9 Out Of This World Home Theaters

March 5, 2009 by Natalie  
Filed under Fun Stuff, Gizmos & Gadgets

Do THX subwoofers and 18-inch floor standing speakers make your heart race? Does the thought of watching T’Pol or 7 of 9 on a 140-inch wide screen HDTV give you shivers? Is there anything better than watching the Death Star blow up while being nestled between a surround sound system powered by 8 amplifiers?

What if it were in your very own home theater? Any video junkie can dream but these people are living proof that hi-tech, out-of-this-world home theater happiness really does exist. Try not to drool too much.

1. The Next Generation

Designed by: Acoustic Innovations

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4 years of planning and six months of work resulted in this impressive Star Trek home theater complete with ready room and private bar. Yeah, you heard right - private bar. The main attraction, the theater, was modeled after the NCC-1701D Enterprise from ‘The Next Generation’ series and is chalk full of realistic sound effects, motion-activated air-lock doors and can even simulate a Romulan attack.





It was also named the Top Theme Theater in 2007 (we’re not surprised). If that isn’t enough to get your pointy ears tingling check out these juicy photos.

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Features:

  • JBL S100IO Synthesis Interconnect Kits
  • JBL S800 20Channel THX Power Amplifiers
  • JBL SDEC2500A THX Digital EQ/Crossover
  • JBL SDP-40 THX Digital Surround Processor/System Controller
  • JBL K2 Synthesis Hercules System
  • Algolith Mosquito HDMI 3D MPEG Noise Reducer
  • Gefen EXT-HD-441 4 HDMI x1 DVI HD Switcher
  • Key Digital KD-MSW8×3 Component & RGBHV Matrix Switcher
  • JBL K2S1000DG 3-way Dual 10-inch Hercules Center Speakers
  • JBL K2S9800DG 3-way 15-inch Hercules Floorstanding Speakers
  • JBL S1A Dual 8-inch Dipole Ambient THX Surrounds Speakers
  • JBL S1S-EX 18-inch THX Subwoofers

2. The Matrix

Designed by: Genesis Audio

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Morpheus said you must see it to believe it, and in this 33 x 19 x 11 ft home theater, seeing it will be no problem. Genesis president, Bill Anderson (Mr. Anderson… coincidence?) and interior designer Lezlie Trujillo created this futuristic Matrix home theater that’s packed full of acoustical products to achieve optimum performance.

This theater was also the winning entry for Cedia’s Electronic Lifestyles Award for Best Home Theater Level V: over $900,000.00. That’s right, this baby cost nearly 1 million dollars to make, but you know it’s totally worth it.

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Features:

  • Runco DTV-1101 Video Projector
  • 4-way Screen by Stewart Filmscreen
  • Faroudja DVP-5000 Video Processor
  • Escient Power Play DVD Management System
  • Revel Surround Sound Speaker System
  • Linn Klimax Mono-Block Power Amplifiers
  • RPG Class A QRD Formedffusor
  • RPG Diffsorptive Binary Amplitude Home Theater Panel

3. Star Wars ‘Death Star’

Designed by: Dillon Works

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Arguably the best Sci-Fi film series ever, Star Wars inspired this awesome home theater that looks like the control deck of the Death Star. Any Star Wars fan will tell you it looks pretty accurate and that’s probably because it was designed by Doug Chiang, the lead designer of Episodes I and II.

Also helping to add some authentic touches were the owners, Vic Wertz and Lisa Stevens, who used to run the Official Star Wars Fan Club. It wasn’t hard for them to get their hands on some Star Wars memorabilia, considering they have a 3,000 square ft museum filled with items like the Millennium Falcon model used in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and the lightsaber used by Ewan McGregor in Episode I. Yeah, we’re jealous too.

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Features:

  • Hans Solo in Carbonite Door
  • CinemaTech Valentino Chairs
  • DirecTc HR10-250 HD TiVo
  • Extron SW4 RGBHV RGB Switcher
  • Extron RGB468XT Gaming Interface
  • Creston Theater Remote
  • JVC SR-S365U S-VHS VCR
  • Lexicon RT-10 Universal DVD Player
  • Meridian DSP8000 Front Speakers
  • Meridian DSP6000 Side & Rear Speakers
  • Meridian DSP5500 HC Center Speaker
  • Meridian 861 Reference Preamp
  • Meridian 800 Reference DVD Player
  • Meridian Audio & Video Cables
  • Pioneer CLD-D704 Laserdisc Player
  • Runco VX5C LT Anamorphic Lens
  • Runco VX5C 3-Chip DLP Projector
  • Runco VX5 Outboard Processor
  • Sony SAT-T60 TiVo
  • Spaun SMS5802NF HD Multiswitch
  • Stewart VeLux DeLux ST130 Screen

4. Kipnis’ Outer Limits

Designed by: Kipnis Studios

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It would be impossible to talk about the most amazing, high-tech, out-of-this-world home theaters without salivating over Jeremy Kipnis’ $6,000,000 Outer Limit Home Theater. The grandeur of this elaborate theater isn’t just a reflection of what money can buy but rather a love of video and painstaking attention to detail.

