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Whats the goal of the sound panels? To eliminate the low freq's from the back of T6's? The rear ports were the reason i went with 5T's. My APT isnt bass friendly and neighbors complain with 8A on 1/4 gain (-11 on the Onkyo507), sitting ontop of a bassdude.
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btf1980, you are so bougie! (For those of you not familiar with the term, it's urban venacular for "bourgeois"!)

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Whats the goal of the sound panels? To eliminate the low freq's from the back of T6's? The rear ports were the reason i went with 5T's. My APT isnt bass friendly and neighbors complain with 8A on 1/4 gain (-11 on the Onkyo507), sitting ontop of a bassdude.

The ports on the 6T's are in the front, as well. It isn't so much about sound absorption as it is frequency absorption. Meaning, redundant/counter-productive frequencies.

I don't know much about the science of all of it...just know that it sounds better with them than without them. Highly recommend hitting up the folks at GIK acoustics (where I bought mine) as they're great to deal with.

Bass issues will still be there unless you rip out your walls and do some real sound-proofing.
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I assume you mean this shot:



Now I'm longing for a better camera that could do justice to how good it looks in person. I could do without the bright-as-the-sun parking garage lights screwing with the view, though.

Thanks, Chris!

I live in Chicago, too, up in the Andersonville area. I'm trying to figure out were you are. Looks like around North Ave. West of the Best Buy store area? I can't think of any buildings that are that tall once you get pass there because of the expressway.

Great setup! But it must be hard to watch TV during the day without some window coverings.
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I live in Chicago, too, up in the Andersonville area. I'm trying to figure out were you are. Looks like around North Ave. West of the Best Buy store area? I can't think of any buildings that are that tall once you get pass there because of the expressway.

Great setup! But it must be hard to watch TV during the day without some window coverings.

Almost North/Clybourn exactly. Actually East of that Best Buy, and a block South of Uncle Julio's, if you know where that is.

Thanks, and yup...watching anything during the day is a bit of a challenge with no window treatments. Definitely a high priority now.
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being someone who followed the first thread of yours as well... i must say:

-your place is even nicer
-you have MORE Emotiva gear
-you have better Aperion speakers
-and you finally got rid of that other couch

looks AWESOME! great job, and congrats on the place! oh, one more thing. need any friends? haha

2.0 > 7.1
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and one more thing. excellent choice on the Salamander Designs stuff. that is certainly on my wish list

2.0 > 7.1
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being someone who followed the first thread of yours as well... i must say:

-your place is even nicer
-you have MORE Emotiva gear
-you have better Aperion speakers
-and you finally got rid of that other couch

looks AWESOME! great job, and congrats on the place! oh, one more thing. need any friends? haha

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and one more thing. excellent choice on the Salamander Designs stuff. that is certainly on my wish list

Thanks!

I lucked out on the Salamander stuff. Was originally going to go Studiotech, but was craving something that wasn't black-on-black-on-black like so much out there. Found the Maple Synergy stuff at the last minute. Couldn't be happier (with everything, actually).

If you ever want to come over and check it out (noticing that you're also in Chicago), let me know.
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How far out is your screen from the TV?

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How far out is your screen from the TV?

Maybe 3-5" tops. I didn't want to have it out too far.
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i just realized something... your two thread are dating a year apart, 3 weeks off from the date. now THAT'S impressive

you got bit pretty darn hard from the upgrade bug!

dare i ask, but other than window treatments, are there any future plans for the system?

2.0 > 7.1
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i just realized something... your two thread are dating a year apart, 3 weeks off from the date. now THAT'S impressive

you got bit pretty darn hard from the upgrade bug!

dare i ask, but other than window treatments, are there any future plans for the system?

Almost impossible to suggest I won't do more to this in the future. It's pretty well set for now, though. Need to pour some money into the place itself: furniture, window treatments, wall-hangings, etc.

Only thing I'm really keeping my eye on is the Emotiva XMC-1 that I will pick up if it's all that it's cracked up to be. Might replace my old PS3 with a Slim or add a dedicated BD player. These are all taking a back seat to the window treatments, though.
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oh my god...that view is amazing
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Incredible condo and gear, Roger That.

How close are you to Sox Park? Needless to say, I'm a White Sox fan, and I'm jealous.
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Incredible condo and gear, Roger That.

How close are you to Sox Park? Needless to say, I'm a White Sox fan, and I'm jealous.

Thanks, guys.

As for Sox Park, not really close. I'm in Near North/Lincoln Park. Closer to Wrigley than Sox.
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I know you havent posted on here for a while, I just wanted to know 2 things

1. What gauge/type spreaker wire are you using for your fronts? Where did you get them?

2. How do you like your Emotiva amp? I am using a RXV 3800 right now and was thinking about trying out a set up like yours. I just wanted to know if there is a significant difference in sound.
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1. What gauge/type spreaker wire are you using for your fronts? Where did you get them?

looks like Emotiva's speaker cables

http://emotiva.com/ultracables.shtm

the OP would have to verify though

2.0 > 7.1
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I know you havent posted on here for a while, I just wanted to know 2 things

1. What gauge/type spreaker wire are you using for your fronts? Where did you get them?

2. How do you like your Emotiva amp? I am using a RXV 3800 right now and was thinking about trying out a set up like yours. I just wanted to know if there is a significant difference in sound.

