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That kind of thing can happen at these shows. If a reviewer or some other such person comes in, they can (even if they protest or defer) get bumped up over anyone already in the room. That's too bad. Perhaps you can find those BDs for less elsewhere.

 

Yeah--it definitely was my only bad experience at the show though, but I'll definitely use Amazon to get the surround sound blu rays that I can remember.  Everything else was spectacular--congrats to Gary for throwing a remarkable 2013 CAF.

 

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Oh man thats rude, you should of called him out on it and embarrass him. He lost a sale.

 

It was extremely rude!  I thought about calling him out--and I even thought about going back later in the day (this was on Friday), but ultimately decided against it.

 

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Hi Matt, I have been wanting to do this same thing in my system for a while now, but haven't had the time to make it happen yet. The one time I tried it with the Onkyo 5508's XLR inputs, I could not get any sound to come out. I'm not sure what setting is messed up in either the Oppo or the Onkyo. ( This was just with the Oppo as the source, but I'd like to run a USB input from my Baetis server for the 2 channel stuff.)

 

Hey Dennis, when I was using my Integra 80.2, I encountered the same issue; there is a special setting on your Onkyo 5508 that must be activated in order to render the balanced XLR inputs functional--and, oddly enough, it can only be activated using the remote.  There's a button on the remote that says Home.  Press that and scroll through the options (this may or may not only work on the 5508 LCD) until you see an option that says 'Audio Selector"select enter on Audio Selector--then, scroll again until you've selected "Balanced."  The XLR inputs will work flawlessly after that.

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Hey Dennis, when I was using my Integra 80.2, I encountered the same issue; there is a special setting on your Onkyo 5508 that must be activated in order to render the balanced XLR inputs functional--and, oddly enough, it can only be activated using the remote.  There's a button on the remote that says Home.  Press that and scroll through the options (this may or may not only work on the 5508 LCD) until you see an option that says 'Audio Selector"select enter on Audio Selector--then, scroll again until you've selected "Balanced."  The XLR inputs will work flawlessly after that.

SWEET! I figured it was a setting option somewhere. I'll give that a try. Thanks!
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Oh man thats rude, you should of called him out on it and embarrass him. He lost a sale.
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It was extremely rude!  I thought about calling him out--and I even thought about going back later in the day (this was on Friday), but ultimately decided against it.

Best to be the bigger person and walk away. Vote with your wallet. Confrontation doesn't solve anything even though it might feel good. I'd rather go shoot people in a game anyway lol.
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For the last few days, movies have been occasionally skipping and stuttering on my 4 year old powerhouse machine.  I've thought about doing another build, but I quickly realized that I just don't have the will or the time to build computers anymore...

Steiger Dynamics to the rescue?  Maybe...I have some research to do.  I've been out of the game for quite some time.

Hopefully you haven't committed to Steiger Dynamics yet. Check out this site, Assassin HTPC. And he's an active avsforum member so you get the added benefit of supporting the community.
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SWEET! I figured it was a setting option somewhere. I'll give that a try. Thanks!

 

No problem!  Let me know how it works out!

 

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Best to be the bigger person and walk away. Vote with your wallet. Confrontation doesn't solve anything even though it might feel good. I'd rather go shoot people in a game anyway lol.

 

I agree--in the end, I decided to be the bigger person and not purchase his wares--as enticing as those surround-sound blu rays were.  I can always get them else-where.  Plus, I have a few great surround blu rays already.

 

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Hopefully you haven't committed to Steiger Dynamics yet. Check out this site, Assassin HTPC. And he's an active avsforum member so you get the added benefit of supporting the community.

 

Greetings Jack Diesel, I have made no committments yet. I've definitely heard of Assassin PC and they are also being considered--the offer a spectacular value; however, I'm willing to pay a little extra for the superior aesthetics and flashy water-cooling of the Steiger Dynamics machine.  That being said, another consideration is for me to just buy a large NAS box, and connect to a moderately powerful PC I purchased in 2012--it's a Windows 7 machine, and is quite fast.  If I went this route, I'd save myself quite a bit of money.....but I'd have to hire someone to safely run an ethernet cable from my upstairs office (location of modem) all the way down to the theater.  I normally do wire runs myself, but not vertical multi-level runs.  I'm too afraid I'll hit a pipe or cut electrical wire by mistake.

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Finally getting rid of the Credenza--the last bastion of living-room-ness in my theater.  I'm having a Sound Anchor stand built for the massive Legacy Marquis HD center channel and, once that arrives, the Monsterblocks (my endearing nickname or the XPR-1 monoblocks) will go on the inside of the speakers to make room for two, rather hefty, subwoofer additions.  Seaton Sound, of course wink.gif

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Muwahaha, the transformation is almost complete!


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Muwahaha, the transformation is almost complete!


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Lol....very true! I'll soon need to remove the text "Living Room" from the thread title. smile.gif
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You gonna run the new F2 HP+?
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You gonna run the new F2 HP+?


