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Default 01-25-2010, 16:23 | posts: 1,934 | Location: Dominican Republic

Nice John!, A Couples of photo of it installed would be great!

Just a question, is not the money spent equal to build a HTPC???
   
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Default 01-25-2010, 17:13 | posts: 3,728 | Location: uk

got a center speaker whalfedale 9cc



my room in its current state



   
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Default 01-25-2010, 17:46 | posts: 852

Ill see if i can get a few pics up later
   
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Default 01-25-2010, 19:28 | posts: 16,763 | Location: Above the Arctic Circle, Norway

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Nice John!, A Couples of photo of it installed would be great!

Just a question, is not the money spent equal to build a HTPC???
Not really, not a very good HTPC anyway. But costs are not the reason I went with this over a HTPC. I've been using my laptop with HDMI out as media player now for a while, and all the crap that I've had do deal with completely put me off building a dedicated computer for playback. I could never get 24Hz playback of 23.976 content working corretly, for instance, while this thing has the smoothest 24p playback I've ever seen. Plus HD sound passthrough is still a challenge on PC's, while this box does it no problem. It runs a linux operating system so it's incredibly flexible too, you can get it to do pretty much anything you want if you have the skills and patience for it - and it has a thriving community around it which is great help. Oh, and it has no fans, makes no sound and has a typical power consumption of less than 20 watts. Mmmm, yes.

Granted, it still has some bugs that needs fixing, but it's coming along nicely.

I put up "Yet Another Movie Jukebox" on it too, which I'm pretty sure rivals XBMC..



   
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Default 01-30-2010, 05:29 | posts: 4,852 | Location: USA

John, I gotta say that the Popcorn Hour C-200 mediaplayer is BADDASSS!!
   
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Default 01-30-2010, 14:24 | posts: 16,763 | Location: Above the Arctic Circle, Norway

You own one yourself? Yeah it is a very nice device for sure. New firmware update yesterday and another one scheduled soon (which will fix the only real issue I'm facing right now). Also, RF remotes = win. More devices should use this technology. You don't have to point the remote at the device (in fact, I tested it by going into my bathroom, facing the wall in the shower, and it still worked )
   
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Default 01-30-2010, 21:20 | posts: 3,728 | Location: uk

just upgraded to a asus Xonar D2 from a XtremeMusic now only have 1 cable going to that amp instead of 3
   
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Default 01-31-2010, 19:52 | posts: 1,016 | Location: Haaksbergen, The Netherlands

Well, just added some stuff to my setup Will post pics soon!

TV: Samsung LE37B530 37"
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster T260 26"
Rig: Check my sig, media center coming soon, build in a Thermaltake Dh101 case.
Amp: Onkyo TX-SR507
Tape: Sony TC-K420
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Speakers: Front: Magnat Motion 1000, Center: Magnat Altea, Sub: Magnat Monitor Supreme 301A, Surround: Philips speakers now, looking at some nice Magnat's for that.
   
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Default 02-04-2010, 04:06 | posts: 4,852 | Location: USA

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You own one yourself? Yeah it is a very nice device for sure. New firmware update yesterday and another one scheduled soon (which will fix the only real issue I'm facing right now). Also, RF remotes = win. More devices should use this technology. You don't have to point the remote at the device (in fact, I tested it by going into my bathroom, facing the wall in the shower, and it still worked )
Noo I dont, but Im looking to buy one!
   
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Default 02-15-2010, 15:01 | posts: 1,067 | Location: Great Britain (England)

Here is mine...nothing special but gets the job done =]





   
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Default 02-15-2010, 15:35 | posts: 9,979

Can't put a pic, but our living room at my dads:

TV: LG 47LH3000




AV Receiver/Amp: Sony STR-800




Then some speakers, not sure of them all, I know some are Bose, the others may be panasonic atm, till it's sorted out properly.

Then other devices:
Grundig Freesat HD box
Elonix DVD player upscales over HDMI, and plays divx/xvid from disk/usb.
Wii using Component
Softmodded Original Xbox with 500GB HDD upscaling to 1080i via component.
   
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Default 02-28-2010, 22:28 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

Have just snagged myself a great deal on a Pioneer VSX2016AV
Info here
Will post some pics once i pick it up tommorrow and get it installed
Don't think the neighbours are gonna be too pleased .. lol
   
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Default 03-01-2010, 21:11 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

Just a quick pic

Busy playing with it still

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Default 03-01-2010, 22:22 | posts: 16,763 | Location: Above the Arctic Circle, Norway

Avatar DVD screener?

Very nice amp! Would personally prefer black though.
   
