February 2017 - Kansas City Home Theater Crawl
Calling all respected Audio/Video peers!
February 17, 18, 19, and 20th of 2017, Kansas City Area Home theater enthusiast are organizing a home theater crawl.
I will be updating this first post with more information and a finalized host list as the date approaches.
Post 974 has a link to dominguez1 survey for crawl participants
Plan on meeting up with your fellow AVSForum enthusiasts and viewing about 10 Kansas City area home theaters over the course of Friday night, a full day Saturday, with three auxiliary activities planned for Sunday!
Friday night, the 17, we will plan on watching John Wick 2 at the Alamo Draft House
The Alamo Drafthouse is downtown, and within walking distance to Chucks, you can leave your car at the Alamo underground parking garage while we visit with Chuck post movie. (easier parking). See post 820 and 821 (and post #5 for directions)
Feb 17, 7:15PM show. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! THEY WILL VERY LIKELY SELL OUT.
Those interested/invited, can hang out and visit after the movie. @cvinfig offered to open up his downtown condo space on Friday night for a meet and greet after the John Wick 2 movie. :cool:
BATHE your eyes and ears in some of the best home theaters in Kansas City, and while here FEAST on some of the best BBQ in the country.
We have 9 local members who expressed interest in hosting a demo stop:
Other 'maybe' hosts
Logistics: How do I attend this???
Fly into Kansas City International Airport (MCI), rent a car, rent a hotel room (details for the recommended Hotel are in post 303 - https://www.avsforum.com/forum/61-are...l#post48211105) , and join the crawl! Meet many of the most avid home theater enthusiasts on the forum. This event will hopefully be a bit of a who's who gathering for a bunch of the most notorious members on the board.
I look forward to seeing you here!
CONFIRMED OUT-OF-STATE ATTENDEES
@Gorilla83 - Flies in Friday at 7:30PM, Flies out Monday at 4PM.
@beastaudio - Flies in Friday at 5:30PM, Flies out Monday at 6:30PM.
@sassuki (wants to be paired with hellerbrewing)
@ZLTFUL + friend ( also wants to be paired with slarity)
@slarity(wants to be paired with zltful)
@hellerbrewing + brother + friend --- (wants to be paired in group with sassuki)
@Scott Simonian - Flies in Friday at 1:45PM
@Tedd - and friend
@Ricci - and friend
@jeahrens (wants to be paired with Slarity and ZLTFUL)
Locals attending (in addition to the KC Demo Hosts listed a couple paragraphs above):
I asked each of the guys to provide a list of their key home theater details.
Here we go alphabetically with some of the theaters you will see.
HOTEL Recommendation is in post 303
Crawl Details as of 1-26-2017 --- All available attendance is full at ~50 "nonhost" attendees! 60 if counting the nine hosts! - at this point further participation in the crawl is via approval only.
Is now empty...
As former member/s of the standby list - Pennynike1 has an open slot to attend if they are interested since a couple people dropped out.
This is the Final Draft Schedule of the 2017 KC Home Theater Crawl. At this time on 1-26-2017, all 9 hosts have approved it. (no easy feat! :p)
And here is a map to show the locations of each host - (and a couple of the best BBQ joints in KC in KC Joes and Q39. :))
Yes there is a bit of retracing in routes, unfortunately, this was a necessary evil to accommodate all the hosts availabilities and three groups. No single host to the next should be more than a 20-30 minute drive.
Here are the details: Pay attention to red font!
Start time is 9AM. We have 8 theaters to demo on Saturday, with basically four hours of shuffle time allowed - throw in a couple hours for eating - and you have a long, fun day.
Group A is holding over at Doug's for a longer lunch session, so they can mingle a bit with group B and Group C. Rub elbows with everyone if you will.
Everyone should bring $10 for your lunch meal at Dougs (d_c). (this is me making that requirement - not Doug - he'd go into the poorhouse to make food for you before he'd charge you -- that's not the way we'll do it - bring $10. Don't pay - don't eat.)
