Gold | High-Def Zone | Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Why it won: Southern California and Florida are hotbeds for outdoor entertaining. New Jersey? Not so much. But the finicky weather of the Northeast didn’t stop the owners of this outdoor space from incorporating a reference-grade home theater system.
They made sure, though, with the help of the custom professionals at High-Def Zone, that their expensive gear would be well-protected from Mother Nature. This was accomplished through special programming of an RTI XP-8 control system and clever installation of the projector, screen and other components. The 14-foot-wide screen from Vutec, for example, is motorized to roll up into a soffit underneath a balcony when it’s not being used. Most times, the owners move the screen up and down by pressing buttons on a waterproof RTI remote or an iPad. However, should the owners’ weather station detect a wind velocity of over 8 miles per hour, the RTI system puts away the screen automatically and shuts down the entire home theater system.
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