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ATEN’s VM Seamless Switch Series received the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2015 for its intuitive and user-friendly interface design.
ATEN, the world-leading designer and manufacturer of advanced connectivity and management solutions, has won the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015 for the interface design of its Video Matrix (VM) Seamless Switch Series. The series proved its design prowess by being acknowledged as one of the winners of the most sought after product design competition during its 60th anniversary year.
Designed with user in mind, the VM Seamless Switch Series is a pro A/V solution for video wall and digital signage applications. Through its user-friendly interface, the series reduces the complexity associated with video wall configurations, digital signage setups, and their control. Equipped with ATEN’s unique Scalers and seamless switch engines, the series delivers quick and precise video without delays.
Intuitive Interface — What you see is what you get!
When creating a video wall for digital signage application, it’s difficult to imagine the complex relationship between the configuration, setup, and the final display. With VM Seamless Switch Series, users are able to arrange the simulation on-screen to match the physical setup conditions including the display layout, bezel dimensions, input source to output connections, and location.
Dashboard for Non-IT Users — Simple Interface
The VM Seamless Switch Series also has a custom-designed user-friendly virtual dashboard for non-IT users who can easily control the video wall remotely with simple click-and-go actions from a laptop, iPad, or tablet. Up to 32 connection profiles can be created and scheduled for display in advance, or switched in real-time, making them perfect for all video wall and digital signage switching scenarios.
Avenview Corp, a manufacturer of ProAV components for the management and distribution of video signals, is launching a new line of H.264 video over IP Extenders this fall at CEDIA EXPO 2015.
Every year, thousands of like-minded industry professionals meet at CEDIA EXPO to explore new AV, Control and Networking technologies. This year, alongside their partner AVPRoStore, Avenview Corp will be in Booth 8524 to display their groundbreaking complete line of video over IP products which provide high quality, low bandwidth, networked video transmission.
After experiencing huge success with HDM-C6VWIP-SET, which employed jpeg 2000 technology, Avenview saw the need for a faster, higher quality video extender with lower bandwidth to maximize the benefits of video over IP installations.
Excited to meet these needs, Avenview is launching an entire line of innovative products to deliver HD video over IP using H.264 technology. With three new products available, Avenview’s video over IP extenders will deliver high quality, fast switching, and low bandwidth video over CATx networks. The line up of products includes the HDM-C6MXIP-SET, HDM-C6MWIP-SET and the HDM-C6MVIP-SET.
Each of these solutions has a modular design, which allows multiple uses and customized installations with full control from iPad or other mobile device. Video is streamed and decoded live using H.264 video encoding, which ensures high quality and low bandwidth.
The Avenview HDM-C6MXIP-SET is the perfect solution for any installation that requires video extension point to point, point to multi point or a matrix of multi sources to multi displays.
The Avenview HDM-C6MWIP-SET is the perfect upgrade from the MXIP. Maintaining high quality video extension over IP using H.264 video encoding, the MWIP SET also can create a video wall with full control from a PC or iPad.
The multi function HDM-C6MVIP-SET provides the full range of functions required by any video installation. Extend high quality, low bandwidth, H.264 video over IP with added functions of creating a video matrix, video wall and multiviewer functions, all with full control from an app on your iPad device.
Only a month after the official announcement, Crestron is already making headway on the construction of the new office space for the Singapore regional headquarters. The highly anticipated Crestron Singapore is nearing completion and is slated to open on November 1, 2015.
“We have made significant progress in the development of the new Singapore headquarters,” said Stuart Craig, Crestron CEO for Asia Pacific. “Business is soaring in the Southeast Asia region. Crestron is committed to the continued success of this important market and we are excited to provide hands-on support.”
The Crestron Singapore office facility will include all the necessary resources for the Southeast Asia team to focus on the needs of its rapidly growing customer base, as well as strengthen relationships in the Asia Pacific market. “The new office features first-class services, including a training theater to accommodate professional development coursework to meet the increasing demand for building systems and skilled integrators in the Southeast region,” added Craig. “The new headquarters will also include a Crestron Experience Center, which will showcase the full suite of Crestron solutions, providing a space for our dealers to bring customers to experience our technology in a feature-rich setting.” In the world-renown Crestron Experience Center, prospective buyers and business partners can take in a movie, broadcast a presentation to connected offices all over the world, or experience a modern take on the huddle space, all while surrounded by state-of-the-art Crestron technologies.
The full-service headquarters will continue to be managed by well-respected industry veteran Tony Ang. The office is based inside the Techlink building in the heart of Singapore, which is conveniently located near several amenities.
