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post #811 of 1040
Laziness... LOL, I did, I need to make a shelf to hold it. This is in progress. I just got the TV stand a few days ago, and I couldnt wait to put it all together.
post #812 of 1040
Lot of really good lookin setups on here! This is my first real surround setup so go easy on the Onkyo HTS5300 box set it's 7.1 but Im running it 5.1 until I decide whether to run two front high or bi-amp the fronts. Behind my sons recliner is a end table and my PC sits behind it. I use it for gaming as well (wireless 360 controller, no boos!). PC is AMD Phenom x4 BE 3Ghz, 4Gb OCZ Reaper, Crossfire HD 5670.
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post #813 of 1040
I like the 360 controller for a lot of games, some like Battlefield 1942, don't work well, but others like Golden-eye 007 in an emulator work great!
post #814 of 1040
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Originally Posted by scoyne88 View Post

I like the 360 controller for a lot of games, some like Battlefield 1942, don't work well, but others like Golden-eye 007 in an emulator work great!

I play a lot of RPGs like Skyrim so it's fine for that.
post #815 of 1040
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

I play a lot of RPGs like Skyrim so it's fine for that.

so you have a pc as your HTPC and you also use it for gaming?
any noise from your pc sitting so close to it?
post #816 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by scoyne88 View Post

Laziness... LOL, I did, I need to make a shelf to hold it. This is in progress. I just got the TV stand a few days ago, and I couldnt wait to put it all together.

Gotcha, yea I was looking at the Besta for awhile. I like the depth of the unit, most other Ikea tv stands are too shallow for home theater components.
post #817 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by scoyne88 View Post

2011 left me with some new toys
  • Ikea Tobo Tv stand, with Ikea Capita legs
  • 32" Sanyo LCD TV (Next up for replacement)
  • Polk Audio Monitor 70's Bi-Amped
  • Polk CS2 Center
  • Polk RM8 surrounds
  • Polk PSW10
  • Aura Bass Shakers
  • Onkyo TX-SR608
  • Onkyo M-282 Stereo Amp (For Shakers)
  • HTPC in Nmedia 2000b Case (Soon to be a Wesena e7 case)
  • APC H10 Power Conditioner
  • Harmony 1100 remote
  • Wii





very nice setup.
?1.how do you like the Polk RM8 surrounds, I'm concidering them for surrounds.how did you hide the speaker wire?

?2.what type of TV backlight is that? and can the Harmony1100 control it?

?3.is that a rock lamp to the right of TV?

?4.how are you liking the Aura Bass Shakers are the same as but kickers?

http://www.thebuttkicker.com/home_th...bk_lfe_kit.htm

edit the CS2 fits good in you'r cabinet, is there enought room to tilt the CS2 upward on it's angle.

STB
post #818 of 1040
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Originally Posted by coffeeman101 View Post


so you have a pc as your HTPC and you also use it for gaming?
any noise from your pc sitting so close to it?

I can't hear the fans once I'm gaming or watching a movie, and my case has 4.
post #819 of 1040
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Originally Posted by stevethebrain View Post

very nice setup.
?1.how do you like the Polk RM8 surrounds, I'm concidering them for surrounds.how did you hide the speaker wire?

?2.what type of TV backlight is that? and can the Harmony1100 control it?

?3.is that a rock lamp to the right of TV?

?4.how are you liking the Aura Bass Shakers are the same as but kickers?

http://www.thebuttkicker.com/home_th...bk_lfe_kit.htm

edit the CS2 fits good in you'r cabinet, is there enought room to tilt the CS2 upward on it's angle.

STB

I really like the RM8's, look around on amazon and newegg, If you wait you can find them for around $100. They are small, but they sound great and they really spread out the sound field by using the bi directional speakers.

The backlight is an Ikea Dioder, the remote cant control it, but if and IR controlled light will work with the harmony 1100. I use a powerstrip with a sensor outlet so the backlight turns on and off with the TV.

Yep its a rocklamp, my girlfriend got it for her birthday, it gives off a nice mellow glow.

I like the Aura bass shakers, they are on a different level then the butt kickers. They need a good amount effort to set them up, but once they are setup correctly they really add a whole new dimension. For the cost the bass shakers are a steal.

As far as the CS2, I dont think their would be room to tilit up, maybe if made a shelf to put the cs2 above the bottom drawer.
post #820 of 1040
Two-Channel Setup

Audio:
Sherwood RX-4105 Stereo Receiver
Polk Audio R300 Speakers
Monster Cable Speaker Wire

Video:
Mitsubishi LT-46131 TV
Monster Cable HDMI Cable

HTPC (Currently):

MSI 785GTM-E45 Mobo
G.Skill DDR2 1066 RAM (4 GB)
Seagate 1.5 TB 5900 RPM HD
Xigmatek 80mm fans for additional airflow
Silverstone ST70F 700w Power Supply
LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray Burners/HD-DVD ROM (2)
Silverstone GD01MX Case
AMD Phenom X2 Black Edition (3.2 GHz)

Later this year, I do plan to change the motherboard, memory, and processor (Phenom X4 Black Edition) as well as add a second hard drive for movie storage.

