NIRVANA AV TO HOST SMART HOME OPEN HOUSE EVENT IN NEW SHOWROOM
#C4Yourself Day on Thursday, 18th October
Preston, Lancashire – 18 October, 2018 – (4 pm – 8 pm) – Nirvana AV is pleased to unveil its new Control4 Certified Showroom, located at 3 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2YS.
Nirvana AV has been in business for over 10 years, focused on providing home automation, entertainment, and security systems to Lancashire. Our customers seek out the latest home technologies, and we design each system to suit their interests, needs, and smart home features they may want to add to their homes in the future.
Our showroom is designed to give local Lancashire homeowners, architects, and designers the opportunity to experience a Control4 Smart Home in an experiential environment. The Certified Showroom demonstrates the possibilities of a smart home system, from a one-room entertainment solution that controls everything in the family, or a system that spans the whole house to include lighting, temperature control, multi-room audio, and more. Nirvana AV’s new showroom is a powerful way of drawing in consumers through personalized and engaging home automation experiences.
“Upon entering the showroom, visitors can interact with different aspects of a Control4 Smart Home. Our goal is for them to be inspired and envision similar experiences being incorporated into their own homes or projects. They quickly realize how intuitive and easy it is to simplify all of the connected devices and systems in their home to help with daily routines, create a more comfortable ambiance, and make life a bit more enjoyable,” said James Mahon, General Manager, Nirvana AV.
“We are thrilled that Nirvana AV has opened a Control4 Certified Showroom in Preston. Our dealers are passionate about what they do, and they value being able to educate and guide their consumers to reach their ideal smart home installation experience from start to finish,” said Bryce Judd, SVP Sales at Control4. “Because Nirvana offers an immersive showroom experience, homeowners in their area get the opportunity to really engage with their dealer and gain a deeper understanding of the smart home experience.”
Customers today have higher-than-ever expectations when they walk into a showroom; they are seeking a purposeful, personalized, and educational retail experience. They need to see, touch, feel and compare in person, to properly evaluate products and make a confident decision in their purchases. A brick-and-mortar location provides the storytelling, interactivity, and lifestyle demonstrations that allow homeowners to take control of their technology by test-driving everything from lighting control to entertainment.
Control4 Certified Showrooms reflect a significant investment by premier Control4 Certified Dealers who are passionate about Control4 brands. Our showroom will showcase a range of lifestyle demonstrations including: (Keep the ones you have or detail your immersive experience)
Multi-room audio and video
Security (Peace of Mind)
Nirvana AV invites our community homeowners and those in building and design professions, to #C4Yourself Day on Thursday, October 18, 2018. This event will take place in Control4 Certified Showrooms around the world, so there has never been a better time to experience a truly smart home. Don’t miss this – join us to #C4Yourself!
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.
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.
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
We 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.