OK got a big time bonus at the christmas party this year (along with this award). The benefits of working in a 50 employee company:
Everyone asks me what I'm doing in my basement/etc, and I tell them I'm seeing all this crazy crap on the AVSForum that I'm trying to live up to. They don't understand why for the most part. I tell them you must work hard and take everyday as your last, but hope there's a tomorrow. With the recent events in CT, we all must obtain this knowledge.
The award was about 10K. The problem in the audio/video world, is this can amount to chump change if you're doing a theater room. Does anyone realize how much money we spend into this "hobby"?
About 4 years ago I bought my first projector, the Sim2 HT380. Retail was 15K I think. I hung it up in the basement, painted the front wall black (except for the screen area) - that's it. White walls, light carpet. Picture looked fantastic. My coworker told me over the summer he pumped 50K into his theater room - and used the JVC RS1, which was 3K at the time.
I asked in my head, what is he spending 50K and so little on the "engine"? His room looks spectacular, comparative to many of the dedicated builds here.
But I'm driving a ferrari. Maybe they think I have Kmart tires on my Ferrari, it may be true....but my projector trounced his (at the time). The question is, how much is all the look and feel worth to you...many of us can blow money too fast.