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post #641 of 855 Old 08-17-15, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Still no love... I can access the UnRAID NAS via the web GUI (have it doing a parity check now), but the UNRAID Main Menu won't load, although all the other menus load. I hope when the parity check is completed I can get the NAS, and Media Server to work together again.
After 4 days of fighting the setup... I finally got the UnRAID NAS back up and running in my setup along with 2 OpenElec/Kodi Media Servers. Apparently the SSD died or was very close to dying in one of my media servers. I installed Kodi on the USB stick in the end and it finally worked. What was getting me confused was every time i would setup the USB stick for an install it would always ask for another drive to install it on...So I finally gave it another USB stick to install to and it worked. So apparently since i installed this a couple of years ago (before i got the SSDs, I must have installed it with 2 USB sticks (one with the install, and the other to install to).

Now i can finally get back to watching movies, TV Shows, and listening to music again.

We will have at least a few weeks before i get a new 11 channel amp for the setup, but that shouldn't cause any problems (I hope i didn't just jinx it).

Meanwhile I need to figure out where to install a pair of JBL 8320 speakers for Atmos. Can you run just 2 or do I need to run 4? I am still looking for a 2nd pair for Atmos, and a pair of 8340As for my rear surrounds.

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Re: Ellis Family Retirement HT: Go big or go home

Just snagged a new amp... I will now have the Yamaha MXA-5000 amp which will replace my Lexicon NT-512, my Sherbourn 5/1500, and my Yamaha XM-4080 pro amp. This will clean up the rack even more plus cut my A/C bill down considerably. I am hoping the Yamaha sounds as good as the Lexicon did. Even if it doesn't i will be sticking with the Yamaha for a long time.

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Re: Ellis Family Retirement HT: Go big or go home

It's official... no more Klipsch speakers in the setup. I really liked the Klipsch, but I like the fact that now I have all the same brand, plus the surrounds, and Atmos speakers are from 1/4 to 1/2 the weight of the Klipsch speakers. This means i will have less weight on our double walls, and hanging from our double drywall ceiling too.

Now i just need to get the last pair of JBL 8320s for the ceiling, and the new AVP to complete the setup. This should hold me over until I decide to upgrade the Projector in a year or 2.

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I also like having speakers from the same line. Some people say meh, whatever, it doesn't matter that much. That could be true to a point, but I've had/heard some Frankensteined setups, and they usually sound "off" at best. Kinda like being less than the sum of its parts. Lol
Btw, it's always fun to read your posts in this thread. Very detailed and interesting. Thx.
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I also like having speakers from the same line. Some people say meh, whatever, it doesn't matter that much. That could be true to a point, but I've had/heard some Frankensteined setups, and they usually sound "off" at best. Kinda like being less than the sum of its parts. Lol
Btw, it's always fun to read your posts in this thread. Very detailed and interesting. Thx.
Thanks,

The latest upgrades were true to my bargain hunting build.

I picked up the following brand new...
(4) JBL 8340A speakers (MSRP $1100 a pair)
(2) JBL 8320 speakers (MSRP $500 a pair)

Total cost $1200

Yamaha MX-A5000 3 months old with original receipt from Authorized Yamaha Dealer (MSRP $2900 new)

Price $1600

So $2800 for $5700 in equipment.

Now to sell my Yamaha XM 4080, Lexicon NT-512, Sherbourn 5/1500, and 2 pair of Klipsch HIPs (sold...waiting for pickup). If I get my asking prices I will break even on the new pieces..

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Re: Ellis Family Retirement HT: Go big or go home

I watched Divergent with a friend the other night, and both of us noticed the improvements in sound since the Dirac was put into place. I noticed that when everyone was in the auditorium scene... I could hear the seat springs squeak. My friend noticed that he could now clearly hear the people when they were whispering too.

I watched Bourne Supremacy, and all kinds of little details were now revealed. I am very glad I made the jump from Audyssey to Dirac...def worth every penny I spent to change over the setup. Later this week i will be swapping out the last Klipsch pair with a new pair of 8340As, and a new 11 channel Yamaha amp... We will see if there is any difference in the sound.

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Re: Ellis Family Retirement HT: Go big or go home

Glad to see you enjoying the fruits of your labor I have always preached that I felt Dirac was better than Audyssey and now its nice to see someone else has a liking for it also.

Also hope this new Yamaha amps works out well.

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Thanks, I hope the new amp works out too. I also have pre-ordered the new Yamaha CX-A5100 preamp which should be arriving late September to mid October. Hopefully I will like Atmos.

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Fedex showed up tonight with the new Yamaha MX-5000 amp. We got the old amps pulled out, and the new amp in place. Tomorrow I will wire it all up (after I figure out how I want to wire all the channels).

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Re: Ellis Family Retirement HT: Go big or go home

That's exciting Ron! Big changes in your room. So you have found Dirac to make a noticeable difference in listening? I had always thought it looked cool, but wasn't really planning to try it because it seemed like too much work for what might amount to an incremental improvement. It will be interesting to see what Dirac does with DTS:X and Atmos material.

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