Pixll attended the Essential Install Live 2012 show at Lancashire County Cricket Club yesterday for the first time. Having been on the committee for the Manchester Hi Fi Show (Radisson Hotel) I'm fully aware how difficult it is for manufacturers and show organisers to stage these shows in the current climate. I have to say I was impressed, what a lovely venue. It was by no means as large as the aforementioned show and certainly nowhere near what we have come to expect from Bristol but then its not meant to. This is a show purely for us custom installers to see what products are out there so we can stay ahead (or at least keep up) with the game. I managed to get some video as usual with my iPhone so apologies for quality but it gives you a taste.
First up was the PMC stand. They had on show the PMC Wafer and Wafer-Art speakers. Having not seen them in the flesh I was very impressed. Very Artcoustic in appearance. The guys had them paired with a Bryston SP3 surround processor and their new digital streamer the BDP 1.
We then headed accross to the Anthem AVS stand. For those that dont know Anthem is one of out favourite AV brands. We've done really well with their MRX700 receiver and last months 5 star review in What Hi FI has done them no harm. Anthem had the D2v Processor, M1 and P5 power amp on display. However this version of the D2v had the 3D board fitted. Unfortunately we didn't get to hear it but we did stroke it!!! :)
Interestingly Anthem AVS also had the new Screen Innovations Black Diamond 100" Projection Screen on show. Unfortunately there wasn't the room to show anything on it but the guys did talk us through it.
Anthem AVS also distribute the range of SIM 2 projectors and we managed to get some brief footage of the three of them. Interestingly the SIM 2 Nero has dropped in price to £10k which I appreciate will be out of reach for a lot of people but for those looking at JVC DLAX90's (or its replacement the X95) the SIM 2 Nero becomes a real option.
Anthem also had this interesting product from Clarke Synthesis. It was one of their transducers. The idea is that its fitted to the underside of your settee and linked to your system so that you get a real sense of vibration during the action scenes. The company says that it has been great for customers who want that sensation late at night but dont want to wake up their children or neighbours. The sub gets turned down and this takes over. Apparently its great for F1 gaming and action games.
We headed accross to the Habitech stand to see if any of the new JVC or Epson projectors were available to view but unfortunately it is a little soon for any further information on them. We did however see these Sonance Outdoor Landscape speakers on the balcony overlooking the cricket ground. We were amazed by the sound coming from these small speakers. At approx £250 each they aren't cheap but very descreet. Having just completed a project where quality outdoor speakers were used (we put in the very similar looking Polk Audio Atrium SAT 30) we can't help but feel these Sonance would have been ideal.
As usual if you need any information on any of the above products or any advice at all please dont hesitate to call Pixll on 0113 2509991 or 07792 361615 or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to chat!
Some brief video of the Paradigm 80SM Rock Monitor Outdoor Speakers.
We've just put some video on You Tube of Pixll's latest outdoor speakers- the Polk Audio Atrium Sat 30. A little bit different to the usual looking outdoor speakers and we are really pleased with their performance and different mounting options. We will be using these on future custom installation jobs. Call us on 0113 2509991 if you want any more information on the Polk Audio Atrium.
As part of phase 1 of this project Pixll was given the brief by this Leeds based client to provide music throughout their open plan penthouse appartment. The speakers needed to be descreet, affordable but equally providing a good quality and level of sound. We were also asked to provide a basic TV solution without going to the lengths of full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. We opted for Sonos multiroom throughout (controlled originally by the CR200 but the customer now uses their IPad 3 and Iphone 4), Monitor Audio inceiling speakers, a Pioneer plasma, Yamaha AV Receiver with Sky HD. Video 1 shows the open plan living area (kitchen, dining area, lounge and seating area)
As part of phase 2 we were asked to provide access to music on the outside terraced area seen in video 2 below. A relatively simple job on the face of it, simply put some weather proof speakers up outside and wirelessly connect another Sonos unit! No problem! Well this part became more complicated by the fact that we were only allowed to use existing gaps in the ceiling where the existing speakers and spotlights were to "fish" new cable through from the terrace to the loft. Utlimately there was very little room to maneouvre but we acheieved it and the client was delighted. Some brief video below showing the terraced area which runs off the main lounge. More before and after still shots can be found in the Home cinema installation gallery.