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Jacob Abbott, president of Visual Concepts in Nashville, TN, was the custom integrator that brought a Game of Thrones superfan’s dreams to life with the installation of a truly unique home theater.
At the National Geographic Encounter in New York City, entertainment developer SPE Partners has employed cutting-edge audiovisual technology.
The reframing of this essentially American idyll has been underway for some time, as the introduction of outdoor speakers and televisions has expanded the use of outdoor spaces to include game night gatherings, weddings, graduation pool parties
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In-Wall/Ceiling Speakers Continue to Play a Significant Role in the Evolving Residential Systems Integration Landscape
With lighter televisions (and an increased demand for networked home entertainment) has come smaller components. Subsequently, racks, mounts and enclosures, too, have moved away from their clunky roots to embrace lighter build materials and designs that acknowledge the shrinking of the electronic components they lift, support and hide.
Much of this first class will seem basic and remedial to many experienced techs, but it is by no means a cakewalk. In fact, there are several sections that cover less-familiar ground and include information that is quite technical, no matter how many networks you have configured. The last section of the near 2.5-hour class is especially fast and furious, and I STRONGLY ADVISE you to take notes on this section to prepare for the 20-question test that follows the first lesson. Not to “shame” my business partner, but he attended the week-long CEDIA advanced networking course over a year ago, and I had him take Pakedge’s end-of-course exam cold (without viewing the training), and he failed. I also failed on my first attempt (but nailed a 100% on the second try.)
This Integration Guide was sponsored by RTI as a supplement to Residential Systems, August 2017
This Integration Guide was sponsored by Access Networks, Control4, Luxul, and Peerless-AV as a supplement to Residential Systems, May 2017
The growing sophistication of security systems, especially cameras and door locks, is on track to revolutionize custom integration as a whole.
In the custom integration sphere, the slimming down of components has had a knock-on effect on newer models of AV racks, mounts, and enclosures—originally intended to be the nerve centers of once-behemoth components that powered equally complex integrated systems.
Home audio’s evolution in the past five years has been remarkable. Streaming music services, the move from physical media to near-universal digital delivery, and the shrinking of audio components have collectively redefined how we listen to music in our home space.
Arguably, beyond brewing a cup of coffee from the bedroom, IoT has generated the most buzz about the practical possibilities of remote management of lights and interior environments, including the use of voice control to achieve overall home automation.
Over the years, touchpanels, remotes, and more recently, control apps have served as the primary access point to programming and effectively engaging with home automation systems, which are now evolving into and underpinning the broader development of the smart home concept and its corresponding technology girdle, the Internet of Things.
Getting from here to there is a basic aspect of every custom integration business, large and small.
Wireless technology continues to push the boundaries of where consumers can enjoy audio and video entertainment, but in the custom integration world, concerns about cable runs, product and installation durability, and future-proofing projects still dominate the backend conversation.
Head-end rooms, usually a closet-size AV control center, have for years relied on racks and enclosures to discretely serve as the backbone of integrated AV and automation/control systems, in much the same way that mounts have literally supported the evolving frames of televisions and projectors.
User interfaces come in all shapes, sizes and capabilities—conforming to the needs of the often-complex systems behind them.
Working in an industry where the future has always been now, custom integrators know what it is like to thrive in “on the brink” moments.