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Multimedia Resource Group Makes it a Double with Electronic House Home of the Year Award

Greenwich, Connecticut, home theater earns recognition from home technology industry.

Three years ago a client wanted to transform a spare guest room in their basement into an entertainment center that would be a gathering space for family and friends.  At that time, none of us envisioned the project would evolve into the spectacular dedicated theater it became. Now the homeowners can boast they have a two-time award-winning home theater. This Greenwich, Connecticut theater recently won Gold in the Electronic House Home of the Year Awards for 2016, in the category of Best Home Theater – $150,000 or more.

The theater employs Pro Audio Technology speakers to provide Auro-3D sound, processed through an award-winning Datasat RS20i surround sound processor, all with power isolation from Torus Power. Crestron control makes it easy for the homeowners to adjust lights and choose from a number of sources, including a Kaleidescape movie server. The extensive acoustical treatments isolate the basement theater from the rest of the home and provide a truly immersive movie experience, while allowing a quiet conversation just outside.

Cineak Ferrier seats

Cineak Ferrier seats

We won’t lie – the project was not without its challenges, which we discussed here, and which were covered extensively in an article published in Electronic House Magazine. But the entire team, including builder Richard Rosano of RR Builders, architect Scott Soper of Soper Babcock Associates, and especially the client, pulled together to accommodate the space and acoustical requirements of the theater, seamlessly merging aesthetics and technology.

A Trend-setter in Home Theater Design

The project exemplifies several up-and-coming trends in home technology, including the use of Auro-3D object-based surround sound to bring movies to life in a way home viewers have never experienced before. The Datasat processing makes every nuance audible from any angle. The Torus Power WM-45 offers transient voltage surge suppression to power and protect all the equipment and further ensure clean sound. The room employs all three tenets of a superior project: appropriate room structure, clean power, and the perfect blend of equipment to create a home theater recognized by industry professionals and loved by the home’s residents.

After winning a HOBI Award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut, we are pleased and excited to be recognized within the custom electronics industry with an Electronic House Home of the Year Award. “Judging criteria for the Electronic House 2016 Home of the Year Awards included all aspects of custom installation, such as project creativity, innovation, equipment, obstacles overcome, homeowner priorities, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits,” said the EH editors in our notification letter.

Knowing the quality of home theaters designed today, we are certain we faced many quality competitors – we would like to commend every technology professional who submitted a project, and congratulate the winners in the other categories as well.

Cine-Living fabric over acoustic panel

Cine-Living fabric over acoustic panel

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Award-Winning Multimedia Resource Group Project Garners Media Coverage

Award-Winning Multimedia Resource Group Project Garners Media Coverage

Room structure, equipment, and power help fulfill Greenwich homeowners’ theater dreams.

It’s one thing to overcome room and acoustical challenges to design a home theater that exceeds the homeowners’ expectations. It’s another to win an award for that work. And it’s yet another, altogether, to gain recognition in trade publications for both the room and the award.

This is exactly what Multimedia Resource Group accomplished when we designed and installed a state-of-the-art home theater incorporating Auro-3D sound with Pro Audio Technology speakers, Crestron control, sound treatment by Cine-Living, Acoustiblok and Kinetics Noise Control and power isolation from Torus Power, in the basement of a Greenwich, Connecticut, home.

To say we’re thrilled and honored by the coverage in industry publication Electronic House, and the 2015 HOBI Award, is an understatement. But we can’t take all the credit. Read on to see the challenges we overcame, working with the builder, architect and client, to convert a small basement guest room into a movie lover’s oasis.

Trades Working Together

Just starting demo

Just starting demo

This project was different from many others because, instead of working within the blank slate of an unfinished basement, we were constructing a theater in an existing, finished room. “It took a lot of pre-planning, demolition and construction work,” says Multimedia Resource Group owner David Kepke, crediting builder Richard Rosano of RR Builders, and architect Scott Soper of Soper Babcock Associates for their hard work and willingness to collaborate, adapt and overcome the many challenges in the room. “I had my requirements to make the room look and sound great. The architect had his requirements to make the room look beautiful from an aesthetic standpoint, and the builder had to find a way to make that happen and deliver the flawless quality expected by the client,” says Kepke.

