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post #1 of 488
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Milwaukee Area Home Theater Lovers - This is the forum to be in.

Please tell us about your setup!

Pictures are welcome!

Member & (Projector) - Link to pictures if available

SOWK - (Sony VPL-VW600ES) *PIC*
Milwaukeesk - (JVC RS50)
mikesnapp - (Panasonic PT-AE2000)
Rwaaudio - (Barco 808 Graphics CRT) *PIC*
Mike_WI - (JVC RS20) *PIC*
Maestro J - (Sony VPL-VW95ES)
jaymind - (JVC RS10)
mmarki - (Sony VPL-VW95ES)
TedO - (Sony VPL-HW50ES)
Midwest User1 - (Pioneer Elite Projector PRO- FPJ1)
slots1 - (Marantz VP-11S2)
audvid - (Sony Qualia 004) *PIC*
kthejoker20 - (Panasonic PT AE7000U)
dfinger - (Espon Home Cinema 5010) *PIC*
Storman (Sony VPL-VW50)
mcascio - (Panasonic PT AE8000U) *PIC*
Samurai Jack - (Sharp 12K MKII)
agrsiv95 - (Runco Q750i)
Jim McC - (Mitsubishi HC3800)
SirMaster - (Panasonic PT AE8000U) *PIC*
acwebs - (JVC RS56)
buzzard767 - (Sony VPL-VW600ES)
funlvr1965 - (Marantz VP15S1) *PIC*
lbrown105 - (Epson 8350) *PIC*
Jailguy - (Panasonic PT AE8000U)
JeffK - (Sony HW55ES)
C56spd - (Sony HW55ES)
tgrand - (JVC X35) *PIC*
LordJoseph - (BenQ W1080ST)
Timl07 - (JVC RS4810) *PIC*
Bigfuutt - (Panasonic PT AE8000U)
leroyjr1
rev ans
mante *PIC*
mastermaybe *PIC*
VBPXer

Members projectors that at one point were calibrated by SOWK (PM for Quote)

SOWK
Milwaukeesk
TedO
dfinger
slots1
acwebs
funlvr1965
Edited by SOWK - 12/29/13 at 10:28pm
post #2 of 488
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Location: Wauwatosa
Projector: Sony VPL-VW600ES
Screen: Seymour AV - Center Stage XD 150" wide 2.35:1
Speakers: Vandersteen Quatro's (LR), Vandersteen 2CE Signature MKII (C), Vandersteen 1C's (Wides), Vandersteen VSM1 (Surrounds), Vandersteen VSM1 (Rears)
Sub(s): 2 X Seaton Submersives HP
Electronics: Denon 4311CI, Parasound A31, Oppo 103D, Synology DS1512+ (15TB)
Calibration Equipment: iOne Pro, iOne Display 3, Chroma Pure, Dell Inspiron 8600 w/ Serial Port
Philips Hues Lighting System 7 X Philips Hue BR30 Connected Downlight Lamps, 1 X Philips Friends of Hue LightStrip










Edited by SOWK - 1/28/14 at 1:00pm
post #3 of 488
Hey Guys,

I'm in Milwaukee as well.

I've been into home theater for the past 8 years or so and have had several cases of both the upgrade and downgrade bugs.

Currently (but not completely set up yet on account of just moving) I have:

Projector: RS50
Screen: Stewart 100" 16:9 Studiotek 130
Speakers: M&K THX s150 LCR, ss150 rears
Sub: SVS PB-12NSD
Electronics: Anthem D2, Lexicon amp, Oppo BDP93.

I'd love to find out what the rest of the Wisconsin faithful have setup. Now that the packers are out of it, I should have some more time for movies. That's my positive spin...
post #4 of 488
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Mileaukeesk, welcome to the party! Hope we can meet some great people around the area.

Hows the room coming along? You get the RS50 up and running?
post #5 of 488
Room has a way to go. That said, I'm just working with the space I have for the time being. I'm not in a position to to build out the room like yours SOWK...although I'd like to.

Yes, the RS50 is mounted and running. So far it looks great with some minor tweaks using calibrations blu-rays. I may have to lure you and that iOne pro over with some good micro brews. For the time being, implementing a few of the suggested out of the box tweaks from several reviews and the forum has given me a very impressive picture.

I'm already tempted to pull out my Xrite DTP-94, but I know calibrating off of that thing will probably do me more harm than good on the RS50 considering it's OOTB picture. I think I just need to enjoy it for a while.
post #6 of 488
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Originally Posted by Milwaukeesk View Post

Room has a way to go. That said, I'm just working with the space I have for the time being. I'm not in a position to to build out the room like yours SOWK...although I'd like to.

