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Nov 6, 2006 12:00 PM


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The following information is courtesy of the 2005 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.

2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers Choice Awards: Best Intergrated Home
Level VII ($1,000,000-1,750,000)

All Around Technology

For installation team All Around Technology, this home theater installation was a dream job. The client gave the installers the freedom to create the optimal theater ground up. There were no space constraints, the deadline was not compressed, the budget was appropriate, and they had a good working relationship with the client, architect, and builder.

The client has the luxury of going from sports country on the Eastern Shore to buttery-soft saddle brown electric recliners in this beautiful theater with seating for ten. The headrests, electric motors, and built-in wedges for drinks and snacks enhance the enjoyment of the experience. The warm mahogany pillars and moldings surround the acoustical panels covered with cocoa AcousTex fabrics stretched and held firm with patented SnapTex technology. All of this invites you to pick up the AMX Madero 8.2 wireless touchscreen. As you push the Show button, the lights fade slowly and the curtain rises on the 120in.-diagonal Stewart diamond-tech rear-projection screen.

To make video spring to life, All Around Technology used the Runco 992 Ultra, which projects the image through its color-corrected and filtered HD-8 lenses. It is housed on a custom Stewart sled/mirror mounting system concealed in a dedicated temperature-controlled rear-projection room. Triad LCR’s and four Gold surround speakers hidden behind the fabric walls along with two Triad Platinum subwoofers envelop you with spectacular sound. The audio system is tuned through the use of Rane equalizers and RPG acoustic devices specified by a renowned acoustical consultant. The processing power provided by the ADA Cinema Reference and the Runco VHD-4404 Ultra running at 840p produce the most life-like movie experience imaginable.

Equipment list

2 Acoustical Solutions SOP-3 acoustical foam solutions
1 ADA Cinema Reference Mach II surround sound decoder
1 ADA PTM-8150 multi-channel amplifier
1 AMX MVP-8400 touchscreen remote control
2 AMX NI2000 Netlinx-intergrated controllers
1 AMX PSN 2.8 power supply
1 Extron CVC 200 component-video-to-RGBHV transcoder
1 Furman PL-8 line conditioner
2 Middle Atlantic DVDP drawers
3 Middle Atlantic RSH4S
1 Middle Atlantic SLIM-5 rack
1 Middle Atlantic SSL shelf
1 Middle Atlantic TD-2 storage drawer
1 Middle Atlantic TD-4 storage drawer
2 Panamax RacMaxes
4 RPG BADPOBLS (24)(24) 1S1
2 RPG BADPOBLS (48)(48) 2S1
4 RPG BADTFBU84 (.5)
6 RPG MDXMAOWHS227
10 RPG OMNITFRW
12 RPG SKYEW2 diffusors
1 Runco DTV-992 Ultra processor
1 Runco VHD-4404 Ultra processor
1 Sony DVP-NS775P DVD player
1 Sony SAT-HD300 satellite TV receiver
1 Sony SLV-N99 VCR
1 Stewart Lumiplex 130 rear-projection screen
1 Stewart dark bronze aluminum frame
1 Stewart OptaKong rear-projection mirror system
2 Triad InRoom Platinum subwoofers
3 Triad InRoom Silver monitors
4 Triad OnWall Gold surround speakers
1 Uniden WNR2004 wireless LAN access point with 4-port router

Time and Expertise Worksheet
Task Hours
Client Interviews 30
Electronic Design and Engineering: 60
Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 35
Project Management: 110
Pre-wire/Rough-in: 25
Trim-out: 60
Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 46
Programming: 52
Final Installation and Calibration: 138
Client Instruction: 4
Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 50
Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 80
Project Management by Others: 80
Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
Total Hours to Complete: 770



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