This page provides general information about Colorado vNet products.

Our systems are easy to customize and can be installed in a variety of configurations. If you are a homeowner with questions that are not answered here, please contact the integrator who installed your system.



 
General
What is distributed audio? Distributed audio systems were designed to eliminate the stacks of audio gear and furniture in listening rooms. They typically have 4 inputs and 6 amplified outputs using a “black box” which is centrally located (e.g. basement). It connects selected sources like CD players and tuners to listening room speakers and is controlled by keypads.
What makes digital systems better? Compared to traditional analog systems, digital systems deliver crystal clear sound from source devices to distant speakers without power loss, hum, noise, distortion or frequency roll-off. Additionally, digital system specifications are the same at 1000 ft as they are at 1 ft. Systems can also grow one source and one room at a time all the way to 1024 each so the homeowner only pays for what he needs.
What are the system’s audio specs? Touchscreen Amplifier
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+.16 dB to -.58 dB)
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD):
    • <0.08% @ 1W (20Hz to 20kHz, 8 Ohms)
    • <0.4% @ 25W (20Hz to 20kHz, 8 Ohms)
    • <0.4% @ 35W (20Hz to 20kHz, 8 Ohms)
  • Power:
    • TS1-4/50 — 50 Watts Max (25 watts per channel on average)
    • TS1-7/70 — 70 Watts Max (35 watts per channel on average)
Audio Encoder
  • A to D sampling: 24 bits at 48 kHz (Note: CD players output only 16 bits at 44.1 kHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): .007%
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (-.38 dB to +.02 dB)
How many SKUs does the system have?

6 main SKUs — Touchscreen Amplifier 4.7 Inch, Touchscreen Amplifier 7 Inch, Vibe Dock, Vibe Wall Dock, Audio Encoder and Audio Server.

2 accessory SKUs — Bezel Insert (Black or white, with 10 color options), Power Coupler

4 Application Module Add-ons — Climate, CCTV, Security, Weather

What is included with each SKU? Touchscreen Amplifier – Touchscreen Amplifier, Power Supply
Audio Encoder – Audio Encoder, IR Control Cable, Power Supply
Power Coupler – Power Coupler
IR Learning Device – IR Learning Device, USB Cable
Do you use digital audio compression and if so, doesn’t that reduce sound quality? The system provides uncompressed PCM encoding (lossless) to preserve original audio quality.
What is the audio delay between multiple Touchscreen Amplifiers? A few milliseconds - indiscernible.
What sources can I control? CD players, CD changers, AM/FM tuners, satellite radio, satellite TV, cable, tape decks, iPods. iPod-like devices without IR control can be manually controlled (e.g. in a kid’s bedroom) but played throughout the house.
What are the user touchscreen controls? Volume, mute, 5 band graphic equalizer, source select, sleep timer, balance, LCD contrast, brightness, default power-on volume, display on/off, display language, and night modes.
Can the homeowner use a source’s original IR remote in the listening room? Yes, the Touchscreen Amplifier will pass through all the IR remote commands.
Will the Touchscreen Amplifier’s backlight adjust to the room’s ambient light level? Yes, a built-in light sensor automatically brightens and dims the touchscreen’s backlight.
How about cost? The system is competitively priced with analog systems, especially if a 4 x 6 system needs to grow or shrink by a port or two – the Colorado vNet system scales with homeowner needs.
Can the system be included in a mortgage? We have been told by bankers the system can be included in the mortgage, but we suggest the homeowner check to be sure.
Is the system Federal Trade Commission compliant? In 2004, the FTC mandated new guidelines covering audio power claims and testing procedures. Manufacturers are now required to pass the required tests or risk being fined and having their products being pulled from the market. All Colorado vNet products pass the new requirements.
 
