Geodesic Dome Home Rocks with 2.35 Theater
This Washington state home theater brings the latest super-widescreen video and high-performance audio to this unconventional residence.
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FINALIST: Best Home Theater $50,000-$100,000
September 08, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

We’ve seen home theaters installed in all sorts of places—attics, garages, spare rooms, basements, family rooms—but for the most part the homes themselves are traditional.

This one in the beautiful Pacific Northwest resides in a home that’s anything but traditional ... it’s a geodesic dome residence that was built years before the theater installation. And we’d say the theater looks right at home in it.

“The current theater consisted of a TV and a variety of components in the basement. Their new vision was a dedicated projection room built on to the existing home, coupled with upgrading electronics to meet current audio and video formats,” explains Dave Hunt of Lynnwood, Wash.-based custom electronics pro Intuitive Integration.

“Beyond that the design was an open slate with one exception: budget. After several meetings and dozens of theater pictures the homeowners began, with our guidance, to sketch several designs. At that point we stepped in and refined each of the elements they loved to bring a true collaborative effort to life.”

Despite dealing with some unorthodox room dimensions and angles, Intuitive Integration was able to faithfully design and build a high-performance theater that would make any traditional dedicated basement room proud. It has all the fixings: 2.35 CineCurve Screen from Stewart Filmscreen, powerful Runco 1080p single-chip projector with a Schneider 2.35 anamorphic motorized lens, 7.1 Surround Sound (utilizing the homeowners’ existing B&W 802D towers, center and surrounds), Sony Blu-ray disc player, Satellite and game sources, touch screen remote control for all systems, hidden media storage, lighting control, accent lighting (with U-Ray LEDs) and full room acoustic treatments.

To help with those room treatments, Intuitive Integration worked with Seattle Home Theater for custom design and on-site installation including custom screen wall, wall and ceiling treatments, custom walls with stretched fabric and equipment and storage rack doors discreetly built in.

“The owners’ taste in art and decor blends perfectly into the design and helps create a whimsical and modern feel,” says Hunt. “The performance rivals audio and video packages far in economic excess. The result? Affordable luxury and two exceedingly happy homeowners!”

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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
Intuitive Integration
Lynnwood, Wash.
www.intuitiveintegration.com

Acoustical and Room Treatment
Seattle Home Theater
Lynnwood, Wash.
www.seattlehometheater.com

Equipment
Projector:
-Runco RS900 1080P Single Chip DLP
-Schneider Optics 1.33 Cine-Digitar Lens w/Torsio Lens Mechanism
-Chief Mount

Screen:
-Stewart Fixed CineCurve, Greyhawk, 2.35 105” x 47.5”

Speakers:
-B&W 803D – Front L&R Channels
-B&W Nautilus HTM1 – Center Channel
-B&W DS8S – Side Surrounds
-B&W Nautilus 804 – Rear Surrounds
-B&W ASW1000 – Subwoofer

Media Storage:
-Middle Atlantic Slim 5 Rack built in cabinet with custom door

Electronics:
-Integra DTC-9.8 AV Processor
-Marantz MA-500 Monoblock Amplifer (7)
-Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray Disc Player
-APC S15 UPS
-Furman PS8R Power Sequencer
-Active Thermal Management System 1 with EXT external wall mount

Control:
-Universal Remote MX-3000 Touch Screen Remote
-Universal Remote MSC-400 Controller/Processor

Lighting:
-Lutron 6-Zone Grafik Eye Controller
-Lutron See-Touch Keypad
-Lutron IR Interface for remote control

Room Treatments:
-Custom Design and On site installation by Seattle Home Theater including custom screen wall, wall and ceiling treatments, custom walls with stretched fabric and equipment and storage rack doors discreetly built in.

Seating:
-Acoustic Innovations Deco Chair Row

Accent Lighting:
-U-Ray Colored LED strips (ceiling and wall accents)
-U-Ray PWM module and Lutron TVI for dimming LEDs


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