Originally Posted by RevG
Reading this thread helped me incredibly. I built a built-in on the far wall of our second living room, and never intended it to be used for home theater. But the center section of it actually was a perfect fit for a Mitsubishi 65" DLP 3D TV, so after waiting two years and watching prices, we bit the bullet and bought the set. I still had my Paradigm powered 10" sub from years ago and hooked it up to the TV with the simulated surround the bar that the TV has. Couldn't stand it (and neither could my wife, so what does THAT tell you?)
So, purchased a 608 but it had a faulty HDMI out so was useless for HDMI video. Actually found the 260 cheaper nearby and bought that instead as I could live without the slight differences between the models.
Last week, during my annual birthday tradition of watching all 3 LOTR Extended Versions, I put up a mish-mash 5.1 set up of Paradigm Titans, CC120 and my sub, along with two Minimus 7's I had kicking around for the surrounds. All I can say is "WOW"
My last AVR was a Yamaha 2090 I bought in grad school 12 years ago, and I have to tell ya....for all the numerous times I've watched LOTR, NEVER have I grinned so wide as when I was watching it through this system. I don't remember the sound being that awesome when I originally saw it in the theaters all those years ago! Unbelievable, and couldn't be happier.
I'm awaiting the arrival of new speakers: Polk RM8 center with 4 RM7's for 5.1 (per The Bride, had to have white, unobtrusive speakers to match the room and wasn't getting Bose, so that made the choice pretty tough), and can't wait to finally do a proper set up with the Audyssey. Any suggestions for speaker set up for small speakers like those beyond what the Audyssey set up will do?
I did notice the video processing issue when watching standard DVD's through my Sony BDP-S570. I run a 1.4 cable from the Sony to the Onkyo, then another 1.4 from the Onkyo to the TV and the picture looked WAY over-processed. The good 'ol VCR/Return trick - which I discovered here - was just the solution.
Gettin' the boys a Wii for Christmas, and can't wait to hook that up to this!
Continued thanks for all the great information here....once I get the whole system set up, I'll post a pic; if for no other reason I'm really proud of the built-in I made!