In the design and engineering of a private theater, when is it appropriate to take it “to the Nth degree?” This is the question that was recently posed to us by one of our most valued integrator clients.
Designing private theaters is a great business.
We often hear comments like, “What’s the big deal, it is supposed to be a dark room anyway” or “The lighting design has already been done by the interior designer.”
Our industry is wrought with buzzwords
and acronyms, and “turnkey” is a term
that has been thrown about for a long
You may not remember Beta versus VHS, but we were all here for Blu-ray versus HD DVD, and now we have Dolby Atmos versus Auro 3D.
In a recent workshop on selling high-performance
solutions, the question
was asked, “What is the first piece of
information that you provide to your
People have been selling home theaters
for more than 20 years–certainly
long enough to have gotten it right.
The audience experience is the most
important element in a private theater
design, from the accuracy of the audio
system to the stunning visual capabilities
of the HD video.
When creating private theater rooms,
many designers and architects now
understand the need for acoustical
treatments in walls and that we don’t
want large windows along sidewalls.
Most professional integrators would never
consider installing a high-performance
video projection system in a white room
with windows and high levels of ambient
light, because that environment would
render the performance capabilities
of the system imperceptible.
“With the Niles and ELAN systems in Robert’s new home, there really are no limits,” said Joe Abramo of Custom Automated Solutions.
“Before automating his entire home, Robert wanted to start small, so we only installed the theater and audio controls, where the Niles Auriel sy...
Abramo has since integrated the homeowner's climate controls, security, surveillance cameras, TV and video, lighting, garage doors, and driveway gates...
Abramo began installing the Niles Auriel system one week prior to the homeowner's move-in date. Abramo said it only took 30 minutes to install and fiv...
The homeowner enjoys the ability of the ELAN system to control all of his equipment from one app that he can access anywhere in the world.
The homeowner said he uses less power on climate controls, since he can shut it off when leaving and turn it back on again when leaving work, so it's ...
“The key is having a good AV/security expert you can trust,” said Robert, the homeowner. “Joe showed me things I never knew existed,...
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