Category Archives: Home Improvement

Lounge 5.1 sound Part 1

After putting up with crappy TV sound for years I finally got around to getting the 5.1 system (mostly) setup.

In order to keep the lounge neat I decided to keep all the AV gear in the rack and just run HDMI over CAT5 which will require me to get a new receiver with HDMI switching eventually. It’s not a huge problem currently as I mostly use just the Raspberry Pi for my media needs.

Top amp is the sub amp and bottom is the current 5.1 receiver which lacks HDMI unfortunately.

av-amps

Let the crawling through roofs begin…

cablespool

I purchased wall plates with banana plugs for each speaker to allow easy changing of speakers if I desire and for a clean install.

faceplate

subcon

 

Here is the front of the room as it stands, front LR speakers are left over from an old stereo as is the current centre speaker.

The centre speaker I will replace but the front LR have proven to work quite well.

The sub’s are custom 12″ boxes made by a friend that are only there temporally as I haven’t quite figured out how I wish to incorporate the subwoofer(s) in a neat fashion. Perhaps a semi false wall on the bottom half or the likes.

speakershung

 

I still have to run the cables for the rear speakers (ran out of cable) and figure out the best looking way to build a nice subwoofer enclosure to try and keep the neat(ish) look of the system.

Outdoor Kitchen Build Part 1

With summer approaching thought it best to get started on the outdoor kitchen I’ve been planning for the last ~12 months.

Plan is to have BBQ, oven and sink all out on the deck save having to cook inside on the really hot days ahead.

On the electronics side got a 12″ sub mounted in one corner of the kitchen to back up the mounted line array and a 32″ telly mounted on a swinging bracket which will be driven from the raspberry pi inside via HDMI-CAT5 converter.

Most of the construction has been done, have to finish off cupboards, draws and put some paint on and some trim here and there. Also still got power and several runs of CAT5 to do.

Onto the pictures:

Base built
Coming together
Placing parts
All screwed down
Bench all done
Cupboard doors hung
Back all on
TV Bracket
TV Mounted