The challenge here is in the name, as the Audio Images team noted: “The clients wanted a place for their family and friends to gather, listen to music, watch movies and TV, play games, drink and have fun! Their dream of true entertainment is to be able to host everyone both inside and out of the space, so that all could enjoy.” That “inside-out” experience meant that an entire wall of this room consisted of movable glass panels that open into a large courtyard.
With the room’s footprint set, Audio Images was up to the challenge: “The project already had the poured in place concrete for the front and back walls of the room when we were brought onto the project, but no challenge is too great for our acoustical engineering company, so we set off to find the correct amount of absorption and acoustical treatments to help bring the room back to proper reverberation.”
An informal look belies the extensive and precise calibration this room required: “The system was carefully tuned, voiced and optimized utilizing digital parametric equalization, by PMI Ltd. The 9.4.2 speaker Dolby Atmos speaker system includes LCR speakers behind an acoustically transparent screen and four compact subwoofer. A Barco Madea projector provides a 4K image to a 1.78:1 image area.
Calibration of the room’s audio and video provide a great experience to as many as 15 people at a time. Additionally, careful power management and an HVAC system designed for reduced noise all contribute to the overall quality of this stunning project. The client was also able to add gear he’d dreamed of since childhood: McIntosh components to play the vinyl record collection he’s in the process of rebuilding. CEDIA’s judges call the finished product here “an absolutely lovely installation," handing it wins for a Level III Media Room ($100,000 and above) and a Global Award as well.