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post #1 of 29 Old 05-24-2016, 12:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Alrighty, here goes....


This is my cozy little HT... It started life as an office space with a 50" LG Plasma and HTIB that was rarely used... Then I found AVSForum.com

The room is 12'x14' with 8' ceilings..


My 24" Monster Subwoofers!





Equipment:
Pioneer SC-1528-k
Samsung f5900
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XboxOne
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Grandview 106" 16:9
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CSiA6 Center
RTiA7 Rear Surrounds
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StereoIntegrity:
HS24mk2 24" Subwoofer x2


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Neutrik NL4FC-B speakON
Sewell Deadbolts
REAN NYS373 RCA
KnuKonceptz Kord 10AWG OFC
BTRB 24 AWG OFHS
Basics HDMI Cables






Wiring is all DIY...




This was a nightmare to wire as I only had a few inches of room in behind - even with the AVR slid as far forward as I could!
Sewell Deadbolts made the connections a lot easier...



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These Neutrik connectors are so easy to use... and I love that they lock into place!



Shot from the MLP - Those subwoofer enclosures make the 106" 16:9 Screen look small






Adding the Acoustic Treatments really made a HUGE Difference!
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Im really happy with how the stand turned out...
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I DIY'd the Subwoofer Enclosures, the Center Channel Stand, the Acoustic Treatments and the AV Rack!
It was way too much fun! Crank the tunes and make some sawdust!




Future Upgrades/Projects:

- I keep reading up about Nearfield Subwoofer installs, and the positive results people are getting (even those with massive LFE setups are reporting an increased level of excitement) so Im working out a design for a couple of 18" subs behind the sofa (ok, 4 x 18" subs), these Ill finish in Satin Black

- I plan to upgrade my PJ whenever my Epson 8350 finally dies...

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Looking really nice, you've certainly came a long way from an HTIB configuration. Before you know it, you'll even have tweeters as big as most drivers that come with HTIB systems.


Can't wait for the subwoofer install!
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Looking really nice, you've certainly came a long way from an HTIB configuration. Before you know it, you'll even have tweeters as big as most drivers that come with HTIB systems.


Can't wait for the subwoofer install!


Neither can I!
I hope these things are as insane as everyone keeps telling me!
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Nice setup you've got there. Question - are the Crowns driving your mains (L/C/R) and if so how do you adjust volume -- do you have to turn knob on those Crowns?
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I like that you made a dedicated space with some scientific thought behind your decisions.
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Power: Marantz sr7008, NAD C 275Bee x 2, Video: Oppo 103, Samsung 75un6300
Speakers: Focal aria 948, Focal cc900, Klipsch synergy KSF 10.5 Subs: Rythmik FV25HP, Rythmik FV15HP
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Nice setup you've got there. Question - are the Crowns driving your mains (L/C/R) and if so how do you adjust volume -- do you have to turn knob on those Crowns?
The Crown amps are for the subs, but I did hook them up to the L/ R to see how much of a difference it made. I need to buy another Xls2502! Though, I wont use one Xls2502 bridged per speaker like I did for the test (cooked a midwoofer doing that)

AVR controls the volume, so after the Crowns were gain matched I didn't need to touch them again.
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The Crown amps are for the subs, but I did hook them up to the L/ R to see how much of a difference it made. I need to buy another Xls2502! Though, I wont use one Xls2502 bridged per speaker like I did for the test (cooked a midwoofer doing that)

AVR controls the volume, so after the Crowns were gain matched I didn't need to touch them again.
Sweet! I'm thinking about the Crowns for my mains but I'd need three channels, so guess I could use only half an XLS1002 for the center. We'll see.

Anyway nice gear and thanks for sharing.

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Sweet! I'm thinking about the Crowns for my mains but I'd need three channels, so guess I could use only half an XLS1002 for the center. We'll see.

