Best home purchase you ever made

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JMpMasterSteve, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

    Have a 65” Samsung set acquired from Best Buy and hooked up a nice pair of Monoprice tower speakers to it. Next big item will be a Denon AV receiver and a better sub woofer.

    Not too shabby but yes it fits the bill for a small living room.
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  2. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    I'm a dealer for almost any brand you can name, but that doesn't mean I have a direct line at all products. I can always find shit through distribution if I don't have a direct line to it, just one tier above dealer cost. Hit me up anytime dude, even just to know what's up for pricing or whatever. Never hurts to aak
  3. Uglyrichie

    Uglyrichie Member

    4.3 out of 5 stars 195Reviews
    Rinnai V Series HE Tankless Hot Water Heater: Indoor Installation I have a different model mines outdoor got it years ago and yes it shits rainbows washer, dish washer other shower running I can still get hot rainbows to wash my ass
  4. Tiredandhot

    Tiredandhot Member

    Been a home owner for 9 years now. Only things I have done so far is a new roof (original leaking and old), AC System (25 years old and got a killer deal), and a water heater due to it rusting out. Those are almost the three most expensive but adds value (but hurts the pocketbook)!!!

    Looking forward to some of the upgrades y'all are discussing. If I had to choose which was the best, it would be the roof. I had a number of leaks and rotting plywood and worried about it getting to my ceiling.
  5. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    When we have the new place built I'll likely run what we're thinking of doing by you as we get closer as it's evident you are very familiar and experienced in this field.

    It's really easy to get sucked into the world of AV. Looking back, when I was checking out the different speakers and receivers, projectors, screens, even down to the wires I found myself getting more and more picky the further I dove into it. The problem was that I found myself wanting to wait and spend an additional 5-10k ontop of what I had originally set out my budget at and that figure was climbing weekly lol

    I forced myself to stop looking anything up for a month or two then re-approached it with my original budget

    Have you heard of this guy? He's pretty well known in the AV world online for his screens and quality. This is where I purchased mine. I purchased the FlexiWhite 16:9 176" screen material.
  6. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    I remember when I was growing up my parents never had two separate water lines for years. I'm the youngest of four and there were always a lot of people around our house.

    It was always a gamble whether you were going to be scolded or frozen when going to take a shower so you had to get to know exactly where to stand in the shower to minimize the hot/freezing cold water from hitting too much of you at once. The tub was shaped awkwardly and wasn't your standard tub so I'd find myself holding myself up holding onto the shower curtain often or attempting to duck in a corner of the shower only to have one or both legs burnt. If the the temperature fluctuation lasted longer than usual because someone was running the tap or had the washer or dishwasher on, you'd have to switch your leg that was holding you up otherwise you're fucked

    I had every inch of that shower area figured out and knew that not everyone else did. So I had fun with it. Lots of fun. There were times when one of my brothers would be in there and I'd get them back only to hear them go to jump out of the shower, but they'd slip and fall into the tub and end up being rained on at a glorious temperature.

    Good times LOL
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  7. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    Monoprice, lol. That's like using Fisher Price tools for demo work :D

    never heard of him but his fabric looks legit. Golf simulation fabric and all that, too. Your fabric has a gain spec of 1.1 which is good, hd quality for sure. Prices are good, too. I'd imagine most of what they sell ends up in a fixed frame, meaning no roll up action (which is plenty good enough!).

    If you look online you should be able to find a motorized screen cheap, look for one with a broken motor. The motors on more modern screens are all window shade motors, company called Somfy. You can source a motor from online for next to nothing in cost, and simply swap it on your dirt cheap broken screen. Recess that thing and have it trigger off your receivers 12v trigger.
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  8. Demondosage

    Demondosage Member

    Absolutely fucking hate home ownership and when my son gets a bit older I'm selling the place and buying a motherfucking townhome or condo!!

    I hate everything abt a home. I'm all abt care free living, community dues, let someone clean the fucking pool, and not sweating my ass off in the 100 degree heat on my day off working around the house when I could be on the lake getting my dick sucked! Home ownership is overrated to me.

    But I get it, some ppl like that stuff, I'm not most
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  9. Haha I feel you man. If I didn’t have the fam and dogs I’d be kicking it in an apt without a worry in the world. Just me, my Xbox, and my tren
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  10. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

    I now rent an apartment after selling a condo. Got tired of the taxes and condo fees going up. As I moved to NH I decided that owning is no longer worth it at my age so I snagged a nice apartment in a good area for about the same I had paid for owning.

