Share Your Setup - David 
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Written by Michael S. Palmer   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Hello, Everyone.  Welcome to this week's installment of Share Your Setup .  We've got a fabulous, dedicated theatre space to share with you, sent in by High-Def Digest reader, David Susilo.  David is an award-winning photographer, self-described technology freak, and fan of anything Canon, DIsney, PSB, and Pioneer.  He's also -- wait for it -- ISF and THX certified, a Control4 professional installer, and a member of HAA, CEA, and CEDIA.  Impressive! 

Here's David in his own words to talk about his setup, officialy named the Akung Cinema Experience (which is dedicated to his grandfather, Hadi Soeryanto):

 AUDIOPHILE, VIDEO/CINEPHILE, OR BOTH? AND WHY?
 
I'm more of a musicphile and cinephile.  With my various backgrounds including video and music production, I want my home theatre / music room to be able to faithfully reproduce the audio and video as faithfully as possible... subjective aspect (taste) be damned! Smile

David Susilo's screen and front speakers

 TELL US ABOUT YOUR CURRENT SETUP(S)
 
It a dedicated 5.1 setup.  I do not believe in 7.1 setup because [as I am writing this] there are less than 5 movies currently mixed in 7.1 for theatrical presentation (the first being 'Toy Story 3' ).  When the theatre was built, there was not a single movie out there originally mixed in 7.1 and I'd like to replicate the theatre experience as much as possible.

David Susilo's home theatre during construction
 
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO BUILD, OR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COLLECTING AND TWEAKING FOR THIS CURRENT SETUP?
 
The design took about 2 months due to my busy schedule at the time.  I only had an hour here and there to design everything, especially since the room started as an open area in my basement.  The building of the room itself only took about a week but collecting all of the equipments together took about 3 months from start to finish and the biggest delay was the screen because of the custom size I requested from Grandview Screens .  There was no tweaking done other than audio and video calibration because everything was properly designed from the get go.  The only thing that keeps being done is calibrating the projector every 6 months.

David Susilo's home theatre finished

 
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR, AND WHY?
 
There is no favorite gear in my system.  The system works like a team.  One can't perform without the other.  Everything is equally important.
 
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH AUDIO/VIDEO (if there's a story here, tell it)?

 
My Akung (grandfather) started my exploration in home theatre in 1978. It started with experimenting with true projector with multiple types of screens, moving on to audio reproduction, which then followed with audio replication from tape-to-tape copying process all the way to CD, PCM Master Tape, and Remastering.  Using various equipment (thanks to Ir. Tjandra Ghozali and his SHM Project, and Robert Patilaya in guiding me in building the all-analog audio processors), I became an avid audio video reproduction enthusiast.

Coupled with photography background taught by Antonius Lo, and cinematography analyses, my involvement in the audio/video world became complete from creation, mastering, re-mastering, all the way through the faithful reproduction of both aspects.

Finally, in 2009 I've finished the physical building of my first dedicated home theatre. This is an on-going project that will evolve as the technology evolves. Of course, this theatre could have not exist without one person who started it all... Akung Hadi Soerjanto. May he rest in peace.

David Susilo's cinema name


 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SETUP?
 
I can't remember exactly but some of the equipment I remember include Citizen CB-1000 CD player, Nakamichi BX-303 cassette deck, Warfedale Laser1 speakers (fronts), Pioneer SX-7 speakers (rears), Pioneer SP-101 Surround Processor, Sansui power amp for the front channels and Marantz integrated amp for the rear channel.  The TV was a 29" 4:3 Pioneer CRT with a Pioneer LaserDisc player as the source.

 David Susilo's home theatre

 
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM SETUP?
 
I'm very happy with my system.  I just want to upgrade my projector to a Panasonic PT-AE4000U.
 
WHAT GEAR ARE YOU GETTING NEXT?
 
The Panasonic PT-AE4000U!
 
FAVORITE DEMO DISCS (audio or video) AND WHY?

  1. 'The Box' (opening scene): steering of typewriter clacking from left to right can show any flaw in LCR EQ and positioning
  2. Dolby's The Sound of High Definition II (Chris Botti track):  playing back the track at literally live-volume and not hearing any distortion from any speaker is a difficult task for any amp/speaker combination
  3. Disney's 'Bolt' (chapter 2): steering, LFE action, and all the cacophony in the recording will sound jumbled together if the speakers are not adequeate to replicate complex sound structure.  I have yet to hear a single HTiB that can reproduce this one scene without giving me an ear fatigue halfway through the chapter.

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

About 700 BD, 1,000+ DVDs, 1,000+ CDs, 100 LDs, and about 100+ Wii games.

 

Well there we have it, folks.  Thanks to David and all the High-Def Digest readers who answered the questionaire and sent in pictures of their setups.  There are quite a number of them to look through, and it's going to be fun sharing them with all the readers.  If anyone's interesting in being a part of Share Your Setup, drop me a line at answers@avrev.com

For more info on David's exact gear, click the tabs below.  For more pictures of David's theatre, check out his his slide shows here and here.  Make sure to comment below to talk more about David's setup!  Cheers and thanks for reading.

Share Your Setup

 

 

David's Theatre Specs

  • Room Size: 10 ft. x 16 ft. x 9 ft. (as per ITU-R standard)
  • The Walls: 5/8" Double-Insulated surfaces with Solid Core door
  • Room Colour Scheme: Behr's Disney Collection's Code Red (from Disney's Cars) - 5 coats -- for back and side walls Behr's Disney Collection's Mickey's Ears - 3 coats -- for ceiling and front wall
  • Carpet: Sorcerer's Hat Blue carpeting
  • Viewing Distances: First Row: 9 ft. (as per THX recommendation) / Second Row: 13 ft. (as per SMPTE recommendation)
  • Screen Size: 96" 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio to maintain Constant Image Height
  • Speaker Placement & Configuration: 5.1 in ITU-R placement standard as adopted by THX PM3 post-production room recommendation
  • Seats: Bell'o Getti Black Leather Manual Reclining Theatre Seats

David's Gear List Part 1

David's gear is "located in a separate room behind the screen.  the lighting system, audio and video power circuits are sepearte to eliminate any kind of interference"

Media Players:
Pioneer CLD-D604 LaserDisc Player
Pioneer DVR-660 DVR
Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player
Pioneer Elite PD-D9 CD Player
Scientific Atlanta 8300HD HD PVR

Screen:
Grandview Custom Screen 96" 21:9 1.0 Gain (custom designed by David Susilo)

Speakers:
PSB Century 300i Sattelites x4
PSB Image C5 Centre Channel
PSB SubSeries 300

Projector:
Panasonic PT-AE3000U

Receiver:
Pioneer Elite SC-25

Remote Control:

Harmony One

David's Gear List Part 2

Cables:
GutWire (Power Cables)
Monster Cable (Front Channels)
Monster Cable (M2000HD HDMI cables and Sigma Retro Interlinks)
Nagaoka (Rear Channels)
StraightWire (In Wall Feeds)

Control Room Monitor:
Toshiba 19" LCD

Lighting System:
Lutron

Power Conditioners:

APC
Monster Power
TrippLite

Tactile System:
Woon Tactile Transducer x6 (One per Seat)
JVC (powering the Tactile System)






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