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Tight Attic Space Transformed into Theater

By Arlen Schweiger
An acoustically transparent screen and hidden 7.1-channel speaker system help keep this home cinema comfortable.


Forget about storing the old clothes, toys and holiday decorations in the attic. These homeowners decided they wanted to finish theirs and provide a space for a home theater.


Only problem, like many attics, that space was at a premium so any electronics or speakers out in the open would potentially cramp the theater. Due to the size of the space we had to work with we had to be quite creative, says Kevin Hourihan of custom electronics pro Cyber Home Networks in Stormville, N.Y.




The Draper projection screen and SpeakerCraft Tantra model speaker system helped solve those space issues. The screen is acoustically transparent, so the front-channel speakers are installed behind it while audio is still able to carry through the screen. The side and rear channels in the 7.1 surround system are also concealed, with fabric treatment doing the job in those areas.


A JVC DLARS2U projector feeds the screen from its ceiling-mount position at the back of the room, and all the owners have to do is close the curtains to get the room ready for movie watching.

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