Doug will be be smoking meat, and have full lunch and something to drink at that price and as ANYONE that knows Doug will attest - you will NOT be disappointed with his meal offering! I think he's crazy for wanting to make food for 50 people. He said he loves the idea and wouldn't miss it. Doug has a big competition smoker and anything he's ever served me has been nothing short of fantastic!
NOTE Group A's schedule is then accelerated a wee bit with a shorter dinner slot to accommodate for their longer lunch slot and still give them an hour at all hosts houses.
Dinner is on your own for all groups. May I recommend some excellent KC BBQ? My personal favorites are Q39, followed by KC Joes, followed by JackStack, followed by Gates. Google KC BBQ to start making your plans. I don't personally care for Arthur Bryant's, but its really legendary around here too (maybe even the most famous?)
Then Derek's (stoked21) is the Post Crawl Party hangout. Group A will finish there, but groups B and C, are more than welcome to return to Derek's at 11PM and visit into the evening with your fellow crawl attendees. This party is BYOB. Derek will be providing snack foods.
Sunday - STILL BEING DETERMINED - At this point you'll have 2 key options for those who stuck around.
Low Key, super informal hangout time to listen to gear, vender gear, DIY gear, projectors perhaps, whatever --- ALL as one group with whoever is still around --- just a chance to talk to your fellow enthusiasts. Host locations TBD --- we'll start at Carps!
Again super informal, just a chance to enjoy hanging out with fellow enthusiasts and chat, visit, hangout. Starting time and more details will be announced in the near future. We will likely be playing this by ear. Start at Carps - where Jeff will audition a JTR Captivator ULF 4000, then we'll likely head to either Chucks or Jonathan's or Randy's (maybe multiple places) - maybe watch a full movie, maybe just listen to gear, maybe do an instant switch blind amp comparison.
At the end of the day, for those able, I suggest we all go out for a drink at a neat underground Irish Pub that was built in 1842, and has live music on the weekend nights. It's really something to experience.
Road trip to Des Moines (3 hours) to visit @dlbeck s home theater. What? Why drive that far? It's worth it, that's why. It's the single best theater I've ever experienced. dlbeck can post details on that sooner or later, I imagine that gathering will be informal and fun --- watch demo clips, watch a full length movie or two, enjoy the day.
On Monday - for those still hanging around we'll visit the free Boulevard Brewery tour at 10:30AM (arrive at 9:30AM to stand in line for ticket) for their one hour tour (first timeslot -- which concludes with four free sample tastings of your choice of beers).
Then time permitting, we can follow that up with hitting three or four of the best BBQ places in KC and grabbing a sandwich at each place to compare. I've done this before with a group of out of town guests and they still talk about it to this day. It was a great time, and I suspect, especially those of you from out of town, you'll really enjoy this option as a great way to cap off the weekend.
This can easily be done in time to get you to the airport Monday afternoon/evening for your travel home.
+ More chance to visit and talk about the weekend!
At this time - these are your groups assignments (subject to minor change and re-balancing if attendees change --- please check on Friday before crawl to ensure your final grouping!
hey now lets keep the pics up to date sir.
and also a full diysoundgroup setup with 893's and volt-6 in the living room
Count me in!
Friday Night Gathering
Link to map: https://binged.it/2lwbPRX
Here's an aerial view of the area with red Xs marking out parking lots you definitely shouldn't use. The one circled in yellow should be okay; it's monthly permit-parking but they usually don't care on Friday and Saturday evenings. However, I can't guarantee that so definitely try to find parking on the street first. The parking meters don't need to be fed after 8:00 pm so no worries there. Also, I don't think there are any street signs saying Scamps Alley anymore, I think they're all just W 8th St.
Here's the entryway to our building – the bakery sign in the picture is now white and it's pretty easy to spot on the left side of the street as you go down W 8th St:
The current plan is for my wife to be in the lobby at the time most people are expected to arrive so she'll be able to let you onto the elevators. If she's not there, there's a call box you can use - scroll to the name Figas and I'll be able to buzz you in. Take the elevator to the second floor and follow the four signs pointing the way to unit 200.
Trying to make it down for this with Lukeamdman.
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I'll definitely be attending if I don't host.
