Residential Systems recently announced the winners of their Best of Show awards at ISE 2023. The products were nominated by the manufacturers and a team of judges was employed to walk the floor and rate the products on a number of criteria, including their value, impact, and how unique it was to the market.
Here is additional information about each winner, taken directly from the product’s entry form.
Crestron Home OS
Since its debut, Crestron Home OS has continued to expand with hundreds of updates, interoperability with industry-leading partners, and is continuing to provide market-leading solutions that curate unique and bespoke environments to maximize how we live, work, and enjoy our homes.
Crestron Home’s user interface delivers a sophisticated, intuitive experience with elegant animation to give homeowners control from their mobile device or at home using touch screens, remotes, and more. About every six weeks, the Crestron Home platform gets an update, including everything from minor fixes to major upgrades that increase functionality for both Crestron and third-party devices.
Crestron offers a vast product library that works natively with Crestron Home, but they are far from the only products that can be controlled through a Crestron Home System. As an open ecosystem that includes Crestron solutions and thousands of third-party devices, there is no end to how far you can customize the home. Control systems that support Crestron Home OS are CP4-R, MC4-R, DIN-AP4-R, and PC4-R.
More Information: http://www.crestron.com
McIntosh MHT300 Home Theater Receiver
The McIntosh MHT300 Home Theater Receiver is an uncompromising 7.2 (or 5.2.2) channel home theater powerhouse sure to heighten the viewer’s emotional connection to what they are watching. With support for 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120 Hz video and leading home theater surround sound audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, plus delivering 120–150 Watts of McIntosh power to the home theater speakers, the MHT300 will make anyone’s home theater dreams come true.
With the MHT300, the power ratings are for all seven channels being driven. That means every 4-ohm speaker will receive 150 watts and every 8-ohm speaker will receive 120 watts of power to bring favorite movies and video content to life
More Information: https://www.mcintoshlabs.com
Netgear has expanded its portfolio of products and services for the residential installer market with the addition of the WAX618, a budget-friendly, feature-rich access point delivering 3 Gbps total throughput and a 2.5 Gbps Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) port. The WAX618 supports next-generation Wi-Fi 6 smartphones, IoT devices, and notebook computers and is based on Wi-Fi 6 Release 2 technology, featuring 160 MHz channelization on the 5 GHz band and delivering 100 percent more throughput than Wi-Fi 6 Release 1. Compared to Wi-Fi 5 access points, the WAX618 provides 4x the client device connection, serving better speeds and less congestion to the end customer.
The WAX618 joins a line of products targeting the residential custom integration channel, including models WAX628 and WAX638E. Sold exclusively through authorized Netgear distributors, the access points are bundled with four years of both Netgear Insight cloud management and the company’s ProSupport services, which provide expert guidance to help with access point placement, as well as AV and Wi-Fi network design.
More Information: https://www.netgear.com/business/wifi/access-points/wax618/
PMC Ci Series
The six models in PMC’s ci series of in-wall/on-wall slimline speakers bring the company’s studio technology to the CI sector and enable installers to maximize the audio quality that is possible in residential cinema installations. PMC’s slimline monitors are the benchmark in Dolby Atmos mixing studios across the world, including Dolby London, Capitol LA, and Dean Street London. Emmy Award winning PMC’s close involvement with the movie industry goes back to 1991 when it started designing the speakers that are used by the studios to create the soundtracks.
For the CI industry, the ability to specify exactly the same speakers used by the movie makers is the only way to offer customers the same stunning dynamics and awe-inspiring realism experienced in the leading studios.
Like all PMC speakers, the ci series models feature the company’s proprietary ATL bass loading technology and Laminair air flow control for ultra-low distortion and high-resolution playback. All six models are designed with a shallow depth for on-wall mounting and the ci30, ci45, ci65, and ci90slim may also be used in-wall, thanks to the Qikfire spring-loaded mounting system which makes them very “installer-friendly.”
Sound leakage is kept to a minimum thanks to the rear-enclosed cabinets, which don’t rely on the wall’s construction to enhance the sound. With their defined volume, robust construction, on or in-wall mounting options and ATL, the ci series has everything required to deliver awesome cinematic sound for customers who want the authentic Hollywood experience.
