Well I have had the 5010 and and 4311 installed and running for a while now and am very happy with the upgrades! Watched our first 3D movie over Christmas, The Polar Express in 3D. Was pretty funny as the scene were the train comes out of the tunnel and into the room my 5 year old daughter had got up to "touch" the falling snow and she pretty much jumped across the room when the train came out at her! So I liked the 3D better than I thought I would but the glasses do get uncomfortable after a whole movie. The 5010 is much brighter, quieter, with better out of the box colors than the 8700 and I am very happy with it.
I can not believe the difference in sound quality between the Pioneer VSX-21 and the Denon 4311! I believe it is mostly the Audyssey XT32 that makes the difference especially since it EQ's my F20 which the Pioneer doesn't. I have setup my C-100's that were my rears as Wides and replaced the rears with some C-50's I had. So far I am really liking the Wides and really want to try the heights to since the AVR has the capability. The Wides do make the front sound stage more immersive. Even though my room is not that wide I placed the Wides at the recommended angle, from what I have read Audyssey actually recommends Wides for narrow rooms as long as the placement angle is correct the time delays will adjust to create the proper effect. I don't know all the technical details but I do know I like the way it sounds.
I also completely reorganized my rack to accommodate the 4311, re purposed the VSX-21 to run the living room and re purposed the VSX-01 that was for the living room to run the Master bedroom as well as a new HTPC shared between the living room and bedroom.
So here are some pictures of all the new stuff!
Here is the Epson 5010, I really like the way it looks compared to the 8700 it just looks more refined for a home environment and I like the lens centered in the housing. I always thought the 8700 looked more like an office/business projecter when shelf mounted (not so much when hanging from a ceiling.)
Here is a view of the room with the Wides on stands:
And here is the Denon in the rack as well as a shot of the whole rack (Those wires on the ground are temporary to the wides until I run permanent ones:
So From top to bottom the rack now holds:
Overkill water cooled HTPC (Theatre Room)/Digital Photo/File Storage Rig
PFSense Hardware Firewall/Router / Netgear WNDR3700 as Wireless AP
PS3, Wii, Cooling fan temp control / Behind those are Digiport Server, Itach, PS3 ir-bluetooth
DirecTV, Living/Bedroom HTPC
Pioneer VSX-01 TXH (Bedroom)
Pioneer VSX-21 TXH (Livingroom / Zone 2 outdoor patio)
Denon 4311ci (Theatre room)
Emotiva UPA-7 (Theatre room)
So the next thing I am looking at doing besides somehow finding the motivation to put up the crown molding which I keep putting off is I am really interested in building some of the SEOS Waveguide speakers for my LCR's. My wife is totally on board with it, the problem I am having though is how to incorporate them. The left and right will fit on either side of the screen but the center is an issue. I had thought about building out a false wall and going AT but after discussing it at length my wife and I both feel that it will make the room feel too small and place our seating to close to the screen (cant move the seating back any farther.) The back side of the screen wall is the garage and I contemplated maybe being able to build out some sort of nooks for the speakers to sit in but the studs are all in the wrong place and being a load bearing wall I am concerned about the effort that would be required to properly modify the wall to build out the nooks as well as how sound quality may be affected by that. The other option is the speakers are 26" tall so I could raise the screen 2" and the center would fit under it, I just don't know how that will affect the sound quality, seated ear height is ~36" so I am thinking it might not be to bad as it should be a huge step up from my current horizontal center channel which is at about 20" and angled up a bit. Any thoughts or ideas on this are appreciated and I should probably ask these questions in the SEOS thread as well.