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Atlona - LogoClassroom/Small Office: CLSO-612

In the A/V industry many integrators have found success in the classroom and conference rooms spaces. Classrooms challenge designers like no other space due to a rich variety of sources and budgets that squeeze tightly on the project. VCRs, VGA PCs, HDMI PCs, Blu-rays, document cameras, iPads and interactive boards all need to be integrated at a low price and still be flexible enough to be replicate tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times. Better communication drives better business! Communication technology needs to operate simply and smoothly so the technology doesn’t overshadow the sales presentations, new ideas, and team sharing that define business meetings.

Atlona - LinePro4To answer these challenges Atlona has developed the CLSO-612. The CLSO-612 is a single component to address an array of AV switching and processing needs often encountered in boardrooms, classrooms and other presentation settings. It is the most advanced 4K-capable, HDBaseT switcher for systems which need to accept multiple digital and analog inputs as selectable sources for displays located as far as 230 feet away. AT-UHD-CLSO-612 is equipped with two HDBaseT, two HDMI, and two analog inputs, and provides switching, up- and down-scaling, audio de-embedding, and signal extension capabilities in a single rack-unit enclosure. The CLSO-612 permits source selection, master/sub volume control, audio line-level and EQ adjustments, and other functions manually via the front panel or remotely via IR, RS-232, or IP control. The CLSO-612 also utilizes Atlona’s exclusive Power over Category Cable (PoCC) technology to power remote HDBaseT transmitters handling source content as well as to power an HDBaseT receiver located at the video display.

Atlonas’ CLSO-612 enables these systems to be integrated simply, powerfully, and efficiently by combining multiple functions in a single box.  To more learn more about Atlona solutions for the commercial marketplace please visit Atlona online at


CV-LogoChannel Vision Introduces the Elite Dealer Program

Channel Vision proudly enters their twenty-second year of business as an intelligent entertainment, infrastructure and security solutions company – They recently announced the release of the Channel Vision Elite Program. The new Elite Program features a unique product line only available through the Control 4 Marketplace and a select number of distributors where the installers will be awarded with higher end, unique products and service benefits exclusively available to these select partners. Darrel Hauk, President and CEO said, “We developed the exclusive elite program to protect our new unique products from price erosion and to support the custom integrator channel. We want to provide unparalleled product differentiation and value for the Custom Integrator, this is a great way we can do both.”

Channel Vision Elite-Series-LogoThe Channel Vision Elite Program includes: double the warranty, over the counter exchange with advanced replacement service, 24/7 technical support, a “no internet price shopping” guarantee, a unique elite product series and priority same day shipping.


Many products in the IP Camera series and Intercom products are available immediately from stock with over 23 new products in the design process for release over the next 9 months.


crestron_logo-210Crestron TSCW-730 Touch Screen Control System

Crestron is shipping its new TSCW-730 , a complete, space-saving control solution in one elegant wall mount device. The TSCW-730 is the ideal control solution for modern décors and environments with limited space such as conference rooms and hotel rooms.

Crestron TSCW-730_Wall_MountThe TSW touch screen with an integrated 3-Series control system makes it easier than ever to design and install Crestron systems. “Using the TSCW-730 you don’t need to homerun control cables back to a central rack. Better still, you don’t need a rack or additional furniture to house the control system. Installations don’t get any cleaner than that,” said Byron Wendling, Technology Manager, Touch Screens & User Interfaces at Crestron.

Crestron 3-Series employs a unique control system architecture engineered to provide the backbone of the most powerful control network available today. Crestron 3-Series enables you to securely integrate every AV device and building or home system on a single high-speed platform. With Crestron 3-Series you get more processing power and memory, faster processing speed, faster compile time, ten program slots, BACnet support, and  support for SIMPL#.

The built-in 3-Series control system features both Ethernet and Cresnet® control. Cresnet provides a communications backbone for many Crestron devices, making it easy to add keypads, lighting controls, shades, thermostats, and sensors to the system.

The TSCW-730 Touch Screen Control System delivers all the best features you want in a touch screen: slim, sleek styling; stunning HD graphics; and ultra-bright, ultra-responsive capacitive display. The brilliant 7″ color touch screen takes advantage of Crestron Smart Graphics™ to deliver the most dynamic, engaging user experience. The TSCW-730 can display H.264 video, and its on-board Rava® SIP intercom technology enables you to make intercom or phone calls right from the touch screen. The TSCW-730 ships with a set of 10 optional dual-color (green, red) backlit pushbuttons.


