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post #871 of 958
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Mine's a 6xx something series and is on roughly it's 8th year! I may have to put it in a shadow box on the wall in the theater. It just wouldn't be right to drop it in a trash can. Sorry for your loss.
Or maybe I should have it bronzed...
post #872 of 958
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A memorial service will be held for the 680 on Sunday.
Our thoughts will be with you during these dark hours.
post #873 of 958
Keg update? You still round these here parts? Anything new or noteworthy going on here?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #874 of 958
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Keg update? You still round these here parts? Anything new or noteworthy going on here?

Regards,

RTROSE


I'm still lurking. Work has been crazy busy lately so no real updates of note on the HT.

The keg is another 1/6th of Wachusett Country Ale which is a local brew I've got in the past. I'm annoyed that the cost of sixtels are so expensive.... I realized after the fact that I could have bought 2 cases + a 6 pack of the same brew for about 50% less (same amount of beer). The full kegs are MUCH more cost efficient apparently (though I've been drinking alot less beer lately which makes full kegs less desirable). Unfortunately, very few (good) breweries do 1/4 kegs anymore.

Better than beer though.... I did make one fun purchase recently (though due to weather, hasn't got much use yet):



It sure does look pretty in the garage.

As part of the negotiations with the wife, I have to mark my daily driver outside since the mustang takes my spot in the garage. The recent snow has me considering a few months of off-site storage for the 'stang. It's a pain digging my car out.
post #875 of 958
Have you tried this yet? http://uplandbeer.com/upland-brewery/everyday-beers/ If not consider it. I had it last weekend at a local restaurant here and have to say it is a VERY good brew. Also this is currently one of my favorite seasonals http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/detai...d-b2da350185ae It is from New Belgium who brought us Fat Tire Ale. Oh and nice ride
post #876 of 958
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Haven't had either of those (or heard of them)... Though I have heard of Fat Tire.

I'm a fan of Belgian styles.... especially the wheat beers, though the wife doesn't prefer them (she like them... just not as an every day brew). We tend to go for the good every day beers in the keg and buy bottles of the more interesting stuff.
post #877 of 958
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Haven't had either of those (or heard of them)... Though I have heard of Fat Tire.

I'm a fan of Belgian styles.... especially the wheat beers, though the wife doesn't prefer them (she like them... just not as an every day brew). We tend to go for the good every day beers in the keg and buy bottles of the more interesting stuff.

The upland wheat is a very smooth "everyday" brew. It is a "white" beer if you will and very smooth. The -2 below is a darker brew (not as dark as guiness or Newcastle) but very smooth. If you have had Fat Tire (and liked it) then you will certainly enjoy the -2 below. Maybe start with a 6 pack of each though it may be tough to get the Upland in Mass since its a local Indiana brew but the other shouldnt be a problem
post #878 of 958
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Mass has some pretty draconian liquor import laws... so I'd be very surprised to find it. I'll keep an eye out though..
post #879 of 958
Nice ride. You can tell right now it is a garage queen as it is so squeaky clean. Mrs. RTROSE and I talked about getting a convertible Mustang, but practicality issues took over and we ended up with a GMC Acadia. Hard to stuff a 6'4" teenager in those back seats, and at not quite 16 yet the thought of him driving such a temptation was not attractive either.

I enjoy a good beer over just about any other "adult beverage", but even though I would not consider myself a heavy drinker by any stretch in the winter months my beer drinking diminishes quite considerably. I bought a six pack about three or four weeks ago, well no it was actually before Christmas and I still have one left. Might have to take care of that tonight. 8-)

Regards,

RTROSE
post #880 of 958
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Nice ride. You can tell right now it is a garage queen as it is so squeaky clean. Mrs. RTROSE and I talked about getting a convertible Mustang, but practicality issues took over and we ended up with a GMC Acadia. Hard to stuff a 6'4" teenager in those back seats, and at not quite 16 yet the thought of him driving such a temptation was not attractive either.

I enjoy a good beer over just about any other "adult beverage", but even though I would not consider myself a heavy drinker by any stretch in the winter months my beer drinking diminishes quite considerably. I bought a six pack about three or four weeks ago, well no it was actually before Christmas and I still have one left. Might have to take care of that tonight. 8-)

Regards,

RTROSE

I've been drinking mostly scotch and gin martinis lately. Much better for the waistline than beer. I've had probably 2 beers total in the last month.

