It's interesting that he recommends that because I've noticed that I like the surround effects in movies better on my second row which has the side surround speakers in front of the listener and obviously the rear surround speakers behind. It feels more immersive. In the front row it's nice too, but I don't hear much from behind, most of the sound seems to be coming from my sides. Turning up the rear surrounds a couple db's helps this but it's still not as good as the second row. If I had it to do over I think I would have mounted my side surrounds a little more forward in the room.
Nyal mentioned he likes the surrounds toward the front of the seats for a greater sense of immersion plus most home theater chairs (mine included) have high backs and block some of the sound. He also said since I have rear surrounds he would definitely put them in front.
Today we got the Serenity Mat down. Big thanks to Ted White from the SoundProofingCompany.com for answering a question via email early on a Sunday morning. Also caulked around the romex and duct work with acoustic sealant.
TIME TO VOTE!! I need to get fabric ordered for the side walls. So if you are reading this please vote even if you don't really care :-)
I'm going with some shade of blue. Three choices - all in GOM 701. The dark brown color in the background will be the color of the wainscot and columns. Wondering if I should put this blue color inside the columns to hide the speakers or use black.
Top - Blue Plum
Middle - Baltic
Bottom - Cobalt
Here's another pic:
Top - Cobalt
Bottom - Blue Plum
Baltic and Blue Plum remind me of jeans and even though I wear jeans a lot on the weekends, it isn't something I would want on the wall. So my vote goes to Cobalt. If there was more of a midnight blue or darker than Blue Plum, then I would likely vote for it.
Been reviewing my seating a little bit and looking for opinions. I planned on having 2 rows of seating with a bar in the back. The first row is currently 3 seats and the second row is 4 seats. There is certainly room for 4 seats in the front row as well but am concerned about having the "sweet spot" seat. With 4 seats there is no middle seat. Thoughts on the trade off between 1 more seat and having a money seat? Thanks.
late to the party but wanted to add if you did not purchase yet I have 2 rows of 4 and would not do it any different. Audyssey did a great job of tuning the room to my MLP which is front row second from right so I think either way you will be ok.
Since there's no "None of the above" option, I'll cast another vote for Blue Plum or Baltic. Cobalt is too bright, and while Baltic does look like denim, it's a little softer than Blue Plum.
TMcG's post above with the link to the muted palette explains my concern perfectly. A more muted, softer palette has a cleaner, more modern feel. The bright blue just vibrates with the brown and black; they have nothing in common visually to tie them together.
Sorry to be a wet blanket, David!
Any way you can put the GOM samples together with a carpet sample, a piece of black trim (or whatever you're doing for the trim), and set it all on one of your recliners and take a couple of photo of them all together? That's what I did when I was picking all the materials for my theater… Like you, I had the chairs already, so I was designing around them. Here's what my material sample kit looked like when I was deciding between two carpets: