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Dec 3, 2007 8:00 AM

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The following information is courtesy of the 2007 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 or call (800) 669-5329.

2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry:
Best Media Room

Our client was looking for a media room for the children to hang out in, relax, play pool, and watch TV or DVDs—but mostly they wanted to play video games. The media room is located on the basement level of a single-story house and the formal theater is located on the main floor. The media room has access to the whole-house distribution system. Video is distributed by a Crestron PVID8X3 and allows for individual access on both displays to Kaleidescape, CCTV, HD PVRs and iPod.

Although this is the kids’ area of the home, the idea of having equipment visible did not appeal to the client. We worked closely with the cabinetmakers to conceal the front loudspeakers, subwoofer and to house the 120in. rear-projection Blue Ocean Screen. Wireless and wired Crestron touchscreens allow for simple operation of all sources in the room. A dedicated video matrix has been used for switching the many gaming systems. Additional input jacks are available when friends want to come over and network more than one game system.

The media room was calibrated to ISF standards by a Runco-certified technician. As different game systems output at different levels of brightness and contrast, multiple user modes have been saved to allow for individual Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Wii video settings. Our largest challenge for the room was negotiating necessary space to house the Stewart rear-projection system. The rear-projection system was chosen in conjunction with the Blue Ocean Screen to allow for use without dimming the lights. The media room has exceeded the client’s expectations and the kids love it.

Equipment list

  • 1 ATI AT-3007
  • 2 B&W 703 Walnut
  • 2 B&W ASW-750 BL
  • 1 B&W HTM7 Walnut
  • 4 B&W SIG. 7 NT
  • 1 Belkin AVR
  • 1 Blue Ocean ULTRA L.7 RPS
  • 2 Crestron CNXRMC
  • 1 Crestron STX-1700CXP
  • 1 Crestron TPS-RFGWX
  • 1 Denon AVR-4306
  • 1 Denon DVD-3910
  • 1 Key Digital KD-SW4X1
  • 1 Runco CL-810 Ultra
  • 1 Stewart Filmscreen OPSM060
  • 1 Fujitsu 55XTA51US
  • 1 Chief Mounts PRO-U
  • 1 Crestron TPSRFGWY
  • 1 Crestron PRO 2
  • 1 Crestron TPS2000L
  • 1 Middle Atlantic MRK44A
  • 4 Sonance S623TR
  • 1 Crestron PRO2 (Shared)
  • 1 Crestron PVID8X3 (Shared)
  • 4 Motorola DCT6412 (Shared)
  • 1 Crestron IDOCK (Shared)
  • 1 Crestron CNAMP1660 (Shared)
  • 4 Kaleidescape KPLAYER 5000 (Shared)
  • 2 Kaleidescape KSERVER2500 (Shared)
  • 19 Kaleidescape KDISK-500(Shared)
  • 1 Crestron BIPAD8 (Shared)

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 4
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 4
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 5
    Project Management: 10
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 10
    Trim-out: 14
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 0
    Programming: 10
    Final Installation and Calibration: 18
    Client Instruction: 2
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 35
    Project Management by Others: 0
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 114

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