As for the mustang... it's mostly a summer car. My daily is a very unglamorous '05 Honda Accord. The stang was surprisingly affordable compared to most of the other drop tops I was considering. Most of the others were pricey enough that I would have had to trade in the accord and drive the convertible year round (granted, some were hard tops verts)... even used.
post #881 of 958
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Keg update!

Picked up a 1/4 barrel of Berkshire Brewing Company (BBC) - Steel Rail Pale Ale

http://www.berkshirebrewingcompany.com/steel_rail.html

First time we've got one sight un-tasted... and it paid off.
post #882 of 958
Mmmmm.... Fat Tire..... Yumm

I prefer Vodka martini's....up and extra dirty
post #883 of 958
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Mmmmm.... Fat Tire..... Yumm

I prefer Vodka martini's....up and extra dirty

Yeah... I've been drinking very little (especially beer) lately. This is more for the wife, though I'll still enjoy a small glass on occasion.

More often, I'm a martini, scotch, and tequila drinker.
post #884 of 958
I thought I had stumbled across a beer enthusiast forum somehow.
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I thought I had stumbled across a beer enthusiast forum somehow.

You know what that means, don't you? Your turn to buy.

post #886 of 958
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Keg update!

Picked up a 1/4 barrel of Berkshire Brewing Company (BBC) - Steel Rail Pale Ale

http://www.berkshirebrewingcompany.com/steel_rail.html

First time we've got one sight un-tasted... and it paid off.

Jamis,

Glad to hear that your still er ah chugging along and have not fallen off the face of the planet. Cheers!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #887 of 958
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A few updates... one is even sort of HT related.

After 2+ years of having a useless living room due to the theater becoming our primary TV viewing spot and moving our old LCD RP TV up to the bedroom... I've finally purchased a 42" Vizio LED-LCD tv (with internet apps) and a fancy TV stand for the living room and hooked it up to the old Pioneer TX-1014, Cambridge Soundworks MC300 L/C/R speakers, and JBL subwoofer.

The TV: http://www.vizio.com/via-hdtvs/m421vt.html

The entertainment center: http://www.amazon.com/OmniMount-Echo...4426819&sr=8-8

I'll snap a picture of the setup at some point. It is much more open than our last entertainment center and makes the room feel much larger. I plan to use this TV for my upcoming P90X/Insanity workouts as I never liked doing them in the HT.


Also... just installed a CAI and dual exhaust on the Mustang.
post #888 of 958
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A few updates... one is even sort of HT related.

After 2+ years of having a useless living room due to the theater becoming our primary TV viewing spot and moving our old LCD RP TV up to the bedroom... I've finally purchased a 42" Vizio LED-LCD tv (with internet apps) and a fancy TV stand for the living room and hooked it up to the old Pioneer TX-1014, Cambridge Soundworks MC300 L/C/R speakers, and JBL subwoofer.

The TV: http://www.vizio.com/via-hdtvs/m421vt.html

The entertainment center: http://www.amazon.com/OmniMount-Echo...4426819&sr=8-8

I'll snap a picture of the setup at some point. It is much more open than our last entertainment center and makes the room feel much larger. I plan to use this TV for my upcoming P90X/Insanity workouts as I never liked doing them in the HT.


Also... just installed a CAI and dual exhaust on the Mustang.

Yeah progress. Good luck with the P90X workouts. My buddy went through them a few months ago and it really kicked his er ah well you know. I considered him to be in very good shape BEFORE he started.

Good Luck!

Nice score on the TV. I curious to see or hear about your impressions regarding the LED. I tend to see the LED's in the stores and feel as though their image is a little cartoonish looking or overblown. I did have a chance the other day to lay my hands on a Samsung LED at BB the other day and fiddle with the settings but not any real time to see if I could be pleased with the image. Not too sure how long my beloved plasma's are going to be around so I have to start thinking of other options.

Glad to hear that your tweaking your ride as well.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #889 of 958
Interested as well to hear your impression of the LED as I just purchased (2 weeks or so back) a 46" LED that I have since returned and replaced with a 50" plasma as I was really bothered by two things with the LED. 1) the over saturation of primary colors. Reds, greens and blues were super bright which dimmed non primary ones. 2)motion blur. I watch a lot of sports and the blur proved to be too much and the tv I had had a 2rms which is about as good as LED's go without going super insane expensive. I figure I am just a plasma "fanboy" and thats all there is too it. Truthfully I wanted to "love" the LED for its low power consumption, its thin cabinet and lightweight build etc but I just could not watch tv without getting frustrated.
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You guys are expecting critical viewing while he is doing p90x?

