In August we took a trip to New Jersey and New York to tour the Crestron headquarters, some of the manufacturing facilities, and the research and development building. It became clear that the name “Crestron” is not just a logo stamped on a piece of electronics equipment. It also became clear why Crestron is the leading manufacturer and largest brand when it comes to systems integration for both the residential and commercial markets.
With hundreds of engineers on staff, a fully dedicated R&D program, state of the art manufacturing, and rigorous quality control, Crestron will remain the most powerful force in the luxury and commercial systems integration markets for the foreseeable future.
New products like Pyng environmental controls, DM (Digital Media) and steadfast reliability will appeal to consumers. New design and development tools like Crestron Studio and Pyng reduce costs for integrators and installers that ultimately reduce installation costs. Crestron has a deep product line and something to suit everyone, whether you are just looking to control a few lights and a thermostat, a media room, or a stadium full of TVs.
We offer both Crestron and Lutron centralized lighting system to our clients. A centralized lighting system allows homeowners the maximum flexibility with programmed lighting control and access to lighting scenes throughout the home.
- Convenience and elegance converge with centralized lighting controls, enabling anyone to adjust lighting settings without unsightly banks of light switches encroaching on your space.
- Reduce energy consumption and costs by combining lighting and environmental technologies into an intelligent energy management solution.
- A centralized lighting system not only integrates seamlessly into your lifestyle but also into your décor. There are lighting control devices in a broad array of styles and finishes to suit any need and environment, from discreet keypad options to dazzling touchscreen displays. Engraved keypads and even our dimmers can perform many functions with easy-to-use labled buttons, replacing various unsightly switches with a single compact solution.
Recently, AVForums.com mounted a full review of Monitor Audio’s PL100II bookshelf speaker. This speaker is part of our luxury lineup of Platinum speakers which includes tower speakers, center channel speakers, and subwoofers perfect for the best in hi-fi audio and home theater for the most demanding listeners.
The Platinum lineup, since its introduction in 2016, has already stacked up major considerations from reviewers. In a year’s time, there are 11 positive reviews and the coveted “Product of the Year” from Absolute Sound for the PL500II floor standing speakers. We are confident in this line of product to meet the standard of our clients with demanding taste.
Ed Selley of AVForums.com had these high points of the PL100II bookshelf speaker:
- “…the PL100II is an altogether more luxurious object.”
- “… the more you listen to them, the more impressive they become.”
- “…the Monitor Audio has exceptional bass extension.”
- “…is packed with detail and texture.”
Selly sums up his review
This is an attractive, exquisitely assembled and very forgiving speaker that delivers a truly outstanding performance across a huge variety of music. This incredible set of abilities garners the PL100II a Highly Recommended badge.
Some in the home automation space are calling the Amazon Echo with voice control one of the most exciting things to happen to home systems integration in a long while. Some consider it as big as the introduction of affordable touch screens. There is no question that reliable voice control has been long awaited. That’s where the Amazon Echo comes in.
We are excited to see a new service van hit the road to serve our integration and electrical customers. This 2016 Ford Transit van should be on the road for many years ensuring our technicians and electricians arrive at jobs around the Chattanooga area.
Dolby Laboratories introduced Dolby Atmos, the object oriented surround sound technology, in mid 2012. This technology allows sound to be placed in a room three dimensionally (3D). Interestingly, this technology does not replace earlier versions of Dolby’s surround technology, which is channel based, but appends the 3D sound with additional “height” speakers. As with most new standards in the A/V business, it has taken some time for the product space to mature and be widely available to consumers. Now, many movies are being released with a native Dolby Atmos soundtrack and the hardware side has caught up as well with manufactures like Yamaha, Pioneer, and Speakercraft leading the way.
Dolby’s marketing tag line for Atmos is “Hear the Whole Picture”. That goes to say that with a good system setup, the object oriented surround is lush and compelling. Here are some of the benefits from Dolby: Read More
We completed a “retro” installation in Ringgold with some unique features that should allow the homeowner many seasons of enjoyment. The new system included installation in the “man house” (pool house/garage), the main house, and outdoor area at the pool. Here’s a break down of the complete system installation. Read More
Have you ever visited our showroom on Ringgold Road? Not yet? You can tour the showroom right from your web browser with Google. The 360 degree virtual tour will give you an idea of what to expect when you come by for a demonstration. We can demonstrate lighting, home theater, multi-room audio, automation, and the rest of our services and product line from our facility. If you are building a new house or looking to upgrade what you have, you’ll be glad you came by.
To see the 3d virtual tour:
We have brought in two new manufactures of luxury audio gear to audition in our showroom. These brands are well known through out the hifi world, so we thought we would give them a try to see if they offered anything for our clients. Hegel, a Norwegian power company, has a well established brand with many patents that is evidence of their commitment to sound. And there is Triangle, a French manufacturer and one of Europe’s leading brands.
After we wrangled all the wires and connected a digital source from our Autonomic Mirage Media Server, we sat down for our first listening session. First up is our Monitor Audio Platinum II 300 speakers paired with the Hegel H160 stereo receiver. We have been listening to these speakers for quite sometime paired with a nice Yamaha Aventage stereo receiver, so we are very familiar with the sound signature. First impression: Simply amazing. Read More