Yacht Owner Brings A/V to High Seas
This 92-footer is home to 800 pounds of sophisticated home theater equipment.

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May 01, 2008 by Steven Castle

There are 16 zones of audio, eight LCD TVs, eight high-definition satellite sources, a Kaleidescape hard drive–based music and movie server and a 55-inch plasma that rises out of a cabinet. That’s enough cutting-edge entertainment for a large house—except this setup is on a boat.

Though we really should say yacht. The owner already had a home system from electronics installer Atlantic Stereo, and he wanted the same quality on his 92 footer from Paragon Yachts. As with any space-consuming system on a seafaring vessel, that was more easily said than done. “What made it complex was that the system had to be installed in a tight space,” says systems designer Xeven Zorra of ArchiTechKnowlogy Design Group, whom Atlantic Stereo called in to plan the system.

Custom bundles of cables containing five Category 5 high-speed data cables, an RG6 video cable, and a Cresnet cable for the Crestron “home” control system were made so the boatbuilders could add them easily during the yacht’s construction in Taiwan. The final trim-out and programming of the systems were completed in California.

Atlantic Stereo had to build custom racks set in an array above the pilot house for the 800 pounds of electronics. The components within the racks serve up music and video to four staterooms, a crew quarters, the galley and the forward and aft decks, and there’s a rockin’ surround-sound system in the salon.

In the plush and well-appointed salon, a 55-inch Fujitsu plasma HDTV rises from the woodwork on an Auton motorized lift, as in-ceiling Dynaudio and Sonance speakers crank out the sounds powered by a Krell 7.1 surround-sound processor.

Each of the guest staterooms and the crew quarters has a 20-inch widescreen Sharp LCD, with two Sonance Symphony Extreme in-ceiling weatherproof speakers. In the closet of each cabin and on a stainless-steel bracket is an Xbox 360 game console that can be used as a DVD player. The steel bracket also supports a Crestron Cat-5 room solution box hidden behind the closet wall; it receives the audio/video signals over Cat 5 wire from the central racks. The master stateroom features a surround-sound system with a 42-inch Fujitsu plasma.

The yacht owners can call up movies and music over the Kaleidescape system. One Kaleidescape player in the upper pilot house area is used for playing DVDs purchased abroad (DVDs are encoded by region).

A 17-inch widescreen Crestron touchpanel in the galley functions as a HDTV and can show a blueprint of the boat and highlight which speakers are currently on, for instance.

The back main deck is served by four speakers and two subwoofers built into the headliner. Two pairs of speakers pipe music to the forward deck, and four more speakers are on the flybridge for those enjoying the Jacuzzi and the views. Waterproof Crestron remotes command the entertainment on deck, and an iPod dock in the salon allows music to be inserted into the system.

That’s a whole lot of whole-house—or we should say whole-yacht—entertainment.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
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.

Equipment List

Whole-Boat System
Crestron TMPMC-17CH-L17-inxh widescreen HD touchpanel
Crestron Pro2 controller
Crestron CNT-Block connecting blocks (3)
Crestron C2ENET-1 LAN card
Crestron BIPAD8 audio switch
Crestron PAD8 audio switch
Crestron C2N-TFM FM tuner
Crestron C2N-TXM XM tuner
Crestron PVID8x4 video switch
Crestron PBVR4 and PBAR4 balanced line A/V receivers
Crestron RMC-LVRoom solution boxes (8)
Crestron CEN-iDOCs (2)
Crestron ST-PC power controllers (3)
Crestron C2N-PWS75 power supplies (4)
Crestron CNX-AMPX16 x 60 power amplifiers (2)
DirecTV HR10-250 HD SATDVRs (3)
Extron DVS-500 VGA component converter switches (2)
Fujitsu P42TXA51 plasma display
Kaleidescape K-5000 media players (4)
Kaleidescape K-4000 music player
Kaleidescape K-1500 server
Marantz VQ-2400 composite component converters (3)
Panamax 1500 power conditioners (2)
Panamax 1000 UPS
Furman AC-215 power conditioners (7)
Middle Atlantic racks (7)
Middle Atlantic RSH4 Custom rack shelves for components (7)
Sonance XSSTR Extreme Waterproof speakers (33)
Sonance A8 in-ceiling subwoofers (2)
Sharp LC-20D30 LCD displays (6)
Microsoft Xbox 360 Game/DVD players (5)

Salon Theater
Fujitsu P55TXA51 55-inch plasma display
Krell HTS-7.1 surround processor
Sunfire Cinema 7-200 power amplifiers
Marantz DV9500 universal DVD/SACD player
Dynaudio in-wall speakers (3)
Sonance SRS-2 surround speakers (2)
Sunfire True subwoofer
Kaleidescape K5000 media player
Zektor HDS-4.2 component video switch
Middle Atlantic AXS rack
Auton plasma lift

Crestron TPS-2000L wall-mounted touchpanels (2)
Crestron ST-1700CXP 6-inch wireless touchpanel remotes (4)
Crestron MT-1000 4-inch mini touchpanels (5)
Crestron WPR-48 waterproof remotes (3)

Cisco 8 -port Ethernet switch
Cisco AP1100 wireless access points (2)
Linksys SD2008 8-port gigabit Ethernet switch

Systems Design
ArchiTechKnowlogy Design Group
Laguna Beach, CA

Systems Installation
Atlantic Stereo
Costa Mesa, CA

Paragon Yachts
Newport Beach, CA

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