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post #211 of 238 Old 03-17-2014, 10:12 AM - Thread Starter
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I think Panasonic exits the plasma business officially this month. They stopped manufacturing in December.

That's why I picked up my VT-60 before they were all gone! smile.gif

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So what will happen to the speakers displaced by the Klipsch pair? The ones in the cabinets to either side of the Klipsches?

The cabinets will be moved to the basement and possible garage sale item. frown.gif

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Wow JT, those new bookies just say MUSIC!

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Wow JT, those new bookies just say MUSIC!

These bookshelf speakers are huge. 20" tall and sound great! You have to love craigslist when deals like this turn up. smile.gif

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These bookshelf speakers are huge. 20" tall and sound great! You have to love craigslist when deals like this turn up. smile.gif

Dang, that's a towerette. Would love to hear them. Yes, CL does have it's moments, my second XPA-2 was acquired for low bucks and a warranty smile.gif

It's funny, I have all this power, and I'm rocking a pair of cans as we speak biggrin.gif

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Looking good! Now figure out a way to get a bigger center and you'd really be on a roll. I think you'll probably notice as much if not more of a difference with a larger center that you do with larger fronts.
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Looking good! Now figure out a way to get a bigger center and you'd really be on a roll. I think you'll probably notice as much if not more of a difference with a larger center that you do with larger fronts.

I just ordered a new one as a matter of fact. I wanted the RC-62II but it doesn't fit in my new cabinet, so I ordered the RC-52II. Hopefully the dual 5" woofers will make a difference. eek.gif

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Nice, should be a good improvement, can't wait to see it. smile.gif
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It has arrived! The new Klipsch RC-52II. It's much bigger than the RC-42II and sounds very good. I haven't hade the time to rerun Audyssey which will have to wait until Saturday. I also picked up new speaker stands which put the tweeters at ear level in my seating position. I can't wait for Saturday to complete the Audyssey! Here are a couple of pictures.


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I like it. The setup looks as if it has a lot of room to breathe. How far away are you from the screen, actually?

My other question is with the speakers sitting lower than the screen do you still get a high enough image to be satisfying? if you're far enough away that may not matter, i guess. In my setup and room, sound seems to come from the TV in part because my speakers have a high image, plus the tweeter and midrange are at mid-screen height.

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I like it. The setup looks as if it has a lot of room to breathe. How far away are you from the screen, actually?

My other question is with the speakers sitting lower than the screen do you still get a high enough image to be satisfying? if you're far enough away that may not matter, i guess. In my setup and room, sound seems to come from the TV in part because my speakers have a high image, plus the tweeter and midrange are at mid-screen height.

I sit 15 feet away from my entertainment center. The speakers sit about 4" higher then the RB-61's did on my old cabinets. Being this far away hasn't effected the image for me, it seems that there is a better sound stage then I had before. I think I'm done for a while with any up grades.. I have turned over almost every piece of equipment in the last 1.5 years. Now it's time to sit back and enjoy once I rerun audyssey! smile.gif

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A couple of new pictures of the copper woofers.



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Looks great. I always liked the looks of Klipsch. Hope you are enjoying the sound.
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Looks great. I always liked the looks of Klipsch. Hope you are enjoying the sound.

Thanks so much the speakers sound great since I ran Audyssey yesterday. Big difference in the over all sound.. smile.gif

