Home Theater
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Color-changing Ceiling Highlights Luxury Home Theater
Controllable LED lighting sets a colorful backdrop for home theater system.
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July 02, 2014 by Krissy Rushing

System Design & Installation
St. Charles, IL
Tartan Builders
Hinsdale, IL

Interior Designer
Oak Valley Design
Naperville, IL

Specialty Contractor
NYCeiling, Inc.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Like a black hole, but without the nefarious connotations, this unusual and eye-catching approximately 400-square-foot home theater draws the homeowners in for countless hours of high-style, high-tech entertainment. Along those lines, the visually interesting and innovative “vortex” ceiling served as inspiration for the entire theater.

After discovering work by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based NYCeiling in a magazine, the homeowner wanted to accomplish something just as exciting in his own unfinished basement remodel. The custom electronics (CE) professionals at MediaTech, St. Charles, Ill., worked with NYCeiling and interior design firm Oak Valley Design to achieve a unique effect, installing LED rope lighting behind the 11-foot stretched-fabric ceiling, giving it the chameleon-like ability to change color at the homeowner’s whim. In conjunction with the pattern on the exceptionally large ceiling fabric, the lighting produces a mesmerizing 3D effect and serves as the room’s focal point.

“This project was both fun and challenging because we had never worked with a stretched-fabric ceiling or used RGB rope lighting,” says a MediaTech spokesperson. “While the owner had a vision for the ceiling, he gave us and the designers a blank canvas. The theater grew organically from there into what is now a unique space.”

Homeowner-Adjustable AMX Control

AMX control is the foundation of the home theater and the entire home, including the latest Enova DGX AV Matrix system. AMX control allows the homeowners to operate the lights, climate, CCTV cameras, A/V and more. In addition to centralized control, MediaTech’s Capture and Play technology lets the homeowners customize all of the connected subsystems to their liking, then save them to be re-created at any time at the touch of a single button. It’s like taking a snapshot of your home systems, without the need for complex programming or a service call.

“Elements of the ceiling and rope lighting are applied elsewhere in the room, like on the series of stretched-fabric LED backlit light boxes, also designed by NYCeiling, with lighting work by MediaTech. Oak Valley Design installed individual leather squares on the side walls to mimic the pattern on the ceiling and reflect the LED light color, giving the theater a cohesive appearance that is only interrupted by the tomato red Acoustic Innovations theater seating—a sort of nod to the movie palaces of yesteryear.

MediaTech also surrounded the 145-inch Stewart Filmscreen screen with the soft glow of LED light to complete the effect. An Epson 6010 projector provides a bright image for less money, while a 7.2-channel Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system immerses the audience in the onscreen action. Despite its stunning good looks, when the theater is activated, it’s the A/V that becomes the real star of the show.

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1 AMX NI-3101-SG main controller
1 Autopatch AVS-PL-1818-00P 18X18 Matrix Switch
8 AMX MET-6N-WH Metreau Audio Keypads
1 AMX PSN6.5 Power Supply
3 AMX EXB-IRS4 IR Control box
1 AMX AVS-ENOVADGX16-ENC Enclosure Frame
3 AMX MIO-R4-ZGW Remote with Zigbee Pro Gateway
3 AMX TPC-IPAD-R iPad Control Licenses
2 AMX-TPC-iTOUCH-PHONE iPhone Control Licenses
1 Cisco RV042G Router
2 Cisco Catalyst 26 Port Gigabit Network Switch
2 Monster HTUPS 3700 CI Power Centers
2 Sanus CFR2144 Equipment Racks
2 Sanus Rack Power Strips
1 Lutron QS P6 Processor
3 Lutron QS Hybrid Repeaters
84 Lutron QS Dimmers
5 Lutron Touch Pro Thermostats
1 Wirepath 8-Channel DVR
6 Wirepath Day/Night CCTV Cameras
1 Autonomics MMS-5 Media Server
22 Bowers and Wilkins CCM663 In-Ceiling Speakers
2 Bowers and Wilkins CCM682 In-Ceiling Speakers
4 Bowers and Wilkins Outdoor Speakers
4 Bowers and Wilkins CWM7.4 Speakers
3 Bowers and Wilkins CWM7.3 Speakers
6 Bowers and Wilkins ISW4 In-wall Subwoofers
3 Bowers and Wilkins SA250MK2 Sub Amplifier
1 Bowers and Wilkins Panorama Surround bar
2 Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema 6010 Projectors
1 Marantz SR7005 AV Receiver
1 Anthem AVM50 Preamplifier
1 Anthem PVA7 Power Amplifier
1 Stewart 123” Screen
1 Stewart 145” Screen
2 Speakercraft Vital 1250 Amplifiers
1 Crown CDi1000 Amplifier
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