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AMX Atlona
Audio Solutions AudioControl
Belden D-Box
Definitive Technology FSR
Pakedge Premier Mounts
Savant Triad Speakers
URC Velodyne

AMX Enova DVX-3150HD All-In-One Presentation Switchers Now Shipping:
First Unit Hand Delivered to Wake Forest University

AMX President and CEO, Rashid Skaf personally delivered the very first Enova DVX-3150HD to Wake Forest University, an early adopter of AMX All-In-One Presentation Switchers. The University is deploying multiple units in its new state-of-the-art distance learning environment for MBA programs. Every DVX video output incorporates AMX SmartScale® Technology, making the DVX the only Switcher on the market that can perfectly scale HDMI/HDCP content to any resolution without being limited to a pre-determined list of resolutions.

  • Combines a controller, matrix switcher, scaler, signal converter and amplifier with built-in DSP
  • Ideal for audio, video and networked control in conference rooms, classrooms and auditoriums
  • Complete details available at amx.com and our AMX Pocket Guide and be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more updates

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Atlona® Unveils New Home Collection Consumer Product Line at 2012 International CES

Atlona® Debuts Retail-Ready Audio/Video Connectivity Products Family

Atlona®, a leading digital connectivity solutions provider,  announced the Atlona Home Collection, an all-new family of audio/video connectivity products and accessories designed to provide consumers with the freedom and flexibility they need to connect and enjoy their electronics. With digital content in homes taking many forms and coming from a variety of devices, the new Atlona Home Collection offers the solutions retailers need to help consumers connect, share, and experience their media across multiple rooms, sources, and formats

“All our new Atlona Home Collection products were developed from the ground up to be truly consumer-friendly, as well as optimized for retail sale,” said Dan Tye, national sales manager for Atlona Home Collection. “We’re excited to launch this new collection at CES, where we’ll be showcasing products such as our LinkCast wireless offerings, which bring true wireless HD video possibilities to consumers.”

The Atlona Home Collection: LinkCast, LinkConnect, and LinkConvert Product Lines

Atlona LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System

Atlona’s LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System allows home theater enthusiasts, gamers, laptop users, and more to connect multiple HDMI-based devices wirelessly to an HDTV or projector. The LinkCast Wireless HD System includes an A/V base station (AT-LINKCASTAV) and one LinkCast System Expander (AT-LINKCAST-HTX). The LinkCast A/V base station connects to the HDTV or projector’s HDMI input, and the LinkCast System Expander plugs into virtually any A/V device with an HDMI output and standard USB connection. Up to five devices can be wirelessly connected to one LinkCast Wireless HD System with the purchase of additional Atlona LinkCast System Expanders, each sold separately.

The LinkCast system supports uncompressed video resolutions up to 1080p HD and 1280×1024 with a latency of less than one millisecond for truly reliable wireless HD video performance. In addition, LinkCast supports lossy digital audio formats such as Dolby® Digital and DTS Digital Audio, as well as the WHDI 1.0 wireless home digital interface standard and HDCP 1.2 protocols. The LinkCast system is backed by a full three-year AtlonaAdvantage warranty and will have an MSRP of $299.99.

Atlona LinkCast Wireless HD System Expander

Atlona’s LinkCast Wireless HD System Expanders are sold separately, and they allow consumers to connect additional HDMI sources wirelessly to their LinkCast Wireless HD System for a total of five connected devices. LinkCast System Expanders plug into virtually any A/V device with an HDMI port and are conveniently powered via standard USB connection, eliminating the need for an additional power supply. LinkCast Wireless HD System Expanders will have an MSRP of $119.99 each.

Atlona LinkConnect HDMI Cable Series

The Atlona LinkConnect HDMI cable series includes a complete suite of cables, adapters, and other connectivity solutions designed for today’s advanced consumer electronics applications and installation needs. Features include technologies capable of delivering ultra-high-speed 17+ Gbps bandwidth and up to 4k x 2k HD video resolution support. Consumers can choose from Atlona LinkConnect, LinkConnect Select, and LinkConnect Ultra HDMI cables based on their performance and price point preferences. The LinkConnect HDMI Cable series will have an MSRP range from $19.99 to $99.95.