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Geoff here is a picture of the house. We are going down today to meet with the builder.
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It has been a while since I have checked in with the group. I have added a simple unit to my system. A used Slingbox Pro HD. Not that it does anything for my home system, but my wife an I built a new home at the Delaware shore and we only have Wi-Fi from my neighbor. So no cable. I am using the Slingbox connected to my FIOS DVR at home and watching it through my Microsoft Surface Pro and outputing the video to my Sony AVR in Delaware and all is good. The new house will eventually be our retirement home and currently has a Panasonic 50" UT50, Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Blu Ray Player, Sony 540 AVR, Klipsch RB61I , RB42II, Klipsch R-10SW subwoofer and Boston Acoustic in ceiling 6" surrounds. this is just a temporary system until we move and all old pieces that have rotated out of my home set up. We have about four years before I retire. The sweet thing is that we have an unfinished 2200 square foot basement that will, in time make a great place to create a man cave with that theater I have always dreamed of. I will definitely use these page for information and inspiration.
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It has been a while since I have checked in with the group. I have added a simple unit to my system. A used Slingbox Pro HD. Not that it does anything for my home system, but my wife an I built a new home at the Delaware shore and we only have Wi-Fi from my neighbor. So no cable. I am using the Slingbox connected to my FIOS DVR at home and watching it through my Microsoft Surface Pro and outputing the video to my Sony AVR in Delaware and all is good. The new house will eventually be our retirement home and currently has a Panasonic 50" UT50, Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Blu Ray Player, Sony 540 AVR, Klipsch RB61I , RB42II, Klipsch R-10SW subwoofer and Boston Acoustic in ceiling 6" surrounds. this is just a temporary system until we move and all old pieces that have rotated out of my home set up. We have about four years before I retire. The sweet thing is that we have an unfinished 2200 square foot basement that will, in time make a great place to create a man cave with that theater I have always dreamed of. I will definitely use these page for information and inspiration.
If you're only four years from retiring, then how the money is spent is even more important. I'd imagine you want to be sure of what you buy and place into the system (and the home for that matter). It would be a bad thing, I think, to spend extra to re-do or replace equipment unnecessarily.

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If you're only four years from retiring, then how the money is spent is even more important. I'd imagine you want to be sure of what you buy and place into the system (and the home for that matter). It would be a bad thing, I think, to spend extra to re-do or replace equipment unnecessarily.

Prepress, that is the single most important aspect of my current system that I have been considering. I feel the core of my equipment will fit in nicely once the basement has been finished. If and when I do upgrade I will be sure to shop for high quality units at bargain prices. My wife keeps me on a short leash when it comes to my electronics, so value is important. I have picked up speakers from craigslist, a number of Blu Ray players and AVRs from BB as open box item, all the while selling un-used equipment. For me that is part of the fun.

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I haven't posted on my system page in a while. In earlier posts I have shown some of my older stereo set ups from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Recently an old friend's father passed away and my friend was having an estate sale. I stopped by the sale and low and behold my very first real stereo was in the same place it had been since I had sold it to my friend back in 1978. I could believe that it was all there, the Super-scope 306 cassette recorder, Pioneer R-B9000 receiver and Yamaha CA-400 integrated amp.


Around 1975 my childhood friend started my electronics hobby. He was a couple of years a head of me in school and lived in my neighborhood. He had taken an electronics class in high school. The teacher was an independent electronics distributer and he sold Rotel, Pioneer, Yamaha, celestion speakers, JBL, Seas and Phillips Speakers. He would have Speaker demos in class and sell to interested students. That's where my friend, Ivan, purchased the Super-Scope, Pioneer and Yamaha originally. He had the bug and eventually wanted to upgrade his stereo and sold his old one to me. He was the one that sent me down this rabbit hole. I also had the same electronics teacher in high school, Mr. Deluca and I too wanted to upgrade my stereo and I sold my first stereo to my friend Gary. Gary wasn't sure what he was going to do with the old stereo and I told him if he was interested in selling it back to me. He wasn't sure what he wanted to do. He said he would let me know. My wife and I went home and I was made I hadn't taken any pictures of it. What a dummy! lol. Then an hour later Gary calls me and tells me if I wanted the stereo I would have to pick it up in twenty minutes. Ten minutes later I was there and brought it back home. A little contact cleaner and the controls were all cleaned, hooked up and sounding great. I'm not sure what I will do with this stereo but it definitely has sentimental value and brought back great memories. My good friend Ivan who I spent countless hours setting up and tearing down stereo equipment passed away in 1981 at the age of 21 while in the Marines. I can only imagine what he would think of today's home theaters. I think he would have had a great system. Sorry for the sentimental stuff, but finding this old stereo had me reminiscing. I have enclosed a picture of my old stereo on my work bench..
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Prepress, that is the single most important aspect of my current system that I have been considering. I feel the core of my equipment will fit in nicely once the basement has been finished. If and when I do upgrade I will be sure to shop for high quality units at bargain prices. My wife keeps me on a short leash when it comes to my electronics, so value is important. I have picked up speakers from craigslist, a number of Blu Ray players and AVRs from BB as open box item, all the while selling un-used equipment. For me that is part of the fun.
I'm only a few years further away from retiring than you, but it's time to pay attention to things like this for me as well. I am curious about several pieces of gear, but know that I shouldn't buy anything significant unless it's to replace broken equipment with no reasonable hope of repair. For example, my speakers celebrated their 22nd birthday this month; who knows how much longer they'll go. If they go, I'll need to replace them. But, it probably wouldn't be with the desired replacements because I cannot afford them realistically (I don't call emptying my checking account or making a significant raid on my emergency fund being able to afford them). Your approach of going used is a good one, as deals can be had. There may also be lower-cost options to the gear you want if used isn't an option.

