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Welcome aboard, JohnGalt. The Houston Home Theater DIY group has been meeting for about a year. We have members all over the Houston area. Many have built, are building, or are thinking about building a home theater. That may include projection screens, DIY speakers and subs, HT rooms, electronics mods and other ideas. We are open to suggestions for meeting topics and locations. Browse around the thread, and see what you might like to see and hear. Again, glad to have you!
 

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I am out of Dallas, Houston is kind of a drive, but I am sure we could at least keep each other abreast of regional issues. I have spent most of my time installing systems preferring built-ins.
 

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Hey Guys, I'm in the process of finishing up my new subwoofer, and I need to get rid of my old sonotube enclosure. I really don't want to just chunk it, so I was hoping one of you local houston guys would be interested. It is 300L and tune to around 16hz, adn will practically buckle your wall studs. I currently have a tempest-x in it that I will use in my new sealed box. The end cap are piano black, and its covered in black carpet. If you want it, come and get it.
 

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HTS newbie here! Glad to see there is a Houston group! :bigsmile:

I'm on the west side of town just south of Memorial City Mall. I would to love to participate in any future events you guys have.
 

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HTS newbie here! Glad to see there is a Houston group! :bigsmile:

I'm on the west side of town just south of Memorial City Mall. I would to love to participate in any future events you guys have.
Glad to have you here, David. We're growing all the time. As I wrote to JohnGalt above, we're open to any ideas and request you may have for future events. Feel free to throw out your ideas on this forum, or PM me directly if you prefer. See you around the Shack!
 

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Sorry Jim, Mark beat you to it, but if he doesn't end up taking it, you're next in line. Anyways, Mark has no bass at the moment, and if I'm not mistaken, you have an IB setup. I think NO BASS trumps MO BASS on this particular occasion.:bigsmile:
 

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Glad to have you here, David. We're growing all the time. As I wrote to JohnGalt above, we're open to any ideas and request you may have for future events. Feel free to throw out your ideas on this forum, or PM me directly if you prefer. See you around the Shack!
I've got a couple of ideas for a get together...

With Halloween coming up very shortly, how about a get together for a scary movie? I just picked up "The Orphanage" on BR, a scary movie which I highly recommend to everyone.

Another idea, is to watch Casino Royale before Quantum of Solace comes out. Since this is the first Bond movie to pick up right where the previous one left off, I figured I would do a little catching up before I see the new one.

I'll gladly offer up my place, but I can really only seat about 5-6 comfortably. My place is pretty small...

Anyone with a bit more space willing to host an event? :R
 

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I've got a couple of ideas for a get together...

With Halloween coming up very shortly, how about a get together for a scary movie? I just picked up "The Orphanage" on BR, a scary movie which I highly recommend to everyone.

Another idea, is to watch Casino Royale before Quantum of Solace comes out. Since this is the first Bond movie to pick up right where the previous one left off, I figured I would do a little catching up before I see the new one.

I'll gladly offer up my place, but I can really only seat about 5-6 comfortably. My place is pretty small...

Anyone with a bit more space willing to host an event?
Both are great ideas! I'll be out of town quite a bit this month (this weekend, 8-12, 15-16, 27-30), but I'm up for either or both if the schedule permits -- we've never tried a weekday, or I might just have to miss it. By a virtual show of hands, how many HHT-DIY members would like to do A) Scary Movie, B) 007 - Quantum of Solace?
 

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Sorry Jim, Mark beat you to it, but if he doesn't end up taking it, you're next in line. Anyways, Mark has no bass at the moment, and if I'm not mistaken, you have an IB setup. I think NO BASS trumps MO BASS on this particular occasion.:bigsmile:
It is sorry, but true... I have no bass at the moment. :crying: However, if Jim wants to try out his RL-p15 in the sonotube for a while first, I could pick it up later. As per my previous post, my busy schedule has kept me from finishing off my over-due Nat P Wave mains and starting my sub project. I hope to finish off the Waves sometime this month. After that, I could host an event at my home.

