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ATEN Wins Two 2017 Taiwan Excellence Awards


The Taiwan External Trade Development Council has selected ATEN’s CS782DP DisplayPort KVM and VK2100 ATEN Control System Box as 2017 Taiwan Excellence Awards winners, recognizing them for excellence in R&D, design, quality, marketing and manufacturing.

The Taiwan Excellence Award, an official accolade presented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan, is the highest honor available to products that encapsulate the quality of “innovalue.” According to the MOEA, 1,188 products from 518 companies participated in the selection process this year.

“This is exciting news for ATEN. Not only is this the 12th consecutive year that we have won this prestigious award, but it is also a proof of ATEN’s great innovation in the KVM and Pro A/V fields,” said Kevin Chen, President of ATEN International. “It is especially significant this year as there were over 1000 top-tier applicants from across the country.”

The CS782DP is a 2-Port USB DisplayPort KVM Switch featuring up to 4K UHD video resolution, allowing users to access two 4K-enabled computers from a single USB keyboard, USB mouse, and DisplayPort video console – making it perfect for graphic design, animation, and video-editing applications. The VK2100 is the primary hub of the ATEN Control System, where hardware devices are connected to be monitored, managed, and controlled directly via a tailor-made GUI from any iOS, Android, or Windows mobile device. These two solutions are representative of Taiwan’s spirit of excellence, highlighting ATEN’s commitment to leading control room and audiovisual innovation.

Featured Products:                                  

CS782DP: http://www.aten.com/us/en/products/kvm/desktop-kvm-switches/cs782dp/

VK2100: http://www.aten.com/us/en/products/professional-audiovideo/control-system/vk2100/


Bluetooth® audio connectivity in commercial, retail, house of worship, and other professionally designed and installed sound systems is an increasing demand from end users.  Bluetooth’s proliferation and end user acceptance has driven it to be the de facto consumer audio connectivity solution.  Until now, however, it has failed to make significant inroads into the commercial AV “fixed install” market.  Using Attero Tech’s Bluetooth for ProAV products, consultants and system integrators can give their clients the modern wireless audio connectivity they want using products specifically designed for the needs of professional installations.

Attero Tech’s Bluetooth for ProAV solutions include:

The ability to customize Bluetooth friendly names – no confusion with multiple Bluetooth interfaces in close proximity.  This is particularly important in installations like stadium sky boxes or exercise studios where close co-location of multiple Bluetooth interfaces is required by the layout of the venue.

No Auto-Reconnect –  Bluetooth for ProAV solutions limit the auto-reconnect feature of Bluetooth to provide added security to the audio system, user privacy and further limit the chance for errant user connections.

Configurable usage modes — Standalone or 3rd Party Control

Standalone – A user pairs/connects via a simple one button interface. The interface remains invisible to all users until this initiation occurs, and once the Bluetooth connection is made the interface again becomes invisible to all other devices.  Standalone mode is aimed squarely at spa and restaurant applications, where simple connection is needed.

3rd Party Control Mode – Local button pairing can be defeated, and remote connection can be initiated through a control system interface (touch panel / tablet).  User privileges can be set through control system programming.  This allows tighter connection security in venues where restricted access to Bluetooth streaming is needed.

Install grade audio I/O – Balanced analog audio output (unBT2A) or Dante networked audio (unD6IO-BT) allow Bluetooth for ProAV devices to connect seamlessly to both analog and networked audio systems.

Control system compatibility – Real time remote control and status monitoring via RS-232 or over the network allows systems integrators to use industry standard control systems to precisely tailor the user’s Bluetooth experience to the requirements of the venue.

Attero Tech has taken Bluetooth audio connectivity and shaped it especially for the requirements of the commercial AV market.  With Bluetooth for ProAV, Attero Tech adds unique form factors and control features to Bluetooth to make a compelling commercial installation product.


Avenview is gearing up for ISE 2017

Avenview Corp, a manufacturer of ProAV components for the management and distribution of video signals is gearing up for ISE and is ready to display their latest HDMI over IP video distribution technology, video wall processor, and digital signage player.

For 2017, Avenview Corp will be in Hall 9 in Stand 9-B160 with a large 6m x 7m booth designed to display and showcase some of our featured products.  Be sure to come to our booth for live demos, active displays, or just stop by for a coffee and a visit during a long day at the show.

What you’ll see in our booth:

Composed of transmitters and receivers, the M-Series provides a platform for transmitting high quality video over CATx networks using H.264. Avenview now has a complete line of M-Series receivers, which allow users to create a video matrix, multiviewer, or video wall.  With 5 different options for control, users can Control Their Video from anywhere!  Be sure to stop by the Avenview booth to see the M-Series in action.

