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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-03-2015, 01:53 PM
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Posted By jautor
The Xantech SmartPad3 (Niles used to have one...

The Xantech SmartPad3 (Niles used to have one too, don't know if either are still available or not) would be a possible replacement. You might try asking an Elan dealer to see if you can borrow/rent...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-03-2015, 09:37 AM
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Posted By jautor
"Scoop" is the better term for the wall plate you...

"Scoop" is the better term for the wall plate you showed, which is exactly what I used to bring all my WHA wires into the rack area. That allows for a lot of wire in a small area, and avoids having...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   03-02-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 42
Posted By jautor
If you're not sure - stick to a 6.5" speaker for...

If you're not sure - stick to a 6.5" speaker for your first choice. There will still be 1-2" of possible diameter hole difference between models/brands. That way, worst case, you can always upgrade...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   03-02-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By jautor
Then you're done... Two things you want to test:...

Then you're done... Two things you want to test: 1) Does the cable work "at all" (basic connectivity) - this is more important for Redmere cables as they do have active components, and 2) Does it...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   03-02-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 66
Posted By jautor
If you don't have the exact equipment on-hand...

If you don't have the exact equipment on-hand (which is typical - and you shouldn't buy a projector until you're really ready to mount it), then you've already done more than the basic sniff-test...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 94
Posted By jautor
Yeah, I just fed the 12V low-volt line to the fan...

Yeah, I just fed the 12V low-volt line to the fan unit from the wall wart. The HVAC guy ran a vent line to the return trunk.



I just ran from an outlet in the room, if there's attic access,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 94
Posted By jautor
Yes, I have two of those. One in my equipment...

Yes, I have two of those. One in my equipment closet, the other above my rack (in-wall) in the theater. The equipment closet runs 24x7, the theater one is switched to the theater stack.



The...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 94
Posted By jautor
It's warm, but "conditioned", even in the summer...

It's warm, but "conditioned", even in the summer it's less work on the HVAC system. Besides, it's just "warm", not hot...



The gear you list is running 24/7, so the heat load is constant. ...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 61
Posted By jautor
Flex conduit is a great addition to any...

Flex conduit is a great addition to any pre-wiring plan, but I wouldn't home run it from every room. You'd end up with a massive amount of conduit runs. Run flex conduit to the attic or unfinished...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 94
Posted By jautor
First, you'll want to vent the exhaust to either...

First, you'll want to vent the exhaust to either another room or to your HVAC return - not to the outside like a bathroom exhaust fan. As you'll probably need to run this 24/7, you don't want to...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 61
Posted By jautor
You use the Quick6 for all HDMI switching, then...

You use the Quick6 for all HDMI switching, then take the output and run it to the AVR for audio. Run all HDMI source devices to the Quick6, and then a single output to the AVR. The Quick6 even has...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-01-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 61
Posted By jautor
That's a start! :D For most rooms, make...

That's a start! :D

For most rooms, make sure you have a cat5e/cat6 connection available anywhere in the room. My rule of thumb is to place as many jack locations (drops) in a room as required to...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-01-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 144
Posted By jautor
Well, I wouldn't recommend tying the bedroom and...

Well, I wouldn't recommend tying the bedroom and bathroom together, as it means you can't use the bathroom speaker by themselves. But if you want to start out that way, fine - just home run all...
Forum: General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms   03-01-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 127
Posted By jautor
Yeah keep the romex 12" away whenever you can,...

Yeah keep the romex 12" away whenever you can, but in practice, HDMI and other digital signal cables aren't going to care, so don't worry too much about it. As for holes, note that code doesn't...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-01-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 144
Posted By jautor
First, you're really pushing this system trying...

First, you're really pushing this system trying to squeeze nine zones into a 6-zone system. Think about either buying two HTD units, or just paring down the zones to start with, and expand later. ...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-28-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 61
Posted By jautor
I've seen it in action, but haven't used one. ...

I've seen it in action, but haven't used one. But search the Forum, you should find folks with experience with them around here. DVDO is a well-respected manufacturer for these sorts of devices.
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-28-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 61
Posted By jautor
DVDO Quick6R http://www.dvdo.com/Quick6R/

DVDO Quick6R

http://www.dvdo.com/Quick6R/
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-28-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 561
Posted By jautor
That's a really big screen (160") for a front row...

That's a really big screen (160") for a front row distance of 10'... In 16x9 mine is 108" from my front row at 9'. I wouldn't go any bigger than that, personally. You should test this out before...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-27-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1,501
Views: 338,445
Posted By jautor
Yes, my GrafikEye is a QS model that has the IR...

Yes, my GrafikEye is a QS model that has the IR input on the back. So I ran a piece of PELV wire from there, eventually to the GC-100. Once I figured out that this would work, yeah, I passed on the...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-27-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 561
Posted By jautor
For multiple rows, you have to balance the screen...

For multiple rows, you have to balance the screen size with the various seating distances. In my case, I was concerned that the view from the front row would be too big while I tried to get an...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-27-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,042
Posted By jautor
For the theater, probably not - as long as you'll...

For the theater, probably not - as long as you'll have a riser that will give you a path to bring power to the front row (for powered recliners).

But for other rooms in the house, absolutely! As...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-27-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 1,501
Views: 338,445
Posted By jautor
I just connected my GrafikEye to iRule via IR...

I just connected my GrafikEye to iRule via IR using the GC-100, but you'll need to add the Ethernet adapter in iRule as a Gateway (like the GC-100 is). Then hopefully there's already a set of...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-26-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 71
Posted By jautor
That's the one! And when you see the street...

That's the one! And when you see the street price, you'll probably decide you can live with the wire nuts... :)
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-26-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 561
Posted By jautor
Look at the "ducted mini-split" systems... ...

Look at the "ducted mini-split" systems...

As for the screen size question - you should start with the room design, especially the seating. That will tell you what your screen size (within a...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   02-25-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Posted By jautor
Yes. Make sure you test it before installation,...

Yes. Make sure you test it before installation, and that you install it the correct direction (Redmere is a directional cable). And pull two cat6 UTP wires along with it for the future and as a...
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