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#1 of 31 MichaelDDD

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Posted May 30 2004 - 07:26 AM

Hello everyone,

After almost a year of buying and waiting and more buying and waiting, it's done. I still have to put the glass doors on the EC, but I couldn't wait to take pics.

If there are any pics you'd like me to take, I'll do that. These are general pics...what I'd want to see about your HT anyway.

BTW, I built those stands the M22Ti's are on. Posted Image I'm pretty proud of them. They are filled with sand and weigh about 20 pounds each. They have spikes on the bottom and rubber feet on the top so the speaker doesn't slide around. Very solid stands.

Equipment:

Monitor - Sony Trinitron 32" (using S-Video in)
Receiver - Denon 3803
DVD - Samsung P421
VCR - Hitachi #-something (it plays tapes, I'm happy)
CD Changer - Sony 335
Power Management - Panamax 5100
L/R - Axiom M22ti
Center - Axiom VP150
Surrounds - Axiom QS-8
Subwoofer - SVS PB2-Plus

Interconnects/Cables
Sound King 12 gauge for all speakers
Bananna plugs for front three and all connections at amp
Acoustic Research/Monster Cable interconnects

That about covers it, I think.

PICS!!! Hope you enjoy looking at them; I stare at your pics when you post'em! Posted Image


Rear of a M22ti
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Front shot left M22
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Closeup of stand top pedestal
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Bottom of stand
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3803 and CD Changer
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EC
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Rear of 3803 showing wiring
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Notice there are no AC power cables near the 3803. Posted Image I zip tied everything up top in back of the Panamax.
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I kept all the RG-6 cables together too.
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Right front M22 and SVS in corner

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Hi-Tech Mechanism for tilting Center Channel forwards. Posted Image
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The whole front pic
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The viewing position and right surround
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#2 of 31 Richard Travale

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Posted May 30 2004 - 07:49 AM

Looks great Michael. I wonder how long it will be before you're itching to upgrade to a widescreen set? Posted Image
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#3 of 31 MichaelDDD

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Posted May 30 2004 - 07:51 AM

"How long?" How about "two years ago?" Posted Image

The Sony has worn well and still looks GREAT. It holds it's calibration nicely. But, it's only 32" and it has no component inputs. Posted Image I have no plans to upgrade to a better CRT...unless a stupid Hot Deal falls into my lap....Like, say a 36" WEGA XBR for about $1000 or so.

This will do for now...I keep telling myself that. Posted Image
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#4 of 31 Matt_Smi

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Posted May 30 2004 - 08:00 AM

Very nice mike Posted Image Lots of good equipment and those speaker stands came out great! Good job with the wiring too, I am currently organizing all the cables behind my A/V system, isolating power cords, using velcro ties to shorten up long wires, Ect. Anyway very nice setup and everything looks great together, enjoy it!


EDIT: O BTW let me know how you like your Axioms, mainly the M22's. I am considering buying fronts, surrounds and a center from them (already have a good sub Posted Image). Probably M22's for fronts, QS4 for surrounds and the VP100 center. This package would cost just under 1,000 (my budget) and I think it's a great deal, as I have heard nothing but great things about Axiom and their speakers. Of course I probably will not be able to buy new speakers until this time next year, so Axiom may have new models out by then, but we shall see.

#5 of 31 DonJ

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Posted May 30 2004 - 08:07 AM

I looks great. I have a 32" Toshiba that does component input but I still longing after an HD set. Have fun and be sure to enjoy it.
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#6 of 31 Jimi C

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Posted May 31 2004 - 05:38 AM

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#7 of 31 ScottCHI

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Posted May 31 2004 - 06:41 AM

what kinda salsa should i bring?

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#8 of 31 MichaelDDD

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Posted May 31 2004 - 08:57 AM

Thanks guys; the kind words are appreciated.

You guys know what's involved w/setting up a brand-new theater; all the bundling and running of wires. Hookup, testing, calibration. WHEEW! I'm glad it's done.

So far, so good. The VP150 is a mutha of a center channel. It's smooth and powerful at the same time. The best compliment I can give is that you don't know it's there. The on-screen action is so firmly anchored there that you don't "hear" the speaker, you "hear" the movie. Posted Image

The SVS....whoa. It's just a BEAST.

I thought I knew what sub-bass was; nope. My old sub, Cerwin-Vega LW15 produced bass more in the "heard" than "felt" region. The SVS moves my intestines around before I realize there's sound there too! Posted Image

I haven't done much critical listening w/music yet, but so far the M22/SVS duo seem a match made in heaven.

