STEVE BRUZONSKY’S HOME THEATER SYSTEM – June 2019
Note: Theatre is being upgraded and renovated, completion estimated sometime June 2019. Cabinets/drawers/wetbar at rear of theatre is being renovated into a separate area for pull out and adjustable Mid-Atlantic component racks. Projector is being moved into this separate area, a few feet back from its current mounting position, and will be behind port glass, so no projector noise at all. The component racks and projector will have their own cooling/venting system as well. Following components are what will be the result of the upgrade and install by Gerry Behm, [email protected]
VIDEO DISPLAY AND PROCESSING:
Sony VPL-VW5000ES laser projector
Panamorph Paladin DCR anamorphic lens
Lumagen Radiance Pro 4444 video processor/scaler
Stewart Filmscreen Vistascope 2:40 168” wide X 70” H screen, Snomatte (1.0 gain) (with variable side masking to 4:3) (16:9 is 124.4” wide)
(Video Setup and Calibration by Ken Whitcomb)
AUDIO VIDEO SOURCES & PROCESSING:
Trinnov Altitude 32 (24 channels) SSP (ROON Ready)
Oppo UDP-205 4k Blu Ray Universal Player (Blu Ray, SACD, DVD-A, CD)
Oppo UDP-103D Universal player (use to rip SACDs)
Kaleidescape Strato C 4k blu ray player
Kaleidescape 40TB Terra Movie Server
TIVO Bolt OTA
DirecTV HR54 Genie
DirecTVC61k 4k Genie Mini Client
Apple TV 4k streamer
ROON software for stereo and multi-channel music (2 and multi channel music via Trinnov Altitude 32’s ROON Ready ethernet)
Small Green Computer Sonic Transporter i7 used for ROON Core (2 ethernet ports, connecting both to router and direct ethernet with DJM Electronics Gigafoil v4 media/optical converter to Trinnov SSP which is ROON Ready)
[Note that use Elac Discovery Z3 ROON ready for stereo music in master bedroom.]
Linksys WRT1900AC router used as wireless access point for home theater
Netgear ProSafe GS116NA 16 port ethernet switch
[The following components are located in home office, with hardwired CAT6 ethernet to home theater, far away from home theater:
Cox Cable Gigablast Modem – Arris Surfboard Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem
Western Digital WDMyCloudPR4100 32TB (upgraded to 16GB RAM) network server (with 11TB music both 2Ch & MCh) (with over 11 TB music files = more than 6200 albums)
3 Linksys WRT1900AC routers. Programmed with the main router in upstairs home office, and two as bridges – one in home theater, one at West main floor of home. CAT6 cable runs from upstairs home office to the Linksys routers in home theater and at West main floor.
Apple IPad Pro, iPhone X, and Dell laptop (for remote Music Server playback), using ROON music software.
Savant remote control software
3 Theta Digital Prometheus monoblock amplifiers (for 3 Aerial 7t speakers up front)
Trinnov Amplitude 8 (same NCore 1200 modules as in Prometheus monoblocks) (for Aerial 7LCR on wall speakers used for surround front wide, side surround, and rear surround, all on wall speakers)
Trinnov Amplitude 8m (NCore 500 modules) (for inceiling speakers – 8 Triad Inceiling Rotating Silver/9 Sat)
(Trinnov amplifiers connect to Trinnov Altitude 32 SSP via DB25 cables – no more bulky XLR balanced interconnects!)
SPEAKERS AND STANDS:
3 Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers (including one for front center channel).
6 Aerial Acoustics 7LCR speakers (front wide surround, side surround, rear surround).
9 Triad Inceiling Rotating Silver/Sat 9 (In ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos/DTS-X/Auro-3D)
2 JL Audio Fathom f212 subwoofers (each subwoofer has two 12” woofers).
2 Paradigm Persona subwoofers (each subwoofer has six 8” woofers).
2 custom Acoustic Sciences Corporation Subtraps (22” X 22” X 15” high)
(Subwoofers placed at ¼ of each wall.)
AUDIO AND VIDEO CABLES:
3 Pairs Cardas Clear Light 1.5M speaker cables (each speaker biwired with one pair)
Tributaries Titan HDMI to projector
Monoprice fiber (18 Gbs) to projector
2 Audioquest Diamond HDMI 1.5M cables for audio only (Oppo UDP-205 and Lumagen, audio only
outputs to SSP)
Monoprice Certified Premium High Speed (18Gbps) HDMI Cables, Tributaries UHD Pro 2M (18Gbs) HDMI cables, and Belkin 8k HDMI cables for short (2M) component connections
Ethernet Cables: Audioquest Vodka & Cinnamon Ethernet Cabling
2 PS Audio Perfectwave P5 Power Plants
PS Audio Soloist in wall power conditioner (for all non-amplifier components)
PS Audio Power Ports AC outlets
Furman Elite 20-PFI power conditioner (used for projector)
Granite Audio Model 560 and 555 power cords
API 20 amp power cord
Audioprism Noise Sniffer and Audioprism Quietline AC Filters
2 iFi DC filters
DJM Electronics Gigafoil v4 (ethernet to optical/fiber and back to ethernet converter) (used for Trinnov Altitude 32 SSP’s ROON Ready ethernet connection)
Symposium Ultra Platforms & Stacked Symposium Rollerblocks Series 2 under Trinnov Altitude 32 SSP, Oppo UDP-205 and Kaleidescape Strato C 4k blu ray players
Isoacoustics Gaia 2 speaker footers and carpet spikes (for 3 Aerial 7t speakers)
Isoacoustics Orea Indigo and Bordeaux isolators used under amplifiers and PS Audio P5s
Cardas Caps (for components' unused RCA inputs/outputs)
Mid-Atlantic pull out and adjustable component racks
Steve Blinn amplifier stands (2)
Michael Green Deluxe Justarack Tuning Boards (1)
ROOM ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS:
Michael Green Acoustical Crown Molding 5" (black) placed on bevel at wall/ceiling seams
Michael Green Pressure Zone Controllers (black): Four Mini Corner Controllers, placed at ceiling corners over ACM joints; Eight Wall Mount Controllers 36", one at each of four wall corners; and Six Mini Echo Controllers, one centered above the screen at the wall/ceiling seam, one centered above the back cabinets' wetbar at ball wall/ceiling seam, and one placed on the ceiling above each Aerial Acoustics 7T speaker
La-Z-Boy Legend Power Leather Recliners. 1st row three recliners, with console including two cupholders inbetween the front row center and right recliners. 2nd row two recliners with console including two cupholders between them.
