Diving in finally(pack a lunch)-Opinions, Advice?

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Diving in finally(pack a lunch)-Opinions, Advice?

Postby jglitch » Tue Jun 08, 2004 12:05 am

LITTLE !!!!?!!!!! Help please!!!!

Well, been lurking around all the HTPC(and some HA) forums for a couple months, and going to start purchasing this weekend. I've made up my mind about my system/install ( a few hundred times).

(This list is as much for me as, as for public consumption, all in the noggin right now, got tired of scatching things out.)

So before I jump, any last minute opinions appreciated:

AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK! JUNE 8th!

Scenerio:

1400 sf + Garage + Patio/Backyard + Front Patio.

Rooms - Master Bedroom/MasterBath Suite - Living Rm/Dining/Media Areas (all in one, L shaped) - Kitchen/BreafastBar/Sun-Sitting/Bev-Snack(separate little kitchen next to kitchen, I know, but life styles, Bev Bar for quick meals/bbq's/refreshments, kitchen for cooking,not that much)

Goals:

HTPC (with some stb backup gear} - Media/Room
HomeTheaterette in Mbed
ML Srver - A/V-MEDIA(Photos/Home Vid, Etc.)
HA Sever w/Web-Phone Control
HA - x-10 based (already have a bunch-Drapes/Power/Switches/Motion) (plus getting 6/1 Switchlincs as needed)
Basic WH Audio 6 Zones (minimualist system}
Video Distribution - Garage/MBath/Kit-Sun/Patio/Future Living RoomMBed/Media Room
HA distributed control - Homeseer (eventually voice control, pre-wire}
Access Control - Front Door/Garage Door (all I need, and I really want a powered deadblot for some reason thats unknown)
Security & Cameras (4 ea, already have, adding pci card "to make" web cams)
Nice Frontend/Control of all systems from all clients

HTPC

Case - D. Vine 4 w/vfd (still considering a Kanam 400, a little bit)
Enermax (modded) 400w
NEC or Pioneer 8x DVD
Media Card Drive
Asus P4C800E-Deluxe or A-Bit AC-7 (w/gigalan, dig audio in-out)
Intel P4 3.2 Prescott (MME3 instruction Set for FUTURE A/V applications)
Quiet CPU Solution
1 GB DDR (already have)
ATI AIW 9800 Pro (w/heatsink or Cool-Air Fan/Duct)(Still Considering x800 for HD instruction sets & pipes for future, THOUGHTS?) Over DVI
ATI TV Wonder (old one I already have}
myHD HDTV card (for OTA & to upconvert SDTV, PIP thru mnitor and stand alone output besides Vid card, at TV resolution output)
(still wating for ATI HD Wonder, We'll see maybe that too.One will be in MBed HTPC) (Other option was Sweetspot/XCard & HD Wonder whenever)
IR (USBUIRT & emitters, already have) (Thru MLUSBUIRT plugin) (IR learning for GC-100 & local IR reception)
Gyration Mouse and Compact Keyboard (already have)
2 ea 40 GB HDs RAID (for OS/Programs-Backup)
1 ea 120 SATA HD (Temp DVD image storage till watch and decide if want on server, if so transfer) (Already have)
1 ea 120 SATA HD (Local PVR Storage) (Already have)
SB Audigy Z-NS - (Already have)
XM Receiver (Already have)

(Existing A/V Gear)

JVC RX-DP10 7.1/THX
DirecTV Samsung STR-160 HD Receiver Tuner (probably dumping DTV soon)
DirecTV 2 Tuner TIVO
Samsung "HD" DVD
JVC DVD-A
JVC 200 disc cd (giving away)
Digital Cable (HD when available)
X-Box
OTA HD 8-bay antenna w/pre-amp (might add 4-bay for San Diego)
( I think OTA is MUCH cleaner than DTV, will see about cable)
Mits 48" HD RPTV
Samsung 32" HD CRT
ButtKickers

ML Server (Will also be MBed HTPC, in SMC closet)

(Already Have)

LIAN Case 400w (Will hold 11 drives)
MSI 875-NEO
512 DDR
P4 2.4
Pioneer 4x DVD
Lite-On DVD

(Getting)

ATI AIW 9600 Pro over Transcoder (No DVI this Monitor)
Gigalan Card
4 Camera PCI Video Input Card
IR Receiver
2 ea 250/300 GB HD for DVDs (to start)
2 ea 250 GB HDs for: 1 Music, 1 PVR
2 ea 40 GB HDs RAID (for OS/Programs-Backup)
MAudio 410 for MBed HTPC and WH Audio (might use 2nd source on receiver?)
Additional RAID controller (when needed)
One of the above HD Cards

