I'm still around and kicking.
I have the Exact same Components as you mention in your Post above.
I was going to change Both last year and then changed my mind.
So, have what I have always and they work "Perfect" and I might just
leave them right where they are.
No Blu Ray here and honestly I really question in my mind if the picture
would honestly be all that better on my 123" Stewart Greyhawk Screen
with my same Runco Projector that is 720P or 1080i.
Now that I have started this Post it has reminded me of why I backed off
on changing the Integra Unit to a New Blu Ray.
I would need/want to update the Preamp/processor if I went with a High End Blu Ray Player.
Then, I would want to update my Runco to a Newer Model that has 1080p.
So, as you can see the list grows quick and the cost goes up even "Quicker".
So, for now I will use what I have and to be Matter-of-Fact I really am
not suffering with Sound or Picture Quality.
A Buddy was by to visit not long ago from San Antonio, TX. and he took
these pics of my System.
You might enjoy seeing them.
Yes that will be me screwing around in that one pic.
Yes, I absolutely enjoyed the photos. I really like the paint colors you used in your room. Video Essentials suggests painting the wall behind the display gray just as you have done. I bought gray paint but have not yet painted the wall. Are those sound absorbing panels on the walls behind the speakers? Do they help and where did you get them?
I"m still trying to decided if a front projector will work best for my room setup rather than a 65" or 70", 1080p plasma or DLP, if I were to replace my Mitsubishi 1080i TV. I would also love to be able to take advantage of the that Dolby True-HD or DTS-HD Master Audio technology but replacing my RDC-7 with something comparable will cost an "arm & a leg." Do you know if it sounds that much better than the standard Dolby Digital EX or the DTS ES, THX-Ultra surround sound of the RDC-7?
My system is not as spectacular as yours, but I've been pretty happy with it.
My equipment list is as follows:AudioIntegra Research RDC-7 Pre-amp processor
Integra Research RDV-1 DVD Audio/Video player
Aragon 8008X5, 5-channel "class A" amp (pre-Klipsch)
Hafler 120, 2-channel power amp (rear channels)
Atlantic Technology, System 350 THX; front, center, (side) surrounds
Atlantic Technology, 274 THX (back) surrounds
Velodyne F-1800, 18" subwoofer
NHT; SW-2Pi subwoofer system
Outlaw, ICBM-1, (Integrated Controlled Bass Management)
TICE Power Block III-B, Signature Series with High-Power module
Otari MX-5050B Open Reel player
Technics SL-1200 Mk-II, DD turntable w Audio-Technica & Sure phono cart.
Pioneer 3-head high-end tape player (retired)
Phoenix Gold Pro, balanced cables for all amp/pre-amp connections
Granite Audio 30-amp power cord, PS-Audio power cord
High-End cables form Transparent Audio, AudioQuest, Monster Z series, Phoenix Gold Pro, Outlaw Audio, PS Audio Labs, Custom Pro
Video SystemMitsubishi Diamond series, WS-55909, 1080i CRT rear projector
Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc player
RDV-1 DVD player (best 480p DVD playback I've ever seen)
Pioneer CLD-D704 LaserDisc player w AC-3 (Dolby-Digital)
Silicon Image-DVDO, iScan HD 1080i video processor
TICE, video clean power enhancer module
Cinema-Quest by AudioQuest, Monster Z series,
Ideal-Lume, Video Display Bias Light w RF remote system
Dish Network HD-DVR
Thank your for the chat.