Post Your Home Theater Here!

Discussion in 'Pros and Joes Systems Gallery' started by Clint DeBoer, May 24, 2004.

  1. Clint DeBoer Banned

    Clint DeBoer
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    OK, here's your chance - we want to see what you have with respect to your home theater setups. Don't forget to include PICTURES.

    POST AWAY!
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  2. frostbyte Guest

    frostbyte
    Still in process

    So far I have:
    Processor - Theta Casa Nova (Silver)
    Amp - Still looking, but ATI AT1807 or AT2007 is looking pretty good
    Speakers - 5 RBH 661-SE's
    Subwoofers - 2 RBH 1010-SEP's
    DVD - cheesy Sanyo (TV guardian bleeps swear words)
    Power protection - Panamax

    Video is undecided, but Samsung DLP with xhd3 sounds like a possible winner
  3. Mudcat Senior Audioholic

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    My HT SYSTEM

    Please see my thread below "My what a nice rack"
  4. hifilodo Audiophyte

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    Home Theater System

    My system consists of the following:
    Receiver: Denon AVR 1603
    DVD Player: Panasonic DVD-CV52 5-DVD changer (5.1 music lover)
    Speakers: Home Theater Direct Level 3 (4 towers, center and subwoofer)

    The speakers were a budget gem!
    Looking to add a music server.
  5. LeadTrac Audioholic Intern

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    So far my system consists of

    Receiver: Yamaha RX-V2400
    Power amp: Adcom GFA 7605
    DVD Changer: Sony DVR NC685V
    DVD Recorder: Panasonic DMR-E30
    VCR: JVC HR-J692U
    Digital Cable Receiver: Scientific American Explorer 1850

    Speakers
    Center Speaker: JBL Northridge EC35
    Front Speakers A: JBL E90 tower speakers
    Surround Sound: JBL Northridge N26 II
    Rear Surround Sound: JBL Northridge E20
    Subwoofer: 1 JBL Northridge E250P
    Subwoofer: 1 SVS 20-39pci

    And still under construction
  6. Westrock2000 Junior Audioholic

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    This thread is useless without pics!

    :D
  7. Clint DeBoer Banned

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    Agreed. There is a button on the bottom for attaching pics - please use it!

    :)
  8. Rip Van Woofer Audioholic General

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    Yo, I don't need no audiophile shizzle!

    OK, here it is, really: old, cheap, and DIY. I was away from audio for many years so my system is still in a time warp. But I got plans...big plans! Hey, quit laughing! It sounds good!

    Thorens TD160 turntable for my old vinyl (original owner)
    Ancient Dynaco PAT-4 preamp (original owner)
    Dynaco FM-5 tuner (ditto above)
    Arcam Alpha 8 CD player (bought used)
    old Pioneer CD changer for background music
    Adcom GFA 545 II power amp (eBay)
    DIY Linkwitz-designed dipole speakers (the fish make the midrange more "liquid", don't you know! :p )
    Small passive dipole EQ circuit between pre and power amp (DIY)
    Monster speaker switch for Radio Shack in-wall speakers in living room.

    The sub you see holding up a plant is from my old stopgap Cambridge Ensemble 3's. Its not there anymore. And I added grilles for the tweets (cooling fan finger guards from the DigiKey catalog). Oh, and the plant died.

    Plans are to get a good pre/pro and go to at least 5 channel, and to add a dipole bottom end to the current speakers for a lower-cost version of the Linkwitz "Orion", with fully active crossovers (DIY or maybe digital ones from a pro sound company) and tri-amped. Not sure a separate sub would be needed. Center speaker will be another one of the current speakers, possibly bi-amped with active crossovers. Rear speakers TBD; Linkwitz's site shows these funky DIY ones that are simply a 5-1/2" Vifa midbass driver atop a length of 4" PVC pipe, firing toward the ceiling! Purely for ambience, he says. Amps for all may be DIY based on one of the Rod Elliot plans. Strictly a music system. HT is not a priority.

    A gallery with more than you probably want to know about my speaker project is on my Website.

    EDIT 7/21: Ordered two circuit boards for the Rod Elliot 3A amps amps. There are two channels per board. Amps can be built to deliver 60 - 100 watts per channel. Plan now to add another 8" woofer/mid to speakers to make a bi-amped stereo pair (Linkwitz PMTM1 design, based on his Phoenix) - might be all I need for my mains in my small den - been thinking the Orion design might be overkill in this situation...

