Double Feature


Bronze Winner: Home Theater $25,000 - $75,000

A dual-personality home theater for sports and movie fans.

May. 09, 2011 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The lucky homeowner of this 11-seat theater wanted a space that was as comfortable for an action-packed thriller as it was for a Triple Crown race. Rows one and two deliver cinema-style comfort—with contemporary red styling—while the third row offers more informal seating for the sports crowd.

Providing two different experiences was important to the homeowner, so he asked the architect and builder to design separate entrances. One entry is through the bar area where guests stream back and forth while watching a game. For a night at the movies, guests are directed through the foyer past the formal lobby lined with movie posters, where they can grab a bag of popcorn from the popper.

Electronics Design Group (EDG), Piscataway, N.J., designed the rows and risers so everyone would have an optimum view of the screen, a challenge in this room where a large structural pillar is prominent.

On the audio side, computer-aided design software helped the planners deliver balanced sound to each seat. EDG met the owner’s request for exceptional sound with an array of B&W loudspeakers built into the walls around the theater. Front left, center and right channel speakers are positioned above the screen behind fabric grills, while two powered subwoofers are built into the enclosure beneath the screen to provide the crash and boom movie lovers expect.

System Design & Installation
Electronics Design Group, Piscataway, N.J.
Hiland Hall Turner Architects, Bernardsville, N.J.
Palomar Associates, Warren, N.J.
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The owner wanted to enjoy movies in super-widescreen 2.35:1 or 2.4:1 CinemaScope formats, the way many big blockbusters are filmed. So EDG combined a Runco projector and an anamorphic lens, which is used to produce the superwide images. A Stewart Filmscreen masking system ensures the full CinemaScope experience—without seeing black bars when viewing standard movies or TV shows. 

The Lutron lighting control system provides various preset scenes for different viewing material. In sports mode, the lights are brighter for socializing. A movies setting dims the lights over 30 seconds so viewers can settle into their seats. When the movie is over, a tap on the remote slowly ramps the lights back up.

All distribution equipment, processors and amplifiers are stored in a rack that sits in an equipment room adjacent to the theater and cooled to preserve the life of the electronics. Source equipment is housed in the theater for easy access. Video components include a Blu-ray player and a Vudu high-definition streaming movie player for video on demand. Music is provided by an audio server and XM radio. A gaming jack is threaded into the system so the video game du jour can be accommodated at any time. Always looking ahead, EDG ensured there’s room in the equipment stack when the owners are ready to upgrade. This should be a simple task for EDG installers, thanks to the company’s labeled wiring diagram. EH

2) B&W ASW10 Powered Subwoofer
3) B&W CT7.3 LCR Speakers
4) B&W CWM800 Speakers
Crestron CNX PAD-8A Audio Distribution Processor
Crestron C2N-TXM XM Tuner
Crestron CEN-IDOC iPod Interface
Crestron CP-2E Control processor
Crestron CNPWS-75 Power Supply
Crestron CNRFGWA-418 RF Receiver
Crestron CLS-C6 iLUX Lighting System
Crestron MT-1000C Wireless touchpanel
3) Crestron CNX-B8 8-Button Designer Keypad
HD DVD – Client Supplied
Intelix AVO-A2 Balun
Intelix AVO-V3 Balun
Lutron GRXMR-6-A 6 zone, independent control, 16 scenes
Lutron GRX-IA 232 Interface Controller
Lutron ST-6BRL-NI 6-Button Keypad with raise/lower
Lutron SK-6BRL-NI Engraved Button Set
Tiverton Custom gaming jack – client supplied
8) Theater Seats – Client Supplied
Key Digital KD-CD3A 1x3 HD Distribution Amplifier
Mid Atlantic ERK-SYS Rack
ReQest F2.400 Digital Music Server
Rotel RSP-1570 PreAmp/Processor
Rotel RMB-1095 5-Channel Amplifier
Rotel RB-1080 5-Channel Amplifier
Runco VX2000 Projector
Runco Vivix DHD
Samsung BD-P3600 Blu Ray Player
Stewart Firehawk EMSN136SFHG3WX Electrimask Screen
Vudu XL Video on Demand Box

Installation Info
Systems Design & Installation:
Electronics Design Group, Piscataway, N.J.,
Hiland Hall Turner Architects, Bernardsville, N.J.,
Palomar Associates, Warren, N.J., 908-730-9772
Interior Design:
Chandani Design, New York, NY,

Project Details
Room Size (L x W x H): 29 x 16 x 19 feet
Cost: $69,000 (includes installation and labor)
Project Duration: 30 months
Construction: New

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