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Systemic Development => Bipolar System Disorders => Member's Systems => Topic started by: Barry (NJ) on September 11, 2019, 10:01:42 AM

Title: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on September 11, 2019, 10:01:42 AM
A bunch of the NYAR guys have visited my place a while ago, so may remember the way it was... Well, we've been in this house some 17 years now, and when we first moved in I just set up my stereo equipment in the finished part of the basement. I was never a fan of the decor, but I felt the room worked okay. Well this summer it was time to redo my room. My room/system is a 2-Channel and Surround Sound set-up, but the 2-Channel is pure, the Front L+R of the surround system runs through the 2-Channel pre-amp, and the 2-Channel sources don't interact with the surround pre-pro.

Audio Sources are Sony CDP-xa20es, and a Linn LP12 that feeds an Audio Alchemy VITB.
Those feed an Audio Alchemy DLC with the PS Three power supply upgrade.
The DLC feeds an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150 with the PS 150-M Upgrade.
And that feeds Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers.

Video sources are Oppo BDP-83 and a Roku Streaming Stick +.
Those feed an Emotiva UMC-200.
The front out of the UMC-200 feed the DLC, the side and rear surround outs each feed an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150.
For the side and rear surrounds, I have some Sapphire SAT-1000 speakers.
The Sub-woofer out of the UMC-200 feeds a Dayton Audio SA-1000, which I have feeding the second VC in the Gallo Reference woofers.

Video is projected onto a 110" gray canvas screen by a BenQ HT2050A.

Power for everything but the PJ and main Audio Alchemy amplifier goes through a Belkin PureAV PF60, everything is connected to a dedicated 20amp circuit.

I'd like to add Atmos capabilities as well. Most likely, for Atmos decoding, I'd end up with a receiver, as I feel stand-alone Atmos processors are more expensive than I'm comfortable spending on something like that. So I wouldn't need the additional Audio Alchemy amps I'm currently using for the surrounds, just have to make sure that the receiver has line-level main L+R outputs to feed the DLC. This keeps the pure 2-channel system as is, and takes main L+R amplifier duties away from the receiver, leaving more power available for all the ambiance channels.

That would also allow me to set up a second system with an AA OM150 a DLC and some Anthony Gallo Reference Strada speakers I have stashed away.

And since I know how important pix are to some of you...

As some of you may remember it...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7887/33415422698_4fdcfc3510_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SUNLZy)
Rave1 (https://flic.kr/p/SUNLZy) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7859/46376310025_1a55de1f9b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dE7Hfa)
Rave2 (https://flic.kr/p/2dE7Hfa) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr


Here are some pix of the work as it was in progress...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7909/46376463195_cb51c797ff_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dE8uM2)
2019-03-05_01-02-13 (https://flic.kr/p/2dE8uM2) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48020897363_9c6d097966_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2garDLg)
IMG_20190313_085641 (https://flic.kr/p/2garDLg) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48020976272_8537568e21_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gas4dL)
IMG_20190401_205627 (https://flic.kr/p/2gas4dL) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr


I'd already skimmed and painted this wall, but decided some fresh sheetrock was needed...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47682858602_6b7851aba8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fDz7BL)
Backwall (https://flic.kr/p/2fDz7BL) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46819246065_96de42dceb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ekfSGr)
Ceiling_open (https://flic.kr/p/2ekfSGr) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48020896303_1be4873cb9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2garDrZ)
IMG_20190505_131056 (https://flic.kr/p/2garDrZ) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48020974367_5ff5c9cdce_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gas3DV)
IMG_20190513_152604 (https://flic.kr/p/2gas3DV) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr


Got some help on Father's Day...

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MVIMG_20190616_212121 (https://flic.kr/p/2gfpkro) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48076961453_27e1f5bb8a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gfoZEv)
IMG_20190616_224511 (https://flic.kr/p/2gfoZEv) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48020891558_ba5ce95ac8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2garC3b)
IMG_20190604_205851 (https://flic.kr/p/2garC3b) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr


And pretty much done...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48405755931_cb131fc943_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKs9NP)
2019-07-29_12-07-18 (https://flic.kr/p/2gKs9NP) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48405907032_d036e7784f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKsVJ1)
2019-07-29_12-07-32 (https://flic.kr/p/2gKsVJ1) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48356298582_ac4da21c13_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gF5ERU)
2019-07-23_09-28-26 (https://flic.kr/p/2gF5ERU) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48285474571_65c80c44db_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gyPFmg)
2019-07-14_07-57-53 (https://flic.kr/p/2gyPFmg) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48566046952_4fd36bb503_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gZBFK7)
48565890277_731f0fef5e_o (https://flic.kr/p/2gZBFK7) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48607552291_0f3ffe308e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h4hpQp)
Media_Room_201908 (https://flic.kr/p/2h4hpQp) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr
Title: My Media Room...
Post by: Guy 13 on September 11, 2019, 07:42:52 PM
Hi Barry,
nice media room, even if it looks small, to me anyway.
That's probably because there is lots of audio stuff in it.