Yes, the RS50 is mounted and running. So far it looks great with some minor tweaks using calibrations blu-rays. I may have to lure you and that iOne pro over with some good micro brews. For the time being, implementing a few of the suggested out of the box tweaks from several reviews and the forum has given me a very impressive picture.

I'm already tempted to pull out my Xrite DTP-94, but I know calibrating off of that thing will probably do me more harm than good on the RS50 considering it's OOTB picture. I think I just need to enjoy it for a while.

What's your Sunday look like?
post #7 of 488
I'm in Waukesha.

Panasonic Ptae2000
Martin Logan Vista
Paradigm
4x18" infinite baffle
onkyo
post #8 of 488
Thread Starter 
Welcome Mikesnapp. How long you been into the hobby and do you have a dedicated theater room? Or whatever room you could use?
post #9 of 488
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Originally Posted by SOWK View Post

What's your Sunday look like?

Looks perfect!
post #10 of 488
I am still using a Barco 808 Graphics CRT projector and is still providing
a wonderful picture. A Oppo blueray player feeds a HD Fury III which
provides a analog output to the projector (Blueray's look great).

The speaker system consists of Martin Logan Summits combined with Magneplanar
Tympani IV bass panels and a TRW-17 rotary subwoofer. Center channel
is a Martin Logan Logos and rear speakers include 4 Gallo Micro's. Side channels
are Spica TC-50's and two more Gallo Micro's.

The room is completely treated with ASC tube traps, GIK bass traps and other
acoustical devices.

PS Audio Perfectwave dac and transport
Mark Levinson 380S preamp
Audio Research D400 MK II power amp
Arcam AVR600 receiver
LL
LL
LL
post #11 of 488
Thread Starter 
Rwaaudio... Nice setup!
post #12 of 488
Hey rwaaudio,
How do you like the Arcam AVR600? I had one of those for a while but got frustrated with some of it's quirks, especially with the video/hdmi. That said, It was easily the best sounding receiver I've heard.

I've got a AVR350 in a second system that I don't think i'll ever give up.
post #13 of 488
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Originally Posted by Milwaukeesk View Post

Hey rwaaudio,
How do you like the Arcam AVR600? I had one of those for a while but got frustrated with some of it's quirks, especially with the video/hdmi. That said, It was easily the best sounding receiver I've heard.

I've got a AVR350 in a second system that I don't think i'll ever give up.

I purchased the Arcam AVR600 for it's sound only and all I can say is that
it provides superb fidelity. I have had the Arcam for 3 years and its
working perfectly.

Audio is my first priority (audiophile for 50 years)

Keeping audio and video circuits isolated from each other provides
many benefits (lower noise, cleaner sound, etc.)
LL
LL
post #14 of 488
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rwaaudio View Post

Audio is my first priority (audiophile for 50 years)

Keeping audio and video circuits isolated from each other provides
many benefits (lower noise, cleaner sound, etc.)


I have my speakers on one circuit (powered subs), Amp and Preamp on another and Digital components like the Receiver on yet another... I've very paranoid... lol.
post #15 of 488
Hi.

See link in my signature for a big thread on my HT build.
Not much new lately.

Mike
post #16 of 488
Thread Starter 
Welcome, Mike_WI
post #17 of 488
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Originally Posted by Mike_WI View Post

Hi.

See link in my signature for a big thread on my HT build.
Not much new lately.

Mike

Mike,
Sure would have been nice if you would have provided some detail on your gear on that link

Great set up!

Kind of makes my overview look weak.
post #18 of 488
Question to everybody:

Where do you guys buy your equipment? Do you have a local store you frequent, online, Chicago?

For me, I've found that I make most of my purchases online, but would like to find a good local source as dealing with a remote dealer can be a pain.
post #19 of 488
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Originally Posted by Milwaukeesk View Post

Question to everybody:

Where do you guys buy your equipment? Do you have a local store you frequent, online, Chicago?

For me, I've found that I make most of my purchases online, but would like to find a good local source as dealing with a remote dealer can be a pain.

I buy a lot from the site we are on now... AVSForum.

They have some great prices on a lot of great hardware.
post #20 of 488
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Originally Posted by rwaaudio View Post

I am still using a Barco 808 Graphics CRT projector and is still providing
a wonderful picture. A Oppo blueray player feeds a HD Fury III which
provides a analog output to the projector (Blueray's look great).

The speaker system consists of Martin Logan Summits combined with Magneplanar
Tympani IV bass panels and a TRW-17 rotary subwoofer. Center channel
is a Martin Logan Logos and rear speakers include 4 Gallo Micro's. Side channels
are Spica TC-50's and two more Gallo Micro's.

The room is completely treated with ASC tube traps, GIK bass traps and other
acoustical devices.

