In Watchcase, there’s gorgeous imagery from just about every angle. Located in Sag Harbor, NY, this historic community is surrounded by breathtaking bay and marina views, and the homes are just as eye-catching, thanks to architecture by Beyer Blinder Belle and Steven Gambrel’s interior design.
So when it came time to add technology to this penthouse, the homeowner definitely didn’t want all sorts of bulky, boxy AV equipment messing with his stretch of Watchcase scenery.
Crescendo Designs, Ltd. needed to come up with a way to make the home cool and convenient without dulling down those views. The answer was obvious; the company opted to fill the 1,500-square-foot living space with products by Bang & Olufsen. After all, this manufacturer is quite well-known for making quality AV options that ooze style.
The crowning jewel is the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant, a 55-inch Ultra HD 4K TV that’s mounted above the fireplace in the living room. It has an eye-popping image that features four times the resolution of a 1080p TV, as well as a disappearing sound panel. This audio perk can keep the speaker cabinet hidden when the TV isn’t in use. When that speaker is out, it’s actually part of a 3.1 sound system, which includes two stunning Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 18 speakers and the equally awesome BeoLab 19 wireless subwoofer.
Currently, the TV is tied into a cable box and offers an endless amount of entertainment options via an Apple TV media streamer. Crescendo Designs outfitted the home with a Ruckus wireless network, which can deliver reliable streaming everywhere in the home, as well as the deck. A Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 802.11ac indoor wireless access point is tucked discreetly above the kitchen cabinets to keep it out of the way while maximizing the WiFi coverage inside.
Everything in the home is tied into the BeoRemote One controller. This handheld remote not only controls all of the B&O equipment, but also lighting and Lutron Sivoia QS Triathlon battery-powered roller shades. This allows the homeowner to get a peek at those pretty views or get a little privacy on occasion, all at the touch of a button.
An out-of-the-way equipment closet houses a Middle Atlantic rack. This includes all of the aforementioned source equipment, a Sonance DSP-8-130 8-channel amplifier, an Integra CDC-3.4 six-disc CD changer, Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLink Gateway, and a Panamax M4315-PRO surge protector.
For a closer look at those views, the homeowner can move out to the roof deck, which has its own Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 802.11ac outdoor wireless access point. This weatherproof piece of hardware can deliver a strong WiFi signal outside, which is essential for those times when the homeowner wants to access the Sonos wireless audio system. Using the Sonos app, the homeowner can call up all sorts of audio options right from a smartphone. To pump up the volume, Crescendo Designs added two pairs of Leon B44LX Boundary outdoor speakers to the deck space.