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So i've been into home theaters mainly on the HTPC end, but my wife and I recently closed on our first house, while that was exciting in and of itself it also meant that I would have the opportunity for a new media setup, which lead me to AVS. Our old setup( http://thegreenbutton.tv/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=210) had served us well for several years , but it was time to expand.

Thought I would post this about our current setup for those who like to look at these sorts of things, i know I do. Mods please feel free to move this if its not in the right forum. I wasn't really sure where to post it, there are so many subforums here.smile.gif

The current setup consists of the following:

Server
Case – Fractal Design Core 3000 – see my review of the case here http://www.missingremote.com/review/fractal-design-core-3000
CPU - Intel E6300 Dual-Core
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43
Network Card - Intel Gigabit CT PCI-E Network Adapter EXPI9301CTBLK
Hard Drives: Total
OS – 1 x ST500DM002 (500 GB)
Storage Pool using Drive Bender (each Drive 2tbs) total of 5
2xWDEADS
1x WD20EARS
1 x WD20EARX
1 x ST2000DL003

HTPC
Case – Silverstone GDB05
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H67MA-USB3-B3 DDR3 1333 LGA 1155 Intel H67
Network Card - Intel Gigabit CT PCI-E Network Adapter EXPI9301CTBLK
Disk Drive: LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner
CPU - Intel Core i5-2400
Ram - Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3
Hard drives
OS - Crucial RealSSD C300
Recorded TV – 2 x WD AV-GP 3TB

Ok so now for the fun part the pictures.





This is the view from the main seating area. Here you can see the TV which is an LG 55LM4600 55" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED mounted on the wall using the Designer Habitat Ultra Slim Cantilever Swivel & Tilt Wall Mount TV Bracket. At $30.00 the mounting bracket is a bargain compared to other wall mounting solutions I looked at and one that I would highly recommend. You can also see the center channel speaker which is a Micca M-CS Dual 5.25 Inch 2-Way MTM In-Wall Speakers with Pivoting 1" Silk Dome Tweeter. I am sure the audiophiles here are already thinking “where are your left and right channel speakers?” For that we must move the one and a half chair below the TV out of the way which reveals….



Here you can see the right and left channel speakers sitting on top of the Onkyo TX-SR506 which powers the media room. The right and left speaker placement is temporary and will eventually be replaced by in-wall speakers on the left and right of the television. Below the Onkyo is a Sony STR-DE835 which powers the whole home audio (currently just the master bedroom and kitchen, but will soon be expanding to back porch and 2 upstairs bedrooms). I have the audio from the HTPC output over digital optical audio and converted to digital coax that is split into each receiver. This way I can have the HTPC audio source placing at the same time in each zone. In addition, the second receiver allows for independent volume control between the living room and the other zones. The Sony receiver is sitting on top of a passive subwoofer. I don’t know the model or specs of it as it was a hand me down from my father in law. It originally came with the Sony STR-DE835 as part of a HTIB kit. But it has no markings to indicate anything else.

A close up view of the two receivers:



View of the back of the receivers:



Here, you can see the converter that changes the optical audio into digital coax connected to a y-splitter to feed the two receivers. I had originally hoped to just use an optical splitter but could never get it to work and the optical coverter/splitter was significantly cheaper than getting a powered optical audio splitter.

As mentioned above the top receiver drivers the living room setup which is 5.1. The bottom receiver drives the home audio distribution which is 2.0. The speaker outs on this receiver connect to a NXG Technology NX-VCH8 150-Watt Volume Control Distribution Hub which splits out into the two other zones.



Right now I only have two zones, but as you can see I have space for more, just need to run more wires. . The first zone is for the kitchen. The wires for this zone run under our house and up into the kitchen. The other zone goes to the master bedroom which runs up the wall and into the attic crawl space where the ceiling speakers are mounted. (I live in a traditional New Orleans Camel Back Shotgun, link to Wikipedia page for those unfamiliar with this layout https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun_house)

Here is the wall plate behind the receivers where all the in-wall speaker wires are terminated.



