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D-Tools MVP Manufacturer Partners realize the importance of bringing you their product information and have chosen to support the D-Tools user community by joining the program and making their product data directly available through D-Tools SI software. Read on for the latest manufacturer company news and product updates.

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Don’t miss Anthony Gallo Acoustics in the April issue of The Absolute Sound!

If you don’t already subscribe to The Absolute Sound, be sure to pick up the April issue which will be on the newsstand in about 10 days. This is going to be a very special occasion for Anthony Gallo Acoustics!

Anthony Gallo_silverSideStand75_highlightThe Gallo Strada 2 speaker will be featured on the cover of the April TAS, and will receive a full review inside. That same issue will feature a speaker designers’ roundtable, in which Anthony and other designers share their philosophies and some of the secrets of their designs.If you’re a fan of Anthony Gallo Acoustics speakers or just want to learn more about this, this is one issue of The Absolute Sound that you don’t want to miss!

TAS’s Chris Martins on the Strada 2 & TR-3D subwoofer
The Absolute Sound veteran reviewer Chris Martins tested the new Strada 2 & TR-3D sub and concluded that “Best of all, it may look like an elegant ‘lifestyle’ speaker but it turns out to deliver legitimate, audiophile-grade, big-speaker performance.”

Our new Micro SE and A’Diva SE satellite speakers have been out for only a few months, but the great reviews are already rolling in.

CNet’s Steve Guttenberg on the Micro SE and A’Diva SE
On CNet, veteran reviewer Steve Guttenberg tested the new satellites, and concluded that “The Anthony Gallo Acoustics’ Micro SE and A’Diva SE are, pound for pound, the best sounding miniature speakers I’ve heard to date. They redefine the performance standard for very small speakers.” You can read Steve’s full review here.

Sound & Vision’s Mark Fleischmann on the Micro SE
In Sound & Vision, veteran reviewer Mark Fleischmann praised the Nucleus Micro SE, commenting that it offers “transparent sound quality” and a “big soundstage with no restrictive sweet spot.” When listening to stereo music, Mark commented that the soundstage was “…seemingly impossible to undermine with changes in seating position.” That’s great to hear, because it’s exactly what we were going for. We were happy to see that S&V selected the Micro SE as a “Top Pick,” too! You can read Mark’s full review here.

 

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ATLONA PRO-SERIES MARCH MADNESS SAVINGS

Packed with industry’s most advanced technology, Atlona’s Pro-Series collection of high-performance matrix switchers are ideal for any business or home AV installation. From whole-home entertainment to presenting in a conference room or classroom, Pro-Series switchers are at the heart of the most powerful AV routing systems. Available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and 16×16 configurations, the Pro-Series provides lossless, multiroom HD signal routing to distribute uncompressed digital HDMI® signals over standard, twisted-pair cabling, with the ability to send signals up to 328 feet using Atlona’s HDMI extenders. Users can confidently distribute content from virtually any source including Blu-Ray™ and DVD players, computers, and laptops, to any display or projector in a multiform environment. The switchers can be controlled effortlessly via IR remote control, RS-232, and TCP/IP with third-party control systems.

From now until March 31, Atlona is making it even more cost-effective for customers to complete their Pro-Series installations. With the purchase of any Pro-Series model, Atlona will throw in the necessary Pro Series extenders free of charge. Featuring bidirectional control and pass through resolutions of 1080p, Atlona’s Pro Series extenders provide the assurance that viewers will not lose any detail in their high-definition pictures, even at longer cable runs.Aylona - PRO_SERIES_FAMILY

This promotion is effective immediately and expires March 31, 2014, and cannot be combined with other offers. Contact Atlona today to drive your profits and gain the edge over other brands.

 

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Australian automation and control company, CommandFusion, recently announced their upcoming product – the all-in-one networkable controller named the “Solo” at ISE Amsterdam in February.

