Some pics of my HT

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Kevin Eckhardt, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Kevin Eckhardt

    Kevin Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    I recently relocated my AV rack to a nearby closet and decided to post some pics (click the thumbs for larger images)

    3/4 shot showing the gear closet and the RPTV:
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    Across the front:
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    SVS 20-39 CS sub w/ PartsExpress 250 watt plate amp
    Polk RT-7 Fronts
    Polk CS-300 Center
    Mitsubishi WS-A55
    (yes I know it's slightly neutered, but that 2 years same as cash was hard to turn down)

    Rear view:
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    Polk f/x 500 Surrounds in Bi-Pole mode

    DVDs:
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    260+ and counting. CDs - don't get too comfy on the shelf [​IMG]

    Gear closet:
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    Onkyo TX-SR800 receiver
    Sony DVP-NC655S 5 disc DVD changer
    JVC HR-S7800u S-VHS VCR

    Screen shots:
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    I'll need to take some better shots at night. Though the glare is much worse in the pictures. Its not really that noticeable in real life. (Two Towers comes out 3 days before my birthday, so I'm sure you can guess what I'll be doing [​IMG])

    I like having easy access so I can walk over and change volume, CDs, radio stations etc. when I'm not seated on the couch so I decided to cut out an opening for the receiver, DVD player and VCR. The rest of the gear is hidden in the closet. Plus the Gamecube and X-box on the little cabinet.

    Behind the scenes are:
    TiVo
    HDTV cable box
    Inday component video switcher
    IR controlled X-10 lighting
    Xantech IR distribution
    Wireless Access Point + Switch

    All controlled by a Home Theater Master MX-500

    I've still got some finish work to do on the closet plus putting the cabling in wall. Can't decide whether to paint the trim on the gear opening white or leave it natural. I'm also thinking of painting the walls a blue toned silvery gray. Thoughts?

    Kevin
     
  2. Kevinkall

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    Nice, very nice. I like how you have your gear setup in the closet.
     
  3. Anthony Connor

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    Nice setup. I love what you have done wth the place [​IMG]

    Regards

    AXE
     
  4. David Preston

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    Looks great I also like what you did with your components.
     
  5. BrianKR

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    Awesome!
    That is what I'd call a great WAF setup![​IMG]
     
  6. Neil Joseph

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    Very nice looking.
     
  7. Kevin Eckhardt

    Kevin Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks for the compliments guys. I tried putting the gear in several different places, but none of them seemed quite right. Initially I had the components on top of the TV, but it never looked the way I wanted it to, and then after I added up over 100 lbs on top I thought it best to relocate it. Prior to this I had a rack standing where the sub is now and had the sub moved over into the corner. This looked ok, but the sub was blocking the doors to the closet and the garage. The closet seemed like a good place to try next, but I didn't like the idea of having to open the door all the time. Then it hit me, why not cut a hole in the wall? I wasn't sure how it would look, but I like how it turned out.

    Brian:

    All I need to do now is find a wife [​IMG]
     
  8. BrianKR

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    Kevin:

    Mine might be available soon if I don't stop upgrading! [​IMG]
     
  9. Larry Talbot

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    Looks good, but one question: your center looks more or less flush with the top of the TV. I have heard from many posters that centers should protrude slightly above the top of the TV, to prevent some of the sound from deflecting off the TV. I have no proof that this is so, but many claim that it is. You might want to move it forward a few inches and see if you can detect any change/improvement in sound.
     
  10. Lawrence_M

    Lawrence_M Auditioning

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    I like it alot. One question, I have the same rears as you and I can't find ceiling mounts. Where did you get yours?
    Thanks.
    LM
     
  11. Kevin Eckhardt

    Kevin Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    Larry:

    The front of the center channel is flush with the back of the frame for the RPTV screen. I don't want to move it any further forward and put pressure on the plastic frame. Thanks for the suggestion, though. I have propped up the back of the center to angle it down toward the listening area, which did make a noticeable improvement.

    Lawrence:

    It took me awhile to find the mounts myself. Everyone seems to have mounts for the smaller satellites, but not for larger speakers. What I'm using is made by Vantage Point, model is BKSPE-B. Bookshelf Speaker Mount Series. I found them at one of the local BestBuys about a year and a half ago, but they don't currently show up on their website.

    Kevin
     

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