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post #91 of 108 Old 07-02-2018, 08:04 AM
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Make sure you are strict with your guests to put down the leg rests. While the bracket will keep guests from going on a little ride, they also can lead to bent metal
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If you're still around, thanks for all the photos above from years past. I purchased some Venetians from my neighbor 4 doors down, and he did not purchase the brackets. I called 4seating this morning and Patricia there was able to get me hooked up with the brackets. As you said, pretty pricey per set, but want them to all be connected, it's definitely worth it.

Also, what did you end up doing on the LED brightness?, or maybe I missed it.

Anyway.. thanks again..

How much were the brackets? I really only need 1 set for my loveseat area. I haven't been using my leds, but did buy some cheap window tint, just haven't got around to tinting them.

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How much were the brackets? I really only need 1 set for my loveseat area. I haven't been using my leds, but did buy some cheap window tint, just haven't got around to tinting them.
This was what I paid for 4 sets.
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I still have 4 or 5 pairs of brackets if anyone wants them.

You can unplug the LEDs under the recliner. You just have to unplug one side of the light strip. On the opposite side you can unplug the strip inside the armrest and pull the slack over to the other side so both cupholders work. I have the cupholders on another zone for my light controller so I can turn them off when the movie starts.

See pic, lol I see I need to vacuum popcorn
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I still have 4 or 5 pairs of brackets if anyone wants them.

You can unplug the LEDs under the recliner. You just have to unplug one side of the light strip. On the opposite side you can unplug the strip inside the armrest and pull the slack over to the other side so both cupholders work. I have the cupholders on another zone for my light controller so I can turn them off when the movie starts.

See pic, lol I see I need to vacuum popcorn

I have 4 chairs so I assume I need only 3 pairs of brackets? I'm interested in the brackets. How much?

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I have two pairs of seat brackets left, any takers? PM me.
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Narrowed it down to the Monterey and the Venetian. Ended up getting 4 of the Monterey to start (vs. originally looking at 8). It was a very tough choice though; I think I ultimately made 4-5 trips to the showroom.

The Monterey is definitely a much nicer chair, but also a lot more expensive (almost double).

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How do you like your Monterey's? I just blindly ordered one a few days ago, and have never sat in any Seatcraft chair before. I hate ordering one without testing it, but decided to take the gamble. Mine won't be in a home theater scenario, just my new main living room recliner. I also went with the Brown instead of the usual black, which I don't see many of. Is the leather holding up well? Any complaints? I'm surprised at the lack of reviews on the Montereys online considering that they've been out for awhile, so I was a bit nervous, but the more research I do, it seems like I made a good choice. Paid $800, but if it's as nice as it looks, I think it will be worth it. I've had horrible experiences with bonded leather in the past with flaking and peeling, so that's why I sprung for the Monterey. I was originally going to pay $1k for the equinox, mainly for the extra arm padding, power lumbar support and included soundshaker transducer, but I honestly don't expect to shell out another $500 for the soundshaker amp, so decided the extra couple hundred wasn't really worth it at that point.
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How do you like your Monterey's? I just blindly ordered one a few days ago, and have never sat in any Seatcraft chair before. I hate ordering one without testing it, but decided to take the gamble. Mine won't be in a home theater scenario, just my new main living room recliner. I also went with the Brown instead of the usual black, which I don't see many of. Is the leather holding up well? Any complaints? I'm surprised at the lack of reviews on the Montereys online considering that they've been out for awhile, so I was a bit nervous, but the more research I do, it seems like I made a good choice. Paid $800, but if it's as nice as it looks, I think it will be worth it. I've had horrible experiences with bonded leather in the past with flaking and peeling, so that's why I sprung for the Monterey. I was originally going to pay $1k for the equinox, mainly for the extra arm padding, power lumbar support and included soundshaker transducer, but I honestly don't expect to shell out another $500 for the soundshaker amp, so decided the extra couple hundred wasn't really worth it at that point.
Still very pleased with the purchase; whole family loves them and we use them nearly daily. No signs of any wear or any other issues. I'm happy I went with a chair with the powered headrest; typically after a movie night we'll end up with 4 chairs with completely different headrest positions. No need for fidgeting with pillows, etc.

I was also originally hesitant to pay for the full leather option. But having recently been to a friends house whose bonded leather setup is starting to peel and flake after only a few years... I'm so glad I didn't. Never doing bonded leather again.

The only 'annoyances' I've had (which are extremely minor) would be the electrical tape I put on the bottom lights of the chairs has come off on some of them. Occasionally one of our kids or my wife will accidentally hit the light button on the chair which sends a big blue light straight onto the projector screen when the legs of the chair are extended. Just need to tape it better, but ultimately wish those bottom lights weren't there or could be turned off. The second would be my Nvidia Shield remote (which is a slim, sleek, dark black little remote) has an AMAZING ability to disappear into the chairs. It blends right in, so it's very hard to see if sitting on a chair and always seems to fall into the cracks and ultimately to the underside of the chair.

