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post #151 of 294
^^^ That was a great post, Claude! I enjoyed reading it as much as you enjoyed the experience of full Reference Level. And your wife sounds terrific. My wife too enjoys our theater as much as I do. In fact, sometimes I'll get home from work and she'll be down there already, watching something. She's a little intimidated by the remotes, but she's figuring them out. This hobby is even more fun when we can share it with the ones we love, right?

Craig
post #152 of 294
Hey Claude, that was a great post. I have yet to try and goto fullm reference on my system. When I want to try and push it, I goto -10. When Craig and Dennis were listening to some music, they kept on telling me to up the level. We ended up at -7 and that is the highest I have ever had my system. But it was not unfcomfortable at all. Also, I really could not hear any distortion.

But to be honest, I am sort of scared going to reference. Your room is probably even better treated then mine is at this point so I am sure that helps. Plus your speakers are very sensitive. I think you have Triple 8's right? The ones on the website now say they are 98db sensitive and reach 129db max. So they are built for that kind of play back. And I am sure they sound fantastic. Craig's front speakers have a sensitivity just over 94db and I am sure have a very high max SPL rating. So even in his large room, he can hit reference with no problem either and take his level to 0db. Now take me. My speakers are 91db if I am lucky.

Even though I can put my system pretty loud, or at least I think it's loud, I am not certain that I can dial up my Integra to full reference. I just don't think I would be comfortable doing that. In my mind, I would be worryng about hurting my speakers. Now for all I know, I can go higher then what I do. We listened for almost 6 hours of music and movie clips and not once did I think it was too loud and my ears never hurt. But still, I don't know what would happen if I tried to louder.. But that's great that you can put your system at full reference and be good with that. It sounds like you are there. Congrats on your fantastic system.
post #153 of 294
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the kind words!

Craig,
I agree, this hobby is so much more fun when love ones join in on our excitement. My wife used to get irrated about my remotes too and could not deal with the macros of my old universal remote either. She would always get the macros confused. Ever since I got the Harmony One remote, I stopped receiving phone calls from her when I was not at home about "How do you turn this on?" or "What input do I need to be on?"


Mike,
Who knows if I am really at Reference or if I am 5db below reference when at 0 on the MV. Most movies sound loud and clear, a few sound that they could be turned up even a few dbs more, and some sound as loud, maybe louder, than my local IMAX which very loud. Its a dynamic and fun ride but the RS SPL meter says one thing and Audyssey chooses another. I remember Craig stating at -12 in your treated room sounds very simlar to 5-7 in his much bigger treated room. As long as its loud enough for you and you enjoy it thats all that counts. Maybe one day when everyone is out of the house, you can try listening to an entire move at like -5 to see how you like it and possible go from there but if you are comfy at 10 from reference, there is not one thing wrong with that. There's a ton of folks on this forum who would love to have the gear thats in your room and or be able to watch movies or listen to music in your room. Thats a lot of top shelf gear in my opinion!
post #154 of 294
Hey Claude, thanks. As far as my gear goes, thanks for the nice words. I have worked hard and trying to find gear that will suit my needs for music and movies. I do remember Craig saying that about -12 being like -5 or -7 in his room. I am a happy camper. You seem to be a happy camper. And Craig seems to be a happy camper. What's cool is we all found great systems that can make us happy but we did it three different ways. So -10 really does do it for me. But, to be honest, I was very surprised that my system handled -7 so well with music. I don't remember if we did -7 with a movie. I am sure with the speakers you have, in a room the size of yours, all you get is good clean crisp sound.
post #155 of 294
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We've been looking for new seats for the past year but could never decide what we liked best or could not find something more comfy than what we already own. The wife and I spent about 4 hours total at our local La-z-boy store yesterday and today sitting in different recliners, couches and sofas. I'm 5'9 and she 5ft but we both agreed on the same recliner was the most comfortable for both of our body types. Turns out this same recliner was actually over 40% off too We ordered 2 of them and should have them in 2 weeks if all goes well.