Avenview will also feature a large 9 screen video wall right in the booth, controlled by the flagship video wall processor, the AVXWALL.  Developed to be flexible, scalable and customizable, the AVXWALL is the ultimate video wall solution that can be customized for any project, whether simple or highly complex.  New for 2017, the AVXWALL+ has been developed and improved.  Stop by the ISE booth for a live demo and to see how multiple sources and resolutions can be integrated seamlessly on one video wall.

Brand new for 2017, Avenview is launching a powerful digital signage player. The Avenview AVSignPro comes packed with features that allow users to turn any display into a powerful marketing tool and use it to entertain, inform and communicate with customers, shoppers, employees or students.  Stop by Booth9-B160 to see how easy it is to create, schedule and display content to any screen.

ISE Europe takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam from February 7-10, 2017.  Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the largest ProAv show in the world.  Use our code 836691 to register for FREE show floor entry.  We hope to see you there!


Draper Motorized Shades—Fabric Options

There are hundreds of fabric options from which to choose for Draper window shades: differences in color, openness factor, material, and weave all determine the look and performance of each fabric. When deciding on these fabric characteristics, you need to decide what’s more important—aesthetics or performance.

Often a customer’s main concern is simply how the shade looks; they just want to make sure the window treatments fit in with the overall design. This, however, really does short-change shades, which are more than just pretty window dressing. Shades reduce glare, cut utility bills by keeping solar heat gain to a minimum, or improve privacy.

These benefits are affected by various fabric attributes, including color, pattern, weave, and openness factor. For instance, lighter colors reflect more solar energy, but provide better privacy in mesh shades; Dark mesh fabrics are easier to see through and allow more heat gain. Also, the more open a mesh, the more light passes thorough; for peak blackout opaque fabrics are best. Opaque—or a 1% open fabric—also works best for preventing light pollution from commercial spaces at night.

These are just some of the things to consider when you’re looking to choose the right shade material for a project. For a more detailed look at choosing shade fabrics, click here to read a white paper on the subject. http://www.draperinc.com/DocumentDownload.aspx?path=images/Catalogs/WhitePapers&file=ShadeFabricChoice_0316_wp.pdf




ELK has released the ELK-C1M1CDMA Dual-Path Alarm Communicator which supports CDMA cellular for areas covered by the Verizon cellular network.

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C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators transmit emergency messages to Central Stations significantly faster than communicators that use dial capture, data bus decoding or cloud servers.  C1M1 provides super-fast, full data communications to Central Monitoring Stations over IP and cellular pathways. Periodic tests are sent over both pathways to ensure reliable communications and C1M1 can automatically report a pathway outage over the remaining pathway.

C1M1 also supports remote access with no port forwarding or extra fees. Installers can easily activate and manage C1M1 communicators, as well as remotely program the M1 control over the IP or cellular pathway. Consumers can control the M1 remotely via the free ElkLink mobile app and web portal, as well as eKeypad and M1 Touch Pro third party apps. Additional features include email/text notifications for arm, disarm, and alarm events, as well as support for ELK’s IP based software and interface partners.

Also available is the ELK-C1M14GSM, for areas covered by AT&T, T Mobile and Rogers Canada cellular networks.

For more information, visit www.elkproducts.com/c1m1-dual-path-communicator


ELK Products, Inc., a manufacturer of professional security and automation solutions, has partnered with Optex, Inc., a global provider of passive and active infrared technology, to create the ELK-6032 Two-Way Wireless Outdoor PIR Motion Sensor. The ELK-6032 combines the newest Optex VXI-R with ELK’s Two-Way Wireless technology for M1 Controls, providing stable and dependable detection in outdoor environments with secure and reliable wireless communications.

The ELK-6032 Two-Way Wireless Outdoor PIR Motion Sensor is the ideal wireless solution for perimeter detection, spot/area detection, or for immediate perimeter/boundary detection directly on a structure (walls and rooftops). Each signal from the sensor is acknowledged by the ELK Two-Way Wireless transceiver to ensure reliable operation and save battery life. Advanced features defend against interference, hacking, and jamming of the wireless communications. Dual element PIR detection virtually eliminates detections of smaller animals. The detection area can be easily customized with multiple area angle and detection length adjustments. Optimal detection patterns can be configured with pre-cut masking seals.


Put your SONOS speaker at the ideal listening height



Whether you’re streaming music to a single SONOS speaker, or using a pair in stereo, Flexson wall mounts allow you to place your SONOS system at the ideal listening height. The wall mounts are precision engineered to perfectly match the size, style and color of SONOS speakers and components.