    EDIT 7/27/04: After reading the wisdom of Gene and other Audioholics, I've concluded that the prepro section of a good receiver would do the trick at far less cost, and I'd have adequate amps for the surrounds and maybe even center (for now) built-in. So I've begun looking at used and factory-refurbed late models in the midprice range from the usual suspects: Denon, Sony, Yamaha, Harman/Kardon, etc. I want multi, I want it bad, and I want it soon! Oh, and my Elliot PCBs arrived!

    Of course a "universal" DVD/CD/SACD player is a must. Maybe a Pioneer 563 as a stopgap or just get a Denon 2900 and be done with it...

    Stay tuned for further adventures as Rip finally enters the modern audio era...on the cheap! Glad some people find it "entertaining" ;)

    EDIT 7/27/05: It's no longer a museum piece. Sold the Dynaco stuff just after the holidays & got a Harman Kardon DPR 1001. Also sold the Arcam CDP and replaced it with (heresy!) a humble used Pioneer DV563-A. Finally, I just got a Rotel RQ-970BX phono preamp so I can use my old Thorens again for my old vinyl. All this selling and buying was on eBay.

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  9. dan_wilkinson Audiophyte

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    lol, i felt quite embarrased about my system, but since i found Rip Van Woofer's write up of his system quite entertaining, i thought i would post my system just for your continued enjoyment :p
    I thought i should firstly note that i am 16yrs young ;) and i live in Australia. so.. here it is -
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    Yamaha RX - 360RS Stereo Reciever (my brother gave to me for free :cool: )
    TEAC DV-2120 DVD Player ($110AU from the good guys)
    TEAC 34cm CRT TV (inherited off my grandpa [not pictured])
    The speakers are from a Phillips MC-500 micro hi-fi system i bought earlier from Big W for $300, lol.
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    ^they are 2 way bass reflex speakers^, rated to handle upto 50W RMS each. speaker cable is already hard wired into speaker cabinet :eek: [​IMG]
    and incase you couldnt figure it out (please dont laugh too hard) they are mounted ontop of a pair of once homemade cd racks, now makeshift/makedo speaker stands, and perhaps even more comical but no less functional, is that i have used blobs of blu-tac to separate the speakers from the cd racks :D DIY isolation cones.

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    my room is also quite small at 3 x 3.5meters, being why i have them toed in considerably, i have noticed that this makes the soundstage sound slightly rounded (noticeable mainly with crosfaded sounds), but hey.. ill live with it.

    i wont bother commenting on performance of these speakers, since not much can be expected, and i cannot compare them to the type of systems reviewed here, but what i can say is that my setup sounds incredibly better than my brothers $600 pair Aaron speakers, running off some Denon AV reciever, but i dare say that is because he has not taken any consideration of his listening environment/speaker placement.

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  10. Polygon Audioholic

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    Even though I just posted this in my thread, mind as well here.

    After seeing some in here mine seems pretty small. That's alright; it serves its purpose for now until I get into a bigger place.

    Main rig:

    Sony STR-AV580 stereo receiver.
    BSQ EQ-3000 10 band equalizer.
    Yamaha KX-500U tape deck.
    Yamaha CDX-700U CD player.
    Toshiba M755 6 head Hi-Fi VCR.
    Toshiba SD2109 DVD player.
    DBX Soundfield V (mains).
    Wharfedale WH-2 (rears).
    Wharfedale WH-2 (center).
    Panasonic CT-20*24A 20" television.
    Sony Playstation 1.
    Sony Playstation 2.
    Nintendo NES.
    Nintendo SNES.
    Nintendo 64.
    Nintendo GameCube.
    Microsoft X-Box.
    Sega Genesis.
    Sega Dreamcast.
    Atari Jaguar.

    Yeah, it would seem I spent a lot of money on the game consoles but I didn't. It is a pretty humble system and isn't even really surround sound being that the receiver is just a four channel stereo receiver. If any of you recognize some of these model numbers you will realize that most of my equipment is pretty old. I use this rig as my music and home theater rig. I does either just fine for the room it is in but I am looking into some new equipment.

    Portable rig:

    Pioneer SA-1060 stereo receiver.
    Pioneer TX-1060 AM/FM tuner.
    Pioneer PD-590 CD player.
    BSR EQ-3000 10 band equalizer.
    Sony TC-WR531 tape deck.
    Technics SL-B3 turntable.
    Custom 3-way speakers with Cerwin Vega 10" subwoofers (main).
    KLH 687 (monitor speakers).

    I mainly take some of this rig to parties or use it when I want to listen to some old vynil.

    Some misc audio stuff:

    Headphones:
    Used for LAN parties and portable audio, nothing fancy.
    Sennheiser HD-202.
    Optimus LV-20.
    Optimus Nova44.