There were actually 4 reasons why we chose La-z-boy vs other types of seats.
  • The 3 different positions for the footrest.
  • The independent reclining back.
  • The ratcheting/recline mode.
  • The ability to adjust tension on the reclining back.

These features make La-Z-boy one of the most comfy chairs I’ve ever sat in. I've attached some demo videos below.





We ordered 2 of the ones below.
post #156 of 294
That's great. I really like mine and when Craig and Dennis came over, I think they really liked them as well. For me, what the kicker was the fact they had that Harbortown model that was narrow and I was able to fit two with no problem. I hope that your delivery experience is better then mine though. Did you get leather? I got the wall away feature as well. I can extend the legs and keep the back strait if I want. Or, if I do it right, I can almost recline them so far that they are perfectly flat, like a bed. Looking forward to seeing so pics. Again, I really like mine and everyone who has sat in them has said they are very comfortable as well. In fact, I have had a few people fall asleep in them they are so comfy. Looking forward to pics when you get them.
post #157 of 294
Just an after thought. It looks like before you had three chairs? Are you know going to have only two? Also, I am guessing that you will re run your room correction since the chairs are different. I know that when I got the couch out of there and the chairs in, the sound did change a bit.
post #158 of 294
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Thanks Mike! We like leather but we actually prefer the feel of certain microfibers a little more and had every intention of doing a custom order in microfiber. We knew we could fit 2 chairs along with the current smaller recliner we have in our room. The wife clipped a small piece of the fabric off from under one of our current recliners and took it to the store to get a similar or the same fabric. Turns out the one of the 5 standards fabrics (Pewter) matched really well so we went with that one. This was very practical as it was also cheaper than doing a custom order; the waiting time is less and since it's not a custom order this particular La-Z-boy store offers a 4 day in home trail and a full refund should you change your mind on all non custom orders.

Once they get here and we set them up, I may move things around and see if we can possibly add a 3rd replacing our current little recliner but for now 2 is perfect since its usually just me and the wife anyways. The La-Z-boy warehouse is only ~8 miles away from me so I can just go there and pick them up when they are ready. These two La-Z-boys will replace the 2 big current recliners in our room so I don't think I will need to run Audyssey again but if I notice anything off with the sound, I'll run it again. I looked into the wall hugger feature and liked that option too but I cant remember which feature you lose by adding the wall hugger - meaning adding the wall hugger feature looses one of the of 4 options I listed above (I think we lose the ratcheting reclining mode and maybe loose the ability to tension the back recline but gain the wall hugger feature). The wife and I liked the wall hugger option but we preferred the ratcheting recline feature more so we stuck with that. One thing for sure, La-Z-boy gives a ton of options/features.

We are excited
post #159 of 294
I have been very happy with mine and I am sure you will happy with yours. I don't remember if I lost any feature by going with the wall huger, but if I did, I really don't miss it that much because these do everything I need them to do. I wanted them as close to the wall as possible. I know people say it's bad for the sound, but I have not noticed it and neither did Craig or Dennis. I got an upgraded leather so that probably added time to my delivery date plus they screwed up the order in the first place. So it took about 6 months to get them. Like I said, I hope you have a better delivery experience then I did. But I am sure they will be nice and comfy once you get them. Can't wait to see some pics.
post #160 of 294
Is that the Joshua Reclina-Rocker? If so, they seem to have great reviews. I am sure they will look great in the room and be very comfy. As I said above, I expect some pics when you get them.
post #161 of 294
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Yep, its the Joshua. I still never bothered to buy a digital camera but I will try to borrow one and take pics once we receive em.

We actually bought the 5 year Guardsman protection plan. There seems to be discrepancies on whats covered and what is not with the plan. I'm working with my sales person to get me the correct literature. I was told that everything (parts, labor, mechanisms, and fabric) is fully covered for 5 years when I bought the plan. Now I'm told only the "ELITE" plan covers everything and one plan only covers fabric/leather. He's trying to fix it and get me on the correct plan.