It may not be 5.1 or 7.1 but my neighbors and guests can't tell the difference....

I will have to post pics later.
post #821 of 1040
I have built such a HTPC, and am satisfied with it. Is very quiet and has low power consumption.
case: Zalman HD160
main board: Asus P55D-e
cpu: intel I5 750
2x2GB DDR3, SSD 60GB, 1Tb
550w cooler master
DVB-S2 SKYSTAR HD2

post #822 of 1040
[quote=recdiy;21545137]I have built such a HTPC, and am satisfied with it. Is very quiet and has low power consumption.
case: Zalman HD160
main board: Asus P55D-e
cpu: intel I5 750
2x2GB DDR3, SSD 60GB, 1Tb
550w cooler master
DVB-S2 SKYSTAR HD2

more pictures on my web site, on photo galley / media center section
post #823 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by scoyne88 View Post

2011 left me with some new toys
  • Ikea Tobo Tv stand, with Ikea Capita legs
  • 32" Sanyo LCD TV (Next up for replacement)
  • Polk Audio Monitor 70's Bi-Amped
  • Polk CS2 Center
  • Polk RM8 surrounds
  • Polk PSW10
  • Aura Bass Shakers
  • Onkyo TX-SR608
  • Onkyo M-282 Stereo Amp (For Shakers)
  • HTPC in Nmedia 2000b Case (Soon to be a Wesena e7 case)
  • APC H10 Power Conditioner
  • Harmony 1100 remote
  • Wii





Hello scoyne88 I like the way you have your Polk RM8s mounted couple of ?s

?1. in the attached image the tweeter is pointed toward the door correct?

?2. if yes to ?1 is the other RM8 mounted upside down? or can the RM8 even be mounted upsidedown?

?3.did you run the speaker wire inbetween the wall? if yes did you use regular speaker wire?

?4. why did you mount them so high in the corner, I have the understanding optimiun location is 2' above the fronts?

?5. the way these speakers point in two directions doe's that give a effect that the sound is coming from 2 directions?

comment: I see a 1" gap ontop of the CS2 maybe you could jack up the front 3/4" to tilt up a tad.

My priority order is rear surrounds then diffenity the chair effect I'm planning a new recliner so I'll hold off on the shakers.

Thanks STB
post #824 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevethebrain View Post

Hello scoyne88 I like the way you have your Polk RM8s mounted couple of ?s

?1. in the attached image the tweeter is pointed toward the door correct?

?2. if yes to ?1 is the other RM8 mounted upside down? or can the RM8 even be mounted upsidedown?

?3.did you run the speaker wire inbetween the wall? if yes did you use regular speaker wire?

?4. why did you mount them so high in the corner, I have the understanding optimiun location is 2' above the fronts?

?5. the way these speakers point in two directions doe's that give a effect that the sound is coming from 2 directions?

comment: I see a 1" gap ontop of the CS2 maybe you could jack up the front 3/4" to tilt up a tad.

My priority order is rear surrounds then diffenity the chair effect I'm planning a new recliner so I'll hold off on the shakers.

Thanks STB

Hi STB, thanks for looking
1. ) The tweeter on the RM8s is under the grill with the "Polk" logo, I have it setup that the tweeter side aims at the listener, and the second side hits the back wall, so the tweeter is actually facing away from the door. I can't see the attached pic, but I may have moved the speaker for a better photo.

2.) the other speaker is mounted right side up, but Polk designed them with the second set of speakers on opposite sides, so one must be used on the left and the other on the right.

3.)I did run the speaker in the wall for the left surround, I used normal speaker cable, although I would defiantly use in wall if you can, it costs almost the same, and using the normal wire can be bad news for home or rental insurance.

4.) The surround speakers are not mounted at an optimum height, but on the door they would have been in the way of a key-rack, and on the right side they would have been behind the lamp, also I wanted them at an equal height, and the IKEA bookcase on the right is quite tall.

