Product Spotlight: Crestron Digital Media

There’s no question that the digital age is here today. Analog television is off the air; practically every device that plugs into a display has an HDMI port; the latest MacBooks only provide DisplayPort outputs; laptops now include built-in Blu-ray players; and the latest video conferencing systems feature HDMI/DVI outputs exclusively. Crestron DigitalMedia™ (DM) is the only solution that answers the challenges of tomorrow – today.

Whole-house multimedia distribution offers several conveniences including having the ability to access your sources at all television locations (Set top boxes, Kaleidescape, Game Consoles etc.) which allows greater installation flexibility, but more importantly offers access to all of your content at every television. In many instances, RMS installs and configures multiple Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for each user in a home. This gives great flexibility and convenience by allowing per-user recordings and also the ability to monitor what the children are watching at any given time (by switching to their cable box).  Multimedia distribution also allows you to start a program in one room, and finish it in another, without missing a second of it.  The Crestron Digital Media system provides the backbone for new and upcoming multimedia technologies such as HDMI, USB, and ETHERNET. This system is “card-slot” based, meaning it can be expanded and adopted to work with future technologies at a later date.

In many cases, the majority of the system is installed in a rack located in a mechanical room, out of site.  At each television is a Crestron DM-RMC (Digital Media – Room Media Controller) device that is small enough to be easily concealed.  This provides the link to the system and all of the sources available, at every television.  This type of system design places all of the source components in one central area for installation flexibility, and eliminates redundant components in the system.

The difference between Crestron Digital Media, and every other video distribution system, is its “future-proof” design.  The system was engineered specifically to tackle the difficult distribution of today’s high-definition broadcasts (with its encrypted HDCP system), and also allows upgrading and expansion for new formats and technologies.

RMS is a leader in Crestron installation and programming with many satisfied clients utilizing this great new technology.  Contact us for more information or for a consultation to see if this technology is right for your needs!

Apr 20, 2010 / Features

Product Spotlight: Sonos

With more and more clients requesting the ability to access online music services such as Pandora and Rhapsody, RMS has researched several products that deliver these services intuitively and at a good value.  One of these has become the go-to product for RMS clients who want a standalone music system which offers streaming music content as well as their local music collection in a simple, easy-to-use interface.  That product is Sonos.

Music in your house.

When it comes to playing music, we believe all rooms should be created equal. That’s why you can put Sonos in absolutely any room where you want music. With Sonos, no room is off-limits and you can add music wirelessly to practically any number of rooms: the bedroom, the backyard, even the bathroom.

Music in your hands.

Sonos puts the control of all your music and all your rooms right where it should be — in your hands. With the touch of a finger you can find and play a world of music, whether it’s streaming direct from the Internet or stored on your computer. Tune in to your favorite radio station or browse through your entire music library. You can play the same song in every room or choose different songs for different rooms. It’s up to you. And so is which Controller you use — the dedicated Sonos Controller 200, Sonos Controller for iPhone™, Sonos Controller for Mac or PC, or a combination of all four.

SonosNet: Wireless that works like magic

The key to designing a music system that plays music all over the house is having a wireless network that works all over the house. That’s why Sonos created a wireless mesh network called SonosNet to deliver the range and performance required of a multi-room music system. When you need to stream music wirelessly, the network you use really matters. When a network is overloaded or stretched to its limits, you hear echoes and delays from room to room, and your Internet speed can be sluggish. Not so with Sonos.

Sonos chose a mesh network because a traditional network with a central hub relaying all the traffic didn’t provide the house-wide coverage we wanted. What’s more, access point networks were plagued by performance issues. SonosNet changes all that — providing the extensive range and superior performance you need to enjoy music in every room without requiring a massive wiring remodel.

Key Products of a Sonos system

  • Controllers
    • Sonos Controller 200 (CR200): The Sonos Controller 200 is a wireless, handheld Controller with a 3.5” full-color VGA display and ultra-responsive touch screen. Pick it up or touch the screen and it’s instantly on, ready to play your music. You can quickly find and play all your music and control all your ZonePlayers with the touch of a finger. And dedicated Mute, Volume and Zones buttons get you to the functions you use most. The Sonos Controller 200 provides instant access to your personal music library stored on your computer, plus thousands of Internet radio stations and the most popular online music services. And, it comes with a Charging Cradle so it’s always ready to go and easy to find.
    • Sonos Controller for Mac or PC: The Sonos Controller for Mac or PC is free software that’s included with every ZonePlayer. It offers almost all of the functionality as the handheld Sonos Controllers, and allows you to control your entire system from any desktop or laptop computer in your house.
    • Sonos Controller for iPhone: The Sonos Controller for iPhone is a free application that turns your iPhone (or iPod touch) into a full-fledged Sonos Controller. Plus, it fits in your pocket so you can carry it with you all over the house.
  • ZonePlayers
    • ZonePlayer (S5): A high-performance wireless music system with 5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers for crystal-clear, room-filling sound. Just plug it in wherever you want music.
    • Sonos ZonePlayer 120 (ZP120): The ZP120 has a built-in 55W per channel digital amplifier. Just add speakers to bring superior audio quality to any room.
    • Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (ZP90): The ZP90 connects directly to your home theater receiver, stereo system and more, so you can instantly add music to the audio equipment you already own.
  • Sonos ZoneBridge
    • The ZoneBridge™ is a wireless product that can be used instead of a ZonePlayer to set up your wireless Sonos system. If your house doesn’t have Ethernet wiring or your router is in a room where you don’t want music, connect the ZoneBridge to your router to instantly activate the SonosNet wireless mesh network. The ZoneBridge can also be used as a wireless extender to increase the range of your system and expand the Controller’s wireless coverage.

