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Added new pics of the JBL subwoofers and 55ST30.
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Nice little Marantz. I own its father, the older and uglier 2230. This vinatge gear still sounds great, but unfortunately without a remote control and 7 channels of amplification most people couldn't care less.
Great choice of speakers by the way. Nice setup...a projector and screen would be a worthy upgrade.
Thanks. I love the Marantz but I've got somebody who really wants it and keeps upping the offer so I will probably sell it soon. It does just as good with music as my Denon 3310 and I love the way it looks.
I went back and forth on getting a projector or TV. The Epson 8350 and a screen would have been about the same price as my ST30 but I just couldn't figure out a way to make it work in my room. I will get one once I have a dedicated theater room for sure.
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Older gear has CLASS...Love the Marantz!!
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My very first receiver was a 2215B. I LOVED IT!

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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Wow, The Marantz is getting a lot of attention. I actually sold it last week. I got an offer for 300 which is much more than I've seen it go for. I have a Denon 3311 coming this week and it should be here by Thursday. I love my 3310 but I need HDMI 1.4 so I can pass 3D from my blu-ray player. Thanks for all the comments!
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Yea, I think I made out pretty good on that deal. I did have a silver marantz record player and tape player with it but I'm not even sure if they worked. He offered me 200 at first but kept uping it. I had to take 300!
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I would love to have a projector buy I just couldn't figure out a way to make it work in my current setup. I really hope to have a dedicated theater room at some point in the future but for now I had to go with the Plasma. It was a nice jump going from a 40" LCD to 55" plasma so I know it would be really nice to jump to a 100" screen. Someday..
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Just got a Denon 3311 last week to replace the 3310. I needed HDMI 1.4 and couldn't turn down the deal I found. I was close to buying a Yamaha 867 but I found the deal on the Denon and couldn't pass it up. MultiEQ XT rocks!
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Mj your theater is amazing bud!

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Mj your theater is amazing bud!

Thanks man.
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Looks nice. Deciding on a Panny 55 to 60" ST, GT or VT (not 60" VT unfortunately...since us North American's don't have the option)...

It's been mentioned, but maybe I missed the exact height measurement. Just how high up is your plasma? I will probably have my TV up quite high also.
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Looks nice. Deciding on a Panny 55 to 60" ST, GT or VT (not 60" VT unfortunately...since us North American's don't have the option)...

It's been mentioned, but maybe I missed the exact height measurement. Just how high up is your plasma? I will probably have my TV up quite high also.
Thanks. The stand is right around 3 feet tall. I want to say 37". There is a little molding on the back so the back of the TV stand is up further than the front so that angles it down toward the seating. If it was any higher I would probably put it on the wall so I could angle it more. I only sit about 7 feet away from it so it had to be angled down some.
Luckily I didn't have to worry about which model to get. The VT was too expensive and from the reviews the GT was not worth the extra money to me. If I was going to spend more I would have gotten the 60ST30. I think the ST is amazing, especially for the price. Luckily mine didn't have the fluctuating brightness issue so I don't have to call Panasonic and have them come out and fix it. I'm not a videophile so I really don't need anything better than the ST. The VT is nice but it would be a waste for me because I probably wouldn't notice much of a difference. I'm more into audio but I had to replace my little Samsung 40. I'm hoping to have a dedicated theater room at some point so I can get a nice projector but until the ST is everything I need. Good luck with your decision.
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That's a really nice setup!

You've mentioned this indirectly, but I'm curious to know from your viewing position, how much higher above your eye level is the vertical center of the display? The reason I ask is I have similar setup to yours in terms of screen size and viewing distance (55" LCD about ~8' away). The vertical center of my display is about 12" above eye level, and I already find it a little too high.

