Coming Soon: Lancaster City Showroom & Design Studio

RMS is proud to be moving to downtown Lancaster!  For the past 12 years, we have served Central PA and the mid-atlantic region and have called Lancaster County home.  We recognize that the best way to understand and evaluate our innovative systems is by being up close and personal with them.  Our new Showroom and Design Studio will feature Lutron, Crestron, Sonos, Monitor Audio, Artison, Media Decor, and much much more!  Homeowners, designers, architects, and builders will be able to experience and understand what RMS can offer.

Jul 24, 2013 / Blog / Inside RMS

The Art of Technology

Whenever we talk to clients about designing a system, one of the most important aspects of the design almost always revolves around concepts on how to make it disappear. Next to ease of use, sound and picture quality, people are just as interested in the many ways that we can hide their electronics. Today, people are more likely to spend their entertainment time in a family room, or a room central to the house with easy access. These rooms are usually open to other rooms and are typically multi-purpose. Unlike a dedicated home theater that is often cordoned off to a room of its own, the family room becomes the more desirable choice and the need to hide gear becomes imperative.

The art of making electronics disappear is one that always get the creative juices flowing and knowing where to find the right products can be challenging. Here at RMS, we spend about as much time researching and developing solutions as we do installing them. The advent of the flat screen TV has certainly played an important role in the expanse of hiding techniques. Speakers are taking on different forms to fit into various environments while still maintaining great performance. Wireless technologies provide us the luxury of hiding electronics in remote locations.

Monitor Audio SoundFrames are an ultra-discreet loudspeaker available in a choice of two models, each with an in-wall or on-wall option. Its white or black matt cabinet has been developed to sit stylishly around wall-mounted flat screen displays for captivating home theatre sound, or in pairs as part of a high quality music system. Frames pre-prepared in high gloss black/white piano lacquer or primed for your choice of color, help SoundFrame speakers to co-ordinate beautifully with every room design.

For the complete custom effect the fabric grills can be printed with any image of your choosing. A professional printer in New Hampshire has been selected by Monitor Audio to provide this unique opportunity to customize the acoustically transparent grills. Family photos, favorite artist, or designer friendly colors can be chosen to create the ultimate effect. Such versatility gives the SoundFrame models a chameleon-like ability to blend with room décor, yet their performance is anything but discreet.

Media Decor provides uniques solutions to make your flat screen disappear. The Elite Moving Art is the most elegant solution for concealing TV’s with art. When the TV is turned on, the artwork silently scrolls from the bottom up inside the top of the unit and becomes a framed TV.

No one has more options than Inca Lifts when it comes to hiding a TV. Whether you need it to come up from the floor, down from the ceiling, or sideways out of the wall, Inca Lifts has the motorized solution for you.

SÉURA’s vanishing television mirrors, illuminated mirrors and waterproof televisions preserve the integrity of your decor, while providing unmatched performance. With SÉURA, you don’t have to choose between beauty and technology. You have the freedom to design around your unique style, without technology getting in the way.

Sonance Invisible Series speakers disappear in almost any standard wood or metal stud wall or ceiling. The all-new SA3 is an extended-bandwidth speaker that combines planar diaphragm midrange/tweeter technology with the proven low-frequency performance of a direct-radiating woofer.

TRUFIG’s revolutionary flush-mounting system integrates disparate devices and technologies into architecture, empowering architects and designers to create a harmonious family of nearly invisible design elements. TRUFIG’s philosophy relies on the principles of material authenticity, perfection in the smallest detail, and a systematic approach to design. From the selection of the materials, to the precise craftsmanship of each individual element, to the consistency of color and texture, everything they do revolves around an understanding of architecture, detail, and precision.

These are just a few of the exciting concepts we have available to make your next project a “work of art”. Contact us for more information.

Apr 19, 2011 / Articles / Blog / Inside RMS

Music Friday at the Lancaster Museum of Art

First off, thank you to everyone who attended the opening for “Pennsylvania Seen: Southeast Landscapes” at the Lancaster Museum of Art. I think we all will agree that the museum’s curator, Stanley Grand, did a fabulous job pulling together an excellent cast of artists and their work. Secondly, thanks to all who put their time and effort into bringing the “Art of the Party” together and making it a huge success. If you missed either of these events, you still have a chance to visit the exhibit from now until May 22nd.

Residential Media Systems sponsorship has provided us an unique opportunity to share another art form during the exhibit, music. On April 15th, RMS will be sponsoring a “Music Friday” reception from 5-8 PM. “Music Friday” is a Lancaster citywide event that occurs every third Friday of the month at a multitude of venues throughout the city. It  promotes the musical renaissance within Lancaster and makes it a hot spot for the abundance of great musicians and bands that live and work here.

Our participation in this event will provide an evening focused on the emotional connection we make between our love of music and nature. We will be showcasing our finest audio systems within several of the galleries and procuring a symbiotic experience of music and it’s connection with the landscape theme. As an added bonus, we will be providing the musical selections via the timeless format of the vinyl record. A turntable from Thorens will emanate sounds, from the grooves, that will soothe and calm visitors as they stroll through the museum.

