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My Media Room...

So I've been in this house for over 15 years now.
When we first moved in I just set up my stereo equipment in the finished part of the basement, but I never really liked the "decor".
White top half of the walls with chair-rail and ugly green striped wallpaper on the bottom...


Original Anthony Gallo Nucleus Solo, Circa 1994 by Barry, on Flickr


Hosting the NY Audio Rave Group for a listening event circa 2010 by Barry, on Flickr



As time went on, I added my first PJ, an InFocus X1, later replaced with a Mitsubishi HC1500. Also an Oppo BDP-83 for spinning video discs.

But my focus has always been, and still leans heavily towards, 2-channel.

A few months ago, my wife suggested we redo the room, and I jumped at the chance. It's all DIY, so took a few months of evenings and weekends.


Here are some pix of the progress...

Walls stripped and skimmed...


2019-03-05_01-02-13 by Barry, on Flickr


Fresh paint and new lighting going up...


IMG_20190401_205627 by Barry, on Flickr


I'd already skimmed and painted this wall, but decided some fresh sheet-rock was needed, as there is no shelving covering the back wall...


Backwall by Barry, on Flickr


The ceiling in this area also needed to be replaced...


Ceiling_open by Barry, on Flickr


IMG_20190505_131056 by Barry, on Flickr


IMG_20190513_152604 by Barry, on Flickr


Continuous run of 10 gauge, on a dedicated 20 amp circuit...


IMG_20190607_143217 by Barry, on Flickr


Got some help from my kids, laying down the new flooring on Father's Day...


MVIMG_20190616_212121 by Barry, on Flickr


2019-06-18_10-12-16 by Barry, on Flickr


And pretty much done...

Audio Sources are a Linn LP12 that feeds an Audio Alchemy VITB and a Sony CDP-XA20ES.
Those feed an Audio Alchemy DLC with the PS Three power supply upgrade.
The DLC feeds an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150 with the PS 150-M Upgrade.
And that feeds Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers.


2019-07-23_09-28-26 by Barry, on Flickr


Video sources are Oppo BDP-83 and a Roku Streaming Stick +.
Those feed an Emotiva UMC-200.
The front out of the UMC-200 feed the DLC, the side and rear surround outs each feed an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150.

For surrounds I have 4 Sapphire SAT1000 speakers mounted at ear level.

The Sub-woofer out of the UMC-200 feeds a Dayton Audio SA-1000, which I have feeding the second VC in the Gallo Reference woofers.

Video is projected onto a 110" gray canvas screen by a BenQ HT2050A.

Power for everything but the PJ goes through a Belkin PureAV PF60, all is connected to a dedicated 20amp circuit.

I'm thinking about building some passive subs and not powering the second VC on the Gallo Ref 3.5s during movies.

I'd like to add Atmos capabilities as well. Most likely, for Atmos decoding, I'd end up with a receiver, as I feel stand-alone Atmos processors are more expensive than I'm comfortable spending on something like that. So I wouldn't need the additional Audio Alchemy amps I'm currently using for the surrounds, just have to make sure that the receiver has line-level main L+R outputs to feed the DLC. This keeps the pure 2-channel system as is, and takes main L+R amplifier duties away from the receiver, leaving more power available for all the ambiance channels.


2019-07-14_07-57-53
by Barry, on Flickr


IMG_20190604_205851 by Barry, on Flickr


Side and Rear Surround speakers by Barry, on Flickr


Media_Room_201908 by Barry, on Flickr



DVDs & Blue Rays...


DVD & Blue Storage by Barry, on Flickr


CDs...


CD Storage by Barry, on Flickr

So much media, so little time...
My Media Room...

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Huge transformation! Great job! I definitely like the modern wall colors and the flooring matches up well. It must be like living in a new house down there, especially after being there for 15 years.
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Well, I got a pair of Merrill Audio, Thor Monoblocks to try in my system, and I'm very impressed. Darker background than my Audio Alchemy amps, lots of detail, but very smooth and not fatiguing, great expansive sound stage. So far I've listened to Radiohead: Kid A, and Johnny Cash: American IV

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So I've been in this house for over 15 years now.
When we first moved in I just set up my stereo equipment in the finished part of the basement, but I never really liked the "decor".
White top half of the walls with chair-rail and ugly green striped wallpaper on the bottom...