SPECIAL DEDICATED ROOM CONSTRUCTION AND FEATURES:
2 rows,3 leather recliners in front, 2 leather recliners in back, back row raised 8 inches on a platform. Back row left seat (2 recliners in back row) is right in the center sweet spot of the speakers from left to right. Front row center seat (3 recliners in front row) is right in the center sweet spot of the speakers from left to right.
Home Theater room dimensions are 18 feet 3 inches wide, 25 feet long and 11 feet 11 inches high. This is #3 on the Louden scale of best acoustical audio dimensions, to lessen the room node interaction at low bass frequencies as much as possible.
The room was added East of the Master Bedroom. A hallway and bathroom are between the Master Bedroom and the Home Theater room. The theater's cement foundation has seams between the theater and the hallway/bathroom, and also between the hallway/bathroom and the Master Bedroom, for vibration control.
Double masonite doors with wood and rubber seals around them lead from the Master Bedroom to the hallway, and from the hallway to the theater. Double 2 inch X 4 inch stud walls, with 1 inch air space inbetween, are between the Master Bedroom and the hallway/bathroom.
At the rear of the home theater is a separate and cooled/vented area where the projector is mounted behind port glass and the component racks are located, also with disc storage.
There is blown in cellulose insulation for all of the walls, which seeps into and perfectly seals all nooks and crannies, except the ceiling insulation is BAT (much of the ceiling is taken up by large oversized air conditioning ducts and there was insuficient room up there to squeeze in a blow in cellulose). USG Acoustical Sealant was used on all stud surfaces to minimize vibrations. Sound board, followed by gyp board, was installed on all of the walls and ceiling of the entire addition.
The air conditioning return is at the rear of the theater underneath the cabinets and is roughly about more than 10 feet long and 4 inches in height. The air conditioning is whisper quiet thanks to the oversized gentle turns insulated air ducts. The air return is located in the attic above the bathroom, with a separate air conditioning unit outside the room, and with the air conditioning unit on a concrete slab separated from the addition's concrete slab, so that the air conditioning is self-contained and totally separate from the rest of our home.
The local code requires at minimum the Home Theater room's windows, two windows four feet wide X 5 feet high. The windows consist of one double pane outside and a single pane inside. Each pane is on a separate wood insulated frame to minimize vibrations and maximize soundproofing. Manual Draper Lightblock shades ensure that the room remains totally dark for video.
Our home has a 400 amp electrical service. That service was originally split into two 200 amp panel boxes, one for the East and one for the West side of our home. With the new addition at the East of our home, its 200 amp service panel box has a new 100 amp circuit breaker, which is isolated from the 200 amp panel from which its fed, which feeds a third panel box which contains 19 dedicated 20 amp, 10 guage wire circuits for the Home Theater room only. However, I intentionally wired the Home Theater room and addition lighting, a ceiling dedicated 20 amp circuit (which can but is not presently used for the projector), and the addition air conditioning dedicated 30 amp circuit into the pre-existing East panel box, to help keep noise from those circuits out of the panel box and dedicated circuits for audio and video components. The 19 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the Home Theater room panel box are wall wired same electrical phase, skipping every even circuit in the panel box (otherwise, as in typical panel boxes which don't skip every even circuit, this results in doubling the AC power noise). 4 guage copper wire runs from the Home Theater panel box to a nearby 8 foot copper ground rod well buried in the ground. The house ground is a 4 guage copper wire from the East panel box. And a 4 guage copper wire connects the copper ground rod to the house ground. The Home Theater room electrical outlets are PS Audio Power Ports 20 amp (which replaced Hubbell one grade below hospital grade in August 2002). In 2007 added whole house surge suppression, Innovative Technology (Eaton) PTE160 for 400 amp panel and PTE0481S101 for home theater panel. Note that the June installation will include moving dedicated circuits to the back component rack/projector area, and moving dedicated circuits close to the locations of the monoblocks and subwoofers.
Home Theater room colors are optimized for front projection, black carpet over a cement foundation, black ceiling, and black side walls from the front screen wall out seven feet to the edge of the windows, the remainder of the room is dark gray (the dark gray looks like a medium to lighter gray when placed next to black).
Three black art deco style theater lights on each side wall.
Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 remote controlled lighting. Lighting control to be updated with June install.
A black, remote controlled whisper quiet ceiling fan.
Four Billy Bags amp stands are used as mobile end tables.