Well, I got a SERIOUS
case of upgraditis, so in the past year this happened... (Look at next post, for some reason it didn't take the pictures in this post)
Essentially I flipped the room's layout 180, put the Panny 65VT60 tv and center JTR 228HT speaker on the center console area among the built in cabinets, and added the following:
-Sony HW40es Projector
-Seymour AV Retractable-Electric H120 (137.7 inch diagonal) Center Stage AT screen
-4x Reaction Audio CX-8s for side and rear surrounds
-A 3rd Black Oak Seaton HP Submersive (Slave)
I'm very happy with the upgrades, and the projector/screen/surrounds really brings the movie watching experience to a whole new level of theater bliss!
Guests are always quick to remark (at first) that the 65" Panny wasn't exactly a small picture to begin with, but after seeing a movie on the Seymour screen they agree wholeheartedly it makes a huge difference... I've been extremely impressed with the Sony 40es projector in general, but am slightly disappointed in black levels and focus uniformity. The 40es is known for it's very good picture out of the box and I don't disagree... just wish it were a tad better. It's possible some adjustments will fix this, but at the same time I realize it's always going to be a bit lacking coming from the well-known inky blacks of the Panny 65VT60...
The room doesn't have complete light control as there's two skylights, so during a bright day the Panny is the way to go. I'm ok with this as I think the picture is watchable with the window curtains closed even with the ambient light from the skylights. I also see this as an incentive to keep movie nights as a special treat. Oh, and of course it really helps to have the screen retractable to keep the room multi-purpose and WAF high!
The Reaction Audio CX-8s were a bit of a gamble at first with very few listening impressions out, very long lead-time along with it being a relatively new company when I ordered them back in October, but I am very pleased I decided to risk it. The CX-8s are a big step up in surrounds as they can keep up with the JTR speakers and Seaton subs. I've been really enjoying them and think they are a great option for those wanting the S8s but just can't afford or justify the cost. (About 2x the cost of the CX-8s) I need more listening time to evaluate them more specifically for music- I've definitely liked what I've heard so far, but for movies it's easy to say they really kick ass.
The third Seaton SubMersive wasn't really necessary as the first two had output in spades, but in the spirit of overkill I went ahead with it. The main reasons I got it were to even out the bass for more viewing positions and have it somewhat nearfield to feel impact even more. Adding a slave is obviously significantly cheaper than a full on HP+ Master so it eased the financial beating a bit. I know many would argue I could DIY a sub with more capability for less money, but I know it would never match the impeccable finish and quality of the Seatons.
A little while ago I briefly considered replacing my front stage, mostly with the idea of going to Noesis 210RT, 215RM, "new" 212HTs or taking a chance with other brands but I came to my senses and talked myself down from the edge of that cliff. I really enjoy the 228HTs and determined for now there's no way I can justify spending more to get what I'd likely perceive to be a small improvement for stereo music listening or risk decreasing audio quality and fit (The Black Oak really looks great matching the Seaton subs) to save some money selling them off to buy a less expensive alternative.
Anyways, I know I had said last year the next step was room treatments, and I still plan on getting to that. For WAF reasons and also my general lack of experience with room treatments, it was just easier to push that down the road...
Originally Posted by Ryansboston
Finally joining the club...
Front stage= 3x Black Oak JTR 228HT, 2x Black Oak 4000w Seaton HP+ Submersive, Panasonic TCP65VT60 65" Black 1080P 3D Plasma HDTV (BTW, this tv's black levels are ridiculous.. cnet says better than KURO)
Really happy with the Black Oak veneer on the 228HTs, it matches the Black Oak on the Seaton Submersives very well...
The 228HT sitting on top of the HP+ SubM brings the horn to right about optimal height, right around ear level at the MLP.
Not bad for one of my first REW measurements...
Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 working it's magic on the Denon 4311ci
I'm loving this set up in my 24' by 17' Family Room... first movie I watched that I could really crank the volume was Man of Steel... AWESOME.
I've blown my A/V budget for quite a while now, but at some point I'd like to get 4 slanted 8s to handle surround, or perhaps JBL 8340a's to save on some dough...
For now, I have my Arx A1bs handling surround rear and Arx A5s covering surround side duty. It's a big injustice to have my beloved Arx A5s doing just surround duty, so I eventually want to move them to another room for dedicated music listening or perhaps my living room for a more casual home theater.
I rarely post, but have been fortunate enough to attend two of Andrew's epic NE GTGs and enjoy reading up on some AVS threads (Mostly this one, bc it's the best
when I have time. I'll happily take any advice you guys can give me based on my REW graphs. Can't spend any more $$ now, but I can start at least brainstorming for next steps... pretty sure I will do some room treatments before I pull the trigger on surrounds.