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Triad Open Round & Sealed Round

Today i installed 20 of the Triad Open Round & Sealed Round speakers. These are their new speakers seen here. I installed a mix of open & sealed including 1 open & 1 sealed single stereo.

Installation went very fast. I had every area prepped and my tools & ladder ready to go. When they arrived i checked the packing slip and unboxed every pair and removed all packing. Once everything was unpacked i took the boxes out to the dumpster. I probably spent as much time unpacking as i did installing because the speakers were easy to install. Speaker terminals are “push” spring loaded. They are solid and lots of room for the 14 gauge speaker cable we have in the house. 3 screws with flip out tabs to hold them in place. They were a little bit of a pain because the ceilings all have 2 layers of 5/8″ drywall. The tabs give you just enough space to clear that so you have to make sure and dust out any small debris around the inside edge of your speaker cut out or they will miss it. With 1 layer of drywall this wouldn’t have been an issue at all. With 2 layers of drywall it was only an issue until the 2nd speaker when i realized i had to run my glove around the inside of the cut out to clear debris first. Speakers are nice looking (not that anyone will ever see them) and well made.

Magnetic grills are the shiz. I have installed thousands of speakers and let me tell you… the old style compression fit grills were a pain (especially sonance). I easily shaved 5 minutes per speaker because i didn’t have to screw around with the grill. 5 minutes might not sound like a lot but 20 speakers is 1 and 40 minutes saved.

The best part IMO is the new round only model. What i mean by that is that there is no rectangle or square version. They are all round. They have round and rectangle grills available for wall vs ceiling mounting. Each box only had 1 or the other. I think it would be cool if they included the round and the square in each box so you can decide which to use. This would make it easier for them and us to keep track of and stock.

The rectangle grill comes with these felt black corners. You have to put these on yourself. I assume they are not installed at the factory because paint would fill the grill holes wherever the felt exists. So basically leaving the felt off allows you to paint the grills (triad will paint grills at the factory FYI). These felt corners have to be installed or you will see the black/round speaker thru the grill. Leveling the in-wall grill is super easy because you can spin it around in a circle. You wont need your level until the end when you snap the grill in place.

Here are some iPhone4 pics i took of a pair i installed in a wall. This is the same wall seen in this remote central thread.

In-Ceiling Speakers – Taking a different route(r)

I am out in NY at a project that is still in the construction stage. All wire is pulled but it isn’t time for trim yet. I came out to get the lighting system fired up. When i got here i found all of our porch/deck speaker wires coming out of tiny holes instead of their brackets.

The ceiling for the covered outdoor areas are wood. Plywood then tongue and groove slats. 1-1/4″ depth with tons of nails. About half of the speaker locations had a hole large enough for me to get my hand inside so it was easy to figure out where the joists were. The other half were 1/2″ holes and took 3 times as long because i had to break out my old school tools/techniques to find the center of the stud. Ok i pretty much just used a solid piece of wire and spun it around until it hit something :). It did take 3 times as long because i wanted to be careful and of course the electrician mounted the lights and the fans up against a joist making it impossible to center speakers in some areas.

My first instinct was to break out the sawzall with a thin blade. Since the ceilings were painted and done this idea got thrown out. Second idea was a jigsaw. After counting the number of speakers (20) i decided that manuevering a jigsaw upside down was probably a bad idea. Third idea was to use a Labor Saving Device hole saw. I posted at Remote Central about it. A few people voted for the LSD product. A few for one from another company and one guy brought up the rotozip with a circle cutter. I have some experience with cutting speakers out with a rotozip. It works fine but the bit kept snapping and it was hard to keep the line straight after my arms got tired. The circle cutter might have made it easier. I didn’t think it would be a good fit for wood but it gave me an idea. A router!

I got a piece of furniture grade wood from the cabinet guys. Then i picked up an expensive hole saw and cut a template. I used a countersink bit to drill 4 holes in the template about 1/8″ from the circle cut out so that i could mount it to the ceiling. The speaker bezel/grille covers these holes. The router worked very well. I was able to cut most speakers out with 1 quick pass using a 1-1/4″ bit. The shank on 2 bits broke off when they hit nails. They were $25 each… ouch. Photos below.

JL Audio Fathom Subwoofer X 4!

