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Artcoustic - New LogoThe new High Sound Pressure Level Soundbar SL is now shipping, and is probably the most powerful soundbar available today. It features 6 x tweeters and 12 x mid units to deliver up to 120db of output for the most demanding systems. At 104db sensitivity, it does this with ease, and very little power.

Artcoustic - May 2016The HSPL Soundbar SL maintains Artcoustic’s signature design aesthetic, whilst allowing system designers to deliver incredible performance for larger TV system (75″ and larger) or fixed non-acoustically transparent high gain projector screens. The HSPL Soundbar SL is designed to complement our 8-4 and above arrays.

Of course, this flagship soundbar can also be configured as an all in one LCR, like the iconic Multi SL Soundbar. Whereas the Multi SL Soundbar produces the equivalent of 3 x Target SL for left, centre and right channels, this new model will produce the same results as 3 x 4-2 arrays for left, centre and right. For outstanding performance as an elegant and discrete all in one soundbar, the new HSPL Soundbar SL is without peers. Partner with screens above 1600mm width for a bespoke, made to measure, high end solution for the very best TV systems.




Avenview to display latest video distribution and processing products at InfoComm 2016

Avenview_VideoDistributionAvenview is excited to return to Las Vegas for InfoComm 2016. As the largest show focused on the ProAV industry, with more than 950 exhibitors and thousands of products and attendees, catching InfoComm attendees’ attention with a great video wall and booth display is a valuable opportunity for Avenview.   Booth N3147 is 20×20 ft and includes 3 large viewing areas containing multiple screens to display an impressive range of video distribution equipment.

Visit booth N3147 anytime during InfoComm to witness the stunning display of video distribution and display.  Regular presentations throughout show hours will demonstrate the range and features of the products.

Products featured:

  • AVXWALL: Avenview’s flagship video wall processor powering a large 9 screen video wall working seamlessly with different sources and resolutions. Control of the video wall will be live from a software interface on the show floor – stop by and see how easy it is.
  • MSeries: Video over IP processors will be featured on a multiscreen video wall to demonstrate the multiple functions and applications that are possible.  Live demos all day.
  • 4K @ 60: Are you ready for Full 4K?  We Are!  Our range of products includes extenders, videowall processors, and multiviewers.
  • APEX4K: Designed around the Blue River NT chip from Aptovision, the APEX4K revolutionizes video distribution over IP.  The APEX4K will save integrators time and money while still being powerful enough to create video wall, multiviewer or matrix installations.

Avenview Corp, a manufacturer of ProAV components for the management and distribution of video signals, will employ their most robust and innovative Videowall control system, the HDM-AVXWALL, to maximize the impact of their booth display for InfoComm16.

Visit for more information and come see us at InfoComm16 in booth N3147.



avteq logoAVTEQ and BalanceBox® work perfectly together


AVTEQ offers the best height adjustable wall mounts.
Sold separately or part of an integrated solution.
AVTEQ - MayAVTEQ is excited to include the BalanceBox® series of adjustable mounts to its full line of audio visual carts and furniture. The BalanceBox® technology lets you easily move your display to any vertical position that you want with the use of just your fingertip. The BalanceBox® is truly unique and very user-friendly as no electric connection is needed, and it is extremely reliable and safe.

You may order the mounts separately, or we can work with you on your custom design projects. Visit us at InfoComm 2016 and be the first to see two new products we’re launching that incorporate the BalanceBox® solution.

BalanceBox® 400 BalanceBox® 400H BalanceBox® 650
Interactive flatpanel solutions Interactive whiteboard solutions Interactive flatpanel solutions
– supports up to 198 lbs- vertical movement up to15.75″- easy movement with only alight hand touch- no electricity needed – supports any whiteboardup to 175 lbs- vertical movement up to15.75″- easy movement with only alight hand touch- no electricity needed – supports up to 362 lbs- vertical movement up to25.60″- easy movement with only alight hand touch- no electricity needed



barco-logo9 in 10 office workers experience technology-related stress in meetings, survey shows

9 in 10 office workers experience seriously elevated stress levels when dealing with troublesome technology during meetings, Barco research shows . People’s heart rates reached 179bpm when struggling with technology during a meeting , compared to resting heart rates of around 60-100 bpm – a clear indicator of stress. Research went on to show that two thirds of business people who are forced to take time away from their work to grapple with meeting room technology do so on a regular basis. This has serious negative implications for themselves, and for the business.

