Whole House Audio Video Installation in North London
Fully Integrated Crestron Whole House Audio Video
This family home of a well known person within the music industry benefits from one of the fullest Creston Whole House Audio Video installations we have undertaken. The whole project was designed by us and managed over the course of 18 months, with us taking on the role of AV Consultants in addition to integrator. Media input plates in key areas allow the client to add in sources such as laptops and iPods wherever they are in the home – perfect when you have brought some work home from the studio and want to share. The in-wall iPad docks keep them charged but also allow music to be streamed whilst docked or via Apple Airplay when not. The clients high-end music room benefits from feeds from the system too – allowing a huge number of options for enjoying music throughout the home. High definition video distribution, via a Crestron Digital Media system allows sources such as Sky HD and Apple TV to be enjoyed anywhere in the home. The living room benefits from a Future Automation TV Lift and Moving Panel mechanism, hiding the TV away when it is not in use and revealing it when required.
The high-end Crestron Audio Video distribution system allows the client to enjoy a huge amount of sources, wherever they are in the home. Centralised Sky HD receivers, Apple TVs and Digital Music servers featuring Airplay are backed up by in room wall plates – allowing music sources to be added in dynamically and distributed anywhere. The ultra high-end music room benefits from the usual whole house resources and can also be distributed to other rooms – vinyl playing on the record deck can be enjoyed in the living room and kitchen to create a party at the touch of a button. Digital sources such as Spotify and internet radio can be streamed from the central Digital Media server or from an iPad – allowing guests to share playlists or tracks extremely easily. A commercial grade wireless and wired network solution ensures that devices are always available and there are no annoying drop-outs when using Airplay, even when roaming around the home and moving from one room to another.
The attic room at the top of the house benefits from a full cinema installation – a projector and screen drop down when required whilst the electric blinds close automatically. Hidden Artcoustic speakers ensure sound quality is excellent whilst a 3D JVC projector provides a stunning picture. In common with the rest of the house lighting control and electronic blinds are fully integrated so the client can change the light levels in the room as required from an iPad.
The level of integration demanded by this client would simply not be possible without a high-end control system – sharing music from multiple sources to multiple rooms at once requires a truly flexible automation system. Centralising sources in to three racks in one of the guest bedrooms removes ugly boxes from the living spaces in addition to providing convenience. The whole system is easy to use with the custom iPad interfaces designed especially for the client.