Media Room Transformation: From Kids’ Playroom to Movie Buff and Audiophile Heaven
Electronics Design Group uses gear from Control4, Sony and Clearaudio to create an entertainment space worthy of the Gold 2017 Home of the Year award for multipurpose media room.
Lisa Montgomery · August 22, 2017
Having a special place in the house for the kids to play is a dream of any parent. But when the kids grow up and move out, what once was a room of constant activity goes silent and unused. Rather than let that happen, the owners of this 2017 Home of the Year award-winning entertainment space contacted the home systems integrators at Electronics Design Group (EDG) to transform the roughly 21-by-15-foot outdated playroom into a modern media getaway where they could partake in two of their passions: watching movies and listening to music.
Typically, homeowners will either create a room dedicated to one or the other activity — rarely both. But in this case, the owner wanted the area to do double duty, performing as a top-notch two-channel listening room for his extensive collection of vinyl and as a high-caliber home theater.
“Function would prevail over form in this room,” says EDG marketing coordinator Christina Larkin. “We selected and configured the loudspeakers in a way that could be used for both Dolby Atmos when the homeowners watch movies and also for two-channel listening when they want to spin vinyl.”
The furniture layout was purposely configured to make both activities as comfortable as possible. A pair of leather chairs swivel toward the Clearaudio Concept turntable and neatly displayed record collection, then back toward the 70-inch Sony 4K TV for movies. An L-shape couch provides seating for both areas, as well.
EDG customized the labeling of buttons on a Control4 remote to simplify the setup of the A/V equipment and the room environment. A button labeled Movie, for example, activates the surround-sound receiver and TV and dims the room lights. The Music icon, on the other hand, cues the tube amplifier and turntable and keeps the lights at a brighter setting.
No matter what the homeowners choose to do or where they sit, EDG made sure that the audio would sound faithful to what the filmmaker or musician intended by adding various acoustical treatments to the room.
One of the most interesting and innovative applications of acoustical products are Nelson Bubble Lamps. Hung from the ceiling, these lamps provide light and their soft material helps reduce audio reverberation and improve intelligibility of movie dialogue and music lyrics. They also complement the room’s mid-century modern vibe.
The less noticeable parts of the acoustical design include isolation platforms for each subwoofer, freestanding speaker, turntable, tube amp, and CD player; bass traps in the corners, and wooden wall-mounted diffusers to help spread the audio evenly across the room.
EDG tucked away all equipment except for the show-worthy turntable, tube amp and LPs.
“These components are just as much a part of the room design as the light fixtures and furniture,” Larkin says. “The homeowner wanted to be able to see and touch this technology so we made sure to create an attractive way to showcase it.”
As for the gear that feeds content to the Sony TV, EDG tucked the DirecTV box, Blu-ray player, and Apple TV into an equipment rack in a nearby laundry room.
The end result is a room that exudes high-tech cool and satisfies the owners’ goal of keeping this former kids’ haven a great place to hang out — now delivering double the entertainment for the parents.
- Control4 automation
- Definitive Technology speakers
- Clearaudio Concept turntable
- Sony 4K TV
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Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home. Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Lisa at email@example.com
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