Home Theater Designs From CEDIA 2014 Finalists

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The Tuscan Theater

The design directive for this stunning home theater was to deliver state-of-the-art video and audio performance while not compromising the elegance and architectural detail evident throughout the rest of the clients' Tuscan inspired home. Find a home theater professional near you.

The Tuscan Theater

To keep within the carefully crafted design scheme, no technology or equipment was to be visible in the finished theater. Even the door to the equipment room had to be concealed.

The Tuscan Theater

A key challenge in this design was sound isolation since the theater space was directly adjacent to a home office.

The Tuscan Theater

Extra large theater seating, rich wood paneling and amber wall sconces highlight this high-end theater space.

Bringing 3D to Life

This amazing home theater incorporates the first residential Auro 3D system to be installed in the U.S. The technology provides an immersive 3D audio experience that is reputed to be the biggest change to theater audio since the creation of 5.1 digital. Find a home theater professional near you.

Bringing 3D to Life

Equipment in this theater includes a total of 30 loudspeakers, 14 subs and 55 amplifier channels integrated to create an incredible 15.1 channel audio system. For a high-tech cinematic viewing experience, a Dolby 3D projection system produces a realistic, high frame-rate 3D image.

Bringing 3D to Life

The timing of the on the completion of this theater enabled it to be an beta-testing site for the new Auro 3D technology. Nothing like this system had ever been installed in a residential setting.

Traditional Flair & Solid Performance

The objective and challenge for this project was to create a dedicated home cinema within the area of an existing basement measuring only around 350 square feet. Speakers were placed inside a custom built cabinet with black acoustically transparent fabric and sound absorbing insulation. Find a home theater professional near you.

Traditional Flair & Solid Performance

The audio in the theater was custom calibrated to optimize sound at each of the seat locations using Marantz's Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction system.

Traditional Flair & Solid Performance

The space includes a lounge area toward the rear of the room geared toward entertaining and socializing during sporting events.

The Collaborative Cinema

This distinctive home theater is the result of focused collaboration between the homeowner and the home theater specialist. The homeowner designed and built the custom wall panels and unique theater ceiling. Find a home theater professional near you.

The Collaborative Cinema

The recessed ceiling, emulating a window facing upward to the night sky, is actually a black panel with fiber-optic lighting that mimics the pattern of a constellation.

The Collaborative Cinema

Careful thought and ingenuity went into the theater's layout and logistics. Concealed utility areas were custom built to house the projector and to allow easy access to the rear panels of the equipment, thus helping to simplify maintenance and cabling.

Classic Comfort

Coordination between the home theater pro and interior designer was key in creation of this classically styled movie theater. Together they achieved a balance between enhanced room acoustics and visual design. Find a home theater professional near you.

Classic Comfort

Substantial wooden doors provide a suitably regal entryway to the inviting theater space.

Classic Comfort

The theater is equipped with multiple gaming systems as well as access to a movie server that stores a vast library of films.

Classic Comfort

Generously upholstered panels were integrated into the wood paneling, contributing to the luxurious character of the room while providing an excellent acoustical treatment.

Stylish Functionality

The dual priorities in the design of this sleek and clean-lined home theater were (1) to satisfy and impress discerning audio/video enthusiasts and (2) to stand up to the rigors of the family's teenagers. Find a home theater professional near you.

Stylish Functionality

Challenges in execution of this home theater included the room's location. It was formerly an unconditioned basement space, and located adjacent to a separate room used for entertaining, so sound insulation was key. The project also had to be completed within a relatively strict budget.

Stylish Functionality

Behind the scenes, technical features include an Integra THX Ultra2 9-Channel Power Amplifier, Integra 9.2 Channel Network A/V Controller, seven B&W Custom Theater Series in-wall speakers, a B&W dual 8-inch in-wall subwoofer and RGP Diffuser Systems wall treatments. Additional amenities include Savant remote control including iPad and iPhone compatibility, Lutron lighting and Savant drapery control.

Basement Theater or Cinematic Experience?

The objective in this converted-basement project was to create a space that could serve dual purpose as both an area for entertaining and a high-end home theater. The clients opted for just two rows of seating to allow for a more spacious layout. Find a home theater professional near you.

