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post #871 of 1045 Old 03-23-2012, 08:44 AM
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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?

This can be done in Media Browser with the intros plugin.
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Mine is done with the Cinema Experience Plugin for XBMC.
Intro is from here http://ivipid.com/
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Lurking around the HTPC threads, thought I can do one too by using a spare Gateway sx2855 ub10p.
At age 73 the advances in technology, particularly IT and computer systems, is advancing faster than
I can keep up with- hence the title- What are some suggestions to apply the computer?



TV-Monitor, Plasma LG 50PZ550
Receiver- Rotel RSX 965
Laser Disc Player- Pioneer CLD 1080
Field Sound Processor- Yamaha DSP E300
Comcast Cable- Motorola DCX3400
Tape Deck- Pioneer Dual CT980W
Blu-Ray Panasonic DMP-BD55 w/5.1 analog audio outputs
Graphic Equalizer- Pioneer GR-555
CD Changer Phillips CDC751
Computer: Gateway sx2855 ub10p
VCR, Hi-Fi- JVC SQPB
Turntable/Changer- Garrard Zero 100
Sub Woofers, 2 –Yamaha, powered YST-SW100 & YST SW205
Speakers, 4, Paradigm Titan (2 for Rotel main fronts, 2 for Yamaha DSP front effects)
Speakers, 2 Dynaco A25 (Rotel rear effects)
Speakers, 2 Acoustic Research 18S, (Yamaha rear effects)
Speakers, 2 Realistic Minimus 7W ( Yamaha DSP Center, Rotel Center)
AC Voltage Activated Outlet Switch, Niles AC-3


All the audio including the computer's go to the Rotel AVR, a most versatile instument
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Lurking around the HTPC threads, thought I can do one too by using a spare Gateway sx2855 ub10p.
At age 73 the advances in technology, particularly IT and computer systems, is advancing faster than
I can keep up with- hence the title- What are some suggestions to apply the computer?



TV-Monitor, Plasma LG 50PZ550
Receiver- Rotel RSX 965
Laser Disc Player- Pioneer CLD 1080
Field Sound Processor- Yamaha DSP E300
Comcast Cable- Motorola DCX3400
Tape Deck- Pioneer Dual CT980W
Blu-Ray Panasonic DMP-BD55 w/5.1 analog audio outputs
Graphic Equalizer- Pioneer GR-555
CD Changer Phillips CDC751
Computer: Gateway sx2855 ub10p
VCR, Hi-Fi- JVC SQPB
Turntable/Changer- Garrard Zero 100
Sub Woofers, 2 –Yamaha, powered YST-SW100 & YST SW205
Speakers, 4, Paradigm Titan (2 for Rotel main fronts, 2 for Yamaha DSP front effects)
Speakers, 2 Dynaco A25 (Rotel rear effects)
Speakers, 2 Acoustic Research 18S, (Yamaha rear effects)
Speakers, 2 Realistic Minimus 7W ( Yamaha DSP Center, Rotel Center)
AC Voltage Activated Outlet Switch, Niles AC-3


All the audio including the computer's go to the Rotel AVR, a most versatile instument

I like the cabient you have the TV in. the speaker would sound much better ontop of the outside shelfs above the turntable and CD cases.


here's a quickie on what a HTPC can do click on the Avatar eyeball
http://dvr.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/X....com/index.php

 

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From my perspective the in cabinet paradigm speakers being used as front main, front surround, and center, sound no better on top of the cabinet. Locating them as you suggest vitiates the 3 modular cabinet- a means whereby all cables are hidden, and the HT becomes furniture well cordinated with the living room decor.
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Lurking around the HTPC threads, thought I can do one too by using a spare Gateway sx2855 ub10p.
At age 73 the advances in technology, particularly IT and computer systems, is advancing faster than
I can keep up with- hence the title- What are some suggestions to apply the computer?

You could use the computer to rip (copy) the assorted audio and video titles you have scattered about, eliminating some of the clutter. Assuming, of course, that there's a place to put the computer!

