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post #841 of 1045 Old 02-07-2012, 09:37 AM
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Jimmyjohnjones & Justin: http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics.../dp/B001TOD5EE

Amazon's got those drives for $69 a piece. Heck, I might get a couple to throw into my desktop.

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The exact model is $129/piece.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_i=B001TOD5EE

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Oh, I forgot to list the software on my HTPC

CD/DVD Burning: Nero 10
"Normal Stuff": Office 2010 Pro
DVD Playback: Cyberlink Power DVD 10
Browsers: Firefox and IE9
DJ Software: Atomix MP3 (Gotta have a little fun with it)

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Ok so I just got into the whole Home Theater "Hobby" about 2 weeks ago and to my benefit I work at an electronics recycling facility so I've been able to get some components pretty cheap.... Maybe not the best but they do the job. Hopefully I'll be able to get some "real" pics on tomorrow.

Current Setup:
HTPC : Sony Vaio VGX-XL1A (Currently going through an OS change)
Keyboard: Dell Wired (Bleh! Upgrading soon)
Mouse:Logitech G5 Gaming Mouse (Just got it today)
Audio: Panasonic Receiver for all Satellites
Sony Receiver for subs
Speakers: Bose Towers (w/2 10" subs, 2 6 1/2" components, 2 Super Tweeters each)
2 Polk Audio 15" Subs, Had a powered bose 12" but it blew (I just found out that the previous owner tweaked the board)
Video:Acer P7290 ( Awesome HD Video Quality even with all the lights on with the projector in economy mode)

Things already purchased but not yet implemented/installed:

2 1 TB Western Digital Green HDD's to add to the HTPC
1 Delta 1100w Power Supply to add to the new HTPC

1 Radeon 5850 Video Card ( Hoping the board supports PCI Graphics, didn't even think to check, this decision was made on the fly)

IR extender (Dont necessarily need it but it will be nice to have )

Universal Remote: Electrovaya Scribbler Tablet( IR emiiter, and fingerprint scanner so if I dont "others" changing the channel I have that option)

Audio : Crown CE1000 (will power the polk audio's and another sub or 2)

Acer EasyStore Mini Server with 6 1/2 TB HDD space for storing movies etc.

1 iDeq mini HTPC (I will be installing a blu-ray/hd-dvd drive)(and adding another iDeq mini HTPC to control the fans to keep these devices cool.

Miscellaneous: 3 HD cameras (1 1080p and 2 720p) with mechanized motion pan,tilt, and zooming (currently getting a custom firmware written for then to control through the HTPC) these are multi-function: Games with camera use, Basic webcam use, Video Conferencing, pictures when we have little get togethers and parties.

Kids/Education: I have 3 little boys and figured I could implement something for them as well so they have a Motion Computing Tablet that has some games etc on it with VGA out to the projector. I have 2 more of these coming in for the other 2 and they can play games together.

Ceramic and liquid cooling system: Have plenty of hoses fittings etc. Just haven't designed it yet but I want to build it for multi component use.

Belkin Pure AV High Performance Speaker wire

Updates
Added 2 12" Orion Subs (The windows on my apartment flex when the volume is a little past 1/4 of the way)
Sony PS3 and 6 wireless controllers (2 backup)
Got 8 extra bulbs for my projector at a pretty sweet wholesale deal so now I wont have to worry about that for quite a while (normally avg. $350 a piece)
Got another panasonic surround sound to link into the current system...(felt as though 5 satellites weren't enough for the full "experience)
Just got in my Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard!!!
Got a Yamaha M-4 amp (Looks awesome sitting on my HTPC)
Pioneer 12" sub behind my "manchair" for ultimate (independently controlled by the Yamaha) Game and movie experience
KLH powered sub (looks cool due to the feet being acrylic and being illuminated by blue L.E.D.'s almost giving the illusion that it's floating.
Sony PS2 slim and fat both with 1 controller
Xbox original modded.

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my htpc setup: intel i3-2105, 4gb ddr3, corsair 40gb ssd, gigabyte mini-itx board (cant recall model), running xbmc on win7x86.

my 24-drive server setup: intel xeon e3-1230, 16gb ddr3, supermicro x9scm, running esxi, and whs2011 for a server.

both cases are custom made btw










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my htpc setup: intel i3-2105, 4gb ddr3, corsair 40gb ssd, gigabyte mini-itx board (cant recall model), running xbmc on win7x86.

my 24-drive server setup: intel xeon e3-1230, 16gb ddr3, supermicro x9scm, running esxi, and whs2011 for a server.

both cases are custom made btw

Sickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk setup
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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Displays:
110' DIY Wilsonart Laminate Screen w/ Mitsubishi HC-1500
60' Sharp LED
42' LG LCD

HTPCs
Main HTPC:
Rosewill 4u Rackmount
Intel i5
Intel Mobo
AMD 5450 GPU
8gb ddr3 1600
LG Black Blu-ray Drive
Ceton Infinitv
Windows 7 x64 on Raid 1 2tb Samsung Drives
7mc for tv, XBMC for music, movies, tv
TMT 5
VMware Workstation 8 running WHS v1 with 8 2tb drives attached through a highpoint r226 connected to the external Esata Enclosure
Controlled with Kindle Fire running Irule and Itach ip2ir, Monster AVL300, gyration remote, or android phone.

