Seattle THX Select Family Room Home Theater Design
Seattle Area Home Theater Professionals

Seattle Custom Home Theater Installation

The clients for this home theater project wanted a space to enjoy quality home cinema in their existing family room without building it into a dedicated home theater. Themed theaters are not their preference, they wanted simple, clean lines that would not overshadow their Modern Italian decor with the full-blown performance of a dedicated home cinema available on demand. The first discussions centered around the components installed in AV furniture below the screen with tower speakers up front. Then our design team created this winning concept using a black fabric stretch acoustic screen wall which offered simplicity in a custom high performance design.

The family room space before our team went to work.

Design by Theater Design Northwest in Bellingham and Seattle

The completed THX Select Plus home theater.

               

 

 

Key Components

  • JVC DLA-X30BU projector
  • Stewart Filmscreen Studiotek projection screen
  • Pioneer Elite SC-55 AV receiver
  • MK Sound 950LCR speakers
  • MK Sound MX-250 subwoofer
  • MK Sound IW 85 ceiling speakers
  • Kinetics Stretchtrak system
  • Theater Design NW custom acoustic panels, screen wall and gear rack
  • Richard Gray’s Power Company LD-200 power conditioner
  • URC MX-780 RF remote
  • Smartech interconnects

 

A custom home theater by Theater Design NW in West Seattle

The entry level JVC projector produces a great quality picture in this actual screenshot. The DLA-X30 does not offer the full complement of ISF calibration controls as upline JVCs, but it is capable of producing a near-reference image.

 

A custom acoustically designed screen wall by Theater Design Northwest in Seattle

How it’s done: using exacting craftsmanship, we custom design each aspect of our wall framing for perfect integration of the video, sound and equipment infrastructure..

 The picture at right shows some of the details in the infrastructure like a huge MK Sound dual driver MX-250 sub built into the wall below the rack. Acoustic analysis of the room during planning proved that corner placement would work great in this space so the sub could be completely concealed visually and also to protect it.

Some of the other design details in this room include: All equipment is concealed behind the fabric screen wall as a consideration for the safety of the client’s young children and the safety of the equipment too! The component rack is placed high to prevent settings being adjusted by toddlers. A fixed-shelf gear rack was chosen for budget reasons. Careful design of the black gear rack helps it to disappear visually for a clean look even though it is an open shelf unit.  All speakers are positioned at the optimal spot for the best possible imaging and coverage in the room. We also custom fabricated a broadband absorbent panel to mitigate problematic reflections from an angled wall in the dispersion path.

The URC RF remote provides total system automation in a simple to use activity based design that works every time. The final step in a room like this is the ISF video calibration to ensure each piece in the video chain is performing to it’s fullest. And then our beyond THX audio calibration using Acoustisoft R+D with Audix calibration mics to get the audio perfect.