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Artcoustic CeLabs Fortress Seating Kramer
Luxul Premiere Mounts Savant TruAudio
URC VidaBox

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Artcoustic’s new online Artwork Portfolio is now live and can be viewed at 3000 designs, patterns and images, as well as client’s own images, are available to make your Artcoustic loudspeakers perfect for any room. With incredible performance and stunning aesthetics, Artcoustic becomes the natural solution for all primary audio systems.

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CE labs® introduces the new Series 7 MP70 HD Network-Ready Digital POP Display Media Appliance – {Economy Class}. The MP70 is an essential component for digital signage systems needing network capability, without having all the bells and whistles unnecessarily added onto appliances in this class.


The MP70 is a simple, yet powerful, network digital signage appliance that provides the flexibility and reach needed for intricate digital signage systems, while keeping costs minimal. The MP70 features: Better than Blu-ray video playback; Integrated Webkit browser with proprietary video plugin for dynamic, easily programmable screen layouts using HTML; API for writing unique applications that are executed for special display control applications; 75% lower power consumption than that of a PC.

  • SMP8670 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1GB flash
  • Linux OS
  • USB2 PORT (1)
  • Securable SD utility latch
  • 1080p HDMI output

Click here to find out what’s New.

Learn more about the MP70 and CE labs Series 7 Digital Media Appliances.

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The key to creating exceptional seating for very specific spaces can be summed up in one word….customization.  And when that seating is being installed in the grand salon of a yacht, where every inch is precious real estate, building within precise dimensions is the challenge.

However, transforming any of the Off Broadway Home Theater Seating models into a sectional for a dedicated theater, multi-purpose family room… or a yacht is what Fortress is all about. The entire seating line is completely customizable and can all be modified to a specific size.

westside1This custom Westside sectional has one motorized reclining end unit, fixed center seats and features a concealed cup holder in the sliding arm of the chaise lounge.  The reversible seat cushions were constructed with a dacron layer to create a softer seat and back.    Not shown are built-in benches that complete the seating unit and provide extra storage for long voyages.

Our goal is to provide you with the type of seating you want.  With designs to compliment every lifestyle and room décor, seating configurations are only limited by your imagination.  Bring on the challenge….Fortress will make it work.

Seating Designed to Your Specifications

Product Information – as shown

Model:                       Westside Sectional

Upholstery as shown:    COM

MSRP:                       Call for pricing

Sold only through authorized dealers. For more information please view our complete line of seating and sofas at or contact Fortress, Inc.  800-873-2828
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Kramer Electronics and ComQi sign Global Strategic Partnership Agreement

The agreement provides Kramer Electronics with exclusive manufacturing, sales and marketing rights for ComQi’s (former MiniCom Digital Signage) Media Distribution products, and rights for ComQi to market and distribute Kramer’s products to its customer base

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional and creative AV Signal Management solutions to customers around the world, Kramer Electronics is announcing it has entered into a license agreement with ComQi.

Kramer Electronics Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high−quality analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the ProAV industry. ComQi (formed from the merger of Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii) is a leading digital in−venue media management company.
The agreement provides Kramer Electronics with exclusive manufacturing, sales and marketing rights for ComQi’s (MiniCom Digital Signage) Media Distribution products, and allows Kramer to provide an end−to−end Digital Media solution encompassing media distribution, network management, content management and proof−of−performance, on various digital signage platforms, such as mobile web and computer screens, based on ComQi hardware and software technologies. Kramer Electronics will be able to offer these future−proof designed solutions to both small and large installations. In addition, ComQi will market Kramer’s entire product suite to its customer base, to continue to offer a full service solution to its global customers.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with ComQi, to manufacture, sell and market the Minicom Digital Signage products”, said Dr. Joseph Kramer, founder, president and chairman of Kramer Electronics. “This agreement demonstrates Kramer’s commitment to provide the best digital signage solutions currently available, and enables us to focus on developing our portfolio with the next generation products.”
“We are excited about this partnership with Kramer,” said Ajay Chowdhury, ComQi’s CEO. “It will increase the reach for our hardware products through Kramer’s global salesforce and also allow us to sell all of Kramer’s extensive product line into our customer base. We believe this will provide customers with one of the best integrated digital signage solutions available.”
The new partnership will be launched at the ISE show in Amsterdam on January 29th 2013.
For more information about Kramer Electronics please go to
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In other Kramer News….


  • We’ve just uploaded a few videos of Kramer at ISE 2013, courtesy of rAVe. Head on over to our page and check them out and be sure to subscribe to our channel while you’re there!
  • Check out this video of Kramer winning the InAVate award at ISE 2013!

Training Classes:

Designing in a Digital Age Road Show headed to Phoenix, AZ on March 19th & March 20th! Earn up to 20 InfoComm RU’s for FREE!
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Register for Luxul’s upcoming Webinar…”Remote Network Access How To”

February 27, 2013 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Times are show in the Eastern Time Zone.