The Solo is designed to give smaller installations in both the home automation and commercial control markets powerful control functionality at a cost effective price point. Key features include an ethernet connection, a generous variety of commonly used control ports and two expansion slots.

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 The solo includes a variety of control ports and features including:

•  2 x RS232 ports                         • 6 x IR or 1 way RS232 ports

•  4 x Dry contact inputs              •  On board IR Blaster

•  On board IR Learner                •  1 x control port expansion slot

•  1 x communication expansion slot (Wi-Fi and future expansion)

•  Onboard real time clock with battery backup

•  USB connection for PC communication and control

A built in Ethernet port gives the Solo immediate and simple connectivity to any standard network, while the communications expansion slot allows the user to easily add other protocol cards such as the Wi-Fi expansion card – which will be available at product launch.

The Solo also features 10 built in high power IR Blaster LEDs. The Blaster LED’s flood an area with infrared, allowing for wireless control of devices with an IR receiver.

The built in IR Learner means that the user can learn codes directly on the Solo itself, there is no additional equipment required.

Upon launch a number of control expansion cards will also be available, these cards will allow for the user to customize the Solo to suit their requirements. The ability to add additional RS232 ports, IR ports, relays or other control ports will be very simple and cost effective.

The Solo will have an estimated RRP of under $450 USD with industry leading dealer margins. The Solo will be available through CommandFusion’s distribution network, or directly from the CommandFusion website.

Click link for CE Pro article featuring the Solo: http://www.cepro.com/article/commandfusion_to_intro_450_home_automation_controller_at_ise_2014/

 

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Crestron to Bring 4K Confidence to Integrators and End Users with new Certification Program

As 4K Ultra HD source devices and displays come to market, people that specify, purchase, design, and install custom AV systems are asking the same question: “Which products will work with my distributed 4K system?”

To help facilitate a smooth transition to 4K UHD, Crestron, the most trusted name in AV distribution technology, will introduce its 4K Certification program. Under this industry-first program, manufacturers can submit their 4K sources and displays to Crestron to ensure that they:

Crestron_4k– Deliver true 10 Gbit/s data rates to get the signal to its destination

– Interface with DigitalMedia™ to handle cable lengths found in integrated AV systems

– Work with other 4K products in a DigitalMedia system

“Compatibility issues between different brands, new cable length limitations, and mismatched resolutions all have the potential to compromise a 4K distribution system,” said Justin Kennington, Technology Manager for DigitalMedia. “Crestron 4K Certification is our guarantee that sources and displays meet the demands of a 4K distributed system.”

Crestron engineers in the DigitalMedia Lab rigorously test 4K products to ensure they work in a matrix-switched environment. Only those that do are awarded the Crestron 4K Certified logo.

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Now, for integrators and end users, finding a database of 4K products they can trust is as simple as visiting crestron.com/4K.

 

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FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Sansivero as the company’s new director of educational sales.  Sansivero is charged with strengthening FSR’s reputation and brand recognition even further within the education market. She is responsible for educating the market about new opportunities for interactive and collaborative FSR Gina Sansiverolearning systems offered by FSR, and embedding the company as a primary or top-tier manufacturer of installations in higher-education and K-12 buildings and campuses. Working with integrators and consultants to identify key opportunities for FSR to further address the specific needs of the education market, Sansivero will build relationships with educational contacts and uncover ideas and applications for even more comprehensive and cohesive products clearing a path for company growth in the education marketplace.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Gina’s caliber to join the FSR team and help us continue to expand our role as a leading manufacturer within the education market,” said Sandri. “As technology continues to change, along with the needs of those working in a learning environment, it’s imperative that we remain on the cutting edge and continue to supply our customer base with products that specifically address their needs. We are confident that Gina will help us reach our goals.”