HP+Slave...skipping the F2 design this time around man.

post #2321 of 3167
Hey Matt
what is this slave thing I keep seeing?
is this something new from Seton?
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Hey Matt
what is this slave thing I keep seeing?
is this something new from Seton?


Yeah bro!!!  A new HP+ model that comes with a 4kw amp built in so a passive (slave) Submersive can be connected without the need to be plugged into a wall socket.  It doesn't always output 4kw though; when one submersive HP+ is in use, you get performance pretty similar to the current HP amp (around 2.4kw), but when the passive slave amp is added, the Ohms dip to 2 (i think) and--in a industry model of efficiency--you get 4000w to share between the two subwoofers.  A nifty design, to be sure.

 

Edit: Here's a link to the thread on Seaton's forum.  Pretty awesome stuff.


Edited by BrolicBeast - 8/7/13 at 8:16pm
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I'm going back and forth between the F2 and the subM. The F2 looks pretty bad a$$ and I would like to show it off, but I can save a little coin if I go subM. Any reason you went the way you did?
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I'm going back and forth between the F2 and the subM. The F2 looks pretty bad a$$ and I would like to show it off, but I can save a little coin if I go subM. Any reason you went the way you did?

If I went Submersive I feel the same way. I like the f2 looks but the cost of the HP!
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Yeah bro!!!  A new HP+ model that comes with a 4kw amp built in so a passive (slave) amp can be connected without the need to be plugged into a wall socket.  It doesn't always output 4kw though; when one submersive HP+ is in use, you get performance pretty similar to the current HP amp (around 2.4kw), but when the passive slave amp is added, the Ohms dip to 2 (i think) and--in a industry model of efficiency--you get 4000w to share between the two subwoofers.  A nifty design, to be sure.

Edit: Here's a link to the thread on Seaton's forum.  Pretty awesome stuff.

I thought it was the 4000 watt speaker plate amp and somehow he has it set up to only utilize full power when the slave is plugged in
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I'm going back and forth between the F2 and the subM. The F2 looks pretty bad a$$ and I would like to show it off, but I can save a little coin if I go subM. Any reason you went the way you did?

After being an owner of dual Rosenut F2's (and loving the aesthetics of them), I want this round of Submersives to be a little more low-key in the room. That, plus the $500 in savings led me to the standard form factor this time.
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If I went Submersive I feel the same way. I like the f2 looks but the cost of the HP!

The performance is identical....it all comes down to whether the different look justifies the cost! It certainly has for me in the past!
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I thought it was the 4000 watt speaker plate amp and somehow he has it set up to only utilize full power when the slave is plugged in

Yup, that's what I wrote......doesn't tap into full power unless both subs are in use. A great, efficient design!

Edit: that's what I INTENDED to write. lol....I'll change the wording! Thanks!
Edited by BrolicBeast - 8/7/13 at 8:19pm
post #2327 of 3167
Now that the Emotivas have had a pretty decent time to break in more, how has the sound changed?
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Finally getting rid of the Credenza--the last bastion of living-room-ness in my theater.  I'm having a Sound Anchor stand built for the massive Legacy Marquis HD center channel and, once that arrives, the Monsterblocks (my endearing nickname or the XPR-1 monoblocks) will go on the inside of the speakers to make room for two, rather hefty, subwoofer additions.  Seaton Sound, of course wink.gif

No more credenza. Ah, that is a major move. I remember how it was when I got rid of my Hooker cabinet. Very liberating, though also a reminder of the wasted money, since I replaced the Hooker with the rack it replaced. I could have saved the $865, ultimately. I would advise—don't look back!

But wait. How are the XPR-1s going inside of the speakers? I REALLY hope that's a typo. eek.gif
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Hey Brolic, I've been following your thread for quite sometime and am left impressed time and time again. I have a living room theater quickly spiraling to no man's land as well, though with decidedly more modest gear. One thing we do have in common is that I ordered a Sound Anchor stand for my center channel stand at almost exactly the same time as you and just got rid of my old component/tv stand that was the last remnant of the living room aesthetic. It cleans up the front a lot.

I ordered a VCC5 style stand for my Klipsch RC-64 II, what did you order for that beast? Hoping the stand comes in the next couple weeks.

To the poster above me, I believe he means placing the amps to the inside of the speaker, as in if you're looking at the screen wall to the right of the left channel and to the left of the right channel. Not physically inside the Legacies. LOL
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Not literally......but placement. At least that's what I take from it smile.gif
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I'm using my iPhone and didn't refresh it, so I didn't see the post above me. But yea what he said.
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Hey Brolic, I've been following your thread for quite sometime and am left impressed time and time again. I have a living room theater quickly spiraling to no man's land as well, though with decidedly more modest gear. One thing we do have in common is that I ordered a Sound Anchor stand for my center channel stand at almost exactly the same time as you and just got rid of my old component/tv stand that was the last remnant of the living room aesthetic. It cleans up the front a lot.

