Secret Media

The Castle Creek media room exemplifies a current trend in our clients’ tastes toward multipurpose yet technically advanced spaces 10/01/2007 4:00 AM Eastern

Secret Media

Oct 1, 2007 8:00 AM

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 Entry
Best Media Room

The Castle Creek media room exemplifies a current trend in our clients’ tastes toward multipurpose yet technically advanced spaces. Solidly a multipurpose media room, the space still manages to provide acoustical treatment, high-end audio systems, and projection video in a non-intrusive, synergistic way that disappears completely into the background when not in use. A visitor to the room enjoying it as a lounge will rarely notice that it is a media space until the button is pressed, the screen comes down, shades conceal the full-height windows and French doors, and the concealed projector begins to illuminate through its glass port.

The Sony VPLW100 SXRD projector provides true 1920x1080p images, yet fires from behind dual optical glass concealed in the shelves high at the rear of the room, out of sight, dark until used, and always silent. Faroudja-processed video fires onto on a smaller Stewart Filmscreen Electrimask, Greyhawk acoustically perforated screen that appears from a concealed slot when needed. Inhouse-trained staff calibrated video to SMPT/ISF standards in all respects, using laptop-based tools and test images, and the Sony SXRD unit does not disappoint.

The Aerial Acoustics SR3 surrounds running dipole hide in plain view on shelving between acoustically diffusive books. Dual subwoofers and large Aerial floor-standing LCRs are concealed behind a studio-style, stretched-fabric front wall, which also cleverly conceals the motorized drape pocket. None of this is obvious, instead looking like a richly fabric-paneled wall without any clue as to its contents.

An RPG FlutterFree acoustical wave ceiling in exotic hardwoods quietly handles diffusion and bass absorption. Audio is fed by Meridian processing and digital audio from the whole-home systems, which also reside in the equipment closet concealed in the back of the room. Three Symmetrix stereo equalizers, carefully calibrated with an RTA, handle room correction for six discrete channels.

Tying it all together, an AMX Netlinx control system run by an MVP-8400 802.11 wireless handheld touchscreen provides seamless control using software and UIs developed 100 percent inhouse.


  • Aerial Acoustics 8B-BA main loudspeaker
  • Aerial Acoustics CC5-BA center-channel loudspeaker
  • Aerial Acoustics SR3M-B surround loudspeaker
  • AMX PLK-DMS in-wall display keypad
  • AMX MVP8400 wireless touchpanel
  • AMX NI4000 controller
  • Bryston 9B-SST-3 3-channel amplifier
  • Bryston 9B-SST-4 4-channel amplifier
  • Faroudja NRS equiv video processor
  • Meridian G68XXV surround processor
  • Sony DVPNS 999ES DVD player
  • Sony VPLW100 SXRD 1080p projector
  • DirecTV HD-DVR-250 HDTV Tivo/satellite receiver
  • Symmetrix 552E parametric equalizers
  • Velodyne HGS12 subwoofers
  • Furman AR1215 voltage regulator
  • TrippLite Smartpro 1500 UPS
  • Magnum Dynalab ST2 FM antenna
  • Middle Atlantic Products ERK-4420 racks
  • Extron RGBHV/YPbPr switch
  • Stewart Filmscreen Electrimask 6ft.-wide Greyhawk perfed screen, horizontal masking PNLS for 3:4
  • Sycamore glass custom optical glass for projection port
  • Sonance Iport for iPod integration
Time and Expertise Worksheet
Task Hours
Client Interviews 24
Electronic Design and Engineering: 81
Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 40
Project Management: 67
Pre-wire/Rough-in: 65
Trim-out: 104
Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 49
Programming: 60
Final Installation and Calibration: 117
Client Instruction: 8
Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 78
Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 100
Project Management by Others: 40
Total Hours to Complete: 833

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