–          Sturdy steel construction securely holds speaker

–          Simple fitting and easy adjustment

–          PLAY:1 wall mount:

o   Tilts 15˚ down; swivels 40˚ left / right

–          PLAY:3 wall mount:

o   Tilts 20˚ down; swivels 45˚ left / right

–          PLAY:5 wall mount:

o   Tilts 20˚ down; swivels 30˚ left / right

–          Available in matte black or white, single or pairs* (*PLAY:1 wall mounts only)

*Wall mounting hardware not included




Flexson wall mounts are simple to install and can be assembled in minutes!

NOTE: Speaker screws are included. Mounting hardware needed to affix bracket to wall is not included.

View Full installation video for PLAY:1 wall mount here: https://youtu.be/LrEqIrO65nA


The Smartphone-enable Video Intercom & Doorbell for your Home


Imagine you’re waiting for an important delivery and by the time the postman arrives you’re out shopping. Nobody answers the door and you have to wait another day or the whole weekend to get your delivery. Here’s where the Loxone video intercom solution comes in handy. It enables you to see visitors standing in front of the door and speak to them from your smartphone or tablet anywhere in the world.

Watch our video of how it works and how we’ve integrated it in our Loxone Home in Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions call us (859) 554-3147 or send us an email to office@loxone.us.


Monitor Audio CSS230 Super Slim In-Ceiling Speaker

Monitor Audio is proud to introduce the CSS230 Super-Slim, a brilliantly innovative back-box design with a shallow 2” mounting depth, custom built to offer hi-fi levels of performance in spaces where no high quality speaker has gone before.

As Monitor Audio’s long-established and acclaimed Controlled Performance (CP) range of architectural speakers demonstrates, back-box designs enclose a specified air volume/driver relationship in order to generate high quality audio (especially bass) and reduce inter-room/floor transmission where mounting depth will allow.

By integrating a slender 2” back-box with a radial array of specialized C-CAM mid-bass drivers around a ¾” C-CAM gold dome tweeter, the CSS230 offers full-range audio accuracy from the tightest of stud clearances. Additionally, with the removal of a rubber plug in the back box, it reproduces the full-some bass of a ported design, superior in quality to the output of open-backed speakers and is just as flexible to install. Combined, the CSS230’s three proprietary 3” mid-bass drive units achieve the bass output of a 6 ½” driver, all from a super-stealthy flush-fitted profile.

The CSS230 Super Slim In-Ceiling/In-Wall speaker is the ideal solution for custom installers facing the challenge of installing custom speakers where space is limited and performance is demanded.


RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced the company will mark its 25th anniversary at ISE 2017. Held Feb. 7-10 in Amsterdam, ISE will give attendees an up-close look at the latest lineup of products in stand 1-P58. RTI will also offer on-site training on the new Integration Designer® APEX programming software in multiple languages throughout the show. In celebration of its 25-year anniversary, RTI invites its dealers, partners, and friends to stop by at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to enjoy a free beer and meet the staff from RTI.

“RTI was started with a vision of creating a universal remote that would simplify the control experience, making it more intuitive and enjoyable for users,” said Mike Everett, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas, RTI. “Now, 25 years later, we continue to build on this vision by delivering innovative control and automation solutions that allow users to interact with their entertainment and environment with confidence and ease. At ISE, attendees will learn just how much they can do with RTI at the heart of their systems.”

At the show, RTI will spotlight Integration Designer APEX’s range of capabilities. Integrators will see how the software speeds up programming and installation while maintaining the ease of customization that RTI is known for. The software’s feature set includes automatic generation of the graphical user interface and programming, a new IR library, multi-room programming, advanced graphic resizing, making system design more efficient than ever before.

RTI will also display its new range of control and audio distribution products, including the KX10 in-wall and CX10 countertop/under-cabinet user interfaces. Both feature a large fully customizable 10-inch LCD touchscreen, along with direct control options and HD video capabilities. The new CX10 is designed with flexibility in mind, enabling it to be set on a countertop or inverted and mounted under a cabinet with a wide tilt range to provide the best viewing angle. Both touchscreens double as high-resolution displays where users can watch HD video via the HDBaseT video input, and also support video intercom functionality.

The ZW-9 Z-Wave interface will also be on display, which enables simple and cost-effective monitoring and control of Z-Wave-enabled systems and devices via an RTI control system. In addition, RTI will demonstrate a new video intercom capability for use with many of its user interfaces and third-party door stations.

Part of RTI’s powerful lineup of audio distribution solutions, the new AD-16x 16×16 audio matrix switcher is the ideal solution for large, multi-zone audio installations. The AD-16x delivers complete audio management in every zone, including parametric equalizing, input gain adjustment, volume, and balance control — all configurable via a convenient web interface.

