Crestron “Green” Initiative Complies with RoHS Standards

All Crestron Products Comply with European Union

Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential solutions, announces that all of its products will be in compliance with the European Union (EU) Directive 202/95/EC Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Crestron has been dedicated to this "green" initiative, modifying its entire product line, for more than a year. With several established dealers, hundreds of ongoing projects and corporate offices in Brussels, Munich, Milan, London, Paris and Barcelona, it was vital to Crestron to meet RoHS standards and support the European market.

The RoHS directive mandates that effective July 1, 2006, all products sold into the EU must significantly curtail the use of Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers. Per the directive, the maximum allowed concentration by weight in homogeneous materials is 0.1 percent for each material, with the exception of Cadmium, which is 0.01 percent.

"Europe is an important and growing market for us, so compliance with the RoHS directive was never a question," said Tom Buzzell, Crestron General Manager. "Our efforts to meet RoHS standards began about a year ago, when we began working closely with all of our suppliers worldwide to determine which parts needed to be replaced in each product. It was a complex and expansive project." Randy Klein, Crestron Executive Vice Presidents adds, "Crestron's European dealers and installers should remain confident that the solutions that they rely on to be successful and grow their businesses will continue to ship without interruption."

While the U.S. has not passed similar legislation requiring "green" compliance, all products shipped within the U.S. and elsewhere will meet the same environmental standards.

Jun 29, 2006 / Industry News

Crestron Introduces New Isys® TPS-4L Compact Wall Mount Touchpanel

tps-4l.jpgCrestron introduces the next generation Isys®; TPS wall mount touchpanel. Crestron's latest Isys touchpanel delivers amazing performance in a compact size. In the space of a common light switch, the TPS-4L packs a bright, high-contrast 3.6" active-matrix color touchscreen with vibrant 16-bit Isys color graphics and 10 white backlit pushbuttons. [ read more ]

Apr 5, 2006 / Industry News

TV Technology is New Year’s High Resolution

Local expert fine-tunes business to 'demystify' the flat screen

By Judy A. Strausbaugh

Maybe on New Year's resolution you've made is to become more savvy about new TV technology.

If not, and you plan on watching TV in 2006 and beyond, it might be a good idea to bone up on high-definition TV and flat-screen technology.

By the end of this year, the Federal Communications Commission wants stations throughout the country to convert to digital broadcasting, enabling viewers to tune into clearer, crisper images.

New televsions, painfully thin and sophisticatedly sleek, are equipped to handle high-definition images, making your father's chunky cathod-ray tube set completely obsolete in the next three to five year, say experts.

But many consumers are paralyzed by the whole idea of changing. The choices seem myriad, the set designs are different, the prices are high ($3000 to $10,000), and we don't really know how any of it works.

More importantly, the transition if forcing consumers to measure the value of TV in their lives. Who would have thought that buying a TV would boil down to a lifestyle issue?

All we want is to be able to watch TV.

One man who hears the plea is Matt Early, owner and president of Residential Media Systems Inc. in Manheim Township.

Flat Screen: Judge on looks 

Early has founded a sister company, n|vision™. that designs and installs home entertainment "systems" that feature plasma flat-screens that life out a wood cabinet and turn on at the single push of a button.

The cabinets are equipped with hidden speakers and can handle DVD players, satellite radio, electronic game sets and even home computers.

Early said more and more home owners want all of their electronic and home entertainment devices working together in one place. What customers ultimately want, he said, is to plug it in and turn it all on using one remote control.

"We lead busy lifestyles," he said. "People want it simplified."

Residential Media Systems is known for custom-fitting such systems in existing and new homes. For several years, the company has served upscale homeowners.

But the technology is becoming an everyman affair, and Early decided to build units that could be available to a broader market. "Flat screens were the drive behind n|vision™," said Early, 41, who has been involved in electronics and automation for 20 years.

