Doing some research... what are your favorite home theater tools?

SRW1000

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Lots of good suggestions here.

I'd also recommend:
  • If you're going to run your own wiring or making your own cables:
    • A good quality wire stripper. Buy a nice one and it will be with you forever
    • Various crimpers: Cat 6, coaxial (highly recommend RG6 compression connectors)
    • Cat 6 cable tester
    • Needle nose pilers for working with wires of various kinds
    • Good banana plugs or spades for speaker connections
    • Black, expandable wire loom and shrink tube for making your own custom-length speaker cables
    • Small, thin, sharply pointed scissors, really good for cutting down the length of a cable jacket
    • A tool or tackle box to keep all of this stuff organized
  • Color-coded XLR or interconnect cables. This is of great help since we've gone from 5.1 to 7.1.4 or beyond
  • Cable raceway kits: great way to organize and manage cables for shelved equipment
  • Velcro; either on a roll or pre-cut cable organizers. Makes tidying up those cables fast and easy to reposition without having to cut them
  • Magnetic wristband - vital for anytime you need to screw stuff to a wall or ceiling, especially if you don't have a helper to wrangle those pesky screws, nuts, or bolts
  • LED nightlights that only go on with motion, or when the power goes out (important if your theater is a bat cave)
 

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These are all great setup tools!

Anyone have a drywall cutting tool they’d recommend? Or any creative tools/devices that help collect drywall dust ?
 

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SVS Ultra Bookshelves
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SVS Ultra Center
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SVS Prime Satellites
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SVS Prime Satellites
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SVS Prime Satellites
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SVS Prime Satellites
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SVS PB-2000 Pro (x2)
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I use my oscillating multi tool to cut drywall. Makes a much cleaner cut than my hand drywall saw.
Creative ideas for collecting dust? Not really, just a vacuum.
 

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RTJ 410
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JTR Captivator 2400 x6
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Yeah... you can use everything in the room to collect the dust. :sarcastic:
 

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THX ONYX
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GoldenEar Technology SuperCenter Reference
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SVS Ultra Surround
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SVS Ultra Bookshelf
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Front, Top Mid-Front)
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Middle, Top Rear)
Subwoofers
dual SVS SB16s + dual PSA XS30s
Other Speakers or Equipment
Behringer 1124p; Aura Bass Shaker Pros; SuperSub X
Video Display Device
JVC NX7
Screen
Seymour Screen Excellence, Enlightor NEO AT Screen
Streaming Equipment
iFi Audio Zen Blue
Streaming Subscriptions
Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, ROON
Other Equipment
LG Electronics 65-inch B6 OLED, Sony 65-inch X900F, ZeroSurge 8R15W x 2, ZeroSurge 2R15W x 2
Ha! Believe... I've done that. In fact, I did the reverse when I accidentally attached my shop vac hose to the out hole (as opposed to in). It was like a fog machine in my theater room.

Ugh. PAINFUL
 

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These are all great setup tools!

Anyone have a drywall cutting tool they’d recommend? Or any creative tools/devices that help collect drywall dust ?

Dremel.
Throw some visqueen or other covering over your electronics beforehand. A vacuum with a HEPA filter would be nice to have for the rest of the mess.
 
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For collecting small amounts of drywall dust when drilling, for example, you can bend a Post It Note upward and stick it right below the hole. It won't catch all of the dust but will catch most of it without marking your walls.

For ceiling work, you can drill a hole in middle of a plastic jar lid and then push it down the shaft of the drill bit. That will also catch most of the dust and keep it out of your eyes.
 

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I've got two more items to recommend.

As an alternative to the laser labels that Mike posted earlier, I've had great luck with the P-Touch style tape printers. They're highly portable, offer different size and color tapes for easy identification, and both scratch and tear resistant. the stuff I've labeled years ago is still firmly attached and easy to read. And some models have Bluetooth now, so you can connect to their Android app.

The second item may be of more use to you the older you are. It's a convertible automotive creeper. These can be knee-savers for any kind of work that's close to the floor like outlets or amp wiring. Not only is the rolling stool configuration great for getting to those hard-to-reach areas, it also provides a flat area to rest your tools. And it's nice to be able to scoot around from spot to spot without having to get up.
 

