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Pics of the new Man Cave.

It was an early Christmas for me when I got my speakers installed yesterday, but there’s something terribly wrong. No, it’s not the fact that the subwoofer didn’t come in with the rest of the speakers, but clearly the TV is way too small! Looks like I need to start planning my first upgrade, hehe.

I was amused by how nicely my Tokyoplastic Koguma vinyls matched the Monitor Audio Silver RX Rosenut Wood Veneer color. I just had to put them on display nearby.

Below are a couple views from the Entertainment and Office Sides of the setup. The last pic is pretty crappy but I just wanted to quickly show the speakers in the ceiling. The futon will eventually be replaced with a couple of bean bags since it kind of chops the room in half. The office portion of the space isn’t as tight as the picture makes it out to be. Should have picked a better shooting angle. The front of the futon is about the halfway mark in the room.

The other big problem with this new setup is, I’m having a hard time getting myself out of this room. Even without the sub, the sound is pretty awesome. Even working on my computer is more pleasureable since the music is no longer coming out of the DX4 studio monitors (by M-Audio) on my desk. They’ve done a decent job these past 6 years, but nowhere near the quality of these Monitor Audio RX8’s.

Big thanks to Ben and Ryan for helping me decide on this setup! The music quality is much better than my previous home theater setup which was optimized for movies. This setup is far more versatile, and playing Gran Turismo 5 is fantastic with the sounds wizzing by on the proper sides. I was going to wait for the subwoofer before I watch an action movie, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold out.

TV and Speaker installation by Jaime Garau of Orange Coast Audio Video.

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Teaser: Home office makeover begins.


It's been over 5 years since I've had a home theater and I'm getting restless. Thanks to the family wanting a 3D TV in our living room, I've gotten the opportunity to repurpose our old 46" Sharp Aquos LCD TV and 7.1 Denon Receiver previously used in the living room into the humble beginnings of a new (albeit much less ambitious) Home Theater project in my home office. While it won't be as impressive as my previous one, there are a couple things that are actually going to make it better:

The old Home Theater really didn't have the right design to stick a racing seat in the middle of it, but this one is being conceived with this in mind.

As for the speakers, I'm working on a plan but probably won't go through with it until after Christmas.

Let the new man cave begin…

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Night and Day. What a difference lighting and landscaping make.

I finally got a chance to take some "after" shots to go along with the "before" ones I took during construction.

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First alien poop, now this...

Edge of my lawn is all dried up for no good reason. The sprinklers are working fine, and obviously the middle is still green.

It seems to be getting worse by the day. Gah.

{ Sent from my iPhone }

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