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Devotech's Frugal 'Theater'

post #1 of 20
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Although incredibly underwhelming compared to the majority of setups here. I present my current arrangement:

Updated August 14th/2013



This is our current living room in our 'pay off debt' house. When we sell this home a dedicated media room is on our wish list. Presently this affordable setup allows me to taste the passion without going broke. I've had the PSB speakers for about 2 years and recently purchased a used Image C60 for next to nothing from someone who wanted to downsize. Although it completely dwarves the bite sized LR1s the dialogue clarity improvement over it's predecessor makes up for the obnoxiousness in my books.

Display:
Samsung 50" Plasma PN50a450

Components:
Pioneer VSX-820-K
Popcorn Hour A-110
PS3

Speakers
FR / FL - PSB Image B25
Center: PSB Image C60
SR / SL: PSB Alpha LR1
Subwoofer: PSB Subseries1

Retired:
PSB Alpha CLR1
PSB Alpha LR1
Edited by devotech - 8/14/13 at 2:37pm
post #2 of 20
You will be very very very very very glad you paid off your debt. Then pay off your house. THEN spend what you can afford on new toys!!! Brilliant strategy. Brilliant!

Owing no one a dime is the most freeing experience you can ever imagine. Impossible to describe.

And if yon get enjoyment in your theater, that is all that matters.
post #3 of 20
Hey man it's all about enjoyment and you can get that from all kinds of systems. I don't have anything special myself but I enjoy it. Looks good, the only thing I'd probably comment on is wire management. Do you have any plans for it? It's a stickler for me so sorry lol.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by audioguy View Post

You will be very very very very very glad you paid off your debt. Then pay off your house. THEN spend what you can afford on new toys!!! Brilliant strategy. Brilliant!

Owing no one a dime is the most freeing experience you can ever imagine. Impossible to describe.

And if yon get enjoyment in your theater, that is all that matters.

Thanks for the encouragement. I long for the days we are debt free.

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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

Hey man it's all about enjoyment and you can get that from all kinds of systems. I don't have anything special myself but I enjoy it. Looks good, the only thing I'd probably comment on is wire management. Do you have any plans for it? It's a stickler for me so sorry lol.

Thanks pcweber111. As a matter of fact I used one of your setup pictures to help me determine if my TV height was a little out of line. I do have some cable management plans but since I just got the stand assembled I had little time to worry about it. I'm going to do the cable management at the same time I mount the L/R to the walls. We have an almost 6 month old that will be toddling before we know it and it would be safer for everyone if the tiny bookshelves were off the flimsy stands.
post #5 of 20
Ah little babies, gotta love them. smile.gif I miss those days in some ways (some I don't lol). Yeah it's better to baby proof as much as you can now since I'm sure they will be crawling and walking and moving around more and more. That's part of the reason I mentioned wire management. Less for the little one to pull on. I agree on the stands. The more you can get out of the way of curious hands the better. Just be prepared for plenty of knob turning and button pushing lol. Good to see you guys are being practical as well while paying off debt and setting yourselves up for a prosperous future. I agree with above, it's important to keep expenses under check and be in debt to as few companies as possible. Makes life easier (no money arguments, that'll tear a couple apart faster than almost anything).

Anyway good to see I can be of help. We're like a big family on this board, always willing to help each other and make good recommendations. Welcome aboard. smile.gif
post #6 of 20
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While not a conventional upgrade, while struggling with what to do with the old TV stand I decided that because the new centre channel has a very appealing cloth grill I fashioned a cat tree with the help of some scrap 2x4. We have three cats and so far it's a hit although not yet completed.

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post #7 of 20
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Upgrades!! Buying used paid off again.

I'll post an updated setup picture when I can, but once again buying used has paid off. (Grill isn't stained, its dog nose print. It will dry.)

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by devotech View Post

Upgrades!! Buying used paid off again.

I'll post an updated setup picture when I can, but once again buying used has paid off. (Grill isn't stained, its dog nose print. It will dry.)

 

Looking quite nice!!  Which PSB models are those?

post #9 of 20
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Little guys are Alpha LR1. Big ones are Image B25. The Image B6 replaced them.
post #10 of 20
Oh you're gonna notice a good improvement in the front stage. Good find.
post #11 of 20
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Thanks very much. I've decided to DIY some stands which I'll add to my photo when completed.
post #12 of 20
No matter how big or small a upgrade is.....you still get that giddy felling! The kind that makes you want to sleep next to them. In time you will have what you've always dreamed of. Just kick back and enjoy!
post #13 of 20
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Stand - Work in progress.

post #14 of 20
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Speaker stand complete. Will update full system photo soon.



They are a bit too close to the wall but for their safety it is necessary for now. The imaging is quite good despite placement - the front port helps.
post #15 of 20
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Updated setup photo:



As mentioned they should be away from the walls a bit but for now I am quite satisfied.
post #16 of 20
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Oh yeah - that awkward moment when your bookshelf speakers are larger than your sub...
post #17 of 20
Well calibration can help with that stuff. Babies necessitate quite a few compromises. Once the kiddo is older you can move them in without worry. Looks good. Now you need a new sub lol.
post #18 of 20
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I tried switching to 80hz crossover from 100hz and I'm not sure I liked it. I can't really say why though.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by devotech View Post

I tried switching to 80hz crossover from 100hz and I'm not sure I liked it. I can't really say why though.

With my previous pair of speakers (Klipsch RF82), a 100Hz crossover sounded better to me too.

post #20 of 20
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We have begun prepping our house to sell with hopes to be in a new home this summer. I've already been feeling the itch to replace the psb with floor standing speakers. I'm on the fence whether to persue psb floorstanders or do a 180 and grab some klipsch which generally cost less round these parts. My buddy has a rf62 / rc62 set which I dig but I'm still not convinced I like them over my psb....
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