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post #31 of 290
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Here's an UPDATE of where things stand now - via YouTube. It is much easier this way than typing everything out. It will be fun to look back at these progress vids when this project is finally finished (God knows when that will be). Lots to do. A huge thanks to everyone who has given me advice on the thread (and thru PMs) up to this point. I am really learning a lot and, most importantly, having a blast doing it.
post #32 of 290
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Took a flyer the other day and ordered a Salamander Synergy Pull-out Shelf off eBay for a song. I think I saved 50% and when it arrived on Thurs it was still in it's original package and in perfect condition. Looking forward to building this in to my custom A/V rack and incorporating a record player in my set up. Despite the fact that we have all of this new technology for speakers, AVRs, amps, etc...it will be nice to have something "old school" in there to play old records.

As a side note, on Christmas Eve I went thru a selection of records that my parents had sealed in their attic. The box had not been opened since it was sealed back in 1991 (the year I graduated from high school). I pulled some amazing albums out of it. A few gems to note were multiple albums for groups like STYX, Journey, Elton John, The Eagles, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band, Lionel Ritchie...all in very nice condition. The golden egg of the group was MJ's Thriller album in MINT condition. And I'm talking virtually untouched. My parents obviously have no use for them and they were happy to let me take home what I wanted. I think I brought 40-50 home. The funny part was taking out a record and showing my 4 year-old and 7-year old. They had trouble wrapping their brains around the concept that music was actually stored on that "frisbee" as they called it. Heck, they don't even really understand CD's and that's a much newer technology. It's fun to step out of the digital age every once in a while and drift back to my early childhood days. Vinyl rocks.
post #33 of 290
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Walking out of my office yesterday to grab a sandwich and I bump into our UPS guy hauling in the very first of my three front speakers, my CSiA6. Snagged it on Newegg this weekend for $269...doesn't get much cheaper than that from what I understand. The box didn't have a scratch on it from shipping but late last night I proceeded to unpack it anyway just so I could inspect it (and pet it - LOL). What a freakin' beast she is too!



I am glad I listened to many here on the boards and went with the CSiA6 instead of settling for less. I am very impressed by the look of the black especially with the wood grain texture. I decided against the cherry because of the furniture colors that the wife will be going with in our basement. The black will suit me just fine and will also complement the black frame around the PJ screen very well. Now if I could just get Newegg to send me another 40% off voucher when the black A7's are in stock! eek.gif I've got plenty of time and patience is the key...

Speaking of keys, I am headed to Ocean Reef thru Sunday with the fam to get some R & R...but when I return...I am tackling the A/V rack. Here she is sitting on the floor waiting to be cut up by the table saw. biggrin.gif



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post #34 of 290
Awesome score! I agree you should not skimp on the center, it is the most important channel in HT (except for LFE). biggrin.gif Vinyl is making a comeback, nothing quite like a great recording on the "frisbee", a much more "real" experience on a great system. I had the same experience with my kids the first time they saw a record. Did not quite get it. Never questioned the CD but all kinds of questions about the record, just like your kids. Ah the difference of growing up in the analog age (me and you) and the digital age (our kids). I graduated high school in 88' so we pretty much grew up with the same kind of music. Most of my music were 45's or cassettes. It was probably 90 when I first got a CD.

Enjoy your R&R.

Regards.

RTROSE
post #35 of 290
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Originally Posted by AnnapolisSony View Post

Here's an UPDATE of where things stand now - via YouTube. It is much easier this way than typing everything out. It will be fun to look back at these progress vids when this project is finally finished (God knows when that will be). Lots to do. A huge thanks to everyone who has given me advice on the thread (and thru PMs) up to this point. I am really learning a lot and, most importantly, having a blast doing it.
Man this is great ! I just found your build and subscribed today! Love the UPDATE videos so keep them coming if possible! Pretty much in the same boat as you and a lot of the questions/concerns are similar as well! The video alone really helped me understand all you have done thus far and wish you lots of luck and momentum down the road! Fantastic job and Thanks - JIM
post #36 of 290
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I graduated high school in 88' so we pretty much grew up with the same kind of music. Most of my music were 45's or cassettes. It was probably 90 when I first got a CD.

