ADA Suite 16 Grand Forks ND
ADA Suite 16
December 2, 2002 By Brent Butterworth
It is funny how your tastes change as you get older. To me, few things now seem more pornographic than a case full of fine watches from makers like Vacheron Constantin or Patek Philippe. Unfortunately, in my chosen field, we get few products that inspire the same reaction. The sole exception that comes immediately to mind is a table cluttered with audio/video control keypads from Audio Design Associates sitting in a nearby office.
ADA offers a wide variety of keypads and remote controls, including this beautiful brass wireless unit. (Click image to enlarge)
While most makers of whole-house audio/video equipment stamp out thousands of generic-looking keypads every year, ADA provides control interfaces that have a handcrafted, exclusive feel. Brass, chrome and sleek Eurostyle polymers predominate. You can have your keypads wired or wireless with buttons illuminated in the colors of your choice. You can even have a tiny LCD video monitor in the keypad to tell you what is on or give you a quick look at who is ringing the doorbell. And like an almost unfathomably complicated moon-phase chronograph watch with a day/date/month display, ADA’s products offer a dazzling array of capabilities.
The latest in ADA’s long, long line of whole-house audio/video products is the Suite 16, which can take sound and picture from up to 16 source devices (such as DVD, CD, satellite receiver, etc.) and distribute it to as many as 16 zones. Your installer can remove the video module and insert an extra audio module to increase Suite 16’s audio capacity to 32 zones. In each zone, you can select any of the 16 sources you want to see and/or hear, regardless of what is selected in the other zones. Each zone offers separate on/off, volume, mute, bass and treble controls.
Those fortunate enough to need audio and video in more than 32 rooms need not worry that they will have to leave some rooms without electronic entertainment—an installer can link up to six Suite 16 systems together to distribute those 16 sources to as many as 96 zones. You will not need a roomful of amps, either, since ADA offers one that handles up to 16 zones (or 32 rooms) in a single rack-mount chassis.
You can control each source device straight from the keypad. When you are listening to a CD, for example, just touch the track skip button on the keypad and you will advance to the next song—even if the room you are in happens to be all the way across the house from the CD player.
Suite 16 also offers too many nice extra features to list. A few of my favorites are maximum volume control for each zone, to keep the kids from turning it up too high; party mode, which sets multiple zones to the same source so your CD player can be heard throughout the house; and fixed- or variable-level output so you can feed any of the sources into a recorder or into a surround-sound system in one of the zones.
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