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Old 04-02-2015, 09:03 PM
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Great theater! It looks modern and comfortable at the same time.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:00 PM
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New addition coming to the HT in the next couple of weeks... A Krell Showcase 7.1. I am looking for an inexpensive 4 HDMI in,HDMI/7.1 analog output box now. I also have a Crown D75 amp that will be replacing the T chip amp. The next item will be a Dirac 88 processor for my room tuning.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:24 AM
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Last night a friend of mine, and I listened to the new setup, (only the Oppo 105D was installed into my old setup via HDMI), and we were very surprised as to what a difference it made.

Audio:
Top end is more extended, and more info present then before. Lows are even tighter than before...maybe just as touch less powerful. Dynamics are much better.

Video:
The colors pop more now, Black levels look better, and the picture appeared to be sharper too.

The demo was done through HDMI which means we are not using the DACs from the 105D. We also are not using the built in Darbee yet as I still have my old one. Looks like I will be selling the Darbee, and going to the built in one.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:53 PM
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The Crown D-75 was defective so it was returned.
We have the Krell Showcase 7.1 in the system now along with the Oppo 103. I just picked up a Lexicon NT-512 for my front horns, and surrounds. I also picked up a Sherbourn 5 channel amp for the bass bins, and the rear surrounds (this amp will be replaced later for another Lexicon). I also am waiting on a Yamaha XM4080 amp for Dolby Atmos height channels. The Klipsch HIPs are going bye bye, and will be replaced with JBL 8340A speakers (these will also be used for Atmos). I also have a DDRC-88A Dirac processor for tuning the room, and new MiniDSP balanced 2x4 crossover. We will finally be able to run balanced from the preamp to the amps in balanced. Can't wait to get the new setup up and running and see how it sounds.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:05 AM
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:06 PM
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I have the amps, balanced MiniDSP 2x4s, MiniDSP Dirac DDRC-88A installed now along with one pair of JBL 8340A speakers for my side surrounds. I am looking for one more pair to finish off the 7.2 setup. I also have a pair of JBL 8320 speakers on the way for 2 of the needed 4 to hang from the ceiling for Atmos (when I am ready for it).

Here are the latest Dirac readings...
Left and right main...



Center channel...



Subs...


JBL 8340A side surrounds...


Klipsch HIPs (rear surrounds until I get more JBLs)...
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:38 PM
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Great looking home theater!
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:54 PM
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Dang, son, those graphs are amazing. Congrats!!
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:49 PM
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Bad news... The MiniDSPs in balanced mode have a hiss that is louder than my projector at the MLP. I I emailed Tech Support, and they said it is because my speakers are so efficient, and that I should rewire their unit as unbalanced. I said no... I only purchased it because i am running balanced. I notified PayPal of the problems, and I am waiting for return info for these defective crossovers.


Meanwhile I purchased a Xilica XP4080 which I will be hooking up this weekend in the 3 MiniDSP 2x4s place. It will handle 4 inputs, and 8 outputs, so it will handle bi-amping for all 3 front channels plus I can use it for tuning my 2 Danley subs (the crossover is also the one used by Aeries (for their Legend speakers), and Danley for their speakers). It looks like it has a lot of capability (more than I will use), but the price was right, and I think it will be a big improvement over the MiniDSPs.
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