Sansivero first worked in sales and marketing, and then became a partner at RelampIt in New York. Recognizing an industry need, she combined her passions of environmental responsibility and education to launch Project Green AV (www.projectgreenav.com) in 2008. An industry portal for GreenAV information and dialogue, Project Green AV addresses the changing needs and is a facilitator for Green AV education, news, products, industry highlights and connections. In 2011, Sansivero was awarded the Young AV Professional Award by industry association, InfoComm.  Sansivero is also involved with the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Green and Education committees in New York, Seatuck Sustainability Business Council, the Long Island Volunteer Enterprise (LIVE), and is a regular contributor to rAVe Blog Squad.

 

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Tuxedo Theater Chair
Seating Designed for Your Lifestyle

Fortress Tuxedo Concealed Front Access

At Fortress we encourage you to customize your seating to suit your needs.  No matter the style or the number of seats, the choice is always yours.

Featured accessories:

  • Choose a concealed front access cup holder when you want clean lines while still having the convenience of holding a drink.
  • The sliding arm with concealed wood table top offers a place to put your movie snacks or even your lap top so you can play or work in comfort.
  • You have the option of using your own upholstery or choosing from Fortress’ extensive collection of leathers and fabrics.

As with all of Fortress seating, all models are customizable and designed to suit your lifestyle.

Visit more accessories here:  http://www.fortresseating.com/productpage.php?prod_id=105

Made in the USA for over 70 years

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HydraConnect is very pleased to be a new member of the D-Tools MVP program. At Cedia 2013, HydraConnect showed its latest generation of matrix processors including the world’s first affordable HDMI Matrix switches with built-in HDMI audio stripping and DSP Dolby Digital down-mixing capabilities. The HMA-8x8BT and HM-16x16BT are both now shipping and easily support mixed stereo and multichannel zones. Each zone receives the correct stereo or multichannel audio stream automatically and simultaneously from the same source.

Both new units have a full 16 output analog audio matrix built in. There are 32 DSPs on our new audio board to support down-mixing of every HDMI input and lip-sync, tone, balance, and volume on every digital and analog DSP output.  Click here to see a full explanation of HydraConnect’s DSP technology.

The HydraConnect line of switches also supports CEC control of each capable device with our patented CEC control. All commands are automatically sent in the device’s native format (Anynet, Bravia Link, etc.). CEC commands are a two way communication to each device, and provide reliable control. Stray commands, such as the off command from a DVD player, are stopped at the switch to avoid the previous pitfalls of CEC control. Finally, your control system is in control of all your CEC devices. With HydraConnect CEC technology, you can eliminate the IR bugs on all your displays and CEC compatible sources and receivers.

With Active Dynamic EDID, our switches easily support mixed 2D and 3D environments. The integrated commercial grade LINUX computer provides the processing power to make intelligent switch decisions based on the equipment connected. This makes HydraConnect the first truly managed HDMI matrix. All of these features are automatic based on the equipment detected during the setup of the switch. No more lengthy programming!

Our easy web based interface makes setup fast and easy and has a full set of testing capabilities built in. With only three clicks of a mouse, the basic setup is completed on a HydraConnect switch. Cloud Based Updates and remote support are built-in to every switch.

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All of HydraConnect’s Matrix products are made in the USA and offer a 5 Year Limited Warranty with Advance Replacement for the full 5 years.

Contact us today to learn more about a dealership opportunity.

www.HydraConnect.com • 720-583-4364 • sales@hydraconnect.com

 

 

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ICRealtime 10 Year

IC RealTime products are professional quality equipment, and we stand behind our products with a 10 Year Warranty.

IC RealTime will replace, or at its sole discretion repair without charge, any DVR (Digital Video Recorder), NVR (Network Video Recorder) Camera or accessory proved defective in material, workmanship or operation for a period of Ten (10) years, subject to warranty conditions and exceptions.  Visit www.icrealtime.com for details.

If during the warranty period, we cannot repair your product, we will replace the product with a working product of the same model, or if the same model is not available, with a comparable product.