Meeting room technology which does not work seamlessly is a huge hindrance for productivity. Amongst the biggest challenges for employees globally were sharing content and screens, and finding the right cables to connect to in-room devices. In trying to deal with tech problems, staff are wasting significant amounts of their valuable time: 66 percent try to fix problems themselves, 50 percent call IT/tech support, 29 percent end up giving up with the tech and going to their plan B. 15 percent even postpone meetings until technology problems can be fixed. The vast majority of us (88 percent) actually pre-prepare for technology failures: 50 percent prepare hand-outs as alternatives, and 47 percent coordinate with IT in advance, and 42 percent even do a tech rehearsal.

Barco_infographic_USAs a result of struggling with technology in meeting rooms, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of office workers have missed important deadlines, and some have even missed out on personal opportunities like promotions (13 percent). Worryingly, 12 percent reported that their meeting room technology struggles actually lost the company business. This implies that poorly performing meeting technology has a potential knock on effect of damaging both personal and corporate reputations. In this environment, 74 percent of respondents believe that meeting technology should be taken more seriously.

Dr David Lewis, Neuropsychologist and Director of Mind Labs International said, “People show a clear stress response when faced with difficulties in getting meeting room technology to work. Stress in the workplace does not have a positive impact. People miss deadlines, and some even report that they have missed out on promotions as a result. This should not be happening! Removing these stresses from workers should be a top priority for businesses.”

Lieven Bertier, Head of Product Management ClickShare said, “Investing in meeting room technology which works at the click of a button will significantly help in reducing complexity and stress from office workers lives. When office staff can share screens more easily and collaborate more easily, businesses benefit by becoming more efficient. Having a more productive and efficient business has a positive outcome for businesses growth, and the bottom line.”


The results

The full results of the test can be found here.

For a brief summary, check our infographic.



DraperLogoMake the Great Outdoors even greater with Draper’s Nocturne motorized projection screen and FlexShade ZIP.

Tie the Nocturne into any AV control system so while the projector and audio fire up, the screen glides elegantly down, secured by guide cables to prevent surface movement during viewing. When the movie’s over, the viewing surface retracts back into the weather- and insect-resistant solid aluminum headbox, which includes a built-in hinge for easy installation and service.

Nocturne1_black_case_screen_up_downYou can also turn an open patio home cinema area into a screened-in theatre with the FlexShade ZIP. The FlexShade ZIP can also tie in to outdoor AV control. It is similar to Draper’s standard motorized roller shades, but a “zip” detail is welded to the two vertical sides of the fabric. Wind tunnel tested up to 90 mph!

To get more information on the Nocturne/Series E, click here (

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fortress-logoiwhiteilresBuild Your Own Theater
Seating Designed for Your Lifestyle




Do you need help envisioning seating in the space you have designated for it? 

Let Fortress help you…

Using Fortress Visio templates to “drop & drag”  into your own layout could help when sending designs to your customers.  Having the shapes already in the design system makes presenting a vision for the space easier to imagine. The shapes can be used in your project designs as needed.  Once you have decided on a configuration, just contact Fortress to assist you in the quoting process.  The Fortress team is always here to assist you with those layouts that call for a custom template or anything other than the basic design.

As with all of Fortress seating, everything is customizable and designed to suit your client’s lifestyle.

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IC Realtime would like to showcase you, our loyal dealer and the great work you do installing IC Realtime products
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We are committed to all our dealers and would like to continue to establish a great relationship via social media.

Make sure to become a fan of IC Realtime at:

Please post photos of your completed projects featuring IC Realtime products on our Facebook page and then we can showcase your company’s work on our homepage and promote your business and page to all our fans.

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KanexPro logoKanexPro Launches Flexible 4K Modular Matrix Switcher


Versatile, seamless switching modular matrix set to display at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas

KanexPro, an industry-leading provider of connectivity solutions to the IT and A/V markets, announces the Flexible Modular Matrix (FLEX-MMX), a series of modular, seamless matrix switchers supporting resolutions up to 4K/60 with easy to control web interface. These seamless switchers are designed with flexible 12, 16 and 32 adaptable PCI slots for VGA, DVI, HDMI and HDBaseT input or output cards.

