Why Dennis Erskine Turned to Torus to Power the CEDIA HQ Reference Home Theater
When CEDIA decided to build a reference home theater into its new headquarters, which also includes a state-of-the-art experience center and training facility, the association knew it had to meet high expectations. After all, the professional organization representing the custom electronics industry is committed to creating a world class cinema, where every detail is carefully designed and an exceptional experience is offered.
So it stands to reason that the project integrator should be a reputable industry name with extensive knowledge of the best solutions to any challenge.
The Erskine Group was selected to design the reference 9-seat home theater at CEDIA’s new headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. The theatrical installation was performed by Heartwood Custom Interior Finishes of Dallas, Georgia.
“We were able to provide a turnkey project that includes construction, design, installation and calibration,” said Dennis Erskine, President of the Erskine Group.
The cinema includes leading high-performance brands including Procella speakers, Trinnov Audio Altitude32 AV preamps, QSC amplifiers, Barco Loki Cinemascope projector, and a Stewart filmscreen masking screen, all of which are surrounded by a dedicated wall from the Torus Power All-in-One series be driven and protected -Mounting unit. CinemaTech seating and Quest Acoustical Interiors round off the installation.
“We wouldn’t make this room without a Torus Power device or equivalent. And there is no equivalent to what the Torus Power Isolation Transformers can do in any size installation, ”says Erskine.
Custom Torus power supply meets highly specialized needs
“Originally we wanted to reduce the output from 240 volts to 120 volts,” explains Erskine. “But then the engineers working on the mechanical systems told us that they would bring three-phase 480V power into the building instead, so we had to bring that down to 120 volts.” As expected, installing a reference class home theater in a commercial building posed several challenges. One of the biggest challenges was reducing the performance of the household appliances used.
“By combining advanced room insulation design with high performance components and clean energy delivered by the Torus Power AIO unit, we were able to achieve a dynamic experience that is second to none and deserves to be an industrial showcase.”
– Dennis Erskine, The Erskine Group
Erskine called Kevin Main at Torus Power and asked about possible solutions for this part of the project. A customer-specific all-in-one isolating transformer (AIO) of the 11.8K-480V to 120V series was developed from this conversation (see photo on the left). The Torus Power device has 24 x 20 ampere breakers, which are sufficient to accommodate all high-end AV components in the theater.
The audio system includes Procella P815 speakers from left to right, four Procella P18 subwoofers, and 16 additional Procella speakers for 3D surround sound processed by a Trinnov Audio Altitude32 AV preamplifier that plays 30 Dolby Atmos channels.
The Torus Power AIO unit delivers clean power to ensure the top of the range system is performing at its best. The AIO unit decouples and isolates electronic components from the power source, eliminating transients and improving audio quality. The result is a drastically reduced noise floor with better dynamics, imaging and bass attack.
“By combining advanced room isolation design with high performance components and clean energy delivered by the Torus Power AIO unit, we were able to achieve a dynamic experience that is second to none and deserves to be an industrial showcase,” says Erskine.
Similarly, the Torus Power device was designed to power and protect the Barco Loki projector. This results in brighter colors, deeper blacks, better contrast and a more captivating overall picture from what is already one of the best projectors in the business.
“By providing a steady stream of clean enough energy, the projector can perform at its best and prevent it from being compromised. The Torus Power AIO is just right for you. “