Its the CRT inky blacks on my 30" HD CRT that keeps me going into my basement gym.

Just kidding. But I am a bit sentimental about the old beast down there.
post #891 of 958
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So far, I'm fairly impressed with the LED TV. I still enjoy the HT much much more, but it's nice to be able to watch sports or work out in a more causal (and sunny) environment every once in a while. This TV has a bunch of color modes and lots of customization options. I have no problems with the colors/saturation. Then again, I'm not being super picky either.

Not to mention the fact that my P90X DVDs are pretty scratched up and crappy so I'll be streaming rips through my iPad to the TV.... critical viewing this is not.

I did have to turn the 'cinema mode' (kind of like frame insertion) off due the unnatural feel it gave most shows though.
post #892 of 958
Where can I order acoustic material like this?




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UPS dropped off the materials for my next project...





2'x4'x2" acoustical cotton panels for behind my screen wall. More pics after installation including a few of how exactly I built my screen wall (I've been meaning to do that)...

I plan to use the spray adhesive method.
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Where can I order acoustic material like this?

I got it here:

http://www.acousticalsurfaces.com/ec...ssbust.htm?d=0
post #894 of 958
Forget acoustical treatments.....what about a KEG UPDATE!

That is the really important stuff! ;-)


Regards,

RTROSE
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Forget acoustical treatments.....what about a KEG UPDATE!

That is the really important stuff! ;-)


Regards,

RTROSE

Still working on the BBC Steel Rail Pale Ale.
post #896 of 958
What HVAC grills did you use? From the construction pictures the vent boxes look large. 16 x 16?
post #897 of 958
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What HVAC grills did you use? From the construction pictures the vent boxes look large. 16 x 16?
The HVAC supply vents on the ceiling are 11.5" x 11.5" with the 'opening' measuring 9x9. I believe the boxes are 9x9 or 10x10 (I can't recall). I believe the return on the wall is 16x16.

Unfortunately I can't recall the brand/model of the supply grills. They are black plastic (they look like metal) and where the only black vents my HVAC guy could get at the time.
post #898 of 958
I just finished all 30 pages of this thread and took dubious notes added to the other build threads I have completed.

I am a few years away from my build because it will take 5 years to learn all that is on each big thread like yours.

Thanks for sharing.

You must have a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$ if you got a new mustange convertable as well. Nice car!

I like your idead of going into a "2 ft deeper basement" on your list of things because that is what I will do when I purchase a home.

So let me get this straight about your use of 16:9 sometimes.....You purchased an Anamorphic Lense Add On for your Projector to allow for the 16:9 usages rather than the 2:35:1? And that is why you want someday to get a curved SMX Screen? So that you can view in mode 16:9 without losing resolution? How often do you want in 16:9?

I noticed you did not need a fan to cool your projector or any fans to cool your component equipment behind the rack? Are things staying cool with regards to the projector and equipment?
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I just got a Honda Fit....that's what only a little money gets you.
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Originally Posted by donjuanwater View Post

I just finished all 30 pages of this thread and took dubious notes added to the other build threads I have completed.

I am a few years away from my build because it will take 5 years to learn all that is on each big thread like yours.

Thanks for sharing.

You must have a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$ if you got a new mustange convertable as well. Nice car!

I like your idead of going into a "2 ft deeper basement" on your list of things because that is what I will do when I purchase a home.

So let me get this straight about your use of 16:9 sometimes.....You purchased an Anamorphic Lense Add On for your Projector to allow for the 16:9 usages rather than the 2:35:1? And that is why you want someday to get a curved SMX Screen? So that you can view in mode 16:9 without losing resolution? How often do you want in 16:9?

I noticed you did not need a fan to cool your projector or any fans to cool your component equipment behind the rack? Are things staying cool with regards to the projector and equipment?


Regarding the mustang... it's just the V6, I got it used, and I didn't pay cash for it. They aren't as expensive as you might think (plus we didn't have any other car payments).

I don't use an anamorphic lens. I use 'Poor Man's CIH' with my Panasonic AE3000's lens memory feature. You can zoom the projector in and out to fill the screen and the projector saves the zoom position and focus settings. I will probably never get a curved screen unless I do get a lens (which is very unlikely in this theater). I would say that 90-95% of our viewing is in 16:9 (HDTV). We use the theater as our primary TV.

The projector is out in the open and the room is air conditioned. The AV rack is open in the back to a rather large utility room with plenty of airflow. I've had no problems.
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