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# 46921 9-Nov-2009 19:55
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I'll start!
Here's a pic of my TiVo, now installed neatly into cabinet.
My setup is pretty modest, Sony Bravia KDL40V4000, MacBook 13 inch, Core Duo 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM. External 500 GB USB hard drive for media storage and Time Machine backup. TiVo and TiVo wireless do-dad.
And that's it!
TiVo does the video recording, MacBook does the torrents, VLC for playing movies. Works really well for 720p content, tho MacBook fan spins up to high speed after a minute or two.
I'm pretty pleased with the rear of cabinet also, nice and neat to keep little fingers from fiddling with cables.
Only connections to TV are TiVo (HDMI) and MacBook (HDMI and minijack audio).
Finally bought some of that black spiral cable tidy system, and it has worked well.
Now only one remote required, and one bluetooth Mighty Mouse.

Perhaps there is a market for a pedantic geek to come and re-cable your lounge, nice and neatly.


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Master Geek


  # 271429 9-Nov-2009 20:30
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I'd post mine except I have the same tv so looks pretty much the same. Although you have motivated me to get a cable tidy as well. The back of my set is tornado of wires.

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  # 271442 9-Nov-2009 21:11
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Very nice cabling man :) very nice

Glad to see others are as pedantic as me :) Gotta love soldering new ends on, using the snake to coil the wires and hiding them in the walls. I'm considering getting some MDF and making a false wall behind the amp rack to make it look like it's floating

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  # 272567 12-Nov-2009 23:35
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Hi-fi nuts will tell you bundling signal and power cables together is a big no-no.

I let mine fall where they may.


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  # 272692 13-Nov-2009 11:18
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ilovemusic: Hi-fi nuts will tell you bundling signal and power cables together is a big no-no.

I let mine fall where they may.


Ahh yes this is of course true... however, I don't have any additional audio system, so there's few unshielded cables in the mix... 
The main reason is to prevent 3 pairs of little hands from fiddling!

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  # 273004 14-Nov-2009 12:58
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ilovemusic: Hi-fi nuts will tell you bundling signal and power cables together is a big no-no.

I let mine fall where they may.


The back of my TV, Home Theatre set up looks like this guy is hiding back there. But obviously i don't have pink cables ;)

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I tried to tidy but there were just too many overlapping cables I gave up.

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  # 274538 19-Nov-2009 17:08
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I must have Mr Messy's second cousin in my living room.

What's wrong with pink cables ?

Tongue out

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  # 275104 22-Nov-2009 09:35
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Ok, here is my Tivo box in the entertainment toys center.
In it there is:

Philips 42 inch Plasma TV
TiVo Box
Philips HDMI Dvd Player
Playstation 3 (for streaming movies)
8 port 10/100 Network switching hub (connected to my internet)
5 port HDMI Switch
WD MyBook World Networked 1 Terrabyte NAS external Hard Drive (movie storage)
Aiwa Stereo/Theatre system
Brother wireless Printer
MySky Hdi box (going back in 2 weeks)

Everything is hooked up via HDMI @ 1080i for maximum viewing pleasure :-)

Also a Picture of the cable mess behind the TV :-(


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  # 275105 22-Nov-2009 09:44
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I think this topic should be renamed... as all TiVo in NZ are the same so it's kinda pointless...

BUT if it had been "Post a pic of your TiVo set up" - showing cabling, and other devices and TV and what-not - which is what you guys are doing, then that'd be more appropriate.

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