You can keep me on the maybe list for hosting. Hopefully in the next 2 months we have a better idea on odds of that working out. Once I get electrical in, it shouldn't be too long before I can get that inspection, and if I pass.... hopefully stuff speeds up.
Thanks for setting this up and offering to buy all the beer Archaea
At past events, Archaea has taken Omnimic measurements of the frequency response of each room at the listening position. I could do something similar for video with my Colorimetry Research meters. In just a few minutes in the room I could do the following:
Foot Lambert reading from the screen - standard is 14 fL +/- 2 fL
Black level and white level
I could also do a CEA-2010 burst test of the bass from the subwoofer system. I would need to place my own sealed sub in the corner of the room to get a bassline :D for what the room is doing vs anechoic. Then I can burst test a few frequencies like 10, 16, 20 and 63 Hz. This method uses the entire signal chain so one can see the capabilities of their own system. This could be done with just one or two rooms rather than all of them.
I wouldn't want this to take very much time, like 10 minutes at most, but it would be fun to do something a little different that would add to the value and learning.
Count me in
Thanks for setting this up, Archaea! Looking forward to see you guys again soon. :)
I will be in for attending if I do not host. I want to make sure anyone else who wants to host has a chance since I was a host in 2015.
Also looking forward to John Wick 2 on Friday night!
This is probably the best Christmas present I could ever give myself. super excited about all of this!
I will be attending. Looking forward to it.
This looks like fun! Plus, BBQ at Stackhouse is always a treat. Perhaps I can go AWOL from the Navy when back home for Christmas.:D
This looks like a great time! That weekend will be so much much fun. Hopefully I'll be able to make it as soon as I know I'll let you guys know maybe someone else from the Chicagoland area will come to.
Subscribed and most likely in (like 95% in).
Well, crap. I just realized we are going to Florida for a wedding that Friday. John Wick is definitely out for me. I'm not sure if we're flying back Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday.
Nevermind, the wife just said I didn't have to go to the wedding, so maybe I'm good to go. If so, then I should be good for any time on Sat or Sun.
Jonathan, I don't know if I need to be a formal tour stop. I'd like to have friends from out of town that haven't been here come over and anyone else that wants to, but I thought we were doing all new rooms this time? All anyone is going to get over here is John Wick on a loop and maybe some Satan music and most have been there done that in my room.
Oh, change your first post, my screen is a wimpy 158", not 176".
Updated pics. 215's are hiding.
Ok. So I just got a not-so-non-threatening phone call from Jonathan stating that my room will indeed be a part of the normal tour or I would have the choice of fighting him or having Austin rip out the tendons in my arm while screaming short bursts of fury into my face in an arm wrestling match.
So I'm back in!!
Seriously though, I'm completely in for whatever is decided, I just didn't want people from last time thinking, "oh great, I gotta hear that guy's room again..."
Here's how I propose handling the host list.
I've 'pollinated' a few different threads with invites. I hope, and expect, we'll have a good amount of visitor participation --- with already a great number of first time visitors.
At this point, as far as I know, everyone in our area who currently has volunteered to host has a slot to host and we still have one host slot unclaimed.
We do already have five new hosts as compared to our 2015 crawl in Jdontee, Stoked21, chirpie, scrappydue, and cvinfig. We have a couple other potential hosts still considering whether they want to demo their room, or if their room will be in a completed state by Feb.
If other willing hosts appear we could make two tracks.
One path will showcase the most frequent KC based avsforum posters rooms, and the second path will be for 2015 KC home theater tour veterans and highlight all new theaters.
FWIW, we are probably going to have to divide the group up into smaller tour groups no matter what --- thus each host may have to host a couple sessions. We'll still have the chance to all be together for the Friday night movie, meals, and hopefully some fun on Saturday night.
It may be that some of the typical KC hosts will not feel the need to attend each other's rooms, since we've been to each others rooms so many times.
I will attempt to schedule with that in mind.
We'll make it work. :cool:
Im going to work on getting there. But I may have to buy a coat for a February up there.
We might even hook you up with a sweet ice storm while you are here. They are the best!
Jonathan, count me in. Thanks for coordinating the get together!
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