Mega AV: UMSI installs KVH IP MultiCast, Crestron & much more

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Most folks see an impressive audio visual system. I see lots of of headaches down the road for the owner/user who can’t seem to find anyone capable of troubleshooting a system with such complexity. Compound that with the vessel being located (possibly) halfway around the world from the installers, exposure to salt laden air, and the components being outdated, I shake my head at the need for such a system and the heartache. A disaster is only one “bricked Ipad” away. But, thats just me.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I think you’re missing some things here, Anon. Crestron may be the biggest manufacturer of high end AV gear there is, with sales and service around the globe. KVH is also a solid and global company with a big installer base and a good tech support reputation. And, finally, if you dig into the UMSI site you’ll learn that they take care of business worldwide too.
    I might add that yachts like this often sail with a crew person — sometimes the captain — who is nearly a pro at IT and AV matters.

  3. Quitsa says:

    I am quite sure the owner will not experience any headaches or heartaches. An old friend is the fleet manager for a very wealthy individual who has a 130 foot motor yacht along with several other fishing and sailboats. If the owner or captain experiences any sort of problem, they get on the phone to my friend. He will arrange for the dispatch of whatever personnel and parts are needed to fix it, regardless of location. So props have been put on a private jet to the Caribbean, engine components to the Mediterranean, electronics to Costa Rica, etc etc. Usually the problem is fixed within 24 hours. No heartache! Amazing what really a lot of money can do to solve problems.

  4. “These guys seem to know their stuff ” – Wow, you said a mouthful there! Totally impressed by the design and install of this system. Those kind of results only happen when one element is paramount: Experience. Thanks for another great post and pics…

  5. Cameron says:

    It looks impressive, and on a boat that size and with the money they are spending, it’s pretty cool. I would worry that passengers will have trouble running things. I have media center PC’s in each room of my house and boat. They are all exactly the same and made as simple as possible so my technically challenged wife can operate them. My kids could figure anything out but it’s trying to build to keep it simple. They certainly got consistent down with this one.
    MY system comprises Intel NUC computers with i3 processors as media centers. They run XBMC now, but used to run MEdia Browser and may again next yeat. I have all my offline movies stored on 2 Synology NAS units. 1 has all my TV shows and new release movies on a small, 4 bay, power efficient NAS that has 4 6tb drives, and I have my main repository on a 12 bay nas with 4tb drives. The larger NAS i leave turned off when at anchor to save power.
    All tvs work, they replicate watched status between each other and are all independent. They replicate watched status between my boat and home too. The only thing I can’t do is pause a movie on one tv and resume on another. I have to start over and ff.
    Total cost of my install is way less šŸ™‚

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