RT, I graduated from high school in 91'. My first CD ever was U2 - Joshua Tree - in 1987. Even though all my music is in iTunes now, I still actually have that very CD (I think I have over 350 CDs still boxed away). I remember the day I bought that first CD like it was yesterday...sitting down and looking at, putting it into the disc player, etc. Crazy stuff.

The R&R in FL was great...but I am sad to say that we are back home in MD in the freezing cold temps with a winter storm staring us in the face mid-week. Not to worry though, my wife and I were planning to take our kids up to my parents lake house in the mountains (Deep Creek, MD) this weekend so fresh snow will be just what we are looking for. It usually snows twice the amount up there as it does in eastern MD so the kids will have plenty of snow for tubing/skiing over the weekend.
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Man this is great ! I just found your build and subscribed today! Love the UPDATE videos so keep them coming if possible! Pretty much in the same boat as you and a lot of the questions/concerns are similar as well! The video alone really helped me understand all you have done thus far and wish you lots of luck and momentum down the road! Fantastic job and Thanks - JIM

Thanks Jim. It's going to be a long process but I keep telling myself over and over that it will be worth it in the end because it will be done RIGHT and exactly the way we want it. Wiring already-finished walls and ceilings for a 7.2 surround system has certainly been challenging but I think I just proved over the past couple of weeks that it CAN BE DONE - with a bit of luck. We want a nice basement that functions as a second "family" room in our home but at the same time doubles as a kick-a$$ COMFORTABLE media room for all of us to enjoy movies and music together. The frustrating thing for me right now is that we have other priorities for our home that are trumping this project (such as Phase I of our landscaping plan & a sprinkler system this Spring). So, in terms of earmarking some pesos, it is going to be more of a gradual thing spread out over the next year or so. For now I am just building out the bones of the basement as we want/need it for the media room and I will continue to slowly acquire the A/V equipment along the way (at great discount prices mind you). Because I cannot be in a hurry, I can take advantage of the discounts from various websites when they surface and of course take advantage of coupons from Newegg. smile.gif My 40th birthday is coming up in October and I am kind of honing in on that month to have everything in place for WATCHING MOVIES!

Unfortunately, I've also got some big ticket items towards the end of the project like furniture/seating and replacing approx. 980 SF of carpet. eek.gif I'm thinking that the back wall of the media room is going to be Phase II of the media room which is going to be a walk-up bar area consisting of cabinets, granite counter top, backsplash, under-counter refrigerator, wine refrigerator, etc. The second half of the basement (smaller side) is still going to be dedicated to our wonderful children and that will be painted/carpeted at the same time as the media room side and the stairs-landing area. Thanks for dropping by and I'll be sure to update again when I have some considerable progress to speak of!
post #37 of 290
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Looking for advice on a surge-protected in-ceiling outlet for my PJ. I also require a low-voltage pass-thru for my HDMI coming to the PJ from my rack. I came across this Datacomm Media Plate on Amazon that has a surge-protected outlet built in. I am planning to have other surge protection equipment at my rack but the PJ is about 15 feet away so essentially it is on it's own.

I made the mistake of reading a bunch of surge protection threads last night (more like aggressive debates wink.gif ) but I'd like to have some peace of mind that my $2500+ PJ is protected. smile.gif

Has anyone else installed surge-protected outlets/pass-thrus like this in ceilings and/or walls for their PJ or TV? If so, what did you use? What else is out there that is economical yet reliable?

I also saw this one on Monoprice but I have no idea how reliable it is?
post #38 of 290
If you are looking at the power bridge options then you can do what I did and make your own. I put a outlet in the ceiling ran romex to an outlet in the wall in my equipment closet, finished it like this (see below)



I then used a normal power cord to connect my power conditioner/battery backup to the wall plate. A little redneck but works like a charm and was a lot more cost effective than buying ready made stuff.

