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10-27-2014 01:44 PM
TXST8tj I finally got the Samsung BR player from BestBuy. One of the store managers was supposed to go pick it up deform another store Saturday and bring it in that evening, but as of Sunday around lunch, he hadn't. They sent someone else and I picked it up later that evening.

All of the surround and rear surround speakers are installed and wired up. I unboxed the receiver to test them and identify the wires (just a jumble of them behind the wall plate).
Just testing each pair in stereo mode with no tuning, I was pretty well blown away.
10-27-2014 01:34 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by Cavasar View Post
I have the HTR39, not the most expensive setup but I'm very happy with the sound in my 1 BR apartment. No issues yet (fingers crossed)
The issue comes from the HDMI board overheating. If you use it regularly and have not had any issues as of yet, you may be just fine. Apparently this is isolated to 2013-2014 model years.
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Originally Posted by BusinessRogue View Post
Is there a big difference between the two bulbs? As far as life expectancy / replacement costs.
Replacement cost is pretty much the same between the two...$100-$300 depending if you go OEM or aftermarket.
Some people say the Epson's bulbs don't last as long in real life, but on paper, they are rated the same hours.
Epson is currently offering a free bulb with theirs as a promotion, but the Sony still wins with their $500 price break.
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Originally Posted by WIwrangler View Post
Subd only on page twelve but I'll catch up
Oh boy. Pages 13-30 are gold. Hahaha.
Thank you for reading it that far!!!!
10-27-2014 12:07 PM
WIwrangler Subd only on page twelve but I'll catch up
10-27-2014 09:35 AM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
hahaha...well trying to do both.
I am having issues with Best Buy getting the new BluRay player picked up. I used their 'site to store' option and have tried to pick it up twice now. I am giving them until this afternoon for it to be there (sending someone to get it from another store). Guess they are not concerned their system shows they have four in stock, but can't find a single one.

I was sure to let them know that I could've had it at my house two days ago if I had ordered it from Crutchfield instead.

I am leaning toward a different projector; the Sony VPL-HW40ES. It is rated equal to the Epson 5030. Each of them have their own pros and cons, but basically balance out equal. The difference right now is the Sony just dropped $500 cheaper than the Epson.
Is there a big difference between the two bulbs? As far as life expectancy / replacement costs.
10-27-2014 09:09 AM
Cavasar
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post

I hope your unit doesn't have any issues. What model do you have? The problem lies with the HDMI board. It overheats and causes the audio and/or video through HDMI cut out. For some people, it cuts out (usually the audio) permanently, and for some people, it cuts out at random.
I have the HTR39, not the most expensive setup but I'm very happy with the sound in my 1 BR apartment. No issues yet (fingers crossed)
10-26-2014 12:08 PM
TXST8tj hahaha...well trying to do both.
I am having issues with Best Buy getting the new BluRay player picked up. I used their 'site to store' option and have tried to pick it up twice now. I am giving them until this afternoon for it to be there (sending someone to get it from another store). Guess they are not concerned their system shows they have four in stock, but can't find a single one.

I was sure to let them know that I could've had it at my house two days ago if I had ordered it from Crutchfield instead.

I am leaning toward a different projector; the Sony VPL-HW40ES. It is rated equal to the Epson 5030. Each of them have their own pros and cons, but basically balance out equal. The difference right now is the Sony just dropped $500 cheaper than the Epson.
10-24-2014 04:32 PM
BusinessRogue Dang, I was hoping this was going to be re-branded as the "finishing my home theater so I can actually get back to my Jeep" thread.
10-24-2014 10:39 AM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by Jaxon1023 View Post
Wasn't there an awesome jeep in here somewhere? Lol. Your house looks like a quality build like your rig! Nice job so far!
Hahahaha. I was waiting for someone to mention that.
I actually hope to pull the Jeep out this weekend. The weather is getting too nice not to drive it.
10-24-2014 08:37 AM
Jaxon1023 Wasn't there an awesome jeep in here somewhere? Lol. Your house looks like a quality build like your rig! Nice job so far!
10-24-2014 08:10 AM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
Yeah, my forced speaker placement is another reason I looked at the Denon for the receiver. Their version of the audessy speaker calibrator is better than what the Onkyo's had. From what I read, it should do an awesome job of getting everything balanced for the room.

Going with the Epson 5030ub. I was holding off on it to see if they were going to release an updated version, but they left the 5000 series alone.
My model was one under the one that came with the little microphone but honestly, I used one of those with my old Sony unit and thought it wasn't 100% on so I adjusted by ear with where I was sitting.

