Philips Hue Bridge. 

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Closeup view of one of the Klipsch RS115SW subwoofers.

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You thought that was it? No, there's actually a game room on the other side of the media room. The rack you see is where all the media equipment lives that powers the main home theater room.

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Glenn says he's looking at installing a contemporary barn door to separate the two rooms.

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This rack also houses power management.

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PS4 in the side gaming room.

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PS4 controllers in the side gaming room.

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Xbox One and Wii U.

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That's a wrap on Glenn's home theater, folks. If he updates the room and sends us more pics, we'll update the showcase. 

If you want to see more of CNET's Show Us Yours showcases, click here. We've got plenty more. 

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