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Cantara Wins Highest Industry Award

We are incredibly proud to share with you that Cantara has just been awarded CEDIA’s highest award for Home Theater design and engineering excellence: Best Overall Home Theater 2012!

See the new magazine article here!

We were honored to receive this award, along with two other awards for technical excellence, at this past weekend’s ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CEDIA, (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) is similar to AIA or ASID for architects and designers, and includes over 3,500 member companies across the world. Our “Lady Luck” 45 Seat Private Cinema was chosen as Theater of the Year, with competitors from across the world including New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and even Cyprus, making this a truly international award, and effectively crowning the project as the best home theater in the world for 2012.

Lady Luck was a several million dollar build and spanned 3+ years. We were fortunate to work with an amazing cinema designer, Lisa Slayman from Slayman Cinema who created the interior, bathrooms and lobby area. Working with her and her team allowed us to fullyrealize our technical vision and performance goals for this special space.

No small project by any stretch of the imagination, this 3,500 square foot private cinema dazzles the family and guests of the over 26,000 square foot home. Hundreds of hours were spent by our engineering team to achieve the most accurate and precise sound and image in this huge space. The audio system consists of a Genelec speaker array, which includes screen speakers usually found in the world’s largest professional mixing studios. Ten high-powered surround speakers and sixteen 12″ subwoofers complete the speaker package. The video system features a record-setting 18′ wide Stewart Cinecurve paired with Digital Projection’s award-winning Reference 1080p 3D projector.

The AMX control system features a touchscreen for each level – did we mention the theater had a balcony? – programmed by our software team, and features special modes that enhance the ambient “Pre Show” and “End Credits” scenes that commercial theaters of years past featured. Cantara SmartScenes were created with the owner to provide one-touch party modes that effortlessly set the entire cinema suite (lobby, 3 powder rooms, roof deck and staircase) to theperfect mood.

But ultimately, it all comes back to the cinematic performance of the system. As various manufacturers came through the room to put their stamp of approval on their respective systems, multiple people commented that this was the “best sounding theater I’ve ever heard”.

We’re so proud to include Lady Luck in our growing roster of amazing projects, many of which are featured on our website. From professional arenas, to Hollywood screening rooms, and amazing applications in private homes, Cantara is focused on creating projects that are truly special.

Thank you to everyone that made this room and the award possible!

-Jason