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  1. Thanks Jim! Cabinets are cheap IKEAs from BESTA range http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80102151/ with glass window doors to which I attached some smoked auto film. The back of the cabinets was removed and they were mounted about 1/2 inch away from the wall for ventilation. I used some heavy duty shelf brackets which hold the cabinets from the inside creating the "floating" illusion. Sub is in the room corner, right of the plant and not showing in the picture. Cable runs underneath the skirting board.
  2. Thanks, although the pictures seem to have gone missing. :( For lighting I used self adhesive, waterproof warm white LED strip from eBay (about £12 / 5m) stuck underneath the cupboards and on the back of the TV. Wires are behind the plasterboard (recent redecoration). For controlling them, I used a IR controller for RGB strips which basically has 3 dimmers into one unit. Since my LEDs are all white, I used each channel for different lighting segments. The IR RGB controller is also a cheap on ebay, about £6-7 and comes with a 44 button (I know) remote control which allows to set and memorise presets for each dimmer. Remote can also be Learned by the Harmony.
  3. First thanks eskro for suggesting Flirc on XBMC forums and thanks to you for making such a little beautiful product. I've tried so many remote mini keyboards and IR receivers that I've given up on trying and settled for a full size wireless keyboard to control the XBMC. That is until I found out about Flirc and eskro's enthusiasm made me order one. So here it is my little retreat corner. XBMC box is a i3 530 CPU on some ASUS main board with 2GB ram and a 32G SSD running Xbmc Live in Linux. For audio and video I use a passively cooled Zotac GT210. Box is a standard and cheap mATX case with a silent Corsair PSU. The other bits include a Samsung 55" LCD, Denon AVR-1909 with Monitor Audio BR2-AV Speakers, Apple Airport Express for AirPlay, PS3, X360 and Wii. For lighting the room I used warm white LED strips controlled by a 3ch IR controller. All devices are hidden inside open back cupboards with absolutely no wires in sight. Everything is controlled with just 1 remote (thanks to Flirc :P), a Harmony 700. Here it is, ducktaped to the side of the case, until I'll find a more elegant solution. Thanks to remote wake-from-sleep, I don't need to open that door too much so it could be a while. And with season decorations.
  4. I've only came across this thread after I finished setting it all up but I would like to add my findings that worked for me best with scrolling / auto repeat and low latency repeated key presses (pressing an arrow key repeatedly) (after testing 5 different remotes I had laying around). My universal remote is Harmony 700 which is basically pretty much the same as 650 / 600. The remote that I cloned successfully was the SKYPlus SKY-HD Box (profile in Logitech's database). I recently recycled the satellite received but kept the remote. I used it to first program FLIRC with it and then try to replicate the behaviour on the Harmony remote. I was well impressed with the response time of the Sky+ remote as everything was incredibly snappy. This particular remote has plenty of mappable buttons as standard but if for some reason you need extra commands and have the physical Sky+ remote, you can program the TV part of if to offer you another set of usable IR Commands. There was one particular setting on the Harmony remote which is not obvious to find and which affects the way the remote sends repeated commands. By default the Harmony profile sends the original IR signal + 3 repetitions to make sure the device gets at least one of them and responds correctly. This is causing a slight lag when quickly pressing an arrow key to advance through menus or scroll the library one-by-one. The solution is to set the harmony's repetitions to 0, in addition to inter-key delay = 0. This is done counter-intuitively through the Troubleshooter in the Harmony Software as described on post #6 on this thread. http://www.remotecen...ad.cgi?2621,1#6 The result is almost perfect, with almost 0 lag on repeated key presses, ultra smooth high speed scrolling and plenty of usable IR commands. Perhaps I should mention that I've done all the programming and testing on my iMac running XBMC and Flirc software. After all the setting up, I unplugged the Flirc dongle and insert it into the Media PC which is running Linux and was working 100% correct with absolutely no configuration / software required on the Linux machine.
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