August 14, 2009
by Arlen Schweiger
This is a two-year project that originated shortly after the original home burned down, according to custom electronics pro Cinematechs of Boynton Beach, Fla.
“We were under a strict budget and limited to a certain amount of electronics,” says Cinematechs’ John Picotte.
The theater was a collaboration of several companies: Mastered Concepts and Designs are responsible for the millwork and main design with additional influence by Carmen Howe Interiors. First Impressions provided the seating, and the home was built by Cudmore Builders of Boca Raton, Fla.
The really fun stuff was done by Cinematechs, which provided the audio/video installation system design and automation programming, featuring AMX control and Lutron Radio Ra lighting. Even the curtains are automated for full dramatic effect.
When those curtains are drawn, the homeowners can sit awestruck at their 110-inch Draper screen, fed by high-def images from a JVC DILA RS1 projector, Samsung Blu-ray player and DirecTV HD receiver.
For audio drama, the surround sound consists:
- Monitor Audio Silver RS8 Right & Left Speakers
- RS LCR center speaker
- Six Monitor Audio W165s for surround and surround back speakers
- Sunfire Signature 12 subwoofer
- Marantz SR7002 receiver
The whole room has been treated with Acoustiblok so sound doesn’t leak to the rest of the house.
All the A/V gear is stored in a Middle Atlantic equipment rack outside the theater, so nothing is taken away from the room’s classic elegance.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.