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#400765 - 02/07/14 12:51 AM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
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Registered: 09/07/11
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Well, it was a helluva day & not all that enjoyable. I like the watching & listening part of this pastime rather than manhandling gear.

I had to do a lot of tweeking of my system stand by loosening the machine screws & adjusting things to square. The weight of 160 tilted its shelf downward slightly so I had to get some lock washers to tighten them enough that they would hold without sagging downwards. Same with the TV mount - the right side was slightly lower than the left but there is no real adjustment there except for the slop in the screw holes. Then there was a balky HDMI cable that would not pass signals from my BDP & PS3 through my Denon AVR to the TV until I found the sweet spot. I was ready to get out the baseball bat by this time.

Anyway, it's all up & running. Initial impressions of the 160 on Clapton's Crossroads Concert BD in Surround in NY are excellent. Pretty cool considering that it is still set on VP100 Audyssey settings.

Tomorrow will see me hiding cables with wire loom, running Audyssey & will take & post some pics. My butt is draggin so it's time to relax...

TAM

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#400766 - 02/07/14 01:16 AM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
Socketman Offline
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Im exhausted after reading all you went through. Glad it all worked out in the end. Looking forward to impressions and pics once you run audyssey.
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#400785 - 02/07/14 05:19 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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Pretty well complete except for the Audyssey calibration.

Hiding the myriad of wires was a bit of a PITA but the worst part was attaching speaker wires to the back panel of my Denon AVR - uncomfortable, awkward in a extremely confined space. Three hands would be nice but there is no room, ha!

The 160's colour doesn't really match the system but it looks nice & does draw attention to itself.

Interesting pattern that the flash made on my 55" Sony LCD screen:



TAM

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#400794 - 02/07/14 07:48 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: exlabdriver]
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Very clean look TAM. How about a pic with your speakers naked?
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#400796 - 02/07/14 08:16 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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Yup, it's a modest, kinda minimalist system although it is quite potent.

I ran a successful Audyssey calibration using the HTS mic placement that we discussed a little while ago. It saw the VP160 at -3.0 Db Level with a Xover at 40Hz. This is contrasted to my previous VP100 that it had set at -0.5 Db & saw it as 90 Hz. Quite a difference in performance & perhaps because of a more ideal placement up off of the floor.

I just ran 'War of the Worlds' BD at -10 Db Level - quite overwhelming at times even at that level. Right from the start where the voice of Morgan Freeman narrates the background to the story, I knew immediately that the 160 was a different animal. His unique voice was deeper & richer without being chesty. The rest of this dynamic soundtrack was phenomenal with the CC being fuller, better anchored & more articulate.

I agree with others on the net that modern soundtrack mixes now heavily favour the CC than had been done in the past. More robust & capable CC Speakers certainly excel here & add a whole new dimension to the HT experience.

I think that I'll leave my speakers dressed as that is how I use them. Besides, I believe that the Velo Subs' grills are very difficult to remove.

Based on what I just experienced, the VP160 proved itself to be a wonderful addition to my HT...

TAM

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#400798 - 02/07/14 09:03 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
Socketman Offline
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Looks great Tam , nice job of hiding the wires.
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#400811 - 02/08/14 01:07 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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Saw this over at AVS. Nothing against the poster; however, this is exactly what I always try to avoid, ha!:



TAM

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#400814 - 02/08/14 01:32 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
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PS4 for the win!!
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#400819 - 02/08/14 02:17 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
Socketman Offline
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That's a nasty mess, I couldn't have that in my house. I got my kid the ps4 , he still plays the ps3 , total waste of money at this point.
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#400823 - 02/08/14 02:31 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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I have a PS3 as well but I don't use it much unless my daughter is visiting - Frisbie Golf & Archery are our favourite games that are good for a laugh.

I previously used it for Blu Rays but I added a Sony BDP for that role to save wear & tear on the PS3 that is 3X the price...

TAM

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