My modest setup (updated)

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  1. iamtheetube

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    *Updates further on!*

    Hi folks,

    After replacing my Pioneer VSX 1016VS this weekend I thought it was about time I put some pics of my setup on here!

    I joined the forums a couple of years back after buying an iPad 2 and things got out of hand from there!!
    My previous home cinema experience was having a Video logic home digi theatre system, but after moving house in 2011 I never got round to unpacking it. Next thing I know I've won a draw on these very forums and won a Canton MX 125 speaker set! Not being very knowledgeable I bought the Pioneer off the classifieds section and all was well. But a couple of weeks ago I noticed it was starting to sound a bit quiet. Mrs Tube agreed and with my limited budget and the good advice of Dante01 I am now the proud owner of a Denon AVR-2113.

    So here are some pics of the current/old set up. Unfortunately it's a bit unconventional due to Mrs Tube not wanting the Tv to look like the main feature. I'm grinding her down slowly though!


    Got this sideboard in Homebase for £60. Argos currently selling it for £150!


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    Schoolboy error. The receiver was too big to fit inside! No option but to wall mount the TV!
    The Pioneer only had two HDMI inputs so a splitter was needed for that task as well as the optical inputs.


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    In with the new


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    Opticals, coax, component cables, HDMI and Optical splitters no longer needed as well as replacing the sometimes intermittent RF extender with powermids.


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    Job done


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    Looking much tidier!


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    Kit list

    Samsung UE48H6400
    Denon AVR-2113
    Canton MX125 5.1 Surround
    Sony BDP-S4200
    Xbox 360
    ATV 3
    Humax Freesat
    Wii

    Been having some teething problems with the Denon and have found that upgrading all the HDMI leads to high speed ones should fix. But the sound is much richer than I was getting from the Pioneer!
     
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  2. iamtheetube

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    So as it stands this is the current layout of the room..





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    The rear surrounds are positioned behind the larger sofa and to be honest the sound is very good but ideally I'd like to swap the position of the TV with the mirror and electric fire and move the sofas and rear surrounds. The sofas are very big and we need room for the little lads playpen but I think this could work..

    Option 1

    Move furniture and fill a couple of holes in the wall at virtually no cost.



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    Option 2

    Get rid of £2k sofas and replace with corner sofa and armchair



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    Option 3 would definitely give more space but with the bathroom needing an upgrade and rumblings of "our son needs a brother or sister" the chances of forking out for new furniture are slim and I really didn't think she was keen on option 2.
    However, when round at friends today Mrs Tube suddenly announced that next time they come over the furniture will have all moved, so watch this space folks!
     
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    Very nice setup and bet those movies seem much more enjoyable, loving those snacks in the cupboard essential movie extras!
     
  4. iamtheetube

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    Thanks


    You're right. The difference in sound is amazing. Didn't help that I'd had the subs crossover at the lowest setting all this time!

    The snacks were a bargain at £12 a box off amazon!
     
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    Not updated in ages. Been so busy and just about everything is in place for fitting the new bathroom in four weeks time.

    In the meantime we've gone with option one.
     

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    Now we like the new position of the TV but that speaker floating on the right just looked wrong not to mention the trunking.

    Remedied with some shelves.

    This looks much better!
     

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    So I think that's about it for a wee while now.

    We're both in agreement that we would like a bigger screen and there's even room for a projector and good size screen in the room but I feel that's maybe a project for our next house and once the kids are a bit older.

    Once the bathroom's completed I might try and save for some nice units to replace the current One thats under the tv. The Samsung is away to be repaired for the second time in five years. I suspect it's the capacitors again but a little part of me is hopeful that its beyond repair as the vouchers will allow me to move up to a 50inch screen:devil: either way I was lucky it still had ten days on the extended warranty. It's definitely paid for itself!
     

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    Just about to upgrade to the pioneer vac-923 from the 921.. Love the look of that Denon though.. Very nice
     
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    Pioneer are great. Just not a good match for my canton speakers.

    The Denon does a fantastic job. Really pleased with its performance!
     
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    So, we've been busy over the months.

    The wee lads two and and a half now and into everything. Mostly leaping off the sofas and bruising himself on the hard flooring, heart in mouth moment and trip to casualty led to a joint decision that it was time for a nice soft carpet!

    And me persuading Mrs Tube it was now or never for a floating wall!

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    Out with the unit and mark up the vertical beams.

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    Up with the flooring. Note the glue in the corner. Used to be a boiler there accessed from the kitchen before prior owners did a conversion. Took ages to lift the flooring off it!

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    CLS going up.
    The was no baton behind the plaster for the right hand inner vertical so after some Skype calls to a joiner friend it was decided to use heavy duty brackets to hold a double set of verticals together to support the horizontals and eventually the T.V.

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    MDF cut and attached. T.V. Tested for fit.. (But a new wall surely deserves an new T.V..)

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    Wallpaper on and cabling ready for carpet coming. Wallpaper was a nightmare to pattern match.

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    Carpet in and cabling all hidden under the skirting.
     
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    Homemade plinth for the AV unit. Good place to put all plugs and associated cabling!

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    Ventilation going into the panels before assembling the AV unit.

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    Ah, new delivery!

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    Job done.

    Still got to calibrate TV and put some more up to date furniture in the room but really pleased with the wall. It's the 1st DIY job I've completed with no hands on assistance from anyone else.

    Would have preferred to put more cabling behind the plasterboard but it's 70's honeycomb stuff and too costly to replace at the moment.

    Hope you like. All comments welcome!
     
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    Really neat job mate, looks brilliant.
     
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    Very nice and looks like a clean job.
     
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    Looks brilliant
     
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    Nice job :thumbsup:
     
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    Excellent transformation. Looks great!
     

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