Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
I want to thank Jeff and Karen for inviting Angela and me for an evening of food drink and top-notch home theater. I've known Jeff for twenty years and his home theater journey has inspired mine more than anyone in the hobby. He has reached a new level with both his gorgeous home but also his incredible new theater.
On hand along with Jeff and Karen were Ash Sharma, a guy I've wanted to meet for many years and the opportunity just never arose, as well as Itai and Mel Bengal. What a great bunch, conversation, wonderful wine choices, and delicious grilled chops tough to ask for more.
I want to talk about Jeff's new home airy, open, clean, architecturally contemporary is my best description built so well just solid with wide hallways, high ceiling, tons and tons of natural light just so well done. One thing which I've come to respect about Jeff is that he could well be one of those guys who puffs himself up certainly would have every right to do so but instead is a humble, down to earth self-deprecating guy making the time spent there all that much more enjoyable.
I got a tour early on with a glass of wine in my hand and was treated to the whole experience which just really allowed me to see that the theater as incredible as it is is just one nice part of a stunning home.
Once I got to the theater for the first time I couldn't stop looking around in wonder at the design of the room. The look of the layered walls and ceiling and the associated lighting are what stands out as one looks around but in a minute you start to see the build quality fit and finish and overall level that this room has reached in appearance. I have often looked at designs in the home theater room side and would say yea but I'd never want it but this is one that just stands out for its strong elegant look and how it is a place that I doubt will look dated for a very very long time.
After several glasses of wine and chatting, we were treated to Karen's dinner and Jeff's grilled chops in their dining room as Jeff went around refilling glasses. Knowing Jeff and his love of great wines this was a treat for all of us.
After dinner, we sat down to some demos and the Ford vs Ferrari and a very enjoyable choice of films. A few things to mention one coming from Angela who has experienced some pretty incredible bass over the years in many home theaters as well as our own ..she says to me "does he have something in these seats?" I said nope just clean powerful very well implemented bass from the speakers. The surround and Atmos were very very nice with enveloping effects from things like helicopter flyovers to disintegrating racing cars and their associated parts flying around and overhead. Great dialog intelligibility and in the front row which I chose for personal reasons. The verdict ..about as an immersive experience as you can get!
The whole place was just top-notch but totally as one would expect from the likes of Dennis Erskine, Adam Pelz, Steve Kajala and Ken Whitcomb behind it. Since the whole experience was a cut above and Jeff and I have similar gear I have to chalk up this jump to the room design implementation and setup and calibration.
Anyway, I'll post pictures later but I want to once again thank Jeff for inviting an old friend for such a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Way too kind of a write up! Really nice. Has it really been 20 years? It's been a friendly 'competition' getting to the best possible in this hobby. You're an excellent 'adversary'!
It was a really nice evening. You guys are just great friends!
We do go back a long, long time. It's great that we are relatively close in proximity. I always enjoy coming to your events - and they are events! Glad to finally reciprocate though I was about 10 years overdue..
But that said, I've had many close friends over for movie nights since getting the theater up and running. They all love it and tell me such. Nice complements...
.... But having guys like Art, Ash and Itai over - I mean true enthusiasts - I was really excited to get all right and make a feast to celebrate.. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie experience! Made my day!
It's funny you mentioned Angela thought I had something in the seats. Very astute. I told you when we designed the theater, I told Dennis to design such as if there were 2 chairs and we'll put the second row wherever it needs to go. Adam told me there's a bump at about 40 or 60 Hz - can't recall - in the front row. So, a bit more OOmph there. I didn't engage 'Movies Action' preset as it augments the low, low end and might've made those seats too hot! But, I'm glad you felt at home in that seat. Recall I PM'd you during the design process to get your front row seating distance (ratio). So, that is your row!
But as good as the movie and clips were, I more enjoyed the chatting, drinks and just catching up. I feel truly blessed to have friends that I rarely see in person but when we get together, it feels like we are close, familiar buddies. It was just a magical night talking home theater, eating and drinking... Glad you like the Fred Flintstone chops and reds! Angela's apps and that almond roca was amazing. Karen can't stop eating it!
Hanging out with Ash that afternoon was nice as we went into town and got a great burger and came back and Ash graciously watched me prep and probe the meat! But we did have a little wine to make the time pass
! Ash, like Art, has a magnificent theater and discussing all the trials and tribulations with the build, calibrations, equipment headaches... well, it felt like I imagine an AA meeting where you're bearing all your issues and find solace in the fact that a perpetual struggle but when all is humming along in harmony, you really, really appreciate what you have! Ash and I went and got a coffee in the morning and came back to watch more demo clips before he left. HE introduced me to 3:10 to Yuma - Wow!
Itai has a theater in progress - I've seen - It's going to be a solid performer - can't wait to experience it. And his Creme Brulee - perfect! It was nice hanging out with him and Mel.
Anyways, it was great having you over to our new place. Let's do it again!!
Just before movie time...