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An Opulent Family Theater

lht03a.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 I: $56,000 – $85,000

Synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.
This theater was designed for the family to enjoy their time together watching movies and entertaining their friends at home. After our initial discussions with our client, we designed a room that would have an opulent feel while still enjoying high performance from their audio and video system. A 7.2 channel surround sound system was integrated into the front proscenium wall and rear ceiling paying special attention to accurate sound reproduction with discreet installation. Our company performed all design and theater fabrication including the finished carpentry trim work in the theater. Our design incorporated swivel seating for the front row and an inviting sofa with lounge for the rear. This design decision offers unobstructed movie viewing while still allowing casual face to face conversation during intermissions.
lht03b.jpgDid you encounter any challenges or limitations in the design of the system or placement of equipment? Please describe the control system.
The equipment rack was placed towards the rear of the room into existing space utilizing a roll out rack assembly. The client’s request for simplicity with regards to control lead to utilizing a programmable IR remote with an infra-red flashing system installed into the proscenium. The remote operates all the equipment via macro commands as well as the lighting and motorized theater drapes.
Please discuss the acoustics including speaker placement and calibration as well as the SPL reading. Discuss the ventilation of the room.
Acoustical panels were hung on the walls at strategic locations to help absorb reflections in the room's environment. One inch thick, six pound density fiberglass was covered with acoustically transparent fabric and then trimmed with a decorative trim designed and installed by our staff. The left and right wing walls of the proscenium house the left and right main channels. The center channel is mounted directly below the screen, flanked by dual subwoofers. All of the front drivers are covered by acoustically transparent fabric and are virtually invisible.
lht03c.jpgDid you calibrate the theater? If yes, please discuss the video calibration and any challenges you encountered during calibration.
We used our Sencore test equipment to calibrate the video image to both ISF standards for one preset, and a user preference for sporting events on another preset. Audio calibration was calibrated to THX standards at the reference volume setting using the SPL meter.
Equipment List
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Stewart Filmscreen Model#: SN110HFHWX
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Sim2 Model#: HT-300XTRA
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: B&K Model#: Reference 50
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: ADA Model#: PTM-8150
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Crown Model#: K-1
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: CAT Model#: 5.0 IW Left/Right Channel
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: CAT Model#: 4.0 IW Center Channel
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: CAT Model#: 2.0 IW Subwoofer
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Triad Model#: IW Silver/4 Side Surround Channel
Qty: 2 Manufacturer: Triad Model#: IC Gold/6 Omni Rear Surround Channel
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic Model#: AXS Rack Assembly
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Sony Model#: DVPNS-999ES
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Monster Model#: HTS-5100
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: JVC-Customer Supplied Model#: HRS5912U
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Hughes-Customer Supplied Model#: HTLHD
Qty: 1 Manufacturer: Pioneer-Customer Supplied Model#: CLD-59
Time and Expertise Worksheet
Client Interviews: 2
Electronic Design and Engineering: 2
Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 4
Project Management: 4
Pre-wire/Rough-in: 4
Trim-out: 12
Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 4
Programming: 4
Final Installation and Calibration: 8
Client Instruction: 2
Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 8
Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0
Project Management by Others: 1
Other time: 80
Describe Task: Theater fabrication by our company
Total Hours to Complete: 135

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