Home Theater San Rafael

Mark and I are golf buddies. We met in the late 90’s, and we could often be seen on the back 9, golfing and chatting away.

In 2003, Mark was gearing up for some home improvement and asked for my input regarding whole house music and HDTV’s. Unfortunately, that project never came to fruition as Mark ended up concentrating on his landscaping, rather than audio/video.

Fast forward to 2010. For the next phase of home improvement [which included a remodel and new room addition], Mark was adamant about fulfilling his A/V dreams and incorporating the latest and greatest entertainment and technology into his home.

I worked closely with Mark from the beginning of the project design process, offering my ideas on design, equipment and placement. Early involvement in a project is ideal so we can clarify focal points, traffic patterns, design elements and space requirements.

We ended up doing whole-house music, a media system in the living room, as well as A/V and lighting in Mark’s new studio, (a.k.a., Man Cave).

My favorite room was no doubt the Studio/Man Cave. For privacy reasons, Mark didn’t want us to show the entire room. But what I can show you is the final installation of the equipment.

Home Theater San Rafael

For the display, Mark decided on a Sharp 70″ Aquos LCD TV. This high performance tv features full 1080p resolution. For the speakers, we installed 4 B&W CCM662 [Bowers and Wilkens] 6.5″ 2 way speakers [in the ceiling], 2-B&W CM5 bookshelf speakers and a B&W CMC2 center channel. A Velodyne Optimum 12 high powered Subwoofer was chosen to round out the sound and provide the requisite low-end. The surround sound receiver is an Integra DTR-70.3, Multi-Zone receiver with HDMI switching.

All this technology was hidden in a custom built cabinet. The photo below shows the equipment with the doors open.

Audio Video Design and Installation San Rafeal

Some of the other technology we incorporated into the Studio were a Sony Blu Ray DVD player, Universal Remote Control [URC] MX-980i and a Panamax power conditioner. As with all of our in cabinet installs, we use an Active Thermal Managment fan system for heat dissipation.

For the living room, Mark chose a Samsung UN60D8000 Ultra-Thin 60″ LED 1080p HDTV. As the name implies, this TV is really thin and has a crystal clear picture. If you have a room with lots of ambient light, I highly recommend this TV. We once again went with the Integra receiver along with a Sonos Zone player.

San Rafael Home Theater

This is what the room looks like with the drapes open.

Audio Video Design and Installation San Rafeal

As you can see, this TV is VERY THIN!

Another custom built cabinet was used to house and store all of the technology. Keeping the equipment hidden is ideal so that the system does not dominate the room or alter the dynamics of the decor.

Audio Video Design and Installation San Rafeal

whole house music san rafael

Here’s a cool little animation that shows the hidden equipment.

Hidden a/v equipment in a custom built cabinet

With the cabinet open, you can see all of the equipment. Look closely and you will see all of the remotes that Mark no longer needs because we have incorporated the URC MX-980i [Universal Remote Control with charger base] in this system as well.

In other areas of the home, we have Sonos Zone Players incorporated along with in-ceiling and bookshelf speakers.

I want to get a quick shout out to Barklay Builders with whom we worked together on this auspicious audio-video integration project. SoundVision looks forward to working again with Barklay Builders. Also special thanks to Robert Valdes for taking the photos and videos of this audio-video installation.

Until next time,

Scott Sullivan

SoundVision
27 Commercial Blvd., Suite M
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 456-7000
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SoundVision offers the following services to Residential, Commercial, Home, Business, Corporate, Restaurants, Hotels.

Home Theater, Media Systems, Multi-Room Audio, Home Automation, Lighting Control, Motorized Shades, Climate Control, Surveillance Cameras, Home Networking, Central Vacuum, Systems Integration, Automation, Audio, Video, Lighting, Integration, Speakers, Security, Surveillance, Media Servers, Cloud Streaming.

SoundVision offers the above mentioned services in the following areas:

San Francisco, Marin, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax, San Rafael, Novato, Napa, Calistoga, Oakville, Rutherford, Yountville, Saint Helena, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Cotati, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Berkeley, Piedmont.

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