|D-Box Quest Integrated Motion Simulation System|
|Home Theater Accessories Furniture & Racks|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Wednesday, 01 June 2005|
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The major bummer with most leading-edge technologies is the lack of applications to use the product with. Although there is an impressive list of movies that D-BOX supports, there are still a lot of applications that motion codes are not developed for yet. I will give Quest credit for working on as many relevant titles as possible.
The simulation modes for games, music and sports programming that D-BOX provides from the motion controller are nice, but are unimpressive relative to the movie F/X codes. HDTV programs that are filmed live will obviously be tough to program real-time, but pre-recorded weekly shows and sitcoms are possible to program for motion control, especially since there is digital audio that usually accompanies these programs that D-BOX can utilize in its existing systems. Games are another obvious choice for expansion, although games are more dynamic and variable in nature than movies and thus more difficult to program. In order to go to the next level, D-BOX will need to ink deals with the likes of EA and HDNet to provide more content in the future. Right now, it isn’t reality, but I can see it happening some day.
Lastly, I found myself favoring the Quest chair over the loveseat style. The extra weight of the bigger furniture and the extra person over a wider surface makes the movements less powerful and responsive. If you want to accommodate more people, I recommend you consider another chair or two instead. The controller can support up to four chairs at the same time.
The D-BOX Quest motion simulation chairs are an amazing innovation, many times more powerful than the ass-shaker type products of the past. They will certainly only get more popular with time as more and more people witness first-hand how cool motion is when added to your home theater experience. D-BOX has a quality product with a great selection of movie titles to choose from, in addition to adding simulated motion to movie and games, too. At a price starting around $6,000, this technology is finally getting more affordable to everyday consumers. I found myself admittedly skeptical prior to experiencing the D-Box system firsthand, but following my audition, this is something that I would like to own some day. The D-BOX system will definitely change the way you watch movies and is worth trying out for yourself. Hold onto your seat.