Originally Posted by dsteak
A few questions from a future Fusion owner. My room is 160" (13.3') wide, so I'm looking at 120" at most for seating. For the Tribute that is 3 curved or 4 straight with love seat in the middle. The Escape would only allow us the 3 curved or straight, 4 would be too wide.
My partner is 5'2", is the Escape too big? Will the headrest be over her head making it uncomfortable or useless for her? I'm 6'0" so this seat should be perfect for me.
Are owners happy with the electronic cup holder?
Is the cupholder on this seat removeable for cleaning?
If anyone has the straight across setup, since the end chairs are not looking directly at the center of the screen, would it be uncomfortable to sit facing the center of the screen (kind of twisted)? This wouldn't be an issue with the curved (3) set up, but would be for the 4 seat setup. I ask because the photos of the seats, especiall the Tribute, look like the backs are narrow or tapered.
Has anyone used the battery pack yet? Does each seat need it's own? How long does a charge last?
I have shorter friends and family that have all liked the chairs. If someone is shorter than 5'6-5'8 the probably cannot raise the headrest or it will be out of position and uncomfortable for them. The chairs are not the ideal for someone shorter but they are comfortable for them as well. It is very difficult to find a chair that is ideal for short and tall, but I think these are a good compromise.
As for the electric cup holders, I find them to be a bit of a novelty that you show off to your friends but never really use. They are the same when you get them in a car. They won't really keep a drink cold, IMHO and the fans make a high pitched whirring noise (they are small) that may bother you if you are sensitive to any external sounds during your movies like I am. I can tell if one of the cup holders is on as soon as I enter the theater if it is quiet. They would not be a reason to order the chairs for me, but I imagine some actually see them as a key feature...I do not. The lighted controls around the cup holders, as opposed to the buttons on the inside of the armrest are great tho. One of my dogs likes to sit next to me during movies and it never failed that, at the worst possible time, he'd raise or lower the chair. He did it during more than one tense and scary movie and just about sent me upstairs to change shorts.
The cup holder is removable, but you have to take out the entire mechanism with the buttons and all so the electronics come with it...easy but not trouble free. I just use the vacuum attachment to clean out any debris and wipe them out with a damp micro fiber cloth and they come very clean. I personally don't think being able to remove them is critical to keeping them clean.
I have two straight rows, one with three chairs and one with four. I have sat in all seats. While I prefer the middle seat, sitting at the ends is not a problem. It won't be for you as long as you are sitting at proper distance for your screen size. Yes, you have to turn your head (very little), but a curved row is not going to solve anything for you. I had a row of curved in my last theater and I cannot honestly say there was much of a difference versus straight. It would have to be a much bigger theater for that to make a difference, in my opinion. Either way, middle seats will always be preferred but I have no complaints about the end seats and neither have my friends. You design the theater layout right, including speaker placement, screen size, seating distance and second row height and you will have no issues. Design is key tho.
In general, I could not be happier with the escapes. The button placement, electric foot rest and head rest and the overall comfort and look of the chairs are excellent. Not to mention the ease of dealing with Roman. The best thing for you to do, depending on where you live, is try to find someone close that has them and try them out. More and more buyers are picking them up and maybe someone local to you would let you take them for a spin. If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, you are welcome to try out mine.
/edit: I have power to my chairs so I have not tried the battery pack. Can't help there.