EDG’s 5D Consulting Process in custom home theaters and media rooms designs can be tapped for a wide range of projects on an as needed basis for other contractors. We are fully equipped to produce detailed engineering drawings for residential home automation systems, corporate boardrooms and automation systems, and every facet of high-end audio / visual systems that we consult on. Areas of expertise include: home theater consulting, multi-room audio / video lighting control system design, home automation systems, and advanced control systems.
Here’s a real-life example of how our consulting services recently helped a client properly plan technology systems for a basement home theater/entertainment area:
Real Life Consulting
A family of four turned to EDG when they were looking to finish their basement with an entertainment area involving a high-performance theater with a powerful audio system and a large screen.
EDG took the family’s 700-square foot space and jam-packed it with some serious A/V equipment. EDG installed the largest screen that could fit in the space: a 154-inch display from Elite Screens. Custom-made subwoofers and speakers from Klipsch were used to replicate the quality of the audio one would expect from only a commercial movie theater.
A Control4 system was used to manage all of the electronics and lighting throughout the theater. The theater room can be turned on/off via a keypad at the entrance while audio/video is controlled via a remote. For better sound isolation, the theater was designed as a room-within-a-room; a vinyl barrier, acoustic wall lining, and a few decorative interior absorption panels help achieve this effect. The projector screen is a 154″ acoustically transparent screen with an Epson projector outfitted with a Panamorph lens. To cover audio, there is a commercial grade 9.2 channel Klipsch loudspeaker system powered by Crown amplifiers. This level of performance is unheard of (pun intended) in a private residence and creates a “boom” powerful enough to make you, literally, feel the sound.
This particular client requested an open design in hopes of widening their limited space. Custom-built ottomans were added to help with room storage while zero-clearance chairs were used against the counter to provide extra leg space for family and friends. However, integrating commercial-style products in a confined residential space brought with it a few challenges. For example, to produce the bright images asked for by the homeowner, EDG decided the room would need a projector with a high light output and precise positioning. An Epson PowerLite Pro fitted with both a zoom lens and anamorphic lens possessed the lighting power needed but finding the prime location was going to be tricky.
Incorporating the projector was the biggest challenge EDG faced with this project. A sightline evaluation was performed to determine the best placement for the projector and screen. The projector was to be installed right above the entrance to the room alongside a structural beam. The Epson Z8000 is a large device therefore, supports had to be added for the projector’s brackets. Epson provided BTU calculations as well as thermal imaging of the projector’s heat output to help EDG design the best placement for intake vents and exhaust due to the high temperatures at which the projector operates. In order to keep the room aesthetically pleasing, EDG tucked the projector into the ceiling. With the help of Epson’s engineers, a ventilation system consisting of electronically controlled fans and vents was installed.
EDG worked alongside the architect to make sure the 4 ft tall speakers could be recessed within the wall behind the screen. By working together, the architect designed the space with the 18-inch depth that EDG needed for the three front speakers and two subwoofers to properly fit.
To keep things simple, EDG made the entire theater work via a Control4 automation system. Using a handheld remote, the owners can press just one button to boot up the projector, kick-start the audio equipment, and dim the lights. Then, all they have to do is choose the source: Oppo 3D Blu-Ray player, Apple TV, or cable box.
A powerful theater system made simple. Integration at its best.
The project earned EDG a Silver Level Home of the Year Award for Best Home Theater from Electronic House Magazine, and more importantly, a valued client whose family loves their new custom home theater.