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post #391 of 958
Is you theater pc running check disk?



I used to collect DVDs but then got out of the habit once I had most of the ones I really liked and felt were worth owning, but man are these all bluray? Thats crazy of did you find some crazy sale that the rest of us dont know about?
post #392 of 958
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Originally Posted by marcusj50 View Post

Janis, you were kind enough to post a reply to a question I had the other day about rack lighting and you referenced your thread. I have been addicted to it ever since. Thank you for all the great ideas.

I am still in the framing/electrical stages and had a few question about your can lights. Are you happy with the 4" cans? Did you consider 3" or 5"? I will most likely go with 4".

More importantly, what spacing did you use between the 4" cans and would you change it if you had to do it again? My celings are about 8.5 feet and my theater is 17' wide. Not sure if I need two rows or three.

Finally, did you buy your rope light from the same place as your cans?

Thanks again and great job!


I like the 4" cans, though if I was doing it again, I would have probably added 4 more to the main theater room, and 2 more to the kitchenette. I have 17 cans total (4 in the kitchenette, 4 in the back of the theater, 6 in the theater, and 3 along the screen). Especially since I don't have sconces and I have a fairly dark color scheme. I'd say they are generally spaced about 5-6' apart.

I bought the can lights and baffles from http://www.USALight.com and the rope light from http://www.1000bulbs.com
post #393 of 958
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Is you theater pc running check dick?



I used to collect DVDs but then got out of the habit once I had most of the ones I really liked and felt were worth owning, but man are these all bluray? Thats crazy of did you find some crazy sale that the rest of us dont know about?


Yeah... my laptop's battery isn't so good and the machine often goes down when it it unplugged.

As for the blurays... those pics aren't of my collection. They were posted as an example of some DVD storage shelves.
post #394 of 958
I've been looking through this thread and following links to other theaters from other posters, and let me just say to all of you: What a great job all of you folks did on your home theaters! I'm impressed with the planning and work you've put into these rooms. You all are artist and craftsmen, be proud. I wish I had a quarter of the skills you guys posses. I wish you all many hours of enjoying in-home entertainment and thanks for sharing your experience... maybe one day it will inspire me
post #395 of 958
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One quick update...

Got a low-profile magnetic catch and no-bore handle for the glass door on the equipment rack. Now I can open and close the door with ease and it doesn't bump into protruding components.
post #396 of 958
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One quick update...

Got a low-profile magnetic catch and no-bore handle for the glass door on the equipment rack. Now I can open and close the door with ease and it doesn't bump into protruding components.

If it is worth a post, it is worth a pic... Let's see it...
post #397 of 958
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If it is worth a post, it is worth a pic... Let's see it...

Fine fine... I'll post a pic tonight if I get a chance.

My wife and I have been playing Fallout 3 in the HT lately. We have to alternate nights lest it get violent. Tonight is my night to play, so I may get too caught up in that to break out the camera.

Worst case, tomorrow!
post #398 of 958
I hear you, jamis. I have been utterly lost in that game down in my HT for the past month, and have been told by a few friends that I have only scratched the surface of it.

Is that glass over your rack smoked or darkened? Sorry if I missed the answer to this question being posted already...
post #399 of 958
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Pics!

I took a few new/better ones of the rack in general as well as the new no-bore handle. Again, ignore the blue tape holding up the IR emitter.








This post brought to you by the numbers 4, 27, 31, the letter 'B', and the best tripod ever... the GorillaPod



post #400 of 958
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Originally Posted by GrandMasterTuck View Post

I hear you, jamis. I have been utterly lost in that game down in my HT for the past month, and have been told by a few friends that I have only scratched the surface of it.

Is that glass over your rack smoked or darkened? Sorry if I missed the answer to this question being posted already...

The glass cutting company called it 'tinted' but there is no film on it. It's essentially 'grey glass' or 'smoked'.
post #401 of 958
Looks good jamis, you can use clear silicone to attach that emitter. I did that for an emitter which had lost it's stickeness from my old IR system. Worked great once the silicone dried clear. I removed it recently, it came off clean but it wasn't going anywhere until I wanted it to.
post #402 of 958
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Looks good jamis, you can use clear silicone to attach that emitter. I did that for an emitter which had lost it's stickeness from my old IR system. Worked great once the silicone dried clear. I removed it recently, it came off clean but it wasn't going anywhere until I wanted it to.

The sticky on the back hasn't been used yet. We want to be 100% sure about the placement before we stick it more permanently.
post #403 of 958
Ah, gotcha. Are you still using the powermids? I was till recently, I'm gonna keep them for music selection from the deck but they were causing interference with my xantech system. Now that I eliminated them, the xantech works great. FYI I had a double emitter connected to the mids and it worked great before I had the xantech setup.
post #404 of 958
Looks good... and I dig the tripod!!! That thing is sweet. I can't seem to take digial pics on my camera with out vibration.

