I'll go first, I suppose.A bit of history:
When we were living in our condo, we bought a 56" LED DLP after getting married in 2007. I'd been talking about getting large screen for a couple of years. Only, I was crafty enough to tell her it was the 61" model right off the bat. She thought it was too big, but I thought it wasn't big enough. The retailer had sold me the demo model at full price, and they were going to replace it when a new one came into stock. I paid the difference and got the 61" model when it was in stock.
The wife thought the TV was bigger, but I measured it and told her it was 61" just like the last one.
She thought it was too big, until the day we first had people over for a movie - everyone was oohing and ahhing with the TV and new 7.1 sound. She turned to me and whispered,"I don't think it's too big any more!"The situation now:
Since that day she's been proud of our set up even though she thinks I'm crazy being so into it. The media room in our new house is now an 11.2 system.
In the basement I've been building a new theatre, and it's almost done. It's a 16-speaker, 11.2 system too, with a DIY 120" screen. She thought this was excessive... and that a burgandy and grey paint scheme was never going to work.. until she saw it when we had friends over at the weekend. Now, we sometimes sit in the basement on plastic chairs, and bare concrete floor to watch Tv shows on the Epson 8350 rather than the comfort of the couch and the 61" screen in the media room. She can't wait until the room is completely ready and we can have movie nights for friends.Conclusion:
I'm one of the lucky ones. When I describe the theatre to her, she thinks it's excessive, unnecessary etc. When she sees it, she's impressed, but still thinks it's unneeded; when she hears other people's impressions, she gets into it 100%! As long as there aren't visible wires everywhere and the project is finally finished to the extent that she can have a hope of using it, I get a thumbs up.