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    Home Entertainment Setup (Show it off)

    Come on then chaps, it's show off time again. Wanna see all the updates and upgrades you've made over the last 6 months, as i know there is a couple of us who are into all that lark.

    I want pictures, details and future purchases you hope to make over xmas.

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    Banned

    I've made no real changes since the last thread
    Ask again in another 6 months when there should be a projector

    Original Poster

    - Samsung 50" 1080p Plasma
    - Yamaha RXV565 7.1 HD AV Receiver
    - Xbox 360 Slim + Kinect
    - Samsung BD-C5300 Bluray Player
    - Sky HD
    - Acer Revo R3700 running XBMC Live
    - 7.1 Speaker Setup: (Currently only running 5.1, as christmas tree gets in the way of my surrounds.)
    - 6x Q Acoustic 1010i
    - 1x Q Acoustic 1000ci centre
    - 1x Q Acoustic 1000si sub
    - Cambridge Audio Symphony 200 cable for the speakers
    - QED Performance Miniature cable for the sub

    All controlled by a Logitech Harmony 885.

    Future purchases:

    Currently tempted by the Samsung 1080p 50" 3DTV offer in comet, with the 3D bluray player and Shrek blurays.. Still trying to convince the wife how it is a very good idea.

    Buying a Logitech Harmony One in a couple of weeks.

    http://i51.tinypic.com/2udvp5e.jpg
    Edited by: "spritey" 16th Dec 2010

    Original Poster

    master_chief

    I've made no real changes since the last thread :(Ask again in another 6 … I've made no real changes since the last thread :(Ask again in another 6 months when there should be a projector



    Ooo.. What you getting? Screen size?

    I'd love to do that, have a motorised projector above the TV with a massive 200 inch odd drop down... Wife won't allow it though. 50" TV is all i think i can get passed her, with possibility of a 60".
    Edited by: "spritey" 16th Dec 2010

    Banned

    Well I started off thinking 150" would be good but I actually measure the width and it was waaaay too big. I'm thinking 120" which is still pretty huge, if you remember my picture from before of my tv and the distance I placed the left and right speakers away from the tv, 120" is that wide.

    Banned

    Your set up is looking a lot better now, think you had it in a corner before with a bit of clutter?

    Got a basic set up for the time being, upgrades due when I get some £££s saved up!!

    Currently running:

    - Panasonic 46" 1080p plasma,
    - SkyHD with Multiroom for 2nd plasma in the house,
    - Acer Revo with XBMC controlled by iPod touch,
    - PS3 for Bluray and gaming + Move,
    - Xbox 360 for gaming,
    - Samsung AV Receiver less than £250 does the job for now including LPCM playback for those blurays. Sound is what I'll probably upgrade first!

    I've purchased the HP Microserver so that'll feed to Revo, PS3 & 360 if need be!

    Will also be looking to get a remote to control everything would make life much easier I presume!

    Edited by: "exStudent" 16th Dec 2010

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_6EzvmhURfxg/TEg1YLRstkI/AAAAAAAAArU/I-iKieXg2zY/s1600/DSC01466.JPG

    DangerGod

    Got this Dynex as a early xmas prezzie last week




    Please remember this is a family friendly site!

    Banned

    I will post when my revo turns up, but I have removed all audio kit from my tv stand. im going minimal. Just tv, sky hd, ps3. soon revo.

    Mallinersha



    The sad thing is when I was a kid I would of done ANYTHING to have one of these

    Is it an Amstrad or a JVC?
    Edited by: "trog0" 16th Dec 2010

    trog0

    The sad thing is when I was a kid I would of done ANYTHING to have one of … The sad thing is when I was a kid I would of done ANYTHING to have one of these :DIs it an Amstrad or a JVC?



    lol, I thought the exact same thing, I think its an Amstrad as I had one that looks exactly the same.

    My AV purchases in the last 6 months are:

    Cambridge Audio 840C (CD Player)
    Mordaunt Short Mezzo 1 (Rear Speakers)
    Mordaunt Short Mezzo 5 (Centre Speaker)
    BK XLS200-DF (Subwoofer)
    Xbox Slim 4GB (with 250GB DIY Mod)


    I already had:

    Sony KDL-32D3000 (TV)
    Yamaha RV-V3800 (AV Receiver)
    Pioneer DV-600 (DVD/ SACD/ DVD-A Player)
    Project Debut III SE (Turntable)
    Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6 (Main Speakers)
    Sennheiser HD650 (Headphones)
    SKY HD
    WD HDTV
    Logitech Harmony 525 (Remote)


    My shopping list for next year is:

    40-42" TV
    Freeview or Freesat PVR


    I also bought a DFS EDEN 2 seater manual recliner and power recliner chair (which just arrived today!) so I can kick back and enjoy things in luxurious comfort. Pics will be up tomorrow as I'm going to bed.
    Edited by: "windhoek" 16th Dec 2010

    richp

    lol, I thought the exact same thing, I think its an Amstrad as I had one … lol, I thought the exact same thing, I think its an Amstrad as I had one that looks exactly the same.


