SAV Big Sky Showroom

We can all agree that Big Sky is a pretty special place and we're humbled to not only have a lot of clients and partners up there, but an office as well. 

Like our Bozeman location, I guess we could call it a showroom too, because there are a lot of cool technologies integrated into this space as well, but more or less it's a great meeting space. There seems to be a lot of similarities between our two "showrooms," kind of like how our Bozeman location also acts as a collaborative environment with Earth Elements, our Big Sky location is a collaborative environment with Energy 1. It's great having such close partners to share space with.

If you're interested in checking out the space, send a line to marketing@savinc.net. More importantly, if you want to take a continued education course there or even need a space to have a quick meeting, we're happy to lend a spot. Call anytime: 406-580-4890

Smart Fabric?!

Once you start thinking the future finally here, from AI to autonomous vehicles, something new comes along that makes you think otherwise. There are so many new ideas out there that have yet to be developed and it's exciting to see what's next.

Image Credit: Microtron-3d via TechStory

Image Credit: WeaveUp via Dwell

Smart Fabric? Are we in Back to the Future II? A fabric that can sense environmental changes, send tactile or audible signals to visually and hearing impaired users, or track a wearer's vital signs? A fabric that interweaves strands of fiber optics, nano-electronics, or other conductive or semi-conductive threads in it? Sounds almost like science fiction.

What's really intriguing to us is the ability to control devices wirelessly. Gives a whole new meaning to smart home, doesn't it?! A recent patent made by Apple hints the fabric control technology could be integrated into other devices, including their MacBook, iPad and Watch, but also even chairs, sofas, airplanes and more. What could you imagine seeing smart fabric being used for?

Thanks for the great articles Dwell and TechStory.


SAV Bozeman Showroom

Without further ado, we’d like to officially present our SAV Digital Environments showroom…

Yes, we have been here since 2004, back when the doors opened as Studio AV in the early days, but a lot of people didn’t know what was inside this unique building up North Wallace in the heart of the Northeast neighborhood. Back then it was a space for growth… a place for employees to work, a place to test out the latest and greatest home and business technologies, a place to build systems that would inevitably become the central nervous system of a nearby smart home or commercial environment, figuratively speaking.

We have been very fortunate over the years and finally reached a point of growth that we needed to open a new office for all of our employees to collaboratively work within. So what better to do with our Bozeman space than create a showroom out of it. A place that provides anyone that visits a glimpse at some premier technology; audio/video systems, automated shades and lights, smart glass, security and surveillance, an intelligent conference room, and soon the latest in voice AI.

We couldn’t have done it without you… our clients, our partners, our friends and family. A big thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey with us, and a special thank you to those who have helped us turn this environment into a very special place so near and dear to our hearts; Minarik Architects, Envi Design, Urbaine Home, Earth Elements, and so many more.

Happy New Year and here’s to a prosperous 2019!

Mirror TV Custom Install

Most people are accustomed to seeing our integrations after they’re complete… the glitz, the glam, the technology. The finished product is always so impressive, but we must never forget all of the hard work that goes into each and every one of them, from the beginning to the end.

Here is a great “behind the scenes” look at the teamwork that went into this custom install… a 99.5 x 72” Séura Mirror with LED Lights and a 27” TV in the center. Bridging the gap between design and technology, Séura offers an extensive line of innovative products, including smart mirrors, and our clients are always very excited to have them as an option.

Automated Art & Concealed TV

Accompanied by 20 zones of distributed audio, 13 zones of video (9 of which are from central distribution), a home theater, entertainment room and bar, all intuitively controlled throughout this gorgeous home with Savant, as well as automated lighting and shades by Lutron, we then put a cherry on the top by recessing and concealing a 65” 4k TV above the fireplace in the living room, hidden behind split panel art.

Taking it a step further, built to match the width and aesthetics of the display, we had a custom sound bar made by Leon, flush mounted with the TV below, marrying the two. Integrating sound bars is a great way to enhance and provide substantial voice and sound reproduction which is not possible with built-in TV speakers, providing directed sound from the display creating a realistic viewing experience.

When the TV is turned on, the panels split and slide to either side with the help of Future Automation, revealing the display and sound bar. When turned off, they slide back together creating a piece of art, completely hiding the TV and automation equipment within the enclosed frame.



CEU courses through SAV

If you're interested in a CEU (come Jan or Feb 2019 at our Bozeman & Big Sky showrooms), let us know. We just had a couple 1 hr. sessions the other day with SÉURA called "The Science of Light," approved with Heath, Safety & Welfare (HSW) designation by IDCEC, and enjoyed the company of folks from Centre Sky Architecture, Bechtle Architects & Love Schack Architecture to Envi Design, ICON Interiors & Pomarico Design Studio Architecture.