I would have zero issues using monoprice products, I've not used the one you linked to but others and they make good quality products at very reasonable prices.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #39 of 290
Well gotta say we really truly are in the same boat man! Moved in my new home 2004 and almost 10 years later after priority after priority, a 5 year old son and 45th Bday this April we are finally tackling the basement! It also will be a process overtime, seeking advice here and waiting on deals etc. same as you! A lot of the reason for delays i have to admit is many years of lurking and procrastination not knowing exactly what i want?! So many options!
Its all about the layout to incorporate a Barside and a Theater (not dedicated) utilizing every inch possible - moving HVAC, water tank, furnace etc. which i can say is FINALLY complete after today!!
I have had some great Livingroom set-ups over the years including now, but have always wanted the same outcome as you - big screen with some extra room for family and entertaining! I have about 1000 square feet to work with so wrapping my head around things hurts Ha ha!
I am originally from Boston Ma and moved to Toronto Canada 10 years ago! I miss Beantown and will certainly have a mini 'Cheers' esq theme happening on the Barside to remind me of home and the seaside every time I wonder below ; ) Look forward to your journey ahead and I have learned so much from you already! The vid was huge (now my wife understands the road ahead lol) so hope you do more if time permits.
AVS is a godsend and when passionate people with a common dream can help each other out its always a huge motivator for sure! Hope the Hurdles are few from here man and most of all fun! Sincerely Jim Means
post #40 of 290
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AVS is a godsend and when passionate people with a common dream can help each other out its always a huge motivator for sure! Hope the Hurdles are few from here man and most of all fun!

Well said. The amount of knowledge here really is amazing. The best part about it is that it is all based on experience. So many people have helped me along while I am in the early stages of my project here. I am really grateful for that. What a fun (and expensive) hobby!
post #41 of 290
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Many people have asked me to post what my plans are for my gear, so here is the tentative plan for now:

PJ - Panasonic PT-AE8000
AVR - Yamaha RX-A1010
AMP - Emotiva XPA-3
Power Cond/Surge - Panamax M5300-PM
Blu-ray - OPPO BDP-103
Music Streaming - Sonos Connect
Gaming - PS4 (Santa brings for the kids at Xmas)
Turntable - Pro-ject Debut Carbon (black)

Fronts - Polk Audio RTi A7s or RTiA9's
Center - Polk Audio CSi A6
Surrounds - Polk Audio RT65s (in-wall)
Rear Surrounds - Polk Audio RC80is (in-ceiling)
Sub - PSA XV15

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Edited by AnnapolisSony - 4/5/13 at 11:23am
post #42 of 290
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A little redneck but works like a charm and was a lot more cost effective than buying ready made stuff.

RT, thanks for posting your set up. I like the way you think man. LOL!
post #43 of 290
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Many people have asked me to post what my plans are for my gear, so here is the tentative plan for now:

PJ - Panasonic PT-AE8000
AVR - Yamaha RX-A820
AMP - Emotiva XPA-3
Power Cond/Surge - Panamax M4300-PM
Blu-ray - OPPO BDP-103
Music Streaming - Sonos Connect
Gaming - PS4 (Santa brings for the kids at Xmas)
Turntable - Pro-ject Debut Carbon (black)

Fronts - Polk Audio RTi A7s
Center - Polk Audio CSi A6
Surrounds - Polk Audio RT65s (in-wall)
Rear Surrounds - Polk Audio RC80is (in-ceiling)
Sub - PSA XV15

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FYI, if you haven't get the XPA-3 yet, I saw there's one for sales from College Park for just $300 on Craiglist!
post #44 of 290
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FYI, if you haven't get the XPA-3 yet, I saw there's one for sales from College Park for just $300 on Craiglist!

WOW. That's a deal right there Gary. I may just have to inquire about that. smile.gif Thanks so much for the heads up.

And by the way, I just scanned thru your build thread for the first time...YOUR HT LOOKS FANTASTIC!
Edited by AnnapolisSony - 3/6/13 at 11:53am
post #45 of 290
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I finally sat down last night and sketched out what I hope is my final plan for the A/V rack. I've got a few inches to play with on the shelf/slot heights because I really only need about 13" for the record storage shelf at the bottom. With the exception of the record shelf, the rear of the rack will be wide open for access and ventilation purposes. Right now I have no plans to install a glass door on the front but that could change. I plan to install trim/casing (that matches the the trim already in basement) around the front to finish it off. Not sure if I can install a glass door AND install trim. Have to do some research on custom glass doors I guess.

Even though the equipment itself will prevent you from being able to see thru the rack, there is still a chance that you will be able to see a bit around the sides and top of each piece. Therefore I plan to tack a strip of xtra thick weed control fabric (yes, a landscaping material something like this) biggrin.gif down the back of the rack. It's black. It's breathable for ventilation. It's light. It's cheap. It's easy to cut. It's easy to pop a hole through for cables and/or cords coming off of each shelf. And it's removable. I think it should black out the back of the rack just fine. (Is that redneck enough for you RTROSE???? biggrin.gif ) I will probably paint the shiny HVAC duct work and my white hot water heater flat black too because they sit a few feet behind the rack.

