HomeTronics Uses Symetrix for Home Theater Installs

Mar 15, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Greg Margolis, whose Dallas-based HomeTronics operation has evolved into a successful installer of home theater and media room systems, adopted the SymNet Audio Matrix by Symetrix for recent home theater installs. Margolis outfitted showrooms at his Dallas and Las Vegas locations with SymNet, a modular, networkable, DSP-based audio processing, routing and mixing system that can be configured for an unlimited range of applications.

SymNet utilizes an 8x8 I/O modular architecture that is configured with the SymNet Designer software package. The 40-bit floating-point processing includes crossover, EQ, gates, delays, compressors, AGC levelers and voice processors, with multichannel routing capabilities.

According to Margolis, HomeTronics has seen a steady increase in high-end family room system installs, many featuring 3-chip DLP rear-projection systems and high-end audio systems based on California Audio Technology speakers and ADA (Audio Design Associates) amplification.

Margolis, who has already specified the system into several upcoming high-end home theater venues, installed SymNet on the advice of Johnson Knowles, resident guru at the Russ Berger Design Group acoustical and architectural design and consultation firm, also in Dallas. "It was really a recommendation based on all the work and experience that they've had with all types of DSPs," observes Margolis.

Knowles reports that, in addition to HomeTronics and Creative Home Theater, California Audio Technologies is also using SymNet in many of its installed systems at his recommendation. "It's being used for loudspeaker processing: crossover, equalization and timing delays," he explains.

His reason for recommending SymNet is "mostly the sonics. It's sonically cleaner than some of the alternatives out there that are more commonly found in commercial use, where the ultimate clarity is not really necessary." SymNet stands out, says Knowles, thanks to its lineage: "The same folks that developed the Lucid mastering electronics were in on it, so it has that pedigree."

For more information on professional audio signal processors from Symetrix and Lucid, please refer to the Websites, www.symetrixaudio.com and www.lucidaudio.com, respectively. Visit their booth at the NSCA tradeshow: #1424.

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