Apple-Based Controls Bring Ease to Living Large
Sophisticated controls from home automation manufacturer Savant make this 30,000-square-foot residence more convenient for daily functions.
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May 03, 2010 by Lisa Montgomery

Entertainment Options Galore
The largest of the home’s 11 displays is a 103-inch Runco plasma TV. Weighing a quarter of ton and costing around $100,000, it deserved a place all its own. Rather than sequester it to a dedicated theater room, the family had it installed in a more accessible “movie lounge” area. Located between the kids’ and parents’ bedrooms and designed for casual viewing, the lounge is used far more than a formal theater.

While convenient and accessible for the family, the movie lounge was tough for Home Media to craft into a top-notch media environment. A vaulted ceiling could not accommodate a video projector, and limited space on the front wall precluded the addition of a rear-projection display. So the plasma was the best option for big-screen viewing. To drive the display, a separate 220-amp was added, and motorized draperies had to be hung over to the floor-to-ceiling windows to block exterior light.

Getting content to the display was no problem, as the Home Media team had wired the room to a main equipment rack in the lower level. From here, four high-def cable TV receivers can stream programs to the plasma. For convenient disc loading, the Home Media team installed a Blu-ray player in the movie lounge. It’s accompanied by a local high-def satellite receiver.

Two other popular places to plop down for a movie are in the great room and a lower-level party barn. Again, the room design of each space dictated a somewhat unconventional A/V arrangement. The 65-inch Panasonic plasma TVs in each room are nothing out of the ordinary, but the number of speakers and subwoofers that were installed certainly is. Each room was fitted with 10 speakers, accompanied by five subwoofers in the great room and four subwoofers in the party barn.

Why so many? The sheer size of each space, says Home Media design engineer Florin Fleischer. With both rooms measuring close to 2,000 square feet and with ceiling heights of 30 feet, it would take a lot of audio horsepower to fill the area with sound, says Fleischer. Rather than guess at the magic number of speakers and subs, Home Media contacted speaker/sub manufacturer James Loudspeaker for its recommendation. They went with James’ plan and incorporated their own special touches like subwoofers beneath the floor.

As if these decked-out media spaces weren’t enough, four areas inside the house and two areas outside are rigged for live entertainment. Whether it’s a D.J. or a band, they can plug their equipment into special XLR jacks installed by Home Media.

A 24-inch Savant Touch TV displays video from a variety of components, views from any of 11 surveillance cameras, controls for the home’s various electronic systems and a floorplan which shows the current status of every piece of electronic hardware.

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Lisa Montgomery - Contributing Writer
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

Installers/Equipment List

Systems Design 
and Installation
Home Media
Ketchum, Idaho

Home Size
30,000 sq. ft.