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See our product on display @ ISC WEST 2014
April 2, 3, 4 – Booth #23005

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Installers Choice brings Innovation to the AV Rack Market with SnapRax

 SnapRax Ships Flat- Assembles Fast- and is Exceptionally Strong!

Installers Choice SnapRax Series is the perfect rack for almost any installation as it ships flat and can be assembled and implemented at job sites quickly-compared to builds where traditional welded racks are difficult to deploy. SnapRax assembles in approximately quickly, saving time and money. Most SnapRax assemble in 5 minutes and are available as individual racks and components-or sold as pre-configured kits. They take up a minimal amount of floor space as they are 20”wide and available in rack heights of 8RU, 14RU, 21RU, 29RU, 37RU and 43RU and depths of 20” and 26”. SnapRax have a UL certified load capacity of 600lbs (43RU Model)

Features include: Self squaring HD caster base (with casters and Installers Choice - SnapRax leveler brake) which provides exceptional structural support, 2 pr. of tapped- #10-32 mounting rails, with individually labeled RU for quick, easy equipment mounting and cable egress –top and base for easy cable access. Flat or Curved trim is available to enhance the overall design aesthetic of your rack.

Snaprax is a complete rack system as it features a variety of accessories that ship from stock-including side panels, doors, shelves, drawers, power, ultra quiet fan panels and stacks. All SnapRax carry a 10 year product warranty and are Made in the USA.

Installer’s Choice® is an IMS Engineered Products, LLC brand, and is located in Des Plaines, IL.  Its core competency is manufacturing racks and enclosure systems, and has been providing high quality products for the government, defense, aerospace, financial, insurance, security and commercial industries for over 70 years. Contact us online at www.Installerschoice.com or by phone at 847-391-8100.

 

 

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All products now come with Limited Lifetime Warranty, 100% Quality Performance and Reliability Guarantee, and 30-DayCustomer Satisfaction Guarantee ensuring positive purchasing and supportexperience for our customers.

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Please see our Product Catalog below:
http://www.keydigital.com/LITERATURE/KeyDigital_Product_Catalog.pdf

In-House Trainings:

Training Session on Compass Control® & HDMI Products – Domestic Dealers

Join us for an exclusive Key Digital® training session on Compass Key Digital CompassControl® and many other award-winning Key Digital® HDMI products. You’ll learn basic, intermediate, and advanced programming methods, and how to increase the reach of your Compass Control® System by utilizing control routing via Key Digital Matrix switchers.

Trainees will participate in Compass Control™ C1*/C2 Level Certification Exams, and begin programming of C3 Certification Project (*C1 Required to become a Compass Control™ Dealer)

Dates: April 2-4, 2014   Time:9:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 7-9, 2014
July 7-11, 2014

Location: Key Digital HQ
521 East 3rd Street
Mt. Vernon, NY 10553

Travel & Accommodations
Hotel / Lunch Included
Please bring a PC or Mac with VM Software (Windows)

Register Now

Visit: http://keydigital.com/Training_.aspx

Upcoming Webinars:

April 2014 Webinar Schedule

ADIKey Digital Webinar – Sponsored by ADI: Learn how to integrate simplified AV control systems into an iPad interface

Key Digital will show you how easy it is to install and integrate Compass Control® systems integrated with all AV gear.

Dates: April 30, 2014   Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Register Now

May 2014 Webinar Schedule

AVADKey Digital Webinar – Sponsored by AVAD: Increase reliability and simplicity of your system, with HDBaseT matrix switchers and iPad control interface

Key Digital will show our dealers how to integrate any commercial installation, while keeping profits high with Key Digital’s HDBaseT/HDMI matrix switchers with built-in Compass Control®

Dates: May 1, 2014   Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

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Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−773 and the VP−774 ProScale digital presentation scaler/switchers that support multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and including 1080p. The VP−773 has 8 inputs and the VP−774 has 9 inputs, including four HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort (DP) input, one composite video input and two computer graphics video inputs.  The VP−774 also includes a 3G HD−SDI input.  These models scale the video, embed the audio where applicable, and output the scaled video signal simultaneously to two HDMI outputs and one HDBaseT (Twisted Pair) output. The VP−774 also includes a 3G HD−SDI output.  The audio output is simultaneously available on digital and unbalanced analog stereo outputs.

