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Artcoustic Loudspeakers add to their award winning SL Series with the unique and groundbreaking 40-30SL.

Designed to offer custom installers a high quality, compact and beautifully designed solution for high end multi room applications. The 40-30SL is 40cm x 30cm x 6.7cm (15.7in x 11.8in x 2.6in) and can be wired to deliver high quality full range stereo sound from one loudspeaker, or wired as a mono speaker for conventional stereo solutions. High efficiency ensures compatibility with modest multi room amplifiers. The 40-30SL is shipping worldwide in April 2012.

Belden Expands FiberExpress Brilliance Field-Installable Connector Family

Belden Inc. announced the addition of FiberExpress Brilliance Field-Installable ST Connectors for 900 µm tight buffer fiber, SC/ACP connectors for tight buffer and 2 mm and 3 mm jacketed fiber, and LC and SC connectors for jacketed fiber.

With the addition of the ST-Type connector to the FiberExpress Brilliance Connector portfolio, Belden now offers a comprehensive line of innovative field-installable optical fiber connectors.

“The ruggedness of the ST connector has made it a popular choice for many applications ranging from medical imaging to industrial networking,” said Dwayne Crawford, product line manager. “With the same leading-edge, No Epoxy, No Polish, No Crimp design as all Belden FiberExpress Brilliance connectors, field termination becomes a viable option for these applications.”

The field-installable SC/ACP connectors for tight buffer and jacketed fiber were designed with Telcos and MSOs in mind. This connector provides a guaranteed performance of less than        – 60 dB Reflectance to ensure maximum optical power without risking damage to valuable equipment due to back reflections. This connector, like the rest of the FiberExpress Brilliance lineup, has an extended temperature range of -40ºC to +75ºC making them suitable for applications where the temperature is not well regulated as found in outside plant equipment enclosures.

The FiberExpress Brilliance connectors for 2 mm and 3 mm jacketed fiber provide the customer with a non-destructive, truly re-terminable solution with No Epoxy, No Polish and No Crimp, to eliminate the need to over-purchase connectors in order to compensate for installer yield.

“Using the visual fault locator (VFL) included with the FX Brilliance precision installation toolkit provides instantaneous feedback of the termination quality to the installer prior to link testing,” said Crawford. “Finding and correcting installation issues with a re-terminable connector sooner in the process saves the installer significant time.”

Architects, Consultant and Engineers will find this connector helpful in applications where 2 mm or 3 mm jacketed fiber provides a more robust solution over 900 µm tight buffered cable, and where pre-terminated cable assemblies may not be suitable.

Having access to all connector types from one manufacturer simplifies system design and procurement, ensuring smooth integration and a single point of contact for support. The FiberExpress Brilliance connector lineup also has one common installation toolkit, as well as one common training and installation technique, so investments in productivity can be leveraged with every project no matter what the specific project need.

Belden FiberExpress Brilliance Field-Installable Connectors and Kits will be demonstrated at the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition Booth #528, February 12-15, 2012 in Orlando, FL.

For more information, download Product Bulletin #308, contact Belden Sales at 1.800.BELDEN.1 or visit our Web site at www.belden.com 

The ‘First Class’ Motorized Tray Table

Your Custom Theater Just Got A Little Better!

The same company that gave you the Adjustable Back Height and the raising of an entire row of chairs, now gives you the motorized ‘First Class’ Tray Table.

With the new motorized ‘First Class’ Tray Table you can now work on your computer or have a meal while watching your movie.  The tray is stored within the cavity of the arm so when not in use it is out of sight.  It is easily retrieved by lifting the arm cap and activating the motorized lift mechanism.

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 the integrator the flexibility to customize the seating anyway they 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 like the motorized “First Class” tray table, Fortress is here to help.

Product Information – as shown

Model:              Bijou Common Arm with motorized First Class Tray Table;

Touch Screen Mechanism, Gooseneck Light

Upholstery as shown: Premium Black Leather

Contact for pricing Sold only through authorized dealers


FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has introduced an easy-to-install WE-IPAD2-SLV iPad® 2 enclosure designed to provide a secure, yet accessible housing for the versatile tablet. Jan Sandri, president of FSR Inc., announced the launch today from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

Convenient single cable Installation is a breeze using the FSR IT-CHRG-P2U PoE to USB charger that derives ample power from a standard PoE network connection, and does not require PoE+. The rear of the tamper resistant casing includes three position horizontal and vertical adjustment holes for mounting in either orientation, as well as a symmetrical hole pattern for rapid mounting to a standard 2-gang box, with no electrical drop needed.

A full view camera port, home button, and speaker port for clear audio are all recessed into a sturdy .090” aluminum case for a sleek look with no visible hardware. Plain face models are also available.

