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  Reply # 320096 19-Apr-2010 07:36
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cgrew:
wmoore: Here is my 2.0 system.

Panasonic LCD TV
Cambridge Audio DVD player
Virtue Audio Amp
KEF Cresta speakers
Held together by wanky wire and foo.



What model Cambridge Audio DVD player do you have just out of curiosity?


Model DVD57




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  Reply # 322201 23-Apr-2010 19:37
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Panasonic PV8az
PS3 with 500gb Hdd
Denon AVR 3806
Phillips DVD player
Polk RTi8 fronts
Polk Csi5 Centre
Polk FXi3 Surrounds
Vellodyne CHT-10

Its about time I upgraded to a 50inch full HD but everything else is ok



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  Reply # 324042 28-Apr-2010 09:26
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Milutiche: Panasonic PV8az
PS3 with 500gb Hdd
Denon AVR 3806
Phillips DVD player
Polk RTi8 fronts
Polk Csi5 Centre
Polk FXi3 Surrounds
Vellodyne CHT-10

Its about time I upgraded to a 50inch full HD but everything else is ok


Go for a Sony Bravia 50" mate they're really good.

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  Reply # 324077 28-Apr-2010 10:48
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Samsung 37" B530 1080p Freeview LCD :( I couldn't afford the 50" at the time
Onkyo TX-SR606B reciever
Phillip DVD Recorder
PS3 Slim with 320gb hdd
Custom ITX HTPC(35w at full load) with 3TB storage, Win7 64bit
Wharfdale Diamond9R Fronts, Centre and Sub
Wharfdale Xarus 1000 bookshelf rears
Logitech Harmony 785

was a budget custom system, only cost me a total of:
$4600 but at the time I should've gone for a bigger TV :(

Oh well, I can do that later and add more speakers




I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 



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  Reply # 324082 28-Apr-2010 10:57
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vinnieg: Samsung 37" B530 1080p Freeview LCD :( I couldn't afford the 50" at the time
Onkyo TX-SR606B reciever
Phillip DVD Recorder
PS3 Slim with 320gb hdd
Custom ITX HTPC(35w at full load) with 3TB storage, Win7 64bit
Wharfdale Diamond9R Fronts, Centre and Sub
Wharfdale Xarus 1000 bookshelf rears
Logitech Harmony 785

was a budget custom system, only cost me a total of:
$4600 but at the time I should've gone for a bigger TV :(

Oh well, I can do that later and add more speakers


Still it's not a bad setup you have for the price you paid

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  Reply # 324093 28-Apr-2010 11:13
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cgrew:
vinnieg: Samsung 37" B530 1080p Freeview LCD :( I couldn't afford the 50" at the time
Onkyo TX-SR606B reciever
Phillip DVD Recorder
PS3 Slim with 320gb hdd
Custom ITX HTPC(35w at full load) with 3TB storage, Win7 64bit
Wharfdale Diamond9R Fronts, Centre and Sub
Wharfdale Xarus 1000 bookshelf rears
Logitech Harmony 785

was a budget custom system, only cost me a total of:
$4600 but at the time I should've gone for a bigger TV :(

Oh well, I can do that later and add more speakers


Still it's not a bad setup you have for the price you paid


Yeah I'm totally happy with it :) doesn't dominate my lounge either, just compliments the rest of my furniture




I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 



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Reply # 324102 28-Apr-2010 11:28
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vinnieg:
cgrew:
vinnieg: Samsung 37" B530 1080p Freeview LCD :( I couldn't afford the 50" at the time
Onkyo TX-SR606B reciever
Phillip DVD Recorder
PS3 Slim with 320gb hdd
Custom ITX HTPC(35w at full load) with 3TB storage, Win7 64bit
Wharfdale Diamond9R Fronts, Centre and Sub
Wharfdale Xarus 1000 bookshelf rears
Logitech Harmony 785

was a budget custom system, only cost me a total of:
$4600 but at the time I should've gone for a bigger TV :(

