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Theonetruegreg 01-02-2012 08:39 PM

Laziness has forced me to avoid making a thread lately. Considering I haven't had a drink today, I am slightly more motivated to do something here! This has all been done on the smallest budget I could get away with (and thanks to craigslist, you would be incredibly surprised how little this cost), as most of my discretionary income goes to my 2-channel system, my almost-a-museum collection of vintage motorcycles, and whiskey

Theater
Viewsonic Pro8100 projector
120" DIY screen
Pioneer Elite VSX92TXh
Pioneer Elite BDP23FD
Monster HTS2600
Xbox360 w/HD-DVD
Netgear WRT54G flashed with DDWRT working as hi-speed wireless bridge
Ethereal wired
Auralex treated
Lutron remote lighting controller

Boston Acoustics VR940 front
Boston Acoustics VR920 center
Boston Acoustics VRS surrounds
Dayton Titanic MKIII 15" subwoofers in 3ft³ enclosures x2
Dayton HPSA1000 1000w rms plate amplifiers x2

I have a pair of VR965's that I was using as mains and using the 940's as rears in a 7.1 setup, but after swapping the 940's to the front, as they have the same drivers as the 920 center, after tuning, it was a far better match, and I pulled the large, powered 965s out of the setup and put them in my studio space at work.




Theonetruegreg 01-02-2012 08:39 PM

This is the lower level den, which is where most of our time is spent either watching tv or listening to music.


View from elevated kitchen at whole room. It's a long narrow space, 11x24'.
The layout isn't ideal for critical listening, but I pull that chair out into the center of the room for that. It's a give/take sort of deal for happy co-habitation.

Onkyo TX-SR707 as pre/bass management
Denon POA4400 mono class A amplifiers
Emotiva a100 for testing speakers
Monster HTS3600
NAD T515 disc player
PS1 SCPH1000 w/ modded DAC OP

Magnepan MG 1.5 qr's
Infinity S750 subwoofer

Homebuilt 160 strand braided aggregate 8g biwire cables





Another forum member was using this player in two of his setups, one being highly impressive, so it piqued my curiosity. After some research, I found some overly-hyped claims, but getting down to the actual modding of the unit, and really testing it out, I am very pleased with it's sound, incredibly smooth and mellow...while not "comparable to a $6,000 player" as some goons have claimed, it is faaaar better than the $40 and a couple of hours you'll spend on it.

Nosferatu 01-02-2012 08:49 PM

looks great!

Bunga99 01-02-2012 09:15 PM

Very Sweet Setup!

pokekevin 01-02-2012 09:59 PM

Those are some comfy looking chairs in the main theater!

Theonetruegreg 01-02-2012 10:45 PM

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Those are some comfy looking chairs in the main theater!

I love them. Bought them years ago to use in my "library" since the headrest is adjustable...then I realized that I dont like reading.

Theonetruegreg 01-15-2012 05:52 PM

Little update......





pcweber111 01-15-2012 07:36 PM

That's quite an interesting modified PSX. Any story behind it?

Theonetruegreg 01-15-2012 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

That's quite an interesting modified PSX. Any story behind it?

modified internally, sound is quite impressive... check out www.dogbreath.de and www.homebuilthifi.com to get the details

pcweber111 01-16-2012 07:44 PM

Interesting. I know a few audiophiles who've done similar things to the older PSX model as they feel it makes a great transport. Pretty cool. Good to see some nice higher-end 2 channel love. You have quite a system.

bencorn 01-16-2012 08:02 PM

Those chairs look comfy for watching movies. Where did you get those?

Theonetruegreg 01-16-2012 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

Interesting. I know a few audiophiles who've done similar things to the older PSX model as they feel it makes a great transport. Pretty cool. Good to see some nice higher-end 2 channel love. You have quite a system.

Thank you very much. I am not overflowing with income, so has been a process of smart, used purchases and trades through Denver Craigslist over the last couple of years to get here.

Theonetruegreg 01-16-2012 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by bencorn View Post

Those chairs look comfy for watching movies. Where did you get those?

