A quick look at some innovative demo spaces from across the country.
Location: Mooresville, NC
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 3150
Brands Featured: Snap One, Access Networks, OvrC, Araknis, Wattbox, Control4
Fun Fact: When Mark DiPietro, president of SoundVision, embarked on building a new technology showroom, he knew it required an enterprise-grade networking solution, like most of his client projects, to ensure reliability for the Wi-Fi connected control system, remotes, TVs, lighting, surveillance cameras, doorbells, window shades, and more. With the high number of wireless devices used in homes today and the average size of a SoundVision client’s home coming in at 6000-8000 square feet, he says they have come to rely on Snap One’s network brands Access Networks and Araknis to provide ample coverage and bandwidth along with enterprise-grade reliability.
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Sight and Sound Systems, Inc.
Location: Dulles, VA
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 16,300
Brands Featured: Control4, Hunter Douglas, WAC Lighting, Bowers & Wilkins
Fun Fact: Sight and Sound Systems was the first certified Control4 showroom in the DC Area, and the team uses the sprawling showroom to showcase solutions to homeowners, builder partners, and architects.
The Premier Group
Location: Carmel, IN
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 1800
Brands Featured: Screen Innovations, Control4, Crestron, Séura, Sonance, Acoustic Innovations, Coastal Source, Sony, Samsung, LG, Bowers & Wilkins, Tech Lighting, WAC Lighting, Nora, Lutron, Ruckus, Honeywell
Fun Fact: We are proud to have been globally recognized for the work we do in niche, high-end, luxury homes. In both 2018 and 2019, we won CEDIA’s top honor of “Integrated Home of the Year – Level IV” and took second place in 2021 in the same category. We pride ourselves in thoughtful design, thorough documentation throughout the entire construction process, and detailed installation, followed-up with incredible customer service upon completion and maintenance of a customer’s system.
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 5600
Brands Featured: Audeze, Aurender, Boulder, Bowers & Wilkens, ClearAudio, Control4, dCS, DMF, Devielet, Dynaudio, Grado, Kaleidescape, Ketra, LG, Lutron, Magico, Marantz, McIntosh, Moon by SimAudio, Nordost, Octave, Paradigm, Pro-Ject, Roon, Rotel, Salamander, Samsung, Seura, Shunyata, Sonance, Sonos, Sonus Faber, Sony, Tech Lighting, Transparent
Fun Fact: Hanson AV was named 2018 CEDIA Best Showroom of the Year.
Miestro Home Integration
Location: Memphis, TN
Showroom Dimensions (in square feet): 405
Brands Featured: Pro Audio Technology, Stewart Filmscreen, Wolf Cinema, Acousticsmart, Kinetics, Control4
Fun Fact: “Our showroom features the only reference-level home cinema on demo in the Memphis market, and every time someone gets to experience this room they are blown away by the system. Most say, ‘We didn’t think that was possible in a home system’ or, ‘That sounds better than the commercial cinema down the road,’” says Lamar Gibson, president, Miestro Home Integration.
URC’s Virtual Inspiration Home
Brands Featured: URC
Fun Fact: While photography-based virtual tours have become a popular choice, URC pursued a more dynamic and immersive experience. This led to the design of a highly detailed, expansive 360-degree virtual residence as the foundation for the smart home tour. This approach provided a significantly greater wealth of options to simulate URC system capabilities like changing light settings, adjusting shades and drapes, accessing high-definition audio, streaming video content, adjusting climate control, illustrating different scenes, and much more.
QAV (Quality Audio Video)
Location: Centennial, CO
Brands Featured: Leon, Crestron, Josh.ai, Trufig, Sonance, Séura, Hartmann & Forbes, Brodmann Acoustics, Gold Note Italy
Fun Fact: This showroom won the 2021 Install of the Year award from Leon. The primary aim of this space was to push the envelope of QAV’s capabilities for hiding technology. The result was a high level of fit and finish, with many cues of audio and video that fit in the room like a custom-tailored suit.
Atlanta Home Theater
Location: Roswell, GA
Showroom Dimensions (in square feet): 12,000
Brands Featured: Pro Audio Technology, Theory Audio Design, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Wisdom Audio, Trinnov
Fun Fact: An alien named “Paul” lives in the dungeon of our castle, and the Atlanta Home Theater monthly team meeting often ends with a three-minute, 35-person, take-no-prisoners, indoor snowball fight to insanely loud music with no reported injuries to date.
