Multiuse Media Room Includes Projector and Flat Screen
Family squeezed the maximum amount of fun out of a small basement remodel.
June 20, 2011 by Grant Clauser

Often, when people come to CE Pros like Electronics Design Group of Piscataway, NJ, and ask for a big screen, what the homeowners have in mind is a big flat-screen TV. That was the case in this installation. The homeowner has a his mind set on a 103-inch plasma TV, because most people believe that’s the biggest and best you can get for the money.

However, as it often happens, Electronics Design Group proceeded to show this client what a projection theater can be, and it didn’t take long for the plasma dream to turn into a projector reality.

What they ended up with was a 110-inch screen from Elite Screens and a DPI M-Vision projector. But that’s not all. While the projector system perfectly suited the client’s wish for something big to enjoy movies and sports, the family still wanted the space to be suited for other purposes, so EDG put in an additional Samsung flat panel TV in the rear of the room, complete with its own audio equipment and sources. While some guests can watch a movie or sporting event on the projection screen, others can play video games on the rear TV.

For speakers, EDG installed in-wall B&W speakers and subwoofers, which sound great and don’t take away from the limited floor space. Because floor space was an issue, the owners opted for only one row of three theaters seats with a few beanbag-style seats for the kids. Acoustic panels on the walls add nice architectural elements while improving the room’s sound quality.

If that wasn’t enough family fun, an additional adjoining room includes another flat panel TV, custom bar and ping pong table.

Sources for the system include a 400-disc Sony Blu-ray player, DirecTV receivers, and Apple TV and two video game consoles.

To keep all this gear connected and easy to use, the family had EDG install a Control4 system to allow them access to their media from several different rooms.

Electronics Design Group
60 Ethel Rd W
Suite 5
Piscataway, New Jersey

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

Equipment List

Equipment List
Equipment Used:
1 Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11 Base Station w/3 port Gigabit Ethernet Router for Control4
1 Apple AppleTV - 160 160GB Apple Tv
1 Audio Authority 9880 Dual Cat 5 Enclosed receiver - Surface Mount Box - 1 output
1 Audio Authority AVM-562 AVAtrix 6x6 Cat 5 Matrix w/rack ears - no Receivers included
2 Audioquest Forest HDMI - 1 M HDMI HDMI to HDMI
3 Audioquest Forest HDMI - 2 M HDMI HDMI to HDMI
7 Audioquest VDM-A - 2.0 M Digital Audio Cable
7 Audioquest YIQ-A 2 M Component Video RCA to RCA
1 B&W CT74 2-way custom install home theater LCRS, 2x6”” Blue kevlar bass/mid range driver, 1”” soft doem tweeter, grille included
1 B&W CTSW12 “Closed box subwoofer system with optional rack mount amplifier. Designed to fit in home theater cabinetry. 12” paper/kevlar cone driver - black
6 B&W CWM74 CWM7.4 2-way in-wall system, 1” nautilus tube loaded soft dome tweeter. 6” blue kevlar cone bass/mid range
1 B&W SA250 SA250 dedicated in-wall subwoofer rack-mount single channel 250W Amplifier. Black Finish
18 Control4 AC-3x-xx/AC-6x-xx Standard 3/6 button engraved keypad
1 Control4 C4-2URMK-B 2U Rack mount kit - HC300
1 Control4 C4-3PNAV-IPAD Mobile navigator license for ipad
1 Control4 C4-BDP-CX7000ES Sony Blu Ray 400 disc mega changer
13 Control4 C4-DIM1-Z-xx Wireless Dimmer, 1000W, 120VAC
1 Control4 C4-HC1000V3-E-B Home Controller HC-1000 no remote
1 Control4 C4-HC300B-E-B Home Controller
1 Control4 C4-IOX-E-B IO Extender
3 Control4 C4-KP6-Z-xx Wireless 6-button keypad
2 Control4 C4-PW200-G-WH Luxul Pro-WAV 200, DWL-2100AP
1 Control4 C4-SR250-Z-B Systems Remote Control
1 Control4 CCZ-T1-W Wireless Thermostat
1 Dataprobe IBBN15 15A iBoot Bar provides independent control of 8 outlets
1 Digital Projection 109-684 M-Vision Adjustable Ceiling Mount
1 Digital Projection 110-003 M-Vision Cine LED with 1.85-2.40 Lens
1 Elite Screens PVR110WH1 110” 1.78:1 Fixed Screen 54” x 96”
1 Furman Elite-15 Pfi 15A HT Power Conditioner Power Factor
1 Furman F1000-UPS 1000Va Rack Mount UPS
1 Geffen EXT COMPAUD 143 1 in 3 out Component Video Distribution Amplifier
1 Integra DTR-80.1 THX Ultra2 Plus, 4-Zone, 9.2 Channel Network Receiver
1 Integra IRK-180-4 Rack Mount for DTR-50.1, DTR 70.1, DTR-80.1, DHC-80.1, DTA-70.1
1 Key Digital KD-CATHD HDMI over dual Cat 5 Balun
1 LG BD590 Blu Ray DVD Player w/Vudu, Pandora, Netflix, Picasa: Wireless & 250GB Memory
1 Middle Atlantic ERK-SYS ERK Equipment Rack System
8 RPG Acoustic Panels RPG BAD Arc Acoustical Diffusion curved panels
1 Tiverton TSL1-RCAR6G Video Game Jack
6 Xantech 282MRP Standard High output mouse emitter
1 Zinwell WB68 Wide band frequency (Ku/ka) 6x8 Multiswitch for MPEG-4 Compression HD Compatible receivers - Direct TV Approved
3 Client Supplied Theater Seats
2 Client Supplied Bean bag Style lounge chairs w/ ottoman
1 Microsoft Xbox
1 Nintendo Wii

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