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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