Finding the Right Audio Angle
This high-ceiling room addition includes an angled wall where in-wall speakers and lighting can target viewers.
FINALIST: Best Family/Media Room
February 18, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

Not all rooms are created equal—or even in a nice rectangular shape with an ideal ceiling for audio and video installation.

Take this home’s room addition that custom electronics pro 1 Sound Choice of Pompton Plains, N.J., dealt with. The ceiling goes two stories high, and the angle created an interesting solution for installing lights and sound to direct at the viewer.

“The owners were building an addition on the rear of the home. This addition we to be a large family room where the family can gather and enjoy time together,” says 1 Sound Choice’s Ryan Herd. “Their request was to build a media room that would not distract from the beauty of the room they were building yet had to sound great and of course easy to use.”

And how to deal with that angled ceiling and keep a surround-sound audio speaker setup from intruding on the space? The electronics firm cut into the ceiling and located five Boston Acoustics in-wall speakers above where the TV would go. It also installed a pair of Boston subwoofers between the front floor joists, says Herd.

And the video, especially considering the two windows to the right of the wall where it would be placed? “We chose Pioneer Kuro 60” plasma for the video presentation. Since they are very bright it would work well even with the lights on or during a bright summer day. The Pioneer plasma also accepts HDTV from the Verizon FIOS cable receiver,” says Herd.

For audio feeding, a Denon receiver was used, with a second zone that pipes into the deck and kitchen. The whole system, as well as the lighting, is commanded by a Control4 home theater controller as well as controlling the lighting. Convenience, comfort and control - what more could the homeowners want in their new room?

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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 and Installation
1 Sound Choice
Pompton Plains, N.J.

Camelot Custom Building

1 PDP-6020FD Pioneer KURO 60” 1080P plasma TV
1 wall mount bracket for plasma tv
1 6 meter HDMI cable
1 6 meter component cable
1 avr-3808ci Denon AVR-3808CI: 7.1 CH/5.1+2 CH A/V Home Theater/MultiMedia Multi-Source/Zone Receiver with Networking
1 asd-1r I-Pod Dock for Denon receivers
1 DVD-558 Denon Basic 1 disk DVD player with progressive scan
1 C4-HC300-E-B Control 4 NEW Home Theater Controller 2008
5 DSi453 Boston Acoustic In-wall speaker 2-way with 5 1/4” woofers(in-ceiling)
2 SUB10F Boston Acoustic floor or ceiling 10’ Sub
1 SA1 Boston Acoustic Subwoofer Power amp 140wx1 or 250x2
5 LDZ-101-W Control 4 dimmer switch
1 surround sound pre-wire
1 Control 4 programming
1 Labor

2nd Zone Kitchen/Deck
1pr Voyager 6 Boston Acoustic 6’ Weatherproof speaker
1 Volume control for speaker pairs
1 Stereo prewire
1 rcz-src2-b Control 4 system remote control version 2
1 Control 4 zone programming
1 Labor

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