Well, I've been around here for 1-2 years now and built a couple different subwoofer setups, including a mini-marty with a UM18 and a pair of 31hz-tuned VBSS's, but those have all been for music listening. 100% Music. I have a desktop computer in my office and listen to music through it frequently. I've been very happy with the bass output in the music I listen to with my subwoofer setup. And as of right now, my television is in another room and the audio comes from the crappy integrated TV speakers, only slightly augmented by a JL Audio 12" subwoofer powered by a PartsExpress 250w plate amp. Well, up until a few weeks ago, January 26th to be exact, I was satisfied with my television/audio setup. If I wanted big bass, I listened to something through my computer and my big subs in a different room.
Current subwoofer setup for music:
Well, I am no longer satisfied with my television/audio setup... specifically the audio component.
I recently attended a get-together in the Detroit area and thanks to
, I got to experience my first two actual HTs. This was an amazing experience and really opened up my eyes and ears as to what could be achieved in someones own house. I'm very thankful and grateful that both Jared and Jeremy were willing to open their homes up to strangers and share their setups. I had a great time. But... it also got the gears turning in my head. The last few times I've started watching an HD or 4K movie on Netflix, I can't help but think, "What would this sound like with better audio than the integrated TV speakers I have?" and "what am I missing from the audio component of what I'm watching?" Right now I have two blu-ray movies I want to watch, that I'm not letting myself watch yet because I want to experience them with a proper sound setup.
Here comes my semi-HT setup plan:
Video: I recently bought a 65" 4K television and primarily only watch Netflix (I have the 4K upgrade) and rented blu-ray movies. Video will likely not change anytime soon.
AVR: I do not currently own an AVR... I'm planning to get an entry-level 5.1 AVR. Something from PartsExpress or Amazon. And even though I'll just be using it as a 2.1 setup for now, I like having the flexibility of moving up to a 5.1 speaker configuration down the road.
Frontstage/Mains: I'm planning to buy a pair of HTM-12s. I'm planning to build them into more of a tower design, so the waveguide is level with my seating position. Since they are only 25" tall, I will likely build them into towers closer to 36"- 40" tall. I think these will look nice on both sides of my television. I will power them with the AVR.
Subwoofers: Back in the fall I bought a pair of B52 18" subs from PartsExpress. My original idea for buying them was to experiment with building a horn. And while I still want to build a horned-18 setup, Mike
talked me into building ported cabinets for them. We got to talk at the Detroit get-together and he's helped me out with other questions along the way too, so I'm looking forward to getting some cabinet ideas from him for these B52s. My goal is to build ported cabinets, but mask them as end-tables. I will position them at both ends of my sofa.
Subwoofer Power: I already own a Behringer NX3000D and have been happy with it. Other than the fan noise, I don't have any complaints. So I will likely buy another NX3000D to power the B52s.
So there it is.... my tentative plan for my first home theater. I already have the B52 woofers, so I will likely get started with building cabinets for them soon. I'm thinking this will be a 3-6 month timeline to buy, build and complete everything. I'm already excited about hearing audio through HTM-12s and a pair of 18s from the television! This will be my first purchase from DIYSG and first experience with compression drivers and waveguides. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Anything I'm missing or big no-nos? And yes, Diesel will be overseeing the entire project.
Thanks - and please let me know your thoughts.