Luxury Home Theater Transforms into Multipurpose Karaoke and Video Conference Room

When a Park City, Utah homeowner hatched a plan to improve his home with a new and unique multipurpose home theater, he called upon local integration firm Erskine Group to come up with some designs that would stand out from the crowd.

The client’s top priority was the conversion of a recreation room into a brand-new state-of-the-art home theater which could also work as a music space where he could plug in his bass guitar and play along with his favorite songs, as well as a place for joining business meetings by video conference.

The group knew where to start when planning the install too, as the homeowner immediately requested a Meridian system after enjoying the speakers in his other property in New York.

“We understood our customer’s affinity with Meridian and were excited to show what the brand could do in this challenging project,” says Dennis Erskine from Erskine Group. “We took on a project management role for the entire construction with the ambition to create a knock-out ten-seater theater in the 29-foot 8-inches by 24-foot 8-inch space. Our first task was to remove the existing garage door that featured in the recreation room and finished the exterior to match the house’s architecture.”

At that end of the room, Erskine Group used two-thirds of the room’s width for the equipment/projection room. The remaining third now features cabinets, a sink, and a refrigerator. Four-inch Bi-fold doors conceal the wet bar, keep the noise of the refrigerator from ‘leaking’ into the room, and provide space for acoustic treatment in this important corner of the room.

Meridian Speakers Highlight Home Theater’s Audio Package

Erskine Group opted for a Barco Loki 4K projector and a screen from Stewart Filmscreen to complete the home theater package.

Three Meridian DSP8000SE floorstanding loudspeakers provide the LCR channels in the new theater. The speakers contain integral DAC’s, pre-amplifiers, power amplifiers, built-in high-efficiency digital crossovers and enhanced bass alignment technology to deliver a full-range audio experience for the discerning homeowner.

Eight DSP750 in-wall digital active loudspeakers are fitted to the sides and rear of the room. For the height channels, Erskine Group installed six DSP320.2 in-ceiling loudspeakers.

Using a Meridian two 271 Digital Theatre Controllers, Erskine Group took the digital signal out from the Trinnov Altitude 32 processor into a QSC Q-Sys eco-system (still in the digital domain) and then to the Meridian speakers. Digital to Analog conversions took place in the speakers to provide the highest resolution playback.

The full specification for the space includes four subwoofers and amplification, a Barco Loki 4K projector on a Display Technologies vertical projector mount and a projection screen from Stewart Filmscreen. Content sources in the room include a Blu-ray player, DishTV, Apple TV and Kaleidescape, all controlled via a Crestron system. Quest Acoustical Interiors acoustic treatments were applied behind the fabric on the walls to optimize performance even further.

The integrator configured the system so that the client can play his bass alongside music videos, Roon and his karaoke player without any latency issues. Additionally, USB and HDMI ports are fitted into the seats so that he can connect his laptop and run a video meeting through the AV set up in the room.