AV Installation inc Freesat HD, Sky HD, TV, DAB, FM, Phone, Network and Surround Sound (7.2).

Customer wanted a flexible AV and communication system wiring into a new barn conversion. Given the urgency with the deadline of the plaster coming within a matter of 1 working day, TechMySpace was happy to assist in the design. The very next day we were onsite and later that Saturday the cabling began. The Barn was to be as flexible and future proof as the budget would allow, the final design allowed Phone, Network, Sky/FreeSat, Terrestrial TV, DAB and FM to be accessed from all three bedrooms and many of the other rooms.

Barn Pole Mount Close up

Barn Pole Mount Close up

 

The customer’s expectations, as is often the case, where greater than the budget would allow for. After discussing the options, costs and benefits, HD distribution over HDMI was ruled out in favour of RF2. This meant the budget could be reallocated to items that would increase the ‘added value’ of the property in terms of both its rental and resale value. The option of CCTV was not required due the location and position within the grounds of another property.

 

FreeSat or Sky HD.

The same satellite dish can be used for either Sky or FreeSat HD transmissions, the option is selected simply by the customer choice in receiver.

Specifications:

  • 8 Port LNB
  • Shotgun cable to each of the 3 bedrooms and Lounge
  • HD with recording in each room
  • Mounted on pole to minimise the visual impact of the dish, yet maximise the signal strength

 

TV: Good signal (Inc RF2) in Lounge, Kitchen and 3 Bedrooms.

DAB and FM: Good reception in Lounge, Office, Kitchen and 3 Bedrooms.

Phone: A single point of entry for up to 4 phone lines, with the ability to provide any line to any socket point.

Network: We recommended at least one CAT5e port in every occupied room, linked to a central comms unit housing a Gigabit smart switch and the router.

 

AV Room.

The final design of the lounge area had not been fully agreed at the ‘first fit’ stage, this meant the speaker positions could not be optimised for the combined lounge and dining room. The solution was an AV installation that set up the room up with 6 high level pre-wired speaker positions, 3 on each side. This will allow flexibility where ever the preferred seating positions were finalised.

AV Installation Cover Plates

AV Installation Cover Plates

 

RF2 Back-Linked TV:

The RF2 option to having HD distributed around the house via HDMI was considered but rejected due the cost, the alternative RF2 was installed instead. This allows the main Box in the AV room to return its current viewing channel back to the terrestrial amplifier and then to each of the TV points. This solution added little cost to the overall design yet it would allow the Sky/Freeview to be watched on any TV without the cost of any additional equipment. The downside to this is that the standard RF2 connections on most receivers the output is not HD and in mono.

TV Amplifier RF2

TV Amplifier RF2

 

Entertainment:

The customer was not a ‘technical guru’ and was unsure what equipment should be installed. TechMySpace was able to advise on what was expected within a new property in this area. The customer themselves had little intention of using a lot of tech, they didn’t want any potential renters requiring modifications to the property, just to allow technology to be added at a later date. The solution used had a high ratio of ‘added value’ to cost maximising the return on their outlay.

  • Sky/Freeview HD with recorder channel
  • Freeview HD
  • DAB and FM Radio
  • RF2 (Return to RF Amplifier)
  • HDMI Connection (DB and Game Console)

 

Communication:

The requirements for the communications room were simply phone and network communications.

  • 4 High Speed Network Ports (TV, DB, AV Amplifier, Games Console)
  • Phone, Wired for up to 4 lines

 

Sound:

The AV installation needed to unobtrusively allow good sound and flexibility. The installation of 6 high level speaker points, which were painted in the wall colour, provided low cost future-proofing without power or audio cable being seen along the floors, walls and ceilings. This design maximised the flexibility and minimised the floor space requirements adding space to an otherwise busy living space.

  • Centre speaker
  • 6 High level speakers (hidden cable, uncluttered looks, no floor space usage)
  • Sub-Woofer 1 or 2 depending on owners cabinet design