Flooded Basement Becomes Disco Theater
Family turns water and mold removal into CinemaScope movies and dance floor.
GOLD WINNER: Home Theater $50K-$100K
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May 03, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

Along with darkening the drop ceiling panels, 1 Sound Choice created visual appeal from above by installing a fiber-optic star ceiling that hangs below the ceiling with decorative rope lighting shining out. The look evokes a floating, 3D-like starfield that gives the room a greater sense of depth. Rich red and gold colors provided the finishing touches in turning the water-logging into a distant memory.

Upstairs & Downstairs
Despite the expenses (around $100K worth) that went into this theater, one of the homeowners’ favorite features resulted from a simple and inexpensive device: a VGA splitter.

As with many theaters it designs, 1 Sound Choice tried to personalize this room based on talks with the homeowners. They really enjoy watching their heritage’s popular Bollywood movies, and they stream them via a Netflix-like online rental service, says Herd. So Herd installed a laptop in the theater’s equipment rack to stream web video and wired it to the Runco projector.

Then Herd noticed that the family’s 50-inch TV upstairs had a VGA input, and he figured the homeowners would love to watch movies on that screen, too. Using the splitter, he created a way for the IBM laptop to be shared. A wireless mouse and keyboard allow the owners to click and view all the Bollywood they can handle. The theater’s Blu-ray player also received an HDMI splitter to be routed to the family room.

“We take little things like that for granted because we’re technology guys and they’re easy enough to incorporate,” says Herd, “but to the homeowners it’s like creating a whole other home theater room.”

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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

System Design and Installation
1 Sound Choice
Pompton Plains, N.J.

Room Size
30 x 14.75 feet

Runco RS900 Reflection Series Projector with Cinewide Auto scope (Rainier lens small lens)
Precision Gear projector mount 50lbs capacity
Stewart Film screen 130” 2:35 Cine-W curved screen
10 Triad InWall Silver 6 LCR
4 Triad InWall Bronze 6 Subwoofer
AVR-4308CI Advanced 7.1 CH/5.1+2 CH/ 3.1+2+2 CH A/V Home Theater/Multimedia Multi-Source/Zone Receiver with Networking and WiFi
Russound 2 channel amp for 3rd set of rear speakers
Denon DBP1610 Blu-ray DVD/CD player
Control 4 7” Portable, WiFi Touch Screen
Control 4 home controller HC-500
Control 4 iPod dock station
Middle Atlantic Rack 44 rack space
Middle Atlantic Plexiglas door for ERK, MRK racks
8 Custom rack face shelves for equipment
Custom wiring for rack including Compost, Component, Digital coax, Stereo RCA, HDMI
Sliding rack shelf 50 pound capacity (for laptop in rack)
APC Power Conditioning with Battery Backup (Black)
15 Meter HDMI cable
15 meter Component cable for video

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