Acoustic Designs Group
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 1500
Brands Featured: Delos, RoseWater Energy, Ketra, Lutron, Crestron, Focal, Naim, Mikodam, Araknis, SpeakerCraft, Apple, NAAVA, Subzero, Wolfe, DARWIN, Gessi, Kohler, LG, Tempra Plus, Delos Water Pur, Hartman & Forbes
Fun Fact: The wellness suite uses Delos technologies including air and water purification. This is the same company and technology that New York schools put in place so students could return to learning after pandemic closings. If our client is Covid-sensitive, we just meet with them in Delos wellness suite to ease their concerns.
Pioneer Music Company
Location: Lenexa, KS (Kansas City)
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 9500
Brands Featured: Multiple, with Focal speakers most prominent.
Fun Fact: The showroom is split into different experiences: listening, video, lounging, and shopping. This PowerHouse Alliance member location was also the first to host CEDIA training earlier this year, and the team regularly provides training for local dealers.
Location: Zionsville, IN
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 8000
Brands Featured: ELAN, Control4, Crestron, Lutron, McIntosh, Sony, Epson, Samsung, Anthem, Integra, Klipsch, Sonance, Sonos Faber, Leon, Future Automation, Stewart Filmscreen
Fun Fact: Our founders started the company out of college based on a college business plan and have now been in business 25 years, which is over half their lives. They have built an amazing team of about 50 employees focusing on home and business technology in the Midwest and strategically throughout the country.
Systems Design & Integration, Inc. (SDI)
Location: Needham, MA
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 1900
Brands Featured: Lutron, Savant, McIntosh, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, Paradigm, Josh.ai, Salamander Design, Leon, Sony, Delta Lighting, USAI Lighting, Ketra Lighting
Fun Fact: We did not want a bunch of TVs and speakers to take over the showroom space. We mix design and technology, audio, and art in our showroom and our projects.
Port City Sound and Security, Inc.
Location: Wilmington, NC
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 1500
Brands Featured: Araknis Networks, Control4, Crestron, DMF lighting, Environmental Lighting, Fortress Seating, James Loudspeakers, Triad Speakers, Planar, Samsung, Sony
Fun Facts: #1. Having videoconference calls makes you clean your office. #2. Pushing a button to control your entire home from anywhere in the world is today’s technology.
Global Wave Integration
Location: Burbank, CA
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 396
Brands Featured: Barco, TPI, Ketra, Josh.ai, Crestron, Basalte, Environmental Lights, FutureCare, Cineak, Delos, Stewart Filmscreen
Fun Fact: This showroom was featured in Josh.ai’s Invisibility campaign with Sonance last year, featuring the dealer’s perspective on architectural technology. Global Wave’s showroom also boasts the first and only TPI and Spatial audio immersive demo available, offering a one-of-a-kind sound experience.
SAV Digital Environments
Location: Bozeman, MT
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 3740 (front and back room combined)
Brands Featured: Ketra, Lutron, Crestron, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Sonance, James Loudspeaker, Leon, LuxePort, Devialet, Josh.ai, Samsung, Sony, Bang & Olufsen, Sonos, AudioControl, AudioQuest, Polycom, Zoom Room, Barco ClickShare, Ruckus, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Axis cameras, Honeywell Security, Mikodam
Fun Fact: SAV started in an office in 2004 but, over the years as our business evolved, we realized our showroom could be something more — a place where technology + art + design could be shown together. In 2021, we renamed the building to Medium, an open-concept creative space for a group of creative companies, including SAV Digital Environments, Medium Art Gallery, Minarik Architecture, and Open Studio Collective. Not only have we found that this move helped us demonstrate the capabilities of our brands but that it helps people realize what’s possible and how tech plays a role in the modern home.
Digital Horizons ‘Experience Center’
Location: Brainerd, MN
Showroom Dimensions (square feet): 2500
Brands Featured: Da-lite, Qmotion (Legrand Shading Systems), Sony, Samsung, Control4, Crestron, ClearOne, Paradigm, Anthem, Sonance
Fun Fact: We have three distinctive areas to the showroom that represents the types of spaces we do — Kitchen, Living Room, and Conference Room. The building was originally built in the late ’70s, expanded in the early ’80s, and functioned as a bakery for most of its existence. We bought the building and land in 2016 and transformed it into what it is now.