Guy 13
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: djdube525 on September 15, 2019, 05:53:06 PM
Hey Barry - Really nice job! Must feel quite satisfying now everything is in place!

I do have a Q for you.... on the ceiling outlet for the projector... Any chance you have a pointer to the module you're using to feed the video cable through the outlet box? I may be a complete moron, but I've not stumbled on that. I have a similar setup, and I used a 2 RJ45 outlet with the modules popped out, and I cut the piece of plastic between the two.

It "works" but what you're using looks much cleaner.

Thanks in advance!

Dave
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on September 15, 2019, 07:44:46 PM
Hey Barry - Really nice job! Must feel quite satisfying now everything is in place!

I do have a Q for you.... on the ceiling outlet for the projector... Any chance you have a pointer to the module you're using to feed the video cable through the outlet box? I may be a complete moron, but I've not stumbled on that. I have a similar setup, and I used a 2 RJ45 outlet with the modules popped out, and I cut the piece of plastic between the two.

It "works" but what you're using looks much cleaner.

Thanks in advance!

Dave

Thanks Dave, I'm much happier spending time down here these days, it's reignited my interest in listening to music.

As far as the outlet filler goes, I got it at Home Depot, and I just looked, but didn't see it on their website.

Google led me to this one. (https://www.rpssat.com/products/copy-of-bulk-cable-decora-insert-strap)

And I found these on ebay (https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Recessed+Low+Voltage+Decora+For+Audio%2FVideo+Cables&_sacat=0)

Best, Barry

P.S. here's the search string...

Reverse Nose Decora Plate for Cable Management
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: djdube525 on September 16, 2019, 04:52:34 AM
Perfect! Thanks Barry! Especially the search string... knowing what the heck  it's called is the 1st battle. :)
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on September 16, 2019, 11:57:31 AM
I had originally jury-rigged something too, but I noticed this at HD while walking the isles, picked them up, and never searched the web. HD only had white so that's what I got, now that I've bothered searching the web, maybe one of these days I'll order a black one...
Title: Merrill Audio, Thor Monoblocks
Post by: Barry (NJ) on October 02, 2019, 06:58:56 PM
Well, I got a pair of Merrill Audio Thor Monoblocks (https://merrillaudio.net/thor/) to try in my system, and I'm very impressed. Darker background than my Audio Alchemy amps, lots of detail, but very smooth and not fatiguing, great expansive sound stage. So far I've listened to Radiohead: Kid A, and Johnny Cash: American IV

Me like!
Title: Re: Merrill Audio, Thor Monoblocks
Post by: Guy 13 on October 02, 2019, 08:01:44 PM
Well, I got a pair of Merrill Audio Thor Monoblocks (https://merrillaudio.net/thor/) to try in my system, and I'm very impressed. Darker background than my Audio Alchemy amps, lots of detail, but very smooth and not fatiguing, great expansive sound stage. So far I've listened to Radiohead: Kid A, and Johnny Cash: American IV

Me like!

Hi,
is it too early to say they are keepers ?

Guy 13
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on October 03, 2019, 07:28:08 AM
Hi,
is it too early to say they are keepers ?

Guy 13

We'll see Guy, I'll listen for a few more days and then switch back. Sometimes the change sounds better initially just because it's a change. Need to see how the change the other way goes before any final decisions are made ;)
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: rollo on October 03, 2019, 07:39:14 AM
  Big difference in price I would imagine. Merrill is class "D" ? Module or in house build ?

charles
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on October 03, 2019, 09:15:52 AM
  Big difference in price I would imagine. Merrill is class "D" ? Module or in house build ?

charles

The new stuff is designed and built in house, this older unit is Hypex UcD based.

P.S. And yes, my Audio Alchemy amp was about $1,500 in 1994, so that's about $2,500 today, or just over 1/2 the cost of a pair of the Thor amps.
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Guy 13 on October 03, 2019, 08:41:40 PM
  Big difference in price I would imagine. Merrill is class "D" ? Module or in house build ?

charles

The new stuff is designed and built in house, this older unit is Hypex UcD based.

P.S. And yes, my Audio Alchemy amp was about $1,500 in 1994, so that's about $2,500 today, or just over 1/2 the cost of a pair of the Thor amps.


Any pictures Barry ?

Guy 13
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: jbtrio on February 20, 2020, 03:22:00 PM
The room looks very nice! Long time no see. Hope all is well.

Joe
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on February 24, 2020, 07:40:48 AM
The room looks very nice! Long time no see. Hope all is well.

Joe

Thanks Joe! All's well here, and I hope the same is true for you and yours!
Would love to see and hear what you've got going on these days.
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on April 23, 2020, 12:09:14 PM
New addition, haven't finished painting yet...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49769561383_8bb809648e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iPY1DV)
2020-04-13_01-39-56 (https://flic.kr/p/2iPY1DV) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr



Basic system schematic...

