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post #1 of 16 Old 10-23-2013, 01:03 PM - Thread Starter
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Hoodcom's Audio System - 2016 Update!

May 5th, 2016 update:
In the past few months, I've completely overhauled my system, and it was as good as time as ever when we had new carpet put into the house. :D

Here's the first picture. (Original attachments for reference of older layout on this post. )


I've moved away from and had sold the Cerwin-Vega S-2 EE speakers, and decided to go the DIY route from some great offerings from DIYSoundgroup.

Speakers consist of:
  • The Elusive 1099 (LCR)
  • Volt-10 LX (Rear Sides)
  • Volt-6 (Rear Back)
  • 4x KEF HTS3001 Coaxials for Atmos (Top Front and Top Rear)
  • Dual Othorns (LFE)
  • Dual 8 cubic ft. dual opposed enclosures with 18" Dayton RSS460HO subwoofers. (LFE)
  • Dual JBL 2242's not currently connected.

Powered by:
  • Onkyo TX-NR5007 (As pre-amp)
  • Behringer DCX2496 x 2 (For LCR and LFE channels)
  • Behringer DEQ2496 (Now used for the Volt-10 LX side surrounds.)
  • Crest Audio CC4000 (Left and Right 1099)
  • Crest Audio CC2800 (Center 1099)
  • Behringer iNuke NU4-6000 (Volt-10 LX and Volt-6 for the rear channels.)
  • Behringer iNuke NU4-6000 (KEF HTS3001 Coaxials for Atmos)
  • QSC PLX2502 and QSX PLX2402 (One per Othorn)
  • Peavey IPR2 5000 (Quad Dayton 18" subwoofers.)

Other gear:
  • LG 55EG9100 OLED HDTV - 1080P
  • DVDO VP30
  • IOGEAR 8x1 HDMI switch
  • Roland M-1000 Digital Line Mixer
  • Tripp-Lite 30amp rack mount power distribution center.
  • XRGB-Mini Framemeister

Gaming systems:
  • Nintendo AV Famicom (RGB modded)
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Native RGB connection)
  • Nintendo 64 (UltraHDMI modded)
  • Nintendo GameCube (Component cable connection.)
  • Nintendo Wii U (HDMI)
  • Sega Genesis with Sega CD (Native RGB connection)
  • Sega Saturn (Native RGB connection)
  • Sega Dreamcast (Native RGB/VGA connection via the Toro box)
  • Sony Playstation 2 (Component connection)
  • Sony Playstation 3 (HDMI)
  • Sony Playstation 4 (HDMI)
  • Xbox (Component connection)
  • Xbox 360 (HDMI)
  • Xbox One (HDMI)
  • Oldschool Windows 95 / DOS gaming PC - 75MHz Intel Pentium with 16MB of RAM. Soundblaster AWE32 (CT3980) with S/PDIF optical connection for midi output to Roland M-1000 and analog out for digital sounds into Roland M-1000. Mixed into digital signal. Voodoo 3DFX card.

Other things:
  • Navepoint 18U Deluxe IT Wallmount Cabinet Enclosure - 24" outside depth.
  • Roland MT-32 - For DOS games with MT-32 support.
  • Roland SoundCanvas SC-88 - For DOS games and General Midi usage.
  • Yamaha MU-80 - General Midi usage.

I want to thank everyone here at AVS forums who have been rather helpful and inspirational to me. You guys and a good friend of mine (who no longer is with us. :( ) have really helped push me into diving more into DIY audio. I am quite thrilled with my system. :)

Here's the original post setup from 2013.
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Updated the first post, since I've completely overhauled my system/layout of my room.

Some reason the smilies aren't working in that post though, but anyway, here are the current projects I plan to get done.
  • Room treatment - I've been researching this extensively lately, and I plan to make some DIY acoustic panels and maybe some DIY bass traps too. Get some acoustic foam for some other areas.
  • Wire Management - HDMI cables from the game consoles aren't long enough for one, and I need to re-do the wiring behind the shelving and inside the cabinet.
  • DONE Dedicated Circuits - I've got 10AWG wire, I've been meaning to add a couple of 30 amp or 20 amp circuits for some time. Especially to make use of that Tripp-Lite!
  • New Pre-Amp - I plan to replace the Onkyo with a dedicated pre-amp, hopefully before this year is over! Then I need to get this Onkyo warrantied as it has shown some HDMI issues.
  • Fan Mods - Peavey and the iNuke need to be fan modded. Which honestly, the Peavey needs it far more than the iNuke as it's the noisest amp. iNuke isn't really bad at all.
  • Behringer DCX2496 Modification - I still need to modify the mic circuitry in my unit, as per my thread here: Behringer DCX2496 Input C Modding? To eliminate the added noise floor.
  • ATMOS - I've decided to go ahead and make this into the list, I believe I can do some Dolby ATMOS config in my room with the right speakers. Though this can only be executed once I get the new pre-amp.

I'd also like to add more subwoofers to my system, I had been keeping an eye on the Mach 5 FTW-21s, but I'm not quite sure yet. It may be more ideal to just add a couple more dual opposed Dayton cabinets. Though I might also have to add some dedicated MBMs for the LCR if room treatment doesn't help the issue I have in the 200Hz range being sucked out from the LCR.

