My Setup

No matter how large or how small, the area of Home Theater is what we all have in common. So...Let others know your configuration. List your components first and then if you care to, a small history. Be sure to come back and keep it updated!
User avatar
DavidL
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 11071
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:39 am
Location: Metamora, Michigan
Contact:

My Setup

Postby DavidL » Sat Feb 08, 2003 10:57 am

Updated through 12/25/06 (mostly updated):

Theater: 25 x 20 x 10 dedicated room built out of 10" foam concrete filled block covered with acoustic fabric. In process oak coffered ceiling - miter saw nightmare! UPDATE 1/7/04 This is now DONE! looks great...
Mains: B&W 801 series 2 in rosewood (wonderful!)
Center B&W CTC -1?
Sides B&W DM601 (small)
Rear AR (small)
Subs (2) VMPS w/15" driver and passive radiator
Parasound HCA 1263A 5 channel amp (surrounds)
Parasound HCA 1000A 2 channel amp (mains)
Carver Magnetic 250/channel (subs)
Powerfile C200 200 disk DVD changer firewire
Sony DVP CX850D DVD / CD player (wish it was Control S!)
Lexicon DC-1 Logic 7 loaded processor (not in the mix anymore)
Sony SLVR1000 SVHS (last of the great VCRs)
Audiotron (not used much anymore w/ MusicLobby 3 being used most)
Tivos Sony SAT A-50 and Hughes GCXEBOT (both hacked)
H20 HD Tivo (controlled IR but will move soon to USB)

Mitsubishi X300 front projector (MLX300 RS232 bidirectional plugin)
Several older integrated amps for multiroom sound

Study
Sony Wega HDTV 36" connected to theater system
Xbox (wish I had time to play - visiting kids love it) w/ MediaCenter Extender Kit

Desktop:
two 19 inch Samsung LCDs w/ extended desktop
LiOn aluminum case
Gigabyte SINXP1394 w/ P4 3.0ghz hyperthread
Corsair 1gig Ram
3 250 gig HDs
Custom Watercooling

Lion Black aluminum case
2) 160 gig Raptor SATA drives in Raid1 for boot drive
250 gig drive for data and program files
MadDog 500 watt powersupply
Iceburg H20 cooling


Master Bedroom
Denon Integrated ProLogic surround receiver
Fisher monitor (old but still works great)
VMPS center channel
AR Mains (medium size)
AR mini rears
Connected to theater sources
Fujitsu StylisticLT tablet in dock

Kitchen
Older web PC w/ new Mitsu 15" flat screen
UPDATE: 1/4/04 - undercabinet swing mount w/ dockable FujitsuStylisticLT tablet
TV monitor adapter (ViewSonic)
connected to Theater sources via RG6 and IR
Telxon PTC-921 RF laser wireless bar code scanner connected to Lan via Lantronix MSS-100 serial to TCPIP adapter (run on Server virtual com port)

Entrance
Cinemar UTMA touchscreen
replacement for security keypad

Master Bath
Small Sony flatscreen connected to Theater sources

Garage and Barn wired with 802.11b and Cat5 and RG6
Both heated and controlled via RCS TR16 / ELK / MLELKM1 plugin
Underground water supply to Barn controlled via Homeseer / WaterCop

Home Automation UPDATE: 1/4/04 - see new Server configuration below
Server: See below
Homeseer 2.1 latest build (wonderful product) - connected to Web
Slinke w/ expansion module
two) Edgeport USB to 8 com port adapter
USB and CM11A interfaces (now just for Slinke / MainLobby?)
Tons of X10 all over the place plus Insteon
two) Pond and sprinkler pump, jets, waterfall control Rain8Net controlled
ELK M1Gold security panel plus custom security add ons

Silverstone black aluminum server case w/ slow 120 mm fans
Sound foam lining
GigaByte GA-8KNXP Mainboard: MB P4/800 I875P S/GB-L/SA/R
Power Supply: ENERMAX 460W DUAL CPU 24P
Ram: Corsair DDR TWINX1024-3200C2PT
eight) SATA Seagate 160gig HDs (3Ware 8 port Raid 5 controller)
Smaller touchscreen and Logica IR keyboard / mouse

two) A-Tech Mass Storage cases each filled with 4 Western 250 gig SATA drives (1.5 terabytes plus hot spare)
3Ware 8000 series 8 drive SATA Raid5 controller
CPU: P4-2.8 GHZ 800MHZ RB 512K
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9200
LCD Touchscreen
On board audio (whole house zoning)
Hauppauge PVR-350 TV card (for camera input and TV output)
Iceburg Water cooling (CPU and chipset) external radiator
Edgeport USB - 8 Serial adapter
1 Wire device serial LAN adapter (temp / humidity / voltage etc readings from house / barn / ponds, etc.)
NetCallerID