Basement Theater or Cinematic Experience?

The cinema-quality audio experience that this theater delivers is powered by a commercial grade Klipsch speaker system backed by 2,850 watts of power — all in a room of just around 700 square feet. The sonic results are impressive to say the least.

Strictly Budgeted Design

Despite a tightly defined budget, this home theater was designed to be able to deliver movie-theater sound quality and effects comparable to that of a much more high-end system. Find a home theater professional near you.

Strictly Budgeted Design

The stated design objective was a family-oriented home theater that would stand up over time. Equipment highlights include an Epson Pro-cinema projector, Elite Screens 125-inch diagonal screen, Klipsch Theater Series speakers and dual 18" subwoofer, Crown Channel power amplifier, and Savant remote control with integration for iPad and iPhone.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

The plan behind this high-end home theater was to design a tasteful, contemporary space, with generous seating capacity, in which clients and guests could relax and forget the world outside. Find a home theater professional near you.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

A Digital Projection M Vision DLP projector was chosen for its richness in color and ability to fill the screen size. A motorized masking screen gives viewers a true Cinematic experience. No matter the movie's format or aspect ratio, it can be watched in full resolution with no black bars, just as in a commercial theater.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

Bowers and Wilkins Custom Theater speakers deliver a full, rich movie soundscape. Front speakers (seen here with concealing screens removed) are mounted within the proscenium while the mid and rear speakers are hidden in the ceiling.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

Because the space contained an existing bulkhead that could not be removed, the designers compensated by adding matching bulkheads, creating a cove-lit tray that surrounds the darkened ceiling with fiber-optic starlight effect.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

Power for room is in the form of a Marantz 7-channel power amplifier and Marantz theater processor. This combination produces a magnificent sonic experience capable of pleasing cinephiles and audiophiles alike. Content comes from a Kaleidescape movie server and HD Satellite TV. 1080p video switching feeds signals to the home's 13 televisions as well as the theater.

Escape from Reality

This theater was built for outstanding technical performance while employing visual design elements that contribute "wow" factor. The aesthetic goal was to create a cloistered space where reality is suspended. Find a home theater professional near you.

Escape from Reality

Separate LED night-sky panels are staggered and at different heights, creating the illusion of depth realism in the simulated night sky and contributing to a dramatic theater experience. The wood constructed seating riser is filled with sand, not only to deaden it sonically, but also to ensure the integrity of the home's geothermal in-floor heating system.

Escape from Reality

A Digital Projections DLP projector teamed with a Panamorph Anamorphic lens and Cinecurve motorized masking system gives viewers an authentic movie-house experience.

Escape from Reality

Bowers and Wilkins Custom Theater Speakers faithfully reproduce film sound ranging from the impact of an action movie to the subtle nuances of a concert soundtrack. Rear and mid surrounds are Bowers and Wilkins CWM7.3's and are neatly hidden within the acoustic wall paneling.

Escape from Reality

Power for the room's sound is by a Marantz receiver/amplifier strategically matched to the B&W speaker system.

Double-Duty Home Theater

This luxury space was conceived to serve dual purpose as a dedicated home theater and — since it's directly adjacent to a space for entertaining — a room that lends itself informal gatherings. Find a home theater professional near you.

Double-Duty Home Theater

For the cinema enthusiast set, viewers are treated to a 3-chip DLP projector system combined with motorized masking anamorphic screen that reliably delivers a picture in the proper aspect ratio — just as the director intended it to be seen.

Double-Duty Home Theater

When the theater's acoustic curtain is closed, the room serves as a premiere movie-watching oasis.

Double-Duty Home Theater

With the curtain pulled back, the room's rear bistro rail and seating area beckon the casual party guest to come in, grab a seat and stay awhile.

Double-Duty Home Theater

Despite it's multipurpose role, this theater in no way skimps on the electronics, and the equipment itself is a show stopper. At the touch of a button, this massive equipment rack housing power and control components rises from the floor, providing easy access for servicing as well as a visual treat for audiophile guests.