 Atlona LinkConvert Audio/Video Switchers, Extenders, Scalers, and Converters

The new Atlona LinkConvert family is a complete line of products specially designed to offer connectivity solutions that solve the unique challenges consumers face in connecting, installing, and enjoying their different A/V devices.

Featured LinkConvert products at 2012 International CES include Atlona’s high-performance 3×1 HDMI auto switcher (AT-HAD-V31), Atlona’s VGA-to-HDMI scaler/converter (AT-HDView), and other new problem-solving Atlona LinkConvert solutions. The full line of LinkConvert products has an MSRP price range from $19.99 to $349.99.

The entire Home Collection will be on display in Atlona’s CES booth 21706 in South Hall 1. Atlona Home Collection products will be available to consumers within Q1 2012.

Additional information on the new Atlona Home Collection can be found at http://www.atlona.com/Home-Products/.
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Solving a problem, The Audio Solutions TVAM product line.

Solving a problem is one of the best parts about being a “CI” and when you can solve a problem that affects many of your “CI” brethren it is a bonus. That is how I feel about our new Audio Solutions product; we have developed a great way to get a little extra cash quickly out of a typical install job.

The Audio Solutions unit is a “One Piece” TV Wall Mount Bracket (w/ 15 deg. Tilt) that includes the Amplifier (100 watt), Subwoofer and either a 2 or 3 channel speaker system (adjustable). The TVAM (TV Audio Mount) product line was developed not to replace the traditional Media Room/Theater system, but instead to be an adjunct to it. It is not uncommon to have a client that after having heard what a good multi-channel audio system can do for the viewing experience complain about the system in their bedroom, den, patio etc. This is where the Audio Solutions TVAM system shines.

We have built everything that is needed for a high quality Audio/Video installation into a single wall mounted device (unlike sound bars that must be mounted separate form your display).

Connect all of your sources to your display (as usual) then connect the display to the input of the Audio Solutions TVAM unit. You’re done.

This product is available for display sizes from 37” to 70+” (depending on model number) as well as a variety of speaker configurations (listed at end of article), including models with side speakers and units with a single multi-channel speaker system under and connected to the Amp/Sub module.

Audio Solutions TVAM units support Dolby Digital Input* (Optical and Coax) as well as 3.5mm Analog Stereo input for portable devices, there are also a number of mounting options available.

For easy system integration the full remote control codes (includes Vol -/+, Bass -/+, Treble -/+, Sound field selection, Input Selection and Power Toggle) are already available in RTI, Crestron and URC formats. The units which are Energystar compliant go into standby after a brief period of inactivity and wake back up when they see signal from your display.

Pro Market unit TVAM2.1 only supports 2 channel PCM Digital Audio (optical).

Audio Solutions Part Numbers

TVAM2.1 (Display Size 37” – 55”), PCM Audio Only.
TVAM2.1A (Display Size 40” – 55”), Dolby Digital 2.1
TVAM3.1A (Display Size 42” – 60”), Dolby Digital 3.1
TVAM3-1-3535 (Display Size 70+” TV’s) Dolby Digital 3.1

