Triad Selects RMS Projects For Their New Ads

Beginning with October issues of several popular A/V magazines, Triad Loudspeakers will be advertising their Gold LCR line of InRoom and InWall loudspeakers.
 
To compliment the ads, Triad selected Residential Media Systems Ltd. as their dealer of choice to offer Triad integrated projects for display. As a long time Triad dealer, it was an honor to hear their appreciation for our work and to be offered the chance to nationally display our projects. Many thanks Triad.
 

Sep 21, 2006 / Inside RMS

Cedia 2006 Re-Cap

With another year of record attendance for Cedia, RMS survives four days in the Mile High City for Cedia Expo 2006. Here's a look at some new and upcoming products we felt would interest all of you.

Cedia or the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association was established to aid professionals in the A/V industry by providing educational standards for today's and tomorrow's home electronic systems.

Cedia Expo – Day 1

Sonos

Sonos has released a new software update which includes the ability to stream the Rhapsody music service without the use of a computer. Other features of the update include internet radio, alarms and additional language support. Sonos users receive a free 30-day trial to Rhapsody, which includes top 100 charts and instant music libraries.

 

APCAV

American Power Conversion announced it's new power conditioner and battery backup, The S20. Featuring full network capabilities, the S20 can be fully monitored and controlled over the internet or any home network. It also offers environment based monitoring that measures and reports ambient temperature. Humidity monitoring is available as an accessory option. The S20 should be available in the 4th quarter of 2006.

 

Sooloos – Get In Touch With Your Music 

Sooloos is a new company offering what they consider to be a music system, not a single product. By offering three product series, Sooloos tailors itself to meet the user's requirements.

What caught our attention the most aside from the fantastic build quality and their interesting company history was Sooloos' unique interface experience. Offering the most extensive amount of metadata we've seen to date with any music server system, Sooloos really offers a great, easy to use interface while providing enough information to satisfy every music lover's needs.
 

In addition to importing metadata from the AMG service, utilizing that data to it's fullest potential was another place Sooloos really shined. The system offers a feature they call focusing which gives the user the ability to easily define playlists based on such metadata as detailed genres, moods, and tags. The playlists can be further refined by selecting specific decades.

With Crestron and AMX modules to be released shortly, Sooloos is surely a product we're keeping our eyes on.

 

Cedia Expo – Day 2

D-Box

D-Box gave an impressive demonstration of their upcoming ultimate gaming gear simulator. Offering such features as a race car seat style with adjustable depth and recline, an adjustable pedal plate, aluminum construction, a tilting support tablet for keyboard and steering wheel usage and an optional joystick adaptor plate for flying control. For those of you unfamilar with D-Box's technology, here's a brief overview.

The patented, award-winning D-BOX® motion simulation system provides dramatic, realistic motion that is perfectly synchronized with onscreen action and sound for an experience beyond your wildest imagination. These cutting-edge technologies and products are the final link in the convergence of audio and video into a completely immersive multimedia experience.
 
Motion simulators uses a two or four point suspension system to lift and move your seating in perfect synchronization with the onscreen action and sound, creating a virtual-reality experience in your living room or home theater. You're literally drawn into the action as never before, experiencing the same motional forces as the actors and players you're watching.
 
While they only demonstrated a single PC based racing game, several titles will be supported including Microsoft's Flight Simulator. We felt the system could have used some additional steering tweaks but the overall experience was quite a thrill and should be on any racing fan's Christmas list.

 

 

Slim Devices and Infrant Technologies

We were finally able to get hands on with Slim Device's Transporter that was announced last month and loved everything it has to offer. The only thing left for us to test is actual sound quality but we're confident it'll blow us away.

We were also surprised to see a new NAS device in the pipes from Infrant called the Repertoire. Available in October 2006 with both 2 and 3 Terrabyte versions to choose from,  this may be the ultimate companion to the Transporter. We will be contacting Slim Devices shortly for pre ordering combos.

 

Crestron
Typically Crestron has one if not the largest booth at the show and this year was no exception displaying several new products. We'll start with their upcoming user interfaces.

TPMC-8X WiFi Touchpanel 

The TPMC-8X is a replacement to the current Isys i/O TPMC-10 WiFi Touchpanel. This next-generation wireless touchpanel is packed with new features including a thin, lightweight magnesium casing, an 8.4" SVGA active matrix touchscreen, 1.5 GB of storage memory, and an AMD Geode™ processor for much improved speed and performance. Other features include a biometric fingerprint scanner, built-in bluetooth and 802.11a|b|g Wi-Fi capabilites, dual microphones, stereo speakers and onboard applications for conferencing and voice over IP. We're anxious to get one of these babies in-house for further testing.

TPMC-4X 

Even though this product was previously announced earlier this year by Crestron, this was our first hands-on experience with the product. Based on a 3.5" touchscreen and Wi-Fi communications, the TPMC-4X is Crestron's first true 2-way handheld remote. If the performance of this touchscreen is what we expect it to be, this could be a great addition to our handheld remote selection. This is another product we're excited to start testing out as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for days 3 and 4…

Sep 18, 2006 / Articles

Pre-Cedia 2006 News

Cedia 2006 opens it's doors tomorrow and Residential Media Systems Ltd. will be there, FULL FORCE!

