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sweetest would be quiat a subjective term.

i have the sweetest setup of anyone i know personally, online here, the big dogs make me feel like a small pup.

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Well, I don't think my set up is very special. But I am happy with it so far. I have been building it piece by piece for the last six months now. It's taken some time because a lot of the furniture was custom. My next goal is to get a decent sound system to go with my TV. I also plan to do more work to clean up the cables

Samsung 55" B8000
Sony PS3
AT&T U-Verse
Apple TV

TV stand & coffee table were made custom.

Couch was custom from Lay -Z- Boy

I know i need some better lighting and some art on the walls, but I am happy with my start.





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Home Theater

Mains: Bostons Acoustics VR3s
Center: Boston Acoustics VR1
Subwoofers: 2x Ascendant Audio Avalanche 18 LLTs
Surrounds: Boston Acoustics VR1s
Rear Surrounds: Ascend Acoustics CMT-340s
Display: Samsung LN52B750 LCD
Receiver: Yamaha HTR-5890
Amplifiers: 2x Carvin HD1800
HD DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A2
DVD/CD Player: Panasonic DVD-S77
HD Receiver: DISH Network VIP211
Cassette Player: Realistic SCT-18
VCR: Zenith VSC442
Video Game Systems: Microsoft Xbox 360
Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo N64
SEGA Genesis
Nintendo NES (not pictured)
ATARI 7800 Master System
Inactive Equipment: Old RCA receiver and JVC dvd player








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Steve that 52" looks like a 40" tv behind those speakers. Those ARE ridiculous. Must blow your hair back during a movie... yipes...
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is that a black water heater?
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It's a sound proof chamber.
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Not bad...
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I hope you had an extra amp somewhere to drive those VR series speakers. I had a full 5.1 setup of BAs (Well, the sub was a 600W Klipsch) and I know the Sony ES receiver couldn't even touch the top end power the VRs could put out.

Edit: Sorry, didn't see the two extra amps you had listed, the first time.
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Nice pics guys... People have some serious surround sound for places like the Super Dome. lol

Isn't that overkill for the distance you are from those speakers, & the size of that room?
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sweetest would be quiat a subjective term.

i have the sweetest setup of anyone i know personally, online here, the big dogs make me feel like a small pup.

I feel the same way! Ha! I'm too embarrassed to post some pics when looking at these... lol [IMG]http://****************/smilies/img/2658/*************************[/IMG]
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Certainly makes me miss my old setup. Living in apartments is not conductive to having a very nice SS setup.
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I know i need some better lighting and some art on the walls, but I am happy with my start.

You also should know that you need some acoustic treatment on your bare walls.

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Isn't that overkill for the distance you are from those speakers, & the size of that room?

Overkill? What does that mean?

In all seriousness, no. The size, sensitivity, displacement, distance, etc. all add up to my sound system not having to break a sweat even when listening at reference levels - that equates to extremely low distortion. I hear it as it was meant to be heard.

I think a lot of people severely underestimate what it takes to be able to play a modern day soundtrack without compression, clipping, high distortion, or other degredations......when they attempt to tackle the infrasonic stuff, it makes it that much harder. A single 10-12" subwoofer with a plate amp just can't cut it. But I'm a nut, so who knows
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[IMG]http://www.****************/img/i/P.jpg[/IMG]Steve that 52" looks like a 40" tv behind those speakers. Those ARE ridiculous. Must blow your hair back during a movie... yipes...[IMG]http://***************/9/P/i.jpg[/IMG]

Haha true, just like the theatre...Room looks great, can't really get a good look at how big the room actually is from the pics but one things for sure the sound must be crazy.
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I know you are crazy... We are humans with terrible hearing.. If only we were dogs to hear such clarity.

Doesn't it hurt speakers to play them at very low volume all the time... Or do you play them at recommended levels to only lose your hearing?

Btw, a room that small does not need 7.1, & where is your separation of your left/Right Rear speakers? Plus they are a little high to ear level.
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Home Theater

Mains: Bostons Acoustics VR3s
Center: Boston Acoustics VR1
Subwoofers: 2x Ascendant Audio Avalanche 18 LLTs
Surrounds: Boston Acoustics VR1s
Rear Surrounds: Ascend Acoustics CMT-340s
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Receiver: Yamaha HTR-5890
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Cassette Player: Realistic SCT-18
VCR: Zenith VSC442
Video Game Systems: Microsoft Xbox 360
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Inactive Equipment: Old RCA receiver and JVC dvd player








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what are those tall things in each corner?
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You also should know that you need some acoustic treatment on your bare walls.

can you elab on that so i can treat my bare walls? what do i need to do
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can you elab on that so i can treat my bare walls? what do i need to do

Curtains... Go see what a real theater uses. However, please do NOT use rectangle foam thingy's that look hideous in your room.
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can you elab on that so i can treat my bare walls? what do i need to do

Lots.

