The latest news from Audio Visual Media

AVM now accredited Control4 Dealers


Last week we visited Control4’s UK offices in York to complete our four-day Installer Certification. Installer certification, previously known as Tech I, is the required introductory course for new Control4 Dealers and Installers. Attendance at the live four-day course is mandatory for at least one installer per dealership.

Control4 is a Linux-based appliance dubbed a Home Controller which manages all the connected electronic devices in a consumer’s home. Such devices may include Control4’s own products (such as light switches, zoned audio amplifiers, networked thermostats, and touch-screen keypads) as well as an ample variety of third party products (such as common name-brand televisions, alarm panels, security cameras).

A Windows-based software package called Composer is offered to homeowners and allows the electronics in a home to perform scripted or scheduled actions chosen by the homeowner. For example, the thermostat can be scripted to automatically turn off the air conditioning when the alarm system is armed and the occupants are away, or a voice announcement can play over speakers if the garage door is left open. A subscription-based service called 4Sight permits a homeowner to remotely access the equipment in the home via a web browser. With 4Sight, a homeowner who is away might see the home temperature, set the alarm, turn off the lights, and ensure the garage door is closed from the remote.

The product includes extensive support for controlling audiovisual equipment (via infrared, RS-232, and/or TCP/IP), and for cataloging and selecting media. Media includes physical media such as CDs and DVDs on single and multi-disc players, and also networked files. A networked dock for the Apple iPod offers complete support for playing music and video from the device, complete with the capability of remotely browsing the iPod’s music library, controlling the iPod, and seeing the song metadata and cover art on the Control4 user interface products as the music plays.

After successfully completing the course we now have a full portable demonstration kit ready to show to new and existing clients.

For a free demonstration please email: or call us on 01225 945001.



Follow Live Install on Twitter

LiveInstall is now live on Twitter. LiveInstall is a page on Facebook and Twitter and it’s aim is to build a community for Custom Installers and Audio Visual Installers to showcase their work and share ideas.

Installers can upload photo’s of their work using the hashtag #LiveInstall, giving people an insight into the world of AV and Automation.

We have recently launched our new Facebook page so please have a look and give us a ‘like’.


Sonos launches new Wireless Soundbar

Sonos has this week unveiled their latest addition to the Sonos family; the Playbar.

The new speaker is a one-piece design with a matte cloth finish and aluminium trim. Sources such as Blu-Ray players and Sky boxes can connect via a digital audio input. The unit boasts nine drivers, six mid-woofers, and three tweeters. The speaker can be networked wirelessly using a Sonos bridge or by wired ethernet.

The Playbar can also be paired with the Sonos subwoofer and a couple of Play:3 speakers to create a multichannel wireless surround sound system. It can also integrate with an existing Sonos music system, for streamed audio and net radio services.

This is an interesting addition to the Sonos line-up, for more details or to take a look at the Sonos in action, call us for a demo on 01225 945001.