An Architecture-challenged Home Theater Installation

Electronics Design Group’s client wanted the ability to manage his estate home’s whole-house audio, lighting, pool/spa, and security from several key areas, and to do so in a simple, intuitive ma 12/18/2006 7:00 AM Eastern

An Architecture-challenged Home Theater Installation

Dec 18, 2006 12:00 PM

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2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers Choice Awards: Best Intergrated Home
Level VI ($700,000-$925,000)

Electronics Design Group

Electronics Design Group’s client wanted the ability to manage his estate home’s whole-house audio, lighting, pool/spa, and security from several key areas, and to do so in a simple, intuitive manner. The client wanted a high-performance media room system with a plasma TV that delivered superb video and audio, as well as an easy way to manage and access his large database of CDs. The client also wanted to network his PCs, and have an easy way to simultaneously get on the Internet from many locations.

The client, who owns an investment firm, and his wife are in their early fifties, empty nesters, living in a 20,000-square-foot estate home. It was designed to give their kids plenty of room when they visited, allowing them to enjoy themselves.

This estate had an unusually high great room ceiling, measuring 56ft. from floor to ceiling. The great room connected the two wings of the estate. We faced several challenges during pre-wiring, which lasted over a period of six months. The pre-wire took place in the middle of winter in the frigid cold—the house sits on top of a mountain and is very windy at the peak.

Getting the wires into the ceiling was also a challenge, as was trimming out the speakers. The post and beam construction along with ample amounts of steel made it difficult running wires through the house, so the pre-wire went slow and steady.

Electronics Design Group worked very closely with the general contractor, architect, and client to do as much up-front preparation and documentation in advance of the pre-wire. They coordinated closely with the electrician and other subs on the project to make certain they were providing them with the information they needed to accurately execute any aspect of their job that involved their specifications.

The completed installation features a new, functional system. Global lighting control from AMX in-wall and wireless touchpanels gives the client the ability to easily get around the large estate with confidence. Global audio control with a preset turn on volumes and zone selection makes turning on a single room, floor, or the whole house easy with one-button preset commands. “All Page” on the Panasonic digital telephone system is one of the client and his wife’s favorite and most utilized features. Locating each other in a house of this size is no small task. “All Page” allows the homeowners to get a hold of one another quickly and easily. Satellite presets with icons for TV and digital music via AMX touchpanels provides instant access to what they want to watch or listen to. No more sifting through menus trying to find what they want, or remember channel numbers. Macro commands on the media system’s two-way panels can turn on the TV and dim the lights, or turn off the system and turn them back on to a desired level. This adds the WOW factor to the room and it is fun.

Equipment list

  • 5 AMX NetLinx VPX-CPNW Viewpoint Express two-way wireless touchpanels and controllers
  • 1 AMX NXC-ME260 NetLinx master Ethernet card
  • 1 AMX NXC-NH NetLinx ISCNet hub card and module shell
  • 1 AMX AXB-REL8 relay controller
  • 3 AMX NXC-COM2 dual-COM port cards
  • 1 AMX AXT-CV10 10.4in. color video tilt-screen
  • 2 AMX TXC-32+ 32-button wireless transmitters and RF receivers
  • 3 AMX AXD-MSP32 32-button softwire in-wall panels
  • 3 AMX AXD-CV6 6in. in-wall color touchpanels
  • 18000 Cat-5e phone and computer networking communication wires
  • 8 Genelec HT205 Active Home Theater system loudspeakers
  • 1 Genelec HTS3 Home Theater subwoofer
  • 1 Hughes Network Systems satellite receiver for digital audio
  • 2 Hughes Network Systems HD TiVo satellite receiver
  • 2 JVC HR-S9800U VCR+
  • 1 Krell Home Theater Standard pre-amp processor
  • 1 Lutron HomeWorks whole-home lighting control five-panel system
  • 1 Linksys 24 Zone LAN distribution system
  • 2 Martin Logan Odyssey left and right floor-standing speakers
  • 1 Martin Logan Theater center-channel speaker
  • 2 Martin Logan Script i center-channel speaker
  • 2 Martin Logan Descent powered subwoofers
  • 1 Middle Atlantic ERK-27 space rack system
  • 2 Middle Atlantic ERK-44 space rack systems
  • 1 Minuteman E 1100 1100VA back-up battery
  • 1 Panasonic KX-TD1232-5 phone system
  • 19 Panasonic KX-T7453 speaker phones
  • 4 Panasonic KXT-7895 cordless phones
  • 2 Pioneer DV-38A DVD players
  • 1 ReQuest Fusion 120 PRO music server
  • 2 ReQuest Fusion 120 zones
  • 12,000 RG-6 quad-shielded coax TV (cable, satellite, off-air ) wires
  • 1 Runco PL-61cx 61in. plasma TV with Vivix video processor
  • 3 Sonance Virtuoso V832DR left-, center-, and right-channel in-ceiling speakers
  • 20 Sonance Sonamp 260MKII rack-mount power amplifiers
  • 2 Sonance Virtuoso VRS2 in-ceiling surround speakers
  • 1 Sonance The Sub subwoofer
  • 20 Sonance Virtuoso V831DR in-ceiling speakers
  • 2 Sonance S634T speakers
  • 6 Sonance Mariner H20 all-weather speakers
  • 2 Sonance VC30RIM impedance-matching volume controls
  • 1 Sony KDP-57XBR2 57in. rear-projection television
  • 2 Sony KD-36FS170 36in. digital TV
  • 1 Sony KE-42TS2 42in. plasma TV on articulating mount
  • 1 Spaun 24-zone satellite distribution system
  • 8000 Tara Labs 14/4 speaker cables
  • 1 Terk TV60 HDTV off-air antenna
  • 1 Vaux Electronics Lattis LE-1600A 8-source, 16-zone audio matrix switcher

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 32
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 132
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 40
    Project Management: 100
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 800
    Trim-out: 480
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 80
    Programming: 80
    Final Installation and Calibration: 16
    Client Instruction: 8
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 3200
    Project Management by Others: 300
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 5268

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