Custom electronics pro Rob Roessler at Audio Video Concepts called this one a contemporary twist on an old classic. It’s more than just a twist though—it’s a full now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t act that can be performed daily in this unique media nook.
Using a Reversica Gyre Rotating Bookshelf in this room, which is adjacent to the kitchen so anyone preparing food can watch too, the books are on display as a traditional shelf unit when no one is watching TV. When the 47-inch LG is in use, however, the cabinet swivels around to reveal the screen.
“When you approach this century old house the word contemporary doesn’t come to mind, although as soon as you enter the kitchen the blend between old world styling and contemporary design is apparent,” says Roessler. “The homeowner didn’t want the audio video system to distract from the clean lines of the kitchen. Luckily, the Audio Video Concept team had a clean slate to start with but we were still working in a very old home.”
Installing the TV and A/V gear in a custom cabinet allowed for the concealment—the lower shelf on the cabinet stows the equipment. That includes a Yamaha receiver, Samsung Blu-ray player and Maxell iPod dock.
However, one thing the custom cabinet did not accommodate was a center-channel speaker. Actually, the original system didn’t call for one, rather only a modest stereo sound setup.
“The initial plan was to add a pair of speakers to supplement the TV audio. That plan soon gave way to an entire surround sound system,” Roessler notes. “The first challenge was to simulate a center channel because of the cabinet design. The AVC team installed left and right Destination Audio speakers to effectively simulate a center channel. The same care was taken when choosing a subwoofer. Because a bulky subwoofer was not an option, AVC added a James Loudspeaker power pipe for a streamlined look without sacrificing sound quality. The power pipe was mounted in the crawl space under the room and the sound was routed into the room through a floor vent.”
Niles Audio in-ceiling surround speakers round out the surround system, while another pair of Niles in-ceiling models are used on the other side of the room so whole-house audio can be piped in as well, and controlled by a NetStreams keypad. Controls in the kitchen for the main A/V section are provided by a URC MX-350 remote and RF base.
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