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    Default Post your HTPC setup / tips and tricks.

    here's my HTPC setup. this is my entertainment hub. TV, DVR, DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix streaming, Music, Video game, all in one setup.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/setup1.jpg[/img]
    The speakers are JBL Stadium, Voice, Balcony, and woofer series.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/setup2.jpg[/img]
    close up

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/setup3.jpg[/img]
    TV is Samsung LN-4695D 46" 1080P (S-PVA panel.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/setup4.jpg[/img]
    The JBL Voice, and receiver and my HTPC box.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/setup5.jpg[/img]
    wide shot

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/tv1.jpg[/img]
    integrated TV/DVR/Blu-ray/DVD/netflix streaming, all in one program, the windows media center. all without using keyboard or mouse,

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/tv2.jpg[/img]
    watching recorded Olympic

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/receiver.jpg[/img]
    Onkyo TX-SR606 with Lossless capability DTS-HD, Dolby-TrueHD, DD+, 110 nominal watts per channel. Not by far the most expensive receiver in the market, but by far the best bang for your bucks.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/htpc.jpg[/img]
    Here's the heart of all, all reside within this box. as you can see, the sound spectrum wave moves according to the program you're watching/listening. all controled by a RF remote receiver hidden behind the LCD front VFD panel. with a touch of remote, the blu-ray tray slides open.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/stadium.jpg[/img]
    dual front JBL Stadium. each with dual 8" woofer, 5" mid tone, and titanium high frequency tweeter. There's also a dedicated 10" Sub woofer on the side to aid the ultra low frequency of below 80Hzs for that extra earth shattering rumble you get from the movie theater.


    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/back1.jpg[/img]
    JBL Balcony for rear speakers, frequency cut-off at 100hz, if i had the space, i would prefer putting two more JBL Stadium for the rear making it full spectrum frequency, but that would be in the way of the walk path. for space saving reason, these Balcony do a very good job.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/setup2.jpg[/img]



    Yesterday i succesfully achieved HDMI direct passthrough with my HD5850, so now all my blu-rays DTS-HD Master, and DolbyTrue HD are directly passthrough to the receiver. before i had to use two stage process (LPCM), at the Software player (PDVD, or TMT3) decoding level, and then soundcard decoding level, then to the receiver LPCM. Now with the success of HDMI passthrough, i can by-pass the software player's decoding, AND without going through soundcard, and goes directly to the Onkyo and does one stage decoding with the receiver. can't tell you how glad am i to finally see that "DTS-HD Master" and "Dolby TrueHD" showing up on my receiver for the first time


    EDIT: here are some extra closeups of the speakers.

    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/voice.jpg[/img]
    Center Speaker


    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/balcony.jpg[/img]
    rear speaker


    [img]**********************.digitalinvent**********/files/htpc/woofer.jpg[/img]
    10" subwoofer
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    I'm running running a rigged system right now.

    Mac Pro tapped into my Panasonic PT-AX100U 720p projector.
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    no... we moved out of that apartment, and into a house now.
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    dang thats really nice, i just set up mine not too long ago, still need to run wires in the wall and such, just no time. my HTPC Specs:

    AMD Athlon X2 240
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H (HD4200 HDMI out)
    2gb DDR2 800
    1tb WD Black Edition
    HVR 1800 (analog/QAM)
    Tv Wonder HD 650 (analog/ATSC)
    Windows 7 Ult 32bit
    Old Antec Sonata case (LAWL)

    everything works great, except for my analog tuners crap out when i come out of S3, i havnt looked into it yet, no time lol
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    Gigabyte GA P35 DS4
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    Coolermaster Stacker 810
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    Windows 7 64bit

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    speaking of which, i need to update my siggy on the HTPC rig. the 4890 got burnt up, now it's HD5850 now.

    i use a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1800 MCE. Never had a single issue with it. it's built for MCE, fires right up, doesn't even need to install driver, MCE automatically works with it. best Tuner card i ever had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Comixion View Post
    Hey Howard, is that Marilyn Monroe depicting the Last Supper?
    lol.... it's Battlestar Galactica depicting the last supper. [img]****************hichristina**********/calendar_pics/battlestarhichristina.gif[/img]

    you're close


    well if you cancel your cable service for 6 months, you'll have enough for a nice HTPC i mean damn... that FIOS must be killing you. lol
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    Thread JACK!!

