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Atlona - LogoAtlona M2C Audio Solutions

Atlona is proud to introduce the M2C Multichannel to 2-Channel Audio Converter. The M2C is an audio converter that converts and down-mixes multichannel HD audio formats including legacy Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 into a 2-channel format to distribute to 2-channel capable displays, systems and zones.

Atlona - M2CThe M2C enables multichannel sources such as Blu-Ray players, game consoles and media players to output multichannel surround sound audio via HDMI to a zone, audio system or display capable of only 2-channel audio.  Atlona’s M2C is one of the only audio converters in the marketplace that delivers audio down-mixing with plug and play capabilities. It’s use of EDID management removes any need for programming and guarantees seamless transmission of down-mixed audio with video pass through capabilities.

The M2C is compatible with all digital formats including lossless and lossy and is one of the only stand alone converters offering a multichannel Dolby/DTS lossless, lossy down-mix. Additionally the M2C offers true Plug and Play functionality eliminating the need for programming.  The M2C communicates the sync’s audio capabilities to the source resulting in maximum zone compatibility. The M2C is robust with video pass through supporting resolutions up to 1080p, 1920×1200 and 3D. The M2C also supports HDCP content enabling Blu-Ray, Netflix, On-Demand and other protected content to be viewed.

To lean more about the M2C and the rest of the Atlona family of products please visit us online at .


AudioControl Logo300dpiMaking Good Sound Great, AudioControl Lead the Way Unveiling New Custom Audio Products at CEDIA 2014.

AudioControl Announces Its Largest Ever New Product ‘Audio-Slate’ Focused on Multi-Zone Power Amplifiers, Zone-Audio Solutions and AV Baluns Addressing the Needs of the Custom Installation Market

M6400_FRONT_PANEL_RENDERING_BLACK_V1At this years 2014 CEDIA Expo In Denver, Seattle based audio-design leader AudioControl, unveiled a number of new home theater, AV and distributed audio products, focused on the custom integration channel, resulting from 12 months of market analysis and listening to the needs of over 60 custom integration companies. A team from the AudioControl Engineering Sound Lab (who have been let out and are traveling from the depths of the Pacific Northwest rainforest!) lead the unveiling of these new products for 2014.

“Our dealers are fabulous at providing us with product ideas and features that we continue to incorporate into the AudioControl family”, commented Alex Camara, CEO for AudioControl. “Continuous Improvement” and “Innovation In Everything” are two of the Guiding Principles that drive our product development discussions. At CEDIA this year, dealers saw the results of their contributions and some incredible efforts by our engineering and design teams. Having our audio-design lab, engineering base and manufacturing plant all together in Seattle allows us to watch these new products go from ‘ideation’ to concept to prototype and into production, an unbeatable combination under one roof”.

AudioControl released full details of all new products in a series of announcements around CEDIA. For a look at the new AudioControl products, visit


Channel Vision Elite-Series-LogoNew All-In-One Intercom and Elite Dealer Program from Channel Vision

Entering their third decade in the industry, Channel Vision is going all out to utilize their experience, product innovations and technical support to the custom AV integrators’ advantage.

As a part of that ongoing commitment, Channel Vision is proud to announce the release of a new intercom/camera combo and a unique Elite Dealer program:

Channel Vision SIK Series All-In-One Intercom Offers Extra Convenience, Security and Versatility

SIK Elite Series Intercom


Designed to provide 2-way visual and audio communication between the front door and select devices, the intercom with built-in IP camera seamlessly integrates with security systems, telephones, interior intercom stations and select SIP-enabled devices – including home automation touch screens. Features include:

  • Flush mount design
  • Built-in 1.3mp IP camera
  • 26 Bit WIEGAND output
  • Built-in prox card reader
  • SIP device compatibility
  • Illuminated push button

“Versatile and durable SIK Series Intercoms are built with ¼” solid brass faceplates and have multiple finish options,” says Channel Vision President Darrel Hauk, “and they are made in the USA to exacting standards.”

Channel Vision’s New Elite Dealer Program
The Elite Dealer program offers Channel Vision dealers exclusive product lines along with unprecedented perks and flexibility. According to company President Darrel Hauk, “The program was specially designed to protect unique products and those who sell them.”

Elite Dealer Advantages:

  • Warranties are automatically doubled – one year instantly becomes two years
  • No online competition – Elite products are sold exclusively through Elite Distributors and Elite
  • Dealers to eliminate comparison shopping

Simple, hassle-free return and exchange policy for incorrect or unused products

To learn more or to sign up, visit


crestron_logo-210Crestron Pyng Transforms Home Automation

Crestron recently unveiled Crestron Pyng, the app that IS the home automation system. For years, home automation apps have been add-ons to control systems that are programmed using computers. Now, technology integrators can create lifestyle scenes for each room, schedule events, and much more right from an iPad®. The whole house can be ready in minutes without ever opening a laptop.

