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  1. David Flora

    Home Theater Coming Along....

    Well, after months of messing, I'm nearing the end with my home theater. Here were some old pictures Got the wiring finished and then I insulated..... Then drywall..... Painted the floor.... Started hanging my movie posters... Got everything wired in and started to set up....here is...
  2. David Flora

    New Denon AVR X8500H Begs Questions on Speaker Placement....

    By now hopefully some of you have seen the new Denon X8500H, and wow is it NICE. I'm already scheming on how I'm going to break the news to my wife that this is going to be the new baby that runs my home theater! Anyway, I'm nearly finished with my basement home theater, and I initially wired...
  3. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    I'm actually working on the fiber optic ceiling now. The painting of the ceilings are REALLY cool, but I decided it was too much for me and I didn't know of anyone in my area (Indiana) who would do it. I'm hoping it won't be too much of a nightmare to get this done. Fingers crossed! Thanks...
  4. David Flora

    Looking For a New Receiver in 2018...

    Ugh, another cable I'll eventually have to run. Thanks for the update. Since I only purchase receivers every 8 years or so, maybe I wait a bit and see what the 2018 models have? I'm in no big hurry....my receiver just doesn't do Atmos, which I'm currently wiring my basement for. Thoughts? I...
  5. David Flora

    Looking For a New Receiver in 2018...

    Yeah I don't necessarily need it to rattle the stuff off the walls 2 floors above my basement....I just want something that's going to power a 7.2.4 system effectively when I'm watching a movie. Preferrably I'd like one that could do 13 channels, but those don't exist without adding an amp...
  6. David Flora

    Looking For a New Receiver in 2018...

    So no one would suggest just getting an 11-channel receiver and being done with it? I've never worked with amps before. I am pretty sure my current Denon doesn't have amp outs on it, so I'd still be starting over I guess.....
  7. David Flora

    Looking For a New Receiver in 2018...

    Probably time to ditch my Denon receiver and move to Atmos with my new home theater I'm putting in. My budget is probably around $2500 but I can go higher if need be. I've wired for a 9.2.4 system (and yes, I know that 99.9% of receivers out there don't power that without an amp), so I'm...
  8. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    Nope, I've got a lot invested in them and they are already wired to go, so they'll be there. I'm looking forward to it. Working on the drywall sanding and painting, then drop ceiling goes in and we'll be getting towards the end! Should I try to look at dropping wires down my walls for wide...
  9. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    Thanks. I already have the speakers, so I was just curious what would be best. I know Atmos has wide speakers as well, and I could use these speakers (I have all Polk RTi series speakers for my system) as I have enough speakers for a 13 speaker system (I just bought four Polk in-ceiling...
  10. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    Any thoughts on having a front height speaker if I'm adding 4 ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos? Obviously there's no affordable receiver out there that can power a 9.2.4 system, but I've got the speakers already, and I had a 9.2 system in my old home theater, so just trying to keep it the same...
  11. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    Yeah this isn't a contractor and I'm saving $15k on this job at a MINIMUM by going now. Now for some on this board, that's not a lot of dough, but it is for me and I'm not that much of a crazy HT fanatic that I'm willing to pass it up. This isn't going to be a state of the art HT, but I am...
  12. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    Awesome information, thank you! I will definitely look into sound isolation clips on the studs. I've also attached pictures of my room now that it's mostly studded out. I still have to have the little media closet built when you walk in, but that's not that big of a deal. I've got an...
  13. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    That makes sense. Currently I have one powered sub, I was more making reference to running lines for placement. Most receivers have the ability to have at least 2 subs going at once. My point in all of this is more for ideas on speaker placement, lighting, thoughts on a tray ceiling while...
  14. David Flora

    Just Started on Basement HT and Need Some Help/Opinions

    Hello everyone. Been awhile since I've been on, but my wife and I recently purchased a new home with a relatively unfinished basement. We'd planned on finishing it next year sometime, but had the opportunity to have someone come in and finish it for a lot less than we'd expected.....but he's...
  15. David Flora

    Help on Setting Surround Speaker in Opening for New HT

    Hey all. I've got a large space in my basement that is going to become my new home theater. I've got a large space, but I see one issue initially. On the right side of my room, there's an open space where the room goes back about 8 feet. This is an issue because I'm not exactly sure how I'd...
  16. David Flora

    Win a Denon X5200W 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos AVR with a copy of Insurgent on Blu-ray!

