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April Newsletter 2014

Mirror Edge Networks

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April 2014

Welcome

As I sit here writing this email to my valued and treasured colleagues and clients I am relieved that I have come this far in developing my company, Mirror Edge Networks.

If you are not aware, I started Mirror Edge Networks 2 years ago. With lots of hard work and determination, I am ready to start keeping everyone up to date with the developments at Mirror Edge Networks.
I would also like to keep you up to date with the most important elements that effect your Audio Video requirements.

If you would like to be removed from this communication, please email me requesting to do so.
I don’t want anyone to feel like they are being subscribed to something that they would not like to receive.

Without further delay, I would like to introduce a few projects that we have worked on recently.

Crestron Remote Control 29 April 2014

CrestronThe benefits of installing a Crestron system to control all devices in your home are easy to see.

We are busy with a whole house video distribution system that uses Crestron to control all the equipment.

The benefits of using a Crestron Remote Control

The benefits of using a Crestron Remote Control

These remote controls are going to be controlling the following items!

  • Samsung Ultra High Definition televisions
  • Integra Audio Video Receivers
  • AppleTV’s,
  • XBMC Media Servers
  • DSTV Explora Decoders

More information about the project to follow soon!

Television upgrade – Clifton Apartment

When discussions began in January to plan for the upgrade of a clients Clifton Apartment to the new DSTV over Fibre Video system from Smart Village, special planning was needed to make sure that we could meet the expectations of our client. As well as making sure that the system functioned intuitively and delivered high quality picture to the three viewing environments of the apartment.

The process began when discussions with Smart Village and a visit to the apartment confirmed access to the required Fibre. (More information about the Fibre installation can be found here: Fibre Optic Installation.)

Next we had to decide on the type of televisions to use in the upgrade. Mirror Televisions were considered, but it was decided that as this apartment is not occupied full time a an alternate solution would be more appropriate. The stunning Samsung Series 8 55″ LED Televisions were my recommendation for this installation; replacing the existing Panasonic Plasma screen monitors. These 55″ LED Televisions are exactly the same size as the old Panasonic 50″ Plasmas.

We started with replacing this Plasma in the master bedroom.

The original Panasonic 50" Plasma

The original Panasonic 50″ Plasma

One of my intentions was to make the television viewable from the bed as well as from the bath. This meant checking that the new Vogels Pull & Rotate bracket was the correct choice for the Samsung LED in the master bedroom, I had to take a quick picture to confirm this.

Television turned towards the bath

The new Samsung television turned towards the bath

Bang & Olufsen Service 14 May 2014

A client of ours recently contacted us to query an intermittent audio issue on his Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 5 speakers. He would occasionally have the audio stop working, or the speakers would simply not switch on at all.

After visiting our client and seeing the issue for ourselves, we assessed the cabling and could determine that the problem was certainly associated with the cabling. Upon closer inspection of the cabling we could see that there is corrosion on the speaker cable terminations, with further investigations, we found that there was in fact sitting water in the conduits that link the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 5 speakers back to the BeoSound 9000 CD plater.

To remedy this issue we ordered the correct replacement Bang & Olufsen cable and proceeded to replace the cables which were now so corroded as by this point in time they had stopped working completely. Before installing the new cabling we called Cape Carpet Cleaners to assist us with their high power suction vacuum cleaners to suck as much of the water out of the conduits as possible, before running through draw wire with an old cleaning cloth attached to soak up any last moisture in the conduits.

Extra cabling that was installed

Extra cabling that was installed

One of the speaker locations was designed to be a television location when the house was originally built, but due to the way our client uses the room and his television viewing habits, this television point is no longer required. So at the same time as the service on the speaker cabling we took out all extra cabling that had been installed that wasn’t needed. Our client was quite surprised to see so much extra cable had been installed, but glad that the whole audio system was back up and running again.