Audio Solutions TM introduces the TVAM3.1A Audio Mount TM

The TVAM3.A1 Audio Mount TM allows you to mount your TV while also dramatically enhancing the audio quality for your listening enjoyment without detracting from the TV’s sleek design. The TVAM3.1A Audio Mount TM by Audio SolutionsTM adds elegant complementary design while providing true audiophile quality sound.  The mount is simple to install and easy to intergrate with the Plug and Play connections with no additional speakers or cables to install or connect. The TVAM3.1A Audio MountTM has three 22” adjustable speakers to fit perfectly on most 40” to 60” TV’s. The Audio technology incorporated into this patent pending product rivals stand- alone sound bars and speaker systems of various price points.  This mount with its 160 watt class D amplifier, 3 separate speakers configured in a MTM (Midrange-Tweeter-Midrange) speaker designed to enhanced vocals, a hidden flat 6.5” subwoofer, and True Center Channel, transforms all audio into high quality with outstanding vocals with a rich stereo sound and such realistic audio it will completely change your TV watching experience. The product also incorporates Dolby Digital, 9 different Dynamic Sound Fields, ASVN (Audio SolutionsTM Volume Normalization), ASVE (Audio SolutionsTM Vocal Enhancement “Hearing Impaired Mode”) and worldwide switching power supply. The TVAM3.1A is truly an Audio Solution for today’s 40” to 60” flat panel TV’s.

Some of you are probably wondering “What is an Audio Mount TM and why do I need an Audio MountTM when many TVs offer built-in virtual surround sound?” Take a listen to this superior product and your ears will tell you!

According to an industry source, only one third of homes in the U.S. have a true home theater system, leaving the majority relying on the unmistakably average speakers built into most televisions. While most major TV manufacturers market their products in terms of picture quality or cutting edge image processing, or connectivity, audio performance is often not a selling point. Audio SolutionsTM has identified the additional cost and inconvenience of most quality home theater systems as leading obstacles preventing consumers from purchasing a system to complement their high definition displays. The awkwardness of trailing speaker cables combined with challenges related to speaker and subwoofer placement are eliminated by packing a home theater system into a wall mount, with speakers built into the rear and sides of the TV mounting bracket.

Audio SolutionsTM has unveiled the Audio Mount TM – an appealing solution to standard quality built-in TV speakers, subpar inexpensive and ugly audio products as well as costly home theater systems. The superbly designed Audio MountTM consists of TV mount hardware combined with high quality acoustically tuned audio speakers and a hidden 6.5 inch subwoofer. High-definition TV owners watching outstanding video quality can now enjoy exemplary audio quality, as well. In addition to quality sound, Audio SolutionsTM‘ Audio Mount TM offers a simple solution to home theater set-up without the visible wires and speakers common to home theater systems.
Audio SolutionsTM states that their engineers spent many years developing the sound technology delivered through their acoustically tuned system, which provides impressive audio performance. Experience it for yourself and we bet you’ll agree. Utilizing a unique speaker design with a 6.5″ flat subwoofer built into the rear, the Audio Mount TM creates a rich sound stage with deep bass and detailed highs.

Audio SolutionsTM states that this is one of the most vestibule audio products on the market today for flat panel TV’s. The Audio MountTM can be placed in almost any room anywhere and provide excellent sound performance.

The primary selling point of the Audio MountTM system is exceptional audio performance delivered with stylish simplicity. A conventional home theater system producing better sound cannot be found for less money.

The system is aimed at those who want great sound and the convenience of an all-in-one mount and audio system that is truly great sounding, simple to set up and affordable. The Audio MountTM provides impressive sound through a system that is convenient and simple to operate. If you are looking for a home theater solution that is easy to use that does not require unsightly cables running around the room, the Audio SolutionsTM Audio MountTM System is undeniably your best option. Consumers who have put off buying an audio system for their new flat panel TV, will want to demo this cutting edge product before they purchase any other product.

Please visit www.audiosolutions.com for more information on the audio mount products
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An AV Receiver, Rich In Top-Tier Audiophile Quality  Designed to Deliver a Stunning Movie Experience!

AudioControl Launches the New Concert AVR-4 HD Home Theater Receiver, Delivering the High End Audiophile AV Entertainment Experience That Movie Lovers Crave!

AudioControl, the U.S. leading designer and manufacturer of award winning products that transform the audio and video performance of Home Theater and Media systems, today announced the launch of the Concert AVR-4 HD Home Theater Receiver. The Concert AVR-4 HD fills a gap in the market for an audiophile quality receiver, at a great price, that does not compromise on the quality of its components, delivering a stunning movie experience rich in top tier audiophile sound quality and video performance.

