Concealed TVs Highlight Successful Home Project
Artwork, frames and lifts were used to keep the decor clean in this Illinois home.
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April 14, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

If you’re seeking out ways to hide the TVs in your home, check out this Illinois residence. One of the homeowners’ main requests was to have the displays out of the way, hidden or just plain not cluttering up the decor—Naperville-based Architectural Audio and Video accomplished that in a number of ways.

“The homeowners of this project wanted performance and functionality without sacrificing aesthetics. Since we were involved with this project from the beginning we were able to conceal the TVs by locating them behind custom artwork, covering them with picture frames, or hanging them on the wall,” says AAV’s Matt Koppin.

That includes a plasma that hides behind a Vutec ArtScreen in the family room (pictured), another display that pops up from a motorized lift in the study and other wall-mounted displays that take up little real estate with their mounted placement above fireplaces. (Click here to view additional photos of the home.)

Of course, AAV was hired to do more than just conceal TVs. The installation team incorporated whole-home controls from Control4 to operate lighting control, A/V, security and more, with everything wired back to a centralized equipment location.

“It was also important that the integrated system was very easy to use, offered future expandability, remote accessibility to the system, reliability (a previous system was not reliable), and all completed on a reasonable budget,” adds Koppin. “I explained to the homeowners that it’s now possible to design and install virtually invisible systems that offer a simplistic approach, while giving the performance one expects from a custom designed system. The remote controls were programmed through the Control4 system to operate the entire system in a single touch, while lighting keypads were custom programmed to activate lighting and audio/video scenes to accommodate the homeowners’ specific needs.”

Aside from the design-friendly TV solutions, AAV also had the many unobtrusive Niles Audio architectural loudspeakers painted to match the rooms’ decor and further blend in.

The homeowners liked the results so much that based on their recommendation, their neighbors hired AAV as well, and the builder, Charleston Development Group, wound up using them to outfit the subdivision. We don’t know if the rest of the neighborhood stacks up to this home, but we’re sure there were plenty of hidden TVs, blended-in speakers and whole home controls to go around.

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

Installer, equipment list

Systems Design and Installation
Architectural Audio & Video
Naperville, Ill.
www.aavinc.com

Builder
Charleston Development Group

Equipment
Marantz
2 SR5002 Marantz 90 x 7 Surround Receiver
2 DV6001 Marantz Progressive Scan DVD Player

Control4
1 AVM-16S1-B Control4 Audio Matrix Switch
1 AVM-TUN1X-B Control4 Multi-Tuner (AM/FM) with XM
3 AC-3URE1-B Control4 3 RU Rack Ear Kit
6 TSE-3.8C2-W Control4 Ethernet Mini Touch Screen-4”
6 AC-RWB3.8-G Control4Mini TS Wall Box - Retrofit
8 CCZ-T1-W Control4 Wireless Thermostat
8 HC300 Control4 Home Controller
1 HC500 Control4 Home Controller
1 HC1000 Control4 Home Automation Controller
1 C4-TSM10-G-B Control4 10.5” Wireless Color Touchscreen
73 LDZ-101-A Control4 Wireless Dimmer Almond
1 LDZ-101-B Control4 Wireless Dimmer Black
24 LSZ-101-A Control4 Wireless Switch Almond
1 LSZ-101-B Control4 Wireless Switch Black
8 LSZ-3W1-A Control4 Wireless 2 Button Keypad Almond
11 KPZ-3B1-A Control4 Wireless 3 Button Keypad Almond
5 KPZ-6B1-A Control4 Wireless 6 Button Keypad Almond
4 LOD-5D1-W Control4 Wireless Outlet Dimmer White

Triad
1 NCB Triad New Construction Brackets
1 In-Wall Bronze/6 PowerSub Triad In-Wall Bronze Subwoofer - 250 Watt

LiftTech
1 LT-210BP LiftTech Motorized Lift for 42” Plasma

Niles Audio
2 SI1230 Niles Audio SI1230 12 Channel Amplifier
1 SI245 Niles Audio SI245 2 Channel Amplifier
9 CM760 Niles Audio CM760 In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair)
6 CM750SI Niles Audio CM750SI In-Ceiling Speakers (Each)
14 CM700 Niles Audio CM700 Series New Const. Bracket Kit
4 CM760DS Niles Audio CM760DS In-Ceiling Speaker
2 CM760DSC Niles Audio CM760DSC In-Ceiling Speaker
3 CM750FX Niles Audio CM750FX In-Ceiling Speaker
6 Niles Audio DS6 Series Bracket Kit
1 SW10 Niles Audio 10” 125 Watt Subwoofer
2 PR6 Niles Audio PR6 In-Wall Speakers
4 RS8SI Niles Audio RS8SI Granite Rock Speakers
2 FG00320 Niles Audio 6 Series Bracket Kit
2 OS6.3SI Niles Audio OS6.3SI Weatherized Speaker (Each)
8 C5-HDDA Niles Audio C5-HDDA Component Balun
1 ANT-SAT XM Niles Audio ANT-SAT XM Antenna

