Description


This current Media Room is the result of three previous media rooms, countless stereo systems, and quite a few years of continued planning, growth and tweaking :-) I still have a way to go and have several upgrades/tweaks planned for the upcoming months. It is a labor of love and  many hours of both  listening and watching have been enjoyed here. My goal was the media room would be a dual purpose space for both listening to music and watching movies. For the most part I feel I have succeeded. 

Goal number two was to build a room that would both indulge my hobby while still providing a real room to actually listen to music and to watch whatever comfortably and enjoyably. 

Structure

We moved into our current house in 2009. The Media room was custom built over the oversized two car garage and is 18.5' x 22.5' with 9.5' ceilings at the center. All four walls have about a thirty degree tilted in soffit area where the side and rear surrounds are mounted. The ATMOS speakers are ceiling mounted and the front speakers are freestanding. Wiring for the surrounds were pulled by the builder/contractor and are 14 ga. I pulled the ATMOS wiring myself adding it later (now, THAT was a lovely job!). The front speakers (LCR) are wired with my take on "audiophile" speaker wire.

Equipment/Hardware

Signal Processing and Amplification
Marantz AV7703 Pre/Processor
Parasound Halo A21 - 2 Channel Power Amp 
Parasound Halo A52+ -  5 Channel Power Amp
Parasound ZoneMaster 450 (for the ATMOS) - 4 Channel Power Amp
Yung 300 subwoofer plate amplifiers (2) for the Tactile Transducers


Sources
OPPO UDP-203 - UHD Universal Disk Player
AppleTV 4K
DirecTV DVR
Yamaha CDC-755 - CD Changer
Pro-Ject Carbon DC Turntable with Ortofon RED 2M Cartridge
Apple MacBook Pro Circa Late 2013
Mackie 1402 Mixer 


Display
JVC DLA-RS600 Projector 
Vutec Fixed BriteWhite 2.35:1 Screen 136" diagonal


Speakers
2 - GoldenEar Triton One.R Speakers Front Right and Left
1 - BG Radia 220i Center Channel Planar Ribbon/Hybrid speaker
4 - BG Radia SA320i in-wall Planar Ribbon/Hybrid Speakers for surround and rear speakers
4 - Polk CS-6 In-Ceiling Speakers for the ATMOS (Middle and Rear ATMOS)
2 - Rythmik F18 - 18" sealed box powered subwoofers (900 watts RMS)
2 - Definitive Technology PF-15 15" powered subwoofer (150 watts RMS)
2 - Earthquake Sound Q-10B Tactile Transducers (AKA Buttkickers) One mounted on the rear row raised seating platform and one mounted on the front row shaker platform.

Note: all in-wall and in-ceiling speakers have custom backing boxes lined with 1 inch multi-layer damping material (purchased from Parts Express).

Note: Custom shaker platform built for front seating Tactile Transducer.


Power Conditioning/Protection
2 - Furman Elite 20A Power Conditioners
3 - Leviton 20 amp in-wall surge protectors at equipment racks
4 - Leviton 15 amp in-wall surge protectors at all subwoofer positions.


System Control
URC MX930 Remote Control
URC MSC400 Master System Controller


Passive Acoustic Panels
4 - GIK 2'x4'x2" Diffuser/Absorber Panels
4 - GIK 1'x4'x4" Diffuser/Absorber/Bass Trap Panels


Equipment Rack
Middle Atlantic 19" double width rack
I've rack mounted all three Parasound amps and the Marantz Pre/Proc
Everything else is either on a fixed shelf, or in the case of the mixer and the computer on a sliding shelf.


Tweaks and Gimcracks

DIY isolation platforms for the  OPPO Blu-Ray player and the Pro-Ject Turntable. The platforms are 18"x18" concrete pavers sitting atop Penn Elcom rubber Isolation feet. 

In the case of the OPPO it did nothing positive or negative to the sound or picture. The turntable it did help the sound in the respect that the sound is more defined at higher volumes. There seems to be less smear and the sound is more "focused" for the lack of a better description.


DIY Isolation Platforms for LCR speakers and the Definitive Technology PF-15 Subs. 

    18"x18" Concrete Pavers resting on Penn Elcom Rubber Isolation Feet.


Tactile Transducer Shaker Platform for first row of seating. 