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GoldenEar SuperCenter Reference
Surround Speakers
GoldenEar Triton One.R
Front Height Speakers
Klipsch PRO-18RC 8" Ceiling Speaker
Rear Height Speakers
Klipsch PRO-18RC 8" Ceiling Speaker
Subwoofers
Dual SVS SB16
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JVC RS2000
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Screen Innovations 5 Motorized
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Lexicon
For tightening speaker wires on amps and receivers I use the handle that comes with those small screwdriver sets. It grabs on to the speaker binding posts perfectly and allows you to easily secure your speaker wire without overtightening. Side.JPG

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Emotiva BasX A7
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Panasonic DP-UB820
Front Speakers
SVS Ultra Bookshelves
Center Channel Speaker
SVS Ultra Center
Surround Speakers
SVS Prime Satellites
Surround Back Speakers
SVS Prime Satellites
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Satellites
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Satellites
Subwoofers
SVS PB-2000 Pro (x2)
Other Speakers or Equipment
miniDSP 2x4 HD
Video Display Device
Sony XR-77A80J
Remote Control
Logitech Harmony One
Streaming Equipment
Apple 4K
Streaming Subscriptions
Netflix, Hulu, Apple Music, Amazon Prime

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NextLevel Acoustics Angled Satellite
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NextLevel Acoustics Angled Satellite
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They still have those?
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I just came across this and it may be my next purchase. This will be great for hiding some speaker cables as well as some lighting I've been adding.

 

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Denon X8500H
Computer Audio
AudioEngine A2+
DAC
THX ONYX
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Kaleidescape TERRA, OPPO UDP-203, Panasonic UB9000
Front Speakers
GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R
Center Channel Speaker
GoldenEar Technology SuperCenter Reference
Surround Speakers
SVS Ultra Surround
Surround Back Speakers
SVS Ultra Bookshelf
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Front, Top Mid-Front)
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Middle, Top Rear)
Subwoofers
dual SVS SB16s + dual PSA XS30s
Other Speakers or Equipment
Behringer 1124p; Aura Bass Shaker Pros; SuperSub X
Video Display Device
JVC NX7
Screen
Seymour Screen Excellence, Enlightor NEO AT Screen
Streaming Equipment
iFi Audio Zen Blue
Streaming Subscriptions
Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, ROON
Other Equipment
LG Electronics 65-inch B6 OLED, Sony 65-inch X900F, ZeroSurge 8R15W x 2, ZeroSurge 2R15W x 2
For tightening speaker wires on amps and receivers I use the handle that comes with those small screwdriver sets. It grabs on to the speaker binding posts perfectly and allows you to easily secure your speaker wire without overtightening. View attachment 68883

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Can you provide more details on this? What size is the hex? Maybe a link?
 

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StormAudio ISP.24 MK2
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Emotiva XPA Gen3 2.8 multichannel amp
Other Amp
Denon X8500H
Computer Audio
AudioEngine A2+
DAC
THX ONYX
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Kaleidescape TERRA, OPPO UDP-203, Panasonic UB9000
Front Speakers
GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R
Center Channel Speaker
GoldenEar Technology SuperCenter Reference
Surround Speakers
SVS Ultra Surround
Surround Back Speakers
SVS Ultra Bookshelf
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Front, Top Mid-Front)
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Middle, Top Rear)
Subwoofers
dual SVS SB16s + dual PSA XS30s
Other Speakers or Equipment
Behringer 1124p; Aura Bass Shaker Pros; SuperSub X
Video Display Device
JVC NX7
Screen
Seymour Screen Excellence, Enlightor NEO AT Screen
Streaming Equipment
iFi Audio Zen Blue
Streaming Subscriptions
Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, ROON
Other Equipment
LG Electronics 65-inch B6 OLED, Sony 65-inch X900F, ZeroSurge 8R15W x 2, ZeroSurge 2R15W x 2
I've got two more items to recommend.

As an alternative to the laser labels that Mike posted earlier, I've had great luck with the P-Touch style tape printers. They're highly portable, offer different size and color tapes for easy identification, and both scratch and tear resistant. the stuff I've labeled years ago is still firmly attached and easy to read. And some models have Bluetooth now, so you can connect to their Android app.

The second item may be of more use to you the older you are. It's a convertible automotive creeper. These can be knee-savers for any kind of work that's close to the floor like outlets or amp wiring. Not only is the rolling stool configuration great for getting to those hard-to-reach areas, it also provides a flat area to rest your tools. And it's nice to be able to scoot around from spot to spot without having to get up.

I like these... do you have a creeper that you like (LOL... sounds kind of funny)... but if you have one to recommend...?
 

