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Juriko
Jan 28, 2006


King Nothing posted:

Interesting...when I mounted my TV several of my friends thought it was mounted too high but I thought it looked right. I just checked and the center of the mount is almost exactly 64" above the floor.


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Focal fronts and center channel, Essex SW2 sub, Panasonic XR-57 receiver, Vizio 32" LCD. Not pictured (since they were purchased after the picture) is my Wii and Mac Mini that I use as a HTPC.

I think that is more a function of its size than anything. A 32 inch television sitting center at 64 is going to seem a lot higher than a 52. To be honest I think what you have looks fine. I also don't have a problem with piers or stands under wall mounts. I see them as simply a way to hang a tv. I think the ability to angle and rotate them is the strongest point, and one that you can only get with a wall mount or a stand mount. My friend has a 60 inch on a rotating mount because he is a big vertical shmup fan. It is pretty crazy when you see him rotate his 60 inch tv vertical.

I personally have a fixed mount screen for my projector and a LCD. My screen is 64" AFF but I run my LCD below it at about 28". We mostly use TV for gaming or casual watching though.

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Gorilla Salsa
Dec 4, 2007

Post Post Post.


Snowbunny honey posted:

I know I need to pretty up some wires, there are just so drat many.

The wires don't look too bad compared to some of the stuff here. Nice setup.

Legdiian posted:

Is the picture of the cable box install an inside joke or something? I don't need to tell you what you'd be doing if you worked on my crew.

You have a "crew"? How do I get a job installing A/V stuff in people's living rooms?

coolskillrex remix
Jan 1, 2007

gorsh

64" AFF is retarded. my uncle had a 65" panny plasma installed by magnolia and im going to guess the 64" AFF rule is what they used, their family of 6 (and i) agrees that the plasmas a little too high, and thats with a friggin 65" plasma. Anything smaller and you would have to crane your neck back even more and sink back into the chairs as far as possible. Unless you have some ginormous 100" screen in a dedicated home theater room i cant even begin to imagine how the 64" AFF would be appropriate for when youre sitting on a couch.

PANIC ON FUNKOTRON
Jan 7, 2006

EARL IS A FAT CUNT



50" sagem axium G4
Onkyo 875
Mission e30 5.1
Sky HD
XBOX Elite + HD DVD
Wii
DVD Recorder

KuruMonkey
Jul 23, 2004



Click here for the full 800x600 image.


So;

Panasonic 42" 720p plasma

Xbox360 elite

Panasonic HD+DVD recorder (which never gets used, and will soon be sold on)

Acer L3600 HTPC with 700Gb of attached HD, which is full and will have to be upgraded ASAP, runs MediaPortal, and successfully plays HD smoothly. Some day I shall get its TV tuner running and then the PVR gets sold.

Old silver Panasonic amp that doesn't have HDMI and only auto-switches one of its optical inputs to 5.1 - it needs replacing)

KEF egg speakers

The small lump between the xbox and dvd player is the IR reciever for the htpc, so it can all be controlled by my universal remote.

For non-MediaPortal I use Synergy from a laptop so that I don't have to have keyboard and mouse on the coffee table any more.

Also shown: Ursula.Andress.720p :)

Sgt. Rock
Jun 7, 2001

Look at me! I'm whacked outta my fuckin' Brain on Whiskey!

Posted in this thread a few months back, but I have finished my system and now want to show it off:


  • Westinghouse 42" 1080P HDTV Monitor
  • Onkyo 605 A/V Receiver
  • Sony SS-CN5000 Center Channel Speaker
  • Pioneer SHF41LR Speakers (Front)
  • Sony SA-W2500 powered Subwoofer
  • HP A6300F Pavilion Desktop - This is my media center. I threw in a few extra external HDD's (2 of which are visible sitting on top of left speaker). I don't do PC gaming, so this PC is used as my regular PC, and it outputs in 1080P to the HDTV for all my movies.
  • Sony Playstation 3 - 60 Gig Model (1st Generation)
  • Microsoft XBox 360 - 20 Gig Model (1st Generation) - HD-DVD Add-on Kit on loan to a friend at the moment
  • Time Warner Cable Cable box with DVR - In a few minutes, this wont be here anymore. I figured out how much TV I watched over a 2 week period, and it only came out to about 45 minutes. I'll be returning this today to the Time Warner regional center and cancelling my Cable TV, and upgrading my Cable Internet package.

