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Audio Impact Wins Home of the Year 2014 from Electronic House Magazine


Audio Impact won Home of the Year again, making 4 wins total from Electronic House Magazine. This year’s winning system is an amazing Mission Beach boardwalk home with spectacular custom lighting, made simple by our expert team of technicians. Our goal is to create systems that complement lifestyles. For the owners of this beachfront estate, their goal was to illuminate the artistic details of their home, while keeping control simple, yet still fully customizable.

Using Crestron controllers, we created lighting scenes to control everything from the individual fixtures, to a whole scene, to the whole home. Incorporated into the controls were also the entertainment systems, security cameras, and climate controls. Every entertainment system is centrally controlled, showing minimal equipment in the living areas of the home. The home features 16 discrete zones of music, including outdoor rock speakers. The owners can control audio in each zone or the entire home via their mobile devices with Apple’s AirPlay. Sitting on the patio enjoying the view, they can play music, change lighting scenes, view their security cameras, open and close shades, or change temperature settings without getting up from their ultimate relaxing beach lifestyle.

This isn’t the first or last win for Audio Impact. We are working on amazing systems for clients throughout San Diego. What makes our approach truly unique is our understanding of how an automated lifestyle should function for our clients. We take the time to discover what parts of their home are most meaningful to them and offer ideas to enhance their enjoyment of those areas. From customers who want to create a movie theater experience in their homes with hassle free controls, to customers who want ambient lighting and whole home audio, we turn those wants into craftsman quality results.

We are proud of our designs and the enjoyment our clients enjoy, day after day, with their new smart lifestyles. Below are our current and past awards as featured in Electronic House Magazine:

Audio Impact Wins 2014 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Home Automation

Audio Impact Wins 2012 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Home Theater

Audio Impact Wins 2011 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Outdoor System

Audio Impact Wins 2010 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Home Automation

Posted by ryan Sat, 31 May 2014 07:44:00 GMT

We have been nominated for a Union Tribune Best of the Best Award!

Best of the Best Awards

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Posted by virginia2 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:47:00 GMT

Audio Impact Project Featured on Cover of San Diego Premiere Magazine - June 2012

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Posted by chantal Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:21:00 GMT

Neat-O: Cleaning out the Closet

The panels on this enclosure wouldn’t close until the wiring was cleaned up.

By Arlen Schweiger, May 10, 2012

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It would be one thing if the owner of this Southern California home could blame his closet wiring mess on the San Andreas Fault. But unfortunately, it was the fault of the original installation company that the owner needed to call on another CE pro to check out why his low-voltage panel doors wouldn’t close.

The client found San Diego-based Audio Impact as a referral from another of the integrator’s customers, and the tidiness of this result will likely earn more referral calls.

When system designer Ryan Lipkovicius of Audio Impact visited the home, it didn’t take him long to discover the wire spillage and sources of the homeowner’s complaints. Along with simply being unable to close the panel properly, the owner noted his home’s sporadic telephone and Internet problems.

“None of the master suite closet space in this immediate area could be used. At first glance, it was obvious why the panels wouldn’t close,” says Lipkovicius. “Upon further inspection, there were notable cable patches and splices. The modem and router were dangling in place by the Cat 5e Ethernet cable that was connected to them.”

The panels contain equipment to systems from Control4, Russound and Lutron, plus wiring to the home’s security cameras. Problem is, there’s just not much real estate to navigate in the master suite and the original installer obviously did not put much work into securing everything included.

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Posted by chantal Fri, 25 May 2012 16:12:00 GMT

Neat-O! Audio Impact featured in CEPro Magazine

Audio Impact was featured in the May 2012 issue of CEPro Magazine - Neat-O!

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Posted by chantal Wed, 16 May 2012 16:21:00 GMT

Audio Impact Featured in CEPro Magazine

Audio Impact was featured in the May 2012 issue of CEPro Magazine, for their Gold Win in the 2012 Electronic House Magazine - Home of the Year Awards.

Posted by chantal Wed, 09 May 2012 16:21:00 GMT

Electronic House 2012 Awards: Audio Passion Inspired Home Theater Design

Sweet sounds take center stage in this theater, thanks to Monitor Audio speakers, an Integra preamp and a powerful Crestron amp.

May 01, 2012 by Lisa Montgomery

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It’s obvious when entering this grand, custom-crafted theater, which part of its design took priority: the audio. A contact sensor on the door that leads into the 27-by-16-foot space triggers an array of small LED fixtures, showcasing a pair of high-grade Monitor Audio Platinum tower speakers. Most people would have chosen to let the huge reference speakers stay hidden behind the acoustical fabric that covers each of two speaker cavities built into custom cabinetry at the front of the room. But not this homeowner. “On a scale from 1 to 10, his passion for audio is a 20,” says Ryan Lipkovicius of Audio Impact, the San Diego–based custom electronics design and installation fi rm hired to build this theater.

Several small, energy-efficient LED lights were carefully positioned within each of the cabinet’s two speaker cavities. When the door to the room opens, they illuminate so the speakers can be seen through the acoustical fabric. Part of Monitor Audio’s Platinum line, the speakers are the company’s top performers and this theater’s crowning jewel.

It would take plenty of horsepower to drive these freestanding giants, plus the rest of the Monitor Audio 9.2-channel surround-sound system. Audio Impact chose an Integra DHC-80.2 preamp for its ability to work well with other A/V components and numerous audio decoding options, and a Crestron Procise Proamp-7X400 amplifier for its pure, raw output of power.

