I wanted to see if I could create a diagrammatic representation of my current HTS, with photos of equipment, and also design a new one for my future home. Please let me know what needs to change and if you have any better ideas. I'm planning to set up the entertainment center flush against the living room wall and access the back from another room adjacent to the living room. That way, I gain lots of living room real estate, with an easier way to access the ports, controls, etc from the back. The room which will contain the back of the center will be cooled, of course.
I just used Microsoft Excel. I copied the photos of the components at home, from the Circuit City and other such websites and inserted them as pictures into the spreadsheet. The fern and the pottery stuff were from Pier 1 Imports' website. :=) Its an easy and cheap way of building a design and arranging and rearranging components, decor items, etc and then once I'm done, I can estimate the price of the items by checking their websites.
I disagree, build it yourself, that is the only way you get what you want. But some of the components look too low to touch/see. I guess if you are only using remotes, not a big deal but I like all my components a little higher off the floor (in case I do need to see/touch), perhaps a couple on each side just below the speakers.
>>buy somthing instead of dreaming and playing with your little pictures
Thanks for the valuable suggestions. You should be a consultant. :=) BTW, the first pic (CurrentHTS), is what I have right now. But, it looks too cold to me, which is why I'm planning something with real wood.
>>I disagree, build it yourself, that is the only way you get what you want.
I'm hoping to do just that. The prices for such large entertainment centers are too high and unjustified, IMHO. A few visits to Lowe's and I could probably get the material. I have a friend who's good at carpentry and with his help, I could probably get it built.
> but I like all my components a little higher off the floor (in case I do need to see/touch), perhaps a couple on each side just below the speakers.
That's a good suggestion. I only placed all of them on 1 side so it will be easy to connect the cables to the HTS.
Shamuch. Ok big man, you talk the talk so let's see your "awesome" setup that you must have. I mean, all I've see you do the last few days is go around bashing other people and their setups. Maybe your just bored and have nothing better to do? Maybe you should go outside, get a girlfriend, a life, anything. I think your mommy is calling you...God you're pathetic man.
Yeah I can see that now. There are way too many angry children on this forum throughout that if somebody doesn't stand up to them then the "valuable" participants will vanish. Be it 9 months ago or not, it just strikes a nerve now, when I read it. Chris lee is another one who needs to just keep his pie hole shut. He won't, cause the anger he stirs up is what excites him, like the other angry, childish, limp retards that lash out so quickly. I guess it's a form of "release" for them to verbally beat on people just like gangs beat up singled out individuals who are weaker then they, because they are the ones who feel pathetic and need an "outlet" for their anger. And hiding safely on the internet is too inviting to pass up. Sorry for the rants.
I build custom cabinets for custom homes so i can do nothing but recommend doing it yourself. Your carpenter might have his own plans but i would recommend buying from a wood dealer, in las vegas(where i currently reside) i deal with austin woods as well as rugby wood. Believe it or not you will actually save some money and get what you really want. I dont know how much you want to put into it, or your decor, but mine i built is made of hickory and it is laquered clear...BEAUTIFUL. Oak or cherry look great as well, for lighter woods ash and maple are great woods. If you have any questions write me back. By the way, done correctly, no additional bracing will be necessary to hold the center channel(unless it weighs about 400 pounds. Me and my coworker have stood on what we build(which is 3/4" thick) without problems and im not the lightest person around at 250lbs or so. Real wood is the way to go though as it will last practically forever and will remain beautiful for years to come. Not anything like the pressed board in most buy and put in cabinets. Its hard to believe but it is actually cheaper than the pressed board too.
Yeah, I like your design and figuring out exactly what you want. My only suggestion is to consider moving the sub outside of the cabinet. With the powerful low frequencies, I don't want it to rattle off your vases or anything! It'll also transmit the bass easier if the sub is on the floor rather than up on the wood.