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.”
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.