Hi All -
In the fall of 2011, my wife and I relocated from North Carolina to New York City. Disassembling the theater that I had spent the better part of 8 years building and dialing in, and chronicled in a series of articles for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, was a bittersweet day. We were excited to start a new chapter, but that room was where I really taught myself this hobby, and I was sad to see it go. It took me the better part of four months to get back up and running (you can see links to my old theater thread below).
I'm using this thread as a "current set-up" thread, so folks can have an idea of what i have going on.
So my as my current room is multi-use, I needed to use a drop-down screen to preserve that cinematic experience. Here is a picture of the new front sound stage. I have just decided to hold on to the new B&W front sound stage based around 805D bookshelf speakers and the HTM4 center channel. These replace my previous front stage of Usher Mini 2 Diamond's towers and a BE-616 Diamond center. I use a BDI Mirage 8224 Double occupancy unit to store the gear, flanked by dual JL Audio F113 Subs. The piano Black of the BDI matches the black of the B&W's and the 113's perfectly (these are a little overexposed so you can see all of the equipment).
So for comparison purposes, here is the Screen Innovations Reference Motorized Screen dropped down with the old Ushers (the color balance is way off between these two - the room actually looks closer to the Usher picture). The B&W's open up the entire room, and make a huge difference to the feel of the living room overall. Though I denied it for two years, the Ushers were just too big for the space. I was really sorry to seem them go.
Can't convey to you guys how much more detailed the B&W's are versus the Ushers. They are also gorgeous in piano black and match the rest of the equipment perfectly.
Here is a close-up of the HTM4.
I'm just finishing up the review on these. It should be up in a few weeks.
For material on the SI screen, I'm using their Solar HD 1.3, which pairs really well with the JVC. Here is picture of the screen down. I've run a trigger from the projector to the screen.
Here is a shot at the back of the room. You can see the JVC RS-25 (I still think this projector just rocks). You can also see the surrounds, which are Paradigm Studio 10's. I've since raised these. For the back right speaker, I built a box to raise it about 2 feet. For the back left, the speaker was placed on the bookshelf you see in the picture.
I've recently changed out some of the equipment from my NC set-up. The Oppo BDP-105 came in late last year. Nothing to be said about the Oppo 105 is there? Have recently been enjoying the headphone amp with some Ultimate Ears 4 Pro Customs - amazing.
Below the Marantz you'll see a newly installed Marantz AV-8801. I installed this unit in April and its my first Marantz piece ever. Obviously the menu structure is familiar (we use a Denon 4311 in another system). I use this with Audyssey Pro XT32.
I added a video processor back into the system, this time a Lumagen Radiance XS-3D. The Panasonic VT30 that I opted for has a more or less unusable Color Management System, so this takes care of the heaving lifting there. It also takes care of cleaning up mediocre sources from the Time Warner Cable box you can also see in this picture. Below the Lumagen and Cisco box you can see the Wyred4Sound MMC5 amp.
I opted for a Panasonic VT30 Plasma for this installation. This is a 55" unit. I had previously tried a 59" Samsung, but the buzzing drove me absolutely bonkers. This unit is suspended on a BDI Arena TV mount - I think it ended up looking pretty clean.
Here is a more detailed shot of the projector. You can see two cables coming from the front of the room. One is the 12V trigger, the other HDMI. I'm using a BJC Series FE that I posted about below. This picture is from my previous set-up where I was using a Cat6/HDMI converter. Once I realized that I could use do this run with a 25' thin series FE cable, I swapped out the converter.
Sitting on top of the projector is a Furman AC-215A power conditioner. The mount is a Premier Universal Mount.
Here is a detailed shot of the Screen Innovations install. We had to construct two wooden boxes to deal with the beam in the center of the room. Power is run up from the baseboard to power the screen.
Let's see...what else? Given the space constraints, I decided to abandon a component based power management solution for the gear and gave up the PS Audio Power Plant Premier I had been using. I have replaced this with a floor unit from SurgeX (XS10). It has been working well for me. Mounted onto the back of the BDI cabinet are a D-link Wireless Bridge for the Marantz (no wireless) and the URC MRF-350. I just swapped out my trusty MX-900 for an MX-890 (4/2013). Is a big leap forward.
I also installed a URC RF dimmer finally for lighting control. I need to swing by Home Depot to get a matching wall-plate - this one is slightly darker than the URC dimmer is.
I've moved my handmade cables to the living room and am now using Cardas Clear Light cables. I met the Cardas folks at a show last year and they offered some cables and jumpers to try. So far no complains whatsoever - a solid, well built cable.
I use Audyssey Pro to calibrate the audio; Chromapure paired with an X-rite Hubble & Accupel DVG-5000 for the video.
Other vital stats: The room is about 13' deep- with the couch and the screen separation from the wall, my screen is a perfect THX recommended 92". The room is ~19' in width; the ceilings are about 12' high. I'm really happy with how this room is evolving. Looking at an amp change possibly this winter. Will post if that happens.
Let me know of any questions and thanks for looking!
Edited by vigga - 11/21/13 at 6:33pm