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#1 of 16 Philip Hamm

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Posted January 26 2013 - 04:41 PM

Hi. I'm old school. Many years ago my life priorities changed such that keeping up with the latest surround formats and home theater technology lost interest with me. Some old schoolers may remember me as a former administrator on this board when I was more engaged in the home theater hobby. My wife and I had a home built about 11 years ago now, and our basement has a large area which I made a corner of into a nice little home theater. I have gone through a lot of hardware over the years, and the current setup may be the least capable from a technology standpoint that I've had in a decade or more. My receiver is so old that it doesn't even have DTS decoding on board. The best I can do is PCM stereo at 44.1 or 48 KHz or Dolby Digital. My speakers are very inexpensive Sony models that sound great to me and handle the loud volumes necessary for my wife's workouts. She loves to jam the tunes very loud while she's working out on the treadmill behind the sofas. My hardware is old, much of my software is very old (check out that LaserDisc collection), but I enjoy my movie room a great deal. Maybe more now that I'm not trying to keep up with the latest stuff. The "Whatever happened to Mike Knapp" thread inspired me to take these pictures and post. Anyway, here it is..... First of all, the rack. The rack is built in to the wall at about an 80 degree angle from the primary seating position. No lights in my face except the program. Love that. I'd go as far as to say that having no distracting lights from equipment is more important than counting pixels or audio bits. Remote control IR commands are echoed by a remote extender device. Equipment is (don't laugh): * Roku box - almost never gets used. * Ethereal green power surge supressor. Turns off the vampires when they're not being used. * Sherwood Newcastle R-925 receiver. Dolby digital and PCM are the only digital capabilities. Sound fantastic. Made in UK. This receiver was top of the line in 1998 I think. Maybe 1997. It has plenty of power to handle my wife's workouts, she jams the music LOUD. Originally retailed at over $1K, S/N's top of the line model. I got it on craigslist for $30. * Powermax Rackmax. The only thing plugged into this is an old JVC RK-11 (circa 1981) which powers the 6.5" speakers above the pool table. It's really just an expensive rack mount switch. * Sony BDP-S360 Blu-Ray player. This handles all CD, DVD, and CD play. * Sony MDS-JB920 MiniDisc Recorder. Almost never gets used. Sometimes for recording concerts from the DVR on Audio, and for sampling movies if I want to make a small MP3 or WAV file for something fun. * IMPACT component video switch. * Accurian HDTV receiver. Hooked up to my attic antenna, for local HDTV channels. I get two markets. * Dish VIP722k DVR. Dish Network is our TV provider. The TV in the family room is hooked to "B", it's a 27" flat front CRT. * Pioneer CLD-D704 LaserDisc player. Bought new in 1995. Still spinning on its second motor. http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/174801/ A View from the seated position: http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/174802/ Screen is a Da-Lite Video Spectra pull-down. Works great. Speakers are Sony SS-F6000 and SS-CN5000 which I got to replace my B&W DM602s because they couldn't handle the power of my wife's workouts. I replaced a few of the B&W drivers and decided that I needed something that could handle more power. The Sony speakers sound far better than they should considering their modest price point. Sony speaker designers get massive kudos from me. The subwoofer is built in to the wall and hidden behind what looks like an air conditioner vent on the right. It is a manifold infinite baffle sub with two Parts Express 15" drivers. They are powered by a Vestax pro amplifier under the stairs behind the rack. I don't know the exact number but it's something like 800W into 16 ohm. Best subwoofer I've ever heard; nothing else even comes close. When my wife is working out the doors rattle on the second level. Corner View: http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/174803/ Other corner: http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/174804/ Me sitting enjoying the Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe LaserDisc that is playing in the pictures: http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/174805/ The projector is an InFocus X1. I installed a new bulb recently and it works like new. Rear speakers are Athena dipoles. The rear surround field is enveloping. Dog is a rescued Basset/Corgi mix. Next to the theater is this sports bar: http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/174806/ No pictures of the pool table or dartboard, sorry.
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#2 of 16 Jim Mcc

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Posted January 26 2013 - 06:10 PM

Very nice. The X1 was my first projector. My son still uses it. You do have a Blu-ray player though. Yee Ha !!

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Posted January 27 2013 - 02:45 AM

Very nice. The X1 was my first projector. My son still uses it. You do have a Blu-ray player though. Yee Ha !!

Yes, and although the X1 can not show more pixels than native DVD, it *can* show the superior color resolution (less banding, etc.), and Blu-Ray discs as well as other HD sources look fabulous. I forgot to mention the screen is 96" in 4:3 mode, making it about a 72" or so in the 16:9 portion.
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Posted January 27 2013 - 07:56 AM

I know it looks "fabulous" to you, but wait until you eventually upgrade. The difference between the X1 and a 1080p projector is HUGE !!!

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Posted January 27 2013 - 08:06 AM

I love your bar. The black and white floor is a great touch.

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Posted January 27 2013 - 04:20 PM

Badass. Can you tell me what riser you are using for your center speaker please? I need to lift mine off the floor like that.

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Posted January 27 2013 - 05:08 PM

Looks comfortable. The dog looks pretty relaxed, too. I thought the stairs to the sofa were a nice touch.

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Posted January 28 2013 - 02:11 PM

Badass. Can you tell me what riser you are using for your center speaker please? I need to lift mine off the floor like that.

I think I got it from Parts Express. I may have the other one (it was a pair) in a box somewhere.
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Posted January 28 2013 - 02:12 PM

I know it looks "fabulous" to you, but wait until you eventually upgrade. The difference between the X1 and a 1080p projector is HUGE !!!

It will be a long time. My brother has an HD projector. I know that HD sources will look better, but LaserDisc will probably look worse.
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Posted January 28 2013 - 02:40 PM

I think I got it from Parts Express. I may have the other one (it was a pair) in a box somewhere.

I just looked there and don't see anything like those, so if you could find the manufacturer and what it's called I would be VERY appreciative, it looks like it would work perfectly for me.

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Posted January 31 2013 - 01:04 PM

ABWH FTW! I wish there was a better quality version of that but a great show nonetheless.

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Posted February 01 2013 - 01:26 AM

Um, welcome to HTF Darren? For those who, like me, had no idea wtf you were talking about apparently the OP is showing a Laserdisk of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe (aka most of Yes).

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Posted February 01 2013 - 03:40 AM

Yes, (no pun intended) I assumed Mr Hamm would know what I meant by ABWH. Normally I would reserve comments for the topic at hand, but that's such an obscure (and very cool if you're a long time Yes fan) video to see playing, I felt compelled to recognize his choice. Nice home theater as well.

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Posted February 01 2013 - 06:06 AM

Cool deal. Whatever it takes to convert lurkers to posters, I'm all for it =p

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Posted February 01 2013 - 10:44 AM

That ABWH disc was released on DVD, but available only very briefly at the advent of the format. It's not particularly rare, and available on Ebay from many vendors. According to some of the listinegs there was a 2007 release as well. Look it up! Listening in glorious PCM stereo, the sound on that LaserDisc is fabulous. Sam, I'll go digging for information on that stand this weekend. I *may* have the other one in a box in my storage room.
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Posted February 01 2013 - 11:07 PM

I got it through I think an Amazon affiliate a few years ago, and I agree it sounds good although video quality could be better. I try to get my hand on any Yes related videos that get released and there are quite a few out there.




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