Software:
XPPro SP2 w/ RDP hack
MLServer 3 w/ Theatertek 3 / Zoomplayer / DVDLobby3 / Slinke / MLHSPlugin
MainLobby3 / DVDLobby3 / WeatherLobby3 / MusicLobby3 /XMLobby/ MLSpeak / MLNetCallerID / etc.

MediaCenter 11.1 latest beta w/ Zones

ZoomPlayer / WinDVD5 codecs / ReClocker / ffdshow / Dscaler

preMovieManager / Trivia / Signs / MovieFacts / Demos / Trailers

Norton Antivirus 2005

Homeseer 2.1 latest beta build (not in the mix anymore):
NeoVoice Sapi 5 Voices (used for MLServer 3 MLSpeak plugin too)
Hauppauge capture plugin (in process w/ beta)
Doomotion plugin
MediaPlayer plugin
Slinke interface w/ expansion module (not used anymore - using USBIR6 now)
Powerlinc USB X10 plugin (not in the mix anymore - using Insteon USB PLC)
Network monitor plugin (not used anymore)
Audiotron plugin (using MLServer Audiotron plugin - but don't use the hardware much anymore)
MSCTemp plugin (not used anymore - using ML1WirePro plugin now)
Lantronix Redirector for connection to Lantronix MSS-100 TCPIP / serial adapter (for Telxon PTC-921 laser / wireless barcode scanner in kitchen)
MSIM Server (Krumpy edition) - not working with HS2 :(

Interfaces
Samsung Q1 UMPC wireless touchscreen (very nice - wish it had a dock)
Touchtronix i7210 UMPC w/ dock
Cinemar UTMA 12 inch in wall touchscreen
Rad I/O small touchscreens w/ PC
Fujitsu Tablet XP (neat device)
Bluetooth IPAQ 3870 with 802.11b (haven't connected blue to anything yet...)
Fujitsu Stylisitic LT win 98 w/802.11g (was nice until the Tablet XP) undercounter mount in kitchen
Fujitsu Stylistic LT win98 3/ 802.11b in Master bedroom
Fujitsu PenCentra CE tablet w/ 802.11b (Love the instant Boot of CE)
Dell 802.11b laptop XP Pro
Custom desktop Athalon 1800 XP Pro (3 200 gig drives)
Xantech IR distribution throughout house
RG6 everywhere w/amplified distribution panels
Cat5 everywhere (don't use it much with 802.11b now)

HTPC
Just got some Cocobolo wood from Costa Rica for the front face - should look great with the B&W801s - gonna spend some time on this one...
Griffin Powermate multifunction input device
Matrix Orbital USB VFD Blue
Abit AN8 motherboard
DVine Aluminum ATX case
Zalman Reservator water cooling (mostly because it's geekie but also quiet)
3200 AMD 64 bit
1 gig matched Corsair
AIW 9800 graphic card w/watercooling
Creative X-Fi Elite sound card connected direct to power amps in Theater (EXCELLLENT!).
Fortron 400 watt silent PS
2 200 gig Maxtor 7200rpm drives (40 gig for OS and programs)
1 250 gig Sata 7200 drive in heat case
Sound reduction padded top, sides, bottom.
FlicScanner bluetooth barcode scanner for DVD lookup (using MLDMR plugin now)

Software
Media Center 2005 w/ all plugins
MainLobby 3, DVDLobby 3.5, PPC DVDLobby, MusicLobby 3, WeatherLobby 3, MLServer 3
Homeseer 2.1 w/ 440 devices and 160 events (not in the mix anymore)
GuardianAngel monitoring (Using WatchDog and MLWMI plugin for all monitoring)
MLWMI Plugin monitoring all client PCs
MediaCenter TCPIP control
MediaCenter Extender application
ZoomPlayer w/ MLZoom Player plugin
TheaterTeck w/ MLTheaterTek plugin (primary viewer)
Dscaler
DVDShrink
Girder

Arcade Cabinet:
Custom cabinet
PC:
Dell MB
P3 933 mhz
1 gig RDRAM
Multiple HDs
Logitech optical keyboard / mouse / camera
Hercules sound card
Logitech 5.1 PC speakers
Dell 21inch Trinitron Monitor
XGaming arcade sticks
Mame32 / MainLobby 3