    I think My mum still has some of those flowery curtains that are on the unit

    Banned

    dcx_badass

    Added a new PC and TV to mine, will post a pic tomorrow.We've got a … Added a new PC and TV to mine, will post a pic tomorrow.We've got a projector but never use it, I hate the things, never found the colours and stuff as good as a TV.



    You must have a really bad projector if it looks bad to eyes that can't tell the difference between HD and SD.

    Original Poster

    master_chief

    Well I started off thinking 150" would be good but I actually measure the … Well I started off thinking 150" would be good but I actually measure the width and it was waaaay too big. I'm thinking 120" which is still pretty huge, if you remember my picture from before of my tv and the distance I placed the left and right speakers away from the tv, 120" is that wide.



    So you going to have it drop infront of the TV for when you want the projector on?

    What projector you looking at?

    master_chief

    Your set up is looking a lot better now, think you had it in a corner … Your set up is looking a lot better now, think you had it in a corner before with a bit of clutter?



    Yeah it was in the corner and the space was a little cramp, so everything looked cluttered.

    Decided to move the living room around, so i had enough space in the living room for 2 people on Kinect. Then cut thin runs in the padding under the carpet for wiring, as 7.1 generates far to much bloody cable.

    It's getting close, just need a new pair of stands which fit my points better.. Otherwise, not much else i wanna do.. I'm still debating 3D TV, as i'm not yet convinced.. Although it's tempting.

    dcx_badass

    Added a new PC and TV to mine, will post a pic tomorrow.We've got a … Added a new PC and TV to mine, will post a pic tomorrow.We've got a projector but never use it, I hate the things, never found the colours and stuff as good as a TV.



    You really need to spend a good £700-£1000 on a projector if you want something good, if you have a £400 projector it's really not going to look great compared to a TV.

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    dcx_badass

    I've used projectors worth well over £1000 still not impressed, I prefer … I've used projectors worth well over £1000 still not impressed, I prefer a backlit picture, just find it much better to watch.



    Not a fan of the cinema either?

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    dcx_badass

    Not particually, went to see Harry Potter and it was full of film blips … Not particually, went to see Harry Potter and it was full of film blips and fuzzy. They need to get some better projectors, still prefer a back lit screen though.



    Surprised you're fussy about that but don't care for HD.

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    master_chief

    Surprised you're fussy about that but don't care for HD.



    Nothing he says makes sense.

    Banned

    I'm sick of going to the cinema and the screen being fuzzy, with specks of god knows popping up all the time. Doesn't even seem to be HD or digital when they say its digital. HD at home is much better viewing.

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    lumoruk

    I'm sick of going to the cinema and the screen being fuzzy, with specks … I'm sick of going to the cinema and the screen being fuzzy, with specks of god knows popping up all the time. Doesn't even seem to be HD or digital when they say its digital. HD at home is much better viewing.



    I love that look, not necessarily a lot of "fuzz" but the grain and imperfections make me feel warm and fuzzy, like listening to vinyl!

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    weirdo.

    For the price of the tickets you could buy the blu ray on release too for cheaper.

    Can't believe you still haven't got your revo vb

    Added sky HD to mine, but will be getting rid in the next 6 months and replacing with an htpc running media centre etc. I'm pretty pleased with my hardware just like tinkering with software now.

    Although I'd love a projector, current house doesn't lend itself well to it. Moving is not an option!

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    lumoruk

    weirdo.For the price of the tickets you could buy the blu ray on release … weirdo.For the price of the tickets you could buy the blu ray on release too for cheaper.



    I could but cinema is alway smy first choice for a new movie that I really want to see.

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    sancho1983

    Can't believe you still haven't got your revo vbAdded sky HD to mine, but … Can't believe you still haven't got your revo vbAdded sky HD to mine, but will be getting rid in the next 6 months and replacing with an htpc running media centre etc. I'm pretty pleased with my hardware just like tinkering with software now.Although I'd love a projector, current house doesn't lend itself well to it. Moving is not an option!



    Is that a thumb print on your head?

