Hi All -
In the fall of 2011, my wife and I relocated from North Carolina to New York City. Disassembling the theater that I had spent the better part of 8 years building and dialing in, and chronicled in a series of articles for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, was a bittersweet day. We were excited to start a new chapter, but that room was where I really taught myself this hobby, and I was sad to see it go. It took me the better part of four months to get back up and running (you can see links to my old theater thread below).
I'm using this thread as a "current set-up" thread, so folks can have an idea of what i have going on.
So my as my current room is multi-use, I needed to use a drop-down screen to preserve that cinematic experience. Here is a picture of the front sound stage. I have recently swapped out a B&W system for KEF Reference 1's and 2C center. I enjoyed my time with the B&W's but was both ready for change and really impressed by the KEF Reference line when I reviewed them last year. I use a BDI Mirage 8224 Double occupancy unit to store the gear, flanked by dual JL Audio F113 Subs. The piano Black of the BDI matches the black of the KEF's and the 113's perfectly (these are a little overexposed so you can see all of the equipment).
Here is the Screen Innovations Reference Motorized Screen dropped. For material, I'm using their Solar HD 1.3, which pairs really well with the JVC.
I'm really happy with the KEF Reference series. I have paired these with KEF R50's for Atmos. These work well enough in my room.
Here is a shot at the back of the room. You can see the JVC RS-25. I've reviewed several projectors over the last few years but have held off replacing this. It'll probably be the first piece of gear to be replaced when we move next year. You can also see the surrounds, which are KEF R100's. I've raised the surrounds to diffuse the sound a bit. For the back right speaker, I built a box to raise it about 2 feet. For the back left, the speaker was placed on the bookshelf you see in the picture.
Here is the current equipment rack. I'm using a Anthem MRX 1120 as a pre-pro, paired with a Parasound Halo A51 amp. The Anthem handles amplification of the R50's, and the Halo handles everything else. To me using a receiver to add the extra height channels is a simple and clean solution, avoiding the addition of an extra box to get channels beyond what my A51 can handle.
On the source side I keep it pretty simple these days. I'm using a Roku Ultra for streaming and an Oppo UPD-203 for discs. Cable is from a brand new Technicolor 4742.
The newest piece in my set-up is the Sony A1E OLED - this one is 65". The Sony replaced a Panasonic VT30 plasma that served me well, but it was time to move to a 4K HDR chain for review purposes. This unit is suspended on a BDI Arena TV mount - I think it ended up looking pretty clean.
Here is a more detailed shot of the projector. You can see two cables coming from the front of the room. One is the 12V trigger, the other HDMI. I'm using a BJC Series FE that I posted about below. This picture is from my previous set-up where I was using a Cat6/HDMI converter. Once I realized that I could use do this run with a 25' thin series FE cable, I swapped out the converter.
Sitting on top of the projector is a Furman AC-215A power conditioner. The mount is a Premier Universal Mount.
Here is a detailed shot of the Screen Innovations install. We had to construct two wooden boxes to deal with the beam in the center of the room. Power is run up from the baseboard to power the screen.
For power management I'm using a floor unit from SurgeX (XS10). It has been working well for me. Mounted onto the back of the BDI cabinet is a URC MRF-350.
I also installed a URC RF dimmer finally for lighting control. I need to swing by Home Depot to get a matching wall-plate - this one is slightly darker than the URC dimmer is.
I've moved my handmade cables to the living room and am now using Cardas Clear Light cables. I met the Cardas folks at a show last year and they offered some cables and jumpers to try. So far no complains whatsoever - a solid, well built cable. This pic is with my old B&W 805D's (and before we re-stained the floors).
I use ARC to calibrate the audio and CalMan Professional.
Other vital stats: The room is about 13' deep- with the couch and the screen separation from the wall, my screen is a perfect THX recommended 92". The room is ~19' in width; the ceilings are about 12' high. I'm really happy with how this room is evolving. Looking at an amp change possibly this winter. Will post if that happens.
Let me know of any questions and thanks for looking!
Current Equipment List
- Blue Jeans Series FE (HDMI throughout)
- Cardas Clear Ultra / Cardas Clear Jumpers (Speaker L/R/C)
- SVS SoundPath Ultra (Speaker heights)
- Belden Series 500 (Surround)
- Blue Jeans Cable LC-1 (Amplifier)
- SurgeX XS10 (Power front rack)
- Furman AC-215A (Power projector)