Modern Elegance

This theater was designed for high performance, but visually understated, in keeping with the home's design scheme and without intrusion of visible equipment. Find a home theater professional near you.

Modern Elegance

Amenities include full theater seating for eight as well as rear bar seating to accommodate four more.

Desert Getaway

This desert weekend getaway was originally designed with a modest media room in the lower level but, when the builder introduced the client to the benefits of true home theater, the project took on a larger scale. Find a home theater professional near you.

Desert Getaway

Once the idea for a high-performance private theater was embraced by the owners, they opted for a large and advanced screen. The Screen Innovations Black Diamond 2.40:1 screen has a specialized screen surface that provides enhanced contrast, color saturation, black level and depth of field.

Desert Getaway

Rich woodwork and fine fabric walls lit by carefully placed luminaires, and seating for 12 or more, provides an inviting space for watching movies and sports.

Desert Getaway

Audio was upgraded to a Professional Home Cinema system with nearly 3000 watts of power. The PRO speakers, strategically placed in the relatively small space, have great sensitivity and their design assures reference quality sound.

One High Performance Anniversary Gift

This private theater, a 50th anniversary gift from a very generous son, presented a special design challenge since the theater space had to be built within the limited and odd space of an existing exercise room. Find a home theater professional near you.

One High Performance Anniversary Gift

The designers took the unconventional step of orienting the screen on the room's longer wall rather than following the conventional oblong theater layout. The Wisdom L8i screen speakers selected deliver smooth audio response across the wide listening area in the re-oriented space.

One High Performance Anniversary Gift

Through careful engineering and speaker placement, as well as novel approaches to room acoustics and orientation, the designers were able to deliver an immersive theater experience within a small space.

City Retreat

The direction the designers were given for this home theater was to integrate state-of-the-art electronics into a very meticulously designed room without disruption to existing design elements. Find a home theater professional near you.

City Retreat

For this space, other than the screen display, all a/v elements needed to be as discreet as possible. High performance loudspeakers were concealed in cavities behind the woodwork. Media components are controlled by a Crestron.

Stealth Home Theater

What kind of home theater do you build for a client who owns a 30 million dollar estate? Maybe start with a 103-inch plasma screen, a massive array of McIntosh amplifiers and matched speaker system, mahogany interiors and a completely soundproofed room. Find a home theater professional near you.

Stealth Home Theater

The client's desire was for a dream home-theater with perfect acoustics, completely isolated sonically from the rest of the house. The homeowner wanted the ability to be blissfully napping in the master bedroom while, on the floor directly below, his teenage son and daughter are taking in every decibel of a concert recording or blockbuster action movie.

Stealth Home Theater

Equipment included three McIntosh 1200 watt mono-block amps to drive the front three speakers that are concealed behind acoustically transparent cloth panels. All speakers in the system are McIntosh. Each of the front tower speakers, the XRT-1K, contains 74 drivers and weighs 158 lbs.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

This spectacular home theater was custom designed for the president of a major Hollywood studio who wanted to be able to view digital cinema footage and film dailies in the comfort of his home. Find a home theater professional near you.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

The client wanted a pro-quality screening room with the highest quality and performance. The room also needed to serve as a home theater for viewing TV, Apple TV, Xbox and Blu-ray content.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

The project began as a remodel of an existing media room. A theater consultant was brought in to help with the redesign.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

The finished room was fully sound isolated using resilient construction and vibration-damped sheet rock layers. The front half of the floor was dropped 18 inches into the crawl space to make room for the seating risers. Acoustical absorbers and diffusers to the HVAC system's ducting were used to help achieve an optimum sonic backdrop.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

To accommodate the 7.1 channel audio source of the digital cinema content, the signal is run through a multi-channel D-to-A converter and then into the 7.1 channel analog input of the Marantz decoder. The planar-type speakers used in the system possess studio-grade power handling capacity and perfectly flat frequency response.

Inviting Entertainment Space

The plan behind this home theater for a family of five was to turn an underutilized space into a private cinema that could easily transition into a video game and sporting event room. Find a home theater professional near you.

Inviting Entertainment Space

The room features a 123-inch acoustically-transparent masking screen and a recessed JVC video projector with 3D capability. The acoustic treatment for the room utilizes eight custom-designed acoustic panels.