Room measurements are located here: Finally got things completed with my 1099s and system (mostly). REW time

I do hope the room treatments will help, I just need to figure out how to really figure out panel placements once I get ready to make them. 2' wide by 4' length panels will fit the ceiling angles perfectly. I'm looking for 2" to 3" thick panels. I can immediately use 2" mineral wool I can get at work, but I am checking to see if our vendor who we buy insulation from, carries the Owens Corning 700 series fiberglass boards. They really look like some nice options too. Especially for my target frequency range.

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That looks....LOUD...lol
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That looks....LOUD...lol
It's certainly well capable of being loud, especially in a room that size. Which my goal was to build a system that can be a bit effortless.



Also, as a small update for the thread, I'm planning to get a Marantz AV8802A within a few months, with the rack mount kit. Should also end up allowing me to expand to ATMOS, which I didn't think I could really accomplish due to ceiling restriction but I think I found the right speakers to get just for it. I shall see soon! Likely will start off with 7.1.2 configuration. Top middle speaker setting.
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Cool! Looks like you will suffer from hearing loss, just kidding. Is your TV anchored? I can just imagine it shimmering a bit while watching a movie. Nice space. I bet you get slammed with some nice LFE during certain games.
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This system just looks like FUN ! All those game consoles and games with that kind of audio gear must be heaven!
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Cool! Looks like you will suffer from hearing loss, just kidding. Is your TV anchored? I can just imagine it shimmering a bit while watching a movie. Nice space. I bet you get slammed with some nice LFE during certain games.
Whaaaat? Speak up, I can't hear you. Though it is a very real hazard, if one isn't careful.

No, TV isn't anchored, and it doesn't seem to shimmer from anything. With my previous TV, the worst I had was the plastic backing vibrating a little, but this one doesn't make a peep.

Yep! I quite enjoy it. Thanks!

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Fun indeed! Thanks!


Especially the older game consoles, using the XRGB-Mini Framemeister and RGB output from consoles, I can have things beautifully scaled onto the HDTV.

Which reminds me, another thing for my to do list is find the right SCART switch for the game consoles.
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That's a lot of bass...I like...
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Update - Othorns in the house!

Othorns are now in place, and I'm enjoying them a lot.



Also getting ready for a pre-pro upgrade, I'll be getting a Marantz AV7703 soon, and already readying for the addition of Dolby Atmos.

Another iNuke NU4-6000 is now in the rack as well.


Currently working on acoustic panels too, so hopefully it won't be too much longer until I get those in place.
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Othorns are now in place, and I'm enjoying them a lot.



Also getting ready for a pre-pro upgrade, I'll be getting a Marantz AV7703 soon, and already readying for the addition of Dolby Atmos.

Another iNuke NU4-6000 is now in the rack as well.


Currently working on acoustic panels too, so hopefully it won't be too much longer until I get those in place.
Very nice!
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After over 3 years of owning them the Othorn is still my overall favorite sub. For music I even prefer them to my AE TD18H+ mains!

If you had more space, I'd be encouraging you to turn them sideways toward your outside walls. Every horn I've ever measured in ANY room had better response and more SPL when corner fired. One room, almost 10db!
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Very nice!
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After over 3 years of owning them the Othorn is still my overall favorite sub. For music I even prefer them to my AE TD18H+ mains!

If you had more space, I'd be encouraging you to turn them sideways toward your outside walls. Every horn I've ever measured in ANY room had better response and more SPL when corner fired. One room, almost 10db!
I can tell why too! Even for movies and games they really vastly improved the system! Using the recommended crossover point and settings mentioned on Data-Bass as well. So from 24Hz up to 120Hz filter on the Onkyo. Then I went ahead and let the Daytons take care of anything 34Hz and below.

Yeah, I wish I had more space, and a normal ceiling. Though I technically could pull the system back a bit from the wall, but I'd have to move a lot of things back too, so that would not work out so well.


Though now all I need are a couple of Crest CC5500 amps for the Othorns.
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Beautiful setup! I'm a little jealous of your gamingg rig... Truly epic....
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Beautiful setup! I'm a little jealous of your gamingg rig... Truly epic....
Yeah, really. An impressive list of old PC games too. I'm sure @Hoodcom and I would get along very well.

Pretty impressive "wall" of sound too. Almost all the way up there.
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Beautiful setup! I'm a little jealous of your gamingg rig... Truly epic....
Thank you! Now all I need is more infrasonic power and I'll be golden, maybe.

Was enjoyable playing some Donkey Kong 64 on it last night too.

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Yeah, really. An impressive list of old PC games too. I'm sure @Hoodcom and I would get along very well.

Pretty impressive "wall" of sound too. Almost all the way up there.
Probably so! Feel free to PM me anytime too, @Scott Simonian .

Haha, yeah, too bad the ceiling takes away so much potential of more wall of sound. Oh well, it's a perfect trade off. Since this room is above the garage, and insulated all over. Helping keep the bass toned way down from the rest of the house.

When I had the upstairs room above the dining room, all I had were some 15 inch Cerwin-Vega towers in a 15" Cerwin-Vega subwoofer, and mom thought a tornado was coming. That old setup ain't got nothing on this.
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Now that is a gaming room, crazy, good job.

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