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A 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos Basement Theater in Gladwyne, PA

Our clients’ basement renovation was focused around a goal to create a multi-use entertaining space where friends could gather and enjoy music, movies, games, and general entertaining overflow. We went with a clean design, where products could be heard but not seen, to support the multi-function space. All electronics, except for the projector and screen, were hidden in one centralized and easily accessible closet location and wirelessly controlled by a single controller.

In the space, we designed and installed a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos sound system with a Sony 4K projection system using a 133” 2.35:1 aspect ratio acoustically transparent screen by Stewart Filmscreen. The front soundstage (Left, Center and Right Channels) are hidden behind the acoustical transparent screen featuring Focal 300 series in-wall front and rear speakers and Dolby Atmos in-ceiling speakers. The Universal MX-990 remote controls the Marantz SR6013 receiverSony UBP-X1000ES Blu-ray, and Comcast X-1 Cable Box.

Though not originally designed as a dedicated theater, the client has now dubbed the space as “The Man Cave”.

Sony VPL-VW695ES (no anamorphic lens)

Client Testimonial

Working with World Wide Stereo and Tommy Gillanders in particular for my “Man Cave” was a phenomenal experience. Tommy and his team are incredibly knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with. We spent months figuring out the best configuration for the sound system and Tommy was always available to answer my questions and provide guidance. Tommy and his team have remained responsive and helpful when questions have arisen since the project was completed. I strongly recommend Tommy and World Wide Stereo!”

Project Details and Equipment list

Location: Gladwyne, PA
System Designer: Tommy Gillanders, Ardmore Showroom
Programmers & Technicians: Jeff Brand, Paul Rainer, Paul Swencak, Ray Neiffer

Builder: Dratch Construction

Sources
Comcast X1
Sony – UBP-X1000ES - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player

AV Electronics
Marantz – SR6013 - 9.2-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with HEOS
Klipsch - RSA500 – 500 Watt subwoofer amplifier 

Projector
Sony VPL-VW695ES (no anamorphic lens) 4K HDR home theater projector

Screen
CIMA by Stewart Filmscreen - Acoustically transparent fixed frame 133" 2.35:1 aspect ratio projection screen (PerfOrado)

Speakers 
5.1.4 Dolby Atmos Configuration
Focal - 300IWLCR6 x Qty. 3 – Used for the front left, center and right channels.  Hidden behind the acoustical transparent screen.
Focal - 300ICW6 x Qty. 6 – Used for the surrounds and Atmos channels. Combination of in-wall and in-ceiling.
Klipsch - RW5802II x Qty. 2 – Used for the subwoofer channel.  Dual in-walls located under the screen and power by one Klipsch RSA500 subwoofer amplifier.

Cables
Audioquest -  2 meter Carbon HDMI Cable – Used from the sources to the A/V Receiver
Audioquest  - 10 meter Forest Active HDMI Cable - Used from the A/V Receiver to the Projector
Audioquest – 2 meter Boxer RCA Male to RCA Male Subwoofer Cable – Used from the A/V Receiver to the subwoofer amplifier. 

Control
Universal Remote Control – MX990 with the compatible MRF350 base station to allow radio frequency control.

Power Conditioning
Watt Box - 12 Outlet lP Controllable Power Conditioner (used in the equipment rack)
Watt Box - IP UPS 1500VA Pure Sinewave (used in the equipment rack)
Panamax - MIW-SURGE-1G In-wall Surge Protector (used at the projector location)

Seating
Client's own

Room Type
Open concept basement

Meet the System Designer: Tommy Gillanders

Started at World Wide Stereo: 2006

Favorite bands: Above and Beyond, Hans Zimmer, Alan Menken, Too $hort, Poison, Waylon Jennings, Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra, Glenn Miller, The Ink Spots

Favorite movies: Ratatouille, Hot Tub Time Machine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Houseguest, Kickboxer, Coming to America, Die Hard, Friday

Obsessed with: Disney and Halloween decorating

Words to live by: One of my favorite quotes - “The world tells you to grow up, but here, you never have too.”

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