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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 17 of 23
Fixed Budget Finish

Briefly describe the objectives in creating this theater.
The main goal of this project was to optimize the room for picture quality on a strict fixed-budget. We also wanted to achieve an architectural consistency with the ornate trim and plaster details in the rest of the house while maintaining a subdued level of finish that wouldn’t detract from the video presentation. The client, an engineer, knew what he wanted on a technical level. He hired us because we could deliver a thoroughly integrated aesthetic and technical package.

What technical features are notable in this project?
Since the theater was independent of the main house construction schedule, the client allowed us extra time to work through the technical issues on paper first. Examples included subwoofers isolated from the slab using Auralex isolation risers and paneling details that accommodate 4 -10” of acoustic treatment. We designed and implemented a clean-power system with independent ground rods, isolation transformer, rack-mount 60A PDU and a 20A on-line UPS.

The Crestron system monitors the UPS and shuts down the projector after one minute of AC mains loss to protect the bulbs. The projector cowling has ducted supply and return to keep fan noise to a minimum. The Crestron system also monitors the temperature in the cowling and will shut down the projector if it gets too hot; the processor sends an email to the client and our service coordinator. The only user interface is a simple hand-held remote that communicates to the Crestron control.

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