#TBT Star Wars Themed Home Theater Comes Complete With Lightsabers
The sights and sounds of Star Wars' famed weapons spring to life, in sync, in this themed home theater by Admit One Home Cinema.
Lisa Montgomery · May 2, 2019
For this Throwback Thursday, take a look at this Star Wars-centric home theater design by Admit One Home Cinema in Edina, Minn. While today isn't Star Wars day, it's only a few days away, so May the Fourth be with you!
When you’re building a home theater to fit a theme, it helps to have a good inspiration piece.
In this custom theater, battery-operated lightsabers jump-started the creative process that netted the owners a stellar theater that satisfies their desire for stellar A/V and pays tribute to their favorite movie, Star Wars.
The six colored sabers attached to the walls were purchased by the owners before Admit One Home Cinema in Edina, Minn., had laid out its plans for the 340-square-foot, lower-level room.
Lightsaber Sounds Included!
The sights and sounds of Vader’s, Luke’s and others’ sabers play a key role in immersing theatergoers as they set foot inside.
“The homeowners wanted the lightsabers to play a role by turning on and off as they entered and exited the room,” explains Admit One’s Lance Anderson.
You can see the lighting effects in our slideshow, which goes around the room with the main lighting on, followed by the tour with the room darkened and the sabers in full glow.
This would involve converting each saber from a battery-operated device to one that could be controlled electronically via a hardwired Lutron light switch.
Another tweak included the integration of audio effects. Each saber came pre-installed with its own soundboard; unfortunately, each saber sounded different than the rest.
Firing them up all at once would have resulted in audio mud, so Admit One chose audio from one saber, loaded an MP3 of the chosen audio into a Viking intercom/paging module, and integrated the module into an RTI XP-6 processor, which controls and automates everything A/V in the room.
Now, when the owners turn on lights using the Lutron switch, the RTI XP-6 is triggered, which then activates the audio effect.
The clever integration of replica Star Wars lightsabers may serve as statement pieces of the $31,000 (equipment and labor) home theater, but the A/V equipment grabs all the attention when the lights dim and the Epson projector fires up and beams big images onto the 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk.
- 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk G3 Screen
- Epson 6010 1080p Pro Cinema Projector
- Chief RPA Universal Projector Mount
- Integra DTR 40.4 Receiver
- Oppo BD-93 Blu-ray Player (accompanies HD cable box)
- Boston Acoustics VRi-580 in-wall (3); VRi-465 T2 in-ceiling (2); VRi-585 T2 in-ceiling (2)
- Sunfire HRS12 subwoofer
- DynaBox in-ceiling speaker enclosure
- RTI T2-C+ touchscreen handheld remote, RTI XP-6 Controller
- Furman Elite 15i power conditioning
- AudioQuest wiring
- Lutron RadioRA 2
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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 adding 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@example.com
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