Audio Impact is proud to announce that it has won the 2012 Gold Best Theater from Electronic House.
The stage was set during the client discovery. When asked, “How would you describe your dream theater?” the client paused to reflect, then said “A special place. A room that draws us in, that brings us together as a family and where we
can experience amazing sound and vision in comfort and serenity. A special room that creates an emotional bond as
soon as we enter”. A tall order to be sure but attainable since the team was assembled early enough in the process to
design and engineer excellence.
It starts with the room; the foundation of the performance theater environment. Room ratios and construction techniques
were addressed to create an ideal scenario for quiet room construction and smooth acoustical performance. Subsystems
were engineered, including mechanical, electrical and lighting to assure no unwanted sound entered or propagated
through them. A detailed set of construction documents guided the project contractors through each step. The result was
a theater “chassis” that would support the profound performance.
The engineering continues in the design of the system. The engine that provides the horsepower for our clients
envisioned experiences. Monitor Platinum PL 300 reference towers and PL 350 center are perfectly matched with 6
of the newly developed Platinum In Wall PLIW for side and rear surrounds while 2 PLW-15 Subwoofers provide the
prodigious bass. These superb components are precisely matched with the rooms acoustical environment resulting in
accurate sound reproduction whatever the source. Powered and processed by the Integra THX Ultra 2 DHC-80 with
Audyssey and Crestron PROAMP-7X400 amplifier there is no shortage of power and enveloping quality sound. The visual elements of the
theater features the Runco LS-10 1080p projector driving a 135” 1.78:1 micro-perforated Stewart Filmscreen. The LS-10
complemented with Runco’s video processing provides plenty of visual excitement which is accurately rendered on the
Stewart screen surface.
All the theater, house-wide audio and Crestron control systems are housed in 2 Middle Atlantic
ERK racks concealed in ventilated cabinets in the rear of the room. The equipment rack cabinets and Projector compartment are constantly monitored by Crestron temperature C2N-RTHS sensors and turn on ultra quit exhaust fans if needed. The System features Crestron ADMS Intermedia Delivery System that brings movies from a Sony 400 Disk Blu-ray changer, Netflix, Hulu, The homes computers, Youtube to life at the touch of one button. There is a HD Cable box along with an Apple TV. The entire Theater Audio/Video, Lighting and HVAC is easily controlled via an in-wall removable TPS-6x wireless touchscreen remote. There are quick assess to lighting scenes and even a virtual keyboard for the ADMS.
Finally comes the blend of performance and aesthetics. The theaters acoustical components, which were specified as a
result of an acoustical modeling process were integrated with the interior design artfully. The screen wall features display
columns where the beautiful Platinum towers are nestled in an ideal acoustical surrounding and illuminated by concealed
lighting. Behind the perforated screen sits, not only the PL350 center but custom engineered baffles to provide both
expansive sound stage and accurate imaging. The whole assembly housed in a furniture grade cabinet design. Walls
and ceilings feature concealed Kinetics acoustical devices behind a stretch fabric system which is complemented by
pilasters, housing the surround speakers and gorgeous millwork trim throughout.
The impact upon entry is stunning, the serenity of the space is enchanting but when the system is fired up the experience
is astonishing. Whether seated in the first row or the third get ready to “suspend your disbelief” for the home theater ride
of your life.