After selling the last home I built,
I've been stuck in a tiny apartment for TOO Long!!!
So I bought one of our companies Show Homes in 2006 that I designed,
(Residential Architectural Design and Construction Engineering Tech)
and after waiting almost two years to take possession of my new home,
....I'm FINALLY IN!!!!
The agreement was my Company would rent the ShowHome back from me until the subdivision was sold out,
it was originally just supposed to be 12 months but ended up being double that as more land became available.
That was fine with me since all expenses were covered from Mortgage, Insurance, Taxes and Utilities.
So I've been reading and posting here for almost two years to the day,
and after stock-piling my tiny apartment with A/V components and speakers over the past two years,
the day has finally come to move my toys to a dedicated "Man-Cave"...and get into a real house again.
...a little background
My humble beginnings here at AVS, Sept 2006, 1 Bedroom 500 sq.ft. apartment.
an old 27" Mitsubishi CRT TV, Yamaha 5.1 AVR w/Yamaha 8" 85 watt powered sub,
5 Mission bookshelf speakers and a Yamaha progressive scan SD DVD player.
My first HD purchase Sept. 08/2006 was a Pioneer PDP-5070HD plasma,
Motorola HD STB (DCT-6200) cable box ...then things started snow-balling
Followed shortly by an XBOX 360 w/HD DVD drive, PS3, Yamaha RX-V661 for HDMI and 7.1 audio
Then in the Spring 07' I added some Larger Tower speakers (Mission) ebay score for half price and a real sub from Velodyne.
I ditched the XBOX HD-DVD add-on in favor of a Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for Lossless Audio and better upconversion...
Picked up a second Pioneer plasma (PDP-5080HD) Kuro in the Spring of 08',
so I could move the 5070 pioneer plasma to the Master Bedroom.
Another AVR upgrade (Yamaha RX-V1800), and found a second matching 12" Velodyne sub on sale, Half Price!
and added another Motorola HD PVR (DCT-3416) now that I had two TV's.
My ex-bachelor pad just a couple weeks before moving day to the new home
...still projector shopping will likely be a JVC or Epson
Lots of surround sound speaker too, I just couldn't resist stocking up
at half price when the local Mission dealer discontinued the M3i line.
Current Component list:
(updated regularly with every new purchase)
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080UB (Ultra Black) Projector
*NEW JVC DLA X750R (RS500) 4K E-Shift Projector!!!*
120" Motorized RichVision 1.3 Gain Screen w/wireless IR and RF remotes
Pioneer Kuro PDP-5080HD Plasma TV
*NEW LG 65" OLED 65B6P 4K/UHD/HDR TV*
Motorola HD PVR (DCT 3416) (*New Gateway XG1v3)
Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD
Sony BDP-S5100 Bluray
*New Panasonic DMP-UB900 4K Bluray Player*
XBOX 360 Elite (*New XBOX One)
PS3 80Gig (*New PS4)
*HDFury Integral video processor*
Yamaha RX-V3900 AVR 9.4 speaker configuration
(7.1 + 2 Front Presence channels, + 3 Extra Sub's)
*New Yamaha RX-A3050 and 7.4.4 Atmos/DTS:X*
using the old RX-V3900's amp section to power the 4 height speakers
M31i Front Presence
M34i L/R Towers
M31i Side Surround
M31i Back Surround
(*M30 FH + RH Speakers for Atmos/DTS:X)
2 x 12" Velodyne DPS-12's (Front L/R) ...200w/400w peak ea.
2 x 15" Velodyne DLS-5000R (Rear near field) ...1000w/2000w peak ea.
*New Custom Funk Audio 18.0 (x2) on order*
Power Conditioner/Surge Protection
Monster Power HDP 2500 Power Center (front components/plasma)
Monster Power HDP 1800 Power Center (rear subs/power recliners/projector)
Monster Power HDP 1250G+ Power Center (front subs)
Yamaha RX-V1800 AVR
PS3 60Gig (original launch 06' model)
Pioneer PDP5070-HD (Master Bedroom TV)
Samsung 26" LCD (Kitchen T.V.)
Motorola DCT 6200 HD STB (Master Bedroom)
Motorola DCX 3200 HD STB (Kitchen)
My New Home
New Built in 05' ShowHome, Two Storey with "un-finished" Basement.
3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath and about 700 sq.ft. per level ... about 4x the size of the old apartment.
A Former Show Home I actually designed/drafted in 2005, as Part of the deal from my employer...
it came fully decorated and furnished, stainless steel appliances and landscaping all included and a huge discount.
The plan for the basement man-cave is to start with wall mounting my 50" Kuro plasma
and eventually set up for a Projector/Screen (106"-120")
Now for the Fun stuff: using Google SketchUp
Back to reality...here's where I'm at now
Finished stairwell leading down to the future HT
Dedicated Theater area 14'-5" x 16'-9" x 7'-9" high = aprox 250 sq.ft.
I cant afford to finish the space as I really need a Garage first!
so this is going to be a long drawn out work-in-progress,
and to make things even more difficult,
I will need to work around all my gear after the room is full of furniture and AV gear.