A home theater doesn’t have to look contemporary or sleek to have some of the latest and greatest audio/video equipment. In this theater, the owner was able to combine the art deco style of the 1930s that he loved with the state-of-the-art gear to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
“The owner had great memories of living in Manhattan, and was particularly interested in all the history behind the city’s art deco-inspired buildings,” says Bill Charney of Advanced Home Audio in Shelton, Conn. Assigned with the task of recreating the imagery, Charney and his crew visited Radio City Music Hall, where they took scads of photographs to serve as a model for the room design. They then handed it over to Theo Kalomirakis Theaters in New York City while they focused on the implementation of the technology.
From the 133-inch Stewart Filmscreen screen to the 11 McIntosh Labs amplifiers, the equipment sets a high-performance standard for this 520-square-foot theater. The curved, superwide screen was chosen for its ability to “wrap” every viewer in the action, regardless of where they’re seated.
“Everybody, even people seated on the sides, experiences the movie as if they’re sitting directly in front of the screen,” says Charney.
The display is topped off with a masking system that covers the sides, bottom and top to fit the format of the current video presentation. The homeowner uses a wireless AMX touchpanel to engage the motors that slide the black masking material into position. No matter what movie format the owner selects, the Sim2 video projector recreates the clearest, most vivid image possible, thanks in part to a McIntosh processor.
As for audio, Advanced Home Audio spent weeks analyzing the room dynamics to engineer a system that would produce the dynamic response and decibel level that the homeowner demanded. A total of 11 McIntosh amplifiers provide ample power for a suite of seven McIntosh speakers and four Velodyne subwoofers.
As awesome as the audio and video performance is, the lighting effects often steal the show. A Vantage InFusion control system commands all the lighting in the room, including colored LED fixtures designed to wash a rainbow of colors over the ceiling and columns. The owners can choose to have the Color Kinetics system cycle through a pattern of red, green, blue, yellow and orange, or fix the spectrum on one specific color.
The illuminated marquee in the lobby mimics that hue, giving this sensational theater a personality all its own.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.