[Project Status - In Progress] Home Theater setup

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Sazar, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    [Basics]

    So, I went ahead and decided to get me an el-cheapo 1080P tele for the living room, just for the heck of it. There are a few new standards coming out that I am willing to save some bucks for and I figured I might as well get a tele going.

    Purchased model# TX-42F430S.

    First off, about the TV. The TV is actually pretty good, no ghosting that I can see and it runs everything well enough. Stock speakers are decent, stock remote is very basic. LOTS of connections, which is why I grabbed this sucker. 4 HMDI ports and plenty of other stuff.

    My next step is to acquire a good Harmony remote, although I am leaning towards grabbing the Xbox version and using the PS3 adapter thingy to ensure I have a single remote for everything

    [The Plan - so far completed]

    The idea was to have my main system (my home computer) be the media server. I have a G-wireless network and I was going to use my Xbox as my primary media/gaming device. All respect to the PS3 but Sony doesn't come close to Microsoft when it comes to the capabilities of the product in a network.

    Vista Media Center is one of the nicest features of the new Microsoft Operating system and setting up the device as a Media Center Extender was simple and easy. I am currently watching Super Troopers as I write this :)

    My PS3 was also connected to the network wirelessly so I can work on my Folding @ Home project and submit WU's. Movies are a joy but I am a little disappointed that the PS3's proprietary Bluetooth crap affects its compatability with standard remotes. Oh well, I'll keep working in something that will reduce my total number of remotes to 1.

    [The Plan - remaining to be done]

    I need to get my speakers setup for proper and meaningful lows and highs. The stock speakers are weak. I also need to work on the remote angle and I need to get a floating shelf with the charging stations for my Xbox and PS3.

    There are also some quirks with the Xbox connecting and serving movies and music. If I change movies in mid-play, it will render a network error when I start another movie. It's annoying but just one of those things. I think as the software and technology mature further, this will be rendered moot.

    These things do NOT have an effect over a wired network. :)

    Will update as things continue building up.
     
  2. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Let me get this straight, you have your 1080P TV hooked up to your Vista Media Center computer?

    Sounds like you have something nice in your place. I have been planning on making my own media center soon. Yet I need to save up some money for the nice TV first. I was planning on making some Linux based media center that will wirelessly connect to other computers and the TV (if possible)


    I am assuming you are changing between the computer and xbox through one click of the remote right? Sweet deal, oh and the PS3, yes.
     
  3. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I don't have the bandwidth to steam high-def (above 720P) unless I am connected via wire. If I keep hittin road blocks, I am just going to have to run a hidden wire to my xbox. Bleh.

    But yes, so far so good.
     
  4. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    I have my PC hooked up to my 1080i tv. Having to make do with logitech z5500 speakers positioned for tv viewing but it's great for movies and tv series :)