Home Theater Star Field

For over seven years, our customer kept a folder with ideas and notes of what he wanted in his theater, and with the help of our company and the builder, we made his dream a reality. 12/17/2007 7:00 AM Eastern

Home Theater Star Field

Dec 17, 2007 12:00 PM

The following information is courtesy of the 2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit or call (800) 669-5329.

2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry:
Best Large Home Theater, Level I: $56,000 - $85,000

For over seven years, our customer kept a folder with ideas and notes of what he wanted in his theater, and with the help of our company and the builder, we made his dream a reality. Off the lower level bar, the theater entrance is disguised as a built-in wall cabinet. The 8' x 16' in-ceiling star field, controllable with the remote, gives the room a spacious, outdoor feeling. A custom counter top and bar stools in the rear allow for additional seating and snacking.

The projector is hidden within a soffited area in the rear of the theater. To accommodate sufficient ventilation, we ran special ductwork for an air circulation system to remove warm air and re-supply with fresh air when the system is running. We modulated the image on the theater screen to the plasma in the great room so the homeowner would be able to ensure that the kids are watching age-appropriate programming.

The room dimensions were perfect for acoustic dispersion. We used a standard DB meter to set and adjust the speaker levels. Speaker placement was not a challenge, but equipment location was. Even though it was located in the back of the room, there was no way to access it. We simply used a slide-out racking system to allow for easy hook up. The control system is RF, with unique pages that are customized for the different members of the client’s family. The main page, a themed photograph actually taken by the customer, sports main control buttons hidden under the individual movie tickets. There are numerous other hidden buttons such as one under the popcorn image, which adjusts the lighting and pauses the DVD, allowing for snack or bathroom breaks.

We did not use a commercial calibration device. We relied on test DVDs and the experience of two senior field technicians that have over 60 years of combined experience.

Equipment list

  • 1 Denon Receiver AVR-2106
  • 1 Denon DVD Player DVD-2910
  • 1 Sim2 Projector HT-305E
  • 1 Peerless Projector Mount
  • 1 Da-Lite Screen 119" Cinema Contour
  • 1 Universal Remote Control RF Remote MX-3000
  • 1 Universal Remote Control RF Base Station MRF-250
  • 1 Dish Network HD Sat Tuner VIP-211
  • 7 Klipsch Speakers Reference Series
  • 1 Klipsch Powered Subwoofer
  • 1 Elan Cooling Fan Z-Fan
  • 1 Lutron Lighting Control 6-Zone Grafik Eye
  • 1 Furman Power Conditioner and Surge Protector Elite 15-DM
  • 1 Raxxess Equipment Rack KAR-18-22
  • 1 Acoustic Innovations Fiber Optic Star Field
  • 8 Berkline Theater Seats 094 Group

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 20
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 10
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 16
    Project Management: 24
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 6
    Trim-out: 6
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 4
    Programming: 5
    Final Installation and Calibration: 6
    Client Instruction: 2
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 6
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 4
    Project Management by Others: 0
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 109

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