It's clear this is the Xbox forum and not the audio forum.
A tower center channel or even a bookshelf offers less compromised performance that a horizontal center channel. It is not blocking any equipment and the very top of the speaker is a few inches below the bottom of the screen. It works beautifully.
Small ass room?
I wouldn't say that. It's an averaged sized living room.
As for the subs, one could have twenty 18" drivers and the bass wouldn't have to be overpowering at all. Just as one calibrates their display, one calibrates their audio. The output in the bass range is adjusted to be in line with all other frequencies as measured at my seat - having plenty of capability just means that when the source demands it, my subs allow me to recreate what was intended. A 10" sub with a plate amp will clip, distort, bottom, compress, or just otherwise crap out when trying to recreate the bass on any modern sountrack at -20 or louder. You can't appreciate what's really encoded in movies until you step up to a bass system that is capable enough to reach down into the infrasonic range at reference levels cleanly. This requires a lot of air moving capability. Even a 12" SVS doesn't come close unfortunately.
The white things on the walls are acoustic treatments. Fiberglass batting and polyester batting against hardboard. Placed strategically in the room, these reduce the magnitude of sound reflections and allow the sound to have better imaging. If you can clap your hands in your HT space and hear an echo, even a slight one, your audio is going to be muddied.
My mains and seat create the golden triangle - it's ideal to have your seat the same distance away from your mains as the distance between your mains. My subs achieve even greater sensitivity by reaping boundary gain in the corners. By using towers for surrounds, my entire system has a very high sensitivity, is very dynamic, and is extremely low distortion.
My viewing distance from the tv is 1.5 times the screen size - this falls right between the ideal distances recommended by THX and SMPTE. It is a distance at which the detail of 1080 resolution can be appreciated over 720. The slight upward angle viewing is more natural and in line with a screen at a real theater.
Everything is "right". Home theater in a box owners - or those of you using your telivision's speakers don't get it and probably won't get it. That's ok.
Originally Posted by sage11x
Steve, how do you have your 7800 connected to your 52" LCD, just RF or is that a scaler I see on the upper right? Also, do I see 2 receivers in this setup? <-- ignores further questions pertaining to the 2 roman columns that pass for subwoofers in the picture...
The Atari 7800 and Sega Genesis use RF out into the VCR - the VCR then uses RCA out to the tv. This way I can keep both connected at the same time and use either on the fly with channel 3 or 4. Also, if I went with the RF straight to the tv, it would degrade the cable signal that would need to get to the tv.
The upper left receiver was my old one - I have no use for it and I needed a spot to fill on my racks. The Yamaha I am using is in the bottom tv stand, right side.