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Old September 24 2014, 12:55 PM   #16
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Re: Now THIS is a home theater I could get into!

Actually, Ten Forward would probably be one of the home theater rooms where the recreation of the original feel could be most easily accomplished, IMHO, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Privately and professionally I'm currently preoccupied with the new Dolby Atmos surround sound system, learning with which speaker placement it will probably work best and evaluating the AV-hardware that's now becoming available. Suffice to say, it's a rather complex matter, especially if you aim for "7.1.4".

Using the occasion I also got myself involved with the improvement of room acoustics (something usually underestimated, apparently / especially in these TNG themed home theatres, way too much reflective surfaces as far as I can tell) but in regard to the acoustic foam sheet candidates, I think it's fair to say that for a devoted TNG fan like myself there can only be one product, because it has been used as a set decoration on TNG, especially in the transporter room (I think there have been other occasions, but except for "The Neutral Zone" I can't recall them this moment):

http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/3x...rt1_hd_005.jpg

http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/3x...rt1_hd_421.jpg

Originally, I had no idea what kind of product the TNG set designers used, but finally found it just two days ago: SONEX

The salesperson at Sonex, apparently a TNG fan, too, told me that the transporter room walls were covered with SONEXOne.

In the above screencap with O'Brien we see the "male" sheets on the left side, while the right side and the transporter chamber are padded with "female" sheets. If I understood correctly and after watching a YouTube video, the sheets come in one double piece that instantly separates into a "male" and "female" one.

And these squares in Ten Forward are SONEX "Spectrum" contour tiles.

To cut a long story short: Looking again at these expensive TNG themed home theatres I have to suspect that the builders had little or no idea how to improve room acoustics (I wonder whether these home theatres actually sound good, regardless of the AV hardware price tags) and apparently no idea either that a product exists, that would give any ambitioned Star Trek home theatre user an "authentic" 23rd century feel.

In case you want to recreate a TNG themed home theater in your own living room or mancave, I think this is a more economic and - at the end of the day - more authentic approach, and it will have the benefit that it could improve the sound quality of your room and thus the perceived performance of your AV system, too.

In a few weeks I intend to post a couple of before and after pictures to illustrate the most welcome TNG touch addition to my home theatre.

I thought mentioning my "find" would be useful to other TNG fans, that look forward adding a 24th Century feel to their rooms and/or home theatres.

Bob
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Old October 1 2014, 01:42 PM   #17
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Re: Now THIS is a home theater I could get into!

Just a few corrections after I examined the issue further (trying to find the original materials used on TNG rather turned almost out like trying to find the proverbial needle in the haystack).

It appears indeed that for the wall covering of the transporter room they did use SONEXone panels 24" x 48" where the defining pattern characteristic is one row of "positive" (or "male") elements is followed by one row of "negative" (or "female") elements, which can be best seen in this screencap (each triple element measures 5" x 5").

However, this screencap reveals that for the transporter chamber they used panels with much smaller elements, and to make matters more complicated these feature only the "negative" (or "female") panel pattern.
As far as I can tell these are probably the lesser known SONEXjunior panels, that come at a size of 24" x 24" and contain approx. 8 x 8 elements at half the size of the other SONEX variations.

By the end of Season 4 not only did they change the conference lounge wall () but the transporter room walls as well, i.e. the original vertical element floor piece then covered the entire area outside the transport chamber.

As a minor detail, the SONEXOne had a little comeback as the wall padding of the USS Yosemite's transport chamber in "Realm of Fear".

I hope some of you may find this information useful, in case you spot additional applications of these panels in TNG please tell me or us.

Bob
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