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post #1 of 27
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Any comments or suggestions are welcome. My strategy was to focus on getting a few high end components at a time and do without 5.1 or 7.1 for a while. So, what I ended up with was a pretty nice 3.1 system.

In order to try and keep the bank account in check I bought all of this stuff used from another forum member, except the VT25. I had no problem doing it this way because I met him in person and could tell he was a fellow enthusiast and kept the gear in great shape, and as far as I can tell everything works flawlessly and I haven't found a scratch on anything. He had all the original receipts and boxes which was a plus as well. I am new to the hobby and before I bought this setup I was just using the TV speakers, so keep that in mind when reading my comments.

Here is a summary of the gear:

TV: Panasonic 54" VT25
Remote: Harmony 900
Speakers:
Bowers and Wilkens CM9
Bowers and Wilkens CMC2
Sub: Martin Logan Dynamo 10" (sitting behind couch which is where the pics were taken from)
Preamp: Onkyo PR-SC886 (Basically the exact same as an Integra 9.9 so I'm told)
Amplifier: Emotiva IPS-1 7x150w
Power Center:  Furman Elite PFi-15
Blu Ray/SACD: Sony BDP-S570
Gaming: Xbox 360 slim 250GB w/ fall 2012 Dashboard BETA with Internet Explorer
Music Streaming: Apple Airport Express

 

Lighting Control: Lutron Maestro

A/C control:  Nest Learning thermostat

Future Plans: New Sub, maybe SVS or HSU? I would also like to move the 54 VT25 to the bedroom and put a 65 or larger in the HT, but that will probably be a while.

System - UPDATED for new 360 silm




CM9


Emotiva IPS-1


BDP-S570 and 360 Slim


Martin Logan Dynamo Sub


Lutron Maestro Switches


USB Outlets and Airport Express


Audio Technica ATH-M30 and Turtle Beach X12 (gaming)


Edited by tmaschm - 8/26/12 at 4:24pm
post #2 of 27
You have a great start to a nice set-up. Not too many people part with B&W speakers....
post #3 of 27
Love the speakers. Looking good.
post #4 of 27
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Thanks guys,

If anyone has any tips for the 886 let me know, I am still getting acquainted with it.

main questions I have are:
If I already set up audyssey (ie the audyssey light is active on the display) then is the dynamic eq and dynamic volume active as well?

My S570 is set to auto bitstream the latest codecs but the processor seems to read PCM still rather than the codec name.
post #5 of 27
Very nice. CMs look incredible without their grilles on.
post #6 of 27
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Thanks for the comments! Bump for new pics!
post #7 of 27
Ahh very nice; CM9's are a pretty good speaker! How do they perform on movies? I've heard good things about them with music.
post #8 of 27
Those, sir, are some purty speakers.
post #9 of 27
I like the the look of those speakers and the Emotiva as well.
post #10 of 27
I like how the color of the stand appears to match the finish of your cm9's...nice touch.

I like the speaker bases too...the amp though, *vomit* What made you choose a cheap Emotiva of all things to power the B&W's?
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by TheHills44060 View Post

I like how the color of the stand appears to match the finish of your cm9's...nice touch.

I like the speaker bases too...the amp though, *vomit* What made you choose a cheap Emotiva of all things to power the B&W's?

Yea I think if I could have picked my color I might have gone with piano black cause it matches just about anything, even though it's a dust magnet. The Wenge finish has grown on me though and like you said are very close to the color of the stand.

As far as the Emotiva goes, I had done some research and they seemed to make good quality budget friendly stuff. I bought all the gear from the same guy and I liked the way it sounded in his room. Again though coming from tv speakers I am not a hifi expert. Also, since I am from TN I liked that I was supporting a local company that is online only. I'm happy to take suggestions for amps that I should audition with the B&Ws.
post #12 of 27
Very nice setup. Here is another B&W+Emotiva setup where the "poor match" discussion with TheHills already happened, so no need to repeat it.

Hammies
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1233634
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by hikarate View Post

Very nice setup. Here is another B&W+Emotiva setup where the "poor match" discussion with TheHills already happened, so no need to repeat it.

Hammies
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1233634

Please forgive thehills he is just a dick. Nice start with the HT it looks great.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Spurrier Sucks View Post


Please forgive thehills he is just a dick. Nice start with the HT it looks great.

I don't take the comments personally, but I wish people would give an alternative. Such a what he said, but then a the end add "try a xxx amp instead".

