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Silver Winner: Acoustical Solution Answers Aesthetic Request Too

This spectacular looking theater shows the importance of following standards and meeting customer challenges is something custom integrators address on a worldwide basis, as with this customer in China. With an emphasis on its 7.2.4-channel sound system that centers on Dynaudio loudspeakers, SentimentHiFi delivered a theater room that also adhered to CEDIA standards and met tight deadlines, according to CEO GuangYu Feng.

“At the very beginning, we recommended the Dynaudio custom system to the client and we told him: When you invest in a Dynaudio custom system, you’re investing in a hi-fi system with heritage … 40 years of audio expertise, harnessing the same core technology, craftsmanship and fanatical attention to detail,” Feng recalls.

SentimentHiFi followed industry standards “from start to finish” in constructing the theater, Feng says, but one challenge was also meeting the owner’s modern décor aesthetic wishes while balancing with quality acoustic design. Not only that, but doing so within a timeframe of just two weeks to complete the project.

Sentiment managed to redesign the sonic footprint and create acoustical treatments for the theater that included rebuilding the partition wall and installing a shock-absorbing wall to reduce noise. To ensure that the audio system, as well as the projection system that includes BenQ projection, perform reliably and optimally, SentimentHiFi equipped the gear with Furman voltage regulators that provide clean and efficient independent power supply to connected devices. Savant controls offer simplified management of the theater room A/V.

Systems & Equipment

  • Savant controls
  • Dynaudio, Syzygy speakers and subwoofers
  • BenQ projector
  • United Screen projection screen
  • Integra amplification
  • Morpheus Blu-ray player
  • Furman power management
  • D-BOX seating
Bronze Winner:  ‘Contemporary Classic’ Leans on Close Collaboration

This gorgeous theater room is a prime example of the combined efforts among theater designer, tech systems designer/installer and tech enthusiast client that had a pretty good sense of what he envisioned for a “contemporary classic” space to entertain friends, family and especially grandchildren, says Lifestyle Solutions president Behzad Sarwar.

Lifestyle Solutions handled the design and build-out, while collaborating with its partners at Custom Works on the A/V design and installation. “Our client did a lot of research and knew exactly what he wanted in the A/V system,” Sarwar says. “We worked closely with our client to produce the perfect color scheme and room layout.”

Just as important to the A/V experience was implementing sound isolation, which in this case meant walls and ceiling were all insulated and decoupled using two layers of sheetrock sandwiching a layer of Green Glue, Sarwar explains. The entire room was acoustically treated with fabric covering the top half of the walls.

“Stone work on the columns and front wall was an afterthought, but worked out well with the color scheme,” Sarwar adds. Trim work was done to match existing trim in the house. Meanwhile, Lifestyle Solutions resolved a significant challenge by concealing two doors near the screen wall with fabric wrapping and trim to make them appear seamless with the walls. Of course, the gear itself is no slouch, featuring a whopping 160-inch Screen Innovations Zero Edge screen, Epson laser projector and Klipsch THX Dolby Atmos speaker system.

Systems & Equipment

  • Screen Innovations projection screen
    Epson projector
    Yamaha preamp and amplification
    Klipsch THX speakers and subwoofers
    URC controls
    Oppo Blu-ray player
    SnapAV rack
    Liberty wiring
    Palliser seating

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Silver Winner: Ultra-Modern Amenities Artfully Enhance NYC Residence

For this project that Rich AV Design outfitted on New York City’s Upper West Side, the owner had purchased three units for renovation into one and wanted a Savant system solution similar to the one in family’s existing home, only with some extra technology. The integrator collaborated with the client’s interior designer, Nick Deramo of Ingro Inc., through the Highline Construction Company, to execute their vision.

“We focused on combining technology and style. This meant working with some untraditional partners and unique installation techniques for a sleek, modern look,” says Rich AV Design owner Josh Rich.

For example, a Ketra lighting system was a high priority. Ketra automatically adjusts color temperature according to outside light to regulate the family’s circadian rhythm, Rich explains, like blue hues enabling natural relaxation; also, Ketra brings stylistic benefits, like the 2,000 color-changing LEDs that create art in the grand foyer.

