Edit: 1/21/2013 Please see post 10 for the current setup!
Started the hobby in college, continuing into a new house as a 'professional'
This is what it started as years ago in my dumpy college apartment! (University of Illinois)
The cat is one of the few things that hasn't changed
Moved into a beautiful house in Wisconsin during July!
Unfortunately this is what it has looked like since December
At first I had the TV in the corner
But it seemed to actually make the room smaller because of the furniture orientation so I moved it to the middle of the long wall
The subwoofer (Epik Empire) doubles as a lamp table
Turntable (Pioneer 740 full auto direct drive hand-me-down from my father) on a home-built table. The turntable never skips because this living room is an addition to the house and is built directly on a slab of concrete.
Oh whats hiding back there? It's a pre-amplifer!
And something on the back of the TV too?!
From this angle you can't see too many cables. Cable management was actually pretty tough because of the sliding glass doors everywhere which go all the way to the ground. There is a cable pretty plainly in sight to the antenna, but since the antenna moves around depending if I want Milwaukee or Chicago stations it's a necessary evil.
I was able to hide some cables behind the blinds
I used door stoppers to angle the center channel up to the listening position
The fireplace is at least keeping me warm this winter
View from main seating position
The beast of a subwoofer. Maybe the best HT purchase I ever made!
The reason I ditched cable TV! (HTPC, such a small little guy!)
Recently I assembled a server to house all my media (Music, concerts, movies, documentaries, standup comedy, nature, and dvd-a/SACD rips).
I've re-arranged furniture a bit since the last set of pictures. I got a roommate with a 100lb black lab so the dog bed now needs a (large) space by the fire! However my furniture is being worn out from so much sitting indoors this winter so it's time to purchase a new couch. I'm thinking about getting a long couch with a chaise lounge on the end; sorta like a sectional I guess.
Also, I need to improve the lighting in the room. Both blocking out the light during the day and lighting it up at night. I bought a ton of LED Christmas lights on special after the holiday. While it provides a great lighting effect between the rafters it isn't quite as bright as I would like. I've seen great results with white light behind the TV and I might try that as well.
I'd like to get my TV up higher. Since my ceiling has exposed beams, I was thinking about fabricating a ceiling mount. Either a pole going downward or 4 wires that can be lengthened/shortened to angle the TV. This would let me move the center channel to the top level and the receiver up to the next shelf. There are some issues with IR line of sight where it's at right now.
While I'm at it I might as well get a larger TV huh?
Equipment list as it is today:
Westinghouse 42" 1080p 60hz LCD TV
Ascend Acoustics 340SE Left/Right channel
Ascend Acoustics 340C Center channel
Ascend Acoustics 170 L/R Surround channel
Epik Empire (Dual sealed 15") subwoofer
Denon 789 AVR (HDMI switching)
PlayStation3 Slim (BluRay and Gaming)
Pioneer PL740 Turntable & preamp
Harmony 650 Universal Remote
Windows 7 Media Center w/ Media Browser plugin
Core i3 530 CPU and 2GB DDR3 Ram
Gigabyte mitx motherboard
Antek ISK300-150 Case
Intel 40GB SSD drive
Slim DVD drive
Logitech DiNovo Edge Wireless Keyboard/Mousepad
Media Server Specs:
UnRaid Pro OS (Linux distro)
Supermicro motherboard based on ATOM 525 CPU
ARK Server Case
4GB DDR3 RAM
=8TB storage and protection against 1 drive failure
Server only has ethernet and power cable. KVM is done via ethernet (IPMI)
15meg Time Warner Cable internet. All local networked items going through a gigabit switch and Asus N16 router running DD-WRT firmware. Wireless N coverage throughout the house and in the front yard.
32" 720P LG LCD TV in bedroom
Western Digital TV Live+ media streamer (Grabs files from the media server just like the HTPC)
I would LOVE to hear any criticism. I'm relatively new to all this and am trying to make my living room HT look and sound as good as possible.
Thanks for looking!
Edited by Smitty2k1 - 1/21/13 at 7:50pm