I got my Fusion Escape seats from Roman a few weeks ago. They are destined for my new theater addition, which is under construction, but I could not resist setting them up in my current family room theater. Overall, I am very pleased with the seats. It is always concerning to order something online without being able to try them out but Roman had not steered me wrong when I bought my Berklines from him in '06 and he did not steer me wrong this time. Here is a mini-review, based on 2-3 weeks of use.Overall:
I am extremely satisfied with the Fusion Escape recliners. Coming from the Berkline 094s, I was concerned these would be too small. My dog loves to sit next to me between me and the armrest during movies and he is not tiny so I need a good amount of room. I was not disappointed. While they are a little smaller (at least they seem like it) than the Berklines, it is minimal and their is plenty of room for both Buster and I to enjoy a show.Fabric and Build Quality
The build quality of these recliners is as good as, if not better, than my previous Berklines. All of the leather seams are straight and aligns properly with the edges of the cushions and armrests.Comfort
The chairs are very comfortable. They have a bit more Lumbar support that I was used to in the Berklines and the Pocket Coil definitely provides more support. Essentially, you give up some of that "falling into the chair" feeling for a more supportive seat that you could sit in for hours without feeling fatigued. They tend to sit higher than my previous seats (and I am 6'1"). You also have to adjust your sitting location when you recline or you tend to be sitting to far forward in the chair. That was odd at first but, now that I am used to them, I don't even realize I am doing it. Perhaps I had to do the same with my old seats, I don't know. Either way, they are comfortable as heck. And the Power Head Rests are great. Every theater chair should have adjustable head rests. Nice to be able to recline to watch a movie and still have great head and neck support. Also, the full length chaise lounge provides great support for your legs and calves. At 6'1", I never felt like it was too short to give the support that I needed.Operation and Features
Everything works the way you would expect it to with the some pleasant surprises. First, the recline mechanism is quieter and faster that the Berklines...seems minor but the speed is really nice when someone is at the door or the phone rights...not a huge difference, but definitely quicker. The tray tables are nice...I know some have complained, but they are basically the same as my Berklines other than that they tend to scratch more easily. I don't use them much and, when I do, it is in a dark theater so I don't really care. Speaking of Dark, I was very nervous about the Cupholder LEDs, based on a lot of the posts on here. I am picky about a dark theater and pretty lights distract me, so I was sure I was in trouble. I only ordered now, rather than waiting, because I needed seats when my theater was done and Roman assured me I could replace the cup holders with his new ones (for a fee) myself. I was pleasantly surprised in that the lights do not bother me at all. They are not too bright. The only issues I have with them is that my dogs tend to like to stand on the armrest and are always putting a seat or headrest in or out...not a big deal unless you are almost dozing and you seat starts to recline unexpectedly.
The touch controls are awesome, however. I like them much better than the buttons mounted inside the side arms. Much more convenient. Cooled cup holders? I just pretend they are not there. They don't really do much and the fan noise is annoying - just like the ones they put in cars (I knew what to expect when I got them). Overall, I could not ask for anything more in regards to features.Sales, Shipping and Support
What do I need to say here besides the fact that these chairs come from Roman? The service was great, communication was excellent and the shipping was light speed. Just want I have come to expect from him.
Without further ado, here is a pic of their temporary spot in my Family Room. With any luck, i will be able to post a pic of all 7 in the new theater in a few months.
If you have any questions, let me know.
Thanks again Roman for the great experience, awesome product and terrific price!!