by Rebecca Day They call it custom electronics for a reason. Here in this high-rise suite along Manhattan's Central Park South, the couple had precise requirements that didn't exactly fit a cookie-cutter design for music, video and home control. But that's nothing new to the designers at EDG, who pride themselves in tweaking tried-and-true electronics to meet the unique needs of its clients. Here, audiophile-grade music quality came first, followed by video, lighting and climate control, and EDG delivered. Minimalist design defines this full-floor apartment. If electronics are visible, that means they have an integral role in the home. That's the case in the listening room, where a pair of B&W floorstanding loudspeakers stand in full view to provide the owners with the closest thing to the concert sound at neighboring Lincoln Center--without having to leave the apartment. The sleek B&W XT8s--with a footprint of just 6 x 8 inches--deliver the full-range performance necessary for the couple's classical music collection without taking over the room. EDG installation experts were able save floorspace in the room by stuffing the accompanying Triad subwoofer into the wall, while maintaining audio performance--and neighborhood peace. The wall cavity is packed with insulation to prevent the lowest bass frequencies from leaking to other floors. The music source list for this midtown gem features analog and digital-era equipment and doesn't skimp on options. An Integra CD changer handles legacy CDs, and there's easy access to iPod libraries and the Rhapsody music service via Control4's multi-room audio system. The Control4 HC500 controller comes with its own 500GB hard drive that stores thousands of MP3s. All the components are neatly wired into the Control4 system for distribution to seven zones throughout the apartment. Local radio can be playing in the kitchen while Mozart serenades the couple in the listening room. Wherever they are, their favorite tunes are a simple tap away. Hit the Classical button on a Control4 touchscreen and music pipes into the room from an iPod docked in a Sonance iPort. Although video was less a priority for this couple than their music, they utilized the three flat-panel TVs to meet their needs. The home theater TV, a 46-inch Sony LCD, is the focal point for a 7.1-channel surround-sound system. All speakers in the room are flushed mounted in the wall, including the custom Leon center-channel speaker built into the tailored opening beneath the TV. Video sources include a Blu-ray player and cable TV, and all three TVs in the home double as a big-screen remote for the Control4 home automation system. EDG suggested Control4 in this project to meet the client's budget, need and desire for home monitoring over the Internet. Control4 integrates control over thermostats, lighting and A/V equipment, which gives the owners convenience, security, and energy savings at the touch of a button. A Control4 C4-4Sight/Subscription gives the owners Internet access to their control system from across town or around the world. While traveling abroad, the couple can click into the Web page for their apartment and not only see the temperature for each room in the zoned apartment, but turn up or down temperatures in response to changes in weather. They can dim lights to save energy or turn lights on sporadically to give the home an occupied appearance. They can set a romantic mood with lighting and music minutes before they arrive home. A stack of black boxes is required to make a system like this run, but fortunately EDG installers are adept at keeping the hardware hidden. They fashioned a pull-out system inside a closet next to the TV in the theater room. All equipment is masked behind a door, and there's a thermal protection system built in to keep electronics running cool. If the equipment requires servicing, the rack pulls out for access to the gear. Out of sight but never out of mind.