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Over the past few months I've made a few changes:

1. Now using ROON software for 2 channel music instead of JRiverMC 21, the latter which I still use for multi-channel music.

2. Now using a Curious Cable .8M USB cable (for CAPSv4 Pipeline 2 channel music server)

3. Now using Lumagen 2143 for video scaling/processing (got a great price on one used), replacing my Lumagen Radiance XE. I did this only because the 2143 has built-in Darbee processing which I use.

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EGADS! ROON has just got WAY better in my audio/home theater system!!!@@@

My ROON setup, until tonight, was as follows:

CAPSv4 (Computer Audiophile forum server, version 4), USB out. With Roonserver loaded, designated as my primary music computer for ROON, because ROON would only use the USB out from the primary music server.

iPad Pro with the iPad Pro app for ROON, used as a controller only.

Also a Toshiba laptop, with the full RoonInstaller loaded, but used only as a controller as well.

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Tonight, as I started listening to music with ROON, an auto ROON software install came up and loaded. I checked and found out the ROON version is now 1.2. And version 1.2 also has RoonBridge software, which now allows the full RoonInstaller to be installed on a computer remote, that is, from the media server that is outputting the USB music!

Now my ROON setup, as of late last night (Tuesday night) (EXCITING!) is:

CAPSv4 (Computer Audiophile forum server, version 4), USB out. With Roonserver and RoonBridge loaded, designated as a remote computer for ROON.

CAPSv3 Zuma (Computer Audiophile forum server, version 3) (modded a bit). I use this media server only for multi-channel out via HDMI using JRiver Media Center software (as ROON does not at this time do multi-channel audio). But NOW I have loaded the main RoonInstaller, the full ROON program, and I have this computer designated as primary for ROON. ROON’s database is now on this computer. This computer does all the filing, searching, internet connections, audio processing, etc now for ROON and my 2 channel audio – then the audio file goes through my wi-fi network to the CAPSv4 and out its USB. HA!

iPad Pro with the iPad Pro app for ROON, used as a controller only.

Also a Toshiba laptop, with the full RoonInstaller loaded, but used only as a controller as well.
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ROON as configured prior to tonight, in my system, sounded better than JRiver Media Center 21, for stereo!

By moving all the PC “work” and “processing” over to the CAPSv3, the sonic improvement is astounding and amazing!!@@@

ROON is a terrific audio playing program for audiophiles and music luvers! Its metadata capabilities alone are reason to use ROON. But its audio quality particularly when you use a separate computer for the ROON processing, etc (as I use the CAPSv3), and use a media server pretty much only to pass on the audio signal (as I use the CAPSv4), is second to none! I am blown away! I wonder how long I will stay up listening to music tonite? Its already 2 AM!

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Sonore and also Small Green Computer just started sales of their revolutionary new product, the Sonore MicroRendu - A Revolution in Music Server Price & Quality!

Read the review at:
http://www.computeraudiophile.com/co...part-1/Product for sale at Sonore’s website, also at Small Green Computer for a “whole” $640! http://microjukebox.com/products/mic...nt=18223114884

MICRORENDU

• $ 64000

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Power supply
Sold Out
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Connect your USB DAC to your network.
The microRendu allows you to play music from many different network music sources on your USB attached DAC.
POWER SUPPLY OPTIONS
iFi iPower Supply - 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, ~1uV average audio band noise floor, for USA/UK/EU/AUS electrical outlets, with Active Noise Cancellation+

SPECIFICATIONS:
AUDIO
• Supported File Formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WMA-L, DSF, DFF
• Native Sampling Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz and 384kHz
• DSD formats: DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256
• Bit Depths: 16, 24
• SPDIF output supports: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz both in 16 bit and 24 bit
CONNECTIVITY
• Network: Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
• USB: 2 USB ports
• SPDIF: 1 optical SPDIF digital output
• Power: 5VDC input
• Network Protocols: DLNA, , Squeezebox®, Roon RAAT
USER INTERFACE
• Android: App Available Online at Google Play Store - OrangeSqueeze
• iOS: App Available Online at Apple App Store - iPeng
• Roon iOS or Android App
DIMENSIONS:
• 3.5"x2.2"x.7"
• 1 lbs
POWER CONSUMPTION:
• 8 Watts
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT:
• 0° C to 40° C
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I just ordered one! For now they are sold out.

