Introduction: Make a Super Customizable Home Theatre and Movie/videogame Room

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How to setup and plan out a cheap, inexpensive, simple-to-setup home theatre system.

Step 1: Find a Good Location

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In my basement, there is a fairly open space with a TV shelf, couches, and a desk. I had to re-arrange everything in the room to make it more comfortable.

Step 2: Use Old Computer Speakers As the Surround Speakers.

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I used 3 sets of old/new computer speakers. 2 of which have two speakers and a sub, and 1 is a 5.1 surround set. I positioned them around the room. One set on left (pic 1), one set on right (pic 2), and the 5.1 behind me (pic 3).

The third picture also depicts where I sometimes put my laptop to play games (WoW + FSX)

Step 3: Connections, Wiring, Converters, and More!

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Get every single cable, splitter, connector, and converter you own in your house and throw them in a pile. Sort out the 1/4 in. 1/8 in. etc. Get lots of splitters ( I have 2).

this is what i can do:
I can turn a composite connection audio out ( red, white, yellow) and then turn that into 1/8 inch connection. from there, I have two splitters that can then feed to my 8.2 (8 speakers, 2 subs) surroudn sound system.
in order to span the length of the room for the back speakers, I used a 1/4 inch cable and then turned it back into 1/8.

S-video. I can watch movies and work on my non-hd tv... =( . the quality isnt that good, but i can get movies from thepiratebay.org and watch them without much hastle.

Step 4: The Hardware!

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I have a dvd player that takes the incoming signal from our tv cable and then goes into the tv.
THE DVD PLAYER CONTROLS EVERYTHING. the reason why: ONE reomte. yes. yes. yes. only one remote. It isn't even universal. the 6-disk cd player, xbox, gcube, laptop, all run through the dvd player. I have a box that controls which line to use because i have so many.

There is a little compartment int he shelf where I use my laptop sometimes. I can hook up the s-video and play WoW, FSX, or watch movies.
250gb HDD for everthing you can imagine...

Step 5: Sit Back, and Enjoy Your Very Own Show!

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Doing this, you can have as many speakers as you want. You can control each speaker (or set of speakers) individually with their volume control. You can control your tv and dvd player with 1 remote. You can have your paltop closeby while watching tv. You can turn the sound FX volume up really loud so you feel your actually runnign around in WoW, or flying a plane... unlimited possiblities. Not too expensive, if you have what you need, just a little creativity!

and maybe you have a HD-TV to make it ten thousand times better!

Comments

ckeans (author)2011-05-03

umm where do u buy that cord in the middle

maevonnie (author)2011-01-11

Wow, you are a rearranging wizard. If I knew how to make a video game, I would make an interior decorating video game. Thoughts?

RandomTeeVee (author)2010-06-25

what do your "old computer speakers" connect to? like the laptop, or the actualy tv, or what?

BlackHatCracker (author)2010-04-06

Ok I had to search it out... I found a few places on the internet that are still selling it... No not new... Prices are starting at about 79.00 and working their way up... Most stores that have it still listed are discontinued... :-( All in all.. I would say check eBay, and a few places like that and see what you can get out of it. Other than that, I find it to be a great product reviewing the specs, and the features....

jacthinman (author)2009-09-04

whoa! I have the same altec lansing speakers.

What kind of dvd player do you have? loving it!!!

A sony SLV D350p Not sure if they're still made, but it's a good DvD player

xXJakeXx (author)2009-04-18

Nice set up, but just a suggestion, you should put your sub woofer on the floor, because the vibrations from it may end up doing damage to your 360 or game cube.

louieaw (author)xXJakeXx2009-04-18

I hope that doesn't happen. The reason I put it there, is because It needs to be seen in order to be heard (my philosophy). i didn't want it feeling left out. but because you said that, I'll move it

mwwdesign (author)louieaw2009-06-23

Sorry, your philosophy doesn't hold true. The subwoofer can go in lots of places because the bass sounds are mostly non-directional (i.e. you can't tell so much where it is coming from). Try putting it in different places (on the floor) and see how it sounds. Often you can get more bass putting it right in the corner of a room. Sometimes it may get a bit too 'boomy' and you could get standing waves (places where the is either a lot of sound or not enough), in which case just try another spot... listen to it from all the seats in the room. Often the Dolby intro to movies is good to use as a test! Good luck.

335639856 (author)2009-06-19

i'm sorry but i wouldn't watch a film on such a puny screen, why not build a projector.

BlackHatCracker (author)2009-05-19

Still lovin it!! I have a dvd +/- R/RW that has a tuner built into it... I will have to consider everything that you have said... I am still lovin it!! Keep the workings going... Thanks!!

BlackHatCracker (author)2009-05-02

Have you thought of putting a 1/8" inline volume control in line with the first set of splitters that you have? Set the volume on everything to where you want it. and then control it from there or do you have the cable setting behind something that you don't have access to it? Great job! Love it!!

louieaw (author)BlackHatCracker2009-05-02

I have the volume on each speaker set where it is. The comcast cable runs through the DVD player, and so does everything else. So, I can control the volume with the remote. I also have the remote set so i can change channels and TV settings. (reccomend this dvd player. works great. compatibility with old and new tv's)

BlackHatCracker (author)2009-05-01

Not to be sounding like a "mean" person, but I am looking at all the connections that you have there, and all the adapters. Aren't you facing a sever audio loss when you are doing this? I love the idea. Just to try to cut down on so many wires and adapters, here is a idea.. I found a 6-Inch 3-Way Headphone Y-Adapter, 1/8" Plug to 1/8" Jacks Catalog #: 42-2458. This adapter lets you hook up three 1/8" connections to 1 cable. and 8-Ft. Computer Speaker Cable, 1/8" Jack to 1/8" Plug. Catalog #: 42-2492 These are some things that I found when I was looking at Radio Shack's Catalog on line... Depending on where you want to go with this and the runs that your looking at... I would say trying something like this... You don't have to goto Radio Shack to do it. I would suggest looking at a few other places on line to see if you can get free stuff or even try to make it yourself. I realize that some of the length is over kill or you may need more. This is just an add on idea, so that you don't have so many adapters to mess with if something goes wrong then you wont have to figure what one is where and all that unless you decide to tag all the wires, and then run all that. I am not trying to down the idea, but just try to use less parts, and still have the same effect, and possible audio loss on this end... I love the idea... Keep up the work... I will be a fan as I keep reading through this... :-D

louieaw (author)BlackHatCracker2009-05-02

you're right. having 3 sets of speakers from one source cuts down the power to each speaker. the 3-way thing you were talking about would be SO much easier to deal with. I got the splitters around the house, and only had to buy a few adapters. (radioshack is overpriced)

BlackHatCracker (author)2009-05-01

Lovin it so far!!

BlackHatCracker (author)2009-05-01

I am not endorsing Radio Shack... I use to work for them a long time ago... but the way they have turned, I am not liking it at all... As I said, search around, and I am sure that you can find these parts a lot cheaper somewhere else...

BlackHatCracker (author)2009-05-01

Nice shot of your finger... Is that the right or left finger? lol... Nice set up so far...

abadfart (author)2009-04-18

dose your TV have an S-vid in or did you need an adapter?

louieaw (author)abadfart2009-04-19

no, i used the conversion box in step 4 does. it takes svideo and turns it into composite (red, yellow, white)

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