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Plasma Mounted Over Fireplace Offers Clean Look
Family/Media Room
Plasma Mounted Over Fireplace Offers Clean Look
In-wall speakers and a plasma mounted over the fireplace keep A/V from compromising this room's design.
Photography by Jim Allsopp Snap Audio & Video
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May 01, 2007 by Arlen Schweiger

Beautiful hardwood floors, 22-foot vaulted ceilings and a grand piano ... and how exactly do you want your electronics not to intrude on this elegance?

These homeowners wanted a clean look and a high-quality sound to their audio/video, which wasn’t exactly easy to do in their finely furnished family room, as installer Snap Audio & Video of Havelock, NC, can attest. And of course, they also wanted as big a plasma as they could get to place on their fireplace without doing any additional framing to it.

For the television, Snap gave them a 50-inch LG plasma that looks like it was made for the homeowners’ fireplace.

To optimize the sound and not compromise the wife’s wish to keep the decor pristine and not detract from that other music source in the area—the grand piano—Snap installed Jamo in-wall speakers for the rear surrounds and used Totem for the front. The husband settled on bookshelf models for the front right and left to fit snugly into the cabinetry around the fireplace. An easily movable Totem subwoofer completes the sound system.

To complement the decor, as well as provide functionality, Snap installed a lighting system for the living room as well as the entire home. Both the lighting and distributed audio can be navigated by the homeowners through their Control4 setup that includes a wireless touchscreen and mini full color touchscreen.


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


Snap Audio & Video
Havelock, NC

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