2 ea Blackbird Tuners (if I dont like the ATI Easyshare & PVR)(with BTV or SAGETV, BTV supports the AIW's)

HA Server( in SMC closet)

(Already have)

Shuttle S-24 w-512 RAM, 80 GB Drive, onboard vid/audio/lan

(Getting)

Homeseer Modem

Other Clients

(Already have)

Kitchen/Patio/BevBar (FlexATX w-1900 Athlon XP, 512, 64 MB Matrox vid Card, onboard audio & lan)

Office (ATX w-1900 Athlon XP,512, onboard vid, lan & audio) (Just for paying bills, scheduling, Little Lady's Net access)

Garage (what ever I cobble together with what I have)

Software

(Already have)

ML Suite, All, (have techtalker, getting logos)
TT
Girder
Powerstrip
DVDShrink/DVD Decrypter/DVD Profiler/DVD XCopy & Express
FFdShow/ReClock/DeScaler
AC3 Filers
Zoom Pro
XP Pro or Home all servers and clients

(Getting)

Homeseer and plugins as required
WMVHD Solution

Maybe, BTV or Sage (TVLobby!!!!!?!!!!!)

Network/Distribution/Control

(Already have)

10/100 switches & hubs
Modems (bb)/Router/Wireless

Security Devices, Smoke/CO, Powered Deadbolt as needed (provided by friend, LV contractor)

(Getting)

GC-100
10/100/1000 Switch

A-Bus Controller & Expansion Module
A-Bus Vol/Amp Units as needed
A-Bus local source auto sensing switches as needed

Controlablle TStat (or Two, maybe powered dampers(psuedo zones), friend is HVAC contractor, that's re-doing HVAC system in home)

Other controls to incorporate: patio waterfall/sprinklers/mbath jaccuzzi: fill & water level/steambath controller/patio jaccuzzi/garage door control status
Media center and smc closet exhaust fans (on temp rise switch), eventually water sensing, etc. WHtr/W/D

Distribution Blocks/Panels - cable (standard cable/OTA HDTV/w-modulator, 1 camera on monitor(s) iputs), phone, data, security,

Security Panel (unknown)
Access System (cobbled to needs or unknown)

Checking into 1-wire sensing devices per gregoryx

Remote Control

(Getting)

UCR's as needed for A-Bus
Harmony for Media HTPC, or FireFly or use ATI (I still like remotes, for WAF and guests, but leaning towards Tablets in VERY NEAR FUTURE), with Gyro

Additional Screens/Remote Control

(Have)

1 ea 7" monitor for mbath (guests dont get a mini tv in their bath)
1 ea 17" lcd for mbath jaccuzzi (have)
1 ea Notebook for lounging around (have)

(Probably Getting in a month or two, on MLers Advice)

2 or 3 Tablets, or 1 to start to see how I like it (1 Media/Living, 1 MBed/Bath, 1 Kit/Patio)
2 ea 7" touch screens at front and kitchen/garage door (will pre-wire)

(Getting)

1 ea 7" TS and 1 ea 7" Monitor at Media (at gear) for control/preview/just because (someday, dont know when)
Couple Plasmas (when they come down, have qam tuners)

Pre-wire

SMCable to main Video areas 2 fiber, 2 RG6, 2 cat5E (Already have) + 2 ea cat6 (Already have) + 1 cat5E phone , 5 runs
To all other vid areas - 2 RG6, 2 cat5E, 2 cat6 (Already have) + 1 cat5E phone
Security wiring as needed: windows, doors, smoke/cos, motion, control panel
cat5e to: TStat(s), HVAC dampers, A-bus controllers, 5 ea cat5Es to:doors, future to patio, garage
cat5E to IR receivers (where there is no A-bus, room mics (future)
Speaker wire for WH Audio
Speaker wire in conduit or HT
RG6 to cameras,7 to exterior (sat/cable)
Spare smurf tube and PVC 1" to 3" all control areas, A/V locations, doors, patio(front and back) & garage


DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MUCH WORK I'VE GOT TO DO TILL I WROTE THIS OUT! - I'M ALREADY TIRED!
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SO ADVICE? OPINIONS, COMMENTS, WHAT AM I FORGETTING/MISSING?

MANY MANY MANY THANKS

Jeff
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Jeff


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