STEVE BRUZONSKY’S HOME THEATER SYSTEM – Nov 2013
VIDEO DISPLAY AND PROCESSING:
Sim2 C3X 1080 3 chip DLP Projector
Lumagen Radiance XE video processor/scaler.
DarbeeVision Darblet DVP5000 video processor
ISCO IIIL Anamorphic Lens and Cineslide Multistand II, with PPL-XL custom extra long length Cineslide mount kit
Stewart Cine-V Curved Screen, 2:35 128” W X 54” H, with drop down side masking to 96” W for 16:9, 1.3 gain.
AUDIO VIDEO SOURCES & PROCESSING:
Theta Casablanca 3 HD surround processor with 2 Xtreme DAC cards and new (2012) full bandwith Digi-Out card
Theta Generation VIII Series 3 DAC
Theta Compli Blu 3D Universal Player (Blu Ray, SACD, DVD-A, CD)
Customized Music Server, by Small Green Computer, based on Computer Audiophile Series 3.0 (CAPS 3.0),
with upgrades, fanless, quiet, will play ripped SACD 2 & multichannel ripped SACD ISO files at 176-24 over HDMI (to Theta Casablanca HD SSP) and also 2 channel music files up to 192-24 over USB (SOtM tX-USBexp with SOtM mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Power Supply to Berkeley Audio Alpha USB, which converts USB to digital bnc coaxial and AES/EBU), using JRiver Media Center 19, and using a 4TB Fantom Pro 7200 eSATA Drive for music storage (in future plan to use NAS – network attached storage):
Case: Silverstone Crown Series SST-CW02B-MXR-USB3.0 (black) (all aluminum chassis)
Memory: Crucial 16GB DDR3 1600 kit (8GBx2), 240-pin DIMM (Model CT2KIT102464BD160B) 128GB SSD Samsung SSD MLC OS: Win 8 Pro 64-bit configured for low latency Motherboard: Intel DH77EB / BOXDH77EB (2 USB 3.0 and 1 eSATA port) Processor: Intel Core i7 i3770S Sapphire HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 Ultimate video card Power Supply: Kingwin Stryker Series STR-500 SOtM Power Noise Filter SOtM tX-USBexp
SOtM mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Power Supply
Berkeley Audio Alpha USB
DirecTV HR24-500 DVR & DirecTV HR23-700 DVR.
Integra DHS-8.8 HD DVD Player
JVC HMD-H5U D-VHS VCR
Velodyne SMS-1 subwoofer equalizer (2)
D-Link Boxee Box
Apple IPad 3rd Generation (for remote Music Server playback), using both JRemote and TeamViewer 8.
Two Theta Citadel 1.5 monoblock amplifiers (400 watts per channel into 8 ohms) with two Reich high pressure binding posts per each monoblock amplifier for biwiring.
Three Theta Enterprise monoblock amplifiers (300 watts per channel into 8 ohms) with two Reich high pressure binding posts per each monoblock amplifier for biwiring.
SPEAKERS AND STANDS:
Four Aerial Acoustics 9 speakers with Aerial’s custom spikes (front and surround). Surround 9s are elevated an additional 6 inches high by having OsirisGiza Mk II stands .
One Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker. Sound Anchor custom stand including an extension piece to raise the mid-drivers to about listener ear level.
Three Aerial Acoustics SW12 powered subwoofers (400 watts each). Each modified with internal speaker cables (from internal amplifier to internal binding posts for woofers) with custom Granite Audio 8 guage 1 foot speaker cables with proprietary banana plugs each end to ensure tight fit and solid connection. Each on custom Sound Anchors custom stand.
AUDIO AND VIDEO CABLES:
HDMI Cabling: Blue Jeans BJC Series-1.HDMI cables, and 1 PS Audio 1M HDMI-12 cable (for Music Server)
Granite Audio Model 573 Speaker Cables (ten 1M cables, 8 guage, provides true bi-wiring of two cables per each amplifier, with spades on speaker end and, Cardas paddle lugs on amplifier end of cables).