Theater HTPC:
Silverstone GD05b
AMD A6-3650
Biostar TA75m
4Gb DDR3 1600
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS
LG Black Blu-ray Drive
Grabs one tuner from the Main HTPC for live tv
OS on OCZ Onyx Series 64gb ssd
7mc for tv, XBMC for music, movies, tv
Controlled with Kindle Fire running Irule, mini keyboard/mouse combo, or android phone.

Bedroom LG gets live tv thru a 360 extender and XBMC through a Foxconn nt-330i running openelec

Rack that houses components for the entire house. (excuse dust and crappy phone pic)


Theater Screen


Living room


Irule Demo
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Really nice!
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Displays:
110' DIY Wilsonart Laminate Screen w/ Mitsubishi HC-1500
60' Sharp LED
42' LG LCD

HTPCs
Main HTPC:
Rosewill 4u Rackmount
Intel i5
Intel Mobo
AMD 5450 GPU
8gb ddr3 1600
LG Black Blu-ray Drive
Ceton Infinitv
Windows 7 x64 on Raid 1 2tb Samsung Drives
7mc for tv, XBMC for music, movies, tv
TMT 5
VMware Workstation 8 running WHS v1 with 8 2tb drives attached through a highpoint r226 connected to the external Esata Enclosure
Controlled with Kindle Fire running Irule and Itach ip2ir, Monster AVL300, gyration remote, or android phone.

Theater HTPC:
Silverstone GD05b
AMD A6-3650
Biostar TA75m
4Gb DDR3 1600
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS
LG Black Blu-ray Drive
Grabs one tuner from the Main HTPC for live tv
OS on OCZ Onyx Series 64gb ssd
7mc for tv, XBMC for music, movies, tv
Controlled with Kindle Fire running Irule, mini keyboard/mouse combo, or android phone.

Bedroom LG gets live tv thru a 360 extender and XBMC through a Foxconn nt-330i running openelec

Rack that houses components for the entire house. (excuse dust and crappy phone pic)


Theater Screen


Living room


Irule Demo

The Richardson theater is very cool.

?why do folks w/ 110" screen projectors also have regular HDTVs? is it concidered tackie to have a giant TV in the entertaining area?

I'm thinking if I had a 110"screen I'd wound'nt want to downsize, or are the projectors only used for like DVD playback? and TV,internet,XBMC ect are only connected to a regular HDTV? looks like you have 2 complete systems independant.

STB

 

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LG 42" TV
Sony Cassette *
Sony AVR
Sony 5 CD changer *
D-link 10/100 & 10/100/1000 switches
DirecTV HD DVR
Panasonic BluRay player
Sony VCR **

HTPC:

- Lian-Li PC-32B case
- MSI K9-A2 CF Mobo
- AMD 2.5 GHz 64 FX-2 CPU
- 2 GB PC-667 RAM
- MSI GT-9400 Video card
- 2x Hauppauge 1600 and 1 Hauppauge 2250 tuners
- Win 7 32-bit

APC 900 UPS (behind TV)

PC used for OTA HD recording and viewing. Photos, music and movies served out by similar WHS 2011 machine in computer room.

Energy Front L, R, and center speakers
Audio-something-or-other sub woofer
SRS speakers are ceiling mounted

The wall unit has a false back to hide the mess of cabling. Behind left speaker is Netgear P/L Ethernet link to master bedroom.

Pretty modest compared to some of the installations I've seen here but we enjoy it.

* hides access holes in back of W/U
** used as a clock now
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My small HT room:


-PS3
-HTPC
-Onkyo tx-nr609
-Dali concept 6s, center, 1s, concept sub
-Panasonic 50vt30
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2011 left me with some new toys
  • Ikea Tobo Tv stand, with Ikea Capita legs
  • 32" Sanyo LCD TV (Next up for replacement)
  • Polk Audio Monitor 70's Bi-Amped
  • Polk CS2 Center
  • Polk RM8 surrounds
  • Polk PSW10
  • Aura Bass Shakers
  • Onkyo TX-SR608
  • Onkyo M-282 Stereo Amp (For Shakers)
  • HTPC in Nmedia 2000b Case (Soon to be a Wesena e7 case)
  • APC H10 Power Conditioner
  • Harmony 1100 remote
  • Wii





Beautiful setup. Only comment I might add is that your sound system is probably overpowering the tv . Big sound/big picture go well together.
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Beautiful setup. Only comment I might add is that your sound system is probably overpowering the tv . Big sound/big picture go well together.


I couldn't agree more



I have since upgraded to a Panasonic TC-P50ST30, I was waiting on a sale, got it for almost half off on superbowl sunday.