Kanex - May 2016The new FLEX-MMX from KanexPro allows system designers to create a flexible matrix system based on project requirements from 11×1 to 31×1 input and output combinations with zero latency and glitch-free switching. Power over HDBaseT (PoH) is also supported by HDBaseT input and outputs cards which can extend up to 230 feet with 4K@60Hz at 4:2:0@10 bit providing color depths up to 48 bit. The FLEX-MMX is ideal for deployment in restaurants, casinos, large lecture halls and command -control centers that require up-to-second viewing of critical information and high-resolution videos 24/7 without any signal latency. The FLEX-MMX series switchers can be controlled using a built-in GUI web interface to provide easy set-up, protected login, custom labeling and simple user interface for switching and controlling. The adaptable matrix switcher series supports seamless switching and scaling and independent routing of audio and video to compensate for any signal attenuation caused with powerful EDID and HDCP 2.2 management.

The FLEX-MMX, set to display at InfoComm 2016, support video resolutions up to 4K, 1080p and WUXGA with HDBaseT inputs and outputs. With VGA, DVI, SDI, HDMI and HDBaseT card compatibility, integrated EDID and HDCP 2.2 and built-in web based GUI for quick access to control via network, the FLEX-MMX is ideal for integrators looking for a versatile, feature-rich matrix switcher.

For more information on KanexPro, please visit Visit KanexPro in booth C4833 at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 4th – 10th, 2016. Connect with KanexPro on FacebookTwitter and on LinkedIn for product announcements and news.

LibertyAVSolutions_Logo_ColorCome check out new AV solutions being highlighted at InfoComm 2016


Come by our Booth C8316 to check out new AV solutions including:

  • Next Gen Auto switching for Huddle Space and Conference Room Collaboration
  • Turn Key Education Classroom Solutions for K-12, Higher Ed
  • 1080P & 4K Video Over IP Distribution Solutions
  • Advanced AV Capture, Streaming and Sharing
  • New 4K Ready 10G Networking



LuxulLogo-Blk-375SpotAs part of its award-winning series of dealer training webinars, Luxul will present Wireless Networking Basics next week. The webinar will cover wireless technologies such as 802.11ac, wireless controllers and bridging. Other covered topics include wireless access point setup, measuring wireless performance and how to perform a site survey. To join the webinar, get registered and join them Wednesday June 1 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern.

Be sure to visit Luxul at Infocomm in Vegas in a couple of weeks! They’ll be in booth C7721 with Just Add Power, not far from the D-Tools booth.

(URL for the “get registered” link above in case it gets stripped):





With the new v25, MOBOTIX is now offering a compact, all-round indoor camera in a classic dome design. The v25 is only suitable for ceiling mounting and has a tiltable lens mount. The lens tilt angle in relation to the ceiling can be adjusted between 0° and -90° using two screws. The v25 is available with optional vandalism protection (stainless steel ring and reinforced dome).

The new standard-bearer for low-light performance, MOBOTIX 6 Megapixel Moonlight Technology, is also used in the v25; it allows the camera to produce usable images even in very poor light conditions (< 1 lux). MOBOTIX cameras use the shortest possible exposure times, allowing them to deliver sharp, detailed videos and images of moving objects, without the motion blur generated by other camera systems.

  • Standard microSD card storage including a pre-installed 4GB card
  • Connection for the MX-Bus-IO expansion module (MX-OPT-IO3-INT) that can be attached and is available as an accessory
  • Including MxAnalytics for object counting and heat maps – designed for indoor scenarios like wholesale and retail, museums or education and health facilities.

Top-Notch Protective Equipment Makes The v25 An Attractive, Affordable Indoor Vandalism Camera

Mobotix - MayFor public buildings and high-security environments like prisons or military facilities, MOBOTIX also offers a vandalism set for the v25 that includes a sturdy stainless steel ring (matt), a reinforced 3-mm polycarbonate dome and security screws.

The optional protective equipment provides complete, reliable protection for the housing (protection class IK10) and is available in two versions, for a v25 with or without an on-wall set. The stainless steel ring for the on-wall system is designed to ensure that the audio functions remain available.

With the new MxTubeMount, the v25 (with or without on-wall set with audio) can be mounted to hang from unstructured ceilings such as in supermarkets, airports, warehouses, etc.




SI_logo_standard Leading Projection Screen EvolutionScreen Innovations Introduces a Gravity Defying Motorized Screen for the Commercial World

Screen Innovations (SI), the purveyors of innovation in the two-piece projection industry, has announced the introduction of ZERO-G, the world’s first ambient light, levitating, rollable display.