I am breaking the rules by putting my heaviest component on the top shelf (Emo XPA-3 57lbs) but I figure it's the most important piece of equipment to ventilate. I will also be coring out 3 or 4 sporadic holes on the top piece of the rack starting at about 8" back from the front. I plan on mounting a small Vornado fan on the ceiling joist about 3 feet behind and 2 feet above the rack. That way I can throw a nice cool breeze towards the back of the AMP and AVR when I know I am going to be using the system for long periods of time (beats the sh*t out of trying to install tiny fans in the rack that require more electric and that may or may not burn out).

post #46 of 290
^^^^^^Ummmm.....yeah. That's plenty redneck for me. A good idea to boot! I need to do this to the back of my rack as well.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #47 of 290
Love the layout and respect for vinyl! Perfect fit if ya ask me!
post #48 of 290
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OK, I need to pick everyone's brains for a minute. Do people typically run their PJ power thru their line conditioner/surge protection device in their rack? Yesterday I purchased my first component for my rack (woooohooooo) and it's a Panamax M5300. The way I am set up (especially with my ceiling opened up, I could actually do it. However, I've read in some posts around here that you should always try to run your PJ off a completely different circuit than your rack.

Here's the deal. I was seriously considering installing a Powerbridge as the outlet above my PJ. It's white and would like nice in the ceiling. Where you see the pass-thru for cables on the powerbridge, I can pop that out and insert one of these so that I can plug my black HDMI into it (up in the ceiling) which would be coming from my AVR out. Then I could order a 1 ft. white HDMI to go from the exposed side of the HDMI outlet (in the powerbridge) down to my PJ which would look much better in the room because it is, afterall, white. Common sense tells me though that perhaps the HDMI insert would be overkill because I would just be creating another point at which I could lose quality of signal??? What are your thoughts on signal loss? Should I just use the rubber grommet and pass the black HDMI thru it and plug directly into the PJ? The HDMI that I have run in the ceiling is a 22 AWG HDMI cable that is 20 ft long.

I've read great reviews here on AVS about the powerbridge and it would certainly save me from having to pay for an electrician to come in and wire up a surge protected outlet, etc. I can pick up 25 of Romex at Home Depot and install this Powerbridge myself. The other end of the powerbridge would obviously have an outlet in my storage room - next to my rack - and I would use the provided power cord to plug from that outlet into my Panamax M5300. However, all of this is a moot point if I should not have my PJ on the same circuit as the equipment rack.

If it is absolutely a NO-NO on running PJ and rack on the same 20amp circuit, well then, I might have another option.

Thoughts, opinions and experiences related to this would be greatly appreciated!
post #49 of 290
My .02 worth. I have my "redneck" powerbridge run to and plugged in at my power conditioner/battery backup. I have had zero issues with tripping circuit breakers or any problems for that matter. I don't see there is an issue anywhere. I also have HDMI wall plates in my equipment closet and on the ceiling. So I have my HDMI from my receiver running to the wall plate. A HDMI cable from the wall plate to the ceiling plate, and a HDMI cable from the ceiling plate to the projector. I have not had any signal problems or issues with that either. Yes the best course of action is not to have too many connections in the chain, but I made sure that I tested everything before it was all buttoned up just to make sure and it worked out just fine.

Good luck.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #50 of 290
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My .02 worth. I have my "redneck" powerbridge run to and plugged in at my power conditioner/battery backup. I have had zero issues with tripping circuit breakers or any problems for that matter. I don't see there is an issue anywhere. I also have HDMI wall plates in my equipment closet and on the ceiling. So I have my HDMI from my receiver running to the wall plate. A HDMI cable from the wall plate to the ceiling plate, and a HDMI cable from the ceiling plate to the projector. I have not had any signal problems or issues with that either. Yes the best course of action is not to have too many connections in the chain, but I made sure that I tested everything before it was all buttoned up just to make sure and it worked out just fine.

Good luck.