Decorative mounts for Savant sunshades and Lutron blackout shades with in-wall recessed side channels combine form and function for automated window treatments accessing the Manhattan skyline. Aesthetic matters also included using Trufig for all keypads, outlets and iPorts to create sleek control framework, Rich notes.

Stealth Acoustics Invisible speakers tap into the Savant multiroom audio system, while TruAudio soundbars add to the setups for surround sound in the living and family rooms. The living room has a 75-inch TV within marble framing while the family room has an 85-inch TV in a custom A/V cabinet.

Systems & Equipment

  • Savant controls
  • Lutron lighting control
  • Ketra, DMX, Dali fixtures
  • Savant, Lutron shades
  • Stealth Acoustics, TruAudio speakers
  • Sony, LG TVs
  • Access Networks, Ruckus network
  • SurgeX UPS
Bronze Winner: Installation Tricks Hide Treasure Trove of A/V Riches

photography by Benjamin Edelstein

Where does one’s jaw begin to drop after entering this 11,000-square-foot modern marvel of a residence overlooking the intercoastal waters of Miami? Integrator MAXICON outfitted seven bedrooms, family room, dining room, living room, dedicated theater, gym, and outdoor pool, terrace and cabana.

For starters, automation and security touches begin with the gate and door intercom remotely accessible and controllable from a smartphone as part of the Savant control system. The first floor offers several highlights and ways Lutron shades take on importance.

In the home theater — which includes Sony projector, Seymour screen, Klipsch speakers and Kaleidescape server — the drapery gray blackout fabric shades ensure the darkest viewing environment. Elsewhere, individually controllable blackouts and sheers allow sunlight when desired. They’re key in the family room, which offers dual viewing options — the new Samsung Frame TV, as well as a concealed projection system prepped to drop from the ceiling at the touch of a button.

The second floor takes guests into another media room, featuring a Leon Speakers soundbar and 65-inch TV. The master suite includes a 75-inch ceiling-stowed TV, and Origin Acoustics in-ceiling speakers and Sony TV in the master bath. An outdoor seating area pipes music into Sonance outdoor speakers.

Finally, there’s the high-tech gym. “Once you enter into this modernistic space the only thing left is a great workout with the Peloton Bikes while watching the latest sports news on the 55-inch flushed-mounted TV,” says MAXICON’s Jessica Persyko.

Systems & Equipment

Savant controls

  • Lutron lighting/shade controls
  • Sony TVs, projector
  • Samsung Frame TV
  • Screen Innovations screen
  • Klipsch, Stealth Acoustics, Sonance, Leon, Origin Acoustics speakers
  • AudioControl electronics
  • Future Automation mounts/lifts
  • Oppo Blu-ray player
  • Araknis network

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Silver Award: Stellar Sound Takes Center Stage

Looking to finish a basement with a dedicated theater room a few years after initial home construction and tech systems installation, the owner hired the Erskine Group to draft and design the project. Union Place, which had installed a Control4-based system in the rest of the house, worked with the Erskine plans to pull together this phenomenal room.

“The design was modern and minimalist with the color palette chosen to minimize any bright reflective surfaces, hence the gray and black theme. They also factored in the Triad speakers for performance and value,” says Union Place’s Brian Duggan of the resulting 9.4.4-channel Dolby Atmos configuration.

Photography by Emily John Photography by Emily John

Duggan notes the Erskine acoustic requirements behind the stretch fabric system were rigorous and included: sound isolation clips, hat channel, two layers of 5/8-inch drywall with Green Glue between, 50-year caulk to the bottom of the base plates, acoustic matting, 6-mil plastic lining the seating platform and stage, and all cavities filled with sand. Plus, the HVAC system was reworked and the projector enclosed to further isolate noise.

Beyond that, a major challenge was the room’s location. “The theater is the first thing you enter when you come downstairs. The hidden acoustic doors allow you to enter the theater and exit the rear to access the exercise room, guest bedroom, bathroom and snack bar,” Duggan says. “A window was removed in the process that would have been in the theater.”