The equipment chosen will be as unique as the music. In the main first floor gallery we’ll be showcasing a Thorens TD309 turntable. Its unique design has caught the eyes and ears of the European press and was awarded “European Turntable of the Year 2010-2011″. The main electronics on display will be from Bel Canto Design. Hailing from Minneapolis MN, these artfully designed components use Class D amplification and are at the forefront of high performance digital technology. Flanking the electronics will be a pair of the elite Joseph Audio Pulsar speakers. Released for the first time with absolutely rave reviews at the Consumer Electronics show this past January, The Pulsars create a new benchmark in sound quality that needs to be experienced first hand to be believed.

Utilizing the wireless technology of Sonos, we will be broadcasting the music from the first floor gallery up to the second floor. In this gallery, we will be highlighting the timeless components of NAD. This company has been a staple in the audio world for over 40 years and is well known for offering high performance sound quality on a budget. Speakers from Monitor Audio will complement the electronics bringing an unique British sound to this system.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available to help along the soothing sounds! Please help spread the word to others so that the masses can share in this exciting experience. Also remember that you will be supporting the arts in your community!

Apr 10, 2011 / Industry News / Inside RMS

RMS sponsors Lancaster Museum of Art’s “Pennsylvania Seen: Southeast Landscapes”

We are very excited to announce that Residential Media Systems will be sponsoring “Pennsylvania Seen: Southeast Landscapes” at the Lancaster Museum of Art April 1st to May 22nd, 2011. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who appreciate and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us in this part of the country. Never has such a prestigious gathering of artists been brought together in one place to portray a diverse interpretation of natural landforms that are so familiar to us.

Our sponsorship has provided us a unique opportunity to share another art form during the exhibit, Music. On April 15th, RMS will be sponsoring a “Music Friday” Reception from 5-8 PM. “Music Friday” is a Lancaster citywide event that occurs every third Friday of the month at a multitude of venues throughout the city. It  promotes the musical renaissance within Lancaster and makes it a hot spot for the abundance of great musicians and bands that live and work here.

Our participation in this event will provide an evening focused on the emotional connection we make between our love of music and nature. We will be showcasing our finest audio systems within several of the galleries and procuring a symbiotic experience of music and it’s connection with the landscape theme.

As an added bonus we will be providing the musical selections via the timeless format of the vinyl record. Turntables from Thorens will emanate, from the grooves, sounds that will soothe and calm the privileged  participants.

We will also be providing cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres to help along that soothing thing!! Please help spread the word to others so that the masses can share in this exciting experience. Also remember that you will be supporting the arts in your community!

Mar 25, 2011 / Blog / Inside RMS

Did the vinyl record ever really die?

Not according to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers. In fact, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Rachelle Friedman, the co-owner of J&R Music in NYC, said the store is selling more vinyl than it has in at least a decade, fueled largely by growing demand from members of the iPod generation.

“It’s all these kids that are really ramping up their vinyl collections,” Ms. Friedman said. “New customers are discovering the quality of the sound. They’re discovering liner notes and graphics.”

In many instances, the vinyl album of today is thicker and sounds better than those during vinyl’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. Even more interesting is the growing number of new artists being released on vinyl. As more record labels added vinyl versions of new releases, the industry had to scramble to find places to press discs, said Mike Jbara, president and chief executive of the sales and distribution division of Warner Music Group. “It is absolutely easy to say vinyl doesn’t make sense when you look at convenience, portability, all those things,” Mr. Jbara said. “But all the really great stuff in our lives comes from a root of passion or love.”

I couldn’t agree more with Mike. It’s fun to be passionate about something. Music is my passion and has been my entire life.There’s nothing like listening to a recording from engineer Rudy Van Gelder when he recorded for Blue Note Records ( from his home in NJ). We are talking about recordings from 50 years ago. He could make it sound like the musicians were right there with you! That’s what makes listening to music an experience.

Recently I shared my love of vinyl with my 11 year old son. It was fun teaching him how to handle the records, clean them and lining up the stylus to the first groove. The most inspiring part was watching him find the sweet spot (dead center of the speakers), drop his head, close his eyes and fall into the musical trance. All without speaking a word of instruction on how to “listen to music”. Now he’s hooked. His first album selection was George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” and he even played all the discs in their entirety. I think there are three records in that collection. I can’t even sit still for that long, but he’s done so multiple times! Next I’ll have to test him with The Clash’s “Sandinistas”! Call me sentimental, but I’ve been inspired by this connection to a simpler time when we actually cared about the music, how it sounded and how it made us feel.

So after all these years, I’m returning to my roots and through Residential Media Systems, am offering a comprehensive collection of Hi-Fi gear focused on two channel audio. I’ve assembled some of the most highly respected and reviewed products from over twenty five years of experience. Finding true value and providing a high standard at all price levels.

Here are just a few of the great product lines now available through RMS.

If you have any questions or are interested in a demonstration, please feel free to contact RMS today.

Mar 23, 2011 / Blog / Inside RMS

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