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Topic: Another cheap HT....
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I checked on the projector and I now have 560 hours on it. When I got it, it was fitted with a new lamp and was showing 14 hours. I guess I will put around 800 hours on it on the first year. My girlfriend used it a lot last winter, exercising with the Wii Fit...

About the center channel speaker, I was suggested to add a tweeter; I had to think about all this when I designed the system and took the decision not to use a tweeter. The two 5" mids used can reproduce 10K frequencies easily. I used two 5" woofers to reinforce the lower frequencies. It was easier that way, since they are all 8ohms and I wired them serial / parallel to get a final impedence of 8 ohms, and I don't use a crossover in the center channel. This center voice channel works perfectly. The two woofers are in a closed box inside the wall and separated from the mids.

The posters are lighted, as someone suggested. If you look at the picture, you will notice a shapy wood piece, over the posters. I have installes two light ropes behind the wood pieces, one green and one red, and I control the intensity with a dimmer. The effect at night is impressive.

I need to try to take pictures in the dark.

I also got rid of the 3 place leather furniture and I replaced it with two 2 places reclining loveseat. They recline independantly and are very comfortable. Now I need to make a small wood base to raise the rear one so the view is not obstructed by the front seaters....

More to do....
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Here are 3 more pictures, from the lighted poster and light ropes, and one picture of the projected image.

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Light ropes

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Projected image

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Hey, the home made speakers are marvelous. Especially the Center speaker is a good one. You placed it well.
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It is now 2 years since I completed the HT and I wanted to share an experience I had with the projector last week.

First of all, I still didn't have time to improve the subs but it is a project that should be done this winter.

My projector stopped working and the lamp indicator was flashing on the unit. The lamp was powering up, but very dim, like usual, but was not going on at full power and was shutting down. I thought I had a bad lamp so I took it out of the projector and looked at it. It looked fine, but needed to be replaced, at lesat I thought. By looking into the projector, I noticed the color wheel was dirty, so I removed the assembly from the projector and checked it. I could not beleive the amount of dirt on the color wheel. I cleaned it with alcool and cotton and made it clean as a new one. I reinstalled the assemby and told myself, why not putting the lamp back in and give it a try. Well, to my surprise, it just worked like new. The lamp goes back to full power and the image is so bright and colorfull...

Conclusion, the projector must have a sensor and when the lamp first comes on, if there is not sufficient light that passes throught the wheel, then it shuts down and gives a lamp error.

I am wandering how many people have sent their projector to service for that problem, dirty color wheel....
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I am in the process of updating the HT. Just got a new Blu Ray player, the new Panasonic 230 and I ordered a Benq W1070. I already received 4 D-Link glasses so my HT will be 3D soon... I'll send new pictures and my comments when done... Will also upgrade the receiver, not decided yet but leaning towards Yamaha RX-V673 or 675....
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