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first post (ever) here in AVS forum, so please be gentle!

My HT room dimensions: 12w x 14l x 9h
The actual room is much longer than that (approx 30 ft) but i only measured to my surround speakers. it is a semi-basement and the floor is carpeted. i can post a picture to give a better idea of how i positioned my speakers and how the room looks like.

my ht:
display: samsung 50 inch dlp
receiver: onkyo tx-sr504
blu ray: sony
front: polk cs1
l/r: polk monitor 60
surr: polk monitor 30
sub: polk psw-10

i personally feel that i have tweaked my ht pretty good (sofa is perfect distance from tv, i have calibrated the speaker settings in the receiver, etc)... but is there any more room for improvement? i bought these components piece by piece over the course of 4 years, and although i think it sounds incredible, i am always looking for ways to make the experience even better.

my proposed improvements:
upgrade blu ray player to oppo bd93
upgrade receiver to ???
upgrade display to ???

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upgrade display to ???

Projector and Screen.........
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upgrade display to ???

Projector and Screen.........

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Upgrading your display would be a vast improvement. As would upgrading your sub to a better single sub, or even two better subs.
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I second the addition of a projector and screen and at least one better subwoofer.

Post some pics.

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Ok, here are the pictures... full description to follow in another post !

Wide Angle View:


Closer Look:


View from behind Main Seats:


Reverse Angle:
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For one thing, I think the front left/right speakers should be spread out just a little bit more, and then toed in. They seem too close together for a good stereo spread.

If you want to add back speakers for 7.1, I'd change out your receiver and get another pair of matching speakers and stands. The newer Denon or Onkyo models with 7.1 channel (or more) decoding. I recommend getting one that has a full set of pre-amp outputs so you can add a more powerful amplifier later on (such as an Emotiva, Outlaw Audio, Parasound, etc.).

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For one thing, I think the front left/right speakers should be spread out just a little bit more, and then toed in. They seem too close together for a good stereo spread.

If you want to add back speakers for 7.1, I'd change out your receiver and get another pair of matching speakers and stands. The newer Denon or Onkyo models with 7.1 channel (or more) decoding. I recommend getting one that has a full set of pre-amp outputs so you can add a more powerful amplifier later on (such as an Emotiva, Outlaw Audio, Parasound, etc.).

thanks for the advice! i do think i can spread the l/r speakers a bit further apart without the right speaker being blocked by the wingback chair. i'll try that later tonight.

i'm not sure if i want to add 2 more speakers to the rear since the 'home office' is back there (pardon the mess!), but it has crossed my mind before... just not sure if adding that extra 2 speakers back there will make a huge difference... already my family looks around the room whenever the surrounds are being worked!
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to address other concerns:

i don't know if i can put a projector and screen because there are 2 ceiling fans and they provide good cooling for the area. so im looking at a plasma or led when this 6 yr old dlp conks out.

i'm planning to put blinds on that window to darken the room further...

what sub should i get? i'd like to keep it within polk to keep things within the same brand... psw-111 perhaps?
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to address other concerns:

i don't know if i can put a projector and screen because there are 2 ceiling fans and they provide good cooling for the area. so im looking at a plasma or led when this 6 yr old dlp conks out.

i'm planning to put blinds on that window to darken the room further...

what sub should i get? i'd like to keep it within polk to keep things within the same brand... psw-111 perhaps?


I definitely wouldn't stay within the Polk "family" for a subwoofer. Many times a different subwoofer manufacturer than your main speakers will have better bang (or boom) for the buck. This is one of those occasions.

Are you a "bass head?" Do you like clean, tight, low bass for music and movies? What kind of a budget would you consider?

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I would like a little tighter bass... Would $500 be too little a budget for the sub upgrade?
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I would like a little tighter bass... Would $500 be too little a budget for the sub upgrade?

If you are not going to DIY a sub, then would have to yes that is a little too little for a sub upgrade. Personally would recommend the SVS line of subs, have one of their cylinders and love it. Goes great with my paradigms.

http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/view-all
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I also like HSU Research subs. Their VTF-15h is a beast for the money! Others also recommend Rythmik subwoofers.

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If you wait for the next outlaw LFM-1 EX or plus sale, it would be a pretty good upgrade from your current Sub with a little more than $500

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Just to let you know, HSU Research makes Outlaw's subwoofers.


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ok, i now have my sights set on the HSU VTF-2 Mk4 or Outlaw LFM-1... since they are both made by HSU, what are the differences and whats better, since they are the same price?

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Amplifier Power (RMS) 1000 W Short Term, 250 W Continuous
Hybrid Tuning 18 Hz Ported, 25 Hz Ported or Sealed
Woofer Down Firing 12 Inch
Q Control Range 0.3 - 0.7
Crossover 30 - 90 Hz, Bypassable
Crossover Slope 24 dB/Oct
Phase 0°/180°
Inputs Line Level (2), Speaker Level (2)
Power Outlet Requirement 300 W, 120/240V
Enclosure Dimensions 20 1⁄2" H x 15" W x 22" D
Weight 64 lbs

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Outlaw

Driver Type: Down Firing, 12" Long-throw Woofer

Ports: Dual

Amplifier Power Rating: 350WRMS; 1300W peak

Frequency Response: 25Hz. -180Hz. +/- 2 dB w/o Port Plug

18Hz.-180Hz +/-2dB w/ one port plugged

Crossover Type: Linkwitz-Reily 4th Order Low Pass Network

Crossover Frequency: 40Hz to 180Hz and Bypass

Phase: 0 to 180 Degrees

SPL: 115dB (subject to placement and room gain)

Dimensions: (HxWxD) 21.50" x 15.0" x 22.0"

Weight: 70 lbs

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Update:

I installed the window shade and moved the L/R speakers as far apart as i could without getting the right speaker behind the chair.

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I'm thinking of moving up my surround speakers a little higher up the wall now...
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