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The PlasmaPlex

Mon Feb 03, 2003 5:30 pm

Like all HT systems, this one is constantly evolving. Next up: whole-house audio/video.

Home Theater System:

Television: Panasonic TH-42PWD4U Plasma 42" Monitor
Pre/Amp or Receiver: Anthem AVM-2
Amplification: Outlaw 755 5x200
DVD/CD Player: Home Theater PC progressive scan DVD player
Video Processor/Scaler: HTPC with dScaler for DSS
DSS (HT): Hughes GXEBOT DirecTiVo
Front Speakers: ACI Sapphire IIIs -- Front R & L, Aria 5 C channel (made from Speaker City kit)
Rear Speakers: Aria 5 Kits from Speaker City
Subwoofer: REL Strata II
Speaker Stands: Stand Design
Speaker Wire: In-wall 12 gauge, 2 conductor
Video cables: DIY from RG6 coax (Chris White recipe)
Power Management: Adcom ACE-615 and Tice Audio Solo A/V power conditioner; Dedicated 20 amp circuits for A/V closet and plasma TV

Asus CUSL2-C Motherboard
Pentium III 1 GHz
512 MB RAM

Adaptec Ultra160 Wide SCSI-3 PCI Adapter Card
Holo3DGraph Video Processor Card with Faroudja and DCDi chipsets
Radeon 7500 64MB AGP Video Card
M-Audio Delta 410 Sound Card
Drives: Seagate Cheetah 36XL 18.4 GB, Ultra160 Wide SCSI-3 Hard Disk Drive (fast but loud)
Toshiba DVD Drive

Slink-E Infrared receiver and transmitter (serial port)
Comtrol RocketPort USB Serial Port hub (4 extra serial ports)
Versapoint RF Remote Keyboard

Windows XP Professional, SP-1
TheaterTek 1.5
PowerDVD 4.0 XP
Media Center 9.0
Powerstrip 3.0
Girder 3.2.6

- Ken

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Updated System Configuration

Mon Oct 06, 2003 12:14 pm

Just an update to keep things current:

Updated HTPC
Case: Kanam Accent HTPC Case
Power Supply: 430W Antec TruePower (2 fans; quiet)
Motherboard: Asus P4PE motherboard
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.8MHz CPU
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake Copper
Case Cooling: Thermaltake Smart Case Fan
Hard Disks: Western Digital Caviar 10 GB IDE HDD (OS only)
Seagate 120 GB SATA HDD (10 GB partition for system backup; 110 GB for data and HD recording)
Video Card: Radeon 9500 with Catalyst 3.6 drivers
Sound Card: M-Audio Delta 410 Card
HDTV Tuner Card: MyHD MDP-100 Card
Capture Card: FlyVideo 2000

Powerstrip 3.45 (resolution 848x480, 60 Hz vertical, 30 Hz horizontal)
TheaterTek 1.5.46
MyHD 1.61
Dscaler 4.18
MainLobby 2.30b server edition
DVDLobby 2.25
MusicLobby 1.75
Music Lobby for PPC (Dell Axim)
Motherboard Monitor
LCD Smartie

Media Server
Motherboard: Asus A7M266-D (Dual Athlon MP processors, 64-bit PCI slots, etc.)
Memory: 512 184-pin DDR (PC2100) DIMMs
CPU: Single 1.8GHz Athlon MP
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 40GB IDE Drive (on primary IDE controller) (OS and software)
CD-ROM: Plextor CD-RW
RAID Array: 3Ware Escalade 7500 Parallel ATA Raid controller card (8 port)
Video: Elsa Gladiac
Sound: M-Audio Delta 410

Xenarc 7" Touchscreen, 848x480, USB touchscreen

WinXP Professional, SP1, with current updates/patches
MainLobby 2.30b Server Edition
Media Center 9.1 (music library on RAID array)

This thing is fast and stable as a rock.

Other Odds & Ends
Dell Axim PPC, 300Mhz (runs MusicLobby and DVDLobby)

House Wiring
Structured Wiring throughout (2 coax/2 Cat5e)
DirecTiVo modulated onto coax for distribution to bedroom and kitchen
Stereo sound (from media server) distributed to all rooms via Cat5 with Unicom baluns
Network and two phone lines throughout house
DSS (DirecTV) to bedroom and HT
UHF Antenna to bedroom and HT (for HDTV OTA)

I really need to update my website!

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Sun May 01, 2005 10:18 am

hey so based on what you posted here i assume you are displayign output from your HTPC on your plasma display? have you had any problems doign this? i am just startign to look into plasma displays and i have been told that displaying output from a PC on a plasma display is somethign which can damage your plasma display?

any truth to this?

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Sun May 01, 2005 12:55 pm

bdee1, no truth to that if it is setup correctly with no borders so there is no burn in on the extreme outside edges.

see AVSForum.com HTPC thread for tons of info on using a PC as a video / audio source for a home theater.

a Home Theater PC (HTPC) can produce an image equal to very high end and very expensive standalone video / audio components.
It will require tweeking and time to get it that refined, but with just installation of some popular software will exceed most consumer grade equipment.

Some software names to look at:
WinDVD6 codecs
Zoom Player
and of course MainLobby to control it all

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