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Hey everyone. I’m thinking about upgrading with the EOFY sales. Would like to get a 4 seat straight electric recliner with head rest adjustment.

 

A few months ago I had a look at Amart, FocusonFurniture and Harvey Norman. I wasn’t really impressed with what I saw. Cheapest was $4K for cheap looking leather. Harvey has some nice recliners but $6K was steep for 4 seats.

 

Anyone seen some good deals out there? I know Manhattan and RowOne are out there, they seem expensive. Do they do sales at all? Never sat in one, may have to check them out.

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2 minutes ago, Dbuns said:

Hey everyone. I’m thinking about upgrading with the EOFY sales. Would like to get a 4 seat straight electric recliner with head rest adjustment.

 

A few months ago I had a look at Amart, FocusonFurniture and Harvey Norman. I wasn’t really impressed with what I saw. Cheapest was $4K for cheap looking leather. Harvey has some nice recliners but $6K was steep for 4 seats.

 

Anyone seen some good deals out there? I know Manhattan and RowOne are out there, they seem expensive. Do they do sales at all? Never sat in one, may have to check them out.

not sure on deals @blybo setup is pretty neat and might give heads up where to look. I also saw quite range on @Geoff@HeyNow Hi-Fi not sure what they go for but might be worth getting in touch.

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I went down this path about a year ago, and nothing offered at any of the mainstream furniture shops impressed me. With the exception of some offerings that are more lounge/sofa like from King Living / Plush, but they were even more expensive than the dedicated cinema chairs. I settled on Manhattan myself, and I'm happy with them.


There's RowOne as you suggest, and also a new offering from Cogworks: https://www.stereo.net.au/news/new-home-cinema-seating-from-cogworks

 

Demo'ing these - actually sticking your bum in them - can be hard and I took a punt with Manhattan but I'm not disappointed. I think they now have a showroom in QLD and VIC though - you'd have to contact them to confirm. I think you'd have to accept that $4K+ is the going price for quality though, and it's often what you can't see that you're paying for (the solid construction frame, and mechs used internally). 

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On 13/06/2020 at 11:02 AM, betty boop said:

not sure on deals @blybo setup is pretty neat and might give heads up where to look. I also saw quite range on @Geoff@HeyNow Hi-Fi not sure what they go for but might be worth getting in touch.

My seats are the Crown from IMG but they ain't cheap. Several guys on the forum have IMG HT recliners but the Divani is more popular, the Crown is a Bekowitz exclusive model. Can generally negotiate a price of around $2k per chair and you can design your own set up as they are modular. They are high quality with full grain leather, motorised reclining, and ergonomic design. Ours also have a manual head rest angle adjustment which is very handy for watching from a reclined position. They were the best bang for buck we could find as we wanted a more slimline appearance to fit 3 chairs in a 4m wide room and still sufficient room to walk around both sides. I work in another leather trade so can tell quality leather better than most furniture salepeople. My IMG's are now about 6 years old and still look new despite quite regular use.

 

The majority of cheaper HT recliners were overly bulky and over padded too. IMG will also make them in Macrosuede if you are willing to wait which would be a bit cheaper and probably last longer. My everyday couch is a 20year old Macorsuede Chaise from the days when Dare actually made good stuff. It still look near new despite 2 children and up to 3 pets at any one time over it's life.

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2 minutes ago, Marc said:

I went down this path about a year ago, and nothing offered at any of the mainstream furniture shops impressed me. With the exception of some offerings that are more lounge/sofa like from King Living / Plush, but they were even more expensive than the dedicated cinema chairs. I settled on Manhattan myself, and I'm happy with them.


There's RowOne as you suggest, and also a new offering from Cogworks: https://www.stereo.net.au/news/new-home-cinema-seating-from-cogworks

 

Demo'ing these - actually sticking your bum in them - can be hard and I took a punt with Manhattan but I'm not disappointed. I think they now have a showroom in QLD and VIC though - you'd have to contact them to confirm. I think you'd have to accept that $4K+ is the going price for quality though, and it's often what you can't see that you're paying for (the solid construction frame, and mechs used internally). 

Yeah that’s what I was thinking. I’m willing to spend money on quality. But as you said, what I have seen so far doesn’t come close to quality, particularly at the price being asked.

 

How did you find the price between Manhattan and RowOne?

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21 minutes ago, betty boop said:

not sure on deals @blybo setup is pretty neat and might give heads up where to look. I also saw quite range on @Geoff@HeyNow Hi-Fi not sure what they go for but might be worth getting in touch.

Hi Dbuns

My range of cinema seats has just landed.

