Multi-Room Audio and Video Distribution System with Home Cinema – Leamington Spa
The client contacted us with a brief to integrate an audio and video distribution system into a new property he was going to use as a base of operations when working in the area. The apartment was within a new development being created in the heart of Leamington Spa, and due to the exclusivity of the complex wanted a high quality system installed that any member of his family could easily use when visiting.
Following an initial meeting it was decided that a Control4 system would offer the greatest flexibility to cover all the areas he wished to include, but also give the opportunity to bring further rooms and disciplines on line at a later date. With space limited within the largely open plan property, we were able to secure a unit at the end of the Kitchen area to house a dedicated Middle Atlantic rack to hold all the control, distribution and source equipment.
A dedicated home cinema was requested for the main living area, and as this would be the most prominent area within the home, it was important that the speakers, especially at the back of the room, should be as inconspicuous as possible. To tackle this difficult area the client decided to install Monitor Audio SoundFrame speakers, with custom grills to blend in with the room and effectively hide the speakers as pictures on the wall. This was further improved by the inclusion of a third traditional picture mounted centrally in line with the rear speakers to complete the effect.
A high definition video distribution system was installed to allow watching of Sky, Blu-Ray and Apple TV in the Living Area and Master Bedroom. Music stored on a network attached hard drive and internet radio from a Sonos ZonePlayer was made available in these two rooms, as well as the Master Bedroom’s Ensuite and Conservatory. In addition to these audio sources, an on-wall iPod docking station was also installed at the entrance to the property, with access from all connected rooms should the client or his guests bring a compatible Apple device along to play.
The system can be operated from any room with the Control4 handsets provided, or from numerous Apple iPad’s and iPod’s the client owns, and cabling was even installed to a second bedroom for further expansion of the video and audio distribution at later date if required.