Dennis Erskine


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Dennis Erskine

CTO – Vice President Design & Engineering

Dennis Erskine is an accomplished, award-winning THX Certified Professional Theater Designer and Acoustical Engineer. With a degree in Physics, he is the “real brains behind the operation” and heads up the Design, Engineering, Product Development and Project Management Teams for CinemaForté. He has received numerous industry awards for his reference-level private cinemas and screening rooms and is on the Board of Directors for the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA).

Erskine brings unparalleled experience and expertise to the CinemaForté Team as a CEDIA Certified Home Theater Design Specialist, Subject Matter Expert and CEDIA Certified Instructor. Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Erskine has participated with CEDIA and CEA standards groups to develop the educational, testing and best practices criteria for the industry. He is both ISF and HAA Level III certified and has served as an instructor for the Home Acoustics Alliance.

Having studied classical piano since his early childhood, Dennis’ passion for music and sound reproduction ultimately led to his fascination with wanting to better understand what caused the differences in the listener experience based on variations in the acoustical environment and the effect of the room itself. This naturally led him to his in-depth exploration of the physics of sound and how acoustics influenced the perceived realism of musical reproduction in a given space.

Additionally, Dennis Erskine specializes in and is recognized industry-wide for his expertise in Sound Isolation, Quiet Rooms to NR20, Acoustics in the Built Space, Product Development and Project Management of turnkey high-end dedicated cinemas and multi-channel playback venues in private residences throughout the world. His home theater spaces are widely recognized for their remarkable acoustics and stunning visual presentations. Many of the techniques and methods developed by Dennis Erskine are often imitated and have been incorporated into other’s best practices.

After having spent many years in executive positions with several Fortune 1000 companies, Dennis’ entrepreneurial spirit along with his desire to have more control over the design, execution and the end results of his innovations caused him to walk away from a long and successful history in the corporate world in order to pursue greater excellence throughout the entire creation process and to be more directly connected to the customer experience.

When Dennis isn’t designing world-class private cinemas he enjoys flying and is an FAA certified single engine, multi-engine and instrument flight instructor with high performance and high altitude endorsements.

Most Recent Award

  • CEDIA Lifestyle Awards
    Large Home Theater – Gold Technical Design Winner 2010 – Level V
    Technical Design and Calibration (THX Certified Screening Room) by Dennis Erskine
    Installation by Epic Home Cinema

THX Theater Basics

  • CEDIA Best Technical Design, Large Home Theater, Level III, $150,000 to $210,000, Gold Award 2009
  • CEDIA Best Home Theater, $550,000 to $815,000, Bronze Award 2007
  • Electronic House Magazine, Best Home Theater over $250,000 – 2008
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Best Home Theater, 2008

Electronic House: Secret Entrance Leads to Old Opera House

Electronic House: Original Star Trek Props Anchor Home Theater

Electronic House: CinemaScope Offers Widescreen Without Bars

CEPRO: Design Cinema Privee: Taking Sound Seriously


  • Member Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
  • THX Certified Professional Theater Design Architect
  • CEDIA Board of Directors (Custom Electronics Design Installation Association)
  • Certified Instructor for Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA)
  • ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Certified
  • Member Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and the University of Utah
  • Post Graduate University of Colorado Denver
  • Degree in Physics


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