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  1. From my previous comment: I wasn't sure. I've watched the video @Proffecte suggested and delved deeper into online resources. It seems that I misjudged the importance of the surround speakers. It also seems matching speakers isn't as important as I first thought. Given that I can basically mix-n-match over time, I've decided to use the speakers I currently have hooked up to a super old minisystem for now. They sound good enough as a start. I'll be adding a subwoofer and then surrounds and a center when I found decent deals. Thanks for all the comments and feedback, peeps. I've learned a lot!
  2. Hey guys, thank you for the feedback! Those speakers seem rather pricey. I get that they're super good speakers, but are they also good on the price/performance spectrum? One more thing I'm concerned about with those is that the matching speakers for surround are pretty big. As I stated, I'm quite limited space-wise behind the sofa so the surround speakers will have to be small. Would it be wise to buy non-matched speakers for surround? I found some time to dig through Amazon (DE one, as I'm located in BE) as well and came up with this: Receiver: https://www.amazon.de/Pioneer-VSX-S520-B-Verst%C3%A4rker-Multiroom-Bluetooth/dp/B01LZNVFVA/ref=sr_1_3 Speakers:https://www.amazon.de/Pioneer-Lautsprecher-Set-S-11-Heimkino-Systeme-Belastbarkeit-Schwarz/dp/B008JW9C1Y/ref=sr_1_2 That would land me right around 500 EUR for a surround setup, though it doesn't include a subwoofer. Now, if you say those speakers are crap for the money, I'd rather not take them. Given their size, it's immediately apparent they won't be exquisite, but I've listened to similarly-sized Bose speakers with great enjoyment. Care to share your thoughts on the above? Really appreciate the feedback.
  3. I want to re-vamp my living room media setup. Currently I have a combination of TV, old stereo, a small linux box, a decoder, and a bluetooth speaker. I want to simplify, so I'm in the market for an A/V receiver with a built-in amp for speakers. Also looking for speakers that go with it. I know literally nothing about this specific market segment, so I was hoping you guiys might give me some suggestions and/or things to watch out for. Hard requirements: * 3 HDMI in, preferrably 4 or 5 * Capable of acting as a bluetooth speaker * 2.1 audio output * HDMI ARC support * 1080p support * HDCP 2.2 support (sigh) Nice to have, but not hard requirements * Airplay * Built-in network streaming * FM/DAB+ * 4K support * 5.1 surround support * The microphone-auded automated levels tuning feature (whatever it's called) For the speakers, I'll have to see if I can convince the lady of the house to let me put speakers behind the sofa (where we walk to get from the kitchen area to the dining table/hallway). If not, I'll stick to 2.1. If she agrees, I'd like to somehow attach small speakers to the sofa. I'm looking to spend no more than 500 EUR. Any suggestions/comments/feedback is highly appreciated!
  4. Looking into controller solutions. I want roaming hand-off so I can't go the standalone route. Probably will be running the VM appliance.
  5. Got three AIR-CAP3502I-E-K9 at just under 50 a piece. Looking at switching over to Air-cap-1702i-e-K9 if I can flip those 802.11n APs again at a reasonable price.
  6. Thanks for all the replies. I ended up finding a great deal on some enterprise Cisco APs specifically designed to handle this sort of thing. Ubiquity ended up costing me more.
  7. My experience with multiple independent access points is that switchover for roaming devices is a nightmare, which is why I specifically mentioned that in the OP. From my experience, it seems clients try to stay connected to the same AP as long as possible, instead of recognizing the best AP for their current location.
  8. As title suggests: need WiFi solution in new house. Footprint is 8x10 meter for basement and ground level, 8x8 meter for first and second level (attic). Looking for a solution which plays nicely with multiple devices and multiple APs. I'd like an access point on each floor except the attic since that'll be used for storage. Back when I was super active here, Ubiquity was all the rage but I've heard that they're not actually as superb as I had thought. Care to share your vision? All feedback and questions welcome.
