Getting the Picture
IMAX® commercial theatres are known the world over for providing an unrivalled cinematic experience. Through the IMAX Private Theatre®, that experience is now available in the home. Of course, installing a massive wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen, 7.1 channels of laser-aligned surround-sound audio, and several rows of stadium-style seating requires considerable space. The Ontario–based company will work with Caribbean property owners’ architects and designers to design a custom and dedicated IMAX private theatre – complete with a 4K dual-projector 3D video system, full surround audio and wireless touchscreen controls — that delivers the world’s finest cinematic experience, all in the luxury of the home.
The Big Screen
Of course, for the majority of homeowners in the Caribbean, a massive commercial-grade home cinema is a bit impractical, but that does not mean that the experience of watching TV and movies at home has to be anything short of spectacular. The Samsung 85-inch Class UHD S9 Series Smart TV represents the absolute pinnacle of television technology. The set features a more than 6.5-foot wide LCD screen back lit by an array of LEDs that delivers a stunning picture and a 4K resolution, with twice as many pixels as TVs with 1080p screens, the former resolution threshold. Samsung offers white-glove delivery for the roughly 150-pound S9 TV, which is priced at $40,000.
No home-entertainment system is complete without incredible audio. Steinway Lyngdorf – the Danish company formed as a partnership between hi-fi audio component wizard Peter Lyngdorf and piano maker Steinway & Sons – offers audio systems ranging from enormous home-theatre packages and floor-standing solutions to discreet in-wall speaker models. The Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series is ideal for rooms where space may be limited but where big-sounding, high-quality audio is desired. A basic two-channel S-Series system, which starts at $22,000, comprises dual bookshelf speakers, subwoofers, digital amplifiers, and a stereo processor, though more speakers and components can be added to create a larger, multi-channel audio system.
To help control and monitor home-entertainment systems and functions such as temperature and lighting, electronic blinds, and security cameras, a home automation solution from Crestron is a must. The longtime leader in smart-home technology, Crestron offers products that range from systems for lighting, shading, and security, to network hubs and internal wiring, to freestanding and in-wall touchscreen controllers, as well as mobile apps that allow homeowners to control and monitor their home from a smartphone or tablet. Rather than purchasing products from Crestron directly, homeowners work with a local integrator to equip their residence with the smart-home system that best suits their needs.
With the Electrolux Grand Cuisine Cooking System, the kitchen will be perhaps the highest-tech room in the house. The Grand Cuisine collection includes eight sleek and stylish components, which provide the home chef with every cutting-edge tool necessary to prepare virtually any culinary masterpiece. The line includes a customizable range, an oven that can use both convection and steam heat, a fast-chilling freezer, small and large induction-heat cooktops, a powerful gas cooktop, a chrome-plated surface for searing, a vacuum sealer for food-storage, and a professional grade mixer. The diversity of the collection gives homeowners the ability to pick and choose the components that best satisfy their kitchen requirements. Prices for having all eight Grand Cuisine components installed starts at about $100,000, not including ventilation.
During beautiful Caribbean days and evenings, cooking outdoors can be a true pleasure, especially with the Kalamazoo K1000HS Hybrid Fire Grill, which offers more than 1,000 square inches of grilling surface and the ability to use any combination of natural gas or propane, wood, and charcoal. The 4.5-foot-tall, nearly 8-foot wide chromed stainless steel K1000HS features six burners that deliver as many as 150,000 thermal units of heat, custom laser-cut heat-retaining cooking surfaces, and a motorized rotisserie with dual infrared burners. The KH1000HS, priced at $20,695, will make any backyard cook a true grill master.
Just Doo It
There is no better way to enjoy the Caribbean’s crystal blue waters than with a personal watercraft. The Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 260 is the latest and greatest toy from the brand synonymous with water-bound speed and fun. The three-person GTX Limited iS 260 features Sea-Doo’s most powerful engine ever. The nearly 1,500 cc displacement, supercharged motor enables the watercraft to reach 60 mph in about 4 seconds, which is faster than most supercars. The iS 260 also offers reverse propulsion that allows the watercraft to break, and an upper structure than moves independently of the hull to enable greater rider stability and control. The GTX Limited iS 260 is priced at $17,000.
As a staff editor at both Robb Report and TONEAudio magazines, Bailey S. Barnard has a keen eye for craftsmanship and quality. He is also a self-proclaimed tech junkie and hi-fi nerd, a lover of music and movies, and an aspiring novelist.