CarPC (new for 4/8/04)
Shuttle XPCG2 800mhz FSB w/ 802.11b, SATA Raid
Corsair (2) 512 meg
160 Gig SATA drive
P4 2.4 ghz
Creative USB Audigy soundcard
Starvision 7" touchscreen in retractable DIN chassis
Ease Diagnostics WVI OBD2 802.11b interface (serial / ethernet / USB)
Delorme Earthmate GPS
Gyration Ultra keyboard and mouse
400 watt Invertor
Software: MainLobby 3/ CruiseControl / Ease Dashboard / Streets 2004
Omnifi Hard drive media source
JVC EXTA DVD front end
Hifonics amps (3 - Sub/Mid/Tweeter) and electronic crossover
Dynaaudio woofers, Focal Mids, Alpine ribbon tweeters, Infinity tweeters, Bazooka drivers sub

Video distribution:
Channel Master 3 in 8 out RG6 panel
two) four channel modulators
RG6 everywhere (and multiples)

LAN:
Leviton patch panels (three)
Gigabyte switches w/ Cat5e everywhere

IR:
Xantech connected with Cat5e everywhere w/ multiple IR recievers and emitters
Slinke PC to IR/SLinke
USBIR6 multi zone output IR Learn / Input / Output

Audio:
PC soundcard to multiple amps to 4 zones - Great Room, Hot tub, Garage, Master bedroom.
Powerfile C200 200 disk DVD changer

Temperature:
TR40 house RS485
TR15 Barn RS485
RCS RS232 to RS485 hub
Various one wire thermos devices to serial adapter

Power:
House: 2 300 amp services w/ about 6 subpanels
Barn: 300 amp service
Generac 15kv PC monitored backup generator
UPSs on all PCs / servers
12volt power supply w/ battery backup (no wall warts)

Telephone:
NetCallerID via MLServer 3 MLNetCallerID plugin
HSPhone
Vonage second line
Siemens Gigaset base and multiple remotes

Security:
ELK M1Gold w/ MLServer 3 MLELKM1 plugin
and a whole lot more not to be discussed...

Irrigation:
Lake fed pump controlled by MLServer 3 MLRain8Net Sprinkler plugin
12 zones controlled via 2) Rain8Net plugin
Also used to feed various pond waterfalls and water features as seperate zones

Lighting:
Insteon (many)
UPB (several)
Z-Wave (few)
Many X10 devices of many flavors (20? 30?).
ACT X10 coupler / amplifier / repeater (excellent)
Smarthome USB Insteon to PC interface controlled via MLLighting Plugin
Smarthome USB X10 to PC interface
Simply Automated UPB RS232 PLC
ControlThink SDK Intermatic USB Z-Wave stick
MLServer 3 / MLLighting Device Family Manager controlled
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Last edited by DavidL on Mon Dec 25, 2006 7:19 pm, edited 27 times in total.

perrin21
New Member
New Member
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Feb 03, 2003 3:24 pm
Contact:

Postby perrin21 » Sat Feb 08, 2003 3:25 pm

Koolermaster water cooling (mostly because it's geekie but also quiet)

hmmm this sounds farmiliar. I remember having the same conversation with the missus.

nice system!

You have summed up my whole AV addiction (mostly geeky, but it rocks)
Who needs a 10" touch screen anyway.
WE DO!

Mark

User avatar
DavidL
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 11071
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:39 am
Location: Metamora, Michigan
Contact:

Geekie

Postby DavidL » Sat Feb 08, 2003 5:04 pm

Hi Mark, thanx.
It all started with Car stereos as a teen. More of the 20hz - 20 khz solution than the boom boxes of today. To think how much time I spent trying to get rid of the 118 hz doubling and that the kids today seem to want to amplify those horrid frequencys.

I buy as much of the equipment used when possible - ecommerce is a godsend to find other folks last years used goods. Only got burnt once (projection screen that wasn't up to par with the projector).

It's kinda neat to have software like MainLobby that really starts to tie together all the expensive hardware. The only real expense in software is the time... back to coding!

