Sean_W_Smith
Well I finally tried to take some decent pics of the current HT setup in our main living room in the California house.

Current Gear:  November 2010

AV451 Strata Minis, ref 100 center, and rocket 450's for surround.
2 - Submersive HP's stacked for WAF and functionality reasons (aka they make a great projector stand).
BFD 24/96
Panasonic 50" Plasma
Elite Screens 84" tensioned electric screen
Epson 8100UB (replaced Sanyo PLV-Z4)
Onkyo 876
3 - DirectTv HR20 DVRs with 2.5TB (All networked)
Xbox, PS3, Wii, AppleTv, HTPC, Popcorn Hour, Boxee Box, etc....
Harmony 900 RF Remote
APC power conditioner

GIK Traps:
Floor to ceiling super chunk wedge traps in 2 rear corners.
4- 2x4' 4" open back treatments
8- 2x4' 2" treatments
8- 2x2' 2" treatment

Musings on Front Projectors in the Living Room
Funny thing with projectors.   They have far bigger WAF then most would realize.  Kitty likes her HDTV's but would have never guessed she we want a projector.  After spending a lot of time in utah in the winter and watching the 110" screen the 50" plasma just no longer cuts it.  Since I had justed upgraded the Utah cinema to the Epson 8500UB and was very happy with the results.  I brought the old projector to california per kitty request and bought this screen and it was cool. Kitty and Alaana both enjoyed it more than the plasma.  The problem which I knew would be the issue is the sanyo is just not a bright projector.  Epson 8100UB at $1200 totally solves that problem.  We can watch TV anytime of the day now the FP.  Both options are easily accessible on the harmony but none one other than me ever turns on the plasma anymore.  The only thing I would change at the moment in the theather is a lower gain screen in 92" size or maybe even 100.  I went small screen and high gain to try and compensate for the old sanyo.   Word of warning to anyone consider elite screen high gain screen.  It looks like watching sandpaper.  The crystals are clearly visible and maybe the screen does brighten the image but it would look better projected on a white wall than that screen it removes detail.   No one else complains about that although I showed kitty and she can see it but just doesn't care.

Anyway here's some pics of the current config.

The stack turned out to be the final deal clincher.   She got to get rid of giant Ikea unit that the projector was sitting on and reconfigure some of the rear acoustic treatments more to here liking and the room is defintely more open than it was before.

NOTE:  Aurlex pad is just for extra height and the fact I already had one. Certainly not needed to keep the FP from shaking, it doesn't).  I had some concerns about EMF interference from the submersive effecting the electronics in the projetor but so far there seem to be no such effects.  (no issue without the aurlex either).

Latest 8 position audessy run after 3 bands of PEQ via the BFD and dialed in the phase to the measured setting versus the audessy setting of 1 foot. sounds amazing.  Very rich and enveloping.... more listening comments later.  The Dual HP's took the dynamics up to another level and clearly the mini's CAN'T compete in that regard (never expected em too).   Even at -15db to -20db I am hearing more detail and dynamics than before. One submersive was great.   A single HP was a surprisingly good upgrade and now the pair is just more bass than the room can take.   The 1953 single pane glass windows and steel frames are shaking like crazy and adding distortion


From The Dining Room toward the back door



Front Left View




View from the main listening position




View from the front of the house looking out at dining room and back door.



View with the PJ screen down



Gear and [i]"The Wave"  table   by buddy Mac @ Mcconnellstudios.com[/b]


Submersive HP Stack (daisy chained for power and signal) on a 15amp breaker (no issues).


From the other side



Right Rear Corner toward front window


Thats enough for now.  Off to watch robin hood on bluray.  Hope everyone in the US had a great holiday.  I will post a bunch more measurements showing the before and after PEQ and audessy once I get in dialed in.  Thanks to Mark as always for making such kick ass products and always caring about helping me learn and providing phenomenal setup advice.

Sean
Silicon Valley, CA and Huntsville, UT

and Formerly Raleigh, NC. Loving the mild weather, hating the cost of EVERYTHING!
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MikeDuke
Great looking room.  That is some nice gear I see there.  You really put your projector on the subs with a Great Gramma?  I am impressed.  Looking forward to seeing some measurements of your room.  I also use GIK traps.  They really worked well in my room.
I simply love this stuff.
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jrunr
I am still waiting for his impressions of the Sparks in his Utah Theater.  This is kind of a big deal for me at the present time... lol
I really want a full Seaton Sound HT!
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Sean_W_Smith
Sorry feel free to ask?  Is there something specific on their performance you would like me to focus on?

Sean

Silicon Valley, CA and Huntsville, UT

and Formerly Raleigh, NC. Loving the mild weather, hating the cost of EVERYTHING!
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Sean_W_Smith
Mike,

the projector works fine without the gramma.  But I wanted to get a few extra inches of clearance for tall people on the couch and had the gramma around and used it.  but I used it for 2 days just sitting on the submersive.  Even with WOTW its not an issue.

Sean

Silicon Valley, CA and Huntsville, UT

and Formerly Raleigh, NC. Loving the mild weather, hating the cost of EVERYTHING!
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MikeDuke
If there was ever a commercial for how stable and inert the Submersive is this is it.  No way you could put a projector on a sub, let alone two, if the moved a lot.  Again, congrats on a fine looking system
I simply love this stuff.
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Bunga999
Really SWEET set up - and the couch looks super comfy too!


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Thomas_Smith
Wow, that was such a nice idea on setup. Hope i could do the same thing with my old setup. I am planning to upgrade it this month and your idea really making me want to upgrade it as fast as i can.
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