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How They Did It: Inviting Entertainment Space

CEDIA
Jan 19, 2015

The objective for this family of five was to turn an underutilized space into a private home theater that could easily transition into a video game and sporting event room.

CEDIA member Encore Custom Audio Video of Chantilly, Virginia, helped maximize the client’s budget to provide a family-friendly home theater, earning the Level I Silver Technical Design award for Home Theater in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.


HT Level I 2014 Silver Proscenium


Technical Highlights:


The room features a 123” acoustically transparent masking screen and a recessed JVC 4K-ready video projector with 3D capability. It’s optimized for sound quality with eight custom-designed acoustic panels. The bulkheads and soffits were designed to match the room décor, with 4 zones of lighting (featuring a Lutron GRAFIK Eye QS system) integrated into the ceiling (including within the beams themselves). A recessed rack makes use of closet space that was adjacent to the theater.


HT Level I 2014 Silver Proscenium 2


Challenges:


The original design of the room was for theater use when it was built a decade ago, but the client had converted the space to a music room so the kids could practice in an isolated environment. While it had been intended to be a theater, the space lacked many of the characteristics the client envisioned.

Encore Custom Audio Video used the original layout of the room and offered suggestions based on their experience, such as a perimeter soffit, beams, columns, radius stage, and a concession area to fill wasted space on one outside wall. Encore opened access to a walk-in closet that was adjacent to the theater in order to locate the rack in a space that could be accessed from both inside and outside the room.


HT Level I 2014 Silver Rack


The team also used an original recessed portion of the wall when creating custom cabinets to accommodate a popcorn machine, media storage, and a separate room control switch.

HT Level I 2014 Silver Seating


Calibration:


Encore Custom Audio Video calibrated the audio and video using the test DVDs provided by the manufacturers. No ISF calibration was done due to the client’s budget.


HT Level I 2014 Silver Back Rack


Home Technology Professional:


Encore Custom Audio Video
Chantilly, VA



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