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Audio-System-Map-2 (https://flic.kr/p/2iTAW5q) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: malloy on April 23, 2020, 03:36:05 PM
New addition, haven't finished painting yet...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49769561383_8bb809648e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iPY1DV)
2020-04-13_01-39-56 (https://flic.kr/p/2iPY1DV) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr



Basic system schematic...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49810714616_e9f6288fa2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iTAW5q)
Audio-System-Map-2 (https://flic.kr/p/2iTAW5q) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

Barry,

Nice sub! What is it? 18"? It looks like it weighs a ton. Even with the locking casters, how do you keep it from moving around, or does the weight prevent that? Also, I feel like it will move serious air and cause all your media on your shelf to fall down! :shock:

Paul
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on April 23, 2020, 05:12:34 PM
Barry,

Nice sub! What is it? 18"? It looks like it weighs a ton. Even with the locking casters, how do you keep it from moving around, or does the weight prevent that? Also, I feel like it will move serious air and cause all your media on your shelf to fall down! :shock:

Paul

HA! Yes Paul, 18" from Parts-Express (https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-18-ultimax-subwoofer-and-cabinet-bundle--300-7099) with this Amplifier (https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sa1000-subwoofer-amplifier-rack-mountable--300-811).
I used to have the amp powering the second voice-coil on my Gallo speakers, but now the stress of LFE is off of them, and this beast does a very nice job.
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: tmazz on April 23, 2020, 05:34:25 PM
Yeah, beast is a good word for it.

I am sure that it will really kick some serious butt on movie soundtracks like Jurassic Park or Top Gun.  :shock:
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 02, 2020, 06:27:00 PM
Finally finished the sub...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50001747307_0f9e80589e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jbu2rv)
IMG_20200613_084638 (https://flic.kr/p/2jbu2rv) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50001752462_bee77cc47c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jbu3Yo)
2020-06-13_09-45-35 (https://flic.kr/p/2jbu3Yo) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr


In it final resting place...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50016658213_0b13874ec4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jcNrW6)
2020-06-17_04-29-12 (https://flic.kr/p/2jcNrW6) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Nick B on July 02, 2020, 09:10:20 PM
Thatís a really nice result, Barry, and a great looking room  :thumb:
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 04, 2020, 10:46:40 AM
Thanks Nick!
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Folsom on July 04, 2020, 06:42:35 PM
Damn, that's only an 18?
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on July 05, 2020, 11:00:18 AM
Damn, that's only an 18?

That was my initial thought as well :wink:
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: dflee on August 29, 2020, 07:04:54 AM
Barry:
Curious, did the Thors stay or are you stickin with
the AA?

Don
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on August 31, 2020, 05:58:35 AM
Hey Don,

Like so many things audio, there are pluses and minuses to everything, but I'm not a reviewer, so maybe can't articulate this as well as I'd like. The Thor amps are more pure, cleaner sounding, quieter background, faster(?) They aren't strident or sibilant, they are very smooth and clean sounding, quieter background. But to me the Audio Alchemy amps, are richer, have more dimensionality, more warmth.

So, they are staying, but in rotation. I go back and forth every few weeks or so, and always marvel at, and enjoy, the change  :D

Maybe if I were to start looking at different pre-amps, or cables, I would stop swapping, but we all know the rabbit hole ;)
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: jbtrio on September 01, 2020, 09:53:54 AM
That's some big sub! Hey Barry your room looks really nice! You did a great job. :thumb:
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on September 01, 2020, 12:50:29 PM
That's some big sub! Hey Barry your room looks really nice! You did a great job. :thumb:

Thanks Joe!
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Triode Pete on September 01, 2020, 05:16:50 PM
That's some big sub! Hey Barry your room looks really nice! You did a great job. :thumb:

I concur, Barry! Looks spectacular!

Cheers,
Pete
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on September 01, 2020, 05:52:56 PM
I concur, Barry! Looks spectacular!

Cheers,
Pete

Thanks Pete!
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: dflee on September 01, 2020, 06:29:47 PM
Guess I'll quit checking your garbage every night
looking for the AA to show up.
But if you do decide to ditch it, I volunteer to take
it away for you (you lucky devil).
And ya, the place looks pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Don
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: Barry (NJ) on September 02, 2020, 01:59:07 PM
Guess I'll quit checking your garbage every night
looking for the AA to show up.
But if you do decide to ditch it, I volunteer to take
it away for you (you lucky devil).
And ya, the place looks pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Don

Thanks Don, and look closer, I've got 3 of them ;)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50016658213_0b13874ec4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jcNrW6)
2020-06-17_04-29-12 (https://flic.kr/p/2jcNrW6) by Barry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/20967309@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: My Media Room...
Post by: dflee on September 02, 2020, 05:39:14 PM
Sweet.