Today’s post isn’t FIFA orientated I’m afraid, but wanted to keep regular content flowing on the blog, and as most of the readers will know, for the last month or so I have been converting a room at home from an old disused office, into a dedicated movie/games room, and as such, equipment has been disconnected whilst being moved around, what with spending most of my free time in the evenings and at weekends working on the conversion project, I haven’t had as much free time for gaming, and progressing my FIFA 19 career.
So with no Further FIFA gaming since last week I thought I’d provide a quick update on the games room, for those that are interested, if not, you can stop reading from this point on 🙂
The room in question is a back bedroom, a small room, measuring only 8.6 foot by 7 foot with a small alcove cut into it which houses and in-wall cupboard, it was up until recently being used as a psuedo-office, with a large L-shaped corner desk housing my iMac computer and USB DJ Controllers.
I sold the iMac a while ago after receiving a 2018 Macbook pro laptop with touch bar, from then on the office room became redundant and was used unintentionally as a bit of a ‘dumping ground’, somewhere we’d just put bits we couldn’t find room for, presents over xmas, old packaging etc, it started to resemble something off that hoarders Tv show, which irritated my OCD minimal clean decor brain somewhat, so it was on the back of this that i decided to make use of the room and convert it into a dedicated games and movie room.
The room started off with magnolia painted walls, and a very thin worn old beige carpet, remnants from the days when we first bought the house and rented it out, the first job was obviously to spruce it up, baring in mind that a projector would be used in this room, it needed to be as dark as possible to minimise ambient light, with the window being directly opposite the screen wall.
All skirting and coving was freshened up and sanded down and re-painted, then a nice new deep pile silver/grey carpet with cloud 9 underlay went down, and wallpaper on to the bare walls, a light grey tinged with silver specks round most of the room with the feature wall (screen wall) housing a black/silver geometric style pattern wallpaper.
The ceiling was painted with a matt Black CinemaMatte paint which soaks up ambient light and reduces light bounce on to the screen, and added a glitter additive which when dried, you rub over and it breaks the head off the paint and lets the glitter pieces sparkle through, kind of simulating a starry night type sky effect, a much cheaper and easier alternative to the very fancy method of fitting optical fibre cables into ceiling panels and wiring into the mains.
A 2-spot spotlight was also fitted with wiFi enabled bulbs, allowing me to control the colour, tone, temperature and brightness of each bulb or as a group direct from my phone
A crushed velvet 2 seater sofa was fitted into the recess at the back wall (not shown in the picture) which facilitates a seating position approx 7 feet from the screen.
All cabling has been trunked around the bottom of the room snug to the top of the skirting boards so is very discreet, using silver sprayed trunking for the grey walls, and black D-Line decorative trunking on the black wall.
There is a low profile Black ash cabinet against the screen wall housing the PS4, Apple Tv, Sky box and AV receiver, with space for more equipment to be added.
The sound system I have used is a Yamaha YHT1840 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTX surround sound system, shown below:
I have the PS4, Apple TV and SKY Q boxes connected into the AV receiver via HDMi 2.2, the AV unit has 4 HDMi inputs, then one high-grade 12 foot long, HDMi over optical cable trunked around the room going to the projector, and using HDMi ARC (Audio Return Channel) which means I only have one output going into the projector, and the AV Unit handles the source switching, The picture is sent from each device into the AV Unit, then out to the projector to display the image, the projector then sends the sound back down the HDMi ARC into the AV Unit which then encodes/decodes the soundtrack and routes it around the 6 surround speakers.
The end result is a 85″ Full HD screen, with a 7 foot viewing distance at a 28 degree angle from eye line (Cinemas are designed with an optimal viewing angle of 30 degrees from all positions), with full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
I have also added mobile controlled LED lighting to the back of the equipment unit, which syncs with the LED controlled wifi spotlight, to give an ambient low lighting effect.
My next update will be to add an Nvidia shield unit which runs on Android Oreo 8.1 and features a fully functional Google play store for installing apps, games emulators etc, and provides wireless gaming functionality, I will also setup the IPTV service I have on that which gives me an additional 2,800 channels from around the world, including all UK movies, sports, US channels and all PPV/subscription channels.
Also a mini drinks chiller and popcorn maker are till to go in to the room for a truly authentic mini-cinema feel.
All cabling, HDMi over optical, and networking is running over the new Vodafone Gigabit broadband, at 950mb+ per sec speeds.
I will update this post with some video footage in due course.