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post #451 of 1046 Old 10-26-2010, 11:58 AM
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Nice setup
What's the equipment rack you're using?
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Moved into my first (rented) house - what a bitchin' living room. I've been in the process of making it look more "professional". So far I've gotten rid of the surround speaker stands I made in college in favor of wall mounting them. While they are rear ported, I think they have about 3" or so to blow. I've also gotten a new TV stand that has worked out just perfect for my equipment.

Next on the list is new front speaker stands, a new subwoofer, and a more comfortable futon/couch!












HTPC: (Not shown because it's made to be small and near invisible)
Antec ISK-300
Gigabyte Mini ITX USB3
Intel i3 - 530
2GB Ram
DVD Drive

Streams media from my 5TB server and plays Hulu desktop. I also have a good selection of DVD-A files ripped to it to utilize the surround sound

Equipment:
Westinghouse 42" LCD
Dennon 789 AVR
Ascend Acoustic 340 LCR
Ascend Acoustic 170 Surrounds
Cheap sub
PS3 for games and blu ray
Panasonic PL740 Turntable
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Nice setup
What's the equipment rack you're using?

Black is hard to come by, and I had an issue with them sending me the rear piece with screw holes on the wrong side... they seemed to be aware of the issue cause they asked no questions and just shipped me a new back part.

Anyway, search for "Powell Furniture Glass CD Tower" in google. I can only find the silver finish right now.
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Black is hard to come by, and I had an issue with them sending me the rear piece with screw holes on the wrong side... they seemed to be aware of the issue cause they asked no questions and just shipped me a new back part.

Anyway, search for "Powell Furniture Glass CD Tower" in google. I can only find the silver finish right now.

Thanks!
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hello I also just bought a
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H w/
AMD Athlon II X3

my question is does the
Scythe Shuriken 100mm CPU HSF
fit nicely because that is the same hsf I was thinking of getting?
thanks in advance because I have been looking for the best low profile hsf
possible and it seems like this may be my only hope besides the stock hsf
(which looks very weak).

if it works thats awesome!
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to HockeyRcks9901

hello I also just bought a
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H w/
AMD Athlon II X3

my question is does the
Scythe Shuriken 100mm CPU HSF
fit nicely because that is the same hsf I was thinking of getting?
thanks in advance because I have been looking for the best low profile hsf
possible and it seems like this may be my only hope besides the stock hsf
(which looks very weak).

if it works thats awesome!

It fits great. I'll take a picture in a second and upload it. It might be blocking a RAM dimm; I moved mine to the next slots over before I installed it just to be safe. My idle temps, are low enough that the case fans and Scythe run at their minimum speed. At load, I've never seen it get above 55*C. With the stock cooler and the stock fans for the Antec case, it would hit 67*C.

If your case has the room, I would go with the Sythe Big Shuriken, I should have done that as well but I was afraid it would hit the back of my BD drive. Turns out that it wouldn't.

Here is some pics of the fit. Click on them for bigger pictures.





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What software is everybody using for ripping there movies to there HTPC, and which is the easy to work with.
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SlySoft AnyDVD HD here.
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I completely redid my home theater setup and got a proper HTPC case. Since I have a beef case of a video card I had to go with a larger full height case. The nMediapc 5000B is a okay case but really specious for a macroATX case, but holy cow that power switch is crappy. It's one of the simplest component on the case, but they probably managed to design the worst computer on off switch in history. The fans in the PC are extremely quiet, including two 90mm case fan (push-pull), two 60mm rear fans, GPU fan and the AMD OEM CPU fan. My next item would be a USB IR receiver to use with my Harmony 880. Playing Starcraft II at maxed out setting on the 55" is definitely worth it.