Not to be outdone by the audio, the video features a 133-inch Da-Lite screen and Epson projection, calibrated by ISF’s Dave Harper.

Systems & Equipment

  • Control4 controls and lighting
  • Da-Lite projection screen
  • Epson projector
  • Triad speakers and subwoofers
  • Marantz, Emotiva electronics
  • Rapid Racks equipment rack
  • Celerity cabling
  • Lifx lights
Bronze Award: Enchanted Theater Mixes Whimsy & Wow

Who says home theaters have to look like futuristic sci-fi or sports-themed man caves? First, a winding stone-lined stairway leads down past a wine cellar to the basement theater befitting this estate in the bucolic vineyards of upstate New York. Once in the 960-square-foot room, guests find a fairytale-like setting full of whimsical animal portraits in gilded frames against opulent wallpaper, anchored by the pewter carpeting that twinkles with metallic silver threads.

“Surprisingly, as technology integrators, the biggest challenge we encountered was not with the technology, but with the aesthetics. Rather than wrapping the walls in stretch fabric as is typical in many theaters, the interior designer specified wallpaper, so we had to come up with an innovative solution that would satisfy the designer’s vision while meeting the acoustical needs of the space,” relates Osbee marketing director Karen Rusch.

Photography by David Raines

Osbee proposed perforating the wallpaper — microscopic enough to maintain the integrity of the design, but open enough to allow sound to flow unimpeded. Several rounds of testing achieved the right balance, Rusch explains, and Osbee then hung the wallpaper on specially fabricated, perforated wallboards incorporated with the absorbers and diffusers of a Kinetics Noise Control system.

Transporting family and guests into the world of movie fantasy, a Digital Projection Titan projector fitted with TheaterScope anamorphic lens delivers the astounding video, while a Meridian speaker system doles out the awesome audio.

Systems & Equipment

  • Crestron controls and lighting
  • Crestron A/V distribution
  • Stewart Filmscreen screen
  • Digital Projection International projector
  • Meridian speakers
  • Kaleidescape media server

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Silver Award: Vaunted Video Options, Custom Crafted Inside & Out

Sometimes a homeowner will leave all the technology decisions to the systems integrator; other times they have a good idea of what they want. For an integrator, the latter can be tricky but the process can lead to success, such as the case in this project.

photo by Brad Montgomery

“Long before the clients became some of our favorites, they were our toughest clients,” says Brad Montgomery, creative director of Tym Smart Homes & Home Theaters. “In a lot of ways, his requests were very simple. … With him, each piece of the system was like its own carefully vetted project. No details were missed.”

Photo by Brad Montgomery

Truly coveted pieces included the TVs, for which Savant and Just Add Power products were integrated to facilitate housewide A/V distribution to new Sony 4K models plus 198-inch projection system in the impressive theater. There’s viewing options in the master bedroom with a swing-out mounted TV recessed into the stone fireplace as part of collaboration with builder Tree Haven Homes; multiple TVs in the gym, kids rec room and outdoor space; and accommodations for golf simulator room to come.

Also conveniently viewable is footage from Helios video doorbells and Hikvision surveillance cameras, the latter of which lets the owner remotely keep an eye on his exotic car collection. Additionally, music plays inside and out via 100+ TruAudio speakers, while a Luxul network maintains systems reliability.

Systems & Equipment

  • Savant controls
  • Savant lighting control
  • Sony, Vizio, Samsung TVs
  • Sony 4K projector
  • Draper projection screen
  • TruAudio speakers, Paradigm theater speakers
  • Anthem, Pioneer Elite A/V receivers
  • DSC security
  • Hikvision surveillance
  • Luxul network
  • TruAudio racks
Bronze Award: Superb Performance & Pleasant Aesthetics Enhance Coastal Comforts

Situated along the Annapolis, Md., coastline, this home with cedar shingles, magnificent stone work, shiplap interiors, coffered ceilings and nautical themed lighting fixtures exudes coziness, comfort and familiarity. It was apparent to local systems integrator Atlantic Control Technologies that this home was intentionally designed this way and the technology had to be equally friendly and inviting, says operations manager Jan Eden.

