Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT?

Posted by: chesseroo

Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 05:34 PM

With the addition of 'wide' surrounds and such, are we headed in this direction for HT sound? First on the front wall, then on every wall?

http://www.hometheater.com/content/aerial-acoustics-system-1-theaterwall


Posted by: Nick B

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 06:26 PM

This isn't really new. RBH offered something exactly like this, called the CinemaSITE. CinemaSITE even had matching columns for the surrounds, as well.

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/rbh-sound-cinemasite
http://www.rbhsound.com/images/literature/lit_cinemasite.pdf

It was discontinued in 2007, according to the RBH website. It is a nice idea, since you can have a beautiful looking home theater, without having to be a master of carpentry (though you may be able to hire such a person to do it cheaper). It was probably discontinued due to not enough people interested such a product. And the price, for the RBH product.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 06:58 PM

Reminds me a little of my setup, only on a bigger scale.
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 07:14 PM

That's basically what i have now with M80's sitting on my two subs(Paradigm) with a VP160(soon). Can't wait!
Posted by: chesseroo

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 07:59 PM

I never said it was new, my question is in regard to this becoming the next 'must have'.
First, 5.1, then 6.1, then 7.1, with 7.2, etc.
Now wide, surrounds, and more upfront AND the key, a/v receivers that support all this.

So what was a concept years ago, is now being supported much more broadly. This link was just a version that puts everything around the tv in a convenient package as opposed to some on these forums who already have the tv area surrounded by speakers (say like Ian in a 10.2 configuration).

3D was not a new concept either, goes back decades actually, but is it now the new must have (and might stay around) concept?
3D came and went a few times over the years but looks alot more mainstream now than it ever did.

So, is this wall of sound the new bar for HT?
When will this expand to every wall (L, R and rear?)
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 08:05 PM

I have a 10.2 if you count two centers as seperates.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 08:36 PM

No.
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 08:38 PM

OK. laugh
Posted by: jakewash

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 08:43 PM

As long as it sounds good and you can afford a set up like this then why not? I htink most people still won't be able to afford anythng remotely similar if this does become the new 'standard'
Posted by: JohnK

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 09:43 PM

Indeed so, chess; the trend is clear: the required AV equipment will expand to the point that there will be insufficient room to accommodate humans, only the Audyssey microphone at the sweet spot.
Posted by: Gr8_White_North

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/12/12 10:53 PM

Im holding out for whats coming from SRS labs.Sounds really good if it actually takes off. Other than this i see no reason for a reciever upgrade.

http://www.hometheater.com/content/tech-spotlight-srs-future-surround
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/13/12 01:02 AM

Holy Crap SocketMan! I've heard of this kind of thing, but never seen it.


Posted by: jakewash

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/13/12 01:30 AM

They obviously have never heard a QS8 in action, if they did they would never have the need for that many speakers all around you. wink
Posted by: davidsch

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/13/12 07:24 AM

I would love to hear the Aerial Acoustics system but I have my doubts about this type of set-up becoming the standard. So much of getting good sound in a room depends on speaker placement and you don't have much flexibilty here. Thanks for the post.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/13/12 08:22 AM

Wow...
Posted by: chesseroo

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/17/12 03:46 PM

Originally Posted By: JohnK
Indeed so, chess; the trend is clear: the required AV equipment will expand to the point that there will be insufficient room to accommodate humans, only the Audyssey microphone at the sweet spot.

I wouldn't rule it out John because at that point, the mic then sends what it picks up to where the users are located in their new spot thus implying a perfect sound reproduction no?
smile
Posted by: chesseroo

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/17/12 03:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Socketman
Im holding out for whats coming from SRS labs.Sounds really good if it actually takes off. Other than this i see no reason for a reciever upgrade.

http://www.hometheater.com/content/tech-spotlight-srs-future-surround

Yep, this is exactly what i'm talking about.
Will HT standards eventually go from 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 10.1, 10.2, to 15.5, 25.10, etc. etc.

It is almost like the anti-anechoic chamber where you have speakers on every surface covering an entire room.
Posted by: Murph

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/17/12 04:01 PM

"anti-anechoic chamber"

That certainly has a ring to it. The next time I answer the door to be greeted by a religious organization looking to add me to their flock, I'm going to say "Sorry, I'm anti-anechoic." and see where that leads.
Posted by: JohnK

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/17/12 10:13 PM

Yeah, chess; presumably the output of the microphone would have to be wired directly into the brains of the remotely located listeners so that the acoustics of their location wouldn't upset the perfection of the results.
Posted by: RickF

Re: Theatre Walls, the next must have in HT? - 01/17/12 10:15 PM

Right now I'm thinking that getting old isn't so bad after all.