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post #481 of 3167
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Just had my Lumagen Radiance & JVC DLA-RS45 video calibration completed by Mr. Tom Huffman, designer of Chromapure. I must say--the results are absolutely stellar, and yes....he DID measure from the screen!!! This is absolutely amazing!!! Unfortunately, my weekend is packed, as is the forthcoming week, so I won't be able to truly enjoy it until next weekend...but the clips I tested are stunning.
post #482 of 3167
Hey Brolic. I've been following this thread closely as I'm considering a DAC as one of my next purchases. Great setup you have, btw. I know you're an Emotiva fan and was wondering if you have any thoughts on, or considered at some point, the Emotiva XDA-1 DAC. It's discounted to $249 right now and I'm thinking it's a great deal. Just wanted to get a bit more info if possible.
post #483 of 3167
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Hey Brolic. I've been following this thread closely as I'm considering a DAC as one of my next purchases. Great setup you have, btw. I know you're an Emotiva fan and was wondering if you have any thoughts on, or considered at some point, the Emotiva XDA-1 DAC. It's discounted to $249 right now and I'm thinking it's a great deal. Just wanted to get a bit more info if possible.

Greetings! I thank thee for thy kind words! I haven't considered the XDA-1 DAC, but given Emotiva's high quality offerings on other fronts, I think $249 is a superb deal for a DAC with those specs from an organization like Emotiva and one that will likely put a smile on your face...and on your eardrums!!
post #484 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Just had my Lumagen Radiance & JVC DLA-RS45 video calibration completed by Mr. Tom Huffman, designer of Chromapure. I must say--the results are absolutely stellar, and yes....he DID measure from the screen!!! This is absolutely amazing!!! Unfortunately, my weekend is packed, as is the forthcoming week, so I won't be able to truly enjoy it until next weekend...but the clips I tested are stunning.

Not surprising. Calibration will do wonders. I got a noticeable improvement in detail when my Kuro 111 was calibrated. Also measured from the screen.
post #485 of 3167
excellent set up my man! loving how clean everything looks.
post #486 of 3167
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Not surprising. Calibration will do wonders. I got a noticeable improvement in detail when my Kuro 111 was calibrated. Also measured from the screen.

Nice. I was just talking to a coworker about eventually calibrating his Kuro. Once he does, it'll be an even more potent display.

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excellent set up my man! loving how clean everything looks.

Thanks! I definitely appreciate it man.
post #487 of 3167
you have a great HT bro, love you youtube channel. Thanks for sharing
post #488 of 3167
Hey Beast,

What did you plug into the always on outlets of your 5400 pm?

Also, I'm not exactly sure how to set up the trigger.
post #489 of 3167
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Originally Posted by Miketr75 View Post

you have a great HT bro, love you youtube channel. Thanks for sharing

Your kind words are appreciated!!! Gracias!

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Originally Posted by tmaschm View Post

Hey Beast,

What did you plug into the always on outlets of your 5400 pm?

Also, I'm not exactly sure how to set up the trigger.

I never turn the switchable outlets off, but I generally keep the highest current closest to the power supply, and then use less power hungry devices the further away the outlets go. Sensible? probably not, but I have mild OCD. lol
post #490 of 3167
Hi Brolic, hope all is well.

I've been meaning to ask about the Pangea AC-9s. These cables (and likely the AC-14s) are universal, correct? Meaning that even if a component has a 2 prong connector on back like the OPPO 93, these will still work without any modification.
post #491 of 3167
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Hi Brolic, hope all is well.

I've been meaning to ask about the Pangea AC-9s. These cables (and likely the AC-14s) are universal, correct? Meaning that even if a component has a 2 prong connector on back like the OPPO 93, these will still work without any modification.

Yes indeed! I used an AC-9 to power my Integra Preamp and my old Oppo BDP-83 for months! No issues!!!
post #492 of 3167
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Today is a sad day--I had to give away my two cats (who were like my children)......but on the plus side (if there is one), I can now consider really nice finishes when purchasing my next pair of speakers.
post #493 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Today is a sad day--I had to give away my two cats (who were like my children)......but on the plus side (if there is one), I can now consider really nice finishes when purchasing my next pair of speakers.

