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No outside light or sound penetrates this home theater near Dallas—the TV projector and ceiling mural's reflection provide the only illumination. Fiberglass panels and a barrel ceiling help reduce echo and reverberation.
In this 21-by-24-foot media room, a wireless control panel (on the coffee table) dims the lights, chooses a compact disk and queues up a movie. Although the control panels can cost up to $12,000, one installer says that he "considers it malpractice not to include them."
This Old House pre-wired the 20-by-14-foot Milton media room with category-five telephone cable, RG6-quad coaxial cable and oxygen-free speaker wire. Tom Silva and Norm Abram built a removable bottom panel for the television cabinet. The television rolls out on wheels, and the vault provides access to all gadgetry.
Built-in cabinetry that houses the television set and other electronics helps this home theater blend into the open-plan living area.
The centerpiece of this cozy room was once a brick fireplace; now it's a 61-inch plasma television. The firebox was left in place, although it's no longer used.
Movable speaker stands allow this home theater inside the This Old House project house in Winchester, Mass., to be fine-tuned to a variety of seating arrangements.
To counteract the sound-bouncing granite floors, wood-paneled walls are backed by acoustical tiles and lined with suede.