When creating his home theater, Kipnis wanted the “absolute best picture and sound” and refused to compromise on vision. He used only the best, state of the art equipment to create what he believes is the ‘greatest show on earth’, and we have to agree.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what $6 million can buy, the answer is one ground shaking, ear shattering, kick ass home theater.

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Features:

  • Sony SRX-S110 Profession Video Projector
  • Stewart 18 x 10 foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen
  • Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player
  • Mark Levinson N° 51 DVD/CD Media Player
  • SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
  • JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
  • Toshiba HD-Xa1 HD Player
  • Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
  • Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
  • Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit  8x Oversampling Dual Processors
  • Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers
  • Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers
  • McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers
  • Snell THX Music & Cinema reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers
  • MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters
  • Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers
  • Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers

5. Star Trek USS Enterprise

Designed by: Cinema Design Privee

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Gary Sekulow and his wife are two people any trekkie will envy with a deep, fiery passion after seeing their realistic and authentic Star Trek Home Theater. With technical advice from Rick Sternbach, senior illustrator on Star Trek, the Sekulow’s didn’t just throw some paint on the walls and a few buttons here and there.

They actually used real props from Star Trek including two original consoles, backlit graphic panels, wall panels from the USS Enterprise and, probably the most coveted, the Captain’s Chair, to deck out a theater that would make James T. Kirk proud. To really help set the mood, they even added a customized Stardome overhead complete with the Milky Way galaxy and shooting stars.

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Features:

  • Runco 1100 Ultra 1080P Projector
  • Stewart Curved Micro-Perf 100” screen
  • Denon THX 4800 Receiver
  • Lumagen Vision HDQ Video Processor
  • Monster Reference PowerCenter Line Conditioner HT 32500
  • Motorola DCT 3412 HDTV Receiver
  • Lutron Grafik Eye Light Controllers
  • Toshiba HD-DVD HD-XA2
  • Sony PlayStation 3 with Blu-ray
  • Sony 300 DVD Changer
  • Adcom GFA-2532 Amp
  • Atlanta Technology 378 THX Center Left Right and Sub
  • Triad Surround Bronze in Wall Speakers
  • Crestron 1700 Touchscreen and Controllers
  • Dell Media Center with 5 17-inch LCD Flat Panel Monitor Screens
  • Buttkicker Tactical Sound/LFE Motion Producers

6. The Bat Cave

Designed by: DC Audio Video Systems

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Aside from Bruce Wayne and Alfred, who else would want to have a bat cave home theater? Why, a retired naturalist, that’s who. DC Audio Video Systems President, Nick Mark, was hired by the retiree to design and build a home theater that looked like a real bat cave.

After spending time researching caves in Vermont, the client thought her theater, already located in her cellar, would be a perfect fit for the nocturnal theme. Complete with fake bats and stalactites hanging from the ceiling, this theater is about as unique as it gets when it comes to home theater themes.

But don’t let the title of ‘retired naturalist’ fool you. She pulled out all the stops and decked this gothic lair out with a $36,000 projector, 8 black, motorized leather recliners and 110” Electriscreen.

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Features:

  • Faroudja DVP5000 Video Processor
  • Rane THX44 for Equalization
  • Triad Silver THX Speakers
  • B&K Reference 50 Audio Processor
  • B&K Reference 7270 Audio Amplifier
  • Motorized 110” 16:9 Electriscreen
  • Extron Matrix Switching and Distribution
  • Pioneer DV79 DVD Player
  • Sony G90 Projector (1080p 2500 x 2000 CRT projector)
  • Crestron STX-1700 Control System
  • Aprilaire Remote Temp and Humidity Sensors to HVAC Control
  • LiteTouch LC5000 System for Lighting Control
  • BTX Custom Manufactured Drapes
  • Active Thermal Management Push-Pull Units for System Cooling
  • Monster Cable UPS and Surge Products for Power Management
  • Monster Cable Custom Patch Cords with Compression Connectors

7. Revenge of the Sith

Designed by: CDGI

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The Force is definitely strong with this ‘Revenge of The Sith’ inspired home theater designed by CDGI in partner with DreamSpace. Owner Steve Simon had originally wanted to convert his garage into a theater themed with his Star Wars memorabilia but soon realized this would not do the epic saga justice, and decided to go to the dark side.

Inspired by the climatic moment when Chancellor Palpatine invites Anakin Skywalker to his office overlooking Imperial City, Steve decided to recreate that infamous red office complete with a 3D rendering of the Imperial City backdrop that can be seen through one of four ‘windows’.

