Editor’s Note: Showrooms are the window to the soul for a business, and even though visits are restricted at the moment due to the current pandemic, we hope you’ll find inspiration from the showrooms featured in this article from our sister site Residential Systems.
Are you looking for inspiration in building or upgrading a showroom? Look no further as we present some excellent examples from across the country.
Shop/Firm Name: Luxury Living Showroom
Location: Southlake, TX
Showroom Dimensions: 15,000 square feet
Brands Featured: Access Networks, Sony, Samsung, LG, Bowers & Wilkins, Revel, MartinLogan, Klipsch, Marantz, Crestron, URC-Total Control, JVC, Epson, and SVS, plus leading luxury kitchen appliance brands such as Bosch, Wolf, and Whirlpool
Fun Fact: “With all of the many advanced products and systems we’ve integrated into the various home environments throughout the showroom — lighting and shading control, home automation, AV distribution, and more — we needed a robust network with enough bandwidth and intelligence to enable the technology to perform optimally,” says David Pidgeon, Starpower CEO. “The systems had to work without a hitch to ensure that our demonstrations were on point, our customers could envision using similar setups in their own homes, and could easily recognize the level of integration and professionalism Starpower can provide to their projects.”
Shop/Firm Name: AudioClassics, Ltd
Location: Vestal, NY
Showroom Dimensions: The main Luxman showroom is ~288 sq. ft., but we have other larger rooms.
Brands Featured: McIntosh, Luxman, Legacy, Levinson, B&W, Klipsch, Marantz, Magnepan, Revel, JL Audio, Yamaha, JBL, and more
Fun Fact: We have lunch every Thursday, when the store is open. If you come, we’ll invite you to join us and treat you like family, probably better!
Shop/Firm Name: Cinegration
Location: Arvada, CO
Showroom Dimensions: 1500 sq. ft.
Brands Featured: Hunter Douglas, Control4, ColorBeam, WAC Lighting, American Lighting, Sony, Samsung, Seura TVs & LED Mirrors, Wisdom Audio, KEF, Sonance, Marantz, Lutron Shades, Fortress Seating, Salamander Furniture, Coastal Source, DSC Security Systems, All Camera Systems, and Cinegration Custom Drivers
Fun Fact: Cinegration specializes in harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology to meet their clients’ unique needs, like backlighting an onyx slab with LED sheets or integrating an antique phone into a modern intercom system. Cinegration’s software development branch allows them to deliver even more custom solutions by designing software that expands control and automation of technology. Recently, Cinegration joined the vanguard of custom integrators that are taking LED lighting to a new level. The have dedicated a lot of their Experience Center’s resources to this technology, like low-voltage downlights and luminaires that can be coordinated as groups or individually with simple wall controls.
Shop/Firm Name: Kitchen Design Center of Maryland by Gramophone
Websites: www.marylandkitchendesign.com; www.gramophone.com; skybygramophone.com
Location: Cockeysville, MD
Showroom Dimensions: 800 sq. ft. of showroom; 600 sq. ft. of office and design space
Brands Featured: Automation/ Lighting — Hunter Douglas, Lutron, Control 4, Ketra, Crestron; Cabinets — Waypoint Dura Supreme, Plain and Fancy and local custom millwork shops
Fun Fact: This showroom features one of the preeminent Lighting Lab/Demonstration Rooms that details how good lighting and lighting control can enhance your living. Gramophone has four showrooms (Hunt Valley/Cockeysville, Timonium, Gaithersburg, and Columbia). We are a design build and integration company offering a “one-stop shop” from space planning to making your house work for you. We are a talented group of designers, architects, builders, craftsmen, electricians, network specialists and tech programmers that bring ease and function to everyday life. The KDC showroom and Gaithersburg locations feature all of our talents. We designed, built, and programmed these spaces with Gramophone Employees, not subcontractors.
Shop/Firm Name: Ui Supplies
Websites: www.uisupplies.com; www.powerhousealliance.com
Location: Plainview, NY
Showroom Dimensions: 70 feet x 64 feet (includes showroom, theater [top], mancave [bottom], and experience center — full location with warehouse is 25,000 sq. ft.)
Brands Featured: Vanco International, Lutron, LG, Samsung, KEF, Yamaha, and many more
Fun Fact: The Ui Supplies Plainview, NY location includes a showroom, a mancave, a theater room, experience center, offices, and warehouse all in one building. Every Tuesday in the summer, Ui Supplies hosts a gourmet BBQ for their customers, and Ui Supplies employees do the cooking. They smoke and grill their own meats and pair it with homemade sides.
