Well, not really an epitaph except for me. A month ago I sold my house and along with it my beloved HT!
It's been a long time since I have been active on this forum and I'm glad to see it still going strong and a lot of familiar folks. During my absence from the forum I have continued to enjoy the Old Vic tremendously. It has operated flawlessly except for a blown projector bulb and has given my daughter and I some great evenings together.
Only a few folks know my full story but I'd thought I'd share to tie off this long build thread. I built my HT for my wife and her love of movies. Although I had similar interests it was the challenge of the build that really got me excited. I sunk my heart into it as well as way too many late nights building it.
I still remember the first night we watched a movie together as a family. It was one of my all time favorites - "The Firth Element". As we sat there surrounded by sweet sound, reclined in comfortable seating and looked up and started and the star ceiling and the particles of dust dancing in the projector light. After two years of hard work it was SO satisfying to sit there and I felt so proud. Back then we used the HT 3+ times a week as well as some times for dedicated music listening with the many surround sound mixings I had acquired. One of my favorites was the (then) bootlegged quadraphonic recording of Dark side of the moon and a 7.1 Beetles mix made for Cirque du Soleil.
Five years ago tragedy struck my family -- my wife was killed in a car accident. Suddenly my life was upside down. It took a year before I could bring myself to watch movies again, but my daughter was growing up so it increasing became a solo affair. It did take on another life of becoming the prefect sleep-over room for my daughter's friends where they could party all night without disturbing me - soundproofing has a lot of benefits.
In the last couple of years my movie viewing habits declined slightly, it has never become easy to sit alone in my HT, and my daughter has moved to college. So I made a big decision: to live and work overseas and to sell my house.
I was fortunate to find a family that had real interest in, and saw value in the HT -- I left it fully functional with all equipment and automation. I know they are using it frequently because I get many "how do I..." questions.
So was it worth building it?
Absolutely yes. Life is a journey and not a destination and this is one journey that I really had to take.
Will I do it again?
I've been thinking about this a little lately and I think the answer is no, at least not in the same way. I recently watched a movie outside my new home in Thailand with quite a modest surround sound setup and wow, wow, wow. I realized the difference that real stars, a real acoustically perfect "room" and a little wind ambiance make. My interest has also piqued lately on doing some traveling and van life. So perhaps an outdoor HT in a van?! I promise if I do build I will document here.
And the final movie I watched the day I moved out? The Fifth Element, of course
So long until the next adventure...
Ciao, adiós, goodbye, ลาก่อน