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post #991 of 1045 Old 03-10-2013, 12:56 AM
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HTPC
-AMD A10 5700 Quad Core CPU
-MSI FM2 ITX Motherboard
-Lian Li PC-Q25 ITX PC Case
-16GB DDR3 Low Profile Ram
-Corsair 450W Power Supply
-(2) 3TB Western Digital Red Hard Drives (So Far, Will add more as needed)
-30GB SSD Hard Drive
-Windows 7 Home Professional x64

Home Theater Equipment
-58" Panasonic V10 Plasma (For daily use)
-Panasonic PT-AE8000u LCD 1080P 3D Projector
-125" EliteScreens 2.35:1 Electric Tab-Tensioned Screen
-Wireless HDMI 3D IOGear Transmitter/Receiver For Projector
-(4) Aura Bass Shakers under the Sectional Sofa
-240W Amplifier for (4) Aura Bass Shakers under seats
-Klipsch Quintet SL On-wall Speakers (not active right now)
-Klipsch RF-52 II Floorstanding Speakers
-Klipsch RS42 Surround Speakers
-Klipsch RW-12D Subwoofer
-Yamaha RX-A800 Receiver
-Directv HR-21 Receiver
-Sony Playstation 3
-XBOX 360
-Logitech Harmony 900 Remote
-Running XBMC 12.0 w/ external player (MPC-HC/MADVR/LAV)

Here are a few pictures of my setup, it's a living room setup. I don't have the space in my house for a Dedicated Theater Room.



















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Very nice setup.couple of ?s

1.is the screen electric?

you say TV is for daily use, if something good comes on worthy of turning on the projecter
do you have you'r harmony setup to watch project where it automatically lowers screen and turns on PJ and TV off?

2.how do know how far back the PJ needs to be mounted?

3.doe's the image on a 125" screen if reduced say to 90" doe's the picture quaility improve?

4.when watching the PJ doe's the room have to be completely dark? or can lights be on in room to half light?

5.what are diemensions of the acoutis panels directly behind the big speakers and on front wall? how did you find the position for the panels on the front wall? and did you make them? if yes out of what? did the panels make a differnce in sound quaility?

6.How are you liking the Aventage?
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Very nice setup.couple of ?s

1.is the screen electric?

you say TV is for daily use, if something good comes on worthy of turning on the projecter
do you have you'r harmony setup to watch project where it automatically lowers screen and turns on PJ and TV off?

2.how do know how far back the PJ needs to be mounted?

3.doe's the image on a 125" screen if reduced say to 90" doe's the picture quaility improve?

4.when watching the PJ doe's the room have to be completely dark? or can lights be on in room to half light?

5.what are diemensions of the acoutis panels directly behind the big speakers and on front wall? how did you find the position for the panels on the front wall? and did you make them? if yes out of what? did the panels make a differnce in sound quaility?

6.How are you liking the Aventage?
Thanks STB

1. Screen is an electric tab-tensioned screen that comes down when i press watch Projector on my harmony remote.

2. You can go to projectorcentral.com and look at their projector calculator to find a good distance for the size screen you are looking at getting. It's a great website.

3. The image sharpness and clarity will be just as good no matter how far big the screen is on blu-ray material. My 125" 2.35:1 screen is probably about 2.5x bigger than my plasma on the wall but it has the same sharpness, the blacks aren't as good but they are close.

4. I prefer the room completely dark for movies but I don't have to make it completely dark, I can turn on one of the two lamps in the room and Its still very good. But for best color and brightness projectors should be used in a darkened room.

5. the acoustic panels on the wall are 24x48x2" panels made from ATS Acoustics, and the ones in the corners are purchased from ebay 18x48x2.5" in the corners (open-back for better bass absorption). I think it makes a small but noticeable difference. I probably would have gotten a bigger clarity difference by paying more and getting thicker panels.

6. I had a Denon 1910AVR before the Yamaha A800 receiver. I think the Yamaha has better sound but I liked the features of the Denon more, for example, I use to use the speakers on the wall by the TV for daily use, the Denon allowed me to program a set of A and B speakers. The Yamaha doesn't have that.
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Very nice setup.couple of ?s

1.is the screen electric?

you say TV is for daily use, if something good comes on worthy of turning on the projecter
do you have you'r harmony setup to watch project where it automatically lowers screen and turns on PJ and TV off?

2.how do know how far back the PJ needs to be mounted?

3.doe's the image on a 125" screen if reduced say to 90" doe's the picture quaility improve?

4.when watching the PJ doe's the room have to be completely dark? or can lights be on in room to half light?

5.what are diemensions of the acoutis panels directly behind the big speakers and on front wall? how did you find the position for the panels on the front wall? and did you make them? if yes out of what? did the panels make a differnce in sound quaility?

6.How are you liking the Aventage?
Thanks STB

If you want to see the projector in action (well, it's my previous projector which was the Panasonic PT-AE7000u) I have an older video on youtube and I now have some different equipment but this is the kind of clarity you will get watching bluray.

