Originally Posted by Bill Mac
Can you post some pictures of your HT? What are you using for speakers and electronics?
Jigsta205, I'd also like additional details on what you are running. And joerod, thanks for all the experimentation and sharing the results.
IN RESPONSE to those curious as to what equipment I use in my HT,
This may infuriate some and perplex others.
I'm especially aware of this since I've been following this site for at least three years and my fellow enthusiast's strong likes and dislikes for certain brands are IMO unsubstantial. I just recently decided to register at AVS to finally fuel my passion for HT and more specifically sound.
I have two 110 watt SONY 7.1 receivers($470 each in 2004 money). Ohh. Yes that's right SONY. I've tried the Comparable Onkyo's, Denon's, Harmon Kardons, and a few others. They're all actually great, but for my purposes the SONYs are for me untouchable.
For Center channels I'm using a SONY center. Directly above it A JBL center. 10 feet above it (I have a cathedral ceiling) Another Sony Center.
For Front channels I have two 1996 SONY towers on the left and right. (As the educated know, speaker tech hasn't dramatically changed under the $5,000 dollar range since their inception.) 6 Feet above those towers I have two bookshelf SONYs Matrixed into the Front B channels (For height superiority). Next to those SONY towers I have (what most around the net without foundation refer to as sleezy VAN speakers-whatever-the proof is in the sound) 2 AUDIOLINE towers. In between the SONYs and AUDIOLINES I have two no brand towers with mids tweeters and 12' subs Matrixed into the Front Channels.
In between the six towers I have one 12' sub KLH. And one 12' sub JBL, both down firing.
On that front wall in between the centers I have a 106 inch 2.5 gain DaLite screen.
Three feet in front of that screen and on the side walls, 10 feet above, I have two JBL reference speakers also Matrixed into the front B channels for height sound.
I have two massive surrounds (each with mids, tweets and 12'subs) of a non-name label which i bought from a neighbor for 40 bucks (steal) on the floor on both sides of the listening position. Directly above those I have two more SONY bookshelf speakers about ten feet up for height surround.
On the back wall about ten feet up I have another SONY center for Surround Back. MAtrixed into that speaker I have 2 KLHs for SBL and SBR. About 2 feet in front of those on the side walls I have two more SONY bookshelf speakers to round out True SBL and SBR.
On that back wall I have a pleather sofa(yes fake leather) that seats four about a foot off the ground for stadium seating which puts the viewer about 4.5 feet above the front sofa. On both sides of the sofa I have two bookshelf JBLs Matrixed into more Surround L and R.
IN between the seating is where I have a 1996 SONY sub which puts out as much power as the front subs but is only a 6 inch woofer.(I'm still impressed with it) Next to it I have my rack with the two receivers, my IN72 projector, and dvd upscaler ( Still saving up for bluray player-wife couldn't care less-Although I have auditioned a PS3 and WOW!)
On the other side of the rack I have an ONKYO 12' sub down firing.
ALL this in a 25 foot long room-20 feet wide.
Believe in what your ears tell you. And everyone else will. I've been to my friend's house who have spent 25,000 on their professionally installed Klipsch theater (And i love Klipsch!) and then had them come over to my theater and blow them out of the water without question. Most come over and shed a tear during viewing. The PQ is ok (as you all know the IN72 is 480p native) but the sound is celestial. I play Apollo 13 when the shuttle launches and My street knows it. My audience becomes overwhelmed with the emotion and turn to me with jaws dropped and a tear rolling down their cheeks. I've spent maybe 8 to ten thousand over six years building this overkill home theater. But the proof again is in your ears. Would I buy more expensive brands and maybe have them all be uniform? In a heartbeat. But we're not rich and neither are most readers here. We're here to EXPERIENCE the movies.
Just like MONSTER and BOSE rip people off so do most speaker companies. Once again the tech is still ANALOG. I love movies and actually am writing spec scripts for Hollywood. No luck yet, but when one sells, Im going to buy 28 Klipsch speakers and four 15' Klipsch woofers. And the IN83 or better. With Matrixing knowledge NO ONE should Stop at your BASIC 7.1 set up. You're cheating yourself out of a SONIC ORGASM.
p.s. I use to be apathetic to the MAC vs PC debate, but man. XP sucks compared to OS X. I do have pics and will post them when I find them in my comp files. I'm using a DELL and I miss my stolen Mac.