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Happy Valentines day everyone! In honor of this great day, and to pay tribute to Geoff's roots, I give you that little ol' band from Texas.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Thats still too recent, its gotta be Stanley there in his youth... they haven't discovered the cave drawings of Geoff yet mad.gif

oh, you mean like this?

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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Thats still too recent, its gotta be Stanley there in his youth... they haven't discovered the cave drawings of Geoff yet mad.gif

Just because I live in a cave doesn't mean I draw on the walls...........okay maybe a little

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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

Happy Valentines day everyone! In honor of this great day, and to pay tribute to Geoff's roots, I give you that little ol' band from Texas.
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That was awesome.

See you boys, I gotta day to put together biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Just because I live in a cave doesn't mean I draw on the walls...........okay maybe a little

Oh you draw on walls in your cave... but not with your hands and chalk.......
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Oh you draw on walls in your cave... but not with your hands and chalk.......

LMAO!!!!!
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Happy Valentine's Day all! Made it through my surgery on Wednesday and got home before the insane snow we've been having up here. Was in bed all day yesterday, but finally made it to the couch today. Pain killers are a nice V-day present biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Oh you draw on walls in your cave... but not with your hands and chalk.......

Lol.....you a nasty boy
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

Happy Valentine's Day all! Made it through my surgery on Wednesday and got home before the insane snow we've been having up here. Was in bed all day yesterday, but finally made it to the couch today. Pain killers are a nice V-day present biggrin.gif

Congrats on the surgery going well. Snow has been crazy, we got like 20 inches here between yesterday and last night. So I take it the couch is where your HT is? If so nice move. I can imagine those pain killers are working out quite well today. Does this also mean you're off the hook with the wife/girlfriend/significant other/mistress as far as fancy dinners, flowers, chocolate and stuffed animals? biggrin.gif
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Valentines Day. The one day of the year where a married guy has a 10% chance of getting a little. Unless you're a stud like me of course. They just don't make us like they used to.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Valentines Day. The one day of the year where a married guy has a 10% chance of getting a little. Unless you're a stud like me of course. They just don't make us like they used to.

I've got a 10% chance? Wow, looks like the day is picking up! wink.gif
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Congrats on the surgery going well. Snow has been crazy, we got like 20 inches here between yesterday and last night. So I take it the couch is where your HT is? If so nice move. I can imagine those pain killers are working out quite well today. Does this also mean you're off the hook with the wife/girlfriend/significant other/mistress as far as fancy dinners, flowers, chocolate and stuffed animals? biggrin.gif

Lol yes, no celebrating today here. I can't get up and down the stairs without help for the next week!
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Congrats on the surgery going well. Snow has been crazy, we got like 20 inches here between yesterday and last night. So I take it the couch is where your HT is? If so nice move. I can imagine those pain killers are working out quite well today. Does this also mean you're off the hook with the wife/girlfriend/significant other/mistress as far as fancy dinners, flowers, chocolate and stuffed animals? biggrin.gif

Glad surgery went well for you and those pain killers are kicking in for you. Last night was the first night I actually got stuck in my SUV so I had to switch to 4wd to move. The new snow is piled on the old hard and icy snow and makes driving and parking a nightmare. I've been sick with a cold virus the last 2 days and have no energy to shovel. I know she wants to do the valentines day crap but I do not have energy to clean off late last nights snow.

Why in the hell did someone invent valentines day, to all the single fellas congrats!
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So I'm contemplating my next move for my HT, and I know that the next speaker move will be a pair of RTi 8/A5's. But before I do that I need to upgrade my AVR to something with some more juice. I'm considering an Onkyo 818/828 at 135/130 WPC,or a 717 at 110 WPC. Both have pre outs which is what really matters in the long run but I'm wondering about the meantime between when whichever AVR I get will be powering just my csi 5 & RTi 6's in the front. Will the 818 or 828 be too much for the 6's and will a 717 not be enough to power RTi8's or A5's without an amp. My current pioneer 1122 powers the RTi6's alright now but has no pre outs, not to mention the single position MCACC room correction leaves something to be desired. Any opinions?
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Your only "really" in trouble when you underpower a speaker. Most speakers cant take more power than they are rated for without any issues. So I wouldn't worry if your going to overkill your speakers (just look at Geoff w/ 800 watts per RTi A9).

