Originally Posted by mankite
If I was going to spend big on a processor, even though in my financial postion I never could. I'd have to go with the Mcintosh 151. Room Perfect is the only room eq that interests me over XT32. Plus Mac resale is great which always counts for something.
I came across the 151 w/ Room Perfect in my Pre/Pro search, but it doesn't seem to be as flexible or customizable as Dirac or the more recent iterations of Trinnov.
Originally Posted by audioguy
I've seen the big brother of the VW600 (the 1000) on regular Bluray content and the upscaling to 4K ability presented a stunning image. Stunning!! My guess would be that while 4K content may happen over time, it will be a LONG time. Most consumers are quite happy with Bluray and in order to fully appreciate 4K, a screen a LOT larger than the typical 50 inch TV would need to be employed. So that leaves us "addicts" who have large screens who are the target for high rez video content. I would be amazed if the studios would invest in mass for what I would imagine would be a very small market. That said, If I had the funds, and was using a 120" or greater screen, I would much prefer the Sony 4K projector over a $20,000 SSP. While I have no doubt that the sound improvement over your previous SSP (Marantz ?) will be very nice, the image improvement over your previous JVC will be even greater (comparing both after being professionally calibrated).
As an FYI, I use a calibrated JVC RS55 and absolutely love it --- but if I chose to spend an additional $15,000 or more on a major upgrade, it would be on the Sony projector before I spent it on any SSP
But that's just me !!
I don't recall how much room treatment you had in your previous theater, but since the new one will be designed from the ground up to provide you truly optimized audio, I think you will be surprised on how much improvement you will get with the audio side of your system even if you were to go back to your Integra (which I am not suggesting by the way). A well designed and implemented room with appropriate room treatment and electronic room correction will provide MUCH more improvement than upgrading any other audio component (with the possible exception of a major speaker upgrade) you can imagine. There are some who would disagree but my experience of 40+ years in audio and 10 years installing a no-longer-exisitng room correction product in 100's of homes convinced me beyond any doubt that the room is key.
Enjoy the ride
Hey Chuck, I appreciate the above perspective. Touched base with my Theta dealer just as an exploratory exercise to see if $ could be reappropriated to the 600 or any straggler 1000ES models (still the model of choice, since the 1100 is $3k more expensive than the 1000). Looks like Theta Digital has already started my build, so that's a no-go. That being said, I'm seriously considering making the 600 a long-term goal. New builder estimates pushed our move-in date back by a month, so we're now looking at a March move-in time, plus another few months to build the theater. I may just shoot for the 600ES, saving from now. I've heard great things about the Sony 4k projectors, although I've never had the privilege of seeing one in-person. I had the RS56, so you and I experience(d) similar picture quality. If you say 1000ES was an improvement over the RS55, then I know for a fact it and, by association, the 600ES, must be worth the $. My brain honestly can't imagine picture quality getting any better than the RS56.
I definitely agree that the room is the most important component in a theater. I visited an AVS member's theater last month with soundproofing and acoustic treatments hidden behind AT fabric panels along the wall--even at low volumes, the sound was killer. When he turned it up, I experienced clean sound that I had never experienced before. I plan to hire a professional to help me map out my room treatments, and I thank God that HT-Builder extraordinaire BigMouthinDC lives fairly close to me--I'll be looking to him for guidance as well, and his rates are very fair. I was looking at the Erskine Group, but I"m finding that they aren't the only game in town. Still researching who to go with on that acoustical design front.
Originally Posted by prepress
The question here is, who's in better shape?
Good question. We're both tough as leather...
Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
Hey Matt. Can you list the complete configuration of the Casablanca that you got? There are a ton of options for that thing.
Hey Mike, yeah those options can be daunting and it took forever to come up with a configuration. Once I understood the benefits of each option, the rest was easy. My configuration includes the HDMI board, one Premium DAC (Left, Right, Center, Subwoofer 1) one Superior II DAC (Side-Right, Side Left, Subwoofer 2), and one Standard DAC (Rear-Right, Rear-Left, Subwoofer 3). 10 channels--7.3 config.