Originally Posted by jmorris644
Hey Mark P!!
Wow, it's been 6 or 7 years since I was last here? Seems just a few months ago.
The Ruben story is sad from what I have been reading here. I, like you, have fond memories of talking many hours with Ruben.
Two years ago I purchased another screen from Ruben for my new house. Everything went really slick. It was delivered and works perfectly.
I don't know what actually happened to him. Probably a mix of poor economic conditions and trying to grow too fast. last I spoke with him he was just opening up a larger facility.
Now I hope something doesn't happen to ruin my screen as it is quite large at 22 foot diagonal.
Hey Jmorris, long time no talk! Yeah, the old Ruben conversations were classics. I don't know how many times we would go late into the evening here completely dissecting everything theater wise as well as non theater things. The one thing I never would have expected was him being a scammer........ever. Even when he was out here, I knew he just wasn't the same ole Ruben, I wasn't on AVS at the time but had I been I would have certainly pushed the issue considering he was staying in my house. He seemed to be starting up a new business with another major player of AVS at the time, I won't go into details but it seemed to be consuming all his time and it sounded like something they needed to get rolling ultra fast sort of like his screen business. It's all about timing in this fast paced industry
Had he started the SMX a year earlier I think he would have probably made it through the tough times but he had just started to hit his stride when the economy tanked. He also should have probably kept his mouth shut instead of spreading the word on what products were working but that wasn't in his nature. He lost a lot of business by giving up the ingredients but being the DIYer he is, I completely understand. I remember telling him to jump quickly over and over the second he discovered the non moire products. There was no doubts he had the best available, I actually have one of the nicest screens I have ever seen and I've been in some over the top theaters. As I said my SMX next to my Stewart is no competition in build quality and picture quality and I have a Studiotek.
Cheap HDTVs make the Home Theaters a niche, a year or two earlier and SMX could have probably been in every theater around especially had he just kept the materials quiet.
I've actually started to get motivated to finish the theater that introduced me to Ruben and I actually wanted to swap out the Stewart for an SMX curved, oh well..........At least automation finally got easy and affordable thanks to iPad mini and iPhones and iRule! I installed it a year ago and it's still running strong!!! I even have full blown Karaoke integrated into things and the songs are free lol