Cabinet with Speaker Grilles Off
Sweet. I love the look!
It's funny- I was waiting for something like that from you after I had seen some of your previous posts...what took you so long?
Seriously, though, on your other posts you hadn't explained why you deducted from people's setups for speaker placement but I had presumed it was because you didn't like center channels under the display and was waiting for a lower rating from you (surprised by the 6 though but thankfully this isn't the olympics and I'm not a figure skater!).
Anyway for the record the center channel is not on the floor, it's on a shelf in the cabinet...maybe it's tough to see in the picture. The hard truth is that unless you have an acoustically transparent screen (not many people do)and room behind it to put a shelf (even fewer do), the center speaker has to be either above or below the screen. In my setup below the screen was the more viable option. It is angled up toward the viewer and it sounds fantastic.
As far as having the towers in the cabinet I struggled with that in my mind prior to implementation because I had heard that bass response would be affected if the ports couldn't function...but I take some solace in a few things:
1) The cabinet spaces are considerably larger than the speakers. Not sure if you can tell in the picture or not but there is room above, below, and to the sides of the towers, enough that I can easily toe them in toward the sweet spot. Also the cabinets are open in the rear and there is 12" of room behind the rear ports. I actually tried to research by using the Klipsch boards exactly how much room those speakers need around them on all sides and found there to be a lot of heresay but zero objective information to help me.
2) Before I had the cabinet I had the towers on the floor for a few months so I was able to compare. I tested them both inside of and outside of the cabinets after the cabinets were in place and couldn't tell any difference at all.
3) I've spent enough time on the Klipsch boards (mostly lurking) and the AVS forum to have developed a sense that there are about a million things that everyone will tell you will make or break your home theater experience (i.e. what kind of screen you have, whether you invest in acoustic panels for your walls, what kind of cable you use, whether you have a power conditioner, etc.) While I'm sure there is some truth in most of those for some situations, at the end of the day I doubt seriosuly that in most cases most normal people can tell a difference even if they try after upgrading most of those elements. And while I'm sure there's some scientific-sounding reason for why people say not to put tower speakers in cabinets I doubt it would make much sense to me and I would be willing to bet that, like me, most people wouldn't be able to tell a difference between the two setup scenarios in my room. The first home theater I ever heard was in 1990 at my uncle's $50,000 custom-installed setup. His front speakers were all Triad speakers in the walls and that system sounded fantastic to me and to everyone else that I ever knew of who experienced it.
4) All of this leads me to...good sound is in the ear of the listener and all else is secondary.
Nice equipment and it looks great but I deducted severly for speaker placement. Probably the worst scenario for good sound is placing them inside a wall or cabinet.
Speakers need room. Lots of it and your most important speaker (center) should not be on the floor.
Well I think it's fantastic, but admittedly I haven't done comparisons with other screens. I've heard people say that a $1000 screen really improves the picture but honestly I doubt that I'd be able to tell any difference. The material I bought on ebay seems really nice to me- it shows the image just brilliantly. The image is razor-sharp and very bright. I struggle to understand what exactly a $1000 screen is supposed to provide in addition to that. (I know they can alter the brightness of the image but beyond that I'm lost as to why people spend that much cash...I'd rather use the extra $1000 toward speakers!!!)
No offense to any who feel differently about expensive screens- I freely admit there may be something I'm missing on this issue, but I'm not really inclined to investigate it further since the image I'm currently viewing is nothing short of spectatular to my eyes.
What are your early impressions of the screen?
Thanks for looking! Here is the cabinetry my friend made for me with grilles removed. I have two other photos in my gallery, one is similar except with the floor-to-ceiling grilles on.
Infocus SP7200 DLP projector
Denon 3805 Receiver
Sunfire Symphonic Reference Amp (2-channel driving the towers)
Denon 1910 DVD Player
Klipsch RF-7 mains, RC-7 center, RS-7 surrounds
SVS 20-39 PC+ subwoofer
DIY screen (yep, the $35 material the guy on eBay sells!)
Cabinetry custom built by my buddy Matt R.
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