Downloadable FREE demo discs:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1475769/de...ently-authored 

Did you really need to quote that entire post in your reply?
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Attachment 242811

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Attachment 242813

HTPC:
Silverstone ?? Case
Asus P8 Z68-m Pro mobo
Intel i3 2105
4gb 1600 ram
64gb crucial SSD (os)
2TB seagate barracuda
Lite on Blue Ray/DVD4

Panasonic TH-50PX50U 50" Plasma

Harman Kardon AVR320 (old School-no HDMI)
Klipsch RF3II Mains, RC3II center.
YAMAHA DVD (only for playing SACD and DVD-A)
PS3 (only used for guitar hero now)
Wii (hidden in cabinet, but Link is on the screen!)
Monster HTS3000 Power Center
LL
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some nice looking systems in here

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3D htpc...(built 8/11)

2500k
GB-Z68XP-UD3
GTX460SLI
750TX
8gb@1866
128gbSSD
1TB-Intel-SRT
16TB ext
LianLiC33
w7u64

ht7.2 gear...

Outlaw990
EmoXPA2-500wpc
Denon175wpc(5)
Panasonic BD300
NHT7. 2|PolkSW
Mits 73837DLP


Currently playing BF3, BAC, FIFA2012, DCS-A10, DCS-BS, MS: Flight, etc. (all in 3Dvision)
All clocks are stock speed during those hot summer days since the case is a bit tight and living in TX won't pay to oc'ing.







Gen Coupe 3.8 Track w/ bolts-on tune: SRI , CBE

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Hi guys,

Here is a case I've made from scratch.

Completely silent (no fans at all)

Current spec is:

AMD 910e (but will support intel i7/higher TDP)
12GB RAM
GPU HD5670 converted to passive (will support higher spec cards)
512GB SSD
4 port DVB S2 Digital Devices
3TB WD
2TB Samsung
400W Seasonic
Sony Bluray drive

http://www.jm-electrical.co.uk/pictures/IMG_0266.jpg

http://www.jm-electrical.co.uk/pictures/IMG_0280.jpg

It connects to a Yammy V671 processor, with some old Sony surrounds (5.1), and a Samsung 37" LCD

It's running the excellent Mediaportal mediacentre software.

Hope you like

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That is a beautiful looking case. Well done.

 

 

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Getting ready to start my first HTPC build tonight!




Specs:
SILVERSTONE GD05B Case
Antec EarthWatts EA-430D Green 430 Watt 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply
Intel CORE i3 2125 (3.30GHZ, 3MB CACHE)
Intel HD3000 (onboard graphics)
Stock i3 cooler
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Motherboard
SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 SDRAM
Crucial M4 64GB SSD
Hitachi 5k500.B 250GB HD (already had)
WD Essentials 2.5TB External HD
Samsung SE-506AB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive (already had)
ROSEWILL RNX-N300X Wifi PCI Card

Supplies:
Anti-static wristband
Artic Silver thermal paste
Assassinhtpcblog.com guides (well worth the $25!)

LG 55LHX
PS3 60gig | HTPC (building now) | WDTV | AT&T UVerse
ATT UVerse
Denon 1712 receiver | JBL 190's, 130's, and 120c
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Nice! I love new builds.
I would rip that 2.5 External apart and put it inside the case. lol
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That is a beautiful looking case. Well done.

My thoughts too. Looks like he will have a nice HTPC.

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Got my new graphics card in today. Replacing a weak G210 with an Asus GT 440. First impressions on this card... it's huge.

Comparison of the ECS G210 and the Asus GT 440.




Case with the G210, and then with the GT 440.






Case is a NMediaPC 2000B. The card BARELY fit. The heat sink pipe has probably 1-2mm of clearance from the top panel.

Don't mind the dust. :-D
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I just put the cover on since it's been running smoothly for a week. If you want a SFF case, I like the Shuttle case/mobo/ICE cooling system, although I would recommend some changes to their design, especially making the power supply modular so I didn't have all sorts of wires left over that I had to stuff into a crammed case. Still, it runs cool enough despite one fan in their ICE system, and they were helpful in diagnosing a bad SATA cable during the install process.

