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sunrain
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2006-01-16, 00:13

It seems like a bunch of folks here are interested in home theaters, HDTV, etc. I just finished putting together the last bits of my home theater setup and I thought it'd be interesting to see how others are putting together their cool technology away from the computer.

Post a picture or two and some details about your equipment if you like.

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sunrain
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2006-01-16, 00:31

Here's my setup. I just got the TV, so now the image matches the sound.



TV: Samsung HL-R5067W
Receiver: Marantz SR-7200
DVD Player: Sony DVP-NS715P
Video Games: Xbox 360
Turntable: Music Hall mmf 2.1 (Creek OBH-8 preamp)
Power Conditioner: Panamax Max 1000+
Speakers: Acoustic Research AR9 (main towers), Acoustic Research AR2C (center), Acoustic Research 206HO (surrounds), Acoustic Research AR4C (surround center), Acoustic Research ARPR808 (subwoofer)
Universal Remote: Harmony 880

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2006-01-16, 03:29

like i said in my other post, im looking into buying an hdtv. I mentioned it in another forum at another site and someone on there suggested this site: www.onecall.com. my question is, has anyone ever used this site or heard of it? ive never heard of it but i went there and it looks credable and the prices of the tvs are amazing. you can get a samsung 50-someodd inch 1080p tv for $3000. i mean the deals are crazy...almost too good to be true. lemme know if any of you have heard of this site and can offer any insite.

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2006-01-16, 07:53

a cute cat you have, sunrain
no, honestly, nice setup
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sunrain
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2006-01-16, 13:14

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a cute cat you have, sunrain
no, honestly, nice setup
Hee hee. Yeah, I noticed she was in the photo after the fact.
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sunrain
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2006-01-16, 14:57

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like i said in my other post, im looking into buying an hdtv. I mentioned it in another forum at another site and someone on there suggested this site: www.onecall.com. my question is, has anyone ever used this site or heard of it? ive never heard of it but i went there and it looks credable and the prices of the tvs are amazing. you can get a samsung 50-someodd inch 1080p tv for $3000. i mean the deals are crazy...almost too good to be true. lemme know if any of you have heard of this site and can offer any insite.
I've heard of the site, but I've not bought anything from them. Make sure to post your setup after you make your buying decision.
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2006-01-16, 14:59

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Originally Posted by sunrain
Speakers: Acoustic Research AR9 (main towers), Acoustic Research AR2C (center), Acoustic Research 206HO (surrounds), Acoustic Research AR4C (surround center), Acoustic Research ARPR808 (subwoofer)
How much did those speakers run you? I need a couple towers for my setup.
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sunrain
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2006-01-16, 15:08

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How much did those speakers run you? I need a couple towers for my setup.
Unfortunately, they're no longer available. AR was bought out a couple years ago and their current speaker line doesn't resemble the quality they used to. I've noticed them on eBay from time to time. You might look there.

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2006-01-16, 21:08

We're building a home theater soon. We just bought a new house with a game room that will work well as a home theater.

None of this is finalized yet, but:

Receiver: Denon AVR-3806
Projector: Optoma H79 (I hope the Ruby (Sony VPL VW100) comes down in price enough by August to get it)
DVD Player: Not sure yet, maybe the Denon DVM-1815
Screen: Maybe a Stewart, probably a Dalite
Subwoofer: Either SVS, HSU or Velodyne
Speakers: I've only done internet research so far. Once I start listening I'll get a better idea, but I plan on looking at the Paradigm Monitor series, Energy Connoisseur, Axiom Audio, Ascend Acoustics and Bowers & Wilkens.

We're going to paint the room a dark color, maybe taupe, and use blackout curtains on the windows. The screen will be on the long wall (18x15ft). The room is already wired for surround sound. It has a closet that's perfect for an equipment rack and snack bar.

When you open the closet door, it has a a closet on either side. One will be an equipment rack, and we're going to put a mini-fridge and microwave on the other side.

I'm thinking about building some acoustic panels, but I haven't even been in the room yet, so who knows what the acoustics are like.
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2006-01-16, 21:37

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Originally Posted by sunrain
Speakers: Acoustic Research AR9 (main towers), Acoustic Research AR2C (center), Acoustic Research 206HO (surrounds), Acoustic Research AR4C (surround center), Acoustic Research ARPR808 (subwoofer)
My mom worked at Acoustic Research and got a wicked discount on a pair of AR90's. This was a VERY long time ago and as a kid I loved to punch in the speaker cones. My parents agreed to never buy more speakers until we grew up and with good reason.

I'll post a pic of our system in use when I can, though I'll probably need a fisheye lens to capture it all in one pic.

Reciever: Onkyo TX-NR801
Projector: Canon Realis SX50 (1440x1050 native)
DVD Player: GoVideo DVD/VHS/Tuner combo
Aux: Apple Powermac G5
Speakers: Polk RT300p
Subwoofer: Polk 550
Outdoor speakers: Boston acoustics Voyager Pro
Power conditioner: Furman PM-8 series II

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usurp
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2006-01-17, 04:31



This is my current setup:

TV: Panasonic TX-33P100X
Receiver: Kenwood KRF-V8881D
DVD Player: Sony DVP-NS575P
Video Games: Xbox showing, Neo-Geo AES, GameCube, SNES, MSX2, Coleco, Dreamcast, Panasonic 3DO, N64, PS1, Gamegear, Atari Jaguar, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC20, Nintendo DS & SP, Sony PSP all hidden in the left and right cupboard plus the first drawer on thr right.
Speakers: Jamo X870 for left and right. Paradigm CC370 for center. Two OEM Kenwood speakers for surround (they came with an older amp). No subwoofer (Jamo's have 10" woofers built in).
Universal Remote: Sony RM-AV3000
Tivo: Series 1 Philips with 120GB drive.