Entertaining or Viewing A Movie



Fortress - westend-light2 When the conversation ceases and the movie begins, flip the switch to raise the head pillow and extend the footrest transforming your lounge chair into a theater chair.

 The chair shown is the West End.

 The Motorized Adjustable Head Rest is available on most models.

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Golden-Ear-LogoNew GoldenEar Technology Invisa® StereoPoint™ SP 652 Single-Point Stereo Architectural Speaker


GoldenEar’s Invisa architectural speakers have set new performance standards for in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers. Incorporating our High Velocity Folded Ribbon Tweeters with bass/midrange drivers developed from the units incorporated in our highly reviewed stand-alone home speakers, the Invisa speakers have quickly become the choice when the finest level of sound quality is desired. Now, we are pleased to introduce an all-in-one stereo speaker that brings Invisa sound quality into this very popular single speaker stereo format.

GoldenEar_Invisa_SP 652 with two Grilles HRLike the Invisa 650, the new Invisa SP 652 utilizes a one-piece driver/frame/flange construction in order to maximize performance and minimize their footprint. Solidly constructed of a marble-infused polymer, the unitized construction actually has the high-definition wide-dispersion dual-wound voice-coil 6.5”driver constructed as an integral part, which has clear performance advantages. Special care has been taken to minimize deleterious diffraction effects that are common in many other stereo speakers that sink the drivers deeply into the structure. The two superb, but costly, HVFR tweeters are mounted in a special acoustically optimized high-frequency pod with a precisely calculated angle to maximize stereo coverage and radiation into the room.  It is unique to find tweeters of this quality in single point stereo speakers. Two complex crossovers incorporating the highest quality components are utilized to precisely blend the drivers for seamless exquisite sound quality. A specially contoured santoprene anti-resonance/diffraction-control ring is incorporated around the driver and covering the surrounds to further optimize performance. There is also a high-frequency equalization switch to precisely match the SP 652 to any environment.

The SP 652 is designed for both in-ceiling and in-wall use. It comes standard with a round, paintable MagnetLock™ fastened micro-perf grille and there is an optional square grille available. The low-profile grille fully covers the mounting flange, a concept first introduced to the industry by GoldenEar’s Sandy Gross, for a highly desirable stealth appearance.  Robust mounting dogs securely hold the whole assembly firmly in place. We believe that the SP 652 is the finest sounding single- point stereo speaker ever produced. Projected retail price is $429 each and anticipated availability is December, 2014. Please visit us and see the new Invisa SP 652 at CEDIA 2014, Booth SR-3.


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Visit IC Realtime at CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #776

Introducing At The Show: An Industry First 720 Degree Surveillance Camera

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kramer logoKramer’s VIA Collage™ Wins Big at InfoComm 2014

VIA Collage – a shared workspace for team collaboration in real time – Receives Best in Show Award from Government Video Magazine and Sound & Video Contractor Magazine

​The award-winning VIA Collage is a wireless collaboration device that allows people to “Meet Smarter.”  The VIA Collage solves BYOD challenges and allows for the effective integration of PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, allowing users to wirelessly collaborate in any meeting. With the VIA Collage, files can be shared quickly and easily between participants or with all participants at once. The VIA Collage also allows for full 1080p/60 HD video streaming and the main unit even has an HDMI input to allow the integration of an external video source. Up to 6 presenters’ screens can be dynamically displayed on a single display device and up to 12 can be shown simultaneously when two display devices are used.

Kramer - VIA ImageThe VIA Collage also supports third party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx® and more. VIA Collage also has built in 1024 bit Encryption for information sent between the Collage and the meeting participants as well as a dynamic room code to prevent unauthorized participation in the meeting. The digital canvas created by the VIA Collage allows meeting participants to all work on the same document in real time and save the results to their device.

“VIA Collage works seamlessly in an almost spooky way. Everyone in the room can help create and edit a common document through their individual devices, then share it with others and save it to take with you. The system automatically recognizes attendees and makes connection―and collaboration―easy,” explained Government Video Magazine.

Having received two Best in Show Awards, as well as receiving a great deal of positive feedback from show attendees, Kramer is excited about the introduction of the VIA Collage and the “Infinite Ways to Collaborate” the VIA Collage presents for users.


