Integrator Challenged to Mount Two TVs on One Fireplace
Dual 55-inch LG OLED TVs flank the central fireplace of master bedroom, tied to Sonance speakers and Sonos multiroom audio, and controlled by RTI.
Lisa Montgomery · July 18, 2018
It's not often an integrator is challenged to mount two displays on a single fireplace, but that is exactly the sleek design Atlantic Control Technologies (ACT) achieved in this recent project.
After ACT, based in Annapolis, Md., mounted one 55-inch OLED TV from LG on one side of a massive triple-paned gas fireplace in a master suite, the homeowners were smitten. Stretching from floor to ceiling, the hearth offered a great place to mount a TV. It blends in visually with the space, eats up no unnecessary real estate and provides a comfortable view from the bed.
The concept was so cosmetically in tune with the owners’ wishes for a sleek, modern install that they and (ACT) decided to mount another, identical TV to the other side of the structure. This TV serves an adjacent sitting area in the spacious master suite.
Atlantic Control Technologies chose 55-inch OLED TVs from LG, noting their super-thin bezels as a huge selling point for the homeowners. “The thin bezels definitely fit the wall better, and when you pull them from the wall they look like they’re floating,” says ACT operations manager Jan Erik Eden.
Each TV is attached to a mount from Future Automation, which allows the display to hug the wall then extend and swivel. This is performed manually, and once the TV is in place, controlling it is a breeze with a custom-programmed RTI remote.
Systems & Equipment
- RTI control
- LG OLED TVs
- Sonance speakers
- Lutron lighting
- Sonos audio
Each TV is connected to its own suite of A/V sources; the owners use the remote to select the TV they want to watch, then choose the content, be it from cable or Apple TV.
ACT mounted these components to the back side of each TV, using a specially designed back box from Future Automation.
Audio spills into each area from built-in Sonance speakers. The TVs can display different images simultaneously, with independent audio playing through the room’s in-ceiling Sonance speakers.
These speakers also connect to a Sonos multiroom audio system, which allows the owners to listen to various music files and services while the TVs are on.
Once the mode of entertainment has been established, the owners can use the remote or a Lutron app on their tablet or smartphone to control the lights in the master suite and within the landscape.
“There’s a deck off the master suite, so the owners can turn on the lights there if they want to relax outdoors; they can also control the lights at their pier, swimming pool, and cupola,” Eden says.
The app is a convenient mode of management when the owners are relaxing in bed or on a deck chair.
For quick, on-the-spot control as they enter the suite, there’s a Lutron keypad. Buttons labeled “Bright,” “Medium,” “Dim,” and “Goodnight” set every fixture to a prescribed intensity level.
A wall-mounted iPad in the master bathroom provides that same level of audio, video and lighting control. No matter if the owners are entering or leaving the suite, getting ready for work, relaxing, or sleeping, they can easily manage the space thanks to an assortment of different user interfaces.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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