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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 DEC 2020):

Video

JVC RS3000 (Chief Mount on custom rails for changes to throw)
Lumagen Radiance Pro 4246-18G Video Processor
Oppo UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray Player
Kaleidescape Strato 4K Media Player
Kaleidescape Alto HD Media Player
Kaleidescape Terra Server
Stewart Filmscreen Studiotek 130 G4 Screenwall Vari-mask (140" diagonal 2.40:1)
Panamorph Paladin DCR Anamorphic Lens System
Apple TV 4K
Nvidia Shield Pro
Xbox One X

Audio

JBL Synthesis SDP-75 (16-channels)
Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblock Amplifiers (Main L/C/R)
Emotiva XPA-4 Gen 3 (surrounds, rears)
Emotiva XPA-6 Gen 3 (top Atmos speakers, future wides)
Revel Ultima Salon 2 (L/R)
Revel Ultima Voice (C)
Revel Ultima Gem 2 (Surrounds and Rears)
Revel C763L (Top Front and Top Back Atmos Speakers)
Dual Seaton Sound Submersive HP+ Subwoofers
Dual Seaton Sound F2 Subwoofers

Cabling by Blue Jeans Cable, Monoprice, Tributaries

Harmony Pro 2400 Remote
VTI Equipment Racks
Lutron Lighting Control
Acoustic Treatments by Vicoustic
Riser designed by Auralex

All calibrations done with Spectracal Calman 2020 software and a Colorimetry Research CR-100 tri-stim profiled to a Colorimetry Research CR-250 spectro. Audio calibration performed by Adam Peltz of Bespoke Cinemas.

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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.
 

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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.


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That is a good looking room!
 

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

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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast  /t/1456230/the-system#post_22920466


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.
 

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

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

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

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

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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!


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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.
 

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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.
 
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