Time To Get Lost

Sarasota based, Sights, Sounds and Such was called in to work on a Murray Homes, Inc. project. The project was roughly a 5500 sq. ft waterfront residence on the Gulf of Mexico in Nokomis FL. A complete remodel, the entire home was rewired from head to toe for TV, phone, data and of course, a state-of-the-art audio/video system.

I’m Ryk Schoonheim, owner of Sights, Sounds and Such. When I met with homeowners John and Sue Walton, we discussed their wants and needs for a new home theater and whole house audio system. John and Sue were open to all ideas of what could be accomplished as long as it was easy to use and stayed within a budget.

Once I saw the raw space, it was apparent how we’d orientate the theater room and where the Middle Atlantic rack of equipment would be located. The equipment rack would also feed the satellite TV receivers in various rooms, in addition, to the whole house audio system.

The new Direct TV swim boxes have RF remotes and allow multiple DVR’s to share the recorded programs. The finished product was a simple thin flat TV hung on the wall without the clutter of a satellite box or furniture underneath it. We considered a couple design elements for the ceiling, and the tray ceiling won over the popular fiber optic star ceiling. John preferred the look of a sleek oval recess.

I recommended the T2C color touchscreen with RF capabilities because it’s one of the most user friendly remotes we’ve ever used, and our clients love it. The Runco LS-5 1080p projector fills the 110” Stewart screen with breathtaking images. In order to maximize the theater room’s space, Sonance flush mount speakers were installed rather than build cabinetry to house speakers.

There are a pair of rear flushmount speakers for each row of seating in the ceiling, in addition to the pair of flushmount surround back channels hidden ear level behind the back wall curtains. A 12” Velodyne Optimum subwoofer fills the room with deep bass and certain scenes will make you feel a rumble in your chest.

All the speakers are powered by Denon’s AVR3310CI surround receiver. A Denon Blu-ray player supplies the Dolby True HD experience that knocks your socks off. Two Sonance C4630 6-zone amplifiers are connected to Sonance K2 LCD keypads to distribute music throughout the home.

John and Sue had already purchased seven Lazyboy chairs that proposed a challenge. The Lazyboy chairs were not wall-huggers and required a good deal of space for reclining. Taking this into consideration, we extended the rear platform, allowing extra reclining space for the front row.

The homeowner, with my guidance, took on the challenge to build and install 1-inch fiberglass wrapped panels to address the room’s acoustics. The panels were framed with wood trim, and five beautiful wall sconces finish the look. A Lutron spacer system controls the sconces and recessed lights separately. The RTI remote is capable of also controlling the lighting.

John is a DIY type of guy and is quite capable. With a passion and skill for woodworking, he already has plans for a ticket booth or candy stand towards the theater entrance. John and Sue have expressed great satisfaction and enjoyment with their new system. Whether it is a romantic comedy, an exciting action thriller, or the football game on the big screen, it’s an immersive space where they can truly get lost in the action.

Contact Info
Sights, Sounds and Such
Sarasota FL 34236
Ryk Schoonheim