SI touts its belief that having a great image is not just about impressive screen materials, but also about how the screen is presented.  Introducing ZERO-G™, a presentation that looks so good, you will want to leave the lights on.

Ryan Gustafson, CEO and founder of SI said, “By removing the unnecessary black-drop between the case and viewing area typically found on motorized projection screens, SI has created a “rollable television” that is suspended in midair. With ZERO-G™, your television or digital display can now be placed where a flat-panel could never go before, such as in front of large bays of windows in conference rooms, or hospitality rooms where presentation is of the utmost importance.”

SI - May 2016The beauty of Zero-G™ is that the screen is completely unobtrusive, lacking the obstructive material above the traditional motorized screen.  Gustafson continues, “Top it all off, Zero-G™ can roll itself up into a flush mounted case with a motorized trapdoor, where it can completely disappear when not in use. You can now place your screen where it should go, not where it has to go.  And with a maximum available viewing area of 160-inches and award-winning ambient-light-rejecting screen materials, Zero-G™ is unlike any motorized screen ever seen before. This is the future of television.”

SI has turned things upside down by rolling the material from the bottom up, nesting within an upper wing.  The entire assembly then moves into an external or flush case.  The TV completely disappears when not in use.

Screen Material Options:
SI’s award-winning, ambient-light-rejecting Slate® material or Pure®—SI’s superior quality white or gray screen.

Screen Sizes:
Up to a maximum of 160-inches diagonally in 16:9 aspect ratio—ideal for large residential or commercial installations.

Screen Innovations makes it easy for integrators to choose the right screen for each project based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.



Torus Power New Logo

A Cliffside Estate Utilizes Torus Power as the Ultimate Foundation for Performance and Protection

Torus - MayThis beautiful home was built in 2009 and attacked five years later by category-four Hurricane Odile. The estate, which overlooks the Gulf of California in Los Cabos, BC, Mexico, suffered epic water damage to video displays, speakers and electronics. The low-voltage contractors, Torus Power dealer Fulkra of Costa Mesa, CA, chose a Torus Power WM 90 BAL AVR2 TVSS wall mount isolation transformer to provide stable power and unmatched protection for all connected equipment. Click here to read more.

Torus Power is on the Move!
Speaking of real estate, Torus Power Inc. is moving from its birthplace in North York (Toronto) to its new home in Oakville, Ontario. We have grown over the past two years and, in order for us to provide the best possible service to our customers, the time has come for a new, larger space.

The Oakville Tourism people say it best: Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto to one side and Hamilton to the other, the beautiful Town of Oakville is known for its picturesque harbours, vibrant shopping districts, active arts community and some of the best dining options in the Greater Toronto Area. Sounds like a great place to work. I’m in!

Here are our new coordinates effective May 25, 2016:

Torus Power Inc.
2861 Sherwood Heights Drive
Unit #26
Oakville, ON
L6J 7K1
+1-416-477-4799 or 1-877-337-9480



TruAudio LogoTruAudio Introduces Two New Lineups: Pendant-Style Speaker & Volume-Based In-Ceiling Speaker

TruAudio, a global leader of premium architectural and outdoor speakers, is pleased to announce they have released two new speaker series. The BeatDrop™, a UL 1480 listed commercial, pendant-style speaker with cutting edge acoustics and the Shadow™, developed and launched as a volume-based in-ceiling speaker. Both are now shipping to dealers and distributors.

Tru - May 2016The BeatDrop™ Series blends innovation with modern aesthetics. It is ideal for rooms or venues with open architecture or high-ceilings where a pendant is needed. The BeatDrop™ is an 8-inch, two-way ported pendant speaker with a 1” silk soft dome tweeter. A 110-degree dispersion angle is designed to provide an accurate and wide dispersion pattern combined with low bass extension giving it excellent sound reproduction. The BeatDrop™ is engineered for popular commercial areas such as sports arenas, restaurants, bars, stores, convention centers, lofts and shopping malls. These pendant-style speakers are 8ohm/70V switchable, rated at 125 watts RMS in 8ohm and 70V taps from 2 to 50 watts. This makes the BeatDrop™ ideal for use in background, foreground, paging and sound reinforcement systems. It comes in black or white finishes and with two Gripple®-brand tool-less hanging kits for fast and easy mounting.