It's by no means a super system, but Jesus it gets loud when I want it to. I love war movies, so my neighbors hate me now.

Eric Cantonese
Dec 21, 2004

You should hear my accent.


Sgt. Rock posted:


  • Sony Playstation 3 - 60 Gig Model (1st Generation)
  • Time Warner Cable Cable box with DVR - In a few minutes, this wont be here anymore. I figured out how much TV I watched over a 2 week period, and it only came out to about 45 minutes. I'll be returning this today to the Time Warner regional center and cancelling my Cable TV, and upgrading my Cable Internet package.

I have the same Time Warner box right now. Were you running into any overheating problems by having your PS3 on top of it?

Sgt. Rock
Jun 7, 2001

Look at me! I'm whacked outta my fuckin' Brain on Whiskey!

TyChan posted:

I have the same Time Warner box right now. Were you running into any overheating problems by having your PS3 on top of it?

No problems. But I honestly didn't realize how much heat was being generated between the two units, so I expect that the PS3 will run a bit faster now.

Just got back from Time Warner's Brooklyn distro center. Now looking into the HVR-950 USB HDTV Tuner for any television I might need in the future.

TyroneShoes
Feb 6, 2003
<img alt="" border="0" src="https://i.somethingawful.com/zack/title-TyroneShoes.gif" /><br /><br />The Queen of Hearts, she trolled some threads, all on a summer's day!


PANIC ON FUNKOTRON posted:



50" sagem axium G4
Onkyo 875
Mission e30 5.1
Sky HD
XBOX Elite + HD DVD
Wii
DVD Recorder

Nice and clean

King Hotpants
Apr 11, 2005

Clint.
Fucking.
Eastwood.


Using hard-and-fast rules about something that is largely if not entirely personal preference is incredibly stupid.


Disclosure: I have the center of my screen at 64" off the ground, but it's a 120" diagonal screen. That puts the bottom of the screen at 29" off the floor. Having an itty bitty TV all the way up there is dumb.

Yalc
Mar 5, 2003

Gayin it up itt



Snowbunny honey posted:


I know I need to pretty up some wires, there are just so drat many.


Just to show the sub sits between the two couches by the lamp. and faces towards the wall.. speaker layout isn't the best but it is the best given the room size, next would be to mount the rears really high up. but.. it works for now.


I forgot an equipment list..

Pioneer Elite vsx-92txh
M&K LCR-750thx (3)
M&K LCR-550thx (2)
VX1250SFX THX
Sharp Aquios 46" 46d64u
xbox-360 (vga)
ps3 (hdmi)
laptop with spdif out and dvi-to-hdmi connection
ATT-uVerse (hdmi)

oh yeah, make sure your reciever fits on your shelf... before buying it..
oh well just an excuse to get another shelf, and a poweramp :)

Yalc fucked around with this message at 00:53 on Aug 19, 2008

McCracAttack
Feb 21, 2006



Snowbunny honey posted:

oh yeah, make sure your reciever fits on your shelf... before buying it..

So THAT'S why you have it sitting up there. I was about to make a snarky post.

Yalc
Mar 5, 2003

Gayin it up itt



McCracAttack posted:

So THAT'S why you have it sitting up there. I was about to make a snarky post.

that thing is massive, but <3 for the pio elite series. next upgrade will most likely be a 3 channel power amp for the front speakers, and a new sub..

mthang0851
Sep 15, 2002

Diamonds Are Forever!

