Best Custom Solution
Winner: H&H Audio Visual Ltd for Westbourne Grove Legacy Upgrade
The installer has provided a clever solution to this retrofit project
The client approached H&H Audio Visual Ltd with the view to replace their legacy 6 zone Niles multi-room audio system with something more up to date, and upgrade the existing composite video switcher, TVs and video sources to HD. They required a multi-room audio system that would allow access to internet based radio and music services via smartphones and iPads, but also in-wall keypads for volume and to access their favourite stations.
With no renovation work taking place, the installer faced the challenge of not being able to get any new cabling in, and the existing cabling was extremely limited. The Niles keypads used a single UK back box and the existing cabling was not suitable for reuse, so another way to provide the necessary keypad control in each room was required. The existing equipment cupboard was also very small, so the equipment had to be specified carefully to ensure it would fit.
To power the existing in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, H&H Audio Visual specified two Nuvo P3100 professional grade 3 zone stereo amplifiers. Taking up only 1U of space, each fitted into the cabinetry perfectly and allowed for smartphone/tablet controlled internet streaming.
The old televisions and SD sources were replaced with Samsung Smart TVs, two new Sky+HD boxes, two Apple TVs and a Blu-ray player. By using a WyreStorm HD over single coax extender set, HD video was sent from the equipment cupboard to each TV. The installer specified an RTI control system because of its flexibility and customisability. Two RTI T1-B+ handheld remotes work in conjunction with a custom designed iPad interface to give control of all equipment.
The old Niles keypads were replaced with Rako wireless 7 button keypads. These are usually used for lighting control, but in this case, due to the lack of cabling and existing back box size, they were the perfect solution for audio control. Custom RTI drivers were used to allow the RTI processor to pick up the Rako button presses and activate the client’s chosen radio stations. From each keypad, the client has easy access to their favourite radio stations and also volume control and the ability to power on/off each zone.
H&H Audio Visual’s innovative design meant that they could achieve the required outcome, without any intrusive cable chasing and