Here's my current system information:
STEVE BRUZONSKY'S HOME THEATER SYSTEM - JULY 2007!
Theta Casablanca 3 surround processor (with 2 Xtreme DAC cards with 2 Xtreme DAC cards (accommodates 8
8 Xtreme balanced channels). Only six channels connected, five main channels plus one subwoofer, as the three subwoofers are chained for front left, front right and surround subwoofers. Tweaks: Symposium Rollerblocks, Symposium Ultra Platform, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord, with two Bright Star Little Rocks on top of four Symposium Cubes. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Theta Six Shooter multi-channel analog multi-channel preamp. Tweaks: Symposium Svelte Shelf, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord, with a Bright Star Little Rock on top. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Velodyne SMS-1 digital subwoofer equalizer Tweaks: Granite Audio proprietary toroid placed around Velodyne's power cord. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
VIDEO DISPLAY AND PROCESSING:
Dwin HD-700 CRT Projector, modified with USPL ECP color filtered lens (red and green), ceiling mounted, ISFed and setup initially Nov. 2000 by John Gannon, re-ISFed 2002 by Michael Hamilton, retubed by Mike Parker and re-ISFed by John Gannon in 2006. Tweaks: Modified by John Gannon to have USPL ECP color filtered lens (red and green). Modified by Mike Parker in 2006 to use internal Granite Audio video cabling. Granite Audio 566 25' 10 guage power cord. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Lumagen VisionPro HDP video processor/scaler. Tweaks: Symposium Super Platform, Granite Audio proprietary toroid placed around Lumagen's power cord. Bright Start Little Rock on top. Directly connected to PS Audio Quintet, which is connected by Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Extron Video Switcher SW 6AR MX HV hi bandwith (RGB H/V sync on BNCs, 6 in, 1 out). Tweaks: Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord. Directly connected to PS Audio Quintet, which is connected by Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Stewart Studiotech 4 Way Screenwall Electrimask (16:9, 1.3 gain, 80" wide) (3 wall switches for masking top, bottom and sides)
Sharp 15" LCD Color TV (on screen display monitor for Theta Casablanca 3 surround processor)
Sharp LC-32GP1U 32 1080p LCD (placed under Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker, across the CC5 stand, as the CC5 is placed just under the screen)
DirecTV HD TIVO DVR (HR10-250) satellite and OTA receiver. Tweaks: Symposium Ultra Platform,
Symposium Rolleblocks, Harmonic Tech two to three prong IEC adapter, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord. Bright Star Little Rock on top. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
DirecTV PLUS HD DVR (HR20-700) satellite and OTA receiver. Tweaks: Symposium Ultra Platform, Harmonic Tech two to three prong IEC adapter, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Theta Compli DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-A player, with SDI and silver alloy cover. Tweaks: Symposium Rollerblocks, Symposium Ultra Platform, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord. Bright Start Little Rock on top.
Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Toshiba XA1-HD DVD player. Tweaks: Symposium Rollerblocks, Symposium Ultra Platform, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
JVC HMDH4000U D-VHS VCR. Tweaks: Modified by Mike Parker to have BNC component outputs with high bandwith HD component video output. Modified by Don Hoglund of Granite Audio so that original hardwired 2 prong power cord cut down to a few inches with male IEC with ground pin not connected. Symposium Ultra Platform, Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord. Directly connected to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Pioneer CLD-D704 Laserdisc. Tweaks: Symposium Svelte Shelf. Directly connected to PS Audio Quintet, which is connected by Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord to PS Audio Premier Power Plant.
Universal MX-3000 touchscreen.
Five Theta Enterprise monoblock amplifiers (Nominal power rating: 300 Watts into 8 ohms, 500 Watts into 4 ohms (what it really does: 350 into 8, 525 into 4). Two Reich binding posts connectors per amp for bi-wiring.
Tweaks: Symposium Rollerbocks and Granite Audio 560 10 guage power cord.
SPEAKERS AND STANDS:
Four Aerial Acoustics 9 speakers with Aerial's custom spikes (front and surround). Surround 9s are elevated an additional 6 inches high by having Osiris Giza Mk II stands .
One Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker. Tweaks: Modified by Joe Straceski with 4 Bybee analog small internal devices, one at each driver. Sound Anchor custom stand including an extension piece to raise the mid-drivers to about listener ear level.
Three Aerial Acoustics SW12 powered subwoofers (400 watts each). Front left subwoofer chained to front right subwoofer, which in turn is chained to surround subwoofer. Tweaks: Each modified by Joe Straceski with one Bybee analog large internal device at the driver, with each having its AC modified with one analog large Bybee device. Each modified with internal speaker cables (from internal amplifier to internal binding posts for woofers) with custom Granite Audio 8 guage 1 foot speaker cables with proprietary banana plugs each end to ensure tight fit and solid connection. Each on custom Sound Anchors custom stand.
