• Tom Curnin

Home Theater Design Showcase Mountain Lakes, Morris County, NJ.

Full View of Home Theater With Custom Bar Table

The Challenge:

Bravo AV was invited to participate in a complete home remodel of a circa. 1920’s home on the water in Mountain Lakes. The homeowner wished to create a state-of-the art home theater and music room—an oasis where their busy family could gather and decompress, away from the distractions of their fast-paced, demanding schedules. The structure—a charming, historic home—did not, however, feature the high ceilings or large basement spaces typically found in more modern construction. Instead, the architectural plans designated part of a garage and storage area with low, 8-foot ceilings for the project installation. A change in ceiling height at the middle of the room further complicated the situation.


Front Of Home Theater Installation Process

The BRAVO AV Solution:

Bravo AV is committed to delivering the optimal solution for every project. In this case, to mitigate the ceiling-height challenges in the room, Bravo AV brought in a jackhammer to drop the floor in the front of the room 16 inches, redid the footings on the house, and poured a new floor. While it was a big undertaking, the effort was well worthwhile: The first row of theater seats now sits on this newly created lower level, thereby ensuring proper sight lines for people sitting in all rows. The screen appears to float on a black screen wall, providing an immersive experience for the viewer. Elegant raised paneling and a rich, understated, color palette, complete the inviting space.


Rear Of Home Theater Installation Process

The Result:

Bravo AV delivered a premium home theater experience: cinema-quality video with critical music listening capability and a clean, classic aesthetic. Every seat is the best seat in the house with an excellent sight line of the screen. The homeowner is beyond pleased with their new space—a haven for relaxation, reconnection, and recreation for the family.


Projector and Screen

1 Sony VPL VW5000ES SXRD projector, Sony’s best home theater projector

1 DisplayTech 156" diagonal 2.40:1 acoustically transparent fixed knit screen. Because the screen is acoustically transparent, the LCR (Left/Center/Right Channel) speakers can be placed behind the screen—a big deal, sonically.

Core Electronics

1 Meridian 271 16-channel multichannel processor

1 Bryston SP4 object-based immersive AV theater processor


1 TiVo Bolt+ 6 tuner model

1 Oppo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player

1 Apple TV

1 Kaleidescape 12TB Strato S 4K Ultra HD high-dynamic-range movie player

1 Sonos Connect unamplified music streaming zone player

Speaker Package

3 Meridian DSP640 in-wall loudspeaker and left, center and right speakers

6 Meridian DSP520 in-wall loudspeaker and side- and rear surround speakers

4 Meridian DSP320 in-wall loudspeaker and ceiling speakers

*Meridian loudspeakers contain a complete, matched audio system with efficient digital signal processing crossovers, multiple digital-to-analog converters, and driver-specific amplifiers, giving higher overall quality, less power use, and the performance of a traditional loudspeaker eight times the physical volume. Learn More Here.

1 JL Audio IWS-SYS-2 and 2 Fathom 13.5 in-wall subwoofers

Power Management

Two-stage power filtration and power conditions

First: 1 Surgex PF-420 branch circuit eliminator and 4 20A/120V circuits

Second: 1 Audioquest Niagara 5000 20A HT power conditioner and surge suppressor



Video Calibration

Professional projector calibration by Kevin Miller of ISF TV. Kevin is a leader in his field.

Home Theater Seating

9 Fortress motorized Palladium Home Theater Chairs. Learn More Here.


While Bravo AV staff includes a certified Home Acoustic Alliance acoustician, Bravo AV hired Jerry Lemay of Quest Acoustics to design the acoustic room treatment. Every premium theater requires a well-thought-out acoustic solution.




Quality Audioquest HDMI and interconnects throughout

Interior Design

Kelly Craugh at K Craugh Signature Design

For additional resources, please visit our website’s Knowledge Center. Here, you will find dozens of articles relating to Bravo AV’s services. Additionally, you can check out our photo gallery to explore our previous work. Bravo AV is proud to be an HTA (Home Technology Association) Certified Installation Firm and professional A/V experts. Tom Curnin, the owner of Bravo AV, is a CEDIA Professional Designer, a certified THX Level 1 home theater professional, and a member of the Home Acoustic Alliance trained to Level II. You can contact Tom directly at (908) 953-0555 or through email at tom@bravoav.com.


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