The VP−773 and VP−774 are HDTV compatible, HDCP compliant and support HDMI Deep Color.  They also feature advanced input and output EDID Management and the ability to set a user−selectable EDID for each input on the unit.  This is a significant advancement in scaler/switcher design and results in improved integration into AV systems and a significantly enhanced user experience.

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Some of the VP−773 and VP−774 advanced features include:

  • Mass Notification Emergency Communication System − a unique and important feature that provides the ability to have a national or campus−wide notification immediately displayed when an emergency situation develops. Notifications include flexible options such as the inclusion of an audio  alert siren, and the choice of displaying either a text crawler or a text window. The system uses the industry standard Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to ensure compatibility with existing systems.
  • Full Web Page Management
  • Kramer’s K−IIT XL™ Picture−in−Picture Image Insertion technology
  • Luma Keying Technology
  • Kramer’s PixPerfect™ Scaling Technology
  • Kramer’s FTB™ (Fade−Through−Black) Switching Technology

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The VP−773 and VP−774 are housed in a standard 19″ 1U rack−mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.

 

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Now Shipping: Leaf LTXP64 6×4 HDMI Matrix Switch

Enhancing the Leaf product family is the innovative entry-level Leaf 6×4 HDMI Matrix Switch, competitively priced and ready for installation within custom residential and commercial projects

Leaf, a leading manufacturer of HD audio/video distribution and switching solutions, has announced the sophisticated LTXP64 is now shipping. Designed with the needs of today’s custom integrator in mind, the 6×4 HDMI Matrix is capable of switching 6 unique HDMI sources to 4 independent zones, while supporting full 1080P/60 resolution, 3D, and Dolby Digital and DTS-HD audio formats.

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The 1RU Rack Space makes the LTXP64 easy to install and with the help of Leaf’s EZ-Calibration system, set-up is a breeze. To minimize EDID errors, the LTXP64 also boasts Leaf’s unique Zone Lock feature, which provides the ability to lock a source to a particular zone, allowing the passage of specific EDID data and ensuring that the display and source correctly interact. With a sleek frontdesign, the LTXP64 can be controlled simply via front panel buttons while maintaining its ability to be integrated into most common control systems via IP or RS232 Control.

“The development of the 6×4 HDMI Matrix Switch spawned from a critical need for us to build a high quality solution that could add real value for our dealers and their installations,” said Danny Webb, North American Sales and Marketing Manager for Leaf. “In your typical installation a 4×4 solution simply isn’t enough, however integrators don’t necessarily want to resort to a 6×6 or 8×8 that will unnecessarily inflate their customer’s project budget. With the 6×4, dealers get the unrelenting power and flexibility they need while end-users benefit from a reliable solution at an economical price.”

Manufactured and thoroughly tested to meet the highest standards for performance and dependability, the LTXP64 also contains Control4® Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP) software, making integration within a Control4 automation system easy and seamless. Furthermore, when combined with the new Leaf LTPTP-F HDBaseT Extender Solution, integrators can distribute the 6×4’s HDMI signals up to 100m (330ft). This combination enhances the power and reach of their AV installations while providing a truly comprehensive, versatile experience.

The Leaf LTXP64 has an introductory US MSRP of $1,999 and is currently available for purchase through authorized Control4 dealers and direct through Leaf.