Regards,

RTROSE

Thanks so much for your input RT. This weekend I went ahead and ordered the Powerbridge and the dual HDMI insert (in the event I ever need to run an additional HDMI to my PJ). I am going to try running my PJ power thru my Panamax and, if for some reason I have issues, I'll have to improvise later on down the road. I will go ahead and install the outlet end near my rack and run the Romex but I'll have to wait on installing the other end in the ceiling because it has not been patched with drywall yet (this is where I tore out the drywall around my lally column). Once my drywall guy does his thing, I'll be able to finish that up. I am also going to have a small access hatch installed in the bulkhead ceiling - fairly close to my PJ - so that I can access behind the Powerbridge outlet and the end of the conduit that runs all the way over to my storage room / A/V rack. This way I can be sure there is no problem pulling cables in the future. I already have one small access hatch on the other side of the room in that same bulkhead/ceiling and it is framed out quite nice, not noticeable, etc. Just enough to pop your head thru and get one arm up there to do your thing.

I just had two very nice weekends away on vacation with the family so it's time to FINALLY get back on track and start making some good progress again. biggrin.gif Tomorrow my buddy is dropping off his table saw for me to borrow so I can finally get going on building the rack and framing out my 2 lally columns.
post #51 of 290
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FINALLY carved out a couple of hours to get acquainted with the table saw that my buddy dropped off. I may just have to have Santa bring me a table saw this Xmas. biggrin.gif How I've survived without one all these years is beyond me.

Got off to a good start and got a little more done than I thought I could last night. Sure is a great feeling to finally get this rack started. Couldn't finish up the supports for the back of the rack because I ran out of 2" deck screws. rolleyes.gif





ADDING THIS IN BECAUSE I'VE GOTTEN ABOUT 4 OR 5 PMs ASKING ABOUT THE TYPE OF WOOD I USED FOR THE RACK:

Below is a link to the Lowe's website. I really like this wood because each piece is individually shrink wrapped and you can go thru many at the store and pick out the perfectly straight ones. 9 out of 10 are not warped like so many other pieces of wood at these big box stores:

http://www.lowes.com/Search=aspen+panel+clear+kiln-dried?storeId=10151&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&N=0&newSearch=true&Ntt=aspen+panel+clear+kiln-dried#!

The other thing I highly recommend is using BM (Benjamin Moore) Fresh Start to prime it. Lightly sand after a coat of primer it and it's ready for 2 coats of BM Advance. Chances are you will only need a quart of the primer and a quart of the Advance so don't panic about the price of the paint. Advance paint is AWESOME...so much in fact that I am considering doing over 200LF of baseboards with it in my basement. LOL. It is tough as nails and goes on smoother than any other paint I've ever used. HIGHLY RECOMMEND that combination of primer and paint.
Edited by AnnapolisSony - 11/27/13 at 1:21pm
post #52 of 290
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Instead of going out and pounding a bunch of pints o' green beer yesterday, I opted to put in another productive 4-5 hours in the basement. So this morning when I walked out the door at 5AM for the gym, I clearly had made the right choice. Was feeling GREAT smile.gif

So yesterday I started off finishing up the overall support and structure for the rack itself. My entire family (along with the neighbors) could stand on this thing at once and it would not flinch:

Lower part from the back:



Back of rack from outside storage room:



Cut the remaining 6 shelves that will be utilized in the rack:



Taped out the exact location/height of each shelf. At the last minute I decided to swap the shelf designated for my turntable with the shelf designated for my Sonos & PS4. Puts the turntable at a higher height that is absolutely perfect for playing records. biggrin.gif



Installed my Salamander Synergy turntable pull-out shelf. The drawer slides and the shelf together were 3/8" narrower than the width/ inside of my rack (20") so I had to improvise and find a way to make up for the difference. I had some scrap 3/16" thick hardboard leftover so I cut two pieces out with the jig saw (the exact shape/outline of each of the drawer slides) and put each of them in between the rack wall and the drawer slide. Having an additional 3/16" on each side made the whole assembly fit perfectly. The hardboard was dark brown so I went over the exposed part with permanent magic marker and, when installed, it appears to be black and part of the original assembly. Looks phenomenal. I got lucky as hell there because every 1/16 counted. The slide out shelf is a nice satin black and will match the satin black finish that I am using to paint the inside of the rack, shelves, etc. (paint will be Benjamin Moore Advance). The Salamander shelf came with a peel-off protective plastic coating so I will wait until I am ready to use the rack before I peel it off.





