Bringing the NBA Action Home

Hometronics’ client is the ultimate NBA fan. The install team was given the task of bringing the sights, sounds, and feelings of NBA action to life in his home. 2/02/2007 7:00 AM Eastern

Bringing the NBA Action Home

Feb 2, 2007 12:00 PM

The following information is courtesy of the 2006 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.

2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers Choice Awards: Best Overall, Media Room
Gold Technical Design


Hometronics’ client is the ultimate NBA fan. The install team was given the task of bringing the sights, sounds, and feelings of NBA action to life in his home. They converted one of his barns into the ultimate media room.

Based on the enormous size and scope of the space, Hometronics enlisted a world-renown acoustical and design firm and contracted the acoustic engineering teams at California Audio Technology (CAT) to place and manufacture each custom ultra-high-performance loudspeaker in the correct engineered locations in relationship to the listening environment and room shape. The Stewart screen was built into the corner of the space, where CAT custom manufactured loudspeakers (measuring 7ft.tall, 2000lb. each) with custom-angled enclosures that correctly performed and fit into the corner of the building structure. Four CAT 22in. and four CAT 12in. aluminum subwoofers were custom manufactured to accurately deliver the incredible amount of balanced bass to the 2500- square-foot sports oasis. A Runco MBX-1 projector was selected for its high resolution and light output so that the room’s lights could be up without compromising the image on the screen.

This sports paradise is a multimedia experience complete with over 20 plasma and LCD displays located in the media area, bar/kitchenette, bathrooms, billiard, and poker area. A motorized telescopic pole lowers from the ceiling allowing each player to watch their own screen. Backlit NBA team logos and game photography recreate the ambience of NBA arenas. Sports energy is transmitted to the enthusiasts through two D-Box motion platforms. Even the porch has a projector, motorized screen, and surround sound so you never miss the action. Three wireless touchpanels are kept in key areas to have easy access and control for any given area. Two totally populated Kaleidescape video servers allow over 1000 movies to be stored in full resolution. Video sources are routed through three stacked matrix switchers that send information to video processors and displays. Even the aroma of the NBA is present from a backlit display case featuring a collection of every Air Jordan produced by Nike and signed by Michael Jordan.

Equipment list

  • 1 Runco MBX-1 digital cinema projector
  • 1 Runco DHD digital controller
  • 1 Runco CL-720 projector
  • 1 Runco PL-61 DHD plasma
  • 1 Stewart Filmscreen 120"x68" ElectriMask Microperf Filmscreen
  • 1 Da-Lite 54"x96" Tensioned Cosmopolitan Filmscreen
  • 8 ADA Cinema Rhapsody Mach II processor
  • 1 ADA XLR-8 balanced audio converter
  • 1 ADA Quadratune XM/FM tuner
  • 3 California Audio Technology 10.9S44 free-standing Avonite loudspeakers
  • 4 California Audio Technology 7.0 in-wall 22in. subwoofers
  • 4 California Audio Technology 4.0 in-wall 12in. subwoofers
  • 4 California Audio Technology CE 4.8 in-wall surround speakers
  • 2 Kaleidescape K-2500 movie servers
  • 2 Kaleidescape K-Player 2000 movie players
  • 1 Kaleidescape K-Reader 2000 reader
  • 22 Kaleidescape K-Disk 400 hard drives
  • 2 Autopatch 20x20 RGB matrix switchers
  • 1 Denon DVD-3910 DVD player
  • 1 Denon AVR-4806 digital receiver
  • 2 Denon AVR-1906 digital recevier
  • 1 Denon AVR-3805 digital recevier
  • 1 D-Box XL Odysee system
  • 2 D-Box Quest motion seats
  • 2 D-Box control processors
  • 1 Symetrix 8x8 DSP processor
  • 1 Symetrix DSP 322 processor
  • 1 AMX NI-4000 control processor
  • 3 AMX Modero MVP-8400 touchpanels
  • 3 AMX TDS docking stations
  • 2 AMX NXF mini card cages
  • 3 AMX VST-TSAT communicating thermostats
  • 1 JVC HM-DH40000 DVHS
  • 1 Sensio S3D-100 3D simulation system
  • 1 Parasound Zamp zone amplifier
  • 1 Parasound Pre-Z pre-amplifier
  • 1 Parasound Zamp zone amplifier
  • 5 Middle Atlantic MRK-4426 racks
  • 1 Rise Vision 10ft. realtime sports ticker
  • 4 Panasonic 50PX50U 50in. plasma monitors
  • 3 Sony FWP-50 50in. plasma monitor
  • 3 Sharp LC32-GD6U LCD displays
  • 3 Sharp LC13-B6U 13 in. LCD displays
  • 4 Sharp LC-26DAU 26in. LCD displays
  • 5 SpeakerCraft AIM-8 in-ceiling speakers
  • 1 Ground 1 25KVA isolation transformer
  • 1 Pulsar EX-15 UPS system
  • 1 Pioneer Electronics DVR-233 DVD burner
  • 4 CAL Audio CA 4.8 in-ceiling speakers
  • 1 RGB Spectrum Quadview XL processor
  • 5 Bogen Near A8 outdoor speakers
  • 1 Laser Shot HT-100 shooting simulator
  • 3 Wallflower 12.1in. digital picture display
  • 2 Cinematech Seating Lonestar seats

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 56
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 175
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 68
    Project Management: 450
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 72
    Trim-out: 280
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 80
    Programming: 190
    Final Installation and Calibration: 168
    Client Instruction: 4
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 24
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 325
    Project Management by Others: 80
    Other time: California Audio Technology onsite audio engineering & system calibration, Runco onsite video calibration, Rise Software real time sports ticker calibration, Laser Shot interactive shooting system calibration, Sencio 3D Glasses and DVD calibration, Vantage Lighting System installation, and programming by electrical design firm: 210
    Total Hours to Complete: 2122

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