Multi-screen Kitchen for Sports Lover
Four TVs in the kitchen plus an attached home theater connected by Control4.
June 27, 2011 by Grant Clauser

Usually when we cover high-tech kitchens, we’re checking out the high-end appliances, maybe the internet-connected refrigerator or the touchpanel that allows the homeowner to view menus alongside security-camera images.

In this case, the owner of this high-tech kitchen had one thing in mind—sports. “I do not want to miss any second of a game,” explained the bachelor-owner of this home to Jacek Zaworski of Procom Enterprises, the CE Pro who took on the job.

The owner of this 6,000 square-foot home spends a lot of time in his kitchen, often entertaining guests while enjoying a sporting event. The last thing he wanted was to miss a portion of the excitement while preparing snacks or drinks for his guests. So rather than rely on a DVR to simply replay a critical fumble, he asked to be surround by televisions at all times. The result is a kitchen with four LCD TVs, plus a computer monitor.

Hidden in a kitchen cabinet is the computer connected to the countertop monitor. There is a desktop computer hidden in one of the kitchen cabinets. With that he can check his email or tune into one of the many music services he uses or the large collection of movies and music stored on a separate networked hard drive. Audio for the kitchen gear comes from a pair of installed Klipsch speakers.

And when the owner turns away from the four kitchen TVs, he finds himself facing a 50-inch flat-panel TV mounted above a fireplace. If that picture still isn’t enough to satisfy his sports needs, he presses a button on an iPad to lower a 135-inch projection screen, turning the living room into a home cinema. The theater’s projector hangs from the ceiling between the kitchen and the living room, while the Integra surround receiver is housed below in the basement.

While he may be surrounded with displays, at some point the owner has to go to bed, but he doesn’t have to miss anything. An additional bedroom TV and surround sound system allows him to continue where he left off.

The entire system, including a 400-disc Blu-ray player and several cable boxes, are integrated into a Control4 system and accessed via apps on an iPad. Lighting, security, specific scenes (Party Time, Game Time, Movie, Good Night) are also control via iPad or iPhone Control4 apps.

procom enterprises, ltd.
6615 W. Irving Park Road
Suite 201
Chicago IL 60634

T: 773-545-0101
C: 773-909-1020

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

Partial Equipment List

Sony Sposato 6.5” Ceiling Speakers (12), Speakercraft 6.5” Ceiling Stereo Speakers (3), Klipsch Outdoor Speakers (2), Speakercraft In-Wall AIM LCR3.3 Speakers (5), Klipsch RX5 Speakers (2), Speakercraft 6.5” HT In-Ceiling Speakers (2), Speakercraft Power Subwoofer BassX8 (1), Klipsch Power Subwoofer RW10D (1), Control4 Audio Matrix Switch (1), Control4 8 Zone Audio Amplifier (1), Control4 Ethernet Speakerpoint (1), Control4 Wireless Speakerpoint (1), Sony 12 Zone Component Matrix Switch (1), Control4 HC1000 Controller (1),Control4 HC300 Controller (1), Control4 I/O Extender (1), Control4 SR250 Remotes (4), Control4 AM/FM/XM Radio Tuner (1),Control4 IPod Docking Station (1), Control4 iPhone License (1), Control4 iPad License (1), Control4 Composer Home Edition (1), Integra Home Theater A/V Receiver DTR30.1 (1), Integra Home Theater A/V Receiver DTR50.1 (1), Samsung Blu-Ray DVD Player (1), Sony 400 Disc Blu-Ray DVD Changer BDPCX7000ES, Control4 Dimmers (36), Control4 2 Button Switch (16), Control4 6 Button Switch (3), Control4 Thermostat (2),Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema Projector 9500UB (1), Elite Acoustical Transparent Tension 135” Motorized Screen (1), Panamax Rack Surge Protector (1), Cisco SMB Wireless Router (1), Cisco SMB Wireless Access Point (1), Cisco 16 Port Network Switch (1), HAI OmniProII.

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