Pyng_PR_SetupSetting up a new home is streamlined by pairing Crestron Pyng accessories with the app. Accessories include Crestron wireless lighting controls, shading solutions, thermostats, and Yale® wireless door locks, as well as security systems. Unlike home automation apps that control one device, or offer limited, “DIY-level” performance, Crestron Pyng controls the same award-winning Crestron professional products found in the world’s most prestigious homes.

A compact hub connects accessories with the app, runs scenes and events even without the presence of an iPad, and continuously backs up all home settings to the cloud – so making changes is easy and secure. Once the initial set up is complete, anyone can easily modify settings or create new scenes right from the app. Adding a new iPhone® or iPad is effortless. Simply open the app while connected to the home Wi-Fi® network and the controls appear instantly. Crestron Pyng empowers homeowners to make changes to scenes and settings themselves with the confidence that their integrator can restore to an automatic cloud backup if they wish to undo any adjustments.

Any Crestron technology can be easily added to a Crestron Pyng system, including DigitalMedia™, distributed audio, and more. Seamless compatibility with the rest of the Crestron product line enables the Crestron Pyng app to run right on a TSW touch screen, and for events in the AV system to trigger environmental scenes within Pyng.

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Crimson AV delivers a broad assortment of AV mounts and accessories that are ideally suited to both residential and commercial applications. A manufacturer that fully embraces the residential/commercial convergence, the pro-grade lineup is both feature-rich and affordable. Designed to reduce the time and physical resources required to complete most AV installations, Crimson has become a much sought-after brand.

For multi-screen video walls, Crimson’s fully modular FlexWall mounting solutions simplify and expedite complex installations. Easily installed and quickly aligned, FlexWall video wall mounting solutions are ideal for both the commercial and residential market as they can be mounted to the floor, wall or ceiling, and can also be configured into carts for transportable applications.

FlexWall™ Video Wall Mounting Systems

Crimson FlexWallThe FlexWall video wall mount systems deliver a quickly installed and easily aligned solution for complex installations involving multiple displays up to 60-inches in size. Fully modular, FlexWall systems can be configured to infinite width and assembled by a single installer. As with all Crimson mounts, all of the necessary components and hardware required to complete the installation are included. Systems designers need only to know the configuration, orientation, size and number of displays to be used; Crimson will kit the complete mount system and ship it to the location requested in cartons that are easily managed on the jobsite. For versatile, reliable, and easily installed Video Walls, FlexWall delivers. Learn more about Crimson AV’s award-winning FlexWall systems by watching this video:

Connect with Crimson by visiting, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, writing to, or following @CrimsonAV on twitter.



eiki_logo_enEIKI’s extensive range of projectors provide great solutions for most any  AV requirement. Consider the LC-HDT2000 at 15,000 lumens, 90% uniformity and 3000:1 contrast ratio to overcome lighting conditions you may have found hard to deal with in the past.


Engineered from the ground up as a large venue platform, it offers a host of innovative features. The LC-HDT2000 has native 2K resolution and features 10 bit color processing and multiple digital and analog inputs. Eiki offers a broad selection of lenses and an optional Dual-Link SDI Input Module for professional applications. Contact an EIKI representative for special package options. Call: 800-242-3454, or visit us at



fortress-logoiwhiteilresBehold the Lounger….
Front Row Option for Traditional Home Theaters


Loungers are gaining popularity as a front row option for many traditional home theaters as well as a good place to curl up to watch a movie in multi-purpose media rooms and living rooms.

In no other room in the home is the need for customization as great as in your home theater or media room. The company you choose to manufacture your seating should be a furniture manufacturer that allows for changes in chair dimensions and design, whether it is a change in chair specifications to better fit in the room or a design detail to compliment the theater.  Choose a company that gives you choices.

Choose a company that provides you the same quality furniture as the other furniture in the home.  Theater seating may be a chair or it might be a sectional sofa, but no matter what it is, make sure you are buying it from the company that manufactures it.  Featured: Casablanca Lounger

View more Loungers here   http://www.fortresseating. com/productpage.php?prod_id=25



Thank you to all of those that attended Cedia 2014 in Denver and visited our booth

NewBay Media’s Residential Systems and TWICE have named their 2014 Best of Show Awards for CEDIA EXPO 2014, honoring outstanding products exhibited. Manufacturers submitted products for nomination prior to arriving in Denver, then a panel of anonymous professional integrator judges evaluated the entries based on written submissions and visual inspections on CEDIA EXPO show floor. A CEDIA exhibiting manufacturer could nominate its product for either Residential Systems or TWICE, or both.