Local furniture store, have had them for quite a long time now

tezster 01-17-2012 05:34 AM

Looks awesome!

Would you mind posting pics of where the surround speakers are located?

Theonetruegreg 01-17-2012 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by tezster View Post

Looks awesome!

Would you mind posting pics of where the surround speakers are located?

Sure, will get em up later tonight.
In the photo from the screen wall, showing the seating, you can see the cable running up the wall, they are midway between the chaise and sofa.

Theonetruegreg 01-25-2012 01:58 PM

dammit, sorry had forgotten to post those pics of surrounds you were after.
Have a somewhat large collection of vintage motorcycles which have lately become a comedy of errors with broken bits and mechanical failures of parts that aren't exactly easy to come by.

Theonetruegreg 03-21-2012 03:49 PM

Added an older H/K T40 turntable. (sort of)
Found at thrift in beautiful condition, currently making the plinth black and pretty with automotive finish, and hunting for a decent, entry-level phono pre....pics soon

edit: This isn't working right

drewTT 03-21-2012 04:39 PM

Nice setups Greg!

Miketr75 03-21-2012 04:49 PM

nice HT, great gear.

Theonetruegreg 03-25-2012 12:57 PM

apologies for the nightmarish a/v quality from my 9 yr. old digital cam


Theonetruegreg 05-19-2012 08:27 AM

You know what's more fun than a theater....
.....a completely restored to perfection 1968 Honda CL450 Scrambler blasting down gravel and railroad ties.



after a year of building, "The Mule" is finally complete!

wizzack 05-19-2012 12:21 PM

misfits. nice! Awesome setups too.

Theonetruegreg 05-22-2012 08:41 AM

So, found a track in my music collection that I will definitely start using as demo in my theater....
Blue Man Group - Audio

Track 8 is using their signature PVC instruments. This is a 2-channel recording, but playing in Dolby PLII Music surround processing it sounds impressive. Great separation and clarity. The track adds one element at a time which is perfect. Just when a listener gets used to the sound, they add a new piece and increase volume, by the end, when all the instruments are going at high volume, they add the "big drum" which hits somewhere in the 20+hz range. Insanely dynamic, with beautiful decay on drums. Try it out!

Daman S 05-22-2012 11:23 AM

Love the Honda!! And your setup too. Reminds me of my Yamaha RD350 fun bikes, simpler machines!

FOH 05-23-2012 10:21 AM

Sweet pic, really nice.

I was struck immediately thinking how much advertisement was involved back in the 70's for Honda, Kaw, Yamaha, etc., they really battled it out for the public's attention. Print ads, television commercials, yep, those were fun times. Thanks for sharing, really wonderfully done image, the lighting/exposure is ideal,.... nice bike too.

Theonetruegreg 05-23-2012 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by FOH View Post

Sweet pic, really nice.

I was struck immediately thinking how much advertisement was involved back in the 70's for Honda, Kaw, Yamaha, etc., they really battled it out for the public's attention. Print ads, television commercials, yep, those were fun times. Thanks for sharing, really wonderfully done image, the lighting/exposure is ideal,.... nice bike too.

Love 60's and early 70's motorcycles. Have damn near a museum in my garage of vintage Hondas (and 1 Yamaha flattracker) and tons of original old print ads, signage and odd dealership items.

Definitely a more consuming hobby for me than audio.

FOH 05-23-2012 01:01 PM

Well that's very cool....

Theonetruegreg 10-16-2012 07:49 AM


Theonetruegreg 11-06-2012 09:18 AM

added these beauties the other day....

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1st yr model, and only that year, 1970 JBL L100 with full crossovers and vertical alignment...I dig it.

BrolicBeast 11-06-2012 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Theonetruegreg View Post

added these beauties the other day....
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1st yr model, and only that year, 1970 JBL L100 with full crossovers and vertical alignment...I dig it.

Very nice acquisition. Your setups make the words "vintage" and "sexy" synonymous. Now, I have to ask, which do you prefer: the Maggies or the JBL's?


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