Setup Tour: Computer Desk & Home Theater

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If you watch the channel or read reviews on the site regularly, you have undoubtedly seen pieces of my setup in the background. Readers regularly ask me about my components, so here is my late 2015 Setup Tour! I will do one of these at least once a year moving forward.  Lets get started.  FYI…  There is a video version of the setup tour, as well as products links for my gear at the bottom of the page.

PC Desk Setup

setup tour computer desk

My desk setup is extremely important, as it is the place where I spend most of my time.  I am rocking a simple older black IKEA desk.  Which is flanked by two Sanus Steel Series 34″ speaker stands, with Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 350’s on top.

setup tour computer speakers

The display I use is the Dell U3415W 34″ Ultrawide Curved Monitor.  To the left you will find my custom mini-ITX PC.  I did a full build log on the PC and review on the monitor.

logitech illuminated keyboard

For peripherals I use a Logitech Illuminated keyboard, with a generic Asus optical mouse.  I may upgrade the mouse in the future but I really love this keyboard for some reason.  I am on my third one.

floating side desk with surface pro 3

I needed a little more space, so I installed a small floating side table.  I keep my Surface Pro 3, Logitech Harmony 650 Remote, iPhone 6, Microsoft Wedge mouse, USB controller, and LED remote on here.  This keeps my desk uncluttered while giving me quick access to essential items.

Home Theater & Media Setup

setup tour tv and speakers

When I am just relaxing, or watching TV I slide over to the couch and enjoy the home theater side of the room.

The 50″ 1080p Samsung Smart TV is the star of the show.  It’s flanked by the now ancient but still awesome sounding Definitive Technology BP2002TL’s, with the matching CLR2002 center channel.

setup av components

In my media cabinet you will find the following:

  • Belkin 12 Outlet power conditioner
  • Panasonic DMP-BD79 Blu-ray player
  • Marantz NR-1403 5.1 Slim Receiver
  • Xbox One
  • Harman Kardon HK3390 Stereo Reciever (for PC speakers)
  • Schiit Modi USB DAC (for PC speakers)

rear srurround home theater speakers

I use two more Def Tech SM350’s for rears, and as you can see from my media rack I still buy and watch Blu-ray movies.  A UHD player is coming in the near future.

LED Lighting

monitor led lighting

Both the TV and Monitor have RGBW LED light kits installed behind them.  If you are adding LED’s to your system I would recommend going with an RGBW set as opposed to the standard RGB units you normally see.  I have had both types and find that the added white light allows you to produce true white, as well as create more accurate and brighter colors.

I use the Supernight LED light kit (link below).  It is cheap, comes with a remote, and is super easy to set up.

Video Tour

Product Links

Dell U3415WFrom $708.00

Surface Pro 3From $914.99

Sanus SF34 Speaker StandsFrom $140.00

Logitech Harmony 650From $50.62

Supernight RGB+W LEDsFrom $21.50

Samsung UN50EH5300From $800.00

Panasonic DMP-BD79From $95.00

Belkin Power ConditionerFrom $89.00

Xbox OneFrom $264.00

Marantz NR-1504From $349.00

 

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