Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wellingborough, UK
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Each year I attend the 'Widescreen Weekend' at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford (UK), partly to enjoy the movies and being among total movie geeks (albeit generally of a certain age and demographic), listen to the lectures, support the endeavour, but also partly for a reality check in terms of what I'm trying to achieve with my domestic set-up.
In short, I'll take nothing away from this venue, particularly the Pictureville auditorium which is superb, and amongst many accomplishments can and does run three projector Cinerama on its large curved screen (there is a drop down flat screen too), I can safely say that in technical terms the picture and sound I have achieved at home is night and day better than this reference standard commercial cinema. I strongly suspect we can all say the same, albeit I'm sure we've each had to dig deep to achieve this. Whilst we largely have coalesced around a Z1/4500, Lumagen and DCR, doubtless our approach to sound is entirely individual, though some will be more particular about it than others. But I'm sure we've all tried to push the envelope in our own way.
However, having experienced a very long journey to reach this Holy Grail in terms of quality, I realise now that I've actually achieved what I set out to. From this point on it's high time I spent less energy worrying about and addressing every minor imperfection or perceived failing, and more time simply enjoying this miracle of technology that can bring movies into my home on a scale and impact that few could match (and few would care to, even if they could).
Gearheads being what they are, I would not be surprised if some or most will continue their journey, but I'm pretty much done. Oh, short of a professional calibration of the Lumagen. Er, and the new Arcam A40 processor looks pretty neat.
I'll post some photos of my hush box shortly for the guy who's interested. Not sure how those with the noisy elephant in the room stand it (aesthetically or acoustically) but, if you can, it's a lot less effort.