Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
Might as well just make them all 20s. Don't forget room outlets and lighting
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
we need to review your existing panel and inventory the number of available slots.
You will also need a double slot for the anticipated HVAC.
you might want a slot for outdoor circuits with your planned backyard deck etc.
I should have about 24 unused slots--probably more across the two panels. I have a picture of the panels in this thread, but now that we can't view all photos in a thread anymore since the vBulletin change, I'll need to re-count them. This evening, I'll go down and count them, so we know exactly what we're working with. Yeah, might as well make 'em all 20's Why waste money on the 14/2 roll. I'll get a small roll just for rounding out the room outlets and lighting.
DEFINITELY on the outdoor circuits. I'm a vegan, but i still want a grill so make grilled corn, tomatoes, vegan franks, and so on and so forth. I also want to light up the deck once we build it, so I'll definitely be taking that under consideration as well.
Originally Posted by Ediddy
I have been working hard on my set up over the last few years but when I see what you are planning I'm blown away. Really excited to see the finished product.
Thanks Ediddy! (It's bad-boy baby, diddy, '96, I thought I told y'all that we won't stop) <--lolol, sorry--I HAD to do the p.diddy joke. It'll take a while to wrap this one up completely, but when it's complete, I'm hoping for an experience that lets me sit back and say: This was so worth the time downtime, as well as the money and effort involved. I do get a little discouraged sometimes when I think of how much work remains on the project, but I'm tackling this the way I tackle life: one milestone at a time while planning for six milestones ahead.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
Lol. Matt you might as well run a 2 or 4 gauge from you main and put a dedicated 200 amp breaker box right in your AV closet... Lmao. Probably easier actually.
That's a lot of circuits!
I'm relocating, replacing, and reusing my existing breaker box for my remodel/theater. It just makes sense in my case; where the power enters the house/meter is on the totally opposite side of house in basement. The left side. My garage/mud room/porch/breezeway/loft/theater are being added onto to the opposite side of the house; the right side. Since the runs are so far, and the existing box I have now is too small it makes sense to relocate that in the garage and run that side of house/new rooms from there. It saves running tons of wires far, which makes costs reasonable since I avoid the cost in long wire runs.
I'm not sure where your panel is, or if it's close? If it is then your probably ok, although judging by the number and size of your plans you might need bigger panel or second panel. If you end up needing a sub panel, might as well put it in the av closet. It will make expansion easier later on. And, make running all those dedicated circuits easier.
Interestingly enough, it would be really easy and conventient for me to put the rack in the :lobby: area. 1) I could place it within 6 feet of my electrical panels, 2) It gives me an opportunity to load up material before going into the theater (as opposed to going into the theater, and out of the back door to load material), 3) It would pretty darn cool to see all the blue lights shining in the lobby area.
Originally Posted by thebland
Wow that's a lot of circuits..
Maybe you could do better with less?
I have 6 Seaton subs powered by 3 1000W amps,
12 speakers total:
2500W into each LCR,
750W each into the front heights
725W each into the sides rears
425W each into the side and rear heights
That is spread for amps is 3 20 Amp circuits and 1 20 amp circuit for PROJ and sources.
So, four (4) 20 amp circuits total for subs, speakers, amps and source and projector.
3 1000w modules for those six behemoths? Did Mark modify his rack amp design? That's pretty interesting. I remember the standard one houses one or two of the 4kw amps, with half power availability until second subwoofer initiates power draw (pure genius!) I need to give him a call to ask him about that, and what the possibilities will be for my room. I'll be using four submersives and two :something else: subwoofers w/ 24" drivers, so my subwoofer amplification requirements will be very similar to yours. If I can get away with 3000 amps total for six subs, I'll be ok with that! lol.
I actually don't mind running the circuits (I had electricians come out to the house to do an assessment as to whether I'd need a brand new 200-300amp service run to the house [gulp!]--thankfully, they actually talked me out of it). That being said, I'm on the fence about pro amps. I'm a music-loving audiophile and have been using consumer-grade amplifiers for years...I've always had this notion that pro amps are built for clubs and parties, and might encounter difficulty matching the finesse required by the speakers folks like us use. That notion is currently changing. I've been doing my research and I'm coming across some pro amps that seem to be of sufficient calibur to drive high-performing speakers and sound good doing it. The problem is, some of them cost more than consumer amps (i.e. your Questeds amps come in at about $900/channel, which I can't afford unless I make VP this year[fingers crossed])
All in all, if I could find a really great (i.e. industry-leading, or close to it) pro amp series for reasonable prices, I might go all pro amps, and sell my monoblocks for a wicked steal. But....I guess I need to keep researching before I make any decisions' I'll probably still wire the Theater Suite (developing concept--don't laugh) like Romex is going out of business, but only use what I end up actually needing.