James Loudspeaker’s “Spot 3″

Last Friday the Vsys Automation crew and myself of course, were lucky enough to witness a new Design/Prototype in development at the James Loudspeaker facility in Beautiful Napa CA. James Loudspeaker is working together with No.8 Lighting to develop what the engineers at James Loudspeaker are calling code name “Spot 3″.

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Spot 3 is 3″ driver built into one of No.8′s lighting fixtures, that just happens to be an LED fixture. The LED technology was developed by “XIADO” and it has the equivalent of a 75W incandescent bulb. When asking the engineers on the challenges in making this 3″ speaker and LED light fixture in one, other than the obvious, they said one of the more difficult features was being able to rotate and swivel the light and being able to change the light in the field. BTW it looks like they have got that figured out on their first design, but only time will tell. Now I have only seen and heard the prototype, but for a 3″ driver and light combo it looks and sounds amazing! Did I mention that currently (When I was there) the Spot 3 was only being driven by 15W super sexy and sleek prototype amplifier/control unit with built in BlueTooth. I say currently because Michael J. Park, Chief Technology Officer plans on upping that to about 50-75W.

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I must say that at first glance of the Spot 3, I thought that I was starring at Tony Stark’s “Arc Reactor“, the amazing audio produced proved otherwise. I also could not believe when I entered the room, the amount of brilliant bass, that it was emanating from this tiny wonder, hands on with the prototype and prints also proved me wrong.

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One of my favorite things about this Speaker/Light is the connection is so easy it is impossible to reverse polarity! You may be asking yourself, How is this possible? Currently to connect this speaker to its counterpart, it is a simple RJ11 connector, but most likely is going to change to a RJ45 Ethernet connection for doubling up on wires.

More info on this when it is available, but expect to see the Spot 3 and it’s amp/controller at the end of the year from your local James Loudspeaker dealer, our visit them on their website here.

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Crestron is PROCISE with it’s High-Definition Surround Sound Processor

Most of you reading this who went to CEDIA this year will know exactly what I am talking about when I say, with all the audio video manufacturers in the world, there is definitely not a shortage in high-quality, high-performance home theater processors on the market today. Only PSPHD PROCISE, the high-definition surround sound processor from Crestron, delivers all the features you need to address the array of design challenges of the high-end custom market.

For those who have never been to CEDIA, CES, EHX, InfoComm, or any trade show of this nature then you may be a little confused, let me just say that during the time you spent reading this sentence another idea in the audio world was just formed. But I digress; Crestron’s PSPHD PROCISE is designed to please the most discerning audiophile or movie fan, with exclusive features that will especially inspire the audio design professionals amongst us. Features like Audyssey MultEQ® XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic Volume enable calibrating a complete 7.3 speaker system to perfection.

Crestron’s PSPHD PROCISE Integrates modern design with vintage style VU (Volume Units) meters?! That’s right, the dual front panel VFDs display “mechanical” VU meters and spectrum analyzers, providing real-time signal monitoring along with a ton of other data to keep you informed throughout setup and operation.

Key Features:

  • Professional 7.3 surround sound processor and preamplifier
  • Designed for high-end home theaters, audiophile listening rooms, boardrooms, and auditoriums
  • Handsome appearance befitting the most high-end theater or living room
  • Dual front panel VFDs display real-time analog VU meters or spectrum analyzers
  • Setup, control, and monitoring enabled via front panel or Crestron PROCISE Tools software
  • Features Audyssey MultEQ® XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic Volume
  • Works with Crestron CCSTK Professional Surround Sound Tuning Kit
  • Decodes Dolby® TrueHD 7.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1 HBR formats
  • Includes balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connections on all outputs
  • Available graphic or parametric EQ and delay adjustment on each theater output
  • Extensive bass management through three independent subwoofer outputs
  • “Double Bass” feature enables routing LFE to the main L/R channels
  • Extensive signal steering for custom applications and speaker configurations
  • Separate stereo and mono down-mix outputs for recording or multi-zone
  • Six HDMI™ inputs support 7.1 HD multi-channel audio and 1080p60 video
  • Features QuickSwitch HD™ technology for low-latency switching
  • HDMI output contains HD video plus unprocessed 7.1 or 2-channel downmix audio
  • Supports HDCP to ensure compatibility with protected sources and equipment
  • One AES/EBU, four optical, and six coaxial digital inputs
  • Ultra low noise up to 125 SNR via AES/EBU in and balanced out
  • One balanced XLR and eight unbalanced RCA stereo analog inputs
  • One 7.1 multi-channel analog input
  • Integrates perfectly with Crestron DigitalMedia™ products via HDMI in and out
  • Integrates cleanly into multimedia presentation and telepresence systems
  • Includes three mix inputs for connecting mic mixers, teleconferencing codecs, paging systems, and audio signal generators
  • Mix inputs feature independent EQ, notch filters, gating and compression
  • Native Crestron system integration via Ethernet or Cresnet®
  • Extensively programmable, with numerous presets and assignable defaults for most settings
  • 3U 19″ rack-mountable (rack ears included)

The PROAMP-7X400 7-channel amplifier complements the PSPHD perfectly; delivering a heart-pounding 400 Watts per channel, yeah that’s right 400 watts per channel, with XLR balanced inputs, Cresnet and Ethernet connectivity, and seamless control and monitoring through the PSPHD front panel.

