Originally Posted by ss9001
Ask Stu Drucker about his family's move from one downtown high-rise Chicago luxury condo to larger one. Their realtor insisted he dismantle & remove the bulk of his AV setup, leaving just the flat panel plus hide all shiny discs. This might have been pre-Trinnov or just after his getting it. I don't think he had his PJ setup then, but still a big inconvenience until they made the move & he could start all over.
I don't know how I missed this, but doing one of my periodic searches on "Trinnov" on AVS turned up your post, Steve.
To clarify, I actually had a multipurpose room (an L-shaped living/dining room
) at the time. Our realtor freaked out when she saw where we had our sofa relative to the Panasonic VT50 plasma TV we had then, as well as the subwoofers in near field placement and big tower speakers placed at a 30 degree angle for seating. Not to mention the pairs of surrounds, with one almost jutting into a hallway opening, and our carpeting.
She made us replace the carpeting, which nicely absorbed some floor-level reflections, with bamboo floors, and along with the shiny disc storage, wanted us to get rid of the subs and all but two front speakers. Since we had heard it would take three months or more to sell given our local market, I basically told her "hell no".
I got her to compromise and do 1/4 & 3/4 sub placement in the back of the room, with them serving as impromptu artistically rendered end tables , complete with architecture magazines on top
, for a small sofa she also brought in for staging. But she ruined my sound by effectively wiping out front to rear transition by sticking my bookshelf surrounds of the time next to the subs, about 12 feet from our sofa, which she squashed about six feet from the TV, then narrowing my L/R speaker angle to more like +/- 15 degrees.
I actually had a Sherwood R-972 then, before we got the Altitude. Not even the 3D remapping as implemented in the fixed Trinnov tech of the R-972 could save that sound. Needless to say, it was painful to listen to, and the room because harsh and even more reflective than it was.
While I appreciate the praise, I wouldn't call our place (then or now) "luxury" by downtown Chicago standards. More like "nice to live in", but about location and neighborhood access. True luxury here is about 50% more than either the old or newer condo is worth, with Subzero fridges, Viking ovens and Brazil wood floors, which is pretty deep into the 1% world and second homes for empty nesters or suburbanites. And if we sell our place down the road, I think I would have to convert the HT room into a family/second living room again. Unless you find exactly the right buyer - maybe someone that's a corporate exec looking to entertain - it's far more likely someone buying our three bedroom would want that separate living room. We just made a conscious decision to have a small living room rather than a dining and living room...at least here, dining rooms are kind of archaic unless you have family or friends over often rather than hitting our Restaurant Row. And with a young child, he certainly appreciates being able to watch the new UHD Batman Atmos release or Apollo 13 at home in his "movie theatre".
I don't have a custom HT room, call mine a dedicated AV media room but adding in the Trinnov, I estimate I have close to $100K in gear, speakers, subs, cables & accessories in that room - way beyond the normal household.
Probably more than me given that I did a lot of trade-up and industry contact/demo gear shopping to get to my room
. But anyone reading this thread isn't typical either.
In a condo, at least, even a dedicated room isn't in the same class as what a guy like Art,
let alone Rob Hahn can do with a custom built room having proper sound isolation, noise isolation clips, planned dynamic range, or baffle walls designed into the construction from the beginning. Those are truly setting the pace for the rest of us. But still, I'd like to think that we created a nice HT space that shows what is possible in an urban hi-rise environment with some thought and taking advantage of the Altitude's capabilities, with a focus on on axis sound and good bass for our row of three seats.