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post #271 of 299
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So I decided to amp up the theater another level by incorporating Aura Pro Bass Shakers into the mix. I chose the Pro's over the Buttkickers mainly for the price and secondly because of the size difference. I purchased 4 Pro's from Amazon. Then I did some research and realized that any receiver could power these bad boys. I purchased a Sony STR D515 receiver off of craigslist for $30.00. I really had cold feet about installing these so I was originally going to zip tie the Pro's to the frame of the seat. This method, however, would minimize the shake that could be felt. I decided what the hell and went for the gusto. Here are some installation pictures:

Here is a picture of my Seatcraft Rialto Seating. I have a row of three on the riser (1 single seat and a loveseat) and 2 seats in the front row. I'm starting with 4 Pro's, 3 in the single seats and 1 in the loveseat.
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I installed four of these corner brackets into the bottom frame of the seat. The the screws and washers were used to secure the corner brackets to the frame of the seats. The frame of the seat already had holes strategically placed throughout the frame (huge relief)
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Here is a picture of the brackets installed
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I had a chunk of 3/4" plywood left over from the build. I cut it into 4 8x16 pieces.
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I drilled the shakers to the plywood using these screws
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Then I simply attached the piece of plywood to the brackets I previously installed
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***WIRING***
Wiring was pretty straightforward. Since my Onkyo 809 has 7.2 channels, I used 1 channel for the subwoofer and the other channel for the Sony STR-D515. I purchased one of theseto split the mono signal into a stereo signal and plugged it into "CD" line in the back STR D515.


Here is the back of the receiver that is powering the Pro's STR-D515
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Since the Pro's are rated at 4ohm and the receiver is 8ohm, I wired these in series so that the receiver will see an 8ohm load. Here is a picture of the basic connection I used. The other two shakers (rear row) were wired the same way and plugged into the "right" channel on the back of my STR-D515



That's pretty much it! This was a really simple project that had a HUGE impact on watching a movie. I watched Iron Man 2 (for the 4th time) and it just adds another element that immerses you even further into the movie! very pleased.
post #272 of 299
Looks great!

I installed the aura pros in my seats very similar to how you did it. They are one of the coolest additions I made to the room.
post #273 of 299
Nice!

I'm still limping along with a Buttkicker LFE kit - one LFE transducer under a chair leg - I plan to swap out the LFE and buy three BK Advance transducers (because they're small enough to fit under the seats, and the LFE isn't apparently) - but have come up empty looking for used Advance transducers (not real excited about paying the new price for them - adds up).

Glad yours are working well!
post #274 of 299
Nice work! Bass shakers is one thing (among others) I never planned on. For v 2.0 I would make the proper allowances for the installation of bass shakers. Would be very nice to have the option.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #275 of 299
n00b question...

how did you hide the wiring on the bass shakers being that you did not pre-wire for them?
post #276 of 299
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Originally Posted by ernest787 View Post

n00b question...
how did you hide the wiring on the bass shakers being that you did not pre-wire for them?

The wiring was interconnected with each adjacent seat. In other words, the two seats in the front row are connected to each other and two of the three seats in the rear row are connected together. I put the wiring from the first row into a plastic flex tube which is run to the AV rack. I took a couple pics of the flex tube. It stapled it to the carpet and it really hasn't budged since.

The rear row of seating is directly in front of the AV rack thankfully....there are all sorts of wires running between the seats and the rack. lol
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post #277 of 299
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Just a quick update:


I had the premier about a week ago and it was a great success! I was freaking out that nothing would break or fall of the wall because I didn't get a full opportunity to test drive the theater but everything held together. The premier movie we used was iron man due to the aspect ratio and all the wonder LFE! My guests (mostly my family) had no idea that I was building a theater in my home so they were completely shocked biggrin.gif The bass shakers also surprised the guests. Lets just say, I withheld a whole heap of information! lol.

As for now, I have been using a PS3 as my sole media/Blu-ray player. It has been working flawlessly however I don't like the idea of getting up to change out a blu-ray every time I want to watch a movie. The logical option is an HTPC! I love the look and feel of an HTPC so I decided to incorporate that into my theater build as well. Wish me luck! Update you guys soon.
post #278 of 299
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Originally Posted by azula View Post

Just a quick update:
I had the premier about a week ago and it was a great success! I was freaking out that nothing would break or fall of the wall because I didn't get a full opportunity to test drive the theater but everything held together. The premier movie I used was iron man due to the aspect ratio and all the wonder LFE! My guests (mostly my family) had no idea that I was building a theater in my home so they were completely shocked biggrin.gif The bass shakers also surprised the guests. Lets just say, I withheld a whole heap of information! lol.
As for now, I have been using a PS3 as my sole media/Blu-ray player. It has been working flawlessly however I don't like the idea of getting up to change out a blu-ray every time I want to watch a movie. The logical option is an HTPC! I love the look and feel of an HTPC so I decided to incorporate that into my theater build as well. Wish me luck! Update you guys soon.
post #279 of 299
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Originally Posted by azula View Post

Just a quick update:
I had the premier about a week ago and it was a great success! I was freaking out that nothing would break or fall of the wall because I didn't get a full opportunity to test drive the theater but everything held together. The premier movie we used was iron man due to the aspect ratio and all the wonder LFE! My guests (mostly my family) had no idea that I was building a theater in my home so they were completely shocked biggrin.gif The bass shakers also surprised the guests. Lets just say, I withheld a whole heap of information! lol.
As for now, I have been using a PS3 as my sole media/Blu-ray player. It has been working flawlessly however I don't like the idea of getting up to change out a blu-ray every time I want to watch a movie. The logical option is an HTPC! I love the look and feel of an HTPC so I decided to incorporate that into my theater build as well. Wish me luck! Update you guys soon.

