"I must say thank you for your input and advice in relation to the audio- lighting and all other aspects of the Control4 system. From a sceptic to a 100% believer in Control4 is how I would describe myself. I could not imagine why anyone would consider building a home without building in some sort of system, particularly if the home is in the higher price bracket."

— John Rae


Derek’s punctuality, workmanship and after sales follow up have been exceptional. As a qualified electrician myself, (and a pedantic Virgo), I took particular note of how the installation was carried out and at no time was there a need to raise questions. The pride of professional workmanship was clearly evident.

— Stuart and Julie Hellyer



"This is just a quick note to say thank you for your recent work on the Master bedroom redesign project with me. 

It was a pleasure to work with you and your team and to have your expertise and support throughout the project. It was also very productive to be able to bring my client to the showroom; having you go through options and show actual examples helped to clarify what can sometimes be ‘techno-bafflement’. It made the selection and decision process so much easier.

My client is delighted with the result as I am too and I look forward to working with you again in the future."

— Jennifer Ward


"Derek delivered the goods, with a comprehensive solution covering 8 different zones, built around Control4 at the heart of it all and using high quality equipment to deliver sound and video, all connected to a central rack.

We especially love the totally invisible Stealth Research speakers in the living room and lounge. These make for a fun party game – can you find where all the speakers are in the room?

Derek’s workmanship and attention to detail have been exceptional, from the basics of running over 2 km of wiring neatly through the house into the central rack, assembling everything in the rack so all equipment looks like it was designed to be there, through to the programming required to integrate all equipment and services to Control4.

We have continued to call on Derek when we have added to the brief and have another project about to commence to install rack mounted Media PC and NAS storage upgrades."

— Steve and Debbie Sims



"I would like to extend my thanks to Derek and his team for their efforts and support with my Home Theatre project. Derek was very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating throughout the entire process. I had a number of ideas concerning the layout and operation of the system, and Derek was able to provide sound advice on the pros and cons of each. 

Unfortunately it is becoming the norm these days for businesses not to care about the services they are providing to their customers – I am pleased to say that Derek is the exception to what is fast becoming a rule. He genuinely takes pride in the quality of his workmanship and this is probably the key difference that sets out his company from the rest.

I am thrilled with the end result and have no hesitation in recommending Derek and the team. In fact I have done so on a number of occasions and each time Derek has lived up to expectations."

— Marc Killeen


When we came to build our new home there was only one company from past experience we wanted to work with and entrust our automation requirements too, and that was Designer AV owned and operated by Derek Crane. We involved the company right from the start. The company worked alongside our architect, engineers, project manager, and supporting sub trades taking their automation system design into the build, with a seamless installation through to the final commissioning in early 2016.

The automation involved a central hub and patch panel interfacing our audio and video system requirements throughout the home including the security cameras, security gate, external monitors, and interrelated electrical functions.

Our brief was that the system was to operate internally or externally using iPhones, iPads, Internal VDU screens, remote controls and desktop computer. Derek’s expertise and patience created this for us and along with his workmanship, dedication to the job and follow-up service, this company comes very highly recommended. 

— Christopher Paul



Derek from Designer AV has a real ability to listen carefully to the client’s wish list and to concisely explain what can be achieved, and to implement it without fuss in a cost effective manner. The Control 4 system that he installed has proven to be reliable, flexible and capable. I have no hesitation in recommending both Derek Crane and the Control 4 system to anyone considering an intelligent home automated system.

— David Houghton