Originally Posted by Nyal Mellor
1) Pro vs. home cinema speakers. Generally speaking the requirements for pro and home are quite different. Dispersion requirements for pro are less, power handling requirements are higher. Off axis performance requirements are less. The reasons for these differences is related to the rooms they are used in. Home spaces being significantly smaller than commercial cinema type spaces, with resulting higher off axis angle paths from speaker to listener, higher levels of reflected vs. direct sound and shorter listening distances. Speakers are a tool, and their designs broadly follow the requirements for these different spaces.
2) Power conditioners. Some of them
make a difference, otherwise we would not specify them in our jobs. There is never enough money for us to do everything we want with respect to the design. So it's an allocation of limited resources as to where they will deliver the most performance return. As an example typically I'd add a Torus before
moving to a pre/power amp combo from a high end AVR. We use SurgeX and Torus Power. I don't want to get further into this, because most AVSers strongly believe that power conditioners make zero difference and are a scam. Our testing, real world experiences and the feedback of our customers as to the performance benefits of a Torus reveal otherwise.
Let me first say I have decided to hire an actual home theater designer for the room. Based on many factors, I am not 100% sure which designer I am going to ultimately hire. I have watched the videos that Chrisreeves posted in my room build thread and listened to everyone here. I even spoke with Nyal for a brief time. Yes, he is one of my considerations. I know whoever I hire will be able to help me make some of these choices, but I am getting educated by all of the feedback on AVS. While I will have a designer who makes sure all is well, I still want to become more educated as you have all helped me do so far.
It seems my 18'L x 14'W x 8.5'H room is on what many would refer to as the smaller size. Making that assumption, it sounds like Home Cinema speakers may be better for my particular application because they would require less power, dispersion requirements are higher and off axis performances requirements are higher. Is that accurate?
There have been many recommendations of speakers here, from the AV Dealer recommending Monitor Audio floor standing speakers, to JBL, Seaton, Klipsch, JTR, Procella, etc. What is the easiest way to tell the difference between a home cinema speaker, a pro cinema speaker and when a speaker like a Monitor Audio Silver is neither? What makes a home cinema speaker a home cinema speaker and a pro cinema speaker a pro cinema speaker? Are there just the three classifications (home cinema, pro cinema, and general audio speakers)? Specifically, what in the specifications sheet would elude to a particular classification?
I found a resource closer to me. This resource recommended listening to various speakers and watching various projectors/screens, which is of course a good recommendation. Unfortunately, I don't have reasonably close access to demo all that gear. This resource asked me questions about my personality, what I liked to listen to, how I liked to listen, what movies I liked, etc. After answering those questions, over the phone they mentioned Tekton Pendragon as a brand that I should considering listening to. They said it may be a good blend of performance taking budget into consideration. RBH was also mentioned. Apparently the main headquarters for both Tekton and RBH are very close to me. This resource also mentioned that many higher end (than me) go JBL Synthesis or Meyer for the theaters they build. This resource did not recommend those for me due to budget. The resource has Cedia certs, but works with Paradise for a portion of their designs...for those higher end systems. Does anyone have opinions on Tekton or RBH? What classification would they fall into? Home cinema? Pro cinema? Something else?
Because of the direction here from most of you, I have decided to definitely go scope screen. I looked up some resources to educate me in that area. I quickly realized I would be making a huge mistake (for me) by going 16x9, as has been mentioned by some here. Somewhere I found a list of over 300 titles that were in various ratios of 2.35/2.40, most of which I own already. I will not be purchasing that Sony anymore. Thank you for helping me avoid that mistake!
Because I will be stepping up to a scope screen, that poses all sorts of other questions. Topics I would like to be more educated on. The first is, my screen will need to be wider. That pretty much means I will need to build out a false wall (not my first choice for two rows in an 18 foot room) at least a little because I won't have room to stuff speakers in the corners on the side of the screen. I know that is not recommended anyway. So now, I have to be careful about size of speakers.
It means I need an acoustically transparent screen. I have heard Seymour screens mentioned often, but screens are something I have NO clue about right now. What is the best way to gain an understanding on screens? Will that JVC RS400 still be the right choice if I'm doing a scope screen? While I don't know much about slides and lenses and such, what is the best way to get into a decent scope screen, projector and all the gadgets that go with it? While I don't mind focusing a projector, I don't want it to be a challenge for the wife and kids to change stuff around when they want to watch a movie. I don't want to spend $15,000 for some automatic rig either. I'm betting there are some good suggestions on that here as well!
I haven't decided on processing/receivers/amps yet, because it depends on the cost of the designer, the room, the speakers and the video presentation...all which most here agree supersede the electronics. I need to answer the questions in the previous sentence before I can determine what will drive the speakers.