|View Poll Results: What Source Devices Do You Use in Your Main HT?|
|HD DVD player||94||3.22%|
|Universal disc player (e.g., Oppo)||188||6.45%|
|Analog tape player (reel-to-reel, cassette)||38||1.30%|
|Over-the-air receiver/DVR (e.g., TiVo)||103||3.53%|
|Streaming player (e.g., Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV)||311||10.67%|
|Smart TV streaming apps||126||4.32%|
|Dedicated media server (e.g., Kaleidescape)||75||2.57%|
|Game console (e.g., PlayStation, Xbox)||435||14.92%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 2916. You may not vote on this poll|
Now that we know something about the displays, speaker configurations, and AV electronics used by AVS members in their primary home theaters, I'd like to turn our attention to source devices. (If you haven't yet voted in our previous system polls, they're linked to the corresponding words here.)
Of course, most home theaters include more than one source device, so please select any of the types in the list above that you use in your main HT system; don't select any that you have but don't use. Then, post a comment with the makes and models of those components. Inquiring minds want to know!
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Polk Audio RTi8's, CSi5, RTi6's, OWM3's
SVSound PC12 Plus, PC Ultra (12")
Panasonic ST60 (Smart TV Apps)
PS3 40 GB - Swapped HD to 160GB (Blu ray player, video game console)
X-Box 360 250GB
HTC One M7
Nexus 7 2013 (Cracked screen atm. Almost didn't include it )
Desktop PC connected to to T.V for HTPC/Gaming PC
Oppo BDP-105 Universal player
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD player
Toshiba SD 9200 DVD Audio-Video player
Pioneer Elite BDP 53FD Universal player
Pioneer Elite BDP 95FD Bluray player attached to a Asus Xonar One USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Muses Edition
Pioneer BDP 320 Bluray player
Pioneer Elite N-50 network audio player using a WD My Book Live 3tb nas
Pioneer PD-91 CD player
Pioneer CLD-D704 Laser disc player
Pioneer PL12D turntable
Aiwa AD-F800 cassette deck
Bell 6400 Satelite receiver using a Seagate 1tb hard drive as a pvr
DVB-T (OTA) receiver
IP TV receiver
iPod Touch (for music)
Details are in my sig.
LG 65EF950V 65" OLED TV
5.2.2 Atmos setup with Marantz SR6010, five Focal Sibs for fronts and surrounds, two Focal Cub3 subwoofers and two Focal Little Bird ceiling speakers
Playstation 4 Pro; Playstation 3 fat 60GB; Playstation 3 slim 160GB (upgraded to 320GB); PS Vita; PStwo; Xbox One; Philips BDP2180/12
2 Dish Hopper Satellite DVRs (6 tuners, 2 2TB hard drives)
4 Western Digital 2TB external Hard Drives (movie storage)
Oppo BDP 103d BluRay Player
Panasonic DMR ES15 DVD Recorder
Denon DVD 2800 DVD Player
Denon DCM 560 CD Changer
JVC HM-DSR100u 8 head DVHS
JVC HR-S7900U SVHS
Nakamichi CR-7A Cassette Deck
Technics RS TR157 Dual Cassette Deck
Magnum Dynalab FT101 FM Tuner
Rotel 940AX AM Tuner
Weingard HD-7082P VHF/UHF/FM HDTV Antenna
Roku XDS Streaming Media Player
Sonos Connect Streaming Media
Denon DP60L Turntable
Kimber PBJ (modified tonearm leads)
Ortofon 2M Black Cartridge
Lounge Audio LCR MKIII Phono Preamp
Some of this is old gear that's past it's prime and still in the system until I need the space for newer gear. Most of my amplifiers, processing and primary source equipment is housed on two racks in a recessed audio closet with framed smoked glass door to the right of the TV.
I also keep 2 overflow racks for extra equipment and a place to hold gear that I purchased on audiogon to resell to clients on my next installations.
I still have a lot of very old family tape recordings, make copies of cassetts for my mother in law and burn DVDs for my uncle. The VHS is mainly stuff from my parents, titles that never made it to disc or foreign films like "Closet Land" an absolutely fantastic 1991 film with Alan Rickman that's only available in PAL format from Spain.
