is my media room system. I am using a
Pioneer SC-95 for the 4K and processing and the Rotel amp to drive the speakers.
I have moved my B&W 805’s
to use on my computer system with another receiver and a Polk subwoofer. There is a Yamaha RX-A1000
driving them. I then took my Mirage
FRx-5 and used them for the rears on the main system. You
can’t compare them but I listen to music so much more while sitting at the
computer that it was worth it.
have been playing with REW to try and tone both systems.
Thanks for looking. Let me know your thoughts and
I have had Tivo's for over 10 years I think. They are great. However since DirectTV is moving away from them and using Mpg4 which DirTivo's do not support, I made the switch. I wanted all the HD I could get. The DirectTV HR20 is different but has been great. I love the 90 min buffer, preview window, really fast menus and programing. I think the picture is better too. The menus are even clearer. DirectTV is always updating features and fixing any issues (none of which I have really had problems with) with firmware updates. It just keeps getting better. It does not have dual buffering and I thought that would bother me but it didn't. Go to www.dbstalk.com to read up on them some.
Nice system! I was just about to pick up a TIVO and noticed your comment that you liked DirectTV better. Could you explain a bit? Any problems with the TIVO? I've read that satellite channels are all over the place and tough to get used to. Thanks!
I did some testing last weekend while demoing a Lexicon MV5 and learned the the Toshiba A35 is terrible at 2 channel audio on CD's and audio on DVD's either 2 or 5 ch. It does fine for HD DVD. My old Pioneer DV-45a sounded much better with both the CD's and DVD's. I was not very happy. The PS3 was the best of all. Once I put the Rotel back in the system (Lexicon was MUCH better sounding) I got the same results.
I don't really notice any picture differences. I like both. The HD DVD menu's are nicer but you spend 60 seconds in the menu and 2 hours in the movie so it doesn't really matter. The PS3 does not have analog out and the A-35 does so that is a plus. The PS3 is much faster. With the demise of HD DVD soon it is still nice to watch the disc's that are HD DVD only.
System edited: I swapped out my 34" Sony tube tv for a new Sony Bravia SXRD KDS-50A3000 50". I have stopped using my B&W HTM2 center since I no longer have room and I would rather have the HTM1 instead.
I have been looking at LCD's for some time but have no money to put to it right now. I really want to though. I just replace my entire AC in the house and that is going to take some time to recover from. My CRT however does work and looks great.
I have not done a direct comparison of the PS3 and a stand alone Blu-ray player but a local high-end store has and said the PS3 was just as good. The PS3 has been a fun addition and I am more than thrilled I got it.
I have been dealing with heat issues in the room and the PS3 is putting out 116 degrees of heat off the back of it. With all the other equipment in the room managing heat has been a pain. The new AC has helped but plenty more still to do. I had a return added and had to make sure it did not add any noise to the room. It worked out well. I still may pull the sheetrock off and re-do the insulation and also treat the room for sound at the same time.
I was doing a search for the Sony PS3 and stumbled upon your system page. My intention is similiar to Mitch4t. I was curious if the PS3's performance in blu-ray can compete with standalone blu-ray players up to $1,000.
Since you have asked, I would suggest that your next upgrade would be a flat-screen 50" plasma or LCD. Your impressive B&W speakers have outshone your CRT box.
Agenttaylor.. , I just got a Toshiba HD DVD player and I'm in love. I would like to get a Blu-Ray player for home theater also. I see that you have a PlayStation 3. Does the Playstation give good picture quality for movies? Does it have a digital audio output and is the sound any good?
I have a 10 yr old son, and if the PlayStation 3 is up to snuff for home theater, I can kill two birds with one stone.
I borrowed a Lexicon MC-12 for a local dealer last night. I spent a few hours with it so far and was blown away by the detail it offers compared to my dated Rotel RSP-976. I am now considering buying a MC-4.
Cables should be replaced IMO I have listened to transparent vs virtual dynamics and the VD cable is far more superior to the transparent. Call up the guys at VD they are easy to deal with and look after your needs and usually give you a big discount
I got rid of the Supercube 1 sub and replaced it with the Vandersteen 2QW. I am much happier with the Vandy sub. The Supercube was terrible for 2 channel music. The Vandy excels at it and also does a great job at video. I plan on adding a second as soon as I can and run them in stereo. I had to rearrange the room some so I could put the sub in the corner since it was designed to be placed in a corner.
I have updated the photos of the room so you can see the changes.
Aaron8727: I have never tried any other cables on the system so I can not give you a fair answer right now. I plan on doing some testing soon and will update my thoughts here.
System edited: I just put up a rug on the back wall to help with the rear reflections. The wife really did not like putting panels up but said that a rug was fine. I haven't had much time listening since I put it up but it does seem to help.
My modification approach is to replace critical caps (power supply, coupling, output, etc.), diodes (ultra fast, soft recovery), chasis dampening, power supply tweaks, and replacing selected cheap internal wire with silver wire. This approach can be applied prety much across the board and has yielded great results. I have done this /can do this to just about any CD/DVD player.