Powerful Processing, Super-wide Images Enhance Theater
The combination of anamorphic lens projection for video and JBL Synthesis and Anthem electronics for audio make this theater finely tuned.
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FINALIST: Best Home Theater $100,000-$250,000
February 11, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

This is just one room in a house full of audio and video. But with a sweet 2.35 projection setup and rockin’ surround sound, it’s certainly the destination room for movie and sports nights.

The theater construction was part of a whole-home audio and video distribution system installed by Florida-based Media Design Associates, which employed Crestron’s PVID Video Distribution System and Adagio Audio Distribution System at the core to route the A/V.

“The house was designed with a clean contemporary look, therefore it was important to the clients that the audio video equipment blended into that,” says MDA’s Joann Zarick “They absolutely wanted the latest technology and also wanted the electronic components out of view.”

That led to the installation of several clean-looking flat panels in the home, as well as this clutter-free dedicated home theater. Components are out of the way, allowing viewers to soak in the decor, which includes a fiber-optic star ceiling above an elegant soffit, and the big Stewart Filmscreen super-wide 2.35:1 aspect ratio screen.

Multiple sources, including a Kaleidescape Audio and Video Server and Sony Blu-ray player, can be accessed for movies. A JVC projector and Panamorph anamorphic lens kit help deliver the super-wide CinemaScope images to fill the entire screen without the top and bottom black bars on 2.35:1 movies.

For the audio, an already high-performance JBL Synthesis Array surround-sound system was given a state-of-the-art processing boost as MDA used Anthem’s D2 surround processor and Arc2 equalization/calibration kit to fine tune the JBL speakers to perfection.

Two racks of equipment are hidden from view in a central equipment room, while the homeowners can control every aspect of their system with Crestron and RTI remote controls.

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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 and Installation
Media Design Associates
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
www.mda-usa.com

Acoustics
VIP Home Theater

Cabinetry
Randall & Associates

Equipment
Panamorph UH380 Professional Grade Horizontal Expansion Lens
Crestron CNRFGWA-418, one-way remote rf receiver
Anthem ARC-1, Room Correction System
Crestron MT-1000C, compact wireless touch screen
JVC DLA-RS2U, projector
Stewart Filmscreen EMSN138SST13G3WX, custom vertical screenwall
JBL Synthesis Array 800 loudspeakers
JBL Synthesis HTPS-400BLK, Thx powered subwoofer
JBL Synthesis P81, 2-way 7 1/2 high performance loudspeaker
Kaleidescape Movie Player & Server
Integra CDC-3.4, 6 disc changer
Crestron AAE, Adagio Audio System Expander
Crestron AES, Adagio Entertainment System
Crestron CNX-PVID8X3, professional video distribution system
Middle Atlantic Racks
APC S10, Power conditioner and battery
Anthem D2, multi-zone preamp/processor/tuner
Sony BDPS300, Blu-ray payer
Tributaries Wires
Crestron TPS-6L, Isys 5.7” wall mount touchpanel
RTI T2C Universal Remote Controller
RTI M2 Universal Remote Controller, LCD w/ 8 buttons
Paradigm CS-160, Cs series 2 way in-ceiling recessed speakers


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