Granite Audio Model 470 Silver Analog Interconnects (single-ended and balanced) for long runs from monoblock amplifiers to speakers.
Granite Audio Model 420 Coaxial digital audio cables.
Cardas Audio Lightning 15 AES/EBU and BNC/BNC 2M digital audio cables.
Wireworld Supernova 3+ Glass Toslink audio cables.
2 - PS Audio Perfect Wave P5 Power Plants
PS Audio Soloist in wall power conditioner
PS Audio Power Ports AC outlets
APC S15 Power Conditioner 1.5kVA S type with battery backup 120V
Granite Audio Model 560 and 555 power cords
Audioprism Noise Sniffer and Audioprism Quietline AC Filters
Michael Green Deep Clampracks, one 54" high and two 48" high
Michael Green Deluxe Justarack Tuning Boards (three, one for each Theta Enterprise amplifier)
Steve Blinn amplifier stands (two, one for each Theta Citadel 1.5 amplifier)
ROOM ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS:
Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding 5" (black) placed on bevel at wall/ceiling seams
Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers (black): Four Mini Corner Controllers, placed at ceiling corners over ACM joints; Eight Wall Mount Controllers 36", one at each of four wall corners, two on each side wall; and Six Mini Echo Controllers, one centered above the screen at the wall/ceiling seam, one centered above the back cabinets' wetbar at ball wall/ceiling seam, and one placed on the ceiling above each Aerial Acoustics 10T speaker
La-Z-Boy Legend Power Leather Recliners. 1st row three recliners, with console including two cupholders inbetween the front row center and right recliners. 2nd row two recliners with console including two cupholders between them.
Symposium Platforms, Ultra and Svelte.
Symposium Rollerblocks Series 2.
Cardas Caps (for components' unused RCA inputs/outputs)
Michael Green Cable Grounds.
Channel Master Rotor for outdoor Radio Shack Analog/Digital OTA Antenna
Notes on Setup & Special Dedicated Room Construction and Features
Notes on Setup:
The four Aerial Acoustics 9 speakers are setup at about 2, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock on circle, tilted at the center front row "sweet spot" (two rows of leather recliners each row) listening/viewing position at about 45 degrees, with front left 9 facing surround right 9, and front right 9 facing surround left 9. The Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker is positioned with its back about two feet from the wall and its front about two feet back from the front of the front left and right Aerial 9s relative to the "sweet spot". Each 9 is 11 feet (132 inches) from each other from side to side and front to back. The front 9s center at front woofer is 85 inches from the front screen wall, whereas the rear surround 9s center at front woofer is 82 inches from rear wall.
The outer edge of the front left and right, and surround left and right, Aerial Acoustics 9s are each about two feet from the closest side wall. Normally, this is too close for excellent imaging and sonics; however, thanks to the Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers and acoustical treatments, this is preferred positioning for best home theater sonics. The Pressure Zone Controllers at the front of the room are adjusted for a solid phantom center image with only stereo playing for the front left and right 9s; and towards and at the back, the controllers are adjusted for more ambience.
Two Aerial SW12 subwoofers are placed to the side, just past and a bit behind, the Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker edges, at the center front of the room (measured as a null area for accurate bass). The third Aerial SW12 subwoofer is placed near the center right side wall of the room and only this subwoofer is equalized by use of a Velodyne SMS-1 subwoofer equalizer.
The ceiling is at 11'11". The Aerial CC5 Sound Anchors stand has a custom center or middle piece which is about ten inches higher than normal, allowing me to raise the center speaker as I have room under my screen so the center speaker, tilted just a bit, has its mid-drivers equal the center of my ear lobes as I sit in my trust front center chair. The top of the center speaker is 37" off the carpeted floor, with its mid-drivers about 33" off the floor. My mid-ear lobe level is about 39 - 40" off the floor as I recline a bit in my leather recliner.
SPECIAL DEDICATED ROOM CONSTRUCTION AND FEATURES:
Home Theater room dimensions are 18 feet 3 inches wide, 25 feet long and 11 feet 11 inches high. This is #3 on the Louden scale of best acoustical audio dimensions, to lessen the room node interaction at low bass frequencies as much as possible.
