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Artcoustic Loudspeakers announce the launch of their latest creation, The Performance Series.

Artcoustic - Performance Series Close UpAfter 3 years of intense design, engineering and testing, this unique range of speakers is finally ready to be launched at the 2015 ISE show in Amsterdam. The Performance Series is a unique cocktail, combining the award winning Artcoustic array technology, multi coupled sub units and high pressure levels, all carefully aligned within well-ordered Danish design principals.

The Performance Series full stack is capable of 140dB sound pressure level. It has been designed and engineered for a diverse range of applications, such as medium to large size cinema rooms, fixed installation public address systems and extending even further towards the demanding club stack market.

Artcoustic - Performance Stack 2 Perspective 2Mr. Kim Donvig, CEO Artcoustic Loudspeakers, explains the importance of not just creating yet another loud PA speaker, but instead combining all our knowledge from the existing award winning Spitfire and SL Series technology, ending up with something unique, We understand the importance of sensitivity and high sound pressure levels, but we have never been willing to sacrifice the true qualities typically enjoyed with lower sensitivity Hifi speakers. With our unique multiple cone array technology, we bring you the best of both worlds, a very flat audio response from 15Hz – 20kHz, with extremely low distortion, guided directivity and all combined with very high sound pressure levels. In effect, the Artcoustic Performance Series is a 140dB HiFi speaker!!

The Performance Series comprise of two models:

Performance P12-6 mid-high array speaker
This model can be used as a single sound reinforcement speaker, or mounted as multiples with adjustable angles. It is also ideal either wall mounted or ceiling mounted as surround and overhead speaker in larger sound pressure level demanding cinema applications

Performance Subwoofer PS6
The PS6 is a multi-drive unit coupled, high sound pressure level and very low f3 point (15Hz) subwoofer, making it suitable for the most demanding applications. The PS6 can be used as a single subwoofer for typical sub-sat applications, or as a more powerful stackable solution, catering for larger cinema installations and the demanding high output club and public address scene.



AudioControl Logo300dpiMaking Good Sound Great, AudioControl Leads the Way Unveiling New Custom Audio Products at ISE 2015.

AudioControl - RialtoRialto™ and Bijou™ Compact Zone Power Amplifiers: AudioControl has led the way in high-performing zone-amplifiers, introducing the Rialto 400 Zone amplifier, which has grown to become one of the company’s fastest growing models. At the 2014 ISE Expo dealers will see several exciting new additions to the Rialto™ family. These new models combine powerful key features, focused on the custom integration market including high power levels at over 100 watts per channel at 8 Ohms, 200 watts at 4 ohms, pre-amp volume control, a high-performance Wolfson DAC, source switching via IR or RS-232 capabilities, plus Bass Management functions.
Audio Control - BijouSister to the Rialto 600 is the new Bijou 600 model, part of AudioControl Bijou Series. The Bijou is a unique product on the market today and its launch at ISE 2014 is not to be missed. It is specifically designed for custom installation applications in all zones across the house and ideal for TV set-ups, sound bars, additional indoor and outdoor zones, gaming set-ups, powering speakers of all sizes, types and ratings and can also slot neatly behind a TV, or behind video displays as well as in a rack utilizing its compact 1U ½ rack space size.

AudioControl HDBaseT Extenders: AudioControl is well known as a company that specializes in high-performance audio and video extenders. At ISE Expo, AudioControl will launch the first in a new line-up of AV extenders with the introduction of the HDBT-S1 Sender and the HDBT-R1 Receiver that uses HDBaseT technology for extending HDMI signals via standard CAT5e/CAT6. Both these products benefit from the highest standards of testing and design that the AudioControl team put them through before being released to market. This includes full Quantum Data testing using the latest technology for 3D and 4K UHD testing. AudioControl’s incredible Maestro M8 processor, which has won a major award at ISE that cannot yet be announced, benefits from the inclusion of an optional extender port for the addition of the AudioControl HDBT-S1 or HDBT-R1 if the Custom Installer requires this feature.





Autonomic - Photo_MMS-2A_Right_Web_RGBAutonomic’s MMS-2A Music Player delivers all of the key functionality to get whole-house audio customers excited. The MMS-2A supports high-resolution audio playback along with TIDAL lossless streaming for superb sound quality, while also adding a solid state drive for faster browsing and increased storage capacity, USB and coaxial digital outputs all in an elegant rack-mountable fanless chassis. The MMS-2A delivers three independent streams to a multi-room system as large as 96 zones, and will store, sync, schedule and stream an entire music collection along with the most popular online streaming services. “Our mission with this new model was to deliver the highest value-to-performance ratio of any music player on the market—the MMS-2A, and its big brother the MMS-5A are really the ultimate whole-house high-resolution audio solutions available anywhere,” explained Autonomic CEO Michael de Nigris.