    Also the tax advantage of owning is all but gone too.
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  11. Demondosage

    Demondosage Member

    The only way owning a home is an investment is to be flipping houses and buying them right.

    See, nobody tells you this shit, they all say ,"buy a home, quit throwing your money away on rent!"

    Factor in interest rates, repairs, maintenance, new roofs, and people are paying an extra couple hundred grand for the average home cost. This is an investment for the bank, not the homeowner! That same home had been bought over 30 fucking times! So I stay in my home, pay interest, and even if I sell it for 50 grand more than I bought it for I'm still losing in the end! See ppl just want to look at purchase price and sale price and forget all the shit inbetween.

    Anywaus, not trying to hijack a thread and I'll agree that a tankless water heater is a good buy!
  12. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    That's a great idea actually. If you're good with it, I'll definitely run my av stuff by you when the time comes to start planning the much larger theater. Right now I just have a few ideas but I know once I start actually getting down to the details I'll be confused once more lol
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  13. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    JBL/Dennon are considered good brands AFAIK.

    We didn't have the space or the darkness anywhere in the house except the basement. I cleared an area out that's roughly 16 x 20 and have been working with that. Setting it up in the basement as far as darkness goes was an easy choice.

    There is actually a window behind that screen in the photo above and I put blinds up against the window, then taped tin foil in behind it so from the outside it doesn't look like shit but inside, behind the screen, you just see tinfoil taped inside the window frame. I leave the screen up where it is and don't move it so it's not fugly to look at.

    Will be building a new house within the next few years and I'll be building a real theater room with a respectable budget so I'm really looking forward to that.
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  14. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    I've heard a lot of mid range sound bars and I haven't been impressed at all. How do you find it?
    What dimensions are your living room? When you get the Denon receiver will you be getting more speakers or just the sub? Satellite speakers? Do you have a center channel speaker?

    Good thing you had plywood and not OSB. I still see people use OSB for roofs and it makes no sense to me. Most roofs will end up with some sort of water exposure at some point especially when it's more aged. Once OSB soaks up water you're in for some serious fun lol
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  15. 4Figgy

    4Figgy Member

    The Studio 5 series is the bottom Synthesis speakers. Good for the room I have (living room). My brother has the mid range Synthesis system with a 120” screen and a Sony 4k projector in a dedicated theater room with engineered sound deadening. His room is hands down the best home system I have ever heard. Puts the regular theater to shame.

    If you are building from scratch I would go all out. Full Dolby Atmos (11.4.2). If I had the money it would be high a end Synthesis room designed by JBL. The only problem is a theater room can almost always be improved upon after a while. It’s hard to not want to buy the newest stuff.
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  16. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    Absolutely. There is a construction thread with some show and tell pics, I have a few posted. Lots of cool professions get posted up over there.
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  17. Thegreek

    Thegreek Member Supporter

    Honestly for the 150-180 bucks I paid it’s pretty fucking awesome. It does break up a little when it’s cranked all the way up but at 75 percent I can hear it anywhere in the house well and still get the bass from it. If I had the money I would definitely have done something better because I love music but this was perfect for what I wanted. My house isn’t huge so that obviously helps.
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  18. ickyrica

    ickyrica Member Supporter

    All I want to tell you guys is to take a look at Sonos if you have a retail store local to you. So worth the cash....
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  19. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    That's awesome and sounds good. Any clue which 4k Sony projector he has?

    I'll definitely be going that route with full Dolby Atmos. Man I was surprised the first time I heard the overhead speakers at a demo for Atmos. IIRC it was a plane flying over then also the middle of a battlefield with bullets flying overhead. Was sold instantly.

    The Marantz receiver I purchased can support 9.2 so at the time it was a bit future proof. I'll likely upgrade my receiver though to fully support it and will get @ickyrica guidance when the time comes for that.

    When you say it's hard not to want to buy the newest stuff you're dead on. Originally my budget was 10k but the more I learned it was leaning more towards 20k then had to force myself to back off. It likely would've kept climbing too lol

    Next build will be much bigger but thankfully the speakers that I have now are pretty decent for what I was wanting so will add more speakers on top + the receiver and likely a new projector and will have a much higher budget to work with
  20. KL8209

    KL8209 Member

    I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

    That's awesome. My parents bought a soundbar that was on clearance for around 250$ and it's not good at all. They hate it and there's almost no sound separation. Everything is kind of 'mudded' together and once you hit around 50% volume it doesn't get any louder above that LOL even at 100 it's the same as 50. No idea, it's just terrible.

    Does yours have a 'surround' setting on it? If so, how is it?