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Pictures of my rig in action, pointers appreciated.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by MichaelO, Jul 24, 2001.

  1. MichaelO

    MichaelO Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello there. I finally got around to taking some pictures of my rig and I thought I would post them here. I still have some cable management issues to iron out but it's getting closer. I also need one more shelf for my Bell'o rack to get my surround power amp off the floor.
    I am running separates with a power amp dedicated to my mains (Carver M500t, 251 watts per channel), one for my center channels (Carver M200t, 120 watts per channel), and one for my surrounds (Yamaha M65, 180 watts per channel). My speakers are Infinity Kappas all around, 8.1's for my mains, 2 5.1's for my center, and 5.1's for my surrounds. I am using the Hsu VTF-2 sub for the woofing. I am using a Denon AVD2000 for my pre/pro, Panny RV80 for DVD player, and a JVC 100 disc changer for my CD's. I have delegated my VCR and Laserdisc player to my bedroom as I just don't use them anymore.
    The screen shots below look a little better than the ones I posted yesterday plus there are a few more. Still, keep in mind that the digi camera I am using seems to soften the pic and add color. I have tried all the functions on it and the ones listed below are the best i could do with my camera.
    Well, guess that about does it so tell me waht you think (suggestions appreciated).
    Thanks in advance.
    Michael
    My Rig with the lights turned on from behind the sweetspot
    Right Surround
    Left Surround
    Left Main w/o grill & Equipment rack
    Right Main w/o grill & 100 disc CD changer
    Hsu VTF-2 woof
    Center channels w/o grills & center poweramp
    Surround w/o grill
    Surrounds watching over the sweetspot
    Sitting in the sweetspot
    Saving Private Ryan: (1:85)
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    Shanghai Noon (2:35)
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    [Edited last by MichaelO on July 25, 2001 at 09:48 AM]
    [Edited last by MichaelO on July 25, 2001 at 01:14 PM]
     
  2. MichaelO

    MichaelO Stunt Coordinator

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    Updated with pics of my equipment and more screenshots. Take a look and tell me what you think. Suggestions / Tips will be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Michael
     
  3. Steve_D

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    Looks real good.
    I would get all that stuff off the TV. Maybe a darker or wall matched window blinds behind the TV. Maybe some acoustical treatment at the primary reflection points.
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  4. MichaelO

    MichaelO Stunt Coordinator

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    Steve, thanks for the comments.
    Unfortunately, I'm stuck with my speaks on the top of my TV. The speakers are too big to put on the floor in front of the screen so on top is the only choice. As for the amp, I like using a minimal length for my speaker cables so it has to be really close to the speakers to reach.
    You are 100% right about the blinds, I should definitely get a darker color. The only problem with the acoustical treatments would be the WAF. I am afraid she wouldn't stand for them, it practically took an act of congress to get my movie posters hung [​IMG]
     
  5. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
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    Michael:
    Nice setup. I bet is sounds sweat.
    You said you posted more over on HTF but decided to post here too. Since are on HTF now where do you spend the majority of your time?
    Nice to have you on board.
    Parker
     
  6. MichaelO

    MichaelO Stunt Coordinator

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    Parker, thanks for the kind words.
    Looks like the copy and paste bug bit me on the rear [​IMG] , my bad. I actually posted this at another forum and then just copied it over here. Guess I'll do some proof reading next time. I have corrected my initial post by the way. Anyway, I do spend most of my time here, I just have never posted any pictures of my setup before.
    How can I get one of my pictures added to the the member theater section?
    Thanks,
    Michael
     
  7. Steve_D

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    michael,
    I'm stealing this idea from someone else, but here's how to add WAF approved acoustical panels at the reflecting points. When I finish with my room, I'll post pics.
    What you need:
    Thick, wood type picture frame, or cheaper wood molding like you see around carpets, stained to match your decor.
    Acoustical panels cut down to the size of the frame.
    Fabric of your choice cut ot match frame.
    Poster, preferably not of girl flicks lol....
    Mount the acoustic panel inside the picture frame, or your DIY frame from the moldings. Place the decor matching fabric over the panel, glue. Center the poster on the fabric using push pins into the acoutstic panel. There, a custom, matted movie poster frame that ALSO is effective acoustical treatment.
    Anyway, acoustic panels is really getting into the nitty gritty...but hey you asked and it looks like you have a great system with all the normal bases covered.
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  8. Parker Clack

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    Michael:
    Just email me your pictures and equipment list and I will get you put up on the members page. If you have a link to a web site that you would rather use send that to me instead.
    Parker
     
  9. MichaelO

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    Steve, interesting idea...I might just be able to get that to work. Thanks for the suggestion, I never thought of doing it that way.
    Parker, thanks so much.
     
  10. Wes

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    Not to be too critical but on your screen shots (and it may just be the photographs at fault) but I see your RPTV producing too much color and a strong push to the blues. have you had it calibrated?
    Looks like a nice set up, good job!
    Wes
     
  11. Trevor Schell

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    Hey Michael,,Great looking set-up.
    I just love those Infinity's,,Classics that should be resurrected from their resting place. [​IMG]
    The Emit-R tweeters sure are sweet.
    The decor in the room is also very tasteful. [​IMG]
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  12. MichaelO

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    Thanks a lot guys.
    Wes, it is the camera. I mentioned in my initial post about the color that had been added when I took the pics. If you have any tips on how to keep that from happening I would really appreciate it. I think it is just the camera at fault...it is a Kodak DC3200 and is on the cheaper side. Guess I should have spent a few more bucks on a better camera. But yes, I have calibrated it using VE.
    Trevor, thanks. I agree, Infinity shouldn't have stopped making these things. From what I gathered from them, the Kappa's cost too much money to make so Infinity nixed them. I really love the sound they produce, I looked long and hard to find matching speakers for the center and surrounds but it was no easy task. The EMIT-R tweet means that you have to find another speaker that employs that same tweet to get the timbre matched that is necessary for 5.1 sound.
    I took a look at your pics and you have a very sweet setup as well. Man, look at that bass! I'm sure after watching SPR you feel "Schell Shocked" [​IMG] , I bet your neighbors just love you.
    [Edited last by MichaelO on July 26, 2001 at 09:06 AM]
     

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