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post #31 of 54
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well we dont really have time to do everything down here right now, so we did the basics and i moved things down anyways. there is no carpet because i dont wanna spend the money right now just incase something comes up, so i spent 40 bucks on rugs at biglots and have them on most of the floor. its painted and looks nice. the rock wall going down the stairs is done. we still need a hand rail and stuff but its fine for now. all the amps are up and running. i got a 360 as well. i got a great deal on it (2 for 50 bucks out of pocket, after i fixed one up and traded it in at shame stop) everything is running better. i leveled all the channels with a realtime analyzer and spl meter. its really rockin' now. plus i setup the dcm sub as midbass only and the yamaha now is modified and has a quattro driver in it. its leaps and bounds deeper. also my center is more or less matched to the rest of the system and is better than the 5 1/4" mtm could ever hope to be. now i need more rugs and acoustic treatments. thanks for looking everyone
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post #32 of 54
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this was just stick on stone stuck to the concrete walls with thin-set tile compound. it was just an idea my dad had since he had lots of it leftover from his old job. its also grouted in and its on there so well you can hang from it. it helps with reflections quite a bit too. just thougt id put up this info if anyone else liked the look and wanted to do something similar in their setup/ future setup. also there is another view of the AV rack, and im aware more wire management needs to be done also lol. thanks again everyone
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post #33 of 54
That's a sweet setup you have.I wish I had a basement now
post #34 of 54
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this was just stick on stone stuck to the concrete walls with thin-set tile compound. it was just an idea my dad had since he had lots of it leftover from his old job. its also grouted in and its on there so well you can hang from it. it helps with reflections quite a bit too. just thougt id put up this info if anyone else liked the look and wanted to do something similar in their setup/ future setup. also there is another view of the AV rack, and im aware more wire management needs to be done also lol. thanks again everyone

I really like your stone veneer on the walls...good idea! I was going to use it for my bar seating facing...but wife thought kids would hurt themselves too much!

Nice looking setup.
post #35 of 54
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well as everyone knows...its income tax return time. so i spent a little of it on myself. (still keeping 3k+ for just in case and taking care of my daughter) i have just ordered a vivitek h1080fd projector and a 100 inch elite pulldown screen. im going to mount it so the screen pulls down in front of the plasma (so i can still use it and not waste the bulb life on the PJ) plus a nice ceiling mount for it. fishing the hdmi will be a snap. i cant wait to put it all together and finally have that home cinema experience. the plasma is nice and all. but as you all can tell from the pictures...it looks kinda small on the wall its on now right? im really excited!!!!!! fedex cant drive fast enough!!!!!!
post #36 of 54
Congratz! Very excited for you and look forward to the pics.
post #37 of 54
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The new toys are in....for the most part. tigerdirect didnt ship my ceiling mount with the rest of my order like they were supposed to. so im waiting for them to re-ship it. no biggie though. i am really wanting to get everything up and running asap. so much fun to be had calibrating and watching stuff on the big screen( gotta break it in of course) it should be a snap though. just some hooks for the screen, and running the hdmi for the pj. ill post pics up soon, i just want to get everything installed first. thanks everyone.
post #38 of 54
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well i have used the projector on the screen from on top of my mini fridge for a little while. im waiting to run all the cables until my mount shows up from UPS. its coming today, so hopefully tonight it will all be up. but as far as picture quality goes. im quite happy. the blacks are pretty deep with the lights off. colors are pretty good now that its tuned slightly. but im waiting for the final installation to run the avia dvd through again. im happy to say that rainbows are minimal. only being seen when im wearing glasses. my lenses are so thick that around the edges they split light like a prism. so out the corners of my eyes i see rainbows when moving my eyes without adjusting my glasses as well. but when wearing contact lenses it looks like a big plasma. i cant wait to get it cleaned up and to take pictures for everyone to see
post #39 of 54
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pics or it didnt happen right? well ive got the pics. the camera isnt the best, but in person its quite good
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post #40 of 54
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the pictures dont do it any justice...i need a better camera
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post #41 of 54
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gotta love the popcorn!!!!! i have some new headphones too, ill get those up later i guess
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post #42 of 54
nice setup! what do you use to mount your surrounds?
post #43 of 54
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I used the smarter speaker mounts from parts express. And thanks for the complement
post #44 of 54
Hey Kustus!,

Grats man, I know this was a long time coming for you, hope you have plenty of time to enjoy it!
post #45 of 54
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thanks, and i have some time right now, but im going to be getting another job here soon to help with moving out and possibly a new (to me) car
post #46 of 54
You're a liar.....you're no beginner hahah nice setup! I look forward to seeing what else you will do with it!

