$ 1 Million Home Theater Models Performance After Capitol Records Dolby Atmos Studio C Room – rAVe [PUBS]


In the center of the stage is Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Enlightor Neo benchmark quality film screen surface and 22ft wide adjustable ratio cinema motorized masking system

Ames, IA – October 8, 2020 – A longtime customer of Texas-based A / V integration company Sound Lab Designs commissioned director Ernie Blumenthal to create a theater in a house he was having built. A truly uncompromising and performance specification Dolby Atmos® Music.

Blumenthal recruited German architect Jochen Veith (JV Acoustics), known worldwide for creating premier recording facilities, and California theater interior design specialist Brad Keeler (Progressive Design). Keeler, along with Maurice Patist (President of PMC USA Speakers) had previously updated the Capitol Halls, including Studio C which was remade in 2017 in Dolby Atmos Music.

Blumenthal and his client flew to Los Angeles to experience several of Capitol’s venues, with Studio C – the Dolby Atmos Music certified venue – immediately setting the benchmark for what he wanted his theater’s acoustic performance to be shaped.

As a result, Blumenthal and his team built the theater as a professional recording studio. Two acoustic access doors and the room-in-room construction completely isolate the theater from the house. As for the flooring, a 5 inch concrete slab rests on sound insulation cushions which in turn rest on the 4 inch concrete floor of the main house. The walls are separated by a space with acoustic treatments in between.

Keeler installed the interior to Veith’s specifications. Diffusers are positioned on the walls and acoustic treatments are suspended from the ceiling on wires which also create a beautiful visual element. “At 27 feet wide by 35 feet deep, 16-foot ceilings and tiered seating, the theater gives off an overall impression of grand. To keep it looking fresh for years to come, we opted for light-colored hardwood floors. This was not a problem given the amount of acoustic treatment applied to the walls and ceiling, ”explains Blumenthal.

The theater’s air conditioning system has been designed to be completely silent. A separate AC unit manages the equipment room, which houses the amplifiers and projector. A custom 50,000 watt isolation transformer with voltage regulation provides clean power to all equipment. “When completed, the part was tested and exceeded all design specifications. At 110 dB of pink noise over the entire bandwidth, there was a drop of almost 80 dB at all frequencies outside the room, ”notes Blumenthal.

The audio portion of the theater consists of PMC’s fully active speakers QB1-XBD as the front sector, the QB1 active speaker for the center, twenty-two Wafer 2 surrounds in a Dolby Atmos configuration and two subwoofers PMC XBD active rear used as an acoustic bass set to help tighten bass response in any position in the room. This is a similar but larger scale version of the PMC system used in Capitol’s Studio C. A StormAudio ISP 3D.32 ELITE manages the preamplification and immersive audio processing.

With such a focus on audio performance, there was a need for a commercial-sized film display that wouldn’t hamper any performance of the PMC center channel and rear-mounted sector while providing benchmark video. It also needed the ability to adjust the aspect ratio up to 4: 3 for this amateur black film owner.

For this, the team turned to Seymour-Screen Excellence for their acoustically transparent Enlightor Neo 4K HDR projection screen surface framed in their Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) motorized masking system. The configuration used is 22 feet wide with a native aspect ratio of 2.40.

Enlightor Neo and its predecessor Enlightor 4K are arguably the most popular acoustically transparent film screen surfaces on the CEDIA channel. Neo is a randomly knitted, matte white, 1.0 gain material that requires no equalization, therefore a top choice among discerning theater designers and engineers in theatrical and post-production / mixing installations. It is generally recommended by loudspeaker companies and acousticians to specialize in demanding jobs.

ART is the newest and largest of Seymour-Screen Excellence’s three masking screen platforms (ART, TAM, TRIM). Designed by General Manager Chris Seymour, ART is unique in that it is a recessed masking solution available in sizes ranging from 160 to 350 inches wide (visible image) and at its largest size reaches 20 feet high by 30 feet wide including masking. To accommodate different video formats, ART is available with independent 2-way (left / right or up / down) or 4-way masking panels and offers unlimited intermediate masking panel positions, including up to 4: 3 with 120 inches of masking on each side. ART was a star of Expo CEDIA 2019, declared winner of the best new product.

The ART is completed in this installation by a Digital Projection 4K laser projector of 30,000 lumens and an anamorphic lens. A Lumagen video processor was used for scaling and aspect ratio control.

Enticing the owner’s audiophile, the rear of the theater features a high-end VPI turntable, McIntosh phono preamp and custom stand. Because the room is built like a recording studio, it is designed to play all types of music and movies, from mono to stereo and full surround. The location of the turntable has been carefully chosen so as not to have feedback from the speakers.

“This 2-year project was completed in 2019 for a client owner who just wanted the best,” says Blumenthal. “The overall cost of the theater including the equipment was over a million dollars and I would dare say this studio quality theater really achieves the best sound and picture quality available today. , perhaps one of the best in America today. ”

“I am proud to say that our ART system graces the most beautiful venues in America, from this theater (the first ART sold), to private VIP screening rooms, to movie studios and most recently to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. , Texas. We also offer our ‘Fly the Factory Guy’ option to resellers, where we step in to manage the setup and calibration of our cinema screens and masking systems, ”said Chris Seymour.


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