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I decided to post my system setup on this site as well. I have been into audio for about 12 years now. My system has changed a lot since then.
As of now my system consists of the following:
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Integra 80.3

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Velodyne SMS-1

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Bryston 4b-ST,
Bryston 5b-ST,

Player/source
OPPO 83,
Baetis HT media server/JRiver media software with 9.5TB of storage

Speakers
JM Labs 1027Be,
JM Labs CC1000be,
JM Labs Chorus 705v,
Seaton Sound SubMersive HP(program 1),

Analog
Well Tempered Amadeus GTA turntable
Dynavector XX2mkII cartridge
Dynavector DV P-75mkII preamp

Rack
Grand Prix Audio Monaco Modular Rack

Chairs
2 Lazy Boy Leather Harbor Town recliners
Crowson Technology TES 100 Tactile Motion System(for one chair)
Buttkicker BKA 1000 Amplifier

Cables
Live Line speaker cables
Live Line Balanced interconnects
Transparent Balanced Plus interconnects,
Transparent HDMI cable

Power Protector
Audience aR6-TS
HTPS7000


TV
Panasonic 42G25
Sony PS3

Treatments
2 GIK Tri-Traps.
2 GIK 242 bass traps
4 GIK 244 bass traps
The room itself is quite small. It is (LxWxH) 12.5fx9.5fx8f. But I try to make the most of it. Let me know what you think.
Rather then showing what the room used to look like, I will just show some more recent pictures.
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Here is a picture with my old TV.That was a big 34in Sony TV

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And then...
Here is an older picture of my racks together

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And here is one of my turn table.

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Just one side of the room.

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Now we get to the treatments. Here is one of the Gik Tri Traps

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And this is what I have on the back wall and over my head

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This is what the front of the room looks like


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And this is what the front of the room looks like now

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Even though you may not think it, going from a 34 to 42in Plasma was a nice upgrade. The picture looks really good.

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Now here are some detailed charts and such that I did. This was with my old preamp, that was Halo C2 and an old EQ I had, the DSP30.
OK. Craig John from AVS came over on Sat. I asked him over so he could help me take some more measurements. We got them but I think somehow, I don't know how, my center was damaged. Craig thinks that maybe were turning the amps on and off to many times. We really did not tax it that much. After it happened the center sounded distorted. Now it has lost much of its SPL. So at this point I am running a phantom center, which surprisingly, sounds very good. I guess that's partly due to my setup. I want to show a before and after with the changes I have made. The first Chart is Craigs FR chart. In another email,This is what he told me about that chart:
I believe the charts are for the L\\R speakers not all speakers
With an 80 Hz crossover, the left part of the graph is the sub by itself, (from 80 Hz down.) The speakers take over at 80 Hz and from there up to 300 Hz, (the last gradation in the graph is 250, but the right edge of the graph is 300), the response is pretty much all the speakers. The peaks at around 100 Hz would be from the speakers, not the sub. The valleys from about 175 Hz to 300 Hz are also from the speakers. However, they are caused by the interaction of the speakers and the room. They are NOT the native response of the speakers by themselves.

The second is Mark's original FR chart that was with the big wall unit in the room, my big Sony TV and no room treatments. The Third chart is the Response Time chart. Now, also, here are some of Craig's other thoughts:
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I've attached the the graphs of your frequency response, real time analysis and RT-60. I saved them as jpeg's, to reduce the file size. They all show the bump at about 100 Hz and the dip at 250 Hz. Other than those 2 issues, which I believe are room related, (and likely not fixable without Room Correction/EQ), your system measures pretty good. The one graph that really surprised me was the RT-60. In your small room, I expected a longer reverb time, so to see it below 250 ms over the entire range, and under 200 ms over the range above 250 Hz was quite surprising. The low reverb time is certainly due to your room treatments, so good job on that! Also, fortunately, your system *sounds* even better than it measures. I'm sure this is also due to your acoustic treatments. Dennis and I really enjoyed the day yesterday. However, we both felt bad about the way it ended, with the blown Center Channel speaker. Hopefully, it won't be a big deal to get it fixed. If it's any kind of a hassle, let me know and I'll try to help out. In the meantime, enjoy your system."



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And I have one more Chart. It is a Real Time FR chart of my system that goes up to 20k I think.

