Check out the workmanship and attention to detail given to a Crestron and KVH Audio/Video Refit/Upgrade for a 145ft Christensen Motor Yacht “I Love This Boat”. Concord Marine Electronics always makes sure the Crestron install is aesthetically pleasing by hiding all the wires but still allow for key components of the A/V system to be easily accessible.
- WHAT’S THE BEST OPTION? Audio/Video Systems have a large range of options, from basic to platinum status depending upon your needs, tastes and budget. Concord’s “discovery” process in the design phase will uncover your entertainment amenity needs for each cabin.
- FACTORY CERTIFIED TECHNICAL DEALER Concord Marine Electronics is proud to be a factory certified technical dealer for the biggest names in the Audio video industry, such as Crestron and Kaleidescape. Not only can we give your entertainment system the level of control and ease of use that others only dream of, but we can also design a simple low cost system that has the required amenities for your needs and budget.
A/V SYSTEM DEMO
Watch to see a demo install of an advanced A/V system. We provide Crestron Audio/Video system installs and refits. If you are looking for this level of control of a yacht audio and video (A/V) system, please contact Concord Marine Electronics so we can do the same for you.
- SPECIAL EXTENDED WARRANTY CONSIDERATIONS The partnership between Crestron and Concord Marine Electronics allows Concord to offer you an UNHEARD-OF FIVE YEAR equipment warranty on your new Crestron Equipment.
In addition, we have special “extended” warranty considerations on the majority of our Navigation and Audio Video components that we provide and install. Most of our equipment has a warranty clock that starts when the vessel is registered to its new owner, rather than when the equipment shipped to Concord from the manufacturer. In the new build process, this special extended warranty consideration can add 18 months to your equipment warranty.
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LATEST IN HIGH-END AUDIO VIDEO
OPTIONS FOR YACHTS
Luxury Audio Video Systems for Yachting
International Yacht Broker Association magazine “COMPASS” (Feb/Mar Issue)
Miami Yacht Show edition 2020
The Latest in Audio Video Options
By Michael Robilio
Many of our yachting clients already have a high-end Audio Video System in one of their homes. These clients want their yacht to have the same, easy to use, system functionality. These luxury systems combine high end features like a single iPad control, that allows for system control on an easy to use touch screen. The user interface is generally custom written software that allows for a graphical, easy to use interface, with the electronic systems.
These luxury control systems allow for not only control of the Audio Video System, but also interface and control of TV cabinets lifts (TV is hidden out of sight in furniture, until needed), cabin lighting, cabin window coverings, and cabin HVAC cooling equipment. The user is able to control all of these electronic systems easily, in any cabin, from a portable, wireless, touch screen device. When programed properly, the user has simplified, single button, graphic control, of the complex onboard electronic systems. The goal for this type of luxury AV system is simple control, that any guest or crew member, can grasp, without any system training.
As these luxury Audio Video systems evolve, more system capability is added. For example, only a few years ago, a state of the art, high-tech system had its own Audio and Video content server. This on-board server would house the Audio and Video collection for the whole boat, and any of the stored High Definition content could be shared among all of the entertainment zones throughout the entire boat. These local area server systems provide fantastic service, as long as all you want to view are prerecorded programing and prerecorded music. These systems do not allow the user to access live programing, like sporting events as an example.
Luxury yacht systems today boast a newer, higher tech, local server system, now with 4k and 8k resolution. The new systems will also allow your portable handheld devices to wirelessly interface with the yachts entertainment systems, displaying your personal content on the vessels entertainment system. In addition to this personal portable content and the High Definition locally stored content, we now have the option to stream live HDTV content. Streaming content services are poised to eclipse the “old school” satellite TV systems. These older systems require different hardware for different geographic locations. They require a specific satellite TV antenna, and specific satellite TV decoders, all for specific geographic locations that your yacht may travel to. For example, they require one antenna and decoder for USA High Def service, sometimes a different antenna and decoder for Caribbean TV service, and several different variations of decoders for Mediterranean TV service. Depending on the yacht’s itinerary, these equipment requirements could equate to large expenses in TV programing and required equipment modifications.
Today’s high-speed Streaming services eliminate the need for many different antennas and decoders, and these streaming systems allow you to receive TV programing from all over the world, no matter the vessels location. The one weakness for these amazing HDTV streaming services are that they all require a solid, high speed internet connection. In your home, that’s a relatively easy task, however, onboard your yacht, it’s a bit more difficult. Not impossible, just a bit more difficult, than at home.
Advancements in 4G mobile internet technology have made HDTV streaming a reality on Yachts. One user, streaming HDTV programing, will need minimum internet download speed around 4-6Mbps. The newest 4G LTEA systems boast download speeds between 40 and 150Mbps (in the USA, depending on your geographic location). So, when using the latest in 4G technology, your yacht could have multiple simultaneous users, streaming live HD content. This High-Speed Internet 4G technology is also very affordable, with Unlimited GB, Unthrottled plans, starting at $300 per month.
The latest Vsat technology is significantly more expensive than 4G, and current maximum Vsat download speeds are 10-20Mbps. That available speed will still allow for multiple simultaneous users to enjoy HDTV content. Pricing for High Speed Vsat internet varies between providers, but most Vsat providers are now offering Unlimited GB’s of Unthrottled High Speed internet at a monthly or weekly fixed cost starting at around $6000 per month.
Today’s Luxury Yachting Lifestyle combines ease of use, access to information, and access to programing content, just like at home. Easy access to these luxury amenities, when in a remote location, are what most Yachting guest expect.
Contact Michael Robilio, President of Concord Marine Electronics for more audio/visual information.