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How They Did It: Deep Black

Ed Wenck
Oct 03, 2016



This home cinema, a CEDIA 2016 Award Winner in the Home Theater: Level I Division is part of a new, Tuscan-style dream home nestled in the California hills. Part of the reason for the win? It was lauded by CEDIA's Awards judges as having “light off the screen [that’s] better than commercial theaters.” The client is a self-proclaimed “techie,” so Audio Images installed and calibrated the very latest systems, including a large 4K ULTRA HD display and a 9.4.4 Dolby Atmos system.

To keep the installation cost effective while providing “an image large enough to fully express what today’s 4K Ultra HD is meant to show,” the integrator paid close attention to the grain of the screen and utilized the room’s dark finish colors to achieve maximum contrast ratios and the deepest possible blacks.

The screen itself is acoustically transparent with an aspect ratio of 2.37:1, and the display was calibrated by a consultant specializing in video engineering. Attention to the immersive audio experience was equally thorough.



The theater’s control package is built for simplicity. An iPad and a Crestron universal remote drive the automation system, which is monitored 24/7 by an Ihiji platform. DirectTV, Apple TV, video games and a Blu-ray player are hidden just below the fixed projection screen.

Since the Audio Images team was able to work with the homeowner and builder at the earliest stages of construction, the integrators were able to install a resilient floor with bass absorption and conduit hidden beneath.



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