    A very big one

    I think my wife wouldn't be bothered, don't get me wrong she wouldn't be 'impressed', but she wouldn't be angry. I think there is literally no way of fitting one in and still having somewhere sensible to sit and listen properly

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    sancho1983

    A very big one :)I think my wife wouldn't be bothered, don't get me wrong … A very big one :)I think my wife wouldn't be bothered, don't get me wrong she wouldn't be 'impressed', but she wouldn't be angry. I think there is literally no way of fitting one in and still having somewhere sensible to sit and listen properly



    So move then. I bought a house perfect for one, it was my stipulation in the unwritten contract I formed with the oh.

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    sancho1983

    Can't believe you still haven't got your revo vbAdded sky HD to mine, but … Can't believe you still haven't got your revo vbAdded sky HD to mine, but will be getting rid in the next 6 months and replacing with an htpc running media centre etc. I'm pretty pleased with my hardware just like tinkering with software now.Although I'd love a projector, current house doesn't lend itself well to it. Moving is not an option!



    Checked today and the delivery date has been changed to today, and its arrived in Worksop. This is the second order, the first is "missing".

    But I don't think itll come today - I think it'll be tomorrow, and I won't be here.

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    dcx_badass

    We need more pics in this thread! (mines delayed till NYE as camera is … We need more pics in this thread! (mines delayed till NYE as camera is been used elsewhere).



    I literally cannot wait.

    Go on then I'll bite.
    In the basement: 50" Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090, Pioneer VSX-LX52, Pioneer BDP-LX52, Humax Foxsat HDR, Kef 3005SE-W, PS3.
    In the lounge: 32" Panasonic TX-LXD70, 360, PS2, Toshiba HD-EP30, Meridian floor standers + separates (whose model numbers elude me at the moment, they're 500 series but I can never remember which is which) and a Linn Sondek LP12.

    All the network capable stuff is hooked up via Gigabit ethernet with a Synology NAS feeding the lot.
    Edited by: "megalomaniac" 17th Dec 2010

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    megalomaniac

    Go on then I'll bite.In the basement: 50" Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090, … Go on then I'll bite.In the basement: 50" Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090, Pioneer VSX-LX52, Pioneer BDP-LX52, Humax Foxsat HDR, Kef 3005SE-W, PS3.In the lounge: 32" Panasonic TX-LXD70, 360, PS2, Toshiba HD-EP30, Meridian floor standers + separates (whose model numbers elude me at the moment, they're 500 series but I can never remember which is which) and a Linn Sondek LP12.All hooked up via Gigabit ethernet with a Synology NAS feeding the lot.



    Nice, I'm happy enough with my Panny but I always wish I'd got a Kuro when I could. Hopefully next year will see plasmas overtake the kuro in quality terms at last.

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    master_chief

    Well I started off thinking 150" would be good but I actually measure the … Well I started off thinking 150" would be good but I actually measure the width and it was waaaay too big. I'm thinking 120" which is still pretty huge, if you remember my picture from before of my tv and the distance I placed the left and right speakers away from the tv, 120" is that wide.

    master_chief

    Your set up is looking a lot better now, think you had it in a corner … Your set up is looking a lot better now, think you had it in a corner before with a bit of clutter?

    dcx_badass

    Added a new PC and TV to mine, will post a pic tomorrow.We've got a … Added a new PC and TV to mine, will post a pic tomorrow.We've got a projector but never use it, I hate the things, never found the colours and stuff as good as a TV.



    I was looking at the Panasonic projectors, budget arouns £2k but I haven't looked at all this year so not sure what's out there. Will resume research when funds are approved.

    Not to rattle on with my anti-3d campaign but 3Dtvs are awful, worse than the cinema experience and that's bad.

    Original Poster

    megalomaniac

    Go on then I'll bite.In the basement: 50" Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090, … Go on then I'll bite.In the basement: 50" Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090, Pioneer VSX-LX52, Pioneer BDP-LX52, Humax Foxsat HDR, Kef 3005SE-W, PS3.In the lounge: 32" Panasonic TX-LXD70, 360, PS2, Toshiba HD-EP30, Meridian floor standers + separates (whose model numbers elude me at the moment, they're 500 series but I can never remember which is which) and a Linn Sondek LP12.All the network capable stuff is hooked up via Gigabit ethernet with a Synology NAS feeding the lot.



    Very nice, i've had a demo of those Kef 3005SE-W... Absolutely incredible speakers for their size and fact they're wireless.

    I've also used gigabit networking throughout the house, makes such a difference doesn't it.

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    master_chief

    Not to rattle on with my anti-3d campaign but 3Dtvs are awful, worse than … Not to rattle on with my anti-3d campaign but 3Dtvs are awful, worse than the cinema experience and that's bad.



    Completely agree with you in terms of 3D, i really don't see the point.. I didn't really enjoy the 3D in avater, just feels like a half way house to what it should really be.. No glasses..

