The Cinematic Experience with the Comforts of Home

The clients moved into a new two-year-old home that was supposed to have a dedicated theater already built out. 2/19/2007 3:00 AM Eastern

The Cinematic Experience with the Comforts of Home

Feb 19, 2007 8:00 AM

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2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Gold Technical Design
Level II ($80,000-120,000)

Media Design Associates Inc.

The clients moved into a new two-year-old home that was supposed to have a dedicated theater already built out. What Media Design Associates Inc. found was a lot of wires in bundles and no electronics, as well as a big mess. In addition, there was a window in the room that had to be kept operable for fire codes. Another obstacle: the client realized that the air-conditioning system failed to cool the room sufficiently, which would be needed to house the electronics in the humid climate.

The design around the window was easily fixed by making that the back of the theater and placing a large velvet drape in front of it to give it the right effect. The equipment was put into a hidden wall next to the screen, with a mesh speaker covering so that it had room to breathe. In addition, Media Design Associates worked with a cooling contractor to add proper vents in the room and make them seamless to the design. The control system is a Crestron ST-1700C touchscreen and processor. It operates the lighting, DVD manager, TiVo, single-play DVD, cable, satellite, Arcam surround processor, the multi-format electronic masking on the screen, and more.

A separate HVAC system was installed specifically for the theater, which then provided ample ventilation. The Arcam AVP700 was chosen specifically for its ability to be able to calibrate acoustically for the clients audiophile taste. Revel speakers were chosen for their tonal qualities.

The theater was calibrated using the video essentials DVD. The theater was finished just before Thanksgiving, traditionally a holiday where the client hosts family and friends. They loved utilizing the theater so much, that they had a New Years party with their children and their children's friends and parents. Everyone loved the fact that the kids could all be having a great time at the movies, and the parents knew where they were.

Equipment list

  • 1 Acoustic Innovations Custom Woodmont Showcase with eight Deco chairs in Seduction Copper
  • 1 Chief Manufacturing RPA-034 mount
  • 1 Active Thermal Management Cool-Stack mount
  • 1 Arcam DiVA AVP700 preamp processor
  • 1 Arcam DiVA P1000 7-channel power amplifier
  • 1 APC PS450 Smart-UPS Powerstack
  • 1 Crestron MC2E compact control system with Ethernet
  • 1 Crestron ST-1700C touchpanel
  • 1 Digital Projection iVision HD video projector
  • 1 Escient Fireball DVDM-100 DVD and music manager
  • 1 Hughes HR10-250 satellite receiver with TiVo
  • 1 Lutron GRX-3106 6 Zone lighting
  • 1 Middle Atlantic Products AXS-35 rackmount
  • 6 Middle Atlantic Products -C clamps
  • 6 Middle Atlantic Products RSH4A custom rackmount kits
  • 1 Middle Atlantic Products TRACK50 AXS service track pair
  • 1 Middle Atlantic Products TS1640 AXS service stand
  • 6 Middle Atlantic Products VTP-1 vent panels
  • 1 Panamax GRM2205 rackmount kit
  • 1 Panamax MAX 4310 noise filtration
  • 1 Paradigm Servo-15 subwoofer
  • 1 Stewart Filmscreen EMSN114HST13WX vertical ScreenWall
  • 1 Stewart Filmscreen LVC- LV controller
  • 7 Revel I30 in-wall loudspeakers and back boxes
  • 1 Sony DVP-CX777ES 400-disc changer
  • 1 Sony SLV-D550P DVD/VCR
  • 1 Tributaries Alpha AV cable 2M
  • 3 Tributaries Alpha audio cables 2M
  • 1 Tributaries Alpha component cable 2M
  • 1 Tributaries optical cable 2M
  • 1 Winegard HD7082P VHF/UHF/FM antenna

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 4
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 29.12
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 7
    Project Management: 7.45
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 9.74
    Trim-out: 14.52
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 15.3
    Programming: 15
    Final Installation and Calibration: 127.74
    Client Instruction: 3
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 3
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 10
    Project Management by Others: 4
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 249.87

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