Draper, Inc. has announced the company’s new Regional Sales Manager for the mid-Atlantic region.
AV industry veteran Jody Zarbano comes to Draper with 26 years of experience in business development and engineering. He will be responsible for all of Draper’s product lines in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
For the past nine years Jody worked for Whitlock, where he was responsible for sales of design/build integrated AV systems to government, higher education, and the corporate market in the greater Washington. D.C. area.
“Jody brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our sales team,” according to Draper Field Sales Manager Lee Denhart. “He has a proven track record of strategically penetrating key markets, developing loyal customer relationships, and adding value to a company’s brand. We are extremely pleased that Jody has chosen to join the Draper team.”
Previous to Whitlock, Zarbano was a Regional Sales Manager for nine years at NEC Display Group, where he managed sell through of NEC display product through the AV integrator channel in the mid-Atlantic territory. Zarbano also worked as a Regional Sales Manager for AmPro Corporation and General Electric Projection Display.
“I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Draper,” Zarbano says of his new position. “The quality of the product and people drove me to investigate this opportunity. It’s a good cultural fit for me.”
Zarbano says his first priority is to get visibility with Draper channel partners in the professional AV and solar shade businesses, and to develop relationships with architects and general contractors.
“I am honored to join the Draper sales team,” he says. “I have always admired Draper’s approach to business … delivering high quality products in a professional manner with integrity.”
To reach Zarbano at Draper, email email@example.com.
Madison Theater Chair & Lounger
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HDanywhere™, British manufacturer of HDMI over Cat and HDBaseT solutions, have expanded their lineup of mHub™ 2K (Full HD) and mHub 4K™ (Ultra HD) video distribution systems to be bigger and better than ever before.For integrators seeking distribute 4K source devices with HDCP 2.2, the new and upgraded mHub 4K (available in 4×4 and 8×8) models is a HDBaseT-Pro (Class A) system with HDCP 2.2 support and the full 5-Play™ feature set, including PoE, Ethernet, ARC at the hub, multi-channel audio extraction and stereo extraction at the hub. Both models support 4K@60Hz 4:2:0 up to distances of 70m / 230 ft over a single Cat 6 cable. The mHub 4K 4×4 has four additional HDMI loop outs and the 8×8 has eight HDMI loop outs on the central chassis for AVR or mirrored display integration.
The expanded mHub family also now includes an entry-spec mHub 2K 1×4 HDMI over Cat 5e/6 splitter with local HDMI output that allows distribution of a single source device to up to five displays in Full HD 1080p up to a max distance of 50m / 164 ft. Also released: a new mHub 2K 8×8 HDMI over Cat matrix with Full HD 1080p support, ARC (on RX), audio extraction at the hub and two HDMI loop outs for easy AVR integration. An mHub 2K 4×4 HDMI over Cat matrix with updated chassis and receiver design, Full HD 1080p support, four HDMI loop outs on the hub and ARC (on RX) is also available and now shipping.
KanexPro Launches Collaboration Switcher/Scaler to Transform Corporate Offices and Classrooms
Six Input Switcher and Scaler with 4K HDMI Output | The Ultimate Solution for Presentations Brea, Calif. – August 28, 2015 – KanexPro, an industry-leading provider of connectivity solutions to the IT and A/V markets, announces the launch of the HDSC61D-4K, a 6-input collaboration switcher and scaler with 4K HDMI output. The latest innovation of KanexPro technology is designed to switch up to six AV sources to one HDMI display, making it the perfect tool for any presentation platform.
- 6-input Collaboration Switcher & Scaler w/ HDMI output
- Selectable output resolutions up to 4K UHD
- Send 4K signals up to 15 meters
- Audio & video mute function for presentation mode
- Auto-switching capable
- VGA video also supports: C-video & YPbPr
- Audio De-embedding via TOSLINK & stereo audio
- Built-in EDID management
- Controllable via IR, front-panel, & RS-232
- Supports CEC & HDCP 1.4 compliant
- USB port for firmware update
- Locking HDMI & power supplies
- Supports power-off memory function
- Compact design for flexible installation
- Includes mounting kits
The KanexPro HDSC61D-4K is an ideal solution for conference rooms, classrooms and smaller meeting groups where HDMI and VGA sources can be switched and scaled instantaneously to deliver 4K visuals and immersive audio.
