What's Your Next Step In HT?

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  1. Douglas_H

    Douglas_H Stunt Coordinator

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    An earlier thread got me thinking about the next step in the HT odyssey.

    The sound is decent but not finished.

    It's time to upgrade the video(36" direct view).

    For me, a front projector, DLP or LCOS.

    Then amplification, Pass X3 for LCR.

    BAT VK-200 or Stratos for the sides.

    The ML will be relegated to the rears(7.1).

    AVM-20 for the front end.

    Revel F30s for LCR.

    I haven't figured out the DVD source yet.

    Any suggestions?

    Plus, anyone using tubes in their system?

    I love tube gear but it seems to be ignored in HT.

    Maybe it's just me, but I spend more time then I should on this.
     
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  3. james e m

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    Since you asked here is the Mirkwood HT upgrade path:

    1st. Buy a Denon 3802 (tomarrow)

    2nd. Buy an Outlaw 770 amp (in a couple months) and use the Denon as pre/pro

    3rd. Upgrade from the Paradigm Monitor line to the Studio line (100's x 2, 20's x 4, Studio CC) in November

    4th. Buy a new house (1 year)

    5th. Buy Dual SVS Ultras

    6tt. Buy a progressive scan DVD player

    7th. Buy a DLP or LCD projector and screen (2-3 years)

    8th. Buy whatever pre/pro is on the market that I like
     
  4. Scott Merryfield

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    I am trying to decide between adding two more B&W 602 S2 speakers for center surround speakers or upgrading my CD player to a Sony ES SACD carousel player for my next HT addition.
     
  5. John E F

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    The next step for me would be buying a bigger house that is more 6.1 / 7.1 friendly. My current setup is extremely close to overkill in our current home and it is getting harder to convince my wife of our "need" to upgrade [​IMG]
     
  6. Arthur S

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    Doug

    You answered your own question. Video. A killer front projector with scaler, good screen, room light control, HD source(s), ought to take care of your upgraditis for quite a while. Take a look over at AV Science. They can show you just how much top notch video will run you.
     
  7. Chris Demaree

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    Step 1: Promotion, so I can afford steps 2 and 3 [​IMG]
    step 2: Outlaw 950
    step 3: Paradigm Studio 20's x 4
     
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    Just did the receiver upgrade (Onkyo 797, and VERY happy with it), so my next step is an SVS 25-31, either a CS (no amp included), or a PCi (flush-mount plate amp installed). Woo-hoo! Can't wait to get the bucks together...
     
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    Just got a tripod so I can finally do sound level measurements correctly. (Used to sit the meter on a vertically placed pillow, back up against my sofa.)

    But I always knew that all those "surfaces" too close to the meter wasn't good...
     
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    1) seeing a counselor!

    2) pretending to listen to the shrink, then order a sub from SVS
     
  11. Scott Bourden

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    #1. 47-50"(range) Widescreen projection HD (compatable)TV

    #2. Monoblocks or 3X??? seperate amp for front soundstage.
     
  12. Michael Lee

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    I need to slow down a bit and actually enjoy my gear now. I just upgraded a ton with outboard amplification in two rooms and a Denon 5803 in one of those rooms. I also upgraded my 6th and 7th speakers in my front projection room. In the future, I will probably get a scaler.
     
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    1) SVS 25-31PCi
    2) HDTV (haven't decided between 4:3 or 16:9 as of yet)
    3) New DVD player (again, not sure what model).
    Can you tell me where you are getting your Pass Labs X3? And for how much? This amp really intrigues me.[​IMG]
     
  14. Hugh Scrivener

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    Win the Virginia Lottery and build a 300 seat THX standard theater off of the garage.....with the Digital Projection so I can see Episode II in the original format without down-conversion.

    Realistically....Toshiba 50" TheaterWide rear projection.
     
  15. James Bergeron

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    602 S3's x 6 or 7 to replace my entire speakers.

    Built Dedicated room (starting next month)

    Upgrade to seperates probably rotel 1095 amps

    Upgrade M8000 Projector when it dies.
     
  16. John Morris

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    After the Outlaw 950, I don't have the slightest idea what to upgrade next? I'm thinking of messing around with a tubed stereo preamp for awhile until the next beta testing project starts...
     
  17. RAF

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    Next step?
    These things occur in steps[​IMG]
    You could have fooled me!
    [​IMG]
    (and to answer the question on a slightly more serious note: probably to sit back and listen to and watch some of the media that has accumulated during all my recent testing activity. Then I might refurbish my B&O 4002 turntable and add a phono-preamp to listen to some vinyl). But something else might come over the horizon and sidetrack me once more.)
     
  18. Allen W

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    Next step is a DIY subwoofer. Does anyone have an original SVS Driver available after their upgrade they will sell me? My theater is currently 5.0, I need to upgrade to 5.1!

    Next step is to get into HDTV, I have my eye on a Mitsubishi 46" Widescreen. Then add an HD receiver.

    Then build a cabinet to house all of my equipment that is stacked everywhere.
     

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