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post #1 of 12 Old 06-12-13, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Starting all over after house fire

Well, it's a long and sad tale that I'll spare you from, but after collecting CD's and vinyls for 20+ years, I lost it all in a Christmas Eve house fire - 2009. I would never consider myself an audiophile, but I like music and I appreciate a detailed reproduction of sound. I never had top end gear, but I was satisfied with my JBL speakers and my mix-and-match system before it went up in smoke.

I did save the vinyls and CD's, though many of the CD cases are still fused together (3 years later) and the vinyls are sometimes pawed through for a frame-able album cover. They mostly sit, soot covered and stained, in my basement awaiting a tedious re-inventorying and "testing" to see if any can be salvaged.

So up from the ashes, I rebuilt. I'm a computer programmer by day and a terrible carpenter by night, so I was at the mercy of contrators to rebuild the home in the 1-year time frame the insurance company gave me. In this hurried process, I did not wire the home for ethernet.

I'm also married with children, so a new stereo system was, unfortunately, not in the immediate cards. We went with a HTiB system in the family room and used only 3.1 of the 5.1 because we didn't want to hang wires around on the new walls - or cut new holes. There was so much for us to keep track of, and after the whole ordeal we decided to go to Disney Land with our windfall, instead of splurge on "toys".

So, here I am, it's 2013 and the honeymoon with the new house is over! New holes in walls are now a very good possibility as it's time to re-paint anyway! I'm building a garage this summer, and will begin the finishing process of the basement next summer.

Enter: Daddy's Desire for a "Real" Sound Sound system again.

But , if Daddy's isn't some confused!
Daddy - that's me by the way - may have kept up with the blistering pace of changing computer programming platforms over the last decade or so, but he had no idea how far behind he was on the A/V stuff!

Suddenly, I regret even more than I thought I would, the decision to NOT install ethernet during the 2010 construction! Everything is Smart now! Everything is connected! From phones to phono's!

I joined forums. I Googled until my eyes bled. I ended up replacing the Samsung 3.1 HTiB with a Marantz NR1602 driving Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 bookshelf speakers (on stands) and I got caught up in the on-line enthusiam over that Klipsch RW-12D when it was on NewEgg for $300 so I snagged that to create a new 2.1 system. For digital content, since I lost all my source material, I grabbed an AppleTV and a smart BluRay player. Maybe I could have made some better choices, but right now I'm "happy enough".

I then did my best to re-position my cable modem and wireless routers in such a way that I could run ethernet to these connected devices and still satisfy the wife's asethetic goals.

To some degree, mission accomplished. The "Family Room Upgrade" has started; I've begun the journey back into "real gear" and didn't get thrown into the dog house. Now to push my luck!

I've begun planning for a new structured wiring cabinet in the basement which will eliminate the need for my wireless router to be co-located with the AVR; I'll install an ethernet wall panel for neater connections. I'm debating over the use of an audio patch panel to act as a central wiring point for future audio upgrades.

I've begun planning to make use of the Marantz "zone 2" which is driven by the 7.1 rear speaker posts (not pre-outs). I'm torn between driving multiple in-ceiling speakers for background music, or sticking with a 2-channel zone-2 in the basement or new garage.

I've begun planning to expand the 2.1 Family Room system to a 5.1 system. I've hit a bit of a snag here because I feel like the 2.1 system is not tuned properly and I'm now looking into room treatments before expanding into 3.1 or 5.1. This exercise has driven me towards a Brave New World - that of acoustic measurements. At the time of this writing, I do not have measuring gear, but soon after Fathers Day, I'll be completing a REW-kit. I'll be using this to help finalize sub-woofer placement and to help determine proper acoustic treatment needs/gear upgrades.

And finally, I've begun planning for a proper "listening room" in the basement where I can add phono and other sources like I had back in the "good ole days".

I'll be all over the forums looking for advice, and help with these projects and more!

So, it turns out that I did not spare you from the "long" part of the tale, but perhaps skirted around the "sad" part enough. I should say that I'm approaching this as a hobby and I'm enjoying the learning-curve; I'm enjoying the forums and "meeting" people. I try to offer advice, but I admit that I ask for more help than I can give! In time, that could change.

"See" ya 'round.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-12-13, 09:38 AM
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Sorry to hear about your home loss - glad to know you all are fine. And, great call on the Disney trip!

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That's a heartbreaking story but you still have your family, which is most important, and Its good to know that you have bounced back.
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Welcome aboard the Shack, Thats quite the story and Im glad to also hear as others have said that you and your family were safe from the fire. I cant imagine loosing everything in a fire. You hear about it all the time and pray that it does not ever happen to me.
I hope we can help you get started on a new chapter of your life.

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Hi cubiclecrusher..and welcome..

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