    Wow, I have a 9.1 setup currently, but I'd have to look to move my height channels in the ceiling above my head to really get into the action! I've been trying to save some money for a new receiver, but my "theater fund" always gets raided for something more important! But I think to myself...
  17. David Flora

    Best 11.2 Receivers Out There - Bite the Bullet Now Or Wait?

    Hello. Been awhile since I've been on here. I've had my Denon 9.1 receiver for about 5 years now. It's been a great receiver and I have no complaints. Been reading a lot about Atmos, and I'd like to say I'm good with what I have, but the audiophile in me won't allow me to let it go. With...
  18. David Flora

    Win an Onkyo TX-NR1030 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos AV Receiver (Redux)

    I've wired my system for a 9.1.3 setup, but don't have the receiver for it. Atmos would ROCK my world in my man cave! Thanks for allowing us the chance to win this!
  19. David Flora

    Win an Onkyo TX-NR1030 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

    Wow, where do I start? I currently have a 9.1 setup, and have been interested in Atmos since I read about it. It's just hard to justify the price of a new receiver for something like this. I'd like to move my speakers in the ceiling above my head to really experience what Atmos can do! I had...
  20. David Flora

    Wall Mount Suggestions For Polk Bookshelf Speakers?

    Hello. I am looking to upgrade my system from a 7.1 to a 9.1 system utilizing front height speakers. My speakers are all Polk RTi A series speakers. I just purchased the RTi A1's for the front height's and now I need a good speaker mount for them. I have NO clue about any of this, so I was...
  21. David Flora

    How to make sure I'm actually seeing 1080p?

    Thank you! Just thought I would make sure that I'm doing all I can to get the best picture out there.
  22. David Flora

    How to make sure I'm actually seeing 1080p?

    Boy I'm nearly embarrassed asking this question, but here we go.... I have a Samsung HL67A750 LED DLP HDTV to go along with a Panasonic DMP-bd55k blu-ray disc player. My question is pretty specific and probably really simple: How do I know when I'm seeing 1080p? When my tv turns on, it tells...
  23. David Flora

    Denon AVR-4810CI...What's the deal with the Audyssey DSX 9.1?

    Good article Geoffrey! So my question is still the same (even though I think you may have answered it in your article) - Will this new surround sound work on current Blu-ray discs that are utilizing either Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD? In other words, will this technology take these formats and...
  24. David Flora

    Help with dark, grainy image on Samsung DLP

    Hello. I FINALLY have my home theater finished, and I sat down to watch a movie on my new Samsung HL67A750 DLP and noticed that in really dark scenes the dark areas seem to be a bit "grainy". Is this normal? I was watching Transformers (I've heard this has reference quality audio and video)...
  25. David Flora

    HELP!! My in-wall HDMI cables are showing lots of snow!

    Yeah, all my wires are from monoprice, so at least I'm covered there. I just can't figure it out. I actually had a HDMI extender/equalizer/repeater that I had purchased from monoprice to use on another cable that ended up being 3 feet too short of my A/V closet. I tried using that at the end...
  26. David Flora

    HELP!! My in-wall HDMI cables are showing lots of snow!

    Ok, so I worked out the problem I noted above, but I now have another issue that hopefully someone can help me with. I have 8 HDMI runs throughout my basement and house. I tested all of them today, and could get them all to work EXCEPT for my longest HDMI run. For some reason, when I plug my...
  27. David Flora

    HELP!! My in-wall HDMI cables are showing lots of snow!

    Hello. I have recently finished my basement home theater. Before the drywall went up, I ran TONS of HDMI cables throughout the basement in an attempt to split signals or direct certain signals from my A/V closet to different points in the basement and upstairs as well. I had tested the lines...
  28. David Flora

    Denon AVR-4810CI...What's the deal with the Audyssey DSX 9.1?

    I was looking at the Denon website today and noticed this new receiver. I went through the tutorial on their Audyssey technology, and was surprised to see that they are now adding a 9.1 system, meaning that you'd have your typical 7.1 setup plus an additional "width" or "height" channel to...
  29. David Flora

    Beginning My Basement HT....

    Well after being in the original box for the last 9 months, I've FINALLY been able to hook up my tv! I've still got quite a bit of work to do in my A/V closet to get the cabinet in for the equipment and finish hooking up all the wiring, but at least I can USE the damn thing now! Here are a few...
  30. David Flora

    Beginning My Basement HT....

    Sorry, I should have been a bit more clear when I responded to the earlier post. I have Monoprice's version of the HDMI splitter, but mine is only a 4-way splitter. I meant moving the hdmi cable from say, my Directv receiver to my blu-ray player to broadcast the signal to different parts of my...
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