Zack Paradise, founder of Paradise InfoTech had previously designed and installed systems in the homeowner’s two vacation homes, so when the client said he wanted ‘big audio’, Zack chose Sunfire subs to get the job done.
Zack explains: “The homeowner wanted outstanding audio in each of the rooms, including the bedrooms. Being confined to watching movies and listening to music in the theatre and family room wasn’t an option.
“So, we set up a speaker demo for him to hear various audio options, and he really gravitated towards the SpeakerCraft AIM 272 model. And, when he stated that he wanted to fill out the low end without seeing any floor standing woofers, we knew that Sunfire HRS-IW8 in-wall subwoofers would be perfect for the job.
“What started as a few subwoofers in the home’s main areas and bedrooms turned into Sunfire subs to supplement almost every area of the SpeakerCraft sound system. In total, 56 SpeakerCraft AIM 272 speakers were installed with 12 Sunfire HRS-IW8 subwoofers to create 20 zones of audio. In the games room area, there are five AIM 272s in the family room, an additional two over the bar area and two more over the pool table. On the back patio, there are eight AIM 272s in the ceiling, two on the master patio and two on the living room patio. All of these zones are enhanced by the Sunfire.”
Zack explains: “The owner really wanted to have full sound everywhere throughout the house, instead of just in the living room and family room, since that would have to be played loud to be heard throughout the home.
“He also wanted to have the exact same sound everywhere, that’s why we went with the AIM 272s and HRS-IW8zz across the board, instead of mixing and matching. It’s a really big house and he wanted it to sound good everywhere.”
To operate the robust sound system, the install team connected everything through two ELAN gSC10 system controllers and an ELAN gMV1616 Ultramatrix switcher.
Zack says: “This was the first time we had installed the Ultramatrix and it really gave us a lot more options.”
The system offers 15 zones of video, including an Atmos theatre where four additional SpeakerCraft AIM 272s were installed for the height channel being driven by a Marantz AV7702 Preamp/Processor.
For the video components, Zack installed a 120in Dragonfly acoustically transparent screen and an Epson LS10000 Laser projector.
“With the ELAN Ultramatrix switcher, the homeowner and his kids have their TV apps, like Netflix, directly on the screen,” Zack adds. “We then piped it back through the distributed audio system, so it plays through the awesome speakers in the ceiling and in the walls throughout the home; you don’t have to be in the theatre to watch a great sounding movie.”
Outside of entertainment, the project offers 100 Pulseworx lighting loads and multiple cameras inside the residence and throughout the property.
For convenience, when someone arrives at the home’s front gate, the bell rings throughout the home’s audio system, alerting the homeowner of the visitor.
The owner can see and speak to the guest through ELAN Intercom, then unlock the gate if he would like to grant access to the property.
Additionally, since the homeowner has ELAN installed in his other two holiday properties, he can view, monitor and control each home through one app on his iPhone, iPad or in-wall touch-panels.