Hey, speaking of emitters. Where does one learn about them. I was told to run Cat5 everywhere (which I did) so I could use emitters and the like later. While it is later and I don't know the first thing about them. I mean, I get the idea... you put some type receiver (blaster?) in the front of the room and it transmits the signals to your equpiment but I have no clue what type of hardware I should be looking at. I am getting sick of having to walk to the front or the room to turn on my projector...
post #405 of 958
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Yeah.. the Powermid with the external emitter. Only the external emitter is used for sending the IR to the devices. The device itself is back in the closet.

I'd say that it works about 90-95% of the time the way we want. It sometimes has some issues with the DVR but I've been finding that proper placement of the emitter so that all devices will get the signal, and placement of the pyramid so that EMI is reduced is key.

It's interesting... when the pyramid with the antenna (the emitter) is in certain places in the closet (like right near the laptop), the receiving LED blinks brighter. The more the LED is blinking when no IR is being sent, the poorer response the remote will have. Its a good indication of EMI.
post #406 of 958
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Looks good... and I dig the tripod!!! That thing is sweet. I can't seem to take digial pics on my camera with out vibration.

Hey, speaking of emitters. Where does one learn about them. I was told to run Cat5 everywhere (which I did) so I could use emitters and the like later. While it is later and I don't know the first thing about them. I mean, I get the idea... you put some type receiver (blaster?) in the front of the room and it transmits the signals to your equpiment but I have no clue what type of hardware I should be looking at. I am getting sick of having to walk to the front or the room to turn on my projector...

I got this:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_009PM59...wermid&tp=1899

and this:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_009RX56...wermid&tp=1899

I did most of my research here on AVS. There are a few options out there.. this seemed like a cheap enough solution to try and replace if it didn't work out.

Basically, one of the pyramids sits in the front of the room and relays the IR signal to the other which then repeats it. Usually you would set the second unit somewhere directly in front of your equipment.

I got the external emitter so I could hide the second pyramid back in my closet since there was no good place to put it in line of sight of the equipment.

There are more elaborate and stealthy (and expensive) systems (such that use CAT5)... but I figured I would give this a shot first.

Amazingly, the AE3000 projector doesn't need any help with IR and picks up the signal just fine off the reflection from the screen. I can point my remote anywhere towards the front of the room and the projector will react perfectly.
post #407 of 958
That's how I was using mine except the emitter wasn't used as a blaster it was attached to each device which I needed to cotrol with a double emitter. You can actually get 2 double emitters and a 3.5mm heaphone splitter to give you up to four emitter that you can attach to your devices. I tested this for Damsam77 and it worked to send the IR signal. My signals with the mids worked 99% with my regular setup.
post #408 of 958
That for the info and links.

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Originally Posted by jamis View Post

Amazingly, the AE3000 projector doesn't need any help with IR and picks up the signal just fine off the reflection from the screen. I can point my remote anywhere towards the front of the room and the projector will react perfectly.

My problem is that my project is tucked back into the cubbie in the soffit and half hidden by the crown. I ran the extra cat 5 as I want to control my projector, equipment rack, and the lighting controls that are in three different areas.

Thanks again for the info. I need to stop watching TV and get back to work...
post #409 of 958
Hey RPH,

You would be able to get a nice Xantech package from ebay for the start of your system. When I started looking I was able to find a buy it now which included a 4 emitter block, power supply, 4 emitters and a table top receiver. Couple this with the cat5 you have and some Buffalo IR receivers (this work fine with the Xantech and cheaper) and your good to go.

Here is the source where I was able to get the Buffalo receivers for the least cost.
https://www.automatedoutlet.com/home.php
post #410 of 958
Jamis I also wanted to mention that you can add these IR prism's to your devices to aid in receiving the IR signal. Maybe these will help solve some issues. They are listed on the link close to half way down.
http://www.hometech.com/hts/products...x.html#XA-286M
post #411 of 958
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

Jamis I also wanted to mention that you can add these IR prism's to your devices to aid in receiving the IR signal. Maybe these will help solve some issues. They are listed on the link close to half way down.
http://www.hometech.com/hts/products...x.html#XA-286M

I'll give 'em a try!
post #412 of 958
Looks great Jamis! I see what your saying about the depth of the rack door. I'll move mine back.
post #413 of 958
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The 300W amp seems more than capable to power the 6 shakers in parallel/series (6ohm impedance).

A closer shot of the shaker mounted on 3/4" plywood which was screwed into the wood seat frame.


The 300W BASH amp mounted to some wall studs in the equipment closet.

Jamis - in more basic terms, are these essentially daisy chained to the amp? In other words, is there one wire from the amp to the first shaker, then the next is wired to that one? Or do you split the wire before it gets to the shakers (near the chairs?)

Just trying to plan future pre-wiring needs.
post #414 of 958
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Jamis - in more basic terms, are these essentially daisy chained to the amp? In other words, is there one wire from the amp to the first shaker, then the next is wired to that one? Or do you split the wire before it gets to the shakers (near the chairs?)

Just trying to plan future pre-wiring needs.


I have a speaker wire going from the closet to each row of 3. I then spliced the red wire from the amp with the two 'red' halves of the speaker wires and the black wire with the 'black' halves of the speaker wire. I then wired each row in series.