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AMD Athlon II X3 440
4G DDR2-6400 RAM
320G Seagate 7200rpm SATA HDD
ATI Readon HD4850 512M
Antec 500W modular PSU
Pioneer DVDRW
nMediapc 5000B case
Logitech MK700 wireless keyboard/mouse
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LG 55" 55LD520, Onkyo TX-SR508
Polk Monitor 70, 30, R300, CS2, PSW10
Sony BDP-S360, Xbox 360 250G, HTPC
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Here is the HTPC with the rest of the setup, I've moved most of my replaced living room gears to the bedroom, so soon I'll have another update on the bedroom HTPC.
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LG 55" 55LD520, Onkyo TX-SR508
Polk Monitor 70, 30, R300, CS2, PSW10
Sony BDP-S360, Xbox 360 250G, HTPC
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I really enjoyed seeing these photos. What amazes me is the amount of money that went into components yet many of the speakers are low priced. For me the speakers are most important although I made do with micro-sats for a few years when i was unable to set up my system because of disability. What a difference real speakers have made! I will post some photos as soon as I get my center setup later today. I have Emotiva components and rears but all my front speakers were bought as kits from Madisound and are electronically crossed over.
Another interesting thing about the photos shows that I am not the only one with a less than perfect space.
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I really enjoyed seeing these photos. What amazes me is the amount of money that went into components yet many of the speakers are low priced. For me the speakers are most important although I made do with micro-sats for a few years when i was unable to set up my system because of disability. What a difference real speakers have made! I will post some photos as soon as I get my center setup later today. I have Emotiva components and rears but all my front speakers were bought as kits from Madisound and are electronically crossed over.
Another interesting thing about the photos shows that I am not the only one with a less than perfect space.

I'm happy with my JBL's... powered by a Sony ES AVR.



Sub-woofer is out of view.
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Thumbs up on the setups - drooling! :-)
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I'm happy with my JBL's... powered by a Sony ES AVR.



Sub-woofer is out of view.

What's that sitting on top of your speaker? Is that the new sony gadget?

TV - Panasonic 55GT50 THX, Main Speakers - Klipsch Gallery G28's, Center Channel- Klipsch RC-52, Sub-Klipsch Sub 12, Surround - Klipsch RS-52 II Bluray/Game - HTPC/PS3, Receiver - Onkyo RC-360, HTPC- Intel Core i3, HDMI,Windows 7,XBMC,Bluray,3 TB,wireless WMC keyboard, V. Processor -Darbee

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I wish it was the new Sony "Dash". It's just a Philips clock radio (that I use as a calendar and clock display).
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Basement HTPC

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Great setups guys! I'm getting ready to build a server with the Black Friday deals coming up and checked in here for some ideas. Anyways here's what I'm workin with. So far it's been kicking ass.

HTPC
Antec Fusion Remote (no pics of the guts)
AMD Phenom II x3 710
Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM
G.Skill 2gb
ATI 4670
Corsair 450w
LG BD/DVD Drive
Acer 15" LCD
9.5 TB (5 external 2 internal) *see need for server
Mediabrowser

Video
Panasonic PT-AE4000u
136" Carada 2.35 BW

Audio
Onkyo TX-SR805
elemental designs/Swan W6-6TC (front)
Wharfedale WH2 (surround)
Polk PSW10
Aura Bass Shakers

Analog
Project Debut III w/ Shure M97xE
Cambridge 640p

Misc
Monster HTS3500
Xbox 360
Sega Dreamcast
Harmony One








The above post is 100% medically accurate


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Wow. That's friggin awesome. Great eye for aesthetics as well as everything else. My one nitpicky criticism would be that the electrical cord hanging down looks less than ideal, but, really, who cares. Wish mine were even remotely close to this. Cheers.
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Nice digs and nice equipment!
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Here is my mid-range HTPC setup. My HT room is quite small and I have neighbors.

