For me there is nothing better than college football Saturdays. In the thick of the season, there’s nothing better than spending the entire day glued to the big screen watching one game after the next. College football has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. And in my new man cave, it’s even better.
The TV of which I speak is a 110″ projection screen system I recently had installed. Although the projector is quite bright, I still get some washout from light coming in some of the basement windows. This is easily fixed with a set of room darkening shades that are remotely controlled through my Savant automation system.
Not only does this system control the shades, TV, and music. It’s also integrated into the lighting, HVAC, and security system of the house. From my iPad I can monitor practically every system in my house. This means I rarely have to leave the comfort of my recliner on game days.
Of course no man cave would be complete without a well-stocked bar. I’ve got both a whiskey and scotch bar, but also a few taps of some local Oregon brews. It’s a pain having to bring the kegs into the basement. But man is it worth it. Nothing like pulling some fresh draft beer straight from the tap.
Amazingly enough, almost my entire home automation system is wireless. The drapes are completely wireless and are battery powered. This enabled me to control them without having to pay for expensive electrical work and drywall repair. In the old days before wireless technology was available, this project would have taken a lot longer, and would’ve cost a hell of a lot more money.
But since I didn’t have to spend all that money on expensive repairs, I was able to spend a bit more on the sound system. And it’s pretty bad ass. B&W 803′s for my front left and right speakers. Their 800 series center channel handles all the dialog, and the 800 series surrounds complete the package. While B&W makes some great speakers, the subwoofer is a Velodyne. These guys make a rocking sub.
A Rotel surround pre-amp and separate amplifier round out the package.
All in a a pretty sweet deal. And all I had to promise my wife was a lifetimes supply of makeup. She’s a nut over that stuff. Anything from lipstick or eye shadows. She knows all about base, and skin tones. And she swears she’s found the best under eye concealer. I have no idea. But whatever, I digress.
Hope you enjoyed this tour of my man cave.