    Reel to reel:
    Sounds much better than standard audio cassettes, just eats up a lot of tape. :)
    Webcor 4-Track.

    Computer speakers:
    They do just fine for music; I don't watch movies on the computer.
    Klipsch Pro Media 2.1

    In the near future I am going to buy some new equipment for the main rig. I would like to find a good receiver that would allow me to use an equalizer for my analog components, but I can't find one that suites my needs, that or I'm not looking hard enough. I am looking to buy the following components very soon:

    Denon AVR-1804 receiver.
    Velodyne DD-15 subwoofer.
    DBX Soundfield V loudspeakers (for my future 7.1 system).

    I am looking at getting a new television, most likely a 36" or larger CRT tube and possibly a new DVD player because I wouldn't mind having DVD audio. I also need a whole slew of cables. Things are subject to change but I want to buy in the next week or two so if you have any suggestions shoot them my way.

    The main rig:

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    The Consoles:

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    The Soundfield V's:

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    The Wharfedale's:

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    The portable rig:

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    The reel to reel:

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    The tape decks:

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    And the Pro Media's:


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  11. SupermanDT Audiophyte

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  12. Clint DeBoer Banned

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    Cool - what equipment is in there? Give us a list if you would.
  13. LEVESQUE Junior Audioholic

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  14. Rip Van Woofer Audioholic General

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    Alain: Most impressive! I'm sure we'd all like to know two things:

    1) Did you do the design (visual and acoustical) yourself or use a pro consultant?

    2) Directions to your place. I'll bring chips.

    Big props to your father-in-law, too!
  15. LEVESQUE Junior Audioholic

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    Rip.

    It was a mix of both pros and ''amateurs''. For the acoustic, I have a friend acoustician that did help me planning the room, dimensions, speakers and sub placement, dealing with nodes and null, viewing distance, room treatments, broadband absorbers, Behringer BFD ''house-curve''. And with alot of help from the ETF5 software particularly, and alot other softwares also :D .... And I did also hire a contractor to do the ''basics'': electricity, framing, drywall (mudding, taping...), riser (''half'' the job) ... and the carpet was installed by a pro also.

    But I did the rest alone with my father-in-law: stage, riser, furring strips, broadband absorbers, OC 703 and polybatting installation, GOM, framing and moulding, hush-box, projector installation, equipement installation and connections.

    It was alot of fun! :D

    And the best part is, even if the end-result is looking good (WAF seal of approval), the AQ and PQ were the priority, so the audio and video quality is also top-noch! And my wife is proud to show that room to her lady friends, and even to her interior designer! :eek:

    Here's a list of the audio and video equipment in this room for those interested:

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=382619

    And BTW, I live up north in Quebec in the big white, at 6-7 hours by car up north of Montreal... But if you are up for the trip (I mean if you are the adventurious type), don't forget the chips and the beer! :D
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  16. jeffsg4mac Republican Poster Boy

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    I am a little closer then to you than rip is, only 2.5 hrs to the border at Connecticut lakes. :D
  17. Madchillen Audiophyte

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    Finally some pictures...

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    tell me what you guys think `Nick
  18. mfabien Senior Audioholic

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    Energy XL-250 Towers, Maple
    Energy XL-C100M Center channel, Maple
    Energy Take 2.2 rears, Maple
    Yamaha RX-V540
    THX Fiber Optic
    THX DGTL Audio (coax)
    Toshiba 57HDX82
    SA8000HD DVR
    Samsung V-1000 DVD/VCR Combo

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  19. mcwilson Audioholic

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    HT for me

    Components:
    ATI 8500.1 Pre/Pro
    ATI 3006 300 x 6 channel amp.
    ATI 3004 300 x4 channel amp
    Samsung HD 931 DVD player
    Sony DVPCX777ES multi-disc DVD player
    Monster HTS 3600 Line Conditioner
    InFocus SP 7205 projector
    Da-Lite High Contrast Cinema Contour Cinema Vision 54x96 screen
    Scientific Atlanta HD receiver from Adelphia cable

    Speakers:
    JAMO D870 Front Left and Right
    JAMO D8CEN Center
    JAMO D8SUR 2 Surround, 2 Rear

    Seating:
    6 Berkline Theatre Recliners
    4 barstools for late-arrivals

    Acoustics:
    Auralex paneling for walls, ceiling, and bass traps

    Refrigerator:
    Stocked with plenty of refreshing beer

    Anyone near Atlanta ready to partay?

    Sic 'em Dawgs! Woof Woof Woof!

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  20. mcwilson Audioholic

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    Oops

    Forgot the Sub...

    JAMO D8SUB

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