Wesley Palmer, owner of Sound Effects in Mesa, Arizona (founded in 2006) decided to renovate his smart home/commercial technology showroom, and by May 2018 they were ready to host a festive open house. The new facility boasted many exciting features, including lighting, whole-house audio/video distribution, climate control, energy and power management, networking, phone, security components, window treatments, and landscape audio. The renovated Sound Effects location was also an early adopter into Control4’s Certified Showroom campaign, a resource for interior designers, builders, and architects enabling them to work with their customers alongside a professional installer. The concept was implemented in order to help homeowners determine how they can personalize a Control4 system to match their day-to-day lifestyle. But Palmer’s company’s mission and primary pitch to clients is that his smart home systems are easy to use—he and his team make interacting with the technology simple
Palmer noted that the use of the Sound Effects logo has been purposely minimized throughout the showroom. “Everything we do is about the client, and thus we keep our brand presence low key,” he explained. Another critical aspect of Sound Effects’ success has been Palmer’s ability to attract and maintain a rock star team of employees, whom he proudly showcases to his prospective clients. “We have built a special culture here and as a result, my team genuinely cares about each client and helps to assure everyone is properly cared for throughout the installation and process and ultimately thrilled with their technology.”
Home Theater Palmer wanted the newly renovated Sound Effects showroom to be able to excite his clients about the home cinema experience. Every aspect of the new theater was carefully planned, featuring a laser projector and a 135-inch ISF certified screen. For speakers, Palmer chose a Triad Platinum system including 18-inch subwoofers. In order to achieve the ultimate surround experience and effortless, detailed performance from the L/C/R and surround speakers in the theater, Palmer chose an AudioControl Maestro M9 preamp/processor along with a Savoy G3 7-channel amplifier and a Pantages G3 5-channel amplifier driving a system set up for immersive format playback such as Dolby Atmos. Final calibration of the cinema was managed by Triad.
The award-winning AudioControl Maestro M9 4K 7.1.4 preamp/processor is a highly sophisticated component offering IMAX Enhanced capability, enabling consumers to experience the IMAX signature sound mix, delivered by DTS, with the power and grace of AudioControl’s remarkable line of home cinema products. The M9 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:XTM surround formats, and features Dirac Live room correction technology to perfectly match the acoustics of any space. The M9 also delivers the latest high-resolution formats, including 4K Ultra HD (HDMI 2.0a / HDCP 2.2) with Dolby Vision and HDR playback support. Behind the exclusive, contemporary design of the Maestro M9 is a dynamic A/V processor featuring discrete Burr Brown DACs and the very best in video processing and upscaling. This processor was engineered to deliver unmatched cinematic excitement in any room, complementing today’s astonishing movie soundtracks as the artist or director intended.
The Savoy G3 7-channel amplifier and Pantages G3 5-channel amplifier leverage AudioControl‘s precise and highly efficient Class H design delivering over 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms, giving the Sound Effects theater over 2500 watts of total audio output (subwoofers not included). AudioControl’s Class-H design topology provides increased efficiency and bullet-proof reliability while reducing heat and unnecessary power dissipation. Both amplifiers incorporate the company’s LightDrive anti clipping protection circuit, which shields speakers from potential distortion that could occur during extreme transients. AudioControl cinema amplifiers feature balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs, remote power control triggers and audiophile-grade, five-way binding posts to ensure optimized connectivity.