I think the M22s need a little toe-in though. I may mess w/that later. Posted Image
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#9 of 31 Claude M

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Posted June 01 2004 - 12:05 AM

congrats! now enjoy what you have earned!

#10 of 31 Garrett Lundy

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Posted June 01 2004 - 12:42 AM

I've got the exact same EC.


How do you like your QS-8's up in the corners like that? I have a difficult room and was considering using those surrounds.


Very nice HT BTW Posted Image Posted Image
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#11 of 31 Bob_Hammond

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Posted June 01 2004 - 02:37 AM

Looks nice! How did you make your speaker stands? Are they PVC pipe?

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#12 of 31 David Judah

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Posted June 01 2004 - 03:34 AM

Thanks for sharing the pics--looks good. I had that exact entertainment center as well before I got an RPTV.

Have you tried pulling the front speakers out farther in front of the EC? It should improve the imaging and if you pull them out enough, it should make the center and fronts equidistant to the listening position, so you don't have to rely as much on digital delay. I remeber it making quite a difference, especially for two-channel listening.

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#13 of 31 Bill Will

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Posted June 01 2004 - 06:39 AM

Posted Image but it's time to fill up that extra shelf in the EC with a new toy Posted Image

#14 of 31 MichaelDDD

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Posted June 01 2004 - 09:57 AM

Hi guys,

1. I haven't tried moving the M22s at all yet. They are right where i put them when I set it all up. I will give it a shot, though. Posted Image

2. I've only had the system up and running for a few days now, but the QS8s seem fine up in the corners like that. The ceiling above the left surround is a lot higher than the ceiling above the right; so to get them even, the right one had to be up in the corner like that. I'm not real happy that the surrounds are not equidistant from the listening position, but delay can help w/that.

3. Thanks for the compliments on the stands!!!! They are my first attempt and I busted my butt working on them. The top/bottom are two pieces of 3/4" MDF glued together, than cut to size w/a tablesaw and the edges routed with a router. Sanded by hand, and painted with two coats of gray primer and three coats of black gloss paint. The pipe is 4" PVC and there's a 5/8" threaded rod/nuts/washers holding it all together. Additionally, the top/bottom are siliconed on as well to prevent sand leakage. They do not leak, not even one grain of sand. Posted Image Spikes on the bottom. Posted Image
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#15 of 31 CraigRogers

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Posted June 01 2004 - 11:07 AM

Great to see a fellow Axiomite! Nice looking setup. I too have a 32" tv with no component inputs. Like you, I've been ready for an upgrade for about the last 2 years! Posted Image

I'm saving my money and holding out for a 1920x1080 DLP set. They should be hitting the market early next year. Posted Image

...of course that means I'll need a new player as well to take advantate of my killer tv. It never ends does it?

#16 of 31 DanaA

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Posted June 01 2004 - 02:15 PM

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Have you tried pulling the front speakers out farther in front of the EC? It should improve the imaging and if you pull them out enough, it should make the center and fronts equidistant to the listening position, so you don't have to rely as much on digital delay. I remeber it making quite a difference, especially for two-channel listening.


Exactly what I was thinking. Time to experiment a tad with positioning.

I've gotta say though those Axiom on their stands look killer. Really, really nice. And, that sub is a brute. You'd never know if it was standing by itself, but positioned next to the speaker really gives a perspective.

I'm jealous at how neat your room is, that is until Scott gets salsa stains all over the carpet. Posted Image

#17 of 31 Aaron Gould

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Posted June 01 2004 - 02:31 PM

Well I'll be damned, I was trying to figure out a decent way of tilting my center-channel speaker down towards the couch, and what do I see?

"Hi-Tech Mechanism for tilting Center Channel forwards"

Those door stop things... so simple. Thanks. Posted Image

(BTW, lookin' good in the rest of the pics)

#18 of 31 Neil Joseph

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Posted June 02 2004 - 07:56 AM

Michael, I am moving this to HT Construction/Interiors. Also, in order for those of us with dial-up connections to have a half decent thread loading time, I am changing the pictures to links.
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#19 of 31 Neil Joseph

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Posted June 02 2004 - 08:06 AM

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but it's time to fill up that extra shelf in the EC with a new toy

A Monster power conditioner would fit in there nicely.
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#20 of 31 Matt_Smi

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Posted June 02 2004 - 01:54 PM

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A Monster power conditioner would fit in there nicely.



He already has a Panamax power conditioner Posted Image Where do you guys see this extra shelf anyway? Above the receiver? I think it would be best to leave that space open so the receiver has room to breathe.





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