First, there's a huge thread on this topic here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=255432

Second, read the guides here:
www.realtraps.com
www.gikacoustics.com
www.readytraps.com

Third, consult these books:
Master Handbook of Acoustics (Everest)
Sound Reproduction (Toole)

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Curtains... Go see what a real theater uses. However, please do NOT use rectangle foam thingy's that look hideous in your room.

Their shape is not critical and foam is not very effective but avoiding treatments makes major investments in equipment foolish. IMHO.

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Their shape is not critical and foam is not very effective but avoiding treatments makes major investments in equipment foolish. IMHO.

Yup, & having a practical/livable/nice looking room is also.
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Doesn't it hurt speakers to play them at very low volume all the time... Or do you play them at recommended levels to only lose your hearing?

No, I don't see why that would hurt speakers. The less excursion the drivers need to use the better. I watch movies between -10 and -20 depending on the movie and my mood. Music levels are a mixed bag. My hearing is quite good, I get it tested once a year.

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Btw, a room that small does not need 7.1, & where is your separation of your left/Right Rear speakers? Plus they are a little high to ear level.

Actually a room this size does need 7.1 - look where the side surrounds are - that leaves a big gap of sound behind the sofa. There's about a foot seperation between the rear surrounds.....while not ideal, they still perform admirably. The height doesn't concern me too much, as rear surrounds are meant to produce fairly ambient sounds anyway. The "surround" in my surround sound system works well.

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what are those tall things in each corner?

Subwoofers.

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However, please do NOT use rectangle foam thingy’s that look hideous in your room.

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foam is not very effective

Agreed. I used 8" thick fiberglass batting against hardboard and covered it with a couple sheets of rigid, resin coated polyester fabric. The fabric was white, so I left it as is.


The other side of the room is attached. It's not a large dedicated theater room, it's an average sized living room.
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what are those tall things in each corner?

Those are subwoofers

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The speakers dwarf the LCD. With this set up the speakers make a big screen tv look like a computer monitor...lol.
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Actually a room this size does need 7.1

That's what YOU think, but it isn't true... 7.1 doesn't add much to a small/average sized room. 7.1 is more for a large area for sound separation to get that surround effect without having to fight each other's sound waves into your ears.

I wouldn't doubt most feel the same as I, when I say your room is lacking style, & simple substance... You definitely have the concert effect going for you, but far too much for most to ever want/need... It's overbearing, overblown, & definitely overkill.
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when I say your room is lacking style, & simple substance... You definitely have the concert effect going for you, but far too much for most to ever want/need... It's overbearing, overblown, & definitely overkill.

Do you get off on trying to make someone else feel inadequate? It's his house, and he likes it. Let a guy enjoy it.
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I have a 7.1 setup in my room and it isn't very large but it absolutley made a difference in the effect of the surround material. There is no such thing as overkill it's called endless headroom........
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That's what YOU think, but it isn't true... 7.1 doesn't add much to a small/average sized room. 7.1 is more for a large area for sound separation to get that surround effect without having to fight each other’s sound waves into your ears.

I wouldn't doubt most feel the same as I, when I say your room is lacking style, & simple substance... You definitely have the concert effect going for you, but far too much for most to ever want/need... It's overbearing, overblown, & definitely overkill.

I agree. I used to work in the industry and have seen some crazy setups, but this is a overkill!! To each their own i guess. IMO what makes a system attractive is that not only does it need to sound good but it needs to look good in a room too. Honestly, stevecallas, i dont think those towers can keep up with those subwoofer, yes i have worked with those towers. IMO a more balanced system with those subs would be something like klipsch rf15 the reference series, those rock, but again overkill for your room. No sound deadning in that room is going to get rid off the bouncing waves. I have polk lsi15, lsic for the center and lsi9 for the rears, which i think is a overkill for my space. Can't do 7.1, because 7.1 does need good separation, you cant stack speakers next to each other and expect great surround sound. remember more is not always better (hence a good 2 way system vs and mediocre 3way) Again, just my opinion
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Do me a favor u guys with the open racks, next time spend some extra$ for a rack with built-in cable management. The ugly cabling it just bleeeew.

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