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Synology will give you FAR better enclosures that are also quiet and have better cooling. The firmware is also permanently upgradeable, extremely robust and has features typically reserved for only the highest-end NAS (business level) devices.
I plan to put together an 8 x 3TB Raid 5 array in a Synology enclosure and pair it up with a Dune HD Max. There are many different skin options - most of which are completely free. Moggie in his build used a popular skin from a French company which seems to get very good reviews. Moggie also used a QNAP, but the performance of the Synology at a lesser price is simply unrivaled.

i looked at those also but could not find a good plug in for NZB's
post #1562 of 2308
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It was an easy decision for me, seeing as I had the case, and the hardware to run the NAS minus the hard drives themselves from a previous PC build. The nice things about the stand alone enclosures though is that they don't really require any computer skills to get setup. AND the whole device is under one warranty. A lot less headache in case of hardware failure. Plus they are smaller.
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Media Server:
So we have talked quite a bit before here about my HTPC setup. I have been running unRaid now for almost a year with no issues. I have since added 2 more 3TB WD Red drives to my array, which was easy. I think my library is up to 575 titles or so. I'm not sure on the exact totals.

That's awesome! 575 titles! How large is your array total?

I'm still humming along with a SW-based Raid 5 on a Win 2003 Server box. I just added a Seagate Black Armor NAS (4 bays of 3TB drives) for a total of 9TB extra. I have to say, I need a really large array, as photography and media are starting to bulge the seams. I've got 10TB of BR movies and 5 TB of files/photos/music/junk.
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You can add ANY size drive to the array at any time. This does not require a full rebuild of the array, though the parity does need to be rebuilt. It is simple to add a new drive in unRaid. Drives do not need to be the same size. The only requirement is that the parity drive be equal to or larger than the largest drive in the array. If you need a larger parity drives, it is easy to upgrade it to a new, larger one.

For those who are not familiar, this is a huge benefit of damelon's system...the ability to add drives to expand the array without having to rebuild the array. (Rebuilding the array requires one to remove everything from teh array, then add drives, rebuild the array, then add the content back. It's not hard when you are talking one or two TB, but when you are working with 10 and you want to add to it, where does one put 10TB of files before you rebuild? :-)

CJ
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That's awesome! 575 titles! How large is your array total?

It's 22TB or so + a 3TB parity. I actually have more titles than that, but I didn't put any of the 3D titles on the array. Several of the 3D titles have their 2D versions ripped, but things like IMAX: Under the Sea I am only going to watch in 3D and just play off of my Oppo.
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For those who are not familiar, this is a huge benefit of damelon's system...the ability to add drives to expand the array without having to rebuild the array. (Rebuilding the array requires one to remove everything from teh array, then add drives, rebuild the array, then add the content back. It's not hard when you are talking one or two TB, but when you are working with 10 and you want to add to it, where does one put 10TB of files before you rebuild? :-)

Exactly. This was a huge issue for me before. I had 2 Hardware Raids running off of 2 different cards. My external enclosure was pure crap, and had major heat issues. So drives kept failing. I wanted to rebuild it to something like a RAID-6 to give me more stability, but I couldn't put the files anywhere. At one point I just nuked it and re-ripped my media. I am using 4 of the drives from that array in my new array and haven't had a single issue with them now that they're in the new enclosure, so I am very sure it had a lot to do with the heat. Some raid cards will allow you to do a raid rebuild or expansion with data on it, but this is very risky and if something goes wrong or you get a power outage during the process, all of your data is gone. A lot of people have never had a hard drive

Again, it's not for everyone. There are tons of benefits for HW raids and other pieces of software, I am only pointing out my personal experiences and preferences for my NAS/HTPC use. I've personally used HW Raid 0, 1, 4, 5, 5E, 6, and 10 either at home or at work. At least the ones at work are SCSI drives and I have never lost data from the server enclosures. What we tend to do at home is buy the biggest hard drives we can at the cheapest prices. Most people aren't going to pay the extra money for the higher-quality drives. The last couple of 3TB I purchased were actually Western Digital RED drives, but only because there was a great sale on them and they were $10 more than the green drives. Another thing I really like about unRaid is that your hard drives are barely used. I have 9 discs + a parity drive (10) in my array. When not in use, none of my hard drives are spinning so they don't receive wear. When I watch a movie, only the disc with the movie spins up. It's actually much less abuse than a standard PC hard drive takes.

