Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
TP1

Home Theatre Upgrade

Recommended Posts

Since our house was first  built 17 years ago, the theatre has had a 110” screen.   At the time of the build we also had it decked out with cabinetry – it was the done thing.  Back then, some were still installing 4:3 screens and a  110” 16x9 screen was close to  the limit of what  many projectors could achieve .   

 

 701102636_IMG_9272(1).jpg.a2b91bec4ca425f61a5d4e717e353ae3.jpg

 

While the screen size seemed perfect for 16x9 content,  movies in Cinemascope ( most of them)   were reduced  by the letterbox bars that are inevitable in this type of setup.  My aim with the screen upgrade was to keep the 16x9 images at what they previously were  and gain some dramatic improvement with movies.    I settled on a 140” Oz Theatre screen .

 

The screen was just part of major upgrade which included painting all the walls and ceiling , upgraded electronics and the most amazing centre speaker.

 

 

2085822250__MG_0049-Version3.jpg.eb3699c629348e1ad0285bc7a3308576.jpg

 

Centre Speaker is Dynaudio Evidence with RRP of $39K  which I managed to buy secondhand.   It is designed as floor standing centre speaker - I tried it with conventional stands but the factory designed approach gives the best results. Sound wise this thing is nothing short of incredible .  Its resolution, soundstage, imaging and bass completely lifts the whole system.  It blends in seamlessly with the rest of the system . The fronts are Aurum Cantus Grand Supremes .  They also project a large soundstage and have excellent imaging .

 

1642212670__MG_0054-Version2.jpg.e4e66e3fc91520655a9f9413bc22141d.jpg

 

 

 

1434569099__MG_9992-Version2.jpg.1781e5c890a381baef09d6ba5141a1a3.jpg

 

It is amazing what flock coating acoustic treatments  can do  to the WAF.  

 

Moving to a Dolby Atmos /DTS-X system meant 4 new ceiling speakers.  I settled on Polk Audio 70-RT from USA ( cheaper than buying locally)

 

IMG_0232.jpg.6e66e4118638a7370a765fb0ceed04c6.jpg

 

To drive the ceiling speakers I thought I would try a low cost option direct from China from a company called Wentins. I saw these  at the Ghanzhou AV show a few years ago and they  sounded great so I thought it couldn't hurt trying one out.   I bought a relatively cheap 5 channel  @ 200 Watts per channel. These guys make a huge range  and will custom make high power amps to your specs. 

 

IMG_2308.thumb.JPG.94758dd5d4eb27410c57e91bc1b649a2.JPG

 

 

I had been using the original NAD  Master series M25 for the system previously  but after trying out the Wentins, it was clear it was doing things nicer than the mighty M25. It had all the speed of the M25 but with a richer timbre  and superior dynamics and bass.    This got me thinking,  if one of their cheapest amps sounded this good, how good would one of their better ones be?    I decided to relegate the M25 to ceiling speaker duties, use the Wentins multichannel amp for surrounds and rear surrounds , and ordered  hifi monoblocks  direct from the factory. 

 

IMG_2301.thumb.JPG.988926311b1be6d7f6afa7c651047aef.JPG

 

These amps are fully balanced and  produce 225 WPC into 8 ohms and 450 into 4 ohms. ( all speakers are 4 ohms in this system).  They were still well priced  but being hifi  amplifiers, they did not have a  12v trigger which I have since added.  The L&W brand is part of the Wentins group.    These allowed me to run balanced XLR cables to each amp and I'm more than happy with the result.  

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Impressive ! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking good! What projector are you using?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice. I also run non matching speakers but cannot notice any difference. What sort of subs are you running?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


IMG_2320.thumb.jpg.edb6eff320c0eefdef86ce1941d40c49.jpg

 

 

Projector is Sony VPL-VW760ES laser projector.     We still get amazed  with the images it creates and the latest firmware has  just pushed its performance levels up again. 

Projector mount is Peerless PRG - superb IMO.. 

 

 

Edited by Tasso

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice! Good choice in mount too.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

Subs are sealed 2 X Rythmik 12" units  which have their servo drive system that greatly reduces cone movement after the LFE signal has stopped. the result is very accurate bass. 

 

1330888380_IMG_2310-Version2.jpg.41b8bb64bccd21bf283b72629fa9646d.jpg

 

 

IMG_0292.thumb.JPG.af605307200045a9297f889928a950e9.JPG

 

 

I had the projector calibrated as well as audio measurement/calibration for the system.   I can recommend audio room analysis from this experience.   I thought I had things  sounding good until I heard what could be done after acoustic readings were taken and analysed.     I haven't finished in this area, i have new bass traps and acoustic diffusers on order.