    I want an LED backlit TV though, so i'm debating whether to get a 3D ready one while i'm at it.. Since i'm spending out that amount of cash already, may aswell have the extra feature.

    spritey

    Very nice, i've had a demo of those Kef 3005SE-W... Absolutely incredible … Very nice, i've had a demo of those Kef 3005SE-W... Absolutely incredible speakers for their size and fact they're wireless.


    Very o/h friendly too which helps.
    spritey

    I've also used gigabit networking throughout the house, makes such a … I've also used gigabit networking throughout the house, makes such a difference doesn't it.


    Hell yeah, I just wish the PS3 supported jumbo frames.

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    I also see no point whatsoever to 3D.

    I'd rather just have super-super-HD

    Original Poster

    megalomaniac

    Hell yeah, I just wish the PS3 supported jumbo frames.



    I've got wireless N in the house, it's just never as reliable as running a gigabit cabled network in my opinion.

    Running a Linksys WAG320N and a 16 port Netgear gigabit switch, with each room in the house wired with 2 ports.

    Server running Ubuntu for storage.

    Edited by: "spritey" 17th Dec 2010

    Pics as promised of...

    Sony KDL-32D3000 (TV)
    Yamaha RV-V3800 (AV Receiver)
    Xbox Slim 4GB (with 250GB DIY Mod)
    Cambridge Audio 840C (CD Player)
    Pioneer DV-600 (DVD/ SACD/ DVD-A Player)
    Project Debut III SE (Turntable)
    SKY HD
    WD HDTV
    Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6 (Main Speakers)
    Mordaunt Short Mezzo 5 (Centre Speaker)
    Mordaunt Short Mezzo 1 (Rear Speakers)
    BK XLS200-DF (Subwoofer)
    Sennheiser HD650 (Headphones)


    TV, AV Receiver, Xbox, Main and Centre Speakers; inside right compartment of unit: Turntable, CD Player, SKY HD, DVD Player and WD HDTV:
    [img]i991.photobucket.com/alb…jpg?t=1292589749[/img]

    Rear Speakers and Power Recliner Chair:
    [img]i991.photobucket.com/alb…jpg?t=1292589899[/img]

    Subwoofer:
    [img]i991.photobucket.com/alb…jpg?t=1292589899[/img]

    p.s. My headphones and netbook are in the drawer.

    p.s.s. The cables connected to my TV and rear speakers are in the wall. I raggled both walls, inserted plastic conduit, left a hole large enough to feed the cables through, then plastered and painted over it. My rear speaker cable is ultra flat and runs under the carpet, behind the skirting board, then up the conduit to the speakers.






    Edited by: "windhoek" 17th Dec 2010

    this is possibly going to sound like a stupid question, but my telly doesn't have a removable power lead & the plug is moulded on, so apart from cutting the plug off, which i should imagine might invalidate the warranty, how did you feed the wires up through the conduit on your set up ? any pics of the work involved.

    Alas I never took pictures of the job in progress, but this was what I did...

    1. Buy trunking, spigots and a tub of ready-made plaster (I already had chisels, hammer, goggles and a wall mount for my TV). For the TV cables, I used a length of 40mm diameter waste-water tubing with 2 x 40mm spigots. For the rear speaker cables, I used 2 lengths of 9 or 11mm diameter tubing (no spigots required). The length of tube used depends on how long you need it to be.
    2. Mark out where I want the TV and fix TV bracket to the wall (This lets you know how high you need to raggle the wall so that the TV cables come out behind the TV).
    3. Mark out the area of wall to be raggled, it must be wide, long and deep enough to accommodate the tubing (the tubing should be buried about 1cm into the wall).
    4. Use a hammer and chisel to remove plaster and brick to required depth.
    5. Insert cable trunking with spigots already attached.
    6. Plaster, leave to dry, sand to a finish.
    7. Feed cable through trunking.
    8. Mount TV and speakers.
    9. Ta daaa!

    Notes:
    1. I bought tubing, spigots and plaster from B&Q, but you can probably get them from any hardware store.
    2. I borrowed a skirting board removal tool from my mate to prise it loose so I could feed rear speaker cable under and behind it.
    3. I use a Panasonic Free-Angle HDMI behind my TV so that the cable doesn't have to bend to connect to the it - the connector bit can swivel through 180 degrees.
    4. It's a messy job as the plaster dust will go everywhere!. I did think about hoovering as I went, but didn't want to chance ruining my new Dyson. I think you need to either do this prior to decorating or cover everything with dust sheets.




    Edited by: "windhoek" 17th Dec 2010
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