AUDIO AND VIDEO CABLES:
Granite Audio cabling:
Analog speaker cables: Model 573, 8 guage, ten 1M cables, bi-wired.
Analog audio interconnects: Model 470 silver interconnects, AES/EBU from Theta Casablanca 3 to Theta Shooter to Brysto amplifiers/Aerial subwoofers. Other analog audio interconnects single ended.
Analog video interconnects: Model 423 component video cables. Model 425 RGB V/H Sync video cables.
SDI video cabling: Model 420.
Coaxial digital audio cables: Model 420.
Other brand cabling:
AES/EBU digital audio: Cardas Audio AES/EBU digital audio cable (Theta Compli to Theta Casablanca 3)
Toslink digital audio: Wireworld Supernova 3+ Glass Toslink Cables
PS Audio Premier Power Plant
PS Audio Quintet
Granite Audio power cords: Model 560, except Model 566 (same as 560, but 25' from PS Audio Premier Power Plant to Dwin HD-700 CRT projector) and one Model 555 (14 guage).
Audioprism Noise Sniffer, and Audioprism Quietline AC Filters, three sets of 8 each (in home theater room, only placed one per each unused of the 19 dedicated 20 amp circuits; otherwise placed around home)
PS Audio Power Ports for AC outlets.
Michael Green Deep Clampracks, one 54" high and three 48" high
Five Michael Green Deluxe Justarack Tuning Boards (for Theta Enterprise amplifiers)
ROOM ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS:
Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding 5" (black) placed on bevel at wall/ceiling seams
Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers (black): Four Mini Corner Controllers, placed at ceiling corners over ACM joints; Eight Wall Mount Controllers 36", one at each of four wall corners, two on each side wall; and Six Mini Echo Controllers, one centered above the screen at the wall/ceiling seam, one centered above the back cabinets' wetbar at ball wall/ceiling seam, and one placed on the ceiling above each Aerial Acoustics 10T speaker
Cardas Caps for components' unused RCA inputs/outputs)
Michael Green brass Audiopoints under Aerial Acoustics CC5 speaker..
2 sets (eight each) Michael Green Cable Grounds.
Channel Master Rotor for outdoor Radio Shack Analog/Digital OTA Antenna
Notes on Setup & Special Dedicated Room Construction and Features
Notes on Setup:
The four Aerial Acoustics 9 speakers are setup at about 2, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock on circle, tilted at the center front row "sweet spot" (two rows of leather recliners each row) listening/viewing position at about 45 degrees, with front left 9 facing surround right 9, and front right 9 facing surround left 9. The Aerial Acoustics CC5 center speaker is positioned with its back about two feet from the wall and its front about two feet back from the front of the front left and right Aerial 9s relative to the "sweet spot". Each 9 is 11 feet (132 inches) from each other from side to side and front to back. The front 9s center at front woofer is 85 inches from the front screen wall, whereas the rear surround 9s center at front woofer is 82 inches from rear wall.
The outer edge of the front left and right, and surround left and right, Aerial Acoustics 9s are each about two feet from the closest side wall. Normally, this is too close for excellent imaging and sonics; however, thanks to the Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers and acoustical treatments, this is preferred positioning for best home theater sonics. The Pressure Zone Controllers at the front of the room are adjusted for a solid phantom center image with only stereo playing for the front left and right 9s; and towards and at the back, the controllers are adjusted for more ambience.
The three Aerial SW12 subwoofers are placed right next to each other, just to the left of the Aerial CC5 center speaker, out about ten inches from the front screen wall. Subwoofers are set to equal the volume of the main speakers. For digital sources, the Theta CB3 internal speaker crossovers are set to Butterworth, high pass 40 Hz 6 dB, and low pass 40 hz 12 dB. However, the five Aerial speakers are run full range with low pass as set in the CB3. Of course, multi-channel high resolution SACD and DVD-Audio, as well as HD DVD Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby True HD, which are multi-channel analog via the Six Shooter, are simply run full range with no crossover, with the subwoofers receiving the full range LFE signal. This setup is maintained for both music and movies. Using the Velodyne SMS-1, this setup is reasonably flat.
The ceiling is at 11'11". The Aerial CC5 Sound Anchors stand has a custom center or middle piece which is about ten inches higher than normal, allowing me to raise the center speaker as I have room under my screen so the center speaker, tilted just a bit, has its mid-drivers equal the center of my ear lobes as I sit in my trust front center chair. The top of the center speaker is 37" off the carpeted floor, with its mid-drivers about 33" off the floor. My mid-ear lobe level is about 39 - 40" off the floor as I recline a bit in my leather recliner.