Photo by Adam Elnagdy

Adhering to the owners’ request for minimal and unobtrusive quantity of devices but robust functionality, ACT implemented RTI controls and Lutron lighting systems, while whole-house A/V features sleek LG OLED TVs and visually pleasing architectural speakers from Sonance. Video and music content is always available, whether from Apple TVs, Sonos and even a turntable. The media room includes Bowers & Wilkins custom install series speakers, Sony 4K projector and 96-inch frameless Screen Innovations screen.

Photo by Adam Elnagdy

“Seamless finishes came in the form of integrated step lights, outdoor speakers and cameras flush mounted with the architectural trim work, automated home cinema seating, automated fireplaces, hidden subwoofers and even custom speaker enclosures that flush mounted to the interior trim work to cover the side profile of the display installations,” says Eden. “The technology and architectural elements all seem to become one.”

ACT also addressed the owners’ request for maximum energy efficiency and reduced wastefulness by carefully programming the lighting and climate control systems and integrated astronomical clock. Plus the owners always have remote adjustments available at their fingertips to enhance their comfort.

Systems & Equipment

  • RTI controls
  • Lutron lighting control
  • LG displays
  • Sony 4K projector
  • Screen Innovations projection screen
  • Sonance, B&W speakers
  • Fortress theater seating
  • Middle Atlantic rack

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Silver Award: Past & Present Blend Perfectly in Meticulous Remodel

Dubbed the “historic and modern D.C. row home” project by systems integrator Atlantic Control Technologies, this remodel somehow manages to tread modern flair by Robert Gurney Architects that also preserves elements of the 250-year-old structure — with smart home technology needing to walk that same line.

“These two competing factors gave the installation certain challenges. The system installed had to be minimal. In truth, because of the building’s historical status, at times it was impossible to lawfully alter it in any way,” says ACT operations manager Jan Eden of the home, built by a former mayor of Georgetown in the 1700s.

Photography by Adam Elnagdy

Relying on a mix of modern but minimal products and systems like LG displays, Sony and Screen Innovations projection, Sonance and Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers, Sonos music streaming and RTI controls, ACT managed to achieve the delicate balancing act for integrating whole-house technology and even delivering a dedicated theater room.

The aesthetic influence from the architect led to the small-aperture style Sonance speakers, for instance, but special consideration had to be given to space them correctly for proper coverage while also dealing with 15-foot-high ceilings, notes Eden. That meant integrating unobtrusive subwoofers as well for enough low-frequency support.

Another challenge, according to ACT, was limiting controls to two master touchscreens and five secondary, non-touchscreen universal remotes. This necessitated well thought-out programming to maximize the tech potential from the fewest components, but the owners now have the intuitive and simplified system they envisioned, reports Eden.

Systems & Equipment

  • RTI controls
  • LG displays
  • Sony projector
  • Screen Innovations projection screen
  • Sonance, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonos, Leon speakers
  • Sonos whole-house music
Bronze Award: Tech Melds into Modern Flair, Widespread Woodwork

The architecture of the old South might call to mind expansive porches, tall pillars, grand foyers and staircases and more … and not so much ultra-modern style exterior and furnishings, which made the opportunity to work on this project particularly exciting, notes Mozaic Audio Video Integration CEO Michael Johnson.

But that also meant ensuring the technology did not interrupt the aesthetic flair either, so it required Mozaic to work closely with builder Alexander Modern Homes, woodworker McVantage Exotic Hardwoods and interior designer Riverworks Design Studio to integrate the latest A/V and automation with minimal footprint, says Johnson.

“There is absolutely beautiful exotic woodwork throughout,” he says. “One of our primary challenges was the installation of a surround-sound experience in the living room area all incorporated with a custom-fabricated one-of-a-kind wood fireplace and ceiling.” Mozaic leaned on Leon Speakers to integrate a custom soundbar into the space, along with Stealth Acoustics Invisible speakers and in-wall subwoofer from Sonance to complement a flush-mounted Sony TV.