I will be using it in my system in place of my CAPSv4 Pipeline, which I will sell. This component will be my RoonBridge, in lieu of the CAPSv4 Pipeline I am using right now for this purpose.My CAPSv3 Zuma will continue to be used for multi-channel audio over HDMI with JRiver Media Center; and also my CAPSv3 Zuma will continue to run the main RoonServer program to interface with internet music info and data and to do the processing/conversion of audio files and then send them via Ethernet to the MicroRendu which will output clean and isolated audio over USB to the rest of my system! I was hopin’ this would come about. Never expected so quick. For now, I will be using the MicroRendu with the external LPS power supply that came with my CAPSv4. Sonore is coming out with a premium LPS power supply particularly for the MicroRendu, which I plan to get once available, which should even give me somewhat improved sonics over my current LPS!
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I love the Microrendu. Sonically, using the HDPlex linear power supply it at least equals, ifnot betters in some respects, my CAPSv4 media server!

To improve sonics ever more, I just ordered a Sonore Signature Power Supply for the Microrendu!

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Let me explain again how I have used Roon in my system during this year so far:

1. Initially, I installed RoonServerInstaller64, on my then CAPSv4 (operated headless, using Teamviewer to remotely control the CAPSv4 from my PCs or iPad) (I didn't install the "full" RoonInstaller64 program because Windows 8.1 Pro had been optimized on my CAPSv4 to elimate unnecessary functions, including those necessary for Roon's video display). This program permitted me to utilize the CAPSv4 USB output for audio.

2. In April, Roon updated to version 1.2, a BIG DEAL! I was able to install RoonInstaller64 on my Toshiba laptop; and install RoonBridgeinstaller64 on my CAPSv4. Thanks to RoonBridge on my CAPSv4, I was able to have all the internet seeking for metadata & info, and audio processing, done by my Toshiba laptop; using the RoonBridge on the CAPSv4 only as the USB audio output.

3. I then substituted my CAPSv3 (which runs JRiver for multi-channel via HDMI) (which I quit using for 2 channel via USB once I got the CAPSv4) running RoonServerInstaller64 for the Toshiba laptop, as the CAPSv3 is fanless, and as when I run Roon I am not also running JRiver (which I now use only for multi-channel) at the same time as Roon.

4. In May, I replaced the CAPSv4 as a RoonBridge (outputting
USB audio) with the Microrendu (which comes Roonready, which is the same as loading RoonBridge onto a computer).

My current Roon setup:

CAPSv3 runs RoonServerInstaller64. Microrendu is Roon Ready.

WDMyCloudEX4 (Western Digital) 16 TB Server connects via ethernet cable to Linksys router/access point.

CAPSv3 connects via ethernet cable to Linksys router/access point.

Microrendu connects via ethernet cable to Linksys router/access point.

Microrendu connects via USB output/USB cable to Berkely Audio USB to digital converter.

Berkely connects via Cardas AES/EBU digital cable to Theta CBIV SSP.

Theta CBIV SSP connects via three Cardas AES/EBU digital cables to three external Theta Gen VIII Series 3 DACs.

I initially used the Microrendu with the HDPlex 100 watt linear power supply (LPS) that came with my CAPSv4, and it was a clear sonic improvement over the CAPSv4. After I few weeks, my new Sonore Signature Power Supply (with 2 Synergistic Research black fuses) arrived, and this was a substantial sonic improvement even more than before!

Note that my CAPSv3 (and now sold CAPSv4) Windows 8.1 Pro operating systems were optimized by Andrew Gillis, Small Green Computer (he also wrote the software for the Microrendu) to delete unnecessary functions for the best audio sonics and to avoid operating hiccups. I have personally experienced operating hiccups when using a computer without having Windows optimized for audio usage.



Having the main Roon core with all processing done on one computer, with another computer or component operating as a Roon bridge or endpoint, gives appreciably better sonics than having all of Roon done on one computer. And then add the Microrendu and I found the additional sonic improvement was simply breathtaking.

