Below is current information on my theater and components as of December 2016!
STEVE BRUZONSKY’S HOME THEATER SYSTEM – December 2016
VIDEO DISPLAY AND PROCESSING:
Sim2 C3X 1080 3 chip DLP Projector
Lumagen 2143 video processor/scaler
ISCO IIIL Anamorphic Lens and Cineslide Multistand II, with PPL-XL custom extra long length Cineslide mount kit
Stewart Cine-V Curved Screen, 2:35 128” W X 54” H, with drop down side masking to 96” W for 16:9, 1.3 gain.
LG 55UB8500 55 inch 4k Ultra HDTV (under projection screen)
AUDIO VIDEO SOURCES & PROCESSING:
Theta Casablanca 4 surround processor (with DIRAC Live room correction) with 2 Xtreme D3 DAC cards (12 channels – ready for Dolby Atmos in near future, when the CB 4a becomes available with Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D, for which I will be adding four KEF THX in ceiling speakers and an ATI multi-channel amp for those speakers)
(I had three Theta Generation VIII Series 3 DACs connected via a full bandwith digital out card to the Theta CB 4, and when I recently added the D3 DACs I found that they sound as good or better than the Generation VIII DACs, which I have sold) (My current configuration is 5.1 channels, with the two subwoofers chained to each other).
Theta Compli Blu 3D Universal Player (Blu Ray, SACD, DVD-A, CD)
Oppo 103D Universal player (which I use to rip SACDs)
Amazon Fire HD
Customized CAPS3.0 Zuma Music Server (computer, assembled and purchased from Small Green Computer),
used for multi-channel HDMI output to Theta Casablanca IV SSP (using JRiverMC 21 software for multi-channel music).
Small Green Computer Sonic Transporter i5 used for ROON Core, and Sonore Microrendu, as ROON endpoint, for 2 channel stereo output over USB to Berkeley Audio Alpha USB Converter, then AES/EBU to Casablanca IV SSP). Powered by Sonore Signature Power Supply with Synergistic Research fuses
Western Digital WDMyCloudEX4 16TB network server (with more than 8TB for 2Ch music); and Western Digital WDMyCloud 8TB (with more than 4.5TB for multi-channel music) (in theater room, as fans make no discernable noise) (connected by CAT6a Ethernet cable to Netgear access point, which is then connected by CAT6a Ethernet cable to the CAPSv3 (multi-channel music player), MicroRendu.and Sonic Transporter i5 (two channel music player)
2 TP-Link GB Media Converters, placed between Linksys WRT 1900AC router and Microrendu
Berkley Audio Alpha USB Converter
3 Linksys WRT1900AC routers, programmed with one in upstairs home office as main router, and two as bridges – one in home theater, one at West main floor of home, for wireless network)
Netgear GS116NA 16 port ethernet switch
DirecTV HR44 Genie with C41 Genie Client
Apple IPad Pro (for remote Music Server playback), using both JRemote and TeamViewer 10.
5 Theta Digital Prometheus monoblock amplifiers.
SPEAKERS AND STANDS:
5 Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers (including one for front center channel). Surround 7ts are elevated an additional 6 inches high by having OsirisGiza Mk II stands .
2 JL Audio Fathom f212 subwoofers (each subwoofer has two 12” woofers).
2 custom Acoustic Sciences Corporation SubTraps (22” X 22” X 15” high)
AUDIO AND VIDEO CABLES:
HDMI Cabling Monoprice 18Gbps Ultra Slim High Performance HDMI Cable w/ Redmere Technology and Blue Jeans BJC-FE HDMI cables, with Blue Jeans BJC Series-1 HDMI cabling in wall to projector
Five Pairs Cardas Clear Light 1.5M speaker cables (each speaker biwired with one pair)
Granite Audio Model 470 Silver Analog Interconnects (single-ended and balanced) for long runs from monoblock amplifiers to speakers.