These seats are slim so you can fit more in a confined space. 

They are 100% grade A leather non of this second grade leather on the back.

They have very quiet and fast motors so you don’t feel like jumping out while it sits back up. They have refrigerated cup holders. They have a five year warranty.

They aren’t cheap but also they aren’t cheap. I can ship immediately and offer a delivery and set up service across Australia. EOFY will present a good deal and a quantity of 4 will get you a better price. 
Please PM me for details 

kind regards 

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I went through this exercise recently and ended up ordering the Encore X from Plush and it worked out to being around 1.3k per reclined seat with cup holders.

 

It doesn't have all the bells and whistles like refrigerated cup holders, custom stitching etc. that you'd find with Manhattan and Row One but I went with it since it was significantly cheaper, has separate controls for head and feet reclining, compact, has wedge consoles, has low backrest and has 10 year warranty.

 

I'd recommend checking it out along with everything else being mentioned in this thread, doesn't seem like you can go wrong with any of them! 😀

 

https://www.plush.com.au/recliners/encore-x-recliner

 

Note: Plush always have 50% off store wide specials and sometimes extra 5% off weekends so never pay RRP here.

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18 hours ago, stinger said:

I went through this exercise recently and ended up ordering the Encore X from Plush and it worked out to being around 1.3k per reclined seat with cup holders.

 

It doesn't have all the bells and whistles like refrigerated cup holders, custom stitching etc. that you'd find with Manhattan and Row One but I went with it since it was significantly cheaper, has separate controls for head and feet reclining, compact, has wedge consoles, has low backrest and has 10 year warranty.

 

I'd recommend checking it out along with everything else being mentioned in this thread, doesn't seem like you can go wrong with any of them! 😀

 

https://www.plush.com.au/recliners/encore-x-recliner

 

Note: Plush always have 50% off store wide specials and sometimes extra 5% off weekends so never pay RRP here.

I actually haven’t checked out Plush yet, they look good. I’ll go and check them out, thanks

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I looked around for recliners 6 months ago, and the only ones I liked were way too expensive for my budget....  Most of the Cinema style ones are all show and no go. They put $1 LED's on the base and increase the price by $500!

 

I ended up getting a bargain second hand.  100% leather, quality manufacturer, well cared for.  It is over $10k worth of recliners and couch for $1300.  If you keep a look out, something may come up.

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most home theatre chair designs are far from what is used in theatres anyway. except for the "gold" seating stuff i guess.

 

these chairs with their massive back structures will block sound getting to your ears, so not for surround sound really. especially as some people just do not recline enough to remove that back block.

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On 21/06/2020 at 9:31 AM, Jayson H said:

I looked around for recliners 6 months ago, and the only ones I liked were way too expensive for my budget....  Most of the Cinema style ones are all show and no go. They put $1 LED's on the base and increase the price by $500!

 

I ended up getting a bargain second hand.  100% leather, quality manufacturer, well cared for.  It is over $10k worth of recliners and couch for $1300.  If you keep a look out, something may come up.

I have kept my eye on the second hand market for a while now. But nothing of quality has come up. Or they are selling just two seats when I need 4. 

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On 21/06/2020 at 9:08 AM, hopefullguy said:

most home theatre chair designs are far from what is used in theatres anyway. except for the "gold" seating stuff i guess.

 

these chairs with their massive back structures will block sound getting to your ears, so not for surround sound really. especially as some people just do not recline enough to remove that back block.

Yep - that's why I ditched my "theatre" recliners and went for a (almost) normal low back lounge.  Can definitely hear an improvement in the surround sound field :)

And without arms between the seats we can squeeze more kids on it when their friends come over and you can snuggle up when it is just adults.

I bought it second hand and there are no manufacturer markings and I have never seen another one like it, but the seat bases slide directly forward so you can then put your feet up and semi recline, but best of all it makes it into a bed - best of all worlds !!

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@Dbuns have you checked out IMG yet?

 

This is mine in situ. The photo has to be over exposed to get decent image in our batcave, even with lights on.

 

Please excuse the pet covers. That's a 3.9m wide room and virtually everything else we saw was too too bulky to get 3 across and still have easy access to the rear row. The double cupholders can be hidden by the armrests. No ugly led lights, just quality from a manufacturer renowned for quality ergonomic furniture. My parents also have single recliners and 3 seater couch from IMG. Not cheap, but great quality and good value.

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2 hours ago, blybo said:

@Dbuns have you checked out IMG yet?

 

This is mine in situ. The photo has to be over exposed to get decent image in our batcave, even with lights on.

