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post #31 of 3167
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Love the look of everything. Great job. Really like the addition of the media racks. I think it's a much better look than it was without them. While there was nothing wrong before, this was a definite improvement.

Question...why did you choose a motorized screen, with nothing behind it, nor the screen hidden/recessed? Just curious. Maybe if there's clearance, some artwork could go on the wall to fill the space when the screen is up. Thinking out loud...

Ah Roger, I wish I could fill that wall with SOMETHING! I initially wanted a setup with a flat-screen on the stand, and the screen coming down to cover it--but the way the beams run, I HAD to fasten it to the wall under the crown moulding. I can't hang the screen from the ceiling far enough forward to make room for anything behind it. The clearance behind the screen when It's down is about 3/4 of an inch. Not even picture frames can fit (I tried, and failed.) I went with a motorized screen because a 92" fixed screen in the living room would look ridiculous!

Thanks for the affirmation of adding the media housing for the blu rays. I thought it looked great, but it's nice to see that others share that view so i know I'm not crazy!!!
post #32 of 3167
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Thanks for the affirmation of adding the media housing for the blu rays. I thought it looked great, but it's nice to see that others share that view so i know I'm not crazy!!!

They do look good, perfect place for them. They also blend in perfectly with stand, speakers and rug not too mention you don't have to look at that empty wall between the stand and fronts. I will do the same thing on my back wall, I think I have just about the right height under the panels. Where did you buy those shelves?
post #33 of 3167
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They do look good, perfect place for them. They also blend in perfectly with stand, speakers and rug not too mention you don't have to look at that empty wall between the stand and fronts. I will do the same thing on my back wall, I think I have just about the right height under the panels. Where did you buy those shelves?

Believe it or not, I got the shelving at Wal Mart for $30 a pop. I initially was using one as a bookshelf, and one upstairs in the media room for decoration with small tech toys on each shelf--but I had an epiphany this past week after taking the initial pictures, and said--hey, I need to fill that gap. The shelving worked just fine!!!
post #34 of 3167
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Believe it or not, I got the shelving at Wal Mart for $30 a pop. I initially was using one as a bookshelf, and one upstairs in the media room for decoration with small tech toys on each shelf--but I had an epiphany this past week after taking the initial pictures, and said--hey, I need to fill that gap. The shelving worked just fine!!!

LOL, closely guarded secret!! Cheaper than if I build them myself... I'll go measure to see how high I can go below my back panels then I'm off to Walmart, I only hope they have the same thing!!

Thanks Brolic!
post #35 of 3167
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Ah Roger, I wish I could fill that wall with SOMETHING! I initially wanted a setup with a flat-screen on the stand, and the screen coming down to cover it--but the way the beams run, I HAD to fasten it to the wall under the crown moulding. I can't hang the screen from the ceiling far enough forward to make room for anything behind it. The clearance behind the screen when It's down is about 3/4 of an inch. Not even picture frames can fit (I tried, and failed.) I went with a motorized screen because a 92" fixed screen in the living room would look ridiculous!

Thanks for the affirmation of adding the media housing for the blu rays. I thought it looked great, but it's nice to see that others share that view so i know I'm not crazy!!!

haha...disagree that a fixed screen would look ridiculous, but I certainly agree that something in its place would be a better choice.

Thinking a little outside the box...what about a Blik piece? Don't be fooled by the fact that it's a wall decal. I put a couple of these up in my old office, and they look awesome...like you painted them on the wall. Very high quality. Something to consider: http://www.whatisblik.com/

If I were in your situation, this is exactly the kind of thing I would use to fill the space.
post #36 of 3167
Brolic, I went to our local Walmart and they did not have yours. I just found this on their website:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-...Black/11072955

Is this it?

Thanks.
post #37 of 3167
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Brolic, I went to our local Walmart and they did not have yours. I just found this on their website:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-...Black/11072955

Is this it?

Thanks.
yup, that's it. I cant believe its half price online. it's a steal. Setup is a breeze.
post #38 of 3167
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haha...disagree that a fixed screen would look ridiculous, but I certainly agree that something in its place would be a better choice.

