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post #1 of 18 Old 11-11-2009, 01:57 PM - Thread Starter
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I got great deals on a lot of the stuff listed below - thanks craigslist! Other stuff like the projector mount and screen were DIY projects costing about 80 bucks for both. I've been acquiring these items over the last couple of years:

Mitsubishi HC1600 Projector
DIY Screen 100"
Harman Kardon AVR254 Reciever
Klipsch KG5.5 Speakers
Klipsch KV-3 Center (not pictured)
Klipsch KSB 1.1 Surrounds (not pictured)
SVS SB12 Subs

HTPC
GMC AVC S-7 Case
Biostar 790GX XE mobo
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Processor
4GB Ram
640GB HDD
Adesso RF Wireless Mini Keyboard

Unraid Server (Converted my old HTPC)
Silverstone LC13 Case
Biostar 780G mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4850E Processor
2GB Ram
2TB HDD x2
1.5TB HDD x3
1TB HDD 

XBOX 360






I'm very happy with the setup... the 100" screen looks gigantic from 12ft away, and the KG 5.5's are overkill for the apartment but sound amazing compared to the small speakers they replaced.
 
Edit: recently upgraded the center channel, surrounds, replaced the sub, added a second sub, and upgraded drives on the server.

 


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post #2 of 18 Old 11-11-2009, 03:24 PM
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Well done!
I'm a big fan of theaters done on the cheap!

120" Electric Motorized Remote Projection Screen Movie Projector Black Matt 16:9, Elite Screens R115WH1-WIDE ezFrame Fixed Projection Screen (115" 2.35:1 AR)(CineWhite), Onkyo TX-NR616 7.2-Channel THX Select2 Plus Certified Network A/V Receiver(Black), Klipsch Reference Series R-1650-C In-Wall/In...
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nice setup, i cant spend much either, but i think i ended up with overkill for my room as well (but is there really such a thing?). nice to see others maximizing money. im sure its great. i recently upgraded, and i totally know what you mean by thank craigslist (and ebay) because i got an onkyo m-282 for 10 bucks from craigslist...and it looks brand new! and practically is. its only 2 weeks old. (3 now) and an rx-v663 for 230 on ebay new. but bravo... im also jealous of the PJ, but id go through the bulbs like a fat kid and a box of doughnuts if i had one. kudos
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I love the use of the Klipsch KG5.5's. My first set of hi-fi were KG4.2's ala classified ads. Bought em for 100$, used em for a couple years, and sold em for $240 They are excellent speakers for the money! I buy my gear on craigslist as well- can't afford the prices for new. You best not be sniping the good ones from s/e PA

Congrats on a good clean setup, it looks great.

Just one thought, does that entrance-way make it so you can't spread your mains out a bit? I'd think that everything kinda sounds front and center with it packed in there, but sometimes there's no escaping it. A door did that to my last apartment...

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nice setup, i cant spend much either, but i think i ended up with overkill for my room as well (but is there really such a thing?). nice to see others maximizing money. im sure its great. i recently upgraded, and i totally know what you mean by thank craigslist (and ebay) because i got an onkyo m-282 for 10 bucks from craigslist...and it looks brand new! and practically is. its only 2 weeks old. (3 now) and an rx-v663 for 230 on ebay new. but bravo... im also jealous of the PJ, but id go through the bulbs like a fat kid and a box of doughnuts if i had one. kudos

Yes, thank ebay too. Like you I also bought my receiver on ebay for just about the same price you paid

I've had the PJ for a little over 4 months - 1300hrs on the bulb already! But you know what, it's totally worth it! The PQ is great, and the size cannot be beat. I'm loving it.

 


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I love the use of the Klipsch KG5.5's. My first set of hi-fi were KG4.2's ala classified ads. Bought em for 100$, used em for a couple years, and sold em for $240 They are excellent speakers for the money! I buy my gear on craigslist as well- can't afford the prices for new. You best not be sniping the good ones from s/e PA

Congrats on a good clean setup, it looks great.

Just one thought, does that entrance-way make it so you can't spread your mains out a bit? I'd think that everything kinda sounds front and center with it packed in there, but sometimes there's no escaping it. A door did that to my last apartment...

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Thank you for the compliment.

