Any comments or suggestions are welcome. My strategy was to focus on getting a few high end components at a time and do without 5.1 or 7.1 for a while. So, what I ended up with was a pretty nice 3.1 system.
In order to try and keep the bank account in check I bought all of this stuff used from another forum member, except the VT25. I had no problem doing it this way because I met him in person and could tell he was a fellow enthusiast and kept the gear in great shape, and as far as I can tell everything works flawlessly and I haven't found a scratch on anything. He had all the original receipts and boxes which was a plus as well. I am new to the hobby and before I bought this setup I was just using the TV speakers, so keep that in mind when reading my comments.
Here is a summary of the gear:
TV: Panasonic 54" VT25
Remote: Harmony 900
Bowers and Wilkens CM9
Bowers and Wilkens CMC2
Sub: Martin Logan Dynamo 10" (sitting behind couch which is where the pics were taken from)
Preamp: Onkyo PR-SC886 (Basically the exact same as an Integra 9.9 so I'm told)
Amplifier: Emotiva IPS-1 7x150w
Power Center: Furman Elite PFi-15
Blu Ray/SACD: Sony BDP-S570
Gaming: Xbox 360 slim 250GB w/ fall 2012 Dashboard BETA with Internet Explorer
Music Streaming: Apple Airport Express
Lighting Control: Lutron Maestro
A/C control: Nest Learning thermostat
Future Plans: New Sub, maybe SVS or HSU? I would also like to move the 54 VT25 to the bedroom and put a 65 or larger in the HT, but that will probably be a while.
System - UPDATED for new 360 silm
BDP-S570 and 360 Slim
Martin Logan Dynamo Sub
Lutron Maestro Switches
USB Outlets and Airport Express
Audio Technica ATH-M30 and Turtle Beach X12 (gaming)
If anyone has any tips for the 886 let me know, I am still getting acquainted with it.
main questions I have are:
If I already set up audyssey (ie the audyssey light is active on the display) then is the dynamic eq and dynamic volume active as well?
My S570 is set to auto bitstream the latest codecs but the processor seems to read PCM still rather than the codec name.
I like the speaker bases too...the amp though, *vomit* What made you choose a cheap Emotiva of all things to power the B&W's?
Yea I think if I could have picked my color I might have gone with piano black cause it matches just about anything, even though it's a dust magnet. The Wenge finish has grown on me though and like you said are very close to the color of the stand.
As far as the Emotiva goes, I had done some research and they seemed to make good quality budget friendly stuff. I bought all the gear from the same guy and I liked the way it sounded in his room. Again though coming from tv speakers I am not a hifi expert. Also, since I am from TN I liked that I was supporting a local company that is online only. I'm happy to take suggestions for amps that I should audition with the B&Ws.
Very nice setup. Here is another B&W+Emotiva setup where the "poor match" discussion with TheHills already happened, so no need to repeat it.
Please forgive thehills he is just a dick. Nice start with the HT it looks great.
I don't take the comments personally, but I wish people would give an alternative. Such a what he said, but then a the end add "try a xxx amp instead".
Btw Hammies HT is pretty legit. Maybe ill pick up some 800 series some day.
I really like them for movies. Imaging is solid especially the during pans. I don't regret it at all. I'd like to hear that setup of yours sometime.
Originally Posted by Scottyb09
I commend you for putting quality first over quantity. You'll have your full system before you know it and will enjoy it for many years to come And, nice choice on speakers
I went and replaced my old 360 pro 20 GB with a 360 Slim 250GB. I did this for several reasons.
1.) I think it looks better aesthetically, because all of my equipment is black.
2.) I think it is much quieter than the old one
3.) It has optical out for future flexibility.
4.) It has wireless built right in for when I take it to friends houses.
Here are pics of the setup with the new 360:
Ok the next thing I thought you guys might like is the lighting stuff I have been playing with.
New lighting control by Lutron Maestro.
It allows me to have lighting presets for the different activities. I also have soft keys on the Harmony 900 to raise and lower lighting when I want a snack or something during a movie.
Last, but not least I got some USB outlets and have been installing them in key positions throughout the house. See below:
This one in particular is behind the home theater. The IPad usually rests right to the left of the center channel. When I get home from work I swap my IPhone for the IPad and allow the phone to get a full charge. Also, whenever me and my friends are hanging out someone almost always needs to charge something with usb.
Well I hope you guys enjoyed the update. I'm still open to comments regarding placement/configuration.
If you can install a light switch and program a harmony remote then it's pretty easy. The main thing is making sure the Harmony RF blaster has line of sight to every switch you want to control.
1.) Expanded system to 5.1 with two Bowers and Wilkens M1s
2.) Replaced the surge protector with a Furman Elite 15
3.) Added Microsoft Xbox 360 kinect
I don't feel like I've seen very many speakers mounted on a column like this
Furman Elite 15 PFi
Console with Kinect
I like the effect the rear speakers give during certain scenes in movies. I don't consider the experience much different than before but you can definitely tell during certain scenes.
The Kinect I tried out at a friends house and after reading reviews on the kinect sports I decided to pick up a used one off eBay. My reasoning was that the array microphone allowed some pretty cool voice navigation of the new 360 menus. So if the games and motion tracking was terrible then I could always use the voice commands. However, it has turned out to work pretty well. I didn't want to mount it on top of the TV because I didn't like the look. However it seems to work just fine in the console.
I really enjoy gaming on this system, but the problem is not too many of my friends will pick up the sticks and play. The Kinect makes it easy for friends and family who have no experience to join in. Also, on a side note it is really fun to pump up the crowd before the 100m race on kinect sports with surround sound. It feels like you are in the stadium.
Also, plenty of potential in the facial recognition software as well. Would be cool if the 360 could learn different peoples preferences for games/music/movies and already have them queued up and ready. Sort of like the recently played menu.
As for your system man it looks good. I love the look of those B&W's. Very classy looking speakers. I can only imagine how accurate music is.