My Media Room...

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So I've been in this house for over 15 years now.
When we first moved in I just set up my stereo equipment in the finished part of the basement, but I never really liked the "decor".
White top half of the walls with chair-rail and ugly green striped wallpaper on the bottom...

Original Anthony Gallo Nucleus Solo, Circa 1994 by Barry, on Flickr

Hosting the NY Audio Rave Group for a listening event circa 2010 by Barry, on Flickr

As time went on, I added my first PJ, an InFocus X1, later replaced with a Mitsubishi HC1500. Also an Oppo BDP-83 for spinning video discs.

But my focus has always been, and still leans heavily towards, 2-channel.

A few months ago, my wife suggested we redo the room, and I jumped at the chance. It's all DIY, so took a few months of evenings and weekends.

Here are some pix of the progress...

Walls stripped and skimmed...

2019-03-05_01-02-13 by Barry, on Flickr

Fresh paint and new lighting going up...

IMG_20190401_205627 by Barry, on Flickr

I'd already skimmed and painted this wall, but decided some fresh sheet-rock was needed, as there is no shelving covering the back wall...

Backwall by Barry, on Flickr

The ceiling in this area also needed to be replaced...

Ceiling_open by Barry, on Flickr

IMG_20190505_131056 by Barry, on Flickr

IMG_20190513_152604 by Barry, on Flickr

Continuous run of 10 gauge, on a dedicated 20 amp circuit...

IMG_20190607_143217 by Barry, on Flickr

Got some help from my kids, laying down the new flooring on Father's Day...

MVIMG_20190616_212121 by Barry, on Flickr

2019-06-18_10-12-16 by Barry, on Flickr

And pretty much done...

Audio Sources are a Linn LP12 that feeds an Audio Alchemy VITB and a Sony CDP-XA20ES.
Those feed an Audio Alchemy DLC with the PS Three power supply upgrade.
The DLC feeds an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150 with the PS 150-M Upgrade.
And that feeds Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers.

2019-07-23_09-28-26 by Barry, on Flickr

Video sources are Oppo BDP-83 and a Roku Streaming Stick +.
Those feed an Emotiva UMC-200.
The front out of the UMC-200 feed the DLC, the side and rear surround outs each feed an Audio Alchemy Overture OM-150.

For surrounds I have 4 Sapphire SAT1000 speakers mounted at ear level.

The Sub-woofer out of the UMC-200 feeds a Dayton Audio SA-1000, which I have feeding the second VC in the Gallo Reference woofers.

Video is projected onto a 110" gray canvas screen by a BenQ HT2050A.

Power for everything but the PJ goes through a Belkin PureAV PF60, all is connected to a dedicated 20amp circuit.

I'm thinking about building some passive subs and not powering the second VC on the Gallo Ref 3.5s during movies.

I'd like to add Atmos capabilities as well. Most likely, for Atmos decoding, I'd end up with a receiver, as I feel stand-alone Atmos processors are more expensive than I'm comfortable spending on something like that. So I wouldn't need the additional Audio Alchemy amps I'm currently using for the surrounds, just have to make sure that the receiver has line-level main L+R outputs to feed the DLC. This keeps the pure 2-channel system as is, and takes main L+R amplifier duties away from the receiver, leaving more power available for all the ambiance channels.

2019-07-14_07-57-53 by Barry, on Flickr

Side and Rear Surround speakers by Barry, on Flickr

Media_Room_201908 by Barry, on Flickr

DVDs & Blue Rays...

DVD & Blue Storage by Barry, on Flickr


CD Storage by Barry, on Flickr
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In 2020 I added an 18" Sub. I've had it hooked up to both the 2 channel and HT systems, but now it's strictly in use with the HT.

Not it's normal location, just for the pic ;)

IMG_20200613_084638 by Barry, on Flickr

In 2021 I got a Marantz SR6015 to handle surround decoding and to power my 4 surround, and 4 overhead speakers.

PXL_20220308_204827199 by Barry, on Flickr

PXL_20220212_204931990 by Barry, on Flickr

Here's how things are wired up...

Audio-System-Map-4 by Barry, on Flickr

And a current map of room dimensions and where everything is placed in the room...

by Barry, on Flickr
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