From top to bottom they are
1. Living Room - Center channel
2. Living Room - Rear surround left (in-ceiling)
3. Living Room - Rear surround right (in ceiling)
4. Master Bedroom left (in ceiling)
5. Master Bedroom right (in ceiling)



This is a picture of the rear right surround the other is mounted over the sofa on the left.

And now to look at what is behind the TV:





The cable modem, network switch (TRENDnet TEG-S5g), router (linksys WRT160N, running dd-wrt) and two power strips are all mounted to the wall with screws in mounting holes on the back of the devices. The UPS (APC Back-UPS BX1000G) and HTPC are held on the wall using climbing rope attached to drywall hooks. The hooks are each rated at 30 lbs. in drywall and have felt very secure since the equipment has been mounted (roughly 3 months now).



The tuning adapter just rests on top of the HTPC. I would like to mount it to the wall as well, however, it does not have any mounting holes and it seems to rest relatively well where it is. In this picture you can see the TV wall mount as well as the sewell wall blade I installed to transmit power as well as the cable and audio cords in the wall. The wall plate above the HTPC is an Ethernet port that is connected to a second router (Cisco Linksys M20 Valet Plus – running dd-wrt and used as a switch / wireless access point) in the guest room/office / soon to be nursery (wife pregnant with first). This router is connected to the server and a macbook pro.

The server and second router:



Now onto the whole home audio setup, first, the master bedroom setup, which consists of a pair of Pyle Home PDIC51RD 5.25 inch in-ceiling speakers connected to an AudioSource AE100VC Impedance Matching Volume Control.







Its hard to show a sexy pic of an in-ceiling speaker as they blend in so well…

Second, the kitchen zone which consists of two standard bookshelf speakers on top of the cabinets attached to its own impedance matched volume control(same model as the master bedroom).












Well that in a nutshell is the new setup. I still use the same harmony Logitech 700 remote to control everything.



While our cat Hobo misses his favorite sleeping spot on top of the television, he seems ok with his new favorite spot and his new friend izzy that we rescued just before tropical storm issac hit new Orleans back around labor day…





Please feel free to comment and provide suggestions below.

My next big project is to wire the backyard with two speakers and I hope to someday turn it into a separate outdoor theater. But that will have to wait for a future day and another post….

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Greetings and welcome to AVS!  That's a beautiful (and very nicely furnished) room--very clever to hide the gear behind that chair.  What media software are you using for your HTPC?  Given the corner placement of the display, yours seems like a system that would benefit most from a soundbar that could attach to the bottom of your display. That might be the only way to get proper sound dispersion into the room from the corner.  The current direction of the center channel (and the proposed in-wall L and R channels) would compromise the sound significantly since the center channel is facing away from the main listening positions and the soundwaves from the proposed L and R channels would intersect eachother well before they got to you.

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I am using windows media center with my movies.

I will have to let my wife know that you approve of the furnishings, I can’t take any credit for the decorating skills, my only contribution is the AV gear. smile.gif

Thanks for the sound bar suggestion, don't know why I never thought of that. Any good recommendations for a sound bar that can be used with a receiver? Most of the ones that I have seen use RCA inputs as opposed to line level inputs. I also assume that the soundbar would merely replace the R-L channels and then the center channel could stay where it is?

I am new to the whole receiver/5.1 setup so any help is very much appreciated. I know that the corner TV placement is not ideal however it is the only one that really works with the room setup the way it is.
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First of all, welcome. smile.gif

Secondly, have you considered some sort of shelving system for the equipment behind the tv? You look to be somewhat space restricted so you work with what you have of course but I'm thinking from a safety standpoint. Maybe to the right side of the tv (WAF acceptance required of course lol)? I'm sure you've gone through that thought process though so as long as you're happy with it that's all that matters. I like the room and the exposed brick walls. Also love the back yard. I'm jealous. smile.gif
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pcweber, I did consider building a shelf, however, as you noted I don't have much space to work with. The wife was pretty adamant that there would be no visible "black boxes" other than the TV so I was forced to try and conceal everything.

With the TV flush back in the corner the only way the HTPC and UPS will sit is vertically. While this isn't a problem for the UPS it does present a problem for my HTPC as the intake fans are on both sides, at least one side would be blocked significantly hampering cooling.