Aside from those trivial things, still love the chairs and would highly recommend them and hope they last for many many many more years.
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Not sure why your messing around with tape as for the blue lights on bottom you can probably unplug them underneath. In our line HT Design you can unplug the lights on bottom we have video on our you tube channel
, you might be able to do the same with seatcraft line.

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Still very pleased with the purchase; whole family loves them and we use them nearly daily. No signs of any wear or any other issues. I'm happy I went with a chair with the powered headrest; typically after a movie night we'll end up with 4 chairs with completely different headrest positions. No need for fidgeting with pillows, etc.
That's awesome. When buying something like these blind, there's always a little buyers remorse doubt that creeps into your mind between the ordering date and the delivery date, lol, but it sounds like I made a great choice. I just got a shipping confirmation from the freight company, and my Monterey will be here March 5th, a full week before the date that Amazon quoted me, so it keeps getting better and better. . I use one of those little black remotes as well for my entire system, for my Kodi setup that runs my household video network, so I'll have to keep an eye on that. Everything you mentioned though addressed every single possible doubt that I had though, so I'm very happy to hear all of that, thanks . . Yeah, I told my wife years ago, never again will we buy any type of bonded leather. This chair will get a LOT of daily use, since it will be my primary seat in the living room, so I need the leather to last. I was originally looking at fabric options for a nice Lazy Boy style recliner instead, but fell in love with the SeatCraft chairs instead once I researched them. Two completely different style chairs for a main household recliner, but I needed something that had a tray table for my laptop, cup holders were a must, really wanted side storage compartments, and really wanted the power recline options, and the theater style chairs were the only ones that seemed to offer all of those. I kinda wanted the power lumbar that the Equinox offered, but I seen two reviews on the Monterey that said the lumbar was very comfy without it.
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Not sure why your messing around with tape as for the blue lights on bottom you can probably unplug them underneath.
Thanks for the video Alan. Yeah, I seen somewhere the LED strips can be unplugged on another SeatCraft model, so I expect I can do the same with the Monterey. I was also thinking about removing the light strip and relocating it so that it tucked back and more centered underneath the chair, and maybe pointing the strip at a different angle so that it's more of a faint discreet glow instead of a projected beam coming from underneath. Possibly even replacing it with one of those remote controlled LED light strips that allow multiple colors and color rotation patterns if desired, that way I could simply turn it on and off with a separate remote when wanted, but still allow the cup holder lights to be on all the time. I'll have to check out the options when the chair arrives, but doesn't sound too difficult. I've in stalled those LED light strips on other things in the past (arcade machine, slot machines, etc), so it would just be a matter of finding a proper mounting location that doesn't blind people in a dark room but still allows a barely visible glow to be noticeable.
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Just received 4 of the Mantra seats and love them along with the SoundShaker technology. Being older having the power lumbar and headrest is great. Like others the leds can be bright but I have a switch to turn them off and on.
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For LED dimming there is a company called LightDims that has stickers.
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For LED dimming there is a company called LightDims that has stickers.
Nice, Seat Craft just needs to include that in chairs, can't imagine it costs much at all..
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I've probably spent a combined 8 hours in the 4Seating showroom the last 2 weeks looking at all the chairs.

The Venetian, Granada, and similar variants are all very nice in the same price range. The space saver seats on the Sienna feel a little cheap; possibly just because of all the showroom wear and tear but unless you really needed the space I would avoid it.

The power recline. There appear to be 2 main versions of the power - the seats in that price range, and even the Sonoma have a pretty slow recline. And there is indeed a lot of loud "rubbing sounds" as they get where you want, and the motion doesn't feel very fluid. The biggest turn off here for me is indeed the speed, which is more pronounced in the seats with powered recline + headrest. By the time you sit down, to the time you are in your desired position... takes a while. And if you are the type of person who gets up a few times, it might be annoying. If you adjust once, then don't move for a full movie not an issue.

Then there is another version of the power, in the slightly more expensive seats. These are EXTREMELY responsive, and unbelievably smooth. It's really a night and day difference.

The powered headrests for me personally are currently a must have. Without it, when you go into recline you are basically staring at the ceiling. Unless you are of a smaller frame and can kind of snuggle your head into a forward looking position, you are going to need a pillow or you will have no head support. They had some of those neck pillows that you throw over the chair in the showroom and they were incredibly uncomfortable. I would agree the Sonoma head rest (for me) just barely comes forward enough - but it requires you press and hold that button until it gets all the way into that position (slow). There are some other powered headrests that are much better and come very far forward if you want (also using the better power mechanisms).

I personally haven't purchased yet. The debate I'm having is $500 gets you something nice, that requires a pillow. $800 gets you something much nicer. But that's a big price jump!
I know I'm digging up an old post here, but I'm looking at some seats and found your comment on the quality of the power recline interesting. I was looking at the Sonoma myself, but now looking towards the Monterey you ended up getting. Is the Monterey in this "extremely responsive and smooth" power recline category. If not, do you remember which ones were?

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What would you guys say a Row of three Ventian curved black leather used is worth? Good condition...
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