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It doesn't disturb her as much while she surfs facebook on her telephone?
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watched Cleveland nip New Orleans on RedZone today - that was satisfying on soooooo many levels.
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in the absence of a full on riser (just as a temporary measure mind you), what do you guys think of this :

http://www.amazon.com/Simplify-2998-...keywords=riser
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maybe posting a picture will bring some comments...

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How high do you need to go? My concern about them would be stability and the couch tipping off the risers. Also, the reviews seem to suggest the durability isn't that great.
Could you just bang together a couple 2x4s with some scrap plywood on top? You might even find enough in the cull lumber area at Big Orange to do this for a couple bucks. Just my .02.

Edit: what about just getting a couple cinder blocks. Those are cheap.
Edit2: You can often find pallets on CL for free. A couple of those or a couple stacked would likely get you high enough and have a stable platform.

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Or if you know you'll need a few sheets of plywood or something eventually, you could just go ahead and buy them. Just set the furniture on a stack of sheet goods.
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How high do you need to go? My concern about them would be stability and the couch tipping off the risers. Also, the reviews seem to suggest the durability isn't that great.
Could you just bang together a couple 2x4s with some scrap plywood on top? You might even find enough in the cull lumber area at Big Orange to do this for a couple bucks. Just my .02.

Edit: what about just getting a couple cinder blocks. Those are cheap.
Edit2: You can often find pallets on CL for free. A couple of those or a couple stacked would likely get you high enough and have a stable platform.
love the pallet idea. I agree that these don't look great. and lo and behold there appears to be free pallets in my area on CL so I've reached out to them.

So this is where I get a lot of hate mail from people I don't do any of my own DIY work unless its something I really understand well and if there's one thing I don't get at all, it's wood working. Plus we have absolutely zero tools for cutting wood at my house. Obviously that needs to change but for now that's where we're at. So I tend to seek out solutions that require a minimum of work until I can pay someone to do it right.

What's funny is that my wife doesn't mind doing the work at all, making our marriage the flip of most couples.
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I broke the rule that every single build thread talk about - don't buy the projector...

...I feel like a failure for giving in on the projector though
Don't feel too bad. Your're not the only one.

For several reasons, I had to settle for a two phase approach to our theater project.

Phase I was to include removing a wood burning stove and its platform, certain lighting changes, a riser, paint, carpet, and setting up a nearly new 65" plasma display on the wall where the screen will eventually go.

Phase II, once I save up the money (again ) for more extensive remodeling, would be to replace existing walls and ceiling using currently accepted sound isolation methods, installing better lighting, building a false wall with AT screen, installing screen and projector, upgrading some or all of my audio equipment, and some lighting and AV control system yet to be determined.

But here's where I screwed up: We turned on the display before the rest of the room was completed.

Last December we accelerated our work on Phase I to accommadate various contractors' schedules in the attempt to get the room usable during a Christmas party and a family visit over the holidays. We ended up getting all of Phase I done in time except for the track lighting, rope lighting on the riser, and touching up the paint from where the carpet installers and volunteer wood stove platform removal helper scuffed up a few spots. (Damage wouldn't have happened if we'd painted AFTER the platform was removed, like any sensible person would have done)

Anyway, it's been nine months since we first used the room in it's Phase .8 configuration. Still no rope or track lighting installed. All of the materials and equipment have been on hand the whole time.

Worse yet, it's now (American ) football season. I'm going to have to really ratchet up my commitment to get the lighting done any time soon.

Good luck!

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in the absence of a full on riser (just as a temporary measure mind you), what do you guys think of this :

http://www.amazon.com/Simplify-2998-...keywords=riser
You can get replacement feet for your sofa. That would give a cleaner look and would be far safer I would think. I found a few on amazon of different sizes. I'm considering using these over building a second mini riser.

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looks like the free wood pallets are no longer available - bummer, i really liked that idea.

I think I have a track on a cheap stereo rack though. Should get that this weekend.

Gotta start rethinking my wiring - Currently spending a ton of time plugging and unplugging things.
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so my batting average with Craigslist is about 50-50 right now

I bought a stereo cabinet to function as an AV Rack - didn't need anything fancy just something that would hold all my stuff. So this listing on Craigslist advertises a "Solid Oak Stereo Cabinet" for $50. I offered $20 and they accepted - that should have been my first warning, lol.

As soon as I picked it up, I could tell right away it was pressed woodfiber or whatever you call it, not any kind of oak. As soon as I got into my house and put it down it started coming apart. Two bottom pieces attached with pegs broke right off and took a lot of the surrounding wood with it. So I glued it all back together and it looks like crap, but it's still functional, so we'll call that a push.