Oh well, I can do that later and add more speakers


Still it's not a bad setup you have for the price you paid


Yeah I'm totally happy with it :) doesn't dominate my lounge either, just compliments the rest of my furniture


Brilliant mate same here with my setup, ideally I would like to have my setup in a slightly larger room to give my speakers more room to breathe but hey you can't have everything.. Yell

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  Reply # 324107 28-Apr-2010 11:35
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Display:
 42" Philips K9 Full-HD LCD
Receiver:
 Yamaha RX-V995 (100W RMS x5)
Speakers:
 Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 Floorstanders (Bi-Wired with Audioquest 'Crystal' Speaker wire)
 Wharfedale Diamond CS Center (Also Bi-Wired as above)
 Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Bookshelf rears
Subwoofers:
 Wharfedale Diamond 9 SW150 x2
Power:
 Belkin PureAV PF60 Power Console
Sources:
 Sony PS3
 MySky HDi


Not overly complicated, and a very good all round performer for the living room.
(Could use an upgrade to a receiver from this millenium though... If only for HDMI switching!)



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  Reply # 324117 28-Apr-2010 11:49
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6FIEND: Display:
 42" Philips K9 Full-HD LCD
Receiver:
 Yamaha RX-V995 (100W RMS x5)
Speakers:
 Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 Floorstanders (Bi-Wired with Audioquest 'Crystal' Speaker wire)
 Wharfedale Diamond CS Center (Also Bi-Wired as above)
 Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Bookshelf rears
Subwoofers:
 Wharfedale Diamond 9 SW150 x2
Power:
 Belkin PureAV PF60 Power Console
Sources:
 Sony PS3
 MySky HDi


Not overly complicated, and a very good all round performer for the living room.
(Could use an upgrade to a receiver from this millenium though... If only for HDMI switching!)


Interesting you've mentioned using bi-wired connections on your Wharfedale Diamonds.  I've thought about doing that for improved high/low frequencies.  It's just a matter of investing in new speaker wire that is bi-wire.

How much would you pay for a reasonable length of the above mentioned speaker wire you have?

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Reply # 324160 28-Apr-2010 13:14
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cgrew: Interesting you've mentioned using bi-wired connections on your Wharfedale Diamonds.  I've thought about doing that for improved high/low frequencies.  It's just a matter of investing in new speaker wire that is bi-wire.

How much would you pay for a reasonable length of the above mentioned speaker wire you have?


Well, the Audioquest Crystal+ speaker wire is from the mid-late 90s...  It's essentially multiple cores wound around a 'spacer' in a helix formation.

I used this in a normal (not bi-wired) configuration for many years, but it is ideal for bi-wiring, because the cable contains multiple, insulated cores that can be easily grouped into two pairs and terminated accordingly.

In addition, this particular style of cable has differing gauges of core:

This means that the lighter gauge conductors can be used to carry the high frequency signals for the tweeters, and the remaining heavier gauge conductors can carry the mid/base signal.

With that all stated - there is no need to get a fancy or expensive cable to Bi Wire your kit.
You could just as easily grab two pairs of regular speaker wire, and run one set to your tweets and another set to your mids/woofers.  I just had this cable in place, and decided to do it 'all in one'

Then there's the whole other argument about the benefits of bi-wiring, active vs. passive crossovers, etc, etc... ;-)



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  Reply # 324172 28-Apr-2010 13:36
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6FIEND:
cgrew: Interesting you've mentioned using bi-wired connections on your Wharfedale Diamonds.  I've thought about doing that for improved high/low frequencies.  It's just a matter of investing in new speaker wire that is bi-wire.

How much would you pay for a reasonable length of the above mentioned speaker wire you have?


Well, the Audioquest Crystal+ speaker wire is from the mid-late 90s...  It's essentially multiple cores wound around a 'spacer' in a helix formation.

I used this in a normal (not bi-wired) configuration for many years, but it is ideal for bi-wiring, because the cable contains multiple, insulated cores that can be easily grouped into two pairs and terminated accordingly.

