Non-invasive TV Wall Mount

Perfect for condos and apartments, Lodging Innovations new Soft Mount system is completely non-invasive. It doesn’t require any large holes be drilled into the wall for cabling and can be attached to a single stud. The SoftMount is sheet rock friendly and contains all the mounting and cable management you will need. The mount is only 1.25″ thick adding very little depth to today’s already super-thin TV’s. The rear of the panel is sealed and vented to provide adequate ventilation for your TV.

The mount is made from ultra-light MDF material that is available in several options. The prime coat finish allows you to paint over it the same color as your wall or special order it with your wall color matched already. To create a contrast against your wall it can be ordered in Satin Black. All mounts can come with a smooth or plastered texture finish. Mounts come in various sizes to ensure a proper match with whatever size TV you want to mount. They can only be used with newer and lighter sets as the maximum recommended weight is 60lbs.

Price varies depending on size and doesn’t include professional installation. Check their website for details and a dealer near you.

Company Info

Lodging Innovations

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Personalized Theaters

While always intriguing, one wonders if homeowners eventually tire of highly specific themed theaters. One-off theaters, like those designed by Mario Panelli Studios, never grow old. They are inviting and welcoming spaces that reflect the design and lifestyle sensibilities of the homeowner. You are wowed by the timeless beauty and fine detail, which effectively captures the homeowner’s tastes and personality.

In order to create such a personalized space, it’s necessary to develop a very close relationship with the client. “All our designs are one-of-a kind, which start with an extremely thorough client consultation,” says Aaron Clowes, CEO and Co-Founder of Mario Panelli Studios. “The client reviews 100’s of colors, patterns and textures ect. to help us determine their likes and dislikes. In this case, we discovered the homeowner liked abstract art with an affinity toward modern contemporary stylings.”

This relationship that begins with the consultation, and is carried out well beyond the completion of the project, is paramount to ensure that all aspects of the project are not only visually stunning, but that they met all the acoustical requirements needed to make the room sound as terrific as it looks.

This latest theater from MP Studios was built into a new gaming annex that was added to the backside of the property, with the theater portion being 16’ wide by 19.5’ deep. The unique ceiling concept was presented to the client as a physical scale model. Due to the level of trust developed between the client and designer, many elements were altered on-the-fly during construction without further client approval. The theater’s ceiling is a totally self-supported structure and is not connected to the actual ceiling except at the sides of the soffit.

The room design took a month to design and engineer, with another 10 months to build it out and install all the AV gear. The theater itself is independent of the other home systems, except for the smoke detector and intercom. The equipment rack is hidden behind one of the back wall sculpture panels and contains all the electronics including a NAD 775 7.1 Surround Receiver and several source devices. Axiom Speakers were used throughout with M60 V3’s used for the main left and right speakers, a VP180 for the center and QS4’s for the sides and surrounds.

The passive SVS PB13 Ultra Subwoofer coupled with it’s 1000-watt digital amp was so sensitive that even the slightest adjustment, resulted in drastic changes in the room’s sound balance. “This is where the experts at El Dorado Home Theater made such a difference in the overall performance of the room,” explains Clowes. “Without their knowledge of proper room calibration, the end result would have just been average, rather than amazing.”

The video side of the equation included the pairing of the Runco LS-5 DLP Projector and a Dalite Pro Imager screen with horizontal masking. The screen is 54”x126” and configured in the ever more popular 2:35 format.

The room was outfitted with 54 light fixtures (total of 7000 watts) using Lutron Homeworks Lighting Control system. The fixtures were grouped into 12 dimmer switches for extremely selective lighting control. Creating a more informal atmosphere, only the front row of the theater has four theater seats. The back row is essentially a wall to wall couch, for a more cozy interaction between friends and guests.

Perhaps, the biggest challenge was the entry door, which was designed to disappear when closed and there’s not even a visible handle. A sound dampening panel was hung from the inside of the door. Two lighting fixtures were added to match the other five panels on the sides of the theater. To complete the effect, a down-lit baseboard was placed at the bottom of the door, which was no easy task according to Clowes. Spring- loaded conduit was used to assure the wires would work for many years without requiring maintenance.