The WE-IPAD2-SLV IPAD iPad® enclosure is shipping now. An iPad® 3 enclosure is coming soon!

Monitor Audio Introduces New Shadow Series

Think about a Shadow: it has no physical depth but can be larger than life. This is the magical essence of Monitor Audio’s ultra-thin Shadow Range.

Shadow is a high tech, super slim on-wall speaker system, specifically designed to complement ultra slim T.V. screens as part of a discreet high performance home theater system.

Shadow provides a stylish, no-compromise performance solution. Unique and innovative design features result in a wafer thin total depth of only 1 ½” (discreet yet powerful).



•           1″ C-CAM Tweeter, 4″ RDT (Rigid Diaphram Technology) drivers made from an ultra-rigid sandwich of C-CAM material bonded to a Rohacell core.

•           Cocertina-style driver suspension provides exceptional response. Each driver is bolted to the back of the  enclosure but “floats” within an airtight neoprene seal at the front, decoupling the driver from the baffle. The result is greater audio accuracy over a wider bandwidth inside of a 1 1/2″ cabinet depth.

•           Auxiliary Bass Radiators are tuned to provide added bass definition

•           Aluminum single-piece enclosure is precision machined to provide rigidity and naturally low resonance

•           Easy installation featuring “Invisible” cable entry and connection, magnetic    grille and reversible end trim attachment.


MHTG is pleased to announce that its Audio Solutions brand has been acceptance into the MEGA Buying Group. Audio Solutions will be showing its patent pending Audio Mount™ at the upcoming MEGA Buying Groups convention in Orlando Florida March 17-20.

Jim Sendrak of the Mega Group USA stated that “I am excited to be able to offer such a exceptional product to our dealers, this new patent pending product offers a innovative mounting and audio solution for today’s flat panel TV’s.”

What is an Audio Mount? Please go to www.audiosolutions.com to learn more.

Metra Electronics Corporation has a 65+ year heritage of supporting the independent dealer as well as major retail chains. As the Metra Home Theater Group grows our team will continue to deliver innovative and quality products and customer service to both the Custom Integrators as well as our Retail partners.


Metra Electronics Corporation has been the world leader and “The Installer’s Choice™” for vehicle installation kits and electronic accessories for over 60 years. Headquartered in Florida, Metra Electronics strives to create innovated, high quality products to satisfy and astonish our customers. Metra’s brands include: Audio Solutions(TM) , Ethereal (TM) , HeadGear (TM) , Axxess(TM) , Tsunami(TM) , The InstallBay(TM) , Shuriken(TM) , Raptor(TM) , Ballistic(TM) , and OE FIT(TM) .

New Serena® Cellular Shades from Lutron Named ‘Product of the Year’ by Electronic House Magazine

Energy-saving lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics is pleased to announce that its new Serena cellular shades have been awarded a Product of the Year Award by Electronic House magazine. Serena shades won in the Motorized Window Treatments category.

Introduced in November of 2011, Serena cellular shades are battery-powered, remote controlled, and have a starting price of $299. Serena shades allow homeowners to create the perfect movie-watching environment in living rooms, ensure privacy in the bathroom, and turn bedrooms into the ultimate relaxation chamber – all with a remote control.

Additionally, the shades feature new, patent-pending Triathlon™ power technology, which extends the shade’s battery life up to three years. Using standard D batteries, Serena can be installed as quickly and easily as hanging a picture, but without any damage to the walls.

According to Electronic House officials, products were reviewed and selected by a panel of consumer electronics industry experts, along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro magazines.


Savant Systems LLC, having delivered the first complete Apple®-based home automation and commercial control system, has acquired LiteTouch, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah, a highly respected industry pioneer in the residential and commercial lighting control marketplace since the late 1970s. The acquisition provides Savant with a widely recognized lighting control platform as well as a broad range of best-in class keypad offerings to complement the company’s revolutionary iOS user interface solutions for residential and commercial control applications.

“The acquisition of LiteTouch brings to Savant a comprehensive lighting control system including a broad range of aesthetically pleasing keypad solutions from a respected and recognized supplier,” explained Savant CEO Robert Madonna. The LiteTouch keypads will fully support a wide array of controlled devices including third party lighting systems as part of Savant’s ecosystem of advanced automation. “Our sales channel has been asking for a lineup of lighting control and integrated keypad products from Savant that operate in concert with Apple iOS devices to manage and control a vast array of connected home and commercial technologies,” Madonna added.

