Fine Jonathan...ya danged review whore you!
I will leave out my opinions of the Alamo and John Wick Chapter 2 (both were enjoyable but I like our Flix Brewhouse up here better so I am biased).
Obviously, everyone's first stop for the weekend.
First, let's get it out of the way...you and your wife were amazing hosts. You let this entire group of miscreants into your home AFTER they had been drinking and carrying on at the movie beforehand. You were both gracious and your home is absolutely amazing. Even if your cat never came to visit me, the crazy cat guy...tell your wife I apologize for forcing her to sit through countless cat videos and pictures.
Your home is a great space and your personalities truly show in it. It is fun, inviting, welcoming and cool as the butt of a polar bear sitting on an iceberg!
The theater space is a tremendous use of available space without detracting from the loft feel of the entire condo. I didn't spend a whole lot of time checking out demos but what I did see and hear was top notch. Being a big fan of the Dynaudio, it was refreshing to see them being used in a theater space. A lot of people shy away from using "audiophile" speakers in a theater but I don't understand why. What you give up in *some* dynamics, is more than made up for in a flat out buttery smooth delivery.
And those Rythmik subs were integrated nicely and simply disappeared into the ambiance of the room.
Again, thank you both for allowing us to share your space.
Our first stop for Group C on Saturday morning...and we were WAY late getting there. Fortunately, it worked in our favor as he planned on 2 demos.
Sitting upstairs, I kept thinking that your wife must be a saint of a woman because frankly, my wife would kick me and the theater out of the house if our sofa was dancing like yours was.
Once in the theater, it is very evident that the space is well thought out. The color scheme is colorful and engaging without being overbearing and it also simply disappears once the lights go down. Aside from the blue, the color scheme and the columns/fabric panels are similar to my design so it was nice to see my design ideas in practice...or a close representation of the same.
The JTR 228HTs reinforced my own decision to go with JTRs for my front stage. They were incredibly dynamic without being overbearing and they played really well with the Klipsch surrounds. And the passive Captivators showed that without a doubt, you don't *NEED* a 4000ULF to make friends and influence people. Hehe. I kept swearing that there were transducers or a rear sub in the space. Just outstanding.
The Atmos application in this theater is most like what I will be doing myself but I was too busy being distracted by demo material to really pay that much attention.
This theater reinforced my own belief that the Panasonic punches well above its price point.
The multi-use space with the bar, theater and table gaming area felt a lot like the space my wife and I had originally thought about doing in our new house. The entertaining potential of this space is through the roof and made for a nice chance to either immerse yourself in a demo or sit back and people watch others as they experienced this great theater.
This space had one of the best all around sound "envelopes" I heard all day. The last scene from Gravity where the capsule is bobbing above and below the surface of the water actually sounded like you were being dunked below the surface and then being pulled back above.
The full JTR speakers made for a great blend from mains to surrounds to Atmos and all around.
Another great feature of this theater is how one seat didn't really outshine the others. The sound was great throughout.
While not my tastes personally, I really did dig the old school theater style of the ropes and drapery. It made the space feel like the classic theater space.
The JVC in this theater was fantastic. It reinforced my own plans to go with a JVC RS and a Seymour screen. I believe it was Lndon who said that it was like the JVC actually projects blacks.
First and foremost, that rear projection setup...amazing. The idea that you can project a screen that size without having it wash out with the lights on had me trying to figure out how to redo my own space to do the same. It was that good.
I have to admit that I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound in your theater. I sort of went into it with a bit of a bias thinking that the BIC surrounds would be underwhelming... I knew what to expect from the DIYSG mains and the HT18 subs but my previous experiences with BIC speakers has been...well...not great. I will happily concede that they completely annihilated my previous expectations of BICs.
One thing I really liked about this space is how relaxed it felt. It was more like a over-built living room space in that it just felt more comfortable and less purpose built.
The channel mapping/center channel equalization was in and of itself, quite a solid feat. It definitely made the front sound stage that much better.
Seriously dude? I mean seriously? You don't compete regularly? The 'que was fantastic. Considering I am a bit of a pitmaster myself, I have to say that ranked in my top 10 easily. And that cheesy corn...sweet jeebus.
Speaking of sweet jeebus, what have you drugged your wife with? Because I don't know a woman on this planet that would let any one of us get away with shoving 2 g-horns into the attic.
And then there was the 4000ULF. I am surprised that the fish in your reef tank upstairs weren't instantly liquefied!
So I have to ask...do you bribe your neighbors on weekends like that? Because I know my retiree neighbors would have the entire law enforcement staff on duty kicking my door down. We heard the bass from half way down the block!
