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Home Theater (34 photos)(4.9) (139 ratings)
***THESE PICTURES ARE NOT UP TO DATE***
Welcome to our home theater. My wife and I wanted to keep a very clean look with equipment that blends into our house's design. This means hiding cables as much as possible. Here is the list of our system:
-Panasonic Plasma 50inch 1080p (Calibrated with Spears & Munsil)
-Marantz SR5005 AVR (not shown)
-Emotiva XPA-3 Amplifier
-PlayStation 3 80GB
-Pro-Ject Debut III custom color:) (not shown)
-Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge
-Cambridge Audio 640p Phono Preamp
-Aperion Verus Grand Center (not shown)
-Aperion Verus Grand Towers (Not shown...Emp Tek E5Ti towers pictured)
-Axiom QS8 v3 Surrounds
-KnuKonceptz SS Karma 10 gauge Speaker Wire w/ Nakamichi BFA Plugs
-Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus Sub Woofer
-Behringer DSP 1124P (sub woofer correction)
-Clark Synthesis TST239 Silver Tactile Transducer (not shown)
-Custom 250W RMS continuous BASH Amp (power transducer)(not shown)
-Harmony 900 Remote (need/love the RF)
-Lenovo Multimedia Keyboard/Mouse for HTPC
-Logitech diNovo Mini keyboard/mouse for PS3
-DIY 3 inch Acoustic Panels (x7)
-DIY 4 inch Triangle Bass Traps (x3)
I have 3 computers connected to my home theater. The first is an energy efficient HTPC that acts as our DVR that can be accessed by the 3 other TVs in the bedrooms. It also acts as a server for the house laptops and computers, so this computer is always on. The second computer is a gaming rig. It... well plays PC games. I also use it for more intensive computing such as photo/video editing. The third is our home security (cameras, alarm, etc). That is built and hidden into the wall.... somewhere...
NOTE ABOUT RATING:
Though a rating would be nice, I would appreciate some constructive feedback. I know my setup is not perfect, and I would enjoy some tweak suggestions. If it is something I can/want to do, then great. If not, then thank you for the feedback anyway. Regardless of the score given, I will not hunt you down and try to get a higher score. The number given means less to me than a possible discussion on how to make my setup better. Thanks in advance.
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With the HTPC on.
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Gaming PC. Desktop is a picture of Piazza San Marco I took when my wife and I backpacked Italy last year.
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I bought a Paradigm CC390 to compare with the Intimus 6C. After a 3 continuous days of break in and 1 week of testing, we chose the Intimus 6C. I wrote a small review of the speaker and its comparison against the Paradigm and our previous speaker, the Polk CS20.
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Onkyo AVR and Cambridge Audio 640P Preamp (for the turntable). The 640P is a significant improvement from the built in phono preamp in the AVR.
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On the left is the drawer for the PCs. The keyboard and mouse are for the gaming rig. There are 2 USB hubs in that drawer: one for the gaming rig (you can see it on the right side of the drawer), the other for the HTPC (hidden).
The right drawer is for the PS3. Again, there is a USB hub for the PS3 inside the drawer so there are no dongles hanging from the unit on top.
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My father in law gave us his old turn table and some of his records a few months ago. My wife and I have been hooked on vinyl ever since. We have upgraded our initial TT to an Audio Technica PL120 w/ an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. Since coming over and listening to some records in our modest setup, my FIL has since got BACK into vinyl. My wife and I found him an old Technics TT that I fixed.
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Ortofon 2M Red
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This is the starter button for a 2003 Honda S2000. It is the power switch for the gaming rig. Few years ago, I was looking for a part for my S2000 and found this on a salvage website. I had to have it:).
I originally wanted a "Go Baby Go" button and a military toggle switch labeled "Nitrous" like Gone in 60 Seconds. Unfortunately, that became too much, so the idea was scrapped.
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Harmony 900. I love being able to control music from the kitchen or backyard. The Lenovo keyboard/mouse, also RF, controls the HTPC.
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Right surround speaker w/ our new piece furniture for our record collection. My wife and I just got into vinyl and our little collection is steadily growing.
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I wired some LED lights and added a trigger switch so the light comes on when the door opens.
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After some research, I narrowed our surround choices to the Axiom QS8 and the Aperion 5DB. I posted the comparison and mini review here:
[URL="http://forum.blu-ray.com/home-theater-galleries/139421-kali157s-home-theater-2.html#post3587827"]I posted the comparison and mini review here.[/URL]
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Axiom QS8 v3 Surrounds. I wanted to drop my left surround about 2 feet from the ceiling. Unfortunately, a mount like that does not exist (especially something that can handle a 15 lb speaker). So I had to make one. At its current height, the speakers are 3.25 ft above ear level.
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A close up of the acoustic panels I built. All the panels have 3 inches of Roxul Rockboard 60 (6lb/cuft). I beveled the edges to give it a more finished look like ATS Acoustic panels. Total cost of all 7 panels and 3 triangle bass traps is under $110. I even had enough acoustic fiberglass left over to fill the painting over the mini couch.
I wrote my thoughts on the acoustic panels and bass traps on my HT Thread:
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The front stage acoustic treatments.
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All 3 triangle bass traps have 30 inch sides and have 4 inches thick of acoustic fiberglass.
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My wife fell in love with this painting while we were in Seville, Spain. When we got home, I found someone and commissioned him to paint it for significantly less than the dealer's price. We were even able to augment the size and the colors slightly to our taste.
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Ahh... our leather chairs. We LOVE these. They sit across from the HT and are very comfortable.
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This one is mine. I am trying to convince my wife to put a corner bass trap behind the chair.
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Our Blu/DVD collection in our "wine/liquor cellar"
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Here is the other side of the plasma wall. It is actually and unfinished "office" option on our house that is part of the garage. I initially envisioned building a home theater here. But several factors deterred me. First was money: we are trying to travel as much as we can right now, so that is where most of our expendable income is going. Second was just flow of the house. We have company over quite a bit (we cook quite a bit), and what I like about our current set up is that people can flow from the kitchen to the home theater seamlessly. I think having a home theater in another room breaks up the guests. The negative is I can't have 7.1 in my living room b/c of the proximity of the couch to the wall.
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Emotiva XPA-3 has made a big difference in our system's overall sound. Low volume is now VERY clear w/ more detail and high volume does not become strained or fatiguing. Speakers now sound very natural at any (well most) db levels.
The Behringer provides some fine tuned bass management.
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These are 2 of the PCs hooked up to the HT. The top (blue front), is the HTPC/Home Server. The one below is the gaming rig.
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I added a 2nd dedicated 20 amp line to our equipment in the garage. So the equipment in the living room has its own 20 amp line and the garage has its own.
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Our dog Sophie loves listening to vinyl, too! She just doesn't like it very loud.
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Gratuitous dog pic. This is what we wake up to each morning.
Thanks for coming to our home theater.
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