"Thanks for taking the time to share your build. I see that you have most of your movie library on Kaleidoscope servers, but as an industry insider, do you have the capability and access to 4k DCP content?"
Actually I don't sadly. I'm retired now, so I'm not in that loop anymore. And even I were still working, I'm not sure I'd have access anyway. As a DP, one is still considered 'below the line.'
"Have you found any of the studio screening rooms to have comparable technical signatures to what you have achieved at home?"
It's been awhile since I've made the screening room circuit but I have to say, not really. Panavision had (still has?) a very nice room. When we had premieres of films I shot (like the main theater on the Paramount lot), I was pretty happy with the projection. But even at Paramount when we showed "The Score" (using a print off the original negative), I sat in the balcony close to the projection room. Sure enough when they changed over the first reel to the 2nd reel, the 2nd projector was slightly out of focus. So I ran up the stairs, and asked him if I could focus the pj myself. He was cool about it (& I had warned him I might do that beforehand anyway). Anyway, I don't have to do that anymore.
"Amongst your professional circle, have you seen other home theaters that have inspired you? What's the general trend in overall quality, based on theme, audio soundfield and video presentation?"
Well, as I've mentioned before, 8 years ago, I traveled around the country to see various home theaters, like Art's, thebland's and Ash Sharma's. I was looking at room design, screen size, audio quality, etc. These guys had really done their homework - I learned an enormous amount from visiting their beautiful theaters!
"Have you had a chance to sample some concert Blu-rays in the theater? What's your impression? How about SACD releases of some of your favorite artists, does it engage you or do you prefer the 2 channel originals instead?"
I looked at Peter Gabriel's concert film which sounded awesome (but looked just ok) but haven't had the time yet to check out more concert films. I can't wait though... The sound is entirely engaging, but my experiences with them are, as of yet, limited. We just finished the theater, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
"You mentioned that you also created a 2 channel audio room. What media do you prefer, vinyl, CD, or high bitrate downloads? What are your favorite music genres?"
It's funny - I've been without 2-channel for so long (because of the construction time), high bitrate downloads have matured greatly since we started all of this. I have a large vinyl collection and all CDs will eventually be on a server. The 2-channel room is still a work in progress. The room is finished, but I have yet to activate all the media.
Thanks for all your thoughtful questions!