Finally got around to updating my Home Theatre. I wont go into all the old items I replaced (everything but the DVD Jukebox), I'm just glad that Ebay and Craig's List allowed me to recoop a lot of my costs.
So what's in the PC (which btw is at the lower right in the above Picture)...
Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H Motherboard (great thread from the [H]ard http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1216020
and more from AVS Forums http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=924348
AMD X2 4600+ (Overclocked to 2.65GHz) cooled with a Mini-Ninja
Radeon HD2600XT (using the HDMI output for Video and 5.1 Sound)
2 GIgs of DDR2 memory
20X SATA DVD Writable Drive
2 Seagate 500Gig Drives (Movie Storage)
1 Seagate 350Gig Drive (Vista 32bit OS)
D-Link Wireless N network card
IMON VFD IR Receiver w/remote
The Rest of the Stuff:
Toshiba 65" (65HM167) DLP TV (has 3 HDMI connectors)
Sony STR-DG810 Receiver - Top Left
Sony 400 Disc DVD Jukebox (CX995V) - Top Right
Dish VIP622 HD-DVR - Lower Middle
HSU Ventriloquist VT12 Speakers with STF-2 Subwoofer. http://hsuresearch.com/
300 Watt Amp used to drive the speakers below - Lower Left
Aura BaseShaker Pro's (4 of them in the couch, for that extra realism during explosions, earthquakes and stuff)
I hate having a ton of remotes:
So I got one to Rule them All...
Wow, need to clean off the fingerprints on this sucker. For everyone not aware what this remote is, its a Pronto TSU9400 (new remote, been out since Nov). I had the old black and white Pronto TSU3000 and had to retire it, as it couldn't do the things I wanted it to do. If your into programmable remotes, visit Remote Central, its a great site. http://www.remotecentral.com/index.html
Here's some shots of the HTPC in action:
Gotta plug My Movies add-on for Media Center. http://www.mymovies.dk/home.aspx
One more gaget for your Home Theatre:
It's a Lutron Maestro IR Dimmer. It allows for scenes, so you can set it to dim the lights to a specific setting, all with the touch of a single button. Very cool, and it cost a whole $20 at Home Depot and took about 15 minutes to install.
My advice to anyone who like's my setup (or any of the other setups you see here or come across), is to do your homework on the parts, and make sure they do what you need them to do. Also, don't worry about spending the big bucks on everything at once. Take your time and do it right the first time, and you wont have a lot of headaches getting things to play nice with each other.
Oh, and don't ever think you are done...hehehe, couple of items on my Xmas list...
HSU MBM-12 Mid-Bass Module http://hsuresearch.com/products/mbm-12.html
Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse Combo (I really like the MS Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mo...s.aspx?pid=080