Pull-out shelf installed:



Pull-out shelf OUT:





Shot of bottom section for vinyl storage:



Next step is to prime and paint (2 coats) the inside of the rack and the shelves black. This week my Rockler shelving jig comes so I'll be able to drill the 1/4" holes needed to mount my shelves. I decided against making each shelf permanent so that I have the flexibility to adjust the shelving if my components change further on down the road. I am going to wait until AFTER I paint to drill the holes with the jig. I purchased these 1/4" shelf clips to hang the shelves on at Lowes. Each hole will have a 1/4" metal sleeve in it as well. The heaviest component in my rack is a 57 lb. Emo amp and, being that my shelves are 3/4" thick, it would hold double that weight just fine.

I also installed 3/16" hardboard on the unfinished walls inside the storage room. This makes is MUCH easier to run all of my cables and speaker wires along the walls to the back of the rack. Before I screwed the hardboard to the studs, I went ahead and cut custom holes for the existing power outlet and for my Powerbridge. Got the Powerbridge outlet hooked up right next to my rack and ran 20 ft. of Romex out and over to the point where the other outlet will be hooked up in the ceiling (above the PJ).

Best part of the day was that I finished all of this by 1:00, took the kiddos to Jimmy Johns for sandwiches and then spend the rest of the day with my wife and them at home! Popped a cold beer at the end of the day as a reward while watching the NCAA hoops selection show!
post #53 of 290
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In Dallas on biz this week so I thought I'd post an update since I've got some time to kill at the hotel. This past weekend I began the arduous task of PRIMING the cabinet that I built for my A/V Rack. I even primed everything on the back side of the rack as well. Using BM Fresh Start and it seemed to take real well with the bare wood. Also primed the 6 adjustable shelves as well. PRIMING IS DONE. Hit everything with some light sanding to really smooth things out which did not affect the primer at all. Seems like a great primer. Next step will be to paint 2 coats of BM Advance (black) with sanding in between coats of course.



Shelves:



Once I have the two coats on, I'll get to it with my new Rockler jig for shelf pin holes. I've decided to go with black 1/4" shelf pins directly in the wood WITHOUT sleeves. I've read a lot about people who have drilled bigger holes to accommodate the pins only to have them way too loose - even when the pins and the sleeves are from the same manufacturer. The heaviest shelf I need to support will be 57 lbs and that's for the Emo amp. 4 pins holding a 3/4" shelf that is 18" x 20" will hold just fine.



I also went ahead and painted all of the shiny duct work behind the A/V rack flat black, blacked out the white hot water tank by wrapping it with a piece of 1/2" thick Armaflex. Threw some Armaflex pipe insulation on the copper piping above the HW tank and also painted all of the visible studs and walls behind the rack flat black as well. You can kind of see that in the above pic of the rack.

The other big announcement is that my Panny 8000 arrived! Well, sort of. wink.gif Except it is made out of cardboard and duct tape. smile.gif I actually made a mock projector so I could better relate to the size of it and damn is it much bigger than I had EVER envisioned. WOW. I've known the dimensions all along but I had no idea it would be THIS big. It's damn near the size of an AVR! So, I have decided to go back to my original plan and put the PJ up in the bulkhead. Perfect arrangement as the center of the lense will be 85" off the floor and the top of my screen will be right about the same height. Throw is 12' 5" officially. My bulkhead is massive (depth wise) so I've got 12+ inches behind it to the first duct and on each side it's got over 6 feet for ventilation purposes (it's wide open in there). This solution is going to look super cool and it will save me from having to mount the PJ underneath the bulkhead/ceiling which is only 80" off the floor to begin with. I will most likely frame out the box with some sort of trim and paint it the same color as all other trim in the basement. So, I went ahead and cut a 22" X 8" hole and pulled out the vertical stud.