I really like the ability to manually adjust the speaker volumes and distances to get it absolutely perfect. Shit, with your receiver you can even adjust the delay if you're "that" far away. lol
10-23-2014 05:47 PM
TXST8tj Yeah, my forced speaker placement is another reason I looked at the Denon for the receiver. Their version of the audessy speaker calibrator is better than what the Onkyo's had. From what I read, it should do an awesome job of getting everything balanced for the room.

Going with the Epson 5030ub. I was holding off on it to see if they were going to release an updated version, but they left the 5000 series alone.
10-23-2014 01:29 PM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
I run two older Onkyo's in other parts of the house....one in the living room for 5.1 surround, and my unit from college! in our master bathroom for in-ceiling stereo. I have always been a fan of the performance, ease of use, and reasonable cost compared to others, but just couldn't go with a new one with the known issue.

I hope your unit doesn't have any issues. What model do you have? The problem lies with the HDMI board. It overheats and causes the audio and/or video through HDMI cut out. For some people, it cuts out (usually the audio) permanently, and for some people, it cuts out at random.

I will definitely take some good shots once it's all wrapped up. Once all of the components are in place, we are going to paint the room (dark brown), and I am going to have a built-in component rack worked up.


The center channel is a cabinet style as I could not do an in-wall with the construction of the front wall.
The sub is also a Klipsch. It's a beast!





This is the screen wall....tape from when I was deciding on a screen size. The outer two pieces of tape are where the front speakers go. Those dang stairs pretty much suck. They force the fronts to sit up a bit too high. Oh well, I'm just happy to have a dedicated movie room.

That's okay though, with your front L / R channels you can just bump up the output to make up for the height! It'll all work out. Once you get it dialed in it's going to sound amazing! First night I got mine all set up we watched Black Hawk Down on Bluray and our old neighbors came over and asked us how much longer the movie was going to be. They live across the street. Ever since I turned down the subwoofer because it's so damn loud.

Did you already post your projector? I don't remember which one you ended up going with.
10-22-2014 09:28 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by BusinessRogue View Post
That is exactly why I told my wife "do NOT buy an Onkyo from this year." lol I just got a new Monster Surge/Power cleaner for my system. Do you have one of those in place also? I really like your 7.1 receiver you purchased - hows the wireless function? Did you end up getting your subwoofer from Klipsch also?

I'm really excited to see your set-up.
I run two older Onkyo's in other parts of the house....one in the living room for 5.1 surround, and my unit from college! in our master bathroom for in-ceiling stereo. I have always been a fan of the performance, ease of use, and reasonable cost compared to others, but just couldn't go with a new one with the known issue.
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Originally Posted by Cavasar View Post
I bought an Onkyo receiver this year and use the hdmi on it, everything is working fine thus far. Knock on wood.
I hope your unit doesn't have any issues. What model do you have? The problem lies with the HDMI board. It overheats and causes the audio and/or video through HDMI cut out. For some people, it cuts out (usually the audio) permanently, and for some people, it cuts out at random.
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Originally Posted by BusinessRogue View Post
I'm stoked. You need to do a video when it's all done. lol
I will definitely take some good shots once it's all wrapped up. Once all of the components are in place, we are going to paint the room (dark brown), and I am going to have a built-in component rack worked up.


The center channel is a cabinet style as I could not do an in-wall with the construction of the front wall.
The sub is also a Klipsch. It's a beast!





This is the screen wall....tape from when I was deciding on a screen size. The outer two pieces of tape are where the front speakers go. Those dang stairs pretty much suck. They force the fronts to sit up a bit too high. Oh well, I'm just happy to have a dedicated movie room.

10-22-2014 03:12 PM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
The tweeters are about a foot above ear height when seated.
The receiver came in yesterday. Picking up the new BluRay player this evening.
I'm stoked. You need to do a video when it's all done. lol
10-22-2014 02:13 PM
TXST8tj The tweeters are about a foot above ear height when seated.
The receiver came in yesterday. Picking up the new BluRay player this evening.
10-21-2014 09:38 AM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
Since I have not been able to work in the garage lately, I have turned to the movie room since equipment has been showing up.
Surround and rear surround on one side of the room. Don't mind the drywall dust, still need to clean up my mess.
Screen and front speakers go up this weekend. New Denon receiver should be here Tuesday.


I just noticed something. Did you test your speakers at this height? I can't tell from the picture but they look really high from the back of the couch/seat unless it isn't a full back couch/seat.

Just curious. Love new constructions though, man it makes running ANYTHING really easy.
10-21-2014 09:38 AM
Cavasar I bought an Onkyo receiver this year and use the hdmi on it, everything is working fine thus far. Knock on wood.
10-21-2014 09:35 AM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
they have dropped the ball the last two model years with their HDMI system. There is an incredible amount of failures reported, as in probably a guarantee it will fail. The reports are that their technical service is takin forever to complete repairs and most people are experiencing the same issues after repair.
That is exactly why I told my wife "do NOT buy an Onkyo from this year." lol I just got a new Monster Surge/Power cleaner for my system. Do you have one of those in place also? I really like your 7.1 receiver you purchased - hows the wireless function? Did you end up getting your subwoofer from Klipsch also?

