Last week Communitec was on the ground in Amsterdam at ISE 2017, the primary show exhibiting all things home integration.
Many industry-leading brands have once again raised the standard of home integration products, improving the way in which we use technology in our homes and offices. Communitec brings you the latest in cutting edge technology from leading AV manufacturers from around the world. Whether you want to brighten up your home with Lutron’s state of the art lighting system, or create the perfect entertainment scene with Savant home control Communitec is here to help.
What you can expect from our leading brands very soon…
4K took center stage at ISE, with major manufacturers showcasing their new distributed video solutions – designed for whole home video whichever room you are in.
Savant unveiled its version of 4K distribution, which is way ahead of the competition both in scalability and cost (main competitors are nearly double the price). Savant’s solution can deliver full 4:4:4 4K down a single cable, with almost no compression needed ensuring that you get the full 4K experience you deserve!
Savant Pro Audio 4 which was released late last year is also proving to be a worthy competitor to Sonos as it now allows you to link as many Savant Pro Audio 4’s together as you like. This means there is no limit to how many zones of audio you can have in your home – and will all the same streaming services as Sonos this is proving to be a worth advisory, all with the highest level of integration too!
2N’s system allows you to view, talk, open and close your main (or other) entrance(s) remotely from anywhere in the world, all through Savant’s ecosystem, meaning that you get the smoothest, and easiest to use home control experience possible. 2N also offer a solution for your car gate or garage door meaning your gate can be triggered to open when you are nearby without having to lift a finger.
In addition to this, Savant have improved their integration with leading alarm providers (including our preferred supplier, Texecom) meaning you can remotely arm and disarm your alarm system wherever you are in the world, perhaps you need to let a handyman in to fix something? This can be done from within the Savant app, you can then monitor your home with the Savant app too, if you take one of our CCTV systems from our preferred supplier Lilin.
Finally, Savant have listened to their customers once again, and will be providing an integrated in-wall independent touch screen. If control via your iPad, iPhone or dedicated remote wasn’t for you – or if you like the idea of a small controller dedicated to each room then this is the solution for you. They will come in two sizes (TBC) ensuring that all customer desires are catered for.
This also means the TV only requires 1 cable, making it easier to install and thus reducing cost. Aquavision also unveiled their touch screen model, so even with wet hands are you able to adjust the volume or change channel.
Lutron have released their own brand of LED lighting that work with their new Ecosystem range of products. They come in two fitting types, LED strips which can be daisy-chained to almost any length and recessed down-lighters which are commonplace in most homes now.
These LEDs support a wide range of current and voltage levels (up to 25 Watts) that are rated for 50,000 hours of lifetime.
The finish is extremely high as you would expect from all Lutron products, is covered by their warranty – we can’t wait to start installing these in some of our lighting projects!
Amina, our amazing ‘invisible speaker’ brand (which is designed and assembled in the UK) continue to go from strength to strength and their new Edge 5 and Edge 7 speakers are a true leap forward. Where previously a subwoofer was often suggested to make the sound ‘fuller’ these new units all but do away with the requirement meaning a reduction in cost, but also a simpler install!
While we expect that lots more products will be released during the course of 2017, ISE has, as always proven to be the last word on what to expect from the industry.
Communitec offer a unique selection of brands which we believe to be the best in the industry, and which our customers love as you can see from our reviews.
If you are interested in what Communitec can offer you, should you be doing a refurbishment or a new build, get in touch with our Install Manager Ryan Saban – firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project today!