Glamorous, Intimate Seven-Seat Theater

The video challenge of hiding the Marantz projector in an enclosure in the rear soffit was tedious. There were different elevations on the front and rear soffits. In addition, the design element of a 3/03/2008 7:00 AM Eastern

Glamorous, Intimate Seven-Seat Theater

Mar 3, 2008 12:00 PM

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2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry:
Best Large Home Theater, Level IV: $146,000 - $200, 000

The video challenge of hiding the Marantz projector in an enclosure in the rear soffit was tedious. There were different elevations on the front and rear soffits. In addition, the design element of a monogram dropped below the soffit a few inches. If it got caught in the crosshairs of our projector line-of-sight it would have created a shadow cast on the screen. The long-throw projector was at the fringe of the minimum tolerance for a 110in. screen. It was necessary to factor in the additional throw distance necessary for the key stoning in order to completely fill the screen. In theory, we knew it should work, but it wasn’t until the projector was installed that we were able to verify that our calculations were correct. By pulling the projector back deeper into the soffit by an additional 1 3/4in., we were able to fill the screen perfectly without any overscanning. The audio goal was to conceal two pair of surround effects speakers in 5in. deep columns, conceal a flush-mount loudspeaker under the screen, and create an acoustically well-balanced room. In addition, 12 loads of lighting are managed and controlled by various scenes from the Crestron keypad at the entrance to the theater and the Crestron remote, which also controls the Xbox management.

There were several challenges that were overcome in this project. With respect to the video, as we pulled the long-throw Marantz projector back further in the soffit in order to max out the screen size, we were reducing the size for the left and right prosceniums necessary for the aesthetics, acoustics, subwoofers, and mains. A compromise was accomplished maxing out the room’s potential. It would ultimately house a 110in. screen and a 7.1 system that included two 10in. subwoofers in the front proscenium.

Four flush mount-effect loudspeakers were concealed in the columns. The center channel flush-mount loudspeaker has directional tweeters that were adjusted for optimal sound dispersion. It is located under the screen. The left and right loudspeakers and two 10in. subwoofers are concealed behind acoustically transparent material within the front proscenium. The room achieved the reference level of 100dB. This was verified by the Sencore SP295 Sound Pro Audio Analyzer. The theater has a dedicated HVAC ventilation system. The equipment is housed in an air-cooled closet located in the Cinebar area at the entrance to this small, glamorous seven-seat theater. The Cinebar area is complete with a popcorn machine and a mini refrigerator below.

The theater was video calibrated with both the Sencore CP5000 color analyzer and the Sencore VP403C multimeter generator. Extensive audio calibration was done with the Sencore SP295 Sound Pro Analyzer. The extensive acoustic paneling, plush CineLoungers, draperies, and curtains mixed with exotic woods, resulted in an intimate, accurate, acoustically-correct theater.

Equipment list

  • 1 DirecTV HR20 HD Sat Receiver
  • 1 Marantz SR9600 Receiver
  • 1 Marantz DV7600 DVD Player
  • 2 Sonance Cinema Two loudspeakers
  • 4 Sonance Cinema Two Surround loudspeakers
  • 2 Sonance Son of Sub subwoofers
  • 1 Panamax M5500 AC Regenerator, Surge, Filter
  • 1 Marantz VP 12S-2 Long Throw
  • 1 VuTec 110in. Pearl Brite XWF 3.0 Gain Screen
  • 1 Crestron ST1700C Touchpanel
  • 1 Crestron MC2W Control Processor
  • 2 Crestron CLS-C6 Lighting Controls
  • 1 Crestron CNX-B4W Keypad
  • 1 Middle Atlantic AX-s Rack System
  • 8 Middle Atlantic RSH Custom Faceplates

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 6
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 8
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 6
    Project Management: 15
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 16
    Trim-out: 18
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 18
    Programming: 20
    Final Installation and Calibration: 25
    Client Instruction: 2
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 250
    Project Management by Others: 28
    Other time: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 402

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