If you're interested in one too (subjects change CEU to CEU), comment below or send an email to scott.abel@savinc.net.

Professionally Designed Home Theaters

SAV thoughtfully used leading-edge electronics for this home theater; A 4k projector accompanied by a 105” fixed acoustically transparent screen, an in-wall 7.2 surround sound system hidden behind professionally designed and engineered acoustic panels, advanced electronic power, energy and thermal management, the latest in automated lighting, climate, and audio/video control, and last but not least black leather, automated incline, theater-style seating with ratcheting headrests.

Features

Video System:
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K 3D Projector
Stewart Filmscreen 105" 2.35:1 Cinamascope Perf Screen Fixed

7.2 Professional Surround Sound by JBL Synthesis (In-wall, hidden):
JBL Synthesis Four (LCR) S4HC, S4VC
JBL Synthesis Four Surrounds (4) S4Ai
JBL In-wall Dual 10” subwoofer (x2)

Surround Sound Processing and Amplification:
JBL Synthesis and SDEC 3000
JBL Amplification with Panamax
JBL Professional in-home calibration

Audio/Video Sources:
Local Sources: Gaming inputs for Wii and Xbox
Central Sources: AppleTV, Kaleidescape Blu-ray, DirecTV System

Control:
Full Savant Control and Integration
Lutron Lighting Control System

Power management:
Advanced electronics power, energy and thermal management

Theater Interior:
CinemaTech engineered acoustic room treatment and wall finishes professionally designed, engineered, and installed. Theater board on upper ceiling. 

Theater Seating:
CinemaTech professionally designed theater seating (2 rows of 5 seats) black leather with automated incline and ratcheting headrest.

Digital Solutions for All

At Home in Southwest Montana feature by Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Recently, a frustrated Bozeman couple wandered into the showroom at SAV Digital Environments on North Wallace Avenue. The couple had purchased an internet package from a local telecommunications company that ended up leaving their home with several dead zones. They attempted to solve the problem themselves by buying Wi-Fi extenders. No good. They consulted a local retail company that inevitably pushed more product on the couple, but that still did not solve the problem either. Finally, they made their way to SAV where they met Scott, the director of quality and customer.

Scott spoke with the couple for an hour that day and for another hour on the phone the following day before touring their home and providing a consultation. As he informed the couple of several potential solutions, they then asked how much this consultation is going to cost them. He said, “Our goal is to help you find the best solution to fit your needs, not to squeeze every last penny out of you.”

SAV is synonymous with seamless design, cutting-edge technology, and quality customer service. The company was formed as Studio AV in 2005, when owner Cory Reistad dreamt of creating the best audio and video environments possible. As technology progressed, so did business. They now outfit homes and businesses with not only A/V systems, but climate control, shades and lighting, security systems, and more, all of which can be automated with a press of a button on your smart phone, or even with voice. Wireless capabilities are also an in-home advancement we have seen take leaps within the last four or five years.

“What’s really important to us is clean, reliable, good-looking technology,” Scott says. “We hide wires to help preserve the aesthetics of the environment, we use flush details to help eliminate bulky components, and we sell appealing products that complement the environment.”

Though typical integrations involve visible products, if requested SAV is able to install “invisible” electronics, including speakers built into walls, pin-hole cameras, shades that roll up into concealed pockets, and even mirrors that transform into televisions.

“Smart mirrors are really cool,” Scott says. “You can get your agenda, morning news, or a movie in your bathroom or living room. And it’s all in the mirror!”

SAV is known for servicing some of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in southwest Montana, but a lot of people should know SAV values all integrations, large and small alike. “Most everyone likes the idea of cutting-edge technology, but they don’t necessarily know how to get it,” Scott says. “People who would want a cool audio system or a good security solution, it’s within arms reach and we’re here to help.”

The couple that wanted to kill their dead zones was presented with an option to achieve flawless internet connection. During their in-home consultation, Scott saw instruments laying around. Noticing music is important to them, he said, “We could create an immersive audio experience in here too that you could turn it off in one room and on in another from your phone.” Their faces lit up when they heard the word “immersive.” The solution was a mesh of overlapping wireless access points throughout the couple’s home with an end result being fast, reliable internet and then audio streaming from anywhere. And they can control everything from their phones, including shutting off internet to certain devices.

Stopping by the SAV showroom is a great way to find out what’s possible within your budget, not to mention getting a glimpse at some premier technology. You will see the fogging glass, camouflaged sound systems, automated shades and lights, and soon the latest in voice AI. It’s exciting to think that not only is this high-tech industry in our backyards, it could also be in our homes.