Shop/Firm Name: Theory Experience Center
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Showroom Dimensions: 3000 sq. ft. Experience Center including a 560 sq. ft. demo room
Brands Featured: Theory Audio Design loudspeakers, subwoofers, DSP processing, and amplification; Planar video display; Cinematech seating; Kaleidescape media server; Acurus surround processor; Marantz surround processor; and Atlona HDMI switch
Fun Fact: The Theory Experience Center includes two systems, one of which is a soundbar-based 5.2.2 Atmos system with nearly 2000 watts of power providing cinema theatrical sound — all available for $12,300 retail.
Shop/Firm Name: PRO Experience Center
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Showroom Dimensions: 3000 sq. ft. Experience Center houses a 930 sq. ft. demo room
Brands Featured: Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers, subwoofers, DSP processing, and amplification; Cortex VIP/Dolby cinema processor; Trinnov audio processor; Stewart screen; Kaleidescape media server; Zigen HDMI switch
Fun Fact: The PRO Experience Center includes two 23-channel Dolby Atmos systems featuring more than 25,000 watts of total power and the real Dolby cinema processor.
Shop/Firm Name: SAV Digital Environments Wallace Showroom and Show Condo next door
Location: Bozeman, MT
Showroom Dimensions: Showroom [top] — 1800 sq. ft.; Condo [bottom]: 1600 sq. ft.
Brands Featured: Showroom — Lutron Shades and QS, Lutron Palladiom shades and keypads, Ketra, McIntosh, Sonus faber, Bang & Olufsen, Sonos, Crestron, Josh.ai, Sony, Devialet, Sonance, Polycom, LuxePort, Audio Control, James Loudspeaker, Ruckus, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Axis cameras, and Honeywell security
Condo — Legrand | AV, Chief, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, On-Q, QMotion, Vantage, Ruckus, Adorn, Sonance, LuxePort, Josh.ai, Sonance, Trufig, Sonos, Seura, McIntosh, Leon (coming soon), Samsung, and Crestron
Fun Fact: Prior to being SAV, the showroom used to be a commercial laundry repair facility with 7-foot popcorn ceilings. Once they acquired the building in 2004, it became SAV’s office until 2017 when they converted it into a showroom. Until then, SAV never had a showroom. SAV’s show condo next door, a.k.a. Block 106, used to be a large dirt parking lot that held the company’s fleet. After outgrowing the office in 2017, the staff and fleet moved to a larger facility, which is the reason the Wallace office started transforming into a showroom and SAV’s president used the parking lot land to build a two-story building with six condos on top with a living roof and four commercial spaces below. SAV kept one of the condos to become an intelligent living space that is full of smart home tech.
Shop/Firm Name: SoundCheck Inc. Experience Center
Location: Southfield, MI
Showroom Dimensions: 2600 sq. ft.
Brands Featured: Full Swing Golf Simulator; Sony Projector and TVs; JBL, Revel, and Dynaudio speakers; Palliser theater seating; California House game tables; Control4 automation; Seura Mirror TVs; Napa Technology wine station; Inada and Infinity massage chairs; JBL Synthesis theater systems; Samsung Frame TVs; Leon Custom speakers; Brown Jordan, Panama Jack, and Pelican Reef outdoor furniture; Lutron and Screen Innovations shading; Honeywell alarm; Control4 and Lutron lighting control; Kube bar stools; Brown Jordan outdoor fire pits and fire tables; Seura Outdoor TVs; Amina Invisible Speakers; Virtual Windows; Seura Smart Mirrors; Seura Hydra Waterproof TVs for showers
Fun Fact: All the video distribution is courtesy of Just Add Power.
Shop Name/Firm: Crestron Design Showroom
Location: New York, NY
Showroom Dimensions: 3500 sq. ft.
Brands Featured: Crestron
Fun Fact: The Crestron Design Showroom has hosted over 19,000 visitors since it opened, and it is a 2020 Residential Systems Stellar Service Gold Award winner.
Shop Name: Saturday Audio Exchange
Location: Chicago, IL
Showroom Dimensions: 3200 sq. ft.
Brands Featured: B&W, McIntosh,Goldenear, NAD, Paradigm, Mytek, Lumin, Paradigm, Bluesound, Klipsch, PrimaLuna,Marantz
Fun Fact: Dog friendly for 38 years and counting, a true neighborhood store located in the shadow of Wrigley Field, home of the (maybe only) once-a-century World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Pictured above is one of their often-held Classic Album Sundays. Here is a video tour of the shop:
This article originally ran on residentialsystems.com