Sorry kind of a long video, but if you go to the last minute of the video it shows the clarity of the projector. Make sure you change the youtube video to 720p, it defaults at like 360p. In the video I push the button on my harmony remote and it turns on the projector, receiver, brings down the screen and turns on the ps3 (I will now be using XBMC).

Hope you like it....



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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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nice video sounds like during the start of the movie you woke up the baby.

I'm still learning about BD.

I'm assumming you have the collection ripped to HDD, if yes are they reformatted to like MKV. it seams to take much longer to load compared to playing directly off a BD disc.

Wow that electric screen is so cool.

I'll have a projecter or a giant TV one day or a PJ in front of a smallish TV. yet to be determined.

leary of PJ since I've read that there's a lamp cooling fan that has two speeds high and low and high can be a disstraction? are these fans really noticablley loud and after PJ has warmed up do the fans stay on high untill PJ is turned off?

also the lamps are very expensive to replace? can I replace the lamp myself or doe's the PJ have to be sent off to the manufactor?

doe's you'r PJ have a hour counter?

how did you find the position for the acoutistic panels on the front wall?
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nice video sounds like during the start of the movie you woke up the baby.

I'm still learning about BD.

I'm assumming you have the collection ripped to HDD, if yes are they reformatted to like MKV. it seams to take much longer to load compared to playing directly off a BD disc.

Wow that electric screen is so cool.

I'll have a projecter or a giant TV one day or a PJ in front of a smallish TV. yet to be determined.

leary of PJ since I've read that there's a lamp cooling fan that has two speeds high and low and high can be a disstraction? are these fans really noticablley loud and after PJ has warmed up do the fans stay on high untill PJ is turned off?

also the lamps are very expensive to replace? can I replace the lamp myself or doe's the PJ have to be sent off to the manufactor?

doe's you'r PJ have a hour counter?

how did you find the position for the acoutistic panels on the front wall?
Thanks STB

Sorry about the baby, at the time of filming the video my 2 year old son was taking a bath. He always has a fit when my wife takes him out of the bath.

At the time of doing the video I didn't have the HTPC so in the video I loaded a blu-ray on the PS3. That's why I wanted to buy a HTPC so badly, just takes way too long waiting for crap to load, then all the commercials and stuff.

Yeah all projectors will have a fan, and depending on the projector you buy it could be quiet or pretty noticeable. The Panasonic one I have is very quiet in eco mode. The lamp lasts like 4000 hours in eco mode (which should last you like 2-3 years of watching). The lamps aren't too expensive in my opinion because they will only need to be replaced every 2-3 years depending on use for about $400, and you can replace the lamps yourself, very easy to do. My Panasonic projector also has a counter so you can tell how many hours the projector was used for. I only have about 70 hours of use on mine so far.

And on the positioning of the acoustic panels I just copied some other setups I seen where they had acoustic panels on the walls and then bass traps in the corners. I didn't buy the thickest/best quality panels but I think they look nice and serve the purpose of what I bought them for.
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Here's my humble setup:

Home Theater Components:

Sharp 46 inch LED TV
Pioneer VSX-815 A/V Receiver
Verizon HD DVR FIOS Box
Belkin Power Conditioner
Polk 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
Yamaha 95 Watt Subwoofer

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nMediaPC 5000B HTPC Case
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 Socket Motherboard
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1 - 4TB Seagate External Hard Drive (Used as a backup and storage; I may crack it open and use it as an internal drive like I did with one of the two 2TB drives)
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I'm assumming you have the collection ripped to HDD, if yes are they reformatted to like MKV. it seams to take much longer to load compared to playing directly off a BD disc.

My movies start playing in under 4 seconds, you couldn't even open the case and insert a disc in the player that fast.

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I'm just going to link to my build thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1427049/htpc-make-that-ht-gaming-workstation-build-thread/0_50

I run an Epson 8350 with it at about 90 diagonal inches.. Limited on screen size by my room.
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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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I was so bummed to learn this is a DIY TV stand. I so want it. Good work on it though smile.gif
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Can a HTPC with a Blu Ray drive and say Cyberlink power Dvd & Good Video Card Put out as Nice Video than say a stand alone Blu ray from Sony 790. Pany dmp500 Or an Oppo??
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yes.
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My Setup
CPU: 3.40 gigahertz Intel Core i5-3570K
Board: Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H
Drives: APPLE SSD 128 GB out my MBP
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 5900
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I like it. I was thinking the same here wow great job good luck with it
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For those that have your htpcs in a cabinet, do you use some sort of cooling to keep all of your gear cool?
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For those that have your htpcs in a cabinet, do you use some sort of cooling to keep all of your gear cool?
I put all my gear in a 44u rack
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My rack is open-back with about 4" of clearance to a rear wall. I have 2-3" around sides and top of machine, and front of rack is open - so as good as being under a desk. I can create quite a bit of heat (HD 7870) when gaming, and it uses lots of air movement when going hard (2x80+1x120mm intake fans).
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Fun with WMC. When I buy another tv or receiver I will make sure it can do picture in picture from multiple inputs. One htpc and one 360 in extender mode.