I'm only mentioning this since you may want to confirm yours as well (if you bough the protection plan).
post #162 of 294
Yea, I have a five year plan that as far as I know, covers everything. Better safe then sorry. Material, mechanism etc... They come to the house and pick it up and the deliver it back. But if you paid for it, you want to make sure you get the right one. Looking forward to the pics.
post #163 of 294
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My salesperson just called me back, changed my plan to the correct one Elite and is mailing me the confirmation.

La-z-boy comes standard with a 1 year (parts and labor coverage) then a lifetime warranty on parts only.

There are 2 extended plans offered at my local La-Z-boy store and both are through a company called Guardsman.
One is called the Fabric/Leather Protection Plus plan that covers rips, stains, spills, fade, and etc for 5 years.
There's an Elite plan that covers everything including labor, plus everything the other plan covers as well as mechanisms/springs/frame for 5 years.
Here's the kickerboth plans are the same price at my local La-Z-boy store.

Seems there was a few salespeople that thought the Protection Plus plan covers everything but it does not - only the Elite covers everything. I'm glad I found this out early as I would have been very upset if I needed repairs later and found out my so called plan did not cover it but another plan, with same cost, did cover it.

Figured I would post this as it may help anyone looking to get any La-Z-boy furniture with thier extended protection plans.
post #164 of 294
I know, they have a number of different plans. I think I got the max protection one though. I think I got the Elite but I know I at least got the other 5 year plan. I don't know if it says it on the receipt , I may try and find my receipt and see if it says. But I am not too worried. They seem pretty sturdy to me and I am careful with them.
post #165 of 294
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Well, I picked up our new recliners this past Wednesday and tried them out for a few days before we finalized our decision on keeping them or not. We are keeping them

They are great and very comfortable. Besides all the options I mentioned above that makes La-Z-Boy recliners great, there was one I forgot but it's noticeable when sitting on the recliner that adds to the comfort....and that is the seat, back and arms are made with special foam and not fillers so it keeps their shape and feel firm but soft/plush when sitting or reclining. Oh, the rocking feature is great as well. They are not anything super special to look at as they are not leather or don't have cup holders and what not but man they fit our needs perfectly.

The only thing bad about these recliners is the ones I picked up don't match our current recliner as the ones in the store. Both are the Pewter fabric but ours was recently covered with the Guardsman protection fabric so maybe it will fade/lighten up in a few weeks.

I'll try to get pics up as soon as I can get my hands on a decent camera.

PS...I did get the extended warranty thing squared away and believe it or now there was a difference They were both the same price but one covered just the fabric/labor while the other covered everything (fabric/parts/mechanisms/labor) for 5 years. They even had different SKU numbers on the receipts. Thought I would mentioned it again just in case anyone else is in the market for La-Z-boy recliners with the extended coverage.
post #166 of 294
Hi Claude, I have a story about La-Z-Boy recliners....the ones you see in my gallery. When we were shopping for our set we specifically looked for ones that were wide enough so that our small dogs had enough room to sit next to us if they so desire. Congrats on getting your set.
post #167 of 294
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Thanks for stopping by Al and the nice words.

I cant tell you how awesome I think it is that you guys think of your "kids"when buying furniture!
post #168 of 294
Glad you got the ones you wanted Claude. Can't wait to see some pics. I still really like mine very much.
post #169 of 294
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I was able to get a decent picture of our 2 new La-Z-boys.


LL
post #170 of 294
They look nice an comfy. Congrats. I hope you like them as much as I like mine .
post #171 of 294
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Thanks Mike and Yes, we love them. The more time we spend on em, the more we enjoy them!
post #172 of 294
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Originally Posted by Bunga99 View Post

I was able to get a decent picture of our 2 new La-Z-boys.


Love my La-Z-Boy couch and recliner as well -- damn things are so comfortable I've accidentally fallen asleep on them a few times!
post #173 of 294
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LOL! I've already caught my wife drifting off twice in her La-Z-boy but that could also be from being exhausted after work or she might have found whatever we were watching very boring.
post #174 of 294
Hi Claude, I got the biggest laugh with the dueling Harmony One remotes on the two side tables.
post #175 of 294
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Originally Posted by hometheatergeek View Post

Hi Claude, I got the biggest laugh with the dueling Harmony One remotes on the two side tables.