B&K
2 HD6 B&K High Definition Video Switcher
11 LB10W B&K High Def Breakout Box

Aprilaire
2 8051 Aprilaire Flush Mount Temperature Sensor

Panasonic
1 TH50PF10UK Panasonic 50” 1080P HDTV Plasma Monitor
3 TH42PH10UKA Panasonic 42” 1080P Plasma Monitor
1 TC-32LX85 Panasonic 32” LCD HDTV
1 TC-26LX85 Panasonic 26” LCD HDTV
4 BB-HCM531A Panasonic IP Pan/Tilt Outdoor Camera

Vutec
1 01-ASR-60 “C” Vutec ArtScreen Motorized Plasma Art

Frame My TV
2 TV Frame Frame My TV Frame for Pana TH-42PH10UK

Samsung
4 LN19A650 Samsung 19” LCD 720p TV

Sharp
1 LC32D44U Sharp 32” 720p LCD TV

Monster Cable
4 MP AV 800 Monster 8 Receptacle Surge Protector
1 MP HT UPS 1000 Monster Cable Battery Backup
1 MP HT UPS 1000 Rack Mount Monster Cable Rack Mount for UPS1000
1 MP HTS 2600 MKII Monster Cable Surge Protection
4100 MCTS 100 Monster Cable (2)Cat-5e/(2) RG-6) Cable
3800 CP16/4 C5ES-EZ500 Monster Cable 16/4 w/ Cat-5e
2400 CP 16-2-DB-CL EZ1000 Monster Cable 16/2 Speaker Cable
1000 CP Cat5e-CL Monster Cable Cat-5e Cable Gray
1 Custom Made Interconnects Moster Custom Made Interconnects ($3019)

Windy City Wire
800 828665619-S Windy City Wire Siamese Cat-5e
1 416303-B Windy City Wire 22/4 Shielded

Peerless Industries
4 SA-740 Peerless Articulated TV Mount

ProMounts
2 UF-PRO200B ProMounts Fixed TV Mount
1 UA-PRO200 ProMounts Articulating Wall Bracket

Network Hardware
1 WNR854T Netgear Wireless Router
1 FS726TP Netgear 24 Port Ethernet Switch w/ POE
1 24 Port Patch Panel Belkin 24 Port Cat-5 Patch Panel

Sony
1 DVP-CX777ES Sony 400 Disc DVD Changer

OnQ/Legrand
1 363476-01 OnQ 42” Modular Enclosure
1 364522-01 OnQ 2 x16 Enhanced Video Module
1 363484-02 OnQ 1 x 11 Basic Telecom Module
1 1267058-01 OnQ 6 Port Telecom Expansion Module
3 364887-01 OnQ In-Ceiling Wireless Access Point

Iport
1 IW4 Iport IW4 In-Wall Ipod docking Station

Winegard
1 PR6010 Winegard FM Antenna
1 TB0005 Winegard FM Antenna Mast
1 WM2040 Winegard FM Antenna Mount

Leviton
25 476201-W Leviton 1’ Network Patch Cable
6 41108-RB5 Leviton Cat-5e Quickport Brown
40 40702-BA Leviton 2 Port Wallplate Almond
3 40804-BA Leviton 4 Port Wallplate Almond
40 40831-BA Leviton “F” Quickport Almond
25 41106-RT6 Leviton 6 Conductor Telephone Qickport
18 41108-RA5 Leviton Cat-5e Quickport Almond
6 41108-RB5 Leviton Cat-5e Quickport Brown

Security
1 Vista 20P Ademco Alarm Processing Center
2 6150 Ademco Remote Station Console
8 Door Contacts Ademco Sealed Door Contacts
41 Window Contacts Ademco Sealed Window Contacts
2 995 Ademco Passive Infrared Interior Motion
1 998 Ademco Passive Infrared Interior Motion
1 747F Ademco Electronic Siren

Middle Atlantic Racks
1 ERK-4425LRD Middle Atlantic 44 Space Rack Enclosure
1 CBS-ERK-25 Middle Atlantic Skirted Wheelbase
11 VTF-1 Middle Atlantic 1 Space Vent
8 LBP-1.5 Middle Atlantic Horizontal Lacer Bar
2 U4 Middle Atlantic 4 Space Rack Shelf
2 U2 Middle Atlantic 2 Space Rack Shelf


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