Rounding out RTI’s control and automation ecosystem is the company’s two-way driver integration. Supporting the latest devices and equipment on the market, RTI integrates with a variety of third-party electronic systems, including recently released drivers for Bose, Bluesound BluOS, MuxLab, QMotion, and more.


Salamander Low Profile AV Cabinets 

Salamander’s new Chameleon Low Profile, shallow-depth cabinets for audio/video components are sleek, streamlined solutions constructed of premium materials to fit any décor. Measuring in at only 12-inches (304.8m) deep, these cabinets make it possible to conceal A/V electronics and wiring in an elegant, low profile cabinet adhering to the seamless, subtle presentation that interior designers are seeking. Salamander Low Profile cabinets are floor standing and designed to be easily affixed to the rear wall for added stability. Available with integrated TV mount to ideally and safely position almost any size flat panel display, each cabinet is constructed on an aluminum frame that enables easy customization for just about any application. The chassis is also future-proof, accepting retrofit-able accessories to accommodate the evolving needs of each user. Salamander Low Profile cabinets are available in an array of triple and quad-width sizes and can be configured to suit any need, such as an integrated center channel loudspeaker for visually unobtrusive home theater applications. All Salamander Low Profile cabinets are available in an array of elegant finishes and styles to perfectly compliment any room.

Key features include

  • Low Profile, shallow-depth does not extend more than 12 inches fro the wall
  • Vertical 3-U storage rack
  • Bottom of cabinet fan installation – prevents components from over heating
  • Mounts on wall with brackets – Maintaining wall integrity
  • Storage versatility- shelves, components, speakers
  • Sturdy construction components – with mount can hold a large flat panel screen TV, with no need to destroy wall integrity.


Screen Innovations Announces Addition of Michael Bridwell as VP Sales and Marketing

Screen Innovations (SI), the purveyors of innovation in two-piece projection and beyond, has announced the appointment of Michael Bridwell as Vice President, Sales and Marketing. In this newly created role, Bridwell will apply more than twenty years of marketing and sales experience towards SI’s ambitious growth goals. Effective immediately, Bridwell is already actively working with the Screen Innovations family to create unmatched experiences for SI’s present and future customers.

Having previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Home Entertainment for Digital Projection International, an Emmy award-winning projector manufacturer, Bridwell will now guide the sales and marketing strategies at Screen Innovations. This includes the multiple sales channels, marketing, communications, PR and advertising strategies for SI. Critical to this role are SI’s industry-leading personnel, as well as their unmatched product innovations, that have brought explosive growth to the company since its inception in 2003.

Bridwell will also strategize with the many associations and buyer’s groups that serve the audio/video industry’s integrator network. Additionally, Bridwell will coordinate with the consultant and designer communities to ensure SI’s services and products deliver extensive, measureable customer value.

“It’s very rare to find talent and character like Michael. What’s even more rare is to find it over and over in the incredible family we have built at SI,“ said Ryan Gustafson, owner of Screen Innovations. “Michael is made of SI DNA, and we are stoked to have him join our family and take us to the next level.”

Upon joining the Screen Innovations team, Bridwell shared, “This is a crucial moment in Screen Innovation’s history, and I couldn’t be more excited about my role.  Having admired SI’s expansion as a strategic partner, I’m now able to inject my experience, energy and insight into what is already an impressive team. Simply put, my goal is to enhance and expand the culture and ‘SI Way’ that has guided the company since Day 1.”

Michael Bridwell can be reached at michael@screeninnovations.com, as well as through the SI corporate office at 512-832-6939.


WattBox Introduces OvrC-capable Uninterruptable Power Supply Solution

Integrators can monitor and configure power settings remotely through OvrC dashboard.

WattBox has launched its new line of uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) with OvrC capability. When paired with a WattBox IP power conditioner, the UPS allows for remote management through both OvrC and the WattBox user interface.

“From day one, WattBox has been about professional-grade power,” said Matthew Kamp, Product Director for WattBox. “This UPS solution stays true to that promise by bringing OvrC connectivity to a battery backup. Its flexible, two-piece install lets dealers mount the battery module on the bottom of the rack and still place outlets exactly where they want using a connected WattBox IP power conditioner. This is a completely new approach to the UPS market.”

Integrators are able to use the popular OvrC platform to stay one step ahead of their clients, thanks to remote monitoring capabilities and alerts.