I'm glad that the premier was a huge success. Seeing others enjoying the fruits of your labor is always a great feeling.

I'm using a PS3 now as well and have been really happy with the way that it performs, but I see what you mean about the HTPC. I'm excited to see how yours turns out! biggrin.gif
post #280 of 299
HTPC..... Best upgrade I made for my media room. I followed Assassins guide, super easy and lots of info.

Good luck with it!


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post #281 of 299
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I'm glad that the premier was a huge success. Seeing others enjoying the fruits of your labor is always a great feeling.
I'm using a PS3 now as well and have been really happy with the way that it performs, but I see what you mean about the HTPC. I'm excited to see how yours turns out! biggrin.gif

Thanks so much austin. The PS3 is a beast at playing blu-ray's but I've been having the red light of death for the past few months. I wanted to get another player before the thing finally died on me. I'll keep you posted.
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Originally Posted by tbraden32 View Post

HTPC..... Best upgrade I made for my media room. I followed Assassins guide, super easy and lots of info.
Good luck with it!
Sent from my iPad

I'm currently stalking his guides as we speak....lol. Thanks for the heads up.
post #282 of 299
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Well the theater is pretty much DUN (and I use that term extremely loosely). Since then, I have been piecing together my HTPC build. I decided to use XBMC as the front end for now because it seems like it was the most simple and straightforward to set up. I purchased the parts and built the PC using assassins guides. I have 0 experience with this kinda thing and the guides made it relatively simple. Here are a few shots of the build:


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Case opened. Had trouble figuring out how to open the thing, lol. I eventually got it. If it wasn't for my extreme lack of knowledge regarding computers, I would've easily finished in half the time!
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Motherboard with CPU installed, there is lever on the motherboard that you have to undo, place the cpu in (line up the arrows) then lock the lever into place.....really hard to mess this up. lol
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I used the stock heatsink for now. I watched a video (I forget where) which recorded the sound level of the stock heatsink fan and it is completely bearable IMO. If I find my temps are too high or the sound is distracting, I will definitely swap out! KEYNOTE: THE STOCK HEATSINK HAS PRE-APPLIED THERMAL PASTE ON THE BOTTOM. I had to type in caps so you guys don't end up with sticky fingers like I did. hahaha.
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RAM installed. Once again, really couldn't mess that up!
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Got the 2tb green drive installed. I removed the optical disc drive tray to install. I was worried because the HDD did not come with any screws, however the case has plenty of screws for whatever you may desire.
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Warning: *****extremely messy cabling ahead****** fitting the PSU in after installing the optical disc drive (ODD) was a nightmare! In hindsight, I definitely would have installed the PSU BEFORE the optical disc drive since the disc drive is installed by sliding it in through the front (Definitely Obligatory "That's what she said"). Save yourself the headache and try it that way.
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had to remove the PSU to install the SATA and power cabling to the back of the ODD. Using the 90 degree SATA connecter is a must!
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Close up of the 90 degree SATA connector and power cabling
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The tiny case connectors that Gort was talking about. I agree, had to be the most frustrating part of the build! Not hard to figure out where they go, just hard actually plugging them in! Hope this helps future builders.
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Here is a picture of everything, including the SSD, installed. This is before my attempt at wire management.
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Here is a picture AFTER my attempt at wire management. Can you see a difference? Because I can't, lol.
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Overhead view of everything installed. Overall it was a breeze. There are a lot of simplistic tasks that must be completed but if I could do it, I'm sure ANYONE can.
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Here is a shot of everything in the case. I picked up a cheap usb keyboard and mouse just for configuring BIOS and initial setup. Had a huge sense of accomplishment when I pressed the power button for the time and everything came on!
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Windows 7 64bit installed!
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post #283 of 299
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Currently working on getting some professional shots of the theater to share with you guys. I will update the first page of the thread as soon as that is accomplished.
post #284 of 299
Fantastic job! Went through the whole thread and it was very helpful!
I like how In the beginning you went from "the wife said yadda yadda yadda"
to "the GF said yadda yadda yadda" ^_^
The star ceiling looks excellent, I'm going to be Painting my own as well and
the info about a light background is better than a dark background really helped,
Thanks! biggrin.gif
post #285 of 299
HTPC looks sweet! I've been using a repurposed / upgraded desktop (Dell Dimension 9150) as my HTPC - works well, but bulky, and want to get it into my rack. I've been reading guides and threads and reviews, and starting to watch eBay for Silverstone cases - boy there sure make a bunch of models, I need to narrow it down - that one you're using looks nice.
post #286 of 299
Looks great azula!

