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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2002, 09:30 AM - Thread Starter
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Diagram of connections and a description are in a subsequent post. Message me if you would like a cleaner, larger copy emailed as a Word document.

Home Theater System
  • Receiver: Denon 3802
  • TV: Sony KV-36FV1
  • TiVo: Sony SVR-2000 (269 Hours)
  • DVD: Sony DVP-S550D
  • XM Receiver: Delphi SkyFi
  • VCR: Sony SLV-M20HF
  • Game: PS2
  • Cable Box: Motorola DCT-2244
Speakers
  • Fronts: Polk RTi70 (Biwired)
  • Center: Polk CSi40 (Biwired)
  • Surrounds: Polk FXi50 (Set to Dipole) Both surrounds on 31" speaker stands
  • Subwoofer: Polk PSW650 (Located 13' from the listening position in the right front corner of the room)
    Connected to the Receiver Subwoofer out (Filtered) to the LFE in on the sub with a single RCA cable.
  • Cable: Monster XP Clear Jacket (14 Gauge? Copper) to Mid-bass and surrounds
    Lightning Audio Strike Ice Blue 12 Gauge 294 strand to the Tweeters across the front three speakers
Various Measurements & Settings
  • Room: 19'x14'x8' (Open 12' x 12' kitchen on left, rear side)
  • Speaker Settings: All -- Small
  • Subwoofer Crossover: 80 Hz
  • Subwoofer Level: 7 (It goes to 11)
  • Subwoofer Boost: +0dB
  • Subwoofer Phase: Normal
  • Subwoofer Variable Low-Pass Crossover knob: 120 Hz
  • Levels Calibrated to 75 dB using Avia DVD
  • Front Left: 10', +1dB
  • Center: 10', +3dB
  • Front Right: 11', +3dB
  • Right Surround: 7', +4dB
  • Left Surround: 7', +3dB
  • Subwoofer: 13', +4dB

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-23-2002, 07:50 PM
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Hi! I will be setting up a system very similar to yours in a few months when I move into my apartment. I'm wondering what your experiences have been using a subwoofer in an apartment. Wouldn't it be an audible annoyance for the people living on the floor under you?

I'm moving into a place in a brand new building, rather high-end and well-built. All floors are concrete, as are most inside walls, even within units (between the living room and bedroom, for example). Carpeting is quite thick, but I'm still worried about sound propagation to other people...

My living room will be about 15x20, and I'm planning the folowing system, some of which are already puchased and stored until I move:

-Harmon/Kardon AVR125 receiver
-Polk RTi70 front speakers
-Polk CSi30 center speaker
-Polk R30 speakers for surrounds (The layout won't allow awall-mounting, and I already have these)
-JVC AW-48WP or Toshiba 50H82 HDTV
-HDTV cable box
-Custom-designed water-cooled HTPC (which I'm using right now to type this)


I'm just curious to know your experiences running a subwoofer in an apartment.

Thanks

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I'm just curious to know your experiences running a subwoofer in an apartment.
OK, now I'm a bit frightened -- How did you know I live in an apartment? Please tell me it was in another post?

Regarding my experinces? I have to say I'm lucky. There's no other apartments in the building. This area of my small town is zoned both commercial and residential, and while there are houses across the street, mine is the only residence on this side.

Beneath me is a hair salon, an accountant on one side and a tanning salon on the other. My building is a 100 year old former firehouse and the second floor is just a single apartment.

It's great that I don't need to worry about the neighbors since the business downstairs is usually closed when I get home from work (But I haven't blasted it on a Saturday yet :) ) The downside to this old building is getting it wired for cable modems. Don't get me started . . . .

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Whew! I feel better now. I found my apartment reference in another post.

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Yeah... I did a search on RTi70, and both ports that came up involved you... I guess I kinds mushed them up in my mind anfter reading them and didn't realize that I was replying to the wrong message..

Thanks for sharing your setup. I think I'll wait on the sub a bit, and I'll see how it turns out in that building. I'm going to be among the first 20 tenants in a 120 unit building, so I can't really ask other people there what there experience has been since the place isn't even finished yet!


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RFMan,

What I'd say is to go ahead and get the 650. This thing is really too powerful for my current needs, but I know I won't be in this place forever and I'd rather over-buy a little and keep the levels down for now than have to buy a more powerful sub in a few years time. This system certainly will grow with my changing living conditions.

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Moved the subwoofer to the right front corner of the room and attached, in addition to the RCA cable to the LFE in, 2 RCA cables from the Receiver Pre-outs to the Line-Level ins on the Subwoofer.

Adjusted stettings accordingly as noted above.

The bass is much cleaner now.

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Your post of your connections is the most thorough and concise I have seen! Well laid out. I need to line out something similar for my girlfriend. The controls seem so obvious to me but she doesn't like even touching anything but the Tivo Remote.
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Thank you very much.

I changed the connections slightly last Monday with the addition of a new cable box with S-Video out, but haven't had time to update the connection diagrams yet.

The changes are:
  • Composite video between cablebox and TiVo replaced with S-Video
  • Splitter removed
  • RG-6 cable runs directly from wall to cable box
  • RG-6 cable running from cable box to TV with pass-through (Only the lower analog channels are passed. No HBO, etc.)

You can find a lot of various connection diagrams (all involving TiVo) at http://www.electrophobia.com/tivo/ It's a most helpful site.

Later I'll be adding a Coax out from the Cable box to the AV Receiver to get digital sound off of the TV, but given that this would only work with the new TV Pass-through setup, I'm not certain its worth it. Still, I'll give it a shot and post the results here.

I only watch TV shows that are recorded on the TiVo and my standalone TiVo doesn't record Dolby 5.1 or have digital in/outs. The DirecTV versions of the TiVo, hovever have this digital sound capability.

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New diagram of Connections follows.

Message me if you want a clearer fullsize diagram wiht descriptions emailed to you.

Connections

RG-6 from Wall to Cable Box
RG-6 from Cable Box bypass to TV

S-Video from Cable Box to TiVo In
L/R RCA Audio from Cable Box to TiVo In

S-Video From TiVo Out 1 to Receiver VDP In
L/R RCA Audio from TiVo Out 1 to Receiver VDP In
Composite Video from TiVo Out 2 to VCR
L/R RCA Audio from TiVo Out 2 to VCR

Composite Video Out from VCR to Receiver VCR 1 In
L/R RCA Audio from VCR to Receiver VCR L/R In

Component Video from DVD Component Out to Receiver Component DVD In
Toslink from DVD Optical Out to Receiver Optical 1 In

PlayStation 2 cable to Receiver VCR 2 Composite and Audio L/R In

S-Video from Receiver Monitor S-Video Out to TV Video 1 In
Composite from Receiver Monitor Component Out to TV Video 3 In
Component from Receiver Component Out to TV Video 4 In

L/R TV Audio OUT to Receiver TV Audio IN (TV Audio set to FIXED, Speakers are OFF. This is the feed for Live TV)

Left, Center, and Right Speakers Bi-wired from Speaker outs on Receiver with speaker wire
Left and Right Surrounds Single wired from Speaker outs on Receiver
RCA Cable from Receiver Subwoofer Pre-Out to LFE in on Subwoofer
L/R RCA Cables from Receiver Left/Right Pre-Outs to L/R Line Level Ins on Subwoofer
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21 January 2003

Added Delphi's SkyFi XM Radio Receiver w/ the home kit. Sweet! Now I get more than 2 1/2 stations!

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