Besides designing and building home-entertainment systems, Early finds himself spending a lot of time "demystifying" flat-screen technology for his customers.

"It's one of the most-talked-about items on the market," he said.

Early's advice is to "step back, take a deep breath, and consider the most important factor of all: Does the picture look good?"

Whether it's a plama or an LCD (liquid crystal display), it is really just a big computer monitor with a TV tuner and speakers.

The most important task the screen must perform is delivering a consistently good picture, whether the buyer has basic cable or has subscribed to high-definition channels.

Early said plasma, which often get a bum rap, has progressed significantly in recent years. Today's plasma screens are in their fifth generation.

Plasmas work by illuminating thousands of tiny flourescent lights to create an image.

Created by the military, plasmas suffered from poor quality when attempts were made to mass produce them for the consumer market.

Today, manufacturers have addressed the quality issues and "life expectancy has quadrupled to 60,000 hours" or 10 to 15 years of normal TV watching, said Early.

LCD, commonly used in computer monitors, is relatively new to large-screen TV. It offers the same longevity as a plasma TV, but "it falls short of the clear lucid quality of picture that plasma provides," he said. The screen is also hard to view from an angle, he said.

Early expects LCD screens to improve as the market matures.

He also expects the prices of flat screens to drop as they begin to dominate the TV market, "replacing the conventional TV as we know it by the way of the vinyl record, Beta and the eight-track." 

Source: Lancaster Sunday News: Business Front Page 

Jan 1, 2006 / Articles

Elegantly Simple

Manheim's n|vision™ encases exquisite home theaters within finely-finished furniture.

By Barbara Trainin Blank

Matt Early is not only willing to talk about the "elephant in the room," he's happy to talk about it. The Lancaster County entrepreneur even has a solution to make the "elephant" manageable–and in some cases, disappear.

Only this "elephant" isn't the family eccentric or secret; it's bigscreen (and specifically, plasma) TV.

What a lot of people aren't willing to talk about, according to a recent (November 12-13) cover story in the Wall Street Journal, is that despite a drop in price of 30 percent or more in the price of these TVs, making them increasingly accessible, these "elephants" still have a major glitch. As the Journal puts it, "There's more to the purchase than just the price tag."

There may be extras needed for a fully loaded system, a bracket to hang the screen, someone to run wires behind the wall, and new furniture to hold the TV, to name a few.

But Early markets as solution– a "one-stop shopping approach" that literally combines both a plasma TV as well as the furniture on which it rests. And an elegant piece of furniture at that.

Through his recently launched Manheim-based company n|vision™ (pronounced "envision"), Early offers an integrated system of highend audiovisual equipment– including a plasma TV and room for a DVD player–designed right into fine furniture.

There are more than 32 models of furniture cabinets in the n|vision™ catalog. Customers can choose either a fixed television system–in which the TV screen sits astride the furniture–or retractable system–in which, in James Bondian fashion, the television set actually disappears into the cabinet when not in use.

"I started n|vision™ in response to public demand for an easy-towork, nonobtrusive home theater system," said Early. "We help answer the questions people usually ask about plasma television sets–where do I buy it, what do I need to go with it, and where do I put it."

One of those questions is "where is the remote?" For consumers who are forever wondering which remote to use for their big-screen (or any) TV, assuming they can find any, n|vision™ offers one single master remote.

"It's something you couldn't buy on the normal market," said Early. "It's programmed via software to accommodate the client's needs and uses a touch-screen system that's user friendly. People are usually relieved to see they can understand it."

But what customers may value even behind the cutting-edge technology and fine furniture combo is the company's emphasis on service.

n|vision™ comes into the home to share its catalog, to analyze the technical needs of the prospective customer's home, to deliver and to set up the home entertainment center. It also provides "fine-tuning" and service of the system for one year.

"Our average customer is a young or middle-aged professional, 35 to 65, maybe building his or her dream home," he said. "They have disposable funds, but they don't have time to research. They like the simplicity we offer."