Another important part of the audio design was the engineering of a carefully constructed and acoustically treated shell. “Sam Cavitt of Paradise Theater in San Diego calculated all of the parameters, including the room dimensions, number of seats and size and position of the screen, and the software (from Kinetics Noise Control) figured where we needed to put acoustical materials, how to position the speakers, and where to put the seats so the audio reproduction was true and smooth,” says Lipkovicius. To further enhance the acoustical performance, Audio Impact and Paradise Theater instructed the contractors to “float” the room so none of its walls or ceiling would touch the walls of adjacent rooms or the floor of the room above it. Air conditioning vents, light fixtures and electrical outlets were treated with special isolation materials so that no sound would escape from the theater.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 07 May 2012 16:24:00 GMT

Audio Impact Wins Gold in Electronic House Home of the Year 2012

Audio Impact is proud to announce that it has won the 2012 Gold Best Theater from Electronic House.

The stage was set during the client discovery. When asked, “How would you describe your dream theater?” the client paused to reflect, then said “A special place. A room that draws us in, that brings us together as a family and where we can experience amazing sound and vision in comfort and serenity. A special room that creates an emotional bond as soon as we enter”. A tall order to be sure but attainable since the team was assembled early enough in the process to design and engineer excellence.

It starts with the room; the foundation of the performance theater environment. Room ratios and construction techniques were addressed to create an ideal scenario for quiet room construction and smooth acoustical performance. Subsystems were engineered, including mechanical, electrical and lighting to assure no unwanted sound entered or propagated through them. A detailed set of construction documents guided the project contractors through each step. The result was a theater “chassis” that would support the profound performance.

The engineering continues in the design of the system. The engine that provides the horsepower for our clients envisioned experiences. Monitor Platinum PL 300 reference towers and PL 350 center are perfectly matched with 6 of the newly developed Platinum In Wall PLIW for side and rear surrounds while 2 PLW-15 Subwoofers provide the prodigious bass. These superb components are precisely matched with the rooms acoustical environment resulting in accurate sound reproduction whatever the source. Powered and processed by the Integra THX Ultra 2 DHC-80 with Audyssey and Crestron PROAMP-7X400 amplifier there is no shortage of power and enveloping quality sound. The visual elements of the theater features the Runco LS-10 1080p projector driving a 135” 1.78:1 micro-perforated Stewart Filmscreen. The LS-10 complemented with Runco’s video processing provides plenty of visual excitement which is accurately rendered on the Stewart screen surface.

All the theater, house-wide audio and Crestron control systems are housed in 2 Middle Atlantic ERK racks concealed in ventilated cabinets in the rear of the room. The equipment rack cabinets and Projector compartment are constantly monitored by Crestron temperature C2N-RTHS sensors and turn on ultra quit exhaust fans if needed. The System features Crestron ADMS Intermedia Delivery System that brings movies from a Sony 400 Disk Blu-ray changer, Netflix, Hulu, The homes computers, Youtube to life at the touch of one button. There is a HD Cable box along with an Apple TV. The entire Theater Audio/Video, Lighting and HVAC is easily controlled via an in-wall removable TPS-6x wireless touchscreen remote. There are quick assess to lighting scenes and even a virtual keyboard for the ADMS.

Finally comes the blend of performance and aesthetics. The theaters acoustical components, which were specified as a result of an acoustical modeling process were integrated with the interior design artfully. The screen wall features display columns where the beautiful Platinum towers are nestled in an ideal acoustical surrounding and illuminated by concealed lighting. Behind the perforated screen sits, not only the PL350 center but custom engineered baffles to provide both expansive sound stage and accurate imaging. The whole assembly housed in a furniture grade cabinet design. Walls and ceilings feature concealed Kinetics acoustical devices behind a stretch fabric system which is complemented by pilasters, housing the surround speakers and gorgeous millwork trim throughout.

The impact upon entry is stunning, the serenity of the space is enchanting but when the system is fired up the experience is astonishing. Whether seated in the first row or the third get ready to “suspend your disbelief” for the home theater ride of your life.

Posted by chantal Fri, 04 May 2012 16:13:00 GMT

Audio Impact Featured in Electronic House Magazine

Audio Impact is featured in the May/June 2012 Edition of Electronic House Magazine. Gold Winner of Best Home Theater 2012!

Posted by chantal Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:19:00 GMT

Audio Impact Wins Gold in Electronic House Home of the Year 2011

Audio Impact is proud to announce that it has won the 2011 Gold Outdoor Space Electronic Home of the Year award.

The Electronic House editorial team picked the winning entries, which featured fantastic audio, video, lighting and automation systems, and ultimately awarded 32 winning installations in 12 categories. The winning entries were selected based upon technological innovation, creative solutions to challenges, and design elements and will be showcased in the May/June and July/August issues of Electronic House magazine and on

“The focus on an outdoor space was a new challenge for us. The underwater speakers were built into the pool frame, at the right depths, to create amazing sound in the infinity pool. The Jacuzzi TV was built into a custom design deck/housing, on a swing arm, behind a glass wall to ensure it is completely weather resistant. We are most proud of the integration of all the unique features into an overall automation system that can be controlled throughout the home.” said Ryan Lipkovicius CEO of Audio Impact Inc.

In 2010 Audio Impact won the Best Master Suite Electronic Home of the Year Award. Audio Impact is proud of these accomplishments that portray our emphasis on quality, attention to detail, design innovations, and exemplary service.

Posted by chantal Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:13:00 GMT