Jim, what do you think of that arrangement?
 

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HTS newbie here! Glad to see there is a Houston group! :bigsmile:

I'm on the west side of town just south of Memorial City Mall. I would to love to participate in any future events you guys have.
Welcome! I work at Hammerly and the Beltway ... right around the corner from you. I live in Copperfield just off 6 near 529.
 

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For all of you came out to the DIY cable meet we hosted last year - and those who couldn't make it (Jim?) - who are still interested in making your own cables, I've finally got a How to Solder article up (with a few additional installments yet to come). It's been over a year and a half in the making with a cast of thousands (of pictures, that is). Wade through the whole thing and you too will be a DIY cabling expert!

I started putting up the posts only a month ago, and already it's had over 500 hits and is #2 on a Google search for "solder diy cables," and on pages 1 or 2 for most other searches that include combinations of words like "solder,"cable," "how to," "DIY," etc. This should help bring a lot of new traffic to the Shack!

Regards,
Wayne
 

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I went to Mike Cason's home this weekend to hear his speakers. They were amazing! The cut we watched from The Haunting was house shaking! The clarity and lack of distortion was really something.

Years ago I heard some Wilson Grand Slamms driven by big Krell amps and, at $60,000 a pair, didn't have sonically what Mike's speakers have.
 

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Wow! i leave you guys alone for a while and look what happens. glad everyone made it past ike ok. Sorry i missed the last meet, mikes speakers look awsome. looks like my little sub has been outdone. i'll be checking back more often and would like to go to the next one. I replaced my projector with an epson 1080ub and reintroduced my svs and hsu to my system. (you can never have enough bass.) and changed out the onkyo with a denon 3808ci.
 

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Wow...Mr. John Galt; what a nice review! :T Thank you for the very kind words!!

Ya wanna come back.....I just added some more horsepower under the hood.....:hsd:

I loved my old Rotel RSX 1065 we used during our Houston DIY group meeting but I replaced it with the Next Generation NAD T-785 receiver. After days of tweaking I still didn't have the soundstage I had with the Rotel 100 wpc X 5 channel. Sonnie helped me with my tweaking and it improved some, but the Rotel drives my speakers better than the NAD. The two Panamax 5100s I bought from Sonnnie since the DIY meeting are in the middle of the cabinet.

Now I'm just using the awesome NAD's processor/preamp to drive my new Rotel RMB 1095 "200 wpc" X 5 channel amp that I installed Friday night. (I bought my wife some very nice flowers!) The NAD is providing plenty of horsepower for my center backs and I've got reserve HP from the Rotel for the rest of the system.

My mains have really opened up and the soundstage is awesome. Rotel must have made some major improvements to their amps since my RSX was built. The entire audio spectrum is spectacular. The surrounds and center backs scare me at times! The bass, midrange, and highs are better than I ever expected. For some unknown reason, I'm getting better subwoofer output and control too.

Add to that, the newest modification of my center speaker with my completely re-designed crossover I finished and installed on 10-10-08 and now I'm really in audio heaven.

I've included a pic and the space left in the cabinet is for my BluRay when the right one comes out in the first quarter. I've already been eyeballing a couple....:nerd: I'll make those wires go away with the velcrow attached cloth already on the back of the stand and hope to finish the grill covers soon.

Congratulations on your cabling and website work Wayne! Now I can say I know someone real famous!!! :jump:

Thanks,
Mike
 

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I wish the group the best for the new year as well.

I sincerely hope none of our fellows have lost their jobs with the resession going on.

Tony, I agree with you....we need to have some more get togethers. I think there is a pair of Natalie Ps being finished up and hopefully others have some projects to share soon.

I started Xmas day and finished the 4 day grill recovering project Sunday, so I'm finally done. (That's what I've been saying for 6 years). I have Sonnie's Lazy Boy recliners in the living room now. We can usually open up the doors again for a couple of hours anytime here for those that missed the meeting......:yay2:

The best of 2009 to all!

Mike
 

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