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Hi

I’m back from a long hiatus from this board.

I posted here years ago but I can’t remember my username or the email associated with that account.

I started my journey into home theater back in 1984 when I convinced my father to buy one the first VHS HiFi VCRs available (a Quasar Matsushita built unit). I began my physical collection with the first VHS HiFi release of Star Wars with the VCR connected to our family stereo.

I bought into laserdisc in early 1990 with a basic Pioneer CLD-1030 digital audio capable player. I built a small collection of expensive laserdisc titles through Columbia House’s Laserdisc Club. Then DVD hit as I was finishing my BS. I bought a Sony DVP-S3000 and started amassing a DVD collection with the help of loss leader sales by the budding online retailers. Bought my first 5.1 system around this time as well.

A few short years later I was married with a house that I could redo the basement with a proper home theater. My first projector was a Sharp DT300 with a Matterhorn DLP chip and a 92-in Greyhawk screen. Went through a couple of different AVRs during this time, a Denon AVR2700 with a Millenium 2.4.6 dts decoder and a Pioneer VSX1015.

In 2007 I was able to obtain a PS3 and started moving my media collection buying to the new HD format. By 2008-9 I had upgraded to HD projection with an Epson ProCinema 1080UB and next generation 7.1 lossless surround with an Onkyo TX-SR805.

By 2012-13 I moved up to Sony HD projection with 3D capabilities by way of a HW30ES along with several AVR changes in the Onkyo AVR line eventually settling on the TX-NR3008 that used with my Definitive Technology speakers.

In 2015 we moved and built a new spec home that allowed me to make some modifications in the basement area to accommodate my new to-be home theater. Although my previous room was fairly large it was long but narrow at 11.5-12ft wide by 25 ft long with a low ceiling <7ft on the riser whereas my new room was 15-ft wide by 17-ft deep with a 8-ft ceiling. I was able to work directly with the low voltage contractor and had my theater room pre-wired for 7.2.4 and ran CAT6 to most of the house. I used my HW30ES in the new home along with my Onkyo 3008 until 2017.

At that time I made a few changes in my speaker setup going from my Def Tech CLR3000 LCR array to Studio Monitor 65s for the front array. I also installed 4-in-ceiling RSL34E speakers for my height channels. Then I added 2-SVS PB2000 opposed to my single aging subwoofer Velodyne CT100. Was enjoying Dolby Atmos and dts:X going forward. But the biggest change I made at that point was finally stepping up to a JVC DILA based projector, a RS540. It was a significant improvement at the time but I also believed that my Sony 30ES was suffering from SXRD degradation that many Sony units fell victim to.

Flash forward to today, I’ve moved up to true 4K projection with a JVC RS3100, a Marantz AV10 state of the art processor connected to a 3-ch Buckeye Purifi based amplifier and an 8-ch Buckeye Hypex based amplifier. And finally an all KEF R-series based speaker system (minus the still kicking SVS PB2000s). The non-Meta KEF system consists of the following:
Left/Right, R11;
Center, R3;
Side/Rear Surrounds, R7; and
Top Front/Rear, CI200RR.

It’s been a journey and it’s still not over. Contemplating if I can take advantage of more channel possibilities from my AV10 and if I should go with larger more powerful subs. It never ends but I’m significantly satisfied for what I’m able to create in my home theater space. And I hope this serves as a reminder to some that part of the fun is journey.
 

John Sparks

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WOW!!! What an exciting story! Thanks so much for telling us about your adventure,

Maybe I misssd but what was the size of your screen?
 
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Tok

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WOW!!! What an exciting story! Thanks so much for telling us about your adventure,

Maybe I misssd but what was the size of your screen?
Went from a 92” to a motorized 100” at my previous home. Currently have a 16:9 120-in Elite CineWhite screen.
 

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