A mansion in Pacific Heights, SF
The process of building a custom DES and integrating it into an existing residential environment can be a long and a grueling one, requiring a wide range of skills and talents, with more unexpected obstacles than you could ever imagine when first getting started. Content management often takes hundreds of hours and can be easily compromised by technical issues. iShine has developed robust and efficient processes and we take care of all the complexities, provides you with a turn key solution. If you love your music and films and want to have them at your fingertips anywhere, it is totally worth the effort and the expense. Once completed, iShine systems look and sound amazing.
A Neo Jukebox installed in a Porsche. Up to 1,000 CD capacity.
An iShine system at one of the city’s well-known live-work lofts, belonging to a medical and bio-tech startup CEO. Matthew’s loft has been featured in a number of Bay Area interior design magazines, and it has played host to some of the hottest singles parties in the city. This iShine configuration currently stores over 600 CD at maximum sound quality and it is interfaced to the multi-room audio system via a dedicated DA converter, which also provides a separate output for the desktop computer speakers.
The HDTV set is connected with an S-Video cable, and can display pictures or visualizer concurrently with music playback.
Matthew also has a clone of this system at his Santa Barbara residence, so he no longer has to lug his CDs back and forth on trips. He is looking forward to integrating an 120 GB “CarPod” into his BMW, but for now burns custom CDs for his trips.
This family residence already had a custom designed media cabinet for a Bose / SONY audio-visual system. So, we've designed a custom drawer to conceal an iShine network media player.
Once a set of music, pictures or videos is selected for playback, the drawer can be closed and the iShine player module operated with a mini-IR remote, or by using a full visual remote – a WiFi-equipped iBook laptop otherwise used for regular computing tasks. This capability comes in handy, because this home has a four-zone Bose audio system covering the living room, the kitchen, the master bedroom and the spa.
Vito, who is an intellectual property consultant, a computer expert and an audiophile, owns a flagship iShine system with over 1,200 CDs stored in Pure Digital Audio™ format. His $120,000 audio system features DCS Delias Purcell DA Converter, a VAC tube pre-amp, Viva mono-block amplifiers, and Avant-garde Trios speakers connected with Supernal cables throughout. The iShine media player is interfaced to this super-hi-fi via an M-Audio USB- SPDIF converter.
Wireless full-visual remote is provided via an AirPort-networked Titanium laptop.
Music videos (included on many modern Enhanced-CDs) can be shown in a 4-up layout on an NEC 50" plasma panel.
A terabyte server based on a G3 MiniTower holds Vito’s fabulous music collection. In his office he can mix and burn custom CDs, load his iPod (fully integrated inside his Lexus sedan), as well as load fresh CDs into his library.
Vito also has a G4-based ProTools recording studio (which he built himself!), where he provides free recording services to emerging Bay Area musicians. Thanks Vito!