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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-23-2017, 11:57 AM
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Posted By jautor
It's gotta be a 100 ft run by the time I go down...

It's gotta be a 100 ft run by the time I go down to the basement, out thru the back of the house, and over to the pool area. Does 12 Gauge direct burial wire sound good for that? [/quote]

Yeah,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-23-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 175
Posted By jautor
[quote=NickB123;53164714]So, I decided to go with...

[quote=NickB123;53164714]So, I decided to go with a Denon AVR X4300H that I'm going to buy from JD. This is their AVR with zones 2 and 3 as well as HEOS. I'll use the AVR in my TV room, Zone 2 in...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-19-2017, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 51
Posted By jautor
Can your toner not use bare wire clips? If not,...

Can your toner not use bare wire clips? If not, make your own adapter - use a RJ11 keystone and cut an RJ45 patch cord, connect the wires...

If you're worried about crossover connections, don't. ...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-18-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,377
Posted By jautor
PM sent... I went to the forum and saw the same...

PM sent... I went to the forum and saw the same thing you did - can't register as a new user. Odd, since the forum, while always a fairly quiet place, does still have visitors and new posts...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-18-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 175
Posted By jautor
Yeah, you can migrate to it over time, but we're...

Yeah, you can migrate to it over time, but we're talking very inexpensive these days ~$140 will get you a WD MyCloud 2TB box, which is good for doing backups as well as feeding the audio streamers...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-18-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 175
Posted By jautor
What type of headphones? All of the streamer...

What type of headphones? All of the streamer boxes have analog outputs you can feed to a wireless headphone transmitter. If you've got a nice pair of wired headphones, a dedicated headphone amp...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-17-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 39
Posted By jautor
I bought a 'spare' unit on eBay a year ago just...

I bought a 'spare' unit on eBay a year ago just to have one...



So what cabling do you have in place? Could you run a component-over-cat5e extender from the first display location to the...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   05-16-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 93
Posted By jautor
OTA or CATV/sat directly to the TV - you don't...

OTA or CATV/sat directly to the TV - you don't want to rule out the "basic" setup of a display location without additional gear...



You'd use an HDMI switch, or more correctly, run everything...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   05-16-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 32
Posted By jautor
Do some reading of new construction / "pre-wire"...

Do some reading of new construction / "pre-wire" threads in the Home AV Distribution forum a few down from here...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-16-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 39
Posted By jautor
I have three of them and still going strong! :D ...

I have three of them and still going strong! :D

Splitting the signal is easy after the wall plate, but not before. You could try it using a pair of RJ45 8-conductor splitters, but I'd be...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   05-15-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 93
Posted By jautor
Flex conduit... Make sure you can add the...

Flex conduit... Make sure you can add the "right" cable in the future, if there's any ability to pull it through or you have to open the drywall anyway...

The TV location should have at least one...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-14-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 175
Posted By jautor
Need more information... What sources? ...

Need more information... What sources? Controls? Wiring? Is there a "primary" zone with video or surround sound requirements?

But simplest answer is four Sonos Connect:AMP units for a total of...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   05-12-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By jautor
They would certainly NOT cite a patent unless it...

They would certainly NOT cite a patent unless it was (a) theirs or (b) they have a license for it... If that product infringes on the SM patent (IANAL and didn't look at the patent), providing...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-08-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 553
Views: 34,289
Posted By jautor
+1 And if the blank cover plates will bother...

+1

And if the blank cover plates will bother you, just secure a cat5 wire behind the wall where the keypad would go, document the location with photos / measurements. If and when you want...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   05-08-2017, 07:38 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,824
Posted By jautor
I'll let the experts give you a real answer but...

I'll let the experts give you a real answer but you probably don't hear much about blown insulation here because it's not usually a DIY project...

But sounds like your guy knows his stuff...
Forum: Tweaks and Do-It-Yourself   05-07-2017, 10:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 74
Posted By jautor
This is not a converter of any sort - it merely...

This is not a converter of any sort - it merely provides the correct connections if the attached hardware can support multiple 'modes' of input/output. From the item's description:
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   05-06-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 63
Posted By jautor
The problem is that is not an AV receiver -...

The problem is that is not an AV receiver - rather it's a "Home Theater in a Box (HTiB)". That almost always (and applies in this case) means the amplifier portion of that unit will not drive...
Forum: Theater Room Items & Accessories   05-05-2017, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By jautor
I won't re-post my full story but Berkline...

I won't re-post my full story but Berkline screwed me as I was supposed to have "leather match" (leather on the seat, bonded on the side/back) and that's not what I got. And they went out of...
Forum: Theater Room Items & Accessories   05-04-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By jautor
Awesome - yeah, I feel the same way, didn't want...

Awesome - yeah, I feel the same way, didn't want to do it, but getting them replaced is a relief and it no longer tarnishes my theater experience...



I got a deal from United Leather (Dallas,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-03-2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 131
Posted By jautor
Ok, now that you've said Chromecast, you should...

Ok, now that you've said Chromecast, you should look at the threads here where folks have built a very inexpensive WHA system using a multi-channel amp (which can support 6 pairs of speakers), with a...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-01-2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 201
Posted By jautor
Since your system doesn't have the "easy" ability...

Since your system doesn't have the "easy" ability to integrate a doorbell, IMO you're going to spend too much money on this... My advice would be instead to buy a RING Pro to replace your doorbell...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-30-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 294
Posted By jautor
Well, a Pi with an external drive is a NAS,...

Well, a Pi with an external drive is a NAS, essentially. "Network Attached Storage"...



The decent or better zone streamer boxes will do this - pull files from your local library on the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-30-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 294
Posted By jautor
A lot of the need for Airplay may go away with...

A lot of the need for Airplay may go away with the right streamer anyway.

But +1 on the Mirage systems, too, they also have a keypad option as well as a wall-mount iPod solution...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-30-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,848
Posted By jautor
Oh, it very much is the issue. Just not the only...

Oh, it very much is the issue. Just not the only one. Netflix has their content licensed with IP distribution in mind and negotiated up front, the cableco's content agreements are very different,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-30-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,848
Posted By jautor
Well, my DirecTV system is completely integrated...

Well, my DirecTV system is completely integrated with my WHA... Not the way you're describing it would, but I wrote some code to use their published API to feed metadata, and the set-top boxes are...
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