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Jun 24, 2014 / Features

Movies are just the beginning…

Typically when we think of a home theater, we envision a dedicated room designed to provide a “movie going” experience. With a large screen, surround sound, comfortable seating and unique lighting, a room can be transformed to offer a chance to escape reality and experience new worlds created by some amazing visionaries. The home theater has morphed over the years and new innovations allow us to literally think outside the box. Here at RMS, we offer creative design solutions along with cutting-edge technologies to bring the movie theater experience into any room of your home.

Not only do today’s home entertainment spaces offer you crystal clear high-definition picture and sound, they also offer you the ability to communicate with the world around you. Watch a movie or catch up on a marathon of your favorite TV show with Netflix. Browse through family photos and videos on the big screen from websites like Flickr, YouTube and Facebook. Challenge a friend to a game of tennis on Xbox Live. Even communicate via video with traveling family and friends right from the comfort of your seat thanks to Skype or Facetime. All of this is possible using a simple, single remote. At RMS, our experienced professionals can guide you through the many advances in home technology to provide the ultimate experience at the budget you want.

There are many factors to consider when planning a media room. With over twenty years of experience, RMS offers so much more than just electronics. We have the know-how to assist in room layout and design, electrical requirements, room and accent lighting, and even movie memorabilia for that authentic movie-room feel! All of those elements are just as important as the equipment being chosen so your experience is as good as it can be!  If you need help finding an architect, contractor or interior designer, we have worked with the best and can make recommendations to fit your style and budget as well.  In addition, we offer many products such as sound proofing, acoustic treatments, cabinetry, seating, lighting and shading. Whether you are starting from scratch, renovating, or in need of an upgrade of an existing system, our knowledge and resources can bring together the design elements to bring you the perfect room.

If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to call or contact us and be sure to like us on Facebook. It always means so much when satisfied clients recommend our services and is the sole reason for our success, so please, pass us on.

Jun 30, 2011 / Features

Rediscover Your Music

Rediscover your music

Music is all around us. We hear it almost everyday of our lives. It’s in our home, on TV, and in our cars. It’s portable and can go with us anywhere we travel. It’s in the grocery store, elevator, restaurants, malls, doctor’s office, lobbies, church and almost everyplace there is a gathering of people. Musician, Mic Mell, describes it best,” music touches, moves, and inspires people. It defines cultural movements, joyous occasions, painful break ups- music evokes powerful memories and responses in us. A song can forever bring us back to a specific moment in our lives, to sights and smells of times that have passed us by. Music transcends time, and walks through our lives.”

Every one of us at RMS are passionate music lovers. In one form or another it plays a role in what we do professionally everyday and today our musical choices are vast. Like most people, we have embraced the digital age and enjoy the convenience of downloaded music and other forms of streaming music from the internet. It has provided us a conduit to discover new music we may never have had the opportunity to hear before. It’s portability has allowed us to take our music anywhere. The addiction is strong among many of us, both young and old, but have we traded convenience for quality? Has our desire for fast and easy taken away some of the essence and experience of the music itself? Compressed music files, cheap earbuds and inferior computer speakers are just a few of the compromises we have all made. But it doesn’t mean we can’t have both convenience and quality.

At RMS we’re taking a new spin on the old. Sparked by the resurgence of two channel audio and the nostalgic rebirth of the vinyl record, we now carry several lines of select turntables, amplifiers, and speakers that take you to a whole new level of the listening experience. Rediscovering music to us means creating an alchemy of new technology with the old and opening the door to the past when we really listened to music. While you can still listen to the music that lives on your computer through these systems, it will feel like you’re hearing the music again for the first time. We have painstakingly researched the daunting plethora of electronics  available today and specifically looked for affordable high performance products that exceed the quality vs. price. Sonic performance, build quality, company longevity, and press acceptance also played a role in the final selection of distinct components we ultimately chose.

Vinyl LP’s are still regarded, in many audiophile circles, a superior audio format that has taken on a new life of its own. According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, 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. 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.

Amplifiers play a critical role in the reproduction of music and for decades the fundamental design of amplifiers have remained virtually unchanged. The changes we see today are designs that make amplification much more energy efficient without sacrificing power to the speakers. Also with the demand of digital music, manufacturers are focusing on DAC (digital to analog conversion) technology incorporated with their amps to refine and improve music from compressed music files.

Speakers remain the true heart of any system and with so many designs available, the quest for finding the “Holy Grail” of speakers is one that audiophiles find the most exciting. But we all hear differently and we’re not all audiophiles, so with our experience we can provide the pertinent information regarding room acoustics, room size, and listening position to help you make the right choice. Ultimately, the best way to purchase speakers is by auditioning them in an environment you are familiar with; your own home. In-home demos are available by request or come visit our showroom for a true listening experience.

Come join us in rediscovering your music!

Jun 7, 2011 / Features

Green By Design

How do you manage and control the energy your family uses? Is it safe to say the majority of us take our energy resources for granted? With energy costs on the rise and the detrimental effects on the environment, it has never been more apparent that we need to evaluate the amount of energy we use, and find ways to reduce it. In these times, it’s hard not to ask yourself, “What could I be doing to save energy and money?” But, what are the answers? Where do you find them?

RMS has the solutions to help you save energy AND make you more comfortable.  Our clients have been enjoying “Green Technology” for over a decade with lighting control, shading solutions and temperature control. When programmed properly, “Green Technology” creates effective solutions for energy savings.

