The custom integrators at Fergus, Ontario-based Station Earth believe that nothing is more important than having a quick, simple and reliable way to control every aspect of the home theater.
Station Earth suggests that customers use the ELAN HR2 remote for controlling home theaters and living room entertainment centers.
Station Earth sales manager John Stumpf tackles this issue of simple control the same way for every installation.
“For controlling home theaters, or even living room entertainment centers, we insist that our customers use the ELAN HR2 remote,” Stumpf said. “This is something we tell them right off the bat, and we are adamant that i-devices aren’t sufficient or convenient for controlling TVs and home theaters. An iPad or iPhone requires too many steps when you want to change the channel or pause a show, and using third-party devices for these applications is a recipe for service call after service call.
“The HR2 solves all of these issues by including hard buttons for common media functions and utilizing both IR and IP technologies to relay the signal instantly and reliably. Controlling a home theater or any television with a non-specialized device is like buying an Aston Martin but using keys that only let you drive 40 miles per hour. You don’t get the best experience.”
So when Station Earth designs an ELAN g! integrated home theater that includes a Digital Projection 260HC CINE projector, a Stewart Filmscreen Cinecurve 120-inch 2.40:1 screen, a 5.1 surround sound system with a Sunfire TGA-7401 amplifier, an 8TB Kaleidescape Blu-ray capable movie server, a Kaleidescape 100-disc Blu-ray vault, and stadium seating for nine viewers, they make sure the users operate it with the ELAN HR2 remote.
“We designed the HR2 to be the ultimate handheld device for accessing and controlling the user’s media library, whether in a home theater, a living room entertainment center, or out in the yard to change the music," said Joe Lautner, product manager and new business development at ELAN. "Station Earth’s insistence on utilizing the best option for media control highlights their dedication to providing clients with the most positive, worry-free home entertainment experience available.”
The entire home is outfitted with the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System, which integrates the home’s Lutron lighting, HVAC, 12 zones of indoor and outdoor audio, security system, five exterior surveillance cameras, and soon will include control for the Jandy pool equipment. The family can control the system with several ELAN TS7 7-inch and TS2 2-inch touch screens and ELAN HR2 remotes throughout the home.