In addition, this particular style of cable has differing gauges of core:

This means that the lighter gauge conductors can be used to carry the high frequency signals for the tweeters, and the remaining heavier gauge conductors can carry the mid/base signal.

With that all stated - there is no need to get a fancy or expensive cable to Bi Wire your kit.
You could just as easily grab two pairs of regular speaker wire, and run one set to your tweets and another set to your mids/woofers.  I just had this cable in place, and decided to do it 'all in one'

Then there's the whole other argument about the benefits of bi-wiring, active vs. passive crossovers, etc, etc... ;-)


Very interesting and usefull info there 6FIEND I wiil keep that in consideration.

Thanks :)

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  Reply # 324390 28-Apr-2010 20:32
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TV: Samsung LA40B530
Receiver: HTPC onboard Realtek ALC889a DAC -> Logitech Z-5500
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 5.1
Remote: Logitech Harmony 785
Source: My HTPC, blu-ray, Freeview-HD, random games & music

I call this the budget DIY route.





HTPC: Antec Fusion 430, Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H F7, AMD X2 4850e, Sapphire 4670 1GB, Corsair 4x1Gb,  Adata 128Gb SSD, WD10EARS Green, LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray, Hauppauge NOVA TD-500, Logitech z-5500, Logitech Harmony 525, Samsung LA40B530 1080p, Vista Premium-32 SP2, Catalyst 10.12(Facelift preview), Mediaportal 1.2.3+OneButtonMusic, AC3Filter, Cyberlink Powercinema 6 codec, BLU-RAY: Samsung BD-F7500

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  Reply # 324642 29-Apr-2010 12:05
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dale77:

I call this the budget DIY route.



Love it!

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  Reply # 327584 7-May-2010 05:52
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Here is my setup

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Samsung LCD 40" LA40A650 Full HD
Denon AVR-2808 Rcvr
Polk Audio Centre CS1
Polk Audio Mains Monitor 30
Tannoy FX Surrounds
Kef C4 Subwoofer
Mysky HDi
PS3 60Gb
2x Toshiba HD DVD Player HD-EP10
Denon DVD-2200
Oppo HM-31 HDMI Switch
Audioquest HDMI Cables
Harmony 785 Remote

Man Cave

Sony HD Crt KVHR32M31
Logitech Z-5500 Surround System
Xbox 360
HD DVD Drive
Nintendo DS
PSP

Lots of Blu-Ray ,HD DVD and DVD movies

My Gamertag XBox 360 R2R rokkirokki
PS3 rokkirokki




My gear 55" Samsung 4K SUHD LCD HDR , Denon AVR-4200W Reciever in 7.1.2 Surround , Denon 2 Channel Amp to power ceiling speakers , Combination of Polk Audio Fronts And Tannoy Surrounds plus 2 Cambridge Audio Ceiling Speakers Pioneer Downfiring Subwoofer , Oppo UDP-203 UHD Player , Roku Ultra , Apple TV 3



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  Reply # 327602 7-May-2010 08:58
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rokki: Here is my setup



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My Gear Lounge



Samsung LCD 40" LA40A650 Full HD

Denon AVR-2808 Rcvr

Polk Audio Centre CS1

Polk Audio Mains Monitor 30

Tannoy FX Surrounds

Kef C4 Subwoofer

Mysky HDi

PS3 60Gb

2x Toshiba HD DVD Player HD-EP10

Denon DVD-2200

Oppo HM-31 HDMI Switch

Audioquest HDMI Cables

Harmony 785 Remote



Man Cave



Sony HD Crt KVHR32M31

Logitech Z-5500 Surround System

Xbox 360

HD DVD Drive

Nintendo DS

PSP



Lots of Blu-Ray ,HD DVD and DVD movies



My Gamertag XBox 360 R2R rokkirokki

PS3 rokkirokki



Tannoy very nice.

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