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Basement Family Home Theater

lht16a150.jpgThe following information is courtesy of the 2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry:
Best Large Home Theater, Level III: $120,000 – $143,000

The client wanted to provide a very comfortable user friendly high-impact home theater experience for his family. The theater was the feature room of a recently renovated basement area which included a snooker room and bar area. A special feature for the client was the ability to integrate his 40-year-old Grundig reel-to-reel recorder that he had purchased in Sweden and carried back home as hand luggage. Winding up those tapes again and playing them to his grandchildren gives him tremendous pleasure.

No specific challenges were encountered. The control system is a Niles Intellicontrol system. To operate, the user need only select their desired source, and then, by pressing that one button the system comes to life. The Intellicontrol intelligently manages and senses power for each source to ensure only the required equipment is turned on. Even the lighting scenes for the Lutron Grafik Eye are integrated into the controls from the remote.

To achieve the desired RT60 for the space, a combination of acoustical materials were applied to the finished room. These treatments include a fully absorptive screen wall, a combination of absorptive and diffusive panels along the side walls, and additional diffusive panels across the rear wall. The surround-sound system is a 7.1 in-wall speaker system with the exception of the center channel which is a bookshelf model installed below the screen. Two subwoofers are installed in the front of the theater to provide sufficient bass energy and help balance room-mode anomalies. The system was calibrated to the industry-standard 75dB SPL, C-weighted using the built-in auto calibration system of the surround-sound processor. The integrity and final sign off of the audio calibration was verified by many listening tests using reference multi-channel and two-channel materials. A dedicated HVAC system was installed for the theater (and the adjoining bar area, lounge, and billiard room). A Hi-Velocity Soft-Aire system by Energy Saving Products of Edmonton, Alberta was selected as the best choice for this retrofit installation because they have flexible and compact-lined ducting that worked with the restrictions existing in the room. The background noise-floor is undetectable during quiet movie moments.

Each video input was calibrated to ISF standards using professional calibration equipment. The equipment used included a HD pattern generator and color analyzer. All inputs were calibrated to D65. There were no challenges encountered.

Equipment List

Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Niles Model#: IntelliControl
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Lutron Model#: GRX-1A-4
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: M&K Model#: Centre 750
Qty: 6 Manufacturer: M&K Model#: SW-85
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: M&K Model#: KX10BK
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Surgex Model#: SX 1115R
Qty: 11 Manufacturer: Xantech Model#: 282-00
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Denon Model#: AVR-3805
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Denon Model#: DVD-2910
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: JVC Model#: HR-S3912
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Da-Lite Model#: Cinema Contour 133″
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: ISF Model#: Projector Calibration
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Runco Model#: CL-610LT
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic Model#: AX-S
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic Model#: UD2
Qty: 5 Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic Model#: RSH-4A
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Custom Model#: Acoustic Package

Task Hours

Client Interviews: 15
Electronic Design and Engineering: 3
Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 10
Project Management: 20
Pre-wire/Rough-in: 23
Trim-out: 12
Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 12
Programming: 4
Final Installation and Calibration: 60
Client Instruction: 3
Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0
Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0
Project Management by Others: 0
Other time: 0
Total Hours to Complete: 162

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