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I'm only a few years further away from retiring than you, but it's time to pay attention to things like this for me as well. I am curious about several pieces of gear, but know that I shouldn't buy anything significant unless it's to replace broken equipment with no reasonable hope of repair. For example, my speakers celebrated their 22nd birthday this month; who knows how much longer they'll go. If they go, I'll need to replace them. But, it probably wouldn't be with the desired replacements because I cannot afford them realistically (I don't call emptying my checking account or making a significant raid on my emergency fund being able to afford them). Your approach of going used is a good one, as deals can be had. There may also be lower-cost options to the gear you want if used isn't an option.

Prepress, I agree completely. I am satisfied with my current system and I don't plan to make any changes until I retire and move in three years. My new home in Delaware has an unfinished basement that I can finish any way I would like. I think I will go with Atmos setup. I'm looking forward to that project.

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I'm starting to feel the spring upgrade itch!

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Quick, hide all the stereo/HT shops!

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Hi My name is Jon and I can't stop buying electronics!
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We'll I did it again. My Denon start randomly shutting down, so it gave me an excuse to pick up a Marantz SR 7008 open box in like new condition from BB for $770.00. I haven't sent out the Denon for repair yet and will do so next week. once repaired I'll sell it to recoup some of the Marantz cost. If I'm not pleased with the Marantz I can always return it and keep the Denon. Decision, decision!

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It's been a rough couple of weeks. First my Denon X4000 started randomly shutting down with the dreaded fast blinking red power light. So while I was on vacation I found a great deal on a Marantz SR-7008. It sounds soo good. I was very happy with my X4000 and didn't think I could do much better, but the Marantz is so musical compared to the Denon. It's hard to believe since are so closely related.

The second problem I ran into occurred today when I returned from a ten day vacation only to find the Denon on and my Panasonic 65VT60 on and the screen had the Denon network page burning into it. I was devastated to see the Panny on and the screen showing the burn in. I have been running the screen wipe for a few hours now and I have seen some improvement. I have no idea how long the screen was on and can only think that there was a power outage and when the power came back on it turned everything on. not sure what else could have triggered the units to power on.

I will be bringing my X4000 to the repair shop tomorrow and have it fixed and then sell it on Craigslist to help recoup some of the cost of the Marantz.

Then what to do about the Panny. If the screen clears up then I'll keep it or do I sell that as well and get an LCD? Or wait until the OLEDs come down in price, if ever and get one of those. A very sad return from vacation to say the least. First world problems. I almost feel ashamed to be so upset when other are not as fortunate.

Here to a sunnier tomorrow!

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Enjoyed the read. Great how you've upgraded your HT through the years. And great to get see your Cavalier in some of your pictures.

Keep up with the screen swipe since it sounds like it was working per the VT thread. Certainly helped with the IR on my ZT.
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Enjoyed the read. Great how you've upgraded your HT through the years. And great to get see your Cavalier in some of your pictures.

Keep up with the screen swipe since it sounds like it was working per the VT thread. Certainly helped with the IR on my ZT.
Thanks for visiting. I'd say the screen is about 85% clear of the IR. I'll keep running it to see if I can remove it completely. I just finished paying it off two months ago. Ugh. The Denon is in for repair. Staying positive!

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