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Attic Home Theater

lht32d180.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 VI: $550,000 – $815,000
The theater was to be installed in the attic space directly over the master bedroom. The homeowner contractually required the noise floor in the master bedroom not increase more than 6dB (NC) with the theater playing at reference volume.

The bigger challenge in the project was structural. We had to remove the roof from the home, change the gable, relocate mechanical equipment, and provide additional foundation supports. The control system is a Crestron AV2Pro based system with a STX-1700CXP color two-way touchpanel. The Crestron system integrates with three Lutron six-zone Grafik Eyes and the home’s security system. There were various requirements to signal alarm status in the theater during its use.

LCR speakers are located behind a 2.35:1 Stewart Microperf screen. A total of six surround speakers are used as an array. Reference can easily be achieved. Absorption and diffusion have been used. The room achieved NC19. A dedicated 2-ton system was installed with multiple supplies in the front and returns in the rear. All low noise diffusers are concealed.

Both the audio and video were calibrated. Four days was dedicated to audio and video calibration efforts.

Equipment List

Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Theta Digital Model#: Casablanca III
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Theta Digital Model#: Dreadnaught
Qty: 3 Manufacturer: Theta Digital Model#: Citadel
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Sony Model#: Qualia 004
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Toshiba Model#: HD-DVD
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Lumagen Model#: HDQ Scaler
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Niveus Model#: n7 Media Center
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: QSC Model#: 322UA Equalization
Qty: 3 Manufacturer: Aerial Acoustics Model#: 10T LCR speakers
Qty: 6 Manufacturer: Triad Model#: Silver LCRs (Surround)
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Triad Model#: Bronze Subs
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Aerial Acoustics Model#: SW12 Subwoofers
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Richard Gray Power Company Model#: PowerHouse
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Crestron Model#: AV2PRO
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Crestron Model#: STX-1700CXP
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Sony Model#: PS3 PlayStation
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Stewart Filmscreen Model#: 12' 2.35:1 CineCurve Masking Screen
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Crestron Model#: Thermostat
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Panasonic Model#: Blu-Ray DVD
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: ISCO Model#: ISCO III Anamorphic Lens
Qty: 8 Manufacturer: Premiere HTS Model#: Motorized Recliners
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic Model#: AXS Racks
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Active Thermal Management Model#: Exhaust Fans
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Crestron Model#: Thermostat

Time and Expertise Worksheet

Task Hours

Client Interviews: 31
Electronic Design and Engineering: 23
Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 48
Project Management: 240
Pre-wire/Rough-in: 12
Trim-out: 256
Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 16
Programming: 10
Final Installation and Calibration: 120
Client Instruction: 12
Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 248
Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0
Project Management by Others: 0
Other time: 2520
Describe Task: construction

Total Hours to Complete: 3536

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