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#380348 - 07/19/12 12:14 PM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
Murph Offline

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6955
Loc: PEI, Canada
-- Phoning customer service for help with your horribly vibrating subwoofer before checking for cat toys in the port tube.
With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.

#380392 - 07/19/12 09:09 PM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
bridgman Offline

Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 6068
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
When the builder asks if you want the basement slab stepped down for a home theater don't ask "why the heck would I want a home theater ??" without at least doing a bit of research first.

When you're running wires in the wall from amplifier to speaker don't automatically assume the electronics are going to go at the front of the room. After you've seen enough pictures of other people's slick looking rooms you'll probably want to move the electronics then have all these stupid outlet boxes on the walls you can't use.

If you don't have the $$ for a good system all at once, you can get almost as much enjoyment from two good speakers and a good sub (this one I did do properly IMO).

If you're going to listen to all kinds of music without a sub, buy M3s not M2s.

When the power goes out and your projector stops working it probably means the hidden overtemp switch activated and needs to be reset by taking the projector apart. Buying another $400 bulb doesn't help a bit.

You need a *big* subwoofer to make a concrete floor vibrate... but it's worth it.

Oh... and on a whim I added 4 lights near the floor on a dimmer (in my case the walls come down at 45 degrees so I could use pot lights)... both practical and stylish, the latter being somewhat out of character for me.

Edited by bridgman (07/19/12 09:20 PM)
M60ti/VP180/QS8/M2ti, SVS PC-Plus 20-39, EP500
M5HP, Sierra-1, M40ti
M3v4, VP100

#380414 - 07/20/12 07:40 AM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
AdrianD Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 90
Loc: Maple, Ontario
1. Plan ahead carefully (as best as possible). Examples: get a 7.1 Receiver/PrePro even if you now think you're never going to use it and/or that 5.1 piece price is very enticing. Pay attention to all those crazy audio/video standards.
Buy a Blu RayDVD player that can also play SACD.

2. Try and match components in terms of power/quality; if funds are not available at once, it's worth waiting, even though buying all at once may be exciting. Don't "cheap-out" on components, wires, plugs etc; plugging your M80's into a cheap Receiver will leave you underwhelmed and always feeling that something is missing.

3. Keep music in mind; in my experience, I've rarely seen a HT system used 100% for movies only.
M80 v3, 2 x Emotiva UPA-1 Monoblocks, XPA-5, UMC-1 PrePro
Pro-Ject RPM Genie, Carver C2 Phono Preamp

#380420 - 07/20/12 08:58 AM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
Amie Offline


Registered: 02/06/02
Posts: 1625
You guys are coming up with lots of things I never would have thought of. Thank you!
Amie Colquhoun
Axiom Audio

#380421 - 07/20/12 08:58 AM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 18044
Loc: NoVA
Buy a receiver and a TV with more inputs than you think you need.
I am the Doctor, and THIS... is my SPOON!

#380445 - 07/20/12 12:14 PM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
niveka Offline

Registered: 07/06/12
Posts: 29
Here's one: Be absolutely certain of your speaker placement/wiring before the drywall goes up. think about it, think about it some more, and then think about it again prior to drywall day. If you are undecided, or think you may want to change your mind, run wire to support both options just in case you want to change the locations. Once the drywall goes up your pretty much locked in. I decided to change the location of my surrounds from in-ceiling to on wall after the walls went up. I was able to run wire through one of the walls after the fact, the other one was less accessible. I will end up using the Axiom flat wire along the ceiling to wire up the left side surround speaker. I'm hoping it will not be noticed by my better half.

#380446 - 07/20/12 12:32 PM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
nickbuol Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5325
Loc: Marion, IA
Niveka. So true. I think that I planned, measures, marked, re-evaluated, adjusted, sat and contemplated, so on and so forth the placement of my side surrounds for hours. HOURS!

They ended up right where I wanted them in the end.

For me, there were so many variables with unknown number of rows of seats, seat heights, placement, unknown riser height, etc... All factors that had to be processed into the mix and when there are that many variables, it takes more than just slapping the wires in someplace.

Good call!
2-M60s, VP180, 8-M3s, SVS 20-39PCi, DIY Sub, 8-Shakers, JVC RS45, Anthem MRX-1120

#380460 - 07/20/12 05:22 PM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
Hansang Offline

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 602
Loc: New York
Whenever possible, try to put in conduits to make it more future proof. At the very least, put in a pull rope so you can use it in the future to add another cable type.
Denon 4520, EPIC80/500/VP180 Speakers

#380713 - 07/26/12 11:45 AM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
INANE Offline

Registered: 02/04/04
Posts: 1693
Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
I'd just say to be prepared to live with any mistakes you made during the planning stage. In the grand scheme you can't think of everything and the end product is still probably pretty good.
HT v2.0 !
HT v1.0

#380714 - 07/26/12 12:17 PM Re: Help With An Article / Post? [Re: Amie]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8488
Loc: Tacoma
Patience is a virtue.

There is nothing better than copper.
bibere usque ad hilaritatem

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