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A TV for Every Room
From the laundry room to the balcony, nearly every space of this Long Island home includes one of two-dozen plasma and LCD screens.
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SILVER WINNER

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May 01, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger

For a family of self-proclaimed “TV freaks,” every day at home on the north shore of Long Island is paradise. A drool-inducing 24 LCD and plasma screens hang from walls throughout the roughly 17,500-square-foot residence. Mom, Dad and two teenage children can turn on a flat-panel TV and access whole-home audio and video in virtually every room.

This paradise will be even sweeter when the dedicated home theater is completed. Until then, the family will have to settle for its high-definition TV lineup that ranges from the 20-inch Sharp LCD in the laundry room to the 46-inch SunBrite weatherproof LCDs in the loggia and master bedroom balcony to the 63-inch Fujitsu plasmas in the family room and the billiards room (and actually, there are more 20-inch Sharps in there, but we’ll get back to that). “From our initial meetings with the homeowners, the discussion was always, ‘We love TVs, we want a lot of TVs in the house,’” says Billy Cestaro, project manager for professional electronics installer Audio Command Systems of Westbury, NY.

However, with a contemporary style to the home’s interior, they also wanted clean, uncluttered electronics. The solution was straightforward: All of the source electronics and automation systems would be housed in a master control room, and the rest of the rooms would be left, mainly, with a flat-panel TV, in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, and a wall-mounted or handheld Crestron touchpanel.

Most of the TVs are silver-bezel Fujitsu plasmas that add to the contemporary flair. Notable exceptions are the outdoor spaces that house the SunBrite models, plus the son’s bedroom and kids’ playroom, where Sony Bravia XBR series LCDs handle fast-motion video gaming. Whole-house video is stored on a Kaleidescape server and distributed, along with other high-def content from cable or satellite DVRs, to the TVs via the Crestron control system. “Each member of the family has his own Kaleidescape player, his own cable box and his own satellite receiver and can access them from any room in the house with a touchscreen. It says ‘So-and-so’s’ cable box’ and they simply press that,” Cestaro says. “The kids are absolutely crazy about all that stuff. They think it’s like Disneyland.”

The billiards room earns the nod as the space with the most TVs. A 63-inch Fujitsu plasma can be viewed on one side, while four 20-inch Sharp LCDs cover the bar area on the other side. It’s ideal for these sports fans when they want to take advantage of the cable or satellite’s NBA and NFL packages, for example. If something exciting is taking place on one of the smaller displays, it can be easily swapped onto the large screen.

Two-channel sound suffices in the majority of the 35 audio zones, served predominantly by B&W speakers. The family room, though, will remain the primary entertainment space until the home theater becomes a reality. Triad Silver speakers and a REL subwoofer take care of the 5.1 surround sound for the 63-inch plasma, which has its own special wrinkle: The TV rises from a lift mechanism in front of a giant fish tank that separates the family room from the billiards room.

As much as the family loves to watch what’s on the TVs indoors, they see plenty of the outdoors, too. The home sits on a bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound, and its architecture emphasizes the vistas. A Lutron Sivoia system provides motorized shading for 90 windows in the house, frequently working in tandem with a Crestron lighting system that covers about 145 zones that the family can command with the touchpanels. Cestaro credits lead installer John Gonzalez, assistant installer Andrew Sotar and engineer Engjell Berisha with helping create such a comprehensive system for the home.

“We created nice mood lighting for [Dad], with chandeliers and sconces dimly lit to 25 percent, which is a big plus for him when he comes home from work and wants to unwind,” Cestaro says. “He’ll turn on XM Radio, hang out in the family room and read a book. He says it’s bliss.” Yes, there’s even room for books in this TV paradise.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Equipment List

Open Area
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
B&W CCM80 in-ceiling speakers (4)
Fujitsu P55XTA51US 55-inch plasma TV

Kitchen
Crestron TPS-4000LW 10.4-inch touchpanel
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Fujitsu P42XTA51US 42-inch plasma TV
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (4)

Dining Room
Crestron TPS-2000L 5-inch touchpanel
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (4)

Foyer
Crestron TPS-4000LW 10.4-inch touchpanel
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (4)

Living Room
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Fujitsu P50XTA51US 50-inch plasma TV
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (2)

Office
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Fujitsu P55XTA51US 55-inch plasma TV
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (4)
Crestron CEN-IDOC iPod dock

Guest Room
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Fujitsu P42XTA51US 42-inch plasma TV
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (2)

Playroom
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Sony KDL-52XBR4 52-inch LCD Bravia XBR HDTV
Onkyo DPS-5.5 DVD/CD/VCD player
Onkyo DTR-5.8 A/V receiver
B&W CCM65 in-ceiling speakers (7)
B&W ASW610B 10-inch subwoofer
Audio Control BVD-10 balanced video/audio driver
Audio Control BVR-10 balanced video/audio receiver
Crestron CEN-IDOC iPod dock

Billiards Room
Crestron TPS-2000L 5-inch touchpanel
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Sharp LC-20S7U 20-inch Aquos LCDs (4)
Fujitsu P63XTA51US 63-inch plasma TV
B&W CCM80 in-ceiling speakers (4)

Loggia
Crestron TPS-2000L 5-inch touchpanel
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
SunBrite SB-4600HD 46-inch all-weather LCD
Sonance SYMPH EXT XTR in-wall speakers (4)

Family Room
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Fujitsu P63XTA51US 63-inch plasma TV
Electro-Kinetics TVL-001 lift mechanism
Onkyo DTR-7.8 A/V receiver
Triad InCeiling Silver LCR speakers (3)
Triad InWall Silver rear surrounds (2)
REL R-305 subwoofer

Master Bedroom
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Fujitsu P63XTA51US 63-inch plasma TV
Onkyo DTR-5.8 A/V receiver
Onkyo DPS-5.5 DVD/CD/VCD player
B&W CWM800 in-wall speakers (4)
B&W CWM Cinema speaker
REL R-305 subwoofer
Audio Control BVD-10 balanced video/audio driver
Audio Control BVR-10 balanced video/audio receiver

Master Bathroom
Crestron TPMC8X 8-inch wireless touchpanel
Crestron WPR-48 waterproof RF remote
Fujitsu P42XTA51US 42-inch plasma
B&W CWM650 in-wall speakers (2)
Sonance SYMPH EXT XSSTR in-wall outdoor speaker
Boston Acoustics DSI455T2 speaker

Whole-Home
Crestron HVAC system
Crestron temperature sensors
Crestron lighting
Lutron Sivoia motorized shades
Audio ReQuest F5.400 music server
Kaleidescape System 300 movie server
Cisco networking
Chief and Peerless TV mounts
Middle Atlantic equipment rack system

Systems Design & Installation
Audio Command Systems
Westbury, NY
516-997-5800
www.audiocommand.com

Interior Design
Geanine Palmer
Miller Place, NY

Builder
Accumanage
St. James, NY

Architect
Nathan Laubach
Dix Hills, NY


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