Now that I look at it, it does look pretty funny so I better explain. My wife likes to use the Harmony remote when watching Blurays, Hd-dvds or Dvds, but when it comes to cable (AT&T Uverse) she prefers the AT&T remote. Thats the remote on the far end. She said she likes layout better for cable/dvr and likes the Guide, Menu and 30 second commercial skip/rewind about buttons better .
post #176 of 294
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Originally Posted by Bunga99 View Post

Now that I look at it, it does look pretty funny so I better explain. My wife likes to use the Harmony remote when watching Blurays, Hd-dvds or Dvds, but when it comes to cable (AT&T Uverse) she prefers the AT&T remote. Thats the remote on the far end. She said she likes layout better for cable/dvr and likes the Guide, Menu and 30 second commercial skip/rewind about buttons better .

Well that is how we do it in my house too. She uses the Comcast remote for day to day uise. But in your picture your two remotes should do look alike. BTW the Harmony does the 30 second skip too.
post #177 of 294
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I know a lot of us (myself included) criticize Monster for their overpriced cables and other products. When I first moved to FL in 2004, I met a bunch of folks that told me they lost their TV and or PC due to a power surge or lightning storm. We actually lost a home PC due to a surge here in FL. I did not know too much about surge protectors (still don't to be honest) and back then I did not know that Monster products were overpriced. I bought what I thought was their best surge protector selling at Circuit city/Best buy at that time (Monster HTS1000 MKII). I dont remember which store I bought it from but remember the manager giving me a discount since I bought other stuff from there. I don't know if it worked or not but I can say that we have had many lightning storms, power outages, brown outs and 2 separate transformers blow up like fireworks on our block (one right infront of my house) but my none of my HT gear was negatively impacted.

A few weeks ago, my receiver shut off on me while starting a movie at very low levels -30 from reference. I manually powered the receiver on, checked for loose cables and it worked fine but I noticed when I went to manually turn it on, I heard a buzzing noise coming from the Surge Protector. I decided to unplug the surge protector and plug it into a different outlet, the Monster Surge protector buzzing got louder. I tried another outlet and the buzzing got even louder. After 7-8 years this Monster Surge protector finally went out on me. Monster had a 5 year warranty this Surge Protector. I temporarily replaced it with a cheaper $25.00 GE model until I could do some research and find out what I wanted to buy next. The receiver has been fine since.

I figured, what the hell, I'll give Monster a call and just ask how much it would cost to repair or replace it. I told the person who answered the phone that it was at least 7 years old and explained about the buzzing noise and that my receipts are almost completely faded so I can't tell which receipt is which or if I bought it at Circuit city or Bestbuy since it was so long ago but I could provide the serial number. She put me on hold for a few mins, came back with an RMA number and asked me to mail it in. I mailed it in and emailed her the tracking number. She emailed me back a week or so later after they got it and said that the unit is indeed bad now and since I probably got it at a store that is no longer in business, they will replace it as an exception, one time courtesy, even though its past the warranty coverage and I did not have a legible receipt. I just got my new Monster Power HTS1000 MKIII for free in the mail yesterday. This is the newer model with the digital display. Everything works fine. I still think their products are overpriced but happy to know that they replaced my out of warranty product for free. Got to love great customer service!

PS...If anyone has any thoughts/advice on Monster or other brands surge protection units, please share (good or bad). FYI, I have my TV, Receiver, Bluray player, HD-dvd player and cable hd-dvr hooked up this Monster Surge protector. My SubMersive and Antimode 8033 is hooked up to a Eclipse Pro surge protector.
post #178 of 294
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Originally Posted by Bunga99 View Post

I know a lot of us (myself included) criticize Monster for their overpriced cables and other products. When I first moved to FL in 2004, I met a bunch of folks that told me they lost their TV and or PC due to a power surge or lightning storm. We actually lost a home PC due to a surge here in FL. I did not know too much about surge protectors (still don't to be honest) and back then I did not know that Monster products were overpriced. I bought what I thought was their best surge protector selling at Circuit city/Best buy at that time (Monster HTS1000 MKII). I dont remember which store I bought it from but remember the manager giving me a discount since I bought other stuff from there. I don't know if it worked or not but I can say that we have had many lightning storms, power outages, brown outs and 2 separate transformers blow up like fireworks on our block (one right infront of my house) but my none of my HT gear was negatively impacted.

