Originally Posted by Joelc
1. I am uncertain as to the main listening/seating position because a) I do not yet have a projector [i.e. am waiting for CEDIA] so do not know whether I will prefer the middle of the first row or the middle of the second row for movies / sports and b) I do not yet have the room calibrated for audio [i.e. will do audio and video calibration at the same time] so do not know whether I will prefer the middle of the first row or the middle of the second row for music [though likely the preference will be the middle of the first row].
2. The room will be calibrated by Dennis Erskine. I asked him where he typically places the "money seat" to which he responded that he does not create a money seat but a bunch of similalry great seats...
That said, I am interested as to why you asked...
It goes to the question whether Trinnov's remapping function would be of particular value or not for you and movies. [ETA: I realize you're already going with QSC EQ. My musings here are more to explore the potential benefts of the new ADA TEQ unit.] Looking at your floor plan, my guess would be that the rear seat would give much better sense of envelopment and seamlessness of the overall surround presentation. The rear speakers hit you with a 90 degree spread, which is how I prefer them vs the nominal 60-deg angle usually recommended. I also like that the L/R surrounds are slightly forward of the +/-90 deg target. This also helps with the wrap-around effect. Lastly, the screen fills a full 45-deg viewing angle, so there's no compromise there. Trinnov would have little work to do wrt remapping.
If, OTOH, you select the front row as primary seat, the L/R fronts are at 60-deg (perfect for 2-ch music) and the screen is even wider. Totally different perspective already. The Ls/Rs are 125-deg from front, which is well behind the usual targets. So here is where remapping might play a big role--pulling the surrounds forward. Let's assume it does a great job rendering the soundfield for the front seat. I'd also suspect that would not seriously degrade the effect for the rear seats. If not, you might well end up with two alternative sweet spots!
The room will be calibrated by Dennis Erskine. I asked him where he typically places the "money seat" to which he responded that he does not create a money seat but a bunch of similalry great seats...
I can understand this perspective, but while they may all be similarly great and totally enjoyable, the ones down the center have certain advantages in the feeling of lateral balance that tuning cannot overcome as it's psychological. Considering the kinds of small details that energize home theater enthusiasts, I'm sure that an optimally tweaked setting for "that special seat" would be audible and appreciated by the owner.
Speaking for myself in my non-DE room, I have a "group" cal profile that gives a better effect for the whole room, but when I'm alone, the "1" profile tuned for the main seat still brings subtle benefits in surround balance.
Considering the extensive flexibility of the ADA, I'd suspect you will create a group profile as well as one for front and another for rear use. Maybe you'll find that a single profile is great all the time, no need to shift gears. That would be an ideal result, to be sure.