: What's in your Home Theater?
2004-02-24, 08:15 PM
RECEIVER: Yamaha RX-V1400
AMP: Rotel RMB-1095
DVD: LG7832NXC HD Upconverting via component
RPTV: Panasonic 47"(16:9)
FRONT SPEAKERS: Paradigm Studio 40(v3)
CENTER SPEAKER: Paradigm CC470
REAR SPEAKER: Paradigm Studio 20(v3)
SUBWOOFER: Paradigm PW-2100
REMOTE: Pronto TSU3000
SURGE PROTECTION: Monster HTS1000mkII
2004-02-25, 09:07 AM
Hello everyone - this is my first post. Happy to be part of a group who enjoys home theatre as much as I do. Like most of you here, my home theatre keeps changing - here's my latest setup:
RPTV: Samsung Tantus HCM422W (HDTV)
DVD: Marantz vc5200 & Toshiba SD4800
Receiver: Marantz SR7300
STB: Motorola DCT-6208 HDTV PVR
Fronts: B&W DM602 S3
Center: B&W LCR60
Surrounds: Paradigm ADP170
Subwoofer: Klipsch KSW-12
Remote: Harmony SST-659 (fantastic remote)
TV Source Material: Aurora Cable
2004-03-06, 07:30 PM
TV: Cheap SanyoFisher 25 inches
Amp: Panasonic SA-HE70
Speakers: Mains: Energy ref 22
Center and surround: Sony SS-CR305
Sub. none for the moment
DVD: Sanyo SL33
SAT: Starchoice Navigo 305 Rx
VCR: Sears HiFi type vcr
Remote: OneForAll 8911B universal learning remote
As you can see, pretty much a budget home theater system. But I love the Ref 22's!!
I can't belive I havn't posted in this section.
Toshiba 46H83 RPTV
JVC RX-6000VBK DD/DTS Reciver
Panasonic DVD-S35K DVD Player
SA 8000 PVR (waiting for the 8000HD)
Sharp Hi-Fi VCR
Harmony SST-659 Remote
Cerwin Vega AT-12 (Front L/R)
Cheapo speakers till I can afford good ones (C/LR/RR/Powered Sub)
Service Provider Rogers Cable
see the system here. (www.digitalhomecanada.com/gallery/index.php?cat=10019)
GE 27" Mono TV
SA 3200 STB
JVC Stereo reciver
Toshiba 6 disc +1 CD player
el' cheapo speakers.
2004-03-06, 09:22 PM
I have changed a few things in mine so I'll repost...
Display: Infocus X1 DLP Projector on a 95" 16x9 DYI screen
Receiver1: JVC RX-7030VBK
Receiver2: Technics SA-830DX (driving two Aura Bass Shakers)
Front Speakers: Sony
Center, side and rear: Sound Dynamics
DVD: Sony DVP-NC665P (5 disc progressive scan)
Cable: Rogers SA3200 (no HD yet, waiting for 3270HD)
UPS: APC SmartUPS
My site should be updated with new pictures sometimes next week.
2004-03-12, 09:44 PM
SInce I just made a new additon to my system and joined the board now is the perfect time to post it :D
RPTV : Toshiba 51H83
Dvd: Toshibs SD 4800
Game: XBox HD Pack
Digital Cable: Motorola Box Eastlink (soon to be upgraded to Motarola 6200 for HDTV
Receiver: Rotel RSX 1055 powering rears only
Amp: Parasound HCA1203A (140 X3 powering fronts)
Fronts: paridigm monitor 7
Center: paradigm CC 370
Rears: Paradigm mini Monitors
Sub: PW 2200 v2
2004-03-17, 04:44 AM
TV: Samung HLN467
Receiver: Denon AVR-1804
DVD Player: Pioneer 563-A
Speakers: Energy 5.2's
HDef Receiver: Bell 6000
PVR/SDef Receiver: Bel 5800
Remote: Harmony SST-659
Lighting: Lutron Remote Controlled Dimmer
2004-03-17, 12:33 PM
Here you go
2004-03-21, 02:22 PM
It's been great reading through this thread and seeing the kind of systems everyone has put together. We've got a pretty diverse range of theatre setups in this forum and I suppose mine falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. Here's my own setup for the time being:
Pioneer Elite Pro-730HD HDTV
Marantz SR8200 receiver
Marantz DV6200 DVD player
Marantz VC5200 DVD changer
Marantz MV5100 SVHS player
Marantz SD4050 cassette recorder
Panamax MAX5300 line conditioner
Russound SS-6 speaker selector
NAD C270 Power amp for multiroom
Technics SH-GE70 graphic equalizer
Scientific Atlanta 3100HD digital box
Mirage OM-7 main speakers
Mirage OM-C2 centre channel speaker
Mirage OM-R2 surround speakers
Mirage PS-8 subwoofer
Audioquest cabling for speaker wire and most interconnects, with some high end custom cables made up for me by RhinoCables.com and AVCable.com. I'd recommend either of these companies for any of your custom cable needs, including long runs or special cable terminations.