 

 

 

 

Edited by Tasso

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMG_2367.thumb.JPG.f2ec39c5eaba6436d2087f3446865528.JPG

 

 

This is a 5KVA balanced and isolation transformer  and sitting on top is a 12V linear power supply .   I use the transformer  to power  the source gear and  Marantz Preamp  so its a bit of overkill for size.  The balanced windings effectively cancel out common mode noise  in the power line.  With my 2 channel system I use an Accuphase power regenerator and I installed the balanced transformer  to see if  I could detect any improvements.   Sure enough, audio has improved and I suspect that most of the improvement is coming from the Marantz 8805.  Interestingly, when I tried the same thing with the Denon AVP-A1HD Preamp, I couldn't really detect much difference which would indicate that the legendary Denon unit has superior power filtering to the Marantz. 

 

The 12V linear power supply powers a Zappiti One 4K HDR SE media player  and the occasional other unit such as Roku.  This is a definite plus IMO for both picture and sound quality.  Comparing Roku PQ to Apple TV 4k, Apple TV is far superior and that is with its built in SMPS.  Add the Linear PSU and the Roku gets a performance boost - still not quite enough to match Apple TV which indicates what a good job Apple has done with the hardware and their own SMPS.  

 

However, the LPSU does push the Zappiti ( and I would think equivalent Dune players)  to a new level. So much so I am struggling to pick any differences  between it and Oppo ( with its own LPSU) for 1080P material. For 4K, Oppo is clearly superior. 

 

I have also a separate balanced transformer powering the projector - It also has a 20V step down  function . I had a bad experience with Perth voltage with another projector and wanted to  avoid any issues.  I haven't detected any PQ improvements with the Sony PJ using the balanced transformer like I did with a Sharp DLP projector a few years back.  So clearly Sony's power management is better than what Sharp's was  earlier on.    

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Some great gear mate. Would be interesting to know the price of the Chinese amps

 

You run your 2 channel through the 8805?

Edited by Bunno77
.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Bunno77 said:

Some great gear mate. Would be interesting to know the price of the Chinese amps

 

You run your 2 channel through the 8805?

 

I have a separate  Magico S7 / Accuphase 2 channel system upstairs.   We do however use the 8805 for 2 channel occasionally - primarily streaming from my music server using Heos. I like the result.

 

_MG_0165.jpg.e7e8b5b870f0aba0e98ebffa4fb4a47b.jpgIMG_2384.thumb.jpg.0c4de9fc46d9c356d9c838530d850bdc.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Bunno77 said:

 Would be interesting to know the price of the Chinese amps

 

I bought my multichannel amp from this site.  Ive bought a few things from them and can recommend them. 

https://queenway.aliexpress.com/store/group/AV-Amplifiers/1070003_511406315.html?spm=a2g1y.12024536.pcShopHead_12029297.1_3_7

 

 

I ordered this amplifier and was told that they only make a 200W version now (which they sent for same price).  It doesn't look like they've updated the website. 

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/WENTINS-S5180-180W-HIFI-Amp-5-Channels-Per-Channel-Home-Theater-430-250-460mm/1070003_32815475842.html?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.20.66103cb7HqUeAh

 

The company makes a big range of gear only some of which is listed on that site.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Absolutely beautiful! Both systems. 

 

Wow fantastic price for the amps

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


 

 

 There will shortly be a new addition to the system  - Lyngdorf  MP-50.    Hopefully it will have  arrived and be installed by this time next week.......... 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now, that is what I call a processor!

 

Just like the rest of your gear, no half measures.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 The Lyngdorf MP50 arrived  and you know they take room DSP seriously when you see that they supply a  professional looking mic with XLR cable and an all  steel Microphone stand.

 

IMG_2582.thumb.JPG.3c88d5673920ee11939dfd0f50522bf6.JPG

 

 

And installed

 

IMG_2597.thumb.JPG.47fdb8de0ff6138dff2622a9f47aa72b.JPG

 

 

 

As to performance -  simply stunning!    I'll probably post more detail - warts and all - in a new thread but in the meantime I'm still taking it all in and  re-discovering favourite movies.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 01/07/2019 at 1:46 PM, Tasso said:

 

 The Lyngdorf MP50 arrived  and you know they take room DSP seriously when you see that they supply a  professional looking mic with XLR cable and an all  steel Microphone stand.

 

IMG_2582.thumb.JPG.3c88d5673920ee11939dfd0f50522bf6.JPG

 

 

And installed

 

IMG_2597.thumb.JPG.47fdb8de0ff6138dff2622a9f47aa72b.JPG

 

 

 

As to performance -  simply stunning!    I'll probably post more detail - warts and all - in a new thread but in the meantime I'm still taking it all in and  re-discovering favourite movies.

 

That’s what I call taking DSP into another level, welcome to the club, even if I’m running only its 2channel integrated small brother after hearing what it can do it’s hard to go back 👍

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


On 01/07/2019 at 7:46 PM, Tasso said:

 

 The Lyngdorf MP50 arrived  and you know they take room DSP seriously when you see that they supply a  professional looking mic with XLR cable and an all  steel Microphone stand.