“Nothing in the room, including all the light fixtures were purchased out of a box”, concludes Clowes. “Everything is original and hand-made from raw materials and nothing was machine lathed. Every architectural element is a first time, one-of-a-kind design by us, including the 53-feet of down-lit baseboard. Our clients know that what we offer are the most exclusive and unique theaters in the world because each and every one of them is completely personalized.”

Photography – Joseph Ziser


Interior Design
Mario Panelli Studio
Aaron Clowes/CEO
1101 Plumber Way # 103 Roseville CA 95678

Systems Integration
El Dorado Home Theater
Brian Smith
722 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
916 933-5777

High-End Flat Panel Speakers

With a focus on leading edge technology for lifestyle products, Artison incorporates it’s patented DualMono Center Channel technology into the ultra-thin Masterpiece M- LCR-DM speakers that rest beautifully along side a flat panel TV.

The Masterpiece LCR-DM combines three, front channels (LCR) into these slim enclosures. Using their exclusive DualMono technology, the Masterpiece speakers are able to project clear dialog from the center of the video display, for the most accurate center channel placement. This replicates the kind of sound you would get by hiding speakers behind a projection screen. However, for flat panels there is usually no other placement other than above or below the screen and the sound will not be exactly “centered”.

The Masterpiece speakers are designed to be attached to a flat panel display or mounted to the wall. The side-firing tweeters widen the “sweet spot” for a more encompassing and accurate soundstage. Featuring Artison’s exclusive Curved Line Array, there are thirty-two, 25mm Artison Reference Theater drivers, which controls the vertical dispersion pattern and creates a wider horizontal soundstage. This array is combined with an Inverted Magnet Structure with two, 5.5″ long-throw Kevlar midrange/woofers that ensure a low crossover frequency of 80Hz.

Custom Grilles can be cosmetically matched for both height and color of any flat panel TV and are delivered within 48 hours after purchase. The thin mounting bracket allows attachment to newer, super thin TV’s ranging in size from .28 to 4.5″. Designed for larger video displays, the Masterpiece M-LCR=DM speakers are compatible with most displays starting at 55″ diagonal. Complementing today’s sleek and contemporary flat panel TVs, the Artison Masterpiece speakers integrate seamlessly into any decor, yet, deliver sound quality on par with high-end, floor-standing speakers.

A pair of Masterpiece M-LCR-DM speakers retail for $2,800/pair, including the custom grilles.

Digital Projection M-Vision Cine 230 Projector Sweepstakes

Our biggest sweepstakes ever—up for grabs is a single M-Vision Cine 230 DLP projector from Digital Projection, valued at $6995! As readers of, and know, the ultimate home-theater experience can only be achieved with a front projector firing onto a big screen, which can produce a much larger and more immersive image than any flat panel. Unfortunately, this is also the most expensive type of display system—that is, unless you’re the winner of our latest sweepstakes!

The M-Vision Cine 230 is a single-chip DLP projector from one of the most respected high-end manufacturers in the world. It’s 1920×1080 resolution is illuminated with a 230-watt UHP lamp to achieve a maximum light output of 1000 lumens and a native contrast ratio of 3000:1, and it will fill a screen up to 10 feet wide in a darkened room. This home-cinema projector provides an advanced video processor, and installation is very flexible with a compact and lightweight chassis, horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.85-2.40 lens zoom, and wireless IR and RS-232 control.

To enter the sweepstakes, all you need is an account on, and/or You can enter once on each site. If you don’t already have an account, click on the link labeled “register” at the bottom of this announcement or “Create new account” in the right column below the ads. Then, enter a username and a valid e-mail address, and click on the “Create new account” button. A message will be automatically sent to the e-mail address you specified, which will include a link to activate the account.

The final step (and only step for those who already have an account) is to log in and leave a single comment right here on this announcementany comment will do, as long as it’s not profane or spam. Then, after the entry period, one lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive the prize. So post a comment, and good luck!