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Default 03-01-2010, 23:27 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

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Avatar DVD screener?

Very nice amp! Would personally prefer black though.
Shhhhhhhh.... your not supposed to notice that
Well after a few hours of torturing the neighbours i've decided i quite like it altho lots of tweaking to go yet i suspect and considering how much i paid for it i can live with Silver ... lol
Oh and btw the damn thing is huge .. lol

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Default 03-05-2010, 23:23 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

Had a few days to play with the Pioneer now and i have to say i'm very impressed ... The Mcacc auto setup system worked well but definately needed some fine tuning to get it as i like, having said that it was pretty close ...
Watching the beach scene on "Saving private Ryan" was intense and almost had me ducking from the ricochets
Musically it does tend to be a lil on the bright side but not a problem as it matches well with the B&W's i use as mains ... it does show up poorly recorded mp3's even with the s retriever circuitry turned on but listening to flac's with the amp set to pure direct input is a joy

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Default 04-10-2010, 15:30 | posts: 65

Hey great looking systems, I gotta say you guys are creative with the furniture for great comfort too!

hey Barwell, it looks like your monitor is really close to where you're supposed to sit, isnt that ruining your eyes ?
From personal experience this range will definitly screw with your eyes.
   
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Default 04-11-2010, 22:14 | posts: 9,979

Subs are so expensive, we need one for our set up (listed above), but they're all like 150-200. And my dads decided he's spending 300 on some hifi speakers instead.
   
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Default 04-11-2010, 23:03 | posts: 20 | Location: New York

A Little Dated , But still Kick'in
   
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Default 04-11-2010, 23:11 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

@ dcx_badass
it really depends on the main use for the system ... If its more for listening to music then some decent full range speakers are a much better investment than a sub imo but its certainly nice to have one for the the extra low down rumble in movies ... Always worth checking out Ebay for a some bargains, i've been lucky and managed to snag some really good deals altho with hifi gear i think its always adviseable to stick to stuff you can go collect rather than rely on someone else to pack it securely for posting especially if they don't still have the original boxes

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Default 04-11-2010, 23:18 | posts: 9,979

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it really depends on the main use for the system ... If its more for listening to music then some decent full range speakers are a much better investment than a sub imo but its certainly nice to have one for the the extra low down rumble in movies ... Always worth checking out Ebay for a some bargains, i've been lucky and managed to snag some really good deals altho with hifi gear i think its always adviseable to stick to stuff you can go collect rather than rely on someone else to pack it securely for posting especially if they don't still have the original boxes
Well the speakers rrp is like 1000 and someone is selling them used for 300 not far away, I'd still rather have a sub to complete the surround sound, than just some better speakers for the hifi, when we have some already.
   
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Default 04-12-2010, 00:08 | posts: 16,763 | Location: Above the Arctic Circle, Norway

You can easily find some good used subwoofers for around 200. Realistically you don't really wanna spend any less than that. The cheapest of the cheapest will just give you muddy rumbling and completely destroy the sound picture of the rest of your setup. I'd check the classifieds on AV enthusiast forums and similar, always good deals to be made off honest people at such places.

Oh, and I've bought lots of used hifi stuff that had to be shipped, and I never had a problem. Although I always have a good chat with the fella' who's selling, and most of them have provided me with pictures of the packaging before shipping, so I could OK it first.
   
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Default 04-12-2010, 00:33 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

I'd have to agree with John here ... there really isn't much point buying a cheapie sub just to have 1 as it will almost certainly degrade your listening experience rather than improve it, unfortunately you don't say what speakers your dad has just bought but if they are anywhere near half decent you will find the bass response will be far cleaner without
   
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Default 04-19-2010, 19:11 | posts: 555 | Location: Un-United Kingdom

Think I'm gonna get a Toshiba Regza 42AV635DB 42-inch for the living room but it's 530 on amazon and I'm sure it was only 450 a few months back, grr. Can you guys recommend a good TV for 400-500, preferrably nearer 400 or less?

Still got a CRT/Tube TV at the moment but I think it's nearing it's end as it takes a while to get going, I turn it on and it makes a high pitch whine then turns off, eventually if I keep trying it will come on and stay on with a distorted picture then after about 10 minutes the picture comes normal. It's ready for the knackers yard.
   
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Default 04-19-2010, 21:38 | posts: 263 | Location: Uk

Richer Sounds have a few in your price range so they are worth a look if you have 1 local to you ? Here
Whatever you decide to go for don't forget that John Lewis stores pricematch any bricks and mortar store prices and they chuck in a 5 year warranty for free ... might save you a few pennies
   
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