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Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:18

Robyn's Corner | San Diego home theater designs with an Xbox

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Robyn Finchum, Project Manager


Our project manager Robyn like to muse from time to time about today's technology. The below is his take on the new Xbox One. The Cliffs Notes version is that an Xbox One can be a great heart to a home just want to add GOOD stuff to optimize your experience.

"I just got my new Xbox One and man is it sweet! I am going to build my new system around it. I will start off simple but with the intent of building an awesome theater. It’s easier to build your system when you start off with the right products. The Xbox One is designed to work with really good speakers and Ultra High Definition 4K. The audio video receiver is the key to a great system. I will lay out a good, better, best for anyone interested. As for me I strongly recommend Yamaha Aventage series receivers. I have the Yamaha RXA-2020 which makes my room sound amazing. It allows for the best audio and video I could afford. If I could spend a little more, I would go with Yamaha’s new separates. Their 11.2 channel amp and preamp, the MX-A500 and CX-A5000, take all the best Yamaha has and make it bigger. To stay within a budget for the TV, Samsung's 60” plasma would be very good because it has good response with motion and great blacks and whites. They are also unbelievably priced for an awesome 60” TV. The Xbox One has a built in 4K bluray and will come in very handy when 4K movies start to be produced. I can’t wait to play a 4K game. However, I love projectors because of the movie theater feel so I will be using the JVC DLA-RS4910U 4K Precision projector. If I couldn’t make a projector work and I had to look for a Ultra High Definition TV, it is tough to pass up Samsung’s new 65” UHD TV the UN65F9000 because it just dropped in price $2500.00 and has the most amazing picture you can imagine.

And now for the fun stuff...the speakers. My favorite speaker line right now is Monitor Audio and I am very fond of their Silver series. They can handle everything I throw at them and sound great while doing it. Since I am planning on having a full set of speakers, the Silver line helps me save a few bucks as compared to the Gold or Platinum series in their line (the Silver are 1/2 to 1/6th the price!).

It is absolutely possible to buy just the two tower speakers or bookshelf speakers for stereo and a good matching subwoofer at first and then slowly buy the rest of the surround speakers when you have more money. When you opt to get into full-blown surround sound, I always suggest you utilize Yamaha's presence speaker concept. This idea really fills up the room with sound. I use the front presence speakers to really bring the sound up to the level of the projector screen. I have two towers for a full sound range, the center is for character speech, the front and back presence is to open the sound stage, the surrounds are for when someone walks behind you and the subwoofers (2) handle all bass.

Here's some ideas how to maximize your Xbox One experience:

A “GOOD” system to build around the Xbox One would be:

  • Yamaha RX-A730 audio/video receiver
  • Samsung 60” plasma television
  • Definitive Technology BP-8060ST with built in subwoofer and comes with a FREE center and surrounds (through January) 

A “BETTER” system would be:

  • Yamaha RX-A2030 audio/video receiver
  • JVC 4K Precision projector DLA-RS4910U    or
  • Samsung 65” UHD 4K TV UN65F9000
  • Monitor Audio Silver 6 set of speakers

 A “BEST” system would be:

  • Yamaha 11.2 channel pre-amp and amplifier the MX-A500 and the CX-A500
  • JVC 4K Precision projector DLA-RS6710U
  • Monitor Audio Platinum series speakers

Want to maximize your new Xbox One? Try some of Robyn's suggestions and let San Diego's leading integrator of audio/video solutions get your Xbox firing on all 12 cylinders.


San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo.

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