If anybody ever wants to build something similar, PM me and I've got a few tips for the build process. Startup time is roughly 12 seconds, although that is an increase from the <10 seconds before I installed an antivirus program.

Games like MW1-3 play very smoothly with the GT430 (the resolution is limited to 720p by the TV, so that helps with the strain on graphics cards).

Audio is running through SPDIF due to an HDMI handshake issue with content and my receiver.

I'd recommend a different SSD for most builders, as the stability of the Sandisk drives is relatively unknown compared with Intel, Crucial and Samsung. The new Intel drives look nice and they're coming down in price from being 50% higher than competitors for similar speeds and size.

Specs:
Shuttle SZ68R5
Intel i5-2400s (chosen for the 4 cores and 65w TDP)
16GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile Blue RAM
Sandisk Extreme SSD 120GB
(2) Samsung F4 2TB
LG BluRay Rewriter
EVGA GT430
Ceton InfiniTV4
Windows 7

I am waiting for Logitech to release their new remote lineup as I've had nothing but trouble with the Harmony 650 (and its replacement), and it looks like the 700 is not much better.

The rest of the system:
Onkyo TX-NR609
Martin Logan ML-2 (5.1)
LG 50" Plasma (I want to upgrade/upsize, the wife has other priorities)

Thanks to:
Assassin's guides are very helpful in customizing WMC and an HTPC in general.
Tulli was amazing in sorting out a problem with my display through HDMI.
LL
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Great insperation in here!
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Updated pics of my humble HTPC setup

DIY TV Stand
59" Samsung Plasma TV
Definitive Technology BR7004 Bipolar Towers with Built-in Powered Subwoofer
Definitive Technology C/L/R 3000 Center
Definitive Technology BPVX Bipolar Surround
Yamaha RX-A2000
MonsterPower Conditioner
CyberPower UPS 1500VA / 900W PFC compatible Pure sine wave
Harmony remote

HTPC ( a little outdated but still plays everything I use it for flawlessly )

OrigenAE S16V Case
Gigabyte Socket LGA775 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz Processor
Intel 160GB SSD Drive
Samsung 3TB Drive
Zotac GT440 Video Card
Windows 7 32bit

18TB Windows Home Server V1 in the other room.













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Good job on that stand. It's a beauty.
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My Home Theater/Video Gaming/HTPC/2 Channel rig (Mitsubishi, MartinLogan, Marantz, DIYMA, and others)

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Thanks for sharing fellas some of these are really neat
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Updated pics of my humble HTPC setup



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Wow looks great!
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This is my modest set up.

TV: Panasonic TC-P50S1
Receiver: Sony STR-K700 (part of a 5.1 htib I bought in 2006)
Speakers: Sony 5000 series center and fronts, 1000 series bookshelf speakers in rear
Xbox 360 connected to Sling Box

PC:
Case: Apevia Xmaster
CPU: Core 2 Duo e6550
GPU: EVGA GT430
Tuners: ATI DCT and TV Wonder 650

The PC, receiver, and my VCR are sitting on the stand to the left of the tv. The wire you see hanging out of the PC is a Logitech PS2 style joypad and usb extension cord. I still like to play some older PC games like Vice City, San Andreas, etc on it.

My HTPC front end set up
Integration for whole home ATSC, CableCARD, FM radio, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD, VHS control & capture, video games, and archived & streaming media playback
Mironto's Panasonic plasma black level restoration guide
Restore the initial MLL on a 2009 Panasonic plasma
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I just put the cover on since it's been running smoothly for a week. If you want a SFF case, I like the Shuttle case/mobo/ICE cooling system, although I would recommend some changes to their design, especially making the power supply modular so I didn't have all sorts of wires left over that I had to stuff into a crammed case. Still, it runs cool enough despite one fan in their ICE system, and they were helpful in diagnosing a bad SATA cable during the install process.

If anybody ever wants to build something similar, PM me and I've got a few tips for the build process. Startup time is roughly 12 seconds, although that is an increase from the <10 seconds before I installed an antivirus program.

Games like MW1-3 play very smoothly with the GT430 (the resolution is limited to 720p by the TV, so that helps with the strain on graphics cards).