Each row has a wall plate on the riser (very bottom right hand corner of the first picture you quoted) with speaker terminals. The red terminal has a wire going to the red terminal on the first shaker. I then ran a wire from the black (negative) terminal on that shaker to the positive terminal on the next shaker... and so on, completing the circuit by running a wire from the negative terminal on the last shaker back to the black terminal on the wall plate.
post #415 of 958
Jamis - Thanks for the diagram. I never would have guessed that's how its done.
post #416 of 958
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Jamis - Thanks for the diagram. I never would have guessed that's how its done.

Depending on how many shakers, how many rows, how many shakers per row, the impedance of each shaker (shakers vs. buttkickers), and the amp... the wiring could vary.

In my case, I wanted the overall impedance to be between 4ohm and 8ohm so that my amp would run safely (no fear of overheating or overload) and the wiring scheme above accomplishes that.

Some good info on series vs. parallel wiring here: http://www.termpro.com/articles/spkrz.html
post #417 of 958
Jamis,

Thanks for sharing this great Build man. I really enjoyed reading through it. I read first 7 or 8 pages the other day, finished the rest today. I must say I'm really impressed. I love how well planned it seemed to come out for you and the misses. You seemed to have picked the right furniture and the right colors for this HT. I'm also in the processes of building a home theater (thread/pictures to come shortly). I noticed you purchased your carpet from Rotmans. The wife and I have had a large line of credit from there for years. (silly me :P). I'm assuming you're near Worcester? I was born and raised there, but own in Oxford. Id love to check out your build sometime. I'm an Electrician by trade, But I do Audio Visual for a living on a commercial level, not a residential level. Can't wait to get this build underway myself. Till then, I'll just continue to lurk in the background and drool all over my laptop while looking at this really well thought out builds.


Congrats again on your build!

Joe
post #418 of 958
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Originally Posted by digitalhavok View Post

Jamis,

Thanks for sharing this great Build man. I really enjoyed reading through it. I read first 7 or 8 pages the other day, finished the rest today. I must say I'm really impressed. I love how well planned it seemed to come out for you and the misses. You seemed to have picked the right furniture and the right colors for this HT. I'm also in the processes of building a home theater (thread/pictures to come shortly). I noticed you purchased your carpet from Rotmans. The wife and I have had a large line of credit from there for years. (silly me :P). I'm assuming you're near Worcester? I was born and raised there, but own in Oxford. Id love to check out your build sometime. I'm an Electrician by trade, But I do Audio Visual for a living on a commercial level, not a residential level. Can't wait to get this build underway myself. Till then, I'll just continue to lurk in the background and drool all over my laptop while looking at this really well thought out builds.


Congrats again on your build!

Joe


Thanks for the kind words.

I'm in the Leominster/Fitchburg area, so not too far from Worcester.

I had been toying with the idea of inviting some of the NE based members over at some point to show off the theater.. It would also help to motivate me to finish/fix a few of the minor mistakes I made (mostly with trim). I'll let you know.
post #419 of 958
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

Jamis I also wanted to mention that you can add these IR prism's to your devices to aid in receiving the IR signal. Maybe these will help solve some issues. They are listed on the link close to half way down.
http://www.hometech.com/hts/products...x.html#XA-286M

The prisms arrived on Saturday and seem to improve the IR reception quite a bit on my cable box (the primary offender). I was also able to move the emitter to a much more inconspicuous location. Thanks for the tip!


A few more general updates...

I found out what happens when the macerator/ejector pump backs up. The GFCI that powers the macerator tripped without me noticing. I could hear trickling from the toilet so I gave it a flush (the seat was down so I didn't notice that the bowl was almost full) and water came pouring into the bathroom and under the walls into the utility room. I quickly checked the GFCI that the pump was plugged into and noticed it had tripped, so I reset it which caused the pump to come on. I shop-vac'd the mess up pretty easily, so no damage or water seepage into the theater.

The macerator is now on a 350VA battery backup which will 1.) run the macerator if we lose power, and 2.) sound an alarm if the GFCI trips again or we lose power.



On a separate note, I finally got around to tidying up the utility room from when I finished the theater. After the near disaster with the macerator, I was feeling motivated. While I was was over by the furnace, I noticed a significant amount of cold air coming from the fresh air supply that the HVAC guys installed.

I'm going to need to 'skuttle' this to keep the draft down. Thankfully the furnace keeps the utility room warm enough for this not to cause much of a problem though I'd still rather keep the draft down to a minimum for overall efficiency.

The first tactic I am going to try is to have the fresh air supply duct terminate into a 5 gallon bucket to act as a diffuser.

The more expensive route is to get one of these:

http://www.airconnectweb.com/model.php?id=135
post #420 of 958
Glad the prisms helped, I thought I was gonna need those but went a different way with the xantech... Close call on the water, I was gonna say get an alarm.

I'm gonna connect a sink pump when I ultimately setup my kittechenette with a sink. I have to start thinking about something to warn me when it looses power, even though it should be more noticeable when it starts to overflow. Also want to get a battery backup for my sump pump too.
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