  9. Looking at ~50 inch sizes. Would be sitting about 3 to 3.5 meters (10 - 11.5 feet) away from the screen so I figure that size should do nicely. Correct me if I'm wrong. Do want: picture quality (probably OLED but not sure if hard requirement) inputs for at the very least set-top box, HTPC, and a laptop low input latency (separate mode if necessary) Don't care audio quality (happy to hook up external audio solution if audio quality sucks) smart TV privacy nightmares (will NOT be hooking this thing up to the internet) design 3D actual TV tuner Budget: eh, lower is better, anything over 2k EUR is a simple "no". Suggestions? As you can probably tell: I'm not well-versed in TV hardware. Feel free to point out mistakes in my reasoning.
  10. You mounted a rack server to the wall... That's what I call... vertical thinking! <yeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!.wav> Seriously though, super neat setup on that wall! EDIT: actually, how did you mount them exactly?
  11. The old drivers have cracked and are in need of replacement, unfortunately. Anyone here who can point me in the right direction? Pics:
  12. Wouldn't shipping up that 6USD price tag by quite a bit if you're buying it overseas? I won't say no to that
  13. You damn American with your damn American hardware prices making me jealous! It would appear the hardware prices in the US are insanely cheap compared to what I'm able to find here in Belgium Do you have something else in that system besides a CPU and storage drives? 120 W for a couple drives and a mobo seems like an awful lot, but I could just be dumb. EDIT: thinking about it again, an older HDD going at 10W would make this sort of power draw possible.
  14. Funny, I'm running the D2750D4i in my current home server. I've been having stability issues lately, so I want to move away from it. Also, it's not really powerful enough to transcode high-bitrate 1080p Plex streams. It has been an amazing board for everything else though. No preference, but I think picking up second hand enterprise systems will turn out to be cheaper, no? I might have to spec out one of those E3 systems too. I've been looking at the R510 systems on eBay and they do look pretty decent for the money. Power draw on those might be a tad high though. Then again, it would cost me between 1.5 and 2.2 EUR/(watt-year), so a 100W average consumption would be like 20 EUR/month tops. The Xeons in those R510s would have a TDP of between 80 and 95 watt, so total system power on max CPU load would be like 150-200W tops for a single socket system. That would make a 100W average pretty achievable, I reckon.
  15. I've been thinking about that a lot and, honestly, I'm not quite sure what to answer here. As I said in the post: cheaper is better, I'm not on a stupendously tight budget but I don't want to spend stupid amounts on this either. One thing I should clarify though is that the 10 TB HDD space should be potential, not current. I have my own drives now I can still utilize.
  16. I'll be moving into my own house soon. When I do I'd like to move what I'm currently hosting on external servers (OVH) at home. Most of it is personal use. What I'm looking for is (preferably) redundant servers with 5-6 HDD bays per system and with enough CPU horsepower to transcode couple Plex streams. I've been looking at ebay for quite a while now, but I think the search might go easier with specific model numbes in mind. Cheaper == better, more power efficient == better. What do you guys suggest looking at?
  17. AFAIK Plex media server is closed source. Is there an open source alternative?
  18. pssssh.... these damn inactive mods
  19. LMG staff is notified anytime we get reports of leaked videos on any platform. The best way to report this is to message a couple mods on the forums. Please, do NOT directly link or post videos on the public forums in order to minimize the pirates' exposure. Thank you for your diligence.
  20. Literally the first line of this thread is the following: REMINDER: this thread is not to ask questions about your PC. Please create a NEW thread if you still have issues after going through this thread. Please create a new thread in the troubleshooting section if you are having a problem with your computer. Also per the original post in this thread:
  21. At work, depending on my assignment it's either Debian or RHEL. I've had some packaging/versioning nightmares with Debian, though.
  22. Protip: there have been many threads like these before, you can find most with this search. As to your question: right now, I'm a big fan of Arch Linux. Running it as a daily driver and as the OS for my servers. Used to be big on Debian, but I've fallen out of love with it since using it in a professional work environment. The packaging isn't ideal.
  23. Protip: big-ass thread with pretty much exactly what OP is asking is stickied in this section. A link for your convenience.
  24. Engineering sample CPU.... How did you get a hold of that?