Look at the pricepoints and features. How much per watt are you paying to move from the 717 to 818? Are there additional features in the 818 NOT in the 717 and do you need them? Keep in mind to really notice a difference in db's you need to double the power.

Thats what I would be looking at.
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I have the http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MARSR5007/MARANTZ-SR5007-100w-x7-NetworkingTheater-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-4K/1.html which provides 100 wpc, has pre outs, airplay, etc, etc. If you are not going to crank the volume to excessive levels all the time just pick the receiver with the features you want in your price range.
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A 717 can be had for about $500. Both are THX certified. The 828 can have music streamed to it wirelessly via blue tooth which the 818 & 717 needs a dongle for. I think the 8*8's have a better version of Audessey but I'm not sure what makes it better. I know the 8*8's have 9.2 pre outs whereas the 717 has 7.2 pre outs. Do the different Audessey's do anything different rather than add seating positions? Should I worry about 4K pass through vs upscaling? And how important will HDMI 2.0 be? Granted I don't have a 4K TV, but I'd rather not buy another receiver in 3yrs.
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Originally Posted by BNestico View Post

A 717 can be had for about $500. Both are THX certified. The 828 can have music streamed to it wirelessly via blue tooth which the 818 & 717 needs a dongle for. I think the 8*8's have a better version of Audessey but I'm not sure what makes it better. I know the 8*8's have 9.2 pre outs whereas the 717 has 7.2 pre outs. Do the different Audessey's do anything different rather than add seating positions? Should I worry about 4K pass through vs upscaling? And how important will HDMI 2.0 be? Granted I don't have a 4K TV, but I'd rather not buy another receiver in 3yrs.

I'd ignore 4k for a few more years. Nothing you buy now will be prepared to handle whatever becomes the standard in 4k.
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

Lol yes, no celebrating today here. I can't get up and down the stairs without help for the next week!

So does that mean you're making the pain pills your Valentine? If she asks for alcohol don't give in no matter what. biggrin.gif You're not "supposed" to mix the two if I recall correctly.
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Glad surgery went well for you and those pain killers are kicking in for you. Last night was the first night I actually got stuck in my SUV so I had to switch to 4wd to move. The new snow is piled on the old hard and icy snow and makes driving and parking a nightmare. I've been sick with a cold virus the last 2 days and have no energy to shovel. I know she wants to do the valentines day crap but I do not have energy to clean off late last nights snow.

Why in the hell did someone invent valentines day, to all the single fellas congrats!

Yeah I had to work yesterday morning, the roads were pretty bad at 6:30AM, even worse by 7:30AM when I left since I opened the store for no reason. I was sliding around a but in my Xterra but that might be because I was doing 4wd drifts around a few turns lol.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Valentines Day. The one day of the year where a married guy has a 10% chance of getting a little. Unless you're a stud like me of course. They just don't make us like they used to.

I'm not married yet but our 2 year anniversary is coming up in less then a month. Man 10%, those odds are horrible lol. If only you could teach me your stud like ways but I don't want to go into overload with Geoff being my audio mentor at the same time. There's already enough late night shenanigans as it is. Gotta space it out. biggrin.gif I'm actually considering getting an engagement ring and popping the question, we'll see.
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I'm gonna get a larger SS drive and I don't think the backup software I use will work moving to a larger drive. Can any of you guys recommend something that's freeware? I know a good one that cost money but being the cheap guy I am......

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I'm gonna get a larger SS drive and I don't think the backup software I use will work moving to a larger drive. Can any of you guys recommend something that's freeware? I know a good one that cost money but being the cheap guy I am......

Moving from a smaller to larger drive should not be a problem, just use the windows backup utility to make a "boot" drive on the new SSD. Then when you reboot make that the main boot drive and wipe the older drive and your good.

Moving from a bigger drive to smaller is where there is a problem.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


Moving from a smaller to larger drive should not be a problem, just use the windows backup utility to make a "boot" drive on the new SSD. Then when you reboot make that the main boot drive and wipe the older drive and your good.

Moving from a bigger drive to smaller is where there is a problem.