Everything was designed to precise detail and the project became a labor of love that took a year and a half to build. Now that’s a dedicated fan!

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Features:

  • Anthem Statement D2 Processor
  • Anthem P5 Multichannel Amplifier
  • RTI T3 Universal Controller
  • Lutron Grafik Eye Lighting
  • Middle Atlantice AXSX Equipment Ravck
  • Marantz VP11S2 DLP Projector
  • Vutect 103-inch XFH Screen
  • Velodyne DD10 Subwoofer
  • B&W HTM2 Center Channel
  • B&W 802 Front Channels
  • B&W DS8 Side Channels
  • B&W SCMS Rear Surrounds

8. DIY Star Trek

Designed by: Gary Reighn

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It’s pretty easy to design and build an incredible home theater homage to one of the greatest sci-fi series of all time when you’ve got millions of dollars to blow on top-of-the-line equipment, memorabilia and theater designers. But what if you’ve only got $15,000 and your own two hands?

That’s just what Philadelphia homeowner Gary Reighn did when he designed and built this home theater inspired by the Star Trek command bridge. Although this theater isn’t the biggest or the most expensive Star Trek-themed theater out there, it is undoubtedly one of the most impressive considering Gary built it entirely from scratch all by himself.

He crafted all the space-view ports, used $50.00 office recliners (that he customized with cup holders) and even made the 102-inch screen using matte white screen vinyl and steel framing painted black. By building this Star Trek theater, Gary truly went where no man has gone before.

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Features:

  • High Definition Sony LCD Projector (720p resolution)
  • Polk Audio Speakers
  • 12-inch Velodyne Subwoofer
  • Yamaha Received
  • Bravo DVD Player
  • Phillips Pronto Remote
  • Bass Shakers
  • 102-inch Screen.

9. Sci-Fi Tribute

Designed by: Escom

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Affectionately described as a ‘spaceship transporting dangerous aliens’, Dr. David Winn’s $100,000 home theater is a tribute to all things horror and sci-fi. After collecting movie memorabilia from his favorite horror and space flicks, David decided the logical thing to do was build a 25 x 35 ft home theater to showcase them all.

With portholes to gaze out over the galaxy and a 144-inch screen, there’s certainly a lot to please the eyes, but what makes this theater so unique is the way David recreates a real life horror movie using his full-sized alien killers. With homages to the Predator and the Creature of the Black Lagoon, David has creatures emerging from the ceilings and the couch to give his movie-goers a scare.





He even uses some special effects to make things really chilling, like when the room suddenly fills with steam and an alien lurches out of the wall. This home theater is a blood-curdling, sci-fi wonderland that would make any space junkie drool.

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Features:

  • Devon AVR 4306 7.1 Receiver
  • Monster Power HTS 3600
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Optoma DLP HD2+ Projector
  • Polk 6 Speakers
  • Polk Center-Channel Speaker
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Proficient S12 Subwoofer
  • Toshiba HD DVD Player
  • Yamaha 400 Watt Amplifiers (Side, Front & Center)
  • Yamaha MX55 4-Channel Amplifier
  • Ethernet Hub
  • Laptop with 3Planesoft Screensaver

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8 Most Famous Nude Resorts

January 6, 2009 by Natalie  
Filed under Fun Stuff

Although most popular in Europe, nudism (or naturism) has become widely accepted around the globe with nudie havens popping up everywhere. In the US, going in the buff is a booming tourist industry that accounts for $400 million a year and with options to bare your buns at resorts, beaches, cruises, with the family or adults only, nudism isn’t just for hippies anymore.

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If you’re the adventurous type and want to be harmoniously one with your body (and everyone else’s), then throw on your birthday suit and bare it all at these famous Nude resorts.

8. Vritomartis Hotel & Bungalow, Greece

Overlooking the South Cretan Sea is a traditional Greek-style nudist resort, Vritomartis Hotel & Bungalow. Taking its name from an ancient Minoan goddess, this hotel offers a spectacular heaven-like view of the White Mountain range and unspoiled coastal area of Crete.

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Vritomartis is a licensed nudist resort that mixes modern conveniences with comfort and traditional Grecian style and activities. Rules on nudity are a little stricter here as the resort follows the International Nudist Federation’s guidelines such as indoor areas require clothing and nudism is only permitted outside from sunrise to sunset.

Vritomartis provides a conventional nudist experience surrounded by exotic landscape and warm waters.

7. Domaine de Belezy, France

If you’re looking to share the nudist experience with the whole family, try one of France’s most popular kid-friendly nude resorts, Belezy. Fun for all ages including seniors too, Belezy embraces the true concept of nudism and is devoted to respectful, family-oriented nudism.