“This is the age of evolving design and technology,” Scott says. “Though we base our hearts in Bozeman and Big Sky, we have clients from Flathead to Paradise Valley to Missoula to Jackson, Wyoming.”

SAV Awarded Home of the Year

Photos ©William Abranowicz

Hidden Magic

In addition to the architecture and interior design, the cutting-edge digital component of the home contributed to its winning status—many amenities are invisible when you enter the home, which helps create the home’s tranquility. SAV worked with WRJ Design from the beginning of this project to provide lighting control, automated window treatments and AV throughout the home, amongst more.

“This home took dedication and devotion to precision at every level from the entire team. Working with the iconic vision of WRJ on this project was a delight for us. We have become adept at weaving technology into homes while retaining design aesthetics, the marriage of the two, and that’s where technology and design align to maximize efficiency, convenience, and enhanced levels of comfort for our clients.” – Cory Reistad, SAV Digital Environments

Cory shares a behind-the-scenes look at technological components in the home:

Flush details: To eliminate bulky components and preserve the aesthetics of the home, such as wall outlets and switches, SAV used a trimless and flush mounting solution throughout for wiring devices and automated controls such as lighting and shades.

Automated shades & drapes: Electronically controlled and hidden within pockets, or recessed into the window casement when up, SAV integrated shading solutions that a create a seamless appearance throughout as well as automated drapery that opens and closes with a simple push of a button.

Invisible speakers: SAV installed invisible speakers in the walls and then finished over them with the surrounding surface to deliver ambient music that emanates throughout the space with no visual footprint. It’s almost as if the walls become the speakers themselves.

Lighting control: SAV knows that lighting has a significant impact on not only the aesthetics of any given space, but the occupants as well. In order to achieve enhanced levels of comfort, they added high-performance lighting and control throughout the home for smooth and continuous dimming. Not only does this approach save energy, it helps maintain a visual quality for the occupants without compromising the building’s electrical infrastructure.

Read the whole article on Mountain Living

SAV Commercial

Successful businesses are built on solid foundations, and solid foundations rely on state of the art technology and infrastructure. Our commercial technology expertise, capabilities, and years of experience will provide the speed, strength, and stability that your business requires and your employees or customers demand.

The Modern Workplace

Within the Commercial Division at SAV lies smart conference rooms. Having the right conference room will boost productivity, collaboration, comfort and so much more. How often do you participate in a meeting and have a difficult time hearing people on the line, video conferencing lags or won’t even connect, it takes 10 minutes to get your presentation up on the display, you're frustrated by a mess of cords, traffic going by is distracting, there’s a ceiling light shining right in your face, or the climate is too cold or too hot?

SAV will provide the personal, experienced, touch needed to improve interactions between not only meeting-goers, but people and the environment too. Removing time-wasting barriers in conference rooms is essential to efficient meetings and we're here to help create a comfortable, intelligent environment and make it easy to connect instantly, share content seamlessly, and streamline meetings without interruption.

From 4k digital media control and display tiling, instant wireless connectivity, and room-filled clean and clear audio to lighting dimmed to perfect levels of comfort, efficient and convenient climate control, and automated shades for not only privacy but to reduce distractions, we’re here to create stress-free, consistent, positive experiences in the modern workplace with reliable technology that works for you, not the other way around.

SAV Livable Space Continued...
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It’s all starting to come together and our excitement levels are off the charts. A few months ago we captured some of our team in action in this soon-to-be SAV livable space that’ll combine human-centric lightinghigh-level audio, and modern sophisticated design offering an experience that’s bringing comfort, technology, architecture, and elegance together. But it’s more than just the SAV livable space, you can really start to see the whole building come to life, even the commercial space. Not only will the livable space house cutting-edge smart home and business solutions, the rest of the building is going to be a great representation of modern technologies that are redefining the way people live and interact with their environments.

CEDIA 2018

In the ever-changing, ever-evolving, fast-paced home and business technology industry, when opportunities present themselves such as CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association), it's not only highly beneficial but important to attend and participate in. 

This year, like last, San Diego hosted more than 20,000 technology professionals and over 500 exhibitors. We were excited and fortunate to attend again. Thoughtfully touching nearly every corner of SAV, from Sales, Design Engineering, and Operations to Project Management, Client Services, and Technical Services, we received the opportunity to see new products as well as breakthrough innovations and participate in targeted training courses. 

