Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and other streaming services have caused a paradigm shift in the home theater marketplace. Physical media has taken a backseat to the convenience of streaming current movies, TV series, and other content directly to the screen of a home theater. But Blu-Ray movies still have their place, as the owners of this 484-square-foot, 8-seat home theater will attest.
50+ Blu-Ray Discs Available
“They are big movie watchers and have a huge selection of Blu-Ray Discs which they still use,” says Mark DiPietro of SoundVision, a home systems design firm in Mooresville, N.C. To make it easy for the family to pop a disc into either a Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player or a Sony Blu-Ray player, SoundVision with help from the builder of the 6,500-square-foot home, created a special equipment closet at the back of the room. Measuring 8×8-feet, “It’s roomy enough comfortably walk into, select a disc and load it into a machine,” DiPietro continues. At the same time, a movie-goer can grab a bucket of popcorn from the popcorn machine graces the large closet along with a well-appointed equipment rack.
The specially constructed equipment closet helps maintain a clean, uncluttered aesthetic, and leaves plenty of room for the family to stretch out and utilize every square inch of the room. One of their requests was that there be enough room in front of the seats to do Wii Fit.
Fusing A/V with the Room Design
A 7.2 surround-sound setup comprised of Episode speakers and subwoofers eats up none of the space either. SoundVision gave the builder the exact measurements of the speakers so that perfectly sized cavities could be constructed within the wall studs to hold the speakers flush with the wall surface. The Onkyo A/V receiver that drives the audio hangs out with the rest of the gear in the equipment closet.
Because this theater set apart from the rest of the house in the lower level, and is used primarily for movie viewing, concealing the screen and projector was unnecessary. As long as they didn’t look out of place or consume valuable floor space, the family was fine with these two pieces of equipment being exposed. SoundVision paired a JVC DILA 3D video projector with a 120-inch Dragonfly screen to provide the larger-than-life visuals.
Cuing a movie is as easy at tapping a button on a URC MRX890 remote, which SoundVision programmed to streamline start-up and shut-down process. In addition to controlling the A/V equipment, the remote also signals the URC light switches to dim as the movie starts and to brighten when the show is over.
Taking the Entertainment Outside
As is the case with many families, the home theater served as a launching pad to other modes of home entertainment. “Their A/V budget during the construction of the house would only accommodate the home theater,” DiPietro explains. “The homeowners said they wanted to live in their house for a while to figure out where they would spend their next A/V dollar.” This ended up being the backyard, where a swimming pool and patio became one of the family’s favorite places to relax.
Music was the choice of entertainment outside. But unlike in the theater, streaming would be the main method of accessing tunes. Through the Sonos system that SoundVision installed, the family can stream songs from their mobile devices as they lounge poolside. To ensure that the audio would blanket the backyard evenly, six in-ground landscape speakers and one in-ground subwoofer from Origin Acoustics were planted among the landscape. SoundVision added a beefy Crown amplifier to provide the audio muscle.
With the outdoor audio addition, the family is able to utilize modern streaming services, while still enjoying the nostalgia of their impressive Blu-Ray disc collection when movie viewing is on the docket. A mix of old with new entertainment styles make this house a stellar example of how technology can be customized to meet the unique needs of its users.
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