The house integrates video, whole house audio, lighting and HVAC and AM/FM Radio (it can be upgraded to satellite radio, as well). About 13 rooms are wired for audio and the system has the ability to accommodate up to 16 zones. While the family room and the lower level game room have surround sound installed, most of the rooms are wired for stereo. All of the speakers in the house are in-wall and in-ceiling, even the surround sound set-ups in the game room and the family room. Seven televisions alone—all flat panels—are found in the lower level of the house, where a bar, game room and wine cellar are located. This area is a sports-lover's paradise, with a full-size pool table surrounded by LCD screens and an electronic trivia game on the bar. The HDTV comes into the house via Comcast, the area's cable provider. All of this can be controlled using Crestron touch panels installed throughout the house. By integrating Lutron systems, all of the lighting can be controlled on these panels as well. Heating and air conditioning are also integrated.
Boston says that each year, they try to do something different—something that shows off how the industry is advancing, but she says it isn't difficult. "For us, trying to keep it fresh and new is not hard, because technology keeps changing."
But one "futuristic" item they added was a working demo of a Sony network conferencing system, a PC-based communication technology. One was set up in the library of the house and another in the second floor office—both could conference into Hifi House's location in Jenkintown, Pa.