Communication between other devices in the system, such as control, audio, and automated home systems (including Nest temperature control) is enabled through an Araknis Networks AN-700-AP managed switch.
“We selected a managed network switch that allows us to pull up the GUI interface, see the pathway of how the traffic flows, and label the connection points,” said Duong. “This is a robust switch that adds value by enabling control of each port, which facilitates troubleshooting.”
A Sonos networked audio system amplifies and delivers audio throughout the house, including surround sound in several of the rooms with TVs. Opus supplies the television audio to be played back through the speaker system.
“We de-embedded the audio from the HDMI input and send it out as an analog signal,” Duong says. The speaker system is made up of a combination of six- and eight-inch TruAudio speakers powered by either Sonos amplifiers or a Sony AV receiver.
“We chose different TruAudio systems for each room to match the environment,” said Duong. “For simpler listening rooms, we chose their six-inch carbon fiber speakers. For surround rooms with a complete AV experience, we chose the larger format eight-inch loudspeakers with separate in-wall subwoofers. That helps to free up real estate on the floor, which especially pleased Mrs. Singleton.”
For the Singletons, the Atlona Opus system answered their key requirement for a system that supports 4K.
“As technology changes and new resolutions are introduced onto the market, the video distribution systems have to support it,” Duong says. “When 4K was introduced, there were few companies that jumped on the bandwagon right away. This system addresses the requirements for high-end AV distribution in the home that we see emerging as a common request from residential customers.”