    I always was in love with 7 of 9 ... she looks very similar to my boy's mother ...

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    How is it that the two of us can thread jack better than anyone else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKHandyman View Post
    How is it that the two of us can thread jack better than anyone else?
    Oldtimers forget what the topic is about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimreaper View Post
    Oldtimers forget what the topic is about?
    I'm moving up in the ranks for Folding@Home PCStats ... so Old Timers disease is getting skeered, I bet ...

    Last week (I think) I was around 400 something ... today I checked and I am 138! Not bad seeing as how I am NOT using a GPU client. Just 4 instances for my Xeon. Oh, does anyone have some ideas about getting started for a simple HTPPC? (Had to get back on topic somehow ... )
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    Throw a bunch of parts together into a box, and hook it up to the TV. all depends on what your requirements are. I have a pretty high requirement for my system because i need it for gaming, tv, blu-ray, movies, and pretty much everything else other than doing work. you might only need it to watch TV, or simply play DVDs. i do find ATI's current technology to favor HTPC setup tho. that's after i switched from the green side. not that ATI is much better, they're no where near better, but at least their HDMI streaming technology is ahead of Nvidia, and their driver tends to be just a hair pinch more stable for HDTV hookup.
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    Now that seems like a no-brainer for starters, but there has to be some limitations for the box, the height for video cards, the type of power supply, and of course the type of heatsink used to cool the proc. What is considered "acceptable" standards?
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    well.... that all depends on what kind of case you plan on using. when i first started. i did research on the type of case that looks most aesthetically pleasing to me. and took its dimension and accordingly to find the height limitation for the CPU heatsink. (frostytech usually has specific CPU heatsink dimension you can look up against) then read countless reviews on video card length clearance. There's quite a few Thermaltake cases that'll fit long video cards and most of the CPU heatsinks, but unfortunately, thermaltake cases' built quality are very poor. i was on a budget, since most HTPC cases are well over $400~$600, i had to settle for a cheap quality thermaltake case.

    it really all depends on the case tho, each case has different tolerance for CPU height.

    so.... to get your jump started AK, i would go to newegg and look at Silverstone's "full ATX" htpc cases, and Moneual Labs' cases. these two are my favorite quality case manufacturers. Find a case that looks best to you, and visit their site for clearance specification. and you can go from there.

    PSU wise, most of these "full ATX" cases will fit a full size PSU, unless you're using a slim case. i would consolidate the HDDs tho. generally, using more than one or two HDDs in an HTPC thends to create clerance issues for graphics card.

    try to pick a case with 80mm rear exhaust fan slot, instead of 60mm, which doesn't push jack of air at all.

    what else would you like to know.
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    glad this thread served its purpose.
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    How do you surf porn without the wife knowing/finding out?
    If pro is the opposite of con, what's the opposite of progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    How do you surf porn without the wife knowing/finding out?
    Been there, done that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasthelp View Post
    Been there, done that?
    I am gonna tell your wife ... you know that doing that kind of stuff will make you go blind!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKHandyman View Post
    I am gonna tell your wife ... you know that doing that kind of stuff will make you go blind!!
    No I was "asking" him if he had been there and done that. (see question mark)

    You know he has.
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    Oh ... better pay attention next time ...
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    Time to get this thread back on track lol. I have a basic HT setup, but all the nice toys are hooked up to my main PC. I finally got everything pretty much how I want it, although I definitely want a new center speaker and I'd love larger front speakers to hit lower frequencies:

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    Front: Polk SDA 2B (1" Tweeter / Two 6.5" Woofers / 12" Bass Radiator)

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    Back: Polk Monitor 5B (1" Tweeter / 6.5" Woofer / 8" Bass Radiator)

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    Audio Rack

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    My advice: Stay away from nVidia cards for home theater use; look up "silent stream bug". Pretty much whenever there's no sound playing on the computer, the video card cuts the signal to the receiver, so it makes that click noise like it's switching inputs. There's also a 1-2 second delay for the receiver to click in and output the signal whenever a sound starts playing, so any short sound effects e.g. Windows sounds, don't have a chance to play.
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