Join Date: May 2001
Location: Menlo Park, CA USA
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When I renovated my house, my wife and I talked about wanting to have a TV in the Living Room but not wanting to see it when we're not watching it. So I had the contractor build a box above the fireplace that would fit the TV. I use a Clo Systems X-Arm motorized TV mount to move the TV out from the box and tilt it down/left/right depending on where we're sitting. When the TV is fully retracted into the box, a panel with a painting on it comes down over it. The motorized panel unit is visible in the top of the box center, and is made by TV CoverUps. For sound, I have two systems in the living room. One is a Sonos system; there is Sonos PlayBar on the bottom of the TV box and behind the TV. It actually works quite well with the TV extended out of the box. There is a Sonos Sub and a Sonos CONNECT:Amp for the rear surrounds. I have six ceiling mount speakers (LF, RF, LR, RR, 2xCenter wired in parallel) and use the rear speakers for Sonos surround. The other ceiling mount speakers are not used when I'm using the Sonos system.
The other audio system in the room is a true 5.1 setup driven by a Denon AVR-S950H receiver. Not shown in the picture are a pair of speakers mounted on either side of the TV CoverUps motor unit; these are used for LF and RF when the painting panel is open. When the panel is closed, the LF, RF ceiling speakers are used. Since I need to share the LR, RR ceiling speakers between the Sonos CONNECT:Amp and the Denon, and have to switch between it using the LF, RF ceiling speakers when he painting panel is closed and the LF, RF speakers in the box when the panel is open, I have some complex speaker switching control using a RaspberyPI that drives a bunch of speaker relays and gets input from the panel position sensors so it knows the state of the panel. The Denon's subwoofer line out is connected to a Velodyne 18" servo sub. I am toying with the idea of reinstalling my ButtKicker under the floorboards for that extra bass punch.
All of this is a compromise to not have a bunch of technology visible in the Living Room. I am not a big fan of ceiling mount speakers, and I would have loved to have a Dolby Atoms 7.1 setup, but you do what you can do given the constraints you have.
The TV is a new LG 55" OLED panel. Everything in the system is 4K. The Denon is used to switch the HDMI signals around; it has this really useful mode that allows it to operate an an HDMI switcher even when it's in standby mode. In standby, it still responds to the remote to select the HDMI input to send to the TV, and it passes audio over HDMI. When you power on the Denon, it then routes the audio through it's own audio chain and does not send it to the TV. This is a really wonderful feature of this receiver, and hats off to Denon for thinking of this.
The TV might look a bit cramped in the box, that's because when I did my renovation in 2008, I had the box built to accommodate a 47" panel (large at the time) and when I upgraded to 4K, it was a tight squeeze to get the LG to fit. I did a lot of measuring and building prototypes out of cardboard to make sure everything would fit. I had to remount my X-Arm up an inch so that it would clear the PlayBar.