High-Tech Touch for Country Farmhouse
Even those who enjoy the simple life can make use of a $50,000 home theater room.
A Control4 system operates the audio and video components over a web-based IP (Internet Protocol) network—and at a reasonable price.
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October 26, 2007 by Steven Castle

Value was also found in a Control4 system that operates all the components via a touchscreen remote and that was extended to the rest of the house. The Control4 system operates over IP (for Internet Protocol) much like a computer network, an arrangement that often costs half as much as other proprietary control systems. The 10.5-inch wireless touchpanel is tied to a 400-disc Sony changer, so the family members can go to the touchpanel and browse their DVDs and CDs.

The result? When they’re not enjoying life on the farm, the Andrews are spending a lot more time in their basement entertainment area. “We won’t even go to the theater anymore,” says Tami. “Friends and family come up for get-togethers. And the kids use it much more. Their friends from Nashville come out for the entire weekend. The best part is, I can go to the theater in my pajamas.”

No doubt about it: The Andrews truly have the best of both worlds.

Check out these other home theaters on a budget:

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-Mini Home Theater with Tropical Flair ($15,000)
-Isolated Home Theater Still Roars ($70,000)
-Five-in-One Home Theater ($100,000)

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.


  • Sim2 D35 DLP projector
  • Draper 119-inch Fixed Perforated Wall Screen
  • Speakers
  • Allied custom 12-inch subwoofers (2)
  • Polk RTi12B tower speakers (3)
  • Polk FXi5 side surround speakers (2)
  • Polk RC85i in-wall rear surround speakers (2)
  • Audio/Video Components
  • Control4 Media Controller w/80-MB hard drive
  • Denon AVR-3806 Dolby Digital receiver
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD player
  • Monster Power  HTS-3500MKII power conditioner
  • Motorola/Comcast HDTV DVR
  • Sony DVP-CX777ES 400-disc DVD/CD/SACD player
  • Accessories
  • Allied custom-built acoustic panels
  • Berkline 099 Series theater recliners (8)
  • Middle Atlantic rack
  • Control & Lighting
  • Control4 10.5-inch wireless touchscreen
  • Control4 ZigBee light dimmers (4)

System Design & Installation
Allied Home Technologies
Nashville, TN

Interior Design
Sara Gillum Interiors
Nashville, TN

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