Here is a link to some pictures of my new home theater setup.http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...8AaOWzJy0buGK7
My setup includes the new Focal Chorus 836V fronts, CC 800V center and SR800 surrounds. My amplifier is a Parasound Halo A52 with the C2 controller/processor.
It took a couple of days but I believe I finally have everthing sucessfully connected and configured. I initially thought I had a bad processor unit since upon setting up the auto-calibration, I got poping noise and the light on that channel was blinking on my amp. After some careful troubleshooting, I realized one of my brand new Audioquest Type 8 cables had a short in it. This was the absolute last step of my testing process as I was thinking I had a bad center speaker. So luckily I was able to use my previous monster bi-wire cable on this center by using a plug and spade to join the two appropriate ends to the positive and negative posts. With this temporary change in place I was finally in business and able to calibrate and setup my system.
The more I thought about this speaker cable issue, I believe that is the true reason my Onkyo receiver kept shutting down on me. The cable obviously had a short in it and was causing the receiver to go into protection mode.
My initial impressions of this completed system are very positive. I saw the comments previously about whether the CC 800 V speaker was beefy enough to handle center channel. I know it is slightly smaller than my Polk Center channel speaker it replaced but so far it is lacking nothing that I can detect. Overall my experience has been that the seperation of the channels is much sharper and more distinct than my previous system. This may partially be helped out by the inclusion of a dedicated amp. But so far these Focal speakers have an added level of clarity and distinction that my Polk system could not quite match. Even though that system was great also. At times I feel like I am back to when I intially setup my original surround system and finding myself turning around to notice the rear surround effects that seem new again. I know there is a break in period for both these speakers and the new amplifier. So I fully expect the sound quality to only get better.