Inside Eli Manning’s Automated Condo
A Crestron home control system helps the Super Bowl MVP manage all aspects of his home entertainment system.
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Eli Manning says he’s not a high-tech guy, but he’s right at home controlling the automation features of his New Jersey condo. Credit: Steve Hulbert
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January 23, 2012 by Tom LeBlanc

The speakers throughout the home are mostly Canton bookshelf models, and there are steam-resistant Sonance speakers recessed in the master bathroom walls, the master bathroom shower and the dressing room. Some of the Canton bookshelf speakers are visible, but most are hidden behind acoustically transparent cabinet doors.

Big Picture Stuff
Video wasn’t a big priority for the Mannings, but there are Samsung and Sharp flat-panel TVs scattered throughout the home. Again, the placement of TVs seemed to come down to hospitality. “A lot of times after games we have people over on Sundays,” Eli says. “People will be walking from room to room watching the [later] games.”

Eli does spend considerable time with his eyes glued to a 63-inch Samsung 1080p plasma set in his study. That’s where he studies game film at home instead of on his laptop screen. “At the stadium we have large screens where you can see more clearly. I’ve kind of [replicated] that at home now.”

Each week the Giants load up Eli’s laptop with game footage of the next opponent. He’s equipped with a remote that looks like a joystick. Audio Video Crafts hooked the system up to the 63-inch Samsung. The agility of the joystick allows him to watch plays in fast -motion, slow motion and zip back and lets him watch plays again. “I might watch a play eight times. It’s really convenient,” he says.

Eli’s guests are probably most excited by the hidden bar in the living room. It appears to be a normal column next to the wet bar—until Eli presses a button on a nearby Crestron wall panel. It then becomes James Bond-esque: The column slowly rotates and reveals a covert bar area. “I just kind of wanted the place to have a little secret,” Eli laughs.

For the most part, the Mannings’ electronics are less about flare and more about ease of use. Audio Video Crafts has a unique niche area of service in that it caters to high-profile, often celebrity, clients. Austi says Eli is unique in that he’s “an extremely down-to-earth kid” and that his emphasis was on making a complex system simple for everybody to use.

Eli illustrates Austi’s point by talking about his father, Archie, the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback formerly of the New Orleans Saints. “My dad is as clueless as they get when it comes to technology, but it took me one minute to explain it to him,” Eli says of the control system. “He has had the same TV in his house for 20 years, and he’s still figuring it out. I showed him the VIDEO and “SATELLITE TV” buttons and told him to just hit OFF when he’s done. It’s been very simple for everybody.”

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Equipment List

Displays and Projectors
Sharp LC25 25-inch LCD TV
Sharp LC32 32-inch LCD TV
Sharp LC45GX6U 45-inch LCD TV
Samsung LNT1954 19-inch LCD TV
Samsung FPT5084 50-inch plasma TV
Samsung FPT6374 63-inch plasma TV
Samsung LNT1954 19-inch LCD TV

Audio/Video Components
Marantz DV6001 progressive-scan DVD player (2)
Marantz SR7001 surround receiver with Digital Dolby and DTS (2)
Request F2-400 digital audio server
Request ARP CD download/conversion
Rotel RT1080 AM/FM tuner
Niles AVDA3 audio/video distribution amplifiers (2)
Middle Atlantic PD915 power-distribution module/surge and spike protector

B&W DM601 bookshelf speakers (1 pair)
Canton KARAT 701 bookshelf speakers (7 pairs)
Canton KARAT 705DC center-channel speaker
REL Q108E subwoofers (2)
Sonance SYM S625T speakers (1 pair)
Sonance M422 steam-resistant recessed speakers (1 pair)
Sonance SYM S623SSTR steam-resistant “single stereo” recessed speakers (3)

Lighting and Shading
Shades (7)  
QED Coupled Shade motorized coupled blackout shades (3)
Lutron HWI-ST-7B “See-Touch” lighting keypads (7)
Lutron HWD-10D smart dimmers (3)
Lutron HWD8-ANS smart switches (4)
Lutron HWD-8ANS smart switches                    

Control and Communications
Creston TPS2000L wall-mounted touchscreen controllers (4)
Creston STX1700CXP Two-Way Spread-Spectrum Wireless Touchscreen Controller (2)
Crestron TPS-RFGWX Two-Way Spread-Spectrum RF Transceivers (2)
Crestron ML600 wireless hand-held remotes (2)
Crestron PRO2 control processor
Crestron C2IR8 IR control cards (2)
Crestron C2COM-3 RS-232 control card
Crestron C2ENET1 Ethernet card
Crestron EMP system software
Crestron CNRFGWA RF gateways (2)
Crestron CNXPAD8A audio distribution processor
Crestron CNAMPX12 multiroom power amplifier
Crestron CNPWS75 system power supplies (2)
Crestron CEN-IDOC iPod docking station/system interface

Xantech 480B IR receivers (2)
Xantech 480CFL-IRCF IR receiver system with IR injector
Chief PDR2536S TV swing-arm wall mount
Chief PSM2133S TV wall mount
Chief PSM2241 TV wall mount
Omnimount CL75/100 TV swing-arm mount
Middle Atlantic SLIM 5 equipment access rack
Middle Atlantic RSH7A rack shelves with custom faceplates (8)
Middle Atlantic LOT-H rack hardware
Elan Z-FAN-R rack-cooling system
Acoustex Paintable acoustic fabric (4 yards)
Acoustex acoustic fabric (1 yard)

System Design and Installation
Audio Video Crafts
Long Island City, NY
(Web site under construction)

John B. Murray Architects
New York, NY

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