The MMS-2A also delivers the features that have become the hallmark of the Autonomic brand, including access to the most popular streaming services (PANDORA® internet radio, Rhapsody®, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Napster, Spotify, Deezer and TIDAL), cloud synchronization, which brings together music from multiple locations into a single collection, two onboard AirPlay receivers enabling guest computer/device streaming, and Autonomic’s exclusive TuneBridge™ technology, making it  easier than ever to listen to, discover and explore your favorite music styles and genres. Autonomic has added a new feature called Snapshot, which creates the ultimate music mix by enabling users to capture a Snapshot of their musical experience as it is happening and recall it at any time from the favorites menu on their Mirage Music Player.

The MMS-2A is available with pre-programmed modules to integrate with all of the major control systems. Alternative control options include the Mirage Media Controller app for iOS and Android devices, Airplay control and the Mirage Web Interface.





Draper ISE 2015 Preview

During Integrated Systems 2015, Draper, Inc. will be featuring live demos of one of the company’s TecVision projection screen surfaces.

Draper_TecVision_MS1000X_GreyTecVision MS1000X Grey features a moderate viewing cone, superior contrast, and an on-axis gain of 1.0, and performs very well in situations where moderate to high ambient light is present. The 4K-ready surface is also certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for excellent color reproduction and fidelity—as are all TecVision surfaces. To be certified by the ISF, a screen has to have a flat spectral response—or color fidelity. In other words, the screen cannot affect the color of the image enough for the human eye to perceive.

MS1000X Grey is also available with acoustically transparent perforated or nano perforated surfaces in limited sizes.

There are currently six exclusive TecVision formulations—including white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.0 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and another grey surface.

Meanwhile, Draper will be showing off several improvements to Access ceiling-recessed projection screens, including the introduction of a new model to the line. The new Access Fit features a much smaller case cross section for above ceiling motorized screen applications. Access Fit is ideal for small to medium size boardroom, classroom or training room integration, offering the same quality components engineered into a smaller profile to fit into tight spaces above the ceiling.

Draper, Inc. will also be showing the new Profile permanently tensioned projection screen. The Profile’s sleek, mitered cut frame has a trim 3/8″ (1 cm) wide bezel, in an attractive, deep black to frame your image. The face of the frame is less than 1¾” (4.5 cm) away from the wall, with a beveled back giving the screen the appearance of floating in front of the wall. The Profile uses Draper’s patented Fabric Retention System, which ensures proper tensioning of the screen material, and an incredibly flat viewing surface, without snaps.

For a live demo of Draper’s TecVision MS1000X and to see our other new products, stop by Stand # 1-M70 at ISE 2015, February 10-12 in Amsterdam.






ELK Products, a premier manufacturer of security and automation solutions, is pleased to announce new additions to their two-way wireless line.  ELK’s industry leading two-way technology provides advanced features to ensure reliability and overcome the vulnerabilities associated with conventional one-way wireless technology.  Utilizing cutting-edge techniques to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming, ELK’s two-way wireless products offer a more secure and dependable wireless solution.

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New to the line are recessed door sensors providing the ultimate wireless security device for discriminating customers as they are nearly invisible once the door is closed.  Manufactured in white (ELK-6023) and brown (ELK-6023BR), they are perfect for mounting into a ¾” drilled hole in the door jamb of a wooden or vinyl door.

Learn more about ELK’s Two-Way Wireless technology and view the full line of sensors at





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FORTRESS Seating is one of the few companies in the industry that actually manufactures their own chairs.  Working with a true manufacturer, like FORTRESS, gives you the flexibility to customize the seating anyway you like.  Whether it’s following a particular curve in the room, creating a custom design, or incorporating some of our one-of-a-kind accessories, FORTRESS is here to help.

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Thank you to all that came to CES 2015 and stopped by the ICRealtech booth to see the introduction of “ALLIE”
(pronounced ALL-EE, like selfie)
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For more information please visit WWW.IC720.COM



kramer_logoKramer VIA Collage™ Wins Sound & Video Contractor Magazine Innovative Products Award

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce that VIA Collage was voted a Sound & Video Contractor 2014 Innovative Products Award winner. This is VIA Collage’s fourth major award this year; the product won Best in Show from Government Video Magazine, AV Technology Magazine and Sound & Video Contractor Magazine at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas.

