Monday, October 31, 2011

PMI Takes the Gold (and Bronze) and 2011 CEDIA Lifestyle Awards

In October, PMI was recognized as the specialty consultant for technical excellence on six winning design rooms in CEDIA's 2011 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards. For each of these projects, PMI created engineering plans and specifications to ensure optimized sound and picture performance for best return on the client's investment. Read on for descriptions and photos.  

PMI partnered with Sublime Integration to remodel this space from a playroom into a world-class theater. The walls were rebuilt to improve sound isolation, especially from a very noisy boiler room next door. The ventilation was re-engineered to make the HVAC systems more quiet and efficient. The bathroom was converted into an equipment room at the back of the theater. This is a great sounding room with state-of-the-art electronics and loudspeakers.

In Mexico, this new dedicated theater was made entirely of solid concrete. Working with IteliKsa, PMI turned what would have sounded like a hard, slappy space into a room with all the finesses expected from a high-end theater. MSR Acoustics supplied the acoustical tuning system which, along with the large display screen and high-end audio gear, demonstrates that high-end A/V is alive and well outside the U.S. borders!

This is a very high style room with a beautiful colonnade walkway around the back and sides of the cinema, with dramatic cove lighting, and curves galore! Partnered with Audio Images, we overcame the acoustical challenge of a semi-circular back wall by using combinations of 6" thick rockwool and deep diffusion columns. The ceiling looks like a traditional plaster process, but in fact is made of microscopic crushed glass beads troweled over rockwool absorption. 

All of the panels, speakers, and equipment are invisible for a stunning old-world look. The high-end Triad speaker systems is custom-tuned to work with the room's challenging shapes for a high-impact sonic result. The acoustically transparent screen sits squarely inside a shadow box stage, complete with a green room entrance for performances by the grand-kids!

In the L.A. area, this project was a remodel from what was originally an ill-conceived home theater with a bar and large sliding glass windows. Working with integrator DSI Entertainment, PMI engineered the sound isolation walls, re-purposed the risers, developed a huge 4-way PMI 2.0 constant area acoustically transparent screen, and specified a high impact JBL Synthesis speaker package. Custom slider acoustical panels now conceal the 10-foot wide glass patio doors, and a soffit added into the bathroom behind the theater conceals the projector. We isolated the bar out of the room to create a separate entrance/ lobby/bar area, for a more dedicated home theater experience. 
Photo on right shows how the space was split and the bar moved outside the theater. Photos courtesy of DSI Entertainment.
The Level VII Gold Award theater also won for Best Documentation and People's Pick Home Theater. Congrats to DSI for multiple award wins!