The exclusive, up-market design of the Concert AVR-4 HD hides behind its subtle styling a huge seven channel, 120 watts per channel amplifier with some of the most advanced audio and video processing that AudioControl is renowned for. The Concert AVR-4 HD has been designed to deliver a stunning advance in AV quality without the gimmicks found on many of today’s receivers that compromise the core quality of the audio and video platform.

The features of the Concert AVR-4 HD have been designed to deliver this breathtaking experience and amongst the many capabilities of this receiver include:

  • 7.1 Home Theater HD Advanced Surround Sound Receiver
  • Upgraded 1080p HDMI Switching Up To Five Sources
  • HDMI1.4, 3D Video Pass Through
  • Powerful, Dynamic 120 Watts Per Channel Amplification into All Channels Driven
  • Seven Channels of ‘Cool Running’ Class H Amplification Reducing the Need for Rack Fans
  • AudioControl’s Discrete Input AV Processing
  • Dolby Volume, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless HD Decoding Formats
  • Compatibility and Integration With Leading Control Systems Including RS232 Ports
  • Sirius Satellite Performance Functionality with Optional Tuner Module
  • A Versatile Array of Inputs and Outputs to Meet the Needs of the Connected Home including Dual Assignable HDMI Outputs with Priority Switching
  • AudioControl’s Unique and Discrete Styling for Both Rack and Non-Rack Mounted Needs
  • AudioControl’s 30 Year Focus on Audiophile Quality, made in the USA and accompanied by a bulletproof 5-year warranty program

Chris Kane of AudioControl’s commented “that AudioControl has been at the forefront of making high performance, quality audio and video products for over 30 years. The superior performance of the Concert AVR-4 HD will leave others in its wake. It delivers a music and video performance that is fast, powerful and punchy delivering the ultimate viewing and listening experience for movie lovers not prepared to compromise on their passion for the highest quality entertainment experience”.
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Belden, a world leader in the development of signal transmission products for the broadcast, enterprise, industrial, building management, and security markets, introduces its outdoor and direct burial analog audio, plenum jacketed and plenum Banana Peel®  snake cable lines. These newly designed Brilliance Audio Snake Cables feature an ultra-rugged construction and deliver superior flexibility over a broad range of indoor and outdoor conditions.

The Brilliance Audio Snake Cables are also well-suited for in-the-field and permanent installation to connect multiple channels in low-level (microphone) and high-level componentry such as console board equipment for recording, post production and sound system installations where ruggedness is essential.

Additions to this product lie include three cable series – waterblocked, plenum, and Banana Peel® constructions, each offering multiple benefits. Each cable series features a foil shield that is bonded to the jacket which is design to maintain high performance while improving ease of termination.

The waterblocked product series consists of six (6) standard product codes with constructions ranging from 1 to 12 pairs. These products are suitable for direct burial and are outdoor-rated without the installation difficulties associated with gel installations.

In the plenum product series, Belden offers nine (9) product codes including the recent additions of 4, 6, 8 and 12-pair constructions with an overall jacket. Each pair is individually jacketed, eliminating the need for heat shrink. This simplifies field termination and reduces labor costs.

Belden also now offers 2, 4, and 6-pair audio snake cables in its patented Banana Peel construction. Banana Peel cables are easy-to-install composite cables. All component cables are bundled and affixed to a center spline, eliminating the need for an overall jacket. Installers can easily split the composite cable into individual cables by peeling them away from the center spline. Therefore the Banana Peel design requires less effort and less installation time than with traditional jacketed products. An additional benefit is that Banana Peel offers an overall smaller O.D., occupying less space in conduit, and a better bend radius.

For more information about the Belden Brilliance Snake Cables, visit our web-site at www.belden.com
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D-BOX will be present at ISE 2012 taking place in Amsterdam!

We are inviting you to join us at our booth (# 1N40) during the ISE 2012 show, taking place in Amsterdam from January 31st to February 2nd, 2012.

