Post your home theater setup

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. Cave Man, Nov 24, 2008
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011

    Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    (Please note, this thread should be free of pictures. As moderator Blue Velvet has pointed out, there is another thread in another forum is for those.)

    I'm surprised this hasn't been started yet, and a quick search didn't reveal anything. So, let's get this started...

    Home Theater Setup
    • 2.5 gHz quad-core i5 GIGABYTE GA-H67N-USB3-B3 hackintosh with 8 gb RAM
    • Plex media software
    • Elgato Eye TV Hybrid (roof-top antenna)
    • 1 TB Samsung boot drive
    • Two 2 TB Hitachi media drives in OWC Mercury dual enclosure
      [*]LG GGW-H20L Blu-ray drive (yes, Blu-ray disc playback under OS X)
    • Sanyo PLV-Z2000 1080p projector (connected by DVI to HDMI cable)
    • Onkyo HT-S580 5.1 DD/DTS surround sound HTIB (connected by Toslink cable)
    • Harmony 520 remote
    • Draper LUMA 69x92" matte white screen

    Apple TV Setup
    • Modified eSATA with 750 gb Samsung boot drive in Rosewill enclosure
    • Samsung 40" LCD TV (connected by HDMI cable)
    • Onkyo HT-R420 5.1 DD/DTS surround sound receiver with 2.1 speaker system (connected by Toslink cable)
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    You'd be unimpressed. I have a 32" TV, DVD player, and a DirecTV HR21-100. Sound comes from 2 powerful 10 watt speakers located at the bottom of the TV.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    While it's not quite the same as listing components and configurations, there's a long-established picture thread over here called Post your Home Theater.

  4. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    As long as it works for you, that's all that matters. My wife thinks I'm insane (and is surprised I haven't electrocuted myself).

    Yeah, I was hoping to avoid an image-heavy thread.
  5. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Panasonic BD-35
    Denon AVR-3200 soon to be Pioneer VSX-01TX (Christmas present can't open it)
    Apple TV 40gig (streaming mode)
    HP MD5880n dlp 1080p
    Three Crown 402 amps
    Denon CD Player (hardly used any more)
    Atlantic Technology 350 speaker system with dual 12 inch subs (Love these guys)
    xbox 360 :)

    All of my cables are either blue jean or audioquest.

    All my gear is on four dedicated 20amp lines that have power conditioners at the box.
  6. kavika411 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2006
    My little system is simply:

    Hitachi 42" plasma
    Apple TV
    generic DirecTV HD DVR
    Marantz SR7200
    Airport Express
    Klipsch tower speakers

    I've dumped my VCR and my DVD player. I find myself generally able to get whatever content I want via my computer or Apple TV, both of which get the content on to the TV.

    I'm in the market to change my setup a bit. Specifically, I want a new receiver/amp (either all-in-one or separate) to replace my Marantz. But I want to wait a bit and see if HDMI is going to become the industry standard so I'll know if I need some inputs.
  7. TheCheapGeek macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    42" Vizio LCD TV
    40 GB Apple TV
    Aluminum 20" iMac (streaming around 600GB of media to the Apple TV)
    Xbox 360
    Elgato Eye tv (soon)
    Attic Antenna (soon)
    Dish Network DVR (soon to be removed)
  8. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2005
    Sony 44" rear pro TV - love this set and in no hurry to get rid of it
    Sony STR DB 940 receiver
    Sony 200 disc DVD multi changer
    Mission M74 fronts
    Mission cinema surrounds and centre
    QED silver interconnect
    Airport express for music
    Elgato eyeTV
    iBook hooked up for computer based media
    X-Box, Wii

    Eyes on a Phillips AmbiLight screen. Or maybe a projector.
    Still waiting for an improved MacMini for my setup.
  9. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    My setup is in the other home theater thread, but I will post here as well:

    Living room:
    Samsung LN46A550 46" 1080p LCD TV
    Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player (I only have a few HD-DVD's left, I use it for DVDs now)
    40gig PS3
    40gig AppleTv
    Comcast HD DVR box
    Onkyo 605 HDMI receiver
    Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 speaker set
    Logitech 880 Harmony remote
    I have a 3-1 HDMI switch because I have 4 HDMI devices and only 2 HDMI inputs on my receiver.

    All my HDMI cables are from, speaker cable is some 14ga stuff my friend got me super cheap because he worked at best buy.

    I have a Westinghouse 26" HD LCD TV with built-in DVD player mounted to the wall. I will eventually get an AppleTV for that so I can watch all my tv shows there as well; just waiting till after the holiday season.
  10. Oneness macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    Here we are:

    *2.16 ghz Mac Mini with 2gb RAM\80gb HD\Superdrive
    *1 TB MiniStack v.3 external HD (already too small - :()
    *Sony KDL-46Z4100 LCD TV
    *Onkyo TX-SR606 AVR
    *5.1 ELT Mini Monitor speaker system from av123.
    *STF-2 sub from Hsu
    *Harmony 880 remote - sync'd with Remote Buddy on the Mini
    *Apple wireless keyboard & Keningston Slimblade trackball mouse
    *Eye TV-250 with attic mounted antennae (no cable or satellite!)

