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Electronic system for the home theater, by Audio Video Design

Custom floor-standing racking solutions provide housing for electronics and necessary power conditioning equipment and temperature-controlled fans for the theater. Seen here is the rear of the racks with the removable doors temporarily removed.

An equally significant part of this design are the elements that are not seen but certainly lend themselves to the experience. Tucked behind beautiful fabric-covered panels are fiberglass panels that combine reflection and absorption characteristics, all of which contributes to sound containment. All of the essential technology needed to deliver the full cinematic experience is built in throughout, and equipment is easily accessible in a nearby electrical closet.

Tripp says this home theater design deviates a bit from the kind of work he typically does. He says today’s interior design trends have most homeowners trying to diminish the sight of the television and other audio-video equipment so that it does not dominate a room or become the main focus. “My work is usually focused on hiding the audio and video equipment,” he says. Over the past several decades, home entertainment centers have evolved, or devolved, from large screen projection televisions to less ominous equipment, such as large yet very thin-screen televisions strategically placed on a wall or over a fireplace mantle. “And even that trend is beginning to wane,” Tripp says. He notes his company does a lot of work with builders who hide projection screens in ceilings or furniture makers who can hide them in a table or credenza. “When the homeowner is not watching television, it retracts into the furniture. We’re seeing a lot of these in family rooms and especially in bedrooms,” Tripp says.

From the very beginning, Tripp says this homeowner, who is extremely enthusiastic about movies, was seeking a home cinema that would offer an authentic movie-going experience, and he certainly achieved that. “His goal for this project was to have an elevated home theater system,” Tripp says, “and this is the maximum in elevation. It is literally a cinema in a home.”



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