Future plans:
- Need to upgrade rear speakers to Paradigm ADP-170
- Need to get a Definitive Technology SuperCube Subwoofer.
- Need to upgrade my TV to a Sony 34" HDTV CRT
- Need to upgrade AMP, don't know to what yet

portable: MacBook 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD | personal: PowerMac G5 dual 2.3ghz, 6GB RAM, 6TB HD | work: MacBook Pro 2.5ghz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD | car: Alpine iDA-W407 with black iPod 80GB | pocket: iPhone 3GS with Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro's
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2006-01-17, 05:00

Damn, this must be the "make less well off people jealous" thread

Those two photos are really nice setups, sunrain and usurp.
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2006-01-17, 05:38

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note: its not my ferrari btw

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2006-01-17, 20:53



Keep it simple.
  • Apple Cinema Display
  • Bluetooth Keyboard, Mouse, Remote (Salling Clicker to cellphone)
  • 60 GB firewire drive upstairs to walk video around when needed
  • Wall-mount speakers
  • Woofer in basement
  • MacMini with 250 GB external drive, EyeTV tuner, Airport in basement
  • Audio mixer to allow Airtunes (from powerbook) and movies (MacMini) to use same speakers with no switching.
Number of electronic gadgets plugged in in the living room: Zero.
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sunrain
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2006-01-18, 14:07

Very cool everyone. Keep 'em coming.
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Wrao
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2006-01-18, 15:53

I watched a DVD on my lap last night... um... yea.
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2006-01-18, 18:06

:smokey: OK, so here it is:

I opened a window so you could actually see something. This room can get pretty dark. (Great for projectors!)
It doesn't look it, but that image is 10 feet wide.

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2006-01-18, 19:24

^^ that's basically what mine looks like except the ceiling's flat, all of the walls are drywall (or whatever they used 100 years ago instead) and there's a low bookcase under the screen, not a piano.
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2006-01-18, 20:06

if this thread is still alive around september / october, I will post mine too... looking into a DLP projetor and a 100"+ black screen
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2006-01-18, 22:26

I'll certainly not post a picture since my kids keep our TV room as messy as can be, but I will tell ya what I got.

TV: Toshiba 30" from 1994
VCR: Toshiba 6 head
DVD: Toshiba SD-1600
CD: Sony CDP-C335 5 disk changer
Receiver: Harmon Kardon AVR-110
Speakers:
Center: some KLH piece of shit. Soon to be replaced
Front: Norman Labratories Model 200
Back: Advent - Mini Advent bookshelf speakers. Also soon to be replaced.
Power: Monster Cable HTS3500MKII -- just bought from onecall.com, should be here in a few days


Its not much, but it does what I need for the moment.
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2006-01-19, 00:45

wow 10 foot wide tv, that should be pretty cool for halo split screen
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2006-09-13, 10:14

should i look into a power conditioner now that i just bought a big screen tv and im gonna set up my entertainment center????

how important is it?
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sunrain
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2006-09-13, 12:07

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should i look into a power conditioner now that i just bought a big screen tv and im gonna set up my entertainment center????

how important is it?
I think they're totally worth it. If you're on a bit of a budget, you should check out TrippLite's line of products.

edit: I do have an extra Panamax 1000+ power conditioner that I'd sell you for $75 if you're interested.

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2006-09-13, 12:44

My Current Setup

TV - Dell 4201c PDP
Receiver - Onkyo
Speakers - Onkyo
DVD - Old Sony player
Game - Xbox 360
HTPC - AMD 64 3500+

I never use the DVD player anymore as I use the HTPC instead. It also streams music, plays video files, and allows me to watch full screened live MotoGP races.

About the speakes, it's a HTiB that got good reviews. Since I'm currently stuck in an apartment and the speakers I want are just recently out of development I went the cheapest route. They work for the setting so I'm quite happy.

The plan (once I move into my house) is to flush mount the speakers and TV into a false wall so that nothing sticks out. For movies I plan to get a projector and have the screen come down in front of the TV. But that's all into the future.
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sunrain
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2006-09-13, 14:44

Nice furniture, CitizenTony.
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2006-09-13, 16:18



Projector: Mitsubishi WD2000U
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V2600
DVD: Yamaha DVD-S2500
Speakers: Paradigm Monitor 5, ADP-370, CC-370
Subwoofer: Velodyne DLS-4000
Screen: Da-lite High Contrast Cinema Vision Grey

Soon to be added:
Lumagen HDQ Scalar
Prismasonic H1200M Anamorphic lens
SDI-modded DVD player
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2006-09-13, 16:27

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:smokey: OK, so here it is:
I opened a window so you could actually see something. This room can get pretty dark. (Great for projectors!)
It doesn't look it, but that image is 10 feet wide.
YOu have my dream room!
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2006-09-13, 16:29

my tv will be here tomorrow between 12.30 and 2.30......yippie

then its a half day of work and madden all night!!!
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2006-09-13, 23:57

in about 30 days when i get my speakers, amp, preamp and turntable i'll post my pic
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2006-09-14, 15:17

ooooooh snap!!!! i got everything up and running!!! its a thing of beauty
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