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post #1 of 75
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I've been asked countless times about my system and what I use. I've never gotten around to taking any pictures but my good friend Shawn McGrath is an amazing photographer so I asked if he could do some shots for me. Room was done completely by the wife and I. Both of us work in acoustics professionally. The room was designed to be a reference for both video and audio playback with as little compromise possible for both. The room is obviously painted black with black velvet curtains made by my wife surrounding the screen and covering the side windows (along with black-out blinds). I also put Protostar flocking paper on the ceiling from the screen to the first reflection panels to cut down any reflections. Everything done in this room short of laying down the carpet and installing four dedicated 20-amp circuits was done by the two of us.

The System (UPDATED Jan 2014):

Video

JVC X75 D-ILA Projector (Chief Mount on custom rails for changes to throw)
Lumagen Radiance 2041
Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player
Oppo BDP-103D Blu-ray Player
Stewart Filmscreen Studiotek 130 G3 (120" diagonal)
Carada Masquerade Masking System

Audio

Anthem Statement D2V 3D AV Processor
Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblock Amplifiers (Main L/C/R)
Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2 Stereo Amp (surrounds)
Audyssey SubEQ
Legacy Audio Focus SE (L/R)
Legacy Audio Marquis HD (C)
Legacy Audio Phantom HD (Surrounds)
Dual Seaton Sound Submersive HP+ Subwoofers
Dual Seaton Sound F2 Subwoofers
VPI Traveller Turntable
Lyra Kleos Cartridge
Parsound Halo JC3 phono preamp
Baetis Audio XR2 Media Server

Cabling by Audioquest, Bettercables and Accell

Exact Power EP-15A Voltage Regulator
Exact Power SP-15 Balanced Power Transformer

Remote system using iRule

Onix Equipment Racks
Lutron Lighting
Acoustic Treatments by Vicoustic
Riser designed by Auralex

Seating by Berkline and Costco

All calibrations done with Spectracal Calman 5 software and a Spectracal C6 tri-stim and i1Pro spectra

NEW PHOTOS!!

Recently had the entire room acoustically modeled and treated by the folks at Vicoustic. I will have a feature article about the process soon but here are some wonderful pics that Shawn took of the room after everything was installed.









Thanks to German Sotello for some new pics of the Legacy Audio speakers. I will have some better pics up later that show some other new goodies that are coming soon. The older pictures can be found after.









For the photos Shawn used a variety of lenses and exposures to try and capture the theater. I also took tape off of most of the LEDs on the gear to look nicer but during normal use there are NO lights emitting from any gear that you can see or could compromise the picture.

Front of the room with lights on medium


From the front of the room back at the seating


Shot from the front corner with the equipment lights on and the LED lights in my vinyl shelves on for effect


Equipment Racks in the back


Better look at the VPI, such a gorgeous table. Suspended with a SolidSteel wall shelf and a Gingko platform


Image from Sensaria with Masking System engaged. Exposure is higher and lights are on dim to get a sense of the room around it.


Avatar with the exposure done a little higher


Same but with exposure to mimic the true look to the viewer in the room


Avatar


The Dark Knight Rises with lights on dim


Me in the photo for a sense of size. I was height limited on the screen overall, but next time I may go with a wider aspect screen (2.1 maybe).

Edited by Kris Deering - 1/16/14 at 10:12am
post #2 of 75
Spectacular room. All that Parasound gear must make for gleeful listening and that RS56/X75 is something special, isn't it? So, with reference gear like that, I must ask: in the realm of 2-Channel, does the raw Oppo BDP-105 XLR output to the Parasound JC-2 sound "better" than HDMI through the Anthem with ARC engaged? I ask because although I love HDMI via Audyssey XT32 on my processor for female vocals and classical music, I tend to like the uncorrected XLR output in direct mode for everything else.
post #3 of 75
Great pics Shawn! Love the room, been some changes since I was there last. Need to stop by again next time you host a GTG, I'll be sure to make the trip!!

Thanks for sharing my friend.

Scott
post #4 of 75
That is a good looking room!
post #5 of 75
killing system I must say!!
post #6 of 75
SWEET! OUTSTANDING!
post #7 of 75
Very nice indeed!!!!
post #8 of 75
fantastic room. Was the self adhesive back enough to keep the Protostar in place, or did you use some other form of installation?
post #9 of 75
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I ended up stapling the Protostar material in place and then using extra material to stick over the staples so you can't see them.
post #10 of 75
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Spectacular room. All that Parasound gear must make for gleeful listening and that RS56/X75 is something special, isn't it? So, with reference gear like that, I must ask: in the realm of 2-Channel, does the raw Oppo BDP-105 XLR output to the Parasound JC-2 sound "better" than HDMI through the Anthem with ARC engaged? I ask because although I love HDMI via Audyssey XT32 on my processor for female vocals and classical music, I tend to like the uncorrected XLR output in direct mode for everything else.