Kramer - VIA-Collage 2Kramer VIA Collage is a wireless presentation and collaboration solution that lets people easily get actual work done during meetings. Users can collaborate on and finalize projects in real time and save the results. With VIA Collage, meeting participants can view, edit, comment on, and share files between individuals or with all participants simultaneously.

VIA Collage’s proprietary technology stands out in the market with full HD resolution (1080p60) wireless video streaming. Most other products do not allow full frame rate, causing videos to be choppy and difficult to watch. VIA Collage also features an HDMI input for external video sources such as a camera and DVD or Blu−Ray™ players.

VIA Collage removes common meeting annoyances such as searching for adapters or passing a cable to someone else and waiting for them to configure their laptop to display an image. When users connect to VIA Collage, in one click, their screen (on any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device) instantly appears on the main display.

Up to six user screens can be shown dynamically on a single main display. Up to 12 screens can be shown simultaneously on two displays. Users can also put the main display on their screen with the View Main Display option. This feature is especially useful for participants sitting far away from the main display.

VIA Collage supports third−party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx®, Microsoft Office(r), and more. The VIA Collage White Board lets users annotate over any file or video frame using their device’s keyboard, mouse or touch panel.


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Leaf, the leading innovator in AV switching and distribution, is demonstrating the new Leaf Ultra (LU) Series, the company’s HDCP 2.2 compliant Ultra High-Definition (HD) matrix range on the Control4 Booth 10-N114 at ISE 2015 (10-12 February, RAI, Amsterdam). Also, on show will be the thinnest POH enabled HDBaseT Class A receivers available anywhere in the world.

Leaf - LU1EHand1Compatible with 4K 24, 30 and 60 formats, the new Leaf Ultra HD LU range comprises both HDBaseT Class A and Class B models with Power over HDBaseT (PoH). There are four models in the new series to suit different project requirements – the LU1082 is the only 10 x 10 4K UHD matrix on the market with 10 HDMI inputs, 8 HDBaseT outputs and 2 local HDMI outputs for in rack AV receivers. Other options include the LU862 (8 HDMI inputs / 6 HDBaseT outputs / 2 HDMI outputs), the LU642 (6 HDMI inputs / 4 HDBaseT outputs / 2 HDMI outputs) and the LU642NAP, an HDBaseT Class B system that is supplied as a package, complete with 4 LU1 HDBaseT receivers.

Three of the four models (LU1082, LU862 and LU642) feature an independent audio Leaf - LU1082Back-LRmatrix, with coaxial digital audio inputs and stereo audio outputs, including variable line level, bass and treble controls and audio delay for lip-sync adjustment. These units also offer an integrated Ethernet hub. The LAN port can be used not only to control the matrix, but also ensures the incoming feed is internally switched and sent onto the LU1E HDBaseT Receivers.

At 17mm, the LU1E (with Ethernet connection) HDBaseT Receiver is the slimmest POH HDBaseT Class A receiver in the world, saving important space when fitted behind the sleek profile TV screens so popular in custom installation projects today. Using CAT6a, 4k can be extended up to 100m on the LU 1082, LU862 and LU642 models, and up to 40m on the LU642NAP packaged version.



legrandLegrand Focuses on Expert Tips for Latest Products in Free February Webinars

Offering multiple free and informative one-hour webinars throughout February, Legrand’s training specialists are scheduled to cover installation tips, techniques, and best practices for some of their latest innovative solutions, including the award-wining On-Q Digital Audio System and high-definition indoor and outdoor IP cameras, as well as the recently expanded NuVo Player Portfolio. Click here for more information on Legrand education opportunities and to register for upcoming webinars.

February Webinar Schedule Includes:

Monday, February 9, 2015 from 1-2 PM ET – On-Q Digital Audio System

Monday, February 9, 2015 from 4-5 PM ET –  On-Q IP Cameras

Monday, February 23, 2015 from 1-2 PM ET – NuVo Player Portfolio

Monday, February 23, 2015 from 4-5 PM ET – HD Video Distribution




LILIN Americas introduces their new black matte finish cameras. This new finish allows for the installation of cameras in areas SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESwhere the black color will blend into the environment and be less noticeable. Choose from 3 models now available LR6122EX3.6-BK, IPR6122ES3.6-BK and IPD6222ES4.3-BK.

