CEA Names 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners
The winners of the 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the CEA's TechHome Division, were announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Here's a look at the winning products, installations, and top integrator of the year.
Category: Retrofit Project of the Year above $50,000 Integrator: Custom Home Theater Systems& Automation Project: Coulombe StealthTheater We were to create for our client a dream home theater with perfect acoustics, totally separated from the rest of the house. Our goal was to have total isolation from the master bedroom suite which is located directly above theater. He is very sensitive to noise and this figured heavily into every decision we made from initial plan to final build. In fact, before turning this theater over to the owner we calibrated the system to play at a safe loud decibel level so the homeowner would not hurt himself playing system at high volumes without knowing it due to extremely powerful amplifiers with low distortion. It does not sound loud. Our client had his heart set on a 103“ Pansonic Plasma, not a projector as we would typically use. In addition, the entire theater was to be stealth- no visible speakers or equipment with the exception of the Blu-ray Player, Kaleidescape Video Server System, X Box and Apple Computer wireless keyboard . Some things worked in our favor: fortunately, at the top of the stairs where you enter the main house there are two doors. Some things were more of a challenge: how do you move a 600-pound TV down a tight stone stairway? Very carefully with 12 people.Back to article
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