Do you have XBMC installed and everything running? What do you use to get your blu rays onto the PC?
post #287 of 299
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Originally Posted by PaulFSemicolen View Post

Fantastic job! Went through the whole thread and it was very helpful!
I like how In the beginning you went from "the wife said yadda yadda yadda"
to "the GF said yadda yadda yadda" ^_^
The star ceiling looks excellent, I'm going to be Painting my own as well and
the info about a light background is better than a dark background really helped,
Thanks! biggrin.gif
SSSHHH, you're gonna get me in trouble! lol. I really appreciate the comments and I'm glad this thread helped you. Updated pics coming soon.
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

HTPC looks sweet! I've been using a repurposed / upgraded desktop (Dell Dimension 9150) as my HTPC - works well, but bulky, and want to get it into my rack. I've been reading guides and threads and reviews, and starting to watch eBay for Silverstone cases - boy there sure make a bunch of models, I need to narrow it down - that one you're using looks nice.
Thanks alot Brad! The case I'm using is the ML03. I can say that I had no problems with this case or the build for that matter. The case also has an AWESOME build video on youtube that I used as well. Here is the link. Pretty decent smooth jazz track in the background too. lol.
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Looks great azula!
Do you have XBMC installed and everything running? What do you use to get your blu rays onto the PC?
Hey aaustin, thanks so much! I installed everything and it is all running smoothly. I just finished setting up XBMC and I've even managed to control XBMC with my ipad! It's pretty sweet. I use this program called MakeMKV to get the blu-rays onto the PC. Very simple to use, takes about 30 minutes to rip a movie. Unfortunately, ripping 3dbd is not as simple but still not difficult. I am currently using the trail version of DVDFab for my 3d movies coupled with TMT5 for playback. The quality is identical to a stand alone blu-ray player. The only downside to the HTPC is the cost of storage. My 2TB HDD is filling up quite rapidly and will need to build a NAS box some time soon. I'm hoping that HDD prices go down before I have to take the dive.
post #288 of 299
That's great azula. I'm glad everything is working well for you.

Thanks for the info on Make MKV. I'll have to take a look at it.

If you do end up building a server, consider running unRAID on it. That way you can easily make use of many different hard drives. Maybe you can pick up some smaller ones used that people have lying around and then piece all of them together? You could even make some old laptop ones work or something. I haven't personally used unRAID but have heard many good things about it from other people on the forum.
post #289 of 299
Looks good man, except for that wiring job. Sheesh man what a rats nest. Good thing that you can't see that from the outside. Other than that looks somewhat professional! wink.gif All kidding aside a most excellent job. As for the RAID or unRAID you might want to pay attention to aaustin as he is one smart kid. biggrin.gif Or at least he stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #290 of 299
I want to setup a HTPC so bad but have so much other stuff to do still in theater room lol

Looking good so far though on your end.. The Red seats are kinda growing on me
post #291 of 299
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As for the RAID or unRAID you might want to pay attention to aaustin as he is one smart kid. biggrin.gif Or at least he stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night!

Earlier today I also stopped a nuclear meltdown. I was just part of the tour group though..... but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!
post #292 of 299
Hey azula!

Any updates? I haven't heard from you in awhile. smile.gif
post #293 of 299


Is anyone home? biggrin.gif


How's the theater been azula? Any progress on the server?

I hope you had a great holiday!
post #294 of 299
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Is anyone home? biggrin.gif
How's the theater been azula? Any progress on the server?
I hope you had a great holiday!

What's up builder buddy!

I apologize for the delay. I have been scouring the city of west palm beach in search of a decent photographer to get some shots of the theater! Well, I finally found a great photographer. Completed pictures coming shortly! Theater is in great shape and it's really hard to get me out of that room actually. lol. I have XBMC up and running pretty smoothly.

I decided against the unRaid server for now. However, I do need a server solution because my 2TB hard drive is filling up rather quickly. I ran across this recently Mediasonic ProBox. It holds up to 4, 4TB hard drives so expandability is great, plus it is very aggressively priced! The only downside is that it only connects via usb or esata.....no Ethernet.

Sorry for going MIA Austin, lol. Going to your thread to harass you now!
post #295 of 299
Hey azula! It's good to hear from you!

I'm glad that you are enjoying the theater. It is also very hard to get me out of my room. biggrin.gif

That HDD enclosure looks like a nice little plug and play unit.

Keep enjoying your room and I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures!
post #296 of 299
Excellent build and I look forward to seeing the completed pics.
post #297 of 299
I'd love to see completed pics and hear any other bits of wisdom you've learned since last checked in. Awesome build and I have gain several ideas for my own. smile.gif
post #298 of 299
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^I'm sorry for the delay, see first post of updates!! Thanks!
post #299 of 299
Looks awesome! great job, thanks for the update, and congrats on the little one!
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