Lilin_LogoVisit the LILIN America’s booth #726 at CEDIA to register to win their newly released Day & Night 4K (4168 × 3062) resolution Ultra HD IP camera. The 4K camera is another product for early adopters to take advantage of for your clients in the high technology marketplace.

Lilin - indoor speed dome-ILILIN will be demonstrating connected home surveillance using both an analog camera system and the latest in IP Video surveillance with their “touch screen” NVR, CMX Server with License Plate Recognition option, 360 degree camera technology, and other products with cameras in multiple form factors like the IR bullet, vandal dome, indoor mini dome, indoor and outdoor PTZ, as well as IP Video PoE+ Ethernet switches up to 1Gigabit. LILIN’s new “Z” series camera line with its auto remote focus option is widely used and is helping drive down IP system costs by reducing installation time by as much as 40% with its time-saving “one click” auto focus.

The FREE LILIN viewer application is also available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices to view your commercial business or residence remotely. This groundbreaking application allows a user to view any live or recorded video from LILIN video surveillance products.  The LILIN Viewer Application can also be used in conjunction with the “Z” Series line of cameras to perform one-touch auto-focusing at the push of a button.

LILIN is leading the way with residential, commercial, hospitality and retail video surveillance. LILIN has partnered with Control 4, Crestron, AMX, RTI, Universal Remote Control, Core Brands and Savant to bring leading solutions to the market. In addition, Elang! integrates with LILIN products using the popular ONVIF interoperability. For more information, please visit, or e-mail us at


PrintLowell Manufacturing Expands Sales Team


– New Sales Manager for Western U.S. —

Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Cordts to the position of Western Regional Sales Manager. Cordts will oversee 13 western states for the Pro AV/Commercial, Custom Installationand Security markets. He’ll focus on developing sales for Lowell’s rack, power and audio product lines through a team of independent manufacturer’s representatives.

As a corporate sales manager with 26 years technological sales experience in the Pro AV industry, Cordts brings a broad range of expertise in display, projection and mounting/rack solutions that accompany system design and integration. His background demonstrates a career dedicated to pioneering and cultivating business sectors in varied markets.

JoeCordts-JohnLowell“Joe brings a wealth of industry knowledge and we’re excited to have him onboard,” said Owner and President John Lowell of Lowell Manufacturing. “He connects with this industry and his experience and passion will be a valuable asset to Lowell.”

Founded in 1947, Lowell Manufacturing designs, engineers and manufactures premium quality products for Professional/Commercial AV, Security, Residential Custom Installation and Broadcast applications. The extensive portfolio of products includes a wide variety of 19 inch electronic equipment racks and cabinets, rackmount accessories, power distribution and surge protective devices, loudspeaker systems, sound masking equipment and audio controls.


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Noble Fidelity designs and manufactures in-wall/ceiling loudspeakers, four of which have won Best of Class Awards over the last six years.Noble Fidelity L-85 mk II  Specializing in home/private theater design layouts with regard to loudspeaker model choice and placement, Noble Fidelity is available to and interested in working with both individuals and full service home/private theater design firms pursuant to the highest possible customer satisfaction levels.




planararclogo_NewsletterPlanar Launches New Large Format LCD Display Selector Tool

Planar has launched a Large Format LCD Display Selector Tool, a free, online tool that helps users find the right commercial LCD display for their application. The Planar LCD Selector Tool is easy to use and after answering four simple questions, the LCD Display Selector outputs the ideal Planar LCD display solutions based on the user’s requirements.

planar-lcd-selectorPlanar offers a wide selection of commercial large format LCD displays ranging in size, price, functionality and features – all designed for demanding applications with high durability and performance requirements. From communicating information to enhancing ambience, Planar’s flat panel LCD display monitor lines are the ideal complement to any retail store, lobby, control room or other professional application.

The Planar LCD Selector tool can be used from a range of devices including PCs, smart phones and tablets, and requires no software installation or registration. To use the Planar LCD Selector Tool, visit



rti_logoRTI is now shipping two new user interfaces, the RK1+ in-wall keypad and T2i handheld remote control.


