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My corner of heaven

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Speakers:
Martin Logan Models: reQuest, Aerius i, Theater i, Descent

Associated electronics:

Preamp Processor/Amplifiers

Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8801

5 Channel Amp: Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Series II
5 Channel Amp: Sonance Sonamp 5150

Source

CD Player: Sony CDP-XA20ES
HD DVD Player: Toshiba HD-XA2 (2)
Blu-ray Player: Sony BDP-S300
Blu-ray Transport: Denon 2500BTCI
Blu-ray Universal Player: Denon DVD-A1UDCI

Blu-ray Universal 3D Player: Oppo BDP-103

Blu-ray Universal 3D Player: Oppo BDP-93
CD Recorder: Denon CDR-W1500
S-VHS VCR: JVC HRS-9911U
HD Satellite: Dish Network HD VIP622 DVR

Laserdisc Player: Pioneer Elite CLD-99
Minidisc Recorder: Sony MDS-JE530

Display
 

LG 84LM9600 84" Ultra High Definition (4K)

 

Power Conditioner/Surge Protection
Monster Power HTS 5000
Panamax Max DBS
APC Smart UPS SUA750

Additional electronics

Yamaha APD-1 AC-3 RF Demodulator
Western Digital-My Book Premium Edition 750GB external hard drive (for archiving from Dish Network VIP622HD)

Additional Speakers

Subwoofer: ADS MS3
Rear Center Surrounds: Paradigm Mini Monitors
Rear L/R Height Channels: Paradigm Mini Monitors

AV racks

VTI HGR-406-B

Interconnects/Speaker Wire

Speaker Cables - Mains: Monster Cable M Series (Bi-Wired Shotgun Configuration)
Speaker Cable - Center: Monter Cable M Series
Speaker Cable - Surrounds: Monster Cable Original 12 gauge
Interconnects: Outlaw Audio PCA with locking barrel ends
Coax Digital: Apature Accusound Digital
Optical: Monster Light Speed 200
XLR Balanced Cables: Cobalt Ultimate Balanced XLR and Audioquest Columbia with 48v DBS
HDMI Cables: Audioquest Cinemaquest HDMI X and HDMI 3

 

 

 

New LG 84LM9600 84" Ultra HD (4K)

 

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Below is a photo of my previous TV (Sony 70XBR2 SXRD)

 


 

Marantz AV8801 Preamp/Processor

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(Previous Preamp/Processor) Denon AVP-A1HDCI






Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature series II- 5 Channel amplifier


Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature series II- rear


Sonance Sonamp 5150- 5 channel amplifier


Monster Power HTS-5000


Sony CDP-XA20ES






Denon CD-RW1500 CD Recorder










Denon BT2500 Blu-ray Transport


Binding Posts on Martin Logan reQuest


Pioneer Elite CLD-99


Western Digital-My Book Premium 750GB External Hard Drive and APC Smart UPS SUA750 Battery Back Up


New Berkline HT seats with built in ButtKickers











Martin Logan reQuest


Martin Logan Theater i




Martin Logan Descent Subwoofer




Second Martin Logan Descent subwoofer


ADS MS3 Subwoofer


Edited by ohyeah32 - 5/1/13 at 2:10pm
post #2 of 370
Awesome setup!! I would not leave home.
post #3 of 370
Oh man I had to post just to say how much I envy your equipment, I love Martin Logan speakers.
post #4 of 370
Hello Seth!

Your system is arguably the nicest setup on this website.
It seems as if you have every format available covered in your system.
This is probably the most complete ensemble I've ever seen.

You have the consummate system!

Regards
post #5 of 370
Thats an impressive collection of gear!
post #6 of 370
jesus christ!!!! u better have that stuff fully insured
post #7 of 370
Wow, just WOW. That is one insanely incredible collection of equipment, including TWO of my favorite subwoofers ever. I prefer the Descent to the new DescentI, actually. I have listened and worked on all those Martin Logan, and love them all (don't worry, they're highly reliable). I never thought about a TV which could make the Theater center look small. That Sony 70" is enormous! Your entire room is just amazing, from the great seating, to the splayed ceiling, to everything being spotless and dust free. So for what purpose are you using the Aerius? Are they for multi-channel music, while the Paradigms are for movies? I like how almost all your equipment is black - the way it should be. I could just go on and on, but I'll concur with ldgibson76, yours is definitely one of the best systems on here. Certainly it's among my favorites, top five easily.
post #8 of 370
OH MY GOD!! That's all I can really say...

Roque
post #9 of 370
Holy crap, Components galore & your audio sound must be insane!! Nice!!
post #10 of 370
I'm digging the Bob Carver amp... and the Martin Logans... and the tv... and the..... hell, this is a sick setup!!!

ohyeah32 you have done an outstanding job!

