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A look at the media room entries for CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles Designer Awards.
Basement Party
Condominium Cool
Daily Viewing
Double the Fun
Family Time
Game On
Hidden Entertainment
Office Entertaining
The Gathering Spot
Unique Design
Urban Fun
Versatile Space
Vote for Your Favorite
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Slide 5 of 13
Family Time

Briefly describe the objectives in creating this installation.
This family has young children, several homes, and an international lifestyle. The most important criteria for the design of this media room was to create a comfortable and fun family atmosphere with high performance audio and video, having the least amount of visual impact on the design. The client also required a system that was simple since the client’s stateside family would use the home.

What technical features are notable in this project?
The main sitting area of this media room is served by a Panasonic Professional Premier 1080p 65” plasma display with surround sound. We recessed the entire display so that the finished installation was clean, polished, and as unobtrusive as possible. The bar area in the rear of the room, which our client insisted on installing so as to watch his English football games, is served by a 50” Panasonic Professional Premier 1080p. A massive hearth made out of native stone visually dominates this rustic ski house media room. All the speakers and the subwoofer were positioned, therefore, in the ceiling.

All video and audio sources are shared by both displays and include a cable box, Blu-Ray player, an AppleTV, a Slingbox (so that the client may view their favorite English channels), a jack for computers, a wii game system with a wireless Wii bar, XM/FM radio, and because the clients love their iPods, we installed an in-wall iPod docking station and an iServer. The children’s study center with their own computers is also in the room. It is important to note that the room includes dual remotes – the touchscreens were seen as regional devices serving groups of rooms and were designed for very sophisticated control. However, every TV throughout the property, including the two in this media room, utilizes this simple remote as well.

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