Thinking a little outside the box...what about a Blik piece? Don't be fooled by the fact that it's a wall decal. I put a couple of these up in my old office, and they look awesome...like you painted them on the wall. Very high quality. Something to consider: http://www.whatisblik.com/

If I were in your situation, this is exactly the kind of thing I would use to fill the space.
Thanks for that info! i'll e sure to explore these to see if i find something my style. This stuff looks cool....especially for kids rooms and galleries.
post #39 of 3167
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Originally Posted by Roger That View Post
haha...disagree that a fixed screen would look ridiculous, but I certainly agree that something in its place would be a better choice.

Thinking a little outside the box...what about a Blik piece? Don't be fooled by the fact that it's a wall decal. I put a couple of these up in my old office, and they look awesome...like you painted them on the wall. Very high quality. Something to consider: http://www.whatisblik.com/

If I were in your situation, this is exactly the kind of thing I would use to fill the space.
That Bilk site is great!! I saw under the custom tab, they can do pictures you send in!!! I"m sold!! A friend of mine is a photographer, and I'm going to commission him to take some breathtaking photos to post across that blank space! You are the MAN!!!
post #40 of 3167
Awesome. Looking forward to seeing the pics when you get them all put up. Glad I could help!
post #41 of 3167
all i can say is what christopher walken said when he got shot in that movie with the rock ( forgot the name of the movie??? ):

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


i wish i had the money to make a system like that. i am going from yamaha
5.1 ive had for about 10 years or so to the new advanteage 800 yamaha
receiver even though i was told to go with onkyo. im in process of upgrading surround speakers to bigger polks. im upgrading my 10 year old good klipsch sub to new 350 watt klipsch sub so we will see how much diff that makes. im sticking with my klipsch's ive had forever for my front speakers. i recently upgraded my older small klipsch center to a bigger csII series polk center. i have yet to put this all together yet but i cant wait to watch and hear my frist blu ray in lossless 7.1 or 7.1 dts. i did buy a 50 inch samsung plasma a few months ago to replace my old ancient 47 inch panasonic that didnt even have hdmi ( i know its pretty bad huh lol )


sorry for posting in the wrong thread. i just wanted to say hi and im jealous of you all with your awesome systems. i wish i wasnt such a newbie at knowing how to put the system together and find tune in. im looking forward to the feature of the receiver that helps set your speakers up for you automatically

well take care you all and if you have any advice/help for me my email is:

ROSSINFL@HOTMAIL.COM

ross in tampa FL

thanks
post #42 of 3167
Solid system bro. I remember seeing a video on youtube of you playing Halo or Killzone.

Cheers!
post #43 of 3167
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Originally Posted by ROSSINFLORIDA View Post

all i can say is what christopher walken said when he got shot in that movie with the rock ( forgot the name of the movie??? ):

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


i wish i had the money to make a system like that. i am going from yamaha
5.1 ive had for about 10 years or so to the new advanteage 800 yamaha
receiver even though i was told to go with onkyo. im in process of upgrading surround speakers to bigger polks. im upgrading my 10 year old good klipsch sub to new 350 watt klipsch sub so we will see how much diff that makes. im sticking with my klipsch's ive had forever for my front speakers. i recently upgraded my older small klipsch center to a bigger csII series polk center. i have yet to put this all together yet but i cant wait to watch and hear my frist blu ray in lossless 7.1 or 7.1 dts. i did buy a 50 inch samsung plasma a few months ago to replace my old ancient 47 inch panasonic that didnt even have hdmi ( i know its pretty bad huh lol )


sorry for posting in the wrong thread. i just wanted to say hi and im jealous of you all with your awesome systems. i wish i wasnt such a newbie at knowing how to put the system together and find tune in. im looking forward to the feature of the receiver that helps set your speakers up for you automatically

well take care you all and if you have any advice/help for me my email is:

ROSSINFL@HOTMAIL.COM

ross in tampa FL

thanks

Greetings! I certainly appreciate the kind words Ross. That feature you're aniticipating in your new receiver will make your theater experience so much better! Auto EQ is a beautiful thing. Onkyo and Denon (among others) use Audyssey, Pioneer uses MACC, Anthem uses ARC--you can't go wrong!!!

We are all newbies at some point--enjoy your growth as you gain experience, and before you know it, you'll be fine-tuning your system with your eyes closed!!
post #44 of 3167
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Solid system bro. I remember seeing a video on youtube of you playing Halo or Killzone.

