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Nirvana Opens Control4 Certified Showroom at Preston


Join us at #C4Yourself Day on Thursday, May 31 at our Open House  


3 Lockside Office Park, Preston – May 10, 2018 – Nirvana is pleased to unveil its new Control4 Certified Showroom, located at 3 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2YS.

Nirvana has been in business for 10 years, focused on providing home automation, entertainment, and security systems to the Northwest of England. 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 Northwest of England 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’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 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 Chris Shaw, Director, Nirvana

“We are thrilled that Nirvana 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:

  • One-room entertainment
  • Smart Lighting
  • Multi-room audio and video
  • Security (Peace of Mind)
  • Comfort
  • Voice Control
  • Networking


Nirvana invites our community homeowners and those in building and design professions, to #C4Yourself Day on Thursday, May 31, 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!

For more information or to RSVP, visit For more information on Control4 visit

May 10th, 2018 / posted in Uncategorized / No Comments

Home automation explained

Your whole home controlled with just a few swipes on your phone – that’s the grand promise of the ‘smart’ or connected home. From heating that warms the house when you’re on your way back and adapts according to the weather forecast, to front-door locks, lights and security cameras that you can control and check from afar, it certainly sounds promising. But how much will it cost you, and is it really worth it?


You may have heard the term the ‘Internet of Things’ or IoT in relation to smart home automation. This is the buzz phrase many manufacturers are using to mark the rise of connected products  – everyday household gadgets made ‘smart’, usually by using your wi-fi to connect to an app on your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to control them remotely.


Many items around the home, from lighting to heating, are now being built with smart capabilities. This includes:


  • Appliances, such as ovens, washing machines and fridge freezers
  • Energy and lighting, such as thermostats, radiator valves, and light bulbs and switches
  • Security measures, such as cameras, motion sensors and alarms
  • Health products, including fitness trackers, bathroom scales and air purifiers


New smart gadgets launch almost daily, but sifting out the genuinely useful developments from those that are over-priced and ultimately useless can be tricky. There’s a lot of competition in this relatively young market, and that can mean a rocky ride for the customer. Buy too early and you may end up with an expensive toy with a short shelf life.


Here, we talk you through what kinds of smart home products are out there, what the benefits and drawbacks are, and whether they’re worth splashing out on. You can also click on the links above to look at specific areas and products to learn more about how they work.



April 10th, 2018 / posted in Uncategorized / No Comments

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.








February 14th, 2018 / posted in Uncategorized / 1 Comment