My new Panny 8000:



The new resting place for the PJ:



The other thing I did was test both subwoofer cable wall connections with my sub from upstairs (they work), tested the Verizon FiOS cable connection with a cable box and TV from upstairs (works great) and tested the Cat 6 cable that I ran from my modem. ALL WORK GREAT. Also ran a second HDMI cable from my rack to the PJ location just in case I ever add a 2nd source or if one cable were to ever crap out on me.
post #54 of 290
Glad to see you are making progress. Love the new PJ. I can relate though as I knew what the dimensions of my Epson was (did not mock it up though) and was still surprised when it arrived and I saw how big it was. Smart move checking all the cables like that. I did that as well to hedge my bets later on that everything would work as it should, and it did.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Very awesome progress and idea with the PJ! Will have to keep that in mind! Loving the rack space BIG TIME!
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Glad to see you are making progress. Love the new PJ. I can relate though as I knew what the dimensions of my Epson was (did not mock it up though) and was still surprised when it arrived and I saw how big it was. Smart move checking all the cables like that. I did that as well to hedge my bets later on that everything would work as it should, and it did.

Regards,

RTROSE

Thanks RT. I would have been very unhappy if I had tried to mount the PJ underneath my bulkhead or off the front of the lally column. It would have looked MASSIVE under there. I definitely made the right choice by choosing to put the PJ up in the bulkhead. There is PLENTY of room up there and air circulation will not ever be an issue. This weekend I plan on wiring in the outlet up there and getting the cut-out framed out with studs, trim, etc.
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Very awesome progress and idea with the PJ! Will have to keep that in mind! Loving the rack space BIG TIME!

Thanks JMEANS. After a light sanding of everything last night, I was able to put the first coat of black Benjamin Moore Advance on the cabinet and the 6 shelves. Took me just under 2 hours so I was pleased about that. I have used a lot of paint in my life but nothing quite as nice as the BM Advance (I went with Satin). INCREDIBLE PAINT. Water soluable and it doesn't gum up AT ALL on the brush like many other paints do after an hour or so of painting. I'd say I got 98% coverage from the first coat and that's a black paint over a white primer. You can't beat that. I've never worked with a paint that levels itself out more than this stuff. You struggle to find a brush mark. I plan to do a little light sanding to some rough areas (from the wood not the paint) before I put the final coat on this weekend. I read many reviews online about this Advance paint (both positive and negative) and it sure is living up to the "positives"! Amazing paint and I HIGHLY recommend it. biggrin.gif

Hopefully by Monday I'll be able to post some pics.
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Worked on the box for my PJ this weekend...very happy with the way it turned out. Still have to hit it with caulk and primer but I should be able to get to that one night this week.








Also put final two coats of satin BM Advance on cabinet, shelves and trim. Mounted the removable shelves using the Rockler jig (that thing kicks ass). Just need to add some additional support under the two (2) shelves that will house the AVR & AMP being that they are 21 lbs and 57 lbs respectively. Black matching trim goes up around the cabinet hopefully this evening if I have some time. biggrin.gif



Second shelf from bottom in this photo is the pull-out Synergy Salamander shelf for my turntable. Bottom rack will house my vinyl (gotta respect the vinyl):




View of the back:
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Found some time to get the trim up this evening. This pretty much wraps up the rack! biggrin.gif



(that's bubble wrap around the pull-out shelf for my turntable. In the event my kiddos decide to pull it out, put something on it and SCRATCH it - LOL)
Edited by AnnapolisSony - 4/4/13 at 10:57am
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Rather exciting day.

I returned home from the office to find that my drywall guy had closed the massive 4' x 8' hole that I had cut out of the ceiling/bulkhead along with the 2 holes that were left when I demolished the walls from around both lally columns. They really do amazing work. I can do a lot BUT I DON'T F&*% WITH DRYWALL! wink.gif

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After


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Most exciting part of the day is that I was able to acquire my AVR (Yamaha RX-A1010) this afternoon...A BIG THANKS to Carlos for giving me such a great deal. Perfect unit for me to start off with for my media room and I am especially pumped about that fact that it pairs well with the Panny 8000U. I will use it to drive my surrounds and rear surrounds while an Emo will drive my fronts and CC. Looking forward to receiving the Yammy when I return from Augusta next week!
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Hey! Nice rack! tongue.gif

The drywall patches look really good. You will love the 1010. I have the 1010 as well, and it is a great receiver. I love the networking feature, and if you have iOS or Android there is an app to run the receiver from your device. Pretty slick, I also have it networked with my PC so I can stream my playlists and music directly from it. I also have a outboard amp, Emotiva XPA-3, so I let it power my LRC, and let the Yammy power the surrounds life is good.

I think you will be very pleased, congrats on a nice score.

Regards,

RTROSE
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