Originally Posted by DairyProduce
BTW what is your system like bigshot? I'm kinda curious about the amount of work that is needed to create a good speaker set up
All of my money went into the speakers- top of the line Sunfire sub, custom built 12 inch 5 way studio monitors, JBL towers and Klipsch center and rears. I use a regular old Yamaha receiver and a $120 Sony bluray player, along with a Mac Mini connected to a 40 TB RAID.
The work was in arranging the room, because I couldn't hang any acoustic panels, and equalization. It took about six months of tweaking the EQ to arrive at a pleasantly neutral setting, My system doubles as the sound for my hidef video projection. It has a ten foot screen, so I needed a very wide soundstage with no dropouts in the middle. Just balancing the volume levels of the front channels took forever to get right.
At this point, the sound is absolutely perfect from a whisper to a roar. I can turn the volume up without any congestion. In fact, the walls of the room rattle long before the speakers will! Yamaha's DSPs, particularly the 7:1 Stereo DSP do a tremendous job of widening and focusing the soundstage. I can flip from direct out of the amp with no correction to full EQ and DSP. It's really like night and day.
I'll do a longer post with pictures sometime if anyone is interested. Anyone in LA is welcome to come check it out.