On the plus side it's a pretty good stereo cabinet - more space than I really need but when it leaves my basement it will do so in pieces.

Still working out the riser - trying to decide if I'm going to wait for my wife to care about it or just for a cheap and dirty fix myself. The availability of free wood pallets will probably have a lot to do with my decision
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also I watched Gravity the other night. Meant to just watch a few minutes of it then go to bed but found myself unable to turn away. So pretty and so engrossing.

oh one more thing - are there cheap and dirty IR repeaters and/or reflectors? I just want something where I can point the remote forward, have that signal read by some device and then carry that signal to my AV rack and blast it back out.

My stereo is absolutely terrible about reading the remote and it's not the batteries.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers...rsr_e_1_5_last

looks like $20 - $50? anything work really well on the $20 side of that scale?

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oh one more thing - are there cheap and dirty IR repeaters and/or reflectors? I just want something where I can point the remote forward, have that signal read by some device and then carry that signal to my AV rack and blast it back out.
I found one for myself, so yes it exists.

If you're able to find one is another question of course.

Mine looks like this:

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I have no experience with this one, but I generally love Monoprice stuff. You would just need to add a 3.5mm extension cable and it looks like you'd be set.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
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I have no experience with this one, but I generally love Monoprice stuff. You would just need to add a 3.5mm extension cable and it looks like you'd be set.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
yah that one came up at amazon too. seems like the leader in the clubhouse. I just happen to have an extension cable as well.
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ooh question - while using my AT&T box I am getting a REALLY NASTY "SNAP" whenever I rewind or fast forward. It is really loud and makes me nervous that it is going to blow a receiver or my speakers or my ears.

Any ideas on that other than muting the speakers every time I want to FF/REW my DVR?

edit : seems to be a widespread problem - AT&T U-verse Audio Issues

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That's a bummer and those kind of issues are seldom solved externally by any other means.

You could of course make a macro on some advanced remote that does the mute first, that's the only thing I can think of.

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I know your current cabling situation has been a little unusual (I think, right?) - maybe you need to try some other connections to the cable box. That is to say, maybe the pop only comes through on one output.
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I know your current cabling situation has been a little unusual (I think, right?) - maybe you need to try some other connections to the cable box. That is to say, maybe the pop only comes through on one output.
I have no way to check hdmi since the receiver doesn't support it.

there is a second optical-in but based on what that other thread said I would assume the pop is originating with the u-verse box.

as far as my cabling goes, the power is certainly unusual and I would buy that as an explanation but the rest of it is optical cables and normal speaker wires so no, I don't think that would be it.
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Did you try switching to RCAs and see if you still get the same issue.

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Did you try switching to RCAs and see if you still get the same issue.
i would have to HAVE RCA's first

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watched Cap Am 2 (ripped MKV) last night and the damn WDTV froze three times! I was hopping mad. Also the remote on that thing is TERRIBLE. but once the movie gets rolling (IF it doesn't freeze) I'm pretty happy with it for an $80 set top box.

starting to understand the acoustics conversation a little better. I have to turn the sound up more than I would like to really hear the softer dialogue scenes but then I'm overblown when the explosions start, There's no balance to it at all. But that's because the sound is rifling through the entire basement instead of just the enclosed theater space. That won't get fixed anytime soon unless we win the lottery or sell our (previous) house.

speaking of which, mixed blessings - our tenant for the first year is moving out - she really got under our skin.

I also had my first experience with someone walking above where the projector is and watching the picture rattle all around - that was fun Fortunately it was only 2-3 seconds. I think having the projector below the kitchen will work out well because when I want to watch movies people aren't usually in the kitchen.
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JRock - If you get the cash, look into getting an Amazon Fire TV and running XBMC on top of it (or whatever they are calling it now...it's got a new name). You'll be WAY happier than your WDTV for your MKV files.
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JRock - If you get the cash, look into getting an Amazon Fire TV and running XBMC on top of it (or whatever they are calling it now...it's got a new name). You'll be WAY happier than your WDTV for your MKV files.
appreciate the suggestion - last I heard Amazon Fire had some problems doing surround sound correctly.

at the moment I've had few problems with the WDTV and overall I really like the simplicity of it.

Who knows - maybe we will sell our house and then we can get serious about the theater again.
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our biggest / weirdest problem right now is the smell in the basement coming from the sump pits.

Obviously when everything's closed off it won't be an issue but right now we're taking to using bleach to flush out the smelly hard ground water from there. It's not working all that great and it's only become a real big problem in the last 6 months or so - of course prior to building a movie screen we weren't spending a whole bunch of time down there...
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