Is that a hint for the next speakers upgrade ?
post #494 of 3167
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Power Conditioning
Panamax M5300 Power Conditioner (2)
PS Audio PowerPort Premier Receptacles

Power Cabling
PS Audio PerfectWave AC5 Power Cable
PS Audio PerfectWave AC3 Power Cable
Pangea Audio AC9 Power Cable (3)

Interconnects
Better Cables: Silver Serpent Balanced (XLR) Interconnects
Audioquest: Diamondback Balanced (XLR) Interconnects
Audioquest: Black Mamba II

HDMI Cabling
Audioquest Cinnamon HDMI Cable
Monoprice CL@-Rated Cable

Source Components:
Oppo BDP-95 Universal Disc Player
Apple TV
Dish Network DVR-VIP 622
Microsoft Xbox 360 (Slim)
Sony PS3
Cambridge Audio DacMagic
Sonos Digital Music System
Dell XPS 730x-H2O

Audio Processor/Power Amplifier:
Integra DHC-80.3
Emotiva XPA-5

Display:
JVC DLA-RS45

Video Processor
Lumagen Radiance Mini 3D

Screen:
Elite Screens Cinetension2 92" Motorized Screen

Speakers:
Klipsch RF82 (LR)
Klipsch RC62 (C)
Klipsch RVX-54 (SR & SL)

Subwoofers:
SVS PB-13 Ultra (SW-1)
Infinity Systems PS-12 (SW-2)


Rear View: Surround Speakers (Klipsch RVX-54)


Nice set-up of neatness and tidiness.

Can I see behind the staircase it looks like you knocked out a part of the plasterboard drywall to place the projector behind to isolate the fan noise? and placed a small glass frame or picture frame in front?
post #495 of 3167
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Yes indeed! I used an AC-9 to power my Integra Preamp and my old Oppo BDP-83 for months! No issues!!!

Thank you sir!!! Couldn't get the wife to let me shell out the cash for AC-9s (got a new eD sub on the way), so I went with a 3 pack of 14s and one 14SE. Got them on Friday and they all work well. I would never have considered such power cords, if not for you and prepress.

I'm not sure if I can tell any differences yet. I have some more critical listening and viewing to do. I must say that Kung Fu Panda 2 looked and sounded great when watching with my kids Saturday evening. Now I just can't wait for my new sub to get here!!

Sorry to hear about your cats.
post #496 of 3167
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Originally Posted by Miketr75 View Post


Is that a hint for the next speakers upgrade ?

LOL.....perhaps!

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Nice set-up of neatness and tidiness.

Can I see behind the staircase it looks like you knocked out a part of the plasterboard drywall to place the projector behind to isolate the fan noise? and placed a small glass frame or picture frame in front?

Greetings! Your assessment is 100% correct.....there is a picture frame surrounding the "viewing hole." Although the impetus was less to prevent fan noise and more to prevent a large projector in my living room!! :-)

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Thank you sir!!! Couldn't get the wife to let me shell out the cash for AC-9s (got a new eD sub on the way), so I went with a 3 pack of 14s and one 14SE. Got them on Friday and they all work well. I would never have considered such power cords, if not for you and prepress.

I'm not sure if I can tell any differences yet. I have some more critical listening and viewing to do. I must say that Kung Fu Panda 2 looked and sounded great when watching with my kids Saturday evening. Now I just can't wait for my new sub to get here!!

Sorry to hear about your cats.

Great buy with those AC-14's!!! Even if you don't hear any difference, we deserve to "bling" out our toys just the same!! Just looking at a well built, well designed power cord can cause a feeling of satisfaction more tangible than the subtle audible resonance that the same cable provides on a recorded vocal performance.

