Big A/V Options Help Owners Host Big Parties
Multiple big screens, lots of A/V options, tons of square footage support the entertainment needs of hundreds.
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October 22, 2009 by Lisa Montgomery

When one theater won’t suffice, put in two or even three. That was the thinking behind the design of a 10,000+-square-foot home in Winter Park, Fla. The homeowners frequently host more than 100 guests at a time, so they needed big entertainment areas, and lots of them, says Curtis LeMaster from home systems integration firm Control Designer in Orlando, Fla.

The house features a dedicated theater, as well as a music room and a game room. There’s a 60-inch flat-panel and surround-sound system in the family room and plenty of speakers around the pool and patios. LeMaster and his team craftsmen and technicians were charged with designing and installing the electronics gear for every area, an extensive project that took four years to complete.

Each area was designed for a particular purpose, which is a departure from the more common request for a multipurpose entertainment room. The music room, for example, was built as a venue for live bands. There’s a stage, commercial-grade speakers and lighting, outlets for amps, a dance floor and plenty of nightclub-style seating for guests. Just in case the partygoers would rather watch a ballgame or a movie, a Panasonic projector and 110-inch motorized Stewart Filmscreen screen were added. A bank of glass doors can be pushed aside to permit people on the patio to also see the show.

Multi-screen sports viewing and game playing (video games as well as foosball and cards) was the plan for the game room. A video wall comprised of one 52-inch Sony TV and three 40-inch Sonys, can display four different ballgames simultaneously. A 5.1 surround-sound system broadcasts audio from the largest screen only; however, viewers can pulls a program (and audio) from one of the smaller TVs onto the larger one by touching the SWAP button on an AMX touchpanel.

When movie viewing is on the agenda, guests can stroll over to the dedicated theater, where a 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen screen, JVC projector and an all-digital Meridian 7.1 system present the show. Acoustic paneling and short wiring runs from a dedicated Blu-ray player were used to help ensure that the audio and video quality is always top-notch.

Another popular spot for partygoers are two patios. Here, they can relax to music provided by several outdoor speakers or watch something on the two 40-inch Sony situated by the summer kitchen. The covered patio features four pairs of in-ceiling Bay Audio speakers, and the swimming pool gets its sound from a combination of Rockustics rock speakers in the landscape, Niles Audio planter speakers, and Rockustics speakers suspended from a palm tree.

Although the various entertainment areas differ in functionality, they can all pull from the same rack of audio and video components. A sophisticated Vaux A/V switching system permits signals from multiple sources, including a Samsung Blu-ray player, Audio ReQuest CD management system, NuVo AM/FM/XM tuner, Apple TV box, and six high-def cable receivers, to travel throughout the property.

Users tell the system what they want and where they want it to go via the screen of an AMX touchpanel. Each entertainment area has its own touchpanel; however, Control Designer programmed the control menus on all of the panels to look identical. “This makes the system easier for everyone to learn and operate,” LeMaster explains.

Simplicity was essential, not only for operating the audio and video equipment, but the entire house. Also controllable from the AMX touchpanels are thermostats, lighting (including colored LED fixtures), pool and spa equipment, a security system, surveillance cameras, intercom communications, several Lutron motorized window treatments, and electric patio screens.

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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.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
Control Designer, Inc.
Orlando, Fla.

Maroon Fine Homes
Winter Park, Fla.

Interior Designer
Design Specifications, Inc.
Maitland, Fla.