A more technical webinar in which we’ll discuss how to set up and use VPNs, Dynamic DNS (DDNS) and Port Forwarding to remotely access a network from any computer or mobile device.
• How and when to use remote access
• Secure access with VPNs
• When to use Port Forwarding

Click here for more info! 

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AM100 – All-New, Ultra-Slim, Swingout Mount Now Shipping

Premier Mounts (, an internationally leading manufacturer of mounts, carts & stands, and accessories,is proud to announce the  AM100 flat-panel mount is now shipping. Designed for today’s slimline flat-panels, the AM100 is a full feature mount with extreme specs and designed with the user in mind.

The lightweight aluminum mount is an ultra slim mounting wall plate that provides three arm placement options for the desired swing out location. This allows the mount to swing out from the left, right, or center based on the preferred installation. Detachable mounting brackets and back plate add ease to the installation process, as the flat-panel can be mounted separately, then attached to the mount after it has been secured to the wall.

This low-profile mount smoothly retracts to a mere 1.46″ from the wall or extends up to 30″ from the wall with the articulating arm. With 15 degrees of downward tilt, the mount provides a wide range of adjustments to achieve the desired viewing angle from virtually anywhere in the room. Due to its design, the mount can swivel 180 degrees on its wall plate and pivots 180 degrees on its mounting arm. These extremes allow the user an incredibly radical rotational adjustment for any possible TV display location.

“The AM100 is another example of the outcome of Premier Mounts’ precision design,” stated Mike Boussiere, Senior Design Engineer at Premier Mounts. “Each unique feature works together to create a unified, versatile, and user-friendly product that is guaranteed with a lifetime warranty and is what sets Premier Mounts’ products apart from all others.”

With a universal mounting pattern up to 630 × 526 mm and a weight capacity of 100 lb., the AM100 supports a wide range of flat-panel displays. The AM100, and all of Premier Mounts’ products, are tested to UL compliant weight capacity standards for mounts and stands.

The AM100 will be showcased at Premeir Mounts’ booth 607 at DSE in Las Vegas, February 27-28.

For more information please contact customer service at (800) 368-9700 or visit


With a universal mounting pattern up to 630 × 526 mm and a weight capacity of 100 lb., the AM100 supports a wide range of flat-panel displays. The AM100, and all of Premier Mounts’ products, are tested to UL compliant weight capacity standards for mounts and stands.The AM100 will be showcased at Premeir Mounts’ booth 607 at DSE in Las Vegas, February 27-28.

For more information please contact customer service at (800) 368-9700 or visit

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SAVANT® Introduces WiFi Enabled Digital Thermostat

Create personalized heating and cooling schedules using existing WiFi network to enhance lifestyle and conserve energy

Savant Systems, LLC has announced the availability of the Savant Wireless Thermostat, SST-W100. The SST-W100 is a WiFi enabled digital thermostat designed to control Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems within any residential or commercial setting and integrate seamlessly into a Savant-controlled environment. The SST-W100 is a versatile thermostat for one and two stage control of forced air, radiant, heat pump and HVAC systems.

The Savant SST-W100, requiring only standard thermostat wiring at its mounting location, is ideal for retrofit installations thanks to its wireless communication to Savant’s SmartSystem controllers. The SST-W100 provides access to temperature adjustments from anywhere in the home or from a remote location using any Savant interface. Multiple Savant thermostats may be networked over an existing WiFi network, enabling temperature and humidity adjustment from any SST-W100 in the home. Energy conservation is achieved by programming the HVAC system (using the HVAC Scheduler within the Savant TrueControl™ iPad® app) to automatically respond based upon outside temperature, season or time of day.

The Savant SST-W100 delivers greatly enhanced functionality as part of a complete Savant automation and control system with a stylish wall mount design to complement any décor. “A wireless thermostat solution increases installation efficiency and flexibility for integrators while enabling them to give their customers one-touch access to personalized heating and cooling schedules,” stated Jim Carroll, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Savant. “We made the SST-W100 easy to operate, with a large LCD display and nicely spaced pushbuttons for users to access temperature and humidity readings, set point adjustments, system mode/fan status indicators, and setup menus,” Carroll added. Up to two optional remote temperature sensors (sold separately) can be connected to the SST-W100 for enhanced flexibility and optimized performance when required. Climate can be regulated according to the average of multiple sensors or the built-in sensors within the thermostat can be disabled entirely to allow the SST-W1000 to be installed out of sight.

Key Features

  • WiFi (802.11) enabled thermostat
  • Supports standard or heat pump
  • HVAC systems Includes 128 x 64 backlit graphical display
  • Local temperature displays on backlit LCD
  • Set point display and control System mode (off, auto, heat, and cool)
  • Fan display and control (auto, manual, and on)
  • Six buttons with on-screen labels Fahrenheit or Celsius modes
  • Optional remote sensors
  • Optional flush mount accessory Integrates easily with TrueControl™
  • Automatically sends changes, so there is no polling

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TruAudio Acquires Oasis Labs

Expands Contractor Grade Speaker Line

oasis-logoTruAudio announced that they have acquired Oasis Labs, a manufacturer of contractor grade speakers sold to the public. TruAudio will discontinue the online offering of Oasis products and incorporate them in an economy line sold through their exclusive dealer network.