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So what have I done/changed the past few months:

For two channel stereo (and expanded to 5.1 channel sometimes on music): Started using ROON on my then CAPSv4 Pipeline about Jan. 2016. In April, ROON allowed me to run ROON Core on one computer, and use another computer as a ROON bridge, so I used my CAPSv3, retired from stereo use and still used with JRiver MC for multi-channel audio, as the ROON Core and the CAPSv4 as the ROON bridge. Then, May 2016, CAPSv4 is retired and sold and replaced by the Sonore Microrendu as a ROON endpoint.
Just a few days ago, replaced the CAPSv3 as the ROON Core with the Small Green Computer Sonic Transporter i5.

Added a pair of TP-LINK GB Media Converters between the Microrendu ethernet connection to the Linksys router/access point

Inserted a pair of PS Audio Quintets, each powered by one of my two PS Audio P5 power regenerators. One Quintet is used for computer & networking gear, including providing clean power to my new pair of HDPLex 100W LPS (linear power supplied). The HDPlex’s are used to connect DC power inputs of the Linksys router, Linksys switcher, Sonic Transporter i5,
Lumagen 2143 video processor, 2 TP-Link GB Media Converters, Western Digital WDMyCloudEX4 Server. The other Quintet is used for 3 DirecTV power plugs.

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Amazing thread Steve. I came to your thread after searching the entire forum for the sonicTransporter i5 ! There aren't many photos of it on the web and in forums.

Are you able to share some pics, of the front, sides and back of the unit, just so I can see the ports available and the build of the unit.

It looks very cool on the main sales website and judging from your feedback in this thread, performs really well

Thanks in advance

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Amazing thread Steve. I came to your thread after searching the entire forum for the sonicTransporter i5 ! There aren't many photos of it on the web and in forums.

Are you able to share some pics, of the front, sides and back of the unit, just so I can see the ports available and the build of the unit.

It looks very cool on the main sales website and judging from your feedback in this thread, performs really well

Thanks in advance
Here are pictures of my Small Green Computer i5 Transporter!
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Here are pictures of my Small Green Computer i5 Transporter!
Thanks Steve ! Do the HDMI and speaker ports actually work or have all video and sound output component's been stripped from the motherboard to keep the sonicT i5 as efficient as possible for storage and network playback only ?


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Thanks Steve ! Do the HDMI and speaker ports actually work or have all video and sound output component's been stripped from the motherboard to keep the sonicT i5 as efficient as possible for storage and network playback only ?


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Sorry, I only use the Transporter i5 for Roon Core with the Microrendu as a Roon Endpoint. You would have to ask Small Green Computer your questions, or post them at the Computer Audiophile forum.

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Sorry, I only use the Transporter i5 for Roon Core with the Microrendu as a Roon Endpoint. You would have to ask Small Green Computer your questions, or post them at the Computer Audiophile forum.
Thanks Steve. I also have the microrendu and will be using it similarly to you. I wanted to know if the sonicT has stripped away unnecessary components (like video processing and audio output) the way has been done with the microrendu to optimise performance. I thought you may know or have asked in the past but I'll post in the relevant threads. Seeing those HDMI and speaker out and mic in ports made me curious.

Many thanks again for sharing and what a great system you have!


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Here's my now updated system info. I have recently added three HDplex 100 watt linear power supplies, which power all of my DC input components, giving me much cleaner and better sounding power than using the supplied DC bricks! (The only exception is my three DC bricks for my DirecTV system are plugged into a PS Audio Quintet, which is plugged into one of my PS Audio P5 Power Plants)
And most significantly, my 3 Theta Digital Generation VIII Series 3 DACs are gone (sold), replaced by the new Xtreme D3 DACs internal to the Theta Casablanca 4 SSP (surround sound processor), and which I have verified sound as good or better than when I was using the 3 Generation 8 DACs. Its really amazing. New technology, with the volume controls on and as part of the D3 DAC cards, give us the very best internal DAC cards for a SSP, with the resulting sound competitive and even better than most of the two channel DACs sold today!


