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April 01, 2013 by Robert Archer

Multimedia System Delivers Family Fun

Suburban-Boston’s Advanced Communications Technologies (ACT) is one of the most successful electronics installation companies for good reason: partners Paul Diggin and Keith Bartholomeu divide and conquer the many responsibilities of owning and operating a vibrant small business in an erratic economy.

Bartholomeu’s expertise lies in his understanding of analog and digital technologies and his diverse training allows him to excel in everything from home theater, to networking and automation. Diggin draws from his corporate business background, as well as his side job as vocalist for a Boston-area rock band.

The Gen X duo knows a thing or two about the convergence of analog and digital technologies and the role that new technologies play in this new age of home entertainment. Diggin says that once a budget has been established, it is important to design a solution that incorporates good audio and video quality with user friendliness, and the opportunity to grow the system as technology changes. “The Savant package gives [homeowners] cool control, plus it can be built on for other areas of the house,” says Diggin.

Using a mix of components that are familiar to A/V enthusiasts as well as the general public, Diggin chose products from Sharp Electronics, Sanus, Panamax, Savant and KEF. With Integra’s new DTR-40.4 A/V receiver as the heart of the system, this receiver can manage analog and digital sources, which could include cable/satellite boxes, gaming consoles and Blu-ray disc players, as well as streaming content from a home network and services like Pandora, Spotify and Rhapsody.

Building upon the system’s fundamental A/V offerings, Diggin also notes that through the power of the Savant system homeowners can expand their control capabilities whenever they desire. Moreover, through the inclusion of the Panamax M4315-PRO power management product, users can remotely manage their system’s electricity in the event of a power failure or some other power-related event. With the M4315’s BlueBolt technology homeowners can also monitor their plugged-in devices’ energy consumption, plus the unit provides power protection and line filtration to help components last longer and run better. And considering most people already hold onto their audio gear much longer than video components, a little more TLC can go pretty far.

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Robert Archer - Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.


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