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Thought I would introduce myself and show off what I've done with my "Man Cave" since moving into my house last summer. It was built on a budget, but is a definite upgrade from what I had before (Crappy Sony Dream System HTIB). I did a lot of research on what I should get and came out with the following: (NOTE: As you can see the TV is very outdated, it is the last piece of the puzzle, so for now we are living with the 37 inch LCD)

Sources:
Blu Ray/Gaming - PS3
TV - Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner
Other - Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies

Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000 (7.2, 105w rms per channel)

Front Stage:
Center Channel - Energy CC-10
Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70

Rear Stage:
Energy CB-20

Subwoofer:
BIC America F12 (Amazing bang for the buck at current prices)

Here are some photos of my setup:
Chaos during the installation. I used banana clips on each set of speaker wires and tried my best to keep the cables organized by zip tieing the groups together as they ran from the side sections into the receiver/power strip. I ended up having to take apart the center section of my entertainment center to fit the center speaker and help make the wiring a little easier. As you can see, I was still not very successful as it looks like a birds nest back there!




Comparison Photos of Old Equipment to New (The difference is hilarious!)




Here is the Completed Setup:
Receiver and Center Channel:

Front Stage and Speakers:




Rear Speakers:



And now, Maybe my favorite Part, The Mustang Goodies. I have been a Mustang fan for quite some time and have owned both an 01 and 08 Mustang Bullitt. These are the goodies I have decorating the man cave!
AutoArt 1:18 Scale 01 Bullitt on Left Speaker:

AutoArt 1:18 Scale 08 Bullitt on Right Speaker:

And to top it off, my Michael Irvine Print hanging in the back of the room!

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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Nice setup!!. You must have thought you were on another planet when you watched your first blu ray on your new setup compared to your old one

You're right, with all that nice sound, a 50 incher minimum is in order

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P.S. Do you like Mustangs?


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You got that right, once I had everything all said and done, the first time I watched the helicopter rescue scene in the Matrix, I was blown away! I came really close to biting on a deal to get a 55ST30 for 900 but just didn't want to spend the money right now. Since the room has such low light I think a plasma is in order.

I don't know how you got the idea that I love Mustangs, lol! My love for cars is what got me into high end audio, I had several car stereo systems before being done with that and wanting to work on home theater!

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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When I saw the first picture I was like What the... Thought it was the final product haha. Room looks great though! Especially the cozy chair!

The center channel is a lot bigger than I thought it would but I see energy has that odd how do I say cover on the speaker. Makes it look like you took a L/R speaker and laid it on its side. My V-Mini Centre looks the same too but I got used to it lol.

Would it be possible to rise the rears alittle bit above your ear level? I used to have my rears at ear level and after rising em a bit dang much better!

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

Must..stop...buying...every bluray release...
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Haha Thanks! We love having the setup. We hardly ever go to the movies anymore since we can basically match the experience at home (without big screen for now).

I agree that the center channel doesn't look very well thought out. It looks like they make a standard plate for all speakers and use it across the board. The awkwardness of that speaker gives me good reason to keep the covers on the speakers.

As far as the level, I would eventually like to get rid of the side tables and maybe get 3 wide "theater" seating and put the speakers on stands to raise them. Right now I'm not sure what I could do to raise them and keep the "boss" happy.

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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Had a good weekend for the Home Theater! Picked up the Panasonic TC-P55ST30 Target deal. Running D-Nice's break in/calibration slides now and the 100 hours will be done Thursday morning. Will report back with updated photos and impressions!

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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Looks good! The final setup is nice and neat

The only thing I would suggest is to mount the surround speakers on the wall (if possible).


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I've got the TV set up and after watching my first blu ray, I must say I am completely impressed! The colors are awesome and the size of the TV is worlds different from what I had beforehand. I am done spending money for a while now! (once the haromny remote is purchased ) Here's a picture of how the setup looks now!


TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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congrats on your new TV, your system is awesome with one suggestion, you might want to full your fronts out a little more to make them even with the cabinet for better sound. Enjoy!


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I haven't thought of pulling the towers out, I will do that tonight! I would also eventually like to pull the couch out some and mount the rear speakers on some stands to raise them and move them back a little bit. Thanks for the suggestion!

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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Have you thought about getting a sub riser?


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What would a sub riser help with for the setup? With a front firing sub I didn't think it would make much difference.

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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Here is the link, I think it's a good investment. Read the specs and reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Auralex-GRAMMA...1056182&sr=8-3


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That seems like a good idea, I do feel like at times I hear more "boominess" out of the sub than I would like. I'm guessing the sub itself can sit on the riser and it doesn't have to be big enough to support the feet?

TV:
Panasonic TC-P55ST30
Sources:
PS3, Dish Network 8350 HD Dual Tuner, Wii, PS2, VCR/DVD Combo for old movies
HTPC running XBMC
Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000
Speakers
Center Channel - Energy CC-10 Front Left and Right - Energy CF-70 Rear - Energy CB-20
Subwoofer:
BIC America F12
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That seems like a good idea, I do feel like at times I hear more "boominess" out of the sub than I would like. I'm guessing the sub itself can sit on the riser and it doesn't have to be big enough to support the feet?

The riser is big enough to support your whole sub including it's feet.


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