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
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HTPC:
Win7 Pro
Intel I5 4670k
gigabyte b85
8gb ram
120gb samsung ssd
Liteon BR burner
Logisys 4u rackmount case
MB3 + ROC

HTPC Server:
Win7 Pro + flexraid
Supermicro 24bay
quad 1.8ghz opteron
8gb ram
10x 3tb seagate hdd
1x 4tb seagate

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1030
Sony 3d Bluray Player
Panamax mb1500 ups/surge/etc
Harmony Ultimate

All this is in a 44u enclosed rack with direct a/c ducting from the house and in a remote basement closet

Inside the theater room:
(5x) Klipsch 5800c in-ceiling speakers
MK Sound 12" sub under screen
Elite Screens 120" 1:1.1
Epson 5010e projector hung with a chief lo-pro mount
(4x) Southern Motion Recliners.
3person love seat
Phillips Hue Lighting





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Ventilation Question

I was looking at new receivers & noticed that manufactures are recommending quite a bit of air space or clearance for cooling. For example Onkyo wants 8” top & sides and Denon wants 12” top, sides & back.

You would need a shelf about 42” wide and with 18” height above it. Problem is most TV stands/consoles that I’ve seen will not meet those requirements. Even if I found one that did that’s a lot of shelf space devoted to only one component.

So I’m looking here to see what most setups have for receiver clearance & it appears most have only a few inches of space on the top & sides.

Are a lot of people using cooling fans or are manufacturers over emphasizing the clearances needed to keep things cool?
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I have a Pioneer VSX-921 in a cabinet with a door, but an open back. It's not the hottest AV amp ever made but I cut holes in the bottom of the cabinet and fitted 2 120mm intake fans. The beauty is, they're powered from the amps 5v USB socket so 1. they run at less than half the speed they're supposed to and 2. they only come on with the amp.

It's working for me. (I also did the same under my PS3).

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Thanks for the reply.

I looked at the manual for my current Onkyo & it states 8" top & sides. I guess I forgot about those specs over the years, probably because a lot or most AV cabinets have shelves 20" wide or less. They're made to accommodate the typical component that is 17'-18" wide. While I have several inches above my current AVR there is only about 1.5" clearance on each side.

Since I've started looking for a new AVR I've seen several postings about HDMI boards going bad allegedly due to heat. This seems to be, or has been, mostly with Onkyos but not limited to them.

While I have not had a problem with my old AVR I'd hate to have a new one go bad if I continue using the same cabinet setup. My current AVR & the new Onkyos that I looked at do not have any side vents so I wonder why they want 8" side clearance, Maybe it's a generic spec because some of their high end models have side vents. I'll have to look into a USB fan & see how I can mount it.
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I'll have to look into a USB fan & see how I can mount it.

I always use something like this on all my Onkyos:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10804&cs_id=1080402&p_id=8064&seq=1&format=2

Just plug it into the rear USB, and place it on top. It's large enough that it's quiet and cools almost the whole top.
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I've got a Yamaha RX-A1010 in a cabinet with 1.5" on each side and about 2" on top with no overheating problems. My cabinet is enclosed on three sides with an open front. If you're talking about putting it in a cabinet behind a closed door then I would definitely look into some sort of air circulation method. I also have a fanless HTPC in the same cabinet that never gets overheated either.

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I looked at a basic Yamaha RX-V375. I could not find clearance info online so I called them & was told 30cm (11.8") top and 20cm (7.8") side and that it did have side vents. I didn't recall about the vents but later found some pictures & they did not show side vents.

If receivers have closed sides I don't know why the manufacturers state such large side clearances.

I picked up an open box Onkyo TX-NR525 but have not hooked it up yet. It's about an inch taller than my old unit which has about 4.5" top clearance so I might end up getting a USB fan after I see how hot it gets.
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My last two builds... if you can call them that... along with a screen shot. A few gory details in the signature links.

 



 

 

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This is a great thread, I just got myself a used unit (HTPC) that I plan to upgrade.. once I finish my research and any mods I'll post back - thanks to all the great info.

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Here’s my current gaming HTPC setup, I'm planning to do a Floating wall construction in the near future as a final improvement.

I even posted a Guide on the "Guide to Building a HTPC, Workstation and Server" topic about my build, information about fans, noise, “what to watch out for” and things like that.

Oh and if anyone needs help with anything about HTPC-s I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

 

 

 

 

This is a natural results, like for example: surfing on the internet or listening to music.

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Here’s my current gaming HTPC setup, I'm planning to do a Floating wall construction in the near future as a final improvement.



I even posted a Guide on the "Guide to Building a HTPC, Workstation and Server" topic about my build, information about fans, noise, “what to watch out for” and things like that.



Oh and if anyone needs help with anything about HTPC-s I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.















This is a natural results, like for example: surfing on the internet or listening to music.






Great build Man you have there ,love the fans, and the CPU cooler as well.
I purchased the same Silverstone case, but I'm going to use it for HTPC applicatio only no gaming at all.So hopefully that translate to a cooler running machine. Are you using both optical drives? How many HHD do you have in the cage?
The only reason I ask about is I never seen anyone use all the space for it as it takes up to 8 3.5 HHD's.

If you can put up a list of your parts that would be awesome indeed.

Thanks

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