Lights, Camera, Audio!
Behind the rustic looks is a state-of-the-art screening room for a Hollywood producer.
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Bronze Winner: Home Theater $150,000+
May 11, 2011 by Rebecca Day

A top-end home theater is as much about controlling the sound as it is about reproducing the soundtrack the way the director intended. In this premium screening room, Desert Sound & Security of Scottsdale, Ariz., oversaw a project for a movie industry pro who wanted a theater with film-grade performance. This producer/homeowner wanted to view dailies (raw footage) and the final product in the ultimate playback environment—and that’s what he got.

Desert Sound outsourced the acoustical design of the theater to acoustic engineer Evan Reiley, who treated the room down to the pipes and screws. The engineering portion alone tallied six weeks of work—to the tune of about $50,000, with another $18,000 devoted to damping material and absorbers. The owner likes to call it his “million-dollar-theater,” which is appropriate, Miller says, since it “sounds like a million bucks.”

The room-within-a-room design started at construction, when the concrete basement was poured in this country club home. The floor, ceiling and walls were decoupled from the concrete using polymer sound-damping plywood and drywall that created a suspended inner room with full sound isolation. The treatments also ensured articulate bass response inside the theater by eliminating standing sound waves that cause resonance. Additional sound treatments included a specially designed 500-pound door for sound isolation, Dynamat-wrapped plumbing lines and a seal around the electrical panel. To further minimize noise, the heating and cooling system uses a slow airflow of 200 feet per minute.

The extensive acoustic treatments help the 17 Triad speakers and subwoofers sound their very best. In the front are three speakers and two subwoofers, and two more speakers and subwoofers are hidden behind fabric on each of the left, right and rear walls. The front speakers are precisely placed 547⁄16 inches from the floor and at an angle of 5 degrees.

Desert Sound also built the theater for the long-term, with an oversized 140-inch projection screen that’s ready for future formats. “When we get to 4K x 2K (4096-by-2400-pixel video), the guy can upgrade his projector, and the screen’s already in place,” Miller said. 

System Design & Installation
Desert Sound & Security, Phoenix, Ariz. www.desertsound.com
Acoustical Design
Shen Milsom & Wilke, Ariz.
Architect
Swaback Partners, http://www.swabackpartners.com
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Video sources can handle whatever the audience wants, whether it’s from the Kaleidescape movie library on a hard-disk server, streaming movies from Vudu, stored TV programs on TiVo or high-def discs on the Blu-ray player.

Not even the slightest fan noise was allowed in the room, so the Runco VideoXtreme 3-chip VX-44d DLP projector is positioned outside the theater. “The difference in sound quality is amazing between having that door open and closed,” Miller says. Even the speakers and beams in the room received special sound isolation treatment. Sound isolation clips were used to mount the speakers, and all the wires were clamped down every 16 inches. The seating platforms and the theater’s stage were constructed with perforated Helmholtz resonator bass traps to control the sound.

The result? During the final “rattle test” of a sound check, there wasn’t a buzz to be found. “Everything in that room is solid,” Miller says. EH

 

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Product Specs
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3) AMSECO INC.: SSX51-SL1B
AMX: ACCESSORIES: AC-RK
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AMX: CSG: CSG-500
AMX: MET-ECOM-BK
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APC: SUA1500RM2U
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AVAD
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Custom Install Supply
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MID-ATLANTIC: FACEPLATES ONLY: SFACE
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MONSTER CABLE: CP 14-4/500
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NILES AUDIO: IR Sensors: MF1
NILES AUDIO: IR Sensors: MF1VF
NILES AUDIO: IR Sensors: MS220BK
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NUTONE: 404
NUTONE: CF380
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NUTONE: CF382
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ONQ
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Perdue Acoustics
Pixel
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Rhino: Rhino Labels: 18053
Rhino: Rhino Labels: 18054
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Richard Gray Power Products
Richard Gray Power Products: Power House
Richard Gray Power Products: RGPC Extender IP
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ROCKUSTICS: Econorock
Runco: Projectors: Video Xtreme: VX-44d
RUSSOUND: ST2-XM
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Screen Research: MCS-4-RS232
Screen Research: X4S-140-178-2W-B-U
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SENTROL: 6255FM
SENTROL: 6351
SENTROL: 6351
SENTROL: 6351
SONANCE: PBB4
SONANCE: PBB4
SONANCE: SA2
SONANCE: SA2
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SPEAKERCRAFT: DT IN-CEILING SPEAKERS: Aim 7 DT One: AIM 7 DT Three
SPEAKERCRAFT: MT IN-WALL 6' SPEAKERS: MT6 One
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SPEAKERCRAFT: WS INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPEAKERS: OE6 Three - B
SurgeX: IControl 1120
SurgeX: SA20
SurgeX: SX1120 RT
SYSTEM SENSOR: BK5602
TERK
2) TiVo: TiVo Premiere XL
TiVo: TiVo HD XL DVR
TOTE VISION: LCD-1560HD
TRIAD SPEAKER: Custom Subwoofers: 1111-5555
TRIAD SPEAKER: Custom Subwoofers: 25009-PMI-1
TRIAD SPEAKER: InRoom Spkrs: Fronts/LCR's: IR Plat LCR B
TRIAD SPEAKER: InRoom Spkrs: Subwoofers: IR Plt PSub B
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VACUFLO: 7800
VACUFLO: Accessories: 1247
VACUFLO: Attachment Kits: 7840-30-C
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VACUFLO: Canisters: 7890
VACUFLO: Canisters: 8540
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Vibrant Technologies: CX-24
Vibrant Technologies: DF-24
4) WINLAND: WB SENSOR
2) Wire: 16/4 Shielded: 16/4 Shielded
Wire: 22/4 Solid
2) Wire: Cat6 Wire: Cat6- Blue
2) Wire: Cat6 Wire: Cat6- Grey
2) Wire: Cat6 Wire: Cat6- White
Wire: Cat6 Wire: Cat6- Yellow
Wire: Cat6 Wire: Cat6-Green

Installation Info
Systems Design & Installation: Desert Sound & Security, Phoenix, Ariz., http://www.desertsound.com
Acoustical Design: Shen Milsom & Wilke, http://www.smwllc.com
Architect: Swaback Partners, http://www.swabackpartners.com
Lighting: Creative Designs in Lighting, Phoenix, Ariz., http://www.cdltg.com

Project Details
Room Size (L x W x H): 28½ x 197⁄10 x 12 feet
Cost: $363,000 (includes installation and labor)
Project Duration: 2 years
Construction: New

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