February 22, 2013
| by Lisa Montgomery
Big speakers make big noise: It’s what they’re for. Unfortunately, you often pay for that power, both in terms of cash and real estate. Dealing with a relatively small space and a not-so-big budget, the owner of this renovated 14-by-17-foot home theater took his custom electronic pro’s advice and installed a total of six speakers to cover the front left, right and center channels of his surround-sound system.
“We had originally specified one large speaker each for the left, right and center, but SpeakerCraft was offering a deal on its Tantra In-Wall speakers, so took advantage of it and put two speakers at each channel,” explains Shawn Worst of Evolution Home Theatre, San Diego, Calif. “Each channel now has dual tweeters and dual woofers, which can provide more raw audio power than a single woofer or tweeter on each channel could.” And, because the Tantras are smaller than huge floorstanding speakers, Evolution was able to tuck them, as well as two B&K amplifiers, neatly into the custom cabinetry. Rounding out the 7.2 speaker arrangement are dual SpeakerCraft Tantra subwoofers (also in the cabinet) and Tantra bi-pole in-ceiling speakers.
The video keeps par with the audio, thanks to a 125-inch Screen Research CinemaScope screen and a Runco Q750i LED projector with a CinemaScope lens. “The homeowner watches everything in CinemaScope—movies, TV programs, sporting events,” says Worst. “The virtual wide mode on the Runco projector does a good job of stretching non-CinemaScope formatted video to fit the screen, but without distorting the image.” Another reason for choosing the Q750i, says Worst, is its long bulb life and fast start up time—a feature that’s only made faster thanks to a Control4 automation system. Programmed by Worst, the Control4 processor synchronizes the activation of the entire theater environment. One command from a Control4 remote revs up the projector and the surround-sound processor while dimming the lights. Other one-command “macros” arrange the A/V and lighting for intermission and for when people leave the room after a movie.
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Evolution Home Theatre
5175 Benton Place
San Diego, CA 92116
Runco Q750i LED projector
Screen Research 125-inch CinemaScope screen
B&K Reference 70 preamplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 amplifier
SpeakerCraft Dual Tantra in-wall front left, right and center speakers
SpeakerCraft Tantra Bi-Pole in-ceiling surround and rear speakers
SpeakerCraft Dual Tantra 10-inch subwoofers
Vidabox Blu-Ray media server
TiVo HD DVR
Time Warner HD cable DVR
Just Add Power HDMI distribution system
Control4 control system
Control4 lighting system
Fortress custom leather seats
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.