CEDIA Awards

Best Home Cinema

Level II

  |  Americas

The Escape Room


Home Theater
Immersive sound and a 130” screen give this room a true cinema experience.

The integrator here had assistance from Anthony Grimani and his team at Performance Media Industries (PMI) to work inside a footprint that had already been established by the architectural team. This was a tremendously important project for the client — they told Audio Images that they intended for this dedicated theater to be the most used room in the home.

Immersive sound is key here, with an 11.4.4 package that can deliver reference sound. The image is delivered to a 130-inch acoustically transparent screen from a Barco Balder Cinemascope 4K projector.

One of the hallmarks of the work done by PMI is excellent bass response, and that’s present in this project.

A big challenge here was the local power grid. Spikes, surges, and outages are fairly common in this particular beach-side location, so in addition to proper power filtration to protect against unwanted events, the firm, quote, “provided battery backed filtering to critical path components to prevent damage and improve reliability.”

There’s also a mechanical room adjacent to the front of the theater, and this meant that the integrator paid special attention to both the door to the cinema and the door to the aforementioned utility area. There’s a lot of care here in the look and function of each entry.

The HVAC design is excellent here, keeping guests comfortable while soundlessly moving air through the space.

So what do CEDIA’s judges have to say?

“This is a well thought-out design, both for end user AND serviceability in the future — it’s quite impressive at this price point to have separate projection room.

“We thought it would’ve been a pricier cinema for what was achieved.”

Home Theater Rack
Careful cable management is key in complex home theater installations.
Home Theater Rack
Audio Images ensured that the equipment rack is properly cooled.

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