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Cal's home theater: Big speakers, small budget, '70s woodgrain

Show Us Yours: With huge tower speakers, a beefy receiver and candles to enhance the "spousal acceptance factor" of his 12-inch sub, Cal's budget setup rocks.

David Carnoy
Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.
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Show Us Yours: Cal's bad-ass budget home theater

This is Cal. He says his home theater isn't too fancy, but he's upgraded its components over the years "piece-by-piece as the budget allows."

Cal's man cave is part our Show Us Yours series that gives us -- the CNET editors -- the opportunity to show off CNET readers' home-entertainment systems, big and small, in real-world settings. You can submit photos of your setups here.

But before you do, have a look at Cal's setup.

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Cal says: "The main view of my system. Note the stylish '70s wood finish on the walls."

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Wide-angle view of the whole room. Cal says: "It's a little bright during the day, but it's great for watching movies at night."

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The brains of the operation, a Pioneer VSX-530 AV receiver.

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"I'm not much of a gamer," Cal says. "The Xbox 360 is my son's, so most of the games are his."

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Show Us Yours: Cal's bad-ass budget home theater

Center-channel speaker, Acoustic Profile PLS-C2.

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12-inch Abstract Acoustics subwoofer. "Note the candles on the top," Cal says. "It greatly increases the spousal approval factor of a big black box."

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Acoustic Profile surround speakers.

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Cal's DVD/Blu-ray collection, with some VHS tapes mixed in. "We had a minor flood a number of years back and the VCR didn't make it back into the cabinet," Cal says.

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X96 Android box for streaming movies/TV. "I cut my cable last month and haven't looked back," Cal says.

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Cal says: "My most recent addition, a Vizio 55-inch 4K UHD smart TV. I know -- based on my room size, it's not big enough. But it's the biggest I could afford."

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Cal says "My favorite part of the home theater (yes, I'm a speaker guy): my Paradigm Esprit 2-way floor standers."

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Cal hasn't invested in a universal remote yet.

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More Show Us Yours!

Want to see another Show Us Yours showcase? Click here to see Anton's awesome man cave. He's got a sweet entertainment space that features a 70-inch TV, surround-sound, two seating areas, and a bar (that's fully stocked, we might add).

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