Five-in-One Home Theater
For nearly $100,000, this homeowner can watch every game and monitor activity around the house on a 144-inch screen and four surrounding plasma TVs.
A 144-inch Draper screen gets its video from a Sharp HD DLP projector, and it’s flanked by four Samsung 42-inch high-def plasma screens.
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October 31, 2007 by Steven Castle

Builder Aaron Vitale of Vital Building & Enterprises had seen enough home theaters, and he wanted a state-of-the-art one in his own residence. Only this wouldn’t be any ordinary high-end theater. Vitale likes watching several football games at once, and he wanted to be able to view the video feeds from multiple security cameras on his property. The solution: multiple screens, what else?

The main feature in the 35-by-45-foot theater space is a 144-inch Draper screen that receives video from a high-definition Sharp projector capable of 720p and 1080i resolution. The screen is flanked by four 42-inch high-def Samsung plasma screens. That’s enough video for this 18-seat room.

To the sides of the plasma screens and behind large fabric grilles are two Paradigm Signature S8 tower speakers and two Paradigm 15-inch subwoofers. A Paradigm center-channel speaker fires from beneath the screen, and four in-wall Paradigm speakers provide the surround sound at the sides and rear.

Home theater designer Glenn Drummond of Valley Home Theater and Automation designed the theater so sound from any of the screens can play over the audio system. Aaron just has to make that selection on the 10-inch Control4 touchpanel. Each screen also has its own DirecTV high-def receiver with DVR, and something recorded from one screen can be played on any other one in the theater—or throughout the house—courtesy of an Extron switcher.

One might think a theater this large would require a rack of power amplifiers, but Valley Home Theater & Automation relied on one B&K AVR507 S2 audio/video receiver that pumps out 150 watts per channel.

The Control4 system operates all the gear on a weblike network and is extended to the rest of the house in 10 audio zones. Vitale uses the system to browse and listen to his music collection stored on a computer, eliminating the need for more costly media servers. All of his DVDs were stored in a Sony 400-disc changer, also accessible via the Control4 interface.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.


  • Draper HG-HD 144-inch HD high gain fixed screen
  • Samsung HPR4272 42-inch HD plasma TVs(4)
  • Sharp XVZ12000 Mark II HD DLP projector
  • Speakers
  • Paradigm Servo15 powered subwoofers (2)
  • Paradigm Signature C3 center-channel speaker
  • Paradigm Signature S8 Tower speakers (3)
  • Paradigm SA35 8-inch in-wall speakers (4)
  • Audio/Video Components
  • B&K AVR507 S2 7.1 receiver
  • Denon DVD-2910 DVD player
  • Extron MAV Plus 128 HAD 12x8 matrix switcher
  • Maxtor 3300 300-GB hard drive
  • Panamax Max5300 power conditioner
  • Panasonic PV-V4624S hi-fi VCR
  • Sony ES DVP-CX77ES 400-disc DVD changer
  • Control
  • Control4 10.5-inch wireless touchscreen
  • Control4 AVM-HTC1-B home theater controllers (2)
  • Control4 AVM-16S1-B audio matrix switch
  • Control4 AVM-16A1-B multichannel amplifiers (2)
  • Accessories
  • Custom Media equipment racks w/plexiglas fronts (2)
  • Premiere Seats (18)

System Design & Installation
Valley Home Theater & Automation
Dublin, CA

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