What was the first movie played?
Truthfully, I don't remember. Loganess and I started watching movies down there not long after I hung the projector but the total room was not finished. The theater area was pretty much done but there was still work on the bar and in the hallways and bathroom, especially installing the closet doors. I put together a 15 minute demo for the Grand Opening because I had almost 50 people. I brought people down about 12 at a time to run the demo.
Now, 2 questions:
If you had a do-over what would you do differently?
I see others also asked are you planning HT 2.0, so are you or taking a break?
Now, 2 answers:
1) I think I would have waited longer to buy equipment as so much has changed since I started. Although, at the time, I was still, shall we say, optimistic, about the length of time it would take to finish. IF I had a complete do-over (and a LOT more money) I would have paid to move the mechanicals and bathroom rough-ins into the area that is now the theater which would have opened a bigger area in what is now the storage area, mechanical room, bathroom, hallways, and closets. The temptation is to say "I wish I had a better, drawn out plan," but I really don't. I had a VISION and I feel like I met it. Maybe it's something I've picked from my experience managing IT projects. You can plan the heck out of project and commit it to paper, but what happens when something changes the plan...how do you react? I changed directions and details a few times, but the VISION was always there and i feel really good about the results.
2) No, I'm not considering an HT 2.0. The only upgrades I'm considering at this time is that I ran a lighting circuit to the proscenium. I haven't found a flexible moulding to run the lights inside a channel. It looks like I probably have to kerf the crap out of a piece of wood. Second, I'm at the end of life of the first bulb on the projector. I was contemplating fleabaying it and getting a Panny 8000 for its 3D capability (yes, I'm a fan!). I got a free bulb with the projector and I found a used VIP 3D Theater, so I'll put in the new bulb and see what shakes out when 4K projectors are more readily available. Third, I am REALLY thinking about an upgrade to an OPPO player. The only other thing is, maybe, try my hand at making cabinet doors for the bar cabinets. I don't think any of that constitutes an HT 2.0.
How does the HT sound on both music & movies?
I don't really listen to music in the theater. Although, I've always thought the EAGLES Farewell DVD (yes, DVD) sounds pretty awesome in there. As far as I'm concerned, movies sound great! As big as the area is, I CAN crank up that SVS sub to pressurize the room. At one point, LOGANNESS and my son were in the kitchen and it vibrated the floor...they thought it was another earthquake. I've lowered the noise floor enough that I don't have to crank it up to hear the quiet parts and I feel as though I have great clarity in the center channel. I believe it was good advice from Axiom to add that surround back QS8 due to the odd shape of the room...I am quite happy with the surround envelope. I suppose a real pro can calibrate it and the projector and I may see and hear a difference, but as is, I am quite happy. Maybe one of these days I'll get into REW and have a calibration party.