Ah, an elemental designs sub? Veryyyy-veryyy nice!! Which model? And thanks for the kind words regarding my feline loss....they are sorely missed.
post #497 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Great buy with those AC-14's!!! Even if you don't hear any difference, we deserve to "bling" out our toys just the same!! Just looking at a well built, well designed power cord can cause a feeling of satisfaction more tangible than the subtle audible resonance that the same cable provides on a recorded vocal performance.

Ah, an elemental designs sub? Veryyyy-veryyy nice!! Which model? And thanks for the kind words regarding my feline loss....they are sorely missed.

Yeah, these AC-14s are very nice to look at and have really helped clean up the back of my rack. The Elemental Designs sub was just delivered earlier today. I went with an A3-250 to replace an over 15 year old DCM Sub-712. For the price, which includes shipping, I think it is an incredible deal. I need some time to break it in, but so far I'm grinning ear to ear!!!!
post #498 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Today is a sad day--I had to give away my two cats (who were like my children)......but on the plus side (if there is one), I can now consider really nice finishes when purchasing my next pair of speakers.

Were the cats particularly dangerous around your equipment or other things (scratching, missing the litter box, etc.)?
post #499 of 3167
Brolic dude,

For my 1st post on AVS I must say that I've been watching your youtube videos for sometime now and I must say 2 things:

First of all: Thanks for sharing your passion for HT and music on those videos, I really like them.

Second of all:You rock dude, I'm just amaze by the upgrades youhave done to your system, really looking forward to see the replacement of the speakers.


Ps: Sad to read that we'll no longer see the cats participate in the different unboxings! but still looking forward to see you posting some new videos, as it's definetly a great job you do every time. actually you said in one of them that you woudl upgrade the camera, did you do it??

Once again thanks for sharing amigo!
post #500 of 3167
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Originally Posted by aldiallo View Post

Brolic dude,

For my 1st post on AVS I must say that I've been watching your youtube videos for sometime now and I must say 2 things:

First of all: Thanks for sharing your passion for HT and music on those videos, I really like them.

Second of all:You rock dude, I'm just amaze by the upgrades youhave done to your system, really looking forward to see the replacement of the speakers.

Ps: Sad to read that we'll no longer see the cats participate in the different unboxings! but still looking forward to see you posting some new videos, as it's definetly a great job you do every time. actually you said in one of them that you woudl upgrade the camera, did you do it??

Once again thanks for sharing amigo!

WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!!!! Thanks a lot for the kind words....I'm glad I can share my passions for HT and Music.

But alas, I have not yet upgraded the camera yet, but it's def coming (hopefully before the next video). Hey, I'm definitely looking forward to upgrading my speakers too.

I know you'll enjoy AVS forum!!!!
post #501 of 3167
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Were the cats particularly dangerous around your equipment or other things (scratching, missing the litter box, etc.)?

All of the above....they threatened to destroy my projection screen when it was down....I kept having to get up during movies to run them off the credenza.....and YES INDEED to the scratching and litterbox comment.
post #502 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post


Greetings! Your assessment is 100% correct.....there is a picture frame surrounding the "viewing hole." Although the impetus was less to prevent fan noise and more to prevent a large projector in my living room!! :-)

I thought I was right. It is a large model nice looking design. Well I need to get into a mood and mode of diy and do a hole in the wall and get my small leaf blowing projector into the kitchen and out of sight.

I have two picture frames with glass that I would use I don't need thick glass its not like a 35mm projector which way, way louder.

I notice a lot of dedicated rooms still mount the projector to the middle part of or rear back of the ceiling and very few with less budget put theirs out of sight.
post #503 of 3167
Just wondering if the Inifinity sub is sealed and how it interacts with your ported SVS. Also, i'd imagine the SVS is much more powerful than the Infinity, did you simply match the levels to get them sounding good together?
post #504 of 3167
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Originally Posted by hemogoblin View Post

Just wondering if the Inifinity sub is sealed and how it interacts with your ported SVS. Also, i'd imagine the SVS is much more powerful than the Infinity, did you simply match the levels to get them sounding good together?