The scaler switchers’ slim design weighs just 0.63Kg and includes a three-year KanexPro warranty. The latest innovation from KanexPro is available for pre-order; contact a sales representative for more details at kanexpro.com
Take a Look at Smarter Home Automation with Legrand’s Intuity Home Tour App
The new Intuity home automation platform offers an easily repeatable enclosure-based solution for integrating today’s most-requested home technologies while using a single, intuitive interface – and now you can preview how easy Intuity’s whole-house control can be, right from the palm of your hand.
Providing a unique view of an Intuity automation system, the free Intuity Home Tour app lets you and your customers take control of a virtual home, showing off Intuity’s effortless management of security, entertainment, comfort, and convenience. Additionally, the app offers quick access to details on the various Intuity subsystems and compatible devices, including Legrand’s own RF Lighting Control, Digital Audio, Intercom and Video Door Entry, and Security Camera solutions. The Home Tour app is available for free through the Apple App Store, https://itunes.apple.com/app/intuity-home-tour/id1004918025.
Intuity is the smarter home automation solution that combines high-performing subsystems from Legrand and industry-leading third party partners into a single ecosystem for easy control, through mobile devices and convenient in-wall Command Centers. For additional information on the Intuity platform and products, you can visit www.legrand.us/onq/install-intuity or view the Legrand/On-Q catalog through D-Tools.
Best-in-Class 802.11ac AP Compatible with XWC-1000 Wireless Controller
Luxul, a leading innovator of IP networking solutions for CEDIA professionals, has announced that it will unveil its newest 802.11ac Wireless Access Point at CEDIA EXPO booth #4625. The XAP-1510, a best-in-class Wireless Access Point combines high output power and leading-edge 802.11ac 3×3 Dual-Band Beamforming technology to deliver data rates up to 1900Mbps along with outstanding wireless coverage for a world-class Wi-Fi experience.
“The XAP-1510 is a key addition to the Luxul wireless networking family and further demonstrates our focus on cost-effectively delivering the very best IP networking products to the CEDIA channel,” said Jeffrey Curtis, CEO of Luxul. “With high performance 3×3 802.11ac technology, it represents a significant performance boost that will help our installers meet their client’s ever increasing bandwidth demands.”
The new XAP-1510 can be used standalone and is also compatible with Luxul’s XWC-1000 Wireless Controller that enables seamless client roaming and simple multi-AP wireless network setup. It will be offered as part of a wireless controller kit later in the year. The XAP-1510 will start shipping to authorized Luxul distributors in October and an AC1200 (2×2) version of the Access Point will be available in Q1 of 2016.
Pro Control announced that it will be exhibiting exciting new two-way drivers and expanded Z-Wave integration at CEDIA EXPO 2015 in Dallas. Now easier than ever to program and use, the company’s Pro Control Studio® programming software brings integrators even more options for two-way control with the latest additions to its long list of drivers for leading manufacturers. Using the new drivers and Z-Wave capabilities, integrators can provide customers with budget-friendly, yet powerful control and interactive functionalities — facilitated via the efficient two-way programming and drag-and-drop environment of Pro Control Studio.
“Pro Control continues to expand upon our extensive library of two-way drivers for the industry’s top manufacturers,” said Mike Everett, general manager of Pro Control. “Now dealers can easily integrate solutions such as Sonos®, Nest®, Lutron®, HEOS®, DISH® Network, and Honeywell in a matter of minutes. When coupled with new Z-Wave capabilities, the Pro Control product lineup at CEDIA is not to be missed. Stop by booth 5746 and get a demo of the most efficient programming software in the industry.”
Also on display at CEDIA EXPO 2015 will be Pro Control’s new Z-Wave integration capabilities. The new Pro.zwi Z-Wave Interface makes it simple and cost-effective to provide control and automation capabilities over an extensive list of Z-Wave-enabled devices. The Pro.zwi module provides the communication interface between a Pro Control system and wireless lighting control devices, residential door locks, thermostats, and other electronics. Featuring easy programming capabilities, the solution eliminates the need for a different app for each Z-Wave device, providing users with unified control and monitoring over all systems without any Z-Wave licensing fees or monitoring charges.
Pro Control’s entire CEDIA EXPO 2015 portfolio will be on display from booth 5746. More information on the company’s full line of products is available at www.procontrol.com.
Wallin Monitor Series
Designed and engineered in the field by Oscar-Nominated Sound Engineer Dan Wallin, these monitors are tried and tested in the field for which they were created. Wallin, a sound engineer of over 500 films, began designing this model a decade ago to provide the quality, cleanliness and accuracy he found lacking in the studio monitors he had encountered throughout his career. Available in wood grain black and maple grain for commercial and residential applications respectively. Available in 2 and 3 way models, their drivers are handmade on site and produce pristine sound. At present, they are used in studios responsible for producing dozens of films and albums, many of which are noted and rewarded for a superior attention to sound.
