Here is my review and setup with pictures of the SC-07.
Sound: The sound is fantastic. The speakers are great, but I attribute at least as much to the receiver. I had crappy speakers and receiver before and even the “crappy” speakers sounded great with the SC-07. I am ecstatic when I watch movies. Music sounds fantastic as well and I really couldn’t be happier with the setup. The SC-07 is simple and even the dreaded manual makes sense to meSetup
I have an audio closet that is VERY messy right now. I am running a Direct TV box and PS3 to the Receiver. I need a good RF remote and this will be bought sooner rather than later. I am still debating wired solutions as there are some cables in the walls that could be used for IR wiring.
I know the cables are a mess. I need to get junction boxes and that will fix the wires and then a little bit of dry-wall and it will look great. I wanted to leave it open as I wasn’t sure exactly which cable run terminated where.Home-Theater Room
So this room takes up the 7.1 ports for Zone 1. I feed the video through HDMI 1 and audio through the speaker ports.
On the other side of the wall is a PJ JVC RS2 projecting onto a Da-Lite Contour Cinema Screen. The painting issues that looks weird in the pictures is not visible in the room (hadn’t seen it before I took the pictures, but will probably touch up now when I know it is there). Also the light is going out and LED light rope is going in.
Amazingly enough I just realized that I forgot to take a picture of the seating….. so no pictures of that, but we have couches and not HT-chairs. They are oversized couches and very comfortable
I built a shelf for the Center speaker and on the side one side is the subwoofer and on the other side there will be rooms for DVD’s and Bluray discs. The room has no audio treatments so that will also change in the future as I build some. I will also cover up the remaining areas up front with black cloth
I am running Aperion speakers up front including their Subwoofer
My Towers are: Intimus 6T Tower Speakers http://www.aperionaudio.com/product/...10,28,255.aspx
My Center Channel is: Intimus 6C Center Channel Speakerhttp://www.aperionaudio.com/product/...12,29,259.aspx
My Subwoofer is: Bravus 10D – Dual powered subwooferhttp://www.aperionaudio.com/product/...05,66,243.aspx
My in-ceiling rear speakers in the HT are four and there are two models. The cut-outs for the speakers were done to far up-front (long story, but I am now stuck with it) and I don’t plan on changing this right now. I compensated by buying two front speakers that can be aimed and they are angled towards the back of the room: Speakercraft AIM8 ONE.http://www.speakercraft.com/#Products:65:AIM8
Then for the rear back I have two speakers that pushes the sound both back and forth to work with the two rows of seating. Speakercraft AIM WIDE ONE. http://www.speakercraft.com/#Products:410:AIM
Wide OneRoom 2 – this is NOT Zone 2.
This room is getting video through HDMI 2. I am running 2 cat5’s in the wall that goes to a monoprice cat5 to HDMI face-plate. The setup works fantastic and the picture is great. It is a 720p plasma and it proves the point that asks why people buy 1080p…. Now this is just a gym so I don’t watch movies etc so I will get the sound through the TV. I love the clean look of no cables
Issues: The SC-07 either pushes sound through the amps or the HDMI. It cannot do both at the same time. Solution here is either analog sound directly from the cable box and PS3 through a component switcher http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
(thanks CCOTENJ) that pushes the sound through two RG6 cables out to the back of the TV using a RG6 to RCA adaptor.
The analog solution allows sound in Room 2 and HT room at the same time. Alternative is an HDMI splitter right after the cable box which would only give me Cable / DVR to this TV – this is probably what I will do.Room 3 / Zone 2
This is the pool-table room and future bar room (either build myself or have built not sure yet). I have four speakers running through a simple amplifier.
Speakers: Two of these monoprice speakers http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
that will push sounds both directions (going in the middle of the room) and then two of these monoprice speakers http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
that will push the sound back towards the back of the room (going in front of the room above future bar seating area). Click on the speaker to get additional pictures that shows the inside of them and how they work.
Amplifier: I am using this AudioSource Amplifier http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
- the room is just “easy listening” / TV watching so not too concerned about quality.
TV: A second 720p TV that is getting HD through a component setup. The component setup is Zone 2 video so it can have its own signal. I am thinking of sending this straight from the DVR so that I don’t need to turn on the receiver for video, but probably will not. I also have the ability to push the same video signal to the back corner of the room (RG6 is in the wall) and I can use the component switch mentioned earlier if I ever wanted a TV there.Zone 3
– final zone is outdoor speakers on the deck. Plan on getting another AudioSource Amplifier for that and some outdoor rated speakers.Darn it should have bought a second amplifier before they almost doubled the price
All in all I am extremely happy with how one AVR can manage all these rooms. The SC-09 would have been nice not to run external amps, but they are cheap enough that it is not a big deal. The sound is fantastic. Passing HD video on three different outs is something I couldn’t find on any other unit out there (not that I could afford). The funny thing is that in the end I may not pass HD Video through the receiver for all the zones / rooms, but it is always an option
Pro SC-07 – Versatility, Sound,
Very Happy Customer here. Thanks everyone for different advice along the way.