Mogami microphone XLR subwoofer interconnects
Cardas Audio Clear AES/EBU 1.5M digital audio cables
Curious Cable Link USB cable (connecting Microrendu to Berkley Audio USB Converter)
Blue Jeans Cat 6a and Audioquest Cinnamon & Forest Ethernet Cat7 Cables
2 - PS Audio Perfect Wave P5 Power Plants
2 – PS Audio Quintet (Each one connected to a P5, one used for computer & networking, and one used for 3
3 – HDPlex 100W LPS (Linear Power Supplied). Each of the PS Audio P5s feeds one of the HDPlex 100W LPS.
The HDPlex’s are used to connect DC power inputs of the Linksys router, Netgear switcher, Sonic Transporter i5,
Lumagen 2143 video processor, 2 TP-Link GB Media Converters, Western Digital WDMyCloudEX4 and WDMyCloud Servers.
PS Audio Soloist in wall power conditioner (for all non-amplifier components)
PS Audio Power Ports AC outlets
Granite Audio Model 560 and 555 power cords
Audioprism Noise Sniffer and Audioprism Quietline AC Filters
Michael Green Deep Clampracks, one 54" high and two 48" high
Michael Green Deluxe Justarack Tuning Boards (3)
Steve Blinn amplifier stands (2)
ROOM ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS:
Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding 5" (black) placed on bevel at wall/ceiling seams
Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers (black): Four Mini Corner Controllers, placed at ceiling corners over ACM joints; Eight Wall Mount Controllers 36", one at each of four wall corners, two on each side wall; and Six Mini Echo Controllers, one centered above the screen at the wall/ceiling seam, one centered above the back cabinets' wetbar at ball wall/ceiling seam, and one placed on the ceiling above each Aerial Acoustics 10T speaker
La-Z-Boy Legend Power Leather Recliners. 1st row three recliners, with console including two cupholders inbetween the front row center and right recliners. 2nd row two recliners with console including two cupholders between them.
Symposium Platforms, Ultra and Svelte.
Symposium Rollerblocks Series 2.
Cardas Caps (for components' unused RCA inputs/outputs)
Michael Green Cable Grounds.
Notes on Setup & Special Dedicated Room Construction and Features
Notes on Setup:
All speakers are floorstanding.
How far apart are the main speakers? 168" (14 feet) front left from front right, & surround left from surround right. 165" (13 feet 9 inches) front left from surround left, & front right from surround right. All speakers including front center are Aerial Acoustics 7ts. Center speaker is equidistant from front center as the other speakers. The four front and surround Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers are setup at about 2, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock on circle, tilted at the center front row "sweet spot" (two rows of leather recliners each row) listening/viewing position at about 45 degrees, with each of the four main 7ts facing another 7t diagonally at a 45 degree angle.
How far is the listener from the rear wall? Rear row 5 feet, and front row 11 feet from back wall.
Placement of the rear surround speakers? Rear surrounds are about 1.5 feet to the rear of the rear row listening positions. Rear surrounds are about 7.5 feet to the rear of the front row listening position.
How many rows of seat in the theater? 2 rows,3 leather recliners in front, 2 leather recliners in back, back row raised 8 inches on a platform. Back row left seat (2 recliners in back row) is right in the center sweet spot of the speakers from left to right. Front row center seat (3 recliners in front row) is right in the center sweet spot of the speakers from left to right.
Surround Processor Settings: I have Theta CB4 settings including Dirac and speaker levels with one setting for front row and another setting for back row. I primarily listen to music in the back row. I may watch movies/tv from front or back row.
Acoustic Treatments? Normally, the Aerial 7ts are too far apart for excellent imaging and sonics; however, thanks to the Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers and acoustical treatments, this is preferred positioning for best home theater sonics. The Pressure Zone Controllers at the front of the room are adjusted for a solid phantom center image with only stereo playing for the front left and right 7t; and towards and at the back, the controllers are adjusted for more ambience.
SPECIAL DEDICATED ROOM CONSTRUCTION AND FEATURES:
Home Theater room dimensions are 18 feet 3 inches wide, 25 feet long and 11 feet 11 inches high. This is #3 on the Louden scale of best acoustical audio dimensions, to lessen the room node interaction at low bass frequencies as much as possible.
