A Private Screening at Skywalker Sound

Recently, Realm was invited to California for a private tour of Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’s 4000-acre ranch in the hills north of San Francisco.  It is home to Skywalker Sound, the preeminent audio production facility, where the sounds and music of many of the movies we know and love are created and edited.  For audiophiles and movie buffs like us, this was an incredible experience.  

The highlight of the tour was a private screening in the Stag Theater, arguably the best sounding theater in the world.  It is in this 300-seat theater that directors and sound engineers screen their movies and decide how it should sound to the rest of the world. 

At the heart of the experience is a Meyer Sound audio system, actively powered by 31,000 watts of amplification.  There are 10 subwoofers, five screen channels and 24 surround speakers.  Dolby Atmos surround processing is used for immersive 3D audio.  The image on The Stag’s 50 foot wide screen is generated by two Christie Digital CP4230 4k DLP Digital Cinema Projectors.  

The projectionist screened the first 13 minutes of Oblivion, which was the first movie ever natively mixed expressly for Dolby Atmos, the latest immersive audio format.  The quality of the performance, both audio and video, defies superlatives.  But it is immediately evident that this combination of Meyer Sound and Christie Digital is what one uses when creating the world’s reference theater.  

We liked it so much we decided to build one in our design center.  More on that later...





New Savant App Release

The New Savant App is Here!

      Savant App Premier       To our partners in the architectural, design, and construction community          Thursday, November 20th, 5pm   Realm Experience Center 140 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT     Savant®, the leading luxury smart home technology company, has announced the Savant App--a revolutionary new interface that allows homeowners to control their lighting, climate, entertainment, and security system from a single, easy-to-use app.    Using any iOS or Android device, the Single App Home© offers an unparalleled level of personalization, so every user can tailor it to match his or her lifestyle. From waking up in the morning to saying goodnight and everything in between, the Savant App lets homeowners capture and set their homes just the way they like them.  Please join us at Realm for an opportunity to be the first to experience  the new Savant App in a fully functional environment.  Click the button below to RSVP, and please include the number of your guests and colleagues that will be in attendance.  We look forward to showing you what Savant and Realm can do for you and your clients.  

 

Savant App Premier

To our partners in the architectural, design, and construction community
 

Thursday, November 20th, 5pm
Realm Experience Center
140 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT

Savant®, the leading luxury smart home technology company, has announced the Savant App--a revolutionary new interface that allows homeowners to control their lighting, climate, entertainment, and security system from a single, easy-to-use app.  

Using any iOS or Android device, the Single App Home© offers an unparalleled level of personalization, so every user can tailor it to match his or her lifestyle. From waking up in the morning to saying goodnight and everything in between, the Savant App lets homeowners capture and set their homes just the way they like them.

Please join us at Realm for an opportunity to be the first to experience the new Savant App in a fully functional environment.  Click the button below to RSVP, and please include the number of your guests and colleagues that will be in attendance.  We look forward to showing you what Savant and Realm can do for you and your clients.  

More on motorized window treatments...

The Lutron Coulisse Collection is amazing.   Lutron added over 700 Coulisse fabric options into their world of automated window treatments.  A total game changer for those are used to only seeing PVC solar shades and a few sheer options.  

With the additional range of Coulisse selections -- from super luxe Venetian blinds to clean and modern XL pleated blinds and honeycombs, to super chic sheers and blackout roller shades -- controlling sunlight just got really fun.

We are thrilled to be carrying the four collections introduced by Lutron and Coulisse.  It is a delightful merger of technology and design.   It is easy to achieve great design in a space with the quality and diverse collection of Coulisse fabrics, while keeping the quiet, reliable, highly functional motors of Lutron’s shading solutions. 

Coulisse Dining Room 

Coulisse Dining Room 

Coulisse Bedroom 

Coulisse Bedroom 

Fabrics are able to be viewed online at http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pages/ShadingSystems/Fabrics/RollerShade/CoulisseElegance/Dimout.aspx.  (Just an FYI: each fabric pops up on the first screen as the white or neutral option. Within each group there are colors upon colors to click on.)  Have fun exploring...

Coulisse Living Room

Coulisse Living Room

If you would like to see the collection in person give us a call we would be happy to have you visit our space or to come visit you.

Simply control your sunlight...

Take advantage of the summer sun while you still can!  Yes, you can channel your inner Helios* and control the sunlight in your home.

QMotion Shades and Lutron both have options to set shades to open and close at preprogrammed times.  Setting your location allows shades to open and close with sunrise and sunset.   Or, have window treatments close automatically too prevent your favorite furnishings and rugs from fading while the afternoon sun streams in the windows.  Also, make sure your afternoon nap is as long as you want it to be...set the windows to stay closed until you open them. 

Visit us at 140 Water Street to see the shades in action. 

*Helios, Greek mythology character that drove the sun chariot....just what I recall from  Edith Hamilton’s Mythology from high school.

 

QMotion Shades via Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/569564684094828374/

QMotion Shades via Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/569564684094828374/

Lutron shades via Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/pin/50384089553798431/

Lutron shades via Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/pin/50384089553798431/

Realm is Lutron's Preferred Provider

Realm has been approved as Lutron's preferred provider for Lutron's Ivalo Finire LED Lighting product. Lutron's recessed LED fixture looks, dims, and performs better than the competition. Realm will now stock a number of Lutron Ivalo Finire fixtures to ensure fast order fulfillment. If you are thinking about LED fixtures for your next project, Realm is currently displaying multiple Lutron recessed Finire models in our Norwalk design center. 

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