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Red Sox Pitcher Mark Melancon's Whole-Home Audio System
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Post 1 made on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 15:12
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March 1999
Red Sox Pitcher Mark Melancon's Whole-Home Audio System
By Grant Clauser
Before the start of the 2012 MLB season, Red Sox relief pitcher Mark Melancon had an 11-zone Niles audio system installed in his Texas home.

What does a professional baseball player do months before he has to trade uniforms and play for a team in different city? Get a high-end home audio system installed in his house, of course.

That’s what new Red Sox relief pitcher Mark Melancon did just before he packed up for Florida for spring training. Previously with the Houston Astros, Melancon still makes his home in Texas. He recently had a new Niles ICS whole-house audio system installed by Modia.

Melancon hadn’t ever seen (or heard) a whole-house audio system like this before, but he’s a believer now. He explains that when he and his wife first saw the house, it already had a system, an older Niles product, installed, and that’s when his interest in the concept began. “Just listening to it for a couple of minutes when we walked through the house was something special,” he says.

Once the couple was moved in, they knew they needed a system like the one they’d heard on the house tour, but the prior owners took it with them. When they met with Modia to plan out the system, ease-of-use was a top priority. “We specifically chose the Niles ICS system because of the simplicity of programming and operation,” says Modia’s Prashant Mody.

“There are other systems where you spend just as much time running wires and then have to spend even more time with the programming,” says Mody. From a time management point of view, the Niles system let Modia spend most of their time on the actual wiring and speaker installation, and very little on programming.

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