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post #301 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post

I have played around with ripping in the past. I never found an easy solution outside of k-scape where I could put the disc in, get a bit-for-bit copy without first ripping and then converting. It just seems like such a pain and in the end if its not easy, it won't be used. I have read recently about some new software and would like to try it and there is some c4 certified hardware that I have ready good things about. I will get there at some point, but with either spending lots of money or lots of time, I haven't seen a convincing solution.

This is the issue I have always found when it comes to ripping music and even movies. Music more so.

A) Ripping is extremely time consuming. Unless its ripped at some crazy unnecessary nitrate like 320kbps, I could never get good lows in music.

B) Movies aren't as big of a deal but depending on how you get the movie to your output device can determine how the movie sounds.

Example: PS3MediaServer is a great media server app for Mac / Windows but it has major issues with sound depending on the format. i.e. 5.1 doesn't come in strong. dialogue is low but then the rest of the movie will blast you out of the room. Kind of like watching FX and not adjusting the volume for commercials.

C) The other issue with streaming movies over the LAN is time to rip the movie and encode it into something worth watching. M4V is great and supports HD codecs I like but 2 - 4 hours of encoding per movie is a little long, especially when you own over 500 movies between DVDs and BRs.



On a side note....your house is a huge inspiration and gives me a lot to strive for. I would love to pick your brain about speaker setup in our rather wonky living room.
post #302 of 601
Thank you for posting your home, I have enjoyed the photos and ideas it gave me. Great work. You are very creative, not to mention talented.
post #303 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post

Yes, I used cat-6 on every run in the house. It is a little harder to work with, but I felt like it made sense based on the fact that I move a lot of data around the network and I used them to handle the HDMI baluns. I used audioquest and I would use it again, but its a little expensive. I think there is about 6000ft of cat-6 in the house. For a cheaper solution check out monoprice.

Solid or stranded?
post #304 of 601
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Originally Posted by thelavenders View Post

This is the issue I have always found when it comes to ripping music and even movies. Music more so.

A) Ripping is extremely time consuming. Unless its ripped at some crazy unnecessary nitrate like 320kbps, I could never get good lows in music.

B) Movies aren't as big of a deal but depending on how you get the movie to your output device can determine how the movie sounds.

Example: PS3MediaServer is a great media server app for Mac / Windows but it has major issues with sound depending on the format. i.e. 5.1 doesn't come in strong. dialogue is low but then the rest of the movie will blast you out of the room. Kind of like watching FX and not adjusting the volume for commercials.

C) The other issue with streaming movies over the LAN is time to rip the movie and encode it into something worth watching. M4V is great and supports HD codecs I like but 2 - 4 hours of encoding per movie is a little long, especially when you own over 500 movies between DVDs and BRs.



On a side note....your house is a huge inspiration and gives me a lot to strive for. I would love to pick your brain about speaker setup in our rather wonky living room.


Thanks so much! Glad to help with any questions. Couldn't agree with your comments more. I'm just too busy to mess with it.
post #305 of 601
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Originally Posted by zuluwalker View Post

Thank you for posting your home, I have enjoyed the photos and ideas it gave me. Great work. You are very creative, not to mention talented.

Thanks so much! Sometimes I feel like a noob when I look at some of the theaters on here. I have been working on design for the theater for the past couple of days and I am lost.
post #306 of 601
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Originally Posted by cdika17 View Post

Solid or stranded?

Solid, my understanding is stranded won't work.

Here are some great resources if you want to learn a lot about HDMI over category cable.

http://www.atlona.com/pdf/Training/T...5_6_cables.pdf

This the absolute best pdf.

http://www.atlona.com/pdf/Training/A...5%20Cables.pdf
post #307 of 601
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I am buying a few more tools and was wondering if anyone could offer up their opinion.

1. - Biscuit Joiner, Kreg Pocket Jig or both? I would be using this for the columns, wainscoting, and built-in below the screen. Here are the links.

http://www.toolnut.com/Kreg_KTC5000_..._p/ktc5000.htm

Which contains this and a few other things - http://www.kregtool.com/Master-System-Prodview.html

or this

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW682K-.../dp/B00002232S

2. - Sander - I already have a quarter sheet finish sander, but I want to get a random orbit. Thinking about this one

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-D26456-...2900953&sr=1-4

3. - Wood - I will be painting trim work and cabinetry black or dark gray and looking for a smooth finishing, hard, cost effective material. What does everyone recommend?
post #308 of 601
I am trying to wrap my head around the whole HDMI Matrix thing. I get it but I don't get it.

