Here we have Ted S, the charming fellow from Minneapolis and his brilliant Front Room Cinema.
Its been a while since we had a new featured Front Room Cinema on the site. But after meeting Ted S over at flixchatter (he is one of the contributors there) I felt the need to feature him over here. He knows a hell of a lot about AV and has a fantastic cinema at home. I am very jealous of his kit list. Without further a do, here are the photos….
FRC – For the record please state your name, age and location?
T – Ted Saydalavong, 33 years old from Minneapolis, MN, USA.
FRC – Would you say you are an AV-a-holic?
T – Oh yes, I’ve been a home theater fanatic since my early 20s.
FRC - Please state your kit list?
T – 100 inch screen, set up as 2.20:1 ratio; Epson 1080p 2D projector; Panasonic Blu-ray and Toshiba HD-DVD player; Onkyo A/V receiver, recodes Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital-Plus and TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HI-RES and DTS-HD Master; Definitive Technology front, center, surround speakers and JBL subwoofer.
FRC - Favourite piece of kit?
T – I have to say all of them since I use them every time I watch movies, but if I have to choose, it’s my big 2.20: 1 screen and the projector.
FRC - One thing you would change about your Front room Cinema?
T – The room itself is a bit small, so I would like to expand it so I can have more over to watch films. Right now it can only seats 3 to 4 people.
FRC – Roughly how much have you spent putting it together?
T – I think I’ve probably spent between $10,000 to $15,000 on my equipment, which is cheap compare to some die hard home theater fanatics out there.
FRC – Did you do-it-yourself or did you get someone to install it for you?
T – Yes, I installed everything by myself. Took a long time to finish it and it’s still a work in progress.
FRC – If it was DIY what was the best worst bit?
T – I have to say hooking up the speaker wires to all of the speakers, that took a long time to accomplish. Also, putting up my 2.20:1 screen wasn’t fun either but they’re all worth it when the movie appears on the screen and hear it in full HD surround.
FRC – Which film do you use to showcase your set up?
T – Wow I have a lot of favorites, I Am Legend, Hot Fuzz, Blade Runner, The Bourne Trilogy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Baraka, Inception, The Dark Knight, Iron Man 1 & 2, Tron: Legacy, just to name a few. These are all Blu-ray discs by the way.
FRC – What is your Front Room Cinema guilty pleasure, or lazy sunday film?
T – I got a few here too, The Lethal Weapon films (although we only got 1 and 2 on BD here in the States, I think they already released all four films in the UK?), Point Break, Last Man Standing, Mission: Impossible films and Bad Boys.
FRC – Han solo or Luke Skywalker?
T – Han Solo all the way, ha ha.
FRC – Sweet or Salted?
T – Salted, love them potato chips.
FRC – What is next for your FRC?
T – I’m going to expand my theater room to accommodate more people; need to buy a video processor to mask out IMAX sequences in films like The Dark Knight, Tron: Legacy, The Dark Knight Rises and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
FRC – Does the whole family enjoy the room as much as you?
T – Well I’m a single guy so no wife or kids yet but I do have friends over once in a while to watch movies or our American football games.
FRC – Are you going to buy into 3-D?
T – I’m pretty an-ti 3D, I just don’t see what’s so great about it. As long as the films are good, I only need to see them in regular 2D.
Thanks Ted for letting us into your world and seeing an insight in a Front Room Cinema from the other side of the pond. I think you would agree that Ted is a lovely chap and a very lucky boy to have this kit all to himself. I say NO FAIR!!
What do you think of Ted’s FRC? Would you like to be invited over for a films night as I would? Any comments gladly welcomed below