Note the Stewart 4 Way Electrimask screen has its very bottom 36" off the floor (the Velux part) and the actual 16:9 screen starts 45" off the floor.
SPECIAL DEDICATED ROOM CONSTRUCTION AND FEATURES:
Home Theater room dimensions are 18 feet 3 inches wide, 25 feet long and 11 feet 11 inches high. This is #3 on the Louden scale of best acoustical audio dimensions, to lessen the room node interaction at low bass frequencies as much as possible.
The room was added East of the Master Bedroom. A hallway and bathroom are between the Master Bedroom and the Home Theater room. The theater's cement foundation has seams between the theater and the hallway/bathroom, and also between the hallway/bathroom and the Master Bedroom, for vibration control.
Double masonite doors with wood and rubber seals around them lead from the Master Bedroom to the hallway, and from the hallway to the theater. Double 2 inch X 4 inch stud walls, with 1 inch air space inbetween, are between the Master Bedroom and the hallway/bathroom.
At the rear of the home theater, flat black cabinets with a wetbar in the middle are 20 inches deep with the 2 inch X 6 inch stud wall in back of the cabinets.
There is blown in cellulose insulation for all of the walls, which seeps into and perfectly seals all nooks and crannies, except the ceiling insulation is BAT (much of the ceiling is taken up by large oversized air conditioning ducts and there was insuficient room up there to squeeze in a blow in cellulose). USG Acoustical Sealant was used on all stud surfaces to minimize vibrations. Sound board, followed by gyp board, was installed on all of the walls and ceiling of the entire addition.
The air conditioning return is at the rear of the theater underneath the cabinets and is roughly about more than 10 feet long and 4 inches in height. The air conditioning is whisper quiet thanks to the oversized gentle turns insulated air ducts. The air return is located in the attic above thebathroom, with a separate air conditioning unit outside the room, and with the air conditioning unit on a concrete slab separated from the addition's concrete slab, so that the air conditioning is self-contained and totally separate from the rest of our home.
The local code requires at minimum the Home Theater room's windows, two windows four feet wide X 5 feet high. Each window is on the north and south side walls, with each window ending 7 feet from the front video screen wall, just behind the very front of the front left and right Aerial Acoustics 10T speakers. The windows consist of one double pane outside and a single pane inside. Each pane is on a separate wood insulated frame to minimize vibrations and maximize soundproofing. Manual Draper Lightblock shades ensure that the room remains totally dark for video.
Our home has a 400 amp electrical service. That service was originally split into two 200 amp panel boxes, one for the East and one for the West side of our home. With the new addition at the East of our home, its 200 amp service panel box has a new 100 amp circuit breaker, which is isolated from the 200 amp panel from which its fed, which feeds a third panel box which contains 19 dedicated 20 amp, 10 guage wire circuits for the Home Theater room only. However, I intentionally wired the Home Theater room and addition lighting, a ceiling dedicated 20 amp circuit (which can but is not presently used for the projector), and the addition air conditioning dedicated 30 amp circuit into the pre-existing East panel box, to help keep noise from those circuits out of the panel box and dedicated circuits for audio and video components. The 19 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the Home Theater room panel box are wall wired same electrical phase, skipping every even circuit in the panel box (otherwise, as in typical panel boxes which don't skip every even circuit, this results in doubling the AC power noise). 4 guage copper wire runs from the Home Theater panel box to a nearby 8 foot copper ground rod well buried in the ground. The house ground is a 4 guage copper wire from the East panel box. And a 4 guage copper wire connects the copper ground rod to the house ground. The Home Theater room electrical outlets are PS Audio Power Ports 20 amp (which replaced Hubbell one grade below hospital grade in August 2002).
Home Theater room colors are optimized for CRT front projection, black carpet over a cement foundation, black ceiling, and black side walls from the front screen wall out seven feet to the edge of the windows, the remainder of the room is dark gray (the dark gray looks like a medium to lighter gray when placed next to black).
Three black art deco style theater lights on each side wall.
Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 remote controlled lighting.
A black, remote controlled whisper quiet ceiling fan centered about two-thirds into the room from the front screen wall.
Billy Bags Pro 100 Custom DVD & CD rack.
Two rows of three chairs each, black leather, Classic Lifestyles leather recliners (6) with upgraded seat cushions. Firm, flexible and most comfortable for many hours of viewing pleasure at a time. With lumbar support built-in. You can nearly fully recline, or you can sit up with your shoulders pretty much at the top of the chanir, so that the chair back doesn't interfere with the sound from the surround floorstanding Aerial Acoustics 10Ts.
Four Billy Bags amp stands are used as mobile end tables.