Originally Posted by kingwiggi
A great day was had by all. You have an absolutely amazing room. Its really difficult to comprehend how much a well thought out room adds to the whole experience.
BTW I nominated you as primary consultant on my HT build.
It was great to meet you and your beautiful family and it was well worth the trip up from Florida for me.
And not forgetting Hi AVS buddies - great meeting up with you
Thanks, Leslie, I’m happy to help any way I can on your HT build! Your knowledge of audio and video is quite impressive. Need to hold a 1 hr. video calibration workshop with you as the main instructor at the next G2G! Glad you enjoyed the room, and I’m very glad it was worth the trip up to MD from the cool, calm, sunny state of Florida. One of my biggest concerns was “will they think it was worth the time?” for those who live close, and “will they think it was worth the trip?” for those who came from afar.
Originally Posted by DougUSMC
Always an epic experience brother, thanks for the invite!
We were in group 3, and have to travel *just* far enough that I need to plan for extra travel time (70 mi). I don't do late, so we got there 30 mins early. Which was just enough time to chat w/the Brolic Ladies (all 3), and meet some new friends before group 2 came up. Annnnnnd, enough time to see that my eyeballs blurred a few times on the first floor, from the vibrations coming up from the basement! Hilarious!!
Much fun was had by all, thanks for letting all of us share in your victory lap!!
Thanks bro....man, when I got the phone notification that someone was at the Front Door, I thought to myself “who is here super early?” Then I realized it had to be you because you DO take punctuality very seriously. Man, when you guys came, the demos were in “The Ultimate Experience” mode. I’ll share a bit of the secret sauce—that Ultimate mode boosts frequencies below 20Hz by 7db. Since I don’t like to add information where there’s none, I actually use a low shelf to drop the entire bass curve by 7db after 20Hz, and I then raise the overall gain by 7 so it goes back up to baseline (other than the shelf) appropriate levels without “creating” false information. That ULF boost is probably what was making eyeball martinis—shaken, not stirred.
Originally Posted by impreza276
Lol, I can barely lift a 120lb sheet of drywall over my head onto the lift. I haven't been to the gym I've been paying for (SMH). Currently the HT build provides all my exercise needs.
About the G2G. We watched the guys from the first session appear out of the theater stumbling and visibly shaken. We looked at each other and thought - "What have we gotten ourselves into!"
Lol, ahh—the “getting to the gym” challenge experienced by people nation-wide! It really is tough! LOLLLLL @ “what have we gotten ourselves into?” Lol-the body really does have to recover before one gets their bearings. *In calm doctor’s voice* “Stumbling and appearing shaken is completely normal!”
Originally Posted by mercracing
Matt, I’m very glad that she warmed up to me too. She’s a talker that’s for sure! Hopefully she wasn’t up to late or early. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like spiders, however I’m more then happy to kill them.
Like I mentioned Saturday I’m not a good barometer for sound levels but I was wondering if you could check something for me. I forgot to mention it Saturday. When I played RPO in our theater, I really had to turn the sound up a decent bit past where I normally do due to the dialog being very quiet. Would you be able to play it in your theater against a different movie and see if you notice that? I was watching from Prime, not a disc.
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Naw, she went to be super late largely because she didn’t get much exercise during the day. She was ready to run a race at a moment’s office!
Sure, I’ll whip out the SPL meter and take some measurements of RPO versus another film.
Originally Posted by DigiWega
What a wonderful time! Thank you so much for hosting such an epic event. You and your lovely wife were gracious hosts and super welcoming.
As for your theater, it’s obviously unbelievable. Like many others I've watched and read your build thread and YouTube clips over the years as you've put your blood sweat and tears into your HT. As I said on Sunday the pictures don’t do your room justice. From the second you walk in your HT you quickly realize what we've done is on another level. I could babble on and on but here are a few quick mental notes.
- The ceiling to floor curved screen is quite a sight to see. To have a screen that large that almost fills the entire front wall is amazing. Not to mention the dark treatments and paint you put around the screen to the point where at first I thought the screen was edgeless.
- The soundstage and presence of the Triad Cinema Plus speakers really make a statement not to mention the clean SPL for days. The Melissa Menago track you played really showed how reveling your setup is as her voice sounded excellent. The horns in the song L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole really stood out in mind as they sounded so smooth and lively. The time and attention you have taken to treat and EQ the room has paid off in spades.
- I really like how your theater offers two vastly different seating perspectives when sitting in the front row vs the second. The first row is more of a IMAX experience while the back row gives a more traditional movie theater feel. I also noted that the movie clips sounded excellent in both seating rows which again is a testament to all of the EQing work you’ve done.
- The bass in your room was incredibly smooth and plentiful. I’m not sure if we were listening in Beast Mode or The Brolic Experience mode but I loved whatever frequencies you boosted or trimmed.
-The use of Triad speakers all around really created a synergy of sound that I had not experienced before. During the demos I kept asking about the surrounds and wides because I really was taken aback by what I was hearing. The cohesiveness was really nice.
Again man congrats on amazing theater, you’ve done an outstanding job! It’s only a matter of time before we see your work displayed on the home page as HT of the month.
Hey man, thanks so much for your kinds words! I’m glad you liked the screen man! Yup, the row I select really is based on the IMAX vs. “At the Movies” experience.
Definitely happy that you appreciate the equalization modes, as well as the sound of the Triad soundstage. the cohesiveness comment means a lot, as there are a lot of speakers firing at any given time, and there have been countless tests of pans, and overhead swoops, and other material to fine-tune that soundstage cohesion!
I never really considered Triad (for some reason, I thought they only made million dollar speakers for the rich elite 1%) until hearing them at the home of
. Then it became less of an “ok I’ll never afford this” and more of a “I need to find a way to afford this.” Lol. that’s when I found out that while certainly not inexpensive, they were not as far out of reach as I originally thought. Had to pursue!
Oh, the bass—it warms my heart to hear the “smooth and plentiful” descriptors! A key focal point in dialing in the bass was even when required, but textured when required. A good example of even bass is in the Ready Player One - Race demo (clean, high impact), while an example of textured is in the Interstellar wave scene where the bass has a textured consistent rumble to it to replicate the sound of a wave. I really wanted details like that to shine through. For video, some clips, we listened in beast mode (renamed The Movie Experience), in others we listened in Danger Close mode (renamed The Ultimate Experience). I’m definitely glad you enjoyed the various modes!
Regarding the modes, later during the guest request portion, everyone who made a scene or song request got to sit in the sweet spot (front row, center seat) with iPad in hand, switching between modes in real time. It was cool to see how the sound changed (especially with material I wasn’t familiar with).
Thanks again to everyone for coming out—it was a real joy having each and everyone one of you at the house. My wife thought everyone was so cool, and really enjoyed meeting everyone.
My eldest daughter (an inquisitive 20 month old) also liked you guys a lot (as she did not clam up at run away)!
We must do this again, sooner than later!
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