Inviting Entertainment Space

Custom seats for six complement an overall entertainment space that invites both family and guests to experience films and games in a luxurious, user-friendly atmosphere.

Unique on a Budget

This client wanted a home theater space "like no other," but on a modest budget, and one suited to watching sporting events with friends. Find a home theater professional near you.

Unique on a Budget

The finished theater, which has the look and feel of a far more expensive room, features a 110-inch acoustically-transparent masking screen concealing front speakers and two subwoofers, a Digital Projection M-Vision 260HC video projector, Marantz receivers, Xbox and a Lutron control system.

Custom Functionality

This home theater was fashioned out of an underutilized space with the intent of creating a family-oriented home theater and man cave. Find a home theater professional near you.

Custom Functionality

The real challenge for this project came from taking an open room, which also provides access to other areas of the house, and crafting a functional theater space that feels isolated. The back of the room included an open doorway around which the designers framed a new wall and introduced a custom pocket door to close off the theater when in use.

Renovated for Private Performance

The homeowner in this project purchased a home with an existing theater that fell short of his demanding performance requirements. He had already owned a home with a reference-level home theater custom built by engineers, so the bar was set high. Find a home theater professional near you.

Renovated for Private Performance

The directive for the theater design was to create a room which would accurately reproduce recorded music and movie soundtracks, revealing the finest sonic details as well as the highest dynamic range.

Renovated for Private Performance

Seating was limited to four since the client wanted the focus for this theater to be for private and family enjoyment rather than for entertaining guests.

Renovated for Private Performance

Audio and video sources include Luxman reference CD player and OPPO multi-zone, multi-region Bluray player. All sensitive theater equipment is connected using top-of-the-line Kimber Kable silver interconnects.

Ultimate Retreat

This was the second home theater installed by the homeowner, and he wanted for this one to achieve an elevated level of performance. Find a home theater professional near you.

Ultimate Retreat

Primary objectives included being able to comfortably accommodate 10 people, employ largest screen possible given room's dimensions, achieve superior room acoustics and integrate control of lighting, drapes and HVAC.

Ultimate Retreat

Rich wood paneling highlights the entryway to this luxury home theater, adding to a visual presentation that suggests a classic film palace.

Styled Seating for Six

This theater was custom designed specifically to accommodate seating for six in an existing basement space. The client also wanted a wet bar included in the space, and set the budget for the entire project at no more than $100,000. Find a home theater professional near you.

Styled Seating for Six

Highlights of the finished space include six luxury recliners, Epson Pro 6030 projector, three matching B&W CWM LCR7 speakers for the center and main channels, a subwoofer concealed in a custom cabinet and extra insulation in the ceiling for sonic isolation.

The Studio Room

The homeowner, who was also the designer/integrator for this exceptional home theater project, sought to create a home cinema that outperforms the local multiplex and, in addition, a listening experience optimized for both two-channel and multi-channel high resolution sources. Find a home theater professional near you.

The Studio Room

The moniker "Studio Room" refers to the visible similarity the space bears to a recording studio, as well as a nod to its intent of replicating the feel of a small screening room that might be found in a Hollywood production company.

The Studio Room

The existing 5.2 channel audio system was upgraded to 9.2 (including height channels), using direct radiating speakers for best movie/multichannel music performance.

The Studio Room

A 3-chip DLP projection system was selected for its outstanding brightness, color rendition and film-like performance once properly calibrated.

The Studio Room

Another stated objective for the project was to provide discrete and flexible storage for an extensive and diverse collection of media including CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

Creatively Constructed

The homeowner on this project wanted a great quality theater in the lower level space of his newly constructed home. Creative planning and engineering was required to achieve the desired performance results given some structural challenges of the space. Find a home theater professional near you.

Creatively Constructed

Relatively low ceiling heights and an angled back wall were among the challenges the designers faced. In the end, however, careful integration of room treatment and equipment selection resulted in a room with a superior sound that was "bigger" than would be expected in a room of this size.

Contemporary Integration

This basement home cinema in a new residence in Southern California needed to meet high performance standards while being well-integrated within the home's overall design. Find a home theater professional near you.

