This is one of my favorite San Rafael home theater / media room projects. We basically did networking and a/v design and installation through out the entire home. For the purposes of this blog, I want to concentrate on three primary areas; the kids play area, the master bedroom and the downstairs living room. There was a fourth area dubbed ‘the scotch room’, that I talked about in a previous post. Please click here to read it.
The first area is where the kids play and do their homework. This area is next to the kitchen, which makes it a convenient place to have a media set up. The customer wanted something practical, but of exceptional quality. So therefore, we designed and installed the following electronic home theater equipment in this space.
TV=Samsung UN55D8000 Ultra Thin 3D LED 1080p HDTV
Here’s a closer look.
All of the audio components were hidden in a well ventilated media rack [shown below]. Ventilation is crucial in order to disperse the heat generated by these high end components that tend to get very hot. Overheating can damage components and render them useless, resulting in more money spent by the customer on replacement and/or repairs.
Audio=Integra DTR 30.3 Surround Sound Receiver. Other misc. equipment includes a Sony Blu Ray player as well as some customer furnished equipment.
The next room I want to show you is the master bedroom. For this area we also used the Samsung Ultra-Thin 55″ 3D TV and the Integra DTR 30.3 Receiver. We also installed in-ceiling Speakercraft speakers and an 8″ Cinema Subwoofer.
Here’s a picture of the Speakercraft in-ceiling speakers
The final area is the Recreation Room. In the rec room we again installed the Samsung D8000 series HDTV. However for this bigger space, the client went with a larger size, a 65″. This ultra-thin 3D LED television carries the same D8000 designation and in case you are interested, the model # is UN65D8000
Here are some photos of the final installation.
In this ‘straight-on’ view you can see the Samsung 65″ tv, as well as the in-wall Speakercraft speakers and subwoofer. As a side-note, we also installed Lutron lighting controls for the overhead lights you see in the pic below.
Of interest, is the client’s full bar just to the right of the home theater in their Rec Room.
Sonos Zone Players were installed through out the house to provide whole-house music.
MX-980i Universal Remote Control [URC] with recharging base were used on all of the home theater systems.
Additional technology and equipment used: Liberty Cable, Panamax Power, Sanus Wall Mounts, Niles A/B Switch, Salamander Designs, Middle Atlantic, Active Thermal Management, Parasound Zamp, Sony Blu Ray player,
The Entertainment and Technology installed will provide countless hours of enjoyment for the family.
Click here to see another recent San Rafael Home Theater project.
Until next time,
SoundVision designs and installs systems for Residential, Commercial, Home, Business, Corporate, Restaurants and Hotels.
Areas served are: 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.
photo credit: Robert Valdes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a cool little animation that shows the hidden equipment.
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,
27 Commercial Blvd., Suite M
Novato, CA 94949
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.Read More
SoundVision recently completed this amazing Media Room Living space for one of our most valuable clients.
SoundVision is your local expert for media room design and planning for home theaters, listening rooms. In addition, we offer expert advice on soundproofing, wiring, electronics, and media storage.
SoundVision offers Media Room Living Space design and install 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.
Residential, Commercial, Home and Business.Read More
Scott Sullivan, President and C.E.O. of SoundVision discusses motorized shades.
SoundVision designs and installs motorized shades in the following area. 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.Read More
Convenience, lower energy costs, remote video monitoring and surveillance are just some of the benefits that homeowners associate with Home Automation. These features alone should be enough to convince you to automate your home with the latest and greatest technology.
However, if you’re still on the fence about starting a Home Automation project, take a look at these 3 often overlooked benefits.
1. Furniture & Floor Fade.
Automated shades can cut down on the harmful UV rays that the sun emits into your home on a daily basis. Moreover, you can program your Automated shades to close and open according to the placement of the sun, thus protecting your fine furniture and hardwood flooring from all of the negative aspects that sunlight brings to the decor.
2. Integrated Control of All Home Systems.
Home Automation brings together all of the home control systems that were traditionally separate [climate control, lighting, security, etc]. By integrating all of these home systems into one automated environment, you are essentially creating a single network for home control. This marriage of separate systems now offers a new lifestyle of convenience and efficiency that would not be possible otherwise.
3. Remote Control Saves you time = $$$$
Remote control [from your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device] is one of the biggest, and most often overlooked benefits of Home Automation technology. Having the ability to arm, disarm or monitor your home security system remotely, while you are away from your home, is priceless. Imagine the time you would save by not having to return home because you forgot to set the alarm, or being able to disarm your system remotely so your neighbor can get in to feed your cat when you are on vacation? How about the ability to monitor and set the thermostat in your home remotely? This would come in handy if you needed to adjust the temperature in your home when you are away.
As you can see, the benefits to Home Automation are far reaching and go beyond the most obvious benefits. I would love to have past home automation customers share their thoughts and perhaps they have stumbled across an overlooked benefits that others might enjoy hearing about.
For more information about this topic, please contact us using the information below.
27 Commercial Blvd. Suite M
Novato, CA 94949
When you choose SoundVision to guide you through your next home media makeover, you can rest easy knowing that you’re working with the best team in the business. Our technicians are among the best-trained in the industry, and constantly attend training courses to make sure SoundVision is on the cutting edge in the rapidly-changing home entertainment landscape. SoundVision offers only the highest quality components for every budget.
We are Your Best Choice
We guide you through the possibilities and help you make the best choices for your family and your lifestyle. Together we will create a home theater system or media center certain to enhance your home with superior picture and sound quality, while making sure the space designated for your surround system or video installation is an attractive and comfortable addition to your home.