User avatar
DavidL
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 11071
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:39 am
Location: Metamora, Michigan
Contact:

System Update

Postby DavidL » Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:33 pm

Updated Server configuration 8/20/05:

Silverstone black aluminum server case w/ slow 120 mm fans
Sound foam lining
GigaByte GA-8KNXP Mainboard: MB P4/800 I875P S/GB-L/SA/R
Power Supply: ENERMAX 460W DUAL CPU 24P
Ram: Corsair DDR TWINX1024-3200C2PT
eight) SATA Seagate 160gig HDs (Raid 5)
two) A-Tech Mass Storage cabinets each with 4 250 gig Western SATA w/ 7 drives setup as Raid5 (1.5 terabytes) and the eigth drive as Hot Swap
CPU: P4-2.8GHZ 800MHZ RB 512K
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9200
On board audio (whole house zoning)
Hauppauge PVR-350 TV card (for camera input and TV output)
Iceburg Water cooling (CPU and chipset) external radiator
Edgeport USB - 8 Serial adapter
1 Wire device serial LAN adapter (temp / humidity / voltage etc readings from house / barn / ponds, etc.)

Software:
MLServer w/ Zoomplayer / DVDLobby / Slinke / Homeseer (Krumpy edition) plugins

MainLobby / DVDLobby / WeatherLobby / MusicLobby

MediaCenter 11 latest beta

ZoomPlayer / WinDVD codecs / ReClocker / ffdshow / Dscaler

preMovieManager / Trivia / Signs / MovieFacts / Demos / Trailers

Norton Antivirus

Homeseer2 latest beta:
NeoVoice Sapi 5 Voices
Hauppauge capture plugin (in process w/ beta)
Doomotion plugin
Napco alarm plugin
MediaPlayer plugin
Slinke interface
Powerlinc USB X10 plugin
Network monitor plugin
Audiotron plugin
mcsSprinklers w/ 2 Rain8Net relay boxes.
MSCTemp plugin
TouchPad plugin
UltraSuite scripts
UltraLog scripts
Lantronix Redirector for connection to Lantronix MSS-100 TCPIP / serial adapter (for Telxon PTC-921 laser / wireless barcode scanner in kitchen)
MSIM Server (Krumpy edition)
Last edited by DavidL on Sat Aug 20, 2005 6:03 pm, edited 3 times in total.

User avatar
jrfuda
Expert
Expert
Posts: 943
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2003 5:59 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Contact:

Postby jrfuda » Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:17 am

Smooth, you need to post some pics!

K-Wood
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 372
Joined: Mon Feb 03, 2003 5:10 pm
Location: Arlington, VA
Contact:

Postby K-Wood » Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:29 pm

Smooth:

1 Wire device serial LAN adapter (temp / humidity / voltage etc readings from house / barn / ponds, etc.)


I'm not a home automation guy (yet), but I'm curious as to what this is? Can it sit anywhere on the LAN and feed information to a home automation system? Homeseer, I guess?

I'm definitely interested in being able to monitor temps outside, on both floors, and in the wine cellar remotely.

Thanks,
Ken

User avatar
DavidL
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 11071
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:39 am
Location: Metamora, Michigan
Contact:

Postby DavidL » Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:04 pm

1 wire denotes a technology that a USB or serial adapter is connected to a Cat5 wire. This wire is strung where you need it. Off the wire, you attach the devices (usually power, ground and signal). The device has a unique identifier to it and a specific data collection purpose. You might buy a temperature device (which looks like a small transistor). Or a humidity / temp combo unit (which looks like a very small thimble - probably work great for your wine cellar). Or you might plug in a weather station unit that has a rain, wind direction, wind speed, temp sensors.

Software on the PC sees the unique ID and the purpose of the device and shows the data in graph or chart format. This data can also be fed to a Home Automation package like Homeseer and actions can be performed based on the input. Like, temp is monitored in my theater room equipment closet. If it goes over a certain set point, I turn on an X10 relay that turns a cooling fan on. I can also view this data via the Internet.

There is even products called iButton that have removable ID buttons that are recognized uniquely by the LAN. These are used for authentication and entry permissions. http://www.ibutton.com/index.html

The benefits are super easy installation, very cheap devices (temp are like $1.50 each), and the ability to add a device anywhere on the lan.
http://www.maxim-ic.com/1-Wire.cfm

ChrisA
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 13
Joined: Wed Jul 16, 2003 5:12 pm
Contact:

Postby ChrisA » Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:55 am

Smooth

Couldn't spot the 125 Progear units :lol: on your set-up list, or did I miss them amoungst the 2500 other pieces of kit.

