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Oldskoolboarder's Mac mini setup
Mac Mini: 1.4 Ghz, 80 GB, Airport/bluetooth and SuperDrive. Ministack on order. Networked via Fast Ethernet (airport has trouble in the rack). Connected to AVR via USB. Sounds great, I'm surprised. Even better w/ the tube amp.

Plasma: Panasonic 42" TH42PWD6UY with DVI blade installed. This is EDTV so all inputs are downconverted to 480p. Regardless, HD is FANTASTIC.

A/V Receiver (AVR): Pioneer Elite 45TX

VCR: Proscan (RCA) connected via composite to AVR

Satellite/DVR: HD DirecTivo upgraded w/ Weakknees 300GB. 550GB total for up to 70 hours of HD or 470 SD. This box is the shiznit. It's connected via DVI to the plasma.

DVD: Denon 2200 DVD/SACD/DVDA player connected via digital coax, 2 channel analog, and 6 channel analog, to the AVR and component video to plasma

Game console: Gamecube via component to plasma, 2 channel audio (Nintendo doesn't have digital audio...) to the AVR. Also, also has ethernet broadband adapter.

Turntable: Vintage Pioneer PL117D using Ortofon OM10 cartridge. Probably the best sounding part of the system, total cost is $75.

Sophia Baby Tube Amp: Used for 2 channel analog audio. I use the AVR as a pre-amp and the Sophia as a power amp to the 2 front speakers.

iPod: 20 GB 4th Gen w/ iSkin

Speakers: Axiom M22's, VP150, QS8's.

Speaker stands: Axiom FMS16

Sub: Hsu VTF2

Cables: Mix of Dayton (Partsexpress.com) and Bluejeanscable.com

AV Stand: Salamander twin.

Oh, and the keyboard, BTC 9116 Keyboard - Mini Wireless Gaming Keyboard. It's a wireless keyboard w/ built in joystick to use as a mouse. Pressing the stick down acts as the main button press, pretty cool. Makes it easy to sit on the couch and surf and setup iTunes.

I had an older Versapoint RF keyboard w/ built in fingerpad but it was hard to use it one handed, especially when I'm holding my infant.
Rate this file (current rating : 2.9 / 5 with 15 votes)
Tiptop [Jul 06, 2005 at 04:25 PM]
800x600 rez?
dan [Jul 06, 2005 at 07:39 PM]
nice setup, did you have any trouble with the DVI input? what resolution are you running?
oldskoolboard [Jul 06, 2005 at 07:42 PM]
Thanks. Actually, Mini is running via VGA in 800 x 480. My only DVI input is used by HD Tivo and I'm too cheap at this point to get DVI switcher. DVI is slightly better, but not $250 better. I'd rather spend the $$ on an external HD. When watching HD on Tivo, I use 720p.
Bandit Bill [Jul 06, 2005 at 08:22 PM]
Quite the mix of quality components
lojo [Jul 06, 2005 at 09:44 PM]
Great blend of oldskool flava!!
John [Jul 07, 2005 at 09:26 PM]
CyberCat [Jul 08, 2005 at 08:13 PM]
Cool. That's funny how the speakers are like 10 times bigger then the mini.
Bandit Bill [Jul 09, 2005 at 06:26 PM]
Photo tip: Stand off at an angle or turn off your flash
Alex [Jul 10, 2005 at 12:56 PM]
whats the max def of your plasma... you should up your resolution of your mini
Susurrus [Jul 11, 2005 at 10:22 PM]
oldskoolboard [Jul 12, 2005 at 07:28 PM]
" Scrumtralescent..." HA! Gonna have to use that one. Max (usable) def is 848x600 via VGA. It gets better via DVI but no more available inputs.
WC3_Gamer [Jul 16, 2005 at 07:42 PM]
You have 3 choices: A. Let me live with you and use your setup. B. Let me have your setup. C. Let me take your setup. hehehe j/k it looks great
SexyPapi [Jul 17, 2005 at 07:44 PM]
Looks Great! But the TV looks DARK... Really DARK
Sir Rodney [Jul 18, 2005 at 09:24 AM]
Anon [Jul 22, 2005 at 04:31 PM]
so how do you put a record on your turntable with it tucked away like that? Does it slide out or something?
Ethan [Aug 31, 2005 at 04:14 PM]
The glare!!!
Moe [Oct 26, 2005 at 03:27 PM]
nice picture frame on top of your speakers....

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