The ultimate in audio & video distribution technology from Crestron via a fibre optical network
Quality content was also high on the list of priorities so a Sooloos Music server & Kaleidescape Blu-Ray movie server with 3 zone players was used. This was all distributed with the Crestron digital media system to 9 zones of vision & 22 zones of audio.
In the main living area we installed a 103’ Panasonic Plasma built into a joinery unit along with speakers from Krell & Velodyne, providing an entertainers delight. This room has electronic doors which from one touch on the Crestron screen opens up to a large terrace area.
The backyard & pool areas also incorporate a James Audio sound system which includes 2 X underground subs & 16 X Satellite speakers all controlled from a waterproof Crestron remote.
In terms of security we have incorporated 15 x fixed cameras & 1 x Panasonic PTZ camera with a 300x zoom to the Crestron digital media system so any camera can be viewed at any location via the Crestron touch screens & plasma/LCD displays. Via the touch screens the user can monitor internal PIR status which changes state when movement is detected. The status of windows, doors and gates is also displayed here.
A PC Aqualine pool control system was used. This system integrated into the Crestron automation system to provide full control of all pool functions. Water temp, air temp and filter on/off, Heater on/off, spa on/off and water feature on/off were also controlled via the Crestron touch screens.
All Windows and doors include reed switches which are monitored on the Crestron touch screens, with electronic locks being utilised on all external doors (12 in total)
One of the largest challenges was the fact that we did not have a dedicated COMs room to locate all of the required equipment.
We located the CBUS, Security, and Phone & access control equipment in the garage. All of the audio visual, CCTV & automation equipment was to be located inside the entertainment room cabinet. The issue of heat was dealt with by incorporating a standalone Daikin air-con system exclusively for the joinery unit. The other issue of equipment noise was dealt with by completely sealing the cabinet doors to make is air-tight.
The installation of the cables, equipment and racks was quite straight forward however, when it came to the 103’ Plasma we had to think very carefully about every move. Getting the plasma inside the room was a task in itself but them actually getting it on the bracket was a challenge.
We designed & had made a custom steel frame that could pull out from the cabinet a further 700mm which would allow us the mount the plasma on and then simply push it back into the cabinet. To do this we used a 1.5 ton engine hoist on wheels to get the 300kg TV out of its box & onto the bracket!
This installation featured the best-of-the-best. HD Audio & Video distribution over Fibre optic network, the largest plasma, the largest sound system we could fit, the biggest racks, the best landscape sound system, the top of the range Crestron V series touch panels, the best PTZ security camera, the best HD Blu-Ray movie server, the best sound-server, total control of all energy management with CBUS & a control system from Crestron.
This project won both the ‘Best Media Room’ and Best Integrated Home over $500K’ at the 2011 CEDIA awards.