IC Realtime is proud to be a winner of Resi_Twice_Best

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kramer logoKramer Introduces BC−HDKat6a Category Cable Optimized for Use with HDBaseT™ Signals

Proven High−Performance Cable Available at Incredibly Competitive Pricing

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of BC−HDKat6a cable, its newest category cable designed for use in the Pro AV industry. Building on the success of Kramer’s extremely popular, high−performance BC−DGKat623 category cable, the new BC−HDKat6a cable has been built to the same exacting standards and offers virtually identical performance in tests with 4K signals.

HDkat6aKramer’s BC−DGKat623 cable works flawlessly with Kramer’s unique DGKat twisted pair technology. Similarly, the new BC−HDKat6a cable has been engineered to deliver the same level of high performance when used with HDBaseT signals. HDBaseT has become a very popular method for the long distance transmission of today’s digital AV signals, and now there is a competitively priced cable from Kramer designed specifically for this use.

Kramer Electronics category cable recently outperformed competitive cables from several high−profile industry manufacturers in the Redband Radio and AVNation independent InfoComm 2014 Cable Challenge. In testing 4K signals sent via HDBaseT transmitters and receivers, Kramer’s cable achieved the best performance registering measurements of 0.362, 0.482 and 0.362 errors per billion in three successive tests utilizing a Quantum Data 980 test generator. Utilizing the same set up, competitor’s cables measured from 0.845 to 14.468 errors per billion. Additionally, the

​BC-​HDKat6a was tested and accredited in an Alliance Recognized Testing facility, met the requirements set by HDBaseT Alliance and therefore work perfectly with HDBaseT devices.

With the introduction of the BC−HDKat6a cable, Kramer now offers the industry two outstanding cables for carrying digital video including HDBaseT signals, both with incredible performance. Kramer cables ensure reliable installations that benefit both dealer/integrators and end−users.

Pro AV professionals can rely on Kramer cables for the very best performance in any Pro AV installation.

Kramer’s BC−HDKat6a cable is available in bulk spools of 1000ft (305m). Complete product information for all of Kramer’s products can be found at​



monster_logoMonster Enters Multiroom Audio Space with SoundStage: Shhh. The Performance is about to Begin 

Monster, is poised to do it again! After creating the premium cable and power category and then reshaping the headphone space with the creation of the Beats®, Monster is set to change the game in the wireless home speaker market. With the launch of the breakthrough Monster® SoundStage™ wireless music system, consumers now have a solution for bringing Pure Monster Sound™ to every room in the home. Pure Monster Sound is a proprietary, well-balanced, audio signature that offers the full experience of live music, with extreme clarity, tight articulation and deep pounding bass that brings out all the dynamics and impact of an artist’s performance. At launch, Monster will offer three speakers — the Models S1 (SRP $199.95), Models S2 (SRP $299.95) and the S3 (SRP $399.95). They will all be available beginning October 25.

MSPSSTGS1MINI_129267_GLAM_01Using Monster’s engineered advanced technologies, SoundStage creates a sense of space that goes way beyond the size of the speakers. It is not just an ordinary box speaker.  With its elegant leather top surface and sleek, ultra-slim design, the SoundStage speakers present a minimal footprint. Because their shape is neither rectangular, triangular, nor boxy, they will appeal to the person who has a sense of architectural design. The speakers will be a welcome addition to other objects in the room. Even with its modern super thin advanced design, SoundStage propagates incredible sounds.

Anything that you can do on your phone with audio can be enjoyed more with the Monster SoundStage. By downloading the free SoundStage app, the controls are all in your phone. Dual wireless technology with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, SoundStage™ merges a home’s entire audio network wirelessly and seamlessly, which allows you to enjoy great-sounding music from virtually any source – with just a special SoundStage App for  streaming from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button.



planararclogo_NewsletterPlanar EP-Series 4K Wins 2014 Technology Integrator EXC!TE Award

The Planar® EP-Series™ line of 4K displays was announced as a 2014 EXC!TE Award Winner by Technology Integrator magazine, formerly CustomRetailer. Each year Technology Integrator presents EXC!TE Awards to the best products available to the industry – products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solution-oriented for the custom installation professional.

Planar - ep4k_excite_award_bannerTechnology Integrator is a business strategy magazine for residential A/V and automation integration electronics professionals. Read more about Technology Integrators’ 2014 EXC!TE Awards

Available in 55″ and 65″, Planar EP-Series Ultra HD resolution displays deliver superior performance and reliability for demanding public venue, corporate and control room applications. With OPS compatibility and interactive touch options, these displays can be transformed into complete digital signage or meeting room solutions.

Watch a video of the Planar 4K displays in action from InfoComm 2014.


proPRO SoundTools makes audio calibration simple.

Audio calibration generally requires an assortment of test equipment, measurements, and the need to understand complex acoustical equations. PRO Audio Technology products combined with PRO SoundTools companion software, integrators achieve highly refined system performance without all the complications, in a fraction of the time.

