Cave Comfort

Marriage is, among other things, about compromise. When these New Jersey homeowners were planning their dream home, she got the kitchen and master bath she always wanted. He got his man cave, complete with bar/kitchen, wine cellar and home theater. The lower-level space was a blank canvas when blueprints began, so EDG gave the man the cave of his choice: a dedicated enclosed screening room with cinema-style seating or the kind of open multi-purpose entertainment space many customers opt for today. He chose home theater classic where family and friends could relax watching sports or movies with a no-compromise audio/video system.

EDG designed rows and risers so that everyone would have a clear view of the screen, and they met the customers’ wish for extra seating with a third row of stools with a bar in front to accommodate food and drinks. Comfortable theater seating is a must, but EDG also likes to design in creature comforts, and home theater audiences don’t want to have to balance food on their laps while watching the big game or a movie. Here, they have the best of both worlds.

Technology Budget:

$ 130,000

* Excludes; Architect, Interior Designer, Carpenter & Furnishings.

Equipment List

2 B&W ASW10 Powered Subwoofer

3 B&W CT7.3 LCR Speakers

4 B&W CWM800 Speakers

Crestron CNX PAD-8A Audio Distribution Processor

Crestron C2N-TXM XM Tuner

Crestron CEN-IDOC iPod Interface

Crestron CP-2E Control processor

Crestron CNPWS-75 Power Supply

Crestron CNRFGWA-418 RF Receiver

Crestron CLS-C6 iLUX Lighting System

Crestron MT-1000C Wireless touchpanel

3 Crestron CNX-B8 8-Button Designer Keypad

HD DVD Client Supplied

Intelix AVO-A2 Balun

Intelix AVO-V3 Balun

Lutron GRXMR-6-A 6 zone, independent control, 16 scenes

Lutron GRX-IA 232 Interface Controller

Lutron ST-6BRL-NI 6-Button Keypad with raise/ lower

Lutron SK-6BRL-NI Engraved Button Set

Tiverton Custom gaming jack client supplied

8 Theater Seats Client Supplied

Key Digital KD-CD3A 1x3 HD Distribution Amplifier

Mid Atlantic ERK-SYS Rack

ReQest F2.400 Digital Music Server

Rotel RSP-1570 PreAmp/Processor

Rotel RMB-1095 5-Channel Amplifier

Rotel RB-1080 5-Channel Amplifier

Runco VX2000 Projector

Runco Vivix DHD

Samsung BD-P3600 Blu Ray Player

Stewart Firehawk EMSN136SFHG3WX

Electrimask Screen

Vudu XL Video on Demand Box

2 B&W ASW10 Powered Subwoofer

3 B&W CT7.3 LCR Speakers

4 B&W CWM800 Speakers

Crestron CNX PAD-8A Audio Distribution Processor

Crestron C2N-TXM XM Tuner

Crestron CEN-IDOC iPod Interface

Crestron CP-2E Control processor

Crestron CNPWS-75 Power Supply

Crestron CNRFGWA-418 RF Receiver

Crestron CLS-C6 iLUX Lighting System

Crestron MT-1000C Wireless touchpanel

3 Crestron CNX-B8 8-Button Designer Keypad

HD DVD Client Supplied

Intelix AVO-A2 Balun

Intelix AVO-V3 Balun

Lutron GRXMR-6-A 6 zone, independent control, 16 scenes

Lutron GRX-IA 232 Interface Controller

Lutron ST-6BRL-NI 6-Button Keypad with raise/lower

Lutron SK-6BRL-NI Engraved Button Set

Tiverton Custom gaming jack client supplied

8 Theater Seats Client Supplied

Key Digital KD-CD3A 1x3 HD Distribution Amplifier

Mid Atlantic ERK-SYS Rack

ReQest F2.400 Digital Music Server

Rotel RSP-1570 PreAmp/Processor

Rotel RMB-1095 5-Channel Amplifier

Rotel RB-1080 5-Channel Amplifier

Runco VX2000 Projector

Runco Vivix DHD

Samsung BD-P3600 Blu Ray Player

Stewart Firehawk EMSN136SFHG3WX

Electrimask Screen Vudu XL Video on Demand Box

The EDG designers worked with the carpenter on a plan that would reframe the space, re-route electrical wires and pull the wall forward several inches to accommodate the TV. To prevent the TV from over-reaching the wall by a foot, they created a 12-inch wall that would swallow the massive bracket for the display, along with the wires, and still make the TV appear flush to the wall. A crevice carved around the display helps bury the depth.

Beneath the TV, the carpenter built a low-rise cabinet for video source equipment including a Blu-ray player and cable boxes for the family room and kitchen, the wireless router, along with the audio/video receiver, iPod dock and Control4 gear that directs music and video to other rooms. All family members have their own iPods as a personal music vault. The router enables family members to watch Netflix movies through their Blu-ray player over the home’s wireless data network. 

EDG designers use computer-aided design programs to ensure sound and video are optimized for each seat location. The owner wanted to experience movies in aspect ratios of 2.35:1 or 2.4:1, the way most movies are shot, so EDG designed a Runco and Stewart Filmscreen projector and screen system that would accommodate those movies. That eliminates black bars at the top and bottom of the screen when 16:9 movies are up.

 

Exceptional sound was another note on the wish list and EDG met the challenge with an array of B&W loudspeakers built into the walls around the theater. Front-channel speakers stream the main left and right channel sound, a center-channel speaker delivers dialogue, and surround- and rear-channel speakers fill out the effects that place you in the middle of the action. Two B&W subwoofers give every crash and boom its full punch. 

 

Since plans for the theater were drawn up before the house was built, EDG was able to work with the architect and builder to create the dual entry to the theater that the homeowner wanted. One entry is through the bar area for informal sports viewing. When it’s time for a night at the movies, guests enter through the foyer past the formal lobby with movie posters where they can stop to pick up a bag of steaming popcorn from the popper.

Lighting plays a starring role in this ultimate screening room. A Lutron lighting system comes with a keypad that the family uses to choose automated scenes for a particular event. Lights are programmed at brighter settings for Monday night football, for instance, so when the Sports button is tapped, lights preset to a higher level appropriate for socializing and viewing a football game. A Movies button brings lights down slowly over 30 seconds to give viewers time to settle into their seats before lights fade out to dark. When the movie is over, a tap on the remote control reverses the light fade, bringing levels up slowly while the audience adjusts to the brightness.

It takes a pile of heat-producing equipment to create the atmosphere of a movie theater. EDG built an equipment room adjacent to the theater where support gear is stored and kept cool to preserve the life of the electronics. When it’s time to upgrade or service equipment, there’s plenty of room to access the neatly stacked gear that comes with its own carefully labeled wiring diagram. Comfort meets quality in this Digital Age cave and the audience never leaves disappointed.

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