Original Anthony Gallo Nucleus Solo, Circa 1994 by Barry, on Flickr


Hosting the NY Audio Rave Group for a listening event circa 2010 by Barry, on Flickr



As time went on, I added my first PJ, an InFocus X1, later replaced with a Mitsubishi HC1500. Also an Oppo BDP-83 for spinning video discs.

But my focus has always been, and still leans heavily towards, 2-channel.

A few months ago, my wife suggested we redo the room, and I jumped at the chance. It's all DIY, so took a few months of evenings and weekends.


Here are some pix of the progress...

Walls stripped and skimmed...


2019-03-05_01-02-13 by Barry, on Flickr


Fresh paint and new lighting going up...


IMG_20190401_205627 by Barry, on Flickr


I'd already skimmed and painted this wall, but decided some fresh sheet-rock was needed, as there is no shelving covering the back wall...


Backwall by Barry, on Flickr


The ceiling in this area also needed to be replaced...


Ceiling_open by Barry, on Flickr


IMG_20190505_131056 by Barry, on Flickr


IMG_20190513_152604 by Barry, on Flickr


Continuous run of 10 gauge, on a dedicated 20 amp circuit...


IMG_20190607_143217 by Barry, on Flickr


Got some help from my kids, laying down the new flooring on Father's Day...


MVIMG_20190616_212121 by Barry, on Flickr


2019-06-18_10-12-16 by Barry, on Flickr


And pretty much done...

Audio Sources are a Linn LP12 that feeds an Audio Alchemy VITB and a Sony CDP-XA20ES.
Those feed an Audio Alchemy DLC with the PS Three power supply upgrade.
The DLC feeds an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150 with the PS 150-M Upgrade.
And that feeds Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers.


2019-07-23_09-28-26 by Barry, on Flickr


Video sources are Oppo BDP-83 and a Roku Streaming Stick +.
Those feed an Emotiva UMC-200.
The front out of the UMC-200 feed the DLC, the side and rear surround outs each feed an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150.

For surrounds I have 4 Sapphire SAT1000 speakers mounted at ear level.

The Sub-woofer out of the UMC-200 feeds a Dayton Audio SA-1000, which I have feeding the second VC in the Gallo Reference woofers.

Video is projected onto a 110" gray canvas screen by a BenQ HT2050A.

Power for everything but the PJ goes through a Belkin PureAV PF60, all is connected to a dedicated 20amp circuit.

I'm thinking about building some passive subs and not powering the second VC on the Gallo Ref 3.5s during movies.

I'd like to add Atmos capabilities as well. Most likely, for Atmos decoding, I'd end up with a receiver, as I feel stand-alone Atmos processors are more expensive than I'm comfortable spending on something like that. So I wouldn't need the additional Audio Alchemy amps I'm currently using for the surrounds, just have to make sure that the receiver has line-level main L+R outputs to feed the DLC. This keeps the pure 2-channel system as is, and takes main L+R amplifier duties away from the receiver, leaving more power available for all the ambiance channels.


2019-07-14_07-57-53
by Barry, on Flickr


IMG_20190604_205851 by Barry, on Flickr


Side and Rear Surround speakers by Barry, on Flickr


Media_Room_201908 by Barry, on Flickr



DVDs & Blue Rays...


DVD & Blue Storage by Barry, on Flickr


CDs...


CD Storage by Barry, on Flickr
Always fun working within the existing room restraints . Looks great.
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I like the bifold door. Is that leftover laminate floor on it?

I also like those flexy style exposed plywood media racks. Another cool idea.
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I like the bifold door. Is that leftover laminate floor on it?

I also like those flexy style exposed plywood media racks. Another cool idea.
Thanks, I covered the doors with paneling I got at HD, and I've had these racks in one form or another for 30 years and 4 places, they've been great!

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Always fun working within the existing room restraints . Looks great.
Thanks!

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