SoundTools Advanced UI DMA w BridgedLoudspeaker programming, signal routing, and in-room system performance are all streamlined into one easy process when using PRO SoundTools with PRO’s efficient and powerful DMA and PMA Amplifier/Processors. The software is especially useful when working with large home theaters featuring multichannel speaker arrays, and is conveniently pre-loaded with brand-specific screen compensations, compensation filters for boundary effects, and other beneficial features.

Users with advanced acoustic knowledge can refine system performance even further with PRO SoundTool’s high and low shelf filters, level and delay adjustment, advanced parametric EQ, and high and low-pass filters with variable-Q. The interface was designed to make the application of advanced engineering both easy and intuitive without requiring knowledge of complex equations and measuring techniques.

PRO SoundTools gets the best sound out of any space. With controls for bridging, easy signal routing for bi-amplification, and the selection of power ratings ranging between 100W, 200W, 300W, 450W, and 1000W, there is a solution for rooms of any size or shape when using PRO products in conjunction with PRO SoundsTools.

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Salamander LogoSalamander Designs Expands Its AV Basics Line Into Seating Category

Home Theater Seating is the Latest Offerings in Value-Packed Collection; Popular Configurations, Practical Features and Built-In Performance Come Standard

Salamander will introduces the expansion of its AV Basics line into the seating category with home theater seating. Competitively priced and packed with practical features, the model TC3 is a line of stylish, high-quality home theater seating featuring durable bonded leather covering, a motorized recliner and cup-holders that come standard and quick ships. This versatile audio/video furniture solution joins AV Basics audio/video cabinet collection, an established line that has added four new models to its selection.

A/V Basics Theater Seating, Model TC3

Designed to fit almost any décor, AV Basics home theater seating, the TC3 is upholstered in black bonded leather.  Durable, easy to care for material makes this seating ideal for everyday use and is an excellent choice for families with pets. Popular seating configurations including straight and curved rows are available.

tc3_model32SThe TC3 offers a luxurious level of comfort thanks to a motorized recline mechanism, ergonomic design, generous padding and top-quality materials. Its long-lasting comfort makes this seating a popular spot for viewing movies and sporting events over long periods of time. Convenient black steel cup holders are ideal for hot or cold beverages. Superior frame and foam materials used for the chair are backed by Salamander’s superior service and first-rate customer support. An easy clip assembly makes the TC3 an excellent turn-key seating solution for quick installations.

Retail price for the TC3 ranges from $1299 per seat.

To learn more about AV Basics by Salamander, please visit or call 888-650-5289.




New App Gives Homeowners Control of Their Systems with Unparalleled Personalization

ScenesScreen_iPadSavant®, the leading luxury smart home technology company, today announced the Savant App, a new technology that allows homeowners to control their lighting, climate, entertainment, and security system from a single, easy-to-use app. The Single App Home© offers an unparalleled level of personalization, so every user can tailor it to match the way they live and control it from their iOS or Android™ device. From waking up in the morning to saying goodnight and everything in between, the Savant App lets homeowners set their homes just the way they like them.

Among the app’s unique capabilities are Savant Scenes, which allow homeowners to easily create, capture, and schedule “scenes” that incorporate multiple systems at once. When the perfect song is on, the lights are low, and everything feels right, users can capture the moment and relive it any time with just one touch. Users can also personalize settings for specific rooms and services – like scheduling the house to warm before you wake up, streaming different songs to separate rooms, or setting the lights to turn off when you’re away.

With Savant Plus – a secure cloud service – homeowners will get full remote access to their Savant system, just as if they were sitting in their living room. Customers will also be able to receive personalized, real-time alerts via email or push notification if something is amiss. Whether customers want to know if a door is open or the house is too hot, Savant Plus makes this easy in the new app.

The new product line will be available on November 10, 2014 through Savant’s network of over 1,500 Authorized Integrators spanning 35 countries, and start at around $1,000 US MSRP.


TORUS POWER LOGO 2013-SEP Gladstone MediaWhile at CEDIA Expo did you happen to visit Torus Power? If not, you missed seeing one of the most compelling power management companies on the show floor.

“Though commonly misunderstood, proper power management ensures both the integrity and performance of connected Audio/Video equipment is preserved,” says Kevin Main, VP of Sales and Marketing for Torus Power. “That’s why we developed the Torus Power line and are supporting it with a growing network of independent rep firms, training sessions and intensive panel discussions, such as the Torus Power Hour + that we held during last month’s CEDIA Expo. Through these efforts, we aim to demystify and educate those in the industry about proper power and grounding while providing invaluable application insight that has been shared with us by some of the best minds in the industry.”

In this article and associated video by CE Pro, Main explains Torus Power technologies and details many of the unique features included in the lineup.

More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to and by following @TorusPower on twitter.