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Aug 21, 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 Home Theatre Architecture

Just One Touch Video & Audio Center

Just One Touch Video & Audio Center created a movie palace blending the style of 1920s Art Deco with streamlined modern touches. The Just One Touch client wanted to create a replica of the famed Los Angeles-based Wiltern Theatre in the basement of their home. The family of five loves to entertain. They wanted a room worthy of their guests and complementary to the rest of the estate.

As a showpiece for their home, the client came to Just One Touch with three requirements: unparalleled sound and picture quality, impeccable craftsmanship, and ease-of-use. By lowering the basement floor an additional three feet, the installers were able to accommodate stadium-style seating for 14 people. They were also able to move the back and left side walls to optimize the room's size acoustically. Additional side surround speakers were added to the typical 7.1 setup to expand the "sweet spot" coverage of the seating area.

Working closely with the interior designers, the Just One Touch team designed a soffit system to hide the projector and theatrical accent lighting. Motorized curtains open to reveal a custom-painted motorized canvas, which in turn rolls up to reveal the 150in. diagonal 16:9 screen. This setup not only allows for display of the custom artwork, but also protects the screen while the three children use the stage to put on plays for their family and friends. The ceiling starburst features a custom-carved gold leaf sculpture and hand-painted stars. Fabric-wrapped acoustic panels installed between custom-designed columns round out the room's decor and provide the ideal acoustic setup.

The client also wanted to be able to access the home's centralized high-definition TiVo unit, as well as share the DVD management system with the rest of the home. An intricate video distribution network was designed to accomplish this, as well as distribute the theatre's sources to the lounge in the next room. A 10.4in. video touchpanel allows the client to preview movies, satellite channels, and the home's security cameras, and provides simple, one-touch operation for the other members of the family. As the center of a large community of family and friends, the client is now able to present to his guests an incredible theatre experience in a beautiful, elegant setting.

Equipment list

  • 1 Crestron AV2 control processor
  • 1 Crestron CHV-TSTAT
  • 1 Crestron CHV-RTS remote temperature sensor
  • 1 Crestron CNX-PVID8x4 video distribution processor
  • 1 Crestron CNX-RMCLV video distribution breakout box
  • 1 Lexicon LX5 multichannel amplifier
  • 1 Lexicon LX7 multichannel amplifier (bridged)
  • 1 Lexicon MC12 v4 EQ surround processor
  • 1 Lexicon RT-10 reference DVD player
  • 1 Marantz MV8300 D-VHS deck
  • 1 Monster M1.4S bi-wire speaker wire
  • M500 custom-made interconnects
  • 1 ReQuest Multimedia VRQ1 DVD management system
  • 6 Revel Ultima Embrace surround speakers
  • 2 Revel Ultima Salon speakers
  • 2 Revel Ultima Sub subwoofers
  • 1 Revel Ultima Voice center channel speaker
  • 1 Richard Gray's Power Company 1200S
  • 1 Richard Gray's Power Company 400MKII
  • 1 Richard Gray's Power Company SubStation 240V
  • 1 Sony DVPNS777ES 400-DVD changer
  • 1 Sony Qualia 004 SXRD projector
  • 1 Sony SAT-HD300 DirecTV receiver
  • 1 Stewart 150in. Luxus Deluxe FireHawk screen
  • 1 Vantage 4-button keypads
  • 3 Vantage 8-channel dimmer modules



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