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Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   09-30-2014, 10:00 AM
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Posted By jautor
Read this thread:...

Read this thread: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-dedicated-theater-design-construction/855958-what-i-d-do-differently-next-time.html



Have the builder place steps outside the theater door, so...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   09-30-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,262
Posted By jautor
No, but it was what "they" were saying about...

No, but it was what "they" were saying about fiber in the home 10 years ago. Which was just repeating what they said 10 years before that. Fiber distribution in the home is the "free beer tomorrow"...
Forum: Game Room Equipment & Accessories   09-29-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By jautor
Size for the stuff on battery power only. The...

Size for the stuff on battery power only. The rest is limited by total amperage rating (likely 15A) of the surge protector.

And just because you have a PC with a 500W (capable) power supply...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-29-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 94
Posted By jautor
Home run every coax from the display locations to...

Home run every coax from the display locations to your central location (rack), and make sure there's a path or an existing wire from there to the service entrance on the exterior of the house.
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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-29-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By jautor
They are different but have very similar feature...

They are different but have very similar feature sets. Russound gear at the street price is probably a bit lower in comparison.



Yes, DMS3.1. You can also build a system with keypads using...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-28-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By jautor
More likely that's a second cable for another...

More likely that's a second cable for another provider/service - CATV should be coming in one cable to your enclosure. You'll want to split it there for your modem and coax amp.



Fixed your...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   09-28-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 420
Posted By jautor
Because Apple could certainly add that support in...

Because Apple could certainly add that support in the future, or you may use another source for video?
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   09-28-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 271
Posted By jautor
Ah, another link in the chain you didn't mention!...

Ah, another link in the chain you didn't mention!

If you previously unplugged the cable box AC power and the CATV coax, and still had the hum, then the source sounds like the splitter and/or the...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   09-27-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 631
Posted By jautor
A "layout" (drawings with placements, etc.) is...

A "layout" (drawings with placements, etc.) is IIRC $700 now, and assumes that you're either DIY'ing the build, or have a contractor that is either experienced with these construction techniques or...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   09-27-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 631
Posted By jautor
If you pull the rows closer to the screen (first...

If you pull the rows closer to the screen (first row at 10-11') a smaller screen would give the same immersive feel as a larger one further back (within reason). My room dimensions are very similar...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   09-27-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 271
Posted By jautor
And? What did you find? The correct...

And? What did you find?

The correct approach is to unplug everything, then add gear until you encounter the problem. Start with the receiver with no sources and just the speakers (no powered...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-27-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By jautor
No intercom on any of the WHA systems I know of...

No intercom on any of the WHA systems I know of except the HTD. IMO, you don't want it unless you *really* need it...



The system (NuVo Grand Concerto or Essentia w/keypad kit), and the MPS4...
Forum: DIY Constant Height   09-27-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By jautor
You shouldn't use a curved screen unless you are...

You shouldn't use a curved screen unless you are going to use an anamorphic lens. And even then, it's not necessary for 'reasonable' sized home theater screens. The pincushion distortion is an inch...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   09-27-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By jautor
Start with this as a planning tool: ...

Start with this as a planning tool:

https://www.brunswickbilliards.com/room-size-requirements/

A telepost / pillar a few feet from the table isn't the worst thing in the world as it will only...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-27-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By jautor
Adequate? Perhaps. My recommendation, no. Run...

Adequate? Perhaps. My recommendation, no. Run at least two cat5e/cat6 wires to each display location. I would also run at least two to any primary drop in a room (if you have multiple drops, then...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-26-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By jautor
Can you run a patch cable temporarily to...

Can you run a patch cable temporarily to determine the source of the hum? Meaning, use the baluns without the in-wall cables... When you lifted the ground on the sub, did the hum go away?
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-26-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By jautor
Video distribution will almost certainly be...

Video distribution will almost certainly be separate from WHA zones in a lot (if not most) cases. Control4 has an audio streamer, again a separate device from video distribution. If you're going...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-26-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By jautor
Limited functionality? :confused: They're...

Limited functionality? :confused:

They're as functional as any WHA system, and the pricing "per zone" is right in line with the other best-in-class WHA systems when Internet streaming and digital...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-26-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By jautor
You're placing a bet on HDBaseT with USB to be a...

You're placing a bet on HDBaseT with USB to be a viable remote solution - while it may be, it's not going to be cheap, and may have other limitations we're not aware of yet. I would certainly wire...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-25-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By jautor
I don't believe so, and there really isn't a lot...

I don't believe so, and there really isn't a lot of need for it in HDBaseT applications, since the devices attaching to the receiver are only 100Mb-capable in most cases.



Yes, running multiple...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-25-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By jautor
With that many speakers you are asking a lot from...

With that many speakers you are asking a lot from a receiver in terms of constant load. A large two-channel amp might fare better, but honestly, with 8 zones, you really should be looking at a...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-25-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By jautor
One or more Sonos Connect or Connect:Amp units...

One or more Sonos Connect or Connect:Amp units would be a better choice. NuVo's Player line would also work - but I'm not sure how far along they are in terms of automation-integration support...
Forum: Theater Room Items & Accessories   09-24-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By jautor
Try Paul at Hank's Electric - he's on the forum...

Try Paul at Hank's Electric - he's on the forum here (spiwrx)...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   09-24-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By jautor
A Redmere active cable will reach 50', but those...

A Redmere active cable will reach 50', but those should be installed along with a flex conduit and certainly at least a cat5e/cat6 or more as backup/future-proofing. And at $60, a much better...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   09-24-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By jautor
I don't see a mention of your L/R speakers? ...

I don't see a mention of your L/R speakers? That's the important part...

You want a center speaker that matches those, and you shouldn't skimp on the center - as that's where dialog comes from...
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