PS Audio Perfectwave dac and transport
Mark Levinson 380S preamp
Audio Research D400 MK II power amp
Arcam AVR600 receiver

So your the one causing the seismic disturbances around here

How are you liking the rotary subwoofer? How long have you had it?
post #21 of 488
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Originally Posted by Milwaukeesk View Post

Question to everybody:

Where do you guys buy your equipment? Do you have a local store you frequent, online, Chicago?

For me, I've found that I make most of my purchases online, but would like to find a good local source as dealing with a remote dealer can be a pain.

Amazon - media and general
AVS Forum - Projector, AVRs for friends
AV123 -- in the past obviously - AVR, speakers
Full Compass (Madison, WI) - rack gear
Monoprice - cables, etc
Oppo
post #22 of 488
Thread Starter 
Mike_WI

Want to upgrade your rs20 to a Sony vpl-vw95es?

Lol.
post #23 of 488
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Originally Posted by mikesnapp View Post

So your the one causing the seismic disturbances around here

How are you liking the rotary subwoofer? How long have you had it?

I have had the rotary subwoofer for over 3 years and there is no going
back to conventional subs. My room is 29' long x 19' wide x 11' high and
requires considerably less than its full output for powerful, very low
distortion infra bass, with essentially perfect transient response. Pipe organ, electronic music and a ton of ultra low frequency sounds from movies,
without the fear of over driving is reassuring.

Using the Rotary sub at the right level for the room, does not in any
way make one feel sick, as some have suggested, but gives one a realistic
and exciting foundation for all of the above examples.
LL
LL
post #24 of 488
Quote:
Originally Posted by rwaaudio View Post

I have had the rotary subwoofer for over 3 years and there is no going
back to conventional subs. My room is 29' long x 19' wide x 11' high and
requires considerably less than its full output for powerful, very low
distortion infra bass, with essentially perfect transient response. Pipe organ, electronic music and a ton of ultra low frequency sounds from movies,
without the fear of over driving is reassuring.

Using the Rotary sub at the right level for the room, does not in any
way make one feel sick, as some have suggested, but gives one a realistic
and exciting foundation for all of the above examples.


Pm sent.
post #25 of 488
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Originally Posted by SOWK View Post

Welcome Mikesnapp. How long you been into the hobby and do you have a dedicated theater room? Or whatever room you could use?

It's a dual purpose room, living room/ home theater room.

Are you running 3d on the 95? I'd love a demo of that!
post #26 of 488
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mikesnapp View Post


It's a dual purpose room, living room/ home theater room.

Are you running 3d on the 95? I'd love a demo of that!

I'm not unfortunately. Never got into the whole 3D thing. If you have a 3D movie I would be willing to test it.

I'm actually in the process of selling the Sony and will probably replace with the BenQ W7000.
post #27 of 488
Location: New Glarus (best beer in WI, sorry Miller fans!)
Projector: Sony VPL-VW95ES
Screen: Carada Brilliant White 1.4 126" wide 2.37:1
Speakers: JTR Triple 12 LCR, Mirage OCR Surrounds
Subs: Dual JTR Captivators (passive)
Electronics: Denon 4311CI, Emotiva XPA-5 (speakers), Peavey IPA-3000 (subs), Oppo BDP-83, Panasonic BDT210

My room is more of a "media" room. Not dedicated as it's part of a larger room with pool table, bar, etc. But I try to make it as "theater like" as possible with theater seating, room treatments, black out curtains, etc.
post #28 of 488
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Originally Posted by Maestro J View Post

Location: New Glarus (best beer in WI, sorry Miller fans!)
Projector: Sony VPL-VW95ES
Screen: Carada Brilliant White 1.4 126" wide 2.37:1
Speakers: JTR Triple 12 LCR, Mirage OCR Surrounds
Subs: Dual JTR Captivators (passive)
Electronics: Denon 4311CI, Emotiva XPA-5 (speakers), Peavey IPA-3000 (subs), Oppo BDP-83, Panasonic BDT210

My room is more of a "media" room. Not dedicated as it's part of a larger room with pool table, bar, etc. But I try to make it as "theater like" as possible with theater seating, room treatments, black out curtains, etc.

Maestro,
Looks like youve got a great setup. How's that passive sub setup working for you?

BTW- While I agree New Glarus is great, I think Lakefront gives it a run for the money
post #29 of 488
rwaaudio

Not as up on high end audio as you, I had to look up what a rotary sub was....Wow! I can't imagine what good 5Hz sounds like. Does it blend well?
post #30 of 488
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Originally Posted by Milwaukeesk View Post

Maestro,
Looks like youve got a great setup. How's that passive sub setup working for you?

BTW- While I agree New Glarus is great, I think Lakefront gives it a run for the money

Love it! I was a little nervous when I bought the subs of having to power them myself but I have no regrets now. They are powerful and succinct and the amp gives them plenty of juice.

I have to admit that I've never tried Lakefront before. I'll look for it.
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