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looks like Emotiva's speaker cables

http://emotiva.com/ultracables.shtm

the OP would have to verify though

Correct, though they're the X-series, not the Ultra series. They're 10-gauge.

http://emotiva.com/xcables.shtm

While I don't subscribe to the idea that $100 speaker cables make your system sound better, I did want to come up with something that was high quality and looked great, and was willing to spend a few bucks on the cosmetic upgrade. These fit the bill quite well, and Emotiva customer service is fantastic.

As to the amp, I'm always skeptical of myself and my own reaction to the addition of an external amp (I am a firm believer that placebo effect comes into play in what we do here). But that having been said, short of treating your room, an external amp was the biggest improvement overall. Really opened up the detail. It wasn't about having more power. It was about having better (and CLEAN) power. VERY happy with my Emotiva's, and am not likely to go back to an AVR-only setup again.
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as you already know, im a big fan of Salamander Design stuff, and I am also considering Emotiva gear. but im looking at your stuff, and it looks like the amps BARELY fit into the stand. i like the Synergy series, and was planing on a double unit, but wit doors.

can you fit the doors on at all, or do you just choose to not use them?

2.0 > 7.1
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as you already know, im a big fan of Salamander Design stuff, and I am also considering Emotiva gear. but im looking at your stuff, and it looks like the amps BARELY fit into the stand. i like the Synergy series, and was planing on a double unit, but wit doors.

can you fit the doors on at all, or do you just choose to not use them?

I didn't order doors. I didn't/can't put on the rear stuff either. There are rear extensions that might work, but I would doubt it. The amps are big.
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New additions: new couch, window treatments





Thought I'd throw up a quick PJ screenshot also (taken at night, shades down):

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wow nice upgrades, love that couch.
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Yeah that couch is a definite upgrade from what you had. I like it a lot, good choice.

Also loving the shades. I'm sure they definitely help with ambient light when you're trying to get your movie watching going.
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Lookin' REAL good, Roger! Helluva find, that new sofa...very nice. And those window treatments are a revelation! They're so classy-looking and well-installed that one would swear they actually came with the condo. Tell us a lil' more about 'em... What's the material and where'd you pick 'em up?

Great job, sir!

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I like the new couch a lot. Ironically as I sit at my desk at work, I'm looking at what appear to be exactally the same wiundow treatments. For what it's worth, if you end up deciding that they do not darken the room enough in the middle of the day, we have a confrence room with these shades and another one behind them that makes full Black out.
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wow nice upgrades, love that couch.

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Yeah that couch is a definite upgrade from what you had. I like it a lot, good choice.

Also loving the shades. I'm sure they definitely help with ambient light when you're trying to get your movie watching going.

Thanks, guys!

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Lookin' REAL good, Roger! Helluva find, that new sofa...very nice. And those window treatments are a revelation! They're so classy-looking and well-installed that one would swear they actually came with the condo. Tell us a lil' more about 'em... What's the material and where'd you pick 'em up?

Great job, sir!

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I like the new couch a lot. Ironically as I sit at my desk at work, I'm looking at what appear to be exactally the same wiundow treatments. For what it's worth, if you end up deciding that they do not darken the room enough in the middle of the day, we have a confrence room with these shades and another one behind them that makes full Black out.

Thanks, guys. I priced out the window treatments in low-voltage, IR/RF controlled, etc. Cost was going to be astronomical...for the cost of one window, I was able to do a manual version that I'm very happy with. If I were going to stay here for 10+ years, maybe, but I have no way to predict that.

The fabric is actually pretty trick...my condo assoc requires white exteriors to any window treatments, and this fabric is actually two-sided. White on the outside, and a charcoal gray on the inside.

You'll have to excuse my ignorance...I can't remember the brand of the fabric or rollers, but can find out if anyone really needs it. I found a great company here in Chicago and they really took care of me. Didn't have to do much thinking after I said yes, which was a huge help.

They're not as dark as I originally expected, but a massive improvement. On one hand, the HT nerd side of me would prefer them to black out, but on the other, they look amazing down when you factor in the view. I would probably do it the exact same way again...it was worth the compromise. At night, where I was hoping to get the biggest help (all these awful yellow street lights bleeding in at night), it accomplished what I was looking for. Picture quality at night has vastly improved. And during the day, I can finally see my TV's picture.
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Roger your pad is awesome!

I was thinking of doing the same thing you did with the screen in front of the Plasma. My LCD isn't wall mounted like yours is so I'll have it out a bit further than yours. Do you think that will be a problem flapping in the breeze about 1-2 feet off the wall? I'm going to start a thread of my own once I get my pics onto the PC.
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You'll be fine with your screen out from the wall...mine is actually a good foot or so from the wall...no issues.
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Almost North/Clybourn exactly. Actually East of that Best Buy, and a block South of Uncle Julio's, if you know where that is.

Thanks, and yup...watching anything during the day is a bit of a challenge with no window treatments. Definitely a high priority now.

Great area!
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