Home Theatre & Automation
My equipment list
Yip, I came over to Aus and spent to weeks with my sister and bro in law in Brisbane. It was really great and am keen to go back again. This time I have promised to take…
Home Theatre PC Software
I have been using media portal for over 3 years now with a microsoft media remote. Its close to perfect for having a simple pc running a HTPC solution.
Media centre can…
Nov 06, 2007 10:47 am
Now you see it / Now you don't.....
Some people like to have a tv in there master bedroom and most will have a mirror in there as well, I though cool combination.....
While on that topic (I may as well hi…
Thanks Adrian and Rod for your comments. Adrian, I would post room sizes but we don't even have a plan yet, we're just thinking about what we'd like to have. Rod, your…
Nov 18, 2007 9:54 am
Cost vs use.
Ray said get a PS3, more so because it is also a bluray player (well, that's why I'm agreeable ).
Quite often this is a very cheap way…
A new way to help watch TV...
About bloody time!
I use a digital STB with inbuilt HDD.
Currently you can only see what's on currently & the next program (in the OSD 'info' box) and press the…
My New AVdreams Home Demolition system :D
100% agree there Rod, watched a couple of them the other night, to reminiss. Very grainy, you forget after a while of not watching them, although I do still enjoy waching…
No soundcheck on ceiling.....
Not exactly more points, the board is denser and therefore will not sag in between the 600mmm span. Before 10mm ceiling gyprock was bought onto the market, all ceilings…
XBox 360 for christmas
I'd suggest taking a look at the catalogues online and maybe call to check for stock levels before making that trip. I've just taken a quick look at Big W's site…
Control 4 home automoation
Have any of you guys used a product called Conrol 4 for your home automation needs?
I friend of mine demod it to me the other day and it seemed pretty…
Home Theatre Equipment Setup
Personally I'd up the front budget to $5k for the general and 2ch performance and reduce it a bit elsewhere, especially on the surrounds (assuming only 2) and DVD player,…
Dec 07, 2007 12:29 am
TV room... Not so much media room. :)
I'd put a video connector wallplate down the bottom of the wall where the amp/dvd player is going to be housed, but would probably not put one behind where…
Dec 11, 2007 7:57 am
WIRE & CABLING
Its time for me to get some speaker wire and some coax cabling.
I was looking at the Quadsheild RG6 coax. It needs to be digital capable.
Cable sniffer for installers
No, we don't ever short a cable and do label everything every time...
We actually already have a cable sniffer... for when we do lose track of cables.... …
Dec 18, 2007 12:08 pm
Job in AV Installation
Your best bet would be to contact AV installers in QLD and I am sure with the boom in QLD you'll pick up a job no problems.
Eventualy you should do some…
Ideal Materials for Home Theater Room
Brick Veneer/plaster is fine. Definitely get some good insulation in those walls - some R2.5 batts for starters.
For acoustic performance inside the room I…
Dec 19, 2007 11:38 am
Dec 27, 2007 1:35 pm
Home theatre versus media sitting room
Hey Casa, everything you just described matches my own TV/sitting room come Home Theatre, with the exception of the raised section (and I have windows on my rear and one…
Dec 29, 2007 4:11 pm
I'm still a Playstation man at heart. 2 PS2s and 2 PSPs in my house currently. Got over 100 games for the PSP and over 200 for the PS2.
And, one of the Thursday night…
Dec 29, 2007 4:28 pm
You can put ceiling lights in also, just have them switched separately. You can also install dimmers further down the track and install lower wattage lamps initially. I…
They are very poorly paid contractors. It's obvious what's going to happen in that situation, they get in and out as quickly/cheaply as possible so they are actually…
X-Box as media extender
Neither Matt nor I have every owned an XBox or XBox 360 so we have no experience with trying to set them up as Extenders.
You really need to go to
Jan 02, 2008 7:56 am
Jan 02, 2008 9:40 am
How big a screen can we get???
I've always found the best place to start for reviews on all types of A/V gear is ecoustics.com which is just a massive database of published on-line reviews.
Jan 07, 2008 12:38 pm
You may find that some other type of PVR device with an EPG will be more functional.
I use a PC running Vista Media Centre for all of this and more and am loving it,…
Jan 09, 2008 3:27 pm
Future protecting your cabling
It's always a big cal asking to future proof your cabling. I've done lots fo commercial networks and the future proofed stuff always seems to be out of date…
Doing your own cabling
Steve's point about something eating through the cables and their conductors contacting each other is a good point, but from my memory of data cabling…
Must Have Accessory!!
13 Things PMS Stands For:
1. Pass My Shotgun
2. Psychotic Mood Shift
3. Perpetual Munching Spree
Nice poster pic in your first post P.
but I try to leave my light box experiences to this & only when required …
I am sure we have had this conversation before...
Don't think we have
But agree with the too hard for a newbie to setup a secure…
Another Cabling Question
Thanks for that... I have ended up getting the builder to put just the conduit in place with a piece of wire in so I can pull through my cables.... Seems to be the best way.
Noggin... or out ?
The studs bear weight, but the noggins don't. The noggins are only there to keep the studs from bowing - to keep them evenly spaced for their entire length (within…
Feb 14, 2008 8:28 am
Installer to instal my own gear
As a custom home theatre installer we would always like to install our own products as we are usually more familiar with the tweaks that are required to get the…