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CEDIA Award Winner Combines Hidden AV with State-of-the-Art Control

May 1, 2006 8:00 AM


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The following information is courtesy of the 2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call 800-669-5329.

CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles 2005 Designers’ Choice Awards
Winner Best Integrated Home Level 1 (less than $150,000)

These clients enjoyed the fast-paced yet meticulous reconstruction of their modest cape from its original form to a 5,500-square-foot home complete with a functional elevator and state-of-the-art AV systems throughout.

The complete project timeline including all construction was projected to be only three months to substantial completion. The two home theaters required three custom electronic lifts and one hidden electric screen, all to pop into use at the touch of a remote control.

The control aspect of this installation features a unique mix of Universal Remote RF/IR control, B&K multiroom keypad control and Lutron Homeworks control all working together to provide one completely integrated and powerful control system at a budget that would meet the client’s requirements. Planning, design, and installation of all lifts required careful scheduling and additional construction during the early phases of the brisk three-month reconstruction and installation schedule.

The great room home theater is based on a Yamaha DPX-1100 DLP projector and a hidden 116in. Draper electric screen. The projector is also hidden from sight when not in use and deploys from the ceiling with an electric lift. The custom-designed center channel/subwoofer lift deploys from below the floor of the great room and is installed just in front of the fireplace. This custom designed small “raising monolith” comprises two tandem subwoofers, phased correctly, with a center channel speaker that is mounted above and disconnected sonically from the two lower subwoofers.

The master bedroom home theater employs an electric lift that drops a 55in. plasma monitor down from the semi-vaulted ceiling. This, combined with five in-ceiling aimable speakers, makes for a stealthy master bedroom home theater that is not visible when not in use. The master bedroom RF/IR remote control has been programmed to control the plasma monitor lift, the master bedroom shades, the gas fireplace, the multi-room music system, and all applicable lighting scenes.

A six-zone B&K multi-room AV system with six audio keypads offers a true multi-zone audio solution and the Universal MX-850 remote control also controls five Sharp LCD monitors mounted on articulating arms throughout.

Custom engraved Lutron seetouch keypads are found in every possible area, replacing all local switches. Elaborate use was made of IR sensor Lutron keypads in locations requiring more comprehensive control. With 52 dimmable remote power modules, 31 multi-button keypads, and multiple car visor control, lighting control is everywhere.

All main AV equipment is separated into two separate areas, both of which use custom-sized pull-out-and-pivot rack assemblies for easy service and maintenance.

Equipment List
Great Room

  • 1 HT Yamaha DPX-1100 projector
  • 1 Chief Smart Lift SL236
  • 1 Draper Ultimate 116” 16/9 HDTV Electric Screen
  • 1 Yamaha DVDS1500 DVD Plyer
  • 1 B&K AVR507 7.1 AV Receiver
  • 2 Thiel 1.6 L/R Tower Speakers
  • 1 Thiel SCS3 Center channel Speaker
  • 1 Electro Kinetics Lift - Center Ch, 2 Subwoofers
  • 3 Thiel Higherplane In-ceiling surround speakers
  • 2 Sunfire Super Jr subwoofers
  • 1 Universal MX3000 touchscreen remote
  • 1 Panamax 5300 power mgt
  • 1 Avtrak AT-60 pull-out-and-pivot rack
  • MasterBR

  • 1 Fujitsu P55XHA30WS P55XHA30WS
  • 1 Electro Kinetics 55 Lift * TVL-002 55 Lift *
  • 1 Yamaha DVDS-1500
  • 1 Yamaha RXV-2400
  • 5 SpeakerCraft AimTwo
  • 1 Sunfire Super Junior
  • 1 Universal Remote Theatermaster MX-800
  • 1 Avtrak AT-60
  • 1 Panamax Max5100
  • Music Throughout

  • 1 B&K CT600 multi-room AV receiver
  • 1 Sony CDPCX455 CD changer
  • 12 SpeakerCraft CRS8ONE speaker
  • 6 B&K CK1.2 keypad
  • 3 Sharp LC13S1US LCD TV
  • 2 Sharp LC20E1U LCD TV
  • 5 Sanus VM2 articulating arm
  • 2 Lutron HWI-PNL8 lighting panel
  • 13 Lutron HW-RPM-4U-120 dimmer module
  • 3 Lutron STWD4SIR seetouch IR keypad
  • 28 Lutron STWD-XB-WH seetouch multi-button keypad
  • 2 Lutron HR VCTX-SW
  • 2 Lutron HR-VCRX-SW
  • Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 4
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 8
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 2
    Project Management: 16
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 32
    Trim-out: 32
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 4
    Programming: 24
    Final Installation and Calibration: 8
    Client Instruction: 8
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 4
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 8
    Project Management by Others: 16
    Total Hours to Complete: 166



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