Even though I've been working on this during all my free time, everything is going much slower than planned since everything I’m doing I’m doing for the first time. If I had to do all over again, I suspect I would be at least 40% faster. Still, I think 3-4 months is still conservative but it will be fun to start using the room as I go. My discipline will be severely tested once the projector gets mounted. That distraction could easily add an extra month to the total time of completion.
I know my wife will not be pushing me as hard to work on it or as easily willing to cover down on the children going forward. Then again, the master bathroom still needs to get done so she should still have some motivation left.
I agree with the calibration. I’d love to get it so I know I'm getting the most out of my very expensive system. I'm also interested in what the increase in performance truly is when comparing Audyssey vs professional calibration. I suspect everyone that has had it done raves about it but how much of that is due to the bias introduced by paying the high sum of money for it? Who doesn’t automatically love everything they bought, especially the expensive stuff? It takes guts to say… “I spent 20K on X brand of speakers and they are terrible and I’m stuck with them”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. That being said, what percentage increase are we REALLY talking about? Granted, most of us who are actually building dedicated theaters are playing with things that only give incremental gains.
Back to the topic, I recently listened to some very interesting podcasts (Smarter Home Theater and Home Theater Geeks) and some of the experts suggested that until you have a microphone that looks exactly like your head and behaves like your head with the actual microphone positioned in the ears, you’re really not going to get the most accurate representation through calibration. Their explanation and reasoning was very interesting and actually made sense. Another expert guest speaker said he would only calibrate the bass and leave everything else alone. So, it seems there are many shades of grey to this topic. Probably the biggest hurdle, however, is the fact that I’m in Hawaii!
I contacted Dennis Erskine recently to see if he or his guys ever flew out to Hawaii for vacation or other business but he doesn’t. After purchasing the calibration equipment required in the rack, paying for the expert’s time during the long calibration for a 11.4 system, I suspect paying for airfare to get an expert to fly all the way out here would be cost prohibitive to say the least. As a medical doc in the Army, my budget is not unlimited.
I don't want to seem as though I'm being overly negative about calibration by only posting the limitations. Quite the opposite, I'm hopeful that I get back some thoughtful responses that make the argument that calibration will be worth it for me, even if it's an incremental gain, but enough of a gain to do it. I’ve been casually looking around locally but I doubt there is any real resource that could do the job well here on island. Oh well….. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hopefully something works out….
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Just as I was about to post this, I noticed Trek posted! Welcome back and great to hear from you. For those that don’t know, Trek’s theater over in Texas was the inspiration for mine. On an unrelated note, we also ended up with the same type of speakers (Aerial Acoustics as well as the Sony 4K projector). I’m about to start up the Star Ceiling from the same company…. Get ready for some calls when I get stuck!!!
Yes, it's been a year but I've been working on my house addition too.... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it
I hope you and your family are doing well.
As always, more to follow....Edited by psychdoc - 7/17/13 at 8:56pm