Installation
Do I need to centrally locate sources and Encoders? No, the system permits sources and Encoders to be located anywhere in the house. For example, if the homeowner wants his CD changer on his office desk so he can conveniently change CDs, that’s fine. Just add an Encoder nearby and plug it into the network jack and the music is available anywhere he wants it.
Can I rack mount the Encoder? Yes, 8 Encoders will fit in a single Middle Atlantic Decora™ 3U rack panel. Alternately, the Encoder can be mounted as a set top box.
Can I commission the system before going on site? Yes, it’s designed to permit programming either on-site or off-site. Once the system is commissioned, all setup data is retained and can be moved to the site without concern.
Do I need to be an IT expert? No, we made it network plug and play (e.g. IP addresses are automatically assigned).
How easy is it to use the Wizard in vNet Builder during commissioning? Installers like the step-by-step wizard software – no training necessary. The software has two main jobs – 1) create custom CE device names (e.g. “Dad’s Office CD Player”) and 2) load IR codes from the included database, the “learn” mode, or from imports.
What is the maximum cable length between Encoder and Touchscreen? 1,320 feet using three repeating Ethernet switches (330 feet per leg).
How much bandwidth does the system consume? 3 Mbps per active source.
Does the system need its own network? Yes, it avoids data congestion on the homeowner’s network. Since most structured wiring installations double up on wiring and jacks, the second network is typically available.
What are model numbers and FRU numbers (Field Replacement Unit) for the product line?
Audio Server, 400/3 AS2-400/3
Audio Server, 800/3 AS2-800/3
Audio Server, 1200/6 AS2-1200/6
4.7 Inch Touchscreen with Amplifier TS1-4/50
7 Inch Touchscreen with Amplifier TS1-7/70
TS1 Bezels and Inserts Please call for available selection
Vibe Dock ID1-1
Vibe Wall Dock ID1-1W
Audio Encoder AN1-1
Power Supply for TS1 Models 18-0069
Audio Encoder Power Supply 18-0047
Power Coupler PC1-1
IR Learning Device LD1-1
vNet Builder™ Software Available for download       Software
What's happening to the CA1-70 touchscreen? With the release of the TS1-7/70 we will be phasing out the CA1-70. The TS1-70 has a higher screen resolution and more designer options, and provides an elegant replacement for our popular touchscreen.

Colorado vNet will continue to offer technical support and warranty service for all previously purchased CA1-70 touchscreen models.
 
Lighting & Control
Do I need to buy my CAT5e cable through Colorado vNet? No, unlike our competitors, you can buy your cable from your favorite suppliers without affecting the system warranty. It keeps your costs down and convenience up.
How does the rocker-style touchpad work? The basic technology uses capacitive sense, similar to ATM machines. The circuits electronically interpret the touch location of your finger. This data is then mapped to the software to permit unique button sizes, locations and functions (up, down, on, off). Builder™ software provides several templates to make the job easy.
How do I print those gorgeous keypad labels with custom graphics? Through vNet Builder™ Software you can import any number of JPEGs, etc. for backgrounds. You can also use third party tools such as Adobe Illustrator to provide special affects (e.g. alpha blending) before importing.
What’s the best way to get a rocker-style touchpad to match the wallpaper? Photograph the wallpaper and use the image as a background for the Touchpad label. Also insert a piece of wallpaper into a clear cover faceplate. (Home Depot carries Paper-It-Wallpaper, single gang SKU 830321, dual gang SKU 830356). When done with care, the entire assembly will blend perfectly with the wallpaper. It looks great!
Can the vNet system integrate with other systems (Crestron, AMX, etc.)? Yes – the RS-232 Gateway allows the vNet system to be integrated with third party systems.
Who receives the emails about system problems? The integrator configures the addresses that will receive these. Multiple addresses may be configured.
Can motor speed be controlled? The Dimming Module is designed to control both lamp and motor loads. Each leg will control up to a 1/8 HP variable-speed motor load, and with ganging up to a 1 HP motor may be controlled.
Can sunrise, sunset and time of day be used to govern system behavior? Yes. The bridge uses zip codes to determine sunrise/sunset times, and these can be used to trigger or govern events. For example, outdoor PIR-actuated lights can be configured to turn on only after sunset.
Is coding needed to implement advanced conditional control logic? No – even advanced conditional logic up to three levels deep is done with a simple GUI.
What are the differences between the Starhub 10 and Starhub 20? The Starhub 10 and Starhub 20 are designed to mount in a wall cabinet and support up to 10 or 20 module connections, respectively, and are daisy-chainable for expansion.
How does the system support the construction phases? Can I delay purchasing equipment until near finishing? The Wall Cabinets and Dimmer Module Rough-In Kits are the only components installed during rough-in. Romex may be pulled at any time, and the Dimming Module Rough-In Kit provides for temporary construction lighting if desired. Both the Wall Cabinets and Dimmer Module Rough-In Kits include mud guards to protect their interior until finishing phase, when the remaining modules are installed.
Is the system UL listed? Other certifications? Yes, all components of the system are UL or ETL recognized and are labeled for inspection.
What is meant by “No Central Processor”? How does the system execute conditional control logic? Unlike traditional systems which use central processors to evaluate inputs and create conditional control commands, the vNet system uses distributed intelligence. Each module contains its own microprocessor and instructions for how to respond to events. In the event of a processor failure, only the affected module needs to be replaced, and the rest of the system continues operating normally.
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