Superior Audio Control

When a music aficionado moved into his new 2,500-square-foot home in the Soho neighborhood of New York, he wanted two things: crisp, clear audio and a way to easily control the listening experience and lighting ambiance throughout his home.


Project Results


About the Project



“Our client is a big music fan, and he wanted his new home to be centered around his love of listening. He wasn’t tech savvy, but he was very specific about what he wanted - a simple, straightforward control experience that wouldn’t detract from enjoying his music. That’s why we presented him with RTI. RTI solutions take all the complexity out of home automation and make it about what the client wants in their environment. Even the most complex systems can be a simple, yet gratifying experience for endusers, which is one of RTI’s greatest advantages over other systems.”



For the Soho space, Mattera AV Design integrated an audio system that includes seven zones: the media/living room, hallway, foyer, kitchen, master bedroom, master bathroom, and master closet. Sonance in-wall and in-ceiling speakers were installed throughout the house with a KEF home entertainment system comprised of R900 floor-standing speakers, Ci3160RL-THX in-wall speakers to deliver surround sound, a Ci200QSb-THX in-wall subwoofer, and a KASA500 amplifier installed into the living room. A McIntosh MX122 AV processor and MC8207 7-channel amp round out the system’s home theater setup.



Using RTI’s powerful yet simple-to-use automation and control systems, Mattera AV Design delivered an experience that matched the client’s exact vision and the modern aesthetics of the space, and then customize the interface exactly to the user’s preference to drive whole-home automation and control. The client is able to grab an iPad, select the source, and hear exactly what he’s in the mood for with a simple touch of the screen.


Audio Control

An RTI AD-8x audio distribution system provides complete control over each of the seven audio zones. It combines a 16-channel audio amplifier with a matrix switching preamplifier and provides input for up to eight audio sources in any zone. Here, the audio sources include a Sonos media player and an audio feed from the cable box, which allow the client, a soccer fan, to listen to games throughout the house. And with the AD-8x’s integrated Cool Power® amplifier delivering 25 watts per channel of crystal-clear sound, the system met the client’s high audio standards.

To provide the ambiance control to complement the listening experience, Mattera AV Design installed 10 Lutron Radio RA 2 dimmers, Somfy motorized shades, and a Lutron Radio RA2 main repeater to extend the system’s RF signals throughout the house. Five Lutron RadioRA 2 keypads give the client quick, simple control of the lights and shades.

To drive the control and automation, Mattera AV Design opted for RTI’s powerful XP-8s control processor, which is specifically designed to deliver ample processing power and meet the needs of projects requiring advanced control capabilities. The XP-8s processor enables all connected electronic systems to be dynamically controlled via two-way RS-232, routable IR, Ethernet, or relay control.

“RTI solutions take the complexity out of home automation and make it about what the client wants in their home. Even the most complex systems can be a simple, yet gratifying experience for users.”

Joseph Mattera

How it works

  • 1 A Quick Phone CallA chance to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team about the products and services you’re interested in. Don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes as we cover a few basic questions.
  • 2 Site VisitWe’ll visit your home to check the technical aspects like existing wiring and architecture, location of rooms and components. We’ll also want to hear more about how you want to use your system and your dream scenario.
  • 3 Detailed ProposalYou'll receive a detailed proposal outlining plans and all estimated costs, including equipment, cable & hardware, programming, engineering, installation, design, project management, related taxes and discounts.
  • 4 DeliveryAfter coordinating with all parties, we deliver, install, program and train you on your new system. We're located nearby, in midtown Manhattan, to provide you with any extended maintenance and care.


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