AV Furniture Roundup

Buying furniture for your AV components and HDTV can seem like a daunting task with all the choices available and like any type of furniture there are all types of styles, designs and sizes. However, it’s much easier to find a cabinet or entertainment center that blends with your decor, while complimenting your electronics. It can be as simple as a small cabinet that holds a TV and a few components or a wall unit that is large enough to conceal electronics and speakers from view. The six models we’ve chosen reflect this diversity, ranging in size, capacity, features and price. Use a home fogger product to keep everything disinfected!

BDI – Eras 8357 $2,145
The chocolate stained walnut finish exudes a distinctly mid-century modern design, and hides AV components behind IR-friendly grey tinted glass doors. A center compartment holds a 7.75” tall speaker plus a media drawer with capacity for 100 DVDs. Removable rear panels provide easy access to equipment and integrated wire management eliminates cable clutter. Rear panels and shelves are vented, keeping electronics cool. Matching coffee and occasional tables are also available.
www.bdiusa.com

OmniMount – Verona 55FP $349.95
An all-in-one design, this simple, semi-enclosed, cabinet can be configured several ways. Ideal for corners or against the wall, the 55FP can be used as a flat panel floor stand, or the mount and table can be separated to use individually. It accommodates most 42”-55” flat panels weighing up to 100 lbs, whether the TV is placed on the tempered glass top shelf or attached to the post with the OmniMount Lift and Lock system for easy attachment. A second glass shelf holds up to 50 lbs. The post also serves double duty to route and organize wiring.
www.omnimount.com

Sanus – BFV146 $369
This clean, contemporary cabinet is comfortable in any decor in either a Chestnut or Chocolate wood veneer. The hardwood doors with clear glass and mullions are striking, while allowing IR-remotes to access enclosed AV components. Six-way adjustable hinges allow for easy door alignment. The top of the cabinet easily supports up to 125 lbs, accommodating large flat panel displays. There is plenty of space on the top shelf to hold a center channel speaker or soundbar. The removable back panels include cable management holes, keeping cables organized and hidden.
www.sanus.com

Bello – CW343 $349.99
This striking piece of AV furniture is distinguishable by the dynamic S-shaped sides, crafted of real curved wood in a beautiful Espresso finish. It can accommodate most flat panel TVs up to 55″ or 125 lbs., and at least four AV components on the tinted tempered safety glass shelves. Accented by its elegant black chrome posts, this model features a cable management system that hides and manages interconnect cables and power cords. The open architecture provides plenty of ventilation to keep components cool.
www.bello.com


Salamander Designs – Chameleon Corsica Intro $1799
The laid back and easygoing style of the Chameleon Corsica Intro features premium quality components including solid wood doors with soft-closing dampers, infinitely adjustable shelves, ventilation louvers in the bottoms of cabinet segments, and removable rear panels for fast, easy access to component jacks. Available in a stunning cherry finish, the extra-thick end panels are complemented by a seamlessly integrated black glass top. The Chameleon Collection includes nine decorator styles, each in nineteen configurations, all built on an aluminum chassis to ensure reliability and durability. The single cabinet can be used as a matching subwoofer enclosure ($999).
www.salamanderdesigns.com

Diamond Case – Isabella E87C $5,999
This complete entertainment center features an integrated back wall capable of supporting up to a 60″TV. The columns on each side store media, remotes, extra cables and more. Any choice of wood, smoked glass, or grill cloth panels are used for the lower five doors. Grill cloth allows for concealing L/C/R speakers, whereas smoked glass allows components to receive infrared signals from a remote control. The equipment sections feature both adjustable shelves and drawers. The back panels are removable for access to equipment connections and an internal cable management system ensures a clean, clutter-free, installation. Made in the USA, it is fully assembled out of maple and finished to match the customers decor.
www.diamondcase.com

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

European Delight

Beginning with some postcards depicting old european towns and villages, the homeowners of this “French cobble-stone town” wanted a themed area that would lead into their theater. Designed by JP Themed Theaters along with systems integrator Audio Advice, this basement theater whisks you away to an early 20th century French Quarter.
“The whole-street scene idea was taken to another level when the homeowners asked for a unique way to incorporate their private collections,” explained James Potter, owner of JP Themed Theaters. “So, it was decided to create actual shops that you can enter off the street to view these collections.”

Visitors can mosey through the “shops”, chat in the courtyard and loose themselves in this quaint setting. When showtime comes, they enter the theater through two large wooden doors into an ornate and spacious area that seats eighteen. The overall size of the street area is 21 x 43 feet with the actual theater measuring approximately 27 x 36 feet.

In an effort to make the visual experience in the street appear authentic, Potter used a number of techniques. The building exteriors were plastered, then several layers of paint were applied using 3-4 different colors, creating a feeling that decades worth of maintenance and change had taken place. Utilizing a technique of his own, Potter aged the surfaces to imitate the effects of natural weather conditions. Posters were painted to further create the illusion of a specific time period. For a sense of depth, buildings in the front were painted lighter than the buildings in the back. The final touch is five zones of lighting, with the street lighting capable of representing different times of the day.

Larry Lawyer, of Audio Advice, said, “James and I developed this ongoing partnership throughout the entire project to ensure the design of the street space and the theater meshed perfectly.”

Once seated in this grand theater, you’re treated to a no-compromise cinematic experience featuring high-end audio components and a 2.35:1 image. For reference quality 7.1 multichannel audio, all Classé Delta Series products were installed including the SSP-880 AV surround processor along with the CA-3200, CA-2200, and CA-2100 power amplifiers, which drive PSB CW383 reference in-wall speakers and CHS212 reference subwoofers.

