My Theater! Critique my setup please

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  1. Mark Fitzsimmons

    Mark Fitzsimmons Supporting Actor

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    Here are some pics of my theater, I want you guys to critique my setup give me ideas for better placement, setup etc. Here is a list of the equipment I have.
    Sony Vega 36" TV 17 series
    Kenwood HTB-504 HTiB (VR-507 reciever)
    Panasonic DVD-RV30 DVD player
    Playstation 2
    Home depot 14 aug wire
    All video is hooked up via S-Video (Acoustic Research and Monster Cable)
    All audio is optical digital (Acoustic Research)
    The tower speakers you see are not hooked up, I just use them for speaker stands, I think they look kind of cool but want to get real stands soon so I can position my speakers at ear level. I also plan on doing the doorstop trick to angle my center channel. Let me know what you think!
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    Thanks for looking
     
  2. Roland_Sjouw

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    Hello Mark,

    First of all good looking setup...

    The only "problem" with this setup is that you main are way to close to each other. If you could get some more distance between them, this will give a much better spread of the sound, Y'll be amazed....

    I see that you don't have to much room to do that so maybe it's any Idea to move the setup to the wall on which the seat with the sub at the right. This way you have the whole back wall to play with...

    Just my 0.02 cents,

    Roland
     
  3. Scott_G

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    I'm with Ron on the fronts. Move them out a few more inches but not too close to the wall. Try and have the front three speakers even across the front if possible.

    You might also want to play with the rear height. They are a little high up.

    Overall it looks good. Make sure you read up about tuning the video in the display devices sections.

    Get or borrow a copy of VE or AVIA to tune up the set.

    and the number one tweak ....

    ENJOY !!!!
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Why the S-Video connections, though? You should connect the DVD player with component-video cables. Though the improvement will be slight, it will be there nonetheless.
     
  5. Mark Fitzsimmons

    Mark Fitzsimmons Supporting Actor

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    I'll try moving the mains apart further. I did toe them in for better image but I guess moving them apart will broaden the stage as well.

    About the rears, do you see how the room is setup? I don't think I have another option for placement of the rears, if you can think of something I'll be all ears.

    I don't think I could put my TV on the wall with the couch on it. Because there would be little option for me to place the theater seating because it would interfere with the pool table.
     
  6. Drew Eckhardt

    Drew Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    The speakers are all too close to the wall and TV - you really want at least a foot or two between them and any solid surface. Separating the mains at least as far as the distance to the couch would be a fine idea too.
     
  7. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    The mains are too close to the wall? There is about a foot between them and the wall. I did move the mains wider though.

    Any ideas on surround and sub placement?
     
  8. Seth Paxton

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    Well, for surrounds on discrete direct radiating speakers I believe you want them at ear level facing the listener if possible. You can't always get what you want, I realize. Just saying.

    The high in the corner thing was really more of a placement for the ambient noise that Pro-Logic surrounds contained.

    I think he meant the rears were close to the wall (on it) and that the mains were too close to the TV. It is always a good idea to get your speakers off the wall if you can, but it's not always possible.
     

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