HTPC
  • CPU: Core 2 Quad Q9550s
  • MB: Asus P5Q Deluxe
  • GPU: MSI GTX 460 1GB Hawk
  • MEM: Patriot DDR2 4GB
  • BlueRay/DVD: Liteon iHES208
  • HDD 1: Deskstar 7K1000.B 640 GB
  • HDD 2: Deskstar 7K1000.C 1 TB
  • HDD 3: Deskstar 7K1000.C 1 TB
  • CASE: Antec Solo
  • PSU: Enermax Modu82+ 525W
  • COOLER: Scythe Mugen II
  • SOFTWARE: (OS) Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, (Player) PowerDVD 10 Ultra
Attachment 192184

Audio/TV/Speakers
  • SPEAKERS: (FRONT) 2 B&W 803D, (CENTER) B&W HTM2D, (REAR) 2 B&W N803
  • PRE AMP: Denon AVP A1HD
  • POWER AMP: Denon POA A1HD
  • TV: Pioneer KRP-600A 60
  • CABLES: 3 x 3m AudioQuest Gibraltar 2, 2 x 8m Kimber 4VS
Attachment 192205
Attachment 192189
Attachment 192187

Cable mess... how can I get this to look better ?

Attachment 192190
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@joeye328 - Your case looks nice. Do you notice a sound reduction with the foam? Or, any increase in temperatures? Thanks - Mike
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Mid-Range?

I'd call it "Top Notch" with those B&W's!
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It "matched" my old Sony ES1000

They sure looked good together...

PS I've since moved everthing around. Had to have a center channel speaker! So the GD02 went into the bedroom, and a JBL center channel speaker took it's place in my front room.

But, it sure liked nice...
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5 years after I purchased my house; I finally finished the home theater. I used to enjoy going to the movies - but not anymore. There's something to be said about watching a movie in complete silence with a cold brewski in hand (no talking, no phone calls, no pagers, no back-seat kicking - pretty much what hoodlumz do nowadays at the theaters).

The design idea:
I wanted the look and feel of a real theater. So... stadium seats, ambiance lighting, thick curtains to block street noise and lights, high quality sound, deep rumbling bass, previews, THX sound-check, auto lights off routine - the whole works. I don't want to walk up and load a DVD everytime, so there has to be immediate media presentation. I also wanted the room to be completely dark, except for the screen of course.

The HTPC:
silverstone case HTPC0827A. Simple, no buttons, no screens, plenty of room
Thermaltake 700watts psu
Asus M4A79XTDEVO
Phenom X4 925 overclocked to run at 3.1ghz
8 gigs RAM
2 sata drives stripped for the OS
4 TB media network storage (HD mkv's, isos's somewhere on the LAN)
XFX 5770 video card
Hauppauge 2250 for Live TV
Wireless enermax keyboard/mouse combo
Standard media center remote
USB-UIRT for IR blasting
Windows 7 x64 ultimate
Windows Media Center with Media Browser plug-ins (the best combination i have ever seen)
Media Player Classic - Home Cinema
FFDSHOW plug-ins

The Rest of the Components:
Dedicated 20amp circuit
Monster Power 3600MKII conditioner
Samsung 55" un55c7000 3D LED TV
Pioneer SC-27 receiver
Panasonic dmp-bdt300 3D blu-ray plyr
Definitive mythos 7 fronts (3)
Definitive pro monitor 1000 rears (2 pairs)
Velodyne DEQ-15R subwoofer
Behringer EP2500 amp
Clark Synthesis transducer TST239 (2)

The Setup:
I wrote a few lines of powershell scripts to automate the whole theater experience: Use mpc-hc to play a series of HD movie previews, then use mpc-hc to play the THX sound/video clip while slowly dimming off the lights, use mpc-hc to play the "feature presentation" movie, after movie is finished load up Windows Media Center right into Media Browser view. Works great - just like the theater! Maybe in the theater they have a little troll to switch off the lights.

All in a 3months work - some pictures:


MediaBrowser plug-in

what MB theme are you using that gives you that view? I like
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Mid-Range?

I'd call it "Top Notch" with those B&W's!

oh thanks, but since they are not 802Ds + they are pretty much in the mid range.

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It "matched" my old Sony ES1000

They sure looked good together...