I get the whole multiple TVs watching multiple sources or the same source but I get confused still.

I mean, is it good if you don't want boxes sitting around all around the house? How does it benefit a house to setup an HDMI matrix?
post #309 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post


3. - Wood - I will be painting trim work and cabinetry black or dark gray and looking for a smooth finishing, hard, cost effective material. What does everyone recommend?

We just had our entertainment center custom built and the guy that built it used birch for the build.

Then primered and painted. I believe he used an oil based paint as well.

I think he said he preferred the wood for cost, strength, and weight.

You can see pictures here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1401433
post #310 of 601
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Originally Posted by thelavenders View Post

I am trying to wrap my head around the whole HDMI Matrix thing. I get it but I don't get it.

I get the whole multiple TVs watching multiple sources or the same source but I get confused still.

I mean, is it good if you don't want boxes sitting around all around the house? How does it benefit a house to setup an HDMI matrix?

Well first, it allows a central equipment location. Then if you have something like a blu-ray changer, you can keep all your discs in one place and access them on any tv.

post #311 of 601
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I haven't tried this one, but for the price I think its worth a shot. If it doesn't work or handshake properly, monoprice will take it back.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
post #312 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post

I haven't tried this one, but for the price I think its worth a shot. If it doesn't work or handshake properly, monoprice will take it back.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Maybe Im tired and I cannot wrap my head around this right now. Haha


I actually saw that matrix splitter earlier when i was on the MP site. I think thats what made me start wondering...and then I thought about your house.




I was also wondering....if you don't mind me asking. What do you do? for work that is.

Also....wanted to say hey from here over in Leander, TX.
post #313 of 601
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I was also wondering....if you don't mind me asking. What do you do? for work that is.

Also....wanted to say hey from here over in Leander, TX.


lol, I don't mind. Firstly, just for the record my household falls into the DINK category.....

Dual.. Income... No.. Kids...

I am a project manager for a mechanical construction/ facilities management company. My wife is a demand controller for a defense company.

We have been very fortunate that our paths have led us here to Texas where young people are still able to make it. Five years ago when my wife and I moved here from Arizona, we were poor college students. God Bless Texas and Howdy Neighbor!
post #314 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post

I am buying a few more tools and was wondering if anyone could offer up their opinion.

1. - Biscuit Joiner, Kreg Pocket Jig or both? I would be using this for the columns, wainscoting, and built-in below the screen. Here are the links.

http://www.toolnut.com/Kreg_KTC5000_..._p/ktc5000.htm

Which contains this and a few other things - http://www.kregtool.com/Master-System-Prodview.html

or this

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW682K-.../dp/B00002232S

2. - Sander - I already have a quarter sheet finish sander, but I want to get a random orbit. Thinking about this one

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-D26456-...2900953&sr=1-4

3. - Wood - I will be painting trim work and cabinetry black or dark gray and looking for a smooth finishing, hard, cost effective material. What does everyone recommend?

1. Both
2. I have it, works good.
3. Oak, not very cost effective, well not here in Canada anyways.
post #315 of 601
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Here are the room dimensions. The ceiling is 11' at the top of the tray.
post #316 of 601
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The distances got cut off so here they are:

-Single Row of Viewers: 10'6" from screen wall.

-Surround speakers: 10'6" from screen wall.

-Surround back speakers: 2-3' spread centered on back wall.

-Indentation on front wall to have built-in below screen. Screen to be bumped out nearly flush with front of cabinet.

- Screen is 120" 2.35.

- All surround speakers housed in columns.

- Shelf spanning surround back columns for projector placement.
post #317 of 601
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Lighting Thoughts:

Star Ceiling

6 mini-cans broken into 2-backs for reading and 4 fronts for cleaning.

Lighting in columns

RGB LED set into crown molding.
post #318 of 601
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Hopefully I am a better carpenter than I am an artist!
post #319 of 601
Plans are looking good. What's your time line to start?
post #320 of 601
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According to a calculator I used, the placement I have outlined above will produce the following issues. Does anyone see any thing that is going to be a bigger problem than I can deal with? Please help interpret this.

