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Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007


Olympic Mathlete posted:

Always take earplugs to gigs! If you enjoy music, protect your hearing so you can y'know, hear it later in life!

Musicians earplugs also seem to knock out a load of reverb as well as clearing everything up. Recommended.

I was gonna chime in with this a couple days ago. And as has been mentioned above, people run the risk of playing undistorted and non-ear fatiguing music more loudly than they perceive when compared to a bad mix or lovely speakers/headphones and thatís super dangerous for hearing health.

And if you go to a lot of concerts, the cost of getting some high-end sonically transparent plugs is totally worth it in the face of losing the dynamic range to your hearing.

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Hippie Hedgehog
Feb 19, 2007

Ever cuddled a hedgehog?

Yep, did this years ago but not until after I'd had a really scary experience where I was sure I'd caught permanent tinnitus.

That MotŲrhead gig did sound perfectly fine if you put in the cheapo yellow foam earplugs that the venue handed out at the door. They remove about 80% of all treble...

Anything you can find at the drugstore around 10$ or more should be fine, though, and if you want to go up range, the sky's the limit. My custom molded ones were quite dear. The selling point is that they are super comfy and won't ever fall out. You can find ones with equally "transparent" filters much cheaper (the "christmas tree" shaped ones, with several flanges).

jonathan
Jul 3, 2005

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


I wore ear plugs to ministry and meshuggah around 2008 and my ears were ringing afterwards for a day or so.

They brought their big tour PA into a pretty small venue and were about 2 hours late because they got delayed at the border so they skipped soundcheck.

Mayne
Mar 22, 2008

To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.

Hope ya'll can help me.

I bought a Samsung QE55Q9FN tv. I mostly use it to watch movies from Plex. The TV doesn't decode DTS like my 5 year old 500Ä Samsung could though

My plan is to buy Nvidia Shield 2017 which supports DTS, Dolby Atmos, HDR, 4K etc, connect it with HDMI to Sony HT-XF9000 soundbar which apparently also supports DTS, Dolby Atmos, 4k HDR etc (https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/sound-bars/ht-xf9000/specifications) and then connect soundbar to the TV.

Would that work? I've no experience with this, my last setup was TV->3.5mm to Logitech speakers.

EDIT: Actually i saw this receiver: https://www.pioneer-audiovisual.eu/eu/products/vsx-932, would this work well instead of a soundbar if paired with some not too expensive speakers?

Mayne fucked around with this message at 19:12 on Sep 6, 2018

bigman.50grand
Mar 31, 2007
no

Your TV supports Dolby Digital Plus so it should work with the sound bar and receiver you've linked.

Be aware that if you go the receiver route, you'll also need to plunk down a decent chunk of change for a set of speakers to take advantage of the surround sound. The sound bar will work out of the box and if you aren't concerned with discreet surround sound imagining then it is most definitely the way to go.

Mayne
Mar 22, 2008

To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.

bigman.50grand posted:

Your TV supports Dolby Digital Plus so it should work with the sound bar and receiver you've linked.

Be aware that if you go the receiver route, you'll also need to plunk down a decent chunk of change for a set of speakers to take advantage of the surround sound. The sound bar will work out of the box and if you aren't concerned with discreet surround sound imagining then it is most definitely the way to go.


What do you mean about the TV support?

If i connect them Shield->Soundbar->TV, does it matter what audio TV supports, no audio will be going to it if i understand correctly. Or do you mean ARC (TV->Soundbar)?

bigman.50grand
Mar 31, 2007
no

I meant support as in the TV documentation indicates that the TV is capable of decoding DDP on it's own without a separate decoder. TV>Sound bar should work. The Shield would not be necessary unless there is a 3rd party app you don't otherwise have access to via the TV itself.

Mayne
Mar 22, 2008

To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.

Yeah, it supports Dolby Digital, the issue is DTS

SA Forums Poster
Oct 13, 2018

You have to PAY to post on that forum?!?


I have home theater questions and it looks like this might be the best thread to ask them in.

I'm currently using the Denon AVRS530BT 5.2 Receiver. I got suckered by the advertising "maximum of 140 watts per Channel" but in reality when using the full 5 speakers for surround sound, it is more like 45W :-(

My setup is the Denon receiver with three Ascend SIERRA-1 speakers in front:
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM1/srm1.html
Two Ascend CBM-170 for surround speakers, no sub.

I've been turning the receiver up to 65-70 (out of max 100) for most movies, and that hasn't been particularly loud. The Denon has all of the features I want, but the speakers would do much better with 100-150W per channel. What would be the most cost effective way to get that?

e:
right now woot.com has a Onkyo TX-RZ820 for $449.99, rated 130 W/Ch. But is that another fake rating?

KillHour
Oct 28, 2007






I'm not sure where you got those Denon numbers from because they don't match the specs at all.



The Onkyo only does that power with 2 channels driven (stereo). It will be less in surround.



