Gear from top down:

  • Rotel RB-1070 - 2x130w rear speakers power.

  • Rotel RMB-1075 - 5x120w front / centre / side speaker power.

  • Yamaha CX-A5100 - Audio video processor. It acts as a surround sound processor with the Rotel power amps driving the speakers.

  • Oppo BDP-103D Oppo 4K upscaling blu-ray player. My main player for blu-ray. Produces a great image.

  • Velodyne SMS-1 - Subwoofer management system. This device smooths out the room peaks and troughs for the two subwoofers.

  • Panasonic DMP-UB900 - 4K Blu-ray player connected via HDMI to Sony 4K TV.

  • Sony PS4 - Blu-ray / Games console connected via HDMI to Sony 4K TV and projector. Used to watch 3D blu-rays and play games.

  • DVDO iScan Duo - Video Processor handles all HDMI switching between Sony 4K TV and projector. Also ensures correct output formats and video levels to each device

  • WD Tv Live - WD TV Live media player. This will play any content that throw at it. This is linked via gigabit ethernet to QNAP NAS and Internet.

  • Apple TV - Apple TV media player. Used to stream iTunes from the mac mini itunes server to the Sony 4K TV and projector.

  • Iopfield TRF-7260Plus - High definition PVR connected via HDMI to Sony 4K TV and projector.

  • Ielstra TV - This is basically a Telstra branded Roku 2 for streaming Netflix, Stan and Presto connected via HDMI to Sony 4K TV and projector.

  • D-Link DGS-1008D Gigabit Ethernet Switch - Provides gigabit ethernet connectivity for devices to the house network. This includes Internet and NAS's.

  • Nintendo Wii U - Connected via HDMI to Sony 4K TV and Projector.

  • Foxtel IQ2 - Foxtel PVR connected via HDMI to Sony 4K TV and projector.

Not visible in picture:

  • Martin Logan Motion 60XT - Left and right front speakers. These are large floor standers that have great powerful sound for both movies and music.

  • Martin Logan Motion 50XT - Centre channel in cabinet. This is the matching centre channel for the 60XT's.

  • 2 x SVS SB13-Plus - 13.5" Sealed Subwoofers 1000W each (left and right sides in cabinet). these are big subs, each one weighing 45kg. They use the STA-1000D Sledge digital amps with digital volume control. They do a good job filling the 6.0 x 6.5m x 2.8m family room. See the SMS-1 graph here

  • Grandview - 102" Motorised Screen (controlled by projector) in ceiling bulkhead.

  • Sony KD-65X9004A - 65" 4K LCD TV. This is a 4K (3840 2160) TV. High def content on this TV is like looking out a window.

  • Xantech - IR receiver - recieves IR and relays to HT cupboard

 
 
  • Epson 9300W - Projector. This is a faux 4K 3LCD with a razor sharp image and rich saturated colours. It can receive a 4K signal wirelessly via its wireless transmitter.

  • Jamo D6PEX - THX Ultra Speaker System Sides / Rear (D6SUB). These are dipolar speakers with a hard 80Hz cut off. Everything below 80Hz is directed to the two subs.

  • Harmony 1100 - Programmable remote control. This unit allows the system to be turned on or off with the press of a single button. This is an extremely powerful remote that can control everything from the HT setup to the lights and air conditioner. The kids just have to pick it up and press the activity they want and the 1100 does the rest. As you can appreciate its not really designed to be thrown around or dropped during general TV viewing, this is where the Harmony one comes into play.

 
 
  • Harmony One - Programmable Remote Control. This is the 'throw around' remote control used by the kids for general tv viewing. While the Harmony 1100 is a very powerful remote than can control the whole system its not 'kid safe'. I'm sure you can imagine what would happen if the kids dropped it or the dog run off with it in its mouth! The harmony One is a cheap easy to use remote that I programmed to just control the Fujitsu, HD STB, PVR and DVD player. It really does a great job of integrating all these components into a family friendly remote. It also won't be the end of the world if the dog ran off with it .ie. the remote is worth less that we paid for the dog! On the other hand if the dog run off with the harmony 1100, then the dog would be on shaky ground!

 

Equipment Wiring Diagrams

The diagrams to the right detail how the system is wired together. The two major goals I was trying to achieve where:

  1. Wire equipment into both the TV and Projector.

  2. For day to day viewing, allow the kids to watch TV, PVR or a DVD without having to turn on the HT processor or amps and just use the sound through the TV speakers.

 

 
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IR Repeater Equipment

To have HT gear out of sight requires a means to receive the IR signal from the remote. This is achieved though Xantech IR repeater equipment. A IR sensor at the front of the room received the IR signal. It then sends it via a wire to the IR connection block (Red +12v, Black ground, White IR signal). The connection block then distributes it to the IR emitters attached. The emitters then repeat the signal to the IR receiver on the corresponding piece of HT gear. In some cases an emitter is not needed and the IR signal can be inputed directly from the connection block into the HT gear via a 3.5mm mono cable,. This is the case with the Rotel Processor and Denon 2900 DVD player. Pictures clockwise show:

  1. IR Receiver.

  2. IR Connection Block.

  3. IR Emitter.

  4. IR Direct Input.