Sports Bar, Lounge Home to 8 Screens
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With seven TVs and a 110-inch home theater screen, this football fan is guaranteed not to miss a play.
Football is not just a one-screen affair in this house. The action can be on as many as eight video displays in the space alone.
Four 40-inch Sony LCDs flank a 52-incher in the lounge area, and three more 32-inch Sonys float over the bar. As if that’s not enough, there’s a 110-inch screen in the nearby home theater.
But back to the sports bar. These rooms were designed in a unique Hawaiian - Mediterranean fusion that reflects the heritage of the homeowners. Bringing these styles together to create an elegant sports bar was a unique challenge for the architect/builder W. Douglas Beims, who used African and sapele mahoganies for the woodwork and Canadian maple for the ceilings.
But an even bigger challenge was making the operation of eight different TVs simple and intuitive. “When you have multiple TVs in the room, it can be very complicated,” says Jay Basen, programming manager for custom electronics installer Gramophone, Timonium, Md. For real simplicity, the Crestron touchpanels feature buttons that turn on all the TVs to predefined choices, with a single press.
Each of the eight TVs can be also controlled separately. Each touchpanel has a screen that pictorially shows the TVs as they are mounted on the wall. “Touching the picture of a TV takes you to a screen where you can choose what to watch on that TV and then operate the selected source,” Basen explains. Each TV has a dedicated HD satellite receiver with a DVR. And there’s a whole-house DVD player that can feed any TV.
So what about sound? “Holding down the picture of a TV on the touchscreen for two seconds will switch the audio for the room to what is being shown on that TV,” Basen explains. Audio comes from four Niles MP6 in-ceiling speakers in the bar and four more in the lounge area, playing in stereo. Surround-sound action and Blu-ray are limited to the theater.
According to Basen, simplicity is the key in a multidisplay system. To make sure anyone can operate the system, instructions are included on the touchpanel so anyone can walk up and use the system.
In addition, the touchpanels allow control of the HVAC system, LiteTouch lighting system and the security cameras located around the house. To minimize interruptions, the Panasonic phone system can be used to talk to other family members around the house, or to answer a call from the door phone at the front driveway gate and remotely operate the gate to let in a visitor.
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B&W 3-Way In-Wall Speaker (2)
B&W ASW750 Subwoofer
B&W CCM626 Ceiling Speaker (2)
B&W CCM646s Ceiling Speaker
B&W CCM746s Ceiling Speaker (2)
B&W CWM6160 In Wall Speaker (4)
B&W LCR600-S3 Speaker (2)
B&W Pre-Mount Kit
Chief Electric Ceiling Lift 39
Cisco 2106 Wireless LAN Control
Cisco 24 Port 10/100mb Switch
Cisco Aironet 1100 WAP
Crestron 12-Button Keypad
Crestron Video Switcher
Crestron 4 Room Cat5 Audio Receiver
Crestron 4 Room Cat5 Video Receiver
Crestron 418MHZ RF Receiver
Crestron TPS3000 6.4” A/V Touchpanel (5)
Crestron TPMC8X 8.4” Wi-fi Touchpanel
Crestron C2N-TXM XM Radio Tuner
Crestron CNX-Bipad8 Audio Switcher
Crestron CP2E Processor
Crestron PRO2 Processor
Crestron CEN-iDock iPod Dock (4)
Crestron Mini LCD Remote
Crestron Room Control 2-Way A/V
Crestron Temp/Humidity Sensor
Crestron C2N-IVDS 24x24 Video Distribution
DirecTV HD DVR Sat Receiver
Grafik Eye 6 Zone
Mid Atlantic Slim-5 29-Sp Rack
Mid Atlantic Slim-5 43-Sp Rack
Niles MP6 In-Wall Speaker
Panasonic 3-Line LCD Phone
Panasonic 4 Port Cid Card
Panasonic 4 Port Door Card
Panasonic 4port Ext Card
Panasonic 8port Extension Card
Panasonic Cell Station
Panasonic Cordless Phone
Panasonic Door Phone
Panasonic Kx-T0141 Cell Statn
Panasonic Kx-Taw848 Phone Ksu
Rotel RSX1057 7.1 Channel Receiver
Rotel Rsx1058 7.1 Surround Receiver
Rotel RDV1093 DVD Player
Rotel RB1050 Power Amp
Rotel RLC1080-B Ups & Power Conditioner
Sharp 52” LCD 1080p TV
Sony 32” LCD HDTV
Sony 32” LCD HDTV
Sony 40” LCD HDTV
Sony 46” LCD HDTV
Sony 46” LCD HDTV
Sony 52” LCD HDTV
Sony SXRD Video Projector (2)
Speakercraft BB1265 Amplifier
Speakercraft Outdoor Speaker (2)
Stewart 110” Firehawk Screen
Stewart 110” Visionary Screen
Velodyne SC-IW In-Wall Driver (2)
Velodyne SC1250 Subwoofer Amplifier (2)