User avatar
DavidL
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 11071
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:39 am
Location: Metamora, Michigan
Contact:

Postby DavidL » Fri Jan 09, 2004 11:20 am

Sorry, no ProGears. I use full tablet PCs instead. I need them for flexibility since I am always trying something out. I was tempted to run some of the slower tablets using ThinSoft, but the $300 price tag scared me a way from this "test". I might wait for MainLobby3 to see how much performance enhancement can be gleened from fully utilizing MLServer architecture.

This weekend's project may be an Arcade cabinet for my pool table room. I just got a nice Jet cabinet saw delivered last night for my wood shop and need a project to check it out.

I was thinking of recycling my "old" server (933 p3 256 RDRAM) to be the PC that drives it. I have a 36" older Sony trinitron that would serve well as the monitor. I already have an X-Game controller and have MAME32 and about 4000 game roms.

The Arcade will serve multiple purposes for that room:
TV - RG6 to a TV / Tuner card on the PC
Stereo - use some high grade PC speaker setup.
Games - XBox and MAME32 (move the Xbox out of the theater room and put it where kids can beat it up without me being concerned...)
MainLobby control for Home Automation control and Media control

Maybe figure out some custom software for tracking pool and dart board scores...

Now, I remember a post from Dan a long time ago on AVSForum.com regarding some MainLobby / MAME32 launch screens...

blafarm
Expert
Expert
Posts: 632
Joined: Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:45 pm
Contact:

Postby blafarm » Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:23 pm

smoothtlk,

I looked at ibutton and maxim-ic for temperature and humidity sensors and was wondering if anyone manufactured a turn-key, ethernet-enabled, plug-and-play versions of those sensors.

Edit: I'm also looking for motion sensors that have the same capabilities.

If you could steer me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

User avatar
gregoryx
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 6599
Joined: Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:15 pm
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Contact:

Postby gregoryx » Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:15 pm

Netbotz will do what you are asking. There are others, but I can't find the links right now...

blafarm
Expert
Expert
Posts: 632
Joined: Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:45 pm
Contact:

Postby blafarm » Thu Feb 12, 2004 4:18 pm

Thanks gregoryx,

Interesting products. Unfortunately, their sensors seem to be bundled with, or require, fairly large and expensive multi-function controllers.

It may be that what I'm looking for does not exist - but I was hoping to find a family of sensors that could be individually deployed, with a minimal controller footprint and Ethernet connectivity.

User avatar
DavidL
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 11071
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:39 am
Location: Metamora, Michigan
Contact:

Postby DavidL » Thu Feb 12, 2004 5:10 pm

For motion, I use real security system motion sensors. I find them to be most reliable and fast response. They are tied into my Napco Gemini 9600 security panel, which is connected serial cable to Homeseer Server.

The next step on that is for 2 way MainLobby to be able to show the state of the alarm system by showing Homeseer device values (triggered by Napco). I am waiting on ML3 for this capability.

I can today trigger MainLobby scene changes via Homeseer on an alarm event (using ML command line triggering).

The other choice is wireless X10 alarm stuff and a W800 (name might be not exact) wireless receiver. I hear X10.com is having one of their "blow out" sales on wireless sensors right now.

I am not aware of 1 wire motion sensing (other than motion of wind in the 1 wire weather stations). I use 1 wire mostly for temp. at some point, I will use 1 wire for voltage detection change for monitoring (like for confirming my pond pump status).

Keep in mind 1 wire is not "ethernet" as a protocol. But, they will run networked on "1 wire" which can be Cat 5 (or Cat 3)


Update: Since on this thread, as an update the Arcade cabinet is now assembled and the PC is ready to go with the Arcade / MainLobby / TV software load. Now I have to work on the arcade cabinet finishing touches (which will take most of the time). It was a good first wood shop project with my new cabinet saw. Made it a very nice wood project.

User avatar
gregoryx
Simply Incredible
Simply Incredible
Posts: 6599
Joined: Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:15 pm
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Contact:

Postby gregoryx » Thu Feb 12, 2004 8:20 pm

You can build one-wire motion sensors. You can also use an ADI Ocelot / Leopard for this purpose and get all kinds of extra functionality.

WRT the Netbotz, they get under $1000 or so with multiple contact points (which can be used for motion detection).

blafarm
Expert
Expert
Posts: 632
Joined: Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:45 pm
Contact:

Postby blafarm » Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:43 pm

Thank you both...good information.

I did find an Ethernet-enabled temperature sensor here but at $249 it would be hard to monitor the whole house - and it still doesn't address the other environmental conditions I want to monitor.


Return to “What's Your System Configuration”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest