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Well-Connected Arkansas Home Hosts Booming Outdoor Audio
The Rockustics powerful "WhereWOOF" subwoofer as well as Klipsch speakers serve up major sound for the outdoors, while Control4 anchors the indoor tech.
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FINALIST: Best Home of the Year
December 21, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

This Arkansas home features a dedicated “dual systems rack” that houses all of the electronics that are distributed throughout the home, for a truly “connected” technology experience.

The equipment had to be relocated to a secluded area of the guest room because the homeowners needs kept growing as their knowledge of what was possible expanded, according to Wallace Hattenhauer of local custom electronics pro HomeTroniX.

Features include a dedicated video server from Axonix to store an ever-expanding DVD and Blu-ray Disc collection; Control4 Home Controllers with access to both local digital audio files as well as the “Digital Jukebox In The Sky” known as Rhapsody; five Dish Network HD Receivers; 32 channels of amplification; and HDTV Video Matrix Switching.

Aside from the audio and video, the homeowners have unprecedented access to control of all 100+ lights , all four HVAC units to keep, access to the security system and surveillance systems from all rooms, and audio distributed to every corner of the house, “loud and clear, thanks to 32 Klipsch in-ceiling speakers,” notes Hattenhauer.

If all that’s not enough to keep your technology juices flowing, there is also a multipurpose theater room that includes motorized Draper shades, a motorized Draper tab-tensioned screen, a motorized projector housing, motorized center-channel speaker that rises from the stage.

“The design was incorporated to not only allow the best movie experience possible, but also to provide a place for Karaoke and stand up performances including stage-theater,” says Hattenhauer.

The exterior rocks almost as hard as the theater. “When you just can’t find anything else to do inside, you get to make your way out to the pool where you will be greeted by thumping sound provided by ‘The World’s Largest, Purpose-Built Outdoor Subwoofer,’ the ‘WhereWOOF’ designed and built by Rockustics,” Hattenhauer adds. “Accompanying the massive stone-like structure are three Klipsch outdoor Rock speakers for an amazing outdoor acoustical environment. The homeowner plans to complete the building of a poolhouse, outfitted with an outdoor theater later this year.”

The security system is also connected to the Control4 system, allowing all of the security sensors to function as “triggers” that activate specific events based on need. “For example, when the alarm is disarmed, a lighting scene is activated to light up the house - but only if it is after sunset, not during the day,” Hattenhauer explains. “If the alarm were to activate in an emergency, all lights in the house will come on, allowing the ability to see where you need to.”

There are also Draper motorized shades installed in the master bathroom, coupled with Control4 lighting for simple, one-touch “mood setting” of a relaxing bath.

And to top it all off, the homeowners can use their iPhones for double-duty control of the entire technology show, thanks to an app from Control4.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
HomeTroniX
Little Rock, Ark.
www.myhometronix.com

Equipment
Toshiba 52” 1080P LCDs x 3
Toshiba 40” 1080P LCDs x 5
Toshiba 32” 720P LCD x 1
Control4 HC300 x 2
Control4 HC500 x 1
Control4 Wireless Dimmer x 65
Control4 Wireless Switch x 20
Control4 Wireless 2-button keypad x 15
Control4 Wireless 3-button keypad x 4
Control4 Wireless 6-button keypad x 3
Control4 16 Channel Amplifier x 2
Control4 10.5” Wireless Touchscreen x 1
Control4 3.5” tabletop touchscreen x 1
Control4 Handheld Remote x 8
Control4 HVAC Thermostats x 4
JVC DLA-RS2 Projector
Draper Tab-Tensioned Recessed Ceiling Mount motorized screen
Draper motorized shades x 12
Inca Lifts motorized Speaker lift for center channel that rises from stage
Klipsch THX In-Wall speakers x 7
Klipsch THX Subwoofer system with remote Klipsch amplifier x 2
Onkyo TX-SR706 Receiver
Dish Network VIP-722 x 2
Dish Network VIP-211 x 4
Axonix Mediamax Server with 8TB storage
Axonix Mediamax MediaDeck4 HD x 3
Avocation Systems 16x16 Component Video Matrix Switch
Cisco/Linksys Wireless Access Points and Router
Rockustics “WhereWOOF” outdoor subwoofer
Klipsch outdoor rock speakers x 3
Klipsch R-2800-C in-Ceiling Speakers x 28
Klipsch R-2800-CSM DVC in-Ceiling Speakers x 4
Rhapsody Integrated Music
DSC Security Panel
Jandy Pool Controller for Pool and Waterfall
iPhone touchscreen interface


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