Home of the Year
Film Fest
Kick off those ski boots and turn on the movie.
Bronze Winner: Home Theater $75,000 - $150,000
May 10, 2011 by Grant Clauser

One would think that the luxury of having a condo in the ski mecca of Telluride Village, Colo., would be enough for most people. Not so for this condo owner. When faced with the decision on how to renovate an underutilized room, a home theater seemed the perfect option.

And why not? The area is host to a well-known film festival, and when he’s not using the condo himself, the owner rents it out, sometimes to people in the film industry. To make this plan a reality, the owner called in Sean Greer of Experience AV, Montrose, Colo., and got a lot more than just a big screen to satisfy his entertainment appetite.

What he got was a 12-seat theater with a 137-inch screen, mind-blowing automation and a star-studded ceiling to lift viewers right out of their seats.

This room gets revved up even before guests have settled into their seats. As people enter the room, a motion sensor trips, signaling a Control4 system to turn on the lights, warm up the Anthem video projector and boot up the Sony 400-disc Blu-ray changer. All that’s left to do is select a title from an iPad running a Control4 app.
Once the user picks a movie, the lights dim and the motion sensor switches modes. Now if someone gets up for a snack or someone else enters the room while the movie is playing, the only lights that come on are the floor-mounted LED strips.

System Design & Installation
Experience AV, Montrose, Colo. www.experienceav.com
Bergman Built Custom Woodworking, Ridgway, Colorado
Interior Design:
Design Studio of Telluride, Telluride, Colo.
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While the ski trails and local movie houses may occasionally be filled with A-listers, this theater has its own stars built in. Above the seats is a 16-by-8-foot star ceiling made up of iSky panels—acoustic panels with twinkling LEDs built in. Greer says the iSky system is the easiest type of starfield to install, and it also is operated by the Control4 system. Surrounding the starfield is an illuminated blue border comprised of Nora LED light strips, which Greer says roll out like tape when they’re installed.

The condo owner appreciates the value of viewing movies as big as they can get and in the proper format, so Greer recommended an SMX 2.35:1 aspect ratio screen. Instead of going with an anamorphic lens on a motorized sled to allow for aspect ratio changes, Greer installed a Panamorph vertical compression lens on the Anthem projector.

Sticking with the Anthem, Greer installed Anthem amps and a preamp matched to nine speakers, plus subwoofers. The result is incredible audio and video performance.

Greer says that people truly can’t believe how he got all that space and performance from what was once such an awkward and ignored room. The picture, automation and lighting effects truly make this room bigger on the inside that it is on the outside. EH

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

6) Paradigm SA-ADP in-wall Dipole Surround
3) Paradigm Esprit Series Front Speakers
2) Paradigm in-wall RVC-12SQ Subwoofer
2) Paradigm in-wall RVC-12SQ Subwoofer backbox
1) Paradigm X-850 Subwoofer Amp
1) Paradigm PBK-1 Perfect Bass Kit
1) Anthem AVM 50v Preamp
1) Anthem LTX500v Projector
1) Anthem BLX 200 Bluray
1) Anthem MCA20 Amp
1) Anthem MCA50 Amp
1) Sony BDP-CX7000ES 400 Disc Bluray
1) SMX 2.35:1 - 137” Screen
1) Panamorph FVX200J JVC mount Vertical compression lens
1) Tributaries Series 9 15 meter HDMI cable
3) Tributaries Series 9 2m HDMI Cable
Planet Waves Custom RCA, F and 1/8” Interconnects

iPad with Charging Dock and Control4 App
Control4 HC1000 (House Controller)
Control4 HC300 (Theater Controller)
Control4 SR250 remote
5) Control4 Dimmer
2) Control4 Outlet Switch
Card Access Motion Sensor
Netgear WNDR3700 Router

4) Salamander Matteo Chairs
8) Salamander Alex Chairs
12) Clark Synthesis Platinum Series Tactile Transducer
Custom Kinetics Noise Control Panels and Fabric
2) 40’ Flexible Conduit to Projector for Upgrades
Middle Atlantic ERK Rack
FatCat Rack Shelves
iSky 8’x16’ Star Panel System
Nora NUTP1-16LED Blue Light tape
Nora NUTP1-16LED White Light tape
Nora NMT-60/24C2 Dimmable LED Driver
Panamax Max 5300 (Audio)
APC 1500 Smart Ups (Network Gear)

Installation Info
Systems Design & Installation: Experience AV, Montrose, Colo., http://www.experienceav.com
Cabinetry: Bergman Built Custom Woodworking, Ridgway, Colorado, bergmanbuilt.webs.com
Interior Design: Design Studio of Telluride, Telluride, Colo., http://www.designstudiooftelluride.com

Project Details

Room Size (L x W x H): 23 x 13½ x 10 feet
Cost: $140,000 (includes installation and labor)
Project Duration: 60 days
Construction: Retrofit

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