The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Scott Residence, Sedona, Ariz.
Aug 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jack Kontney
Intelligent AV in the Desert
The most important customer requirement on the project was the home theater — a Smart Home Pro specialty. A 110in. GrayHawk RS G3 fixed screen from Stewart Filmscreen is the focal point for the room, which features two rows of four large, comfortable seats. A Marantz VP-12S4L HD, long-throw projector provides the picture. A Dark Chip3 DLP design, the VP-12S4L features custom Konica-Minolta optics; it also houses a video-processing engine codeveloped by Marantz and Gennum. The projector handles DTV and HD signals up to 1080i, and it is discreetly mounted into a soffit beneath the 9ft. ceiling — providing ample noise control and optimal positioning.
It's the audio system, however, that makes the room shine. “We chose the JBL Synthesis Four surround system. There's simply nothing better on the market,” Hatala says. The Synthesis system is designed to deal with the real-world acoustics of the room, compensating for the acoustic anomalies inherent in the layout and contents.
“We've been selling JBL Synthesis for about two years now,” Rees says. “Their engineering is fantastic. We can install it in any type of room, and the system's advanced enough to measure and overcome any acoustical issues that we might not have been able to predict pre-install. So even when we can't design the room the way we want, or if the interior designer adds something unpredictable, the system is able to account for those situations and accommodate them. So it's very forgiving. It allows us to basically build a room to the customer's aesthetic requirements and not be as much of a stickler on the engineering-design side. If they want to have columns, or do a square room, or build a stage, or things they may want to do for design reasons, we know we'll be able to accommodate acoustical anomalies that may be created with those designs.”
For the Scott home, Smart Home Pro specified a 7.2 surround-sound system. The loudspeakers, amplifiers, and processing are all by JBL, engineered for optimum performance when working together. All audio and video signals run through the JBL SDP-5 surround process/system controller. With the exception of the subwoofers, all loudspeakers have a flush-mount, in-wall design. The front channels are three-way loudspeakers, with a center-channel S4HC loudspeaker below the screen and flanked by two matching S4VC loudspeakers mounted vertically. The four surround channels, S4AI loudspeakers, also have an in-wall design. A single JBL S7150 7×150W amplifier powers these seven loudspeakers. Two self-powered JBL HTPS400 subwoofers handle low-frequency duties for the room. All components are THX-certified. The entire investment is protected by a 13-outlet Furman Sound Elite-20 PF i power conditioner.
The key to the JBL Synthesis system is in its setup. As one would expect in a premium surround system, all loudspeakers are shipped with individual frequency curves.
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