More Information: www.pmc-speakers.com
RTI Integration Designer 11 Coral Control Programming Software
Integration Designer is the engine of RTI control and automation solutions, providing a single programming platform for both residential and commercial applications. While Integration Designer has always enabled full customization, RTI envisioned an interface that minimized programming while maximizing the user experience. The result is Coral, included in the new Integration Designer 11. Coral and Integration Designer 11 dramatically speed up the installation process for projects of any size. A key part of this benefit is the automatic generation of the GUI, with pre-set pages as needed for devices added to the system, and auto-resizing to provide a consistent, intuitive interface across all remotes, touchpanels, and mobile devices. But it’s not just about speed. Integrators can also personalize the auto-generated pages, create their own custom interface, or even add a third-party template.
It also provides integrators with efficiency features like cloning devices, layers, and source bundles. With cloning and layers, Integration Designer allows programmers to quickly manage complex Coral layouts and multiple controllers with ease. Any edits can be automatically implemented globally. Another huge time saver is the program bundling, which allows integrators to export fully developed interfaces for reuse in future projects.
Music is essential to most home systems, and the Coral interface enables RTI Music to really sing, natively integrated in the control experience. For example, users can search in Spotify without leaving the Coral interface.
For the integrator, the tools in Integration Designer 11 behind the Coral interface are just as important, allowing virtually every aspect of the systems to be fully customized to meet any customer need with an elegant solution. And the new Integration Designer 11 includes full integration to the RTI driver library, enabling integrators to find all drivers without leaving the software and searching on a separate driver site.
More Information: https://www.rticontrol.com/integration-designer
Vanco International EVEXHDB3 HDBaseT 3.0 Extender
The Vanco Evolution EVEXHDB3 HDBaseT 3.0 Extender is the one extender to rule them all. Consisting of two units — a transmitter and a receiver — it includes every HDBaseT extension feature Vanco offers while supporting the very latest HDBaseT functionality. The EVEXHDB3 is fully compliant with HDMI 2.0b, HDCP 2.3/1.4, and HDBaseT 3.0.
Accept no compromises: the EVEXHDB3 delivers uncompressed 4K@60 Hz, 4:4:4, 18 Gbps video with HDR over a single Cat cable. It’s capable of transmission distances up to 100m using Cat 6a/7 cable (50m over Cat 6). It’s compatible with a host of leading HDR formats, including HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG. The EVEXHDB3 has an HDMI loop-out at the transmitter end for local monitoring or use with other HDMI distribution products. And, with both eARC and ARC support, HDMI content will sound as good as it looks — the EVEXHDB3 supports a wide range of audio formats, including LPCM, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and more. Integrators can also embed audio from a separate source, or de-embed or extract audio from the HDMI signal.
The EVEXHDB3 also offers bi-directional KVM, extending and supporting USB 2.0 functions including keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, microphone, webcams, data, and more. In terms of control, the EVEXHDB3 supports bi-directional IR and RS-232 pass-through for third-party control. It also supports 1 Gb Ethernet pass-through, allowing integrators to extend a network for streaming or control over the same Cat cable as the HDMI signal. Power over HDBaseT (PoH) technology allows both the transmitter and receiver units to be powered from either end using only a single power supply.
More Information: https://www.vanco1.com/
Wall-Smart Frameless Flush Mount
Brick construction is durable, resilient, can withstand all types of weather, resist moisture, termites , fire damage, and insulate well. However, installing keypads, touchscreens, and other popular smart home technologies into solid, thick wall surface made of concrete, brick, plaster, and other rigid materials has historically been a challenging exercise for builders, architects, and integrators. Wall-Smart has developed a solution to this all-too-common problem.
Designed, engineered, and manufactured to simplify and beautify the installation of a wide range of wall-mounted technologies, its new patent-pending Frameless Flush Mount provides a seamless fit and finish between rugged wall surfaces and sleek keypads, switches, touch panels, tablets, and more without sacrificing the architectural integrity of the structure or the performance of the device. Homes and buildings made of brick and concrete can now provide the innovative efficiencies of technology buyers have come to expect, in addition to unquestionable strength and durability. Furthermore, dealers and integrators can differentiate their businesses with a technology solution that’s simple to deploy and attractive to tech-savvy homebuyers.
The Frameless Flush Mount features a depth-calibration mechanism to ensure a flush appearance. Once the device has been securely mounted and the wall seams covered with a matching material, it looks like a natural part of the home or building with no compromise in performance. The Frameless Flush Mount finally achieves a level of installation simplicity and aesthetic appeal of requisite technology that has been missing in brick and concrete construction.
More Information: https://www.wall-smart.com/