Hold your breath

Make a wish

Count to three

Where the Magic Happens

Where the Magic Happens

Come with me to the home of Lutz, one of our Germany XBMC users. Lutz’s home doesn’t have a bat cave or any other kind of man cave. There are no super creative touch screens or repurposed upstairs bedrooms.  In fact, the intro to this post aside, Lutz doesn’t even proudly display any delicious Milka chocolate or Haribo.  What Lutz does have is oodles and oodles of candy.

Tech candy, to be specific.

As a rule, I try to be as jealous as possible of everyone who submits a Feature Friday.  Lutz may just take the cake for most assorted things I want.

Sure, he’s got the basic things. For example, he’s got an AMD dual core computer with 5tb of storage running Win7 Pro 64 and XBMC, and he’s outputting his sound using an ASUS Xonar DS, for one of the cleanest consumer analog outputs on the market, and certainly one of the best cards out there for receivers that don’t accept HDMI in.

5TB of Awesome

5TB of Awesome

Of course, he’s got a PS3, a DM 800HD PVR, and a Kenwood 5.1 receiver.

And, naturally, it goes without saying that he controls all these things with a top of the line Harmony 900 remote.

Harmony 900 plus keyboard

Harmony 900 plus keyboard

At this point, you’d think Lutz would be content. Maybe toss a nifty TV into the system and some speakers and call it a day.

Instead, Lutz installed some of the most interesting surround speakers I’ve ever seen into the corners of his room.

Triangles never looked so good

Triangles never looked so good

Then he stuck a fully motorized 110 inch 16:9 screen on his wall.

My 40 Inch TV weeps in self-pity

My 40 Inch TV weeps in self-pity

He mounted his apparently infinite supply of bluray movies onto his wall.

This will take a few hours to watch

This will take a few hours to watch

Then he stuck the BenQ W600+ 3D projector on the wall to give his living room that “My room is better than yours” look.

The BenQ 3D projector

The BenQ 3D projector

Now, as you can see from every angle, his room is a candy land of awesome for many an XBMC lover.

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The Many Angles of Awesome

All jokes of jealousy aside, Lutz really did put together a room that any XBMC lover ought to love hanging out in. Good job Lutz!

And if any of the rest of you have anything creative or awesome you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at natethomas AT xbmc DOT org, or just leave a note on the Facebook Fanpage, or shoot a tweet to @XBMC or @natedrives. I should be able to get in contact in with you in at least one of those ways.  Meanwhile, stay tuned for next week, when I’m going to try to pin down a very special guest for Celebrity Feature Friday!

(note: all celebrities are not actually celebrities)

A Land of Pure Imagination

A Land of Pure Imagination

  • Sean


  • seb

    wooow !

  • ppic

    Nice room!

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  • Martin


  • Nic


    >What Skin do you use for your XBMC?

  • Dannydekr

    Being a bachelor (yeah, I’m confident he is) is just awesome :) +1 for Lutz

  • Thizizmyname

    Awesome. Just pure, totally awesome.
    But, why is the projector upside down?

  • http://CounterMoon.org Brian Fahrlander

    WOW, this guy has spent an AMAZING amount of money, to sit still and do nothing.

    Irony, isn’t it?

  • hnhgnasdf

    what are those triangles from? which company?
    kind regards..

  • Peter

    What is the Name of the XBMC Skin?

  • Tulz

    Hey THX for Feedback…
    @Nic The Skin is AEON MQ 2…
    @Thizizmynar With upside down Beamer… There is no Keystone…

  • Maxoo

    Nice room, and amazing bluray collection.

    @Thizi : There must be a fan beneath it.

  • Topher

    Very, very nice setup. This has given me some great ideas. I just posted my house setup w/ XBMC @ Reddit here: http://www.reddit.com/r/xbmc/comments/ilpmj/whole_house_xbmc/

  • idiotlocator

    Hey Topher – why?
    If you need the attention, get your own thread.

  • Sam_dal

    A folding screen is not a good idea if you want to enjoy your screen for HD projection for a long time.

  • Charlie

    Nice setup. Now who want o see my setup. ?

  • Charlie

    that projecot only does 1280x720p. U can pick one up for about $530 bucks.

  • Charlie

    Brian Fahrlander :
    WOW, this guy has spent an AMAZING amount of money, to sit still and do nothing.
    Irony, isn’t it?

    his setup is cheaper than a average 50″ TV. So your comments is stupid.

  • http://xbmcmediacenter.com/ h.udo

    A very nice looking space. Congrats Lutz!

  • Handaloo

    Wow. That is an extremelly braggable setup. I am very jealous. Let us know where those speakers came from, I want some! :)

  • http://ss4200.homelinux.com gorgone

    this skin looks realy nice i cand find it in the repository
    im blind ?
    what is the name of this skin ?


    …. nice beamer ;-)
    i like my 60″ plasma to …

  • http://www.joelouie.ca Chris

    Considering that a lot of the movies on that shelf haven’t been released on blu-ray yet, I’m going to guess that they’re all DVDs.

  • Frank (NL)

    Great stuff! I can’t stop drooling…. Great room that would look nice in my house ;) ) One remark though: the Asus Xonar one of the best analog cards on the market? That’s hardly the case. It should say: one of the best BUDGET analog cards on the market. As it can’t be beat at that 50 bugs price point. But for (a lot) more money you can have much better soundcards.

  • meh

    What are you people smoking? -1. It’s awful in so many ways. Bad taste and a terrible room for front projection.

  • Zeke

    So beautiful, yet so tastefully minimal, I nearly wept tears of joy. I’d be jealous if I wasn’t so goddamn awestruck!

  • JP

    Really cool! Keep feature friday going! I love to see other peoples setups. Someday i’ll have a sweet enough setup to submit.

  • Zeke

    Really disappointing to see some seemingly jealous putdown comments on here. What’s the matter, embarrassed because your own home cinema rig pales in comparison? :P

  • chrisdk

    meh :
    What are you people smoking? -1. It’s awful in so many ways. Bad taste and a terrible room for front projection.

    I have to agree, the room looks very cluttered all around the screen and shelving. People are calling this minimal??

  • mj

    Replace blinds in the windows with 100% dimming roller blinds. When you pull them down they cut all the light from outside.

    I also have a 720p projector (a 3LCD EPSON EMP-TWD10) conneted to my PC through an HDMI cable. But my projector doesn’t need to be placed upside down, because it is equipped with lens shift which allows to move the projected picture some amout in each direction by modyfiing lens position (it doesn’t create an image distortion like digital keystone). With lens shift you can place the projector higher and then set it to beam the picture lower than the projector is placed.

    Of course my setup is also mainly used with XBMC :) .

    PS. Sorry for my English.