Equipment List
Apc S20BLK AV Power Conditioner With Battery Backup 1
Apple AIRPORT EXTREME Apple Wireless N Router 6
Atlantic Technology 8200E-SR Atlantic Technology THX Speakers,ea 2
IWTS20ESR 5 1/4” Bi / Dipole THX (pr) 2
FWD-110B Dual Swing Arm LCD Mount Black 2
JWD-210B Chief Cynergy Series (26-40 Inch) Centris System Dual Swing Arm
Wall Mounts, Spec. Color
JWDUB Universal Flat Panel Dual Swing Arm Wall Mount (26”-45” Displays) 3
MTR-6241 Fusion Tilt Wall Mount 1
MTTU Thinstall Universal Tilt Wall Mount (26-47” Displays) 1
PAC-501B Pac501 In-wall Accessory. 1
PDR-XXXX Dual Swing Arm Mount W/ Custom Interface 1
PIWRF-2000 Chief Mounts: Piwrf Series In-wall Swing Arm Mount With 15” Extension 1
PNRIW-2000 Pnriw Series In-wall Swing Arm 1
PRO-U Tilt Wall Mount For Large Flat Panel TV 2
Crestron B12-BTNB 12 Engraveable Keypad Button, Black 1
C2ENET-1 10/100 Baset 1 Port Ethernet Card 1
C2N-DB12B 12-button Decorator Keypad, Fits Standard Electrical Gang Boxes and
Decora Style Faceplates, Black
CAEN-BLOCK Network Interface Block For Automation Cabinet 9
CLX- PWS75 Cresnet Power Supply Module 5
CNAMPX-12X60 12 X 60 WATTS Per Channel Intelligent Amplifier 7
CNPWS-75 External Power Supply, 75 Watt 2
CNTBLOCK Cresnet Distribution Block For Termination Of Multiple 4-wire Cresnet
CNT-BLOCK 8 Terminal Hub Block 1
CNX-B12B 12 Button 1 Gang Designer Keypad, With Temperature Sensor 96
CNXBRMO Mono Converter and Bridge For Mono/stereo 12
CNXRMAK Rack Mount Kit For Control Accessories and Power Interfaces 1
PAC2 Professional Automation Control System 1
Dedicated Micros DIGITAL SPRITE 2 1
Direct TV HD Satellite Dish 1
HR-21 PRO Direct TV Satellite With Hd/dvr Capability 1
D-link DWL-2700AP D-link Airpremier Dwl-2700ap Wireless Access Point 1
Everfocus ESD200 3
Extreme Cctv EXPS-008 Power Suply 3
WZ20 All-weather Integrated Day-night™ Lxr Camera 334279 3
Ge Security CC-SCHUB8 Smartcom Intercom Hub 1
CC-SCRS01 Smartcom Room Station 7
PIR CAMERA Motion Detector Camera 3
Gefen EXT-AUD-1000-R Analog Audio Extender(cat 5e) 7
EXT-AUD-1000-S Analog Audio Extender(cat 5e) 7
EXT-COMPAUD-141-R Component W/audio Extender 12
CAMERA WIRE Bundled RG59 + Cat5e + 18/2 Camera Wire 1888
CAT5E 12550
CX2/TEL/DAT Dual COAX + Phone + Data Jack 22
CX3/TEL/DAT JACK 3 COAX + Phone + Data Jack 11
Interconnects By Tributaries For Large A/vsystem 3
Interconnects By Tributaries For Medium A/v System 11
Integra CDC-3.4 6-disc Carousel Changer 1
DBS 30.1 Single-disc Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Player 4
DHC-9.9 THX Ultra2, 7.1-channel 3-zone Preamplifier/processor 1
DPS-5.9 1080p Upscaling DVD Player 2
DTA-9.4 7-channel Pure Digital Home Theater Amplifier 1
DTR-4.9 5.1 Channel XM Ready Two Zone AV Receiver
DTR-5.9 Sirius Ready, 2-zone 7.1 Channel Surround Receiver 3
James Loudspeaker 1000PPT James Power Pipe 10” In-wall Subwoofer 10
109GSP Landscape System 4
110-SDXP On-wall 110sdxp Subwoofer With 1200w Model 6 Rack Mountable Amplifier 1
31CS 3” Full Range In-ceiling Speaker 2
33-TS 2-way Indoor/outdoor Marine W/ Teakwood Finish 6
33-TS-CUSTOM 2-way Bookshelf -indoor/outdoor Speakers-custom Stereo Input 2
62FX James Loudspeaker 82 FX 8” Flush Mount Speaker, Ea. 4
82FX James Loudspeaker 82 FX 8” 2-way Speaker Flush Mount Speaker, Ea.26
QSC 1450 Sub Amplifier 11
QSC302V 70 Volt Amplifier For Outdoor Systems 4
Jandy AQUALINK RS Serial Adapter 1
JL Audio FATHHOM F113 12” In Room Subwoofer 1
Leon Speakers CUSTOM LCR 103 Custom Lcr Speakers For 103” Runco TV 1
HZ313-LR (32”-45”) Left, Right Channel Combo Unit 1