As soon as I can get my hands on this, I definitely will be pairing it with the PROAMP-7X400 7-channel amplifier & some TOTEM in wall/in ceiling speakers…Vsys is  definitely going to have the best sound system on the block!!!

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Go Green with Crestron’s “Green Light”

Audio, Video, & Lighting oh my! These are just a few types of products that Crestron controls, not to mention switchers, processors and all the sleek interfaces they have created since 1971 when they were founded. With all these products in my home, I wonder how much energy I am using or money I am spending?…Wouldn’t it be convenient to know this kind of information, especially during this economic downturn?

Introducing “Green light” from Crestron, an energy monitoring solution for Crestron Lighting, HVAC, and of course Energy consumption for equipment connected at the outlets. Managing energy consumption & realizing real cost savings must extend beyond lighting and thermostats. A large portion of energy waste comes from Audio Video equipment being left on when not in use. Integrated within a Crestron controlled environment, even personal workspace devices such as computers, printer, desk lamps can be programmed to automatically shut down.

When connected with third party devices “Green Light” is capable of monitoring Natural gas, Solar energy, water, and also displaying current energy usage, energy and water flows, total consumption, money spent and return on investment figures in real-time, this real-time tracking allows a Crestron system to automatically dim lights or conserve power once you reach certain thresholds you have programmed into the system, with a little help from your Crestron programmer ;)

Crestron Green Light technology provides environmental management and control to conserve energy and lower costs.

As the global leader in advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential solutions, Crestron develops products and automation solutions that are RoHS compliant and meet ASHRAE & LEED standards.

Crestron products and systems may help achieve LEED certification points in:

Sustainable Sites

Water Efficiency

Energy & Atmosphere

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation & Design Process

Crestron also makes a line of “Green Light” products specifically to work with this system, such as their iLux, Shade and Drape controllers, Wall box Dimmers and Switches, table top Controllers, Gateways & Repeaters, Thermostat’s, Sensors, Automation processors, ETC…

Even now as you are reading this, Crestron’s “Green Light” is being implemented all around the world, helping people build a better, more energy efficient world. Not to mention saving energy & money, and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to do that?

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TOTEM’s TRIBE in-wall/in-ceiling speakers

Back in January when VinoSystems went to CES in Las Vegas we just happened upon this random room in the Venetian hotel. We took a chance after a long day of talking to companies about their products and why theirs were better than the other guys, so at this point we were pretty much done. But luckily when we stumbled into this room we found ourselves in front of a very amazing speaker company known in the world as TOTEM ACOUSTIC. As soon as we walked in there was the usual demonstration, different types of music playing so we could here the range of sound that was produced by their products. Overall we were very impressed, but what really caught my attention was their TRIBE series In-Wall/In Ceiling Speakers. The all-enclosed, meticulously crafted and astonishing sounding Tribe In-Wall/In-Ceiling brings Totem’s legendary imaging, off-axis performance and full-range sound to a brilliant compact, vibrant and dynamic series of speakers. Delivering the highest caliber compact speaker performance for over 20 years, TOTEM presents the ultimate series of In-Wall/In-Ceiling products. Designed to engulf and immerse the listener in a totally realistic and believable 3D sonic experience, the Tribe In-Wall/In-Ceiling redefine exactness, speed and musicality. For easy use under any conditions, they perform with astonishing presence, no matter the size of your space.
I can’t wait to bring these speakers into the North Bay. As a Automation Specialist/Systems Integrator I know that I will be spreading the word about this product line. So watch out Bay Area here comes TOTEM ACOUSTIC!!!
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A Complete Multi-Zone Entertainment Server

The Kaleidescape Mini System, an innovative product that puts your entire collection of movies and music at your fingertips. The Mini System is the first Kaleidescape product to integrate a complete multi-zone Kaleidescape System into a single component, and the first to include a remote control. Its elegant industrial design is beautifully suited for a living room, and it installs as easily as an ordinary DVD player. Priced about 40% less than the current Kaleidescape System, the Mini System is affordable and well-suited for a variety of projects.
Key Features:
Stores Up To 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs
The base Mini System stores up to 75 DVDs or 825 CDs and can be expanded by adding Disk Cartridges to store up to 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs, or any equivalent combination. Content stored on a Mini System is protected by Kaleidescape’s RAID-K technology, and need not be re-imported if a hard disk drive fails.
Stunning 1080p Output
The Mini System creates beautiful high-definition output from DVDs, providing a viewing experience that rivals Blu-ray.
Two Additional Music Zones
Along with the 1080p movie zone, the Mini System includes two more independent music zones so that a movie can be watched in one room while music is enjoyed in other parts of the home.
DVD/CD Playback from Disc
A DVD or CD need not be imported into a Mini System in order to enjoy it with the Kaleidescape Experience. High resolution cover art and other details are displayed whenever a DVD is inserted. Select Play to directly start the movie or television show without trailers and advertisements – even for rented DVDs!
Simple Installation
The Mini System installs easily by connecting it to power, the Internet and a television display. With the included Kaleidescape remote, it’s ready for immediate use. It is shipped configured as a free-standing component, but it can be adapted for rack-mounting with the included kit.
Expansion
The Mini System works with other Kaleidescape products so that your System can grow to handle a collection of thousands of DVDs and CDs and a home of any size.
For More Info Watch The Kaleidescape Experience Video

The New Mini System Is Now 40% Cheaper!!!

The New Mini System Is Now 40% Cheaper!!!

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