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Below is current information on my theater and components as of December 2016!

STEVE BRUZONSKY’S HOME THEATER SYSTEM – December 2016


VIDEO DISPLAY AND PROCESSING:

Sim2 C3X 1080 3 chip DLP Projector

Lumagen 2143 video processor/scaler

ISCO IIIL Anamorphic Lens and Cineslide Multistand II, with PPL-XL custom extra long length Cineslide mount kit

Stewart Cine-V Curved Screen, 2:35 128” W X 54” H, with drop down side masking to 96” W for 16:9, 1.3 gain.

LG 55UB8500 55 inch 4k Ultra HDTV (under projection screen)


AUDIO VIDEO SOURCES & PROCESSING:

Theta Casablanca 4 surround processor (with DIRAC Live room correction) with 2 Xtreme D3 DAC cards (12 channels – ready for Dolby Atmos in near future, when the CB 4a becomes available with Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D, for which I will be adding four KEF THX in ceiling speakers and an ATI multi-channel amp for those speakers)
(I had three Theta Generation VIII Series 3 DACs connected via a full bandwith digital out card to the Theta CB 4, and when I recently added the D3 DACs I found that they sound as good or better than the Generation VIII DACs, which I have sold) (My current configuration is 5.1 channels, with the two subwoofers chained to each other).

Theta Compli Blu 3D Universal Player (Blu Ray, SACD, DVD-A, CD)

Oppo 103D Universal player (which I use to rip SACDs)

Amazon Fire HD

Customized CAPS3.0 Zuma Music Server (computer, assembled and purchased from Small Green Computer),
used for multi-channel HDMI output to Theta Casablanca IV SSP (using JRiverMC 21 software for multi-channel music).

Small Green Computer Sonic Transporter i5 used for ROON Core, and Sonore Microrendu, as ROON endpoint, for 2 channel stereo output over USB to Berkeley Audio Alpha USB Converter, then AES/EBU to Casablanca IV SSP). Powered by Sonore Signature Power Supply with Synergistic Research fuses

Western Digital WDMyCloudEX4 16TB network server (with more than 8TB for 2Ch music); and Western Digital WDMyCloud 8TB (with more than 4.5TB for multi-channel music) (in theater room, as fans make no discernable noise) (connected by CAT6a Ethernet cable to Netgear access point, which is then connected by CAT6a Ethernet cable to the CAPSv3 (multi-channel music player), MicroRendu.and Sonic Transporter i5 (two channel music player)

2 TP-Link GB Media Converters, placed between Linksys WRT 1900AC router and Microrendu

Berkley Audio Alpha USB Converter

3 Linksys WRT1900AC routers, programmed with one in upstairs home office as main router, and two as bridges – one in home theater, one at West main floor of home, for wireless network)

Netgear GS116NA 16 port ethernet switch

DirecTV HR44 Genie with C41 Genie Client
REMOTE:

Apple IPad Pro (for remote Music Server playback), using both JRemote and TeamViewer 10.


POWER AMPLIFIERS:

5 Theta Digital Prometheus monoblock amplifiers.


SPEAKERS AND STANDS:

5 Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers (including one for front center channel). Surround 7ts are elevated an additional 6 inches high by having OsirisGiza Mk II stands .

2 JL Audio Fathom f212 subwoofers (each subwoofer has two 12” woofers).

2 custom Acoustic Sciences Corporation SubTraps (22” X 22” X 15” high)


AUDIO AND VIDEO CABLES:

HDMI Cabling Monoprice 18Gbps Ultra Slim High Performance HDMI Cable w/ Redmere Technology and Blue Jeans BJC-FE HDMI cables, with Blue Jeans BJC Series-1 HDMI cabling in wall to projector

Five Pairs Cardas Clear Light 1.5M speaker cables (each speaker biwired with one pair)

Granite Audio Model 470 Silver Analog Interconnects (single-ended and balanced) for long runs from monoblock amplifiers to speakers.

