For Neal Wagner, co-owner of the Hollywood, Los Angeles interior design retail store MOGUL, visual appeal is everything. From his personal paintings hanging in the homes of major celebrities to the dramatic look of the MOGUL store interior, everything in his life must measure up to his exacting standard of aesthetic beauty.
When he was looking for a hi-tech, hi-fidelity music system for his new home, he found the Niles IntelliControl ICS System.
According to Wagner, “I’m the complete opposite of a techie, so I never really got excited about technology — until I used the Niles ICS System for my home audio. I own a retail interior design store and have designed homes for some of the world’s biggest celebrities, so when it comes to my home, I wanted a premium quality audio system that blends right into the background — a clunky obtrusive stereo system just wasn’t an option. With the ICS System, the stereo equipment is located in a separate room, so all we see are the fantastic Niles Contact color touch screens on the wall. And the best part from a design standpoint is the Niles CM Architectural speakers are flush-mounted in the ceiling so we were able to paint right over them, and now they are nearly invisible.”
By integrating all of his music sources, including Pandora Internet Radio, his iPod, PC, CD player and DirecTV music channels, which can be played through 37 speakers in 12 distinct audio zones, the ICS System has given Wagner dominion over his entire home’s musical atmosphere.
“My friends and I can’t believe everything it can do, and how easy it is to use the touch screens or the Niles iRemote to pick and choose from all of our music on the computer, Pandora, my iPod or the DirecTV music stations,” Wagner said. “When we host parties or fundraisers it’s really important for us to have good music playing through high-quality speakers, and the Niles ICS System makes it simple so we don’t have to worry about it. All of the Niles rock speakers and other Niles outdoor speakers give us amazing sound quality while outdoors, and we can even play different music sources in different rooms or outside.”
Utilizing two Niles GXR2s to play up to six simultaneous music sources in 12 separate zones of audio throughout the home, including five distinct outdoor zones, there isn’t a single spot in the house out of range of hi-fidelity music. The hi-fidelity ambience is maintained outdoors by three pairs of mounted box speakers and four pairs of hidden rock speakers.
The systems integrator, Moni of Moni Inc., said, “The best thing about the Niles ICS System is that it’s dead simple for the user to control and get to their favorite music quickly. And as an integrator, there’s an amazing level of comfort knowing that the components are extremely reliable and can be upgraded in the future as new music sources arise, such as the Internet sources becoming available today. I’ve been installing Niles systems for 20 years, and the very first system I installed is still working with no problems. When I install a system and turn it on, 99.9 percent of the time it works on the first try with no issues, and that makes my job easier and keeps my clients very happy.”