Our good friend and customer Brian remodeled his basement and added a home theater room for himself and his family. We worked side by side with him every step of the way. Brian did a great deal of research and visited our showroom several times to audition and compare options so to be sure he would end up with exactly what he wanted. This project actually took over a year to complete.
The anticipation of finally experiencing a movie in this room was hard to handle. Well this week, Adam and Chance worked 3 days to get all the gear installed and calibrated. I stopped by this morning and Brian gave me a demo. It was definitely worth the wait. We watched several scenes including a scene from “A Star Is Born”. It was so fun we both looked at each other and started laughing.
We have one more day of acoustic treatment panel installation and a bit more audio calibration to coincide with them and we are off to the movies. Below is a list of the main products we used to make this happen.
Yesterday Adam and I installed this beautiful system for our new friends and customers in Gig Harbor. For this room we chose Focal’s Aria 948 speakers.
We paired it with our new Marantz Model 40 which has become one of our most popular components and for all the right reasons. It is actually a truly amazing sounding one box, class A/B amplifier, preamp and high resolution streaming device. It also includes a high quality phono input, subwoofer outputs and HDMI ARC input for smart TV’s as well.
We cabled the system with our favorite cable and interconnect company Nordost.
You can tell by the smiles it turned out awesomely.
Matt flew to Boise and then drove to Twin Falls to install and calibrate this system for our new customer Norm. For the last couple months I have been working with Norm, putting together a system that would match exactly what he communicated he wanted. Norm has owned some pretty decent gear over the years but had heard all the buzz on Focal Sopra no3.
After many phone conversations, texts and emails he decided on starting with two pair of these bad boys along with Focal’s matching center channel speaker. As you can probably tell, Norm likes to feel his bass. He has tried several subwoofer systems over the years and ended up with 2 JBL twin 18 inch pro concert level sub cabinets. To isolate the center speaker from these massive woofers, Norm had purchased 4 very large dampeners that are normally used in the aerospace industry. So potential problem solved.
We moved onto upgrading his electronics and chose Anthem’s AVM 70 and MCA 525 gen2 amplifier so that we would have plenty of clean power and quality processing. Anthem’s beautiful room correction was able to harness this beast of a system and control the sound stage at all volume levels. All cabling including speaker cable, power cords, balanced interconnects and line conditioning were from our good friends at Nordost.
Norm actually hasn’t listened to his system yet! He’s debuting his system tonight and going over some of his favorite recordings. He promised to call me Saturday and let me know what he thinks. I have a feeling I’ll get a very excited call from him tonight.
This week we finished this amazing sound system at one of our good customer’s winter home located in Rancho Mirage California. Our customer knows by now what it is like to own a true high end audio system as we have done several for him over the years. This home is a beautiful original mid century modern design.
We wanted to keep the sound system low profile visually yet have a stunning full lifelike presentation that makes one believe they are at a concert. The acoustics of this space presented a bit of a challenge. Lots of tile and glass. However because of today’s modern technology we are able to accomplish all these goals. Adam installed our best Focal In-wall speakers along with JL Audio’s finest low-profile subwoofers next to the rear couch, located under side tables. We used our Nordost Heimdall 2 cabling to make sure no detail got lost in the translation between the speakers and amplifier. His preamp amplifier is from our Danish friends Lyngdorf. We employed their new TDAI 3400.
With it’s amazing “room perfect” digital acoustic room correction technology and built in high resolution streaming ability, our good friend and client can now come home from a hard day of golf and within seconds be enjoying a concert from whatever artist he chooses.
Needless to say… Life is good.
I spoke with my client over the phone after Adam had finished programming and auditioning his new system for him. He was so excited and happy he wouldn’t let me off the phone.