Visited a 1.1 million dollar home today which was part of a local "Tour of Homes" exhibit for local builders. I was especially interested in this specific home due to having a dedicated theater.
Absolutely beautiful home and the dedicated theater sure looked the part but upon further inspection I was horrified as I talked to the CI representative!! Yes, another AV nightmare .............
I was immediately turned off when the guy asked me what speakers I was planning to use and I replied, "Triad Speakers". His response was, "Never heard of them." For crying out loud!! This guy works as a CI and lives no further than 60 miles from the Triad factory!!!!!! From that point on I was in attack mode.........like a pit bull..........but in a "civil" way.
I asked several questions:Why are there three large holes in the shared wall with the adjacent gym room?
His response: so we can have access to the speakers in the theater room.Why is the center speaker 2 feet above the screen tilted towards the feet of the first row.
His response: Can't put the center channel below because that is where the sub woofer is located......hard to mount an eighty pound speaker that high. Why did you use in-ceiling speakers instead of on-walls?
His response: In-ceiling speakers will give the exact same listening results.......besides, makes for a cleaner look.While I do disagree with part of the statement, with 7 ft of usable space on each side of the two rows of four......and with 13 foot ceilings....I do believe there is compromise with the sound when using 7 inch round multi-purpose speakers.....especially for a state of the art theater room.
Where are the room treatments?
His response: No need for them.......the dipole design of the speakers need reflections......don't want to mess with the speaker design.I find that comment interesting as Definitive Tech speakers stuffed in a hole is blasphemy!Why are you using a JVC RS40 with a throw of more than 20 ft on a 150" screen?
His response: JVC makes an exceptional projector and as you can see........puts out a beautiful picture.I love JVC projectors, but on the proper sized screen! WAY TOO DIM AND NOT SHARP AT ALL!!Where are all the sub woofers?
His response: We only used one.....and it's behind the cabinet in the center of the room........best location for bass.
I must say, a 23ft long X 22ft wide X 13ft high room is not ideal for a dedicated theater room, but boy did it sure look perrrrrrrrty! All that beautiful walnut...............all for not!
As I left the room, closed the door behind me I could still hear the rumbling of the single subwoofer and Def Tech speakers being played at a modest 70 dbs .............oh, btw........the gym was rocking!
Moral of the story, once again I have no faith in local CI's..........how can a beautiful room be horribly executed for it's one and only duty? Glad I'm planning on using DE's expertise!