 

Please excuse the pet covers. That's a 3.9m wide room and virtually everything else we saw was too too bulky to get 3 across and still have easy access to the rear row. The double cupholders can be hidden by the armrests. No ugly led lights, just quality from a manufacturer renowned for quality ergonomic furniture. My parents also have single recliners and 3 seater couch from IMG. Not cheap, but great quality and good value.

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No I havnt seem IMG. They look good! Where did you get them? I’ll have to try and track one down to have a sit in. 
Are they similar price to the RowOne and Manhattans? 

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21 minutes ago, Dbuns said:

No I havnt seem IMG. They look good! Where did you get them? I’ll have to try and track one down to have a sit in. 
Are they similar price to the RowOne and Manhattans? 

I got mine from Berkowitz but there are other retailers. You are looking at $2k per seat in the premium full grain leather we spec'd. They are basically a more affordable version of Stressless. I also like the fact they are a manufacturer of normal home furniture too, so need to compete with all premium manufacturers. A lot of the specialist HT recliner brands I've seen wouldn't compare favourably if having to compete in the wider market.

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I finally got to sit on some RowOne Carmel reclines. I’m sold on the quality, far better than anything I have seen before!!

 

Anyone know if RowOne do sales throughout the year? 
Best price I have found is $7350 for 4 straight recliners, anyone know if that’s a reasonable price? 

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Highly recommend Lazy-boy recliners. Each one has electric recline ans leg rest raise. They're modular so you can customise arm rests and centre consoles. I went with these as their width wasn't crazy (had a riser 2nd row so width constraints) great leather options and the electrics had a 5 year warranty 

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29 minutes ago, Azz123 said:

Highly recommend Lazy-boy recliners. Each one has electric recline ans leg rest raise. They're modular so you can customise arm rests and centre consoles. I went with these as their width wasn't crazy (had a riser 2nd row so width constraints) great leather options and the electrics had a 5 year warranty 

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What model are they? Looks good

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I just had a look through the range and I'd say Carlton. Hard to tell off the website if they're still available as modular. Sorry, I got them about 5 years ago now. So bloody comfortable and narrow width in comparison to many brands when I was looking. 

 

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I was looking at some of the SydneyfurnitureFactory ones, they seem to advertise their thick leather (i had cheap ones from Amart tear on me). I wonder if they are value option, but am not in Sydney to test them if anyone else has come across them???

 

https://www.sydneyfurniturefactory.com.au/encore-curved-with-electric-recliners-headrests-100-leather-p-662.html

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7 hours ago, hifiman said:

Anyone know anything about these Regent HT seating from loungelife.com.au? 

I was looking for a 5 seater under 4m and these look like they will fit. On special for $3349 and it's an extra $800 for full electrics.

https://www.loungelife.com.au/recliners/regent-5-seater-leather-home-theatre-lounge-M2616.html

 

 

I've had a five seater for nearly two years and all good so far. Mine is manual, not electric. You may find they'll negotiate a little on price, especially if you go electric (we found the Mt Waverley store more flexible than Dandenong, but that was a while ago).

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On 13/08/2020 at 7:50 AM, Quark said:

I've had a five seater for nearly two years and all good so far. Mine is manual, not electric. You may find they'll negotiate a little on price, especially if you go electric (we found the Mt Waverley store more flexible than Dandenong, but that was a while ago).

Did you compare them to the likes of RowOne and Manhattan? I know they are far better priced!

Im saving for some RowOne Carmel’s, but would happily part with less money for the right recliner

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13 minutes ago, Dbuns said:

Did you compare them to the likes of RowOne and Manhattan? I know they are far better priced!

Im saving for some RowOne Carmel’s, but would happily part with less money for the right recliner

No - budget didn't extend to those. I've no doubt the RowOne and Manhattan are much better.

 

In addition to modest budget, I wanted a slimline set-up to fit five seats across in a relatively narrow room. The top tier stuff seems geared to large people and wouldn't fit.

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2 minutes ago, Quark said:

No - budget didn't extend to those. I've no doubt the RowOne and Manhattan are much better.

 

In addition to modest budget, I wanted a slimline set-up to fit five seats across in a relatively narrow room. The top tier stuff seems geared to large people and wouldn't fit.

Yeah it feels like I have sat in almost every recliner in this country! I didn’t want to spend the money on the top tier stuff (hence the saving), but when my wife and I sat on them you can tell the quality. 
We eventually decided that they would be worth the extra money as they should last a very long time

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Was checking out Vinnies OP Shop in Hoppers Crossing/Melbourne when I saw a brown leather recliner selling for $150. La-Z-boy. Next time I went in, I was considering buying it ... but it had a 'sold' sticker on it.