 

IMG_2582.thumb.JPG.3c88d5673920ee11939dfd0f50522bf6.JPG

 

 

And installed

 

IMG_2597.thumb.JPG.47fdb8de0ff6138dff2622a9f47aa72b.JPG

 

 

 

As to performance -  simply stunning!    I'll probably post more detail - warts and all - in a new thread but in the meantime I'm still taking it all in and  re-discovering favourite movies.

 

My son and I had the opportunity to meet Tasso and Listen to his theatre room with the Lyngdorf MP50.  Its an amazing processor and Tasso has an amazing theatre as well. I have to say everything is top notch. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to have a look and listen :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 hours ago, franin said:

My son and I had the opportunity to meet Tasso and Listen to his theatre room with the Lyngdorf MP50.  Its an amazing processor and Tasso has an amazing theatre as well. I have to say everything is top notch. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to have a look and listen :)

 

Thanks you for your kind words Frank.    How are you enjoying your fabulous new Sony 870ES?.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Thanks you for your kind words Frank.    How are you enjoying your fabulous new Sony 870ES?.  



Yes enjoying it. Thank you [emoji2]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Classifieds Statistics


    Currently Active Ads

    Total Sales (Since 2018)

    Total Sales Value (Last 14 Days)

    Total Ads Value (Since March 2020)
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Klaus220
      Item Condition: excellent Shipping Options: Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Merrylands State: New South Wales Payment Method: Paypal (3.2% fee), EFT, cash on pickup Reason for selling: I have too many IEMs Further information:
       Selling used Sony IER-M7 IEM (In-Ear Monitors / in ear headphones / earphones) (RRP $999).
      it is in perfect condition, no visible scratches or damages.
      Comes with original receipt, and all the original accessories except small size eartips for sanitary reason.

      Photos:
       
      PLEASE READ
      If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved





    • By Rheme
      Item Condition: Excellent Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Mascot State: New South Wales Payment Method: Pickup- Cash, Paypal Reason for selling: NLR Further information:
      Selling my one year old Sony IER-M9, first owner. Due to Covid I have been using my IEMs a lot less and use my full sized more. 
      The M9 is my secondary IEM as an alternative/complimentary to my Kaiser 10 CIEM, hence it gets less head time. 
       
      I have only used the ML sized hybrid tips and unbalanced cable. The other components are pretty much pristine.
       
      Preferably pickup, shipping cost at your expense.
       
      Photos:

       
      PLEASE READ
      If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved  
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By sly_bastard
      Item Condition: Great condition Shipping Options: Pickup available and you can audition. Suburb or Town: Brisbane State: Queensland Payment Method: Cash on pick up Reason for selling: To many headphones, including 3 iems Further information:
       
      Great condition, Im the second owner. I will change out the hybrid tips for new set of unused m9 tips being the black tips of wanted.
       
      Wanted to allow the opportunity for someone here before I put them up on gumtree or eBay for more.
       
      Considered one of the best iems of all time, the Sony flagship.
       
      They are in great condition, they have some micro scratching but that is expected for this model and unavoidable due to the finish. 
       
      Just don't have the time to use them and don't take them outside the house.  So limited use ATM.
       
      Preferably pick up only but will consider sending with shipping at your expense or to be negotiated.  Also would consider a swap for a high quality amp.

      Photos:
       
      PLEASE READ
      If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved








    • By lenticularis
      Item Condition: Excellent Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Canberra State: Australian Capital Territory Payment Method: EFT, Paypal Reason for selling: NLR Further information: 
       
      This Sony PS-HX-500 turntable is hardly used. I used it to do digital recording of perhaps 20 LPs and played another 20 or so, since purchase new in December 2018.
       
      I have all of the supplied components, including the suplied RCA interconnects/phono earth lead. I am including a better quality pair of interconnects. 
       
      I have all original packaging, manual and the DSD/WAV recording software is readily available from Sony Australia's website, or I can supply.
       
      Advertised at well under 50% of retail. Working perfectly.
       
      PayPal buyers will be asked to share the transaction fee. In line with SNA guidelines, I do not support Paypal friends/family payment.
       
      Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.




    • By a_recording
      Item Condition: Great! See description. Shipping Options: Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: Chatswood State: New South Wales Payment Method: Paypal, EFT Reason for selling: Too many toys. Condition Detail: Great condition. This unit is 6 months old and was not used daily. Minor signs of use on case as pictured. No scratches to unit display etc. Unit has been factory reset and cleaned for new owner. Repacked in original packaging with all accessories including unused 40th Anniversary Walkman stickers!
      Extra Info: This is the limited edition 40th Anniversary Walkman NW-A100TPS set, which is a NW-A105 Digital Walkman with a 40th Anniversary decal and a neat case that resembles Sony's earliest cassette Walkman. The RRP is $599. More details here: https://store.sony.com.au/walkman/NWA100TPS.html
       
      Please note that despite appearances, this is a 21st Century digital music player with an Android OS - sadly it cannot play cassettes!!!

       
      Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.







×
×
  • Create New...