The room was added East of the Master Bedroom. A hallway and bathroom are between the Master Bedroom and the Home Theater room. The theater's cement foundation has seams between the theater and the hallway/bathroom, and also between the hallway/bathroom and the Master Bedroom, for vibration control.
Double masonite doors with wood and rubber seals around them lead from the Master Bedroom to the hallway, and from the hallway to the theater. Double 2 inch X 4 inch stud walls, with 1 inch air space inbetween, are between the Master Bedroom and the hallway/bathroom.
At the rear of the home theater, flat black cabinets with a wetbar in the middle are 20 inches deep with the 2 inch X 6 inch stud wall in back of the cabinets.
There is blown in cellulose insulation for all of the walls, which seeps into and perfectly seals all nooks and crannies, except the ceiling insulation is BAT (much of the ceiling is taken up by large oversized air conditioning ducts and there was insuficient room up there to squeeze in a blow in cellulose). USG Acoustical Sealant was used on all stud surfaces to minimize vibrations. Sound board, followed by gyp board, was installed on all of the walls and ceiling of the entire addition.
The air conditioning return is at the rear of the theater underneath the cabinets and is roughly about more than 10 feet long and 4 inches in height. The air conditioning is whisper quiet thanks to the oversized gentle turns insulated air ducts. The air return is located in the attic above thebathroom, with a separate air conditioning unit outside the room, and with the air conditioning unit on a concrete slab separated from the addition's concrete slab, so that the air conditioning is self-contained and totally separate from the rest of our home.
The local code requires at minimum the Home Theater room's windows, two windows four feet wide X 5 feet high. Each window is on the north and south side walls, with each window ending 7 feet from the front video screen wall, just behind the very front of the front left and right Aerial Acoustics 10T speakers. The windows consist of one double pane outside and a single pane inside. Each pane is on a separate wood insulated frame to minimize vibrations and maximize soundproofing. Manual Draper Lightblock shades ensure that the room remains totally dark for video.
Our home has a 400 amp electrical service. That service was originally split into two 200 amp panel boxes, one for the East and one for the West side of our home. With the new addition at the East of our home, its 200 amp service panel box has a new 100 amp circuit breaker, which is isolated from the 200 amp panel from which its fed, which feeds a third panel box which contains 19 dedicated 20 amp, 10 guage wire circuits for the Home Theater room only. However, I intentionally wired the Home Theater room and addition lighting, a ceiling dedicated 20 amp circuit (which can but is not presently used for the projector), and the addition air conditioning dedicated 30 amp circuit into the pre-existing East panel box, to help keep noise from those circuits out of the panel box and dedicated circuits for audio and video components. The 19 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the Home Theater room panel box are wall wired same electrical phase, skipping every even circuit in the panel box (otherwise, as in typical panel boxes which don't skip every even circuit, this results in doubling the AC power noise). 4 guage copper wire runs from the Home Theater panel box to a nearby 8 foot copper ground rod well buried in the ground. The house ground is a 4 guage copper wire from the East panel box. And a 4 guage copper wire connects the copper ground rod to the house ground. The Home Theater room electrical outlets are PS Audio Power Ports 20 amp (which replaced Hubbell one grade below hospital grade in August 2002). In 2007 added whole house surge suppression, Innovative Technology (Eaton) PTE160 for 400 amp panel and PTE0481S101 for home theater panel.
Home Theater room colors are optimized for front projection, black carpet over a cement foundation, black ceiling, and black side walls from the front screen wall out seven feet to the edge of the windows, the remainder of the room is dark gray (the dark gray looks like a medium to lighter gray when placed next to black).
Three black art deco style theater lights on each side wall.
Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 remote controlled lighting.
A black, remote controlled whisper quiet ceiling fan centered about two-thirds into the room from the front screen wall.
Boltz Multimedia racks for audio and video media.
Four Billy Bags amp stands are used as mobile end tables.
Edited by Steve Bruzonsky - 11/26/13 at 4:50pm