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STUNNING SUBTERRANEAN HOME CINEMA ENLISTS TW0 DIGITAL PROJECTION DISPLAYS FOR INSPIRING AUDIO/VIDEO ARRAY

opus_greenwich_racksmall.jpgDigital Projection’s LIGHTNING was specifically chosen because it was the only projector that met the spec regarding lens memory, brightness, resolution and vertical offset.?
– David Barson, OPUS AVC

ATLANTA, GA (August 19, 2009) – Opus AVC Inc. in North Haven, Connecticut, recently completed a 2,000 square foot subterranean home cinema displaying an incomparable audio and video experience. Two Digital Projection projectors, the 10,000 lumen LIGHTNING Reference 1080p-30 and the 5,100 lumen dVision 30-1080p, were selected to deliver the Hollywood-grade cinema experience. In addition to the stellar array of equipment, the Greenwich home cinema delivers a potential first for home cinema applications by using DPI’s Intelligent Lens Memory to achieve different aspect ratios without limiting image size

opus_greenwich_seatingsmall.jpgHardly a conventional project, the Greenwich cinema presented numerous challenges for the construction and integration teams. The large theater essentially resides inside a perfectly optimized concrete chamber. Purpose-built during the construction of a new addition, the space was constructed by blasting directly into granite, then pouring a six-sided concrete box. Nearly everything in the theater, including the projectors, racks and screen, entered the space by being gradually lowered through a 4’ x 4’ shaft. Only then could Opus, in conjunction with consultant Tony Grimani of Performance Media Industries, begin the task of creating the most acoustically perfect space possible.

Due to the shape of the space, Opus needed projectors that were both capable of intelligent lens movements and a high degree of vertical lens shift. David Barson, partner at Opus AVC, selected the LIGHTNING Reference 30 “because it was the only projector that met the needed specifications with respect to intelligent lens memory, brightness, resolution and vertical offset.? The index zooming system used in the theater dictates that as screen masking changes the image size, the projector zooms in and out while the screen grows before the audience’s very eyes. A Kaleidescape server directs a Crestron control system to coordinate the correct aspect ratio for the content being displayed.

opus_greenwich_screensmall.jpgTo ensure that the theater performs as efficiently as possible, the entire control system is connected to a clean power supply with its own grounding system. Through a custom power management system, the equipment racks power-down all non-essential equipment automatically after a designated period of inactivity. Carrying the waste not, want not theme even further, the LIGHTNING Reference is among the most efficient projectors in the industry, offering the highest lumens per watt performance of any projector in its performance class.

With elements such as door triggers and a pre-boot system accessible from outside the theater, “The Opus theater represents a technological marvel on many levels,? according to Barson. A custom Screen Research 150? x 75? screen uses four-way masking to create five distinct aspect ratios, each content-based. In addition, eight sub-woofers, totally hidden within recessions in the installed sheetrock, deliver the pristine aural component to the theater. When it’s time to leave the theater, the push of a button via a Lutron programming system returns all 13 chairs in the theater to their preset position. With over 18 audio and video sources in total running through the distributed system, the Greenwich home cinema is indeed a home cinema marvel.

To download high-resolution photos from the Greenwich home cinema, please use the following link:
http://www.digitalprojection.com/news/zips/Opus_Greenwichphotos.zip

Photos credit by Edwina Stevenson Photographer

 

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About Digital Projection International
Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (DPI) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. DPI introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

DPI’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. DPI remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, DPI manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

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