Cineluxe Trendsetters: Steve Haas

Steve Haas is a member of the very small group of people who know how to put the ultimate acoustic polish on a luxury entertainment space. As he discussed in “Acoustic Designer Steve Haas on Media Rooms,” there are all kinds of ways to make a high-end room sound good, even great. But it takes special training, experience, and acuity to know how to wring the last drop of performance out of an acoustically complicated space.

 

While Steve has built a reputation from his work on challenging, high-profile public venues like New York’s Statue of Liberty Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, he is equally well known for his work on private rooms—especially home theaters, and especially his work with Theo Kalomirakis (which both he and Theo discussed in “Inside the Ultimate Home Entertainment Space”).

 

We recently had a chance to talk to Steve about what work has been like during the pandemic, when people are spending more time using their entertainment spaces and are actively making plans to upgrade but are reluctant to have people who aren’t members of their immediate family in their homes. We also talked about the need for good acoustics in rooms other than entertainment spaces (which he has also discussed in “Every Room Deserves Great Acoustics”).

 

This video also touches on one of his favorite subjects—private concerts in people’s homes, which have almost come to a complete stop because of the virus. Steve had so much to say about this, and the large potential market for virtual private performances, that we’re going to make his comments the subject of a followup video.

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