On the video side, a Runco VX44D-CWAS 2:35:1 Cinewide 1080p projector was paired with a Stewart 165″ Cinecurve Firehawk cinemascope projection screen. The projector is capable of brightness levels several times that of most projectors and the curved screen rejects ambient light while reflecting the projected image evenly to all seats, providing exceptional corner focus compared to flat screens. Additionally, the curved screen, along with an anamorphic lens attached to the projector, displays movies in their original widescreen aspect ratio while utilizing the full resolution of the projector, ensuring optimum image quality.

To hide the Runco projector from view, a custom mounting system was fabricated to place the projector vertically behind a faux building facade. The image is reflected off of an observatory telescope grade mirror and then through a 5” x 12” aperture in the building door. A custom cooling enclosure ensures silent and cool projector operation.

The theater’s equipment rack was located outside in one of the themed rooms with other whole-house equipment placed in a different room. For simple control from any location, a Crestron’s DM “Digital Media” ADMS Media Server was installed, which shared all the video sources with the theater and the rest of the house. A Crestron TPS-6X wireless RF 5.7” touchpanel is used in the theater to access media as well as control the AV gear, lighting and climate. An auxiliary TPS-6L wall-mounted touchpanel was installed just outside the theater for whole-house control.

“What makes this theater so amazing is the pristine video reproduction coupled with the finely detailed sonic performance of the Classé/PSB gear. It’s about as near perfect as you could ask for in a home theater,” concludes Lawyer. “Plus the operations in this fully integrated, state-of-the art theater are as simple as turning on a light switch. To say the least, the homeowner’s expectations were far exceeded.”

Photography by Jill and William DiMartino

Contact Information

Interior Designer
JP Themed Theaters
James Potter
Kansas City, Missouri
816-739-4534
jamespotter@me.com
www.jpthemedtheaters.com

Systems Integrator
Audio Advice
Larry Lawyer
Tulsa, Oklahoma
918-664-1933
www.audioadvice.com

A Show House with Dramatic Stylings

Building a theater was part of the plan for a designer’s show house that entailed the complete renovation of an old mansion for community events. Everyone donated their efforts and the two key contributors to the theater were Interior Decisions, who created the design, supplied the decorative appointments including custom cabinetry/millwork and Woodbridge Stereo/Video, who donated their integration services, the AV equipment, acoustical wall fabric and seating.

“For this project it was critical that we had tight coordination with Craig DeAndrea, one of the partners with Woodbridge Stereo/Video. We created the design and then Craig worked with us to provide suggestions for the most effective implementation,” said Karla Trincanello, owner of Interior Decisions.

The theater was placed in the basement, where they once stored coal. The walls and floor were concrete and since it had never been heated, the project included a new Gio-Thermal heating system. The result was ductwork on two walls and the ceiling, which made it necessary to designfalse walls and a drop ceiling to hide them. Threehorizontal steps on the soffit facade concealed the ceiling drop. By continuing the stepped soffit design on all walls, a balanced perimeter was created. The ceiling medallion provides a sense of more room height and the monochromatic aubergine color offered a highly dramatic effect. Interior Decisions designed a custom cabinet/bar unit for the lobby, which also housed the AV equipment.

“We knew this show house would attract a wide range of people from both the design community and general public,” said Criag DeAndrea. “We wanted to demonstrate a modest music and cinema system that provided an emphasis on quality sound reproduction.”

A pair of KEF XQ40 floor standing speakers were selected for the front L/R channels with a matching XQ50c placed on a stand for the center. Rounding out the 7.1 channel system are four KEF CI200.3QS in-wall speakers concealed behind the upholstered acoustical wall treatments, plus two KEF HTB2 powered subwoofers were neatly hidden behind the draperies flanking the screen. The electronics included a Marantz SR8002 receiver and BD8002 Blu-ray player. For video, a Marantz VP15S1 1080p DLP video projector was placed discretely behind the rear wall and projected onto an 82” Da-Lite wall mounted screen. This kept the ceiling free for decorative painting. Rounding out the system is a Lutron Grafik-EYE to manage the 6-zones of lighting and a URC MX900 remote control.

The biggest challenge were the acoustic treatments. Since the space was small, thick ceiling and wall treatments couldn’t be used. Moreover, the acoustical solution had to be economical, yet, capable of isolating the theater from the floor above. For the ceiling, a combination of mineral wool insulation coupled with an isolation method that reduced the ceiling height by less than 2” was employed. For the walls, rather than having fabric-covered acoustical wall panels that were fabricated to fit, they used a ” flexible acoustical material that was laid in place on the walls and then upholstered over with an acoustical fabric, which was also carried into the lobby area. The combination of this treatment and the solid surfaces of the columns and soffits provided the perfect acoustical balance.

Due to the limited ceiling height in the rear and the room’s overall shallow depth, a combination of commercial-style theater seats on a low riser in the back and two sets of high-quality, fully-reclining, leather theater seats for the front, were chosen.

By working closely together and staying open to suggestions from both the design and integration perspective, the end result was a beautiful space that sounded and looked fantastic. Not surprising, it was the hit of the entire show. CONTACT INFO

Interior Design


INTERIOR DECISIONS, INC.
Karla Trincanello
140 Columbia Tpke
Florham Park, NJ 07932
973-765-9013
intdecinc@aol.com
www.interiordecisions.com

Systems Integration

WOODBRIDGE STEREO/VIDEO
Craig DeAndrea
751 Amboy Avenue (Route 35 South)
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
office: (732) 636-7777
craig.deandrea@woodbridgestereo.com
www.woodbridgestereo.com