Room Resonance Axial Modes
Height Depth Width
1st Harmonic 43.5 Hz 31.5 Hz 51.4 Hz
2nd Harmonic 86.9 Hz 63.1 Hz 102.7 Hz
3rd Harmonic 130.4 Hz 94.6 Hz 154.1 Hz
4th Harmonic 173.8 Hz 126.1 Hz 205.5 Hz
Standing Waves: 128.3 Hz
post #321 of 601
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Originally Posted by Yzfbossman View Post

Plans are looking good. What's your time line to start?

Not sure actually, I intended to buy some tools online tonight. My family keeps asking what I wanted for my birthday today and I never got around to picking something out and ordering it. Once I do, I am going to start by building a section of trim and one column to make sure I like it. I also want to build some cat walks above the theater in the attic so I don't mess up the insulation every time I go up there.
post #322 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post


Not sure actually, I intended to buy some tools online tonight. My family keeps asking what I wanted for my birthday today and I never got around to picking something out and ordering it. Once I do, I am going to start by building a section of trim and one column to make sure I like it. I also want to build some cat walks above the theater in the attic so I don't mess up the insulation every time I go up there.

That was one of the best things we did. I decked all my attics so we can work up there of needed. My second floor sub panel is up there so easy to service. My air handler for second floor is up there sp easy to change filters or what. It's nice esp when I ran extra wires. Ur drawing look good. I like the columns with the mess ur wife found.
post #323 of 601
So, question about that HDMI matrix: with so many displays, if you have something like DirecTV (I think I saw D* boxes in your racks, didn't I?), how many receivers do you need to be able to view different programming on different displays? My D* HD-DVR has 2 tuners, so it seems like you could only watch 2 different channels per D* box. Is that right or does the HDMI matrix somehow allow you to watch "more" per D* box?
post #324 of 601
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post

So, question about that HDMI matrix: with so many displays, if you have something like DirecTV (I think I saw D* boxes in your racks, didn't I?), how many receivers do you need to be able to view different programming on different displays? My D* HD-DVR has 2 tuners, so it seems like you could only watch 2 different channels per D* box. Is that right or does the HDMI matrix somehow allow you to watch "more" per D* box?

You still only have one video output per DirecTV box, so you still get one channel per box.

He is married with no kids. If I remember correctly, he has 2 DirecTV boxes. So, he and his wife can be in any room of the house watching two different programs. There are enough boxes, then, for everyone in the house to be watching distinct programming. There aren't, however, enough boxes for each display in the house to watch distinct programming, but then again there aren't enough people in the house to watch that many distinct displays.
post #325 of 601
Ah gotcha. Well there could be if they were entertaining... So then how does the whole-home DVR setup work with the matrix? Can any display have any recorded program running while other displays have different live channels on (up to 2 channels per box if they're DVR's). I know I can watch a recorded program while 2 different channels are recording on my DVR, since the recorded stuff doesn't actually use the tuners.
post #326 of 601
Man I would love to work on this!!!
post #327 of 601
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Man I would love to work on this!!!

Oh man.... It's a lot of work. I was excited and ready for the first several months.
post #328 of 601
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I am not getting much feedback on the room design posted on the previous page. Thinking about starting a new thread to get the questions answered.

In other news:

The other day, I remembered I had an extra 110" 16:9 Stewart G3 (Fabric Only). I wonder if it is possible to laminate a portion of the fabric between two pieces of glass or plexi to use as an outdoor screen......
post #329 of 601
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Originally Posted by BrittonYoder View Post

I am not getting much feedback on the room design posted on the previous page. Thinking about starting a new thread to get the questions answered.

In other news:

The other day, I remembered I had an extra 110" 16:9 Stewart G3 (Fabric Only). I wonder if it is possible to laminate a portion of the fabric between two pieces of glass or plexi to use as an outdoor screen......

I had the same issue, starting another thread might be the trick or do what i did and get the pro theater layout service, Shawn has been awesome to work with.
post #330 of 601
Just wanted to thank the OP for sharing your home with me (us). It really opened my eyes to what can be done with the whole HA thing. I'm currently in the process of purchasing a new home, and this thread really got the wheels turning in my head as to what I would like to do with it in the future.

It would have been nice to get in on the build a bit sooner than we did to have extra wiring run. As it stands, only the bare minimum was done... A few strands of RG6 and CAT5 here and there. At least the basement is unfinished making it a bit easier to run the necessary wiring for distributed A/V.

Kudos to you and thanks for sharing.
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