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post #1 of 40 Old 12-28-2011, 10:19 AM - Thread Starter
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I've always been reticent to create a thread of my own, as looking at other people's setup has the effect of making mine look wholly inadequate. But I've finally decided to go ahead and make a post of my system.

(Updated 3/8/2015)

Equipment:
  • Sony KDL-70R550A
  • Denon AVR-X4000 Receiver
  • Oppo 103 disc player
  • Playstation 3
  • Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player
  • Rogers SA8300 PVR

7.1 Speaker Configuration:
  • Klipsch RP-250's for the LCR
  • Klipsch RB-41 II front heights
  • Klipsch Icon VS-14 Surrounds
  • SVS SB-2000 Subwoofer
  • Buttkicker Wireless HT kit

Planned upgrades: 2nd SB2000 subwoofer, replace surrounds with matching Reference Premiere model, collectible swag (Funko Pop figurines, Hobbit/LOTR merch), OLED TV?


All-Klipsch front soundstage :)









Antec HDTV Bias Lighting Kit (2)


Bias Lighting rear view


RB-41 II's for front height:


Back wall/seating area


A few equipment shots









DIY media shelf





Buttkicker installation - I have since attached the Buttkicker directly onto the frame of the sofa (via a 2x4).


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post #2 of 40 Old 12-28-2011, 11:00 AM
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Greetings! This is a great setup....I am loving those Klipsch speakers! In regards to the statement in in the first sentence of your post, no need to feel this system is inadequate. As long as you smile in satisfaction when watching a movie or listening to music, then you're all set!! Great job! How are those height-channels working for you?
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X2 on BrolicBeast's comment - nice set-up. If you are happy with the sound and picture, then all is good.

I'd also like to give you kudos on the wire management effort. Nice and clean

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Thanks, Brolic - I'm definitely happy with my own little corner of HT

I find the height channels very subtle; I wouldn't call it a significant improvement. It's most noticeable in scenes with inclement weather (i.e. heavy rain), or with crowd noise in sports broadcasts. Since the receiver is new to me as well, I'm still dialing-in the settings.
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looks nice. I would have went with more separation between the left and right from the TV but otherwise nice!

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I like it! Very clean. How are the takes for height speakers? Was always considering doing heights.

No subwoofer I've heard has been able to produce the bass I've experienced in the Corps!

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looks nice. I would have went with more separation between the left and right from the TV but otherwise nice!

Thanks Yes, more separation would definitely be ideal for the fronts - I'm limited by lack of wall space, unfortunately.

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I like it! Very clean. How are the takes for height speakers? Was always considering doing heights.

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I've set the Takes +5dB louder than the Audyssey calibrated settings, to make them more audible. They're almost invisible, otherwise. In my case, my thought process went along the lines of "my (newish) receiver is capable, and I already have the speakers, mounting hardware and extra wiring, so why not?" instead of being driven by any real need. But I'm glad I did it.
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Very neat looking setup you got there.
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Thanks Yes, more separation would definitely be ideal for the fronts - I'm limited by lack of wall space, unfortunately.



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I've set the Takes +5dB louder than the Audyssey calibrated settings, to make them more audible. They're almost invisible, otherwise. In my case, my thought process went along the lines of "my (newish) receiver is capable, and I already have the speakers, mounting hardware and extra wiring, so why not?" instead of being driven by any real need. But I'm glad I did it.


Ahh ok glad you're enjoying them! I was considering doing heights with some left over speakers but early reviews of heights haven't persuaded me to drill holes in the wall yet lol. Oneday lol

No subwoofer I've heard has been able to produce the bass I've experienced in the Corps!

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Your system is very nice. You don't need to spend six figures to have a setup to be proud of. It looks like your mains are very close to the wall behind them. You might get a better balance of sound if you can pull them out a little.

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Thanks bartman with the front mains, I'm assuming you're referring to the sound reflections off the front wall causing a problem? The speakers are front-ported, which hopefully means any detrimental effects from being too close to the wall is minimized.

I can definitely move the mains forward a bit (a few inches), but not too much, as I don't want them to project too much into the room (when I say project, I don't mean acoustically, but rather from an aesthetics standpoint, due to the limited space I have).

I'm also trying to keep the tweeters of the center channel and the front L/R as close to the same plane as possible.

In any case, I can reposition them slightly, rerun Audyssey and see if I notice an improvement.
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Where did you buy those cable moldings?
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Bought it from a Canadian hardware store called Rona - http://www.rona.ca/shop/shop?storeId...words=duraline

Most hardware stores should carry some type of cable organization line of products.
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You actually have a very respectable set up. Don't know why you've waited so long. If you've ever taken a look at my first set up, you'd probably laugh your a** off.

You can see my progression over the last two years, my thread is titled "Finally get first man cave".

Your set up is very clean and organized. I tried heights for awhile and found the wides to be more active. In your case, I don't think you could go any wider, what you've done looks great!!

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very nice. loving the bias lighting. what did you use for it?

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very nice. loving the bias lighting. what did you use for it?

Thanks

It's a VERY simple setup: two 12" F8T5 strip lights (w/ 6500k bulbs) stuck onto either side of the mounting frame of my TV stand. To reduce the light output and limit light scatter, I just taped a couple of layers of electrical tape over the strip covers, and "constructed" a mask out of foam board (to make sure most of the light is directed towards the rear wall, and not out the top or sides).

The strips are connected to an AC outlet on my receiver, so the lights turn on and off with the receiver.

Here's a pic of the back of the TV with the top portion of the mask removed:



It's not exactly pretty, but it doesn't need to be as it's out of sight.
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Nice setup!!

