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Best Home Cinema

Level III

Winner
  |  Americas

Global Winner

KA Theater

by Audio Images

CEDIA’s judges call the work here “a great example of a reference-grade theater.”

Audio Images worked with Anthony Grimani’s PMI (Performance Media Industries) to create this masterful cinema, and CEDIA’s judges were impressed, noting the thorough work from everyone involved. The judges’ comments include these notes: “This is exceptional work – this is a great example of a reference-grade theater — documentation and racks are first rate — power management is superb — I’ll take it!”

As the judges tallied their scores for this project, they noted that many of them had given this room perfect or near-perfect marks, hence the Global win in addition to a trophy for Best Home Cinema Level III (Americas). One challenge: There’s a hidden bank-vault door here. The motors for that door got in the way of perfect speaker placement for a proper 11.4.4 immersive audio experience, since the left front of the room is unavailable for hiding speakers. The PMI team was up to the challenge — Grimani, after all, is a sound pioneer, having developed the Surround EX 6.1 format that first appeared in the Star Wars films. A Barco 4K projector and a 138-inch screen round out this beauty.

Audio Images notes that the shape of the room was odd for a cinema – it’s a bit too long, so the team added a false wall at the front of the cinema. Another issue that came with this remodeling job was an HVAC system that needed an upgrade, as did the sound isolation solutions. The challenges were met, and this room can get downright loud. “With that in mind, the client is very happy,” says the Audio Images team. “Performance is amazing in stereo and in multichannel, with startling bass — and high sound pressure capability.”

Audio Images also picked up the Best Dressed Racks (Americas) prize for their work here.

The room includes a motorized door …
… that slides back to reveal a bank vault.

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