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Integrating an Existing 2-channel Stereo into an Intuitive Control System

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The following information is courtesy of the 2008 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.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level III: $230,000 – $290,000

Date design began: 03-05-05
Date installation was completed: 06-28-07

FEATURE ESSAY

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1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The goal of this complex project was to integrate a high-rise apartment while incorporating the client’s existing reference two-channel stereo system. We wanted to create an intuitive control system that would be inconspicuously and strategically positioned throughout the contemporary “mansion in the sky” to manage the multi-room music, video, lighting, shades, HVAC, and security systems.

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2. Did you encounter any challenges or limitations that required special consideration in the design of the system or placement of equipment? Please describe the control system.

This project was challenging on a number of levels. Perhaps the most problematic aspect was integrating the client’s rather esoteric, two-channel stereo into the control scheme of the Crestron. He wanted control of the stereo, as well as to feed the sources into the two-channel system and into the Crestron system. Integrating the client’s existing HVAC was also quite tricky. Crestron had developed multi-speed fan thermostats to work with the buildings climate control system. We had to properly integrate and thoroughly test the Crestron thermostats with the building’s climate system. The client uses Crestron e-control to operate the system from his office, where he spends a great deal of time. He also uses a number of presets to regulate key lighting areas, shades, temperatures, and audio based on occupancy and the season. For example, the “summer home” setting turns on key lighting areas, opens shades in all of the rooms, sets all rooms to cool to a pre-defined temperature and turns on audio. “Summer away” does the reverse.

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3. Discuss the overall plan you created to accomplish the clients’ requirements.

We had a distinct game plan: We wanted to place as much of the system as possible in one location to minimize clutter throughout the apartment. We also needed to control the various systems remotely through wireless controllers and touchpanels. Our client was very involved in the process. Before installation, we developed screen shots for all of the touchscreens. This allowed us to review all designs with the client and revise as needed – all of which added up to a completely customized and personalized experience for the client.

4. Describe the five most used functions of the system and how they benefit the client.

a. Lighting Control – Allows the client to tailor the space to his mood and activities, enhancing his beautiful apartment and complimenting the changing views of the city skyline throughout the day.

b. Shade/Curtain Control – Allows complete control of the natural light coming into the apartment through the stunning floor to ceiling windows in every room. The shading system also provides privacy for the residents, helps regulate the temperature inside, and protects the exquisite furnishings and artwork from sun damage, all the while allowing him to have a constant view of the beautiful city skyline.

c. Multi-Room Audio – The client is an avid jazz collector and audiophile, which makes the audio system an essential feature. By allowing control throughout the house and incorporating an immense Audio Request music server, he can access his entire music collection – uncompressed – anywhere in the apartment at the touch of a button. Whether he is relaxing in one of this dedicated listening areas, or in the kitchen, he can enjoy his favorite melodies.

d. HVAC Control – The client engages in quite a bit of traveling, so we set up HVAC points for touch-and-go control. This allows him to quickly set the system as he is leaving the apartment. It also gives him the satisfaction of knowing he will conserve energy while he is away from home.

e. Web Tablet – We also installed a web tablet that the client specifically requested for the living room. We supplied a Crestron TPMC-8X, which allows for control of the house integration, audio and the local video systems. The client is also able to use this unit for internet browsing and email.

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EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Antex
Model#: XM-100
Product Description: XM Satellite Radio

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: APC
Model#: Smart UPS 750RM2U
Product Description: Uninterruptible Power Supply w/Battery Back-up

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AudioControl
Model#: Architect 660
Product Description: 12-Channel Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Audio Request
Model#: S 4.2400
Product Description: 4-Zone Hard Drive Music Server w/2500GB Hard Drive providing instant access to approximately 2400 CDs in WAV File Format

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Bryston
Model#: 4B SST
Product Description: 2-Channel Stereo Power Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: PRO2
Product Description: Control System Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2ENET-2
Product Description: Dual Port Ethernet Card

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Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2COM-3
Product Description: 3-Port Serial Expansion Card

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNX-BIPAD8
Product Description: Audio Matrix Switcher for 16 Music & Video Sources & 8 Listening Zones

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CN-PWS-75
Product Description: Cresnet Power Supply

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNT-BLOCK
Product Description: Cresnet Connector Blocks

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-TFM
Product Description: FM Broadcast Reference Tuner

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-4000L
Product Description: Wall Mounted 10.4

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: BB-4000L
Product Description: Wall Mounting Back Box for Crestron TPS-4000L

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-2000L
Product Description: Wall Mounted 5

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: BB-2000L
Product Description: Wall Mounting Back Box for Crestron TPS-2000L

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-8X
Product Description: 8

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-8X-DS
Product Description: Docking Station w/Built-in Charger for Crestron TPMC-8X

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-TSTAT
Product Description: Heating & Cooling Thermostats

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-RTS
Product Description: Remote Temperature Sensor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: ST-RMK
Product Description: Custom Rack Shelf for Crestron C2N-TFM

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: MT-1000C
Product Description: Color Wireless Touchscreen Control Center

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNR-FGWA-418
Product Description: RF Gateway for MT-1000C

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PDR-2081
Product Description: Dual Swing Arm Bracket for 50

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PNR-2081
Product Description: Dual Swing Arm Bracket for 50

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PAC-500
Product Description: In-Wall no Profile Accessory for PNR Bracket

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Denon
Model#: AVR-3806
Product Description: A/V Surround Sound Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Denon
Model#: DVD-2930CI
Product Description: Digital Video Disc Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Denon
Model#: AVR-2307CI
Product Description: A/V Surround Sound Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
Model#: P63XTA51US
Product Description: 63