LILIN Americas has also launched a new series of IP cameras featuring on-board Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) analytics, marking a significant milestone in the expansion of the company’s IP portfolio. Six cameras will make up the new LILIN IVS iMEGAPRO™ Series, including indoor and outdoor models in bullet, dome and box form factors.

“Cameras with On-board analytics create more manageable and versatile IP systems by processing the video analytics at the camera instead of using a typical recorder with built in analytics that takes up recorder processing power by individual camera channel” said Joe Cook, Vice President/General Manager of LILIN Americas. “By incorporating this breakthrough technology into our IVS iMEGAPRO cameras, suspicious events or behavior will minimize the number of false alarms by focusing on specific events through the use of video algorithms processed at the camera. Having less false positive events recorded will speed up the review of events minimizing the time it takes to investigate alarm activity”. The systems integrator is able to program the camera to send data over the network based only on specific IVS alarm events freeing up bandwidth on already burdened connections to remote sites that may require the use of a cellular or other low bandwidth network.

LILIN_IPV_Bullet_Cam_zpsLILIN IVS iMEGAPRO IP cameras analyze and evaluate video before it is transmitted to a recorder or stored into the cameras’ built-in SD card slot, therefore reducing storage costs and false positive alarm events. By having the processing occur on an edge device, these model cameras provide a very cost-effective method of deploying video analytics. Easily configurable, the host of IVS intelligent functions include tampering and spectrum detection, tripwire, advance motion detection / edge motion detection, people / object counting and alarm, motion & audio detection.

Order the new LILIN IVS iMEGAPRO camera or the new black matte finish camera for your next project today. For more information, contact LILIN directly at (626) 739-1850, (888) 287-8686 or visit





Firmware Updates Guarantees Seamless, Scalable and Reliable Wireless Experience

Pakedge - C36Pakedge Device & Software Inc. has released a new firmware upgrade for its C36 Wireless Access Point (WAP) Controller, Version 2.11. The firmware upgrade allows the C36 to tune the network for improved wireless performance through an updated suite of technologies, including SectorMaxx for optimizing coverage, TruStream for optimizing throughput, and SmartWav for active interference mitigation.

This upgrade is well suited for wireless network systems operating in busy RF environments where multiple interfering RF sources (e.g. wireless devices, cordless phones, microwave ovens, etc.) and neighbouring wireless access points (such as in multi-dwelling units and office parks) are common. The upgrade benefit network managers who perform maintenance activities on a routine basis.  Some key network management features is the ability to identify/report on connected devices on the network (MAC address, IP address, signal strength, and the wireless band they are using (2.4 or 5GHz)). This enables device-by-device blocking for enhanced network security. Also, management of networks with a large number of connected wireless devices is simplified using the Quick Client Lookup feature, which enables all connected devices to be searched by MAC address, client name, AP, or band. This allows the manager to quickly find the specific devices to be managed, thereby allowing management tasks to be completed faster. Finally, network deployments and setup using the C36 is enhanced with the ability to identify Pakedge WAPs operating in wireless repeater mode – eliminating configuration issues to ensure uninterrupted wireless functionality no matter what mode the access points are operating in.

Full release notes of the new firmware updates are also available under the Dealer Portal at Those interested in purchasing the C36 can contact Pakedge Sales at (650) 385-8702.



Pro-Control-Logo“We are just getting settled after returning from CES, and are now headed to Amsterdam for ISE 2015 (February 10-12).  We are excited to highlight our line of Pro Control solutions and demonstrate how they can provide powerful control for the end-user and simple, efficient programming for professional integrators. With the introduction of our latest control products and automation capabilities, our company continues to expand the portfolio of solutions designed to meet the needs of residential and commercial customers. ISE gives us an excellent opportunity to spread this message and we look forward to meeting with our dealers and partners, and make some new connections too.”

— Mike Everett, General Manager for Pro Control

New Pro Control Two-Way Drivers from Sonos®, Nest®, Caseta™ and more
Pro - 2way_driver_options-nest-lutron-sonosAt ISE 2015, Pro Control highlights the latest additions to its lineup of drivers that offer simple, efficient two-way programming in a drag-and-drop environment via the Pro Control Studio® programming software. These include a new Sonos® driver, which simplifies the control and feedback of Sonos audio components — providing integrators and end users with an incredibly powerful solution for selecting songs, storing favorites, and adjusting audio settings on up to 16 media players. In addition, Pro Control also works with Nest® thermostats and Nest Protect, allowing full control and feedback over the popular devices. New drivers for Lutron Caseta™, Anthem® receivers, Sony® projectors, JVC projectors, Epson® projectors, and Wirepath™ IP cameras are also now available.

