Sorry to bring back an old thread, but I though an update would be good.
Here are my initial 2 posts. This one and the one right after it. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/32-th...l#post27915585
I bought a Seatcraft setup 5 years ago, and was pleased with it at the time. 5 years later, I had expected that I would still own it, but I have recently sold it. Here is my experience. The seats were nice and comfortable. However, over time, the padding compressed more than I expected it to. It never got uncomfortable, but it was less so after 4 and a half years of use. Another problem was the bonded leather. Never again. It was an upgrade option, but it wore out much more quickly than I would have expected. The surface began to flake off after 3 years of use, and got progressively worse over time. I should have paid for real leather.
The powered seats worked fine the whole time I had them. I installed base shakers on each seat, and was very pleased with the results. I mounted a board to the frame under the seat. I kept the shakers when I sold the seating. Two of the shakers impacted the mechanical frame as the seats reclined, and were slightly damaged. But there were no issues with functionality. I noticed that I did a better job of mounting the other two so that they never touched the meta frame. Next time, I will check full movement of the chairs as I mount the shakers. I moved the recline lever in the middle to the side, and was happy enough. (one seat had a lever while the other 3 had buttons due to the configuration of the seating.)
If I had it to do over, I would have raised my budget and bought something of higher quality. I replaced these seats with a couch that is much more comfortable and should last a lot longer. As I had originally planned, they would have been fine as a back row in a home theater, or for occasional use, but I would not recommend them for daily use due to the padding not holding up. Comparing my seat to the kids and wife's seats, I could definitely tell the padding was more compressed on mine.
I haven't built my home theater yet, but when I do, I'm going to at least double my budget on the theater seating. My primary focus will be on padding that will last, and my secondary focus will be on a finish that will resist wear. I can highly recommend electric seats over manual recline. The ability to adjust to an exact position is great. We did the same with our new couch. One other thing I might look to do differently is the placement of the table, and cup holder. As it was with the old seats, both could not be used together. Putting the table in the arm covered up the cup holder. I never knocked my cup off of the slick table, but I always felt like I was going to.
The neck pillow was great. Made the seats more comfortable. In my new couch, the head portion is adjustable with a motor, just like the seats. I'll definitely look for that as a feature in future theater seating.