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Bringing Mardi Gras to a Home Theater

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By Arlen Schweiger

Festive and well-designed lighting sets the mood for this Mardi Gras-inspired home theater, but it never detracts from this room’s main purpose: to provide a stellar movie viewing experience.

Collaboration between the home theater designers at Cinemacoustic Solutions (CSi), Coral Springs, Fla., and the A/V installation team at Connected Technology (CT), Melbourne, Fla., ensured a harmonious fusion of art and electronics.

The effect is a huge departure from the theater that once occupied this space, and to make it more comfortable and accommodating, Connected Technology’s first order of business was to redo the old seating.

“Originally, the theater had three rows of seating, which stretched just six-and-a-half feet deep for a very tight squeeze for theatergoers when walking between the rows,” explains Connected Technology president Joe Nelson. “Once the theater layout was defined, CT and the homeowner brought CSi on board to handle the fit and finish of the room, including the themed cinema imagery acoustic panels.”

Performance Along with Party Atmosphere


The new layout composed of custom-crafted Continental Seating provides comfortable accommodations where the full impact of the theater can be appreciated. The A/V equipment chosen for theater leaves as big an impression as the room design.

For audio, Connected Technology installed a 12.6-channel surround- sound system to rock the room featuring Bay Audio speakers, an Anthem Statement D2v preamplifier with a pair of Anthem P5 325 watts/channel amps and four Bay Audio 1000W subwoofer amps.

An Avielo Helios projector from Display Development and 138-inch screen from Stewart Filmscreen combine to produce stunning, large-screen video that doesn’t get lost among the room’s colorful accoutrements.

And what would a theater this sophisticated be without an advanced control system? Connected Technology included this, too, installing a Savant processor and Select Remote to smoothly manage the operation of all the electronics in the room.