Inside BB King’s $1.4 Million Tour Bus
King's "home away from home" is complete with AV servers, touchpanels, security, lighting and shade control, surround sound, distributed A/V, iPod docks and more.
Inside BB King's $1.4 Million Tour Bus
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November 04, 2009 by Jason Knott

There also are auxiliary input jacks for computers, HDMI, A/V, etc. in the front and rear lounges. Ethernet (Gigabit) connections are offered in each lounge, bunk and sitting area.

The coach has a full-time broadband connection with remote access for diagnostics and programming updates. The coach also has the ability to track weather on any touchpanel.

The coach has a 12-inch touchpanel in the rear lounge, an 8-inch panel in the front lounge, a 6-inch panel for the driver (also for backup camera) and 4-inch touchpanels in each bunk. There also is a 12-button keypad up front. All controls are hardwired.

Other electronics include:

  • 7 Crestron touchpanels
  • 8 HDTVs, including two 37-inch LGs with Triad LCR speakers
  • 13 Lutron motorized shades
  • 6 motorized windows
  • A proprietary 12-relay lighting control system designed by Digital Home Lifestyles
  • 64 zones of lighting
  • Loudspeakers in the luggage bays for music during load-in and load-out
  • Temperature sensors
  • Surround sound systems with Focal and Triad custom speakers
  • 8 headphone jacks that can be used to listen to any source

There are multiple satellite dishes (auto-tracking) to enable eight tuners (four dishes with two tuners each) and occupancy sensors for the bathroom. King also has an emergency button in the lounge in case he needs something.

Power Management

King’s electronics require six separate 20-amp circuits and are powered in three different ways: 1)They can be plugged in when the vehicle is stopped; 2)They can run off the engine’s inverters; 3)They can run off a generator.

That constant switching can wreak havoc on the electronics without proper power management. To solve it, the integrator developed some proprietary logic for the Crestron APS unit for switchover sequencing of the power.

The system remotely communicates with Digital Home Lifestyles to let the company know about failures. King can even press a button on the touchpanels to send an email requesting a service call.

BB Loves Technology

BB King is a content hoarder and techie who always wants the latest gadgets, music and movies. Before he had the Kaleidescape servers, he had a tiny table that was cluttered with five portable hard drives and a laptop plugged into a CD recorder.

Henderson says King had 200 movies on the Kaleidescape servers and 100 TV shows recorded on Tivo within the first month of owning the tour bus.

“The coach is his (and the crew’s) home away from home,” Henderson says. “They don’t sleep in the coach, they stay in hotels every night, but they spend a significant amount of time in there.”

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