5.) the affect is quite the opposite, its almost impossible to tell where the sound is exactly coming from, it does a great lob of dispersing the sound. You still know it is coming from the general direction, but sounds like rain sound like they are all around you.

comment: I agree, I just fixed the gap by placing the center on the top shelf and the drawer on the bottom, pics to come son. Also, the aura bass shakers are about $25 each on ebay, they are the exact same as the pro, minus the large heatsink. When the time comes they are a great addition to any theater.
post #825 of 1040
Hi all
New here, There is some really nice setups in this forum, Thought I would post a pic of my HTPC setup, Which is about to be upgraded again soon

It currently runs>
MOBO MSI K9N DIAMOND SLI
GPU MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC
CPU AMD ATHLON 6000+
RAM CORSAIR (4x2gb) GAMING RAM (CGM2X2G800)
DRIVE SEAGATE 1.5TB (ST31500341AS)
PSU CORSAIR HX650W
CASE NZXT DUET
K & M LOGITECH MK550

This was the most recent upgrade, I had to basically take all of it out start again to install the extra 2x Corsair ram, Brand new Corsair HX650W PSU (comes with a 7 year warranty), MSI 550GTX & Thermaltake Golden Orb CPU cooler, It was a tight fit once it was all back in there with the much larger MSI 550GTX GPU (previously MSI N220GT)>







My system is connected to a 42" LCD TV, Pioneer 7.1 receiver & Pioneer spakers
I bought Dirt 3 & a new Logitech driving force GT steering wheel setup before chrissy just to try out & it looks & sounds awesome



Im just about to upgrade to an MSI 990FXA-GD80 Mobo, AMD FX-6100, Corsair 2x4gb Vengeance RAM, Seagate 1TB SATA3 G/bs drive
post #826 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by recdiy View Post

I have built such a HTPC, and am satisfied with it. Is very quiet and has low power consumption.
case: Zalman HD160
main board: Asus P55D-e
cpu: intel I5 750
2x2GB DDR3, SSD 60GB, 1Tb
550w cooler master
DVB-S2 SKYSTAR HD2


that's a nice case you got there, how much did it run you?
post #827 of 1040
I made a shelf in my TV stand to allow the center to be on top, I was also able to correct some of the gap.

post #828 of 1040
Nice setup Scoyne88
I was lucky, My Lowline TV unit fits my pioneer center speaker nicely, my HTPC fits below the center speaker and has plenty of ventilation too
post #829 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by scoyne88 View Post

I made a shelf in my TV stand to allow the center to be on top, I was also able to correct some of the gap.


That looks great! That tobo unit is a steal.
post #830 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by scoyne88 View Post

I made a shelf in my TV stand to allow the center to be on top, I was also able to correct some of the gap.


Hello scoyne88 doe's the CC speaker sound better higher up? I may have mine to high only spot I had was above TV.

can you post images of both of the RM8s.

I'm curious about the shakers.

?1.is there a attenuation knob that can control shakers intensity? I understand there is a variable % setting on initial setup however I would like control over shakness w/out crawling under chair.

?2.is there a on/off button, like I'm not wanting to shake watching the local news cast? or do you just turn off there amp?

?3.do the shakers warm up the seating area?

?4. I understand the shaker must be mounted horizontally can they be mounted low on the frame work of chair? or must they be close to you'r rear end?

Thanks STB
post #831 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevethebrain View Post

Hello scoyne88 doe's the CC speaker sound better higher up? I may have mine to high only spot I had was above TV.

can you post images of both of the RM8s.

I'm curious about the shakers.

?1.is there a attenuation knob that can control shakers intensity? I understand there is a variable % setting on initial setup however I would like control over shakness w/out crawling under chair.

?2.is there a on/off button, like I'm not wanting to shake watching the local news cast? or do you just turn off there amp?

?3.do the shakers warm up the seating area?

?4. I understand the shaker must be mounted horizontally can they be mounted low on the frame work of chair? or must they be close to you'r rear end?

Thanks STB

As far as the center height, i think an optimum position would be to have the center level with the tweeters on the fronts, and as close to ear height as possible.... so right in the middle of the screen lol. I think above and below will sound just as good as long as the center is angled at the listening position. But others may disagree. Your receiver may have an option for center above or below, make sure it is set to above.

As far as the shakers, they have no control but simply connect as speakers would, the amp you use to power them will have the control. Many receivers have a powered zone 2 that will work fine. I am using a Onkyo M-282 that has a dial in the back for the gain. Take a look at this thread: How to install bass shakers (aka buttkickers) without screwing into your couch

As far as on/off, again that will be the amp. I have a harmony 1100, I set a macro so that if I am in movie mode, or in gaming mode shakers are on, when you leave one of those modes it sends a control to turn off their amp.

The shakers do get warm them selves, but not enough to heat up the couch, or even be hot to the touch, just warm.

My shakers are mounted at the very bottom of the couch and I still had to turn them down. It seems to be more important that they are attached to a solid part of the frame, and as close to the expected seating position as possible. I don't think it is really necessary to go digging inside the seat to place the shaker up higher, they are pretty strong and you will just end up turning them down.

