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post #1 of 9
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Well, here we go, buiding a new system for a smallish 5.1 theater room, should be fun.

Here's my system:
Marantz AV8801 Pre-amp/Processor
Parasound A51 amp
Monitor Audio GS-Series speakers (GS-60 fronts, GS-LCR center, GS-FX rears)
JL Audio F110 subwoofer
Oppo BDP-105 universal player
Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player
Furman Elite PF-15 conditioner
Pioneer Elite PDP-4280 Kuro 42in plasma TV

Also in process purchasing Epson projector.

My room is essentially 10ft X 10ft. Will be very close fit in regards to providing proper FL/C/FR speaker clearance from front wall and viewing distance.




Edited by WestCoastD - 1/16/13 at 11:42am
post #2 of 9
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Need help, or ideas, choosing a movie screen of some type.

I'm considering possibly a retractable screen, ceiling mounted (out from front wall maybe 10in to 12in), such that it can be opened (pulled down) in front of wall-mounted Kuro flat-screen.

Also still deciding on projector models: Panasonic PT-AE8000U, BenQ SP890 Projector, Epson Home Cinema 5020UB, Epson Home Cinema 3020E Projector? ($1300.00 to $2200.00)

Viewing distance approx 9.0ft
post #3 of 9
Nice gear that you have there! I would recommend that you replace the rca interconnects with XLR ones.

I see that the second source has an XLR output so who's going to use the XLR input of the Marantz?

Concerning the screen, a lot of people here will recommend the stewart screens.
post #4 of 9
Great start, and good luck!

Will the room be well-controlled for ambient light when watching the projector? Will the projector be ceiling mounted or on a shelf behind the viewing area?
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Originally Posted by aldiallo View Post

Nice gear that you have there! I would recommend that you replace the rca interconnects with XLR ones.

I see that the second source has an XLR output so who's going to use the XLR input of the Marantz?

Concerning the screen, a lot of people here will recommend the stewart screens.
thanks for your input.

Most all of the wiring/cabling shown are from my previous set-up's (using NAD T175 and AV7005 pre-pro's). I just literally positioned these three new components onto each respective shelf (from top-to-bottom: Parasound A51, Oppo BDP-105, AV8801, SCD-XA5400ES). I'm now definitely switching to XLR's where possible.

Connection list:
1. AV8801 5.0 XLR pre-OUT's to Parasound A51 5.0 XLR INP's
2. AV8801 SW1 XLR pre-OUT to JL Audio F110 XLR INP
3. Oppo BDP-105 2ch XLR OUT to AV8801 2ch XLR INP (I figured the Oppo has the updated analog circuitry, not sure how it compares to Sony?)
4. Oppo BDP-105 5.1ch OUT to AV8801 5.1ch EXT RCA INP
5. Oppo BDP-105 HDMI OUT 1 to AV8801 HDMI IN 3 (BluRay)
6. Oppo BDP-105 Digital Coaxial OUT to AV8801 Digital Audio IN 2 DVD (I figured I'd like to compare the Marantz DAC's)
7. Sony SCD-XA5400ES 2ch RCA OUT to AV8801 2ch (CD) RCA INP
8. Sony SCD-XA5400ES HDMI OUT to AV8801 HDMI IN 2
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Originally Posted by thrang View Post

Great start, and good luck!

Will the room be well-controlled for ambient light when watching the projector? Will the projector be ceiling mounted or on a shelf behind the viewing area?
thanks.

Yeah, my room is more casually used as media/computer area. So light will be not so well-controlled (watch BluRay and DVD movies at night primarily, not much TV though). Will probably get projector model on the briighter-side?

Projector will be shelf mounted 6ft to 7ft high on wall, or possibly ceiling mounted, literally straight above overhead (I have no choice). I have an issue being there is an air-conditioning vent dead-center in ceiling, close to rear wall surface (projector would have to ceiling-mount forward of vent, or wall mount just below vent)
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by WestCoastD View Post

thanks for your input.

Most all of the wiring/cabling shown are from my previous set-up's (using NAD T175 and AV7005 pre-pro's). I just literally positioned these three new components onto each respective shelf (from top-to-bottom: Parasound A51, Oppo BDP-105, AV8801, SCD-XA5400ES). I'm now definitely switching to XLR's where possible.

Connection list:
1. AV8801 5.0 XLR pre-OUT's to Parasound A51 5.0 XLR INP's
2. AV8801 SW1 XLR pre-OUT to JL Audio F110 XLR INP
3. Oppo BDP-105 2ch XLR OUT to AV8801 2ch XLR INP (I figured the Oppo has the updated analog circuitry, not sure how it compares to Sony?)
4. Oppo BDP-105 5.1ch OUT to AV8801 5.1ch EXT RCA INP
5. Oppo BDP-105 HDMI OUT 1 to AV8801 HDMI IN 3 (BluRay)
6. Oppo BDP-105 Digital Coaxial OUT to AV8801 Digital Audio IN 2 DVD (I figured I'd like to compare the Marantz DAC's)
7. Sony SCD-XA5400ES 2ch RCA OUT to AV8801 2ch (CD) RCA INP
8. Sony SCD-XA5400ES HDMI OUT to AV8801 HDMI IN 2

Ah ok I understand now, that makes perfect sense!!

I would suggest you still compare the Sony to the Oppo over the XLR output and also that you test the stereo rca output of the Oppo compared to the FL/FR or the multichannel outputs.

let me know your thoughts after testng!! wink.gif
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by WestCoastD View Post

Well, here we go, buiding a new system for a smallish 5.1 theater room, should be fun.

Here's my system:
Marantz AV8801 Pre-amp/Processor
Parasound A51 amp
Monitor Audio GS-Series speakers (GS-60 fronts, GS-LCR center, GS-FX rears)
JL Audio F110 subwoofer
Oppo BDP-105 universal player
Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player
Furman Elite PF-15 conditioner
Pioneer Elite PDP-4280 Kuro 42in plasma TV

Also in process purchasing Epson projector.

My room is essentially 10ft X 10ft. Will be very close fit in regards to providing proper FL/C/FR speaker clearance from front wall and viewing distance.




Congrats on all the great gear and getting it all together! enjoy!smile.gif
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Congrats on all the great gear and getting it all together! enjoy!smile.gif
thanks!
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