How They Did It: Basement Upgrade

Ed Wenck | Nov 29, 2018

This basement retrofit began as a dark, under-used entertainment room with an aging screen/projector setup and racket from nearby utilities. The team at Audio Images, working closely with the interior designers, turned the room into a CEDIA Award winner. (Best Media Room, Level II, Americas.)

The terrific 7.1 sound system is complemented by “a system design presenting an image large enough to fully express the capabilities of today's 4K UHD video. Through careful matching of the screen gain, along with dark colors in the room, we were able to achieve the maximum contrast ratio, along with deepest blacks, and very satisfying peak white levels,” says the integrator.
CEDIA’s judges take note of the challenging layout of this room with a viewing area that’s open on one side: “Video calibration was tweaked very, very nicely; the integrator clearly had issues that needed to be addressed and they brought the image up to proper CEDIA standards."
Stashing speakers behind fabric, modifying the HVAC system to reduce noise, working carefully to get the best results in a pre-determined footprint all paid off, according to Audio Images: “The clients got way more enjoyment and quality than what they expected in a family-oriented media room with outstanding sound and picture. The outcome is simply that they use the room almost daily, which is music to our ears!”

Audio Images

1582 Parkway Loop, Suite F
Tustin, CA 92780
CEDIA Member Since 1995

Industry Partners:

Dave Abrams
3619 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Role: Specialty Consultant

PMI, Ltd.
61 Galli Drive, Suite B
Novato, CA 94949
Role: Specialty Consultant

Tony Valentine
Tony Valentine Construction
2435 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 2
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Role: Builder

Brion Jeannette
Brion Jeannette Architecture
470 Old Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Role: Architect

Leo Parrella
Leo Parrella Design Group
1550 S. Coast Highway
No. 104
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
USA949.497.464 Role: Interior Designer

Equipment List: 

Apple iPad Mini
Ashly NE24.24M 8 x 12 channel audio EQ matrix and processor
Audio Images acoustic treatment package
Cleerline Technology cables
Crestron DM-RMC-4K-100C 4K DigitalMedia 8G+ receiver and room controller 100
Crestron CHV-RTHS temperature and humidity sensor
Crestron CHV-THSTATA thermostat
Gobosource Gobo Projector
Goldberg Brothers projector port glass
IC RealTime ICIP-D2000-IR camera
Lexicon DD-8 8 x 125 watt amplifier
Liberty cables
Lutron hardware
Marantz AV8802A 13.2 preamp
Panasonic KX-NT553 IP phone
Seymour Screen Excellence 98” 1.78:1 screen
Sonance Sonamp DSP 8-130 MKII digital amplifier
Sony UBP-X1000ES 4K UHD Blu-ray player
Sony VPL-VW365ES 4K SXRD projector
Triad InCeiling Silver/6 Satellite speakers
Triad InWall Bronze/6 subs
Triad InWall Silver/4 LCR speakers
Triad InWall Silver/4 Surround (Bipole) speakers
Zigen Zig-POE-70 HMDI 2.0 HDCP corrector and advanced EDID manager