I am in Phoenix doing some upgrades. I got a pic of one of the 4 fathoms that are installed in our clients family room. These subs are beautiful and sound incredible. We have Focal surround speakers and Ariel LCR speakers that the client already owned. Sim2 C3X and a 63″ Pioneer plasma. For control we have a Crestron TPMC-8X, Crestron e-control Xpanel on his and her laptops a URC MX-900 and now we have an iPad. I think they are covered on the control front :). There are 10 Crestron wi-fi touchpanels here plus the iPad. All of them can roam using 2 Ruckus access points that share the same SSID.

I would love to stick 2 of these fathoms in the trunk of my Lincoln :). The iPad was sitting on top of it so i kept it in the pic with the Crestron Mobile app running our GUI.

JL Audio Fathom - Apple iPad Running Crestron Mobile

Universal Remote MX-980 & MRF-260 Installation

Finally got back to a project where i used 4 MX-980’s and 4 MRF-260’s. The project was mentioned in a July Newsletter from URC. Client called about his printer not working so i decided to take a couple of pics while i was there. This is the kitchen TV. The Chicago lake front is outside of those windows on the right so it was difficult to get a good pic.

Universal Remote MX-980 and MRF-260
Universal Remote MX-980 and MRF-260

We have zektor baluns routing audio and video to 3 of the TV’s and we are using a Digital Logger ethernet (controlled) power switch so that we can remotely power cycle the cable boxes, modem, router and access points.

Today’s service call was solved by canceling print jobs that were stuck for some reason. I installed logmein on the clients new computer so that i could remotely correct things like that in the future.

Comcast Installation – Update

I finally made it back out to my twin sisters place to clean up the mess that Comcast left. I had her return the old cable box to Comcast and get one with an HDMI port so that we could use the HDMI cable she paid for and already had installed. I used her fancy milk crate cabinet 🙂 temporarily until she gets a piece of furniture for that area. The slots in the crate were kind of nice for routing cables. If it were my place it would probably stay that way forever :).

I put in a surge protector, shortened the lengths of the COAX and CAT5 cables and moved the surge protector, modem and wifi router under the crate to contain them until she gets a new cabint. Cable box sits on top of the crate and i stashed the Wii behind the TV. The options were to use a wireless sensor bar and put it with the Cable box or stash it behind the TV. I decided to stash it behind the TV to keep them from having to replace batteries in the Wii. It’s easy to get to and off the mantle so my sister is happy.

It took me about 20 minutes to terminate cables and zip tie them into neat bundles and wire everything back up. Then i spent 10 minutes checking all the rooms in her house so that i could reinstall wall plates that the cable guy removed but didn’t reinstall and i had to carry around a trash bag to pick up all the cut pieces of cable and connectors. If that tech worked for me i would have fired him the next day. Total slob and ridiculously unprofessional. Enough stating of the obvious… check out the after pics below.

Rack Mounting The Crestron CEN-IDOCV-DSW

Custom order MiddleAtlantic RSH plate used to mount Crestrons in-wall iPod dock. Looks pretty darn slick! Their universal Media Shelf option for the table top iPod dock left a bunch of unused space and it was a bit of an eyesore once CD boxes and remotes and manuals started getting stored in them I came up with this simple but effective plan to keep my racks pretty :).

CEN-IDOCV-DSW
Crestron iPod Dock

Case Of The Missing Speaker

MIA Speaker
The cut out WAS round at one point

I used “EL RotoZip” to cutout for this puppy a couple of weeks ago. The ceiling was plaster on wood lathe. I installed a Sonance In-ceiling speaker. Today i show up and the speaker is gone, the opening is now drywall and NOT round. What the heck happened? Does this house have some speaker stealing vortex that zaps Sonance In-Ceiling speakers into another dimension? My mind was racing a hundred miles an hour trying to grasp what was going on.

Ok.. not really.. I knew some slack jaw pulled it to do something so i started looking around in cabinets and closets and eventually found it :). Fun story though huh?

XBOX 360 Middle Atlantic Rack Installation

These are photos of my first XBOX 360 installation in a Middle Atlantic Rack. The emitter is hidden inside. The face plate pops off so i was able to embed the emitter without opening the XBOX 360.

XBOX Installation Front View
XBOX Installation Front View
XBOX 360 Installation Top View
XBOX 360 Installation Top View

Getting it to play nice on it shelf was easy. I have the power supply tucked to the side & the power cord tied up neatly across the back.

XBOX 360 Installation Rear View
XBOX 360 Installation Rear View

This is poor quality 🙂 video of me testing the XBOX 360 emitter installation by sending the eject command via Crestron XPanel.

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