The only way to get 130w out of every channel in 5.0 is to buy multiple power amplifiers (probably 3 stereo amps) and connect them to a preamp. But that's some serious overkill.

Edit: I've never heard of those speakers, but that website is setting off my "audiophile bullshit" detector something fierce. At least they have some specs (although no frequency response chart) and based on those specs those are some seriously hard to drive speakers. 86dB @ 1w/m with 8 ohm nominal impedance is gonna be quiet, yeah. You're probably better off with bigger, more efficient speakers. And you're gonna need a sub if you really want to watch movies. Bookshelves ain't gonna cut it, no matter what the marketing says.

TL;DR: You're better off spending your money on some new speakers and a sub if you want loud.

KillHour fucked around with this message at 03:22 on Dec 6, 2018

Rinaldi
Dec 29, 2008


Rinaldi posted:

I have a future AV set-up in the works. We have a partially finished basement and are considering turning one of the unfinished rooms into a theater. I've budgeted for the remodel but haven't started talking to any contractors yet. We initially were thinking it'd be a fun long-term DIY project but seeing as how we don't have any experience in framing, drywalling, etc and that we want it to actually not look like garbage, we decided to leave some of that up to professionals. So, I'm hoping to get some advice;



Pic from what will likely be the back of the room.






Update:

We finished it!





Aside from having an electrician take down the old fluorescent lights and add outlets, we did the entire thing ourselves.

We didn't frame anything, just used heavy curtains bought from amazon. Concrete ceiling and cinder block walls, so I used a hammer drill and concrete anchors for the curtain rod holders. We got a few matching rugs on sale from Wayfair about the width of the room and laid them out over the original carpet. I was worried about the acoustics but it sounds good to me with no more echoes.

Projector: Sony VPL HW-45ES. Went with a good 1080p projector since 4k speakers are pretty expensive right now.

Speakers: ELAC Debut series, 5.1, 6" models.

Receiver: Yamaha RX-V 685

Screen: 110" Silver Ticket screen from Amazon

Lights: A 70' dimmable LED strip light kit from e-conolight. Pictures taken with lights on max. Room is pitch black with the lights off.

Sofa: modular sofa from Costco.

We're missing furniture to put the speakers on (the center channel is sitting on a covered-up cardboard box and the rear speakers are on $8 TV trays from target) but we'll sort that out later.The receiver is on the other side of one of the walls in a storage room with the wires run through a drilled hole in the cinderblock. I set up a logitech harmony hub in that room with an IR blaster run through the hole to control the projector. The receiver is also sitting on the box it came in but no one can see it so there's no rush for me to build a proper equipment shelf right away.

We're really happy with the way it turned out!

Endless Mike
Aug 13, 2003





That's a gently caress room if I've ever seen one.

GnarlyCharlie4u
Sep 23, 2007

I have an unhealthy obsession with motorcycles.

Proof


Endless Mike posted:

That's a gently caress room if I've ever seen one.

I like that everything is fuzzy.


I'll bet it sounds great in there though.

Scrapez
Feb 27, 2004



They just broke ground on our house. I had them make one of the bedrooms 6 feet longer for a small theater 12x18 with a 10 foot ceiling.

Was going to get a small wall mount rack for the equipment closet that will house the A/V equipment for the theater and the networking equipment for the house.

Stumbled on a Facebook Marketplace ad for a Middle Atlantic slide out 37u rack for $150. Turned out to be a 42u. In good shape once I clean it up. It was a steal! These things are $1900. Overkill but rather too big than too small.



Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007


Endless Mike posted:

That's a gently caress room if I've ever seen one.

for real I half expect thereís a magic wand and one of those mattress restraint strap kits buried in that costco sectional

edit: they got an adorable lil mood candle and everything

Ok Comboomer fucked around with this message at 03:14 on Feb 22, 2019

Rinaldi
Dec 29, 2008


Electric Bugaloo posted:

for real I half expect thereís a magic wand and one of those mattress restraint strap kits buried in that costco sectional

edit: they got an adorable lil mood candle and everything

There's no hidden sex swing or anything. The resemblance to a gently caress room is unintentional. The candle was to cover up the weird chemical smell from the new carpets...fuzzy carpets are comfy and help decrease echoes in a concrete room.

KillHour
Oct 28, 2007






So you're trying to tell me there will be no loving in that room? I don't buy it.

100% Dundee
Oct 11, 2004


KillHour posted:

So you're trying to tell me there will be no loving in that room? I don't buy it.

This guy fucks. He's onto something here.

Olympic Mathlete
Feb 25, 2011





That room owns and looks super loving (ha) cosy.

kloa
Feb 14, 2007




Iíve been looking for a giant bean bag like that - though not filled with beans. What brand is that, and would you buy it again?

Also someoneís definitely getting hosed in there with porn at full volume.

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007


100% Dundee posted:

This guy fucks. He's onto something here.

