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The 22 home theater finalists for CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles Designer Awards.
Finishing Touches
Simple Elegance
Under the Sea
Challenging Dynamics
Studying Up
Eye-Popping Performance
The Gold Standard
Cozy Hideaway
Maximum Capabilities
Ahead of the Curve
Country Chalet
Inviting Escape
Under the Tuscan Theater
Rustic Appeal
Above the Tide
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Slide 10 of 23
Ahead of the Curve

Briefly describe the objectives in creating this theater.
The client’s objective for this system was to have a stunning room visually, with a unique seating layout, and large screen video presentation. They had seen and experienced theaters in their friends’ home and at our design center, and although they appreciated the performance of those systems, they wanted something that looked completely different than what they had seen, something that didn’t look boxy but had curves.

Of course, the system still had to look and sound great, and they wanted to ensure there was dedicated seating for eight, as well as bar seating for additional and occasional viewers. They had a room set aside during the homes construction, and wanted to incorporate the rest of the homes’ flair and lighting details into a hip, new lounge-like theater.

What technical features are notable in this project?
Due to the size of the screen as compared to the wide viewing area, screen material had to be carefully selected. The odd seating configuration also required a calibration and EQ system that could adjust the sound properly for the seat positions as well as the proximity of seats to the walls. The client wanted to integrate the existing house sources, so the new equipment had to integrate with the existing Crestron distribution and control system, as well as plan for viewing of their extensive digital media. The system features a Kaleidescape player to access their stored movie collection, and an AppleTV to access their iTunes music, shows, and photos.

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