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I thought I would tell my story from when I knew nothing about Home Theater Audio/Video, to now, when I know slightly more than nothing :rolleyes:

Back in 2008, I was fresh out of college. I signed a 1 year lease with a buddy to live in an apartment. We had a 42" Samsung that we hung on the wall. At that time, I had absolutely zero knowledge of anything having to do with a "home theater," mainly because in my own head and without knowing, I figured a surround sound system costed a fortune. I was lucky to get a job coming off of an internship during college with the Campbell Soup Company. I still work for them and love it. Great company!

Anyways, one night, I ventured into a Best Buy and saw a 5.1 open box Yamaha home theater in a box for something like $249. I bought it. I set it up. I continued setting up through the night, finding around 4am that the A/B switch was set on B. Finally having read the manual for the 37th time, I had it up and running. Instantly hooked.

Fast forward to around 2012 when I moved into my first home with my (then) girlfriend, now wife, and I took another trip to Best Buy. There were 2 B&W 684 S1 open box speakers. The set was around $700 IIRC, and I picked them up for my fronts. At home, I moved my HTIB fronts to rears and was instantly blown away by the music playing out of them in stereo, as well as their performance during movies. I also picked up a 50" Samsung Plasma (PN50C8000) around 2012 when we moved there. We moved to the home we live in now in 2015 and that's when I really got interested in Home Theater. Though I will I'll admit I have been much more focussed on the Audio side over than Video. Specifically in the lower LFE/subwoofer region.

Over the last 2 years I have gotten rid of all the HTIB slowly and part by part. I also vastly improved my subwoofer situation, after learning of their importance and role in the overall system. I got 2 B&W 685 S1s to use as side surrounds from a friend for $350 total. I started the center upgrade with a B&W CM Center S2 and decided for my larger room to upgrade to the B&W CM 2 S2. I got the subwoofers after doing A LOT of research here on the boards and even using the LV12R first before sending it back to upgrade. I learned a ton about PEQ and how to use REW. I often play and experiment with my system to ensure I'm getting the best sound I can out of it. I got into Tactile Transducers and now have a great tactile experience as well! Most recently, I purchased a 65" LG OLED (B7A) to replace the Samsung Plasma which spontaneously popped a black line onto the screen a few weeks ago. Let's just say the projector hasn't come down much recently :)

Here is my current equipment list:

Here is my new 7.2.4 "Living Room" Home Theater.

7 = Fronts (2x B&W 684 S1), Center (1x B&W CM Center S2), Surrounds (2x B&W 685 S1), Rear Surrounds (2x Polk T15)
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2 = Subwoofers (2x Rythmik FV15HP)
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4 = 2x Front Heights (2x Polk T15), 2 Top Rears (in ceiling 2x Micca M-8C)
Display: LG OLED 4K UHD HDR 65" B7A
Projector: Optoma GT1080
Screen: 120” Elite VMAX2
AV Receiver: Marantz SR-6011
Amplifier 1(for Tactiles): iNuke 1000DSP
Amplifier 2(for Top Rears): Audio Source AMP100VS
Mains: B&W 684 S1
Center: B&W CM Center S2
Surrounds: B&W 685 S1
Subwoofer: 2x Rhythmic FV15HP
Tactiles: 4x AuraSound AST-2B-4 (subfloor mounted)
Front Heights: 2x Polk Audio T15
Rear Heights: 2x Polk Audio T15
Top Rears (In Ceiling): 2x Micca M-8C

After I purchased my Marantz SR-6011 AVR, I decided to un-stack my Rythmik FV15HPs and they are now in front right and front left of room. Also the projector and projection screen were added about a year ago and I've been loving gaming and movie watching on it at night. It isn't much use during the day due to being in my living room which is not light controlled. It's funny to see people's faces when the screen comes down for the first time when they didn't notice it! Note: The TV vs. projector pictures were taken at two different times with (obviously) two different cameras.

























Hope you liked hearing my story and seeing how far I've come! Questions welcome!
 

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Citsur,

Great description of your early years. Sounds awfully familiar ;) Nice home and Theatre integration. Wife is a Keeper!

BTW, I grew up in South Jersey. Audubon and Sewell. Before I joined the Navy. Married a Jersey Girl and after all these years, she still has the Jersey Attitude and slight accent. Thanks for sharing.:cool:
 

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Citsur,

Great description of your early years. Sounds awfully familiar ;) Nice home and Theatre integration. Wife is a Keeper!

BTW, I grew up in South Jersey. Audubon and Sewell. Before I joined the Navy. Married a Jersey Girl and after all these years, she still has the Jersey Attitude and slight accent. Thanks for sharing.:cool:
Thanks! My wife is a keeper, but there were a few angry moments throughout the building of what I have now. (can you say "why do you need another [subwoofer!] one!?)

I grew up in Winslow Township, now live in Hammonton, NJ - the blueberry capitol of the world!
 

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Thanks! My wife is a keeper, but there were a few angry moments throughout the building of what I have now. (can you say "why do you need another [subwoofer!] one!?)

I grew up in Winslow Township, now live in Hammonton, NJ - the blueberry capitol of the world!
Wow, small world. My Wife has family in Hammonton (Her Mother and several siblings). Would be funny if we ended up knowing one another somehow. She has a huge family. Old School with 11 Brothers and Sisters.

When I was young and still lived in Jersey. I loved to go Pike fishing in the Cranberry Bogs.

I have heard the same sentence "Why do you need anymore speakers in here?" more than a few times. She gave up when I added the 14 and 15th speaker, including very very large Subs. :eek:
 

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Looks great!
Thanks! I actually got a OLED 65" LG B7 display during the holidays. Definitely need to update the photos!
 

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Looks great!
Thanks! I actually got a OLED 65" LG B7 display during the holidays. Definitely need to update the photos!
I recently upgraded my avr to a Denon AVR X4300H and have been experimenting with Front and Rear height channels. So far I've got all four angled at the MLP. Think I will run audyssey tonight to see how ensuing everything reacts. My room is open like yours with a kitchen area behind and to the left of the seating area. Our layups definitely make for improvised speaker placements to say the least. Cheers!
 

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I recently upgraded my avr to a Denon AVR X4300H and have been experimenting with Front and Rear height channels. So far I've got all four angled at the MLP. Think I will run audyssey tonight to see how ensuing everything reacts. My room is open like yours with a kitchen area behind and to the left of the seating area. Our layups definitely make for improvised speaker placements to say the least. Cheers!
That definitely is true. I find my current speaker placement to work out quite nice - improvised as it is to some extent. Also - updated the photos!
 
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