Available in 2-, 4-, and 8-button models, the next-generation RK1+ in-wall keypad RTI_RK1+_Brushedoffers the same rock-solid control as its predecessor, while offering upgraded installation flexibility and even greater value. Simple to install, the RK1+ fits in a single-gang electrical box and is compatible with any standard Decora® type wall plate.Offering direct control of electronics via an integrated IR output, the device can also be used with RTI control processors and accessories for even more powerful capabilities, including two-way control, as it provides visual feedback via the configurable backlight color. Each unit now includes multiple faceplate and button colors in addition to a custom-engraved button set option for a completely customizable, intuitive control experience at an affordable price.

RTI_T2iThe new T2i remote control offers many of the features of a high-end remote control such as a color touchscreen, dual-RF capability, and fully programmable interface, and allows users to leverage advanced technologies at a budget-friendly price. The remote’s extensive list of innovative features includes an accelerometer for rapid “instant-on” control, a flush-mount 2.8-inch edge-to-edge LCD touchscreen, a cursor button for simple list navigation, and a backlit keypad for continued control within darker settings. For added convenience, the T2i comes with 47 fully programmable keypad buttons, four of which feature keycaps that can be interchanged with an included set of pre-engraved keycaps or with custom-engraved keycaps using the RTI Laser Shark service. In addition, the remote features RTI’s revolutionary dual-RF platform — supporting both 433-MHz RF for one-way control and 2.4-GHz ZigBee® for bi-directional communication with RTI processors and supported third-party electronics.



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Power, Protection and Isolation for Sensitive Electronics

(Based on Defining “Clean Power” Systems by Arthur S. Kelm)

Power and grounding are the heart of any electronic system. This is especially true for audio and video systems. The unfortunate reality is that utility power and generator power are not adequate for critical load applications.

In order to control power quality, one has to look at the source of the power and how it is being distributed through the facility. Ideally all loads need to be categorized and isolated from one another. We can define three basic categories.

1.        Motors (refrigeration, air conditioning and water pumps)
2.        Lighting and appliances (microwaves, coffee makers, dimmers etc.)
3.        Sensitive electronics (control systems, audio and video equipment).


If all of our motor loads are on the same panel or sub panels, we can control the negative effects that are common whenever a motor starts up (such as seeing the lights dim when an air conditioner turns on). Having dedicated panels and circuits will eliminate this problem.


These loads are generally not a problem. The exceptions are florescent light ballasts and SCR dimmer circuits. Keeping these loads separate from other loads will isolate any negative effects.


These are the most critical loads. They require at minimum:

1.        A properly engineered and installed grounding system
2.        Electrostatic triple-shielded isolation transformer, including RF filtering along with spike and surge suppression
3.        Breaker panel with high quality bolt-in breakers, copper bus bars and isolated ground bus bar
4.        Additional high-quality TVSS and filtering installed in panel board
5.        Stranded wire to feed receptacles
6.        Hospital grade receptacles
7.        Voltage regulation (in areas with recurring utility power fluctuations).

A Torus Power toroidal isolation power conditioner is the ideal power source for sensitive electronics. Locate the Torus Power unit as close as possible to the main components of the system. This allows the impedance of the system to be as low possible. In studio and theater applications, the distance should be less than 50 feet. For audiophile applications, it should not exceed 20 feet.


Logo_Wisdom-AudioWisdom Audio and Datasat join forces with the Italian design expertise of Home Theater Environment (H.T.E.) to deliver the ultimate Home Cinema experience.

Show Floor, Booth 284

Wisdom Audio, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance planar magnetic transducers will deliver an active private cinema demonstration in Booth 284.

The 18-seat theater will feature Wisdom Audio line sources across the screen wall and all six surrounds, for the same completely immersive experience that wowed attendees at Expo 2013, and six new S110 Regenerating Transmission LineÒ subwoofers.

Wisdom Audio Theater PartnershipThe Wisdom speaker system will be optimized for the theater using Datasat’s RS20i cinema processor, and powered by a towering 24-channel stack of RA2400 and RA7300 amplifiers.

Other key partners for this demonstration include Seymour Screen Excellence with a 160-inch wide True Aspect Masking screen, Display Development with their Helios Studio projector, Savant Systems for system control and automation, and Access Networks for a robust and reliable network on the crowded show floor.

“So much design, engineering and coordination from industry specialists have gone into this partnership, all with a single goal to put together the best home cinema experience at this year’s Expo,” said Wisdom Audio’s Todd Sutherland, VP Marketing. “We know it will be the show’s Must See!!”