Home Entertainment November 2009 : Page 63

is decoupled from the slab below, which is something we do so that low bass can travel in between the slab and our floating wood floors and up into the seats,” Smith says. Here, the construction detail works double duty: It dampens any theater- related sounds traveling downward into other living spaces, and creates a live and dynamic chambered seat riser. Working four floors off the ground wasn’t the only challenge for First Impres- sions. The installer that Smith originally contracted to design and implement the electronics plan failed to complete the job to the owner’s and Smith’s satisfaction. So he brought in Zachary Deily of Defini- tive Electronics to finish the project and perfect any previously installed gear. “I pulled one of my best programmers and a couple of installers and we went in and revamped a bunch of things,” Deily says, adding that his team reworked the Crestron programming, as well as that of the JBL Synthesis system. “To be honest, it just didn’t sound like an $80,000 audio package should sound,” he says. Additionally, Deily’s team reinstalled super-sized Cinema Scope picture rede- fines ‘immersive digital experience.’ “ —Jeffrey Smith, theater architect and designer ” The professional cinema sound and the projector because the image was keystoning, which means the image was distorted due to unparallel sides. Another problem involved the 65-foot distance between the home theater’s equipment rack and the video projector: The previously installed HDMI cable wouldn’t pass a full 1080p signal that far. The equipment racks for this elaborate home theater are tucked away in a well-ventilated closet within the home office that’s adjacent to the lobby. Opening the office door involves a bit a magic: Only pre-approved guests can gain entry by swiping his or her thumb across the thumbprint reader, which is built into the lobby’s Crestron TPS-6L Touchpanel. Deily’s team tried several cables— running them on the floor between the rack in the office and the projector in the theater, both with and without power boosters in the signal chain. The best they could achieve was a 1080i signal, until Steven Hill of Straight Wire Inc. in Hol- lywood, Fla., entered the picture. “I explained what was going on and [Steven came out] with one of his pro- totype HDMI cables,” Deily says. “It was the only one he had at the time. But we fired that thing up and it worked.” CUSTOM INSTALLER: Definitive Electronics of Jupiter, Fla. (561.748.3564, definitiveelectronics.com) THEATER ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER: First Impressions Theme Theatres Inc. of North Miami, Fla. (cineloungers.com, 800.305.7545) For more images of this home and a full equipment list, please visit our website at HEmagazine.com. > HEmagazine.com NOVEMBER 2009 HOME ENTERTAINMENT | 63

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