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My Dream Cinema Realised HD !

BruceH

Active Member
I've been putting this cinema together now for about 15 years.

First attempt:
Receiver: Denon AVR2800 5.1
Digital satellite: Sky
DVD Player: Pioneer DV717
CD Megachanger: Sony CDP-CX450
CD Controller: s-linke + girder
MP3: PC + girder + LCD-Matrix Orbital USB Display
TV: Amstrad 28" widescreen
Speakers: B&W 601 & 602 & CC6
Subwoofer: Yamaha YST-80
Lighting: Timeguard RLS010 (IR dimmer)
Remote Control: Marantz RC5000i

A few upgrades over the years as shown on:
Previous Thread

Major upgrade to get to HD !!
Screen: Electric Othello 7ft 16:9
Projector: Optoma Themescene HD82
Receiver: Denon AVR-4311
Games: XBox 360
NAS: Netgear ReadyNas Ultra 4+
Media Streamer: XBMC (openElec) on Shuttle XS35GTv2 PC
MP3: Logitech Squeezebox Touch
Digital Satellite: Sky+HD
Blu Ray: Denon DBP-2012UD
Television: Samsung LE32C450E 32" LCD
Speakers: Monitor Audio Silver 8i, 10i, fxi
Subwoofer: REL Stampede
Lighting: Futronix P400 (4 channel scene controller)
Control Interfaces: Globalcache iTach (Networked IR / Serial)
Remote Control: 2 x Marantz RC9200 + iPad 2 + iPhone 4 (iPeng / iRule / Denon Remote / XBMC Commander)


Kitchen MP3: Logitech Squeezebox Touch
Kitchen Amp: Denon RCDM38
Kitchen Speakers: Bowers & Wilkins CM616

Bedroom MP3: Logitech Squeezebox Boom
 

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BruceH

Active Member
pictures added.
Sorry about the quality, need to get a "real" camera out !
 

BruceH

Active Member
Very nice indeed. Like the oak cabinets. Thinking of doing the same myself.

Yes. Had them custom made by a local carpenter.
Vented shelves. Vented plinth. Vent slot in rear of top.
Try to keep it all cool !
 

BruceH

Active Member
Have added a new Samsung TV and a wireless HDMI sender.
Will update the pictures soon.
Also about to have a new kitchen, so am adding some in ceiling speakers, will update when in progress !
 

nmcconnell

Standard Member
Hey BruceH very nice cinema!

Would love something like that setup up in my den :)

can i just ask you about the Duronic wireless HDMI sender.

What do you think of them and what is the quality/range like?

Where they easy to setup or were they a bit of a hassle?

Contemplating getting a set to send my Sky HD signal/Xbox/Blu Ray Player to another tv in another room across the hall and just worried about distance and quality plus its alot of money to spend on relatively new technology.

Thanks,
Neil
 

BruceH

Active Member
can i just ask you about the Duronic wireless HDMI sender.

I'll let you know in a couple of weeks, it hasn't actually arrived yet !!

Thanks for your interest !
 

rmac23

Standard Member
Hey BruceH,

Any update on the Duronics Wireless HDMI Sender, would be interested to find out if does a good job.

Cheers
 

BruceH

Active Member
Sorry to say it's still not arrived.
It was despatched a while ago but I suspect it is coming direct from China.
It is scheduled for delivery next week.
I promise I'll update the thread when I get it.
 

BruceH

Active Member
Sorry it took me so long to report back, but I wanted to give the wireless HDMI sender a fair trial before I reported back.
Set it up initially with the sender in the cabinet with my equipment and the receiver in a cabinet below the TV.
Seemed to work ok initally, but as soon as I opened my laptop it interfered and the picture broke up badly.
As a test, I removed the transmitter from the cabinet (away from all the other devices) and put it behind the sofa.
Interference was dramatically reduced, but unfortunately it just wouldn't perform reliably enough.
It required frequent "reboots" to get the picture back and it was subject to occasional picture interference.
when it worked, it looked great, but just not good enough when it's purpose is to replace a piece of wire. Particularly when it costs a couple of hundred pounds.
 

BruceH

Active Member
Mainly a picture update as some of the pictures were out of date.
I've also recently had a new kitchen fitted.
Managed to get some in ceiling speakers as part of it, and a Squeezebox touch on the windowsill.
Was going to add some photos of that, but there isn't really a lot to see !
 

Darrenraymond

Active Member
Very tidy job mate, impessive kit too.

Do you use XBMC on your ipad to control the XBMC on your HTPC?
 

BruceH

Active Member
I use xbmc commander on iPad and iPhone to control xbmc on htpc.

Thanks.
 

akhlaq768

Active Member
I use xbmc commander on iPad and iPhone to control xbmc on htpc.

Thanks.

im also using xbmc commander also, but dont you find that the ip address on the htpc changes everytime you switch it on, thus needs entering into the configuration screen on xbmc commander?

how did you find a fix for this?

thanks
 

BruceH

Active Member
im also using xbmc commander also, but dont you find that the ip address on the htpc changes everytime you switch it on, thus needs entering into the configuration screen on xbmc commander?

how did you find a fix for this?

thanks

There would be two ways round this:

1. If you have a DHCP server in your router or on your network, you could set it to give a static assignment to the HTPC so it always gets the same IP address.
2. You could configure the network settings on the HTPC so it has a fixed address. You would need to ssh onto the HTPC using putty or similar:
see convert DHCP to static IP
 

BruceH

Active Member
I've just discovered that if you are running openElec rather than normal XBMC that you can use the openElec add-on to configure network settings without having to mess about in the Linux OS.
 

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