For more information about custom Leaf AV solutions, please visit www.leafaudio.com

 

 

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Give your customers the greatest gift of all – peace of mind. Whether they areLegrand - CM2001a making dinner in the kitchen, or enjoying a relaxing vacation at the beach, provide them with the safety and security of always knowing who is at their front door, even while away, using the Video Door Internet Enabling Kit (CM2001) by Legrand. The CM2001 easily supports the connection of the On-Q Selective Call Intercom Video Door Unit to the Internet, adding capabilities to existing installations and increasing value for future projects. Legrand - CM2001bThe CM2001 enables a live feed from the front door camera that can be viewed from anywhere, using any web enabled device for on-demand monitoring. The CM2001 also offers the ability to send a real time email, including a snapshot image and personalized message, to any specified email address. The Video Door Internet Enabling Kit is recommended for use with On-Q Selective Call Intercom devices but can support any analog camera.

For more information on the Video Door Internet Enabling Kit, click here.

 

 

 

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Designed to add deep bass frequencies to architectural speaker systems, Monitor Audio’s new in-wall subwoofer design is an amalgam of sophisticated IWS-10 sub-woofer driver, IWA-250 amplifier and IWB-10 back box.

To provide excellent bass depth with maximum installation flexibility the IWS-10 subwoofer driver is a highly specialised design employing an extraordinarily rigid, flat 10” surface of 10mm (3/8”) RDT® material devised for Monitor audio’s acclaimed ‘Platinum’ series of high-end speakers. The resulting properties of low mass and great strength give the driver the ability to behave as an extremely agile piston, resistant to bending, light enough to deliver an accurate bass response through large excursions, even within a shallow 81mm profile.

Monitor Audio Group ShotConsequently the IWS-10 is sufficiently well specified to generate excellent bass quality in a range of wall, ceiling, even floor locations, ideally but not exclusively with its IWB-10 back box, providing wider retrofit possibilities. It features Monitor Audio’s patented Tri-grip® clamping system which is easier to install and provides three times the surface area of a conventional dog-leg type clamp, offering better overall surface sealing. The IWS-10’s trim-less grille and frame edge are paintable to blend discreetly with décor.

When used with the IWB-10 back box, the IWS-10 return optimum ‘controlled’ performance. The IWB-10 is a sealed pre-construction back box, built from MDF and laminated with a rugged black Sandex vinyl finish. While providing the ideal environment for the driver, the IWB-10 will also reduce the radiation of sound to adjacent rooms.

Completing the trinity is the IWA-250 Class D switch mode amplifier – a slim, powerful dedicated design in a heavy-duty 1U rack mount case. Delivering up to 250watts into 4 ohms, a single IWA-250 will power single or dual IWS-10s to provide higher power levels for larger rooms or to meet customer demands.

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Our industry has evolved for better than 50 years, pursuing the best in music & sound reproduction. Many people have made significant contributions to the art, discipline, and business of creating better High Fidelity Music Reproduction Devices. Noble Fidelity hails from this legacy and pledge our ethic upon it. Our loudspeakers are unique for a few simple reasons that are rarely, if ever, amalgamated in today’s North American marketplace. The combination is genuinely synergistic and compelling in a number of ways.

Noble Fidelity L-85 mk IIOur products and service are exemplary. Customer satisfaction is our first concern. No sale is final until the customer is fully satisfied. Visit us at www.noblefidelity.com and see why our award-winning products stand out and differentiate us in what seems like an overcrowded in-wall/ceiling loudspeaker marketplace.

 

 

 

 

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Adding to custom installers’ options for configuring customized, high-performing music systems, NuVo Technologies has introduced a new rack-mounted three-zone audio player for the IP-based NuVo Player Portfolio.  The new P3500 professional series player  will play up to three different streaming sources in three independent zones, while providing a staggering 200 watts of power per zone and the cleanest, clearest high-fidelity audio. Compatible with NuVo’s other players, systems including the P3500 can be easily expanded up to sixteen zones and allow for simple integration with third party automation solutions.

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Additionally, with the latest update to the NuVo Player app, the Player Portfolio components can now also stream content stored on any connected iOS device directly through the NuVo system. This feature joins the players’ already incredible built-in source variety of streaming Internet Radio and networked libraries, for an audio solution designed to give customers access to anything and everything they want to hear.