Did I mention the bass?
I mean I consider myself a bit of a basshead but damn dude...
(Side note, you were right...I am slipping down the rabbit hole like you suggested in the Central Iowa theater crawl thread...but I *only* am going with 6 sealed HT18s.
Looks like I will have to up my smoker game when you guys head up this way next...but I have a secret weapon in my arsenal...can you say "pork belly burnt ends"?
Probably the theater I was looking forward to the most. Outside of
this was the first build thread I read from start to finish.
I was also looking forward to hearing the Mackies live up to the hype.
And the subwoofers were the closest to what I was planning in my own build.
The space reminded me of my grandparent's basement growing up. Don't take that the wrong way, it is a great compliment as mt grandparent's had an awesome basement that EVERYONE wanted to hang out in.
Your basement has that same feel.
The demo was skewed because...well...let's face it...that RS600 was insane! Far and away the best picture IMHO of the weekend.
And a solid choice on your demo material. The Star Spangled Banner is now part of my own demo playlist.
Those Mackies do live up to your hype. Hard to believe the price point on them for as good as they sounded. And they blended nicely with the subs.
I particularly enjoyed the hearing test. Especially the group trying to differentiate between tactile sensation and actual hearing.
On a side note, thank you very much for spearheading this and organizing everything. I know that it makes for a chaotic weekend and you really stepped up to the plate.
Out of all of the spaces, this is the one I can see myself passing out on the couch while watching football on a Saturday afternoon.
That old school (old is relative hehe) Pioneer does an awful darn good job for its stone-agedness.
And your MLP is arguably the best of the weekend. It may be the nearfield sub...it may be the Crowson...heck...you may be pumping amazing opiates in the air above that seat...whatever it is, I liked it...I liked it a lot.
Another reassurance of my choice to go with JTRs. The overall sound was great here. And I loved (LOLed) the curve names.
When we first got to your place, I swore you were my buddy Dan. You are his (or he is yours) doppelganger. You guys could easily pass as twins.
But I digress.
Your space was my favorite of the weekend. The overall design, the sound, the demo material. The whole experience is what I am aiming for with my build.
You also made everyone feel welcome and included when you had us playing musical chairs. It worked great to get everyone a chance to experience that whole theater space.
Your Atmos application was also my favorite in the MLP. And while it didn't give the whole theater experience that Derek (Derrick? Sorry...) had in his space, it was, again, what I am aiming for with my space (considering my wife and I will be the only ones in the space 90% of the time).
Visually and acoustically, your space hit all the high marks for me.
I also enjoyed your choice of memorabilia and reading material. Matches a lot of my same tastes.
If I didn't own 3 SVS PC12NSDs and know myself what they were capable of, I would swear you were sandbagging. That little woofer that could is actually quite capable and leaves you wanting nothing.
I was also happy to see someone else with a love for Anime and Kung-Fu/Martial arts cinema.
Your demo was great and I love that you automated it to allow for you to chat while the demo ran for the group in the theater.
I am truly looking forward to what your next space has in store when you get to not compromise (not that yours was a compromise in any way but creating a space in an existing home requires some compromise).
I must admit, your mother in law is a pretty solid baker. And this is coming from someone who's wife is an amazing baker herself. Hehe.
After chirpie's we decided to call it a night. I was burnt out and wanted to get at least some rest before heading back to DSM on Sunday.
On Sunday, as we headed out of town,
wanted to swing by
's place and check out his theater as well as his 893s.
This dude can build some speakers. As a woodworker myself, I was very impressed by the 893s he built.
His theater space is also nothing short of fantastic. I fully expected 8 HT18s to bombard us some more like the previous theaters had (not a negative by any means but after a day of 18s and 4000ULFs and Orbit Shifters and Captivators...oh my...I was ready for a bit of a break. This theater didn't fail to deliver in any way but it did so in a manner that didn't leave you feeling used and abused.
Props to yet another wife who indulges this insane hobby. Hehe.
Overall, it was a tremendous weekend. It also lit a fire under my butt to get back to work on my own space.
A couple of things that stood out overall,
I am glad I don't use JRiver.
Seems like everyone down there who was had a crash at some point. I know how powerful it is but I am also a turn it on and it works kind of guy. I get to tinker with technology all day, every day at work so I think I will stick with Plex for now.
You people are bass fanatics. I thought I liked my bass but y'all are insane! In a good way though. I approve.
Well, now that I have cramps in my fingers from typing, Jonathan will deem me worthy to at least get out of the poor showing part of the class.
I wish I could remember more but the most important thing that this weekend brought me was a desire to get my own space done so I can host y'all up here.