Photography by Tommy Daspit

The integrator enlisted Stealth’s Invisible models in the foyer, dining room, kitchen and master bath, while other secondary music zones included smaller Sonance in-ceiling speakers that could closely mimic the size and layout of the can lighting, Johnson explains. Meanwhile, the builder aided Mozaic in properly placing wiring for TVs in “floating” fireplaces on the back porch and in the master bedroom. All aspects of the tech systems are centralized from the rack and controllable via the Savant App or Pro Remote.

Systems & Equipment

  • Savant controls
  • Lutron lighting control
  • Leon, Stealth Acoustics, Sonance speakers
  • Sony TVs
  • Luma surveillance cameras
  • Araknis network
  • Strong mounts and rack
  • WattBox surge protection

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August 30, 2018 – Framingham, MA – Electronic House, the leading information site for smart home consumers, announces the winners of 2018 Products of the Year Awards recognizing the best technologies, products, and services for the smart home.

“Our annual Products of the Year contest exemplifies the amazing diversity of smart home technology, and this year’s submissions and winners are some of the most innovative products and systems available to consumers looking for ways to smarten up their homes,” says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery. “Selecting the best entry for several smart home categories wasn’t easy based on the high quality level of all the products entered, but in the end the judging panel was able to come to a decision and is please with the chosen winners.”

All entries were judged on creativity, innovation, functionality, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits to the homeowner, by an unbiased panel made up of several industry leaders, along with the editors of CE Pro and ElectronicHouse.com.

The 2018 Electronic House Product of the Year Winners:

Audio > Audio Components: Amplifiers, Receivers, Tuners, Processors, and Audio Streaming devices

 

Vanco International Spot for Dot In-Wall Amplifier

Vanco International
Spot for Dot Digital In-Wall Amplifier

Audio > Loudspeakers & Soundbars

 

Polk Audio
Polk Audio Command Bar

Home Control & Automation >  Home Networking Components

 

Luxul
Epic 5

Home Control & Automation > DIY-Installed Whole-House Home Control/Automation Systems

 

Brilliant
The Brilliant Control

Home Control & Automation > Energy Monitoring Devices & Services

Fibaro Wall Plug

 

FIBARO
Wall Plug

Home Control & Automation > Power Management, Conditioning & Backup

 

Schneider Electric
APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS Pro

Home Control & Automation > Professionally Installed Whole House Controls/Automation Systems

 

Control4
When>>Then Automation

Home Control & Automation > Smart Sensors

Nortek Security & Control 2GIG Stove & Grill Guard

 

Nortek Security & Control
2GIG Stove & Grill Guard

Home Control & Automation > Spa/Pool Controls & Water Management

 

ConnectedYard Inc.
pHin

Home Control & Automation > Thermostats

Venstar Explorer Mini Thermostat

 

Venstar Inc.
Venstar Explorer Mini Thermostat

Home Control & Automation > Universal Remotes & User Interfaces

 

Crestron Electronics Inc.
Crestron Handheld Touch Screen Remote 310

Home Theater > A/V Racks & Rack Accessories

 

Middle Atlantic Products
Proximity Series Sliding Mounting Plate

Home Theater > Home Theater Furniture

 

Salamander Designs
UST PROJECTOR CABINET

Home Theater > Media Servers/Storage Devices

Kaleidescape Strato S Movie Player

 

Kaleidescape

Strato S Movie Player

Home Theater > Video Projectors

 

Epson
Epson Home Cinema LS100 Full HD 3LCD Ultra Short-throw Laser Projector

Lighting > Fixtures, LED, Fiber Optic

Kohler Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror with Amazon Alexa

 

Kohler
Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror with Amazon Alexa

Lighting > Lighting Controllers and Accessories

 

Vantage Controls
Vantage Controls: PCAP Touch Technology

Lighting > Motorized Window Treatments and Windows

 

Crestron Electronics Inc.
Crestron® Horizontal Sheers

Lighting > Smart Light Bulbs

 

Signify
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit

Security > Access Control (including Videophones, Door Locks, Gates, etc.)