Snowbunny honey posted:

I forgot an equipment list..

Pioneer Elite vsx-92txh
M&K LCR-750thx (3)
M&K LCR-550thx (2)
VX1250SFX THX
Sharp Aquios 46" 46d64u
xbox-360 (vga)
ps3 (hdmi)
laptop with spdif out and dvi-to-hdmi connection
ATT-uVerse (hdmi)

oh yeah, make sure your reciever fits on your shelf... before buying it..
oh well just an excuse to get another shelf, and a poweramp :)

How is AT&T U-Verse working out for you?

Yalc
Mar 5, 2003

Gayin it up itt



MitchFM posted:

How is AT&T U-Verse working out for you?

Over all I am super happy, tons of HD content, the box works great, and fast Internet. At first I was pretty dissapointed but then UI go faster and everything workd better than release. I am using a logitech remote if that changed any thing but I dont think so. Some of the HD channels are compressed to poo poo, I can't tell if that is broadcast compression on top of UVerse compression or not, but some channles are bad, but still better than SD content. Oh and the SD content is better than anyother service I have had so far..

Yalc fucked around with this message at 10:30 on Aug 19, 2008

Zaii
Nov 6, 2005

Check it out, I downloaded a little dance!


I think my current set up is a mess, as I'm in rented accomodation, but I'm buying a place of my own in October, so I can get some proper furniture, integrate my set up into maybe a fake wall, hide all the loving wires. ;/ Click pics for big.







I'm looking to get an entry level sony receiver when I've saved up enough, I think it's the Sony STR-DG520, 150. Get myself a good 5.1 system and install them correctly around the wall.

titaniumone
Jun 10, 2001



Snowbunny honey posted:

I forgot an equipment list..

Pioneer Elite vsx-92txh

oh yeah, make sure your reciever fits on your shelf... before buying it..
oh well just an excuse to get another shelf, and a poweramp :)

I'm currently planning on buying that receiver, and not using an amp with it. Did you need the amp to drive the speakers fully?

grillster
Dec 25, 2004

:chaostrump:

I think this is the second or third time I've posted in this thread, but now it is time for an update!







I've since moved out of my parents house and into an apartment. I'm running XBMC with the latest MediaStream skin on a chipped Xbox which is linked to a 300 GB server in my bedroom with all the media on it. The speakers are some badass old Technic's from when I was about four years old, but they sound so awesome that I don't really need a center channel at this point. I've got two lovely HTiB surrounds in the back that do the job okay for now. I'm thinking of getting a couple of studio monitors for my bedroom, as the stereo I bought has support for another zone.

Parts:
37" Vizio 720p LCD
Onkyo TX-SR506 (loving AWESOME for the price, which was like $300 new)
Technics vinyl player (no amp for it yet :()
Modified Xbox running XBMC
Stock PS2 that barely does widescreen

I just have to get over the fact that I'm stuck with loving beige for a wall color. :catholic:

Juriko
Jan 28, 2006


grillster posted:

I think this is the second or third time I've posted in this thread, but now it is time for an update!







I've since moved out of my parents house and into an apartment. I'm running XBMC with the latest MediaStream skin on a chipped Xbox which is linked to a 300 GB server in my bedroom with all the media on it. The speakers are some badass old Technic's from when I was about four years old, but they sound so awesome that I don't really need a center channel at this point. I've got two lovely HTiB surrounds in the back that do the job okay for now. I'm thinking of getting a couple of studio monitors for my bedroom, as the stereo I bought has support for another zone.

Parts:
37" Vizio 720p LCD
Onkyo TX-SR506 (loving AWESOME for the price, which was like $300 new)
Technics vinyl player (no amp for it yet :()
Modified Xbox running XBMC
Stock PS2 that barely does widescreen

I just have to get over the fact that I'm stuck with loving beige for a wall color. :catholic:

Update posts are awesome. I am about to do an update, but i am waiting for my matrix switch to come in so I can do my rewiring. I also need to build the frame for my screen.

