A New Dimension


Silver Winner: Home Theater $150,000+

3D projection TV and cool lighting effects make this theater pop.

May. 10, 2011 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

It’s a challenge to distinguish between form and function in this glitzy home theater. Start up top, at the “floating cloud” ceiling constructed of acoustical panels and trimmed with colorful LED lighting that makes a technology fashion statement. Wall-lined pillars, in place for aesthetic appeal, also house bass traps to calm the thumps from four 18-inch subwoofers.

But it’s the 3D system that brings a whole new element to this home theater experience, says Lance Anderson of Admit One Home Cinema of Edina, Minn. The active DPI projection system works with a standard screen, unlike a passive system that must maintain vertical polarization to produce 3D images. A view into the crystal ball was essential to avoid obsolescence, Anderson says. “We wanted to make sure we had adequate cabling, because even 15 months ago when we were wiring, we didn’t know whether we’d need two HDMI cables to [carry the 3D signal] or a single HDMI 1.4 cable.” To cover all the bases, the company installed conduit and ran extra cable.

System Design & Installation
Admit One Home Cinema, Edina, Minn. www.admitonecinema.com
Larson Contracting, Albert Lea, Minn.
Interior Design
Home Design by Annie, Minneapolis, Minn.
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The infrared (IR) emitter for the 3D glasses is located at the projector location, rather than by the screen. Not only does this save on wiring, but the designers didn’t have to worry about hiding it. Anderson says the signal bounces off the screen in the same way the image does, with the timing of the IR signal controlled by the Samsung Blu-ray player dedicated to 3D playback.

A Kaleidescape Blu-ray media server stores the 2D Blu-ray collection. Anderson chose XpanD Universal 3D glasses for the theater because of their compatibility with all active-shutter systems. “I like the idea of glasses that aren’t [exclusive to] a particular [3D display] manufacturer,” he says. “They play well with others.”

Simplicity ruled for the remote control, as Anderson employed a one-fisted RTI T2-C that allows users to enter their favorite channels by feel, an important ergonomic plus when operating a remote in the dark. Despite the increasing popularity of using smartphones as remote controls, Anderson is sticking by the raised-button design for home theaters, so users don’t have to open an app to control the TV. “So often we see large palette remotes, but my theory is that they aren’t practical,” Anderson says. “We like to give our customers a lot of tactile buttons.” It’s more work on the programming side, he says, but it results in a smoother operation and happier theater owners. EH

1) DPI Titan Reference 1080P 3D Projector
1) Stewart 174” Diagonal 2.35 Cine-V with Vertical Masking Microperf Grayhawk LS
3) JBL Synthesis SAM1HF High Frequency Driver
3) JBL Synthesis SAM2LF Low Frequency Driver
4) JBL Synthesis S4AI-H Side/Rear EFX Speaker
4) JBL Synthesis S1S-EX 18" THX Subwoofer
1) JBL Synthesis AV2 Processor
1) JBL Synthesis SDEC4500P EQ/X-over
1) JBL Synthesis SDEC4500X EQ/X-over
3) JBL Synthesis SAM12X for front LCR's
1) JBL Synthesis S4500XLRIC Interconnect Kit
1) JBK Synthesis AVA7 Main Amplifier
4) JBL Synthesis S820 THX Subwoofer Amplifiers
1) ATM System 1 for Projector Cooling
1) Anchor Bay Tech DVDO Edge Video Processor
1) DirecTV HD Pro Receiver
1) Panasonic BDT350 Blu-Ray Player
6pr Xpand 103 3D Glasses
1) Kaleidescape 1U Server
1) Kaleidescape M500 Player/Importer
1) Kaleidescape Vault100 Blu-Ray Storage Holder
1) AppleTV 160gb
1) RTI T2C Universal Remote
1) RTI XP8 Processor
1) RTI RM433 Remote Antenna
2) Audioquest Vodka 16m HDMI Cable
5) Audioquest Vodka 2m HDMI Cable
450’ Audioquest Type4 Speaker Wire
2) Lutron Grafik Eye QSGRJ6PWH Lighting Control System
1) Lutron Grafik Eye QSWS25BRLIWH Accessory Keypad
50’ Lutron Grafik Eye GRXCBL346S500 Cable
1) Fabritrak Custom Stretch Fabric System
1) Savant MSC12SE Automation Processor
1) Savant VIM-30D4 Four HDMI Input Card
1) Savant VOM-30D4 Four HDMI Output Card
2) Middle Atlantic ERK4425LRD Rack
17) Middle Atlantic Custom Face Plate with Shelf
2) Middle Atlantic Integrated Power Strip
6) Middle Atlantic Vertical Lacer Bar
20) Middle Atlantic Horizontal Lacer Bar
2) Furman Elite-20PFI Surge/Filtration
36) RPG BAD Sound Panels
6) Owens 2” Fiberglass Sheets
10) Fortress Matinee Powered Chairs
240’ LED LED light Strips

Installation Info
Systems Design & Installation: Admit One Home Cinema, Edina, Minn.,
http://www.admitonecinema.com Builder: Larson Contracting, Albert Lea, Minn., http://www.larson
contracting.com Interior Design: Home Design by Annie, Minneapolis, Minn., http://www.ims
designcenter.com Acoustics Design: Rives Audio, Coralville, Iowa, http://www.rivesaudio.com

Project Details
Room Size (L x W x H): 34 x 19½ x 13½ feet
Cost: $400,000
Project Duration: 15 months
Construction: New

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