Joe Calderaro, Audio Video Interiors
Home: 2-bedroom, 1,100 square-foot apartment, Strongsville, Ohio
Family: Married with a 4-year-old son and a new baby boy
High-Tech Profile: Slideshow aficionado; on a quest for the best
Joe Calderaro’s family members have it made. When he brings home a new piece of equipment (which happens a lot), they get his hand-me-downs. “I usually keep stuff for about a year to evaluate it and then sell it,” he says. “Before I moved to Ohio from California, I sold all of my gear to my cousin. Both my Dad and brother have my old equipment too.”
The latest incarnation in Joe’s two-bedroom apartment includes:
- A 50-inch Pioneer TV in the family room
- A 32-inch Toshiba in the master bedroom
- An Integra audio/video receiver
- Sony 400-disc changer
- Xbox 360 gaming console
- Dish Network high-def satellite receiver
- A Control4 home control processor
These sources, which Joe keeps in a locked cabinet in his son’s room, feed both TVs. Luckily, the apartment has an attic, so Joe was able to route cabling easily from the rack to the TV locations. This will also make it a cinch to eventually add a surround sound system to his 50 incher. “I just sold my surround-sound system to my brother,” Joe says.
Although there’s a lot of video content to choose from, Joe swears that the Control4 system makes it easy for guests and even his 4-year-old son to find exactly what they want to watch. “We are able to peruse the cover art and titles right on the TV screen,” he says.
Lately, for Joe, digital photos have been a favorite video pastime. His entire apartment is networked, meaning he can view on either TV screen digital photos that have been stored on the hard drive of the family computer. “I can put together slideshows, incorporate music and display them on the big-screen in the family room for everyone to watch,” he says.
With the recent birth of a second child, they’ll be plenty of photographs for Joe’s shows, as well as other projects to tackle. The Control4 system is able to operate a variety of components besides audio and video equipment, and next on Joe’s list is tying in the apartment’s heating and cooling system.
Family room display
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.