Thanks for the feedback. One part of the appeal of the Steinway Lyngdorf system is that it handles large reflective surfaces very well, and doesn't require much (if any) acoustic treatment to sound perfect. The showrooms at Gecko have no acoustic room treatment at all, are largely rectangular (like my room will be) and they sound better than the acoustically designed room next door (with 9.6.6 MK 300 system and Lyngdorf amps). I agree, however, that this room will never reach the performance levels of a dedicated home theater. Especially not one as epic as Rob's. But that's OK - and it's not my intention. This is intended to be an extension of living space. Homely, inviting, inclusive. I do not want it to feel like a separate space and I'm OK with compromising performance slightly to achieve that. Hence the sectional sofa rather than rows of cinema seats, for example.All that money being spent on audio, and all those large reflective surfaces, plus the volume, means you won't be getting great value from the substantial dollar investment.
That's a stunning room from an architectural viewpoint, but a lot of your choices are planting you miles away from the performance levels of Rob Hahn's room.
What I do want to do, however, within the constraints of 'homely' and 'not isolated from the rest of the house', is to achieve the best audio/visual performance I can. I would love to hear suggestions as to which choices I am making which harm performance. I am a complete rookie here - and any insight you can give me to maximise the end result would be greatly appreciated
Cheers... half of it is cut out of the picThat light well is awesome, BTW.