Bethesda Systems Partners with Sandy Spring Builders’ New Classics Show Home

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Bethesda, MD – October 4, 2010 – Bethesda Systems, a leading technology integration firm, announces its partnership with Sandy Spring Builders as the lead installer of audio/visual, home automation and energy management systems of the Bradley Green Home, a LEED®-certified show home.

Throughout the home —which features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half-baths, and three finished levels — Bethesda Systems installations include a complete-home audio sound system, five televisions as well as climate and lighting control. All controllable remotely, or from the in-wall mounted iPad.

Located at 5312 Bradley Boulevard near the intersection of Goldsboro Road, the approximately 6,300-square-foot home was completed under 16 weeks from foundation. The home combines the architecturally rich custom construction that has defined Sandy Spring Builders with innovative systems.

“The project runs on the Control4 home automation system, an affordable, scalable solution making it possible for virtually any appliance or device in the home to intelligently communicate with another,” said Bethesda Systems partner Mike Wilson. “From locks to lights, doors to drapes you have the ability to control them, no matter where you are. Control4 boasts: a typical 3BR home powered by this system will eliminate more than 850 pounds of CO2 emissions a year. That’s like not driving a car for a month.”

The Bradley Green Home is open to visitors Friday-Tuesday 11AM to 6PM, or by appointment. For more information on Bethesda Systems’ wide array of services please visit www.bethesdasystems.com

(Clockwise from TOP LEFT) 5312 Bradley Boulevard – the Bradley Green Home; Family room featuring flat screen television with custom-built speaker bar mounted below, and in-ceiling speakers; Wall-mounted iPad with Control4 system app; Meeting area and our display in the showroom on the basement level.

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About Bethesda Systems – Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Bethesda Systems is regarded as one of the leading AV & Control Systems integration firms in the National Capital Region. With close partnerships with many leading product manufacturers and software developers for AV, Control & Energy Management Systems, we provide a broad range of design/build services for various residential solutions. For more information please visit www.bethesdasystems.com

About Control4 – A leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control of consumer electronics products, appliances and networking systems through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation and control of lighting, music, video, HVAC, security, and energy management systems to the broad market through more than 1,600 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 50 countries. Control4 delivers the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, hotels, businesses and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution.

About Sandy Spring Builders, LLC. — A Bethesda, MD–based custom homebuilder, is widely considered to be among the finest high–end custom homebuilders in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. Their homes are distinguished by their exceptional design and craftsmanship and supported by unparalleled customer service.
Sandy Spring Builders has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Grand Prize in the National Association of Home Builders. The company has won Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association Custom Home Awards every year for the past 15 years, has been voted Bethesda’s Best Builder for the past four years, and in 2010 won two gold and two silver awards.

Our manufacturer partners include: Sonos, Control4, James Loudspeaker, Sonance, Middle
Atlantic Racks, Samsung, Apple and SÉURA television mirror.

3D Television…Worth the Hype?

By Jonathan Stovall

In a word: Yes!

Well, almost Yes.  Please read on.

Listen up folks…this stuff is AWESOME!

Thursday was one of those days here at the shop where the heavens above opened up and dropped down upon us a new video blessing.  It doesn’t happen often. In fact the last time I felt this transformed was over a decade ago when I watched my first HD program.

It was extra special because not only was I watching a live television broadcast in 3D for the first time but the program happened to be first round coverage of The Masters golf tournament—always an annual favorite of mine.  The HD broadcast alone is some of the best video eye candy available in televised sports but the added depth of 3D raised my senses to a new level. I actually believed I was standing inside the ropes!  Seeing the slope of Augusta National was not possible in 2D, so now I have an even greater appreciation for the pro golfer because I can actually see exactly what their shot looks like.  Thank you Sony & Comcast for carrying selected parts of the back nine for two hours each day in 3D…commercial-free even!

The real hype began last year with the success of Avatar.  Even my mother loved it. I knew right then that 3D quality was finally good enough, but how long would it take to gain widespread acceptance?  I knew it wouldn’t come easy.  First, we would need 3D content, and much more than just movies and video games.  Then we would need to convince everyone that wearing glasses on the couch is cool!  And finally, how much more was this technology going to cost us?  The battery powered glasses alone average $200/pair.  And how much more would the cable bill be each month?  Yet another reason to jack the rates. Yikes!

Earlier this year during the International Consumer Electronics Show we were promised that 3D content was on its way…and soon. 3D Broadcasts & Blu Ray discs were mere ‘months away’.  25 World Cup Soccer matches and ESPN 3D this June!  All the major players showed up with their prototype panels, projectors & set top boxes and wowed us with their 3D demos.  But ultimately they confused us with varying types of display technologies and glasses, which reminded me all to well of the competition a few years ago between HD-DVD and Blu Ray. This ended up slowing down mass acceptance and scared off most consumers, still to this day, even though Blu Ray ‘won’ the format war.  I left Vegas with more 3D questions than I had answers and was worried (yet again) we were at the mercy of our friends in Asia to work it out.

So, where do things currently stand?  At the time of this writing, approximately one million 3D sets have been sold worldwide (that’s twice as many iPads by the way). There is only one 3D Blu Ray title available, DreamWorks Animation Monsters vs. Aliens. There are no additional 3D broadcasts scheduled for the immediate future besides The Masters (at least until ESPN 3D launches in 8 weeks).  Also in June, DirecTV  promises three separate 3D channels that will showcase a variety of programming similar to what HDNet did almost 9 years ago which helped spur more HDTV sales because the major networks weren’t as quick to change.  Got FiOS?…Verizon is promising 3D in time for Christmas.

In the meantime, yet again I’ve been spoiled.  A friend invited me over for a cookout this evening.  I told him sure, but it would have to wait until The Masters was over.  He told me that he’d have it on at his house. And I replied ‘yea…but not in 3D!’  Just as I had become an HD snob a decade ago…when I would watch NOTHING unless it was broadcast in HD. I find myself eventually heading down the same road with 3D.  I need serious help!