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by Gary Published on 08-25-2014 03:28 PM
This will be the first in a series of reviews from a integration point of view. Since I have true blue blood running through my veins, Crestron will be the control system of choice for these reviews. I think we all know there are only two kinds of integrators, those that use Crestron and those that wish they did;) Okay, I'm kidding here of course (just a little) anyone that wants to write reviews using their favorite control system please PM me. Almost everyone involved in the residential side of integration has been looking for a Sonos like product that can be controlled from a third party control system. Well with the NuVo may be just have what the doctor ordered. The NuVo system is easily scalable (although, if I understand correctly, you are limited to 16 zones). This system offers two options for amplified streamers: the P100, and the P200. The P100 has a 2x20 amplifier, one line in, one line out, and a USB port for attached music storage. The P200 offers all of these features, but has a 2x60 amplifier, and Bluetooth capabilities. Both units can utilize either hardwired Ethernet or WiFi (if using WiFi you will need the GW100 gateway, which creates a private WiFi network). This review is for the P100. I first set it up on my test bench using a pair of SnapAV AW-5s. Once I downloaded the app to my iPad (available for Android devices as well), the setup was very straight forward. The app walks you through a combination of button presses on the unit (this will seem familiar to anyone that has installed a Sonos). Once your players are added you can setup streaming services and local music shares. Streaming services are limited to Pandora, TuneIn, Rhapsody, and SiriusXM. This is certainly the one area where Sonos is ahead. I would expect to see Spotify on a device like this. Network music shares can also be added and music sharing software is available for download from the NuVo site for Windows and Macs. I downloaded the software and linked it to my...
by Gary Published on 05-08-2014 03:22 PM
So I did my first Crestron connected receiver and I'm pretty impressed. All of the issues I had revolved around getting everything setup. The setup instructions walk you through getting the receiver into installer setup mode. To do this there is a combination of buttons you press while the receiver is off. The instructions lead you to believe that this will bring up the installer menu, it does not. It turns the receiver on and when you press the setup button on the remote the Crestron setup option is in the menu. On the next power cycle the setup menu goes back to normal. This took me more time than I care to admit to figure out out, so hopefully this saves you guys some time. Setting the unit up is just like any other Crestron network device, the unit gets an IP ID and you enter the IP address of the processor. For some reason I couldn't get the receiver to communicate with the processor until I gave it (the receiver) a fixed IP address even though it showed online. YMMV From a programing stand point it's just like the SWAMP or C2N-AMP-4x100.
by PAAI Published on 11-21-2013 11:30 AM Just got this in an email. Anyone use one of these?
by Ghost Published on 09-10-2010 03:27 PM
I had a chance to evaluate a new Panasonic TH-42PF20U recently. First impression: This seems to be a very well built display. For starters, there are 2 loop handles bolted to the display at the top edges on the back. This makes it easy to move the display around and can easily be taken off if desired as well. Although they donít add to the depth of the display, they can be seen from any angle of the sides. The bezel on this unit is fairly slim, all connections are vertical, and there are 3 cooling fans on the back top. The cooling fans go to full speed for 1-2 seconds when 1st turned on, they can be quite loud at full speed. But even after a few hours of testing and many full screen white fields, the fans never went to full speed during use. At their low settings, they were very quiet (not noticeable at all beyond 2 meters, even in a quiet room). There are small speaker terminals at the outer edge, on each side. This makes for short jumpers to connect to the optional speakers. I hooked up some bookshelf speakers for testing. The display is rated at 8 watts per channel and it sounds solid. Certainly not going to be jamming out but it has decent power to fill a room, much like an ABUS system. Mounting: The mounting pattern on the back is 600mm x 400mm. Most any universal mount should work fine. The holes come with plastic plugs in them, to protect the threads. The holes are slightly recessed but only by about 1/8Ē. I didnít use spacers and had no problem, the back is sturdy. Weight is given at 53 lbs. The handles on back made it easy to move these 53 lbs. around with ease.
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