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Home Theater Photos (24 photos)(4.5) (175 ratings)
I need to update these photos. I love this hobby!
Uploaded Sep 16, 2009 19:47:36
Above is an older front photo of my home theater, and I need to post up new photos. My living room is set up differently now, with a Panasonic TC-P50VT20 plasma TV, and Panasonic DMP-BDT300 Blu-ray player. Overall, the remainder of my setup is a combination of mainly mid-level components, upgraded and done as tastefully as I could afford since it all began for me in 1996. There's a little of the old and a little of the new, and it's been fun and educational. Of course, I also look forward to continuing the process!
Most photos in this gallery were taken with my Canon PowerShot SD1000 point-and-shoot digital camera, and a few with a Sony DSC-H5 digital SLR camera. My Canon camera tends to push red a bit on the screenshot images taken with it.
Television shown is Sony KDL-40XBR4 (40", 1080p, 120Hz, 10-bit LCD panel). I have done some personal calibration on the TV, along with one service menu tweak, and the resulting picture quality is very good. I have retired this TV to my bedroom, having replaced it with the Panasonic VT20, which is 3D-ready and offers superior motion-resolution and deeper black levels. The VT20 is networked via ethernet to my home network, and my BDT300 BD player is connected via Wireless N.
Front main speakers are Polk Audio T90e tower units. Center channel is a Polk Audio CS2, angled up a few degrees to focus its dispersion better. Stand is a glass three-shelf system with black powder-coated frame and cable organizer along back spine.
Audio is processed and amplified by a Pioneer Elite SC-05 receiver. I have been immensely impressed with this receiver, which uses Class D amplification and allows for quite a few user-adjustable parameters for sound shaping and room calibration. Of course, it decodes both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and I am set up for 7.1 channel audio. A few more details on the receiver are mentioned a couple photos down.
Blu-ray player shown is a Sony BDP-S350, which now resides in my son's bedroom. I have kept up with the player's firmware, and overall, it has been a tried and true, problem-free performer. BD-Live worked perfectly on it (not currently networked in my son's bedroom), and not one disc ever had a problem playing on it.
In between my original Sony BDP-S350 and the Panasonic DMP-BDT300 Blu-ray players, I also picked up the Sony BDP-S570, and have been very happy with it! The Sony S570 is now situated in my bedroom, along with my Sony XBR4 TV. It is networked via Wireless N, and its disc loading times are truly remarkable. Both the Sony S570 and Panasonic BDT300 players are 3D-ready.
All HDMI cabling is by Philips. Nothing special, but the wires do have an attractive build to them.
My longtime vinyl friend, the Technics SL-5 linear tracking turntable is seen in this photo, to the right of the TV (closeup photo and details further below). I decided that I wanted to make vinyl playback a permanant part of my home theater.
As you probably already know, "Cars" is the movie which is playing on this photo, and the next one.
Profile view of theater area of my living room.
Uploaded Sep 16, 2009 20:32:53
Here's a view of the basic room layout. Oak Blu-ray/DVD shelf is seen in the corner, and Polk Audio R150 surround speakers on each side of the couch. Unseen is the Polk Audio PSW125 subwoofer, which is strategically located against the curtains to the side of the couch, as well as the Polk Audio R150 surround-back speakers for 7.1-channel audio.
The Pioneer Elite SC-05 A/V Receiver.
Uploaded Jun 13, 2009 15:15:11
Over the years, I had owned two Sony A/V receivers, but when it came to my last upgrade, the Pioneer Elite SC-05 won me over and pretty much does it all, and does it superbly, exceeding expectation.
7.1 channels, Class D amplification, THX Select2 Plus certification, Wolfson DAC processing, decodes advanced lossless audio, Faroudja DCDi 1080p video upconversion, 9-band EQ for each individual speaker channel, room acoustic phase correction, pre-in/pre-out, three zone outs, HDMI pass-through, Sirius/XM ready, network media playback, programmable/learning remote control, and a plethora of additional features and functions. Thus far, very much worth it!
I have performed one firmware update on this receiver, going from version 188.8.131.5268 to 184.108.40.20682. Updating is not automatic, but requires the user to browse to the receiver's IP address via a web browser on the same network, and uploading the firmware update file to the receiver.
This particular photo was very challenging to take, as the front face of the SC-05 has a glossy, piano black finish which reflects everything. A combination of still-photo timing and non-reflective black material laid on the carpet in front of the receiver did the trick. To say the SC-05 is a gorgeous-looking piece of equipment seems an understatement. Strikingly beautiful may not even be a good enough description.
