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Highlights from Nirvana AV’s road trip to ISE 2018 – Amsterdam

OK….OK, trip to Amsterdam, got to be a jolly, yeah??…. As I say to my colleagues, if I was to choose a time for a tourist trip to Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be at the start of February when to coin that well know northern phrase ‘its cold enough to freeze the nuts of a brass monkey!’

 

On a serious note, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is the worlds largest AV systems integration show, and each time we visit it is easy to see why, this year being no exception, spread over 15 Halls and countless demo rooms.

 

This year we weren’t sure what to expect, with 4K being exhausted over past years, anything new? Was it going to be 8K, IPTV, more streaming solutions???

 

It was in fact HDR (High Dynamic Range). HDR gives us better contrast, greater brightness levels and a wider colour palette. It’s about making your films and TV shows look that bit more like real life. The idea is that your eyes can perceive brighter whites and darker blacks – greater dynamism – than traditional TVs have been able to display. HDR aims to improve on that.

HDR content preserves details in the darkest and brightest areas of a picture that are lost using old standards. It also allows for more natural, true-to-life colours that are closer to how we see them in real life.

 

This was the buzz around the show, here everyone was discussing this and showing us how their systems were able to process this new video technology that is clearly going to become part of our daily lives in the near future and how we watch TVs and Video content.

 

I’ve always been of the opinion that good quality HDMI cables are an essential part of any good installation, however you needn’t break the bank as some local retail stores/specialist AV retailers would have you believe.

 

High quality certified cabling and high speed HDMI cables are now going to become an even more prominent part of our installations, due to the amount of information and content that is required in order to cope with handle these signals. When we say high speed, we are talking cables that can handle a bandwidth of 18GB/s+.

 

Even now,  HDMI cables are becoming ‘active’ cables (ie have some electronics in them) and use Fibre optics as a transmission medium as opposed to traditional copper, in order to handle these large amounts of information.

 

This takes me back to a point I always raise and how important your wiring infrastructure is..(commonly referred to as Digital Plumbing). With higher broadband speeds, more in-depth Video Content being distributed around homes, we can’t stress how important it is to use good quality, certified cabling. Anyone can install cabling, but ensuring they are of a satisfactory standard to future-proof your home is where a good custom installation company can give clear and knowledgeable advice/consultation.

 

HDR is going to raise the standard yet again for the picture quality within homes and for us as a company we can’t wait to show you this. The difference is huge and genuinely will excite anyone who sees it.

 

Without being overshadowed by the HDR technology coming online, other highlights from ISE where the whole array of new speakers coming to the market, with TRIAD developing some really high end soundbars, Origin Acoustics with their easy to fit speakers, SONANCE with their new ultra-compact but hugely powerful subwoofers and Monitor Audio releasing their new in-corner speakers, the way we as a custom installer are going to be able to meet the requests of our clients aesthetics is becoming much easier to realise.

 

As impressive was the latest Wyrestorm offering of 10G video over IP transmission. Although at the moment we feel that this is potentially more suited to the commercial sector of the AV industry we can only see this being a future technology embraced in most homes. Think of it in these terms: the technology developed and used in the highest spec F1 racing cars ultimatley filters to cars we use every day, this is the same in the AV sector and I’m certain of even more exciting times ahead in the future. Good to see Wyrestorm (one of our core brands) leading the way with this technology.

 

Control4 being one of our other Core brands also launched a new more compact processor, suited to support of our lighting control only systems, but offers enhanced features for smaller projects like one room solution modules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 14th, 2018 / posted in Uncategorized / No Comments

CPD Course 6th November 2013

Here at Nirvana Audio Visual we are always striving to ensure that the system integrations we design are catering for future ready homes. To that end we would like to invite you as a design professional to attend a short complimentary CPD course in the comfort of a cinema room, within our new showroom at Preston Marina; aimed at helping you appreciate the benefits of home automation, systems integration and structured cabling to your clients.

 

This one hour CPD (Continuing Professional Development) course is approved by the RIBA & BIID, and is a universally recognised and independently invigilated mechanism for developing the skills of professionals in an extremely wide range of disciplines. It aims to ensure that the homes you design are usefully connected internally and externally to electronic and data services for the foreseeable future; to provide an understanding of the basic techniques and the terminology of Custom Installation; to reveal what is possible in home electronic design; and to ensure that architects, designers, specifiers and developers know who to ask when they need help in a particular area.

 

We will be holding the course on Weds 6th Nov, and would be delighted if you could join us for breakfast at 8.15am. We aim to complete the session by 10:15am.

 

Please download, complete and email the invitation attached here to attend.

October 25th, 2013 / posted in News / Comments Off

Showroom now available for demonstrations

Wednesday 12th June sees the official opening of our new showroom on the dock in preston. Proving popular already, visitors have been amazed at our setup which includes a high specification home cinema room, 5.1 surround sound games room along with a luxurious lounge fitted with the latest mirrorframe Tv technology.

Please contact us to arrange your personal appointment

June 9th, 2013 / posted in News / No Comments

New Office now open

Due to continued success Nirvana Audio Visual have now moved to a larger dedicated office with new showroom to follow.
Our new location is
3 Lockside Office Park
Lockside Road
Preston
PR2 2YS

April 28th, 2013 / posted in News / No Comments

Nirvana Audio Visual goes GOLD!