Guests love Media Browser. There is something about being able to just click on a movie title and watch it that is so cool to them. And I love my guests not touching my media! It is funny though to bring up all of the movies and tell them to pick one. The all get a stupified look like.. "Uhhhhhhh". What's sad is that on MY end, when I have all of those titles and I think that there is nothing I want to watch. I'm weird like that, I don't usually re-watch a movie by myself, I need to watch it with someone else.
post #1565 of 2308
I'm running with 2-1TB data and a 1TB parity on unRaid. I was going to add more, then I realized I had no more SATA connectors.

I have a Zotac doing 1080 in the Master Br. For the living room and daughter I use old Xbox (the original black ones) as a front end. It originally began because all of the kids DVDs (ie Baby Einstein) were getting scratched.

It's amazing how many vids you can fit if they're not HD. I don't know how many I have, but every kids DVD is on there.

Tim
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i looked at those also but could not find a good plug in for NZB's

I am asking because I don't know if what I am about to say is correct....but doesn't the NZB "live" on a separate outboard unit, such as a Dune HD Max, Popcorn Hour C300, etc. and the NAS is just the NAS?? I am looking at building a fairly sizable raid array using this Synology chassis: http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS1812%2B&lang=enu

It will accommodate up to eight of the 7200rpm 4TB drives, but you really seem to be a very high price premium for the 4TB drive (i.e. $ per TB) than you do with the 2TB drives, for example.
post #1567 of 2308
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Guests love Media Browser. There is something about being able to just click on a movie title and watch it that is so cool to them. And I love my guests not touching my media! It is funny though to bring up all of the movies and tell them to pick one. The all get a stupified look like.. "Uhhhhhhh". What's sad is that on MY end, when I have all of those titles and I think that there is nothing I want to watch. I'm weird like that, I don't usually re-watch a movie by myself, I need to watch it with someone else.
So are using Windows Media Center as a front end or a plug in right on the unRaid system? I thought you mentioned stream to the PS3?
post #1568 of 2308
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So are using Windows Media Center as a front end or a plug in right on the unRaid system? I thought you mentioned stream to the PS3?

I do both.

In my theater, I use a dedicated HTPC as a front end, which uses Media Browser, and that plays on Media Player Classic - Home Cinema using LAV Filters.

On my two TVs in my house, I have PS3 hookups and I stream using the PS3mediaServer plugin
post #1569 of 2308
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I do both.
In my theater, I use a dedicated HTPC as a front end, which uses Media Browser, and that plays on Media Player Classic - Home Cinema using LAV Filters.
On my two TVs in my house, I have PS3 hookups and I stream using the PS3mediaServer plugin
Ah, ok got it. I was a bit confused because you mentioned both PS3s and Media Browser. As mentioned above, I've used my PS3, but it's not very WAF friendly. Thinking of building a XBMC or MC PC to put in front of my storage. I also have a WDTVLive Hub, but that's not great, and I'd actually like to move that up to the bedroom.
post #1570 of 2308
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I had been using the PS3 Media Server app on my PC to stream from a RAID box and it worked OK when my PS3 was wired. My new house doesn't have wires anywhere, so I'm working up a plan to move my RAID box closer to the PS3 and equip. closet.

The non-wires thing sucks by the way, sorry to hear about that. The house I am renting out is one I had built, and every room had 2 CAT-5E jacks in it. More and more things support network use, and although more and more also support Wi-Fi, I am not a fan when it comes to any sort of media streaming. I like my toys wired! Especially when I have to transfer an MKV over the network! When my wife and I purchased our newest home, the homeowners look like they skimped on the media connections. The absolute minimum. There was 1 network jack in the office, one in the kitchen, and one in the master bedroom. (All in TERRIBLE places) - I swear when they built this house they were idiots on where they put jacks and switches. So the first thing we did moving in was fish cables everywhere, moved some switches, added some lights. Better sooner than later. Fortunately our house had a basement to attic PVC conduit (Which I heard they no longer allow builders to put in due to fire-stopping) and we could run several cables upstairs that way. Still, other than email and web browsing, I don't like wireless networks. I'm just picky.
post #1571 of 2308
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Originally Posted by damelon View Post

Fortunately our house had a basement to attic PVC conduit (Which I heard they no longer allow builders to put in due to fire-stopping) and we could run several cables upstairs that way.

