In this feature we highlight two systems by our Charlotte team.  In each case you would never know a surround system or full-fledged home theater is hiding, waiting to make your favorite game or movie a ton of fun!

The first installation features a downtown Charlotte condominium.   The client performed renovations to the home and chose Jake Tepper of Audio Advice to consult about audio and video choices.  Jake used Sonos, our favorite whole house music system, for the audio side.  To get music throughout the space, the expert techs on our Charlotte team ran speaker wires all over without a single sheetrock cut.  That feat is particularly impressive in a condominium.

The space has a secondary TV viewing area in the keeping room (the condo’s main theater is discussed in another blog entry), with a discrete 55” 4K TV hidden behind beautiful cabinetry.  A wireless Sonos PLAYBAR was used for this system, coupled to the wireless Sonos SUB.  The cable box and Apple TV were remotely placed in another room with our techs once again getting wire to the TV spot.  Full system control is through a Universal Remote Control, custom programmed for easy use.  As you can see from the hidden system and open cabinet pics, this one turned out great.

Sony 4K TV with a great Sonos PLAYBAR- notice you don’t see any wires either!

Sony 4K TV with a great Sonos PLAYBAR- notice you don’t see any wires either!

Bass is provided by a wireless Sonos SUB tucked into a corner

Bass is provided by a wireless Sonos SUB tucked into a corner

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Have you ever been inside a completely hidden home theater?  We often use the technique Todd Smith employed here to hide a bank of windows for a screen wall. It’s rare, though, when you cannot even tell there is a home theater present from inside the house!

This home in Charlotte had a spare room that was perfect for a home theater. Unfortunately,  it had a window wall at the necessary screen location.  Todd’s solution: turn a lemon into lemonade. Make it appear from the outside of the home that there are blinds in the closed position. From the inside, you have a great front projection home theater system! In this home, a shadow box was built around the window frame and the screen wall was placed on top of it.   This is a solution which works out well that we have used many times. Plus, if you sell the house and the new buyers do not care for a theater, you can easily restore the window wall. (Yes, they would have to be totally nutty, but you never know.)

An overhead view of the design concept

An overhead view of the design concept

The screen wall concept

The screen wall concept

The challenging window wall

The challenging window wall

What would become the cool theater entry door

What would become the cool theater entry door

The entrance to the stealth theater

The entrance to the stealth theater

This theater installation  used a Stewart screen, SIM2 Crystal projector, the Bowers and Wilkins Custom Theater series of speakers, an Integra receiver, with a Universal Remote Control for complete, easycontrol.  You don’t see any of the components in this two row theater.

Theater door open

Theater door open

Door closed

Door closed

The really trick part is the door to the theater.  Since the theater is in an upstairs bonus room, to get to it you have to walk down a long hall.  The client wanted the hall to look like it ends with a nice set of built in shelves, providing a neat surprise when you walk into the theater. Todd worked with the contractor to come up with a door that looks like a bookcase.  It’s an ingenious solution!

Where there once were windows, we now have a great screen wall

Where there once were windows, we now have a great screen wall

As you can tell, the experts at Audio Advice can make your home theater dreams come true, even if it seems like the space may not work. Let us get our imaginations running and you’ll really be surprised at what we can do!