Double ¾ Inch MDF Glued and Screwed together. Resting on Penn Elcom Rubber Isolation Feet   (18)

SVS SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation system on the Rhythmik F18's Subs

DIY’ed Cable elevators.... not for any expected improvement in the sound, but to display my speaker cables :-)

I added a turntable clamp/weight and replaced the supplied felt mat with a nice new cork mat. 

Each one of these turntable tweaks made an incremental  improvement (at least perceived improvement) in the sound I was getting from the turntable.


Cables and Wiring

Balanced cables between Pre/Pro and Amps - Mogami 3080 cable and Amphenol XLR's built by "Worlds Best Cable"

HDMI by Blue Jeans Cable
 35' BJC Series One - Projector (2)
 6' BJC Series One - OPPO UDP-203
 all other HDMI are 3' or 6' BJC Tartan 24 Series cables


All RCA type interconnects I built (well most of them anyway :-) using Belden 1694A cable and solder type REAN RCA connectors.

Speaker Cables

LCR - Belden 5T00UP 10 Gauge x 2 bi-wire/bi-amp with locking banana plug connectors and spade connectors at each pair on both ends. I built a "Audiophile" speaker cable that can be seen in the room pics.

They do look VERY nice and "audiophile-ly"! As good as they look, it made zero difference in the sound over the simply separate 10 ga wire pairs. 

I also DIY’ed Cable elevators.... not for any expected improvement in the sound, but to display my speaker cables :-)

Speakers in-walls and in-ceiling use Belden 14 Gauge contractor grade speaker cable

"Audiophile" Power cables;
DIY 12 gauge Belden 83803 used on main power amps
DIY 14 gauge Belden 19634 used on pre/pro, ATMOS power amp, Yung Power amps,  F18 
subs, Triton One.R's and the JVC DLA-RS600U Projector

WAudio 10 gauge Audiophile cable used on OPPO Blu-Ray player


As I said before this room has afforded us much entertainment and enjoyment :-) I'll be forever tweaking and experimenting but that is just because that adds to the enjoyment for me!

Happy Listening!!


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Room Details

Dimensions: 23’ × 19’  Large
Ceiling: 10’


Components Toggle details

    • Marantz AV7703
    Pre/Processor
    • Parasound Halo A-21
    Stereo Amplifier
    • Parasound A-52+
    5 channel Amplifier
    • Parasound ZoneMaster 450
    4 Channel Amplifier (for ATMOS)
    • Furman PF-20 Elite Power Conditioner (2)
    • Yung S-300 Sub-Woofer Plate Amplifiers (2)
    Used for the Q-10B Tactile Transducers
    • Oppo UDP- 203
    Universal Disk Player
    • Apple Apple TV 4K
    Audio and Video Streamer
    • DirecTV Satellite Tuner and DVR
    • Apple MAC PRO Laptop
    Media Server
    • Yamaha CDC-735
    CD Changer
    • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable
    With Ortofon RED 2M Cartridge
    • Mackie 1202
    Mixer
    • GoldenEar Triton One.R
    Right and Left Speakers
    • BG Radia C-220i
    Center Channel Speaker w/ 1 - 3” Planar Ribbon Tweeter, 2 - 5” PR Mid-Range drivers, and 2 - 5.25” Kevlar Cone Woofers
    • BG Radia SA-320i
    Side and rear surrounds (4) - 1- 3” Planar RibbonTweeter, 2 - 5” PR Mid-Range, 2 - 5.25” Kevlar Woofers - In-Wall Speakers
    • Polk CS-6 Speaker
    Four In-Ceiling 6” Coaxial speakers for the ATMOS
    • Rythmik F-18 Subwoofers (2)
    Sealed Box 18” Subs - 900 watt Class D Hypex Amplifier
    • Earthquake Sound Q-10B Tactile Transducers
    AKA - Buttkickers
    • Definitive Technology PF-15 Subwoofer (2)
    15” Subs used only on Movie Night:-)
    • URC MC-930 Remote Controller
    • URC MSC-400
    Master System Controller
    • JVC DLA-R600 Projector
    • Vutec 2:35 Cinema White 136” Diagonal Screen
    • Middle Atlantic 19” pro racks (2)
    Tandem 19” racks 84” tall

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I guess I can say I like media rooms now...  you kinda changed that one for me 👍

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