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Case Study: Nashville Skyline

A custom-designed soundbar and near-hidden speakers across eight zones highlight this Music City penthouse.

The 505 penthouse features a baby grand piano and stunning views.

When developer Tony Giarratana and his team reached out to Pro AV Engineering (PAVE, LLC) about creating a show home in one of four 45th floor penthouses within a luxury high rise apartment building in downtown Nashville called The 505, the PAVE team, along with general contractor Trace Ventures, responded with a creative design solution for a state-of-the-art smart audio/video system that features architectural and custom speakers from James Loudspeaker.

The interior designer in charge of the 4500-square-foot penthouse project was already familiar with James Loudspeaker as a supplier of premium décor-friendly architectural entertainment products, so when PAVE suggested James Loudspeaker Small Aperture series speakers and a custom soundbar for the 85-inch Sony TV, everyone was in agreement about how to achieve best performance while maintaining the clean, modern design ethic of this penthouse project.

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Custom Solution
The entertainment system design features eight zones of audio, including the living room, great room, dining room, kitchen, office, master bedroom, master bathroom, and guest bedroom. The living room is home to a 7.1 entertainment system along with a Sony 85-inch TV housed in custom cabinetry, which gave the PAVE team very little clearance to integrate an LCR (Left/Center/Right) theater speaker. James Loudspeaker accommodated this challenge by custom building a soundbar with a compact 1.5-inch height. This is achieved by constructing an L-shaped aluminum enclosure, with the extended rear section of the enclosure accommodating six forward-firing 3-inch woofers and four 2-inch midrange drivers. The sound from the woofers and mids emit through the narrow 1.5-inch section of the bar, which is all that is visible from the front. The four 3/4-inch tweeters are housed just behind the 1.5-inch tall grille. This custom LCR soundbar, finished in black to match the Sony TV, showcases the magic of James Loudspeaker engineering and enables integrators to provide clients with the performance they desire without impeding décor.

The soundbar, mounted discreetly to the top of the display using custom brackets also designed by James Loudspeaker, is barely visible in the furniture and looks like part of the TV. The living room also features Small Aperture in-ceiling speakers for the surround channels and a Small Aperture in-ceiling subwoofer, generating 7.1-channel playback from a nearly invisible speaker system that aesthetically matches the LED light fixtures used throughout the space.

Music Everywhere
The whole-house entertainment speakers are all James Loudspeaker Small Aperture through the eight zones. The model 63SA-7HO delivers full frequency response with wide dispersion into any room along with extended bass, eliminating the need for dedicated subwoofers in each zone. Because of their aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure and aluminum driver array, Small Aperture speakers are also ideal for humid environments, such as the master bathroom. The James Loudspeaker Small Aperture speakers play through a tiny 3-inch grille designed to match the square-style LED lighting fixtures.

The entire living space within the penthouse features premium entertainment available on demand in each zone. The living room theater system is the only zone that required a subwoofer, and the PAVE team selected a James Loudspeaker Small Aperture (101SA-6) architectural subwoofer mounted to studs in the ceiling. The 101SA-6 features an all-aluminum bandpass enclosure housing a 10-inch woofer mated to a compact 4-inch grille. The subwoofer is powered by a James Loudspeaker M1000 1000-watt subwoofer amplifier with DSP capability. The subwoofer amplifier, surround receiver, and smart home electronics are housed in an equipment rack tucked out of sight in the laundry room.

The James Loudspeaker M1000 DSP-enabled subwoofer amplifier resides with other electronics in the equipment rack.

An Intelligent Integrated Home
The PAVE team selected a Savant control system for the penthouse, giving residents a highly intuitive user experience when they access their smart home and whole-house entertainment features. Savant IP Audio manages the distribution of music throughout the  eight zones, providing amplifier power for all of the James Loudspeaker architectural speakers. Savant Music delivers a nearly limitless choice of streaming content, all accessed using Savant’s Pro Remote (REM-1000) or one of six dedicated 8-inch touch panels, as well as an array of iPhones and iPads running the system. The Savant system also controls four zones of climate with remote sensors, 64 zones of lighting, 60 automated shades, an access control system, and more throughout the residence. These technologies are monitored 24/7 using Savant’s SCM (Central Management) system. The entertainment system also features two Apple TVs and a Blu-ray player, with content coming in to the space over Google Fiber.

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