Sorry for the lighting in the pictures looking so different. I have an D-SLR that I'm trying to learn how to use.
Here is my very small living room (about fourteen feet by fourteen feet). The living room opens up into the dining area and a hallway that leads to the bedrooms. It has been a couple years in the making but I am very happy and pleased with it.
The Living Room:
Panasonic Viera TC-P58V10 58" Plasma HDTV.
Marantz SR5005 A/V Receiver.
Sony Playstation 3 (80GB).
Ikea Tobo Component Stand (modified).
Monoprice 92 Inch 16:9 Motorized Projector screen (not pictured).
Epson 5030UB Projector (not pictured).
Emotiva XPA-5 Amplifier.
Aperion Verus Forte Center Channel Speaker.
Aperion Verus Forte Tower Speakers (L & R).
Aperion Verus Bipole/Dipole Surround Speakers (LR & RR).
SVS PB-1000 Subwoofer.
Verizon Fios HD DVR.
Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote.
Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3.
ATS Acoustics Panels (Three 24x24 and Two 24x48).
The Master Bedroom
Sony KDL-46HX850 46" LED HDTV.
Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Player.
Sony HT-CT100 Soundbar with Subwoofer.
Microsoft Xbox 360.
Verizon Fios HD Cable Box.
Meanwhile, in the beat laboratory...
Technics SL-1200MKII Turntables.
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4.
M-Audio AV 40 Speakers.
Apple MacBook Pro.
Beats by Dre Pro Headphones.
AiAiAi TMA-1 Studio Headphones.
Once you get the new towers, you may want to pull them away from the walls. They may sound too boomy if too close tot he wall.
Since your current satellites have tiny drivers, any assistance in bumping up the bass is welcomed. Towers, on the other hand, may not sound too good.
Another thing may be a small rug or carpet remnant under the sub. It may help tame it a little. You have a lot of hard surfaces, so I'm not sure how much echo you are getting. A larger, fuller area rug infront may also help with some of the first order reflections you may have.
You have a great room. I think acoustical treatments will make it an awesome room. The cool thing is that you can get treatments that look like art so they are not these ugly grey foam things hanging on the walls. Just some thoughts for down the road.
It is a whole new level and world, but it can be very beneficial. Personally, I'm still working on the wife for mine. All she wants hanging on the walls ore photos or other small things. She doesn't like a cluttered look (neither do I) but I'm trying to tell her doesn't have to look messy.
Anyway, there are sites that can explain how to find the various reflection point by yourself. (Most don't have the disposable income top hire a professional.) As long as you have a helper and a mirror, you can capture them. Do a Google search or YouTube search and you will find a few good resources.
Not sure why people "guys" act all strange about liking the Twilight movies? I never knew a movie or a song or a color was for people of certain age or sex?
I wasnt crazy about the 1st one, but Im going to give the other 3 a try when my wife rents them and see how I like them. She and my youngest son love them.
And just to get this off my chest...I like 2 songs "Pink Dinosaur, and Barbie Girl".. I will drive around town blaring it and singing them with no problem..My 2 boys like them as well..
I have tried to raise them to "like what they like" and not worry with what others think is ok to like.
By the way... I like your set up and will really like your new set up..
Seriously though, good upgrade, how does it sound now? Any immediate improvements that you can tell? Are you keeping your fronts small or letting them go full range and then deciding the best cutoff point for the sub? Any desire to get a new center to match? I will agree that you need something for acoustic treatment. Rugs, paintings, curtains, anything. I'm sure you have a pretty reflective room at the moment and that's affecting your soundstage more than you might realize.
All in all though I like your setup and look forward to seeing you update us on any improvements you make.
Definitely! I noticed the echo died down a bit with the thicker/larger carpet and a bit with the "insulated" printed canvas (stuffed with 2" Auralex Studiofoam Wedges). Once I placed the acoustical panels, it was a world of difference. I agree I need a handful more to fully gain sound absorption, but it absolutely does help. Take in mind that my living room was surrounded by drywall, tile and sheetrock (rear surround wall). Thanks
7.2.4 Home Theater Thread
The Old Aperion Setup with Pioneer Receiver:
My set up
Marantz SR-7008, Emotiva XPA-3, Panasonic DMB-BDT360
Klipsch RB-81II, RC-52II, Boston Acoustics Micro 120s
Klipsch SW-310, RPW-10, Samsung UN65JS8500FXZA
I'm loving your setup mate! It really is hard to get everything that is HT into a living room, without imposing on the 'living' part of it.
Did the acoustic treatment make a difference?
Thanks guys, I appreciate all the positive comments. As for the acoustic treatments Audyo, they do kill some of the reflections from the wall and the difference is noticeable. I have tile floors which I've recently covered with a large area rug helping with those reflections. The room is still a work in progress but little by little I'm adding things here and there to suit my likes.
I will update the photos as soon as I have time since I have added a few new HT toys. Stay tuned!
Ascend Acoustics Towers (NrT)
Ascend Horizon Center (NrT)
Definitive Technology Surrounds BP1.2X