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Old 06-11-2008, 12:09 AM   #1  
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Talking New Home Theater

I first found this forum when I was researching to upgrade my home theater system. Thanks everyones for your help. I still don't know as much as I'd like but I certainly know more than before I found this forum.

My current system:
-Samsung hlr4264w 42" RP DLP
-Sony STR-DB870 5.1 A/V receiver
-fronts- Acoustic Research AR-15 bookshelf loud speakers
-center- JBL Northridge series N-center
-surrounds- JBL E10 wall mounted dipole speakers
-subwoofer- JBL PB10
-Pioneer Elite DV-45A Universal Player DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-A
-xBox 360- connected as a media center extender

I got a great deal last year on the AR-15 bookshelf speakers, so I thought I would replace the JBL bookshelf speakers I had. The AR-15s are much better speakers but I can attest how important it is to match you speakers. It still sounds good but the AR-15s definetly sound better on their own.

Anyways, my plan was to buy a new TV first. I narrowed it down to the Panasonic TH42PX80 however, I thought I could sell my dlp tv for more now rather than later but then I figured that's not the case anymore. Maybe if I sold it last year. It still gives me a decent picture so I'll hang on to it for now and wait to see how much plasmas will drop in price.

In the mean time I have on order a set of Wharfedale Diamond 9 speakers
-fronts- 2 Diamond 9.1
-center- 1 Diamond 9.cc
-surrounds- 2 Diamond 9.0
I could have them now but I wanted them in rosewood finish so they're on order and I'm waiting. It's taking forever, what was I thinking it'll be worth it, they'll be here soon

Also On order is an Onkyo TX-SR606
I've seen a couple of them here in Vancouver Canada but they didn't last long. they had one at the store I bought the Wharfedale speakers from but it's gone already. They ordered one for me and knocked an extra $50 off the 606 price, which was the best price I found for the 606, before they gave me the discount.
They also gave me a deal on the speakers. I seen them at another store listed for $100 more for each pair, before the discount.
I actually found a store with people more concerned about me getting the best system I could afford rather than trying to upsale and make more commission. believe me, I've shopped around.

So, it's all in the works On with the waiting game and checking for sales on the panasonics, maybe the PZ80 will drop and I'll get that instead, better contrast. My plan also includes making the blu-ray jump by xmas.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:22 AM   #2  
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actually my buddy just got the pz80 and its a friggin killer t.v, blu-ray looks amazing!.. nice choice on the speakers as well, post some pics if you get around to it. Good choice on equipment, ya got good taste there soupnazi! ..., I almost forgot... my dealer said that prices will drop in about a month and then stay steady, with a possibility of going up.. can you believe that!??! anyways, hope it all works out for ya!

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Old 06-12-2008, 11:13 AM   #3  
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I can't wait to get my stuff, especially the wharfedales. These little speakers sound amazing. They were ordered a couple of weeks ago. The dealer said it might take a month, but that's ok, more time to put some extra money aside for them and to try and sell my old speakers.

I'm not sure what's going on with Onkyo though. Every dealer in my area said they are still waiting for shipment of the 606s. They were supposed to be available last month.
Anyone else shopping for a new Onkyo know of this?

I've heard lots about TVs dropping in price but what's this about prices going back up?

I'll try to get some pics up for a before and after
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Hi SOUPNAZI !!!

How's it going ?

Good to see you over at this forum.

I look forward to your postings.
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:22 AM   #5  
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here's some pics of my current home theater set up.
My new receiver and speakers might be here this week, fingers crossed.
The before and after won't look too much different until after I buy my plasma and hang it in the corner. I really need more room in my place.
This is the only spot that really works for my set up. Since it's set up in the corner I think I'm going to get a big sectional sofa to fit in the other corner and I can configure my surrounds better that way. I can't figure out where to put my surrounds the way it's set up now. I have seats on both sides of the room and i can't center my surrounds to work for both sides. When I get my new speakers I'm just going to set it up to focus on one spot where me and my girl can enjoy it








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hey soupnazi.. current set-up looks pretty damn good!!
Let us know when you get the new stuff so we can get a gander at it.

