August 07, 2009
by Arlen Schweiger
The man of this house may have asked for a “man cave,” but this audio/video hunter-gatherer has been perfectly happy to share the benefits of this bar and media room addition.
“This project was part of a larger renovation/addition project. He somewhat jokingly requested a ‘man cave,’ but honestly, both husband and wife were very interested and involved in the concept and design of the space,” says Bryant Moore of North Carolina-based custom electronics installation firm Moore Audio Design. “It is used, equally, both as a man cave as well as a family fun room and space to entertain friends and family.”
There’s not much reason to leave this cave, either, with all of the entertainment options.
This man cave is in a space 30 feet deep and 18-1/2 feet wide and contains a media room and bar area—about 60 percent of the space is media room and 40 percent is bar area. The two areas are separated by a sit-up bar and steps leading from one section to the other.
You enter the room through double doors and are immediately in the bar area that houses its own Toshiba 32-inch LCD TV and a pair of RBH Sound A815 in-ceiling speakers.
From the bar area you step down into the media room space, where the A/V is clustered in an entertainment center-like setup in front of a comfy sofa. The media room system consists of Sharp LC65S64U 65-inch LCD HDTV, a pair of RBH SI-760 Signature Series in-wall speakers an RBH SI-770 Center Channel, a pair of RBH MC-616 in-wall surround speakers and two RBH TS-12AP subwoofers (at first glance the front left and right speakers seem attached to the entertainment unit, but rather they are neatly built into the wall).
The system is powered by a Denon AVR4308CU home theater receiver and receives high-def video through a Denon DVD2500BTCI Blu-ray player. All equipment is protected through a Panamax M5300PM power conditioner and system control is through a Universal Remote Control MX900 with an MRF350 base station.
Audio from the Zone 2 amplifiers are sent through an RBH SS4-200 speaker selector to the bar and outdoor patio area through RBH VC100 volume controls.
It’s all enough to keep this sports fan occupied, and though he happily shares his “cave,” each territory is clearly stamped—with a Boston Red Sox ceiling lamp in the media room and Red Sox sign in the bar.
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Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.