AC [All Climate] Five Line
An updated twist on our classic AC [All Climate] Classic Line of all weather speakers. The cabinets feature a modern, angled look and feature our Maine-made drivers. Crossovers have also been revamped to update voicing capabilities. The new series comes in three sizes, and is built with the ability to conjoin with other models in the series as a means of creating customizable design solutions which include the possibility for an outdoor soundbar. Every component part of the AC Series remains carefully designed and manufactured to deliver reliable sound for years without maintenance or special care.
The new TOT AVR brings our legendary automatic voltage regulation (AVR) circuitry to an all new, low price point that makes high-performance power isolation affordable.
Voltage sags, brownouts and surges can stress components and shorten equipment life. Torus Power AVR technology continuously monitors incoming mains voltage to detect high and low voltage conditions and seamlessly and instantaneously triggers compensating circuitry to ensure the voltage powering your equipment is always optimal.
Audio comes alive with better dynamics, improved imaging and cleaner enhanced bass. Video is noticeably crisper with brighter colors and darker blacks.
Come visit our CEDIA booth to find out more…
CEDIA Expo 2015 – Booth #7024 October 15 – 17, 2015
Hi-Fi Sales Got Decked out in CLARUS
Patrick Mattucci is the Senior Systems Designer for Hi-Fi Sales in Cherry Hill NJ. At Hi-Fi Sales 2-Channel Audio is a labor of love with an emphasis on better music experiences for their clients. Patrick counsels his clients not to make lateral moves with their systems instead he advises the client to make the vertical improvement to their system because “nothing wastes time and money like one meaningless lateral move after another. I advise my clients to go vertical from an investment standpoint. Taking the time to build a trusting relationship with our clients means that when a customer finds us, they tend to stay with us”
Patrick decked out the entire system at Hi-Fi Sales with Clarus Crimson cables and here are some of his observations:
“Immediately, we heard the following improvements in the system: blacker backgrounds especially with vinyl. Because of those black backgrounds, the sense of improved dynamics was not subtle. One high resolution file after another easily showed the fulfilled promise that the greater signal to noise ratio of digital music never quite delivered. That is until now, at least in this system. Perhaps because of the lower noise floor, that is why we are now hearing improved detail in every recording. Even CD’s, which is the lowest resolution source in this system, offers greater detail than before since the installation of what is essentially an “All Clarus” system. To wrap it up: we love this cable!
Even audiophiles are doing double-takes when listening to our system. With great records, high resolution music files and top notch interconnects from Clarus, we have maximized the performance of each individual component!”
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TruAudio is thrilled to announce the launch of their newest digital amp, the A75. Two years of meticulous development have created a great sounding digital amp that is a powerhouse of reliability, designed with the most advanced protection circuitry available.
- The digital amp design allows it to run cooler, eliminating heat build up in racks.
- Features 75 watts of power for each of its twelve channels in stereo mode and jumps to 150 watts in bridge mode.
- A well-designed ground lift switch solves any ground loop issues installers may run into.
View the A75 product video for additional explanation on these innovative features.
“This is the most technologically advanced amp we’ve engineered so far,” Kary Wawrzyniak, TruAudio executive vice president of operations, said. “We packed all this power in a sleek 2U chassis while still delivering amazing TruAudio performance.”
The A75 will begin shipping in October 2015.
Welcome to Vutec! Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to stop by and preview our award winning products including ArtScreen, SilverStar™ – the highest performing screen in the industry, as well as our premium Theater Art Systems product line. Known as The Vanishing Act our THEATER ART SYSTEMS With VERTICAL Or HORIZONTAL MASKING silently transforms a SilverStar™ projection screen into a luxurious work of art. Inside a beautiful hardwood frame there is glamorous artwork that ascends or descends by remote control. Theater Art Systems combines a vertical or horizontal masking system that will magically become a 2.35:1 (widescreen cinema) or 16:9 HDTV (movies) aspect ratio.
Also at the show is the award winning SilverStar™ LED that epitomizes a flat front projection screen that achieves an amazingly high gain, elevated varied contrast, and vibrant color purity in ambient light. Known as the brightest screen and highest performing screen in the industry the SilverStar™ has state-of-the art technology that increases color saturation while expanding contrast in controlled or uncontrolled lighting environments. The picture detail jumps out of the screen at the viewer. With this type of performance, there is no need to reduce brightness in order to achieve desired contrast and deep color levels.
