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I'm fairly new here. Here's my system with the new Sony X900H I purchased. (you can still see the packing material piled up on the right :)). I did slide it over a couple inches to the left since I took this pic.

The system is as follows:

- Sony XBR85X900H
- Denon AVR-X3000 Receiver
5.1...
- Phase Technology Teatro 6.5 Center
- Phase Technology Teatro 4.5 L/R and Surrounds
- HSU VTF-2 MK5
- Sony UBPX700 (on order)

The fireplace puts the right channel a little forward and off to the right, but I don't notice any issues with it after running Audyssey.

That tree was my wife's idea and I have to admit, it makes a pretty nice backlight while watching the TV.

I'm standing i the kitchen. The TV is mounted so anyone sitting in the kitchen either at the table or island can easily see it over the seating. Great for a lot of people over watching a football game or whatever.
 

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I'm fairly new here. Here's my system with the new Sony X900H I purchased. (you can still see the packing material piled up on the right :)). I did slide it over a couple inches to the left since I took this pic.

The system is as follows:

- Sony XBR85X900H
- Denon AVR-X3000 Receiver
5.1...
- Phase Technology Teatro 6.5 Center
- Phase Technology Teatro 4.5 L/R and Surrounds
- HSU VTF-2 MK5
- Sony UBPX700 (on order)

The fireplace puts the right channel a little forward and off to the right, but I don't notice any issues with it after running Audyssey.

That tree was my wife's idea and I have to admit, it makes a pretty nice backlight while watching the TV.

I'm standing i the kitchen. The TV is mounted so anyone sitting in the kitchen either at the table or island can easily see it over the seating. Great for a lot of people over watching a football game or whatever.
Thanks. You don't hear about Phase Tech speakers very often. I have some in my office that I've had for 30 years.
 
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Thanks. You don't hear about Phase Tech speakers very often. I have some in my office that I've had for 30 years.
Yeah, mine are about 20 years old. The only problem I had was about a year ago, one of the tweeters went out. Fortunately I was able to get on the website and purchase a replacement. As you can see from he picture it was an easy fix. Just the 4 screws, pop it out and 2 quick disconnects.

These Teatro series have what they called "Vapor Deposited Titanium" woofers. I recall walking into an audio store (this was back when there were actually places you could go hear a lot of these speakers) to listen to a Definitve Technology 5.1 surround speaker set and the guy showed me these phase techs and they blew them away so I bought them. I had bought a 12" phase tech sub as well at the time and that just died last year so I picked up the HSU (love it).

Phase tech is still around, but it looks like they now put most of their effort into built-in wall speakers.
 

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Sooooo I got those Klipsch speakers Rice apparently hates.

...don't see the problem, they're better than the OEM Yamahas that came with my RX-V383.

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Mistakes were made, but it's finally operational. Still tweaking, calibrating, adjusting....

Projector:
Sony VPL-VW715ES

Screen:
126" Stewart Filmscreen 2.35:1

Speakers:
2x GR Research X-Static AV123 with Skiing Ninja Crossovers
1x GR Research X-Voce AV123 with Skiing Ninja Crossover
4x GR Research A/V-1RS
2x GR Research Servo Sub 4
1x SVS SB-2000 Pro (at the back of the theater on a 180 degree reverse polarity)
4X Bowers & Wilkins CCM684 (ceiling ATMOS)

AVR:
Marantz SR8015

Home Theater PC (doubling as a Plex Server):
ASUS ROG Crosshair Hero VI, AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, 16GB DDR4-2600, 1TB NVMe (primary), 9TB Western Digital NAS, AMD Radeon Pro WX7100

Blu-ray:
Panasonic DP-UB9000

Lighting and Control:
Lutron - Caséta with 5x smart dimmers
Savant Pro

Seating:
Seatcraft Venetian with Soundshaker technology
Front row curved

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My theater was completed back in 2004. The pictures are that old. That said, nothing has changed over the last 17 years other than some equipment upgrades.

Over all HT room (18x15), looks skewed because I stitched two pictures together to combine in one shot
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View of front left speaker, enclosed and exposed.
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View of surround speaker, enclosed and exposed, two back and two side
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In-wall equipment rack, most have changed since picture taken
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Picture of finished area of wall with sound treatment
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Wall before fabric applied over 1" rigid fiberglass, sound treatment applied to ear-level down on sides and back wall, and to complete front wall.
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Custom made storage shelves, has expanded to three times the size since.

All wood work I did myself. Walls and ceiling have a double layer of drywall.

Projector: Upgraded from Sharp 10K -> Sony VPL HW10 -> Sony VPL HW45es
Screen: 92" Vutec Silverstar
Speakers: 3 M&K 150's upfront, 4 M&K SS 200's for surrounds, 1 M&K 350 sub
Receiver: Recently upgraded from Denon 5803 -> Marantz SR5013
Blu-ray Players: Oppo BDP-83, Panasonic UB420
Looking into adding an external amp

Something I always wanted since seeing a Jetson's episode when growing up where the TV was a large screen on a wall. Quite the improvement from the 19" B/W tube I grew up watching as a kid.
 

