As CEDIA’s judging panel noted, this project was “a bit … different.”
This entertainment space, which won best Media Room, Level II (Americas) – and is part of a whole-home integration honored as Highly Commended (Best Integrated Home, Level IV, Americas) – had a difficulty level that was off the charts.
The client wanted a party space, with dual, massive screens and projectors. These displays – which include gear that can completely disappear into the ceiling – are designed to be the centerpiece of the homeowner’s Oscar viewing parties, specifically during the red-carpet prologues. Images and sound needed to be either merged or separated in every possible configuration at the client’s whim and touch of a button. Moreover, the sound system had to incorporate a microphone rig and inputs specifically designed for either a DJ or an emcee during the proceedings. All of that audio had to then cover the entire space without a fraction of a second’s delay.
There were more challenges. Cantara tells us, “Significant thought was put into designing around the incredibly ornate Art Deco interiors which featured every possible sort of sound and video no-no. Hard surfaces for sound, light reflecting mirrors, stone doors, white ceilings, an asymmetrical room layout – all bad.
“So, we negotiated for heavy drapery fabric, massive sofas, and extra thick area rugs. We included large-scale in-wall speakers and subwoofers from Wisdom Audio. We specified Barco Loki projectors — but we knew that at night time, this would be incredibly bright on a relatively small 127-inch screen, so we made sure to include automatic astronomic-based brightness and color preset toggling in Savant. We worked with Screen Innovations on the right screen material, which rejects ambient light and preserves contrast and black level.”
3187 G Airway Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
CEDIA Member Since 2008