When you’re building a home theater to fit a theme, it helps to have a good inspiration piece.
In this custom theater, battery operated light sabers jump-started the creative process that netted the owners a stellar theater that satisfies their desire for stellar A/V … and pays tribute to their favorite movie, Star Wars.
The six colored sabers attached to the walls were purchased by the owners before the custom electronics (CE) professionals at Admit One Home Cinema, Edina, Minn., had laid out its plans for the 340-square-foot, lower-level room. The sights and sounds of Vader’s, Luke’s and others’ sabers play a key role in immersing theater goers as they set foot inside.
“The homeowners wanted the light sabers to play a role by turning on and off as they entered and exited the room,” explains Admit One’s Lance Anderson. You can see the lighting effects in our slideshow, which goes around the room with the main lighting on, followed by the tour with the room darkened and the sabers in full glow.
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This would involve converting each saber from a battery-operated device to one that could be controlled electronically via a hardwired Lutron light switch.
Another tweak included the integration of audio effects. Each saber came pre-installed with its own sound board; unfortunately, each saber sounded different than the rest. Firing them up all at once would have resulted in audio mud, so Admit One chose audio from one saber, loaded an MP3 of the chosen audio into a Viking intercom/paging module, and integrated the module into an RTI XP-6 processor, which controls and automates everything A/V in the room (see equipment list below).
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Now, when the owners turn on lights using the Lutron switch, the RTI XP-6 is triggered, which then activates the audio effect.
The clever integration of replica Star Wars light sabers may serve as statement pieces of the $31,000 (equipment and labor) home theater, but the A/V equipment grabs all the attention when the lights dim and the Epson projector fires up and beams big images onto the 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk.
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Screen: 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk G3
Projector: Epson 6010 1080p Pro Cinema
Projector Bracket: Chief RPA Universal Projector Mount
Receiver: Integra DTR 40.4
Blu-Ray Player: Oppo BD-93 (accompanies a high-def cable box)
Speakers: Boston Acoustics VRi-580 in-wall (3); VRi-465 T2 in-ceiling (2); VRi-585 T2 in-ceiling (2)
Subwoofer: Sunfire HRS12 subwoofer
Speaker Enclosure: DynaBox in-ceiling speaker enclosure
Control: RTI T2-C+ touchscreen handheld remote, RTI XP-6 Controller
Power Conditioner: Furman Elite 15i
Lighting: Lutron RadioRA 2
Systems Design & Installation
Admit One Home Cinema
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.