Wall-Smarts new and exciting products, also showing at CEDIA Expo 2015:
WS for iPad – invisible mount
A new and cutting edge wall mount by Wall-Smart for iPad Air and iPad Mini (and soon for iPad Pro) – no frame and no trim. A completely invisible, flush wall mount made to perfectly combine functionality and amazing design. The invisible mount will be presented installed in both solid surface and drywall.
WS for Control4 T3 touch panels – Retrofit and new-construction
Retrofit – Due to high demand from our dealers, we’ve developed nearly flush mounts for retrofit installation, painted black or white. The retrofit solution enables our dealers to get as close as possible to flush mounting, even when they don’t have the option of drywall or paint job.
New-construction – flush wall mounts for both the 7” and 10” Control4 T3 touch panels. These wall mounts are made for drywall or solid surface installation. Completely flush to the wall, serviceable and paintable.
WS for TSD 2020 – All in one solution for touch screen and peripherals
A new all-in-one wall mount developed for Crestron 20” HD touch screen. The flush mount combines functional control & aesthetic design that enables all the bulky peripherals to be conveniently hidden inside the wall. The touch screen is flush with a hidden arm for service.
WS for Palladiom 1Gang – Total flush solution
Wall-Smart designed a mount which creates a total flush look for Lutron’s new Palladiom keypads. The sleek design of the Palladiom keypad combined with the Wall-Smart flush mount created a new level in control aesthetics. Wall-Smart is presenting at their booth the Lutron Palldiom installed both in drywall and in Solid wood.
WyreStorm, a prime manufacturer specializing in innovative Signal Distribution, Video Processing and Control solutions, are to use CEDIA 2015 to showcase their full 4K product range spanning their three-tier branding for Residential Custom Install, Commercial and Online Retail products.
Building on WyreStorm’s 2014 restructure as a full-line AV Systems Provider, 2015 sees the manufacturer add new branded product segmentation to cover each key area of their business, with a continued commitment to Residential CI their via their “Installer Solutions” brand, a focus on large-scale business applications through “ProAV Solutions” and online retail offerings with their “Express” brand – with 4K featuring prominently in their 2015/16 product road map and on their CEDIA 2015 booth, as Hal Truax, WyreStorm VP for Marketing explains.
After already garnering a reputation for pro-active dealer communication, this three-tiered approach enables WyreStorm to focus on customer requirements in their development of products for specific, market-driven applications based around, but not limited to, their core HDMI, HDBaseT and IP technologies, as Truax observes:
As a leading manufacturer selling to 40 countries worldwide, WyreStorm’s unwavering support of the AV industry and the professional installer market ensures products under the WyreStorm Installer and ProAV Solutions banner are only available through carefully selected, authorized WyreStorm distribution partners in the US and throughout the world, with its Express range available from online retailers. This careful consideration as to how and where their products are sold enables the manufacturer to ensure the correct supply and installation of its products and allow the continued development of leading-edge solutions for specific market-led applications.
Zektor ProAudio 32
The Zektor ProAudio 32 is another big step in our audiophile revolution. Our DSP preamp matrix is incredibly capable and versatile. Many integrators have coined this’ “the Swiss Army of Swiss Army knives” for audio distribution. The ProAudio 32 launched with a highly requested doorbell and paging feature allowing user defined audio scenes that can be selected with a single command. This fully featured audio section provides 32 inputs and 32 outputs of stereo L/R and digital audio with features such as volume, bass, treble, 5 band EQ, input / output gain control, lip sync delay, D/A conversion and much, much more. Our engineers added 12V triggers for a harmonious relationship with speaker amps.
Zektor is proud to announce that we have become a licensee of Dolby Laboratories authorizing surround sound downmixing to stereo L/R outputs. With this announcement, we are releasing the ProAudio 16 and the ProAudio 32 in the Jimi Hendrix Signature series which will includue Dolby downmixing in support of The Jimi Hendrix Foundation™ for all of their charitable good work in various music programs. Purple Haze never sounded so good. Zektor has commissioned a commerative front panel for this series which will release in Q4 2015.
Zektor’s ProAudio 16 and ProAudio have drivers in all major control partners such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, Savant and URC. Come see the ProAudio in action at CEDIA 2015 Booth #5554. You can always check out the ProAudio series and all of Zektor’s other great audio/video distribution products at www.zektor.com.