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post #21 of 42 Old 07-27-12, 03:16 PM
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Re: Living room setup advice appreciated

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Well if you do not have a 3D Blu-Ray Player, that would be a good thing to add. For $500, you could get an OPPO BDP-93 which is a truly fantastic BDP. That being said, you can spend around $100 and get the job done quite well. If wanting to spend less than the price of the OPPO, I would check out a Panasonic BDP. You can get a very good one for around $150.
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post #22 of 42 Old 07-27-12, 03:58 PM
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I'll trust your judgment haha - height speakers will definitely be much easier in terms of speaker placement for me.

So based on all your wonderful suggestions, here's my list:

Display: Mitsubishi WD-92840 92" 3d projection tv (~$2,700)

Audio:
Fronts/Rears/Heights: SVS SBS-02 x 3 pairs (~$450)
Center: SVS SCS-02 (~$100)
Subwoofer: HSU VTF-2 MK4 (~$585 w/ shipping)
Receiver: temporarily Marantz SR6006 (~$870)

Amazingly, this comes out to around $4705 (even with some small rounding up), which is still around $300 less than my $5000 budget! And this is not accounting for whatever cash I'll be able get for selling my old Denon AVR-789, Polk CS2, and Polk PSW10 - I was thinking hopefully around $200 for all 3 things, which would give me around $500 extra. Obviously, I could just count all of this as "savings," but I was wondering if anyone had some more ideas about small upgrades that would be good (if there's anything that would help make a difference with spending a little more). Thanks everyone!!!!
I would take that $500 and invest it in a Oppo 93 - it truly is worth the price. I cannot even begin to say enough wonderful things about mine.....


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Hello,
Well if you do not have a 3D Blu-Ray Player, that would be a good thing to add. For $500, you could get an OPPO BDP-93 which is a truly fantastic BDP. That being said, you can spend around $100 and get the job done quite well. If wanting to spend less than the price of the OPPO, I would check out a Panasonic BDP. You can get a very good one for around $150.
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I would take that $500 and invest it in a Oppo 93 - it truly is worth the price. I cannot even begin to say enough wonderful things about mine.....
Hmm I actually already have a Panasonic blu-ray player, and I watch more from my htpc, so I can't exactly justify spending $500 on the oppo - maybe later when I accumulate more blu-rays. I'm definitely happy with just saving that money as well haha. As soon as I get the final "ok" I'm going to buy those svs speakers soon!

Thanks JJ + ALMFamily for all your help!!
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Re: Living room setup advice appreciated

I was doing some more research today, and I was wondering if it'd be worth it to get SCS-02 Mains for the two fronts as opposed to SBS-02s? (Still SBS-02s for the heights and rears.)
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I was doing some more research today, and I was wondering if it'd be worth it to get SCS-02 Mains for the two fronts as opposed to SBS-02s? (Still SBS-02s for the heights and rears.)
That is an excellent idea. Ideally, I would use the SCS-02's for Mains and Surrounds and the SBS's for Height Channels. Or if you are getting to close to going over your budget, upgrading to SCS's for Mains and Surrounds and not doing the Height Channel.

Personally, I have stuck with 5.1/5.2 for almost the entire time. Granted using 5 foot tall Electrostatic Speakers for Mains and Surrounds makes it pretty difficult to setup more than a 5.2 HT. However, prior to my current HT Speakers, I was using Paradigm Studio 100 V2's for Mains and Surrounds. Much of this is due to the importance of SACD (DSD) to me.
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That is an excellent idea. Ideally, I would use the SCS-02's for Mains and Surrounds and the SBS's for Height Channels. Or if you are getting to close to going over your budget, upgrading to SCS's for Mains and Surrounds and not doing the Height Channel.

Personally, I have stuck with 5.1/5.2 for almost the entire time. Granted using 5 foot tall Electrostatic Speakers for Mains and Surrounds makes it pretty difficult to setup more than a 5.2 HT. However, prior to my current HT Speakers, I was using Paradigm Studio 100 V2's for Mains and Surrounds. Much of this is due to the importance of SACD (DSD) to me.
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Great! I think I'll get the 2 pairs of SCS-02's then - with those on sale as well, this still puts me at around $4900, so $100 below my budget of $5000, even without considering selling my old components.

Another thing - the height channels obviously will have to be wall mounted, but for the mains and surrounds, do people generally prefer speaker stands or wall mounting? Just from some quick googling, there doesn't seem to be a strong consensus.

Thanks so much!
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Speaker Stands without question or doubt. I am not sure where you looked, but In Walls represent a pretty big compromise in respect to Acoustics. It is often done to assuage ones Wife and for folks where the Interior Decorator reigns over all decisions. Moreover, the SVS's are not even In Wall Speakers.

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Speaker Stands without question or doubt. I am not sure where you looked, but In Walls represent a pretty big compromise in respect to Acoustics. It is often done to assuage ones Wife and for folks where the Interior Decorator reigns over all decisions. Moreover, the SVS's are not even In Wall Speakers.
Oh no I think you misunderstood me - I meant just wall-mounted - so getting a wall bracket to hang the speakers. I would definitely not put these speaker in wall. If wall-mounting them would also severely compromise the acoustics, I'll go with the stands.
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post #29 of 42 Old 07-28-12, 10:48 AM
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Re: Living room setup advice appreciated

Sorry. Indeed I did. I was talking to Comcast while answering that post. Sorry for the mistake. Many Stand Mounted Speakers do sound better when placed close to the Back Wall to provide more Bass. It is one of those things where you should try multiple placements until you decide what sounds best to you.

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