 

Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Home Automation – Lock Status Sensor

Security > Security Sensors

Flo Technologies Flo Sensor

 

Flo Technologies, Inc.
Flo

Security > Security Systems

 

Honeywell
Honeywell Lyric Controller with Homekit

Security > Surveillance Cameras

 

Guardzilla
Guardzilla 360 Outdoor/Indoor All-In-One HD Camera

Video > Flat-Panel Displays

 

Séura
Séura SMART Mirror

Video > Lifts & Mounts

 

Nexus 21
Eclipse E-500 Residential Projector Drop-Down

Video > Video Components & Processors

IOGEAR Ultra Long-Range Wireless 4K Video Extender

 

IOGEAR
Ultra Long-Range Wireless 4K Video Extender, 60Hz

ABOUT ELECTRONIC HOUSE: It is the mission of ElectronicHouse.com to provide expert information and insight on products and technologies that inspire, excite and help our readers achieve the electronic house lifestyle. Born of Electronic House magazine, which has been providing readers with inspiration on the connected home for more than 20 years, ElectronicHouse.com has become the leading information site for people passionate about the connected home—from beginners to experts. www.electronichouse.com

 

ABOUT CE PRO: Launched in 1994, CE Pro was the first publication to address the home systems integrator channel and is widely recognized as the best publication in the category. Written specifically for installing professionals who recommend, select, or purchase technology-related products for homeowners, as well as homebuilders and SMB (small/medium business) owners, CE Pro’ s daily online news, thought-leading columns, strategic how-to features, and educational forums provide the necessary information to help them run and grow their businesses. www.cepro.com

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There are football fans who love watching the sport then there are super fans who relish the opportunity to critique every aspect of the game: compare stats, study and analyze players, review key plays, basically live and breathe the game. The owner of this media room marvel fits into the latter category, especially when it comes to the University of Texas Longhorns. As his home was being built, he sequestered a 1,500-square-foot space where he could dive deep into football territory, but all from the comfort of his couch.

Related: Check out these five fabulous football themed theaters. 

Local systems integrator Service Tech Audio Visual was hired to handle the conversion of the unfinished space into a multiscreen viewing environment, complete with a billiards table and bar. Sony XBR 4K TVs deliver high refresh rates for superior processing of fast-action sports, and five was the magic number of displays for the impending video wall.

After coming up with a workable game plan, the team at Service Tech centered an 85-incher on the chosen viewing wall and flanked it with two 49-inch displays on each side. The result is an eye-popping video wall capable of displaying five separate programs simultaneously. Each display is connected to its own dedicated DirecTV box, giving the owner the freedom to pick and choose at will.

Savant Automation System Consolidates Control

Rather than require the owner to use a separate remote to control each DirecTV box and its connected TV, Service Tech tied everything to a Savant control system so a single remote or touchpanel can quickly set up the video for game-day action. Using the touchpanel, which is stationed on an in-wall charging station but can be quickly removed and carried to the couch, the owner can select a channel for each TV.

Even easier, he can tap a button labeled “Hook ’em” which tunes each TV automatically to the owner’s five preferred sports channels.

The central display goes right to the Longhorn Network; the others broadcast to other sports stations. The Savant app on the tablet does the trick, or he can press a button on a Lutron Palladiom keypad as he enters the room.

Audio automatically defaults to the 85-inch TV, which plays through a full-length custom Leon Speakers soundbar mounted below the display, as well as to in-ceiling Sonance Performance speakers for a 7.2-channel surround-sound effect. The owner can always use Savant interface on the touchpanel to direct audio from any of the other TVs to the speaker array.