Audio is running through SPDIF due to an HDMI handshake issue with content and my receiver.

I'd recommend a different SSD for most builders, as the stability of the Sandisk drives is relatively unknown compared with Intel, Crucial and Samsung. The new Intel drives look nice and they're coming down in price from being 50% higher than competitors for similar speeds and size.

Specs:
Shuttle SZ68R5
Intel i5-2400s (chosen for the 4 cores and 65w TDP)
16GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile Blue RAM
Sandisk Extreme SSD 120GB
(2) Samsung F4 2TB
LG BluRay Rewriter
EVGA GT430
Ceton InfiniTV4
Windows 7

I am waiting for Logitech to release their new remote lineup as I've had nothing but trouble with the Harmony 650 (and its replacement), and it looks like the 700 is not much better.

The rest of the system:
Onkyo TX-NR609
Martin Logan ML-2 (5.1)
LG 50" Plasma (I want to upgrade/upsize, the wife has other priorities)

Thanks to:
Assassin's guides are very helpful in customizing WMC and an HTPC in general.
Tulli was amazing in sorting out a problem with my display through HDMI.

Looks like a fantastic system. have you had any issues with the SSD drive? you think the intel will be better? I would love to build someting similar.

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When I first assembled it, I had an older Kingston V+ SSD that I pulled from my laptop when I upgraded to a Patriot Pyro SE. The Kingston failed, but they sent me a refurb unit that I am unlikely to use except maybe to repurpose an old laptop as a media extender. So far the Patriot Pyro SE in my laptop has worked flawlessly, and it is significantly faster than the Kensington V+ I had originally, so I think that really speaks to its speed advantage in general. The Sandisk Extreme has worked well so far, although I have gotten some BSOD. I think I solved the BSOD issue by removing a few components of Media Browser that I didn't end up using.

One thing I have heard is the Intel drives are very reliable, but the Crucial M4 drives are much cheaper and almost as reliable. Also, the Samsung 830 drives are supposed to be good, and the new OCZ drives use a different controller (Marvell, like the Crucial SSD) so they're supposed to be better than the Agility 3 and Vertex 3 that everybody had problems with.

Oh, I also recently added two Martin Logan Motion 10 for the Front R and L speakers, which moved my old ones into a Front high role in my 7.1 setup. I've definitely noticed a difference in the soundstage as well as the sound quality, so I think it was a lucky move at $129/speaker from Amazon.
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New TV since my last post...


Added:
Mitsubishi WD-73640
IKEA Lack TV Unit
32 sq ft of Auralex DST-114

Click sig for rest of the gear...

My Home Theater/Video Gaming/HTPC/2 Channel rig (Mitsubishi, MartinLogan, Marantz, DIYMA, and others)

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Nice! Boy that 73" TV is big. Also like the speakers.
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Updated pics of my humble HTPC setup

DIY TV Stand
59" Samsung Plasma TV
Definitive Technology BR7004 Bipolar Towers with Built-in Powered Subwoofer
Definitive Technology C/L/R 3000 Center
Definitive Technology BPVX Bipolar Surround
Yamaha RX-A2000
MonsterPower Conditioner
CyberPower UPS 1500VA / 900W PFC compatible Pure sine wave
Harmony remote

HTPC ( a little outdated but still plays everything I use it for flawlessly )

OrigenAE S16V Case
Gigabyte Socket LGA775 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz Processor
Intel 160GB SSD Drive
Samsung 3TB Drive
Zotac GT440 Video Card
Windows 7 32bit

18TB Windows Home Server V1 in the other room.





R.P.

Super Sexy!! Great work!! How well does the HTPC Breathe in there?
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Thank you for the kind words guys.

MoNkLorD, I made the stand so the shelves are 20" wide giving most AV gear a little over 1" space on ether side
The case uses a single 92mm side intake fan and two 80mm exhaust fans in the back and runs just as cool as my desktop PC.

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nice!...My case doesn't seem to be as close to the walls and top side as yours and tends to get pretty hot...not enough to cause problems but enough to get me thinking of additional cooling. I am also running a c2d processor......you made that stand? wow great work...looks like a perfect match to the definitive speakers
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