The Audiophile’s Media Room

Over the last year we have had the pleasure of helping one of our good friends turn an unfinished basement into one of the best sounding media rooms. From designing the wall layout with the contractor to figuring out the best placement for speakers, this was a blank slate.

For the video, we used Sony’s VW1100ES 4K projector onto a new 100″ Screen Innovations Slate motorized screen. The Atmos surround sound is handled by an Anthem AVM60 pre-amplifier/processor, an Anthem P5 amplifier, and an Anthem P2 amplifier.

The main speakers are processed through a Krell Evolution 202 before the signal reaches the pair of Aesthetix Atlas mono-block amplifiers. The main speakers are Focal Stella Utopia EMs  accompanied by a pair of JL Audio Gothams. The surround speakers are Focal Sopra No3s, the four Atmos in-ceiling speakers are Focal IW1003BEs; and we have a JL Audio Fathom F113  running as the theater subwoofer.

In the back corner of the room, we have the gorgeous ClearAudio Statement V2 turntable  playing all of his LPs at their fullest potential. The entire system has Nordost wiring and Nordost QKore grounding to help lower the sound floor and bring out all of the detail. It has been fun seeing a room without drywall turn into one of the best sounding media rooms we’ve heard.

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Living Room Installation – Focal Sopra

Here is a photo of one of our best customer’s and friend’s homes. We finished this project yesterday. This is now the 3rd home we have done for them. The Focal Sopra 1s looks excellent with the art in the foreground.

The Meridian Sooloos music library sources this room as well as the whole house music system, including their beautiful home theater room.

Thanks very much to them for allowing us to share this.

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Beautiful Custom Theater Room

Here is a wonderful system we finished yesterday in Cantewood. Our customers recently purchased this beautiful home and were referred to us by one of their neighbors. On our initial visit they showed us the space they wanted to use as their main movie entertainment room. This room is on their lower floor and the original contractor pre-wired an AC outlet for a TV along with a pair of cables for in-ceiling surround speakers. The shape of the room is almost a perfect cube and sounded like a handball court.

I knew was going to difficult to get the kind of performance they were hoping for unless we treated it with acoustic panels. So once again Vicoustics to the rescue. The customers own a piece of furniture they wished to use to house the
electronics, so we patterned the style of the acoustic treatment to closely match it as well as the existing beige carpet.

After installing the panels, the sound of the room was almost perfect so we were now ready to install the AV system. We went with the new 78″ Ultra High definition Samsung screen for the video. It looks amazing.

For sound we used the flagship Marantz SR 7010 receiver and matching universal player. For the main speakers we used Focal Aria 900 series speakers along with two of the JL Audio F113 series 2 subwoofers. For the surround speakers we used Focal’s new in ceiling 300-series speakers along with their new sub air subwoofer. I can’t remember hearing a better balance of full range surround information. And with these new Atmos high definition Blu Ray recordings they pull off the effects perfectly.

To make the system easy to use, Adam programmed a URC MX 980 RF universal remote. Our customers truly loved the look and sound and ease of use of this
room and I feel pretty certain we will see referrals from them as well.

Thanks again you two!
Enjoy…

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Beautiful Sound System Upgrade

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Here are photos of a really beautiful sound system we upgraded this week in
Port Angeles. The room is cozy and acoustically treated with Vicoustics.

The new Focal Sopra 2s do a beautiful job delivering a very believable reproduction of each and every song played on the Sooloos digital library.

Thanks again to our gracious customers for allowing us to share photos of their room on our website.

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