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Moving Day

Actually, move out day was Wednesday and move in day will be next Tuesday. That's right, my UAV supersonic, holosonic, holistic laboratory grade home theater is all packed up and on a Bekins moving truck somewhere between California and our new home Gig Harbor, Washington. (I couldn't help the references above, an homage to an editor I used to work for with a penchant for overly elaborate handles for his home theater rigs).

Like any good AV fanatic the system was the last thing I broke down to be packed up and will be the first thing that gets set up in the new place. Gotta have priorities!

Anyway, this is going to be a new adventure, shoehorning a full audio/video system into an existing space. I've already got DirecTV scheduled to knock in a new 5-LNB dish so I can keep the High-Def coming, and then the fun really starts. We had built our old place from the ground up, so that room was equipped with dedicated circuits to the components that were on a different leg of the incoming AC from our household appliances, dimmer lights and other noisy stuff. There was electrical and a cable conduit run to the ceiling for a projector mount, channels for other wires going around the room at floor level, and it was fully networked with hard-wired Cat-5 and the wires for the surround speakers were run into conduits in the walls.

The new place is already done and has none of that. I'll be going through the kind of install that most of you probably do when you move into new digs. I'll have to come up with ways to run and hide a metric ton of wires, and network the house and my system. Surround cables will need to go into the walls somehow, and I need HDMI cables and electrical in the ceiling for my Marantz VP-11S1 front PJ. I need to figure out where the speakers go and where they sound best so I know where to put the screen. I'll have to treat the walls with some combination of absorptive and diffusive material. I have a lot to do, and that doesn't even count the 100 things I know I've forgotten already!

So, if my posts to this Blog are a bit spotty over the next week or so, forgive me. I"ll be busy! But as I go through this process look to this space for updates from time to time on the trials and tribulations of this process, the disasters and solutions that invariably will come over these next few months. This is the good stuff, and the time when "experts" like me get to put their money where their mouth is- literally! Stay tuned and let me make the mistakes so you don't have to!

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