The Shadow™ Series was developed and launched to fill the need of volume-based speakers that feature TruAudio’s Ghost™-style frameless grill. It comes in either a 6.5” or 8” polypropylene woofer, with either a 0.75” or 1” mylar tweeter, respectively.  The frameless grill is made of galvanized steel, allowing it to be rated for outdoor installations (square grill upgrade option also available).  Providing not only a desirable price point and a modern look, the Shadow™ Series allows for dealers to buy in sizeable quantities for larger production, commercial and contractor-based jobs.

For more information about TruAudio or to locate an authorized TruAudio dealer in your area, please visit or call 888-858-1555.



VMP logo 2012VMP ERWEN-9E 19-inch wall rack enclosure

Based on the popularity of VMP’s ERWEN-12E and ERWEN-15E wall mounted rack enclosures, VMP developed the ERWEN-9E to be as effective and rugged, but in a smaller package. Where space is at a premium, getting equipment off the floor and on the wall is a must when floor standing equipment racks just won’t do. VMP designed the ERWEN Series wall mounted racks for both form and functionality, especially with the security and AV installer in mind. With adjustable front and rear rails, removable hinged wall plate and a reversible glass front door, the ERWEN-9E is the answer to the most demanding rack mount requirements.

Video Mount Products ERWEN-9EFeatures of the ERWEN-9E wall rack enclosure include: works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories; 9 rack spaces; rails have number spaces with standard 10-32 threading; adjustable front and rear rails; vented top and bottom; top and bottom cable routing knockouts; reversible hinged tempered glass front door; removable hinged back panel; lockable, removable side panels (locks optional); welded steel construction; ships assembled; 2-fan kit (ERWEN2FANKIT; optional); load capacity – 120 lbs; black powder coat finish; product dimensions: (W x D x H): 24.3in x 21.9in x 19.9in; product weight: 54 lbs

MSRP: $359.00;




Wyrestorm New LogoWyreStorm’s Pro AV Solutions to Show Why the Technology Matters at InfoComm 2016.

This year at InfoComm 2016 the WyreStorm booth will showcase exciting new AV signal distribution and control solutions for the Pro AV market that perfectly illustrate the company’s focus on installer/user experience and products aimed at providing specific solutions for Pro AV markets.

Expanding its NetworkHD™ line of powerful AV Over IP products aimed at hospitality applications such as bars and restaurants, corporate and retail, the NetworkHD 100 and 200-Series gets a new multi-view 4K decoder capable of displaying up to 8 simultaneous video feeds on a single screen in a variety of configurations with 4K scaling enabling 4 images to be displayed in their native 1080p format.  A two-hour seminar is also being run by WyreStorm’s Martha Brooke on the June 8th at 3pm on the benefits of AV Over IP for increasing profitability in bar and restaurant markets.

For an enhanced NetworkHD-user experience, the line also gets intuitive new drag-and-drop control for iPad in the form of Touch™.  Literally putting control of entire NetworkHD systems at a user’s fingertips, Touch allows drag-and-drop instant source selection onto screens with live video preview of all selections and sources on the iPad screen and seamless compatibility with WyreStorm’s Enado control solution for source control and BYOD support.

On the subject of Enado, the new V4 update of WyreStorm’s control solution adds hundreds of new features to the Enado™ and Enado Mini™ controllers to further improve both dealer and client experience with the WyreStorm installation.  Amongst others, new additions to Enado V4 include the launch of iOS and Android apps within Enado itself with a growing list of supported apps, such as Lutron, Nest, Spotify, Sonos, Nuvo, CasaTunes and many more.  Configuration of dynamic DNS has also now been eliminated with the addition of Enado Permalinks. V4 also now supports IFTTT and Amazon Echo integration, the expansion of QR codes to include both room and activity and Hide/Show functions for greatly improved activity layout button customization and functionality.

The WyreStorm range of Presentation Switchers expands to include a new HDBaseT model for WyreStorm’s multiview PiP 4×2 scaler/switcher with dual 4K output, aimed squarely at providing further AV solutions for bars and restaurants.

Intended for corporate and education applications, a new IP streaming model of WyreStorm’s existing 5×1 HDBaseT switcher model will also be showcased for networked AV distribution to multiple displays and locations as part of NetworkHD AV Over IP system. The new ScreenLink™ content sharing software accompanying both 5×1 HDBaseT and IP models will also be demonstrated on the booth for instant wired and wireless screen sharing from up to 26 Windows and Mac laptops/computers to enhance user experience whether in the boardroom or classroom.