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post #1 of 12
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Hi, I've only been on AV Forums for a while and these threads are always my favourite. I'm a long time lurker, but this is my first post in the SysConfig area. My obsession was ignited the last few years after I moved next door to a home theater & automation installer. Better.

After hanging out in my basement with a couple of beers and a j finally got me off my butt and snapping pictures. Here's my cave and the components.

I look forward to reading comments.

Components:
screen: Draper 100'' Hi Def Grey
Front R & L speakers: Monitor Audio RX6
Center speaker: Monitor Audio RX Center
Rear R & L speakers: Monitor Audio C365FX
Subwoofer: Anthony Gallo TR-1
Projector: DWIN Transvision 4
Pre/Pro Amp: Arcam AVR200
Phono Stage: Yaqin MS-12B
Turntable: Sansui SR-212
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Stylus: Jico SAS
Gaming: XBOX360
HTPC & music server: Windows 7 running WMC with My Movies Plugin for movies, VLC for TV shows, iTunes for lossy and Foobar200 for loseless
Wires: tributary speaker cable and monoprice interconnects
AV Rack: don't know off the top of my head, but make and model are on the bottom. I will check next time I re-organize the rack.
Vinyl Rack: IKEA Expedit 4X4
Coffee table: Thomas the Train

Personal comments:
vinyl is the death of mp3.
my projector may be only be 720p but the video processing is unbelievable.
the center channel is loaner from by neighbor.
my neighbor gave me the sub DOA, All-In-One Electronics down the road (shameless plug) brought it back to life.
all other components (except the turntable) were at cost thanks to my new best friend.

Future?
upgrade the turntable, I'm thinking J.A. Mitchell Tecnodech
upgrarde my sub to svs.
stop buying records so i can upgrade the above.
buy more records.

Pix:

front wall...


front wall perspective...


dimples...


backwall...


looks like a piggy bank...


back ceiling...


dwin tv4 projector...


sansui sr-212, yaqin ms-12b, arcam avr200, xbox 360, dwin tv4 processor, htpc...


sansui sr-212...


shure m97x...


jico sas stylus...


my cocaine...


where I store my cocaine...
post #2 of 12
Nice work - anyway you can get the center off the floor?
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Scout's staff View Post

Nice work - anyway you can get the center off the floor?

I figured I'd get a proper stand once I purchase the RX Center, but now you have me thinking. I'm sure I can find some to temporarily raise it higher.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Scout's staff View Post

Nice work - anyway you can get the center off the floor?

Took your advice and put a small stool (about a foot high) under the center speaker. Remarkable difference...why the hell didn't I do this months ago? Thanks!
post #5 of 12
Boy is that what a turntable looks like!!!!
post #6 of 12
Nice set up. I agree the center skeaker should be placed higher. Also, maybe the two front speakers are two close to the wall?
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by qiong View Post
Nice set up. I agree the center skeaker should be placed higher. Also, maybe the two front speakers are two close to the wall?
Center speaker is now off the floor thanks to "Scout's staff" initial suggestion and it's made a huge difference. I'll update the picture to reflect that soon.

As for the L & R speakers...I keep them up against the front wall due to the basement doubling as the children's play area. They're most safe close to the wall. I do however have about 3 feet of lose wire and I do move the speakers forward a bit for TV watching. And for music listening I bring them way forward to get the "golden triangle" going with my seated postion.
post #8 of 12
animal collective.....nice.
post #9 of 12
just noticed the panda bear too.....nice haha
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Just purchased two new pieces for my den...

1 - Upgraded my cartridge's stylus to a Jico SAS. The difference is AMAZING...should have done this a long time ago. It makes my $150 cartridge sound like a $500 cartridge!

2 - Finally bought a storage rack for my vinyl!

Pictures added to the initial post...
post #11 of 12
Nice job, glad you are happier with the sound now that the center is off the ground. Even though you are using a 720 PJ, it is still better than none - like my set-up. I'm still using the 50" pioneer elite plasma I bought in 2007. PJ and screen are on the list
post #12 of 12
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New purchase! Finally upgraded my center channel and now have a complete Monitor Audio RX theater set-up. Next on the list is a stand for the center speaker that MUST have an 18 1/5 inch clearance due to the screen

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