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After moving into our new home last year, my budget hasn't allowed me to build the home theater room that I've always wanted. I have, however, been able to really enjoy the simple HT I set up in a spare bedroom. All of the speakers are 20 year old 1st generation Paradigms: The mains are Monitor 9s, the center is a CC-350, the surrounds are ADP-170 dipoles, and the sub is a Servo-15. Last fall, I finally moved on from my ancient Yamaha RX-V995 to a Denon S750H and added a Panasonic DP-UB420 UHD disc player and a 2nd gen tv 4K. I am still rocking a Panasonic 50" 720P plasma display that I really hope to replace with a 65" 4K QLED this winter as well as add a set of ELAC Debut Atmos bounce speakers that I can sit on top of the Monitor 9s. The slope of the ceiling as well as WAF failure means I can't add proper ceiling mounted overhead Atmos speakers so I'll just have to make due. All my equipment is on a TV stand for now. Perhaps in the future, I can mount the display on the wall and move all the equipment to a rack in the closet. At some point, I would also like to replace the Servo-15 sub with a beefier SVS.

* I'll edit this post later to add my room dimensions. *

One of my room challenges is an open closet on the right side of the seating area. The previous home owners had a shower curtain rod with a drape covering the closet. I took the rod down after we moved in... it just looked tacky. It also looked like the back room of old video stores where the dirty movies were kept. There isn't enough room inside the walls to add pocket doors for the closet and I can't really add proper hinged doors because of the location of the right surround speaker but it doesn't really seem to negatively affect the audio so I'm not messed up about leaving it open. There is also an electronic pet door in the closet leading to the back patio. I have this locked because our dogs wouldn't use it and I don't want them trespassing through the HT to go in and out of the house. The pet door is clear plastic so that creates some light pollution during the day that I've been able to reduce by sitting either a filled plastic storage tub or my backpack in the closet floor in front of it. There are two shelves built into the closet, one on either side, that hold all of my media.

The room features a double window along one side wall and an arch or half-round window in the back wall behind the seating area. Both have been covered with blinds and theater grade 100% blackout curtains.

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14' wide by 20' deep for the dedicated theater space with an additional 3 foot space behind the 158" cinema wide acoustic screen to store the subs and front channel speakers.

List:
Denon AVR-X6400H AV Receiver
Klipsch Sound:
RF-7 III Tower Speakers - Front Channel
RC-64 III Center Channel Speaker
RB-81 II Bookshelf Speakers Side and Rear Surround
CDT-5800-C II 8" In-Ceiling Atmos Speakers (4)
Valencia Tuscany Home Theater Seating
Epson Home Cinema 5050UB 4K PROJECTOR
Nvidia Shield Pro / PLEX
Panasonic UB820 UHD Bluray Player
Silver Ticket Acoustic Projection Screen, 2.35:1, 158" Diagonal
Twin Odin Subs powered by Crown XLi3500 1350-Watt Amp
ATS Acoustic Sound Panels

Equipment located behind the theater room in a server closet/projector room.
I built this entire area by myself over a period of nearly 3 years from a completely empty, unfinished cement basement.
Room is nearly completely blacked out using triple black velvet.
A really crappy walkthrough video walkthrough is below but I intent to make a better quality, more thorough one for my channel very soon.

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hello every,I'd like to buy a projector, many people around me recommend the XGIMI projector, I am interested in its autofocus and smart keystone correction,has anyone used it and can share the experience?Thank you very much.
 

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I missed the edit time-window to go back in to my above post and add dimensions to my HT room so I'm going to put them here.

The overall size of my room is 15' wide x 13' deep, but the entryway and closet take a 3.5' x 13' slice off of one side, leaving the main seating area at 11.5' wide x 13' deep. The ceiling at the front of the room is 14.5' tall and slopes to 8' at the back of the room. After deep thought, I don't know if I'll be able to use Atmos bounce speakers because of the angle of the ceiling. I'm afraid the bounced sound would hit the ceiling and reflect straight to the floor in front of the seating area or skew at some bizarre angle which wouldn't benefit me. I suppose I could always buy a pair of speakers and try them out. If they sound good, I can keep them and if they sound bad or I can't tell the difference, I can return them (minus the restocking fee if applicable).
 

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Here’s what I’m up against when trying to implement Atmos in my HT. I’m not sure if I can pull it off with bounce speakers… The tall part of the ceiling is the front of the HT. It starts at 14.5’ high and slopes down to 8’ high over a distance of 13’. I’ve been out of school too long and have slept too little so I’m not even going to attempt the math to figure out a bounce angle. Like I posted earlier, I may just buy the speakers and see if I like the way it sounds. Keep ‘em if I do or take ‘em back if I don’t.

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Here’s what I’m up against when trying to implement Atmos in my HT. I’m not sure if I can pull it off with bounce speakers… The tall part of the ceiling is the front of the HT. It starts at 14.5’ high and slopes down to 8’ high over a distance of 13’. I’ve been out of school too long and have slept too little so I’m not even going to attempt the math to figure out a bounce angle. Like I posted earlier, I may just buy the speakers and see if I like the way it sounds. Keep ‘em if I do or take ‘em back if I don’t.
My problem, Clinton, is that my Elac Atmos seakers are too close to my ceiling (in both my old house and my new house--we moved in July) to give me proper Atmos sound. They are sitting atop my front speakers which are already mounted only a foot to a foot-and-a-half from the ceiling.

So while I'm certain I'm not getting the full impact of Atmos in my HT, I paid serious attention to before/after listening sessions and concluded that the speakers nevertheless filled my room more with sound and so I have kept them in place anyway. I'm sure some would consider that a heretical mistake (!)...but I simply liked the sound better having them in place.
 

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Thanks, Mike. I might go ahead and try them out to see if I like the added ambience. First, though, I have to swap out my old plasma with a new ULED display today.
 

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Finally finished off the media shelf I built some time ago so I just wanted to update it in this thread.

Also here is the Star Trek limited movie poster I won here at HTF.

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Altec A-7's needs some TLC even if I can not afford to have them professionally refinished with a high gloss piano black finish to look like a piano.
 

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