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High Performance Theater with Sleek Styling

lht18a_200.jpgThe following information is courtesy of the 2008 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.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Large Home Theater, Level V: $340,000 – $465,000


Date design began: 11-04-05
Date installation was completed: 10-08-07


1. Synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The goals for this theater were high performance, sleek styling, and sound isolation. A blend of diffusive, absorptive, and reflective surfaces were meticulously combined to create an impressive design while enhancing performance. Unique, curved beams with LED accent lights and built-in spot lights allowed for flexible lighting scenes without any penetrations in the ceiling. Considerable time and expense went into the construction of the room shell for optimal isolation and performance. A large isolation transformer was installed to ensure clean, plentiful power to the theater equipment.

lht18b_200.jpg2. Did you encounter any challenges or limitations in the design of the system or placement of equipment? Please describe the control system.

There were space and acoustical challenges with incorporating a dance floor and drum set. The dance floor was moved to the rear of the room to utilize the reflective qualities of the wood flooring. We reclaimed some unused space behind the left rear corner for a drum platform. A bar table platform was constructed in the right rear corner to visually balance the room. Most of the equipment was racked in an adjoining room that was isolated from the theater and separately cooled. One of the two amplifiers and the center speaker were installed behind an acoustically transparent wall at the front of the theater. A gaming port and microphones for the karaoke machine were installed behind one of the hinged fabric panels on the stage. The control system includes an AMX wireless touchpanel with a docking station that was built into the wall for recharging and storage simplicity.

3. Please discuss the acoustics including speaker placement and calibration as well as the SPL reading. Discuss the ventilation of the room.

We designed an acoustically transparent proscenium consisting of a false wall and side panels. This proscenium design provided support for the screen and the spacing needed between the tower speakers and the actual reflective front wall surface. The center speaker is concealed just below the screen behind the acoustically transparent false wall, while the left and right speakers are exposed on the stage. This design provided us great flexibility in moving the speakers during calibration. The room’s shell structure design allowed a SPL reading of 125db while the rest of the house remained quiet. A dedicated HVAC system keeps the room at a perfect temperature. The complex pattern of ducting and baffles under the riser were designed with noise control as top priority. The columns were fabricated to function as return air ducts with the vent openings cleverly concealed behind the sconces.

lht18c_200.jpg4. Did you calibrate the theater? If yes, please discuss the video calibration and any challenges you encountered during calibration.

The audio was calibrated using an AudioControl real time spectrum analyzer. The video was calibrated to ISF standards using a Philips color analyzer. There were no challenges encountered, the room response was excellent.

lht18e_200.jpgEQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Revel
Model#: Salon
Product Description: Ultima Loudspeakers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Revel
Model#: Voice
Product Description: Ultima Center Channel

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Revel
Model#: SUB30
Product Description: Ultima Subwoofers

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Revel
Model#: Embrace
Product Description: Surround Speakers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: Q004R1U
Product Description: SXRD Qualia Projector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: DVPK85PR
Product Description: Karaoke DVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: BPDS1
Product Description: Blu-Ray Disc DVD

Qty: 9
Manufacturer: Acoustic Innovations
Model#: Seating
Product Description: Custom Theater Seats

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Anthem
Model#: D2B
Product Description: Pre Amp/Processor/Tuner

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Anthem
Model#: P5B
Product Description: Multi-Channel Amp

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Stewart Filmscreen
Product Description: Deluxe Screen Wall

Qty: 36
Manufacturer: Quest Acoustics
Model#: FRP
Product Description: Acoustic Panels

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Furman
Model#: ELITE15PF
Product Description: Power Center

Qty: 70
Manufacturer: RPG Diffuser Systems
Product Description: Acoustical Hardwood Diffusers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: WRK40SA32
Product Description: 40-Space Rack

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AudioQuest
Model#: Mont Blanc
Product Description: Speaker Cabling Package

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AudioQuest
Model#: Panther
Product Description: Pre Amp Cabling Package

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AudioQuest
Model#: HDMI3
Product Description: HDMI Cabling Package


Client Interviews: 22

Electronic Design and Engineering: 8

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 10

Project Management: 40

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 38

Trim-out: 20

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 10

Programming: 46

Final Installation and Calibration: 248

Client Instruction: 4

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 60

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 145

Project Management by Others: 43

Other time: 0
Describe Task:

Total Hours to Complete: 694

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