Categories: Sweepstakes

Into the Mystic

We purchased an ocean front home in White Rock. BC, Canada 8 years ago. The house had an unfinished basement, and we always envisioned using the space for a dedicated theater. We have handled many home improvement projects over the years, and as a long-time subscriber to Home Theater magazine, I knew that I was up for the challenge. The project took five years from start to finish, and we are ecstatic with the results.

Our first challenge was to decide on what equipment would best compliment the project. I visited Paul Wong at the Sound Room in Vancouver and knew immediately that he was the right person to share my passion. Paul advised me that apart from the equipment the most important aspect of any home theater is the acoustics and the location of the speakers.

Section T Consulting helped design the theater layout and completed the bar area. They addressed all other sub-systems as well including ventilation and heating, which had to be modified to suit the intended use of the space, a detail that is often overlooked.

The Theater is 15ft. x 20ft. with an 8ft. ceiling. We wanted to keep the ceiling as high as possible especially since we were planning to install acoustic tile with fibre optic lights, which proved to be a greater challenge than I expeted. The interior walls were completed with a double sheet of drywall attached to resilient RC-1 channels, creating isolation between the drywall and studs to enhance sound quality. I installed all the cables and equipment and an installer from the Sound Room optimized the audio and video as part of the final phase of the setup phase. Keylime Design & Marketing Inc.created and supplied the acrylic LED sign and handled the photography.

When deciding on a paint color that would help darken the room and coupled with gold trim, the final look is very classy, reminiscent of older style theaters. The doors are solid core and custom made by a local supplier. We installed seven Palliser black leather seats with bass transducers built-in. The three in the front recline, and a riser allows the back row of seats to have an unobstructed view of the screen.

We chose Lutron lighting, which is easily controlled, along with all the AV gear, with a Harmony 900 remote control. Since audio is my passion, I included a Pioneer SACD player and a Sonos audio streaming system so we can enjoy all our music from the theater and the bar area. Paradigm speakers were used throughout with a Definitive Technology subwoofer in the front. The video is equally impressive with a JVC DLA HD500 project paired with a 77” DaLite screen. A Middle Atlantic rack was installed for all the components and provided easy access from the rear for installation and maintenance. The separate bar area includes Paradigm in-wall speakers and a Samsung 40” flat screen HDTV.

The sound is simply amazing and the two areas – theater and bar – compliment our social activities where we enjoy entertaining our family and friends.

Choosing a name for our Theater was a highlight of the process, as it meant we were near completion and could start to enjoy the theater we worked so hard to build. The name ”Into theMystic” exemplifies a sense of mystery and wonder.

When we celebrated our long-awaited opening night of “Into the Mystic”, we hired a personal chef to cater the event for 60 guests. We even had a red carpet and photographer to welcome them, making them feel like celebrities.

We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results and plan to host many social functions around the theater including sporting events, Oscar night, and, of course, movie nights. Ultimately, this was all possible because of the information and expertise I gained from reading Home Theater magazine.

Photography by Keylime Design & Marketing

Theater Equipment
JVC DLA HD550 Projector
Yamaha RXV 3900B Receiver
Pioneer SACD PD-DMK2
Pioneer Bluray BDP-23FD
Sonos Z90 Player
Ultra PGX-500 Power Conditioner
APC 750 Rack Mount UPS
Lutron 3600 Grafik Eye
Harmony 900 Remote Control
Dalite 77” HD Screen
Middle Atlantic MRK 4026 Rack
Paradigm Inwall SA 35V2 Speakers
Paradigm Studio 60 Speakers
Definitive Super Cube Subwoofer
Paradigm CC-590V5 Centre Speaker
Pace HD Cable Box

Bar Area
Samsung 40” LCD Flat Screen
Yamaha RVX 565 Receiver
Panasonic DMP BD60 Bluray
Sonos 90 Player
Paradigm AMS 300 Inwall Speakers
Pace HD Cable Box

Categories: Staff Picks, Traditional