Longhorns in Full Color

A Lutron HomeWorks QS architectural lighting system and colored Philips Hue accent lights play a big role in the Hook ’em scene, too. The same program that sets up the video wall also activates cove lighting, which shines in Longhorns burnt orange. From the touchpanel, Savant remote or a Lutron Palladiom keypad, the owner can also engage a “Movie” scene. This tunes the 85-inch TV to Apple TV, switches off all the room lights, and turns the cove lighting to a deep blue hue: the perfect setting for a movie night.

“Savant is so easy for our team of designers to program, it’s become our preferred home control product,” says Service Tech’s marketing manager Mattie Horn. “This project showcases what’s possible to achieve when you have a tool like Savant to bring all the pieces together.” With multiple TVs, intuitive controls, and colorful lighting, this multipurpose room is able to transition easily from a sports devotee’s dream viewing environment to a movie buff’s cinematic bliss.

Systems & Equipment

  • Sony XBR 4K TVs
  • Savant Pro Host control system
  • Savant A/V distribution
  • Savant digital amplifiers
  • Sonance VP 64 speakers
  • Leon Speakers soundbar
  • Lutron HomeWorks QS
  • Philips Hue strip lighting

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Not everyone has the luxury of installing home theater gear in a room that’s of perfect proportions. Nor are the conditions always right for a beautifully arranged rack of A/V gear.

For a space this unaccommodating, it’s often necessary to start completely from the beginning. That’s what the owners of this award-winning space (our 2018 Gold Winner for Best Before and After Transformation) did when they contact the home systems integrators at BNC Technology, of Johannesburg, South Africa, to transform their outdated home cinema into something modern and spectacular.

See other Home of the Year award winners here, here, and here

A Theater of Improved Dimensions

The team completely reshaped the room as a key part of the facelift. “The heart-shaped room presented a lot of acoustical challenges as well as technical challenges relating to the layout,” says BNC manager Bianca Caripis. “The first step was removing all of the equipment, followed by reconstructing the tiers to ensure better space planning.”

Before the transformation

BNC constructed new walls to create better continuity of design, and to provide a home for a suite of in-wall Meridian speakers. The new walls are wrapped in acoustical fabric to conceal the speakers and complement the room design. Acoustical treatments were also incorporated within the walls to optimize sonic performance.

Sonically & Cosmetically Engaging

An acoustically transparent screen from Stewart Filmscreen conceals the main loudspeakers tucked into the front wall. It is paired with a JVC 4K video projector, which according to Caripis is a “huge improvement over the projector that the family had been using previously.”

Rebuilding the walls also gave BNC the opportunity to include a closet dedicated for the A/V gear, which includes an Integra receiver, Meridian amplifiers, and a Control4 processor.

After the transformation

The owners are able to use a Control4 interface to sync the operation of the AV gear and control the Lutron dimmer switches. Overhead lighting is complemented by lights running vertically along the new walls’ panels. This enhances the redone home theater’s contemporary design, while the updated audio and video components create an entertainment space that’s engaging and easy to manage.

Systems & Equipment 

  • Control4 control
  • Lutron lighting
  • Meridian speakers
  • Stewart Filmscreen projection screen
  • JVC projector

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Smart home products run the gamut, from door locks and light switches to thermostats and garage door openers. Finding them from one source makes the shopping experience convenient and if they are all designed to work together, that’s even better.

Monoprice is doing just that with launch of its STITCH line of smart home products. The new products will be available for purchase now, releasing throughout the remainder of the year. Additionally, the brand is releasing the STITCH app (available on iTunes and Google Play), an Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible integrated app that allow consumers to control all their smart home devices in one place.

“While a wider audience has begun to adopt smart home technology over the last few years, many are still hesitant to purchase anything given the price tags remain steep,” says Bernard Luthi, CEO at Monoprice. “Innovative, sleek and affordable, STITCH gives everyone the opportunity to have a smarter and safer home. This new line provides our customers with all their smart home needs, whether it’s elevating security or streamlining product use for efficiency.”

When designing the line, Monoprice kept ease of installation in mind, as more than half (52 percent) of consumers prefer to install their own smart technology products—an increase from 45 percent in 2015. All products in the STITCH line are simple to install, can be used standalone and require no hub. From smart sensors to wall outlets, the items can be voice-activated through Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The STITCH app offers a timer or schedule to turn devices on or off at particular times of the day.