When I was calibrating my TV using the Disney WOW disc, I also noticed that even with that relatively minor off-axis view (just a shade over +7 degrees from the viewing position), it was approaching the point were the image quality was being affected.
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Thanks. I would say mine are a little more than 12 inches from the center. Maybe 15 but that's just a guess. My eyes are even with the top of the stand when I lean back in the recliner. I have never noticed any loss with the Panasonic. I just like the TV up higher because it fells more like a Theater to me. My dad built that entertainment center about 15 years ago. We adjusted it when the slim TVs came out because it was way too deep. There is a 1/4" molding along the back of the entertainment center so I put the base of the TV stand on it. It's probably only 5 or more degree slant but it made a difference to me. When it was flat on the entertainment center it didn't work as well. You can see in the 4th and 5th picture that is leaning forward a little and that made all the difference for me. I thought I was going to have to get a tilting mount until I tried that.
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Thanks. I would say mine are a little more than 12 inches from the center. Maybe 15 but that's just a guess. My eyes are even with the top of the stand when I lean back in the recliner. I have never noticed any loss with the Panasonic. I just like the TV up higher because it fells more like a Theater to me. My dad built that entertainment center about 15 years ago. We adjusted it when the slim TVs came out because it was way too deep. There is a 1/4" molding along the back of the entertainment center so I put the base of the TV stand on it. It's probably only 5 or more degree slant but it made a difference to me. When it was flat on the entertainment center it didn't work as well. You can see in the 4th and 5th picture that is leaning forward a little and that made all the difference for me. I thought I was going to have to get a tilting mount until I tried that.

Thanks for the feedback. You could always raise your seating area a bit rather than lower or angle your screen.
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Thanks for the info - I think having it slightly angled towards the viewing area (however slight) makes a big difference.
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Really Nice!
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Really Nice!

Thanks man, you be careful up there in NY today! Irene looks serious.
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nice setup! love the plasma action, the rest just looks clean and symmetrical! Probably sounds pretty darn good too!
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Nice setup but why is the tv so high. Shouldn't it be at eye level when seated for optimum viewing?

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nice setup! love the plasma action, the rest just looks clean and symmetrical! Probably sounds pretty darn good too!
Thanks, I spent a lot of time researching what TV to get and I'm really glad I went Plasma this time. The picture is sweet.
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Nice setup but why is the tv so high. Shouldn't it be at eye level when seated for optimum viewing?
I just think it feels more like a movie theater to have the TV up higher. I have it slightly titled down so there is no loss in image quality. Really getting the center channel close to ear height was very important to me. Audio has always been my thing so I setup everything for the best audio quality I could get. It's also more comfortable to me when sitting back in the recliner to look up at the TV. I thought about getting a mount to angle it down more but I like the way it looks now so I will probably just keep it like it is.
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HI ALL. hey MJ diggin your set. Your set is a direction I was thinking of a couple years back. I was determining which line to go with; PARADIGM or KLIPSCH. WELL i went with KLIPSCH. but you got hooked up. 2 suggestions. 1) put a tilt on the hdtv. Especially if you got it that high. 2) the rears surrounds, SAME; put a tilt to the speaks.

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Thank man. I tilted the ST30 not long after I got it and it made a big difference. Unfortunately there is not much wiggle room with the surrounds. The closet is right below the left surround and there is only about 1/4 of an inch between the top of the surround and the ceiling. I probably should have gotten the atoms but ohh well.
I had Klipsch reference before the Paradigms and they are awesome speakers.
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Nice looking place. Pics of the lighting?
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Nice looking place. Pics of the lighting?

Thanks. I just use the lamps for lighting. The light on the ceiling fan reflects off the tv so I don't use it. I have some LEDs in the tree next to the left speaker but that's about it.
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Everything looks really nice. If you wanted to get real anal about things, you could hide the wires under the carpet.
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I bought some of those cord hiders from best buy but I've been too lazy to paint them. Right now they are just on either side of the entertainment center but I have enough to go further out to the corners. The white stands out because the trim is really an off white so I need to paint them. I will do more wire management when I get a dedicated room for my theater.
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Nice set up with your system. Like the photo of with the grills off and love the shot of the old Marantz. Why is it that the older stuff with the meters and lights looks cooler then most of the new stuff...
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