High-End Electronic Products
A/V, Security, and Automation Products Offered by Bentley Electronic Systems
Bentley Systems strives to offer our clients the best quality and highest performing cutting-edge products available. The following is a list of Top Brands most often suggested to our discriminating client list. At Bentley’s we are always on the hunt for new technology, so be assured your new installation will be based on the latest components and systems available.
Integra: One of the most prestigious of brands, and one I have been trying to get for a long time, is Integra. Integra is a small division of Onkyo. Being much smaller than its parent, Integra gets the highest performing parts and build quality. Connections, inputs and outputs are designed for the custom audio dealer, and offer much more opportunity for the dealer to seamlessly integrate into your particular system.
Bose: From the most trusted name in audio, we handle the Lifestyle and the exclusive Built-Invisible product. The BIV builds everything into the walls and the floor, for an almost invisible look. Think again if you don’t think Bose knows sound.
TruAudio: This company was started by installers, so they know what features to build into their products. Tru started with in-wall speakers, arguably the best sounding ones out there at a reasonable price. From there they have grown to include subwoofers, cables, cabinet speakers, and racks.
Marantz: One of the oldest audio companies there is. Started by Saul Marantz, the brand has continued its tradition of great audio quality at moderate prices.
Sonos: What is Sonos, you ask? Where have you been? Sonos is the pre-eminent internet music player system, ranging from a line out player, called Connect and Connect- Amp if you need power for speakers. Now they offer self contained players, amps, and speakers all in one compact package. These are the Play series, the 3 and the 5.Not only will it play the thousands of world wide internet radio stations at no charge, but you can access music off pc’s on your network, as well as have industry music services such as Rhapsody, Pandora, Sirius Internet radio, etc for a small charge every month. The “coolest” item we have! With the latest software release, you can stream music directly from your “I” or Android device directly to the Sonos Connect. No more iPod docks.
Yamaha: Yamaha has been known over the years as having the best DSP surround processing. Yamaha actually goes out to recording venues around the world, and records the “ambiance” of churches, night clubs, etc. and incorporates their sound into their surround processing. Of particular note is their line of Digital Sound Projectors, aka sound-bars. With up to 42 separate speakers, each with their own separate amplifier and crossover, Yamaha manages to wrap the sound around you, including the rear channels, all from a single point. Uncanny.
Soundcast: Remarkable wireless audio systems that will play your IPOD outdoors wirelessly. One charge will last almost ten hours, and the sound quality is awesome. Perfect for the patio or deck. You can also control the IPOD remotely.
Epson: From the number one producer of LCD projectors in the world, Epson is known around the world as a producer who sweats the details of how a picture should look.
Shading Control: Now we can interface your motorized shades into any home system. Want to close the shades at noon because too much light obscures the television picture, but want them open at 3pm? No problem, and don’t worry about time changes or different seasons. The controllers now have astronomical time clocks built in to make operation as worry free and seamless as possible.
System Control: These used to be called remote controls, but they now can do so much, they have been renamed as system controls. For the system that doesn’t require too much control, we offer the Logitech Harmony remote. Systems which require more horsepower will benefit from either RTI, Control 4, or Prodigy by Crestron systems.
Honeywell: This used to be called Ademco, before they were purchased by Honeywell. Back when I was the Northeast security contractor for Dairy Mart stores, the only brand of panel that would communicate with their central station was Ademco. At the time I was using Napco, which I still have in my own home, and is still a fine brand. Overnight I had to learn how Ademco installed and programmed for Dairy Mart. I really got to like it, and I switched over all my installations to Ademco. Their wireless systems and components are about the most reliable in the industry (I wish wireless audio and video was as good). They also now have talking keypads and keypads that look impressive on your wall.
Uplink: In the case of an existing system, the Uplink acts as a backup, meaning that if you loose phone service or are being tampered with, the system will automatically switch over and send the signals to the central station without a phone line. Certain models can also report to central station via the internet. Many people are now giving up their land line telephone service and going with cell phones for voice. In the past you would have had to give up security system monitoring if you did this, now, it doesn’t matter. In addition to the standard central station monitoring service, there is an additional monthly charge (14.95 per month) for the cellular service. This is not the same as your cell-phone service. It is a different service.
What’s needed for a robust network is enterprise grade networking equipment. These devices have the build quality and performance necessary to run a home or business filled with wired and wireless devices. Many automation companies, including Control 4, have a recommended networking equipment list. Guess what? There isn’t a $59.00 router on the list.
Pakedge: This line includes routers, switches, access points, and power management equipment. Pakedge products are strictly for the custom design industry. You won’t find them on a shelf at a big box store. Ive picked this brand because of their quality and performance.