“With OvrC, the UPS becomes much easier to manage,” continued Kamp. “Using the same OvrC dashboard they’re already familiar with, dealers can monitor battery health and prioritize components for load shedding. Not only can they minimize truck rolls due to remote management capability, but with advanced notifications, they can be proactive and give customers an ideal experience.”

In addition to complete OvrC functionality, this UPS line incorporates pure sine wave technology for clean power, full autonomic voltage regulation (AVR) to prevent costly interruptions, EMI/RFI shielding, and Graceful Shutdown via USB port.

The WattBox OvrC UPS comes in 1100-, 1500-, and 2000 VA options, and can be purchased at www.snapav.com/shop/en/snapav/search/uninterruptible-power-supply.

To enable OvrC functionality, the UPS must be paired with a WattBox IP power conditioner, which can be purchased at www.snapav.com/shop/en/snapav/search/surge-conditioning.


Vaddio and Additional Milestone Brands News


Vaddio launches the NEW ConferenceSHOT™ AV Conferencing System

Ideal for small to medium sized conference rooms, the ConferenceSHOT AV sets new price performance standards for USB-based enterprise-class conferencing systems. The solution integrates a 10X zoom PTZ camera and audio conferencing systems. Learn more: http://www.vaddio.com/product/conferenceshot-av-camera

Learn about the VPAU Vertical & Portrait Projector Mount

The ideal solution for portrait and floor projection applications, the VPAU provides flexible positioning and independent adjustments. See how it works.

New Flex Plex Install Video

First time installing Da-Lite’s Flex Plex screen? Must-see installation tips are now available. Watch the video (add a button with this link)

Chief, Da-Lite and Vaddio can be found at the upcoming shows!

Booth 143
January 24-27, 2017
Orlando, Florida

Stand 2-C42
February 7-10, 2017
RAI Amsterdam


Vinson® Acoustics’ in-wall and in-ceiling speakers offer professional-grade sound with wide dealer margins. We carry two series – Contractor and Signature. The In-ceiling Contractor Series is a 6.5” polypropylene woofer with ½” Mylar dome tweeter. It’s perfect for residential applications that desire clean and smooth sound at a cost-effective price. Stepping up to the Signature Series provides the option of 6.5” or 8” in-ceiling and in-wall speakers and an in-wall LCR. The Signature Series offers Kevlar woofers for extended bass and soft-dome tweeters for smooth high frequency ranges. The LCR speaker packs quite a punch of sound for its small size with dual 5.25” Kevlar woofers and an 1.25” soft dome tweeter. Speakers in both series are zero-bezel with frameless, magnetic, and paintable grills to allow the flexibility and customization for any aesthetic.

For more information on these or any of Vinson® Acoustic’s outstanding product line, please visit our website: www.VinsonAcoustics.com or call 1-800-531-3224.



WyreStorm’s New H2X Series HDBaseT Matrix Switchers Offer the Sound Choice for Integrated Audio and 4K HDR Video Distribution

February’s ISE 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands will see WyreStorm launch its new new modular H2X 4K HDR HDBaseT matrix line, with the H2X boasting extensive audio matrixing and DSP for improved audio management within multi-resolution applications in residential or commercial environments.

Addressing the increase in combined 4K/2K installations, WyreStorm’s SmartEDID dynamically detects and reacts to device capabilities to output the highest possible resolution, with its QuickSync technology making switching instantaneous.  And as the perfect accompaniment to the H2X, WyreStorm’s new RX-70-4K-SCL HDBaseT scaling receiver provides 4K < > 2K scaling and seamless switching that really makes mincemeat of mixed-resolution installations.

As a provider of total solutions rather than merely individual products, the H2X is available in 16×16 and 10×10 models, each with mirrored HDMI on all outputs and also features an optional HDBaseT Input card for remote transmission of sources located away from the rack.  This enables remote sources to be distributed through a WyreStorm HDBaseT in-wall transmitter to the HDBaseT input card of the H2X, and then out to the WyreStorm scaling HDBaseT scaling receiver in the display zone for seamless connection of both 4K UHD and HD screens.

With best-in-class distribution of full-range 4K UHD video supporting HDMI 2.0, 10-bit HDR and HDCP 2.2 with Class A HDBaseT 5Play transmission, the H2X is a true evolution in AV signal management that is quite literally wired for sound for the ultimate flexibility over what audio can be distributed from where, and to where.

An integrated audio matrix and powerful DSP can route three separate audio sources per output, including ARC, HDMI de-embed from video and adjustable line-level audio only sources – perfect for digital audio streaming on Sonos, Apple Airplay and DLNA devices – for up to 48 total audio inputs able to be distributed individually to any zone.

The H2X Series matrices and RX-70-4K-SCL scaling receiver will be available Mar/Apr 2017