Anyway nice gear and thanks for sharing.
Id get the xls1502 - the 1002 has a bad noise floor and will be an issue with using it for mains. The rest of the models 1502 - 2502 don't have the noise floor issue
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Id get the xls1502 - the 1002 has a bad noise floor and will be an issue with using it for mains. The rest of the models 1502 - 2502 don't have the noise floor issue
Cool - thanks for the tip. I'm also thinking of trying to repair the blown monoblock amp modules in a Hypex UcD400 kit I built years ago, so we'll see which route I end up taking :-).

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WOW! I bet you noticed right away coming from the PSW subs to those massive 24"s I can only imagine, as I have a 106" as well. Nice set up! I do have a friend with the A9's powered by an Emotiva XPA-2. They sound pretty good.
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My Antimode showed up.....




Played with it a little, wowsers..... is this thing ever cool! Hooked it up to the L/R speakers to try it out...
Very cool device with lots of options!




I cant wait to get the subs, and get everything rock'n'rollin!
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Welcome to the addiction hobby. The good news. Lot of fun. The really, really bad news: the rabbit hole has no bottom. There is always something faster, better, louder, cleaner, cooler looking. And that's what addictions fun hobbies are all about.

Love your use of proper room treatments. Nice room. Enjoy the ride !!!
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Excuse the lack of seating, my sofa met an un-timely demise...

I finally have properly located surround channels!



There is a definite enhancement with the overall imaging having the tweeters firing a little bit above ear level

My new seating should be here soon... I hope!

The subwoofers are due in soon too!

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These Monsters Rock!








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The Seating is Ikea POÄNG Leather



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Do you have any issues with the surrounds being so close to the L and R viewer's heads? Just curious. I'm in a similar situation but just beginning the build.

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Do you have any issues with the surrounds being so close to the L and R viewer's heads? Just curious. I'm in a similar situation but just beginning the build.

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I did have an issue with that before I elevated them... With the tweeters firing above their heads, its not as noticeable (the 4" thick Sound Absorbers also help)
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Nice setup in a small room. I like that you went with the Ikea chairs and matching foot stools. My cheap bonded leather reclining sofa is on its last legs. Definitely going with Poang next time; very comfortable and extremely durable.
I have a similar sized room to yours and have taken the same approach for surround sound...speakers mounted high with absorption on the back wall. Doesn't give the same sound-field depth as a longer room, but definitely workable.
Good work painting the ceiling black. The Epson does not have stellar contrast, but still benefits from a non-reflective ceiling I'm sure.
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Excuse the lack of seating, my sofa met an un-timely demise...

I finally have properly located surround channels!

For some reason, this is the funniest thing I have read in years! The shear size of those "surrounds" makes me now realize why my wife wouldn't allow me to mount my RTI8s on the wall as well!

Carry on! I bet it sounds freaking awesome in there!
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AVR 1-Yamaha RX-A3050 (7.2.4), AVR 2 Pioneer VSX-815-K(Used for 4ch Amp TF+TR)
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For some reason, this is the funniest thing I have read in years! The shear size of those "surrounds" makes me now realize why my wife wouldn't allow me to mount my RTI8s on the wall as well!

Carry on! I bet it sounds freaking awesome in there!

Ha ha, thanks! It sounds absolutely incredible!
Not a WAF friendly room at all....
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nice. would love to hear/feel those subs !

your screen, you would benefit by moving it forward. mine was against the wall, i build 2 large subs, so the stage moved forwards. so i moved the screen 2' out = really nice !
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nice. would love to hear/feel those subs !

your screen, you would benefit by moving it forward. mine was against the wall, i build 2 large subs, so the stage moved forwards. so i moved the screen 2' out = really nice !
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Sadly, that would mean I would need a smaller screen...
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Room looks really great. The only suggestion I would make is replace the mid-evil knight statues with stormtroppers
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Very nice set-up.
And your cable management is also very well done.


Man that Coke can look small on those monster Subs.


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