RGB 5050 LED Strips for lighting Home Theater speakers to look like AMC Prime.

enyownz

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Which system do you use?


I run hyperion with the wireless extension. Basically I have hyperion running on a raspberry pi zero W taking the signal from a HDMI splitter in my AV shelf and a ESP8266 board connected to the LEDs. I have some more work to do to get everything to look clean but its been a fun project. You should check out their website.
 

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BTW,
I’m all done (with the minor exception of cutting a little bit more foam for the HVAC drop down to fill in the few missing pieces)

100% brightness red
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100% brightness
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5% brightness on red only which is dark enough to use during movies with no negative impact to the image.
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100% brightness
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100% brightness
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Cat 6 jack for RGB lights
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new JBL mount replaced old DIY DJ pole mount.
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Rerolled equipment rack area (I still like the original look better here, but that's exactly where the left front wide speaker needed to go. I dropped the 27" monitor to a 22" monitor and pulled down the Mad Maxx Fury Road Sound Treatment. :cry: )
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I like the effect and I'm happy with it. I'll be exploring some of the HDMI magic boxes that match the RGB color to the main themes on the projected image.
 
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BTW,
I’m all done (with the minor exception of cutting a little bit more foam for the HVAC drop down to fill in the few missing pieces)



I like the effect and I'm happy with it. I'll be exploring some of the HDMI magic boxes that match the RGB color to the main themes on the projected image.

Looks amazing and I bet it sounds even better. Wish I had a setup like that.

I only have two subs and still need to turn the volume down pretty low. Your sub setup looks like it could be lethal :D
 
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mashie

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That end reult is looking great.

What processor are you using now as your AVS signature is listing a Denon x7200wa which doesn't do 9.1.4?

I was considering pulling cables for speaker LED's when I built my 9.1.6 setup, looking at this result I wish I had done it.
 

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That end reult is looking great.

What processor are you using now as your AVS signature is listing a Denon x7200wa which doesn't do 9.1.4?

I was considering pulling cables for speaker LED's when I built my 9.1.6 setup, looking at this result I wish I had done it.

A Denon x7200wa with the 4 height channels paired as a single top middle Left and Right at four ohms using an external amp. I’ve tried in my room, true 9.x.2 and true 7.x.4 and this simulated 9.x.4 and my favorite has been 9.x.4. My seats back row (thus my head) is in the center of the four ceiling speakers so the effect is like phantom top middle that covers the whole area above my head with a larger ceiling area feel/sound. My friends have told me they like the speakers paired on the ceiling over discreet too as they’ve heard the several setups. So while I would like to have 4 discreet ceiling channels to “make it honest” —- paying $3k for a 13 channel x8500h to do it (when it’s arguably subjectively a worse experience) doesn’t appeal to me. I’d consider a 13 channel AVR with Dirac. The Monoprice 16 channel pre-pro is on my watchlist, (because Dirac is amazing, and 16 channels) but only if it releases with HDMI 2.1 and DTS-Pro for a bit more future proofing.
 

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It is hard to beat the benefits of front wide speakers in a 9.1.2, especially if you use Neural:X on non-immersive content. This is one of the reasons why my next processor has to have DTS-Pro as the x8500h for example will ignore the wides in anything but Atmos if set to 9.1.4.

If you want to make your four hights descreet you could copy my setup by getting a second x7200wa or similar to run the heights while your current one can do the base layer:

You may have seen this picture on AVS already:

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Just ignore the two NAD's and you have 9.1.4, fully descreet at a low price and Neural:X across 13 speakers as you won't hit the 11ch limitation.

That Monoprice 16ch processor is on my radar as well, let's hope they get it out the door without bugs like the RMC-1 before the end of the year.
 

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mashie, have you ever experienced this type of multi AVR setup? I wonder if there are problems with timing and delays - especially if not the same model AVR is used. Also how do you keep volumes synced and DSP modes synced?
Seems too complicated to be a reliable experience - even with just two.

I would still like a 13 chanel AVR, but I will probably hold out till HDMI 2.1 for VRR support. HDMI 2.1 seems like a long wait at this point for both projector and AVR/pre-pro implementation. I just heard Denon is releasing their first HDMI 2.1 line of receivers this year, but the highest they've announced so far is the 6700h and it is only 11 channels. Also I think this first gen of 2.1 AVRs is only a single 48GBPS source in port. The other source in ports are HDMI 2.0. So that's kind of lame too. Seeing as I'd want one for PC, one for console at minimum - probably 2 for console.
 

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mashie, have you ever experienced this type of multi AVR setup? I wonder if there are problems with timing and delays - especially if not the same model AVR is used. Also how do you keep volumes synced and DSP modes synced?
Seems too complicated to be a reliable experience - even with just two.
That diagram is my system which has been going strong for over 3 years now. The only issues are that I can't run Audyssey on the height speakers and once week or so I have to manually align the two volume settings as they can get out of sync after a while.
I don't change DSP modes so they are not going out of sync thankfully. I have them set in both units based on input audio (LPCM and anyhthing not Dolby is upmixed with Neural:X and anything Dolby it will use Dolby Surround). With front Wides you really want to use Neural:X for any non-immersive content. Any movies I have on my server that were in standard TrueHD have been remuxed as FLAC instead.

I'm not bothered about HDMI 2.1, it will be a long time until I will need it looking at the prices for 8K OLED screens.

The next upgrade on my list is a Monoprice HTP-1 for native 9.1.6 processing, DTS:X Pro and Dirac Live Bass Control. To start with the Marantz AVR's will be kept as power amps until they can be replaced with Hypex nCore amps.
 

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Hey, I dug this thread up for someone asking me how I installed the RGBs, and figured I might as well update it.

My home theater was featured on youtuber personality Youthman's channel, and he gave it a nice compliment saying it was the most immersive home theater he'd visited yet. That's a pretty nice thing to say, in the context of him having visited a bunch of professionally designed and calibrated HT rooms up to $800K, and my HT room by comparison is quite modest in cost. Youthman prefers the color blue on the speakers. :)




And link to my room thread which I keep updated on AVSForum
https://www.avsforum.com/threads/archaeas-multi-purpose-home-theater-room.1525397/
 
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