Honestly I like them both. I think this question really boils down to how good your response in the room is without the correction. If you saw my pre and post calibration graphs for 2-channel, they are almost identical. ARC is doing very little. I tend to use the Anthem with more aggressive electronica or industrial music with lots of low bass to incorporate the subs. Any other listening is typically done in pure direct from the Oppo to the Parasound JC-2. But honestly, I could go either way here. The Anthem sounds outstanding even with the extra conversions and processing.
post #11 of 75
Nice setup Kris, ya gotta be grinnin when ya Q up a track or a movie!biggrin.gif
post #12 of 75
Very nice. Paradigm Sigs and Parasound Halo are a great combo!
post #13 of 75
Very nice indeed. I especially like that thing that spins at 33 1/3 rpm
post #14 of 75
Great pics of a very cool room. Love the blue LED accent lights.
post #15 of 75
Wow great looking room. Looks very easy to feel comfortable in and really like the accent lighting.
post #16 of 75
Kris you have a great room and set up. The pictures really do it justice.
post #17 of 75
Kris,

I just noticed this room thread on your sig.

Spectacular room! I love seeing a room dedicated as much as possible to optimizing performance (and it still looks really nice).
I see you are rocking the turntables. Has the siren call of tube amplification ever caught your ear?

As a long time audiophile I found it tough with one room to work with, integrating my demands for top quality 2 channel (and tube amplification) play-back while doing uncompromising HT duty. I think I got pretty close, and it looks like you really pulled it off.

It's also good to see a fellow Masquerade owner. An indispensable piece of gear once you've had it. For whatever reason we don't hear much about that fantastic product much on the forum anymore. (Though it could be down to less traffic on the forum).

Thanks for posting the photos. Great stuff!

Rich H
post #18 of 75
Very cool setup you have there Kris!! cool.gif

David Giles
post #19 of 75
Kris your room is amazing, I cant believe I missed this. With your acoustic knowledge your room I bet will sound up there with the best of them.
post #20 of 75
Sweet looking theater Kris. I have only one comment/question: With all the trouble you went to to blacken the walls, ceiling and what looks like a darker carpet, I'm a little surprised you didn't place the JC-1s outboard of or behind the Sig 8s instead of in the sight line to the screen.
post #21 of 75
Thread Starter 
All the lights on the amps are blacked out so you can't really see the amps when watching a movie.
post #22 of 75
Yes, I understand that. It looks like the the tops of the JC-1s would be reflective and perhaps a visual distraction. I guess it wouldn't matter unless you were going for an "image against a totally black background" look.
post #23 of 75
Thread Starter 
Hasn't been an issue at all.
post #24 of 75
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

Honestly I like them both. I think this question really boils down to how good your response in the room is without the correction. If you saw my pre and post calibration graphs for 2-channel, they are almost identical. ARC is doing very little. I tend to use the Anthem with more aggressive electronica or industrial music with lots of low bass to incorporate the subs. Any other listening is typically done in pure direct from the Oppo to the Parasound JC-2. But honestly, I could go either way here. The Anthem sounds outstanding even with the extra conversions and processing.

I have the Anthem too, and curious if I should upgrade my Oppo 83 to something bigger.

Do you ever use the multi-channel analog outputs of the Oppo with the Anthem (either in Analog Direct or DSP mode) or do only use HDMI with it?
post #25 of 75
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Unless you need 3D the 83 is a great piece. Even the analog section of the new Oppo 105 doesn't really improve enough on the Anthem to justify upgrading to it unless you just want some of the other features. The Anthem is an outstanding processor and preamp.
post #26 of 75
Awesome Kris...thanks for sharing!
post #27 of 75
Kris...what are the room dimensions?
post #28 of 75
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21x16x8 I believe, though it may be 24. Been awhile since I measured it.
post #29 of 75
It feels like 24' length, it's pretty long. Lots of space!
post #30 of 75
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Few changes since the photos were taken. I have replaced the Radiance XE-3D and Darbee Darblet with the new Radiance 2021 which essentially fuses the two products together. I have also changed out my low end system completely. I sold my Dual JL Audio F-113s and the SVS PB12 Plus/2 subwoofer and added a pair of Seaton Sound Submersive HPs for the front wall and a pair of SVS SB13-Ultras for the back of the room. This delivers far more low end extension and head room. I have also swapped out the SVS AS-EQ1 with the Audyssey Sub EQ to help a friend out that didn't have the Audyssey Pro Installer kit. These are essentially the same but the Audyssey requires the pro kit which I had but my friend didn't. I'll post some new pictures soon!
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