This home theater is responsible for both work and play. The client is an entertainment executive who screens films for both pleasure and critical evaluation — especially with regards to film soundtracks. The room, part of a whole-house renovation, was made to both completely contain sound and prevent external noise. DSI worked with the owner’s architect to construct an independent HVAC system for the theater, modify the room’s framing, and locate the equipment rack outside the cinema.
The sound system, designed for the most accurate reproduction possible, relies on an immersive, 3D Atmos array. The screen wall speakers, nestled behind a microperforated screen, deliver “crystal clear dialog and near three-dimensional imaging of two-channel audio.” Ceiling and surround-sound speakers are invisible, as are the subwoofers. Processing and amplification from Marantz and Harman offer quality audio without breaking the client’s budget.
The box enclosing the projector was constructed to accommodate an eventual upgrade to a 4K system. The screen masking system frames the image perfectly, ranging from the broad Cinemascope aspect ratio down to 1.33:1 for viewing the black and white classics of a bygone Hollywood era.
Most importantly, the room’s adaptable: the client’s comfortable whether he’s critiquing a film for work or enjoying movie night with the family. After a discussion with DSI, the client determined that the room’s front row seating would feature a couch — the perfect place for the homeowner to stretch out and relax with his wife and children.