Also be glad your walls are beige. It took me drat near a year to get them to let me paint my walls from that ugly rear end pure white. Now my walls are some color they call toller. All I know is I would rather be stuck with beige than eggshell white.

grillster
Dec 25, 2004

:chaostrump:

Juriko posted:

Update posts are awesome. I am about to do an update, but i am waiting for my matrix switch to come in so I can do my rewiring. I also need to build the frame for my screen.

Also be glad your walls are beige. It took me drat near a year to get them to let me paint my walls from that ugly rear end pure white. Now my walls are some color they call toller. All I know is I would rather be stuck with beige than eggshell white.

Well, to be honest, they will let me paint but I don't want to have to repaint in eight months when I'm out of this creaky old shack.

Also, that TV is mounted on the wall with one of these $30 Monoprice mounts, and I think this is an example of it done right. I didn't want to clutter up my cheap Ikea ($70 and that actually fit unassembled into an xA) table with a TV, since I would have absolutely murdered my new stereo from heat if I stuck it inside of it.

Thanks though. I'll have to check back soon for your update. This is definitely my favorite thread in my bookmarks.

Yalc
Mar 5, 2003

Gayin it up itt



titaniumone posted:

I'm currently planning on buying that receiver, and not using an amp with it. Did you need the amp to drive the speakers fully?

my elitest responce is YES YOU NEED AN AMP.

but really you don't it puts out arround 120w rms, and my current speakers crave arround 300w yet it sounds awesome. The only thing that kills me is my speakers aren't designed to be Bi-Amped and I would like a bit more sound out of my fronts. But it does a grate job with my current setup.

Juriko
Jan 28, 2006


grillster posted:

Well, to be honest, they will let me paint but I don't want to have to repaint in eight months when I'm out of this creaky old shack.

Also, that TV is mounted on the wall with one of these $30 Monoprice mounts, and I think this is an example of it done right. I didn't want to clutter up my cheap Ikea ($70 and that actually fit unassembled into an xA) table with a TV, since I would have absolutely murdered my new stereo from heat if I stuck it inside of it.

Thanks though. I'll have to check back soon for your update. This is definitely my favorite thread in my bookmarks.

I am out of here in 6 months but, it was totally worth it. I didn't paint the entire apartment though; only my room. At this point I am a career bachelor so until I have the savings and income to get a condo it's roommates for me. I can't wait to have a place I can actually do real work on. My home is my little sanctuary so I love being able to design the hell out of it. It is almost a sickness. Trying to get extra hours in at work just to buy throw pillows is funny AND sad.

Saukkis
May 16, 2003

Unless I'm on the inside curve pointing straight at oncoming traffic the high beams stay on and I laugh at your puny protest flashes.
I am Most Important Man. Most Important Man in the World.

Snowbunny honey posted:

my elitest responce is YES YOU NEED AN AMP.

but really you don't it puts out arround 120w rms, and my current speakers crave arround 300w yet it sounds awesome.
I very much doubt your speakers crave 300W, more like that is the power they are rated to withstand before they melt. I have trouble imagining what kind of home theater you would have if 130W receiver wouldn't be enough, 10W will last a long time in audio listening.

Blakkout
Aug 24, 2006

No thought was put into this.

Zaii posted:

Pictures

Do you have 2 360's?

grillster posted:

Pictures

I like your setup, considering what you had to work with. Where'd you get those squares on the wall opposite the records?

Blakkout fucked around with this message at 19:16 on Aug 25, 2008

grillster
Dec 25, 2004

:chaostrump:

Blakkout posted:

...

I like your setup, considering what you had to work with. Where'd you get those squares on the wall opposite the records?

Thanks.

I went over to the art store, bought a bunch of blank canvas squares and painted them. In all it was around $70, which included the brush.