Is that a Boltz CD/DVD/Blu-ray rack on the right?
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I don't remember what brand it is, but it isn't a Boltz rack (I guess it looks a tiny bit similar). I bought it from a small furniture store about 5 years ago.
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Completely off topic, but is there a name for that painting above your couch? I have a feeling the wife would love it.
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Completely off topic, but is there a name for that painting above your couch? I have a feeling the wife would love it.

It's actually a photo print on canvas from a landscape photographer named Andrew Collett. This photo in particular is called Algonquin:

http://www.andrewcollett.com/gallery/?page=4

My original plan was to buy an oil painting for that space, but for the size I wanted, the prices for the pieces I liked were far beyond the budget I had in mind; a canvas print was a cheaper alternative that still gave me the look I wanted.
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Original post has been updated with new photos (replaced the TV with a Sony 70" a few weeks ago). Now I need a receiver that's 3D compatible, but that'll have to wait until my credit card recovers from this particular purchase wink.gif

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Great setup! Really clean and I dig the backlights. What is your initial assessment of the Sony TV? I'm eyeing it myself. This will be my first non plasma since CRT TVs.

Have you tried the 3D at all? I know you said your AVR is not 3D compatible, but have you tried anyway? Apparently, there are some cases where such receiver will pas the signal anyway.

Any who, have a good one,

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Thanks! smile.gif

I think my old CCFL-based LCD was a tad better in terms of picture quality - the Sony is decent. I was very wary of all the PQ issues inherent with current edge-lit LCDs, but it's hard to get away from unless you have a very generous budget to work with (which I didn't). Out of the box, mine had very evident cloudiness/uniformity issues. Fortunately, I was able to 'massage' it out (sounds strange, but it worked for me). Now I'm quite pleased with it. If you do get one, make sure you do it from a store with a good return policy, so you can return/replace it if you're unhappy with the PQ.

As for 3D, yes I've tried it, and I actually quite like it - it looks better than I thought it would. I know that each eye is only getting half resolution, but the image detail holds up quite well (I specifically wanted to get a passive 3D set). My receiver can pass through 720p 3D signals, but not 1080p, so I have an HDMI switch that bypasses the AVR and connects my PS3 directly to the TV for watching 3D movies. I watched Pacific Rim and was quite impressed - the 3D effect is very pronounced. I bought myself a pair of clip-on 3D glasses to use over my prescription glasses, which is much better than trying to wear a pair of 3D glasses over my own.
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Nice set up! Now all you need is a new up date to include that new SVS SB-2000.
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Thanks for the reminder! First post updated with new photos and equipment list.

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Great setup. Extremely clean! I noticed a lot of the commenters compliments were almost backhanded. You know, such as, "so long as you're happy with it," insinuating it was inferior in some way. These people must be high. Your set up is freaking awesome. Good job. I don't know how you could have ever felt inadequate at posting a gallery? The only thing I wonder is, where is the second sub located?
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Great setup. Extremely clean! I noticed a lot of the commenters compliments were almost backhanded. You know, such as, "so long as you're happy with it," insinuating it was inferior in some way. These people must be high. Your set up is freaking awesome. Good job. I don't know how you could have ever felt inadequate at posting a gallery? The only thing I wonder is, where is the second sub located?
Thanks for the positive comments For now, I'm just running the one new sub (old one is in storage). Since I'll be getting a Buttkicker for my sofa to compliment the sub soon (whenever they get it in stock), I think this should provide me with enough tactile feel, without bothering my neighbours too much.
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No equipment updates, but I replaced my media shelf with a small DIY project I built over the weekend (I had run out of storage space). I found a blog where someone built a shelf using 1x4's and 1x3's, so I used the same formula to build my own. What I like about it is the minimalist (low cost) design. Because the blu-rays are flush against the wall, the shelf takes up a minimum of floor space. With the small space I have to work with, I really appreciate the small footprint. Here's a comparison of the old and new shelf:





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I just added the BKA-300 wireless Buttkicker to my HT setup - I've only had it for a couple of days, so I'm still dialing in the settings, but my first impressions so far is that it's AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME. My sofa has 5th leg that is very close to the centre of mass where I installed the buttkicker platform, making it a pretty ideal setup. My current volume/intensity is currently set a few ticks below the default (50%) level. I know some people have installed it directly onto the sofa structure via a piece of lumber to achieve a direct mechanical coupling. It's actually what I had planned on doing, but after testing it out using the supplied platform, I didn't think I needed to change it; there's more than enough movement getting transmitted to the sofa. I had previously run my subwoofer about +4db hot. I have now put it back to the original Audyssey-set level to make it more 'neighbour-friendly' The buttkicker provides plenty of tactile experience to compliment the sub.

For what it adds to the home movie-watching experience, I think it offers great value for the money. Of course, for ~$300, it isn't perfect: I love the wireless setup and IR control (I've already added it to my Harmony remote), but the lack of any visual indicator for the volume/intensity level is a little annoying. And since I have the amp tucked away out of sight, I also need to check the amp's LED to confirm that it's on/off. Adding a LED status indicator of the amp's power state on the front wireless unit, or having discrete ON/OFF IR commands, would've been quite helpful. Other than that, I really have no complaints. Well, I should mention that the buttkicker bottomed out during infamous frequency-sweep scene in Edge of Tomorrow, but considering how demanding that particular audio track is, I'm not too unhappy. I'm actually quite surprised at the amount of fidelity it delivers; I was a little worried a device like this would deliver a obvious "Hey, I'm on now, feel the vibration!" to nothing at all, but it isn't like that.



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Pretty cool setup, how are you liking the 70"?

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