Home Makeover Leads to High-End Theater
Adding on to his 1921 colonial gave this homeowner the space needed to make the perfect movie experience.
Home Makeover
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July 28, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

While many think their ears are a good enough measure for performance, Jeff wanted a second opinion. In addition to an HAA rating, Jeff’s long-time installer Chris Collins, of Collins Custom Electronics, “spent many long hours doing a masterful job of audio and ISF video calibration,” Jeff says. “His services have been indispensable to the system’s performance.” Another essential part was Terry Montlick’s Alpha certification program. “I wanted an expert to survey the room and make suggestions to get performance to an objective, reference standard,” Jeff says. After the results, some tweaking was needed to get the room up to snuff—a prospect that Jeff found to be “seductive.”

It took a lot of work, but the end result was well worth the effort. “Terry’s credentials and program are unique in the industry and will help any enthusiast interested in making his/her room the best it can be. His suggestions turned out to be invaluable in my room.”

Here’s been enjoying the room for a few years now, but Jeff hasn’t stopped tweaking. He recently finished a renovation on the room, adding an improved baffle wall behind the screen, which holds three of the LCRs. In front of that, he added a 14-foot Stewart VistaScope masking screen. “By going from a 10-foot-wide screen to a 14-foot-wide screen, my viewing square footage doubled when viewing scope films (2.35 aspect),” he says. “The screen is huge.” The anamorphic lens is also new, and helps project images as big as the sound. 

There’s also a new sub system, which is one of Jeff’s favorite parts of the room. “There is something about my pants flapping and hair moving during action sequences that brings a guilty pleasure like smile to my face,” he says. “Augmenting the bass response will likely be my next project as you can never have too much low end.”

Quick Hits
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Year Completed: 2002
Room Size: 17.3 x 32 x 9.5 feet (average)
Length of Project: About 18 months
Total Cost: N/A

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

Equipment List

Acoustic Innovations Deco Recliners (12)
Aura Bass Shakers (4)
Art of Sound Bash 300S Amplifier
Crown K2 Amplifiers (2)
Denon DVD-3000 BDCI Blu-ray Player
Denon TU-380RD Tuner
Element Electronics 17 LCD Monitor Panel
Equitech Balanced Power Isolation Transformers (4 - totaling 80 amps)
Guitammer ButtKickers (2)
Guitammer ButtKicker BKA1000-4A Amplifier (1)
Halcro Logic SSP200 Surround Processor
ISCO III Anamorphic Lens
JVC HM-DH5U D-VHS D-Theater Deck
Klipsch KS-525-THX Surround Speakers (4)
Lumagen Radiance Video Processor
Lutron Grafik-Eye Lighting Control Model 3806
Monster Ultra HDMI Cabling
Motorola DCH3200 Digital Cable Box
Oppo DV-980H DVD Player
Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-ray Player
QSC DSP-4 Digital Signal Processors EQ (4)
QSC DSP-30 Digital Signal Processor EQ
QSC SRA 2422 Studio Reference Amplifiers (2)
QSC SRA 3622 Studio Reference Amplifiers (2)
RTI RP-6 RS-232/IR Control Processor
RTI T3 Remote
Servodrive BDEAP32 Subwoofers (2)
Servodrive SPL Runts LCRs
Sherwood Newcastle CDC-680 5-Disc CD Changer
Sonance Navigator Harbor Audio/Video Distribution
Sonance Sonamp 1250 12-Channel Amplifier
Sony Qualia 004 SXRD Projector (ISF-calibrated)
Stewart Filmscreen 14-foot Micro-perf VistaScope (2.40 aspect)
Stewart Filmscreen BRIC Masking Control Procesor
Stewart Filmscreen Ultramatte 1.3 Gain Microperf X2 Screen Material
TECH HT CineSlide Anamorphic Lens Slide
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player


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