The only things not directly mounted to the wall with screws are the UPS and HTPC, granted those are also the heaviest as well:) The hooks in the wall are each rated to 30lbs and the rope is rated at 50 lbs. So i feel pretty confident. While its not the most elegant looking solution its not visible in everyday use so good looks aren't required.
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Hey like I said you work with the room (and the wife lol). Looks like a very comfortable room to watch some tv or sit back and enjoy a movie with the mrs. I can't say this enough, I really like your back yard. I love the deck and I'd be out there every night bbqing if I could. Looks like a very comfortable place to just relax and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.
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Thanks, my next big project is to build an arbor to go over the deck. This will give a place to mount some outdoor speakers that I plan to wire up to the A/V system giving us full audio from the front to back of the house.

I plan to take this project on in the next month or two and will post pictures back here of the progress.
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Volfan

sense you all ready have a receiver and are thinking about getting a sound bar, I would look into this

http://www.amazon.com/Bic-Watt-Channel-Speaker-System/dp/B002IT1FFU/ref=sr_1_113?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1375495439&sr=1-113&keywords=sound+bar

BIC makes some good sounding speakers for the price, I have not personally herd this sound bar but i would consider it to be an good option and would give a much better sound then what you have know if mounted to the bottom of your t.v.

other then that i agree you need something to a better sound option, and your place does look great.
best of luck

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Is it wrong that I enjoyed the pictures of kitties the most? biggrin.gif

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So update... my father in law came a few weekends back and we were able to build an arbor out back. Which meant that I finally had a place to mount some outdoor speakers.

Here is a view of the "almost" completed arbor, I still have to run 2x4's across the top. Please disregard the blue box, that is a manifold that I am constructing for an IB subwoofer for the front theater room...will post more once that project is compelte.



Here is close up view of one of the speakers. I went with these

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NJDO4M/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



So far I have been very pleased with the speakers. They have plenty of sound to fill up the back yard and have been through several New Orleans rainstorms and seem to be handling the weather just fine. Only time will tell what the longevity of them will be. The brackets were a slight pain to install by myself, would have been easier with someone else to hold the speaker while the bracket was being attached.

Below are some pictures of how I have the wiring routed. I have it high enough on the inside upper member that you can't see the cross wires until you are almost right underneath the edge



This is a picture of the junction box I used to connect the 4-wire cable to two seperate 2 wire cables routed to each to each speaker



Here is the outdoor volume control that I used, which is this unit from amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MXCXN4/ref=oh_details_o05_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



A word of caution, the junction box was very tight, there was not room for any slack in the wires and I had to try several times to get everything in just right without the connector popping off of the board. If i had it to do over again I would probably buy an indoor volume control and install it in a larger outdoor weatherproof box.

Here is a picture at night with the christmas tree lights on. It is amazing how much light these guys put out. Right now I have it connected with just an extension cord running from the kitchen. which you can see dangling in the first picture. The final plan will have a dedicated power line, which will also give me power for the projector I want to be able to hand from the front arbor rafter for the outdoor theater.



And here are some extra pictures during the construction phase of the arbor. The project took two solid days, and it poured down rain off and on which inhibited the progress with the power tools. But in the end I think it turned out well and now we have a place to have dinner out back and the music can come with us...










Now to finish the IB subwoofer.... and move all gear into our bedroom closet....more pictures to come.
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Good for you, looks like you had a lot of fun with all your projects. I would try to do a little more cable management in your living room setup.

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Ok So i have completed the IB subwoofer addition to the home theater.

The Part list was

2 x Dayton Audio IB385-8 15" for the woofers

A Pyle-Pro PQA3100 for the amplifier

Behringer FBQ1000

Here are the pictures








I constructed the manifold out of plywood and used particle board on the inside of each side where the drivers were installed.
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Also meant to add the graphs for from REW.

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Are you on the East or West coast? And it looks like you're up North. Am I close?

Spinning the rear tire at 150mph while at 3/4 lean angle will put wrinkles in your seat
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I live in new Orleans Louisiana.
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LOL, I was way off.

I'm up in the Northwest and your climate looked familiar.

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