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    • G'day All, My old Denon 2310 is about to be relegated to the rumpus room and something new is needed for the HT room.   My system is wired for 7.2.2 Atmos. The main speakers are Orpheus Aurora 3 (4 ohm 92 db) and surrounds - no speakers selected for the ceiling yet. JVC X75 projector. After researching and talking to people I have come up with this. I would like to hear your thoughts on these 2 units - Yamaha RX-A2050 and Onkyo PA -MC5501 / PR-SC5509 pre/pro combo, both units are new, the Yamy is $2000 ish and the Onkyo combo is $4000 (yep really)   Cheese and chalk I know. $4000 is really the top of my budget - I have been thinking of separates but unless it was pre-loved then it wasn't going to happen.... until this offer,  but I'm just a bit worried about Onkyo these days, maybe they aren't as good as they once were. What about Accueq? it only does 7 of the 9 channels but not the main L&R?. On paper, they both look really good - plenty of power and features. Thanks in advance for your thoughts, Bruce.  
    • here is a review of that projector... http://www.trustedreviews.com/optoma-hd50-review-conclusions-page-3 https://www.avforums.com/review/optoma-hd50-dlp-full-hd-3d-projector-review.10545#sectionAnchor34967 http://www.projectorcentral.com/optoma-HD50-projector-review.htm?page=Performance i looked up pricing after reading the reviews i was a bit shocked to find it well over $3000. i would have thought the sony  HW40ES/ 45ES (new model) or the epson 9200/9300 (new model). goodness it has been compared to my entry benq w1070/1070+ and seemingly an improvement but not by over 3 times the price and these are old benq models. look at whirlpool for threads on the new sony and epson models at around $3600. oh and the lag on the optoma.. forget gaming online.   as for the room.. the store room if used for your ht equipment would imo be better accessed by sliding door from the ht room...maybe. i think the room could be expanded 1m into the store room. it is 2m wide so you can walk into it but really most of the floor space will be unused. i think you can get some ideas from other build threads on this site for equipment housing. as for sitting 3m from the screen.. hmm i cant see in a 6m room with only 1 row of 4 seats you will be at 3m. but if you are 140" will probably be too big, causing eye fatigue, i would think 125/130" max. anyway i have 2 rows at 3m and 4m from a 123" screen. first row is great immersion but for eye fatigue i would only go to 125". but at 4m i would like it to be 130=140" just depends where you sit really.   imo do not buy a screen until everything is set up.. project onto the wall and then move seating etc to determine the screen size you like.. also set up all speakers and sound stage . then buy/build/paint a screen   atmos. imo wait. you have a good sound system and avr but why not see how it sounds before you start making holes in the ceiling and installing speakers before you even know where the seating will be.. atmos (if you use it as you also will have dts-x ) needs to be placed correctly. you can maybe run some cables just in case but leave enough excess for moving speakers as needed.
    • That's the same size as my theatre room and it feels a bit cramped by the time you pull the main speakers out from the front wall and setup the subwoofers.                        with a screen that big you probably be wanting to sit 3m from it which pushes you up against the back wall .not a lot of room for a big screen. I would knock out the study wall to give you more setup options and would go with 4 Atmos speakers in the ceiling. The house design looks nice and a workshop to make DIY subwoofers.  
    • Everything routed ok including the listening presets menu if available Ryan ? Any sound when you connect an outside analog input ; it could be a default analog setting if it doesnt identify pcm or a codec to process .. Does it have separate digital/analog settings for each input ? If the tuner dont work its not the hdmi thankfully ..What are you using a rf lead for fm ?
    • Harry, Has channel 7 ever been good? Have you changed anything? A cable which has a faulty connection or who's far end is not connected will cause standing waves. These cause the signal to increase in one location along the cable and reduce in others. The location depends on the frequency which could explain why channel 7 but also corrosion on one of the elements in the antenna as well. Buying an entry level meter will not show you much more than you know now. The professional meters will tell you a lot more about delayed signals. You do not have the expertise to separate the reflected causes of errors from the noise and interference readings. Professional meters cost thousands. Much more than the highly directional antenna I recommended to you and some new cable. Alanh