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Hi folks,


First off, congrats to all the great setups on here. Secondly, my setup is very modest compare to some of the awesomeness on this forum. I didn't post this in the "home theater room" forum has this is not a dedicated room per say. We do have a formal living room so I'm pretty free to do as I please here but it's not the room I'm going to spend money in. My wife has been warned that in our next and final house, there will be a dedicated room. The rest of the house can be a giant shoe closet for all I care but Yoda must have a lair just for him.

Like many others, this is only the beginning of the pursuit of satisfaction...(yeah right, "satisfaction"). I still have quite a ways to go. A projector is a definite must, and new speakers are in my sight. But for now, it sounds pretty descent to me and my wife.

Anthem MRX 300
Cheap Haier 65" LED display
Sony BDP-S5100
Pioneer PD-F407
HTPC
Apple TV


Athena AS-F2 (front)
Athena AS-F1 (cntr)
Athena AS-F1 (srrnd)
Athena AS-B1 (srrnd back)
SVS PB12-NSD (2)
OSD PS12 (2) near field

AT THE END OF THE THREAD, SEARCH MUST YOU. NEW PICS YOU WILL FIND

Yes, feast your eyes out boys and girls, this is the very first "surround sound" experience Yoda as had. Notice the optimum placement of the speakers. Also, I have no clue why such a picture was taken. Please don't be jealous, I sold it to some millionaire.


Some random pics of how I started to get into it more seriously. I didn't take pics of my RCA HTIB nor my powerful Polk PSW10 or Polk M20 I had briefly.

Bic F12


Pioneer VSX-921




Old Yamaha amp.




Got some new subs. Premier Acoustics PA-120


Did some work here, new paint on walls, new light fixture, new TV, new entertainment unit, new couch, new speaker stand for surround back. Yes, I monitor how hot the receiver gets. I have a laptop fan on top of it and another fan exhausting in the back. Even after a couple of movies, it's stays pretty cool.










New SVS subs.


I've since towed in my towers by app. 15 degrees. Better axis response from my MLP.




New remote...finally.


Results of dual PB12-NSD in a relatively small room. It was snowing filling compound...




Later...
 

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Athena's, Pioneer VSX, symmetric dual subs, you and I must be related in some way...

BIC, PA, SVS! Quite a run of upgrades, but you've gotten me nervous seeing drywall-cracks involved with dual 12" subs in a semi-small room. *turns subs down 2db*

As for getting your dedicated room, I found it easiest to just mention some positive aspect of the plan every time we turned on the TV in the old house.

"Just think how nice it will be when we have an actual theater room, no screen glare..."
"Wow, you really can hear the neighbors mower, once we have that dedicated room..."
"It'll be nice once we have remote-controlled lights, no getting up and down constantly..."
"When I can integrate the wiring, it'll be so much cleaner looking in the room..."

...for better than 4 years. Once we moved in, SHE was the one antsy for the theater room.

--billyM
 

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"When I can integrate the wiring, it'll be so much cleaner looking in the room..."
--billyM
Ha ha, I did this until I think my wife was just so sick of me asking her if I could hide all the TV wires in the wall that she just caved. It definitely looks much cleaner in the room, bless her...:D
 

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Wow, jamming it old school. That brings back some memories; I had a Pioneer SX-780 for years...



I loved that thing!
 

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Yup, there is a coolness factor with old school amp/tuners. Aside from the quality of contruction, those dials man, they're awesome. It's just a Radio Shack, but I'm assuming parts and manufacturing came from somebody else. I know those cheap Centrios speakers that I bought with the tuner are the same models as some Quest speakers which was manufactured by JAM Idustries.... they're still cheap though.

That Pioneer is sleek. Bet you wish you've kept it :doh:
 

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Got myself a REALISTIC STA-90 and a couple of Centrios speakers for $50. Not the deal of the century, but not bad.
That's a pretty sweet deal! And I love the retro receiver. I bought myself a Technics SA-500 a couple of years ago for the stereo set-up in my main-floor family room. I'd been wanting a late '70s vintage receiver for years and I finally came across just the right one. :)
 

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I loved spinning the dial of a receiver with a big flywheel. Wheeee! from one end of the band to another:D
agreed:bigsmile: Last time I did that was on my parent's 1976 Hitachi system listening to Chubby Checker on 8 track

That's a pretty sweet deal! And I love the retro receiver. I bought myself a Technics SA-500 a couple of years ago for the stereo set-up in my main-floor family room. I'd been wanting a late '70s vintage receiver for years and I finally came across just the right one. :)
that is one beautiful piece of machinery!!. To bad Technics/Panasonic didn't stay in the audio game. I definitely plan to get a tuner/amp of quality in the future. I bought this one due to the price with the speakers and how clean it was. Plus, it was cleaned and recapped I think. The dials are as smooth as a you know what :gulp:.
 

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Did no one else find it amusing that he showed off his sweet setup by displaying video of someone doing bikini alterations on a manikin? Lol :heehee:
 

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Did no one else find it amusing that he showed off his sweet setup by displaying video of someone doing bikini alterations on a manikin? Lol :heehee:
lol:rofl2:. Took me a while to catch on. If I remember, my wife was watching Project Runway. Now, you may choose to believe, or not believe this:neener:
 

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Got myself a REALISTIC STA-90
Yoda, great evolution of your setup. Its funny though, it was the Realistic that made me reply. :) I would like something like this for when I finish my garage. I love the nice warm glow of the dial and the analog meters.
 

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Yoda, great evolution of your setup. Its funny though, it was the Realistic that made me reply. :) I would like something like this for when I finish my garage. I love the nice warm glow of the dial and the analog meters.
thanks. I'm getting geared up to do some changes today to my main setup. Ditching my dedicated center channel speaker and replacing it with another tower.

I don't know what it is about it, but there is a coolness factor that is undeniable. Of course, when I was in my teens (late 80's), it was all about how many buttons and graphic equalizer lights I could get:D.

I got this from eBay and my brother in law also bought one (Akai). We both bought it from the same seller (Canadian) and we were both impress with what we received. And well priced too.

If you're interested when you're ready, you can PM me and I'll give you the seller's info. They seem to always have some low to mid end models in inventory.
 

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Well, did a few modifications yesterday. Got myself a couple of Infinity P252 'cause they were cheap and similar aesthetics then the Athenas. Took 1 of my AS-F1 and am using it as a center along with a couple of new tables on each side.

I'm liking it so far...

bad pics sorry I am, camera terrible it is.





New Infinity
 
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