From a technology perspective, Multimedia Resource Group focused on what our president, David Kepke deemed “the three pillars of a successful home theater,” in an Electronic House article written by Krissy Rushing.

DAVID KEPKE, PRESIDENT OF MULTIMEDIA RESOURCE GROUP INC., David Kepke, President of Multimedia Resource Group of Chappaqua, N.Y., believes that there are three pillars for any successful high-performance media room or home theater: room structure, equipment, and power.

Pillar One: Room Structure

The first pillar – room structure – posed significant challenges for the integrator /architect / builder team, requiring removing a guest bedroom and bathroom, reconfiguring another bathroom, relocating part of a mechanical room, as well as moving the hallway wall to get a few more feet of useable space.

Additionally, the builder replaced a wood beam that crossed the back of the room with a steel beam that could be recessed into the ceiling, gaining critical ceiling height for the projection screen and 3D sound. Then Multimedia Resource Group, along with the architect, designed a spring structure to support the weight of the intricate coffered ceiling, while providing a critical component of the acoustic isolation.

Acoustiblok & IsoMax Channels

Acoustiblok & IsoMax Channels

To achieve complete acoustic isolation with the limited space available, Multimedia Resource Group used Kinetics Noise Control products to isolate the wall framing from the structure and the QuietRock from the wall framing. Acoustiblok sound dampening material on every surface added the equivalent of 12” thick concrete in 1/8” of space.

“Building an acoustic envelope was critical for this project, both to allow for the complete immersion during movie viewing and also to keep sound from theater from disrupting the rest of the household, most notably the kitchen, which is located directly above the theater,” explains Kepke.

Working closely with the architect, we added Kinetic Noise Control acoustic doors to complete the acoustic envelope. These unfinished doors were delivered to the millwork shop to be fitted with a mahogany finish designed to match the room’s ornate mahogany millwork.

“All of the mahogany woodwork is more than just a pretty face, however; it’s actually the icing on the acoustical cake. The intricate details and alterations of plane aid in the acoustic performance of the room.”

Pillar Two: Equipment Choices

No doubt, choosing top-of-the-line equipment including a Crestron MC3 control system, Auro-3D surround sound processed through a Datasat RS20i, a Sim2 SuperLumis projector and Cineak seating, contributed to the HOBI Award. High-end equipment, quite simply, helps create marquee projects like this one.

“From the initial configuration, it was clear that [the Datasat RS20i] was unlike anything else I’ve used to date,” says Kepke. “The audio quality is so pure, even familiar content sounds different, bigger, more pristine.”

Pillar Three: Power

Multimedia Resource Group, a loyal Torus Power dealer, specified a Torus Power wall-mount balanced power isolation transformer to fulfill the third – and most often neglected – pillar for a successful home theater.

“[I]f you don’t have good power, you can’t possibly have a good system,” he explains.

The Torus Power WM-45 offers clean, stable power and transient voltage surge suppression, responding in less than five nanoseconds to power surges up to 80,000 amps, offering outstanding protection and low noise.

A Winning Team

Of course, just as the three pillars of a great room must exist in harmony for a successful project, the architect, builder, integrator and client, too, must work in concert. This home theater in Greenwich, CT, represents a strong team effort and the award, accolades, and media coverage are testament to a winning formula.

HOBI Award Dinner

HOBI Award Dinner

In the end, it was Multimedia Resource Group’s strict adherence to Kepke’s three pillars of a truly great room that helped make this theater a success—structure, equipment, and clean, isolated power to feed the system and provide a difference you can see and hear.

You can read even more about this project in the full Electronic House article.