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Kris Deering 02-03-2013 09:12 PM

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I've been asked countless times about my system and what I use. I've never gotten around to taking any pictures but my good friend Shawn McGrath is an amazing photographer so I asked if he could do some shots for me. Room was done completely by the wife and I. Both of us work in acoustics professionally. The room was designed to be a reference for both video and audio playback with as little compromise possible for both. The room is obviously painted black with black velvet curtains made by my wife surrounding the screen and covering the side windows (along with black-out blinds). I also put Protostar flocking paper on the ceiling from the screen to the first reflection panels to cut down any reflections. Everything done in this room short of laying down the carpet and installing four dedicated 20-amp circuits was done by the two of us.

The System (UPDATED August 2018):

Video

Sony VPL-885ES (Chief Mount on custom rails for changes to throw)
Lumagen Radiance Pro 4446 Video Processor
Oppo UDP-205 UHD Blu-ray Player
Stewart Filmscreen Studiotek 100 Screenwall Electrimask (140" diagonal 2.35:1)

Audio

Anthem AVM 60 AV Processor
Audyssey SubEQ Pro
Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblock Amplifiers (Main L/C/R)
Emotiva XPA-4 Gen 3 (x2) (surrounds, rears and top Atmos speakers)
Legacy Audio Focus SE (L/R)
Legacy Audio Marquis HD (C)
Legacy Audio Silhouette Pro (Surrounds and Rears)
KEF Ci200RR-THX (Top Front and Top Back Atmos Speakers)
Dual Seaton Sound Submersive HP+ Subwoofers
Dual Seaton Sound F2 Subwoofers

Cabling by Audioquest, Blue Jeans Cable, Monoprice

Harmony Elite Remote
VTI Equipment Racks
Lutron Lighting Control
Acoustic Treatments by Vicoustic
Riser designed by Auralex

All calibrations done with Spectracal Calman 2018 software and a Colorimetry Research CR-100 tri-stim profiled to a Jeti Specbos 1211 spectro.

Photos:

New Pictures! After a refresh of the room (new paint, new blackout treatments, new rack, new seating, new curtains and more), it was time for a new set of pictures. Thanks to Shawn for coming by and doing a great job with the pictures!

BrolicBeast 02-03-2013 09:26 PM

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Spectacular room. All that Parasound gear must make for gleeful listening and that RS56/X75 is something special, isn't it? So, with reference gear like that, I must ask: in the realm of 2-Channel, does the raw Oppo BDP-105 XLR output to the Parasound JC-2 sound "better" than HDMI through the Anthem with ARC engaged? I ask because although I love HDMI via Audyssey XT32 on my processor for female vocals and classical music, I tend to like the uncorrected XLR output in direct mode for everything else.

skeeter99 02-03-2013 09:27 PM

Great pics Shawn! Love the room, been some changes since I was there last. Need to stop by again next time you host a GTG, I'll be sure to make the trip!!

Thanks for sharing my friend.

Scott

pokekevin 02-03-2013 10:49 PM

That is a good looking room!

aldiallo 02-04-2013 03:08 AM

killing system I must say!!

Rodrigues_Brazil 02-04-2013 03:36 AM

SWEET! OUTSTANDING!

Frohlich 02-04-2013 04:01 AM

Very nice indeed!!!!

steinfoot 02-04-2013 07:30 AM

fantastic room. Was the self adhesive back enough to keep the Protostar in place, or did you use some other form of installation?

Kris Deering 02-04-2013 08:09 AM

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I ended up stapling the Protostar material in place and then using extra material to stick over the staples so you can't see them.

Kris Deering 02-04-2013 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Spectacular room. All that Parasound gear must make for gleeful listening and that RS56/X75 is something special, isn't it? So, with reference gear like that, I must ask: in the realm of 2-Channel, does the raw Oppo BDP-105 XLR output to the Parasound JC-2 sound "better" than HDMI through the Anthem with ARC engaged? I ask because although I love HDMI via Audyssey XT32 on my processor for female vocals and classical music, I tend to like the uncorrected XLR output in direct mode for everything else.

Honestly I like them both. I think this question really boils down to how good your response in the room is without the correction. If you saw my pre and post calibration graphs for 2-channel, they are almost identical. ARC is doing very little. I tend to use the Anthem with more aggressive electronica or industrial music with lots of low bass to incorporate the subs. Any other listening is typically done in pure direct from the Oppo to the Parasound JC-2. But honestly, I could go either way here. The Anthem sounds outstanding even with the extra conversions and processing.

audiofan1 02-04-2013 01:41 PM

Nice setup Kris, ya gotta be grinnin when ya Q up a track or a movie!biggrin.gif

drewTT 02-04-2013 04:47 PM

Very nice. Paradigm Sigs and Parasound Halo are a great combo!

g_bartman 02-04-2013 07:09 PM

Very nice indeed. I especially like that thing that spins at 33 1/3 rpm

Waboman 02-04-2013 08:01 PM

Great pics of a very cool room. Love the blue LED accent lights.