“LiteTouch is proud to join the Savant Family,” said Angie Larson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for LiteTouch. “Savant’s acquisition of LiteTouch creates unique opportunities for industry innovation, design collaboration and product development.” Madonna adds, “by leveraging LiteTouch’s three decades of lighting control success coupled with Savant’s award-winning TrueImage interface, users will now have access to the most powerful automation, lighting and media control platform.”

Savant’s automation and control solutions will gain more visibility within the electrical specifier/builder community due to the powerful brand recognition of LiteTouch in this market segment. Savant’s new lighting control group will continue to operate out of the Salt Lake City area.

This year’s International Security Conference promises to be a spectacular display. Premier Mounts will be showcasing some of the top HD flat-panel displays for video walls in the industry mounted with high quality, precision mounts from Premier Mounts.

Thousands of different mounts are available on the market, but only Premier Mounts offers mounts that come with the highest quality standards, a lifetime warranty, and the level of detail needed in the security industry.

Ranging from universal to custom-made, our precision mounts make it easy to support any monitor or display from initial installation to service or re-configuration.

Our precisely designed mounts provide a solid foundation that utilize key features which accommodate the user, resulting in maximally supported displays in impressive setups with limitless possibilities.

See a preview of our dynamic product line for the ISC West International Security Conference here.

SurgeX Announces Exclusive Distribution Rights of Certified Cyber Solutions

SurgeX,  is proud to announce the exclusive distribution rights of Certified Cyber Solutions (CCS), a remote systems management platform that will open up new opportunities, lower service costs  and create new and on-going revenue streams for commercial AV installers. This new partnership will integrate SurgeX surge elimination technology and power management with the advanced secure remote management from Certified Cyber Solutions, creating a scalable option that combines the best in energy intelligence, power management and surge protection with industry-leading remote systems management.


This exclusive partnership combines SurgeX’s revolutionary surge elimination technology with Certified Cyber Solutions’ innovative remote monitoring and network security platform to create a single integrated system to protect equipment, remotely service equipment and secure electronic systems like never before.


Specifics of the SurgeX and Certified Cyber Solutions product line-up will be announced later in 2012, but this new platform will offer significant business and operational benefits to the pro AV power management space. In addition to the unparalleled patented surge elimination technology, this combined solution will allow integrators to be able to securely manage remote access, perform diagnostics and monitor their client’s systems with an intuitive user interface. This, industry leading capability reduces the threat of unauthorized access to client’s networks while giving integrators a single point and click dashboard to monitor installations real-time, manage and troubleshoot common system issues.

The solution will also provide a floor plan view identifying and discovering any IP enabled device on the network, giving the integrator a visually engaging interface for easy management of all client systems. Point and click navigation allows users to quickly troubleshoot problems, monitor energy usage data and operational status, as well as send user defined notifications. This integrated solution will take remote systems management to a whole new level and enables integrators to troubleshoot problems with any product on the network, instantaneously.

Beyond identifying a problem area, integrators will also be able to see specifically what the problem is, whether it’s faulty wiring, an installation error, or a bad connection, all without having to roll a truck to the site. Once an issue has been diagnosed, this platform will allow most issues to be diagnosed from the comfort of the integrator’s own store, thus reducing the amount of service calls that need to be made lowering costs and improving customer satisfaction. Conversely, should technicians need to go onsite, the issue will be identified ahead of time so they can bring the appropriate equipment to fix it – the first time out. Perfect for managing multiple commercial properties, the new SurgeX solution will offer integrators an aerial view of their full territory, providing a snapshot of each customers system. In one quick look, an integrator will be able to survey all of their properties and immediately see if there is an issue anywhere.

Commercial AV installers interested in offering their customers the ultimate power protection package should contact their SurgeX representative for further information. To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

URC’s New Water-Resistant Remote Is Ready For Outdoor Fun


Spring is here, which means it’s time once again to take home entertainment outdoors. So why not offer your customers URC’s first, rock-solid splashproof remote control, the new MXW-920?


Using RF communication via a URC base station such as the MRF-260 or MRF-350, the MXW-920 can operate equipment that is not in direct line-of-sight. Although it’s not intended for underwater use, the MXW-920’s durable design enables it to withstand moisture thanks to its JIS Class 4 water resistance rating. It can be used both outside and inside the house, too; while it’s the perfect poolside companion, it’s also the ideal choice for a kitchen or bath controller.

The MXW-920 can control up to 40 devices and can be programmed for one-touch automation. It’s so easy to use that even houseguests can effortlessly change stations or volume levels while poolside, all without having to ask a bunch of questions related to operation of the homeowner’s setup. The MXW-920 is powered by four AAA batteries which are encased in an airtight silicon-lined battery compartment by four screws.


Get ready for new business to float right in with the MXW-920!