Yes the entrance way does makes things a little tighter then I would like, but I still get good separation of R & L.

I've become a big fan of Klipsch speakers... like you said "excellent speakers for the money."

 


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yeah, i would have more use on the bulb than that if i had one. so i went with a plasma. and its ok, i would barely be able to fit anything else in my room. you can go look at it in this forum. its an 11x12 bedroom lol but its my little heaven
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kustus - I was heavily considering a plasma. A 58" Samsung to be exact. Ultimately I wanted a 100" screen more than anything, and it helped that I got the PJ for a 1/4 of what the plasma wouldve cost. The downsides of the PJ are the bulb life/$$ as you're well aware, and if I want to watch anything during the day then I have draw all the blinds & turn off all the lights to get a decent picture. I'm rarely home during the day so no big deal in my case, but i'm sure that's a deal breaker for many.

 


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How are you getting power and picture signal to the projector?

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I ran the power & hdmi cable in-wall. I cut hole in the wall behind the picture and fished the cables from there.

 


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I ran the power & hdmi cable in-wall. I cut hole in the wall behind the picture and fished the cables from there.

Just for safety's sake, I hope you are using some sort of powerbridge solution and don't have a stranded power cable in the wall.

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That's a very good point you've brought up KingLeerUK, and something I previously hadn't given any thought too.

I better get on that before the landlord finds out

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Thanks, I was fortunate to get some good deals. The htpc & server are the $$$ things, if you took them out of the equation, then the title would be "less than 1500 setup for a small apartment."

 


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Bumping this due to numerous changes in the setup.

Since that first post I've upgraded the following:

Projector from Mitsubishi HC1600 to Optoma HD20 to Optoma HD25e

Projector screen from 100" 16:9 to 125" 2.35:1.

Receiver from HK AVR254 to Denon 1713 to Denon 2113CI.

Main speakers from Klipsch KG 5.5 to Crites CS-1.

Center from Klipsch KV3 to KLF-C7 to phantom center.

Moved side surr to rear and added Klipsch KSB3.1 as the new sides.

Added two sealed Dayton 18" subs to go with the dual svs subs I already owned.

Added new HTPC with JRiver Media Center.

Added new, larger media server.

New room orientation.

A few bass traps and acoustic tiles.

Drapes for the side walls, blackout curtains, and material covering most of ceiling to reduce reflections.

Been a steady work in progress. Also bought a usb mic and learned how to use REW.

Using Sweethome3D I modeled my room before and after. <a class="attachment loginreq" href="/attachments/78008" title="">NewLayout.zip 2895k .zip file

Before: 5.1 system that bounced between 3-4 subs, listening positions against boundaries




After: 7.1 system, 4 subs at mid walls,




I'm enjoying the new arrangement so far, a definite improvement from before, and I have yet to EQ the system. There are a few more changes to be made, before I can optimize.
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You did a serious overhaul, with some big improvements, not just in equipment, but in room configuration and layout. In your most recent redesign, you've certainly integrated many of the important principles of proper HT design: optimal subwoofer placement verified with measurements, proper seating placement, proper surround speaker placement, acoustic treatments, etc. I'm sure the new configuration looks and sounds a lot better.

Congrats on taking your theater to the "next level!"

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You did a serious overhaul, with some big improvements, not just in equipment, but in room configuration and layout. In your most recent redesign, you've certainly integrated many of the important principles of proper HT design: optimal subwoofer placement verified with measurements, proper seating placement, proper surround speaker placement, acoustic treatments, etc. I'm sure the new configuration looks and sounds a lot better.

Congrats on taking your theater to the "next level!"

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Thank you for the feedback Craig, it has definitely been an enjoyable process. And yes, the new configuration is working out well.

Thought I was done upgrading, but I recently got a Denon X5200 receiver, and added 4 overhead speakers for a 6.4.4 TF+ RH Atmos configuration. Very pleased with that purchase.

New sub arrangement, with 3 subs mid wall, and one 3.5' elevated in the rear corner.

Also added 4 DIY poly cylindrical diffusers for the side walls.

The 3D modeling picture doesn't show ear height rear surrounds, black recliner couch, black area rug, and fully masked screen wall.

Ok now I'm done... so time to kick back and enjoy
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