The room was added East of the Master Bedroom. A hallway and bathroom are between the Master Bedroom and the Home Theater room. The theater's cement foundation has seams between the theater and the hallway/bathroom, and also between the hallway/bathroom and the Master Bedroom, for vibration control.
Double masonite doors with wood and rubber seals around them lead from the Master Bedroom to the hallway, and from the hallway to the theater. Double 2 inch X 4 inch stud walls, with 1 inch air space inbetween, are between the Master Bedroom and the hallway/bathroom.
At the rear of the home theater, flat black cabinets with a wetbar in the middle are 20 inches deep with the 2 inch X 6 inch stud wall in back of the cabinets.
There is blown in cellulose insulation for all of the walls, which seeps into and perfectly seals all nooks and crannies, except the ceiling insulation is BAT (much of the ceiling is taken up by large oversized air conditioning ducts and there was insuficient room up there to squeeze in a blow in cellulose). USG Acoustical Sealant was used on all stud surfaces to minimize vibrations. Sound board, followed by gyp board, was installed on all of the walls and ceiling of the entire addition.
The air conditioning return is at the rear of the theater underneath the cabinets and is roughly about more than 10 feet long and 4 inches in height. The air conditioning is whisper quiet thanks to the oversized gentle turns insulated air ducts. The air return is located in the attic above the bathroom, with a separate air conditioning unit outside the room, and with the air conditioning unit on a concrete slab separated from the addition's concrete slab, so that the air conditioning is self-contained and totally separate from the rest of our home.
The local code requires at minimum the Home Theater room's windows, two windows four feet wide X 5 feet high. Each window is on the north and south side walls, with each window ending 7 feet from the front video screen wall, just behind the very front of the front left and right Aerial Acoustics 7T speakers. The windows consist of one double pane outside and a single pane inside. Each pane is on a separate wood insulated frame to minimize vibrations and maximize soundproofing. Manual Draper Lightblock shades ensure that the room remains totally dark for video.
Our home has a 400 amp electrical service. That service was originally split into two 200 amp panel boxes, one for the East and one for the West side of our home. With the new addition at the East of our home, its 200 amp service panel box has a new 100 amp circuit breaker, which is isolated from the 200 amp panel from which its fed, which feeds a third panel box which contains 19 dedicated 20 amp, 10 guage wire circuits for the Home Theater room only. However, I intentionally wired the Home Theater room and addition lighting, a ceiling dedicated 20 amp circuit (which can but is not presently used for the projector), and the addition air conditioning dedicated 30 amp circuit into the pre-existing East panel box, to help keep noise from those circuits out of the panel box and dedicated circuits for audio and video components. The 19 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the Home Theater room panel box are wall wired same electrical phase, skipping every even circuit in the panel box (otherwise, as in typical panel boxes which don't skip every even circuit, this results in doubling the AC power noise). 4 guage copper wire runs from the Home Theater panel box to a nearby 8 foot copper ground rod well buried in the ground. The house ground is a 4 guage copper wire from the East panel box. And a 4 guage copper wire connects the copper ground rod to the house ground. The Home Theater room electrical outlets are PS Audio Power Ports 20 amp (which replaced Hubbell one grade below hospital grade in August 2002). In 2007 added whole house surge suppression, Innovative Technology (Eaton) PTE160 for 400 amp panel and PTE0481S101 for home theater panel.
Home Theater room colors are optimized for front projection, black carpet over a cement foundation, black ceiling, and black side walls from the front screen wall out seven feet to the edge of the windows, the remainder of the room is dark gray (the dark gray looks like a medium to lighter gray when placed next to black).
Three black art deco style theater lights on each side wall.
Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 remote controlled lighting.
A black, remote controlled whisper quiet ceiling fan centered about two-thirds into the room from the front screen wall.
Boltz Multimedia racks for audio and video media.
Four Billy Bags amp stands are used as mobile end tables.
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