April 23, 2010
by Arlen Schweiger
Remember the 6,000-plus-watt car barn audio system that roars way louder than any 70s muscle car? As much as we loved hanging out in there, we thought it was time to show you some of the rest of Todd Whitworth’s house. After all, the barn isn’t the only area that rocks.
Custom electronics pro I.C.E. Systems of Winston-Salem, N.C., outfitted the entire home with audio, video and home controls, as there was plenty to go around. Company vice president Gene Wilkins details some of the areas that the robust system extends to, typically with simple control from an AMX touchpanel.
—In the master bedroom, there’s a TV lift with a 46-inch LCD, four in-ceiling speakers, separate DVD, satellite, audio client and receiver, and 5.2-inch touchpanel.
—A keeping area has a 46-inch DLP TV with a pair of bookshelf speakers, subwoofer and a separate DVD, satellite, audio client, receiver, and a 5.2-inch touchpanel.
—A bar with two 46-inch LCDs, a pair of in-wall speakers and two subs, and an 8.4-inch touchpanel.
—A pool area with a 46-inch outdoor TV and speakers, eight satellite speakers, two teak wood subwoofer planters and four 3-way teak wood planters. Then there’s the outdoor full kitchen and bar with six satellite speakers and another outdoor 46-inch LCD.
—Inside the poolhouse there’s a 52-inch LCD and some in-wall speakers, along with the rack for the outdoor kitchen gear and an 8.4-inch touchpanel.
—Dedicated theater room with seating for 10, 7.1-channel surround sound, DVD, satellite, audio server and processor, video processor and Runco projector.
—Of course, in case you forgot the car barn details, it features a two-channel pro audio setup with more than 6,000 watts pumping through, plus a 65-inch LCD for big-screen concert DVD experiences.
“The whole house is integrated with AMX for control of audio and video, lights, cameras covering the whole property, ability to check weather on any touchpanel, intercom between touchpanels, control of jacuzzi and pool functions,” says Wilkins. Whew!
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.