Well, the wii finally showed today. Bought used from a guy on ebay.
$450 for the console, HD cables, 3 wii motes, 2 nunchucks, sm bros, sonic, and some other downloaded game, as well as Zelda and Excite truck. Got a pretty sweet deal. Everything is like new condiditon.
I wanted to play right away and since I'm using a front projector, the sensor bar was an issue. I lit two candles and put them on my center channel speaker. worked great. about 12 foot distance is the best I could get.
Then after bowling a couple games, I decided to do the sensor 9v hack. The last couple days I had put together a project box with a 9v battery, switch to turn on and off as well as what I calculated to be the proper resistance (27ohms I think).
Hooked it up using the "pencil" method sticking the wires right into the jack on the stock sensor. Using my cell camera I verified things were working great!
I then put that down on the center speaker. I now get at least 25 feet of range! I couldn't go much further or I'd be going up stairs out of my theater room!
Very happy with everything so far, especially the wireless hack for the sensor bar.
I then preceded to delete all the Miis the previous owner had created (must have been about 30!) and then create new Miis for me, my wife and my 1.5 year old daughter. My wife bowled a couple of games and had a great time!