BRAD S and pim69,
Thanks for resurrecting my thread. We have been enjoying the HT immensely. Not much activity other than a couple of months ago I did give in to the temptation to "tweek" my screen. I decided to change the "top hinged" screen to a "side hinged" screen. I'll post a pic or two when I'm back in town.
As far as impressions:
- Ted White is the man
- The room sounds fantastic
- We achieved our sound isolation goals
- The picture is gorgeous
- The theater seating is better than I expected and sight lines are spot on
- I have virtually no desire to go out to the movies
- The auxiliary I/O ports make me feel smart whenever the kids shuffle the PS3 or Wii around
- We really like the room lighting, but if/when I do it again, I'll give more thought to personal seat lighting for eating
- My remote works fine, but next time I want something reasonably affordable and simple to program that offers true one button control for activities including lighting
I continue to be most impressed with the effectiveness of our sound isolation and sound treatment efforts. I thank Ted White for his advice and the soundproofingcompany.com website.
From inside the HT with the sound muted:
- I cannot hear the phone ring (a very good thing); must bring in cordless
- I cannot hear my kids walking in the rooms above
- I can hear the sump pump, but it is not intrusive at all
- I can barely hear the furnace
From outside the HT at our listening volume of -14dB:
- I cannot hear the HT from the kid's rooms above
- At about -9dB (which is loud, not ear splitting, but loud), I can hear muffled sound and feel some of the deep bass in the kid's rooms
- At our listening volume we can't hear the HT from anywhere else in the house - we had very high expectations for our sound isolation plan and we are very satisfied.
The reactions of our guests have been equally satisfying. The anecdotes are too numerous to list but I'll include a few:
- While my dad was in town for a visit, I popped in Avatar for everyone. After 30 minutes or so, he and I went upstairs for a drink. He commented, I guess the kids turned the volume down. I don't think so, the kids like it like that, I said. Well then, why can't I hear it? Back down stairs, pop open the HT door and the look on his face was priceless. Wow, tell me again how you built this room.
- A friend stopped by to see the eD subs I'd built. Why don't you have them crankingI figured I would hear them from the driveway. They are on, I've been breaking them in with Bob Marley all afternoon. Down to the HT, pop open the door and BOOM. He's been building his own HT since then and bought the eD subs from me.
- We had a dinner/movie night with 3 couples. We were watching Wolfman (not a very good movie). During one scene, water trickles along a wall of rock and falls into a puddle. My neighbor turns to his wife and says, Did you hear that? That water sounds real.