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|kvk's Family Room System|
|IP Address: 188.8.131.52||Last Update: September 19, 2009 at 09:32:26|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||None|
|Speakers:||Fronts-- B&W 602s3|
Rears -- B&W 600s3
Center-- B&W LCR600
Sub -- B&W ASW600
|CD Player/DAC:||DIYParadise Monica USB DAC (driven with HP/WinXP laptop to play CDs, internet streams and downloads)|
|Other Source(s):||Motorola Set-Top Box with Verizon Fios|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||14ga speaker wire, bought a 250ft spool at HD.|
All the interconnects are stuff I just bought at monoprice.com. Nothing fancy but better (or at least cheaper) than RatShack or box-store stuff.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Monster HTS 1000 MkII powerstrip|
We take lots of power hits at our house for some reason. I've lost a few old TVs, CD players and the plate amp in my sub before we got a power strip.
|Room Size (LxWxH):||16.5' x 21' x cathedral ceiling 8 to 12'|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||My kid's toys. Sofa and chairs.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Bluegrass, Rootsy Folk, Jazz, Blues, Grateful Dead, Texas Swing, ...|
|System Goals/Comments:||The wall unit was just rebuilt to take a 40-46" TV in the upper center section. The side sections were built 17.5" wide to take standard width cable boxes and CD/DVD players.|
|System Strengths:||Much better than my 20-year-old college stereo that blew up a year ago.|
|System Weaknesses:||The room positioning. For practical reasons, the fronts have to sit in a built-it wall unit. I don't have the speakers positioned to get really nice imaging and the soundstange is not very open. The early reflection of the glass doors on the right doesn't help.|
My old DVD player as a CD source sounded aweful. I haven't tried the new one since now I have the USB DAC. CDs do sound much better with the USB DAC than my old DVD player.
|Video/HT System: Integrated|
|TV/Projector:||Samsung 4061F |
I think this an awesome set. A great buy. The entry-level Sony 1080P 40" set is several hundred more and I think this looks better.
After owning it a while, I do think it's better at HD than standard resolution. I think I like standard res a little better on our 37" Aquos that's now in the bedroom.
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||See above.|
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Pioneer 410V. It was about $100. Consumer Reports rate it highest; of course they only cover the consumer brands.|
I happen to really like this player. We used to by a $40-50 one at BJs and it last 6-12 months and then stop working. After doing that two or three times I decided to buy the best consumer-brand DVD player I could find. I think this one has fine picture quality and good sound, at least for movies. It has a lot more features than the $40-50 players. And, it's latest over a year so far. Until we upgrade to an HD player, I'll be very happy to keep this one.
|Other HT Gear:||See above.|
|URL Link: http://mysite.verizon.net/kenmandoski/wallunit.JPG|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Skiing and Ski Instruction|
Software Architect by trade.