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For the theater's loudspeakers and amplification, Tannoy installed an advanced prototype of its Definition Install system, for which Eccles provided his insight about the requirements that custom installers face). "This was the first time we used the system [in a residential application], but now it's the main push at the high end of our home theater business," says Darrin Kavanagh of Tannoy , North America. Graham Hendry, who heads up product development and is based in Tannoy's main factory in Scotland, also worked on the project.

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Loudspeakers & Amplification for a Theater

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December 1, 2007 By Jean Penn

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful." Those famed words, uttered by none other than the silver screen siren Mae West, is a sentiment shared by Dan Kelleher, the owner of this Montana home theater. In fact, "Too much of a good thing" is a description the former Silicon Valley Bank chairman uses a lot when discussing his 69-acre compound in Flathead Valley, which is 15 minutes outside of Big Fork, and just around the corner from Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park.

Affectionately named Avalanche Ranch, the property revolves around an 18,500-square-foot main house, two guest houses and two guest cabins, and a 4,000-square-foot stable that houses draft horses, cows, goats, sheep, and dozens of free-range chickens.

Kelleher and his wife, Amber, like to think outside the box. As a result, the compound's timber-framed buildings are architecturally detailed in a 19th-century Norwegian revival fashion known as "dragon style." The lodge's front door, for example, is flanked by two carved dragon portals, while two more dragons coil across the peaked roof. The exterior is a pastiche of ornamental gables and verandas—all painted in blood red, golden yellow, and Prussian blue to resemble Oslo's Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel .

This capacious theater hosts 26 Tannoy speakers—and a balcony.

Inside, from the great room's soaring 27-foot ceiling and 19th-century European antiques to the foyer's wood chandelier by renowned Norwegian woodcarver Philip Ogden, the home is a museum of "good things." One of Dan's favorite hangouts includes the entertainment floor, complete with an elaborate home theater by renowned theater architect Theo Kalomirakis. The screening room boasts a 12-foot screen, 17 automated Fortress theater seats and a wheelchair-accessible balcony that seats six. Dallas Eccles of Sound Decision in Kalispell, Mont., supervised the installation of the property's automation system and the home theater. "It helped that we designed the automation system on paper before we started," he says. "In a project of this magnitude, it shouldn't be done any other way."

For the theater's loudspeakers and amplification, Tannoy installed an advanced prototype of its Definition Install system, for which Eccles provided his insight about the requirements that custom installers face). "This was the first time we used the system [in a residential application], but now it's the main push at the high end of our home theater business," says Darrin Kavanagh of Tannoy , North America. Graham Hendry, who heads up product development and is based in Tannoy's main factory in Scotland, also worked on the project.

"There are more than 30 miles of wiring throughout the house," Kelleher says, "which includes Category 5 and Category 6 fiber-optic cable and electrical wiring. And you will never have to rip out a wall to add wiring."

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