Jays86lx 02-05-2013 08:35 AM

Wow great looking room. Looks very easy to feel comfortable in and really like the accent lighting.

jnnt29 02-06-2013 09:13 AM

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Kris you have a great room and set up. The pictures really do it justice.

R Harkness 02-11-2013 01:19 PM

Kris,

I just noticed this room thread on your sig.

Spectacular room! I love seeing a room dedicated as much as possible to optimizing performance (and it still looks really nice).
I see you are rocking the turntables. Has the siren call of tube amplification ever caught your ear?

As a long time audiophile I found it tough with one room to work with, integrating my demands for top quality 2 channel (and tube amplification) play-back while doing uncompromising HT duty. I think I got pretty close, and it looks like you really pulled it off.

It's also good to see a fellow Masquerade owner. An indispensable piece of gear once you've had it. For whatever reason we don't hear much about that fantastic product much on the forum anymore. (Though it could be down to less traffic on the forum).

Thanks for posting the photos. Great stuff!

Rich H

David Giles 02-22-2013 09:29 AM

Very cool setup you have there Kris!! cool.gif

David Giles

Franin 03-12-2013 06:22 AM

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Kris your room is amazing, I cant believe I missed this. With your acoustic knowledge your room I bet will sound up there with the best of them.

russ_777 04-12-2013 08:16 PM

Sweet looking theater Kris. I have only one comment/question: With all the trouble you went to to blacken the walls, ceiling and what looks like a darker carpet, I'm a little surprised you didn't place the JC-1s outboard of or behind the Sig 8s instead of in the sight line to the screen.

Kris Deering 04-13-2013 10:49 AM

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All the lights on the amps are blacked out so you can't really see the amps when watching a movie.

russ_777 04-22-2013 05:58 PM

Yes, I understand that. It looks like the the tops of the JC-1s would be reflective and perhaps a visual distraction. I guess it wouldn't matter unless you were going for an "image against a totally black background" look.

Kris Deering 04-23-2013 05:28 PM

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Hasn't been an issue at all.

AVfile 04-27-2013 01:12 PM

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Honestly I like them both. I think this question really boils down to how good your response in the room is without the correction. If you saw my pre and post calibration graphs for 2-channel, they are almost identical. ARC is doing very little. I tend to use the Anthem with more aggressive electronica or industrial music with lots of low bass to incorporate the subs. Any other listening is typically done in pure direct from the Oppo to the Parasound JC-2. But honestly, I could go either way here. The Anthem sounds outstanding even with the extra conversions and processing.

I have the Anthem too, and curious if I should upgrade my Oppo 83 to something bigger.

Do you ever use the multi-channel analog outputs of the Oppo with the Anthem (either in Analog Direct or DSP mode) or do only use HDMI with it?

Kris Deering 04-27-2013 06:21 PM

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Unless you need 3D the 83 is a great piece. Even the analog section of the new Oppo 105 doesn't really improve enough on the Anthem to justify upgrading to it unless you just want some of the other features. The Anthem is an outstanding processor and preamp.

Dave Vaughn 05-01-2013 07:57 PM

Awesome Kris...thanks for sharing!

Dave Vaughn 05-01-2013 08:00 PM

Kris...what are the room dimensions?

Kris Deering 05-01-2013 08:10 PM

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21x16x8 I believe, though it may be 24. Been awhile since I measured it.

skeeter99 05-01-2013 09:36 PM

It feels like 24' length, it's pretty long. Lots of space!

Kris Deering 05-14-2013 09:13 AM

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Few changes since the photos were taken. I have replaced the Radiance XE-3D and Darbee Darblet with the new Radiance 2021 which essentially fuses the two products together. I have also changed out my low end system completely. I sold my Dual JL Audio F-113s and the SVS PB12 Plus/2 subwoofer and added a pair of Seaton Sound Submersive HPs for the front wall and a pair of SVS SB13-Ultras for the back of the room. This delivers far more low end extension and head room. I have also swapped out the SVS AS-EQ1 with the Audyssey Sub EQ to help a friend out that didn't have the Audyssey Pro Installer kit. These are essentially the same but the Audyssey requires the pro kit which I had but my friend didn't. I'll post some new pictures soon!


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