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    For the Las Vegas home I purchased a Vizio SV470XVT FHDTV. The built in speakers are okay but not always adequate (fun) due to the shape of the room. It has been a while since I installed the Denon in our Los Angeles home so I am looking for some advice/opinions on the latest and greatest technology.

    I have purchased but not installed an Onkyo HT-S7100 Home Theater system. I know some of you guys are more up on this stuff than I am so what should I do/not do in setting this up?

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    Re: Home Theater System

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    For the Las Vegas home I purchased a Vizio SV470XVT FHDTV. The built in speakers are okay but not always adequate (fun) due to the shape of the room. It has been a while since I installed the Denon in our Los Angeles home so I am looking for some advice/opinions on the latest and greatest technology.

    I have purchased but not installed an Onkyo HT-S7100 Home Theater system. I know some of you guys are more up on this stuff than I am so what should I do/not do in setting this up?

    Mark
    Mark, best of times enjoying your new systems. While I'm no A/V expert, I used the audio output RCA jacks from my tv into my Onkyo receiver. During normal viewing I use the audio from the tv alone and when I want amped up surround sound I turn down the tv volume and crank up the Onkyo. The Onkyo system you purchased got great reviews with it's six speakers and separate subwoofer. My system is old and since I like big old style speakers I have two Cerwin Vegas with 12" woofers and two Advents which I rebuilt with speakers from an Internet store called "Parts Express". My center channel speaker is a cheap Pyramid. One component which gives my system a really nice feature is the RadioShack Optimus SSM 1750 mixer through which I run all my audio components. This component allows me to adjust an echo effect to my audio which adds to the theatre like sound. I'm sure there are much newer and better products available for your system. Just something to consider. Best of luck. Frank

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      I put in an Infocus (DLP) digital light projector a couple of years ago and bolted its to the ceiling which projects onto a 2.5mt screen, and went out and bought peace but peace a sony home theatre sound system and sub woofer which rockes the floor I only use it to mainly watch DVD movies as the projection lamp is vary expensive to replace so I watch normal TV on my 50" panasonic plasma you will just love it and will watch more movies at home instead of going to all the hassle going to the theatre.

      Tony

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      • #4
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        Hire a licensed home theater specialist. Think of the horrors.
        Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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        • #5
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          The ears of the individual are what count. I do like the new "soundbars" that have come out. Looks like about a 4" high strip the length of the tv with multiple tuned speakers.

          Polk made some last I read.

          Me, I've still got the Infinity SM152's. Had people with all types of systems be amazed at their sound. But they are large.

          J.C.

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            You have to figure out the best speaker placement. I've never had a room that needed the 7.1 system, so I can't help you much with that end. There are a lot of websites that can give you a good starting point.

            For setting the sub woofer, put the woofer in the spot where you will sit when watching movies. Then play something, and walk around the room and listen. When you find the spot where it sounds the best to your ears, put the sub woofer there.

            Most home theater in a box kits come with a low gauge speaker wire. I've always found it better to throw away the speaker wire that comes in the box, and just buy a reel of speaker wire. I think I use 14 gauge speaker wire for my stuff.

            Don't use any Monster Brand cables or products. While there is nothing wrong with the products, there are better ways to get rid of your money. You will notice no difference in sound or picture quality between a Monster Cable or a product that costs much, much less. Monoprice.com has some good quality cables.

            As for Blu-ray players, I still feel the Playstation 3 is the best Blu-ray player you can buy at this time. Yes, some of the newer players are very nice and you won't be disappointed with them, but the Playstation 3 does Blu-ray very well, and can be used for other things also.

            The best site I have found to learn about this stuff is www.avsforum.com

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            • #7
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              to properly answer this question, i need to see the environment you're dealing with

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
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                Mark,

                I just recently bought a surround sound system from wal mart for $50

                I took 5 pin tacs and hung the four corner speakers in each corner, the MID, in the center and put the bass in the center front,

                Hell. I didnt even tuck in the wires,

                You know what the best part about my installation was?

                I was USING IT in less then 5 minutes, sitting down and relaxing and it sounded great, you should be doing the same you worked hard all your life, time to relax ...don't sweat the small stuff , just think back to the 80's when there was nothing but mono

                Just set the darn speakers up and enjoy life buddy, Stop trying to be perfect and just be Remarkable !

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                • #9
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                  Can I make a suggestion as a former audio amp DIYer and an audiophile? Stay away from Denon, Bose etc. They are all overpriced knockoffs of quality speakers.

                  http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/0...oil-alert.html

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                  • #10
                    Re: Home Theater System

                    wal mart $50

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                    • #11
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                      Okay I got a little distracted. I already have all of the components I am more concerned with speaker placement. My understanding is I can adjust each speaker with the help of an included microphone. My current plan is to have the front speakers and center speaker up in front with the TV. The sub woofer will be on the floor to the right of the TV. The rear speakers will be on the wall directly opposite the wall the TV is on (is that too far?). The problem really comes in with the surround speakers. On the right as you are facing the TV the speaker will be in front of a window but I can use a stand. However, the left speaker is at the island sink and I can't think of how I could do it and make it look nice. One of my questions is how would it change the sound by moving the left surround sound up towards the TV where there is a solid wall?

                      To add, I am also just laying the wires on the floor for now until I like how it sounds. After that I am having a guy come in to either install the wires under the carpet or in the ceiling/walls. I guess I am just trying to keep my options open.

                      Mark

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                        Ahh,......Still not enjoying it yet huh>

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                          Mark, you are right in where those speakers need to be for optimum performance. I think you have a couple options for that speaker near the sink. Since it needs to be relatively in line with the one on the other side of the couch, is there enough room for a small end table next to the couch? Can you place that speaker on a stand next to the couch? Could you suspend it from the ceiling above the sink? Since you are experimenting with placement and sound within the room, another option would be to omit the speaker to the left and right of the couch and just use the two at the rear. This will still give you a very nice surround sound, no harm in trying and you might not miss those two in the middle. I think the placemnt of the other speakers is dead on perfect. I just had another thought, if you are serious about this system and plan on enjoying it for some time, how about getting a pair of wall speakers and placing one in that wall near the window and one in the sink enclosure facing the couch?
                          Last edited by Frankiarmz; 12-30-2008, 12:43 PM.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                            Ahh,......Still not enjoying it yet huh>
                            No this is not my primary residence so I have not had a chance to do it yet. I am trying to get all my info together before I go there so I don't have to research it while I'm there.

                            Mark
                            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                              Originally posted by Frankiarmz View Post
                              Mark, you are right in where those speakers need to be for optimum performance. I think you have a couple options for that speaker near the sink. Since it needs to be relatively in line with the one on the other side of the couch, is there enough room for a small end table next to the couch? Can you place that speaker on a stand next to the couch? Could you suspend it from the ceiling above the sink? Since you are experimenting with placement and sound within the room, another option would be to omit the speaker to the left and right of the couch and just use the two at the rear. This will still give you a very nice surround sound, no harm in trying and you might not miss those two in the middle. I think the placemnt of the other speakers is dead on perfect.
                              I like the idea of the ceiling and it is an idea I had not considered. The ceilings are 9' ceilings so it may not be too obvious. As a matter of fact I might even consider a flush mount speaker in the ceiling. With that they wouldn't even be noticed. Here is a picture of that area.

                              Mark
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