Mogami microphone XLR subwoofer interconnects

Cardas Audio Clear AES/EBU 1.5M digital audio cables

Curious Cable Link USB cable (connecting Microrendu to Berkley Audio USB Converter)

Blue Jeans Cat 6a and Audioquest Cinnamon & Forest Ethernet Cat7 Cables


POWER ACCESSORIES:

2 - PS Audio Perfect Wave P5 Power Plants
2 – PS Audio Quintet (Each one connected to a P5, one used for computer & networking, and one used for 3
DirecTV plugs)
3 – HDPlex 100W LPS (Linear Power Supplied). Each of the PS Audio P5s feeds one of the HDPlex 100W LPS.
The HDPlex’s are used to connect DC power inputs of the Linksys router, Netgear switcher, Sonic Transporter i5,
Lumagen 2143 video processor, 2 TP-Link GB Media Converters, Western Digital WDMyCloudEX4 and WDMyCloud Servers.

PS Audio Soloist in wall power conditioner (for all non-amplifier components)

PS Audio Power Ports AC outlets

Granite Audio Model 560 and 555 power cords

Audioprism Noise Sniffer and Audioprism Quietline AC Filters


COMPONENT RACKS:

Michael Green Deep Clampracks, one 54" high and two 48" high

Michael Green Deluxe Justarack Tuning Boards (3)

Steve Blinn amplifier stands (2)

ROOM ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS:

Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding 5" (black) placed on bevel at wall/ceiling seams

Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers (black): Four Mini Corner Controllers, placed at ceiling corners over ACM joints; Eight Wall Mount Controllers 36", one at each of four wall corners, two on each side wall; and Six Mini Echo Controllers, one centered above the screen at the wall/ceiling seam, one centered above the back cabinets' wetbar at ball wall/ceiling seam, and one placed on the ceiling above each Aerial Acoustics 10T speaker

FURNITURE:

La-Z-Boy Legend Power Leather Recliners. 1st row three recliners, with console including two cupholders inbetween the front row center and right recliners. 2nd row two recliners with console including two cupholders between them.

OTHER ACCESSORIES/TWEAKS:

Symposium Platforms, Ultra and Svelte.

Symposium Rollerblocks Series 2.

Cardas Caps (for components' unused RCA inputs/outputs)

Michael Green Cable Grounds.


Notes on Setup & Special Dedicated Room Construction and Features
Notes on Setup:
All speakers are floorstanding.
How far apart are the main speakers? 168" (14 feet) front left from front right, & surround left from surround right. 165" (13 feet 9 inches) front left from surround left, & front right from surround right. All speakers including front center are Aerial Acoustics 7ts. Center speaker is equidistant from front center as the other speakers. The four front and surround Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers are setup at about 2, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock on circle, tilted at the center front row "sweet spot" (two rows of leather recliners each row) listening/viewing position at about 45 degrees, with each of the four main 7ts facing another 7t diagonally at a 45 degree angle.
How far is the listener from the rear wall? Rear row 5 feet, and front row 11 feet from back wall.
Placement of the rear surround speakers? Rear surrounds are about 1.5 feet to the rear of the rear row listening positions. Rear surrounds are about 7.5 feet to the rear of the front row listening position.
How many rows of seat in the theater? 2 rows,3 leather recliners in front, 2 leather recliners in back, back row raised 8 inches on a platform. Back row left seat (2 recliners in back row) is right in the center sweet spot of the speakers from left to right. Front row center seat (3 recliners in front row) is right in the center sweet spot of the speakers from left to right.
Surround Processor Settings: I have Theta CB4 settings including Dirac and speaker levels with one setting for front row and another setting for back row. I primarily listen to music in the back row. I may watch movies/tv from front or back row.
Acoustic Treatments? Normally, the Aerial 7ts are too far apart for excellent imaging and sonics; however, thanks to the Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers and acoustical treatments, this is preferred positioning for best home theater sonics. The Pressure Zone Controllers at the front of the room are adjusted for a solid phantom center image with only stereo playing for the front left and right 7t; and towards and at the back, the controllers are adjusted for more ambience.

SPECIAL DEDICATED ROOM CONSTRUCTION AND FEATURES:

Home Theater room dimensions are 18 feet 3 inches wide, 25 feet long and 11 feet 11 inches high. This is #3 on the Louden scale of best acoustical audio dimensions, to lessen the room node interaction at low bass frequencies as much as possible.