Instant access to endless music.

Sonos plays it all. Music from your personal library stored on your computer. More than 25,000 free Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts. And music services that let you stream and download their vast collections of songs from the Internet to the rooms of your choice.

Sonos gives you the freedom to listen to whatever you want, wherever you want. Play a classical album from your music library in the kitchen and the living room. Wake up to a local radio station in your bedroom or use an online music service to create a custom radio station to play all over the house. Whatever you’re into, rock or rap, interviews or instrumentals, Sonos gives you instant and endless music gratification.

If you would like more information on Sonos or if you are interested in purchasing a Sonos system for your home, please feel free to contact RMS.

Apr 20, 2010 / Features

Now Available: Logitech Squeezebox Touch

Choose Squeezebox Touch to Be Your Home Music Server

The Squeezebox Touch is designed to be a small yet powerful home music server. Built into the software is a full-featured version of Logitech’s proven Squeezebox Server software optimized for the Squeezebox Touch. With it, you can stream your music, Internet radio, or local radio from around the world to other Squeezebox players in your home.

The Squeezebox Touch is a low power-consuming home music server, when compared to your laptop or server currently running Squeezebox Server.

But if you want to keep your music library on a PC or Mac — don’t worry! Squeezebox Server on a Squeezebox Touch is optional. The choice is yours!

The Squeezebox Touch also has the well-regarded high-end audio quality that Squeezeboxes are known for, with all of the analog and digital outputs for your headphones, powered speakers or audio-video components.

A world of Wi-Fi music at your fingertips

From the hottest online music services to free Internet radio from every corner of the globe, limitless music choices are just a touch away. Even your entire digital music collection is right at your fingertips. You’re free to listen to anything you can think of, all through your home stereo. With Squeezebox Touch, your stereo isn’t just a music system. It’s the center of your music universe.

Tune in to your limitless playlist

  • Free local stations from every corner of the Internet
  • Music services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker and SIRIUS Internet Radio
  • Your digital music stored on your home PC or Mac
  • Plug in your flash drive to instantly play your favorite tracks

High-resolution encoding support for full, rich stereo sound

You like to hear it all, from the haunting high notes in a U2 guitar solo to the deep resonant bass at the bottom of a Miles Davis classic. The 24/96 kHz DAC, advanced audio rendering technology, and digital outputs all work together to make sure the important details in your digital music sources don’t get lost in translation. Even if you’re playing music softly in the background, you’ll enjoy a high quality sound experience—without missing a beat, note or nuance.

Brilliant full-color touch-screen

The easy-to-read 4.3-inch touch-screen and intuitive menus put you in total music control. Simply touch My Music, Internet Radio or one of your favorite online services like Napster® or Pandora® to browse, select and play whatever suits your mood. View album art, track and station information, visualizers and screen savers on the large display. You can even use your own photos from an SD card or Flickr and Facebook as a screen saver.

Seamless home network support, effortless setup

Squeezebox Touch keeps things simple from the start. Just connect the player to your stereo and the player automatically finds your home Wi-Fi network. You also have the option to plug in an Ethernet cable. Either way, just follow the simple on-screen instructions to connect to your home network and start playing music.

Listen where you live

Do you want to play your music in other rooms—without running wires? It’s easy. Create a multi-room system by simply adding more Squeezebox players in other rooms—like your kitchen, bedroom or patio. All of our players work together. Add a Squeezebox Controller and you’ve got control of all your Squeezebox players in the palm of your hand. You can play the same music throughout the house, or mix it up with a different playlist in every room.

Product summary

  • Rich, full digital music through your stereo
  • Access your music and photos directly from USB drives and SD cards
  • Support for 24 / 96 kHz encoding
  • Easy-to-use color touch-screen
  • Display album art and photos
  • Alarm clock with 7 days of settings
  • “Always-on” Internet Radio, powered by mysqueezebox.com (formerly SqueezeNetwork), lets you tune in to Internet Radio streams even when your computer is off

The Squeezebox Touch has the same capabilities of a Squeezebox Classic – a Wi-Fi music player capable of playing music from your iTunes or MP3 collection, Internet radio from services such as Pandora, Deezer, Rhapsody, Last.fm, or tuning into local AM/FM radio stations from around the world – but updated with a 4.3 inch (11 cm) color touch screen interface and the simple-to-use menus also used on the Squeezebox Radio.

A Squeezebox to Control Other Squeezeboxes

Place the Squeezebox Touch on your desk or a table next to your favorite chair, and you have a whole-house music controller. Control any of the Squeezebox players throughout your home with a simple touch or swipe of a finger.

You can also access music, photos via the Squeezebox Touch’s built-in USB port and SD card slots. The size of the attached library is limited by the storage attached to the USB port, or up to 32GB on SD cards; that’s a lot of songs and pics! Or, if you’re a Flickr user, set up the Squeezebox Touch to view your Flickr photostream.

For more information on Logitech Squeezebox, please visit our product page.

Apr 9, 2010 / New Products

Gallery Post 20

Apr 7, 2010 / Portfolio

Gallery Post 19

Apr 7, 2010 / Portfolio

 Page 1 of 2  1  2 »