Comfort plus

With an automated home theatre system and reclining seats, it makes sense to enjoy your movies at home
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A 110-inch Stewart grey screen and reclining chairs ensure this home theatre is both comfortable and hi-tech.

Staying home on Saturday night to watch a movie can be a surprisingly high-tech and sophisticated experience. The home theatre featured here includes seating for nine people in automated recliner chairs, a 110in screen, plus lighting and sound that are wired so they adjust automatically when a DVD is being played.

Custom audiovisual specialist Home Theatrix designed, built and installed the audiovisual equipment and its management system, as well as other automation systems throughout the home.

Don MacKenzie of Home Theatrix says the home theatre was the key to the project.

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Equipment racks, built on a floor railing system, roll out of a dedicated room for instant access to equipment.

"The owners wanted a sanctuary where they could go and relax and entertain their family and friends with an unbelievable movie experience," he says.

Home Theatrix used AMX products, which provide the owners with a high level of direct management of the system. Simple, fully automated control is provided by a mobile touch panel, which is designed to be used by all family members and can be operated anywhere in the room. Alternatively, the equipment can be operated from the docking station in a cupboard, where the panel is recharged when not in use.

Most of the audiovisual and other equipment is hidden in a small 2m x 2.5m room, mounted on a specially fabricated floor railing system that rolls out for instant access. Speakers are concealed in the cabinets below the screen or built into the walls.

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A cabinets hide a wall mounted touchpad fof lights and audio-visual systems.

To create the plush look the owners wanted, interior designer Warren Street used a quilted suede fabric to upholster the upper walls. The quilting was designed to match the swirls of the carpet, and the fabric also conceals the acoustic batts and electric wiring. Timber panelling below the suede is angled so sound is directed down into the carpet, rather than reverberating round the room.

Nov 23, 2007

Credit list

to enjoy your movies at home Installation
Don MacKenzie, Home Theatrix
Sim2 Grand Cinema HT300 Link DLP
Existing Yamaha RX-Z9 A/V processor
TV receiver
Nextwave THD5150 HD digital
Electronic control system
AMX MVP 8400 8.4in wireless touchscreen with wall-mounted docking station
Interior design
Warren Street, Design Professionals
Stewart 110in GrayHawk RS
DVD player
Integra DSP8.3
M&K S150 AC THX Ultra speakers; SS150 THX Ultra surround speakers; Velodyne DD12 powered sub-woofers
Wall fabric
Hand-quilted suede on fully upholstered panels
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