Hello, Everyone. Welcome to this week's installment of Share Your Setup . We've got a fabulous, dedicated theatre space to share with you, sent in by High-Def Digest reader, David Susilo. David is an award-winning photographer, self-described technology freak, and fan of anything Canon, DIsney, PSB, and Pioneer. He's also -- wait for it -- ISF and THX certified, a Control4 professional installer, and a member of HAA, CEA, and CEDIA. Impressive!
Here's David in his own words to talk about his setup, officialy named the Akung Cinema Experience (which is dedicated to his grandfather, Hadi Soeryanto):
AUDIOPHILE, VIDEO/CINEPHILE, OR BOTH? AND WHY?
I'm more of a musicphile and cinephile. With my various backgrounds including video and music production, I want my home theatre / music room to be able to faithfully reproduce the audio and video as faithfully as possible... subjective aspect (taste) be damned!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CURRENT SETUP(S)
It a dedicated 5.1 setup. I do not believe in 7.1 setup because [as I am writing this] there are less than 5 movies currently mixed in 7.1 for theatrical presentation (the first being 'Toy Story 3' ). When the theatre was built, there was not a single movie out there originally mixed in 7.1 and I'd like to replicate the theatre experience as much as possible.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO BUILD, OR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COLLECTING AND TWEAKING FOR THIS CURRENT SETUP?
The design took about 2 months due to my busy schedule at the time. I only had an hour here and there to design everything, especially since the room started as an open area in my basement. The building of the room itself only took about a week but collecting all of the equipments together took about 3 months from start to finish and the biggest delay was the screen because of the custom size I requested from Grandview Screens . There was no tweaking done other than audio and video calibration because everything was properly designed from the get go. The only thing that keeps being done is calibrating the projector every 6 months.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR, AND WHY?
There is no favorite gear in my system. The system works like a team. One can't perform without the other. Everything is equally important.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH AUDIO/VIDEO (if there's a story here, tell it)?
My Akung (grandfather) started my exploration in home theatre in 1978. It started with experimenting with true projector with multiple types of screens, moving on to audio reproduction, which then followed with audio replication from tape-to-tape copying process all the way to CD, PCM Master Tape, and Remastering. Using various equipment (thanks to Ir. Tjandra Ghozali and his SHM Project, and Robert Patilaya in guiding me in building the all-analog audio processors), I became an avid audio video reproduction enthusiast.
Coupled with photography background taught by Antonius Lo, and cinematography analyses, my involvement in the audio/video world became complete from creation, mastering, re-mastering, all the way through the faithful reproduction of both aspects.
Finally, in 2009 I've finished the physical building of my first dedicated home theatre. This is an on-going project that will evolve as the technology evolves. Of course, this theatre could have not exist without one person who started it all... Akung Hadi Soerjanto. May he rest in peace.