Another San Rafael Home Theater System

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


San Rafael Home Theater

San Rafael Home Theater

Here’s a closer look.
San Rafael Home Theater

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.

Ventilated and Hidden Media Rack

Ventilated and Hidden Media Rack

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.

San Rafael Home Theater

San Rafael Home Theater – Samsung Ultra-Thin 55″ 3D TV

Here’s a picture of the Speakercraft in-ceiling speakers

Speakercraft in-ceiling speakers

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.

San Rafael Home Theater

Alternate View

SoundVision Home Theater

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.

San Rafeal Home Theater

Of interest, is the client’s full bar just to the right of the home theater in their Rec Room.

SoundVision Home Theater

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.

Don’t forget to read about the fourth room,  for that area we installed a Seura Decora Wood Frame Mirror TV. Click here to read.

Until next time,

Scott Sullivan


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


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