That is one of the first things I had on my building adders list was conduit from the basement to the attic (two story home plus basement). I have three runs of the orange 2" flex conduit. Haven't used it yet but will be soon.
post #1572 of 2308
Yep. We built our last home and basically walked around with the Electrician and LV guy and marked everywhere we wanted outlets, switches, jacks, etc. I had 2 cat5e, 2 rg6 in every room. I was spoiled. When shopping for our new home earlier in the year, we had considered building again, but in all three "new" locations, the builders were very strict in how things were wired. I even offered to come in and do the LV myself, but they said it would be an insurance risk. (I would've done it anyway to see if I could get away with it) There was one builder who was flexible, but wanted an additional $750 per cat5 - eek.gifeek.gifeek.gif In the end, we found our current home and fell in love so we now have to live with wi-fi.
post #1573 of 2308
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Ah, ok got it. I was a bit confused because you mentioned both PS3s and Media Browser. As mentioned above, I've used my PS3, but it's not very WAF friendly. Thinking of building a XBMC or MC PC to put in front of my storage. I also have a WDTVLive Hub, but that's not great, and I'd actually like to move that up to the bedroom.

I use a popcorn hour unit. It's bulletproof and has a very high WAF. I'm considering getting another one for the living room to stream from the server.
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Originally Posted by blipszyc View Post

Yep. We built our last home and basically walked around with the Electrician and LV guy and marked everywhere we wanted outlets, switches, jacks, etc. I had 2 cat5e, 2 rg6 in every room. I was spoiled. When shopping for our new home earlier in the year, we had considered building again, but in all three "new" locations, the builders were very strict in how things were wired. I even offered to come in and do the LV myself, but they said it would be an insurance risk. (I would've done it anyway to see if I could get away with it) There was one builder who was flexible, but wanted an additional $750 per cat5 - eek.gifeek.gifeek.gif In the end, we found our current home and fell in love so we now have to live with wi-fi.

I had one builder who let me run all of the LV wires myself. Another builder we snuck in and added recessed lights to the living room since they were charging like $250 per light. On the final inspection they tore them out. frown.gif (Though that builder also put a vaulted ceiling on one room instead of a tray in another so when I corrected them, they just added the right one and left in the wrong once since it would be too much work) It just sucks having to run them after the walls are up when it is SO easy to do it when they aren't.
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I had one builder who let me run all of the LV wires myself. Another builder we snuck in and added recessed lights to the living room since they were charging like $250 per light. On the final inspection they tore them out. frown.gif (Though that builder also put a vaulted ceiling on one room instead of a tray in another so when I corrected them, they just added the right one and left in the wrong once since it would be too much work) It just sucks having to run them after the walls are up when it is SO easy to do it when they aren't.

the LV guys i wanted to strangle they wanted so much $$ for simple things ..... in the end the builder let me drop a bunch of smurf tubing and 3inch conduit that they ran from the basement all the way to the attic do i can my own speaker or cat 6 ext.... they also ran smurf tubing to all the places i wanted to ad speakers later so all in all i was pretty happy ......
post #1576 of 2308
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So we hosted an X-mas party at our home this past weekend for my office, and one thing we ended hooking up at the last minute was Karaoke off of my HTPC. (Using Winamp and the CDG plugin) I had to use a "Rock Band" USB mic instead of a normal mic, but one thing I noticed was that the vocals coming through the mic were delayed by about a half second. In music, that is a lot. It didn't occur to me until afterwords that it might actually be my amp's delay settings. I've never tried something like that before, and wasn't sure if it was the fact I was using a cheap USB mic or the amp settings that could be causing the delay. Has anyone ever done that before or experienced that issue before? People were having a blast and I'd like to figure out the issue for future events.

My setup is my PC has an HDMI cable, which goes to my Onkyo Pre-Amp, and the audio/video comes in over HDMI. I also have a USB cable that runs to a hub in my rack, so I can hook up USB devices in my theater. I dont belive the Onkyo pre-amp has a MIC input on the front.
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The only time you need Bridge is if you cannot hard wire at least one of the renderers to your LAN. If any sonos component can see your LAN and the internet, they all can.
I didn't realize that, thought the bridge was required. Salesman led me wrong. So far I love it, only did one room though. I was planning on setting up other rooms off receivers and ceiling speakers (where I can) but wondering if anyone else is happy just with any of the play systems in their rooms? Heck of a lot easier if it sounds good.
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I didn't realize that, thought the bridge was required. Salesman led me wrong. So far I love it, only did one room though. I was planning on setting up other rooms off receivers and ceiling speakers (where I can) but wondering if anyone else is happy just with any of the play systems in their rooms? Heck of a lot easier if it sounds good.

