There’s a “game room” with four plasma and LCD TVs and a video gaming array that allows for side-by-side play on separate screens. There’s a “dance lounge” with fiber optic lights, a professional sound system and dueling drop-down plasmas. And that’s just scratching the surface in this 40,000-square-foot home brimming with technology.
A Crestron home control system is at the heart of the system and operates a Crestron whole-house A/V system, Lutron HomeWorks lighting system, Aprilaire HVAC system, Bosch security system and Jandi pool and spa controller. The system, installed by NETEAM of Bedford Heights, OH, also monitors more then 20 sensors throughout the property to ensure flood prevention and will email the homeowner if a sensor is triggered.
The house-wide A/V system includes five DirecTV HD receivers with DVRs, two HD cable boxes with DVRs, a DVD server with four players, five local DVD players, a ReQuest music server, five iPod docks, AM/FM/XM satellite radio tuners and a Yamaha player piano, as well as 12 closed-circuit cameras shown on 16 displays.
One of the highlights is the 12-seat home theater. A 7.2 RBH Signature Series Reference speaker system fills the space with sound, and a Digital Projection 1080p DLP projector shines a flawless picture onto a 133-inch HDTV format screen. A DVDO video processor insures all of the images look their best. And a dedicated DVD server plays along with both Blu-ray, and HD DVD high-def DVD players. The theater also features a starfield with fiber optic lighting controlled through the Crestron interface.
The game room features two Panasonic 42-inch plasma HDTVs behind the custom-made bar, plus a pair of 52-inch Sony LCD HDTVs that can show any video channel or DVD from a whole-house audio/video system. The Sony LCDs are each connected to a Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and Ninendo Wii video game consoles. The gaming array allows for side-by-side play on separate screens, with on-line supported games. Speakers include four RBH 6-inch in-ceiling models and a 12-inch in-ceiling subwoofer. A preset scene on the Crestron home control system turns on all the TVs to sports channels and plays an XM satellite radio sports feed over the speakers
This dance lounge, with its dramatic fiber optic lights, boasts three displays, including a built-in 50-inch Panasonic plasma above the fireplace and a pair of motorized drop-down 42-inch Panasonic plasmas that disappear into the ceiling when not in use. The “house” audio system includes four RBH 6-inch in-ceiling models and a 12-inch in-ceiling subwoofer. A secondary system features a professional Bose system and includes a karaoke player, dual CD players, and an auxiliary input for a professional DJ to connect a personal mixing console for playback through the house-wide speakers. Party, anyone?
As if that isn’t enough, the house features both an indoor and outdoor pools with speakers surrounding them. The indoor lap pool includes underwater speakers as well. The master suite includes his and hers baths with behind-the-mirror HDTVs, a sitting room with a built-in plasma and a bedroom with a recessed 50-inch plasma behind a Vutec Art Screen.
The whole house is controlled by various Crestron devices, including numerous 12-button keypads, handheld remotes, in-wall touchpanels and wireless touchpanels. In addition, the house has 12 standalone cable ready HDTVs. Think of those as spares.
Bedford Heights, OH
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates