Smart Home Solutions was faced with an interesting challenge for this winning project.
‘The Loops’ required the company to develop a system of integrate hearing loops, which provide a wireless signal to the client’s hearing aids.
The unique objective was to place the loops throughout the residence so they could integrate with AV zones and the house music system, so that what was playing in the room would be broadcast into the hearing loop system. The owner wanted to be able to play a different source in each zone, walk between them, and not have any overlap or ‘cross talk’ between zones.
Smart Home Solutions used the Crestron house music amp to receive all of the home’s music sources and back-fed audio from the TVs. They then sent the ‘loop’ audio to a processor as well as amplified audio to concealed Sonance speakers.
In its submission, the company stated: “The line level audio received by the Crestron DSP (digital signal processor) was processed and distributed to each Contacta hearing loop zone amplifier at a set volume. The owner can then adjust the volume locally with his hearing aid volume controls.”
Smart Home Solutions also added the ability to isolate and turn off the hearing loop zones from the Dynalight lighting control panels and Crestron remote controls, making it easy for the client to switch off background music to better hear guests.
CEDIA’s judges noted that this project was the kind of assisted-living solution that member firms are uniquely suited to provide.
Contacta, Crestron, Dynalite, Sonance.
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