Cheers!

Gracias! Yessir! I have videos playing both on youtube! lol--Time to update since [even more] sequels have come out for both.
post #45 of 3167
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Well, I've been doing a lot of pondering, and I think at this point, I want to actually show off my gear, instead of hiding it in the equipment closet. The electricians just left the house. I've just had two 20 Amp circuits put in the living room--one circuit per receptacle:



This week, my dual PS Audio Power Port Premier Receptacles should be coming in, and I'll replace the standard receptacles with these.



I don't know how PS Audio managed to make wall receptacles sexy, but they did it.
post #46 of 3167
By the way, on those PS Audio power cords: a nice feature is the removable ground pin. Perhaps an asset if you suffer from any ground loops. I do in my setup, and find most devices I've used to eliminate it filter out a channel or two from the cable signal. Though I'm not unhappy with the power cords I use, getting the PSA cords might be worth it for me (if I reconfigure my system, that is, and need to buy cords).
post #47 of 3167
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By the way, on those PS Audio power cords: a nice feature is the removable ground pin. Perhaps an asset if you suffer from any ground loops. I do in my setup, and find most devices I've used to eliminate it filter out a channel or two from the cable signal. Though I'm not unhappy with the power cords I use, getting the PSA cords might be worth it for me (if I reconfigure my system, that is, and need to buy cords).

Prepress,

Thankfully, I don't suffer from ground-loops, but I can certainly appreciate that the PS Audio power cords come with that capability. At $300 a cord, I will be using that power cord for the rest of my LIFE! lol so good to know whenever I move to, I'll have that option. I'm going to A/B Tests as soon as I get the cable with songs I'm very familiar with. I'll also do the same with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic (another device I'm a bit skeptical about that DAC as well, when a machine as potent as the Integra DHC-80.2 has internal DACS already.
post #48 of 3167
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Update: I think I've decided what rack I'm going to get when move everything out of the Equipment closet. The Salamander Synergy Double. Does anyone have any comparable suggestions?
post #49 of 3167
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Prepress,

..... I'm going to A/B Tests as soon as I get the cable with songs I'm very familiar with. I'll also do the same with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic (another device I'm a bit skeptical about that DAC as well, when a machine as potent as the Integra DHC-80.2 has internal DACS already.
In my case, going from the Burr Brown dacs in my Onkyo 805 to the standalone dac/preamp combo made a huge difference - and I'm not saying the Onk sounded bad, on the contrary in Pure Mode it sounded fantastic, but the separates are noticeably better.

Like you said though, that Integra is a sweet receiver so your results may vary.

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the test!!
post #50 of 3167
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In my case, going from the Burr Brown dacs in my Onkyo 805 to the standalone dac/preamp combo made a huge difference - and I'm not saying the Onk sounded bad, on the contrary in Pure Mode it sounded fantastic, but the separates are noticeably better.

Like you said though, that Integra is a sweet receiver so your results may vary.

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the test!!

Oh nah it's not a receiver--it's a full-blown Pre/Amp. (You're thinking about the DTR, which is a receiver. I have the DHC) I'm a fan of separates 100%!! I'm going to hook up a computer and a Sonos ZP80 to the DAC, and then I'll run XLR Interconnects to the Balanced Inputs on the rear of the Integra.

I'll be sure to post results. I have the DacMagic box on the floor in my Guest-Room. Awaiting the XLR Cables. (I'm pretty excited)
post #51 of 3167
My apologies, I was indeed thinking about the DTR...
post #52 of 3167
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HOLY SMOKES!!!!!! I am now a DAC believer!!!! This Cambridge Audio DAC Magic is changing my life!!! The first thing I'm noticing is SPECTACULAR bass definition and (at the expense of sounding like a Stereophile Staff Writer) the sound stage truly opened up. Now, this could be a product of being combined with the PS Audio AC5 Power Cord--all I'm saying is....WHOAH! I loved two-channel audio before, but now--I'm hooked.

