Theater Overcomes Potential Disasters
Oddly-shaped ceiling and curved back wall could have been acoustic nightmares.
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SILVER WINNER: Home Theater $50K-$100K
May 03, 2010 by Steven Castle

SoundSense and Innerspace also had to treat a curved back wall of the theater, which is an architectural element, so sound wouldn’t reflect off of it uncontrollably. Even the soffit area of the tray ceiling is treated acoustically.

Well, gee, all that’s really nice, too. But … er … isn’t there something else to rock our electronics world? Nah. This theater system is already good enough.

Making an A/V Investment Count
If you invest in a very good audio and video system, as the owners of this home theater did, you want it to sound and look its best. And that often requires an additional investment in acoustical treatments and audio and video calibration.

First, the rounded portion of the back wall in this theater posed a problem, because sound can reflect off a rounded surface in undesirable ways. Acoustical treatments were added to that wall to achieve the optimal delay time for the surround sound. (A small delay time in the surround channels, for example, adds some spatial ambience to surround effects.) Other portions of the theater, such as the soffit and the walls, were also treated with acoustical materials.

Once the system was installed, audio calibration was performed with an SPL (sound pressure level) meter and Digital Video Essentials Calibration software. Final audio adjustments were made with room analysis software. Video calibration was completed to ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) standards.

As a result, these homeowners enjoy the kind of top-of-the-line performance that their high-end audio and video systems can deliver. Without the acoustical treatments and calibration, their performance would surely be compromised.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

Installers/Equipment List

Systems Design and Installation
Innerspace
Port Chester, N.Y.
http://www.innerspaceelectronics.com

Acoustics
SoundSense
East Hampton, N.Y.
http://www.soundsense.com

Room Size
28 x 28 feet

Equipment
1 Sim2 C3X 1080T2
1 Chief Ceiling Mount Bracket
1 Stewart SNDQ123HST13wez
1 Rotel RSP-1069
1 Rotel RMB-1095
1 Rotel RB-1080
1 Pioneer Elite BDP-51FD
1 Digital HD-Ready Cable Box with DVR
1 Panamax MAX 5100PM
2 B&W 804S
1 B&W HTM3S
4 B&W Signature 7NT
5 B&W BB-W8
4 B&W PMKW8
2 REL R-505
1 Crestron TPS-6X
1 Crestron CEN-HPRF-GATEWAY
1 Crestron CP2E
1 Crestron PW-2410RU
1 Remote Control Repeater
1 DIRECTV HR22
1 Key Digital KD-CSW 2x1
1 Middle Atlantic AXS-35
1 Middle Atlantic TRACK50
1 Middle Atlantic TS1640
1 Middle Atlantic AXS-WT-50
5 Middle Atlantic RSH-4A
7 Middle Atlantic EVT-1
2 Middle Atlantic BL-3
1000ft 12 gauge 4 conductor cable
200ft RGB-HV cable
1000ft Category 5e data cable
2 DCHQHDMI-A-15MB
2 DCHQHDMI-A-10MB


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