Installing a multiple-display media system—not to be confused with a multimedia system—can be as complicated or as difficult as you make it, and it always helps if you know what you are doing. And Tim Rooney, owner of All Around Technology (AAT) in Rockville, Md., certainly does.
He and his team designed an integrated home and multi-display media room for Washington, D.C.-area real-estate magnate Herb Miller and family that culminated in AAT winning CEDIA’s 2004 Electronic Lifestyles Award for Best Integrated Home Level V.
Fast-forward three years. Miller was downsizing and moving to a smaller residence with his family. The house he purchased had several media rooms, which were, coincidentally, also installed by Rooney and the AAT team for the previous owner. The Millers wanted to retain the gorgeous millwork and fireplace along the front wall and keep the construction to an absolute minimum. “We found that we could construct a new rear wall that would give us an extra 24” depth to house all the speakers and TVs,” says Rooney. “By doing it this way, we were able to reuse the existing wall fabric, which was a custom dye lot now three years old.”
The media room that AAT was now hired to remodel had an existing Runco plasma hidden behind a piece of custom artwork that slides to the right for viewing. However, Miller wanted to duplicate the award-winning five-display media wall in this room, so a media-room remodel was in order.
“Herb really wanted to be able to use the system with the lights on, something he couldn’t do in his previous home,” says Rooney. “At the time we installed that original system in his old house, flat-panel displays were not being manufactured as small or as large as we needed them to be. We had to use a projector to get the 107-inch picture and four 32-inch (4:3) CRTs to fit into that space. Now we have more options, and by using all panel displays, Herb can watch with the lights on and has a great, consistent image across all five sets.”