Audioholics Showcase Home - First Look
After 13 grueling months, the Audioholics Showcase Home construction has been completed. Now the fun begins.
With over 10,000 feet of cabling run behind drywall for distributing audio, video and data, at some point this all has to get hooked up to equipment. As of last week I started taking on this challenge solo but could always use a helping hand (*subliminal message* - email email@example.com and offer assistance immediately ).
System 1: Main Home Theater Room
This is the premier Audioholics Showcase system featuring 7.2 surround sound, front projection, theater seating, acoustically controlled room, 5.1 surround sound electronics for System 3: Bedroom System.
System 2: Family Room
This system is the primary system used to entertain guests and houses 7.1 surround sound, DLP display, Xbox, and distributed audio for front/backyard, living room and guest rooms.
System 3: Bedroom System
This system features all inwall speakers, including the subs, with no equipment in the room other than the LCD display cable box, and RF repeater system.
Here I am today contemplating how to hoist this nearly 7', 300lbs Middle Atlantic rack up a flight of steps by myself (yea our premier system is on the second floor, nobody ever accused me of common sense being my strong point). Just as I build up enough courage (insanity) to move it, the local UPS guy shows up with yet another delivery. He seemed to be a sturdy fellow so I offered him the distinct honor of helping me carry this upstairs and slipped him a $20 for encouragement.
We did it! But now can someone tell me how to assemble this thing? Look at all the boxes, yikes ?!?
Ok think back to childhood when you had to match up the shapes to the empty peg boards. Does this look familiar? Good cause all of the cables on the floor (and about three more box fulls) in the left pic need to hook up to the main distribution box to the right. Are we having fun yet? If not, try finishing off System 2 that has about half the connections of this but in a much tighter space.
System 1 will be at least a three month project between waiting on room acoustics tuning, theater chairs, the main speakers, and getting it all hooked up and operational.
I simply could not wait that long to listen to my favorite tunes, so I managed to get most of System 2 operational. Once the cabinet guy finishes our shelving, we can mount the TV and put in all the finishing touches.
You may have noticed I've been absent lately in the forums. It's not for being shy, as anyone here could tell you. I am up to my armpits in boxes, cables and gear. Living the Audioholics dream you say? Try living in my world for the next six months. If you can endure this, than your heart and soul is Audioholics. Here is hoping for the best. Now it's back to the grind.
Audioholics Showcase Equipment List
Without the right gear, none of this would be possible. We painstakingly chose what we believe to be the best equipment for each application to get the job done. A full equipment list is forthcoming, but listed below are the key manufacturers who we have faith in based on our rigid product testing and review process and feature sets they endow. It is our intent to fill this home with bleeding edge technology for delivering the very best in home theater and video to satisfy even the most critical Audio & Video HOLIC!