3 rack systems are definitely in!!!!!
post #11 of 370
I've seen your set up on many forums and I'm always amazed at your setup.
post #12 of 370
OhYeah,

I have seen your system in the AVP thread, and I have to agree with everyone else here, it is a techies dream.
post #13 of 370
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the very nice compliments on my setup. I've been through quite a few pieces of gear, but now I'm at a point to where I am extremely happy with everything. The 6 foot tall Martin Logan reQuest's are a perfect match for the size of the room. And the addition of the second Martin Logan Descent which was added a couple of months ago, really compliments the other ML Descent. The bass from music and movies is much fuller now and seems to be coming from everywhere.

Now the only new addition I'm eagerly awaiting, is the arrival of the Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray player.



I am really looking forward to utilizing the players fully balanced design for 2 channel music listening and using the proprietary Denon Link for SACD/DVD-A. In preparation for the upcoming player, I bought a pair of Audioquest Columbia XLR cables with DBS system. I am also am going to connect the new player up via it's Ethernet port for firmware updates, so ordered a 65 foot shielded CAT6 cable.







I guess I can never say I won't upgrade again anytime soon, as once we get that itch we just can't help ourselves. But I do know that all of the speakers (incl. subs), Denon Preamp, and upcoming BD player, are going to be part of my system for many years to come.


Seth
post #14 of 370
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ldgibson76 View Post

Hello Seth!

Your system is arguably the nicest setup on this website.
It seems as if you have every format available covered in your system.
This is probably the most complete system I've ever seen.

You have the consummate system!

Regards

Thank you VERY much for that wonderful compliment on my setup. That has to be the nicest compliment I've received. I feel honored having my system here among such fine setups, yours included.


Seth
post #15 of 370
Wow...I don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said. My jaw literally dropped when I saw that first pic. That's only happened one or two other times since I've perused this site. Amazing job.
post #16 of 370
everything is nice. not too keen on the speaker wires running up the wall.
post #17 of 370
good lord your pockets must be deep. that's like a dream team list of gear.
post #18 of 370
I just drooled on everything that was under my mouth right now. INCREDIBLE!!!!
post #19 of 370
Wow!

Awesome system!
I can't even imagine total cost of all the equipments. It's probably higher than a cost of a house in many part of US. I hope you have a great
security system as well.
post #20 of 370
That is awsome. Do the lights dim in the rest of the house when you fire up a movie?
post #21 of 370
Seth,

Beautiful, simply beautiful!!!!
post #22 of 370
Fantastic setup. Have you had any issues with your XBR's optical block?
post #23 of 370
Seth,

Is your display a post Qualia model? I almost got that one when it first came out, about 5 years ago, but I wasn't willing to travel that much just to view the darn thing. At that time I was looking for a 70" and settled for the Hitachi vx915. Not bad, but I always kicked myself for not getting the Qualia. Just sold the Hitachi and got the kuro...

The images on your tv look spectacular in the pics... How much of the Qualia technology does you set have? I assume it inherited pretty much everything, right?

I wanted to ask this when I first posted in your thread but looking at your gear I was too busy cleaning my keyboard after drooling all over it... (Apologies for the graphic content of this paragraph...)
post #24 of 370
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron Gilbert View Post

Wow, just WOW. That is one insanely incredible collection of equipment, including TWO of my favorite subwoofers ever. I prefer the Descent to the new DescentI, actually. I have listened and worked on all those Martin Logan, and love them all (don't worry, they're highly reliable). I never thought about a TV which could make the Theater center look small. That Sony 70" is enormous! Your entire room is just amazing, from the great seating, to the splayed ceiling, to everything being spotless and dust free. So for what purpose are you using the Aerius? Are they for multi-channel music, while the Paradigms are for movies? I like how almost all your equipment is black - the way it should be. I could just go on and on, but I'll concur with ldgibson76, yours is definitely one of the best systems on here. Certainly it's among my favorites, top five easily.

Thank you for the very nice compliment on my setup.

I agree, I also like the Descent better than the i version. Yes the big Sony 70is a huge TV, and one that I am so happy I got before Sony pulled the plug on SXRD TV's. It's a stellar performer that offers an amazing picture. Kudo's to Sony for including a spare lamp with the TV, as it should give me many years of enjoyment.

Re the Aerius i, they're the primary left and right surrounds, with the Paradigm Mini Monitors above them used solely as height channels. And all nine speakers (and three subs) are used for both movie soundtracks and multi-channel music.


Seth
post #25 of 370
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RobZ View Post

Fantastic setup. Have you had any issues with your XBR's optical block?

Thank you.

No problems at all with the optical block. And if it does decide to go out at some point, I have the TV covered with a 5 year warranty. And probably by that time I'll be looking into getting an even larger display (or dedicated HT room with front projector).


