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

Bethlehem Residence 1


This 10,000 sq. ft. custom home truly offers its occupants the conveniences of home automation and entertainment.

Creston provides the back-bone for the whole-house audio distribution with speakers in the family room, kitchen, formal living room, office, billiard room, master bedroom, master bathroom, exercise room, back patio, and pool.  Various keypads, remotes, and touch-panels in convenient locations, provide easy control of the XM Satellite Radio, Kaleidescape media server, iPod, and FM radio.  Sonance in-wall and in-ceiling speakers throughout the home integrate nicely for a clean installation.  In the formal family room, Sound Advance “disappearing” speakers were integrated into the walls, for a completely seamless installation, while providing great sounding music.

The family room offers a theater experience, with a 50” High-Definition plasma integrated into the beautiful custom cabinetry.  RBH left, center, and right channel speakers are cleverly concealed behind custom designed speaker grills in the cabinetry.  RBH in-wall speakers provide the surround channels, while an RBH 12” subwoofer is in the front cabinet with barely visible vents in the toe-kick.  A Marantz digital surround receiver powers these speakers with ease.  The Kaleidescape movie server provides the family with their entire movie collection in an easy-to-use graphical interface.  The server can also make “recommendations” on what to watch, based on the current movie selection.  A local iPod dock gives the users the ability to watch any iPod video on the system.  An RTI T2b RF remote provides easy, one-touch control of the entire system.  Lutron Lighting and Shading is also integrated, and is easily controlled either by the touch-panels and keypads, or the RTI remote.  Setting the room up for a movie is a simple “one-touch” operation, lowering the lighting and the shading for just the right ambiance.

All of the televisions in the home are connected to a unique central video-distribution system, so all of the client’s content is available at every television.  DirecTV DVRs provide the parents, children, and guests with their own recordings, channel preferences, and parental control. The Kaleidescape movie server can also be viewed on any TV allowing the clients to start a movie in one room, and finish it in another.

There is as much fun outside as there is inside. A covered patio provides entertainment with a weather proof Sunbrite TV mounted above a beautiful stone fireplace for those nice evenings for sitting outside.  In-ceiling speakers provide great sound for any of the various sources in this space.  The open air pool house is also home to a discrete TV available for viewing even from the Hot Tub.

Lutron provides the lighting and shading control for the entire home.  This system allows the users to select various “scenes” for each of the rooms.  Since each room features multiple lighting loads, this saves the homeowners from having to fumble for various switches and dimmers in each space.  Also, the Lutron lighting control system greatly reduces the amount of unsightly switches and dimmers, providing access to multiple loads from a single keypad, greatly improving each room’s visual appeal.  The Lutron shades are provided in the family room and in the breakfast nook to allow just the right amount of sunlight based on the user’s preference.  In the summer time, they can be lowered during the day to reduce the cooling costs, while in the winter they can be raised, to allow the sun’s natural warmth to help heat the large home.

The Crestron system also provides access to HVAC and security systems as well, greatly reducing the amount of unsightly keypads and displays throughout the home.  The large easy-to-read touch-panel located in the kitchen acts as the “control-center” for the entire home, providing access and control to the whole-house music system, Lutron lighting and shading, heating and cooling, and security.

This family of 4 uses their RMS system every day, and truly appreciates the convenience it provides them to fully enjoy their large home, and its complex systems.

Jan 14, 2010 / Features

Lancaster Residence 1

A finished basement quickly turned into much more, once the homeowner saw what technologies were available. The local Lancaster PA residents decided they wanted much more than just a home theater in their basement but with two children, they knew they would need a system that also fit their daily needs.

A Crestron Digital Media system provides the backbone for the various televisions around the house. The Crestron DM system gives each user access to the various video sources at every television location. The children can watch recorded High-Definition television shows from the Comcast HD-DVR, while Mom and Dad watch a movie on the Kalaidescape system. Apple TV and Boxee are additional sources which can be viewed at every television location and provide access to streaming HD video content.

Crestron was also used for the whole-house audio system with architectural speakers located in the Family Room, Kitchen, Sunroom, Office, Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, and the Outside Deck and Patio. The family can listen to a variety of audio sources including; iTunes, Pandora, Rhapsody, and the family’s local music collection. A Crestron TPS-6X wireless touch panel gives control of the entire system and can be carried throughout the home. Easy access is also available on the owners Apple iPhones and iTouches. This control even extends to the Lutron Lighting and HVAC systems via the Crestron control iPhone app.

The Family Room features a Pioneer 50” HD Plasma display concealed behind a Seura Mirror and Frame so when the system is off, there isn’t an unsightly TV taking away from the décor. Flanking the Plasma are ARTCoustics DF100-75 speakers providing the front stage of sound and are easily mistaken for framed artwork. In-wall speakers to the right and left provide surround sound, while blending seamlessly in with the walls. An RTI T2+ remote control offers simple, one-touch control for the entire system.

The basement Theater system provides High-Definition viewing for the entire family. A Draper 96” screen is flanked by KEF Q-Series speakers and powered Subwoofer. A Pioneer D-ILA digital High-Definition projector provides beautiful life-like images from a variety of different sources. A Kaleidescape DVD server allows access to all of the family movies from an easy on-screen interface. AppleTV allows access to HD movies and TV shows on demand. A Boxee server also provides on-demand video, and access to online video services such as Hulu and YouTube. The entire system is controlled by an RTI T2-C remote control. The remote also allows control of the Lutron Lighting and Shading as well as the Color Kinetic LED system allowing the user to change the color of accent lighting in the space to set just the right “mood”.

This family truly understands what it means to allow home automation and Audio/Video to work for their lifestyle.

Jan 14, 2010 / Features