After losing a high end projector based multi channel amp and speaker home theater system in a divorce, I finally had the justification to build a worthy two channel system. This has been put together beginning in 2016.
The space is not ideal, and the gear is mostly mid-fi, but for my budget it sounds wonderous. The addition of the Rega wall mount helped with the subs. Additionally, I made some adjustments to the subwoofer positioning as suggested below with great results. 

Room Details

Dimensions: 32’ × 15’  Large
Ceiling: 9’

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    • PrimaLuna DiaLogue premium HP integrated tube amp
    Stock EL34 tubes
    • Rega RP-10 w/Aphelion MC cart
    • Technics SL-10 turntable w/Technics 310MC cart
    • Herron Audio VTPH-2A tube phono stage
    • Revox B77 MKII reel to reel
    • Nakamichi ZX-7 Cassette deck
    • Rotel RCD-855 CD player
    • Bluesound Node 2i streamer
    • Focal Aria 948 speakers
    With IsoAcoustics GAIA II isolation footers
    • REL Acoustics S3/SHO Stereo pair subs
    • Furman M 8X2 power
    • Monoprice Interconnects
    • Monoprice 12 Ga speaker cable
    • GIK Acoustics Bass traps, gobos, clouds
    • Vito Acoustic Diffusion panels
    • Rega Wall Mount
    • Panasonic SV-3700 DAT machine
    Old school studio DAT machine

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Thank you. I will experiment with toe in on the subs this weekend.


Congrats on your "System of the Week" honors, much deserved!


Lovely set up, visually appealing and I’m sure the Focals sounds great!
I notice you have your subs angled in to your mains. In my experience when the subs are angled in to the mains the sound staging MAY be effected by the angle of the subs ( and yes, I am aware that below 100hz, bass is considered omni-directional.)  I suggest you try aligning the subs in parallel with the mains (even if they are still set back from the mains) and listen while paying close attention for imaging shifts, you may wind up with a wider and fuller sound stage. 


Beautiful system and set up, nice to see the old lady didn't get everything !!!!


Nice job setting up your listening and viewing pleasure.  Looks like a nice bourbon and a good LP are in your future for some time to come.

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Great setup! It looks like we’re going down a similar path. I’ve got Aria 936s, Rel S5 SHO, and a Node 2i. Getting ready to audition a PrimaLuna Evo 400 and Naim streamer as soon as I get some room treatments up. I might steal your idea of putting diffusers in the windows of my new room. How do you like the SQ of the Node 2i in your setup?


Nice!  Makes me want to replace/improve the photos of my system.  Did you have one sub before you had two?  If so, how did the second one enhance the experience?


Very nice set up


Thanks, good to know, I've been wondering about the efficacy of different designs for diffusers and agree the Vito's are darn cool and visual aesthetics are important!


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The white GIK diffusers/traps, yes.
The Vito acoustic panels, not so much, but they look damn cool! Some of my system is snake oil (the 6 dollar plastic rebar chair cable risers I bought at Ace Hardware) , but the visual presentation is as important to me as the sound. 


Excellent room, must be a very enjoyable place to listen to some great tunes!  Great job optimizing the listening without impinging on the livability factor.  Cool use of lamps for acoustic and lighting needs - CB2 I think? I have to ask, can you hear a difference with the use/placement of the two types of diffusion panels?


Very Cool! Like your taste in music.


I Love it!  Looks awesome.  Nice equipment.  I like the planning done beforehand.  Well Done!


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