California Media Room Simply Elegant
A 65-inch Panasonic plasma blends in well with an interior designed by the homeowner.
FINALIST: Best Family/Media Room
August 21, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

When it comes to northern California living, nature and beauty often collide. The challenge for designers and architects is bringing those inside the house—something even custom electronics professionals need to keep in mind, too.

That’s what San Rafael-based Rolling Thunder Group deals with all the time. When it came to the area’s Fischer-Devereaux residence, the company had a helping hand from one of the owners.

“Initially we were brought in to look at a non-functioning media room,” says Rolling Thunder Group’s Jeff Symonds. “Eventually we completely reconstructed this room including construction of the TV wall and the Venetian Plaster finish.”

Rolling Thunder took care in paying great attention to detail on the A/V design and installation, and received oversight from the homeowner wife Cynthia Devereaux, who worked on the interior design that helps the place truly stand out.

Thanks to such design and detail, the 65-inch Panasonic plasma, mounted on a Peerless articulating mount, doesn’t overwhelm the room but looks like a natural addition next to the fireplace.

Custom cabinetry houses the equipment rack, while a full-fledged 7.1 surround system featuring Artison surround speakers, subwoofer and LCR. Control is provided by an RTI T2-C RF System. Power and performance, and naturally beautiful as the NoCal surroundings.

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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.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
Rolling Thunder Group
San Rafael, CA

Equipment List
Panasonic th-65pz750u 1 65” 1080p plasma
Peerless brkt 1 65” Heavy Duty articulating brkt w adptr plate
Integra dtc-9.8 1 7ch THX2 a/v processor
Integra dta-9.4 1 7ch balanced amp
Integra dsa-2 1 ipod base
Denon 3800 1 blu-ray player
Tivo s3 1 series 3 tivo
Integra cdc-3.4 1 6 cd carousel
Artison masterpiece 1 left, right, center speaker system
Artison lmb 1 long main bar for 65” panasonic
Artison rcc 1 in-wall subwoofer, amp, enclosure
Artison lcr-iw 4 surround speaker
Monster Power hts7000ss 1 20a signature line conditioner/surge
Monster Power htfs1000 1 flat panel power
RTI t2-c 1 color touchscreen remote
RTI rp6 1 control system processor
RTI rm433 1 rf antenna
RTI cm232 2 rs232 adapter
RTI ext 6 ir extensions
RTI ant ext 1 rf antenna extension
Select Resources rj45-rs232 4 rs232 to rj45 adapters
Select Resources rs232 2 rs232 cable
Xantech mini 11 infrared emitters
Monster Cable thx 6 digital audio cable
Gefen dig 10 hdmi, dvi cables
Gefen hdmi144 2 1:4 hdmi dist amp
Gefen compaud143 2 1:3 component amp
Gefen hdmicatex 1 hdmi over cat extreme
Monster Cable 124436 7 xlr cables
Monster Cable thx 1 thx rack wiring
Monster Cable ds500 6 cat6 wire
Monster Cable ds350 8 cat5 wire
Monster Cable ir 2 infrared wire
Leviton modular 8 modular wallplates
Monster Cable 14/2thx 9 14/2 THX speaker wire
Monster Cable 12ext 3 12’ power cords
Belkin rgbhv 1 5 wire mini analog
Pro Connect conn 1 coax connectors
Monster Cable mc1000-hd75 2 75’ hdmi cable
Grill Materials misc 1 grill materials
Apple TV

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