57's Home Theatre
Thought you might be interested in seeing my home theatre setup. It’s probably a bit different from what you typically see because I have my components beside my chair.
I built the "rack" for the components myself. As you can see, the components are in the middle, vinyl and turntable underneath, CDs and some VHS on the left side, DVDs and some cassettes on the right side. There is plenty of space around the two "heat generating" pieces – the receiver and the STB. Some lesser-used VHS and cassettes are stored under the TV in my new stand.
The room is in our developed basement and can be made quite dark, even during the day or on summer evenings.
The room is about 16’ x 20’ x 8’ high, with the TV along the 16’ wall. We sit about 11’ from the TV (seats are easily movable, if desired, but usually stay in the same spot). "The boss" sits in the larger La-Z-Boy chair, which is a little amusing, since she is quite a small person.
The equipment consists of:
HDTV (added in 2017, photo still of my previous Panasonic 65" Plasma
Martin Logan Scenario Main Speakers
Martin Logan Cinema Center Speaker
Polk PSW505 Subwoofer
Yamaha NS690 Speakers used for surrounds
Small center rear speaker
(added in December 2013 as the SA8300HD is in its 10th year. I decided to add the 9865 before the 8300 failed since I have a fair number of programmes on it, like concerts, which I will now access once in a while, instead of daily use)
SA8300HD (cloned 320 GB) & eHDD (1TB)
Denon AVR4310Ci Audio Video Receiver
Oppo BDP-83 BD player
Toshiba SD2109 DVD Player (kept for non-critical, programmable listening)
Kenwood LVD710 Laser Disc Player (Doesn't get much use)
JVC S7500U S-VHS VCR (Doesn't get much use)
Yamaha KX670 Cassette Deck
Dual 714Q Turntable
Grado SR-125 Headphones with new larger foam from more expensive models
Photos of my setup below:
To the younger people just starting out, it took us 40 years of saving, purchasing and upgrading to get to this point, so take your time - getting there is a big part of the fun.
Room lights down, still some light from window (picture taken daytime). Bias lighting on rear of TV via IKEA LEDs - I used 3 of the 4 "LED bars". This provides enough bias light, using only 2 Watts, so I leave them on 24/7 - great as a night light - don't need to usually turn on any other lights in the HT:
Stand purchased from IKEA, "raised portion" for TV, behind center speaker built by me:
Seating area and components:
Components: Component Stand and two pine tables built by me. Since I now have two STBs, I created an "IR Blocker" using some sheet metal I had and covered the front of the "Blocker" with an appropriately cropped picture of the SA8300HD.
In our "office" on the second floor we have a Sony KDL40W3000, with Cisco 9865 that my wife sometimes watches.