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Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: NW Houston, TX
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It's a lot to comment on at once, but here's my thoughts...
1) That a lot of money for security cameras... I'd expect IP cameras for a new install these days, too.
2) No audio zones in the study, other bedrooms, side patio area? At least pre-wire for them, especially since you'll have extra zones available on the NuVo system.
3) I have a mix of the NuVo in-ceiling AP1 and AP2 speakers, and wouldn't buy them again. They're not bad, but for the price there are better sounding speakers. I'm much happier with Definitive and Boston Acoustics models I've placed / upgraded in some zones. (The DefTech are more expensive, though)
4) In the MBR, think about positioning the in-ceiling speakers near the headboard so they can be dual-purposed as surround speakers. A NuVo LSI can allow you to share them with a surround receiver, as long as the wiring is done now...
5) Didn't run the $ numbers, but why go with the HLX modular matrix, when you'll only be using the component video? (e.g. the best it offers) I'd think the AVAtrix would be cheaper...
6) In the game room, downstairs family and bar area, think about putting 4 speakers in the larger rooms for better coverage at lower average volume output, and move the speakers out of the bar (into the game room).
7) I assume there's another detached garage? Is the 1-car a potential workshop? I ran speakers and a TV outlet in my garage just in case...
8) One of the things I missed was placing cat5e wires for future control panels in hallways and a few key locations where an in-wall "iPad" could go.
9) For remotes, you can probably still use IR even in your basement setup - the sensors are usually directional enough that two TVs placed 10' apart won't have an issue (YMMV). But I find having one remote that works all over the game room "area" makes it easy to use.
10) The theater - I recommend you get a pro to take a look at that layout. Putting seats against the walls will probably give you less than stellar results. You might consider a bar table for the rear row - but you're going to be challenged at 19' depth to fit 3 rows comfortably... I don't see a need for a curved screen in that room - save your money on that.