PS I've since moved everthing around. Had to have a center channel speaker! So the GD02 went into the bedroom, and a JBL center channel speaker took it's place in my front room.

But, it sure liked nice...

looks very light, like clouds flying in the air . I like it as the setup is elegant with one rock-solid silver theme.

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Malin, thanks very much for the compliment!
BTW, that is an older "BDI Vista 9220" TV Stand.
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Simply amazing! One of my favs at the whole web! Congrats!


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AMD 5200+, 2gb ram, 8800gt in an antec nsk2400 running XBMC as a front end. Everything is controlled by a harmony 880 except when I want to get on the internet and then I have a logitech mediaboard under the coffee table. Screen is 106" with a Epson 8100 providing the picture. Polk LSi speakers pump out the sound.




I still need to get some proper stands and get a stand to raise the center channel to be more inline with the left and right sides.


Lights on equipment rack. I know it isn't centered to the screen, I had to get in the side closet the day before and I forgot the move the rack and left speaker back over.





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Hi,

I wanted to share my HTPC set up. I started out with an extra 12 x 10 foot room in the basement. There was an adjacent nook with a water heater and room for shelving. The floors were bare concrete. I had to let the naysayers say nay and start the dream of having a HTPC projector setup in the basement. I finished the floors and painted the walls. This took me about 2 months. I ran speaker wire for a 5.1 setup. I think 7.1 has diminishing advantages in a room this small. Space was extremely limited so I decided on in wall speakers. I ran an HDMI cable up to the projector and a subwoofer cable to the back left corner of the room. I ran network cable down from the top floor office to create a link to the internet and a media server. I routed the ends of all wire to the adjacent nook where I also put up shelves for an equipment rack which doubles as a storage pantry.

I bought many if not most of these components on ebay or at tremendous discounts over a period of about a year, but I believe my total price tag for the gear was ~$4000. For the room itself, we decided not to go with traditional home theater seating. The room can also serve as an entertaining area. Also, its great to have the option to watch movies in the recumbent position.

HTPC:
My goal was to build a small unobtrusive system with enough power to do some processing and to stream 1080p content. Silence was very important. I chose a fanless power supply. Unfortunately, the system was hot and loud with the stock cooler at stock speeds. I went with the Scythe Big Shuriken which was much more quiet and cool vs. stock. This required trashing the heatsinks of the memory as pictured below. I ended up with a near silent machine with only the single 12 cm cpu fan.

Lian LI PC-Q07R
G Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB 1600 DDR3
Gigabyte mini ITX GA-H55N-USB3
Intel core i3-550
Scythe Big Shuriken
WD Caviar Green 1.5TB
Asus Blu ray reader
Seasonic x-400 fanless power supply

Stock MB:


With CPU and heat sink:


"modified" heat sinks:

Final internals:



Final Build with Logitech Dinovo Mini keyboard/mouse:



THEATER ROOM:

Receiver: Denon AVR-4802
Speakers: Speakercraft MT-8 three L/R
Speakercraft LCR three center
Speakercraft MT-6 three Surr L/R
Triad Bronze in room subwoofer
BDP: Sony BDP-s1000es
Console: PS3
HTPC: as above
Projector: Sony VPL-VW60 1080p SXRD projector
SATV: DirecTV HD DVR
Screen: 92 inch Jamestown screen(ebay seller)

Equipment "Rack":



Room from the back:



Room from the back left:



Room from the frontAs you can see the shelving also doubles as a cat condo)



Tight projector placement:



Projector view:



Screen shots from BDP:







Screen shots from Win7:





Screen shot from Standard Def SATV: (Please note that I could not demo this in HD for fear of eventual decapitation from roundhouse kick)



After everything, I am most pleased with the system. The sound is fantastic and the PQ is very respectable as compared to Blu ray. I still have some major cable management issues as you can see. I hope to alleviate those eventually with an HDMI capable receiver. This goes to show you that there is no room "too small" for a theater.
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