No you see apparently this guy does not gently caress and wants us to know that. There is no loving her sir! Thank you! Please move on!

Edit: unless you meant KillHour. Because then yeah he knows whatís up.

Ok Comboomer fucked around with this message at 15:28 on Feb 22, 2019

Brain Issues
Dec 16, 2004

lol

My living room has gone through a lot of changes since I made this post in here a couple of years ago

I've gone from this


To this


65" LG B7A OLED
KEF R300
Onkyo TX-NR737
Polk PSW505

I used to have my KEFs in a dedicated stereo room with MiniDSP DDRC-24 with Dirac Live, but my listening room is gone now since we had a baby and that room is now a guest bedroom.

For the backend, for movies and TV shows I have a Synology DS1618+ set up with Plex, Sonarr and Radarr. For music I have a Sonos Connect plugged into the Onkyo, which pulls music over SMB from my NAS for my local library, and Google Play Music for streaming.



Brain Issues fucked around with this message at 21:50 on Feb 22, 2019

OldSenileGuy
Mar 13, 2001


That looks great but get that WiiU outta there this isnít 2015

Rinaldi
Dec 29, 2008


kloa posted:

Iíve been looking for a giant bean bag like that - though not filled with beans. What brand is that, and would you buy it again?

Also someoneís definitely getting hosed in there with porn at full volume.

The bean bag came from LoveSac (https://www.lovesac.com/search/sacs/bean-bag-chairs). I think they are fill with foam chunks or something. They re-fluff easily. I like it and would buy it again, but I would wait for a sale or coupon code. They're expensive at full price.

Brain Issues
Dec 16, 2004

lol

OldSenileGuy posted:

That looks great but get that WiiU outta there this isn’t 2015

Ligma. I don't even use it. My wife plays Just Dance on it once in a blue moon.

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007


Rinaldi posted:

Echoes In a Concrete Room: My Life in Kink

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



Tell me more about this unit

Hippie Hedgehog
Feb 19, 2007

Ever cuddled a hedgehog?

Rinaldi posted:

Update:

We finished it!







Wanna jump in the sofa.

... actually, I suspect jumping is the only way to mount it?

Brain Issues
Dec 16, 2004

lol

Electric Bugaloo posted:

Tell me more about this unit

Itís a BDI Elements 8777.

https://www.bdiusa.com/products/elements-triple-wide-cabinet-w-media-base?finish=ricochet-doors-natural-walnut

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



AWESOME thank you. To paraphrase from the site, Iím kinda in love with this media cabinet those back plates and secret wheels are loving brilliant.

Pricing seems to require inquiring with a dealer, Iím curious what you guys paid for it?

KillHour
Oct 28, 2007






Hippie Hedgehog posted:

only way to mount it?

You can mount it any way you like in that room

falz
Jan 29, 2005

01100110 01100001 01101100 01111010


Electric Bugaloo posted:

AWESOME thank you. To paraphrase from the site, I’m kinda in love with this media cabinet those back plates and secret wheels are loving brilliant.

Pricing seems to require inquiring with a dealer, I’m curious what you guys paid for it?

Also curious ballpark, there are a few dealers in my town but who wants to actually go out in public!?

Brain Issues
Dec 16, 2004

lol

Electric Bugaloo posted:

AWESOME thank you. To paraphrase from the site, Iím kinda in love with this media cabinet those back plates and secret wheels are loving brilliant.

Pricing seems to require inquiring with a dealer, Iím curious what you guys paid for it?

$1500

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



Thanks, thatís about what I expected

GnarlyCharlie4u
Sep 23, 2007

I have an unhealthy obsession with motorcycles.

Proof



Great now I'm getting advertisements for BDI on my instagram feed.
damnit Google spy-bots

KozmoNaut
Apr 23, 2008

Happiness is a warm
Turbo Plasma Rifle


GnarlyCharlie4u posted:

Great now I'm getting advertisements for BDI on my instagram feed.
damnit Google spy-bots

Go go uBlock Origin and Privacy Possum!

evobatman
Jul 30, 2006

it means nothing, but says everything!

Pillbug

Wife is gonna love this setup when she comes home.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

I hung a tv above a fireplace. Come at me.



TCL65r617, Andrew Jones L+R, matching center going above as soon as I decide how to build a wall shelf. Polk OWM3s in the rear because they fit nicely. Thereís wire in the ceiling for Atmos someday.

Iíd like to upgrade my old Pioneer VSX-9040 receiver, but right now the TV is my only 4K source so I donít see the point when Iím just using hdmi audio-return.

A Lone Girl Flier
Sep 29, 2009

This post is dedicated to all those who fell by the forums, for nothing is wasted, and every apparent failure is but a challenge to others.


Is that little cupboard thing a rack?

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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

Itís this. Quality is decent for flat pack.

Pinnacle 1-Door Audio Tower 101915 from Nexera - Cherry and Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A0I0CE6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2QeJCbDQWAZHH

This keystone overkill is behind it.

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