Fine Woodwork Helps Craft CinemaScope Theater
The knotty alder custom woodwork complements the superwide views in this Washington state theater.
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FINALIST: Best Home Theater $50,000-$100,000
September 29, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

Considering this installation was dubbed the “Rose Valley Project” for the beautiful area in Washington state where custom electronics pro Charisma Productions worked on it, we’d say everything’s coming up roses.

For one thing, it features state-of-the-art CinemaScope widescreen video from a combination of JVC Professional DLA-RS2U projector, Stewart Filmscreen CineCurve Firehawk screen (110 inches) and Panamorph anamorphic motorized lens sled system.

That gets the full no-black-bars viewing for superwide 2.35:1 content shown on the Sony Blu-ray player, and one touch of the RTI T3-V touchscreen remote can accommodate the more traditional 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio content for optimum viewing of DISH Network programming. It accommodates these multiple aspect ratios by using an external RSVP1 THX-Certified Scaler by JVC Pro, according to Charisma’s Johann Peters.

The room is amplified by a Marantz 8002 AV Receiver, and the speaker system is a 7.1 Klipsch Reference system using RB-81 for the fronts LR’s and a Klipsch RC-64 Center for dialog with a dual 12-Inch Klipsch RW-12D Subs for the bottom-end, says Peters. The rear in-ceiling surrounds are the Klipsch R-5650-S in-wall surround sound speaker.

For convenient control in the room, the RTI T3-V touchscreen remote with a RF RTI’s RP-6 and RP-1 Remote Control Processor are put to use. “The light control is by Lutron, using the spacer system which performs 6-zone lighting and provides four separate scenes. Drape control system is performed by Makita for closing the drapes in the three windows,” Peters notes.

There’s also room for iPod, of course, which streams in via a Colorado vNet audio zone touchscreen with an iPod docking iPort for the gaming area in the kitchenette.

For aesthetics, the room is just as rosy. The knotty alder woodwork was custom-built to accommodate the Klipsch speakers and the Lutron lighting system which incorporated into the theater’s arches, and as you can see below, the lovely cabinetry has plenty of room to add future components.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
Charisma Productions
Kelso, Wash.
www.charismaproductions.com

Equipment
JVC Professional DLA-RS2U
110-inch Stewart Filmscreen CineCurve Firehawk
Panamorph Anamorphic Motorized Lens Sled System RSVP1 JVC PRO RSVP1 THX-Certified Scaler
Marantz 8002 AV Receiver
Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S550
Dish Network VIP 722
Klipsch Reference RB-81
Klipsch RC-64 Center
(2) 12-Inch Klipsch RW-12D Subs
Klipsch R-5650-S Surround Speakers
RTI T3-V Touchscreen Remote
RTI RP-6 Remote Control Processor
RTI RP-1 Remote Control Processor
Lutron spacer system
Drape Control System by Makita
Colorado vNet Audio Zone Touchscreen
iPort iPod Docking Station
Liberty THX Ultra II Certified Speaker Cable


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