Equipment List
Whole-House Systems

AMX NI-3000 Control Systems (2)
AMX Mio DMS Pinnacle Keypads for Lighting Control and Distributed Audio (16)
AMX Mio Elite-S Keypads for Distributed Audio (4)
Vaux 24x16 Composite Video Switcher
Vaux 12x16 Component Switcher
Vaux 16x16 Audio Switchers (3)
AutoPatch PrecisLT VGA 8x4 Switcher
Sherbourn LDS1260 12x60 Amplifiers (6)
NuVo Dual AM/FM/XM Tuner
Audio ReQuest F2-400 CD Management System
Apple TV receiver
Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray Player
Scientific Atlanta 8300HD Cable Receivers (2)
Scientific Atlanta 3250HD Cable Receivers (4)
Denon AVR-988 Receivers (2)
Lutron HomeWorks Panels (6)
Lutron Sivoia QED Shades (19)
Lutron Sivoia QED Drapery Tracks (7)
AMX ENV-VST-C ViewState Color Communicating Thermostats (10)
AMX MET-ECOM Metreau Entry Communicator
Honeywell Vista Security System
Pentair Pool System
Channel Vison Enclosures for Cable TV and Phone Management
Cisco Router, Switch and IP Phone System
Sanus TV Mounts
Middle Atlantic Racks (3)
Furman Elite 20PFi Power Conditioners (3)
TrippLite HTR05 UPS (3)

Family Room
AMX MVP-8400i Touchpanel
Pioneer 60-inch PDP-6020FD Plasma TV
Bay Audio 3-Channel Soundbar
Bay Audio TC10 Subwoofer
Snell In-Wall Rear Speakers (2)

Game Room
AMX MVP-8400i Touchpanel
Sony 52-inch TV
Sony 40-inch TVs (3)
Bay Audio 3-Channel Soundbar
Tannoy Main Speakers (2)
Tannoy Subwoofer

Stewart Filmscreen 110-inch Luxus Deluxe Screen
JVC DLA-RS2 Projector
Meridian C61R7.1 Surround-Sound Processor
Meridian DSP5200 Digital Speakers (2)
Meridian DSP5200HC Digital Center Speaker
Meridian DSP420 Side and Rear Speakers (4)
Meridian SW5500 Digital Subwoofer
Scientific Atlanta8300HD Cable Receiver
Samsung BD-p2500 Blu-ray Player
ReQuest Arquive 400 CD Management Backup
Auralex Acoustics Acoustical Panels
Acoustiblok Wall/Ceiling Treatments
AMX MVP-5200i Touchpanel
AMX NI-3000 Control System
Furman Elite 15i Power Conditioner
TrippLite HTR05 UPS
Chief Manufacturing Projector Mount
Middle Atlantic Rotating Sliding Equipment Rack
Active Thermal Management Fans
CinemaTech Theater Chairs

Music Room
Panasonic PT-D4000U Projector
Stewart Filmscreen Visionary 110-inch Electriscreen
Chief Manufacturing Projector Mount

Patios & Pool
Electronic Patio Screens with Somfy Motors (6)
Bay Audio 985 In-Ceiling Speakers (4 pairs)
Rockustics CocoNutz Outdoor Speakers (2 pairs)
Rockustics Pavarocci Outdoor Speakers (2 pairs)
Nile PB6SI Planter Speakers (1 pair)
Sony 40-inch TVs (2)

His Office
Sony 46-inch KDL-46W4100 TV
Polk Audio Speakers (2)
AMX MVP5200i Touchpanel
Lutron Sivoia QED Shades (4)

Her Office
Sony 46-inch KDL-46W4100 TV
Sharp Video Projector
Chief Manufacturing Projector Mount
Stewart Filmscreen 85-inch Electriscreen
AMX MVP5200i Touchpanel
Lutron Sivoia QED Shades (5)

Sony 32-inch TV

Living Room
Lutron Sivoia QED Shade

Master Bedroom
AMX MVP-5200i Touchpanels (2, his and hers)
Pioneer 60-inch PDP-6020FD Plasma TV
Bay Audio 3-Channel Soundbar
Lutron Sivoia QED Drapery Tracks (6)
Middle Atlantic Equipment Rack
Furman Elite 15i Power Conditioner
Denon AVR-988 Receiver
Denon DVM-2845ci DVD Player
Scientific Atlanta 8300HD Cable Receiver
Scientific Atlanta 3250HD Cable Receiver
AMX NI-3100 Control System

Master Bathroom
Sony 32-inch TV
Universal Remote Control MX850 Remote
Lutron Sivoia QED Shades (4)

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