Consultation and Design
Professional designers work with every SoundVision client, helping you determine your needs and showing you what options are available. SoundVision’s goal is to provide you with the best performing home technology solutions, whatever your budget may be. A wide variety of audio and video furniture and decoration choices are available to blend seamlessly into the décor of the most discriminating homeowner. In addition, SoundVision frequently partners with custom carpenters to design stylish media cabinets that not only make a great home for your system, but also a fantastic place to showcase family memorabilia and photographs.
The SoundVision engineering team constantly evaluates new home technology products to find the most reliable, highest performance products in each category. As a result, SoundVision offers you some of the best performing products available for a variety of budgets. In addition, our engineering team evaluates how well these components work together, ensuring not only the performance of each component, but the performance of your entire system. The result is a cleanly designed and more reliable system for the best price.
Once your system has been installed, our programming staff comes to tie everything together with a universal remote control and interface with your home automation system. Our systems are only as good as the programming, which is why SoundVision is home to the North Bay’s only Crestron-certified programmers. Our programmers work closely with you, determining your exact expectations and tailor your system to make your life easier.
In addition to your system designer, every SoundVision project is assigned a Project Manager who ensures your project runs smoothly from start to finish. The Project Manager coordinates all participants and activities involved on a project, whether it is a simple flat panel display installation or a complex job requiring interaction and coordination with several different contractors.
Service and Support
When your installation is complete, SoundVision’s experts will show you how to get the most out of your new system. Rest assured that if any issue arises along the way, our technicians and in-house service department are just a phone call away. When you combine our legendary service with SoundVision’s low price guarantee, SoundVision offers value that you won’t receive anywhere else in the home entertainment industry. With SoundVision, our brand of legendary service doesn’t end when we connect the last cable to complete your system’s installation. We back our workmanship with a lifetime guarantee, and since SoundVision is an authorized dealer for every product we sell, we stand behind the manufacturer’s warranty as well. For more information on SoundVision’s industry-best service and support, go to the Service and Support page.Read More
SoundVision is your best source for Home Automation and control in Marin. We offer only the very best Home Automation and Control products and brands including Creston, Lutron, Control4, Universal, Xanatech and Speakercraft. Please check out our HOME AUTOMATION BRANDS page for complete information about these wonderful brands and products.
The SoundVision Audio/Video team will design, install and program your entire home automation system at any residential home or business in Marin County and the following Marin cities: Marin County, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax, San Rafael, Novato.Read More
Earlier this month, Andy Ross (an extremely talented SoundVision programmer) and I flew into Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Control 4 Training.Control 4 offers affordable automation and control solutions for lighting, music, video, HVAC, security and energy management systems.
SoundVision is now an authorized Control4 dealer and we are excited to add them to our list of remarkable home automation choices.If you think you want to give home automation a try contact us to set up a consultation with one of our experts to find the best solution for you!
27 Commercial Blvd. Suite M
Novato, CA 94949
In the world of televisions, there are a lot of options to choose from, and each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. In just a few short years, the television industry has seen a dramatic shift away from older TV technologies to almost exclusively relying on liquid crystal (LCD) and plasma flat-panel display technologies. If you were to walk into a big-box consumer electronics store these days, you’d be hard pressed to find a bulky direct-view CRT or projection TV anywhere on the sales floor.To help you make sense of it all, here’s where we’ve been and where we currently are when it comes to the technology behind TV display devices.
Historical TVsDirect-view CRT – Who can forget the giant plastic and glass behemoths that used to dominate our living rooms? While they produced a great standard-definition picture, any direct-view CRT of a good size weighed in excess of 250-300 pounds. Fortunately for our backs, direct-view CRTs are not readily available anymore.
CRT Rear Projection – The original big-screen TV, this technology used red, green and blue “guns” that worked together to project light onto a large screen. Brightness was a challenge with these early big-screen TVs, so they were only well-suited to rooms that were kept fairly dark on a regular basis. Like direct view CRTs, these have also fallen into obsolescence.
DLP/LCD Rear Projection – The original “affordable” high-definition TV, these projection TVs used relatively new Digital Light Projection (DLP) or LCD projection technology to project a much brighter image on a screen. Since they eliminated the three cathode-ray tubes, they were extremely lightweight and were also not as deep. DLP and LCD projection TVs were largely driven into obsolescence due to the dramatic drop in price of flat-panel LCD TVs over the past two to three years.
Current Flat-panel Display TechnologiesPlasma TV – Considered the “gold standard” of high-definition TV viewing, plasma TVs were the original flat-panel display on the market and remain the best to this day. Early plasma TVs were plagued by an extremely high price tag, relatively short lifespan and image retention (or “burn-in”) issues. Thankfully, advances in technology have allowed these issues to fall by the wayside. With a plasma TV, each pixel is its own “bulb” so you are looking directly at the light source. These TVs are also the brightest available and higher-end models from Panasonic and Pioneer have great black levels, or contrast. However, these TVs have gained a reputation for consuming a lot of energy and glare off the plasma’s glass display. Bottom line: if picture quality is paramount, plasma is your answer.
LCD TV – LCD TVs consist of a light source and a lens. Original LCD TVs used CCFL fluorescent bulbs as the light source. New versions are using LED backlight technologies in “edge-lit” or “full array” configurations. LCD TVs have taken over as the inexpensive alternative for flatscreen technologies. Although they do not have the brightness, contrast and off-axis viewing advantages of plasma, they are less expensive and do a nice job in a high glare environment. They are the most energy efficient TV made, so if price and/or energy usage are most important, LCD TVs are the solution.As the North Bay’s TV experts, SoundVision can help you choose a TV solution that’s right for you. Give us a call or send us an email today!Read More