2004-03-22, 11:04 AM
After finalizing my setup last weekend at the Denon warehouse sale:
Harmony SST 659
Mission M2 speakers
Monster cable for all interconnect and speaker wire
2 x WD 200GB HDD
1 WD 80GB HDD
ATI AIW 7500
Win XP Pro
4X DVD -R/RW +R/RW
I move into my house a month from today, very excited to get everything setup!!!!!
2004-03-22, 04:54 PM
Did you get any good deals at Denon sale?
If so, details, please.
Here's mine (also interested in whether the Denon sale was good, a bit late I guess!):
HDTV: Toshiba 51HX83
STB: SA3100HD (waiting to upgrade to 3200 series)
VCR: Toshiba (can't remember the model!)
DVD: Toshiba SD4800
Cables: AR Master Series component for the STB, AR Master Digital Coax cable, Audioquest Y1Q-X component for the DVD player, AR Pro series for the rest. (Hey FS had a huge discount, 60-70% some time ago on Masters and I couldn't resist, regret it now, those cables are just too bulky!)
Receiver: Denon 2802
Fronts: Mirage FRx-7s
Center: Mirage OMC3
Rears: Mirage FRx-R
Sub: Mirage OM200
Cables: Audioquest Type 4 speaker wire, Audioquest cable for the sub.
Rack: Salamander Synergy 30, Walnut finish, 20 extension, 2 media drawers (WAY too expensive, but I love the look of it!!)
Family Room: 12.5 x 16.5
Sly, my brother just picked up some OM7s to go with his OMC2 and OM R2s and his older Mirage 12" sub (I think it's a PS-12?). Sweet. Big fan of Mirage. I'm still quite impressed with his older 12" sub, but I'm fond of my OM200, great for the room and high on the WAF! She just refused to allow any SVS in the house after I showed her the pic and the dimensions (that was a big mistake!).
2004-03-23, 08:55 AM
I too am a big fan of Mirage. I think they are fantastic speakers. When I bought mine a couple years ago I auditioned all sorts of brands. I mean, really, I was going from store to store with the same CDs in hand listening to the same tracks over and over. I ended up getting the Mirage when I ended up hearing them in a store that also sold B&W. I listened to them side by side and still went with the Mirage.
I'm curious about your OM-200 sub. As you may have noticed in my list, I have the older PS-8 sub. Ironically, this was actually my first Mirage purchase and dates back to my old, tiny little downtown apartment. Now that I have a bigger room, and my Mirage setup, I'm wondering about whether I should change my sub to an OM-200. What's your overall opinion of that speaker?
I think it's a fantastic sub for my room which is small to medium sized. Goes down pretty low (about 20-22hz or so from what I could tell using the DVE test). Extremely clean bass (here's a good review of the sub ...http://www.hometheatersound.com/equipment/mirage_om200.htm). Very hard to place though as I had limited options (mainly, again, due to the wife!).
Didn't like it the first 3 or so weeks that I auditioned it. But my dealer said to hold on to it and let it break in and the "muddiness" completely dissappeared. Real clean, fast bass now. I was looking at the PW-2200 (Paradigm), a B&W sub (can't recall which) and decided on this one mainly due to the looks (WAF) and cost. I found the Paradigm a bit louder but more loose, and the B&W was great but another $400 or so. I still find the OM-200 shakes the crap out of my entire house though. The highway scene in Matrix Reloaded is incredible. I can't imagine the foundation of my house holding up with a sub that goes even lower and louder!
Audition a used one if you can from your dealer (e.g. if they have a floor model with some hours on it).
I'd still probably take a harder look at the SVS or HSU subs if you don't mind the look of those. No doubt that they go louder and lower.
Also, my understanding is that Mirage is going to replace their legendary BPS-400 with an OM-400 or something like that but are in a legal suit with some other speaker manufacturer over the sub (I think Canton?) as the other manufacturer is claiming Mirage is using their "theory" in the subs. So you might want to wait and check out that sub if you have a larger room.
2004-04-18, 05:21 PM
Here's my setup...so far! Next upgrade is speakers, hopefully.
Display: INFOCUS X1 DLP projector, Screenplay 4800 firmware.