I'm really excited to see your set-up.
10-17-2014 09:06 AM
TXST8tj I ordered the AVR-X1100W.
I needed 7 channels of clean power. I did not need an immense amount of wattage because the in-walls don't require it. Other than that, I needed a solid HDMI 3D pass through system and was very interested in the Audyssey calibration system. It also has built-in wifi and Bluetooth.

I will only be running a BluRay player, HD cable box, and HD DVD player to the projector so it had plenty of inputs. I can see a media sever in the future, but don't really have that need yet.

There really were not any major upgrades in units until you hit the $1500 mark, and I really just don't need anything it offers. The other models leading up to that just offer more wattage, but I just don't need it.

I set my mother-in-laws living room surround setup with a Denon receiver and Polk speakers and was very impressed with the product.

In truth, I am an Onkyo fan; however, they have dropped the ball the last two model years with their HDMI system. There is an incredible amount of failures reported, as in probably a guarantee it will fail. The reports are that their technical service is takin forever to complete repairs and most people are experiencing the same issues after repair.
10-17-2014 08:18 AM
BusinessRogue
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
Since I have not been able to work in the garage lately, I have turned to the movie room since equipment has been showing up.
Surround and rear surround on one side of the room. Don't mind the drywall dust, still need to clean up my mess.
Screen and front speakers go up this weekend. New Denon receiver should be here Tuesday.


Which Denon model did you go with? I have a Denon receiver too, and from my Onkyo it was a huge upgrade.
10-16-2014 11:35 PM
TXST8tj Since I have not been able to work in the garage lately, I have turned to the movie room since equipment has been showing up.
Surround and rear surround on one side of the room. Don't mind the drywall dust, still need to clean up my mess.
Screen and front speakers go up this weekend. New Denon receiver should be here Tuesday.


10-16-2014 11:35 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by TwoWheeledMadMan View Post
The open/exposed filter really is turning me off. I think I'm just going to get a drop in K&N, due to the convenience of washing it and reusing it. I'm not really worried about picking up any hp/tq gains at this time.
I think that is the best idea.
10-15-2014 02:39 PM
TwoWheeledMadMan
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
Ahh yes. That is the typical open element filter intake setup. There are about 20 different versions of that on the market.
I needed something that did not mount to the fenders (since mine are not stock) and something that was not open/exposed like that.
The open/exposed filter really is turning me off. I think I'm just going to get a drop in K&N, due to the convenience of washing it and reusing it. I'm not really worried about picking up any hp/tq gains at this time.
10-14-2014 10:05 PM
TXST8tj Ahh yes. That is the typical open element filter intake setup. There are about 20 different versions of that on the market.
I needed something that did not mount to the fenders (since mine are not stock) and something that was not open/exposed like that.
10-13-2014 09:03 AM
TwoWheeledMadMan
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
Which kit did you find?
Initially upon using my Google-Fu I found this one:

Spectre Performance 9943 - Spectre Performance Cold Air Induction Filter System for 97-06 JeepĀ® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with 4.0L Engine - Quadratec

read some interesting reviews on it, even on this forum. Then by coincidence stumbled into this one:

http://autohance.com/i-47842.aspx?gc...oMixoCbWHw_wcB
10-09-2014 09:54 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by Cavasar View Post
Intake is done, no progress on the fenders yet.
Looks awesome!
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Originally Posted by TwoWheeledMadMan View Post
That looks good, I looked into the kit after I saw TXST8TJ mentioned it and I found a completely different product. Is yours a Spectre kit as well?
Which kit did you find?
10-08-2014 08:26 AM
TwoWheeledMadMan Ah gotcha, although I'm in TX too, I want to avoid attaching to the cowl. Think I'll just toss a K&N in the factory box for ease of reuse.
10-07-2014 10:19 PM
Cavasar
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Originally Posted by TwoWheeledMadMan View Post
That looks good, I looked into the kit after I saw TXST8TJ mentioned it and I found a completely different product. Is yours a Spectre kit as well?
No mine is the stock air tube cut down to fit with a Ford Windstar (minivan) air box and run through the cowl. What he planned on doing but decided against it for time<money reasons.
10-07-2014 07:44 AM
TwoWheeledMadMan That looks good, I looked into the kit after I saw TXST8TJ mentioned it and I found a completely different product. Is yours a Spectre kit as well?
10-06-2014 04:44 PM
Cavasar
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post

I am anxious to see the intake. Your jeep is going to look killer with the hilines!
Intake is done, no progress on the fenders yet.

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