OK, here we go...
This is my system, such as it is:
I have the front and rear speakers in a rectangle. The front speakers are about 12' from the center seat. The surround speakers are about 6' from the center seat. The center speaker and TV are about 10'.
My girlfriend likes the 5.1 system as it is currently configured (including the exposed speaker wires, go figure). I was trying to convince her to let me move a pair of Sony SS-MB215 speakers up from the basement to use as the front pair. I also wanted to move a pair of Sony SS-MB300H speakers up for the surround pair. (Both pairs of speakers were left to me by the deceased fiancee of one of my sisters)
My girlfriend disagreed vehemently, despite the Sony speakers sounding a lot better and providing a much more natural sound stage. I begrudgingly agreed with her assertion that the speaker setup was ugly. But on the plus side, I was given a green light to do whatever I wanted for sound in the basement. :-)
(I apologize if this photo isn't rotated correctly. I am posting from my phone and don't know how to rotate without losing my active Tapatalk window)
It seems I have left enough ventilation room for the receiver. It gets warm, not hot, and its temperature plateaus rather than spiking and shutting down.
I have an auxiliary input stuck into one of the shelf peg holes when not in use. I figure the wood insulator will keep it from humming. The wireless media streamer doesn't need too much ventilation. Actually, it's not exactly wireless right now: I have it wired into a wireless router, while my PC is connected to a wireless bridge in the basement. But because I have two wireless bridges running, some of my other wireless gadgets (like my chumby) get confused and disconnect from the network. I will eventually reconfigure one of my wireless bridges into a wired bridge and string some Cat6 down a cold air return, though the basement rafters, and to the router used by my Roku 2 XS and Blu-ray players.
The Blu-ray player and SACD player both seem to operate fine in their current arrangement. I just have to make sure they aren't both on at the same time since I can hear a bit more static when listening or watching. Some of this,I'm sure, is due to the receiver not having the greatest isolation of sources. Some of it is also probably due to interference caused by proximity. Lesson learned.
My Blu-ray movies, PS3 games and accessories, a pair of circumaural headphones (from Monoprice), and cable modem are hidden behind the entertainment center door on the right.
Putting the PS3 behind the TV like that allows it superior ventilation while keeping it largely out of sight while watching or playing anything. And keeping my wireless router back there keeps it hidden from view, but still offers a central access point for the entire household (and even out onto the back patio).
All in all, a modest system that isn't much to look at. But it's plenty to view, if you catch my drift.
I'm just glad I got the green light for the basement. Now I'm looking for a decent receiver that has an Audio Return Channel so that I can pull surround off of the Roku's HDMI output. Once I have a receiver like that in the basement I'm going to want one in the living room. I don't listen to a lot of SACDs (I don't own any anymore, but I do sign them out of the library), but I want to be able to use a digital output to do so. Toslink and coaxial digital aren't encrypted, so those can't be used by any of my players.
Now that I have the room, I really want to get back into playing around with my systems. :-)
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