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INTERVIEW
Audio+Video
Steve Silberman
Business Development, Savant Audio
How has Savant's whole-house audio evolved?
Right from the start, Savant offered whole-house audio and
video distribution. Audio is arguably the most important category
in our space because almost every customer's journey
towards a fully integrated smart home begins with the desire
to have music in every room.
Originally, our solutions were matrix based. But all matrix-based
solutions came with a lot of shortcomings, such as
a fixed number of inputs and outputs, piles of mixed-signaling
cabling and a requirement that all the equipment be in one
central location. IP-based solutions resolved all these.
Why did Savant choose to take a standards-based
approach to the product development?
Standards make bringing great products to market easier and
less expensive. Standards also reduce your dependency on a
single vendor and minimize supply chain disruption.
Standards offer interoperability between companies, which
is valuable so long as other leading companies adopt those
same standards. In the case of AVB [audio video bridging],
we chose wisely because you see major tech companies also
supporting AVB.
Savant joined the Avnu Alliance and uses the IEEE AVB
Time-Sensitive Networking standard primarily in commercial
and automotive AV. Why go this route?
We looked at it from the integrator's 30,000-foot perspective.
As an integrator, you want a solution that's simple and efficient
to deploy, extremely reliable, and prevents maintenance and
service calls. When our engineering team was evaluating what
IP direction to go, AVB stood out above every other solution
because it is so reliable, easy to deploy, and offers incredible
audio performance and interoperability.
What other advantages does AVB provide integrators?
AVB is low latency and provides perfectly synchronous audio:
Celebrating the open-concept designs of many homes, clients
expect to have a rich entertainment experience delivered
throughout. AVB ensures that all playback is completely in
sync across all areas of the home, bridging the many Savant IP
Audio solutions that are suited for each space - WiSA (Wireless
Speaker & Audio) surround sound for the living room,
invisible speakers in the dining room, nano architectural
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" AVB is a zero-configuration
solution ... it doesn't matter
if you're deploying a singlezone
or 100 zones. "
speakers in the kitchen to match the lighting fixtures. AVB is a
zero-configuration solution: it requires no advanced network
expertise to get a system up and running and maintain it. It
doesn't matter if you're deploying a single-zone system or 100
zones; the system configures itself and guarantees the highest
quality of service. This drastically reduces labor costs.
Systems can be centralized or decentralized; back in the
days of matrixed distribution, components had to be in a
centralized rack. With AVB, the network is " the matrix. " This
means AVB devices can be anywhere you want them to be.
Does using the Avnu Alliance protocol help resi dealers
cross into commercial/resimercial?
Certainly, for some of the same reasons already mentioned!
Commercial will become a bigger focus for us in 2022. We
have a comprehensive selection of Savant AVB devices and
third-party products such as JBL Pro, Crown and AudioControl
to design and implement just about anything an integrator
needs. But what's really cool about using Savant in a commercial
project is the ability to hand a business owner one control
point. We can tie all the other associated services into the
Savant control system ... climate, lighting, energy, surveillance,
video distribution. Additionally, with the launch of Savant 10.0
and 9.4.3, we're introducing XM Radio for Business.
How else does AVB benefit Savant owners?
Our integration of AVB works seamlessly within the Savant
App, allowing homeowners to create grouped zones. We have
input/output devices that bridge the divide between older
audio components, such as turntables or existing/legacy distribution
amplifiers. Also, streaming services are going through
a sweeping performance upgrade. Low-resolution lossy audio
has ceded to high-resolution lossless 16- and 24-bit high-performance
playback. Savant's implementation guarantees 24bit
resolution from any source to any endpoint.
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