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The Richardson theater is very cool.

?why do folks w/ 110" screen projectors also have regular HDTVs? is it concidered tackie to have a giant TV in the entertaining area?

I'm thinking if I had a 110"screen I'd wound'nt want to downsize, or are the projectors only used for like DVD playback? and TV,internet,XBMC ect are only connected to a regular HDTV? looks like you have 2 complete systems independant.

STB

I do have two separate systems. This is mainly so I can game while the wife watches TV. We almost watch all the movies in the theater but 90% of TV watched in on the TV. Mostly due to the its location in the house and the fact that light greatly degrades the viewing experience in the theater.
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some amazing setups here! this gives me motivation to get started on my own.
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LG 42" TV
Sony Cassette *
Sony AVR
Sony 5 CD changer *
D-link 10/100 & 10/100/1000 switches
DirecTV HD DVR
Panasonic BluRay player
Sony VCR **

HTPC:

- Lian-Li PC-32B case
- MSI K9-A2 CF Mobo
- AMD 2.5 GHz 64 FX-2 CPU
- 2 GB PC-667 RAM
- MSI GT-9400 Video card
- 2x Hauppauge 1600 and 1 Hauppauge 2250 tuners
- Win 7 32-bit

APC 900 UPS (behind TV)

PC used for OTA HD recording and viewing. Photos, music and movies served out by similar WHS 2011 machine in computer room.

Energy Front L, R, and center speakers
Audio-something-or-other sub woofer
SRS speakers are ceiling mounted

The wall unit has a false back to hide the mess of cabling. Behind left speaker is Netgear P/L Ethernet link to master bedroom.

Pretty modest compared to some of the installations I've seen here but we enjoy it.

* hides access holes in back of W/U
** used as a clock now

I would recommend against using a UPS that outputs a stepped-sine wave, it can actually damage sensitive equipment. What you want is a UPS that can output a clean true sine wave.
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Are the HD-DVD drives hard to find ? Expensive?

I have been thinking of putting on in mine as a back-up.

FWIW, I got a refurb/leftover XBox 360 HD drive from CowBoom for <$50 that works fine. Used ClownBD for rips, no problems.
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2/16/10 $28 drive + $7.49 ship + $2.34 tax = $35.83

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And here's mine:



BDP: Sony BDP-S1000ES
HDP: Onkyo DV-HD805 (w/ Toshiba v.4.0 firmware)
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1020K
HTPC: Celeron G530, ASRock H61M/U3S3, AVerMedia HD Duet, ASUS Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST, Seagate Barracuda 2 TB, etc.
Left: sub (HKTS14?)
Right: RS indoor HD antenna
Center: Hitachi 57F59A
Behind: DSP1124P
All around: Rockwell (very high WAF)

Hard to believe the unit on the right used to hold our old TV.

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To each his own and all, but, how are those mirrored cabinets not absolutely distracting when watching in the dark?
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To each his own and all, but, how are those mirrored cabinets not absolutely distracting when watching in the dark?

Or all those damn knick-knacks, Jesus!?!?
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In the dark it's easy; a little harder during the day.
I had this discussion on the DSP thread: someone there loves looking at the blinking lights; they drove me crazy, so mine's behind the wall unit. I also grayed out the green light on the BD burner, so I'm obviously sensitive to SOME things.
We've had the wall unit longer than we've had the set, so I guess I can just ignore it. Of course, now that you've brought it to my attention,...
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Nice thread! You guys have a really cool HTPC:-p
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FWIW, I got a refurb/leftover XBox 360 HD drive from CowBoom for <$50 that works fine. Used ClownBD for rips, no problems.
Michael

2/16/10 $28 drive + $7.49 ship + $2.34 tax = $35.83

I have one, what do I need to do to make it work on my windows 7 machine? Anything?

What will audio be like?
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From my post on Assassin's thread:

It's probably not worth a whole "Guide," but there must be a couple of us who are interested in backing up our HD DVD collection, and I haven't been able to find much information about that. I have, despite that, been reasonably successful.

I have an XBOX 360 HD player. I'm using Clown_BD, which requires Java runtime (JRE), eac3to, tsMuxeR and ImgBurn (all free), and AnyDVD (not free). Installation is relatively straight-forward, and links to the other programs (besides AnyDVD) are provided by Clown_BD.

The end result is a BD-structure folder and, if desired, an ISO file. I now have, for example, a BD of my Eagles Farewell Tour, in DTS-HD MA. And, of course, a new category in my media collection.

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You can use MakeMKV to back up some HD DVD's.. How I put all my Blu-ray's on my HTPC. I have all my MKV's setup so I can bitstream HD DD or DTS Master to my reciver. So there is no loss in PQ or Audio. It's just like having the Blu-ray but at half the File size. If you don't mind lossing all the extrea's and menu crap ..

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how do you play that custom image that says its your own home theater and the thx sound when you load the movie? or is that part of the movie?
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