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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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A Gamer's Dream Theater

Briefly describe the objectives in creating this theater.
The concept was to create an entertaining environment for the whole family to enjoy. To accomplish this, every gaming system was designed into the room, including a Nintendo Wii, PS3, and an Xbox 360. The PS3 doubles as a bullet proof Blu-Ray player, and an HD DVD player was incorporated for the legacy HD DVDs owned by the client. The aspiring musicians in the family can play their musical instruments on the front stage, and incorporate the Genelec speakers into the mix via the Lexicon LIVE feature. The room was designed to seat the entire family, combining bar stools, CinemaTech seats, and large throw pillows custom made to match the wall fabric for seating grandkids and their friends on the floor if needed. Once closed off to the outside world, the Crestron TMPC-8X touchpanel can grant you access to the cameras, front gate control, lights, and shades.

What technical features are notable in this project?
The room was treated with CinemaTech ARS Material, and incorporates CinemaTech motorized seats. The video system incorporates a Stewart micro-perforated screen and a Sim2 C3X1080 projector. The audio system incorporates Genelec AIW26 speakers and Velodyne SC15 subwoofers, feeding through a Lexicon MC12 HD EQ processor with the optional LIVE feature. Sources to the room include a Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, HD DVD, Kaleidescape, Apple TV, and a DirecTV. All sources are controlled via a Crestron PRO2 processor and TPMC-8X.

The gaming systems are located locally in the theater, while all other sources and control equipment are located in a climate controlled equipment room. The lighting circuits in the room are Lutron controlled. The ceiling remains lit via a starry night fiber optic ceiling. The touchpanel grants access to the whole-house, including the driveway gate, front door camera, water features around the property and whole-house lighting control scenes.

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