HZ414-LCR (46”-54”) Hz414-lcr L/c/r Combination
HZ414-LR (55”-65”) Leon Horizon Undermount L/r Speaker, 4” Woofer, Custom Built To
Match 60” 2
Lg 19LG30 19” LCD Integrated HDTV 1
32LG40 LG 32” LCD HDTV / DVD Combo 1
37LG30 37” LCD Tv, 720p HD Resolution 1
Linksys SGE201OP 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
SRW208MP 8-port Managed Ethernet Switch
Lutron GRX-CBL-346S-500 Low Voltage Non-plenum Rated Cable
Microsoft XBOX-360 HD Game Console 1
Middle Atlantic Rack System
Monitor Audio GS-10 2 Way Bookshelf
Monster Cable Speaker Cable,
Motorola DCT3400 Dct3400 All-digital HD / DVR Set-top Series 4
Niles MVC-100R Niles Automute Rotary Volume Control 1
Onkyo DS-A2X Remote Interactive Dock For Ipod 3
Ortronics OR-401004788 Blank Filler Panel, 19” W X 1.75” H (1 Rack Unit), Black 5
OR-401004789 Blank Filler Panel, 19” W X 3.5” H (2 Rack Units), Black 5
OR-817007137 Coaxial Panel, 32-port, 1-32, Fconn F/f Connectors 3
OR-MM6706 Mm6 Cable Management Racks, 6.5” Channel Depth, 7’, Black 1
OR-MM6VMD706 Mm6 Vertical Cable Management ““cage”” With Door, 6”” X 8”” X 7’ 2
Panamax GRM-2205 Rackmount Kit / Single High 3
M4300-PM Home Theater Power Management 4
M5400-PM Home Theater Power Management 1
Panasonic TH-50VX100U 50"1080p Home Theater Display 1
TH-65VX100U 65” 1080p 2
Pelco SPECTRA IV SE Ptz Camera 2
Runco DHD CONTROLER Dhd Controller/processor 1
Runco XP-103-DHDXA 1
Russound ST2-XM Smart Tuner With 1 Am/fm Tuner and 1 XM Tuner 1
Samsung UN46B8000 46” 1080p Led HDTV 1
Satellite Usa WBA125F In Line Amplifier For Single Run 2
AOM-016U 16-channel Stereo Preamp Output Module (unbalanced) 3
IDS-110W Rosie In-wall Media Dock (white) 4
ITP-105W 5-inch In-wall Color Widescreen Touch Panel
ITP-112W 12-inch In-wall Color Widescreen Touch Panel
ITS-1001 In-wall Touch Panel Server
ITS-1002 In-wall Touch Panel Servers (2)
OSD-1010 Rosie Osd Control System 9
RFD-1000 Radio Frequency USB 2.0 Dongle 8
RMF-1200 Rosie System 12 (base Configuration With Integrated Host) 1
RSC-0007 Rosie System Controller (rsc-0007) 3
RSC-0025 Rosie System Controller 1
RTR-1000 Contemporary Remote Control 8
SAVANT APP Rosie Aplication For Iphone and Ipod Touch
TTP-109B 9-inch Tabletop Touch Panel (black) 1
TTV-1024 Rosie Touch TV 24-inch HD LCD Display 1
Sharp LC-46E77U 46” 1080p LCD TV 1
LC-52E77U 52” LCD HDTV. 1080p 1
Sonance A4SM Metal Grille 2
8” Square Acoustic Enclosure 92481 2
ASAP1 Auto-local Source Switching Amplifier 2 Chan 20wpc 1
SYMPHONY S623TR In-ceiling Speaker With Pivoting Basket and Tweeter 8
VIRTUOSO-834D 8” 3 Way In Wall Speaker With Sonic Eye and Aluminum Drivers 4
Speaker Braket For 6” Visual Performance Speaker 4
VP65S Visual Performance Series 6” Speakers 4
X4S Architectural Series X4s 2
Z8S 8” In Ceiling Square, Architectural Series 6
Toshiba 26” LCD HDTV 720p 60hz Black 1
Toshiba 32” LCD HDTV 720p 60hz Black 2
Tributaries HDMI-20M 9dh-150 Tributaries Series 9 Hdmi Cable, 20 Meter 1
PWRS-T1 1 Mini Rotating Outlet 12
PWR-T10 Tributaries 10 Outlet Surge Protected Power Strip
Universal Remote Control MRF-260 Mrf 260 RF Base Station 1
MX-850 Home Theater Systems Remote 1
Velodyne IMPACT-10 Subwoofer 1
Viking ES-1 Keyless Entry And/or Card Reader Entry For A Single Door 2
HID-2 Keypad For Entry For Viking Es-1 Systems 2
Xantech 781RG 12v DC Power Supply 1
AV-61 Audio/video 6-way Distribution Amplifier 7
Xm Radio SBA-1 XM Radio Sba In-line Amplifier 1
XMPRO-500 XM Sat. Radio Commercial Amplified Antenna 1

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