Early tries to offer answers to clients he feels they're unable to get from retail electronic stores with "uneducated" salespeople or a "boxpushing" approach.

Although it's tempting to draw a link from n|vision's fine cabinets to the flourishing carpentry industry in Lancaster County, it wouldn't be entirely accurate. The company purchases most of the cabinets from manufacturers, notably Hooker Furniture in Virginia.

However, customers interested in ordering a customized cabinet can do so. n|vision™ is fortuitously located right near the Hampton Cabinetry Shop, on a rural road in Manheim. Hamptom can order customized furniture.

A "starter package" at n|vision™ begins at about $5,900, but that's only if a customer selects from one of the models in the catalog and not a customized design.

While it may take "disposable funds" to purchase an n|vision™ product, it's free to observe one of the company's samples in the center court of the Park City Mall.

"Everyone stops by and is very excited by what they see," Early said. "They all want to know where they can get a plasma TV."

The entrepreneur loves living in Lancaster County–he and his wife, Bernadette, a banker, are here for the long haul. But from a business perspective, he is using Lancaster County as a test market. As n|vision™ grows, he expects to find customers in larger urban areas as well, such as Chester County, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

n|vision™ may be new, but Early, 43, is no Johnny-come-lately to the world of technology and media. A native of Hummelstown, he spent 12 years in New York City working in the music and electronics industries. He ran a design and installation firm in the New York area until he met his wife in 1993, and the two decided to relocate to the quieter life of Lancaster County.

Early also founded and presides over Residential Media Systems, Ltd. (RMS), of which n|vision™ is technically a new division.

RMS, established eight years ago, creates automated systems for the home that control lighting, music, heating and cooling, security, and any number of other functions with one panel and a touch-screen system.

"With one interface, the customer can access the system locally," Early explained. "We work with interior designers, architects, and the customers themselves to help design the system in a home."

It may also be tempting to identify the entrepreneur to forward only. In reality, Early likes to collect furniture from the "antiquities" of the electronics age, such as pieces going back to Thomas Edison. And he sees parallels between what his company does and the living room of the 1950s. 

"We're really about simplicity, a return to the past," Early said. "Our home system is like a modern-day version of the console that used to be in every home." 

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Dec 2, 2005 / Articles

Local Company Simplifies Home Entertainment

(LANCASTER, PA) – Residential Media Systems has simplified home entertainment by forming a new division called n|vision™.

Today, consumers are faced with ever changing technology and an increasing amount of choices for their home entertainment needs. Consumers can easily become unsure of the best system to meet their needs, preferences, and budget. Two years ago, Matt Early, President of Residential Media Systems, had a vision to use his experience and expertise from designing and installing custom home theaters, to create a product that would appeal and be affordable to a broader consumer audience. Out of that vision, n|vision was born. N|vision has simplified home entertainment by developing a line of smartly integrated home entertainment systems that use high-end audio-visual equipment designed into fine furniture that reminds you of a high-end version of your parents’ or grandparents’ old TV console.Each system includes a choice of fine furniture cabinetry, fixed or retractable Plasma TV, integrated DVD player, delivery and installation, one full year part and service warranty, powered by one master remote that is programmed by an n|vision service professional. In addition, an n|vision service professional will come to the consumer’s home to allow them to choose the cabinetry style that enhances their home’s decor, analyze their technical needs, and setup and service the n|vision home entertainment system for a full year free. “Gone are the days of multiple remotes, universal remotes that may or may not work, and an unsightly mess of wires. N|vision has made home entertainment easy to live with because it doesn’t dominate or diminish the appearance of your room and works all the time, every time with one single remote,” said Matt Early, President of n|vision and parent company, Residential Media Systems.

For more information about n|vision, contact Matt Early at 717.898.6001, 866.498.1001 or

 135 North Duke Street ? Lancaster, PA 17602 ? (717) 299-1059 ?

Nov 17, 2005 / Articles

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