A few products in the STITCH line include:

  • Wireless Smart Door/Window Sensor ($29.99; $56.99 for 2-pack) – Door/window sensor

    The sensor detects when a door or window is open and sends an instant notification directly to a mobile device whenever there is a change. It works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Available now.

  • Wireless Smart Motion Sensor ($29.90) – motion sensor

    The sensor detects whenever there is motion or vibration, sending an instant notification directly to a mobile device. Available now.

  • Wireless Smart Water Sensor ($25.99) – This flood sensor with extended probe detects whenever there is a flood or water leak and sends an instant mobile notification. Monitor this from anywhere in the world with a wireless connection. Available now.
  • Wireless Smart Plug Wall Outlet ($29.99) – This outlet has two controlled receptacles, two controlled USB ports, and a night light that works with Alexa and Google Home. Available for purchase end of September.
  • Wireless Smart In-Wall Outlet ($28.99) – Two controlled outlets and two controlled USB port options will in-wall outlet

    power appliances, or charge mobile devices and tablets. Include it to a network to fit into the Smart Home ecosystem and IFTTT to perform preprogrammed tasks. It also works with Alexa and Google Home. Available for purchase end of September.

  • Wireless Smart Power Strip ($32.99) – The power strip has four individually controlled outlets and two USB ports to power additional devices. Also compatible with Alexa and Google Home. Available for purchase in October.
  • Wireless Smart Siren Alarm ($22.99) – This loud siren panic alarm deters suspicious activities. Once connected to the STITCH app, it allows a timer to sound the siren at any particular times of the day. Available for purchase in December.

The post Monoprice Launches Affordable Smart Home System appeared first on Electronic House.

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Whether it’s a single light bulb or a comprehensive whole-house lighting system, the lights in your home just keep getting smarter and smarter. Consequently, they offer a wide range of features and benefits to your household. From making your home more secure to a better place to entertain friends and family, today’s lighting solutions are amazingly versatile. There’s something for just about everyone. Here are 10 ways smart lighting can make an impact in your home.

  1. Energy Savings. LED bulbs consume less energy than incandescent bulbs, and when you tie them to dimmer switches, the energy savings multiplies. It’s a simple, fairly affordable upgrade that will eat away at your energy costs.
  2. Aesthetic Value. Lights glowing at a full 100 percent intensity level may seem like the ideal level at which to illuminate your home—maybe if you’re trying to find loose change in the cushions of a couch. Lights set a softer intensity make your home’s interior look better.
  3. Convenience. Most smart light bulbs and lighting systems can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times of the day. It happens automatically, so even if you forget to turn off a light as you race out the door, the light remembers.
  4. Your Health. Lighting offers proven health benefits. New bulbs have been engineered to produce light that mimics sunshine, making you feel better and be more productive. Smart lighting can also help put you to sleep, dimming gradually as the night progresses.
  5. Entertainment. Lights that dim in preparation of a movie or that pulse along with beat of a song are a great addition to any party.
  6. Simplicity. If you’ve ever struggled to remember which switch controls which lights—and who hasn’t?—you’ll appreciate the simple, intuitive controls of a lighting system. Buttons of a keypad are labeled, as are commands on mobile apps. No more guessing which switch to toggle.
  7. Remote Access. Imagine you’re on your way home from a late-night business meeting. From a smartphone you can turn on certain lights as you pull into the driveway. It’s the ultimate peace of mind.
  8. Safety. Smart lighting can be set to turn on and off randomly, making your house look occupied—and less attractive—to burglars.
  9. Scare Tactics. Raccoons, trespassers, and other unwelcome visitors scurry away when the lights snap on suddenly when a detector notices their presence.
  10. Personality. Just as a new coat of paint can liven up a space, smart lighting can turn drab rooms into dramatic showpieces.

The post 10 Clever Household Uses for Smart Lighting appeared first on Electronic House.

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