Originally Posted by Dondanis
So how are they ?
Comprehensive review of these seats for other would-be buyers, I've had them for about 2 weeks:
VALENCIA - TUSCANY LINE HOME THEATER SEATS, Row of 4 with armrests a piece.
These are pretty close to the top of the line home theater seats you can get. They have a high price point relative to other seats per chair, so I expected a lot. I mostly purchased these because I wanted the lumbar support and motorized headrest, which few chairs seem to offer.
Right away there were some issues that worried me. About 3 nuts had come loose during shipment. I figured out where they were supposed to be and fixed them back to the armrest support where they were supposed to be, but the 3rd went missing and I had to go to the hardware store to get a replacement. There was a small amount of peeling off one of the vinyl armrest as well I noticed. Small, but if my kids ever see it they won't be able to resist stripping a chunk right off unless I repair it.
The buttons are all soft touch, nothing mechanical. They work well and the lock feature is nice. But because there is some software involved I had to actually unplug and replug in the chairs a couple times because the LED buttons locked & refused to function!
The leather quality itself seems ok, but the true test will be 1-2 years down the road. It's firmer than I expected and not as plush as other leather seats I've used. The foot recline works well but is locked in with the head recline. So if you want your head up and
your feet up that's a no-go, You can get the foot rest part of the way up before the head starts to recline back. This is just not comfortable to watch a movie, you need your head supported. This is where the powered headrest comes in, right? Well, not really. The headrest pushes forward rather that tilting forward. At max incline it wasn't comfortable enough for me and I have to use a pillow to support my head better to watch a show. Also when fully reclined the top part of the chair and the seat actually separate a bit. Not so much that you 'fall' in, but large enough you actually notice a draft. The lumbar support works well. It's slow but has a big range of support. However I found no support was really needed.
The LED lights are a nuisance at best. I don't know how this became fashionable for home theaters but it's silly. The only benefit I can see is to find your chair in a dark room. But when they lights are on you can't see them at the foot of the seat unless it's reclined at least a bit. And then when you do start to recline, the the light from the chairs splash on to the screen, so you don't want them on when watching a movie anyway. You can switch off the lights with a quick with the push of a button but frankly I wish I could disable them altogether. The buttons themselves are a bright blue. Attractive, but distracting when watching a movie. Fortunately you can turn off the chair when you have it set the way you want it. But as soon as you turn on the chair if you want to get up or adjust the headrest/footrest, the footrest LED lights turn on showering the screen in blue again.
But the biggest aggravation by far is the soft-touch recline/headrest buttons can get screwed up. I think if you accidentally hit 2 buttons at once (easy to do, they are soft buttons not tactile) it goes into some weird diagnostic mode and the chair becomes unresponsive, I took a video:
. I actually called their support hotline and they told me I have to unplug and plug in the chairs to reset it. This has happened 5-6 times.
The chairs look
great. The leather looks beautiful so does the diamond pattern. There's a plastic disc that covers the stainless steel spring mechanism for the tray/wine holder accessories. These were very hard to pry off and at first I thought they were part of the chairs.
For the price I think I would have gone another direction. However these days it's hard to find a way to demo this kind of seating so I had to rely on word of mouth from others. It's not a catastrophe, one I get myself reclined and a pillow behind my head I'm good for the couple hours it takes to watch a movie, I just had higher expectations.