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@eng-399 do you have any pics of your theater? Your rack looks great.

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@eng-399 do you have any pics of your theater? Your rack looks great.
Yes I do and thanks!!! The granite for the back bar comes this Friday at 9am so please don't mind the empty counter back there. The entire HT room and basement was all done by me except the drywall and trim work I just don't have the time with work and kids. The next post will be pictures. I work in the trades so building and fabricating things come easy.

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The front looks a little different now I moved things around but same speakers and subs up there it looks more uniform now.
Looking on adding 2 more 18's down there for nearfield bass which would bring me to 6 18's and doing Atmos to. It's been a lot of work but the room sounds good. Sub boxes are tuned to 16hz at 20 cubic feet each. Ran rew in the room and it's flat all the way down to 10hz.

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Looks great! Is your theater in a basement or upstairs on a second floor? You will love the nearfiled!
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Looks great! Is your theater in a basement or upstairs on a second floor? You will love the nearfiled!
How 'near' does 'nearfied' need to be to be 'near'? Serious question, because I'm considering it.
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How 'near' does 'nearfied' need to be to be 'near'? Serious question, because I'm considering it.

I have been in several conversations about this and the true answer is within 12 inches of your head. Now, that is really not practical nor would I want a sub that close to my head. Other people say within 3'. My nearfiled subs are about 3-4" behind my seats and do a great job. I am also on a second floor and that makes the experience a lot better imo.

Eq'ing nearfield subs is subjective. I personally tune them with a giant house curve from 5hz sloping down the rest of the bandwidth because I don't need the upper end of the bandwidth that close to me. I think it makes a perfectly seamless response with the rest of my subs in my theater and I have tried many ways and hours and hours of tuning my theater. Right now I am so happy with the way my theater sounds. I watch Jupiter Ascending last night, and that movie beat me up! The audio mix was fantastic and the bass was really intense. The movie sucked IMO, but that audio track made it tolerable.

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Looks great! Is your theater in a basement or upstairs on a second floor? You will love the nearfiled!

The room is in the basement. 3 of the walls are surrounded by the concrete. The room is 31 feet long and the width of the room is narrow at 12.5 feet were the screen is then it opens up another 1.5 feet then again in the back another 1.5 feet weird shaped room but it works for me. The ceiling drywalled is 8'6". The bass is crazy loud and when your in the back of the room your pants shake when it's turned up like papalocks old HT room with his 16 18's in there. Looking at Buttkickers when the wife and kids are down there. Lots of fun down there.
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Is this MA rack good for HT?

I found this MA rack on craigslist but haven't offered for it yet.
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56" x 22.5 x 26
Most of the MA racks here in the thread are some other series, ERK and such.
I will start with an AVR and a TiVo, and a BD player of course. Maybe later something like a Lumagen or such.
So, not much equipment (don't know enough yet!)

What do you think?
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The room is in the basement. 3 of the walls are surrounded by the concrete. The room is 31 feet long and the width of the room is narrow at 12.5 feet were the screen is then it opens up another 1.5 feet then again in the back another 1.5 feet weird shaped room but it works for me. The ceiling drywalled is 8'6". The bass is crazy loud and when your in the back of the room your pants shake when it's turned up like papalocks old HT room with his 16 18's in there. Looking at Buttkickers when the wife and kids are down there. Lots of fun down there.
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That's one great looking HT! Congrats!

I really like the carpet you used. May I ask what brand/model/type it is, where you got it from, and how much a sqft is?

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That's one great looking HT! Congrats!

I really like the carpet you used. May I ask what brand/model/type it is, where you got it from, and how much a sqft is?

Thanks!
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I think I paid around 2,000$ with installation with the best padding I'll have to look at the receipt and get back to you tonight on how much per sq feet they charged. The place was Olsen rug and carpet in Naperville Il. The name of the carpet is dark room here's a picture. This was the hardest thing to pick out in the room! I spend days looking at other people's rooms and asking them about there carpet. I hope this helps you with your Choice.

One thing I will add is a big thanks to my wife who let me pick out everything a-z in this room with no arguments. The only trade off was the rest of the basement she picked out everything else.
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Mohawk Floorscapes - Dark Room #117 .... got it!
(Amazing that you have pictures of the display - very helpful!)