Seeing and learning about cutting-edge technologies, first-hand, not to forget to mention having intimate one-on-ones with partners such as Séura, Lutron, Savant, Josh.ai, Nexus 21, Sonance, and Sonos, the experience is priceless. We can't forget about spending quality time with our manufacturer reps and then seeing and participating in activities with our fellow colleagues. It was a time, and experience, to remember!

Let there be light, or not...

Whether it's natural light intuitively controlled by automated shades, blinds and even smart glass or in-home lighting from in-ceiling fixtures and chandeliers to ambient under-lighting, we love  coming up with solutions that don't compromise the flow and integrity of any given space. We like to enhance the environment with lighting control through careful consideration while paying attention even the smallest details, which in turn allows the overall environmental design to be the focus, not the lighting. By taking this approach, we bring style to life and maximize efficiency, convenience, comfort levels, and above all, energy consumption.

Hands-on Training

Utilizing our manufacturer partners hands-on training's is highly beneficial to not only us, but our partners as well. We learn about the best practices to design, install, program products and systems, and in turn our partners learn more about us, our clients, and what is needed to create the most fruitful partnership possible.

At this training with Lutron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of energy-saving light, shade, temperature control and automation, we looked at hardware, we look at software, we learned about, and we determined what is needed to best suit our clients.

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We train, we learn & we grow!

SAV is not only dedicated to finding & vetting the smartest & the best technologies & products available, once we do we train, we learn & we grow!

The experience gained from SAV's ongoing partner trainings is an extraordinary opportunity for professional development, not to forget to mention the introductions to advanced and new technologies we receive.

"One thing that really caught my attention is in the HCL (Human Centric Lighting) space. This emerging technology platform is amazing and has the potential to make a meaningful impact to quality of life for clients as well as potential to redefine the CI space role and responsibilities in regards to lighting packages and our involvement with these initiatives."
– Nate Dorr, SAV's Director of Security

Learning about technologies like this gives us with the ability to provide even deeper integration solutions for our clients on a more holistic (total home or business) level.

Thank you Séura, Planar SystemsLegrand, Vantage Controls and Sonance for the visit and the training's.

Live the Legendary Performance

Though we really didn't need to find and vet a company like McIntosh, because we already know of their quality, their standards, their history, and beyond all their passion, we are absolutely thrilled to be a partner now and just loved visiting and taking part in their extensive training program on location in Binghamton, NY last week!

Be noticed, blend in, or be fully discreet?!

Some people like their security & surveillance to be fully visible, which we do, and then some like it to be totally hidden, which we also do. So what about in-between? We decided to take our own surveillance and blend it in with the environment, but we didn't want to lose it altogether. It was great capturing Austin, one of our Security Technicians, stop by for a little painting.

As technology progresses, so do we, and we are very excited that SAV Alarm has evolved. Welcome the new SAVAlarm.com. We still maintain our core values, but we have added, we have refined, and we have updated!

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Lawn Party & Outdoor Audio Event

What a great event! Thanks to everyone who swung by and a huge thank you to James Loudspeaker, an incredible audio partner that takes pride, and they should, in coming up with innovative solutions, unprecedented customizations, and flawless sonic reproduction within residential and commercial, indoor and outdoor, applications.

To learn more about how SAV and James Loudspeaker can help minimize visual presence in your interior or landscape décor, resulting in a refined entertainment experience, call 406.586.5593

Combining Comfort, Architecture, Technology & Elegance

As we capture some of our team in action, this soon-to-be SAV livable space will combine human-centric lighting, high-level audio, and modern sophisticated design into a simple one button solution, offering an experience that’ll bring comfort, technology, architecture and elegance together.

Human-centric lighting, aka. HCL, can adjust people's daily lives, improving their motivation, enhance concentration, productivity, and overall well-being. Probably best described by Luminetix

"Reimagining illumination... tailor the color and character of light to every application — articulating spaces, aesthetics, comfort and purpose of every space — indeed, to heighten the entire human experience."

Our high-level audio solutions will include an architectural discreet opening system that delivers unprecedented sound quality via a revolutionary approach to distributed audio. The finished product exactly matches the footprint of small aperture downlights for minimal distraction yet maximum performance. The unique system design provides a better finished aesthetic than traditional larger loudspeakers while delivering superior sound coverage and sonic performance.

Traditionally, technology is bulky and visually obtrusive, distracting from the overall design vision. We like to provide a design solution that preserves the aesthetics of any space. Preservation of architectural finishes, trim-less and flush aesthetic, allows the overall environmental design to be the focus without compromising the flow and integrity of the space.

That's just a few of innovative solutions this space will offer, there is more to come... Look forward to additional shots as this thoughtful project progresses.

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