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
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.
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.
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.