This grand home is glowing with technology, literally. More than 500 loads of lighting, 90 speakers, dozens of keypads, touchpanels and handheld remotes put audio, video and automation at these homeowners’ fingertips ... and then there’s the actual glowing of the equipment closet, which looks like something straight out of NASA.
“When you enter this house, you may not know that you are in a special place,” says Matt Then of custom electronics pro Advanced Home Environments, Woodbury, Minn. “Technology surrounds you, but does not overwhelm you. It remains in the periphery waiting for your command to bring it to life.”
The AMX control provides a single system approach to managing a wide range of home controls including: Distributed Audio & Video, Automated Doors, Security Camera Surveillance, Environmental Controls, Intercom Communications, Wine Management, and complete remote access over any Internet connection. “With AMX as the backbone of the system, residing in four Middle Atlantic racks proudly on display in a dedicated equipment room, the control is limitless from any one of the 24 touchpanels or 13 handheld remotes,” says Then.
In concert with the AMX system is a Vantage Controls lighting system that makes the more than 520 light fixtures not only manageable, but touch-button easy when it comes to entertaining or setting the right mood. The 83 elegant Bticino Axolute keypads, strategically placed throughout the home, have replaced entire rows of standard light switches and they even add to the rooms’ decor.
“As you make your way through the home, you will be blanketed by hidden sound,” says Then. “With over 90 Stealth Acoustics Speakers carefully placed in 64 zones of audio, there are no ‘dead spots’ to be found.” Even with this many speakers, he adds, it remains very decorator friendly because of the lack of speaker grilles, boxes and hardware associated with traditional speakers that would compete with the decor.
Fourteen televisions can be found throughout the home and each has access to the six HD DVRs and eight Kaleidescape movie players connected to the 14-terabyte movie server. Some of the displays even pop up out of cabinetry to keep with the stealthy, decor-friendly theme. And because they’re all connected to home-run sources, there aren’t stacks of equipment in each room.
When common-sized screens aren’t enough, just move on to the media room When the time comes to watch something larger than life, make your way to the media room. The combination of gear from Revel, Lexicon, Stewart Filmscreen and Marantz provide all the performance of a true dedicated theater in an open, warm, welcoming, family friendly environment. “When the lights go down and it’s time to immerse yourself in a movie, the drapes can be closed to transform the space into a more intimate movie experience,” says Then.
When it comes to a symphony of design, technology and convenience, this wondrous home doesn’t miss a beat, and leaves the easy controls to the homeowners.
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