  11. knux11 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2008
    TV 1:
    40" 720p LCD TV
    Mac mini CD 2.16 ghz, 2gb ram, 320gb hdd
    60gb PS3
    ATT UVerse w/total home DVR

    TV 2:
    LG 50" pLasma 720p TV
    40gb Appletv
    Sony DVD changer
    Onkyo TX-sr606 Receiver
    Pre-wired for xbox 360 and PS3
    Nintendo WII
    ATT Uverse w/total home DVR
    all sources outputting or upscaled to output at 720P

    TV 3:
    Mitsubishi HD1000 720p projector at 107"
    Xbox 360
    ATT Uverse w/total home dvr

    All three can stream media from a 1TB NAS in RAID 0.
  12. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Samsumg 40" M87 1080P LCD
    Sony STR-DA2400ES AV Receiver (DTS-HD, HD-MA)
    Sony SSB4ED Floorstanders
    Mordaunt Short 302, 304 & 309 Satellites/Centre & Subwoofer
    Sony BDP-S550 Blu Ray
    Sony SCD-XE597 Super Audio CD Player
    Sony PlayStation 3 60GB
    Apple TV 40GB
    Nintendo Wii

    Works fairly well. Looking at replacing the Samsung TV with a Sony model, so I can used the BRAVIA Theatre Link stuff, which enables a single remote to control the whole system. As is, I get bits of it working (ie: turning off the TV will turn off the receiver & bd player, but not vice versa).

    The bedroom has a 26" Samsung (720p/1080i) with a Sony BDP-S350 BluRay player hooked up to it.
  13. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

  14. dbwie macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    my setup

    Sony 19" LCD HDTV (model KDL-19M4000)
    Apple TV 40GB
    JVC RX-6042 5.1 A/V receiver
    Jensen center speaker
    Yamaha 100W subwoofer
    4 Yamaha speakers (L/R/back)

    I ditched my DVD/VCR combo player after getting the appleTV, don't miss it at all.

    My living room is only 140 square feet, hence the small TV.
  15. MacCoCo macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    Home Theater

    Samsung DLP 56"
    Denon 1803
    Boston Acoustics Towers
    Sony DVD 1080P
    UVerse TV - Fiber Optic HD
    Apple TV
    iMac - Movie/Music Server
    iPhone/Apple Remote

    Coming Soon-
    In Wall - Whole Home Speakers
  16. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2001
    Cleveland, OH
    I'll post an image because I feel like it:



    Phillips 42" LCD HDTV
    Harmon Kardon AVR-154 5.1 receiver
    NHT VS-2 center channel
    ADS CM-5 Bookcase speakers

    24" 2.8 GHz aluminum iMac
    iPod touch remote
    Logitech Harmoney 550 Universal Remote (I use this more than the iPod)

    The iMac is connected by long DVI-HDMI and optical cables tucked under the wall siding. Gets the job done, but ideally I wouldn't have sold my mac mini.
  17. mohanman macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    TV: Panasonic 42" Plasma 42PX500U
    Onkyo SR-806 THX2 Receiver
    Aperion Audio 5.1 speakers (awesome speakers!)
    Tivo Series 3
    Appletv 160gb
    Xbox 360

    Controlled by Universal Remote MX-950

    Appletv streamed from Mac Pro connected to Infrant NAS with 1.5 TB

  18. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    Looks like a Phillips tv to me.
  19. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    Haha, especially since Panasonic doesn't make a 42" LCD!

    I've got:
    - 42" Samsung plasma
    - TiVo HD upgraded to 750GB
    - Xbox 360 Elite
    - 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini running Plex
    - Panasonic XR-55S slim digital receiver powering 5 Yamaha speakers
    - Monoprice remote-control 4x1 HDMI switcher
    - 12" Velodyne sub that's way, way too powerful for the rest of my stuff
    - Logitech Harmony 550 remote that can even control my lights via X10

    Pics on Flickr

    Posts about my experience with Plex on my blog
  20. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    That, and it says "Philips" right on the front of the TV. :D
  21. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    Well yes, I was just supplying some corroborating evidence! :)
  22. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I like your evidence much better than mine. :D To be honest, I read the first post with that TV and didn't even think to check the specs listed according to the picture. I glossed right over it.
  23. VolcomLegend macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Samsung 40" 1080p LCD TV
    Sony SF2000 Receiver
    Sony Tallboy 5.1 Speakers
    Apple TV 40GB (HDMI)
    BT Vision 160GB PVR (HDMI)
    Toshiba HD-EP30 HD-DVD Player (HDMI)
    Samsung HD-950 Multi-Region Upscaling DVD Player (HDMI)
    Sony PS3 (60GB, Wi-Fi, Memory Card Reader) (HDMI)
    Xbox 360 Premium (VGA + Optical)
    Nintendo Wii (Component)

    I think that's it. Along with about 8 remotes including iPhone 3G!!

    Oh, and a pretty decent movie collection...
  24. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2001
    Cleveland, OH
    Thanks for the catch that Phillips != Panasonic everyone :)

Share This Page