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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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Under the Tuscan Theater

Briefly describe the objectives in creating this theater.
The client wanted a 12 seat high-performance dedicated private screening room. The room’s décor follows the rustic Tuscan theme of the house, and adds a stunning custom-fitted star field ceiling. The stretched fabric dress and custom-finished woodwork structure float 7’’ in front of the sheetrock. Acoustical treatments, speakers, projector and wiring are all concealed behind the floating structure. The final result combines comfortable seating, warm atmosphere, super-dynamic sound, and a huge screen.

What technical features are notable in this project?
A premier theater consultant engineered the room. It was built for sound isolation in the range of STC 55. It is fully controlled by Crestron automation. A
small decorative stage area is used as a ventilation plenum to eliminate background noise. The starry sky ceiling is made of over 1086 individual fiber
strands of all different thicknesses. The strands are all stood off from the acoustically transparent ceiling on spikes to allow placement of acoustical
treatments and avoid over-deadening the room.

The light engine uses DMX512-controlled LED lighting. Each of the three seating rows is carefully placed following standing wave analysis of the room for smoothest bass performance. The 120"x68” acoustically transparent microfiber woven screen is concealed by motorized acoustical transparent drapes. The projector is concealed in a noise reduction soffit enclosure behind the back row. The front speakers are mounted in curved baffles for best bass response coherence. The center speaker is concealed behind the screen.

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