For more information on the NuVo Player Portfolio, click here.

 

 

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SAVANT SYSTEMS® NEW SMART SERIES LINEUP FASTEST SELLING PRODUCT RELEASE IN COMPANY HISTORY

Available now, Savant’s new Wi-Fi®-based solutions provide home monitoring, alerts and remote access as well as energy usage data about your home

Savant Systems, LLC, a leader in smart home technology, has announced that the Smart Series home control and automation product line is now shipping to authorized Savant integrators. Smart Series products provide the first complete connected home solution supporting safety, entertainment, comfort and lighting control, utilizing the brand’s award-winning technology to bring the Savant experience to a broader audience. Complete packages start at $1,599 US MSRP and include the new Smart Host ($799 US MSRP), remote and controller. Deployed over multiple rooms within the home, this brings the cost of a Savant solution as low as $1K per room. The new Smart Series product line is offered through Savant’s network of over 1,500 authorized integrators spanning 35 countries, and pre-orders for the Smart Series technology have shattered records for any new product introduction in the company’s 8-year history.

Savant’s technology leverages existing Wi-Fi home networks as the center of the smart home, enabling monitoring of security systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, remote video access, smart thermostats, energy monitoring and complete management of media and entertainment equipment, all from a single intuitive app. Savant provides homeowners seamless, simple and reliable management of “the internet of things” while at home or remotely, all easily controlled via leading portable devices including iOS and Android™.

Having established a leadership position in the luxury smart home segment with the Pro Series, Savant now brings the same breakthrough software-based solution to a broader market with the introduction of the Smart Series. The foundation of the new lineup is the Smart Host which, coupled with Savant’s industry leading software, delivers the most sought after smart home features such as remote monitoring, access to security, lighting control, energy management, climate control, security cameras, whole-house entertainment and more.

“We thank our valued dealers, builder partners and homeowners for choosing Savant and making the Smart Series the fastest selling product line in the company’s history,” said Savant CEO William Lynch.

Learn more at www.savantsystems.com.

 

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Triad’s new DSi series invisible speakers selling as low as $500 each

If you’ve considered trying invisible speakers in your installations but haven’t, now is your time to try one of Triad’s wildly popular Triad DSi SeriesDesigner Series speakers.

We are introducing 3 new affordable invisible speakers, starting with the DSi-1 for $500 each, the DSi-2dc (dual channel stereo version ) for $700 each, and a higher performance DSi-3 for $700 each. All DSi series speakers require the use of a HPF (high pass filter) as part of the installation.

The new DSi series continues to build on the superior technology found in Triad’s eight other Designer Series invisible speakers, with the use of Opti-Damping and Opti-Drive Technology to deliver high quality, room filling sound with an amazing frequency response (112Hz-20KHz). In addition, the new DSi series offers increased flexibility with its smaller size (15.75 inches x 11.8 inches and only 1.6 inches deep) than our previous DS speakers. The same, familiar and easy install method is utilized and the new DSi series can be installed in walls and even behind veneer.

 

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Vaddio Launches the EasyUSB Audio Bridge – A Professional Audio USB Interface and BaseSTATION – A BYOD Meeting Room Solution

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (2014) – Vaddio launches EasyUSB Audio Bridge for integrating professional audio equipment into USB-based PC applications – Unified Communications, lecture capture, recording or any other application that requires professional audio.

“The Audio Bridge converts the analog audio input/output signal into a USB stream detected by the computer as a USB sound input/output device,” explained CEO, Rob Sheeley.

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 “As a result, the PC can control both input gain and output volume from the application (Cisco Jabber, Google+, etc.) and OS control panel.  There is also independent USB and analog audio gain control.  The gain structure can be configured between the pro audio equipment without being impacted by PC volume controls.”

