The “Stadium” Theater is a Sports Fanatic’s Dream Come True
Theater Xtreme’s Picture-Outside-Picture (x’s 4) Brings Home the Win
This is part 3 of a 6 part series on the various packages offered by Draper, Utah’s Theater Xtreme, where single room “price-point” value solutions are the name of the game.
For part 2, The Residence, click here.
Or to return to the start of this series, you can click here for an introduction to Theater Xtreme and a solution for condo and apartment owners, called “The Vignette”.
by Richard Ravarino
The average price of NFL season tickets: $3,250.00. The average price for MLB season tickets $2,998.00. The average price for NBA season tickets: $2,497.00. For everything else, there is Theater Xtreme’s Stadium package: Priceless!
Truly, for less than the price of one “live” season of the above three pro leagues, you could put yourself courtside… Or on the 50 yard line… Or in the VIP diamond suite, for $7,999.00. The Stadium is a sports lover’s dream come true. Not only because you can watch all your favorite teams on an 86” Dragonfly screen in ringside quality 1080p with full 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, but because you can also monitor up to four other different sporting events at the same time on an array of Samsung 24” HD Monitors, flanking the 86” screen on both sides with two additional monitors each.
At first glance, you feel like you just walked into a television studio and first inclination is to look for the producer’s desk. Once you realize, this is just pure fun and games (heavy on the games) you realize you are caught somewhere between the Skybox Bar & Grill and a Vegas sportsbook.
Pinch yourself, you are awake. . . All screens show a brilliant 1080p in sharp focus and you can easily load your NBA Season Pass across a couple of them, Tiger Woods latest round on another, while still monitoring the NBA on yet another and of course, the Ultimate Fighting Championship on the main screen. This system is a sports fans fantasy land.
Live game not your thing tonight? No problem. . . Fire up the Sony PS3 and let’s play some John Madden! With bone crushing hits, whistles and full play calls for each down (all in Dolby Digital), you can forget its July outside and that you are escaping the heat with the AC cranked down to 68 degrees. Sure feels like November to me! Play on Dude!
This room is brought to life by Triad’s Satellite L-C-R’s, complete with mounting brackets. Along with the Triad Mini-Omni Subwoofer and mini in wall surrounds, this system cranks it out 95 Watts per channel through Denon’s AVR-2113, making those little Triad satellites come to life.
On a side note, Denon, being the forward thinking company that they are, just added Apple’s “Airplay” to almost their entire line of AVR receivers this year. “Airplay” for the uninitiated, allows you to stream music from anywhere in your house on virtually any Apple device (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac). So there is no more shuffling through your shelves for the perfect CD, just open iTunes (or your iPod), and select that “Rage Against The Machine” playlist and you are ready to go! Unfortunately Android fans, this is just a plus for the Apple customers. You have been denied, (so far)!
Finally, let’s talk about our video system shall we? The heart of the system is the Epson 8350 at a very easy to swallow price of $1,299.99 (ala carte) and although still just Theater Xtreme’s entry level it is still bright enough to fully enjoy in low-medium light.
One other item (or four rather) to address, is the video feeds to the additional screens. Although, this is shown as part of the package, it is something that should be addressed on some level with your cable/satellite provider, as each of these monitors is powered by an additional DirectTV HD receiver (usually just a $5.99 monthly lease fee, but check with your provider for exact pricing).
While I’m mentioning the DirecTV receivers, let me mention one more BIG improvement that could be added, but it’s not cheap. In fact, it’s another $2,500, but you’d have bragging rights among all your sports buddies. Rather than just having each screen statically placed as monitor 1, 2, 3, 4 and the projector, you could install a 5 x 1 HDMI matrix switcher and upgrade the URC RF remote control system to Control 4 system.
With this new $2,500.00 upgrade, you could control your system from your iPad and just gesture which image you wanted viewed on your center screen. So for instance, say you suddenly see the action on the top left monitor is crazy cool (over the main screen), open your iPad and simply click that monitor on the screen and push it to the center monitor and “Viola!”, the sound will switch along with the video and your super cool program is now large and in charge. Simply from a tap and a gesture you can switch among your five viewed programs without ever changing the channel. Later, if you get confused as to what’s where? Simply touch the HOME key and everything reverts to its original location.
Also, if you were going to place this system in a multi-media room, rather than a dedicated theater it may pay to upgrade the screen to a high gain black diamond screen, but while the price of this screen would add an additional $2,000.00 to the system, my recommendation would actually be go for the more hearty Epson 6010 for $200 more again and now you have a projector that is twice as bright, with six times the contrast ratio and 3-D for no extra charge!
Once again, as stated earlier in this series: These packages are by no means definitive. That is half the fun of going to a custom theater retailer – but if you have a basic concept in mind, you can easily build it out from there to suit your own needs.
These systems are all put together with convenience in mind and a price point for each budget. “In the case of the Stadium, we wanted our customers to be able to enjoy the big game without the $5.00 hot dog and $7.00 stadium beer. This room was meant to entertain, right down to our sports ticker”, states Theater Xtreme owner Marshall McKinnon.
And yes, above the screen there is an actual sports ticker, “Clapper” controlled in fact! Sing along with me “Clap on! Clap Off! Clap on, clap off. . . “
Theater Xtreme is located in Draper, Utah at 241. E, 12300 So. You can find them on the web at www.Theaterdesigncenter.com