Home Theater Fun and Games
Sep 17, 2007 8:00 AM
The following information is courtesy of the 2006 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.
2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Best Large Home Theater
Level I: $40,000 - $70,000
This theater is unique in that it does not use a traditional riser but a step down into the foundation. We worked alongside the contractor and structural engineers to design a step that would maintain the structural integrity of the foundation walls and floor while keeping in mind sight lines from the second row. We then custom made the step lighting to accentuate the change in elevation from front to back. A custom-finished rack with thermal management was cut through the rear wall, resulting in gear that looks hot while at the same time staying cool. Five leather, motorized recliners invite you to sit and enjoy the show, while a rear table and stools beckon the passing guests from the billiard room to stop in for a look.
One of the client's requests was to have an Xbox system as part of the theater, but with absolutely no visible wires. We had found the available wireless transmission systems to be sub par in terms of reliability, so we ran conduit beside the floor heating to locations under both rows of seating. In doing so, we worked with the electrician to ensure proper hydro placement for the Xbox and the motorized seating. Now when Xbox play is desired, the kids just plug in the controllers under their chairs. The user interface is an MX3000 touchscreen remote that not only controls the theater, but also lighting and the music server. The husband is a Corvette collector, so the graphic user interfaces were custom tailored to include a picture gallery of his latest vehicle build.
In order to soundproof the room we worked with the builder, drywall contractors, and HVAC contractors to oversee the installation of resilient channel and Icynene spray foam in the ceiling and walls. The HVAC duct work and piping was suspended on foam insulation to prevent reverberation throughout the home. The clients did not want an incredibly loud system, but one that was pleasing to listen to, and also to look at. For this reason, wall-mounted speakers were chosen.
Theater calibration was done to industry standards by a trained ISF professional. As in most cases with DLP technology, once the grayscale was tracked properly, everything else fell perfectly into place. The end result is a theater room that the family uses regularly, not only for their weekly movie nights, but also for kids’ parties and sleepovers. The clients view this room as a welcome, valuable addition that they wonder how they ever did without.
|Time and Expertise Worksheet|
|Electronic Design and Engineering:||25|
|Proposal and System Documentation Preparation:||20|
|Shop Time for Racking and Testing:||15|
|Final Installation and Calibration:||40|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company:||5|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others:||20|
|Project Management by Others:||0|
|Other time: Spray Foamed walls and ceiling with Icynene for soundproofing:||7.5|
|Total Hours to Complete:||240.5|
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