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I know I have loved looking over the main PS3 pic thread. But as much as I like looking at beutiful and unique setups, I also look for ideas on how to improve my own. Living in an apartment (and on the specific budget), we face some different restrictions.

I thought some of us out there who live in an apartment may benefit by having pics of apartment specific setups posted. I am gonna insert my own (in progress) setup...and hopefully we can get something goin here.



Got a speaker wire and the wire for the backlight that need to be hidden...



That's a 1978 Sansui cabinet loudspeaker: very old but its got two 8" woofers [up and down firing] and a tweeter still sound pretty good, though not sonicly matched with the CC.



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That area was my favorite in the entire game. I must have went up to that cave behind the waterfall and looked at the vista at least fifty times, just to show my friends and family the scenery!

The texturing on the submarine was amazing too! I think I want to go through Uncharted one more time now...
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Is it better to have the back surround speakers directly behind you or up a little farther and spread out?

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I'll post some pictures of mine after I upload them.

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Here's some pic's from my apartment's setup during the evening news. Still some ambient light. 123" PJ setup. JVC RS1 with Totem Forest/links 5.1 setup.




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I live in a condo and my TV is on a wall adjacent to my neighbor. Do you guy worry about your neighbors complaining about noise from your HTS?

I'd post a pick of my set up but I'd have to dust it first.
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Here's some pic's from my apartment's setup during the evening news. Still some ambient light. 123" PJ setup. JVC RS1 with Totem Forest/links 5.1 setup.




Show off!!!

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Is it better to have the back surround speakers directly behind you or up a little farther and spread out?

Well...probably up higher if you have space between the wall and your listening position...but I dont

Soooo, I have a function on the receiver that allows me to adjust height placement on my surround back speakers, so I just set that to low. I do have to turn the db level down a bit so they dont overpower my other speakers.
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I live in a condo and my TV is on a wall adjacent to my neighbor. Do you guy worry about your neighbors complaining about noise from your HTS?

I'd post a pick of my set up but I'd have to dust it first.

Yeah...I guess it is always a concern. I do my best to only turn it up during the afternoon to evenings. Still, I catch myself thumping a bit during those late night sessions. Its difficult not to play what you have.

But I wouldnt worry about just a TV, if that's what you mean.
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Show off!!!

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really though....nice setup. My buddy in college had a projector screen is his apt. pretty nice.
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Well...probably up higher if you have space between the wall and your listening position...but I dont

Soooo, I have a function on the receiver that allows me to adjust height placement on my surround back speakers, so I just set that to low. I do have to turn the db level down a bit so they dont overpower my other speakers.

The reason why I was asking is because I don't have any space between my wall and couch either, but I have my speakers placed higher up. I was just wondering if it would be better to move the speakers down. Thanks.

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i'd probably change the wall art...

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i'd probably change the wall art...

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Is it better to have the back surround speakers directly behind you or up a little farther and spread out?

I used to have them behind and put them on the sides.
For me it's sounds a lot better when they are on the sides.
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Well actually, I have 7.1 Ch going with 4 satellite speakers as my surrounds and surround backs. I am in the process of completely upgrading all my speakers (buying Ascends this weekend). I know I should invest more in my speakers than anything else, that's why I have taken my time on the research..etc.
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I'm planning that aswell. I also need to upgrade my receiver, one that allows lossless and 7.1. Doing a lot of research also...And saving up too.
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really though....nice setup. My buddy in college had a projector screen is his apt. pretty nice.

he's just giving me crap because mine is bigger than his!

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I know I have loved looking over the main PS3 pic thread. But as much as I like looking at beutiful and unique setups, I also look for ideas on how to improve my own. Living in an apartment (and on the specific budget), we face some different restrictions.

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Bdwright, nice setup .

Although I don't live in an apartment, I have come to the conclusion that I have the same "restrictions" that you speak of. You see, although I have a dedicated basement in a house that "I" had built and make payments on every month, I have quickly realized that I am nothing more then a "tenant" in this setup and the land lord can be a bit demanding (aka, the wife) . What joy is there in running a 10" onkyo and 12" klipsch if your constantly being told to "turn it down" by the said landlord . At one point, she actually yelled down "your going to get us kicked out of the house...." my reply was "...do we still get the equity that we have built up back or are we s.o.l. and on the street..." . She didn't find it funny .
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Well actually, I have 7.1 Ch going with 4 satellite speakers as my surrounds and surround backs. I am in the process of completely upgrading all my speakers (buying Ascends this weekend). I know I should invest more in my speakers than anything else, that's why I have taken my time on the research..etc.

Its your money.. but I gotta ask.. why invest MORE money into speakers if you already cant turn up the volume. Seems like a waste in my opinion, and money on your setup would be better spent elsewhere.

I do like your setup, its neat, contemporary and fits the bill. I have a similiar one in my home, but my HTS is a Sony HTiB.. Its a DD/DTS 5.1 system I bought in 2001. I cant even crank it past 3 on a volume scale of 1-10 without the neighbors banging on the wall.

As you can imagine the LAST thing on my list getting a newer/better 7.1 HDMI setup. Well atleast as long as I'm still in an apartment.

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Its your money.. but I gotta ask.. why invest MORE money into speakers if you already cant turn up the volume. Seems like a waste in my opinion, and money on your setup would be better spent elsewhere.

I turn my system up, and it's crazy loud. I'm certified by HAA and I did a whole Audio calibration on my setup. I'm also using a sunfire tru-sub, which is an animal in itself.
What I don't do, is turn it up loud past 10 on a weeknight, and I don't turn it up past 1am on the weekend. Other than that, it's fair game IMO. As long as I am not "disturbing the peace" after those set time, nobody can say a word to me.
I pay for my space, and I expect to use it. So should everyone else.

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Mmmphh, should I or shouldn't I post pics here? Soooooo tempted...
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thanks Daekwan and kekborg....'preciate it. I guess my reasoning is that, even at lower volumes, you can still tell the difference in quality sound reproduction and...not so quality sound reproduction. While I like my front L and R speakers (as old as they are), they do not match up well with the 5 ch Yamaha setup. Additionally, I just want all 7 ch to match .

Call me OCD, or a HT perfectionist, but even if I dont get to rattle the neighbors, I want to have quality equipment. Speakers have always been my focal point, and I have put it off so long so that I can make a choice on something that will last me, even when I make it into my first home.
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here is mine in my small condo!






Sorry for pic quality.. still using good old SD350... And with flash doesn't look natural!
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here is mine in my small condo!

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Sorry for pic quality.. still using good old SD350... And with flash doesn't look natural!

Hey, you've got a nice place there.

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Hey, you've got a nice place there.

Thank You!

Got the place last year.. Everything there is Brand Spanking new... Painted the place, all new flooring, all new trimming... Still got much to do.. And it is hard now that the living room is all set up!
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Here is a pic of my set up.
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If only I had an equipment rack....
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Here is a pic of my set up.
http://picasaweb.google.com/ciaflux/...33138873567202

If only I had an equipment rack....

Look @ my setup, Bigger av bench will take help you clean that up.. You can find one for around 200 bucks!
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Look @ my setup, Bigger av bench will take help you clean that up.. You can find one for around 200 bucks!

I have thought about getting a bigger tv stand but the center speaker takes up a lot of space and could still leave me with having stuff spread out.

I am considering a Salamander Design rack but I don't like their price.
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