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Marantz AV8805A
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Proceed HPA3
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Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo UDP203
Front Speakers
GoldenEar Triton One.R
Center Channel Speaker
GoldenEar SuperCenter Reference
Surround Speakers
GoldenEar Triton One.R
Front Height Speakers
Klipsch PRO-18RC 8" Ceiling Speaker
Rear Height Speakers
Klipsch PRO-18RC 8" Ceiling Speaker
Subwoofers
Dual SVS SB16
Video Display Device
JVC RS2000
Screen
Screen Innovations 5 Motorized
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Lexicon

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Computer Audio
Intel NUC w/ Roon ROCK
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Panasonic UB9000 4K UHD Player (for media discs)
Front Speakers
RTJ 410
Center Channel Speaker
MartinLogan Focus C-18
Front Wide Speakers
JTR Neosis 110HT
Surround Speakers
JTR Neosis 210RT
Surround Back Speakers
JTR Neosis 210RT
Front Height Speakers
JTR Neosis 110HT-SL
Rear Height Speakers
JTR Neosis 110HT-SL
Subwoofers
JTR Captivator 2400 x6
Other Speakers or Equipment
VTI Amp Stands for the Monoblocks
Video Display Device
Sony 98X90L
Remote Control
Universal MX-890
Streaming Equipment
Kaleidescape | FireCube | Lenova Carbon X1 and Intel NUC for Roon
Streaming Subscriptions
Lifetime Roon Subscription
Tidal
qobuz
Netflix
Amazon Prime
Satellite System
Dish Joey 4K
Other Equipment
Zero Surge 8R15W-1 | Salamander Synergy Equipment Stand

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Marantz AV8805A
Main Amp
Proceed HPA3
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA-6 Gen3
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo UDP203
Front Speakers
GoldenEar Triton One.R
Center Channel Speaker
GoldenEar SuperCenter Reference
Surround Speakers
GoldenEar Triton One.R
Front Height Speakers
Klipsch PRO-18RC 8" Ceiling Speaker
Rear Height Speakers
Klipsch PRO-18RC 8" Ceiling Speaker
Subwoofers
Dual SVS SB16
Video Display Device
JVC RS2000
Screen
Screen Innovations 5 Motorized
Remote Control
Lexicon

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I like these... do you have a creeper that you like (LOL... sounds kind of funny)... but if you have one to recommend...?
Todd,

I can't find the receipt, but I believe this is the model that I bought:

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Hmm, the Amazon link doesn't show up, but it's item# B00826OVWW

And right after posting this, I see that it's on sale at Woot (an Amazon affiliate) right now for just $42.99. Shipping is free for Prime members. https://tools.woot.com/offers/pro-lift-mechanic-2-in-1-foldable-creeper-seat?ref=w_cnt_wp_0_2

I originally bought it do all of the baseboard caulking for our new house, and it worked great for that - I could lay a bead of calk while scooting along the length of the wall and then smooth it out while scooting back. Really saved my knees and back.

Later, it was a big help for general low-height work in the theater room. The thing is built like a tank and should last a lifetime. Well worth the money. If working on vinyl or any flooring that can dent, I recommend putting a carpet runner or long piece of cardboard under it to prevent the wheels from leaving an imprint. And you do have to be a little careful when leaning or scooting so that you don't tip over. On the plus side, it would be a very short fall.

Scott
 
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I happened to be hanging some acoustic panels this weekend, and it was a good chance to take a picture of the Post-it dust capture trick. This is what it looks like and just how much you can catch using this method.

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Please note that if you're clumsy, you may end up bumping the Post-it and dumping its contents all over the carpet you were trying to protect. Not that I would know anything about that. :oops:
 

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Computer Audio
AudioEngine A2+
DAC
THX ONYX
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Kaleidescape TERRA, OPPO UDP-203, Panasonic UB9000
Front Speakers
GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R
Center Channel Speaker
GoldenEar Technology SuperCenter Reference
Surround Speakers
SVS Ultra Surround
Surround Back Speakers
SVS Ultra Bookshelf
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Front, Top Mid-Front)
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation x4 (Top Middle, Top Rear)
Subwoofers
dual SVS SB16s + dual PSA XS30s
Other Speakers or Equipment
Behringer 1124p; Aura Bass Shaker Pros; SuperSub X
Video Display Device
JVC NX7
Screen
Seymour Screen Excellence, Enlightor NEO AT Screen
Streaming Equipment
iFi Audio Zen Blue
Streaming Subscriptions
Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, ROON
Other Equipment
LG Electronics 65-inch B6 OLED, Sony 65-inch X900F, ZeroSurge 8R15W x 2, ZeroSurge 2R15W x 2
Fantastic! Great idea. Thanks for… uh-um…. Posting that :-)
 
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