The JVC HM-DSR100u is sort of a collector's item because it was Dish's first attempt at DVR before they had hard drives. It has a Dish tuner built inside and recorded the digital satellite signal directly to DVHS tape. Although it doesn't have Time Base Correction and other features of the HR-S7900U SVHS, it's tape heads are pristine and in new unused condition (the DVHS format died very quickly. Plus, Dish came out shortly with the 501DVR with hard drive and immediately stopped supporting the DSR-100U before I got a chance to use it.) You can find lots of JVC pro-sumer decks on ebay but all the heads are worn out and they're not made any more so
I use two Dish hoppers in the theater racks because we need 6 tuners to record all the movies, documentaries, concerts on Padallia, on top of series about science, history plus a couple news shows and of course Comedy Central and classic TV. We have a subscription to both the Dish and TCM magazines and schedule the recordings ahead of time to pick up films missing from our collection. I've been with Dish since they first started many years ago. I've been archiving films to recordable DVD discs since the early 501 series, and switched to archiving with external hard drives when they introduced the 722.
We now have almost 6 TB saved with over 1,600 recordings plus about 350 DVD's and around 40 BluRays. I keep track of it on an Excel spreadsheet so I don't record stuff I already have. I probably should have invested in a media server long ago and started ripping DVD's from Netflix like everybody else. However, that seemed sort of illegal, plus the way Dish works, you can't connect an external hard drive with Dish recordings to another computer without it reformatting the hard drive and wiping out your content. So I'd have to start all over collecting content I already have.
I think streaming video sucks big time compared to a good BluRay transfer, compressed MP3's on Sonos over 2Ghz wireless can't compare with CD, and HiRes digital audio is only just now coming close to good vinyl. However, since we got ROKU and Sonos, the convenience is seductive. Our internet service exceeds 30 MIPS and we have a gigabit network hardwired to the equipment, so it's not all bad. For video I find we mostly use Dish and ROKU on everything but the 120" screen and projector. Sonos has renewed my love for music, I just wish I could find most of the old songs I get through Sonos on good condition vinyl or HiRes audio.
Pioneer Elite SC- 79 Receiver
Oppo Bdp-103 Blu Ray Player
Onkyo DV-HD805 - HD DVD player
Direct TV HR24
PC with NAS that has 5- 4TB HDD running Plex
Sony MDS-JB920 Mini Disc player
SA 8300HDC Comcast HD DVR
Sony CDP-777ES 400-disc DVD Changer, controlled by an Escient Fireball DVD-M100
DirecTV HD DVR
Vortexbox 5 zone music server with HRT music streamer DAC control by OrangeSqueeze app.
Popcornhour C-200 media player connected to custom windows 8TB RAID 5 server just for ripped Blu-rays.
Even though the popcornhour's can be a pain to set up and create the media wall. Once done it has been working great.
XBox 360 for games
Cable/DVR for the few TV shows I like and the occasional TCM or HBO movie.
My smart TV (65ZT60) is serving as little more than a monitor.
PS3 / PS4
Toshiba HD XA2
Audio: Emotiva XMC-1 Processor / Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 amp
Speakers: Triad Silver LCR (5), Triad Bronze LCR (2 rear), SVS PB13 Ultra sub
Video: Epson 5025 projector / Darbee Darblet / 98" 16:9 Seymour AV XD screen
Sources: Oppo 103, Dish Network, PS3/PS4
I have HD service from Comcast (Xfinity?) in the HT room but seldom use is as the 720P/1080i cable signal does not look good on a 12' wide screen. Streaming VUDU has been a revelation and has me buying very few Bluray's and my collection (approx 250 BR disks) is fairly static as I only purchase certain disks (usually 3D) these days.
I have PS3 and XBOX game consoles in the house but they aren't allowed in the HT room.
Opinions are not facts.
Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player
Oppo BDP-83 universal (bedroom)
Oppo BDP-103D universal (main area)
WD MyBook 3 TB NAS (DLNA, SMB)
Alienware 17 bluray laptop (DLNA, SMB)
Samsung S4 running DLNA
Vizio Smart TV (for Amazon Live Streaming as source).
Most processing and cueing is done by the Oppo(s). Not the Vizio or the turntable, those go to my Pioneer Elite receiver (along with the Oppo).