Screen: DIY 96" SM/MM
DVD1: LG7832NXC upconverting 1080i via component
DVD2: Sony DVP S570D non-progressive
Receiver: Pioneer VSX D811S
Front Speakers: JBL N26II
Center and Surrounds: Pioneer S FCR200K (5)
Sub: Pioneer S W20
VCR: Panasonic PV 8554
2004-07-17, 11:50 AM
Nov 23 edit:
- I'm completely sold on M&K for home theatre. I auditionned the S-150 line against more expensive competition, and they just do it for me. My front is now all M&K, and the tripole surrounds are now in my sights - maybe after xmas :)
Details below where the new stuff has replaced the old stuff. Old stuff might be for sale, if ever anyone is interested.
Hey there folks.
New here, and relatively new to the HT world, but loving it so far! I'm especially getting into SACD and DVD-A.
My first setup:
- Toshiba 56H80
- Yamaha RXV-1400
- Denon DVD-2200
- Motorola 405 (I think ... the non-hd *C receiver), to be replaced by a DSR530 as soon as it hits the street - soon, I hope. I can be naive that way :wink:
Mains: JBL L26 <w/upgraded drivers>
- just replaced these by M&K S-150. I thought my JBL's were ok, but now I know they sucked! Well, not really, but the comparison is unreal. The M&K's do such an amazing job at keeping the sound natural and full. Unreal ...
Rears: JBL N28II
- just dug up my old Athena S.5 satelites, put 'em up on the wall, and am now using the small JBL's as rear matrixed (to get to 7.1). It blew me away how much putting the surrounds on the wall to the sides improves the surround effect, compared to only having rears behind the sitting area, on 30" stands. Again - huge difference.
Center: MK S150 THX
Sub: Mirage LF-150
- just replaced this with an M&K v1250. Much much tighter and deep. My neighbors now love me that much more :)
To chime in on the above posts about Mirage speakers, I recently helped my wife pick out a pair of speakers for two-channel music. We auditionned several brands, and the Mirage Omni-60 bookshelves were the obvious choice, even though they weren't the most expensive.
Not even close.
In fact, my next upgrades will probably be a set of Mirage speakers to replace my JBL L 26 mains. I was that impressed!
2004-07-17, 02:23 PM
TV: Toshiba 46H84C
DVD: LG 7832NXC
VCR: Panasonic PV-8554
STB: Motorola Navigo 405
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V630
Speakers: Athena AS-F2s, AS-C1, AS-R1s
Consoles: Xbox, PS2
2004-07-21, 11:24 AM
TV 1990 vintage 20" Quasar.
Speakers unnamed pair from early 1970s Japanese stereo..
CD/DVD Norcent DP-300 with OFFA firmware (and HDD added)
VCR mid 1990s RCA.
1. Starchoice 411 (feeding Tivo)
2. Uniden Ultra C-band analog (through Tivo bypass)
3. Starchoice DSR301 (for audio channels, is a bit flakey, so occasional audio service suits).
DVR Philips HDRx12 Tivo, with replaced 80 GB HDD. Using Tivo Canada to get listings.
Remote One For All Cinema 6+, custom upgrades for C-band, Tivo, DVD, and audio Starchoice.
Hate to say it, but I am using RF daisychained; C-band>Tivo>VCR>TV
(Tivo output is split to feed some downstairs sets, and have UHF remote extender). The DVD is connected to the VCR video in, audio to the receiver. If needed, I can move the video cable from the DVD to the DSR301.
The receiver switches between its tuner, the DSR-301, Tivo, DVD, and a line I manually share between C-band and the DSR411 direct (if the DSR301 is acting up and want to listen to audio channels, which the Tivo doesn't properly process)
I have the equipment in two groups, audio and video. The Receiver, DSR301, and DVD are together (on a shelf a bit high), and the Tivo/VCR/C-band/DSR411 are the other.
I have the cables grouped together between the two, from power, and from signal sources, all bundled in split loom tubing (the power in a separate loom).
Home Theatre Room:
Benq 8700 HD2+ projector
Stewart Studio-Tek 100 inch 16x9 screen
Bravo D2 DVD player
Denon 2805 Receiver
DSR 500 HD Decoder
Paradigm System 8 speakers
Family Room: (until recently the home theatre room)
Toshiba 50HX70 Rear Projector
Toshiba 3800 DVD player
Kenwood VR 407 Receiver
Star Choice 401 and HDD 201 boxes
Sony Satellite speakers
2004-08-17, 02:36 AM
In another forum you stated that the Motorola 6208 had to be set in a particular way to get good reception on the analog channels. Is this so and what is the right way to set it up?? I find those channels to be a bit grainy and darker than the previous box (#6200) .