WOW just spent the last 2-3 week reading through this AMAZING thread and I learned so many things for whenever my wife and I can finally find a house we love with a decent basement. I do have several questions I hope you can answer. I also have a few comments about things I read.
First congrats on a second girl. I have two girls also 18 and 14. Mine are 4 years apart so it was a little easier than what you are going through. But man once that hit a certain age where they are potty trained and don't need you for help going to the bathroom in the middle of the night it gets so much better. Then once they get to a point where they want to make their own breakfast having that little bit of extra time to sleep in on the weekend is awesome.
How did you get started on your planning for the HT? I know some of the design was limited because of duct work or I beams so you could only go so wide. But did you decide on the length because you wanted to go as deep as possible?
At what point would you contact someone about room treatment, did you do that before you started building your HT?
I was going to ask How do you use iRule and Harmony together. Then I saw what you posted that iRule was shutting down. Sucks iRule is no more because I loved the idea of customized buttons. I would love to know how you have Harmony setup for your system. I have the Harmony Hub and use my phone or iPad as the remote. I also use my Echo Dot to turn things on. I can even tell it "Alexa turn on the Caps game" and it will turn on my TV, turn on my Denon avr-x3600h receiver, Turn on my fios STB and change the channel to the game. If the game is on another channel I have a phrase for that channel.
A silly question but the massive layers of drywall got me wondering, With all the drywall and treatments how is cellphone signal? My in-laws normal basement is like a faraday cage and they have a normal basement.
When do you think you'll do another G2G? Have you tried your hands at making custom cables yet? I think I have scraps leftover from when I made my custom speaker cables. I could show what it looks like at the next G2G if you have one.
Now a few comments about things I read in the thread.
Transformers the last knight sucks because they couldn't stick with one aspect ratio in one scene. At one point it switches back and forth 5 times in one scene. In one video you post how your system can switch between 16:9 and 23:5 but the screen would go black for a second while your system switched aspect ratios. Like I said earlier With Transformers The Last Knight when they are talking in the library learning about Merlin it switches back and forth at least 5 times. Which makes no sense at all it's not like it was an action scene.
Wish I had found this thread back when you started ripping movies with MakeMKV. I could of helped when it came to figuring out which was the Atmos soundtrack. Also with the invention of 4K discs movie companies have moved Atmos and DTS:X away from Blu-ray and now almost exclusively use it with 4K discs. So to answer a several year old question, Yes if I have a 4K version and a Blu-ray version I would rip the 4K version because it has the superior soundtrack.
Originally Posted by audioguy
I might suggest that an entire forum thread should be dedicated to just individual demo scenes from movies for various categories: (1) mid bass slam; (2) overall bass; (3) envelopment; (4) vocals; (5) overall performance (this David Foster BR could be included in several categories); (6) video quality; (7) use of height speakers; .........
While not nearly as detailed as what you're talking about I've also started thinking that there should be a thread on here documenting peoples favorite parts of a movie. But I was thinking people could post their favorite visual part of a movie or favorite audio part of a movie and give a description about what to look or listen for. For example Black Panther- 4K both visual and Atmos at 19:11 in the movie the chapter where T'Challa goes through the ritual to become the new king. Visually the robes that all the tribes are wearing look amazing in 4K. Audio wise the Atmos speakers and subs get a work out when M'Baku and his tribe are chanting and come to challenge for the right to be king