What kind of popcorn machine is that? what kind of popcorn you using? I love popcorn!

-Kevin
post #47 of 54
That's pretty nice! Better than mines for sure lol
post #48 of 54
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thanks again everyone and the popcorn popper was a gift i got for fathers day. i have no clue what brand it is actually. it has coca-cola on it, but im sure it was just their branding on an outsourced popper of some sort. it works well. i use the orville redenbacher popcorn along with a mixture of coconut,peanut, and butter flavored soy oil ot pop it in...along with some flavacol i picked up at gfs. its just like theater popcorn same smell, taste, everything...except way cheaper.
post #49 of 54
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thanks again everyone and the popcorn popper was a gift i got for fathers day. i have no clue what brand it is actually. it has coca-cola on it, but im sure it was just their branding on an outsourced popper of some sort. it works well. i use the orville redenbacher popcorn along with a mixture of coconut,peanut, and butter flavored soy oil ot pop it in...along with some flavacol i picked up at gfs. its just like theater popcorn same smell, taste, everything...except way cheaper.

Ah ha! thats what I use too! The orville original in my oil popper, kernel season's movie theatre oil and topping, and a teaspoon of flavacol makes the best popcorn! I think it taste better than megapop
post #50 of 54
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Well, I have gotten through the holidays alive. Rosie, my daughter, has got more toys than anyone knows what to do with. However I got some new toys as well. I moved the monitor and t-amp into the basement along with the second ps3. Since we use them both often its just easier to have everyone in the same room. Plus I can play games or watch movies and rosie can watch her cartoons at the same time and I can keep track of her and make sure she doesn't get into stuff. My loving girlfriend has gotten me a topping tp21 to replace my lepai ta2020. Its my toy but its everyones use. Love the headphone out on the front. A nice improvement over the other amp. I also got a gift card to best buy, which was promptly exhausted on a pair of Polk audio t15s. They are very nice paired with the topping. To be honest they aren't a blow your socks off improvement over the Sony bookshelves I used previously, however they are worth keeping. And my friend devon got my old lepai amp and Sony speakers for his present. He needed something to get him started and I think that will do the trick. The components I gave him are actually very deceptive in performance vs price/ looks. So hopefully it gets used well and hooks him on the av front.
post #51 of 54
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those black plastic trims around them are just that, plastic trim, get a thin flathead screwdriver or chisel and pry them off evenly around the edges, they will come off. underneath there will be a stamped steele frame with regular philips head screws. take those off and its all cake from there.
post #52 of 54
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Its been a while since I've posted any updates of the system. The last year has been on rx8club mainly haha But there are a few coming down the pike. New tv, new couch, new computer, and finally getting carpet down instead of those rugs. So expect updates in the coming weeks. I am very excited about it all!
post #53 of 54
Just looked at your pictures. Nice set up. I love the way you got your projector mounted. Very clean looking.
post #54 of 54
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hey thanks for all the support everyone. I am getting ready to change it all around here soon enough. I have my new tv already. its in the living room currently until the carpet gets put down. I couldn't resist setting it up and looking at it though. I got myself a Panasonic 65S60 to replace my Vizio 42 inch plasma. i had originally purchased a 58 inch LED based LCD but even with the 240Hz refresh rate I couldn't deal with the blur and weird smoothing effect with the smooth motion on. so I got rid of it and went back to plasma. I also am waiting anxiously for my new speakers and receiver to arrive. Not that i will be able to set them up for a while yet or anything though :/ waiting on the carpet!!!!!
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