Share our trials and tribulations as we build our new home - a custom Dominico by Fairmont Homes NSW

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Shiny Things for the Media Room

Just to make up for the month without an update, we've decided to post three in two days (it must be some kind of record or something!). But it's tough to churn things out on your own. So back by popular demand (see his other post here), is my other half with a much-anticipated Media Room Update! Take it away Mick...

So we drove past Harvey Norman last night and they had a 3 HOURS OF POWER!!! sale going on. I've had a shopping list of bits and pieces I wanted in the Media Room for quite a while now, and I wanted to double check the speakers they had on sale. Well, everything was on sale even if it wasn't supposed to be!

The sale was only for stocked items but I think we made it worth their while to give us a good price on almost everything we wanted - in stock or to be ordered in. We made a spur of the moment decision to go up to a bigger amp and to go down to a smaller projector, but we're pretty sure that we've ended up with good quality items which will make the Media Room work really well.

On To The Stuff!!!!

We initially wanted the Epson EH-TW9100W projector, which was more expensive than the 8100, has THX certification and wireless HDMI. Since we like a lower price, don't care about THX certification (all other specs are the same) and have HDMI cables ready to go we were happy to drop down to the 8100.

Our room is 3.5m wide and this screen will take 2.7m of it. We don't know much more about it, but it seemed pretty good for the demo and it is motorised, which can only be a good thing.

Tauris Screen 120" Motorised

We really wanted the Yamaha RX-V773 amplifier but it was a run-out model and we missed out on their last one. It has been replaced by the RX-V775, which only has a small difference anyway. The Harvey Norman demo system uses the RX-V2073 to drive the speakers we also bought, and has a LOT more inputs and settings than the 773/775. They gave us around 40% off RRP so we figured more power was always better :-)

Yamaha RX-V2073
Not sure what we're going to plug into this many inputs, but they sure look impressive! (Edit by Ash: I call it the "Boss Amp!")

The amp can drive a full 9.2 system but with our room design we really only need 5.1. If we want to go crazy later, the wall cabling is waiting for 7.1 but we're not sure that'll be necessary. In any case, we're sure we can drown out the neighbour's drumming (Edit by Ash: Oh yes, you read correctly) with this system so it should be fine.

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