Z
Jun 25, 2002





Screencat is simulated :v:

Samsung 42" LCD, 360, Logitech Z680s, TV stand is from Ikea.

Blakkout
Aug 24, 2006

No thought was put into this.

Z posted:



Screencat is simulated :v:

Samsung 42" LCD, 360, Logitech Z680s, TV stand is from Ikea.

Is a mounting bracket for the TV included with the stand, or did you have to buy your own?

gmcsonoma
Jan 27, 2004





I finally got a bedroom tv! I know its nothing fancy, but it does the trick for movies and surfing the web. I plan to conceal the cables in the wall sometime in the future and possibly pick up a DiNovo mini bluetooth keyboard to control the laptop.

Z
Jun 25, 2002



Blakkout posted:

Is a mounting bracket for the TV included with the stand, or did you have to buy your own?

Had to buy it - $30 off Craigslist :D

Juriko
Jan 28, 2006


Z posted:



Screencat is simulated :v:

Samsung 42" LCD, 360, Logitech Z680s, TV stand is from Ikea.

The picture on the right above your stand is crooked :colbert:

Also gently caress monoprice. I ordered 6 cables and a matrix switch last week and today I got a box with a single cable and my invoice. I am a very unhappy camper.

Glottis
May 29, 2002

No. It's necessary.


Yam Slacker

Juriko posted:

The picture on the right above your stand is crooked :colbert:

Also gently caress monoprice. I ordered 6 cables and a matrix switch last week and today I got a box with a single cable and my invoice. I am a very unhappy camper.

I'm pretty sure that I have gotten things in 2 separate shipments from them before, fyi.

Juriko
Jan 28, 2006


Glottis posted:

I'm pretty sure that I have gotten things in 2 separate shipments from them before, fyi.

They didn't give me more than one tracking number and normally they alert you and give you more than one invoice. I mean, it is possible they did a second box and it was a mistake. This won't stop me from buying from them again. I have just been excited to try out the matrixing switch, and it is like being a kid on christmas opening a gift and having the toy be broken. An affordable hdmi matrix switch that actually works is like the holy AV grail, and supposedly this latest version does the trick.

coolskillrex remix
Jan 1, 2007

gorsh

i have like 5 broken cables from monoprice. 2 of those are barely used component cables that i used from my onkyo to my LPA-1 power amp, i dont know if its my onkyo having loose connections, or the cable being lovely though.

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003

"Why don't the world's biggest assholes just die in jail?"


I have a few quick setup questions about my setup before I get everything "finalized"
Here is a picture for REFERENCE:

Yes the picture is terrible and off-center, everything is ugly and wires are everywhere, but I'm waiting on a huge monoprice order and a sub to arrive tomorrow before I toss a rug down and get everything loomed properly over the long week. Note the cable loom in the foreground.

Is it "okay" to have those speakers that close together (~50")? Due to the room layout, everything needs to be that "smooshed" together in order to make the middle of the couch line up with the middle of the TV. I think I'm at the maximum viewing distance that all the nerds suggest, but if I moved the TV up any closer the stand would be blocking the archway into the study.

I have a Hsu STF-2 that will be here tomorrow to replace my 8 year old Definitive Pro80, and I was hoping to stick it behind the TV stand against the wall. Is this a stupid idea?

If I ditch of one of my end tables next to the couch I would be able to space everything out about 20" or so. Would this be be beneficial at all?

How close is "too close" for surround speakers? Right now they are at ear level about 1' directly on either side of the couch.