Thanks.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


Thanks.

NP, your hard drive may even have a utility you can download from the manufactures website to do all that for you.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


NP, your hard drive may even have a utility you can download from the manufactures website to do all that for you.


I found a freeware program that should make it simple. Just have to wait for the new SSD. Thanks again.

post #30054 of 35355
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Originally Posted by phx10 View Post
 

First post, so here goes.. I'm new to home audio, about to build my first system.  Will be placed in the family room, not looking to build a dedicated home theater.

System will be used for 85% movies / tv, and the rest music.  Not overly concerned about how music will sound, it will be good enough for my ears so would rather focus on the movie part of it.

 

From my current research and listening I've done thus far, am leaning towards a Pulk setup. Seems like decent bang for the buck. Again, this is not a $10k setup I'm after.

 

My house is on the market, so just want to put together a 3.1 setup for now.

 

Fronts: RTIa9

Center: CSiA6

Sub: Should I go with a PSW125, or put the money towards something else?

Rears: will hold off for now.

 

Amp: Emotiva XPA-5

Receiver: this is where I'm really lost. I've read that I will need something with pre-outs for all channels so I can connect it to the XPA-5? Any recommendations on what to buy here?

 

TV is a Panasonic VT65.  Will hookup a blueray player, and possibly an Apple TV.

 

Dumb question, if I bi-amp the front RTIa9's, would that consume a total of 4 channels just from that?  Hence, would I need a 5.1 receiver at a minimum (1 more for center, and .1 for the sub) just to run a 3.1 bi-amp'ed setup?  Thus thinking ahead I would need a 7.1 receiver so I could add 2 rears later?

 

Thanks guys!

 

Thought I would do a follow up to my original post and show off the damage I did. It all started while stumbling upon this forum during research of a new TV purchase. Figured next I needed some decent sound to go along with it!

 

Panasonic VT65

Fronts: RTIa9
Center: CSiA6
Receiver: Pioneer SC-1323
TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit  (to avoid purchasing the stupid Pioneer AS-WL-300 WiFi adapter)
100ft 14AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable
Sewell Silverback Banana Plugs Dual Screw Lock

 

No space in the current house for anything greater than a 3.0 setup I realized after taking measurements. This means no rears, or a sub. Thus my decision to go with the A9's over the A5's. In addition, the prices were too good to pass. jdsmoothie is the man.  Receiver I snagged from amazon during the superbowl sunday special. Wasn't my first choice, but for the price and pre-out option / output @ 125 watts I went for it. Overall the system sounds very good and I won't need to think about sinking any money into an amp, at least for a while :)  An svs sub will be next once we find a bigger house.

 

The CSiA6 center location is less than ideal, however the wife insisted that it not block the TV lol  Good enough for now!

 

Polks cherry finish is very nice, glad I went for it over the black.

 

Many thanks to EnderShadow and others for the advice and input!

 

 

 

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Nice setup phx10 but you gotta move that center speaker from behind the tv. No way in mounting the tv?
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

Nice setup phx10 but you gotta move that center speaker from behind the tv. No way in mounting the tv?


There is but not worth the time, money, and hassle since the home is for sale.

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Started blacking out my basement ceiling for the media area.
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

Nice setup phx10 but you gotta move that center speaker from behind the tv. No way in mounting the tv?

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Originally Posted by phx10 View Post


There is but not worth the time, money, and hassle since the home is for sale.

What about building a small shelf to put the TV on and the center below it? Somewhere in this thread are pics of someone that did just that. Just a thought.
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

Nice setup phx10 but you gotta move that center speaker from behind the tv. No way in mounting the tv?

I agree here. Less than ideal but you could set the TV on something to give it some lift then move the center in front. IKEA has some shelves you could use. Its what my dad uses. I have a pic somewhere. I'll take a look around and post it.
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Originally Posted by JyveTurkey View Post

I agree here. Less than ideal but you could set the TV on something to give it some lift then move the center in front. IKEA has some shelves you could use. Its what my dad uses. I have a pic somewhere. I'll take a look around and post it.

Yeah thats a good option if mounting the tv or even the speaker (above the tv) is out of the question I would place that center in front of the tv on a small table. Its just a waste having that great center behind the tv.
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