Originally Posted by PTAaron
I’m still debating having a small “check out a budget home theater” get together now that the rest of the basement is mostly done aside from some sanding and clear coating on the bar.
I wish there were more home theater hobbyists in my area.
My friends and family are totally happy with their living room flat screens and maybe a sound bar if going all out.
In the 6 years or so since I was first hooked I have seen three other theaters.
: A coworker who had a pretty nice setup but contracted the entire thing out. Didn't know much about the room or the gear and wasn't a movie buff.
: An actual AVS Forums GTG held four hours away. I wanted to experience the obviously top notch theater, but everyone was there to compare a bunch of different speakers. As with any mixed crowd, I met some great guys, but also a couple self-absorbed center seat hogging a-holes.
: I sort of invited myself over to a local AVS member's house. A bit awkward having a stranger introduce me to his wife and kids. He had a nice system and we watched an entire movie. All in all a very good experience.
I suppose all of this is to encourage you to have the Geek Meet (as my wife calls them). 90% of the time this hobby is a solo-affair, but getting a group of enthusiasts together, budget system or not, can be a great learning experience and a lot of fun.