At first, I was having trouble getting a signal via Balanced Interconnects a.k.a. XLR Cables, but I decided to trouble shoot with some audiophile-grade rca cables I had lying around from a previous system, and WHOAH--i quickly played my favorite audio tracks:

"Wild is the Wind" Esperanza Spalding
"Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits" J.S. Bach
"Stars" Alison Kraus and Union Station
"Lascia Chi'o Piangia" Izzy
"Adagio for Strings Opus 11" Samuel Barber

***by this point, I was besides myself with glee***
I continued listening to:

"Dreamer" Amanda Brown
"Never Forget" Marty O'donnel (Believe it or not, it's off the Halo 3 Soundtrack)
"Turning Tables" Adele

I am 100% happy with the purchase of a DAC (24 hours ago I was a serious skeptic).

If any passers by are on the fence about purchasing a DAC, do yourself a favor and pick one up. A good one. You will certainly be quite pleased. IF you're looking for a point in the right direction, Cambridge Audio's DAC Magic and the Arcam rDac seem to be top performers in the $500 price class. at the $1000 price class, you'll want to look at Brystons DAC-1 i believe (I may have the exact model number wrong)

Good Hunting.
post #53 of 3167
Awesome Brolic, now tell us how you really feel!!!

All joking aside, congrats on the purchase and it's a great feeling when you actually hear a substantial improvement, this is precisely what we're all looking for. Great news!
post #54 of 3167
Brolic, I can't wait to see your updates to see what you have added next. It must sound great!

JT
post #55 of 3167
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Awesome Brolic, now tell us how you really feel!!!

All joking aside, congrats on the purchase and it's a great feeling when you actually hear a substantial improvement, this is precisely what we're all looking for. Great news!

It is what we are all looking for indeed! Now, I may need to reconsider other technologies that I have dismissed in the past due to skepticism. Powerline filters, perhaps? Ah, the mind is churning.
post #56 of 3167
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Brolic, I can't wait to see your updates to see what you have added next. It must sound great!

JT

Greetings! It sounds pretty spectacular--I think I'm going to concentrate on upgrading my speakers next. Don't get me wrong--I LOVE my Klipsch RF-82's, but when I got them, I was at a different point in my life. Now, I think it's time to upgrade a bit.
post #57 of 3167
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This post is for the regular, non-CEO's among us who make a decent living, but not enough to drive a Bugatti.
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THe key to affording great gear AND being able to upgrade from time-to-time is as follows: Adjust your living to a slightly-lower salary, and have a bank account just for HT gear--preferrably with a bank other than your normal checking/savings. Anyone this page knows that the hobby we have chosen is a very expensive one, so it's essential to plan accordingly.

For example, say Jim makes $100k a year, which would put his bi-monthly income at roughly $6.5k+ after taxes, he should devote 20% of that to Savings, 10% of that to HOME THEATER GEAR, and the remaining 70% to whatever he wants....Bills, Investments, Tithe, Dining, etc. Every month, Jim is putting away $650 just for his passion, and he won't even miss it!!!

So, say Jim want an $4000 Amplifier, if he's been following the plan, it should only take him just over 6 months to achieve that goal, without affecting his normal spending/savings in the slightest.
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If your other car is a Leer Jet, then this does not apply to you. lol....just wanted to share. Hope it helps someone.

Disclaimer: I am not Jim.
post #58 of 3167
Hobby? I think of it as an interest with occasional bouts of preoccupation, which may escalate to obsession if the influence is strong enough; that's the phase where money gets spent.

But I'm coming to the end of one of those cycles, and my focus is shifting back to what's played on the system rather than the system itself.
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Hobby? I think of it as an interest with occasional bouts of preoccupation, which may escalate to obsession if the influence is strong enough; that's the phase where money gets spent.

But I'm coming to the end of one of those cycles, and my focus is shifting back to what's played on the system rather than the system itself.

But alas, i do believe the obsession is actually quite accurate! Yeah, your system is top end--it's definitely time to just sit back and enjoy the music, knowing you have insanely high-quality performance coming from that equipment....until the upgrade big hits again!!!
post #60 of 3167
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But alas, i do believe the obsession is actually quite accurate! Yeah, your system is top end--it's definitely time to just sit back and enjoy the music, knowing you have insanely high-quality performance coming from that equipment....until the upgrade big hits again!!!

One thing can lead to another. That's what gets me often. One thing leads to another. Do one thing, that leads to buying something else because a new issue's been exposed.
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