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post #31 of 75
Having owned both subwoofer models (but never both models simultaneously), I know your low end performance is foundation-cracking in its potency. I've been looking at the Lumagen 2021, but I currently have a Mini3D and a Darblet, so I'll probably just hold out until Randy and Co. release a 4k passthrough-capable processor. In terms of your recent sub-eq swap, have you ever considered an Antimode Dual Core for Sub EQ duty?
post #32 of 75
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Haven't looked at anti mode. I'll give it a look. Thanks!!
post #33 of 75

Kick ass theater!. But the subs,omg! :D

post #34 of 75
Chris, nice setup!

Bill
post #35 of 75
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Thanks Bill! Nice subs you got there!
post #36 of 75
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Some new gear entered the picture. Replaced the Parasound amps with some new gear from Emotiva. So far quite happy with them. Also did some REW measurements of the new subs. Room has zero modal ringing above 40 Hz and is flat to 5 Hz!!!. Those Seatons deliver massive performance!!!
post #37 of 75
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

Some new gear entered the picture. Replaced the Parasound amps with some new gear from Emotiva. So far quite happy with them. Also did some REW measurements of the new subs. Room has zero modal ringing above 40 Hz and is flat to 5 Hz!!!. Those Seatons deliver massive performance!!!

 

"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards..."

 

- Jor El (Man of Steel)

post #38 of 75
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LOL. Nice!
post #39 of 75
Kris,

I'm just curious: that looks like quite a spacious, tall room. Which room did you choose for your home theater? It looks too tall to be a basement room.
post #40 of 75
Kris:

In my last two theater incarnations, I have been able to have all of my source equipment in another room with easy access to the rear of the equipment to perform the seemingly unending changes with easy open and lighted access. In the theater I will soon be building, it may not be quite that easy to have the equipment in another room.

When you need to make changes in your stuff (change wires, replace a piece of gear, etc) how difficult is it for you to do that since it appears that your equipment rack is pushed up against a wall.

Also, do you know a distributor for your Onix racks?

Thanks

Chuck

Each time I look at your theater, the gray I was considering for my theater walls/ceiling gets darker. Love your room!!
post #41 of 75
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

Kris,

I'm just curious: that looks like quite a spacious, tall room. Which room did you choose for your home theater? It looks too tall to be a basement room.

It is a bonus room that is above my garage on the second floor of my house. Room is 21' long by 16' wide with an 8' ceiling height.
post #42 of 75
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Kris:

In my last two theater incarnations, I have been able to have all of my source equipment in another room with easy access to the rear of the equipment to perform the seemingly unending changes with easy open and lighted access. In the theater I will soon be building, it may not be quite that easy to have the equipment in another room.

When you need to make changes in your stuff (change wires, replace a piece of gear, etc) how difficult is it for you to do that since it appears that your equipment rack is pushed up against a wall.

Also, do you know a distributor for your Onix racks?

Thanks

Chuck

Each time I look at your theater, the gray I was considering for my theater walls/ceiling gets darker. Love your room!!

Yes at time it can be a pain. Since I tend to stay a bit minimalist (I don't actually have a lot of gear in those racks when you look) I use a lot of gearing swapping times to perform some dusting and general cleaning. I try and keep the components I have to swap or tinker with the most in the more accessible spots too. Stuff I don't have to mess with tends to go in the hard to reach to unreachable spots. Ideally this stuff would be in another room but you have to use what you have.

The Onix racks were purchased from AV123 back in the day, they are no longer available that I'm aware of as AV123 closed down a few years ago.
post #43 of 75
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It is a bonus room that is above my garage on the second floor of my house. Room is 21' long by 16' wide with an 8' ceiling height.

Wow, perfect. Nice bonus!
post #44 of 75
Love those bonus rooms above the garage. When I was house shopping it was the only type of room that gave me an instant theatre, no construction required smile.gif

Granted I don't have rock solid foundations for my speakers being on the second floor of a wood-frame house, but on the other hand my meagre 400w sub amp shakes the floor better than most 1700w subs.
post #45 of 75
So what drove the change from Parasound to Emotiva? I've always read tgat the Halos, especially the JC-1s were something special.
post #46 of 75
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Curiosity mainly. After JJ and Gene reviewed them and given their findings and measurements I figured I'd give them a shot. Obviously there is a HUGE difference in cost so if I liked them enough I could put that money into other things. So far they've been spectacular in every regard.
post #47 of 75
Thanks for the feedback. I would like to put more power up front and had been eyeing the 3 channel Halo. But I had also read all the good feedback about the XPRs and wondered if I should wait a bit more and see if they come out with an XPR3.
post #48 of 75
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You can't go wrong with the Halo amps. They sound incredible and plenty of power. I have nothing but good things to say about them. The Emo stuff just made more sense for me economically and so far I don't feel like I've given up anything. Massive amounts of clean power and great sound.
post #49 of 75
Just noticed this in your sig. How refreshing to see a dedicated theater room optimized for what matters: the video and sound (IME). I always get a chuckle when I see pictures and descriptions of "dedicated" theater rooms in various magazines and such. All these rooms that cost well into the 6 figures sometimes, and yet the equipment and/or layout and/or color scheme and/or other factors make it obvious that they spent money in all the wrong places, while failing to optimize the room for its supposed purpose.

If I had a room to dedicate to theater and music listening, it would look a lot like yours. Perfect.

I heard in another thread that you were interested in auditioning some Legacy Audio speakers. Wondering how that is going, if you've gotten the chance already?
post #50 of 75
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They are coming in next week. Should be a lot fun.
post #51 of 75
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They are coming in next week. Should be a lot fun.

 

Prepare your ears for a lot of fun cool.gif

post #52 of 75
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Anyone that wants to hear them as well is welcome to my Pacific Northwest meetup event on August 17th. A full day of demos and food and fun. PM me if you're in the area and want to come, should be lots of fun!
post #53 of 75
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Updated the thread with the latest gear and pictures. I am doing some work with Vicoustic right now that will result in some different treatments being used in the room. Look for some new pics soon!
post #54 of 75
Wow! Love the focus on performance while keeping it looking good. I'm going to pretend I didn't see it to avoid a sudden onset of upgraditis.
post #55 of 75
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Thanks. More to come very shortly.
post #56 of 75
Killer upgrades. Never heard Legacy speakers. They look very impressive!
post #57 of 75
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

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 DEC 2013):

Video

JVC X75 D-ILA Projector (Chief Mount on custom rails for changes to throw)
Lumagen Radiance 2021
Oppo BDP-105 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 GIK and Real Traps
Riser designed by Auralex, Auralex Risers used for SVS subs

Seating by Berkline and Costco

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

NEW PHOTOS!!

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).

Nice room too bad Emotiva!

post #58 of 75
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Too bad Emotiva?? Why?? They've been 100% solid since I installed them and sound fantastic. I could have spent A LOT more but these things have absolutely blown me away for performance and cost.
post #59 of 75
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View PostToo bad Emotiva?? Why?? They've been 100% solid since I installed them and sound fantastic. I could have spent A LOT more but these things have absolutely blown me away for performance and cost.

Great had horrendous experience with them never again!

post #60 of 75
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I'm sure every company has had its fair share of issues with some customers. I've had lemons from most at one point or another. But so far the emo amps have more than surpassed my expectations in performance and sound with not so much as a single hiccup.
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