I ordered a VCC5 style stand for my Klipsch RC-64 II, what did you order for that beast? Hoping the stand comes in the next couple weeks.

To the poster above me, I believe he means placing the amps to the inside of the speaker, as in if you're looking at the screen wall to the right of the left channel and to the left of the right channel. Not physically inside the Legacies. LOL

You're right, of course. But I just HAD to jump on that one!
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Now that the Emotivas have had a pretty decent time to break in more, how has the sound changed?

Absolutely.....the sound did indeed improve quite a bit after the first couple of months in the system.
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No more credenza. Ah, that is a major move. I remember how it was when I got rid of my Hooker cabinet. Very liberating, though also a reminder of the wasted money, since I replaced the Hooker with the rack it replaced. I could have saved the $865, ultimately. I would advise—don't look back!

But wait. How are the XPR-1s going inside of the speakers? I REALLY hope that's a typo. eek.gif

Yeah man, no credenza is a big move for me! In your situation, it wasn' a total loss...you got some good years out of the hooker (that sentence sound so dirty, but it's so clean).

Lol...these monsterblocks could probably fit under the legacies, but mercy...they would degrade the woofer excursion if they went inside them! Lol:D
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Originally Posted by Done Deal DR View Post

Hey Brolic, I've been following your thread for quite sometime and am left impressed time and time again. I have a living room theater quickly spiraling to no man's land as well, though with decidedly more modest gear. One thing we do have in common is that I ordered a Sound Anchor stand for my center channel stand at almost exactly the same time as you and just got rid of my old component/tv stand that was the last remnant of the living room aesthetic. It cleans up the front a lot.

I ordered a VCC5 style stand for my Klipsch RC-64 II, what did you order for that beast? Hoping the stand comes in the next couple weeks.

To the poster above me, I believe he means placing the amps to the inside of the speaker, as in if you're looking at the screen wall to the right of the left channel and to the left of the right channel. Not physically inside the Legacies. LOL

Awesome and I appreciate the compliment!! It looks like I joined a "down with furniture" movement! I'm getting the Studio center channel stand...the one with adjustable height and tilt.
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Originally Posted by SeekingNirvana View Post

Not literally......but placement. At least that's what I take from it smile.gif


Sir yes sir!
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You're right, of course. But I just HAD to jump on that one!

Lol...I hear ya...I was a little vague in my use of the word "inside."
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Furniture is over rated... LOL
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Like I have said, getting rid of that monster wall unit that I had and getting more appropriate stands was a huge difference maker for me. Mark S and a few others had a hand in pushing me over to get rid of it and have my room setup the way it is now. I am glad I followed their advice.
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Gotta love those wall units for purpose they serve but if you really have a extensive A/V setup like many have on here you eventually get rid of it because most of the time it can't support the weight/space required of everything and truthfully when its gone those speakers sound so much better without the additional boundaries surrounding them.

Brolic I will say there should be awards given to A/V equipment upgrades and room changes for that year and you would be in the running lol!!!

Just great progress in general!!!!!
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Furniture is over rated... LOL

 

LOL--I do agree!!!

 

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Like I have said, getting rid of that monster wall unit that I had and getting more appropriate stands was a huge difference maker for me. Mark S and a few others had a hand in pushing me over to get rid of it and have my room setup the way it is now. I am glad I followed their advice.

 

Yeah man, that wall unit was wall-sized bro!  Although this credenza has a lower profile, it's still a point of reflections in the room, so off it must go!!!

 

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Gotta love those wall units for purpose they serve but if you really have a extensive A/V setup like many have on here you eventually get rid of it because most of the time it can't support the weight/space required of everything and truthfully when its gone those speakers sound so much better without the additional boundaries surrounding them.

Brolic I will say there should be awards given to A/V equipment upgrades and room changes for that year and you would be in the running lol!!!

Just great progress in general!!!!!

 

Thanks a lot man.....from the exact same angle, the room looks VERY different when I first started this thread....

to its current state:

 

 

I'm proud of the progress, as all of us on this thread should be.  None of our systems look the way they did when they first started! 

 

BTW, i'm sitting tight for pics of that new completed room of yours!!

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Yea, your room looks fantastic Matt. Something to really enjoy.
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Yea, your room looks fantastic Matt. Something to really enjoy.

 

Thanks Mike!  I think I'm going to be up in NY this fall, so I'll be sure to touch base with you when I'm on my way back.  I really look forward to hearing those Focals.  i think it's great that your system is in a smaller room because the treatments take up more surface area and there are less reflective surfaces.

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One must wonder about life's priorities.  I refused to spend $4 on a stick of cocoa butter (which my very dry hands sorely needed), but will eliminate all notions of fiscal preservation when it's time to secure a new Home Theater product.  If the way I viewed that $4 stick of cocoa butter is the way women view the gear we purchase for this hobby, then things start to really makes sense...confused.gif

 

I still think four bucks was way too much for any moisturizing agent that does not begin with K and end with Y.

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