Thanks everyone for the compliments. The room and everything in it has been a long labor of love. From a couple of years just dreaming up the concept to actual implementation which took a few years more.
krmathis, thanks for the welcome.
Sherwood, the room and the equipment together definitely sound great. Obviously, you can tell I didn't want to make it a totally specific HT room. I've gotten in to it with some of the guys over at AVS Forum about this. Just because the room doesn't look like a theater doesn't make it any less worthy. My focus was definitely on the acoustic aspects. It's evident in the acoustic panels, to the hardwood floors, to the way the center speaker's mid and tweeter are at the same height as the left and right front speakers. I've been questioned about the use of hardwood. The people I consulted at Acoustical Solutions told me to go the hardwood route over my original plan which was to have berber carpeting. Glad I listened to them as I agree with my focus on music and such the room would have been too dead. If I were to do it again though, I would have ditched the HTM-1 and picked up another 804 speaker to have an exact match with the rest of th speakers.
As far as the sub placement, I placed them initially in those spots. I haven't had the chance to move them around too much to find the exact placement or dial in the parametric EQ. But I think the follow frequency response charts say I'm pretty darn close....
Originally Posted by jinp6301 /img/forum/go_quote.gif so which system do you prefer?
The big one or the smaller one?
When I'm kicking back and relaxing, the smaller one. I tend to leave the smaller one powered up on standby. For my large system, I have to flick on all the various power switches for the components. Just lazy I guess.
But for serious listening, the big system hands down. Bass is more extended and tighter in the large system. The small system with the HGS12II sub is pretty good but has a lot of upper bass slam. But the extension down low isn't quite there. I plan on buying another SMS-1 for the small system to see if I can dial in the bass a bit better. The large system also has a better locked in center image with no smear. This is helped in a number of ways. One the B&W speakers in my large system has the FST midrange driver. The large system also has a center speaker which is used in conjunction with Trifield for 2 channel source reproduction. The large system also has extensive use of acoustical treatments. I find myself being able to really crank the system without having my ears ring and fatigue. The soundstage really locks in with the large system. The small system has the issue of that 32" Sony TV in between the speakers which cause further center image smear. I know this because there was a time I had the 32" TV taken out and had the 50" Pioneer plasma mounted there. The improvement in center imaging was pretty noticeable.