I'm using the Play system (Play 5) in my house. I have 5 units around the house (MBR, Kitchen, Bar area, Dining Room and Office). I can't imagine what I could gain from running speakers throughout the house and installing a central server. I do have one issue with Sonos. The software can only recognize 65,000 tracks in my music library. I have more than that, but Sonos can only see 65,000. There are work arounds, but they are not elegant.

All in all, I highly recommend this system.
post #1579 of 2308
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Originally Posted by ArthurVandelay View Post

I didn't realize that, thought the bridge was required. Salesman led me wrong. So far I love it, only did one room though. I was planning on setting up other rooms off receivers and ceiling speakers (where I can) but wondering if anyone else is happy just with any of the play systems in their rooms? Heck of a lot easier if it sounds good.
I have both the Play 3 & Play 5 player in my house (plus Connects too). The other day I took the Play 3 down to the basement (from my daughter's room) while I was working at the HT. My basement isn't big and I feel like the Play 3 is totally fine even for some louder music. But if you have a larger room, you might want a Play 5 instead.
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The way I understand it, the Play 3 provides a simulated stereo effect, whereas the Play 5 is true stereo.
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So I'm considering buying a Lumagen Radiance Mini 3D + Chromapure. But I'm not sure what meter I should get, and if I should be getting the normal or advanced auto-calibrate. If it was only for calibration, I'd just get a meter and figure out how to use the Sony's CMS, since it is halfway decent I hear... but I also want to use the Non-Linear stretch capabilities to fix an aspect ratio for multi aspect movies, etc. Any input on package choices would be appreciated.
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Hey damelon

You introduced me to unRAID. I've started a build and have a system up and running with junk I had lying around. I plan to build a ten disk server for not too much cash (other than drives). Thanks for the lead!

Pete
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Hey damelon
You introduced me to unRAID. I've started a build and have a system up and running with junk I had lying around. I plan to build a ten disk server for not too much cash (other than drives). Thanks for the lead!
Pete

No problem. Once you get it setup it should work without problems. Did you run pre-clear on all of your disks prior to building the array? Did you add any add-ons?
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I'm just getting familiar now. I gutted an old Dell PE700 of the drive cages and am just running the mobo and a couple of old decrepit IDE drives to get familiar with unRAID. I got one of those tiny USB flash drives today and switched to the latest v5 release candidate.

I'm going to pick up aluminum extrusions tomorrow to construct the new drive and fan cage, then get the Dell case put back together. I drilled out most of the rivets to strip the case down to the basics. The Dell uses a standard motherboard and power supply so I figure it's worth putting some effort into it. I'll have the ability to upgrade if the need arises. The PE700 is a pentium 4, about 3GHz with 2GB ram. It's got three PCI-x slots so I'll run a supermicro eight port controller in one of them.

I'll be pulling drives out of my HTPC for the unRAID. I will definitely pre-clear them. I need to save up my nickles for a big drive for parity. I'll investigate using a 400GB IDE drive for the cache drive, but have not really determined that I even need that.

No add on's. I am a total novice on Linux.

I started a thread over at lime-tech (linked in my sig).
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I'm just getting familiar now. I gutted an old Dell PE700 of the drive cages and am just running the mobo and a couple of old decrepit IDE drives to get familiar with unRAID. I got one of those tiny USB flash drives today and switched to the latest v5 release candidate.
I'm going to pick up aluminum extrusions tomorrow to construct the new drive and fan cage, then get the Dell case put back together. I drilled out most of the rivets to strip the case down to the basics. The Dell uses a standard motherboard and power supply so I figure it's worth putting some effort into it. I'll have the ability to upgrade if the need arises. The PE700 is a pentium 4, about 3GHz with 2GB ram. It's got three PCI-x slots so I'll run a supermicro eight port controller in one of them.
I'll be pulling drives out of my HTPC for the unRAID. I will definitely pre-clear them. I need to save up my nickles for a big drive for parity. I'll investigate using a 400GB IDE drive for the cache drive, but have not really determined that I even need that.
No add on's. I am a total novice on Linux.
I started a thread over at lime-tech (linked in my sig).

Well, other than the non-official tech support guide, the forums are not easy to find information on there. It took a lot of digging to find what I needed. I am still running beta 5 r 13 I think. I haven't upgraded to a later release candidate... mostly because each version seems to have a different little nuance of one kind or another. What I have works for me, and I am sticking with it for now.

