For an ever-growing number of manufacturers, service providers and installers—from Microsoft to Comcast to Sony to the tiniest C-business—the key to capturing the digital home network is getting a box into the media room.
It’s the old Trojan Horse strategy. And with its Adagio home entertainment system, Crestron has provided its dealers with just such an opportunity.
The venerable home automation vendor has long been known for the elaborate, feature-rich control systems its dealers lucratively and elaborately customize for wealthy clients. Adagio, however, allows the C-business to offer an “out-of-the-box” multi-room, multi-source audio distribution system to less affluent clients, or those who aren’t quite ready to dive in yet to a more comprehensive Crestron automation experience.
Unlike similar solutions out there, however, this audio system can expand into a full Crestron system—today, tomorrow, next month, next year. And Crestron dealers have responded overwhelmingly, both to Crestron and to us. In fact, Crestron tells us some dealers are so enthusiastic about Adagio that they spec it for customers who actually want to start right off the bat with a full Crestron system!
For providing its outstanding dealer base with a compelling option to expand its business, and for making a significant contribution to the effort to expand the digital home concept downmarket, we salute Adagio as one of our two Most EXC!TING Products of 2006.
Exceptional Innovation Lifeware
Attendees at CEDIA EXPO 2006 were practically
tripping over Lifeware logos at the convention center and its environs. That epic marketing blitz capped a year in which a comprehensive home automation system based on the unlikely platform of Microsoft’s Windows Media Center went from a curiosity to a major talking point in the market.
Unlike some other IT-based solutions entering the market, the Lifeware platform embraces a growing list of best-of-breed products in all of the media distribution and home control categories. Exceptional Innovation isn’t trying to do it all; it’s trying to bring together existing and emerging technologies into a comprehensive, and comprehensible, installation environment and user experience.