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Kinda excited to get my LED sign working within my HT. Had wanted to put some kind of digital poster outside the HT that updated whenever a new movie was being shown but that proved to be too difficult so I gave up. So my friend gave me one of these programmable LED signs for free and so I thought hmm, bet I could get that to work. Check out the video below showing how it's integrated into my media player in my HT and let me know what you think.


The first part shows what happens when you play a movie and the 2nd part when using the "Home Theater Experience" mode on my media player (XBMC).
 

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That is just way too sweet. :T

You're having entirely too much fun. :nerd:

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Kinda excited to get my LED sign working within my HT. Had wanted to put some kind of digital poster outside the HT that updated whenever a new movie was being shown but that proved to be too difficult so I gave up. So my friend gave me one of these programmable LED signs for free and so I thought hmm, bet I could get that to work. Check out the video below showing how it's integrated into my media player in my HT and let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbq2QBJJvcQ

The first part shows what happens when you play a movie and the 2nd part when using the "Home Theater Experience" mode on my media player (XBMC).
That's sooo cool. Do you have details on how you hooked that all up?

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Yeah, it was fairly easy. All you need is:

Betabrite LED sign
XBMC media player
Kitchi-rss software ($29 from http://www.kitchi-rss.com)

Basically it works by connecting the sign via USB to your XBMC box. I then created a script that uses XBMC web API to retrieve the info for the movie that is currently playing and output it as an RSS feed. Kitichi-rss is a great bit of software that pulls data from RSS feeds and displays it on the LED sign. All in all took me a couple of hours to figure out and set it up.
 

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OK. So spill the beans about your XBMC box - motherboard, drives, video card, etc. Is this HDMI-HDCP capable and I assume Blu-Ray capable?

This looks like way too cool a thing not to incorporate.

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Cheap Acer Revo 1600 Nettop from Best Buy: $199. As you can see I have two of them.



Although I think they discontinued it but I'm sure you could pick one up somewhere. It's a tiny white box but packs a lot of power. Has a built in HDMI and optical output to hook directly to your receiver/TV/projector. I have two of them, one is running XBMC Linux and the other running Windows XP. The Windows box (the one on the right) is purely a utorrent client used for downloading TV shows and streaming content to the XBMC box. I also use this box for any windows software etc. Hooked to it is a bank of 1TB external drives which is where I rip my DVDs/Blu-rays. I compress my Blu rays down to about 5-10gig, quality is still pretty good at that size.

Now, you don't need two boxes to get XBMC running. It runs on both Linux and Windows. So since the Acer boxes come free with XP you can get XBMC running on it in minutes and connected to your TV. Plug it into your router or wireless USB and you've got a media player that plays ALL formats without the hassle of setting up a HTPC.

More info here: http://xbmc.org
 

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Cheap Acer Revo 1600 Nettop from Best Buy: $199. As you can see I have two of them.



Although I think they discontinued it but I'm sure you could pick one up somewhere. It's a tiny white box but packs a lot of power. Has a built in HDMI and optical output to hook directly to your receiver/TV/projector. I have two of them, one is running XBMC Linux and the other running Windows XP. The Windows box (the one on the right) is purely a utorrent client used for downloading TV shows and streaming content to the XBMC box. I also use this box for any windows software etc. Hooked to it is a bank of 1TB external drives which is where I rip my DVDs/Blu-rays. I compress my Blu rays down to about 5-10gig, quality is still pretty good at that size.

Now, you don't need two boxes to get XBMC running. It runs on both Linux and Windows. So since the Acer boxes come free with XP you can get XBMC running on it in minutes and connected to your TV. Plug it into your router or wireless USB and you've got a media player that plays ALL formats without the hassle of setting up a HTPC.

More info here: http://xbmc.org
Have you tried LinuxMCE? This is the OS I want to try next as it looks like it will do both the media center and home automation.

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Just installed these bad boys. Can't compare them to Buttkickers but these were only $40 each and are really, really good. I can't believe how much more immerse movies are with these things rumbling away under your crotch. Very, very impressed!

 

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What are those called? Are they bass shakers? I can't remember but i have seen them and wonderd how well they work.
 

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These are Aura Pro bass shakers and they are a fraction of the cost of Buttkickers. I have yet to fully calibrate mine and am even running them on full power, until the novelty wears off that is. During the pod emergence scene in War Of The Worlds instead of my sub shaking the foundations and annoying all in my house, I was able to turn the sub down and power on the shakers under my chair. This gives the impression that you have a massive and powerful sub in your room when in reality it's just the shaker under your seat. I love them.
 

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Always been curious about them things, what are you using to power them? Extra amp channels, outboards or what? reason i ask is cause of the curiousity of them but i have no channels to spare or share. Nice to hear a good review of them, got me even more interested in them.:T
 

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You need a separate sub to power them. You can buy a relatively cheap sub for $100 or less, one that can pump out say 75w per channel, or you can do what I did and use my old, retired 5.1 sub. The beauty of having a separate sub to power your shakers is the extra control such as volume and cross over frequencies. For me using my own sub was definitely the cheaper approach. Setting them up is fairly straight forward. You simply Y-split your main receiver sub/LFE output. Send the one cable to your sub, and the other you split again into the L&R CD/DVD input on your 2nd sub. You then connect the speaker outs on that 2nd sub to your shakers. Pretty straightforward and if you search AVSForum for "Aura Pro" you'll find a sticky with connection diagrams and plenty of info.

The Aura Pros are on sale right now at partsexpress.com. They also have some cheap plate amps on there so be sure to check them out. Let me know if you bite the bullet and I'll assist anyway I can.

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Thanks, I saw them at PE and been dreaming ever since. I think i'll throw them in on my next order and get with you if i have any questions. Thanks again, Bambino.:T:hsd:
 
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