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Vaddio also launched the BaseSTATION – a meeting room solution that enables meeting room participants to use their own personal applications on their own devices (tablets, laptops and network computers.)

By connecting via HDMI or VGA, the room’s monitor connects to Vaddio’s BaseSTATION control dock located on the meeting table.  Users simply connect personal devices to the BaseSTATION and begin using their favorite collaboration tools.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

 

 

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WyreStorm Ships Two New Pro Plus HDBaseT Matrix Switchers

With the addition of the high performance MX-0808-PP-POH and MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM models, WyreStorm’s Pro Plus Matrix Series now offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive range of HDBaseT matrix devices on the market.

WyreStorm, a global manufacturer that specializes in the design and development of innovative HD and HDBaseT distribution products for electronic systems integrators, today announced the shipping of the company’s new Pro Plus MX-0808-PP-POH Power over HDBaseT (PoH) and modular MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM, built-to-order matrix solutions.

WyreStorm’s Pro Plus MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM Modular Matrix provides integrators with the utmost in switching and installation flexibility, featuring a completely customizable design, RS-232 routing capabilities, integrated POH and near-limitless selection of input configurations. Two matrices will be available, the 8×8 and 16×16 (end Q2 2014), providing integrators with the choice of eight or 16 fully customizable expansion bays to meet their exact system design and specifications. Building on its HDBaseT foundation, the MX-PP-POH-CUSTOM models deliver HD video, high-resolution audio, RS-232 and IR, as well as low voltage power via a single Cat5e/6 cable (removing the need for power supplies for each display receiving device); making it more convenient than ever before for installers to deliver feature-rich multimedia distribution systems with rock-solid reliability, enhanced flexibility, and the utmost in scalability.

Starting with an eight module compact chassis that measures only two rack units high or a 16 module chassis at three rack units high, integrators can select from both analogue and digital transmission cards, easily dragging and dropping them into the chassis and to create near-limitless configuration combinations custom-tailored for any application. The matrix design tool guides integrators through simple steps and provides users with design concepts so integrators can easily identify configurations to meet various applications and craft truly custom matrices, including configurations as diverse as 3×8, 4×8, 6×8, 8×12, 6×14, 12×32, 10×56 or any permutation in between.

In addition, today WyreStorm ships the Pro Plus MX-0808-PP-POH 8×8 PoH, fixed matrix. The new 8×8 matrix, which will also be available in a 16×16 model (Q2 2014), builds on the strong feature set of WyreStorm’s standard PP matrices, incorporating HDBaseT transmission technology, 36bit 1080p HD video, QuickSync technology, integrated cable testing and improved 2W IR, with the addition of Power over HDBaseT and routed RS232 functionality—all offered at a competitive price point.

With it, WyreStorm unveils an intuitive online system planner that enables integrators to select and configure a MX-PP-POH-CUSTOM matrix online at any time by selecting the matrix models and transmission card combinations to suit their project and create their distribution in a Virtual Rack environment before submitting their configuration online to WyreStorm.  With a host of extras to inform and assist the customisation process, including editable templates, design concepts and a video tutorial, users save, load, print and share their systems to really discover the power and flexibility of a customisable WyreStorm modular matrix distribution.
http://www.wyrestorm.com/custom-matrix-system-planner

Each of WyreStorm’s Pro Plus matrix solutions are compatible with leading control systems, and when paired with WyreStorm’s award-winning AMP-001-010 HDBaseT amplifier and WyreStorm Enado user interface, provide custom integrators with an end-to-end, total distribution and control solution featuring full HD capabilities, EDID management, HDCP compliance and browser-based control of all connected devices.

MX-0808-PP-POH and MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM ship today. Pricing for all models varies based on matrix specifications.

For more information on the MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM and to access the online system planner, visit http://www.wyrestorm.com/catalog/custom-hdbaset-8×8-matrix-poh-routed-rs232

For more information about WyreStorm visit www.wyrestorm.com.