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This is the obligatory "before" shot.

 

J.FO'S *NEW* TOTALLY PIMPIN' HOME THEATER OF LUV

Recently, I commissioned my uncle, who is a licensed cabinet-maker and carpenter to build me a new entertainment center for my home theater system. The stunning result is what you see in the above photo.

 

FINISH OF NEW ENTERTAINMENT CENTER COMPARED TO SPEAKERS

The objective here was to match the finish of my Swans 4.1 speakers as closely as possible to the new entertainment center. However, you can see that the finish of the speakers is noticeably darker. What you don't see is that the finish of the center channel speaker (and also the R3 surrounds I have in the rear) is much lighter in tone than the front mains. So, the entertainment center does, in fact match the speakers, just not the ones shown in that picture.

 

INSIDE THE TV CABINET

Here you can see how the TV (a Toshiba 42H81) fits into the center cabinet. As you can see in the previous photos, my uncle built a wood panel that masks the entire set with the exception of the screen. That panel can be easily removed for easy access to connections behind the set.

 

THE HOME THEATER WING

The entertainment center features adjustable shelving on both sides of the TV cabinet. On the left side I have all of my home theater equipment (hence, I call it the home theater wing). From the top down, the equipment list is as follows:

  • Yamaha ADP-1 RF Demodulator
  • Pioneer CLD-D606 Laserdisc Player
  • Panasonic RP-91 DVD player
  • Explorer 8000HD High Definition Cable Box and HD DVR *NEW*
  • Zektor HDS4 Component Video/Digital Audio Switcher
  • Behringer Feedback Destroyer
  • Perpetual Technologies P-3A Digital to Analog Converter
  • Rotel RSP-1066 Preamplifier/Processor
  • Outlaw Model 750 5-Channel Amplifier

VIEW OF SIDE PANEL

In order to have easy access to myriad of cables behind my equipment, my uncle installed removable panels to the sides of both the right and left shelves. These panels are "hooked" on to the cabinets. Click here to see a close-up shot of these hooks. In case your wondering, this is also how the panel around the front of the TV attaches itself to the system.

 

A CLOSER LOOK INSIDE THE HOME THEATER WING

Here's a better, more direct shot of the inside of the home theater wing.

 

THE GAMING WING

Some of you may have noticed that I like videogames. So, it's only appropriate that the entire right cabinet is devoted to it. As you can see, I now have a nice place to store the controllers for my GameCube, Xbox, and Playstation 2 along with all of my remotes. Click here for a closer view of the equipment on the bottom shelves. You can clearly see all three of my current gen systems. You can also see my Audio Authority 1154 Component Video/Digital Audio switcher (which I use to automatically switch between my three consoles), my Headroom Little Headphone Amplifier, and my Sennheiser HD600 headphones.

 

DID I MENTION THAT I GOT NEW FURNITURE AS WELL?

The chair reclines as does the love seat. Believe you me my seating is very comfy. I've been spending a lot of time perfecting my butt groove in the sweet spot on that love seat.

 

MY NEW COMPUTER DESK

As you can see, I like Metal Arms. :D

 

I STILL LOVE THESE PLAQUES

You gotta have a Dolby Digital and DTS plaque.

 

I shall now open the floor up to any questions or comments you may have. :D

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Jeff, looks like a happenin HT. The idea of taking the panel off for easy access is brilliant, I think a lot of people (myself included) forget how much hassle can be saved by making access to the back of your system easier.

 

My stuff is on an InterMetro shelf, and 6 months after I put it together I realized that Metro makes wheels for their shelving systems. I put wheels on it and suddenly getting access to the back is a very simple matter.

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