A few weeks ago, my receiver shut off on me while starting a movie at very low levels -30 from reference. I manually powered the receiver on, checked for loose cables and it worked fine but I noticed when I went to manually turn it on, I heard a buzzing noise coming from the Surge Protector. I decided to unplug the surge protector and plug it into a different outlet, the Monster Surge protector buzzing got louder. I tried another outlet and the buzzing got even louder. After 7-8 years this Monster Surge protector finally went out on me. Monster had a 5 year warranty this Surge Protector. I temporarily replaced it with a cheaper $25.00 GE model until I could do some research and find out what I wanted to buy next. The receiver has been fine since.

I figured, what the hell, I'll give Monster a call and just ask how much it would cost to repair or replace it. I told the person who answered the phone that it was at least 7 years old and explained about the buzzing noise and that my receipts are almost completely faded so I can't tell which receipt is which or if I bought it at Circuit city or Bestbuy since it was so long ago but I could provide the serial number. She put me on hold for a few mins, came back with an RMA number and asked me to mail it in. I mailed it in and emailed her the tracking number. She emailed me back a week or so later after they got it and said that the unit is indeed bad now and since I probably got it at a store that is no longer in business, they will replace it as an exception, one time courtesy, even though its past the warranty coverage and I did not have a legible receipt. I just got my new Monster Power HTS1000 MKIII for free in the mail yesterday. This is the newer model with the digital display. Everything works fine. I still think their products are overpriced but happy to know that they replaced my out of warranty product for free. Got to love great customer service!

PS...If anyone has any thoughts/advice on Monster or other brands surge protection units, please share (good or bad). FYI, I have my TV, Receiver, Bluray player, HD-dvd player and cable hd-dvr hooked up this Monster Surge protector. My SubMersive and Antimode 8033 is hooked up to a Eclipse Pro surge protector.

How many items are you plugging in, and how much power do they consume? My expereince is with Tripplite and Furman.
post #179 of 294
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I have my TV, Receiver, Bluray player, HD-dvd player and cable hd-dvr hooked up this Monster Surge protector. I have no idea how much power they consume but have not any any issues yet. My SubMersive and Antimode 8033 is hooked up to a Eclipse Pro surge protector.
post #180 of 294
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Originally Posted by Bunga99 View Post

Display: Pioneer Kuro Plasma 5080

Receiver: Onkyo 805

Speakers: JTR sealed Triple 8-HT-lp for LCR & Sapphire dipoles for surrounds

SUB: Seaton SubMersive HP

EQ & Acoustic Treatments:
Audyssey XT & Anti-Mode 8033C
6 GIK small custom sized Monster Bass Traps for corners
2 GIK full size Monster Bass Traps covering rear window
2 GIK 244 Bass traps for front main speakers
5 GIK 242 for reflection points - sidewall, ceiling and rear wall

BluRay Player:
Oppo 93 & PS3

HD DVD player:
Toshiba A2

Remote:
Harmony One by Logitech

TV Stand:
Z-Line

Other:
AT&T U-Verse dual tuner HD DVR cable box, cabinet loaded with different formats of movies.




Notes: The room is only ~1150 cubic feet. My wife actually made the curtains for the big back window behind the recliners. It does a great job of keeping the sunlight out.
The wife and I dont have any kids and Love watching movies. We watch approximately 1 during each week day and 2 each day during the weekend.

New Pics of JTR T8HT-Lp:




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Thx for looking,
Claude

Nice arrangement of the LCR and what more can you tell me about them is the centre driver middle to high range as I can't see a tweeter?

Is the timber balance smooth do they sound harsh or muffled I just haven't seen anything like those before.

Cheers.
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