Man, I know this is going to sound crazy...as I don't even have v1.0 done yet...but v2.0 must be just GREAT. In fact, I wonder how many of the really nice HTs we see in this forum are actually v2.0s, where we just never had the chance to see the first attempts. You just learn so
much along the way...things that you can't really realize until you've done it, and then see you should
have done it differently. Like they say, hindsight is 20/20.
I think I just have the equivalent of "cabin fever", as it would relate to HT. I screwed up, by not planning on the HVAC sooner, and now I have to sit on my hands while I find a contractor, he orders the damn thing, and can find the time to install it. Sometimes...like this morning...I go up there and just sit and look for things to do in the meantime, but they all seem to hinge
on this, and I just get mad at myself for procrastinating. So as I sit and stew, I think about the things I could have done different; today's lament? If I had it all to do over again, even in this compromising space, I would have DEFINITELY gone false-wall! I have the room, in fact, now I realize it would have made things easier, not harder...and of course it has all the other benefits of false-wall.
See, I think a lot of us first getting into HT come from being Audio
guys. It's a natural progression; guy likes music and movies, and always did what he could to get nice sound out of his gear for music
. Then when HT became an economic reality, it was time to do the same as it related to film; PJ, big screen, good surround, etc. But Audio
guy comes from a mindset where seeing the gear is good
; you paid for it, why not show it off, right? But HT guy quickly learns seeing the gear is BAD
As I sat there in my poor, hot HT, I even contemplated what it would take to tear down the drywall on the screen-wall, move everything behind
it, and just plan to cover it with GOM. And before Shawn and BIG start piling-on, I quickly came to my senses and decided I just need to press on and make the best of it...but like I said, v2.0 baby.
One good thing that did come from my deliberation: for the screen-wall GOM panels, I've decided that instead of just like 1x2s for the sides
of the screen, it makes sense to actually build a panel that slides in next to the side of the screen, but comes out and also covers the depth of that shadowbox
build-out (follow that?). Now that I think about it, it makes total and complete sense, but unlike a false wall, this one I actually caught before I had to rip anything down.
The only work that will get done today, will likely be spent taking stuff out
of the room; PJ, all the gear, and even the screen frame (afraid of it catching drywall dust when the HVAC guy finally gets here).
Happy Memorial Day everybody!