Ill post some pictures of both RM8s in the next few days.

Hope this helps!
post #832 of 1040
scoyne: How is the power conditioner? I am strongly considering either one of those or a good UPS for my setup.
post #833 of 1040
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Originally Posted by PrinzII View Post

scoyne: How is the power conditioner? I am strongly considering either one of those or a good UPS for my setup.

My power conditioner is the APC H10, with all my gear on it only uses about 20% of the available power. I wanted voltage regulation, as my apartment building is ancient, turning on the microwave makes my lights flicker momentarily, defiantly not good for A/V gear. I got it used on Amazon for about $150 and it was worth every penny. The voltage boost light is on about 30% of the time, and every so often it will show the voltage trim is on, and the input voltage would have been 130V. I know A/V gear is built to withstand a range of voltages, but I feel better knowing it wont have to. As far as the UPS, I decided against one. Most of the information I found showed that to afford a UPS with a "true" sine wave, I could just buy a entire new setup. The UPSs built for PCs are not the best option for A/V gear due to the stepped sine wave, although they may still work I didn't want to risk it. Also the H10 says not to use it with a UPS, so if you want a UPS you will need an all in one unit.

As far as audio or video quality goes I noticed no difference in either, good nor bad.

Also one note, the H10 does not protect against a direct lightning strike, and it says to unplug the entire system during a lightning storm.
post #834 of 1040
Polk RM8 Photos

Left Surround Close up:


Left Surround


Right Surround Close up:


Right Surround


Grille On


Grille Off


Grille Off Main side


Grille Off secondary side


Bottom
post #835 of 1040

I don't have any pictures of the guts, sorry.

OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Pentium G620 (Sandy bridge)
Motherboard
BIOSTAR H61MU3
Memory
2x4GB Kingston Desktop DDR3 KVR1333D3/4GR
Graphics Card(s)
Intel HD Graphics 1000
Sound Card
N/A
Monitor(s) Displays
VisionQuest Van Gogh 42" 720p Plasma
Screen Resolution
1024-768
Hard Drives
Corsair Force Series 60GB SSD 2.5" SATA
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" SATA
PSU
300W, came with case
Case
hec 7k09BB Micro ATX HTPC
Cooling
80mm 1600rpm front fan.
Keyboard
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Mouse 1000
Internet Speed
~14Mbps, VDSL2 over HPNA
Other Info
LG UH12LS28 BD-ROM Light scribe superdrive
WEI:
Base Score: 5.3 Processor: 6.4 Memory 7.5
Graphics: 5.3 Gaming Graphics: 5.8 Primary HD: 7.8
post #836 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinzII View Post

Two-Channel Setup

Audio:
Sherwood RX-4105 Stereo Receiver
Polk Audio R300 Speakers
Monster Cable Speaker Wire

Video:
Mitsubishi LT-46131 TV
Monster Cable HDMI Cable

HTPC (Currently):

MSI 785GTM-E45 Mobo
G.Skill DDR2 1066 RAM (4 GB)
Seagate 1.5 TB 5900 RPM HD
Xigmatek 80mm fans for additional airflow
Silverstone ST70F 700w Power Supply
LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray Burners/HD-DVD ROM (2)
Silverstone GD01MX Case
AMD Phenom X2 Black Edition (3.2 GHz)

Later this year, I do plan to change the motherboard, memory, and processor (Phenom X4 Black Edition) as well as add a second hard drive for movie storage.

It may not be 5.1 or 7.1 but my neighbors and guests can't tell the difference....







TV:


Miscellaneous pic of old desktop and new case:


Processor that is going in the HTPC next:
post #837 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by smith2012 View Post

that's a nice case you got there, how much did it run you?

I paid for it about $ 250, it is a good built case and looks great, maybe to big but it is full ATX.
post #838 of 1040
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinzII View Post







TV:


Miscellaneous pic of old desktop and new case:


Processor that is going in the HTPC next:

Are the HD-DVD drives hard to find ? Expensive?

I have been thinking of putting on in mine as a back-up.
post #839 of 1040
Wondering the same thing
post #840 of 1040
Here's my setup:

HTPC:
Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX mid tower.
CPU- Intel i5 2500k
CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
RAM- 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
HD - 17 TB (9TB internal + 8TB External RAID 0)
Graphics - 2 x Asus ENGTX 560's sli'd
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3
TV Tuners - 2 x AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet
PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
LG Blu-ray Drive

Theater Components:
Receiver - Pioneer 1020-k
Speakers - KEF 2005.2
Projector - Panasonic AE-7000u
Screen - 133 inch Da-lite HP 2.4
XBox 360

I will post photos shortly.
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