Running the whole OS off of a USB thumb drive (and in memory) is pretty awesome. Gotta love the Linux kernel!

I don't run a cache drive. I have read the benefits of it, but there are also downsides to it, and I didn't want to deal with them. I don't use my NAS like I use a hard drive. I only write to it one stream at a time, and it's usually for something like an mp3 album or blu ray disc i rip. Then it's just reads. I had no need for a cache drive.

I have 3 kinds of hard drives, 1.5, 2, and 3tb drives. So I used a 3tb drive for a parity. The nice thing is, you don't have to destroy your array to add new drives, and even upgrading your parity drive isn't that difficult. All of which require almost no use of linux to do.

Yes, I have had experience with Linux in the past, but it is not really necessary to use unraid. Most of the guides you will find (Once you find them) will tell you step by step every command you need to run.

I'll re-iterate the most important thing of any NAS... cooling is your top priority. No matter how you stack your drives, make sure they are kept cool. Have a good fan (or fans) and good airflow. It will save your data, and keep your drives living a long time.

So here are a few tips (I have all of the links at home, I can maybe add them for you later)
1) Install unRaid. Pretty simple.
2) Make sure your key (license key) is installed so you can use all the drives (if you have more than the free version allows).
3) You will want to pre-clear all of your discs. You will want to do more than one drive at once, and to do that you will need to use "Screen". I ran 4 drives at a time with that on preclear. You can also set up the system to email you when it is done.
4) Not sure if it comes installed or not with the latest RC, but you will want to get the "MyMain" page also (It's the port 8080 web page vs the standard port 80 screen) This web page will be a one click option for many of your add-ons/plugins. It lists many standard ones, and you can just click them to download and install.
5) Build your array.
6) Plan your shares. What do you plan to store? Movies only? Music? You need to come up with a file distribution plan. My distribution plan for movies is VERY different than for music, since the folder trees are much deeper. Movies only go /movies/movietitlefolder/moviefile so each subfolder of the movies folder is its own film, and thus was my distribution threshold for swapping what disk gets written to based on % full. (I think this is the "high Water" setup) For music, many of my folders go /music/flac/folders or music/mp3/audiobooks/folders or music/mp3/albums/A/foldername/songs so you can see lots of different folder levels. You need to think of the perspective of "Loss". If you lose one drive, you don't want all of your music to be on that drive. Distribution should be based on minimizing losses.
7) Create your shares (Decide if your shares are visisble, hidden, or require user authentication)
8) Run a parity check once a month or so overnight. Just to be sure all of your writes worked. I haven't encountered a problem in a year of use, but who knows.

I spent quite a few hours up front getting it all configured correctly. I added several add-ons, such as the myMain, the APC (Power management) plugin, Java JRE, and ps3mediabrowser. Once it is setup and your array is configured, you don't really need to worry about it.
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Thanks for the great checklist!

Cooling is #1 for me. I've already experienced drive cooking with my last NAS and HTPC. I'll have ten drives stacked with about 3/8" between them and three120mm fans blowing air across the cage.

1) Install unRaid. Pretty simple.done

2) Make sure your key (license key) is installed so you can use all the drives (if you have more than the free version allows). I'll be getting the pro key once the hardware construction is complete

3) You will want to pre-clear all of your discs. You will want to do more than one drive at once, and to do that you will need to use "Screen". I ran 4 drives at a time with that on preclear. You can also set up the system to email you when it is done.I'll do that for sure

4) Not sure if it comes installed or not with the latest RC, but you will want to get the "MyMain" page also (It's the port 8080 web page vs the standard port 80 screen) This web page will be a one click option for many of your add-ons/plugins. It lists many standard ones, and you can just click them to download and install. I'll look into that

5) Build your array. straightforward task

6) Plan your shares.
What do you plan to store? Movies only? Music? Music to start, eventually I want to rip all my video content too. I'll also use the array for temporary storage. I need a place that my scanner can stick files, and I need to be able to swap files between the kitchen and shop computers. Anything important will end up on the laptop where Carbonite will back it up.

You need to come up with a file distribution plan. My distribution plan for movies is VERY different than for music, since the folder trees are much deeper. Movies only go /movies/movietitlefolder/moviefile so each subfolder of the movies folder is its own film, and thus was my distribution threshold for swapping what disk gets written to based on % full. (I think this is the "high Water" setup).