Nirvana Audio Visual - Control4 Gold Dealer 2012We are very proud to announce that we have been accredited with Control4’s Authorized GOLD Dealer 2012.

 

We have worked long and hard to achieve this recognition both with our installations and behind the scenes. So, what does this mean? A Control4 Authorized Gold Dealer is one that has completed additional Control4 training, sales and experience requirements in home automation and control. Our lead programmers have now become Tech II certified, meaning they have completed and passed the highest form of Control4 training available today. This training incorporates Control4’s best practices in system design and optimization, advanced programming techniques, troubleshooting and creating custom drivers.

 

Our sales team has completed additional Control4 training in some of the following areas: Home automation fundamentals, audio distribution, home theater setup and customization of the Control4 systems. All of that is well and good (and gives us nice shiny certificates to pin up!), but the key to our achievement is experience. Our extensive experience not just in Control4 systems, but other systems such as lighting, audio and video distribution, security and more-so the integration of all of these has led us a cut above the rest. We would also like to add that it is not just Control4 we are highly trained and/or accredited with but other manufacturers such as Lutron, Niko, Rako, Speakercraft, Crestron, Sonos, Clipsal and the list goes on.

 

In a constantly evolving technological era, we are always keeping up to date with the latest products and systems, integration and installation and we will continue to move with them, gaining training and experience for as long as we exist! Next year we look forward to becoming Control4’s Authorized Platinum Dealer!

July 10th, 2012 / posted in Awards, News / No Comments

Channel4 – Home of the future

Channel 4 is currently running a fly on the wall documentary of a family whom have had their home modernised and installed with the latest technology fitted ‘for the future’. We like to think this is all technology available now and gives you a great insight into our preferred Home automation system – Control4.

Check out the link http://www.homeofthefuture.tv/

February 12th, 2012 / posted in News / No Comments

New Control4 Intercom/Door Station released

The Control4® Door Station delivers full-motion video intercom and the fidelity of wideband audio intercom for crystal-clear communications and video security throughout a home or business. The Door Station comes in 3 stylish colors—Satin Nickel, Satin Black and Venetian Bronze—and provides audio and video intercom communications with the Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera and the new Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera. It is also capable of audio-only intercom communications with Control4 5” and 7” In-Wall Touch Screens (C4-TSWMC5-EG-XX and C4-TSWMC7-EG-XX). To enable video and/or audio intercom functionality you must purchase an optional Control4 Intercom License (C4-Intercom-E) which activates the intercom functionality on any intercom-capable devices.

The Door Station will be available in Q2 2012, but Door Station Back Boxes and Antenna Kits can be ordered now for pre-installation.

February 12th, 2012 / posted in News / No Comments

Pictures from our new demo room

Working in partnership with PAD Contemporary Living, Nirvana Audio Visual are pleased to announce the opening of our fully functional Cinema room, fitted with a 2.6 Metre wide fixed frame projection screen, EPSON FULL HD projector, Lutron Lighting system, AMINA plaster in wall speakers all controlled by our flagship Control4 home control system. Multiple HD sources can be viewed along with true HD gaming.

To complement the system the SONOS music system is available playing in the cinema and throughout PAD’s showroom.

To work with PAD is an excellent opportunity for Nirvana AV as working together Nirvana AV can offer the very latest and high specification Audio Visual equipment with PAD being able to offer the very best in Home Cinema Seating along with the highest quality furniture.

January 8th, 2012 / posted in News / No Comments

New Showroom Now open

Thursday 3rd November saw the opening of Nirvana Audio Visuals new Automated Home Cinema Room in partnership with PAD Contemporary Living. On show is a dedicated Home Cinema room, having Control4 automation, AMINA ‘invisible’ speakers, Lutron Lighting and Blinds along with High Definition movies, APPLE TV and SONOS.

The showroom is open 7 days a week with individual demonstrations by appointment only.

Call 0800 622 6884 for your personal viewing.

November 6th, 2011 / posted in News / No Comments

Control4 release new 7″ Portable Touch Screen

New Control4 7" Touch Screen.

Control4 have just announced the release of a brand new 7″ Portable Touch Screen. We haven’t got our hands on one as yet but from looking into it, it looks like it is based on the same technology as the fantastic Infinity Edge 7″ touch screens.

 

This new portable touch screen boasts a capacitive full-colour LCD panel, full 2-way control of the Control4 system, a sleek tablet form-factor, better WiFi range than it’s predecessor, long lasting rechargable battery, downloadable apps with it’s OS2.x software, and a full featured 2-way intercom between other new 7″ portable touch screens and the Infinity edge touch screens.

 

Just like it’s predecessor the new portable touch screen comes with a docking station for charging and when used on the docking station becomes a ‘table top’ touch screen which can be powered from either a power outlet or PoE (Power over Ethernet). When docked it can take advantage of an ethernet connection (if there is one provided).

 

We have been waiting a long time for this and can’t wait to get our hands on one!

 

You can read the full press release here.

September 7th, 2011 / posted in News / 1 Comment