Damn ... he who hesitates n all that. 

 

Next time, (I'm a regular) the 'sold' sticker was off it and it was reduced to $120

Spoke to the kind lady about buying it and mentioned the smallish nick it had on the side.

Other than that small blemmish ... it is in excellent condition.

She took another $10 off it. $110 + $50 delivery ... $160 all up. 

 

It was for when I get my Home Theatre setup. Oled TV has arrived. 

 

The recliner is fantastic and would recommend getting one.

 

As fate had it - it was destined for my joint. It was love at first sight. :x

 

Edit:  OP Shops are a cheap alternative ... works for me :thumb:

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18 hours ago, Moonlight said:

Was checking out Vinnies OP Shop in Hoppers Crossing/Melbourne when I saw a brown leather recliner selling for $150. La-Z-boy. Next time I went in, I was considering buying it ... but it had a 'sold' sticker on it.

Damn ... he who hesitates n all that. 

 

Next time, (I'm a regular) the 'sold' sticker was off it and it was reduced to $120

Spoke to the kind lady about buying it and mentioned the smallish nick it had on the side.

Other than that small blemmish ... it is in excellent condition.

She took another $10 off it. $110 + $50 delivery ... $160 all up. 

 

It was for when I get my Home Theatre setup. Oled TV has arrived. 

 

The recliner is fantastic and would recommend getting one.

 

As fate had it - it was destined for my joint. It was love at first sight. :x

 

Edit:  OP Shops are a cheap alternative ... works for me :thumb:

That’s a great deal! Wish I had a place like that around here.

I have been traveling through Market Place and Gumtree for months. Problem is most lounges that come up are in Sydney or Melbourne. With COVID it’s not an option, can’t do anything about that I guess🤷‍♂️

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You don't have Salvation Army or St Vincents/ Vinnies type charity shops that sell 2nd hand unwanted furniture, clothing and goods in Canberra ... where the proceeds go to those who need support in the community?

 

This is the best place to pick up bargains ... as in one persons junk is another's treasure.

Bit like 2nd hand speakers. Save a bundle and work great

 

What do people do with all their unwanted gear, take it down the Tip?

These OP shops are a win/win for everyone ... and it's recycling.

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I'm looking myself for a straight 3 Seater with cup holders, motorised recline, and more importantly narrow.   If the Row One Ambassador would of fit in my room or even the New Yorker Pro I would of order them.   Trying to find something similar in design to the Fortress Matinee seating without the local Fortress Seating price.   There are some nice leads in this thread I will follow up on so thanks to the posters in here :)

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After a very long search I have finally settled on RowOne Carmel’s. I couldn’t go past the quality and comfort (even though I tried my hardest to avoid the price tag!)

I figure that they should last 10+ years, so it’s like buying two pleather couches over that time.

 

Ill post a pic and thoughts when I get them next week

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On 13/09/2020 at 9:37 PM, Spizz said:

I'm looking myself for a straight 3 Seater with cup holders, motorised recline, and more importantly narrow.   If the Row One Ambassador would of fit in my room or even the New Yorker Pro I would of order them.   Trying to find something similar in design to the Fortress Matinee seating without the local Fortress Seating price.   There are some nice leads in this thread I will follow up on so thanks to the posters in here :)

 

These IMG recliners are 2470 wide and our room is 3.9m wide. We specifically wanted something streamlined too, rather than the overly plush things most sell. Not cheap but also have ergonomically sculpted backs and tilting head rests. They feel more like a comfy car seat and can be placed close to walls.

 

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I have had a home theater for two years. I bought a some of upholstered chairs for him. They are quite large and comfortable. I really like that they have a cool design and even swivel. I like them so much that I'm not going to change them. 

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For anyone in the market, I am moving my Manhattans on within the next few weeks: 

 

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25 minutes ago, Spizz said:

What are you replacing them with Marc?

 

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I'm currently choosing between these recliners. Any advice? 

I get that Manhattans are good, but the price... oh, it just kills me

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I went through this exercise recently and ended up ordering the Encore X from Plush and it worked out to being around 1.3k per reclined seat with cup holders.

these one looks promising to me as well 

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After looking at everything in my area there was really two options.

 

Cheaper seats from Amart & Harvey for between 1-1.5k each.

 

Or RowOne and Manhattan quality between 2-2.5k each.

 

The price is crazy, but if you use them, the cheaper seats will just not last. For me I figured you will buy 2 cheaper seats over the 10-15 years a good quality leather chair should last. So I went quality to enjoy now (RowOne Carmel). I may be wrong, time will tell I guess. But they are dam nice

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