For music, many of my folders go /music/flac/folders or music/mp3/audiobooks/folders or music/mp3/albums/A/foldername/songs so you can see lots of different folder levels. You need to think of the perspective of "Loss". If you lose one drive, you don't want all of your music to be on that drive. Distribution should be based on minimizing losses.

I've come to the conclusion that figuring out the shares is always the hardest part. I'd be more tolerant of data loss for ripped video vs. music. I'll need a good off-site backup plan for music. For additional protection, I guess I could just copy the entire music directory to another drive in the array. I'd only need to do it after adding new stuff. I'd need to figure out what file structure Sonos wants, but I think just about anything will work. It's pretty smart.


7) Create your shares (Decide if your shares are visisble, hidden, or require user authentication) I'm sure I'll end up with all three types

8) Run a parity check once a month or so overnight. Just to be sure all of your writes worked. I haven't encountered a problem in a year of use, but who knows. I'd add that to some other scheduled event in my life. "fill the dogfood bin - run parity check"

Thanks a LOT for the advice!
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Thanks for the great checklist!
I've come to the conclusion that figuring out the shares is always the hardest part. I'd be more tolerant of data loss for ripped video vs. music. I'll need a good off-site backup plan for music. For additional protection, I guess I could just copy the entire music directory to another drive in the array. I'd only need to do it after adding new stuff. I'd need to figure out what file structure Sonos wants, but I think just about anything will work. It's pretty smart.

Figure out the structure is worth the time. You can always change the High Water Level of the share later. I had to do this after I realized what I had for music was all going on the same disc. I also have a share I use for backing up the PCs to, like you plan to do. What I would suggest though is NOT to backup music to another drive in the array. If you do an additional backup, move it off of that computer completely. You do have failover protection from the parity drive already, and the best backup is a backup in a different physical location. I'd suggest either 1) A Blu Ray burner with media or 2) An external USB Hard Drive. You can also backup to the cloud depending on the space, which would all have its own failover. I'd suggest looking for a deal on some 2TB or 3TB external USB hard drive. Back it up there, and then just leaving it unplugged somewhere until you need it. The less you use your backup, the longer it will last.

Backup of my movies is too expensive. I'd rather re-rip them if it came to that. But the music is worth it. Especially with all of the crap like downloading from itunes, or re-ripping cds that might be scratched, etc. It also takes a lot less space. Pictures are also worth it. I think a lot of people forget to backup their digital photos, but it would crush you if you lost family photos that you didn't ever have printed in film like people used to do. I lost all of my college digital photos and I am still mad about it.
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My shares are extremely simple. The only thing I did was put the kids movies on one drive and the regular movies on another. I figured if two streams were going at once, it would be me watching something and my kids watching something else.. so we would both be readiing different drives. No idea if it makes a difference, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Beyond that I have something like /disk1/children, /disk1/cartoon and /disk2/standard and /disk2/hidef

All of the movies are typically mkv and are all in the top folder. I rarely find that I need to actually access the filesystem. It is the frontend (xbmc in my case) that allows me to browse the titles and I have had issues setting content when there are multiple folders (although I started using xbmc a few years ago, may be fixed now).

I have a separate JRMC server and I just keep my music on that since mp3s take up so little space (comparatively). When I'm listening (via Russound) I'm not taking up disk read or network time.

Tim
Edited by Mr.Tim - 12/14/12 at 9:17am
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So after seeing Cinemar's build, and now Vanice's, I am entertaining the idea of adding nosing along my riser/steps vs the wrapped carpet, and then installing LED light strips under the nosing vs using the step lights which are currently installed. I may also change my rope light to LED lighting too.

1) The step lights are way too dim. I've had several people mention that it is still difficult to notice the steps with the lights off.
2) I like the look better. Plus the under-nose lighting is something you could leave on during a movie and not wash out the screen.
3) I don't think I'd re-do any wiring, or need to. I actually still have a spare z-wave plug which I could use if necessary, but I know they sell remote-controlled single outlet plugs. There is an outlet behind the front row of chairs anyway.

So this would involve cutting the carpet. This is a thick carpet and it has a pain-in-the-ass pattern. It might be difficult. The nosing itself wouldn't be hard, but since the carpet is already installed, we'd have to be very careful. Plus the location of the tack strips to hold down the carpet would need to move. Not sure if we could do the carpet work on our own or if we'd need help.

Thoughts big?
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