Comparison of Polk Audio T90e to older Sony SS-U6030 front speakers.
Uploaded Jan 27, 2009 20:39:56
Here is a comparison of the Polk Audio T90e speaker to the Sony SS-U6030 (12" woofer, 4¾" cone midrange, and 1¾" cone tweeter in sealed enclosure). The Sony's served me well for 13 years (and are still brand-new in appearance), but it goes without question that the Polks produce noticeably more sonic detail and clarity.
Polk Audio R150 surround speakers.
Uploaded Dec 29, 2008 21:57:19
Polk Audio R150 surround and surround-back speakers complete my 7.1 channel system. Inexpensive, yet very effective. 5¼" woofer, ¾" tweeter, ported enclosure.
Banana plugs throughout all seven speaker interconnects.
Uploaded Jan 27, 2009 21:04:12
DIY gold-plated banana plug speaker wire connectors are used throughout each wire terminal. For a 7-speaker system, that's 14 pairs - 28 total plugs to install. 16-gauge, brown-jacketed wire handles the amplifier audio, and its color conceals nicely in brownish carpet!
Polk Audio R150 speakers in surround-back position for 7.1 channel audio.
Uploaded May 11, 2009 22:29:53
Back-surround speakers on a couple table stands for now. Will find a more final solution eventually. All four of my surround speakers are at the exact same height, but will eventually figure out a way to get the surround-backs a bit higher.
Polk Audio PSW125 amplified subwoofer.
Uploaded Dec 29, 2008 23:19:59
Front-firing 12" driver with downward-firing round port. Y-connector into left/right subwoofer input to allow for on-unit crossover control (the LFE input bypasses the crossover control - typical of many powered subwoofers). I added some polyfill to the interior of the enclosure. Personally, I have found this sub to exceed review opinions.
For years, I just mixed the LFE channel into my front main speakers, and it sufficed. However, adding a subwoofer was one of the most significant sound improvements I made. Yes, I have not yet removed the protective plastic film over the Polk Audio emblem. =)
Due to the odd shape of my living room, and its open connection to the other areas, the optimal placement of the sub is at the wall alongside my couch. If you're like me (a DIY-er), and don't feel your sub is doing as much as it should from your listening position, consider other locations seriously. It makes a tremendous difference and is worth the effort. The sub has short "feet" and rests on a wood panel to prevent the port opening from pressing against the carpeting. This also significantly improved the quality of the sub's performance.
Simple subwoofer polyfill modification.
Uploaded Jun 06, 2009 13:42:36
Adding about 4-ounces of flame-retardant polyfill to my Polk Audio PSW125 subwoofer helped deaden some enclosure resonances and improved the quality of the sound. The sub already had a minimal amount of padding inside, but not enough. The trick was not to completely stuff the enclosure with polyfill, but to add just enough to diffuse the sound inside a bit.
Technics SL-5 linear tracking turntable for analog audio sweetness!
Uploaded Jan 27, 2009 21:04:22
This turntable spins selections from my vinyl collection. This particular model was produced from 1982 to 1983. It utilizes a direct drive platter and zero-error, 90-degree, linear-tracking tonearm. Audio Technica elliptical-stylus cartridge running at 1.25 grams (which is standard for P-mount cartridges).
Uploaded Jun 06, 2009 13:04:57
"Kill Bill, Vol. 2" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Oct 20, 2009 23:54:42
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" BD (IMAX scene) taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Sep 30, 2009 22:37:51
"The Wizard of Oz" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Jun 30, 2009 21:19:29
"Speed Racer" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Oct 28, 2009 22:49:19
"The Matrix" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Jul 21, 2009 20:51:14
"Children of Men" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Jun 23, 2009 01:41:43
"How The West Was Won" (Smilebox Version) BD taken with Sony DSC-H5 digital SLR camera.
Uploaded Feb 17, 2009 20:47:34
"Kung Fu Panda" BD taken with Sony DSC-H5 digital SLR camera.
Uploaded Jun 16, 2009 23:20:34
"Ghostbusters" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Jan 27, 2009 21:17:31
"WALL·E" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded Feb 17, 2009 21:10:59
"I, Robot" BD taken with Sony DSC-H5 digital SLR camera.
Uploaded Jan 31, 2009 11:12:05
"Sunshine" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded May 31, 2009 00:51:55
"Blade Runner" BD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
Uploaded May 31, 2009 00:35:05
"Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" upconverted DVD taken with Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
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