Sitting in the foothills of Mont Ventoux in the heart of Provence, guests at Belezy will experience a fun, bonding experience with no less than 40 activities each week for all ages including theatre, music workshops, sports, disco, nude drawing, pottery and plenty more.

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Whether you camp out or stay in one of their earthy, wooden bungalows, Belezy is a beautiful and exciting place to discover a nudist lifestyle with your loved ones.

6. Hidden Beach Resort, Mexico

Over looking the beautiful Mayan Riviera, Hidden Beach Resort is the only all-inclusive luxury retreat in the Mexican Caribbean. With a focus on personalized luxury service and catering to adults only, you’ll be greeted with such perks as a glass of champagne upon arrival. Enjoy their many resort activities such as tennis, karaoke, dancing, nude bingo or lounge in the pool, lazy river or beachfront hot tub and soak up the sun.

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Unlike most resorts that require you to cover up for meals, Hidden Beach serves naked lunch, dinner, and supper at the La Vista restaurant. Nuzzled amidst exotic gardens, facing the Caribbean Sea, and only 25 minutes from the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Hidden Beach Resort is a secluded hideaway for those who aren’t afraid to show it all.

5. Sea Mountain Ranch Resort And Spa, California

Just a quick drive from Los Angeles and 10 minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport, Sea Mountain Ranch Resort and Spa is one of the most popular nude resorts in the United States.

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Year-round sunshine, pool gardens, mineral water whirlpools and a first class day spa will make your stay at this 5-star resort a truly stress-free and clothes-free experience.

Sea Mountain offers an intimate experience with only 15 suites for guests to stay in and although it focuses on relaxation and pampering, the resort offers 24-hour dancing, fantasy parties, live theatre and plenty of other options to keep you entertained while you let your hair down.You may even get to see a celebrity or two, but no pictures!

4. Vera Playa, Spain

For something a little less close to home but equally naked, jet across the ocean to Spain’s most famous nudist resort, Vera Playa. Located on the Costa de Almeria, Vera Playa has a warm, dry climate and is Europe’s only all-year-round nude resort.

Vera Playa is like a village within a village with three accommodation options: the four-star Vera Playa Club Hotel on the beachfront, 2000 rentable self-catering apartments and their camping site, Camping Almanzora. The resort is not far from the village of Vera, which offers many wonderful shops, restaurants, and site seeing opportunities.

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With 320+ days of sunshine a year and no barriers between it and the outside world, Vera Playa is a liberating escape for nudists.

3. Desire Resort and Spa, Mexico

An adults only (21+) resort with a suggestive name, Desire Resort and Spa situated on the Riviera Maya’s Bay in Cancun, Mexico is the perfect erotic destination for couples interested in exploring alternative lifestyles.
With a day spa to pamper your entire body and a nightlife that will keep you partying ‘til dawn, Desire provides a sensual clothing-optional experience.

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The resort is packed with rooftop Jacuzzis, pools, a disco lounge, five star restaurants, beaches, and a sensuous playroom for couples.

This is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious and unforgettable experience that caters to your deepest desires.

2. Hedonism II and III, Jamaica

The Hedonism II and III resorts in Jamaica are the most famous nude resorts in the Caribbean and have one of the highest repeat guest records in the world. But don’t start packing the kids just yet because this resort is for adults only (18+) who are looking to have a little unadulterated fun.

Located on 22 acres of sandy Negril beach, Hedonism II has 280 luxury rooms available to book, while Hedonism III has 225 rooms (including unique ‘swim up’ rooms) on 10 acres of Jamaica’s beautiful North Coast.

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Known for their liberal views on sex and alcohol, both resorts make sure you and your partner have an exciting time au naturel with fun activities, sexy events, all-inclusive entertainment and themed parties.

If you’re looking for fun in the sun where you can let loose and indulge, these resorts are for you.

1. Cap d’Agde’s “Village Naturiste”, France

Cap d’Agde’s Village Naturiste in France offers a truly unique experience and is considered one of the best nudism destinations in the world, which is why it’s #1.

Often referred to as ‘Naked City’, Village Naturiste is a completely enclosed, self-contained village where nudists can truly be nudists. The village offers all the amenities one could need such as banks, shops, restaurants, post offices, and more and the only clothing required is a smile.

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The village is located on 2km of beach and also offers a port and marina, hotel, bars, apartments, campsite, and hair salons. Add on top of that France’s laidback and embracing attitude towards nudism, and you have the ultimate place to strip down and be one with nature.

If you’re really looking to have fun, relax and explore this alternative lifestyle, these resorts are the best in the world to get down and nudie. Although the principles of nudism - harmony, respect, and acceptance - are the foundations of all nudist resorts, each offers its own individual twist and follows their own set of rules and code of conduct.

Be sure to read up about each resort so you don’t end up tossed out on your bare behind. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen for those tender areas!