Cool Homes
Crestron Programmer Adds Creative Tweaks to His Own Theater
Jonathan Danforth has Crestron control, a 139-inch screen, a waffle wall, and documentation in 14 parts.
May 29, 2013 by Rachel Cericola

Before Jonathan Danforth became a Crestron programmer for Kontek Systems in Durham, North Carolina, he worked with both the Philips Pronto and several Elan keypad systems. In other words, he’s worked on a lot of homes and a lot of control systems before. So when it came time to build his own basement theater, he wanted to savor the experience. He did just that, by documenting the entire process—in 14 parts.

Currently, the entire build is available, if you want to check it out on YouTube. Just don’t expect a step-by-step tutorial. It’s presented in a series of time-lapsed videos, for easy consumption.

“I loved the idea of documenting the entire process in easily digestible videos instead of still photographs, because I can convey more information faster,” Jonathan says. “Most people are interested in the process, but not interested enough to read 5,000 words about it!”

His project is also well documented on the AVS Forum, where he spent a lot of time gathering and bouncing ideas. However, his room has several perks that you wouldn’t find within the project section of that website. And there’s at least one we’d be hard-pressed to find in any home, anywhere in the world.

For instance, it would make sense that Crestron would be included in the build, so Jonathan put in the QM-RMC Room Media Controller and has Mobile Pro G software running on a first-gen iPad. It’s not exactly stuff that your average DIYer can order up online. Not that you’d really want to do that.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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