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Written by Michael S. Palmer   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
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First Setups, Dream Setups, and Demo Discs

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SETUP?

The first home theatre was with a Sony VPH-1040Q that I bought from a computer store that went out of business.  I quickly learned that VHS tapes didn't have a strong enough signal to sync with the projector, that was the turning point for laser disc collecting.  The laser disc signal was plenty strong for the old three tube projector.  At that point, I had collected a few more Bose AM-5 systems to use as the surround sound speakers.  Those were connected to my faithful Denon receiver with Dolby Pro Logic 2.  I decided that the three sets of Bose AM-5's didn't have the needed bass impact, so I added a Definitive Audio 15", 300 watt sub. I converted an out building that had a washer and dryer in it to a dedicated theatre.  I remember jamming 20 or so people in there when Akira finally came out on DVD.  Speaking of DVD, my first DVD was Backdraft.  The one that came in a CD case because they still didn't know what they were doing with the DVD format yet.

WHAT'S YOUR DREAM SETUP?

This will get a bit geeky here.  Lets start with the sound.  For the uprights, Focal Utopia series.  The bass, a pair of JL Gotham f213's augmented with a TRW-17 rotary utra-sub.  That will bring the lows down to 1 Hz.  The projector should be something like the JVC DLA-RS60.  But, I find the resolution lacking.  So maybe the JVC DLA-RS4000U (that's the 4096x2400 one).  That way I can watch the video I shoot on my Red camera (don't actually have one, yet).  Now to the heart, the Krell Evolution 707.  Match this with a round of Krell Evolution 900e power amps for all the moving cones.  Might as well stick with Krell for the Evolution 555 Bluray player.  Don't forget to add in my Mac Mini for all the other digital needs.  Now, move on to the environment.  All the seating would be on teared platforms with the theme park Butt-kicker transducers under each level.  The screen should be nothing short of IMAX proportions from the seating distance.  My plan is about 19' wide.

WHAT GEAR ARE YOU GETTING NEXT?

JVC projector with lots of contrast.

FAVORITE DEMO DISCS:

The first 5 or so minutes of 'Cars' .  Good music, impressive surround, and crazy clear images.  I also like the BBC documentaries 'Planet Earth' , 'Life' , and 'Human Planet' .  The picture and footage is just phenomenal.

HOW MANY BLU-RAYS/DVDS/CDS/LASERDISCS, VHS TAPES, VIDEO GAMES DO YOU OWN?

  • Blurays: 325
  • HD-DVD's: 79
  • DVD's: 537
  • CD's: 465
  • Laser Discs: 103
  • VHS: zero
  • Video Games: 61
Chris Martin's Blu-ray Collection

Thanks again to Chris for participating in this week's Share Your Setup!  Interesting in participating, contact us at questions@avrev.com!





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