Reading some of the beautifully crafted comments really make me feel all the time, effort, and costs was worth it. The WI GTG Group members and their +1's really know how to help keep the passion alive and kicking!
I am very excited to know others felt the same as I did about D-Box when they first experienced it. I had to experience D-Box 3 times before I knew I even cared for it at all! The first two times were at the CEIDA open show floor demo's, the movement and vibration was never something that I though of as more than a gimmick and it felt disconnected when paired with the smaller screens and audio at low volumes.
It was not until I meet @thxman
, and was personally invited to his amazing in progress Home Theater that I walked away "Needing" something I previously disliked from the two prior demonstrations. I didn't even know he had D-Box before I said yes to the visit, and at the time he was excited to show off the new audio system (Alcon Speakers / Amps / Trinnov / 4 Seaton F18 Subs) The audio was very impressive of course, but the big revelation to me was the D-Box integration. I just could not get the experience I just had out of my head.
When I got back home from the trip I played the same demo's on my system and immediately realized how much I had been missing. As Scott mentioned, it was a transformative experience for me. I knew I could NEVER afford D-Box new and had been chasing used sales for the past 4-5 years I believe. I did unfortunately have to buy some parts new, but I was able to get one of my favorite dealers to become a D-Box dealer so it was not nearly as bad as it could have been. (Warning: NOTHING D-BOX is reasonably priced... NOTHING.) So if you do ever find yourself stopping by and falling in love with it like I did at THXMAN's, be warned, it is likely something you will have to build up over years and not days or months.
As for my demo clips, I do start off with the music focused demo's, as by the time we get to the end of the action demo's, most peoples focus is on the D-Box.
I could have likely finished D-Box last year, but because I knew what a properly setup D-Box was capable of, I wanted to focus on audio and video first and foremost, as I didn't want to have either be a back seat item for me. I also wanted to build out the concession area and do the best I could with my limited finances to maximize the video and audio performance before I finished the D-Box. I am actually glad I did, as it has allowed me to invite many of you over for a tiered approach to my overall "final" theater goals.
Getting the theater to the state it is in currently was a long time life goal of mine.
So thank you to all the people that have been supportive and helped keep me passionate about this hobby.