New Pro Control Pro.rfz Wireless Range Extender
Pro Control’s Pro.rfz wireless range extender dramatically extends the wireless communication range between a Pro24.z remote control and ProLink.z processor. Perfect for large-scale installations, the Pro.rfz makes it simple and cost effective to bolster 2.4 GHz ZigBee® wireless communication throughout additional areas of a home or commercial facility. This provides users with powerful two-way control and feedback of supported electronics, allowing them to view song metadata, lighting and temperature levels, and more on their Pro24.z remote. The Pro.rfz communicates wirelessly with the ProLink.z processor up to 70 feet away and is conveniently powered from any electrical outlet. For increased reliability — especially in larger installations — multiple modules can be utilized within a single deployment.



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Salamander Designs will be exhibiting at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam for the second year in a row, showcasing custom A/V furniture that includes luxurious entertainment seating from the flagship Talia Collection. Recent innovations to Salamander’s theater and lounge seating include expanded premium leather coverings, improved comfort/ergonomics, and a redesigned Custom Configurator.


The new Custom Seating Configurator, offering integrators and AV dealers enhanced online design capabilities, includes the following improvements:

* Enhanced User Interface and Experience
* Photo Realistic Chair Rendering
* Features All Products/Chair Styles
* New Cover Materials and Custom Details
* Design, Print and Save Systems for Customers

Salamander_SD_customSalamander launched its first configurator in 2000, an interactive web tool that’s been a key component of the brand’s website for nearly 15 years. The latest version provides an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that allows users to build the perfect seating solution, creating accurate graphic representations of preferred style, materials, arrangement and functionality. Try the Custom Seating Configurator at

Visit Salamander at ISE Booth 1-Q70 for personalized demonstrations of premium A/V furniture solutions that are uniquely shaped by the needs of customers.


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TruAudio continues to expand their range of products offered to their dealers by introducing Unified Copper. Unified Copper will launch bulk cable and wire products and will begin shipping product the week of February 2. Cable and wire are used on every installation and are a critical component to the quality of the audio installation.

All Unified Copper products exceed any minimum classification requirements and are designed to the highest industry standards. The products are uniquely designed, coming with a durable, weatherproof box with an innovative wide mouth opening to prevent tangles. All the cable and wire products are UL listed surpassing stringent quality checks and tests.

“We’re really excited about our new cable line as we can bring our dealers high quality products at  lower cost.” TruAudio President, Bryan Garner said. “We want our dealers to have a one-stop-shop for all their installation needs and adding Unified Copper to the mix just enhances that.”

Unified Copper’s inventory levels will be much higher making sure dealers get what they need when they need it.






High performance audio meets luxury design at ISE 2015.

Wisdom Audio join forces with the Italian design expertise of Home Theater Environment (H.T.E) to deliver the ultimate home cinema experience, Hall 7, Booth 7-Q180

Wisdom Audio, the leader in design and manufacture of advanced thin-film planar magnetic transducers, will present an active home theater demonstration in Hall 7, Booth 7-Q180. The two-tier cinema room was designed and assembled by Italian specialist H.T.E using the most attractive theme to conceal their proprietary acoustical treatments.

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The 8-seat theater will feature Wisdom Audio’s Insight Series L8i Line Source speakers for front stage and surround channels in combination with four S90i Regenerative Transmission Line™ subwoofers. Remarkably, the entire 7.4 channel system is concealed in walls less than 16cm deep. 11 channels of amplification, delivering 5.5 kilowatts of power, will be provided by four Wisdom Audio SA-3 amplifiers.

The Wisdom systems will work in unison with Datasat’s RS20i Preamplifier. Rounding out the audio complement is a 3 meter wide acoustically transparent video projection screen from Screen Excellence and a Sony VPL500ES projector.

“Wisdom Audio and its partners have assembled an incredible demonstration for ISE 2015. We are proud to demonstrate the many benefits of our line source speaker systems and the superior reproduction capabilities of thin-film planar magnetic technology at such an attractive price point” said Wisdom Audio’s Luc Guillaume, Chief Business Development Officer.