Studio Apartment Rig

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Bobbi, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Bobbi

    Bobbi Auditioning

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    I am brand new to HT though I've been around the audio scene for a while.

    I am happy with my PC/Audio setup. I have +/- 10,000 tracks MP3/OGG/APE on my HD Ghosted to an identical 120GB HD.

    I use J. River Media Center 9 to manage the library and to output to my receiver through a Stereo-Link 1200 USB device. This feeds my HK 3370 receiver via RCA plugs. Strictly 24 bit stereo. Two channels R/L.

    The HK drives a pair of Meadowlark Swifts, which happily replaced Paradigm Atoms a while ago. They are positioned to provide a good sound stage from my keyboard and another sweet spot.

    I live in a typically small NYC studio apartment--call it 14 X 14 feet--the living/bedroom. Hardwood floors. Minimal drapes--8 foot ceilings. Wallboard.

    My primary interest will continue to be music over the existing system. However I have an interest in film and would like to create an HT using maybe a 27" TV and cheap DVD player. I am mostly interested in Film Noir. Old films from the '30's to '50's. Bogart. Hayward. Ingrid Bergman. Casa Blanca, Maltese Falcon, Big Sleep and such. Mostly B&W.

    I'll be looking to Netflix or similar to provide the film on DVD.

    I want to hang the TV from the ceiling so that it can pivot 90 degrees for viewing angles.

    My questions are:

    1. What TV?

    2. What bracket to hang from ceiling?

    3. What DVD player?

    4. What interconnect with computer? Why?

    Thanks for replies.
     
  2. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

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    WOW your system sounds eerily like my brother Patrick's set-up! He's got an HK3270 running a pair of B&W601s in his studio, there's a CD player and a MiniDisc machine, but the primary source is a 24 bit sound card in his studio computer.

    Since space is such an important issue in such an environment, I'd recommend doing what Pat did - Buy a decent all-in-one DVD/receiver system for home theater, and keep using your existing high quality music system for stereo music. He got a Sony Dream system for his DVD player, it is perfect in the environment.

    I have no idea about the bracket or such. I don't trust such things with a TV bigger than 20" ina pool room.

    I'll email him right now......
     
  3. Ben Stern

    Ben Stern Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi Bobbi: I too, live in a small studio apartment in Brooklyn (Corbin Place in Manhattan Beach). It's 13 by 18 with a 9 foot ceiling and hardwood floors. In choosing a T.V., my sugestion is to get the Sunday News, the Post or the Times and look at the pullout ads from places like Best Buy, Circuit City, P.C. Richards, J&R, etc. Stick to brands like Toshiba, Panasonic, Sony, JVC.,
    Mitsubishi and Hitachi. You might want to consider something a little bigger than 27 inches. Bogart,
    Lorre, Bergman, Bacall, Astor and of course, "the fat man", all look wonderful on a 50 inch RPTV. With your preference for old movies, get a set with the traditional 4:3 format rather than the newer 16:9 format. As far as a CD player goes, get any one on sale - EXCEPT APEX. Regarding brackets and interconnects, I can't advise you about those 2 things. Good luck in your hunt. Bobbi, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
     

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