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post #1291 of 1298 Old 12-25-2014, 11:30 AM - Thread Starter
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I'll be hanging around to see how your bar build goes. I know you are confined by your room and with want you want to do regarding the sides and rear speakers and wall mounting is not really a viable option as per your layout. Since the rears and sides are supporting cast members in this whole theater surround sound thing, I'd say that IMHO in-ceiling speakers will fit the bill very nicely.

You are detail oriented and are handy to boot so I's say that with all of your talent you can pull this off pretty handily. Now get to work!

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Thanks for the compliments, RT!

I have a couple pieces of bamboo plywood laying around that I might use to make the bar top. Could be really nice, you know?

The bar row is mostly so I can get more seating in there. I worried about that when I built the place originally but I think this will help tremendously.
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My theater is roughly 20 feet deep. I wish I had about two more feet width (making it roughly 15.5 feet wide) and about 5-6 deeper so I had room to add a bar top seating area. That would be very nice for the games and whatnot because it is awkward to eat in actual theater chairs and then it would be nice from time to time to have the extra seating. Like for example when my oldest has all of his buddies and their buddies over and have 15 people in my 7 seat theater.

Looking forward to seeing the time lapse of this little endeavor come together.

On an unrelated note but something that you can identify with, my youngest son 16 has taken a keen interest in photography this past year and for Christmas this year we bought him a Nikon D3200 as his first DSLR. He has had the use of my old Minolta 35mm SLR but this is his first foray into a solid DSLR platform. Bonus is that I can use it when he isn't, but that will be awhile until the newness wears off.

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I would second the idea of going ahead and at least wiring for atmos while you are at it. If Atmos doesn't pan out, receivers are now also starting to incorporate auro 3D format which can take other formats and retro-fit to them. From almost any review I have found, it is really incredible so far.

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On an unrelated note but something that you can identify with, my youngest son 16 has taken a keen interest in photography this past year and for Christmas this year we bought him a Nikon D3200 as his first DSLR. He has had the use of my old Minolta 35mm SLR but this is his first foray into a solid DSLR platform. Bonus is that I can use it when he isn't, but that will be awhile until the newness wears off.
Fantastic! I hope he really enjoys it. I started around 16 too and have scarcely put down a camera since.

OK, distraction time.

I've been noodling around with my little system upstairs in the living room. This system is all about the headphones. The speakers are just there for parties and listening to during dinner. :-)


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The last two items are the new additions.

I stumbled across the free media player called Volumio that is designed to run on the very cheap board computer called the Raspberry Pi. For $40, an SD card, and a $20 USB WiFi adapter I was able to load up a full-featured media server that can access my Synology NAS.

Next I hooked up the Musical Fidelity V-Link via USB to the Raspberry Pi to avoid the truly awful analog stage of the computer. Finally I hooked up the Toslink from the V-Link to the Decco Integrated Amp and pure bliss happened.

I'm rediscovering albums that I've forgotten about and jumping from song to song just like I used to in my hardcore two-channel days.

The Raspberry Pi is perfectly suited to this task and the price is insane. Combined with the V-Link (or any DAC, really) you're able to listen to up to 24/192KHz files streamed from a server, via local USB storage, or even via a local RAM disk for the ultimate in reductive componentry.

There's a company out there called HiFiBerry that makes a DAC and a Digital output board for the Raspberry Pi. These add another $40 or $50 respectively but still you're talking about a total investment of a mere $100-$140 for a truly top-end playback device.

I'm currently tapping my toes to one of my favorite old records (Tori Amos 'Boys for Pele') but I'm about to switch over to some files I bought from HDTracks today.
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All of that intrigues me. I have a qnap NAS that is still in the box and have yet to hook up, along with a 5 port switch. My current situation is I don't have enough ports on the airport extreme to wire my whole rack. Instead I want to locate the qnap right above my rack, with the switch that will cut down on cabling running through the ceiling to where the airport extreme is located. It will all be a little time-consuming so it has just been sitting there for a while. I honestly still toy with the idea of a real HTPC but troubleshooting issues is still my main concern. I am truly impressed with your ability to get things like you stated above going so smoothly.

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All of that intrigues me. I have a qnap NAS that is still in the box and have yet to hook up, along with a 5 port switch. My current situation is I don't have enough ports on the airport extreme to wire my whole rack. Instead I want to locate the qnap right above my rack, with the switch that will cut down on cabling running through the ceiling to where the airport extreme is located. It will all be a little time-consuming so it has just been sitting there for a while. I honestly still toy with the idea of a real HTPC but troubleshooting issues is still my main concern. I am truly impressed with your ability to get things like you stated above going so smoothly.
That's nice of you to say. Thanks! I suppose that I've been doing this network stuff for so long that it just comes as second nature to me at this point.

I've really enjoyed my HTPC but even I get annoyed with troubleshooting it. HTPCs and audio servers are certainly a hobby all on their own and you really have to love them to make them work in your home.

Qnap and Synology are both really good vendors. They've tried really hard to make it easy. Take Friday off of work and go play with it, man!
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After watching nearly all of your videos on YouTube a few weeks back, I was wondering when I'd stumble on your AVS thread. Much was learned from your vids - thank you very much!

My favorite feature is your CNC-created wave art... things. Honorable mention to your wife for being so supportive! I can only hope mine will be half as much when I get started on mine.
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After watching nearly all of your videos on YouTube a few weeks back, I was wondering when I'd stumble on your AVS thread. Much was learned from your vids - thank you very much!

My favorite feature is your CNC-created wave art... things. Honorable mention to your wife for being so supportive! I can only hope mine will be half as much when I get started on mine.
Thanks for the compliments! Maybe your wife might enjoy the videos? I kept my wife involved in a lot of the discussion and she's a really handy sort of person anyway so she enjoyed participating in the painting, etc.
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