Contemporary Integration

The styling is contemporary, and the seating system offers flexibility, allowing set-up in either formal or more casual configurations. A 9.4 speaker system, advanced projection with acoustically transparent screen, coupled with a full dress of acoustical tuning all combine to make for a stunning A/V environment.

Inspired by Italian Luxury

This striking home theater, in a 22,000-square-foot home is, more specifically, inspired by Italian auto engineering — namely Ferrari. It's a visual extension of the Ferrari collection housed in an adjacent showcase garage. The seating and leather wall accents in red leather are actually based on the shade of red used by Ferrari. Find a home theater professional near you.

Inspired by Italian Luxury

Substantial wood doors and a neon-lit marquis make for an appropriate entryway to this luxury home theater. Prior to the home's overall architectural design, the homeowner worked with a specialist in creating a no-compromise home theater. He then instructed his architect to design a home "around the theater."

Inspired by Italian Luxury

Among its many special attributes, the theater makes use of a Christie DCI series projector, a pro-grade model that greatly exceeds the color and picture performance of consumer-grade HD 1080P DLP units. In the sound system, each surround speaker is independently driven by a dedicated amplifier, and each subwoofer is powered by a bridged 800-watt amp.

An Entertainer's Paradise

The homeowners' chief desire for this space was a theater designed specifically for entertaining but that would also reflect and integrate visually with the home's distinctive architectural design. Find a home theater professional near you.

An Entertainer's Paradise

The project was a well-orchestrated collaboration between the installer's design team, engineering team and the general contractor for the home.

An Entertainer's Paradise

The client stipulated that no a/v equipment should be on the floor, so the room was designed using only in-wall speakers and recessed subwoofers. The Paradigm Monitor series subwoofers were calibrated to custom-adjust the sonics in the odd shaped room.

An Entertainer's Paradise

Crestron controls, with iPad compatibility, fully integrate control of both the a/v gear and lighting within the theater.

An Entertainer's Paradise

To further minimize the visual impact of electronics and equipment, the rack resides discreetly in a closet adjacent to the theater, but is still operable via the Crestron controls.

Electrifying Experience

The homeowner in this project already had a home theater, but decided he wanted something that would provide a much more immersive experience. Find a home theater professional near you.

Electrifying Experience

With the exception of the screen and projector port, the technology in this theater is concealed. The room is sonically isolated to provide a distraction-free cinematic experience.

Electrifying Experience

The color LED strip lighting accents the room dramatically and provides adjustable mood settings ranging from white light to colorful combinations.

Electrifying Experience

All lighting and HVAC, as well as the a/v components, are controlled via an in-wall iPad which provides the interface for the RTI theater control system.

Electrifying Experience

Audio electronics include Integra's flagship DHC-80.3 pre-amp processor along with ProAudio's DSP amplification to all speakers. Digital sources include a OPPO BDP-103 4K upscaling BluRay player, Apple TV and Motorola HD Cable box. One unique feature is the integration of the equipment room locking system. To prevent unwanted access to equipment, a wireless deadbolt was installed with the access code programmed into the iPad controls.

Theater of Dreams

This supremely opulent home theater is the dream project of a movie fan whose passions for film run "from Hollywood to Bollywood." The homeowner wanted the largest screen possible and went with a specially built Vision X screen, the custom luxury line from Vutec. The screen is 16 feet wide, with a 10-foot total frame-width including horizontal masking for the designated aspect ratio. Find a home theater professional near you.

Theater of Dreams

Audio for the theater includes Audes custom built speakers, incorporating AMT drivers, and Bryston Amplifiers. Speaker cabling and audio connectors are by Straight Wire.

Theater of Dreams

The "dream theater" includes, appropriately enough, a classic movie-palace style lobby and snack bar. When the theater was completed, a red-carpet celebration was held for its grand opening.

Theater of Dreams

The carpentry and workmanship that went into the building of the dream theater, including this spectacular ceiling, has been described as comparable to what goes into the interior construction of a whole house.

Want to see more CEDIA 2014 spaces? Check out the media rooms and integrated homes.