First, I'd like to acknowledge that your username is very clever. The infinity sub is indeed ported (rear) and is significantly less powerful than the SVS.....its largest benefit is that it evens out bass response in the room, as there is an inexplicable bass null close to the near-left corner of the rug, as well as one at the bottom of the stairs (noticeable during movie nights when guests are seated in both of those locations)

I used Audyssey's MultiEQ XT32 to calibrate the subs together. Without it, I wouldn't even have it in the room!
post #505 of 3167
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Is anybody familiar with these Auralex constructs that folks have been placing their subwoofers on? If so, would you mind sharing the purpose/benefits?
post #506 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Is anybody familiar with these Auralex constructs that folks have been placing their subwoofers on? If so, would you mind sharing the purpose/benefits?

I have them under my JLs.Subs are sounding much more better with them, much more tightness and depth of sound and the house stops shaking, so far no complain about the noise from my neighbor yet!
Here are some product features:

Incredibly effective at reducing or eliminating resonance transfer. This increased isolation results in a purity of tone that truly needs to be heard

Stop unwanted room resonance easily through the implementation of this highly cost-effective platform.

You can buy and read more reviews with this link:

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post #507 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Is anybody familiar with these Auralex constructs that folks have been placing their subwoofers on? If so, would you mind sharing the purpose/benefits?

Brolic, it's good timing that you now ask about the Auralex products. As I've mentioned, I just recently ordered and received a new eD A3-250 sub. While researching sub options, I noticed eD offered their own custom isolation pads for their various subs. Granted the eD pad for the A3-250 is not expensive ($60), I naturally still looked for alternatives. That's when I came across this thread.

After reading through the entire thread, I ordered an Auralex Gramma from amazon for $46 with free shipping. Luckily it arrived the same day as the new sub. It may seem like a simple product, but it is well designed and put together and definitely works. The idea behind these products, when used with subs, is to isolate/decouple the sub from the physical environment. This allows the sub to operate at its maximum potential, without worrying about resonance from room factors such as floors, walls, etc. The result is clean, tight and accurately reproduced bass. My family room (no expensive rug with the kids for now) has hardwood floors and the Gramma definitely isolates the sub from them. There's no shaking or wall rattles, and the bass is definitely more controlled/refined. I could try to go into a deeper explanation, but I truly believe that for the money it is well worthwhile to try one of the Auralex products for yourself.
post #508 of 3167
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Mike and Dharel, I most certainly appreciate the input on the Auralex....I'm going to go ahead and order a Gramma. I notice you guys, and many others, use the Gramma instead of the SubDue--any particular reason?
post #509 of 3167
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Well, I've begun transforming my former guest-room into.....something. Still on the fence about Listening Room vs. Office vs. anything else. Painted it Georgian Brick (Benjamin Moore) and it looks amazing. I just need to put some crown molding up and I'll be good to go! By then, Although I'm on the fence, I am leaning towards the most hi-tech office ever conceived. lol. Now that the cats are gone, i no longer have the driving need for a separate room to house nicely finished speakers...

......decisions decisions
post #510 of 3167
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Originally Posted by cat-222ASR View Post

I thought I was right. It is a large model nice looking design. Well I need to get into a mood and mode of diy and do a hole in the wall and get my small leaf blowing projector into the kitchen and out of sight.

I have two picture frames with glass that I would use I don't need thick glass its not like a 35mm projector which way, way louder.

I notice a lot of dedicated rooms still mount the projector to the middle part of or rear back of the ceiling and very few with less budget put theirs out of sight.

Very true...I think a lot of it has to do with throw distance. If my equipment closet was even 6 feet further back, I'd probably have to have it mounted from the ceiling in the open.

Hey, as you mentioned using glass, I'd like to share this: when I inquired about glass about a year ago, an installer told me that placing glass in the light stream would distort the picture of a home-theater projector. Is it true that only high-powered professional projectors maintain visual integrity through glass?
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