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This high-end home theater was built for a true cinephile: a Hollywood screenwriter/producer/director. The room — a former gym in a separate building from the homeowner’s residence — is completely sound isolated, features its own HVAC system, lounge, and powder room.

DSI was tasked to adhere to professional specs ("Digital Cinema Standards") so that the client could view any work — including his own — exactly as the creator intended. The large screen coupled with a high-end projector utilizes advanced optics, motorized zoom and masking functions to allow for viewing a complete range of image sizes (or "aspect ratios") with zero distortion. While the room’s built for consumption of cinema-quality film, it’s flexible enough to run consumer-quality content, too — there’s a second projection system just for this purpose.

The 3D Dolby ATMOS sound system is truly immersive: including the subwoofers, 27 speakers comprise the audio array in this room. The Harman JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors (which can be found in a great many post-production film and music recording studios) work in conjunction with Revel’s W990 in-wall speakers and four JBL S2S-EX subwoofers.

The aesthetics here — “chic but not cold,” as desired by the homeowner — are warmed by a Lutron lighting system, a star-field ceiling and a digital print of the Los Angeles skyline on backlit, acoustically transparent fabric.

"Decoupling" the building’s original floor made for one of many design challenges: an awkward entry-level change was solved by a level-transitioning alcove. A number of seating configurations were considered until the integrator found the perfect setup for the narrow space, and while the structure’s interior was completely overhauled, the exterior remained untouched as per the client’s wishes.

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Home Technology Professional
6955 Hayvenhurst Ave.
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
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Kambur Construction Group
2219 Pontius Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Paradise Theater
Kihei, HI
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