Director of Sales & Marketing
Electronic Environments, New York, NY
A live sound engineer who morphed into an integrator of commercial and AV installations, Dave Bussen has been in the industry for 24 years. In his current role, he is devoted to business development as well as manages the sales department and oversees system design. He has been a Savant Systems dealer for five years.
How do you rate the Select Remote?
On a 1-10 rating I’d say the Savant Select is an 11. Everyone from eight to 80 years old knows what an iPod touch is. Savant has blended an iPod Touch with those few important hard buttons that make it feel like the remote to your cable box—this product is 1000 times better than competitive products.
For what types of installations is it best suited?
We like to give the customer a Savant Select for every room that has speakers and a TV in it. The Savant Select is competitively priced with other universal remotes — it is good for single-room installations on up to large systems. It can be easily expanded and can gracefully handle things like window shade integration.
What is one feature of the Select Remote that stands out in your projects?
I love how the Savant Select integrates modern aesthetics and design with the hard buttons customers need. It blends the technology of an iPod touch all within a package that looks at home sitting on a coffee table in a $5-million apartment.
What features would you like to see changed or added?
I would love if the Savant Select could make and receive phone calls — if we could use this device as a wireless phone, it would be awesome.
A footnote from Savant: Adding telephony to the Savant Select is an upcoming future product enhancement we are working on.