Also, the Paradigm rep I keep in touch with has some advice that I thought you might like to hear.

here are some thoughts:

- with a sub in the system always choose small in the set (large with no sub)
- when EQ-ing a multi-channel system never have a mic measure close to a wall (at least 3-4 feet from walls)
- rear speaker placement never past your right/left shoulder.


Just thought for shits and giggles..

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Old 06-24-2008, 03:47 PM   #7  
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Thanks for the tips Dave
So, I've been waiting so patiently for my speakers and today they told me they didn't receive the speakers with the rosewood finish like I wanted. They said it would be late july to get them now
They do have them with a cherry finish so I'm going to go take a look at them today. I liked those two finishes the best of the choices so I'll see what I think of them.
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cherry finish is deadly, especially on some of the paradigms I have seen. I would tak the cherry and run for the hills.. heh.. hope it all works out for ya
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I vote for the cherry as well. In my system though, I prefer black.
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I'm picking up my cherry warfedales tomorrow, friday
I think they are going to look pretty sharp, they will be a good contrast to the other black metal components of my home theatre.

I made another change. I'm glad I noticed it too. The dealer recommended I get the diamond 9.0 to use for surrounds to go with the diamond 9.1 that I will use for fronts. It made sense at the time.
I was looking at the diamond 9.SR on the wharfedale website. They are the same price as the 9.0 but are designed as surround speakers and will disperse the surround sound better for this purpose. My dealer realized this as soon as I mentioned it to him and he is getting the surround speakers for me.
He confirmed they will be in tomorrow but I'm still expecting something to happen, just to prepare myself for anything unexpected.
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Nice.. Those and the Homer figurine will ties it all together very nice.
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I picked up my speakers on friday, well most of my speakers. The distributor sent the wrong center speaker. He is going to drop it off to me on monday though.
I was waiting for my onkyo 606 as well and it came in the same day as my speakers. It made up for them sending the wrong center, for the time being anyway.

Everthing sounds and looks amazing. I'm really happy so far.
I hooked the speakers up to my old receiver first and they are a great improvement. So much more clarity and detail than my old speakers.
Then I hooked up the onkyo 606
I bi-amped the fronts and it's set up 5.1
WOW!
Even before I calibrated it, I was amazed at the difference in sound quality from my old receiver and speakers.
I played grand theft auto IV on my 360 and when it started raining in the game I actually thought it was raining outside, it freaked me out
I haven't had too much time to play with it yet though.
I'll post some pics when I get it all set up
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Wharfedale and Onkyo 606 set up
with Homer guarding over everything for me

I can adjust the shelves on the entertainment unit to put the center channel in a better position under the TV, but as you can imagine it will take a rainy afternoon for me to adjust it. I have the center tilted downward for the time being and the Audyssey equalizer on the Onkyo helps to get the best quality from the position of the speakers.
I have the surrounds mounted on the walls about 1 foot ahead of parallel to the back listening position.





Next on the home theater upgrade list is a new plasma.
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Wharfedale and Onkyo 606 set up
with Homer guarding over everything for me

I can adjust the shelves on the entertainment unit to put the center channel in a better position under the TV, but as you can imagine it will take a rainy afternoon for me to adjust it. I have the center tilted downward for the time being and the Audyssey equalizer on the Onkyo helps to get the best quality from the position of the speakers.
I have the surrounds mounted on the walls about 1 foot ahead of parallel to the back listening position.





Next on the home theater upgrade list is a new plasma.
Might I suggest that until you do put the center channel beneath the TV that you position it to the very front edge and put some shims under the back so the speaker is directly aimed at the main seating position.
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Thanks, it's hard to tell in the picture but that's how i have the center speaker positioned. It's good for the back listening postion but if I sit closer it is just way too high.
I rearranged the furniture too, here's a better angle. Built for lounging To be honest, I fall asleep half the time i watch a movie.

This photo is taken roughly from where my computer and desk are set up. I can watch TV easily while I'm at the computer.

When I get a flat panel I plan on mounting it on the wall with a tilting swivel mount so it will sit nicely in the corner. Right now the TV is sitting 3 or 4 feet from the corner and it really cuts off a lot of the viewing angles.

Any suggestions much appreciated
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