July 13, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
They’re not as in-your-face as you’d find at a sports bar, but it’s clear this is Canadiens territory. The backsplash tiles and half of the bar stools are red, and above the bar a bulkhead area with lighting forms the shape of a “C” outlined in blue. Jon originally wanted the backsplash as red, white and blue stripes, but the interior designer put that idea on ice. There is some blue, however, emanating from all the A/V gear on display in the equipment rack, per Jon’s request. Home Concepts installed it at the base of the stairs, with the wiring accessible from a closet.
Montreal graphics even adorn the main pages Aucoin programmed into the RTI touchscreen, while other favorite teams serve as background pages on command pages for the radio (Saskatchewan Roughriders) and Jon’s DVR (Dallas Cowboys). The touchscreen also incorporates a full web browser, perfect for keeping up with scores and fantasy sports updates, or even emailing some trash talk after a Canadiens’ victory.
It may be the ultimate man cave for a hockey-loving Dad, but this entertainment area is also fun for the family’s daughters. One of the three HD DVRs contains only children’s programming, and the touchscreen page for controlling the device was programmed with a fading pink background.
Home Concepts also built a stage in front of the 119-inch theater screen so the girls and their friends can put on shows or sing along to music.
“We picked a screen that can be easily wiped and cleaned with a damp cloth in case kids touch it with dirty hands, and we located the speakers behind the screen a little higher than we’d normally, so if kids do bump into it they’re not bumping into a speaker grille,” says Aucoin. “We typically like to put the speakers about dead center on the screen [height], but these are in the top third of the screen.” Aucoin notes that the Klipsch speakers have pivoting tweeters that were angled toward the listeners, and Sencore calibration helped fine-tune the audio system.
The kids can also plug in a Nintendo Wii to play on the huge screen, with a wireless sensor bar so it’s not tethered to the equipment rack, in case Dad’s watching the Canadiens and the girls are elsewhere.
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1 Da-Lite 119” Cinema Contour Perf
2 Panamax Power Conditioner + Rack ears
1 Denon AVR-2310CI Reciever
1 Panasonic BD-60 Blu-ray Player
3 Klipsch R-5800 In-wall Speakers
4 Klipsch CDT-5650 In-Celing Speakers
1 Sunfire HRS10 1000 watt Subwoofer
1 RTI T2C ZigBee Remote
2 Elan S8.6 Multiroom Controller (1 Zone is the Bar Area)
1 Elan Communications controller with Camera Door Station
1 RTI CB8 Connecting block
1 RTI XP8 RF Processor with 2 Zigbee Repeater
1 Elan V883 HD Video Distribution Switcher
1 RTI K4 Touchscreen + Video Isolator
1 Marantz ST7001 AM/FM Tuner
1 Escient FP1 Fireball iPod Dock
1 Aton 63C Speaker Pair (Bar)
1 Middle Atlantic ERK4025 Rack
5 Middle Atlantic U2 Shelves
1 Middle Atlantic U3 Shelf
1 Connectec + Liberty Interflex RG59 for Interconnects
4 Proflex Advanced HDMI Cables
2 Key Digital KD-VP8 (Converts Camera and iPod composite video and outputs component video into HD Matrix Switcher)
7 Lutron RA-6D RadioRa Dimmers
3 Lutron RA-AD Accessory Dimmers
2 Lutron RA-232 Interfaces
1 Lutron RA-REP-WH Repeater
3 Samsung 26” LCD TV
3 Small Articulating Panel Mount
2 Shaw Motorola HD Cable Box
1 Shaw Motorola HD-PVR Cable Box
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