Seth
post #26 of 370
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddgtr View Post

Seth,

Is your display a post Qualia model? I almost got that one when it first came out, about 5 years ago, but I wasn't willing to travel that much just to view the darn thing. At that time I was looking for a 70" and settled for the Hitachi vx915. Not bad, but I always kicked myself for not getting the Qualia. Just sold the Hitachi and got the kuro...

The images on your tv look spectacular in the pics... How much of the Qualia technology does you set have? I assume it inherited pretty much everything, right?

I wanted to ask this when I first posted in your thread but looking at your gear I was too busy cleaning my keyboard after drooling all over it... (Apologies for the graphic content of this paragraph...)

Thank you very much for the kind words on my system.

Yes my Sony TV is post Qualia. Back when the Qualia was top model, I almost got one, but now I am so glad I waited and got the 70XBR2. This TV is amazing! The detail, color, and even contrast is excellent. And about the only thing that would make this TV perfect is if it was 1080p/24 vs. 1080p/60. But in most real world watching I've found it to be a non issue.

The 70XBR2 inherited all the goodies of the Qualia plus more. I have zero regrets buying this TV, and I plan on enjoying it for some time. I have had such excellent results with Sony TV's that I know that eventually when I'm ready to upgrade, my next TV (or projector) will be a Sony.


Seth
post #27 of 370
I like it all except for the Denon components.
post #28 of 370
Quote:
Originally Posted by ohyeah32 View Post

Thank you all for the very nice compliments on my setup. I've been through quite a few pieces of gear, but now I'm at a point to where I am extremely happy with everything. The 6 foot tall Martin Logan reQuest's are a perfect match for the size of the room. And the addition of the second Martin Logan Descent which was added a couple of months ago, really compliments the other ML Descent. The bass from music and movies is much fuller now and seems to be coming from everywhere.

Now the only new addition I'm eagerly awaiting, is the arrival of the Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray player.



I am really looking forward to utilizing the players fully balanced design for 2 channel music listening and using the proprietary Denon Link for SACD/DVD-A. In preparation for the upcoming player, I bought a pair of Audioquest Columbia XLR cables with DBS system. I am also am going to connect the new player up via it's Ethernet port for firmware updates, so ordered a 65 foot shielded CAT6 cable.







I guess I can never say I won't upgrade again anytime soon, as once we get that itch we just can't help ourselves. But I do know that all of the speakers (incl. subs), Denon Preamp, and upcoming BD player, are going to be part of my system for many years to come.


Seth

I'm waiting for the new universal player too, for the same reasons you are.

How do you like your Denon pre pro?

I have the 5308CI and have been considering trading it in for the pre pro.

Then the hunt will be on for a really nice 7 channel amp. The Denon is kind of overkill for me. I don't need all the different zones.

I was thinking of maybe something from Krell? Any suggestions?
post #29 of 370
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Quote:
Originally Posted by john barlow View Post

I'm waiting for the new universal player too, for the same reasons you are.

How do you like your Denon pre pro?

I have the 5308CI and have been considering trading it in for the pre pro.

Then the hunt will be on for a really nice 7 channel amp. The Denon is kind of overkill for me. I don't need all the different zones.

I was thinking of maybe something from Krell? Any suggestions?

I am LOVING my Denon preamp! It's everything I was hoping it would be and then some. First off the sound quality is superb with both music and movie soundtracks. The AVP is neutral in character and is very faithful to the source being played. When I listen to music in Pure Direct mode, I hear details and subtleties in music I had never heard before on the Sunfire TGIII I used to use.

And it is also the most advanced preamp currently available. Denon really set the bar high with the AVP.

Re amps, that depends a lot on what kind of speakers you have, as not all speakers match up well with all amps. Krell makes some great amps, but so do a lot of other companies as well.

Yes the upcoming Denon A1UDCI is going to be an amazing machine. I can't wait to get one!


Seth
post #30 of 370
The Carver/Sunfire amp....beautiful, Martin Logans....beautiful. This is one fabulous system in a beautiful room.

In July my Contract with D*Tv expires and i am thinking of moving to Dish Network or back to cable. Which brings my question:
Your equipment:
Quote:


HD Satellite: Dish Network HD VIP622 DVR/ Hughes HR10-250 Tivo DVR/DirecTV Receiver

I am not sure how this all interacts, I guess you have 2 satellite providers. Are you moving HiDef content from the VIP 622 to the WD drive? If so how much can you get (HD content) on there and how does it work? If you look you will see that I have a Panny HDD recorder for SD only. (Another in the b'room keeps the girlfriend very happy btw) Part of my next move is to be able to record HD content without all of the constraints and expense of TiVo and other pay per monthly schemes, if that is possible. In other words is it possible for you to time shift HD content without paying a monthly fee to providers above the "rental" fee for the DVR? I do that easily now with the Panny but only in SD...uggggh. Again, beautiful system, thanks for posting!
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