Suppose it's time for my review on this relatively slow Friday.
First off, I had an unbelievable time with all of you guys and kudos to everyone for pulling it off without any major hitches.....except for basically every HTPC in the KCMO area, which all apparently decided they wanted to suck for the weekend, especially Doug's. I learned a valuable lesson from you all there. Thanks first off for saving me a few $1000 on all of that garbage.
Want to know what isn't garbage? Yall's BBQ. My goodness I had the meat sweats Monday night. I had my local BBQ place for lunch today just to bring back old times and my overall opinion of their superb ribs has been permanently tainted. I also never new of this "Cheesy Corn" thing that you guys do out there. I literally had never even heard of such things, but I have to say, it was life altering, especially Doug's homemade rendition. q39 burnt ends, KC Joe's Zman sammy, and a crowne rib at Jack Stack that put me in the mind of Fred Flinstone was just how you draw up a perfect weekend for this meatatarian. My new cholesterol medication isn't even that big of a deal.
, thanks for letting me whip your golf cart, and potentially making a few of the guys almost soil themselves when we came zooming down to the boat dock. I am not sure exactly what your wife thought when she saw some random dudes peeling out of your driveway, slinging a huge wrench into the middle of the street as she was approaching in her car, but it is almost something she seemed used to. She is a very tolerant and wonderful woman, consider yourself a lucky man. Also dude, when your daughters get to be of the age of dating, you are going to be in a mell of a hess my man. You'll have the whole boy's soccer team wanting to come over just to hang out and party.
HUGE shoutout to
for oh so many reasons. Coordinating this spectacular event, letting a brother crash at his crib, wonderful breakfast, and keeping his foot on the gas basically all weekend so that we could accomplish all that we did. What fun! On to the room reviews, I apologize if I forget one
had the first room I saw, and we played around a little the night before with some atmos demo clips and such. A very home-y setup that begs you to spend time in it. I loved the ultimax rig. Those CF inverted cones just look gorgeous. To date this system has the absolute best surround and atmos envelopment that I have ever heard. It is absolutely seamless and extremely detailed when it comes to the pinpointing of effects. Truly incredible. Scene it was a great time, but I would have rather spent that time with MK:X
And no, the McPhee song will not be making my demo ready playlist, but it did sound wonderful nonetheless. That Chappie little dude on the trumpet creeped me out with all his facial expressions. I am extremely jealous of the playback levels you are capable of using after "Bedtime" in your space. I gotta figure out some way to get to this point in my own HT.
Next up was
and his absolutely incredible rear projection system. So many people don't realize the incredible amount of detail that can be had via projector these days, but when you don't even have the PJ in the same room, it's simply breathtaking how good it looks! Well balanced system and great sound overall. I particularly liked the color scheme in your room, and if you have seen any pics of my HT, you'd probably understand why
After these two stops was our trip to
's where the beer started flowing and volume rocker started cranking. I don't know if it was a divine vision that came to doug to install two Ghorns in his ceiling, but my God what a fantastic idea. I already touched on the food and fun so I'll leave the rest short here. Your mains in the TV room on the main floor were incredible. That finish is simply stunning. The angled front baffles and built in SEOS just look killer. Getting to hear those fantastic 210's was also incredible and they immediately vaulted to the top spot of my favorite JTR speaker list. Their full range capability is uncanny.
Next up was
's spot. What a wonderfully designed room for your brio train setup. I had so much fun playing with it.
Haha, in all seriousness, you could clearly tell that Grant's room was meticulously thought out to the T. Separate room for the PJ, brilliant. Velvet front section, black hole excellence. You calibrated HDR image has given me a benchmark for when I get to trying to dial in my own RS520. I know what it is capable of now, and I can't wait to get an image like I saw on your screen. I'm pretty sure there was an Orbit Shifter there but I couldn't tell. Get back there next time you pull the screen down for something and give that gain knob a nice clockwise twist my man!!! (In all honestly, the sound was very well balanced and not excessive in any way, I just like all things in excess so this is simply personal taste here...) BTW Grant, got a little something heading your way so be on the lookout.
Since I mentioned excess, ah yes, we have
's room. Having heard all the components in his room before, I was very excited to hear how they were all implemented in his room. Nothing disappointed me. We cruised through some familiar material that I really enjoyed hearing in a different space than my own. It was about halfway through that I started questioning my own sanity when it came to the bass level however. I loved different curves that
had dialed in but it wasn't until we stuck the "JW" curve on that I finally found that sweet spot I was waiting for. visceral, tight, impacting. I loved it. the 4722's do a wonderful job supplemented by the ever potent multi SI sub stacks. I would have liked to hear some two channel metal for a little while but perhaps next time around. Your screen is simply massive, and the epson's lens switching is so many miles ahead of the JVC's it's silly.
After that, the A -team went to sir Chirpie's age old theater with the magical SVS sub in it. If you had have told me that room was 11 years old I would have never believed you. If you had have told me after that, that there was only a single 12" sub in there, then I would have started to think you were a pathological liar. The "Coordinated and preparedness" award goes to this man. The simplicity of controlling your entire demo without ever even setting foot in your theater was impressive and hilarious at the same time. The "Snootiness" factor got
and giggling a little bit on that last concert clip. I will look forward to the new space taking shape! I know it will be in good form after seeing this first space of yours.
The final stop before Derek's space was
's room with the super cool hidden torture chamb...I mean equipment and snack room. The wall panels and overall room design was I think my favorite of the weekend. The room had excellent dynamics while still maintaining a stylish yet subtle profile. The individually wrapped panels just looked killer. I am sorry we missed all but the very last of the demo as our meal took a little longer than anticipated, but boy oh boy and I glad we at least got to get a little time in there.
(aka "Just turn to 11")'s spot for the night cap and my first experience with the cap4000ULF. What a beautiful home first off. We didn't really get to do much demoing at this stop as the night was pressing on and people from the other groups started filing in not long after we had been there. Ok, enough of the small talk here, let's get onto the star of the show for this stop:
THOSE FRIKKIN RISOTTO BALLS.
Oh yea, and that little sub that was up front, the cap4000 ULF. It did violent things to me and I liked it. I apologize profusely that my east coast counterparts got tired and had to go home to take their melatonine and get a good night's rest. I would have been in for the long haul and would have enjoyed drinking the sun up with a trashed Doug and Derek. Maybe next time gents. It was quite a long day and in the end I am glad I got a decent night's rest as:
The following day at carps might still have been my favorite part of the whole weekend. Buncha dudes talking shop, jamming music and movie clips, and kickin' it on that BA covered porch. We couldn't have asked for better weather, and it was awesome just to wander around and hear all the different rando conversations being had. I can't wait to hear what the issue might have been with the 212's but I will be interested when it comes about. I would have again liked to A/B the Jbl's with the 212's but I guess it's good we didn't as with whatever was going on with the demo rig, it would have not been a very fair comparison. Listening to the cap4k do its thing again while everyone except Andrew and I were upstairs "feeling" the floor bounce like a no-tell motel bed was incredible. Such a good time.
Ok I am sure I missed some things but I feel this post is getting a little long in the tooth. Next time this type of thing goes down fellas, you can just go ahead and count me in. Incredible hospitality all around. Good times chillin' with the guys I already knew well, and absolutely wonderful to meet so many more of you in person.
This weekend is going to be boring af in comparison....