How They Did It: LA Upgrade

Ed Wenck | Nov 01, 2018

This theater, featuring a 13-year-old system that catered to a client who primarily used the room for watching sports, needed an upgrade to a 4K laser projector and Dolby Atmos sound to ensure that the room could also provide a terrific cinematic experience. The room also needed a better isolation solution, since the noise from a nearby utility room was bleeding in. Adding mass and absorption to the walls, sealing the door, and using putty and caulk on outlets and boxes did the trick.

There were other obstacles, says the team at DSI: “Since the designer and homeowner valued aesthetics over the perfect audio room, we had to work around non-acoustically transparent fabric, yet hide the speakers. Although the fabric was not perfectly acoustically transparent, we worked with the general contractor to put materials behind the fabric that would help give us the proper mix of absorptive, reflective, and diffusive elements.
The right HVAC bends, perfect speaker placement, and Dirac room correction helped round out the excellent acoustics in the final product. CEDIA’s judges tell us it’s a clear winner in the category, adding, “Just looking at the racks, we knew this one was going to be great.” It won DSI Luxury Technology a CEDIA Award for Best Home Cinema, Level II.

DSI Luxury Technology

6955 Hayvenhurst Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
CEDIA Member Since 1998

Industry Partners

Amy Devault Interior Design
13322 West Washington Blvd.
Suite 7
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Role: Interior Designer

Michael Murphy, Inc.
Role: Builder

Equipment List

Apple iPad
Apple TV
Atlona equipment
AudioControl Maestro M9 home theater processor
Audiocontrol Pantages G3 home theater amplifiers
Audiocontrol Savoy G3 home theater amplifiers
AudioQuest cables
Calrad Electronics converters
Cisco SG300 series managed switch
Digital Projection E-Vision Laser 4K-UHD projector
Furman power conditioners
iPort products
JBL Synthesis 1500 Array subwoofers
JBL Synthesis SAM3VA LCR speakers
Kaleidescape Strato 4K movie player
Microsoft Xbox One gaming system
Middle Atlantic racks
Revel W893 in-wall speakers
Roku player
Samsung UPP UBD-K8500/ZA 4K Smart Blu-ray player
Savant controls and remotes