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
Model#: P-50XP1-B
Product Description: Plasma Display Wall Mount Bracket for 63

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-PNL-8
Product Description: Remote Power Rough-in Panel for 8 Remote Power Modules

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-LV32-120
Product Description: Rough-in Low-Voltage Enclosure for Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: H8P5-MI-H48-120
Product Description: Processor w/Integral Dimmer Interface

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-CCO-8
Product Description: Centralized Lighting System Contact Closure

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-WLB
Product Description: Wire Landing Boards for Connection of Lighting Keypads

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HW-RPM-4U-120
Product Description: 4 Circuit Dimmer & Switching Modules

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HP-2
Product Description: Stabilized 2000 Watt/VA Remote Dimmer Module

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HP-6
Product Description: Stabilized 6000 Watt/VA Remote Dimmer Module

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: GRX-FDBI-16A-120
Product Description: Fluorescent Dimmer Interfaces

Qty: 19
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWD-10D
Product Description: 1000 Watt Programmable Touch Switch Dimmers

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWD-8ANS
Product Description: 8 Amplifier Neutral Wire Switches

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HD-RS
Product Description: Companion Remote Switches

Qty: 14
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: STWD-6BRL
Product Description: 6-Button Lighting Keypad w/ Raise/Lower Buttons

Qty: 14
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SKD-6BRL
Product Description: 6-Button Engraved Kit

Qty: 23
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-1
Product Description: Single Gang Cover Plate

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-2
Product Description: 2 Gang Cover Plate

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-3
Product Description: 3 Gang Cover Plate

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Roller Shades
Product Description: Motorized Sun Shades w/Premium Grade Fabric

Qty: 15
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Roller Shades
Product Description: Motorized 2-Panel Coupled Sun Shades w/Premium Grade Fabric

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Roller Shades
Product Description: Motorized 2-Panel Coupled Blackout Shades w/Premium Grade Fabric

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Roller Shades
Product Description: Motorized 1-Panel Coupled Sun Shades w/Premium Grade Fabric

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Roller Shades
Product Description: Motorized 1-Panel Coupled Blackout Shades w/Premium Grade Fabric

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Power Panel
Product Description: Remote Power Panels for Sivoia QED Motorized Shades

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-LV17-120
Product Description: Rough-in Low-Voltage Enclosure

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-Q96
Product Description: Shade Controller for Sivoia QED Motorized Shades

Qty: 24
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Custom Mounting Pockets
Product Description:

Qty: 12
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Dual Mount Bracket Kits
Product Description:

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sub-Dual Coupled Bracket Kits
Product Description:

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Dual QED Center Brackets
Product Description:

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Momentary Switches
Product Description: For Manual Override Control

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: Slim-5-43
Product Description: Pre-assembled 43 Space Rack

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: Slim-5-37
Product Description: Pre-assembled 37 Space Rack

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: CBS-5
Product Description: Castor Bases for Slim-5 Series Racks

Qty: 9
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: RSH-4A
Product Description: Custom Fitted Rack Shelf Panels for Housing Non-Rack Mountable Equipment

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: D3
Product Description: 3 Space Storage Drawer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: D4
Product Description: 4 Space Storage Drawer

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: EVT-1
Product Description: 1 Space Vent Panels

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: EVT-2
Product Description: 2 Space Vent Panels

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: BL-3
Product Description: 3 Space Blank Cover Panel

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: BL-4
Product Description: 4 Space Blank Cover Panel

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: PD-1415C-NS
Product Description: 14 Outlet Power Strip w/Cord

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Musical Fidelity
Model#: Tri-Vista 300
Product Description: Integrated Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Musical Fidelity
Model#: Tri-Vista SACD Player
Product Description: Single Play SACD Player

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Musical Fidelity
Model#: Target VW1 Shelves
Product Description: 2 House Musical Fidelity Equipment

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: Signature 805
Product Description: Speaker Systems

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: OnQ
Model#: H40363476-A01
Product Description: 42

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Model#: PDP-5070HD
Product Description: 50

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Rel
Model#: R-305
Product Description: 10

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Silent Gliss
Model#: Recessed Ripplefold Drapery Track
Product Description: Motorized Recessed Drapery Track

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Silent Gliss
Model#: Control Module
Product Description: Required for Interconnection of Drapery Track Motor Mechanisms

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: AS-2
Product Description: Automatic Speaker Switching System providing Automatic Switching between Audio System & Surround Sound System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: iPort – FS-4
Product Description: Custom Free Standing Installation Kit for iPods (allows for line-of-site IR remote control of iPod)

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: TC-WA9ES
Product Description: Dual Well Cassette Deck

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Triad
Model#: In-Room Gold Mini Monitor
Product Description: 2-Way 2-Driver Home Theater Speaker Systems

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Triad
Model#: In-Wall Silver/4 Omni
Product Description: Full Range Flush Mounted Speaker Systems

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
Model#: MX-3000
Product Description: Color Wireless LCD Touchscreen Control Center

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
Model#: MRF-300
Product Description: Multi-Zone RF Receiver for MX-3000 Remote Control

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Wilson Watt Puppy
Model#: Series 8
Product Description: Floor Standing Speaker Systems

TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 12

Electronic Design and Engineering: 30

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 15

Project Management: 40

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 0

Trim-out: 56

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 40

Programming: 160

Final Installation and Calibration: 120

Client Instruction: 8

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0

Project Management by Others: 0

Other time: 0
Describe Task:

Total Hours to Complete: 481

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