Originally Posted by boulderdashcci
As a matter of fact, I'm pretty much done my basement project! It was well worth the wait, despite the frustration of a dishonest carpet installer who ended up taking my 700 deposit and dropping off the face of the earth.
The pictures are below but I'll go ahead and describe it too: the room is 18x12 feet with 8 foot ceilings. There are 8 recessed lights, separated into 2 zones of 4 lights, each on their own dimmer. I added a ceiling fan on a remote control.
The sliding door to the right of the entertainment center leads to the laundry room and the swing door to the right of that is storage under the stairs. Behind the bifold doors next to the bookcases is a storage closet.
We haven't finished decorating, probably going to put some paintings up and a mirror. The alcove between the closet and the stairs is the perfect size to keep wine racks. So far the room lacks personality but I don't care because the tv and speakers kick ass.
The electronics include:
TV: Pioneer 5020FD Plasma
Reciever: Marantz 7002
Blu Ray/DVD/SACD Player: PS3
Comcast cable/DVR service
Airport Express for wireless music streaming via optical cable
Main Speakers: CSW M85 Bookshelves
Center: CSW MC305
Surrounds: CSW S305s
Sub: CSW P1005
The TV has the most beautiful picture I have ever seen; the blacks are deep and inky with tons of detail. There is absolutely no judder, pixelation or artifacts. Bluray movies look crisp, detailed and amazing; the first movie we watched was Wall-E and were blown away. I'm in love with my TV.
After breaking in and calibrating, adjusting and tinkering, the M85s really started to shine. Human voices sound rich and lifelike, the highs are crisp and bright but never harsh. And the bass! Boulderdashcci you were absolutely right, just a little tinkering with placement had these babies turning out deep rich beats you can feel in your gut. For 2 channel music I don't even use the sub.
They're very musical and give a detailed soundstage at reference volumes. However, they seem to lose some detail at lower volumes, which is too bad because I'm sandwiched between two other townhouses and must keep the bass and volume down in the evenings.
I'm a little dissappointed by the S305s but its not their fault. They're bi and di-pole and also direct radiating speakers. I've discovered that I don't like the sound at all in bi- and di-pole modes so I only use them as direct speakers. For that they sound fine but with the drivers on the sides not being used I feel its kind of a waste. I should have just gotten an extra pair of MC305s.
I'm still figuring out the P1005 subwoofer. Its got two 10 inch drivers and a 1000 watt BASH amp. I'm new to subs so I'm not exactly sure what they're supposed to sound like but I think I'm developing a sense of how I want it to sound. It can definitely get loud-the volume knob goes to 11, proving that engineers have a sense of humor.
Though it can go boomy and loud, it can also get tight and detailed. Its fun for music, I crank it up and watch the cat vibrate across the floor. I'm not quite satisfied with how it performs for movies yet though I believe that this has more to do with all of the knobs and settings on the receiver and control box. I'm afraid of really opening it up, the last thing I want to do is blow the drivers.
I'll keep you posted but for now I've got to get to bed