As if there wasn't enough pre-Cedia 2006 news, we wanted to inform everyone that we will be attending this year's Cedia Expo and will unfortunately be closing our offices Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th. Our flight leaves bright and early Thursday morning with a Denver arrival time of 12:00pm. This will be our first year covering highlights and interests of the expo to our web visitors so please feel free to check back with us to see what products and adventures we discover!

Sep 12, 2006 / Inside RMS

RMS Launches Website Revamp

After what felt like an eternity in the making, Residential Media Systems Ltd. is proud to offer it's visitors a much improved web experience with today's site re-launch of rmsav.com

For more than five years, rmsav.com offered little more than a photo gallery of finished RMS projects and outdated product descriptions. Being such a cutting-edge technology company, we decided it was time to present ourselves in a cutting-edge form. After contacting several web developers to help create our new vision, we soon discovered what we were after wouldn't be as simple as we first thought.

In this day and age, some form of a content management system should not be thought of as an addon component but should be a standard requirement of any website. Data entry will need to be added at some point in time and with the revolutionary capabilities of web 2.0, adding that content can be a breeze for anyone. Finding a developer with not only the knowledge to produce this backend but also at a price that met our budget was impossible to find so we decided to attempt the task ourselves.

To accomplish a project such as this, our resident automation systems architect, Eric Leese took it upon himself to research the backend of the world wide web to discover what was possible in this day and age. "All I knew going into this project was that I wanted the backend to be dynamic, lightweight and expandable." The open source community is a wonderful resource tool for software creation and development. With a little research, Eric discovered the ability to modify a previous software platform he had prior experience with. This platform became the foundation of the new rmsav.com.

With the new backend in place, we were able to start adding content. While not fully completed, rmsav.com now offers current information on our products, services and inside news to Residential Media Systems Ltd. With the ability to easily add content on-demand, the remaining content we plan to offer should not take much longer. For those pages that appear blank or unavailable, we are aware of them and will complete them soon.

Sep 12, 2006 / Inside RMS

Now And Zen

Residential Media Systems Ltd. showcases their talents in Lancaster General Hospital’s 2006 Decorator Show House.

Enter Room Twenty of this year's Lancaster General Hospital show house and you will find yourself in a room unlike any other.  The room, aptly named "Now and Zen," utilizes the latest in home automation technology to envelop a weary visitor and encourage a deep level of relaxation.

 

A single tap on the user friendly touch screen surrounds you in the environment of your choice. Be it calming ocean waves, a relaxing rain forest, tranquil water falls, or a peaceful snowfall, the combination of lighting, music, and high definition visuals wisks away the stress of everyday and clears the path for deeper thought and meditation.  Elegant zen accents, simple design, and the integration of earth tones with the natural artistry of Brad Stroman combine together to bring the interior of this room full circle.

 
Show House Overview 

A historic family farm known as "Lime Spring Farms" will showcase the talents of Lancaster County interior design professionals and local artists September 9th-30th. More than 30 professionals, including designers, artists, florists, painters, chefs, craftspeople, and landscapers, will donate their time and talent to transform Lime Spring Farm into a showcase of home design for three weeks.

 

The show house is open for tours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $18 for groups of 10 or more. Proceeds raised by the Decorator Show House will benefit cancer care and treatment at Lancaster General Hospital.  Ticket holders can also attend the many demonstrations, seminars, and other special events held on the property during the open house, providing design enthusiasts ample opportunities to learn about home and garden design as well as entertaining tips.

 

In addition to house tours, guests are invited to enjoy a meal or snack at the “The Farmhouse Café,” featuring the culinary talents of local caterers. Guests can also stop by “La Boutique pour le Cure,” for a unique shopping experience featuring work by local craftspeople, designer fabrics, garden accessories and entertaining necessities.
 
The café and boutique are open during regular show house tour hours. Guests need not purchase a tour ticket to sample the cuisine or shop at the boutique. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 717-544-4661.
 
Through volunteering, fundraising, and special projects, The United Auxiliaries to the Lancaster General Hospital supports the efforts of the hospital in improving the health and wellness of the Lancaster community. Through the commitment and dedication of its members and generous support of its sponsors, The United Auxiliaries has been able to provide the necessary funding for new medical services with the latest medical technology. The United Auxiliaries celebrates its 59th anniversary this year. 
 

The History of Lime Spring Farm
Located at 2452 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA, "Lime Spring Farm” was originally built by Peter Lehman in 1720 and was inhabited by nine generations of his descendents. The Lehmans were a philanthropic and politically connected family. The 110-acre farm, just west of Rohrerstown, is one of the oldest homesteads in Lancaster County. 

Besides hosting lavish parties, Lime Spring Farm was the scene of leisurely picnics, open-invitation fishing and ice-skating — and a terrible family tragedy. But the graceful tree-lined lane off Marietta Avenue is easy to drive right past, never hinting at the beauty and history that lie just beyond the curved driveway.

Today, the Lehman descendants number just four. In 2004, sisters Peggy Neff and Nancy Tanger were the last family members to move off the farm, which includes four homes. The always-philanthropic family donated the $6 million proceeds from the farm’s sale to the Lancaster County Historical Society. But for all its gracious hospitality, the historic farm’s 18th-century homes have never opened to the public, until now. 

Sep 11, 2006 / Articles