Initial setup: my thoughts on where to start, advice sought
Where to start setup?
The drywall is finally about to go up, and I am hooking up:
My first projector (Epson 5050)
My first DIY speakers (HTM-10x3, Volt-6 x4)
My first atmos speakers (RSL C34E)
My first pre/pro (Marantz AV7505)
My first amplifiers (Monolith 5, Emotiva UPA-7)
My first fiber HDMI 18Gbps cables (Furui 40’)
My first UHD Bluray player (Sony UBP X-700)
And my first real subwoofers (2x Monolith 12” ported).
Needless to say, I have only educated guesses on where to start, and how best to troubleshoot.
My thought is to divide and conquer audio and video by:
1. Ensure the PJ works first by directly connecting it to my Bluray with a 6’ reliable HDMI cable and projecting the signal at a white sheet hanging where the screen wall will go.
2. Sub in the long fiber cables for the above mentioned 6’ cable to ensure they both work (I plan to have to 18Gbps cables, 2x 12V cables, and 2x cat6 run from the av rack through conduit to the PJ).
3. Put the pre/pro (after updating firmware everywhere) in between the Bluray and PJ, light some incense, chant, and sacrifice a small animal in hopes of a good handshake.
During steps 1 and 2 above, i can separately test speakers and subs on an old AVR, then move on to the new pre/pro.
Does this seem too prudent? Am I missing anything? Any recommended media I should buy to calibrate/test the above steps?
I’m quite nervous about the combo of the PJ, the pre/pro, and the long fiber run.