Bruzer Trinnov/Aerial/Triad Theatre 2019 Renovation/Upgrade
My dedicated home theatre is down since lAugust 1st! My installer is Gerry Behm, Technology @ Home, LLC. Everything is out of my theatre for the renovation/upgrade! Even the projector is down and out! I have been using Michael Green room treatments including many Pressure Zone Controllers (PZCs) for many years and they are all out, too, except that the Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding 5" (black) remains and is staying along the bevel of the wall/ceiling seams. The cabinets/shelves/drawers in the back of the theatre are going to be taken out by the cabinet company, Andrew Frank, and replaced with new cabinetry concealing some roll out Mid-Atlantic component racks and disc storage! An electrician will come to add/remove/change AC outlets as necessary. The 2nd row riser will be extended a bit to the side and back. A new lighting system. Placement of inceiling Triad speakers and Aerial on wall speakers will be in positions recommended by consulting with Trinnov, Adam Pelz and Quest Acoustical Interiors. Of course patching and painting of room (its been 22 years) and new acoustics treatments. And new carpet! And new Lazy Boy recliners. Will be quite a remodel!
My theatre addition was built onto my existing home back in early 1997. Designed them for a 5.1 floorstanding theatre/audio system, as back then Dolby Digital 5.1 was justing becoming the new standard. Back then hardly anyone had a dedicated home theatre - was I one of the very first?
Back in 1997 CEDIA installers mostly deadened theatres. Not anymore. Companies like Vicoustics recommend a proper mix of diffusion vs absorption and more folks, like Paul McGowan of PS Audio, emphasize better for the room to be more live but not too live (which I did back in 1997 using Michael Green acoustic treatments for this purpose, as did Widescreen Review in their reference theatre back then and for some years thereafter).
Back in 1997, it was SO COOL to have a 5.1 system with all floorstanding speakers arranged on a circle pattern. Now, not so COOL, theatres are too look neat with cables in wall and hidden. Though for so many years all floorstanding speakers simply give the best sonics. And NOW, the best theatre audio systems are based on a "bottom" of not 5.1 speakers, but at least 7.X (of course, X may denote multiple subwoofers) and even more often 9.X, with a "top" layer close or the same for speakers.
After all these years time to update my home theatre. However, although this is costing me too much $$ out of my retirement savings, I am not trying to equal Rob Hahn, Lon, Art, The Bland, Mark Burnstein, Ash Sharma, Mani, Brad LaSalle or especially Nigel/Arrow AV. Just doing what I want to do for what I am willing to spend $$. And I have always loved my Aerial Acoustics speakers and I am continuing along the Aerial path, with 3 Aerial 7t floorstanders up front and 6 Aerial 7LCRs on wall! And of course adding inceiling Triads. which mate well sonically with the Aerials (and which don't cost a total arm and a leg for inceiling effects speakers).
After discussing this with my installer Gerry Behm and audio magician master calibrator Adam Pelz (scheduled to do his magic the end of October), I will probably be taking out all the Michael Green treatments from back in 1997 (acoustics treatments and science have so much advanced in past years) and getting an acoustics design and treatment package from Gerald LeMay, Quest Acoustical Interiors. I am not concerned about the extra cost in hiding all the treatments, just getting good solid treatment so my theatre measures top notch prior to Adam performing his audio magic. Once more MORE than I had planned on spending, redoing acoustic treatments, but not a good idea to mix and match the Michael Green stuff with what's recommended by Quest. I will keep the Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding at the four walls/ceiling joint, but that's it! And since we will get stuff that to my eye looks ok and I'm not concerned about hiding the treatments this should save me a lot of $$$$. I love the Michael Green stuff, but now using the Trinnov SSP and so many speakers, I think best to follow recommendations of what has worked well for Adam Pelz in his many custom installs and setups/calibrations, thus following recommendations of Quest makes the most sense.
I anticipate it will be at least a month, maybe two? before all is done. Then I'll do the initial basic setup and calibration, and Adam Pelz is scheduled to come down the end of October to do both my theatre and Mani's theatre!
I will update as renovation/construction, etc proceeds.
Aside from my installer Gerry Behm and my cabinet guy Andrew Frank, an especial thanks to Jon Herron of Trinnov and Adam Pelz, Trinnov master cablibrator, who have been so responsive in giving me good advise on speakers and setup for my theatre renovation/upgrade. Adam is scheduled to come out late October, he hasn't been paid one penny yet, yet he is phenomenal on helping ASAP whenever I have a question or concern, as he is a perfectionist and likes to assist as much as possible so the theatre is as "pefect" as practical before he does his magic. And of course my AVS friends, in particular folks like Mark Burnstein, Mani, Jim Goodrich, and others as well!
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! 9.4.13 Trinnov Altitude 32 Theatre renovation/upgrade starts end of July 2019!
Last edited by Steve Bruzonsky; 08-09-2019 at 01:16 PM.