With that I should be able to find a local source in my area.

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Another tip guys if ordering pro audio amps and other gear including audio rack pieces go to sweetwater.com and ask for a better price they always have gone down in price for me.
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Great looking room! What chairs are those? Looks like maybe Palliser Media? How do you like them and what material/color is that? Seems to have a matte finish (which is what I am looking for).
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How 'near' does 'nearfied' need to be to be 'near'? Serious question, because I'm considering it.
As near as possible and practical, literally. The challenge is that typically one cannot have a large subwoofer right behind them for aesthetic or layout reasons. Except in some cases if you sit in the last row and can put a sub behind that, that can work well. An alternative is to put "balancing" subs in-wall to the left and/or right of the MLP, and possibly other locations. This can work well especially if you have "fake walls" such as for speakers and room treatments.
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Great looking room! What chairs are those? Looks like maybe Palliser Media? How do you like them and what material/color is that? Seems to have a matte finish (which is what I am looking for).
Thanks for the kind words. I used rtheaters.com this company has great customer service to. I can't say enough about them. I bought these during the last holiday sale with 50$ off per seat which was around 3,600 for all 7 shipped to my front door. I'll post the link below of the thread it has lot's of pictures in it to. Happy 4th guys hope everyone had a great and safe day!


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Outstanding room, eng-399! Well done.

But for those with lots of detailed questions, let's keep this thread on topic - show me your rack - and move the detailed build questions to private messages or another subforum, please. There are two dedicated forums to share and discuss build details.

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media closet underneath the basement stairs

Big fan of the "Show me your RACK" thread and thought I would share my rack pictures from my recent basement remodel.

Basically, I converted a storage closet underneath the stairwell into a media closet. From the pictures you'll notice that my tv (and maybe a future projector) hangs on the wall in front of the new media closet. On the same wall that my tv is mounted, I built an in-wall 15u rack using raxess rack rails and rackmount shelves. The back of the rack is completely accessible from the new media closet. In order for the media closet to service the whole house, I also ran new low-voltage wiring (cat6, RG6, indoor/outdoor speaker, and whole-house HDMI runs) throughout the entire house and terminated these bundles in the media closet using a 24-port gigabit switch and patch panel rack-mounted to the wall. Both of the cable boxes in my house are also stored in the media closet which I can access anywhere by using the NextGen RF remote control extender (amazing device!), a 4k HDMI splitter, and lengthy HDMI cables (some powered). I even ran an HDMI cord to my back patio! I saved a lot of money by completing all of the av-related design, wiring, and construction myself. I must admit that prior to this remodel, I had never seen or heard of an AV rackmount and also had no prior experience with terminating low-voltage wiring. I'm a big fan of simple design and realized that this closet would be the perfect central location to hide my wiring. Lucky for me, during my initial planning I stumbled upon this thread where I learned more about rackmount solution options/ideas. Reading these threads built up my confidence to create something custom, clean, functional, and unique. Overall, I tried to be as budget minded as possible, but wanted something that would be useful for the foreseeable future.

Now that my rack build is finished, I'm anxious to start upgrading my other av components (tv, 4k receiver, speakers, projector, etc.). I'm also excited to hear feedback since no one other than my cable guy has any clue what any of this stuff is! If the reviews are positive, I might even show my wife to prove this was all worth it

BTW... This is my first post on AVS Forums so hopefully the pictures have loaded correctly. Thanks again for the inspiration!!!
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Nice job. My thought is find a way to make sure that the closet aspect of that space doesn't end up causing problems for your gear. Like storing the vacuum in there and banging up against the gear. Or someone hanging coat hangers from your wires.
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Big fan of the "Show me your RACK" thread and thought I would share my rack pictures from my recent basement remodel.

Now that my rack build is finished, I'm anxious to start upgrading my other av components (tv, 4k receiver, speakers, projector, etc.). I'm also excited to hear feedback since no one other than my cable guy has any clue what any of this stuff is! If the reviews are positive, I might even show my wife to prove this was all worth it

BTW... This is my first post on AVS Forums so hopefully the pictures have loaded correctly. Thanks again for the inspiration!!!
I liked your post simply because of the Ninja 64 epicness...
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Big fan of the "Show me your RACK" thread and thought I would share my rack pictures from my recent basement remodel.

