New Jersey-based integration firm, Bravo AV, has significantly upgraded a 15-year-old home theater with digital signal processing technology from Meridian Audio at the heart of the new premium quality experience.
On acquiring this property in Mendham, N.J., the recently retired homeowner was seeking a dedicated, high-performance home theater where he could enjoy time watching movies and having fun with his family. He also wanted the biggest screen possible, as he sought to create a totally immersive space.
Since the previous owner had removed all electronics, Bravo AV were challenged to re-imagine how the theater could function to satisfy these requirements and what they could achieve with a new AV specification. As the company migrated the theater from a traditional surround sound setup to a Dolby Atmos configuration, Meridian Audio’s architectural range of DSP loudspeakers provided the perfect solution.
For the Front, Left and Center audio channels, Bravo AV specified three Meridian DSP640.2 active in-wall loudspeakers, relocated behind a new Screen Innovations Woven 128-inch diagonal 16:9 Acoustically Transparent Fixed Screen. Since the three speakers had all previously been fitted beneath the movie screen, the resulting uplift in audio performance from this one decision alone was huge. For side and rear surround speakers, four Meridian DSP320.2 active in-wall loudspeakers were installed and an additional four DSP320.2’s were fitted in the ceiling to provide the height channel.
Providing high SPLs and strong bass performance capabilities, the DSP640.2 loudspeakers are powered by a Meridian Audio ‘CLASS-M’ DSP engine. A double precision Aux filter improves resolution on low frequencies, and the built-in Dynamic bass protection technology maximizes bass extension.
The bass performance in the theater was enhanced by Bravo AV with the addition of two JL Fathom in-wall subwoofers. They combined a StormAudio ISP 32 AES ELITE 32-channel processor with a Meridian 271 DSP digital theater controller to drive the active Meridian speakers. An Apple TV, a 4K Blu-Ray player, and a Sonos Connect unamplified music streaming zone player provide the sources in the room. Bravo AV’s computer-designed acoustical treatment solution for the room was used to maximize clarity, focus, envelopment, dynamics, and response — and to ensure exceptional performance for the audience wherever they are seated. A new Sony VPL VW695ES SXRD 4K projector raises the bar for picture quality in this Crestron-controlled space, and a fiber-optic starscape ceiling completes the dramatic renovation.
Bravo AV has delivered a premium home theater experience, embracing cinema-quality video with critical music listening capability and a clean, classic aesthetic. The homeowner is beyond pleased with their new space, describing it as “a haven for relaxation, reconnection, and recreation for the family.”
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