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So my first preamp was a Halo C2. Recently I bought an Integra 80.2 and an OPPO 83 BR player. The following charts and thoughts deal with that aspect of my system. In addition to those changes, we moved my surrounds and moved my racks apart. Plus I bought the upgraded amp for my SubMersive.
This will be a quick update. I may do a longer one after I get more time with the system. First, every thing went as planned. Craig and Dennis spent all day at my house setting up my system. They moved my surrounds, moved my racks, installed the new amp and installed the Integra and OPPO. For the SubMersive amp we did the following:
"We ran Audyssey in Prog. 1 and then switched to Prog. 2. IOW, your sub is about 3 dB hot at 20 Hz. Nice little "house curve", with flat response above that. "I have only watched one movie and listened to some music but the changes were huge. I am happy I made these moves. I hope to have a new chart up soon.

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So here is the new chart:
We ran Audyssey in Prog. 1 and then switched to Prog. 2
The green trace is Prog 1and blue trace is Prog 2

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Here are some new pictures

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So that is the new look. You can easily see that we centered the TV and placed the racks on either side of it. I really do like the new look but the system sounds fantastic. It has never sounded this good before. And not be a snob but I replaced some gear that retailed for much more then the Integra and OPPO does but the Integra and OPPO are so much better for music and movies then my other setup was. Blu Ray and reg def DVD sound and look great. Also CD's sound really good. The sub and mains blend so well it is sick. Anybody who says the SubMersive can't play music does not have it set up right. Tommorow and this week end the real tests begin. WOTW, TF2 to start. We will see what happens with those dynamics.
All in all a very good upgrade.

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And here is a graph of the sub(old amp) without any EQ at all.

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So that is up to now. Let me know what you think and thanks for looking.

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Finally Mike you have your awesome system up here but I cannot see any pics?

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Can't see the pics mate.
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As I said before, Very Nice set up Mike! Love the all the Awesome gear and love what you've done in a small room too. I should know about small rooms

I CAN see the pics. I'm wondering if thats cuz I'm also signed into the Seaton Forum. Its possible you need to upload them here first so AVS members can see them.

When you have the pics sorted out, I'd love to see more of where the SubMersive HP is currently located.


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I know what I have to do. But it will have to wait until tommorow.

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I know what I have to do. But it will have to wait until tommorow.

Looking forward to see the pics.

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Hopefully you guys can see the pictures now .

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That's fantastic Mike. I knew you had a great system it's good to see your using room treatment also. I see from the first pic the old centre best move with the CC1000be.
Btw are you going to go for a second sub?

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That's fantastic Mike. I knew you had a great system it's good to see your using room treatment also. I see from the first pic the old centre best move with the CC1000be.
Btw are you going to go for a second sub?

Well done mate

Thanks Frank. That first picture is an old one. That is with my old cc901 that I was using, But centering the TV and raising the center really helped out a lot. There is no way I am going for a second sub. The SubMersive HP is a beast in my room. I also have to say that adding the treatments was a huge upgrade in SQ. I was hesitant at first. I was afraid that they would dominate the room. But now, I hardly notice them.

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Thanks Frank. That first picture is an old one. That is with my old cc901 that I was using, But centering the TV and raising the center really helped out a lot. There is no way I am going for a second sub. The SubMersive HP is a beast in my room. I also have to say that adding the treatments was a huge upgrade in SQ. I was hesitant at first. I was afraid that they would dominate the room. But now, I hardly notice them.

My friends were freaked out with my room treatments I guess they didnt understand the importance but once the movie was playing they got a good idea of why they were needed. It makes a big difference.

What would be the best Best movie you would say that makes your sub work?

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My friends were freaked out with my room treatments I guess they didnt understand the importance but once the movie was playing they got a good idea of why they were needed. It makes a big difference.

What would be the best Best movie you would say that makes your sub work?

Cloverfield and War of the Worlds are two big ones. But new movies like Star Trek are also very good. Also Master and Commander is a great one. The opening battle is killer. The newer Incredible Hulk is also pretty good. One of my other favorites is Live Free or Die Hard. Plenty of bass in that one. One more I will through out is The Dark Knight. All of those movies really sound great with this sub. But with 4 JL11'3's, I am sure all those movies rock your room as well.

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Cloverfield and War of the Worlds are two big ones. But new movies like Star Trek are also very good. Also Master and Commander is a great one. The opening battle is killer. The newer Incredible Hulk is also pretty good. One of my other favorites is Live Free or Die Hard. Plenty of bass in that one. One more I will through out is The Dark Knight. All of those movies really sound great with this sub. But with 4 JL11'3's, I am sure all those movies rock your room as well.

All good films there Mike certainly give our subs are work out

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Nice setup. I have been seriously thinking of getting room treatments, but don't konw where to start.
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