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Minneapolis, MN

The Perfect Play

As part of a home remodel, a private client wanted to install audio-visual features that allowed for easy entertaining and seamless sports enjoyment through a lower-level family room and basement bar.

The remodel features a massive TV wall comprised of one 85” TV squared by two 43” TVs to the left. Each TV, including a fourth screen in the basement bar, has access to three DirecTV receivers, AppleTV, and a BluRay player. A flexible operating system permits the user to play content from multiple sources and switch between the audio from screen to screen.

With so many options, things can get a little complicated. To simplify the process, we designed a custom iPad interface that mirrors the TV wall. Users can drag and drop what they want to watch onto the digital replica for quick and intuitive transitions. The most recent selection is what plays through the room’s surround sound system.

For a synchronized viewing and listening experience, we track the audio and video between both rooms. This ensures that guests moving throughout the lower level can enjoy the big game without delay.

A system this complex doesn’t have to look like it. We worked closely with the construction contractor to conceal all operating equipment behind a single hidden door. The result? A tidy, high-performing installation that provides a truly seamless entertainment experience from kickoff to the final play.

Now, the only thing our client can’t control is who scores the winning goal.

Project Overview

  • Multi-room audio-visual installation of home theater system
  • Development of custom iPad interface to simplify control of audio and video

Products Used

Equipment Rack

  • Crestron DM-MD6x4 - Digital Media Switcher
  • Crestron MC3 - Control System Processor
  • Crestron DM-RMC-4K-100-C-1G-W-T
  • Autonomic AU-MMS-1E - High Resolution Music Streamer
  • Integra DRX-4 - Surround Receiver
  • Apple TV
  • WattBox WB-700-IPV-12 - IP controllable power conditioner
  • OVRC-200 Pro - Remote management device

Family Room

  • Sony XBR85X850D – 85” TV on a fixed wall mount
  • Sony XBR43X800E – 43” TV on a fixed wall mount
  • Sony XBR43X800E – 43” TV on a fixed wall mount
  • Sonance SB46L Adjustable width soundbar
  • Sonance VP62 In-ceiling speakers
  • Sonance Sub 12-250 – 12” Inroom Subwoofer
  • Apple iPad Pro with iPort sleeve
  • iPort Base Station


  • 1 Sony XBR43X800E – 43” TV on a fixed wall mount
  • Sonance VP64 In-ceiling speakers
  • Apple iPad Pro with iPort sleeve
  • iPort Base Station

Connect to Convenience

It’s time to fully automate your home. Contact ECSI Systems Integrators today to discuss how we can create a system beyond your boldest expectation.