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Pictures and link coming, I need to make 5 posts first...

We're turning our basement into a media/entertainment room. It started completely unfinished and now just needs some finishing touches.
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Panasonic PT-AE900U + 100" screen
NHT SuperAudio ST4, SW10ii, SC2, and SB2 speakers
Sherwood Newcastle P965 processor
Nakamichi PA-1 amplifier
Oppo DV971H player
SpeakerCraft SmartPath IR repeater (including to Lutron dimmer for main lights)
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DVDs are being enjoyed, but...

Still need to install window coverings and acoustic treatments,. We also need a lot more furniture, including a poker table. And I still need the universal remote (likely a Harmony 880), media PC (likely homebrew), and maybe a high def TV source. We have a TiVo upstairs, but we watch so little TV I don't know if it's worth getting anything.
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Welcome to the forums...and the madness. Nice looking room. I really like the colors. As far as remotes go, I was looking into the Harmony's but instead got an MX-850 from Universal remotes. Look them up in the Remote control forums here. This one seemed far better for the $$ over the Harmony and I love mine. Look on eebay for it and you can get it for half of retail. Also have you considered painting the ceiling a darker color?? You will be shocked at what it will do to your picture. I also have the Panny 900 and the LCD's do much better with black level if you can darken the room as much as possible. That white ceiling reflects a lot of light back on the screen. I envy your equipment room you have. Makes for a real clean look in the HT. Also I'm curious why you went with a pull down screen for a dedicated HT room. Enjoy.....
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Thanks.

I already have a remote that's a rebranded MX-500 because that's what Sherwood packages with the P-965. I'll give it a second chance. What appeals to me about the Harmony is the ability to program one button to do multiple things, "task based" or whatever they call it. The charging cradle and computer interface is also nice. I need my wife to be able to do everything from watch a DVD to show a photo show off the network without me being here.

I went with a motorized screen partly because that's what my wife prefers and partly because I was able to get a deal on this particular one. There will be times when the room is used for parties and the system only playing music. We'll hang some artwork behind the screen and at least it will be protected then. If it was just me I might have gone with goo. At least the motorized screen provides a bit of ooh ahh factor for friends. And lets be honest, impressing others is maybe why we really do this :)
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That's good to know about the white ceiling (but would have ben great to know a couple months ago, along with some other things I've recently learned). Maybe I'll try a darker color, but certainly not for a while. After months of construction I just want to sit back and enjoy :)
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Originally Posted by jandawil
As far as remotes go, I was looking into the Harmony's but instead got an MX-850 from Universal remotes. Look them up in the Remote control forums here. This one seemed far better for the $$ over the Harmony and I love mine. Look on eebay for it and you can get it for half of retail.
Thanks. Since you brought it to my attention I've been looking into it and see the newer Universal remotes have added PC programming and activity based design so I'll definitely be taking a look at them.

There's a local computer store here that sells the Harmony 880 for $199 CDN which seems like a pretty good price. When I search on eBay for the MX-800 the price is close to that when you include shipping for a used one and the new ones are more than the local Harmony. The MX-850 is even higher. So the Universal line seems to actually be more expensive.
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Having programmed 100+ MX remotes and about 10 Harmony's, there is very good reason why the universals cost more. I've never been able to get a Harmony to control a system as seamlessly as an MX-series URC remote.
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Having programmed 100+ MX remotes and about 10 Harmony's, there is very good reason why the universals cost more. I've never been able to get a Harmony to control a system as seamlessly as an MX-series URC remote.
I've started a thread to continue this in the Remotes area.
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Thanks.

I already have a remote that's a rebranded MX-500 because that's what Sherwood packages with the P-965. I'll give it a second chance. What appeals to me about the Harmony is the ability to program one button to do multiple things, "task based" or whatever they call it. The charging cradle and computer interface is also nice. I need my wife to be able to do everything from watch a DVD to show a photo show off the network without me being here.

I went with a motorized screen partly because that's what my wife prefers and partly because I was able to get a deal on this particular one. There will be times when the room is used for parties and the system only playing music. We'll hang some artwork behind the screen and at least it will be protected then. If it was just me I might have gone with goo. At least the motorized screen provides a bit of ooh ahh factor for friends. And lets be honest, impressing others is maybe why we really do this :)
Yes we do like to impress others don't we :D I went with the Goo screen and love it!!! The fixed screens just have that nice finished framed in look and you can really get that picture squared in nicely. I like the idea of the artwork hanging behind the screen though for when it's not in use. That's pretty cool. Enjoy the fruits of all your hard work.
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Originally Posted by jadeonly
Pictures and link coming, I need to make 5 posts first...

We're turning our basement into a media/entertainment room. It started completely unfinished and now just needs some finishing touches.
Hey nice work, I love the way you've placed the PJ and the rest of your gear behind the rear wall.

a pic of the front of the rear wall would be nice to see too.
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a pic of the front of the rear wall would be nice to see too.
http://static.flickr.com/62/189738533_582fc5253f.jpg
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Jadeonly,

are those berkline seats?
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Palliser: http://www.palliser.com/ProductDispl...theater&link=1

It's a sectional so you pick the pieces you want. We chose 4 recliners and a center console with cupholders. It was $3400 from Leather Express here in Calgary and took about 10 weeks from deposit to delivery. So far I love it.
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