Inside a 3D Home Theater with 180” Screen

This 3D home theater has 15 pairs of 3D glasses so everyone can enjoy the show.

Lisa Montgomery · February 14, 2011

3D Home Theater

They say the bigger the better when it comes to viewing movies in 3D. The owners of this renovated basement took those words to heart by choosing a whopping 180-inch wide screen that shifts shape to accommodate the aspect ratio of any film they’re watching.

Osbee Industries, Inc., of Harrison, NY, paired the curved, acoustically transparent Screen Research screen with a Digital Projection Titan Reference 1080p 3D video projector, and added an anamorphic lens to the unit so that movies shot in a CinemaScope widescreen could be viewed in their native 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

The family has plenty of media from which to choose. In the short time since their system was installed, their library has grown to include 200 Blu-ray discs, all of which are accessible from any TV in the house via a Kaleidescape media server.

Equipment List
DPI Titan Reference 3D projector
Screen Research TheaterCurve 180-inch screen
JBL Synthesis I sound system
Crestron control system
Crestron ADMS media server
Kaleidescape media server
Samsung Blu-ray player
DirecTV receiver
Nintendo Wii
Xbox 360

They can also access a wide variety of streaming content from a Crestron ADMS server and Apple TV, or view four different sources simultaneously in a quad view, thanks to a Crestron DVPHD-PRO-R video processor.

A “cockpit” positioned between the theater seats holds the Blu-ray player for convenient loading of discs. This is also where the gaming systems and 15-inch Crestron touchpanel (used to operate the entire home theater system) are located. Due to the low ceiling height, the Titan projector was mounted directly above the cockpit to preclude accidental collisions. A second projector is positioned closer to the screen than the 3D projector, so that it can fire around people who may be standing up while playing video games.

Built to seat up to 20 people, the 20-by-30-foot space is used “heavily and equally by everyone in the family,” says Osbee Industries president Dave Raines. For this reason, the family invested in 15 active-shutter 3D glasses from Xpand. They also made sure there was room for plenty of seating. In addition to two rows of seats and loungers, there’s room up front to toss in a few bean bag chairs.

Big, immersive video deserves an equally engaging audio experience, so Osbee equipped the space with a JBL Synthesis I system capable of pumping out 4,000 watts of power to 12 speakers and four subwoofers, all of which are hidden behind acoustic wall panels. To prevent the sound from the theater from rattling the floor of the rooms above it, Osbee isolated the newly constructed walls and ceiling from the original structure and packed the ceiling and wall cavities with sound-absorbing materials.

  About the Author

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in addition electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home. Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Lisa at [email protected]

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