Basically, I converted a storage closet underneath the stairwell into a media closet. From the pictures you'll notice that my tv (and maybe a future projector) hangs on the wall in front of the new media closet. On the same wall that my tv is mounted, I built an in-wall 15u rack using raxess rack rails and rackmount shelves. The back of the rack is completely accessible from the new media closet. In order for the media closet to service the whole house, I also ran new low-voltage wiring (cat6, RG6, indoor/outdoor speaker, and whole-house HDMI runs) throughout the entire house and terminated these bundles in the media closet using a 24-port gigabit switch and patch panel rack-mounted to the wall. Both of the cable boxes in my house are also stored in the media closet which I can access anywhere by using the NextGen RF remote control extender (amazing device!), a 4k HDMI splitter, and lengthy HDMI cables (some powered). I even ran an HDMI cord to my back patio! I saved a lot of money by completing all of the av-related design, wiring, and construction myself. I must admit that prior to this remodel, I had never seen or heard of an AV rackmount and also had no prior experience with terminating low-voltage wiring. I'm a big fan of simple design and realized that this closet would be the perfect central location to hide my wiring. Lucky for me, during my initial planning I stumbled upon this thread where I learned more about rackmount solution options/ideas. Reading these threads built up my confidence to create something custom, clean, functional, and unique. Overall, I tried to be as budget minded as possible, but wanted something that would be useful for the foreseeable future.

Now that my rack build is finished, I'm anxious to start upgrading my other av components (tv, 4k receiver, speakers, projector, etc.). I'm also excited to hear feedback since no one other than my cable guy has any clue what any of this stuff is! If the reviews are positive, I might even show my wife to prove this was all worth it

BTW... This is my first post on AVS Forums so hopefully the pictures have loaded correctly. Thanks again for the inspiration!!!

Looks very clean! How is that HDMI splitter? Do you have any issues with it at all?

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Now that my rack build is finished, I'm anxious to start upgrading my other av components (tv, 4k receiver, speakers, projector, etc.). I'm also excited to hear feedback since no one other than my cable guy has any clue what any of this stuff is! If the reviews are positive, I might even show my wife to prove this was all worth it

BTW... This is my first post on AVS Forums so hopefully the pictures have loaded correctly. Thanks again for the inspiration!!!

Stairwells ALWAYS make great places for such a variety of things!!!

Your implementation is first rate! Great idea.


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Here is my equipment room as of today. Went from DVHS tape/disk based to all media server based.
50 TB of online storage.
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Ok, that's it, Glimmie wins. Shows over people! Damn do I feel inadequate now, that stuff is gorgeous!
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Nice! Any pics of the wiring?

EDIT - OK, I only recognize about 10 pieces of equipment in those four racks...to my untrained eye it looks like you are into broadcast equipment of some sort. What is all that stuff???

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OMG. I assume it doesn’t all run off one mains socket? And that the room is heavily air-conditioned and temperature controlled. How do you access the back of the gear for maintenance etc? Any photos of the back?
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Where's the bathroom?

Is that HW for your whole neighborhood?


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Beautiful, any of that equipment make coffee?

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Hi all, thank you for the inspiration in your photos! As I'm building my HT I was originally thinking of getting a stand-alone rack, but now am leaning more towards a framed in doorway with rack rails. I will have access to the rear, and there's plenty of room for a rack, but after seeing some of these photos, I think that I'll be able to get a cleaner end aesthetic by using the rails.

So...my question is if anyone here uses a pull-out drawer in their racks? The one piece of equipment that has me scratching my head over making work in a rack is my record player. It is 17" wide. Can anyone recommend a drawer type rack thingy that would work with only the two rack rails? Most I'm seeing are four post. I can weigh my player but it can't be more than 25lbs.

The other problem to solve is how far out the drawer can extend. My thought was that when the plastic cover on the player was closed, it would only take up about 4U. Then when I want to switch out a record, I'd extend the drawer and lift open the cover. If the drawer doesn't extend enough, perhaps the dust cover would hit the next thing up in the rack. I guess I could leave a little more space there...just thinking out loud now...

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