Here is the final equipment list if anybody cares:
Philips 47" 1080p 120hz LCD
Onyko TX-SR606
Playstation 3 60gb w/320gb drive
Sony 400CD changer from way back
Fronts: Polk RTi8
Center: Polk CSi3
Surrounds: 2x Polk RTi4
Sub: Hsu STF-2
Audio Pier (after a long and arduous decision making process): Studiotech HF-4BII
TV stand: Ikea Benno

Pibborando San
Dec 11, 2004

oh yes. two kinds... of dances


TenementFunster, I think your speaker placement is fine, although a little wider spacing may help to create a larger more pleasing soundstage. And how were you going to fit the STF-2 behind your TV? It's pretty large. I'd suggest front corner placement if at all possible. Also, your surrounds should be at standing ear height, not sitting, or else they'll likely be too directional and overpowering.

Here's my college house setup again. We moved a couple things around because the 360's vertical orientation was causing disc read issues. The coffee table also looks a little more normal. And before you complain, I have dusted since taking these pictures. :blush:





edit: Another thing is I just, by ear, "recalibrated" the sub (VTF-2 Mk3) with some test tones and sweeps. Besides upping the volume ever so slightly, I lowered the crossover and switched the sub's phase from 0 to 180 degrees.

If you haven't messed with the phase of your subwoofer, I would definitely recommend doing so because it improved the response SO much. There was a very noticeable null near the crossover point, where the speakers take over. Inverting the phase has mostly eliminated the problem and the low end has much more visceral force now.

I can pretty easily simulate a decent earthquake in our house now.

edit2: For reference TenementFunster, my speakers are 64" from the center of each driver apart.

Pibborando San fucked around with this message at 19:34 on Aug 27, 2008

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003

"Why don't the world's biggest assholes just die in jail?"


Pibborando San posted:

TenementFunster, I think your speaker placement is fine, although a little wider spacing may help to create a larger more pleasing soundstage. And how were you going to fit the STF-2 behind your TV? It's pretty large.
I'd suggest front corner placement if at all possible. Also, your surrounds should be at standing ear height, not sitting, or else they'll likely be too directional and overpowering.
STF-2 is 18" wide and I've got about 22" of space behind the TV stand.

drat, standing ear height? Why isn't the rule of thumb just ~6' in off the ground? That is a pretty misleadingly-named rule of thumb, but up they go.

I have a buddy that is quite knowledgeable about stereo stuff so I'll have him check out the calibration stuff for me with the sub. Thanks for the help.

Mugmoor
Dec 12, 2006

I had a ruff day at work.


Sorry for lovely cellphone pictures. I just set this all up and I'm not entirely happy with it quite yet, mainly I need a 5.1 speaker setup and maybe a PS3 so I can watch Blu-Rays.


Click here for the full 1600x1200 image.


The bins and crap are left over from movign stuff around, they'll be all gone in a few days and I'm gonna put some bookshelves in. Here's a list of components though.

-LG 32" HDTV (forget exact model, it's a 2007 model though)
-HD Cable Box
-Ancient (1988) receiver for my equally ancient speakers
-Wii
-Xbox 360

The tv stand is from Ikea and the drawer under it holds controllers, cables and other things like that. I'll post an update when I get a better camera, I'll also post my bedroom setup once it's finished.

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003

"Why don't the world's biggest assholes just die in jail?"


Check this shizzle:

the FedEx guy woke me up today at no poo poo 7:45am and dropped my STF-2 off. It rocks. So after I back this evening the UPS guy finally made it by at 6:30pm to drop off my monoprice order.

Four hours and like $80 at monoprice turned this:


Into this:



Look at how studly I am:

yes I bi-amped the speakers whatever back off

Now all I need to do is change out the rhino lining in the vans and I'll bet totally loving professional up in this piece

coolskillrex remix
Jan 1, 2007

gorsh

whats to the left of the tv? i had my VTF2 MKIII about 6" away from the wall and then i got LS6s so i had to smash it right up against the wall, and now it sounds like poo poo i think... The bass just shakes the room a LOT, when before it was clean bass that you could actually hear and fell, not just hear shaking the walls like hell.

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TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003

"Why don't the world's biggest assholes just die in jail?"


Omegaslast posted:

whats to the left of the tv?
a speaker? a rack of DVDs?

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