Neat-O: Award-Winning Media Room Combines Golf, Home Theater
Florida-based ZIO outfitted this room as a dual home theater/golf simulator using two different motorized screens, motorized Lutron shades, Triad speakers and Crestron control.
CE Pro Editors · February 4, 2014
In one configuration, this room acts as a golf simulator, featuring an About Golf simulation system that uses a projector and screen combo and software to put the owner on a PGA-caliber course. In another configuration, it’s a high-performance movie theater, complete with surround sound. There’s also a 70-inch flat panel in the room for watching sports or anything else on the 10 available sources.
It wasn’t as simple as using the same projector and projection screen for both major activities and snapping your fingers to switch gears - although between the Crestron automation system’s programming and the iPad Mini interface going from golf to Goodfellas is still pretty easy.
Winter Park, Fla.-based ZIO spent around 300 design and labor hours to complete the project, which took honors as CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles’ Best Media Room in 2013. The solution necessitated a projector for the golf simulation and a fixed screen that would take the abuse of golf ball target practice. Movie and sports viewing would be better served by a home theater projector and a theater-specific screen, in this case one that could be retracted.
“The projector for the golf system is just a basic InFocus business projector. Because the images projected were always bright outdoor scenes, a home theater-style projector was not necessary, and because the golfer stands close to the screen the projector needed to have a very short throw so the image isn’t obstructed by the golfer,” ZIO’s Peter Shipp explains. “We actually tried very hard to use a single projector for both systems/screens, but it just wasn’t possible.”
So a beam was installed along the ceiling in the middle of the room to accommodate the About Golf projector. For home theater, a Digital Projection M-Vision 400 was mounted in the back of the room, with its long-throw and brightness capabilities enough to produce high-quality images on a 150-inch Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk motorized screen.
Complicating matters is that the design of this room featured a bar on the left side where the 70-inch Sharp TV resides, plus some big windows along the right side. ZIO incorporated more motorized goodies to protect against wayward shots and ricochets.
ZIO customized and installed two separate, curved, motorized drapery tracks from Lutron, with one operating as a transitioning panel. The transitioning panel track moves a drapery panel between the golf screen and the Stewart screen, to hide the golf screen when not in use. There’s also a motorized blackout shade for the doors at the rear of the room, and when the drapery and shade are closed, it allows both projection systems to be used during the day.
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