Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Jul 2010 13:25 UTC
Multimedia, AV Let's do some blatant copy/paste from Ars Technica. A few days ago they ran a story called "What's in your home theatre system?". This poll wasn't so much about listing specific speaker types or amplifier models as it was about a number of more recognisable devices you could vote for. Let's copy their idea, but make it more open: what's in your home theatre setup - and list everything, from CD player to DVR to the type of cabling used. Be as anal about is as you want. Read on for my setup.
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2010-02-09 have failed with an article like this. You could have tried to show technical prowess in home audio, but you simply have not. I am sorely disappointed.

For the record, home audio was my other underground hobby.

My setup, on my meager means over the years:

RCA, can't find model number at the moment- standard definition with digital receiver. Cannot afford cable service or any such other goodies, so I have an indoor mounted amplified antenna from Radio Shack. (If I was not in an apartment, I'd have an external UHF/VHF/FM antenna mounted on the roof. Yes, the old antennas work just fine for HDTV signals in most cases.) It's connected to the receiver by composite RCA connections.

Media players:
A Sharp VCR, with four main heads and 19 micron heads. 360X rewind- I'm amazed I haven't broken more tapes. Resolution is not state-of-the-art per se the time it was made, but I'm keeping it since the VCR sides of DVD/VCR combinations sold presently tend to be awful, and this is much better for the few video tapes we still have. It is not yet connected properly to the receiver since it only supports component RCA connections (no composite or S-Video).

Most of the rest of my setup is Sony-made. I know some love all-in-one remotes, but I found they were horribly greedy with battery power myself and I don't favor them. The remote for the receiver overlaps functions with the remote for the DVD player.

A/V receiver: Sony STR-DG510. It is a multichannel receiver with discreet (dedicated) amplification, so it can be adjusted for various speaker setups. It was a gift from my in-laws.

Speakers: Sony SS-MSPFT1 5.1 system. I believe its powered sub is two 8" woofers in parallel; so the bass can hit hard but not as deep as something larger in size with dual coils. The rear speakers are not set up right now because wires on the floor will be tangled with by small children and stapling them to the ceiling is not ideal in our apartment.

They are designed to be slim and small, which is ideal for our small living space. I do not have money for Bose and their Lifestyle speaker systems, although they are much smaller by comparison.

I am an advocate of matched (packaged system) speakers.

DVD: Sony DVP-NS575P CD/DVD player, which supports CD, VCD, standard DVD, DVD +/- RW and DVD +/- R. With a coaxial digital out connection to the receiver, it doubles nicely as the CD player. I am a bit of an audiophile and I prefer good ol' .cda formats on a physical disc to digital files on portable audio players.

No media PC servers... yet. All in all, it's better than when I was slumming a bit on Radio Shack's Optimus products. I used to have a very nice dual cassette tape deck (B/C Dolby noise reduction, continuous play deck-to-deck, etc., but that went to my father when the receiver/cassette deck on his Sony home stereo system died, along with the Optimus receiver, etc.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29 have failed with an article like this. You could have tried to show technical prowess in home audio, but you simply have not. I am sorely disappointed.


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jaklumen Member since:

Specs. No listing of nuts-and-bolts specs. No demonstration of an appreciation of the actual acoustics and carefully chosen components as such (mix-and-match setups leaves me suspicious if this is actually understood). Audiophile snob stuff: distortion rates, frequency ranges, crossover points, speaker placement, how it sounds for music as well as movies, and with which music. Speaker designs: is it ported, enclosed, size of actual speaker dishes, etc.

I don't think you were anal enough. I'm not sure how many others were anal enough either. Plenty have been able to go into fantastic detail about their programs and PC hardware and yet can't do the same for their home audio/video systems...? Perhaps PC speakers have been far too shitty for far too long.

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