Lighting Control Systems: When you choose a lighting control system, you’re not only changing your way of living—you’re also making a conscious decision to lessen your impact on the environment.

  • Electric light dimming saves electricity usage.
  • Daylight sensors and occupancy sensors intelligently adjust electric light based on the amount of daylight and whether or not you’re in the room.
  • Scheduling timers can automatically dim or turn off lights based on the the time-of-day.
  • Control your home’s lighting from anywhere in the world from your Apple iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Shading Solutions: Utilizing daylight reduces our need for electric light, and saves energy. A shading system from RMS provides precise control of daylight – all at the touch of a button.

  • Shading protects your home from harmful UV, blocks sunlight to lower cooling costs or allows sunlight to pass into your home helping with heating.
  • Shading is available in hundreds of fabrics, including sunscreen, privacy and blackout shades. New styles include Roman shades and Venetian blinds ensuring the perfect solution for any room.
  • Automatically or manually adjust shade positions using a variety of control devices.
  • Coordinating controllable shading with a lighting control system delivers the most effective energy management solution.

Heating and Cooling Control: Temperature control systems are the perfect complement to lighting and shading systems. Manage your light and shade/drapery systems for convenient control of all aspects of your environment—natural light, artificial light, and temperature.

  • Vacancy/Occupancy sensors can select a set point when a space is occupied and another when the space is vacant, automatically saving energy when no one is around.
  • Wireless temperature sensors can be installed almost anywhere in the room discreetly which reduces unsightly wall clutter.
  • Tying your heating and cooling system into one centralized system that also controls your shading and lighting provides a very powerful, unified energy saving system.
  • Apple iPhone or Android control allows operation from wherever you are.

Here at RMS, we constantly research new technologies to provide our clients with the best solutions. Currently we are investigating new energy monitoring services that will work in conjunction with our automation systems to maximize your energy efficiency.  If you would like more information about these exciting new services, please contact us.

An RMS automation system gives you the ability to control lighting and temperature throughout your entire home, any time, from any location—all while saving energy. The question is not whether you need this level of convenience and control. The question is why you would accept anything less.

Apr 29, 2011 / Features

Let’s Get Connected

Today we are connected in so many ways that it’s hard to remember what it was like before the Internet or the mobile phone. These technologies have transformed the way we live and have created many innovations that we can’t (as much as we hate to admit it) live without. The need for a fast, reliable, and properly engineered home network is critical to fully enjoying the features and benefits of this technology age. RMS has the solutions to allow you to maximize the capabilities of your Internet and all your connected devices.

Today, a high speed Internet connection can provide your home with almost unlimited entertainment.  Music, television shows, movies, and even video games can be easily accessed through a properly designed and managed home network.  You wouldn’t consider equipping your home with an antiquated electrical system, plumbing that won’t support your needs, or a climate-control system that won’t keep you comfortable. A home network has become a very important sub-system that needs proper design and implementation to ensure your family can enjoy all the “Cloud” has to offer.

Cable boxes, DVDs, and CDs will be things of the past in the very near future thanks to the “Cloud.”  We’re hearing a lot about the “Cloud,” but what exactly is it? The concept is quite simple:  the “Cloud” is how high-speed Internet provides this content to our homes, on-demand.  In addition to entertainment options, the “Cloud” offers a secure location for backing-up your personal digital content, and the ability to access it anywhere.  The “Cloud” provides vast access to media material and its uses are almost limitless. New innovations are constantly being developed.

Online media services such as Apple’s iTunes, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and YouTube enrich many of our lives. Interactive, online game services, such as XBox Live and Steam, are popular family experiences connecting players around the globe. Communication services, like Skype, have given us the ability to easily, and economically, connect with family and friends on another block or even another continent. Through Facebook and Twitter, we can keep in touch with childhood friends and keep tabs on a son or daughter away at college.

To fully utilize these services, and many more, a reliable wired and wireless home network is required.  In addition to allowing easy access to these online services, RMS is able to integrate your home’s other sub-systems, including lighting, HVAC, and home security onto a comprehensive, secure, home network.  RMS has the knowledge and experience to design, engineer, and implement a network tailored to your family’s specific needs.

Once a customized home network is established, using it couldn’t be easier!  A home computer, iPad, or even an iPhone can access and control all the systems on a properly constructed and integrated home network.  Imagine using your iPhone to turn up the heat in your home as your plane touches down on the runway, ensuring a cozy and warm homecoming.  Or, turning the lights on in your foyer as you pull into your driveway on a dark night. RMS can design a reliable infrastructure to channel this amazing technology.

Managing all those systems and gadgets can be frustrating and consume a lot of precious time when you’re trying to figure out a problem. To make things worse, the only person you could rely on has now gone off to college! We are proud to have very experienced technicians that can solve problems quickly as well as answer any questions. As part of our commitment to our clients, we take extra steps in setting up your network to provide monitoring capabilities that alerts us of potential problems, even before you know they are happening! In many cases, problems are solved remotely right over the Internet.

RMS has built its reputation on fast, reliable service. We want you to know that your investment with us is in capable hands.  Let RMS design a system to provide you with the best experience possible. We’ll provide you with the sensible solutions you deserve. Let’s get connected!

Feb 22, 2011 / Features

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