Home Entertainment



Something Old, Lots of New

It looks like an old-world mansion, but with 25,000 square feet of fun.

We usually have a Home of the Year category for Fun Rooms, which we’ll feature in a future issue. This home, though, could have a fun category all to itself.

Home of the Year pool table

There are fun rooms peppered throughout this 25,000-square-foot Atlanta area mansion, from the wood-paneled home theater with its 127-inch screen to a cavernous music room with the owner’s guitar collection. There’s also an indoor putting green, a kids’ game room and a family style “keeping room” off the kitchen with a soaring cathedral ceiling. The 60-inch Pioneer plasma TV over the fireplace in this room actually looks small.

Just call this house a cathedral to fun. There are more than 200 devices being controlled by a Crestron home management system, via 72 wall-mounted keypads and five wireless touchpanel controllers, as well as iPad and iPhone control options. The house boasts 32 separate audio zones and 16 video zones—in addition to 144 lighting zones, 13 heating and ventilation zones, and 65 security zones with 28 surveillance cameras.

Ravishing in Red

May 14, 2010 By Susan Sharpe 31 comments
Ravishing in Red

A developer, who has only one home theater under his belt, designs a client’s dream cinema to rave reviews.

Well Wired - CEDIA Award Winner

February 5, 2010 By Brooke Lange 47 comments
Well Wired - CEDIA Award Winner

2009 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Award Winner

Best Integrated Home: Overall Winner

Electronic Systems Consutlant: T&T Automation Ltd.—British Columbia, Canada

When Tony Harper, the managing director of T & T Automation Ltd., was hired to handle all the a/v and automation for a sprawling 35,000-square-foot residential compound in Vancouver, Canada, it’s fair to say that the word “imposing” crossed his mind. 

California Dreamin'

December 18, 2009 By Brooke Lange 40 comments
California Dreamin

She loves technology, he fears it. While their new home is loaded with the latest-and-greatest gear, it's built to please both personalities.

Designer Sandra Canada explains how she made two clients happy in one house.


Private Getaway Home Theater

December 4, 2009 By Susan Sharpe 42 comments
Private Getaway Home Theater

A bachelor’s private home cinema in South Florida becomes an instant getaway.

We chat with Jeffrey Smith—owner of North Miami’s First Impressions Theme Theatres Inc.—about how he orchestrated every detail.

Installation of the Year Awards 2009 - Best Media Room Installation

November 4, 2009 By Charles Crowley 27 comments
Installation of the Year Awards 2009 - Best Media Room Installation

Best Media Room Installation

Robert’s Home Audio & Video of Los Angeles, Calif.

Supreme Sound

This media room/library features an entire wall built from custom CAT/MBX speakers.

Installation of the Year Awards 2009 - Best Audio Installation

November 3, 2009 By Charles Crowley 47 comments
Installation of the Year Awards 2009 - Best Audio Installation

Best Audio Installation

Carefree Electronics Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz.

Beating the Spread

The solution for an exceptionally large theater: towering speakers and towering amplifiers, all artfully concealed.

Installation of the Year Awards 2009 - Best Video Installation

November 2, 2009 By Charles Crowley 53 comments
Installation of the Year Awards 2009 - Best Video Installation

Best Video Installation

Signals Audio/Video Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif

TVs by the Dozen

This ultra-advanced installation distributes any video source a family member may want—to any of 22 video displays.

Irish Castle - CEDIA Award Winner

January 30, 2009 By Brooke Lange 27 comments
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2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Award Winner

Hidden Installation: Silver Technical Design & Best Overall Winner

Electronic Systems Consultant: Amnet Technology Systems—Stamford, Conn.

Say your wife is pushing you to renovate a little-used room into a beautiful retreat that you can enjoy every day. And you’re a former Fordham University football player. And you love the architectural detailing of New Haven’s famed Temple Bar. The answer is simple: Just build a tavern-like space with lots of TVs, right? Not quite...

Roman Holiday

October 24, 2008 By Brooke Lange 60 comments
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Every time the owners step foot into their golden home theater, they feel as if they’ve traveled back in time to their Italian honeymoon.

Consider this: A regular everyday person—not a big-name, highly-in-demand interior designer—masterminded every single detail of this elegant private screening room outside of Los Angeles.

While the wife doesn’t have any formal interior design training, she bravely orchestrated all of her home’s interiors from top to bottom.

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