President Bryan Garner said, “ is the internet site where Oasis products are sold to the public. We acquired the web site and the Oasis product line and will incorporate it as our economy line for dealers. We will shut down the Mojo web site as of March 1, 2013. It’s another way of showing our commitment to professional custom installers while augmenting our entry level series of speakers.”

TruAudio will sell Oasis as its premier contractor grade series and will fill out the rest of the product line with complementing TruAudio products. “When a dealer buys Oasis by TruAudio, they can be assured that their price point is the most competitive in the industry,” said Mr. Garner.


Oasis by TruAudio products are comprised of in-ceiling, bookshelf, rock, and outdoor speakers and are available through authorized TruAudio dealers beginning March 1st. For additional technical specifications, order options and accessories, please visit or contact TruAudio toll-free at 1-888-858-1555.

In Other truAudio News….

Introducing TruRewards TruAudio’s New Dealer Loyalty Program

TruAudio announced the launch of a new dealer loyalty program called TruRewards. The loyalty program will feature free freight, volume rebates, key dealer pricing, “TruCruise” and a variety of other perks.

“Our TruCruise has always been a lot of fun and a good opportunity for us to spend time with our dealers discussing product innovations and business strategy,” said Bryan Garner, President at TruAudio. “With TruRewards we’re adding perks that are some of the best in the industry: free shipping, rebates, special discounts, new product introductions.”

TruRewards is based on a dealer’s annual purchases. In addition to its speaker and FORGE rack products, TruAudio has added a variety of different Partner Products, including Arlington Industries, Atlona, Surgex, BoraGear and others. All purchases – including these Partner Products – will help dealers earn various perks in the TruRewards program.

TruAudio designs, creates, and manufactures audio products that are both innovative and installer-focused: The Sound of Innovation. TruAudio sells exclusively through AV integrators and is NEVER sold on the internet or through retail channels. Offering an industry-standard lifetime guarantee on its products, TruAudio prides itself on offering superior customer service and competitive pricing to its exclusive dealers.
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FREE every Friday: Give us 59 minutes and we’ll give you Complete Control. Total Control, too!

URC is proud to announce the re-launch of our incredibly popular, industry-recognized webinars. Beginning in March we’re conducting a series of focused and timely webinars every Friday. Webinar begin at 9:00 am EST and 3:00 pm EST. Also, to make sure we address everyone’s needs, we’ll rotate between CCP topics and Total Control topics each week.

During the month of March we are offering the following FREE sessions:

  • CCP: iOS Control & Programming
    Spend time with us as we review URC’s hot, new iOS app, CC Control. Learn how to configure and program your iOS device using CCP, URC’s award-winning software platform. All participants gain the ability to program a basic system, create activity macros, customize graphics and download to an iOS device using the local area network.
  • Join us for this session by using one of the links below:
  • Total Control: Products & Applications
    Learn all about URC’s newest, coolest product line – Total Control! Explore the products and review system design to insure flawless operation and guarantee your customers’ satisfaction. Learn to specify the right products and features for each individual customer, as well as maximize system functionality and ease of use.

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VidaBox Ships High-Quality iPad Mini Frames with Very Affordable Pricing 

Premium Aluminum iPad mini wall mounts & charging solutions, starting at $94.99 

iPad mini frame - Black iPad + Black frame PORTRAIT ISOVidaBox LLC is now officially shipping their new iPad mini frames and wall mounts.  Ideal for residential and commercial environments, they help seamlessly integrate the latest Apple tablets as a touch interface for various automation and control systems.  When combined with VidaBox vCharger™ & vPower™ stations, these components form a complete mounting and charging solution, perfect for integrators and DIYers alike.

“We’re thrilled to finally offer these new frames, which have been highly sought after since the iPad mini’s debut,” states Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox LLC.  “The iPad mini’s breadth of existing control apps and affordable pricing make them an affordable alternative to traditional, dedicated in-wall control panels, by simply adding our frames and charging solutions!”

iPad mini frame - White iPad + Brushed German Silver frame PORTRAITLike its larger cousins, these high-quality iPad mini frames are made in the USA, and are fully compatible with optional add-ons like the vCharger, vPower, and the iPad mini home button blocker.  These frames can be mounted in portrait or landscape modes, and are available in seven (7) varying colors and finishes.  Alternatively, they can be painted to blend into any environment.  These feature-packed frames may be the first integration-friendly, all-metal iPad mini mounting solution offered at less than $100.

“Dealers and Distributors can take advantage of these frames with our discounted bulk pricing,” continues Cheung. “With low minimums, resellers can earn healthy and profitable margins on this high quality, secure mounting product.”

The iPad mini frames are available now.  For more details and specifications on this product or other items in the VidaBox family of digital entertainment and control solutions, please visit the company website at, call +1-516-730-7500.
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