Greetings from Carlsbad, CA -- down San Diego way.
After many years being an AV enthusiast, for whatever reason, I just found AV Forums in the last couple of weeks, and have been consuming so much great info. I've also caught up with a number of Scott's past podcasts, and am subscribed for future editions.
I started many moons ago with a little plastic portable phono (stereo!) as a young kid consuming my 33's and 45's in my room at my parent's home. As a teenager, saved my odd-job dollars for a very long time to purchase an original set of Bose 901's for my bedroom that served me well for years as I went through college, several apartments, and back-and-forth across a couple of states. I became a Pioneer AV receiver kinda guy back then, with one of the first massively clunky and complex-to-program JVC VHS decks, back when you bought expensive pre-recorded movies on VHS tape for $60-$80+. Had a Teac reel-to-reel for a while, but never quite got into my own recording scene, so my Teac Cassette was used a lot more. Got into Pioneer Laserdisc in earnest, collecting more than 150 discs back-in-the-day, and went through the horrible laser rot situation that ate away at much of my collection (remember that?). While now I wish I'd kept all my vinyl, I began buying CDs to replace them when CDs first entered the market -- now amassing 900+ in my collection (all of which have been ripped lossless for use on my Mac and portable devices). Movies went the same way -- laserdisc out, DVD in, and eventually Blu-ray as that came into being. Went through Nakamichi back in the good 'ol days, then Denon, and on to Pioneer Elite for AVRs and a number of components through the years.
I settled in my present (and hopefully last) home nearly 10 years ago, and am more recently retired. Upon completing an extensive remodel that started the day I moved in, I purchased my cherished 50" Pioneer Elite PRO-FD1 1080p Plasma Monitor which has served me very well all these years mounted above my fireplace. I've had wo different Pioneer Elite AVRs during that time with my 5.1 Definitive Tech Mythos 2 L&R, Mythos 3 Center, a SuperCube III and a pair of ProMonitor 800's serving as my surrounds. A Panasonic Blu-ray player has done its job in more recent years, complimented with each of the successive Apple TV models as those have come and gone. I'm not into gaming, so watching TV, a movie many nights each week, and listening to my tunes is what I spend most of my AV time with.
In the past few months, age has starting showing it's ugly head in several of the components, and I've decided it's now time to make the jump to 7.1 and improve my subwoofer and surround speaker situation as well. I'm definitely a plasma fan, and have purposely put off moving to most of the newer LCD/LED tech over the past few years because of wanting "black, blacks", decent motion without too many artifacts, and my primary entertainment viewing area is just flat out problematic -- odd shaped, open on half of the front section into the kitchen, which is relatively bright during the day, with wide viewing angles when there is more than 1 person wanting to watch the TV.
By mid-May, my new primary Family Room setup will be:
Denon AVR-X4300H 9.2 Receiver -- in place
Definitive Tech Mythos 2 L&R -- in place
Definitive Tech Mythos 3 Center -- in place
Definitive Tech DI 6.5R for L&R Surround -- in progress
Definitive Tech DI 6.5R for L&R Rear Surround -- in progress
Definitive Tech SuperCube 4000 Subwoofer -- in place
Sony Bravia XBR55A1E 55" OLED 4K HDR TV -- on order
Sony UBP-X800 4K Blu-ray Player -- in transit
Apple TV 4th Gen -- in place
DirecTV Genie -- in place (will upgrade to 4K-enabled once everything else is complete)
Panamax 5300EX Power Conditioner -- in place
Logitech Harmony One -- in place
...and of course, various iOS apps to control the devices as well
I look forward to learning from all of you!