The room was added East of the Master Bedroom. A hallway and bathroom are between the Master Bedroom and the Home Theater room. The theater's cement foundation has seams between the theater and the hallway/bathroom, and also between the hallway/bathroom and the Master Bedroom, for vibration control.

Double masonite doors with wood and rubber seals around them lead from the Master Bedroom to the hallway, and from the hallway to the theater. Double 2 inch X 4 inch stud walls, with 1 inch air space inbetween, are between the Master Bedroom and the hallway/bathroom.

At the rear of the home theater, flat black cabinets with a wetbar in the middle are 20 inches deep with the 2 inch X 6 inch stud wall in back of the cabinets.

There is blown in cellulose insulation for all of the walls, which seeps into and perfectly seals all nooks and crannies, except the ceiling insulation is BAT (much of the ceiling is taken up by large oversized air conditioning ducts and there was insuficient room up there to squeeze in a blow in cellulose). USG Acoustical Sealant was used on all stud surfaces to minimize vibrations. Sound board, followed by gyp board, was installed on all of the walls and ceiling of the entire addition.

The air conditioning return is at the rear of the theater underneath the cabinets and is roughly about more than 10 feet long and 4 inches in height. The air conditioning is whisper quiet thanks to the oversized gentle turns insulated air ducts. The air return is located in the attic above the bathroom, with a separate air conditioning unit outside the room, and with the air conditioning unit on a concrete slab separated from the addition's concrete slab, so that the air conditioning is self-contained and totally separate from the rest of our home.

The local code requires at minimum the Home Theater room's windows, two windows four feet wide X 5 feet high. Each window is on the north and south side walls, with each window ending 7 feet from the front video screen wall, just behind the very front of the front left and right Aerial Acoustics 7T speakers. The windows consist of one double pane outside and a single pane inside. Each pane is on a separate wood insulated frame to minimize vibrations and maximize soundproofing. Manual Draper Lightblock shades ensure that the room remains totally dark for video.

Our home has a 400 amp electrical service. That service was originally split into two 200 amp panel boxes, one for the East and one for the West side of our home. With the new addition at the East of our home, its 200 amp service panel box has a new 100 amp circuit breaker, which is isolated from the 200 amp panel from which its fed, which feeds a third panel box which contains 19 dedicated 20 amp, 10 guage wire circuits for the Home Theater room only. However, I intentionally wired the Home Theater room and addition lighting, a ceiling dedicated 20 amp circuit (which can but is not presently used for the projector), and the addition air conditioning dedicated 30 amp circuit into the pre-existing East panel box, to help keep noise from those circuits out of the panel box and dedicated circuits for audio and video components. The 19 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the Home Theater room panel box are wall wired same electrical phase, skipping every even circuit in the panel box (otherwise, as in typical panel boxes which don't skip every even circuit, this results in doubling the AC power noise). 4 guage copper wire runs from the Home Theater panel box to a nearby 8 foot copper ground rod well buried in the ground. The house ground is a 4 guage copper wire from the East panel box. And a 4 guage copper wire connects the copper ground rod to the house ground. The Home Theater room electrical outlets are PS Audio Power Ports 20 amp (which replaced Hubbell one grade below hospital grade in August 2002). In 2007 added whole house surge suppression, Innovative Technology (Eaton) PTE160 for 400 amp panel and PTE0481S101 for home theater panel.

Home Theater room colors are optimized for front projection, black carpet over a cement foundation, black ceiling, and black side walls from the front screen wall out seven feet to the edge of the windows, the remainder of the room is dark gray (the dark gray looks like a medium to lighter gray when placed next to black).

Three black art deco style theater lights on each side wall.

Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 remote controlled lighting.

A black, remote controlled whisper quiet ceiling fan centered about two-thirds into the room from the front screen wall.

Boltz Multimedia racks for audio and video media.

Four Billy Bags amp stands are used as mobile end tables.

You mean you don't remember me? Back 1999 - 2003, I started and moderated the AVS Tweaks forum and also the AVS Special Guests forum.

My home theater at:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1158431
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