Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: St Petersburg, FL
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Yes, impressive... and utterly foolish. Perhaps the reason many of the wealthy have modest media setups is also because they are smart with their money and realize they don't need such frivolous excess. I imagine the only folks putting systems like these in are the nouveau riche (thinking along the lines of MTV cribs) or have more money than God (thinking some Arabian royalty).
I'm all for high-end systems and high-end theatre rooms but what is the point of such complicated and redundant service in one house; I'm sure most medium sized hotels have simpler media setups than this one. Does a house really need 26 TV sets? There seems to be enough equipment in that house to require a fulltime IT person to monitor and keep everything in working order year-to-year. I wonder if the maintenance cost over 20 years was factored into the price of this. Secondly, if I invited guests into my home to entertain and then they walled themselves up in their rooms and watched TV/media all day, personally I'd be offended and never ask them back! Or maybe the home owners are actually this anti-social?
BTW, here's another question for those in the CEI industry. With the flexibility of decentralized and cloud based media resources (Hulu, Netflix, AppleTV) along with display oriented internet-stream appliances, aren't complicated centralized media systems becoming more impractical and pointless every year? Of course, my opinion may be in the minority on this forum.