Btw Hammies HT is pretty legit. Maybe ill pick up some 800 series some day.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Ahh very nice; CM9's are a pretty good speaker! How do they perform on movies? I've heard good things about them with music.

I really like them for movies. Imaging is solid especially the during pans. I don't regret it at all. I'd like to hear that setup of yours sometime.
post #16 of 27
I commend you for putting quality first over quantity. You'll have your full system before you know it and will enjoy it for many years to come And, nice choice on speakers
post #17 of 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scottyb09
I commend you for putting quality first over quantity. You'll have your full system before you know it and will enjoy it for many years to come And, nice choice on speakers
Thanks Scotty, btw I updated the first post to show the tv mounted and the cmc2!!!
post #18 of 27
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Ok guys I know I haven't updated in a while so hear is what I have been up to as of late.

I went and replaced my old 360 pro 20 GB with a 360 Slim 250GB. I did this for several reasons.

1.) I think it looks better aesthetically, because all of my equipment is black.
2.) I think it is much quieter than the old one
3.) It has optical out for future flexibility.
4.) It has wireless built right in for when I take it to friends houses.

Here are pics of the setup with the new 360:


Better right??

Ok the next thing I thought you guys might like is the lighting stuff I have been playing with.
New lighting control by Lutron Maestro.


It allows me to have lighting presets for the different activities. I also have soft keys on the Harmony 900 to raise and lower lighting when I want a snack or something during a movie.

Last, but not least I got some USB outlets and have been installing them in key positions throughout the house. See below:


This one in particular is behind the home theater. The IPad usually rests right to the left of the center channel. When I get home from work I swap my IPhone for the IPad and allow the phone to get a full charge. Also, whenever me and my friends are hanging out someone almost always needs to charge something with usb.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed the update. I'm still open to comments regarding placement/configuration.
post #19 of 27
how hard was the remote lighting install? I have my dimmer switch that doesnt face the couch but I still think I could make it work.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 View Post

how hard was the remote lighting install? I have my dimmer switch that doesnt face the couch but I still think I could make it work.

If you can install a light switch and program a harmony remote then it's pretty easy. The main thing is making sure the Harmony RF blaster has line of sight to every switch you want to control.
post #21 of 27
nice speakers
post #22 of 27
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Updates since my last post
1.) Expanded system to 5.1 with two Bowers and Wilkens M1s
2.) Replaced the surge protector with a Furman Elite 15
3.) Added Microsoft Xbox 360 kinect



Rear speakers

I don't feel like I've seen very many speakers mounted on a column like this



Furman Elite 15 PFi


Console with Kinect


Thoughts:
I like the effect the rear speakers give during certain scenes in movies. I don't consider the experience much different than before but you can definitely tell during certain scenes.

The Kinect I tried out at a friends house and after reading reviews on the kinect sports I decided to pick up a used one off eBay. My reasoning was that the array microphone allowed some pretty cool voice navigation of the new 360 menus. So if the games and motion tracking was terrible then I could always use the voice commands. However, it has turned out to work pretty well. I didn't want to mount it on top of the TV because I didn't like the look. However it seems to work just fine in the console.

I really enjoy gaming on this system, but the problem is not too many of my friends will pick up the sticks and play. The Kinect makes it easy for friends and family who have no experience to join in. Also, on a side note it is really fun to pump up the crowd before the 100m race on kinect sports with surround sound. It feels like you are in the stadium.
post #23 of 27
Great stuff man!! The Kinect's voice control is a game-changer on the media front, isn't it?
post #24 of 27
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Yea when I first saw my buddy using it I thought it was awesome.

Also, plenty of potential in the facial recognition software as well. Would be cool if the 360 could learn different peoples preferences for games/music/movies and already have them queued up and ready. Sort of like the recently played menu.
post #25 of 27
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Btw I love my ips-1 but it is so irritating that I can't get the black trim for it.
post #26 of 27
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Just updated my xbox dashboard last week with the Fall 2012 BETA. It includes internet explorer as well as pins. It's also supposed to start integrating "smartglass", but I don't see an app for that in itunes yet.
post #27 of 27
I've been using Smart Glass with the new Win8 box I built and it works pretty good. I really need a tablet to use it effectively as my secondary desktop it's used on is in the kitchen while my 360 is in my bedroom.

As for your system man it looks good. I love the look of those B&W's. Very classy looking speakers. I can only imagine how accurate music is.
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