Do not miss the chance to take part in a demonstration at the Home Cinema Europe booth, highlighting our award winning technology as well as the contributions of our key partners.

This year we have partnered with Audio Design Associates – ADA, Fortress Seating, Screen Innovations, RBH Sound, D-Tools, Tributaries Cable, Schneider Kreuznach and Entertainment Experience. As a result of their participation, we will be able to provide a truly immersive and realistic experience. We will also be communicating to you the ways in which D-BOX can bring tremendous business opportunity to your company and how we have successfully integrated ourselves within the market.

You will also have the opportunity to experience on a 3D triple screen configuration a Powered by D-BOX racing chair from our partner VRX.

Do not miss your opportunity to meet with us! We look forward to seeing you at ISE 2012!

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mario Thibeault at: mthibeault@d-box.com

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High Performance Without the High Price: Definitive Technology’s SM45 Loudspeaker

  • Written by Roger Kanno

SoundStage! Network publisher Doug Schneider was so impressed by the Definitive Technology StudioMonitor SM55 ($598 per pair) last fall at CEDIA that he wrote extensively about its surprisingly good performance. So I wasn’t quite so surprised when I heard the step-up SM65 ($898 per pair) model, which sounded simply superb at this year’s CES. Even without the aid of Definitive’s new SuperCube 8000 subwoofer, the SM65 had plenty of useable bass and the soundstage was huge with imaging that was spot on.

Definitive Technology SM45

But it was their little SM45 bookshelf model, priced at only $398 per pair, that really caught my attention. The SM45’s 5.25″ bass-midrange driver and 1″ dome tweeter are basically the same as those used in Definitive’s top-of-the-line BP ST series of bipolar loudspeakers, and it therefore sounded more refined than you would expect for a speaker of this price. Unlike the SM55 and SM65, which feature sealed enclosures with passive radiators, the SM45 is a ported design. The sound wasn’t quite as rich and full as it was with the SM65, but it was still remarkably robust. The superior imaging was still all there, and there was a smooth midrange along with a very clean and highly transparent overall sound. I could happily live with these speakers without a subwoofer, and I’m sure most people would feel the same.

Definitive Technology system

Some of the sound quality of this system could definitely be attributed to the equipment that Definitive Technology was using them with: the Audio Research VSi60 integrated amplifier and Oppo BDP-95 universal Blu-ray player, which features the ES9018 SABRE 32-bit Reference DAC, but there was no denying that this was a great-sounding speaker overall.

I once wrote that Definitive Technology’s $2998-per-pair Mythos STS Super Tower loudspeaker was one of the most exciting products I’d come across in a long time. At only $398 per pair, I think that the SM45 is just as exciting, if not more so due to the amazing amount of performance that it delivers for the price.
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FSR Builds a Bigger (Ceiling) Box

FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced the launch of a new ceiling box with a deeper design developed to accommodate applications requiring more internal equipment than the CB-12 and CB-22 models.

“The CB-224 is the largest unit in our popular CB Ceiling enclosure series,” commented Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “Its capacity to support 50 pounds for a projector, and 12 pounds on each shelf makes it ideal for any venue requiring a robust ceiling mount.”

The unit is a perfect fit for conference centers, schools, meeting and training facilities, airports and museums. Its advanced deep box design has a pull-down 4 RU cage with gas-spring assisted ball-bearing slide.  2 RU of angle-adjustable rack-mounting surfaces on either end of the cage facilitate mounting and visibility of 1RU/2RU patch panels.  1-3/8” of clear space on both sides allows for wire bundles to traverse parallel to the cage after installation. Each side of the box has an edge-protected bundled cable inlet cavity, filled with flame retardant foam seal. The interior of the CB-224 is complete with 5 internal outlets, 1 external outlet, and a fan.

The CB-224 ceiling box is available in 4 versions:  with or without a pole-mount for a projector, and both with or without “smart” electronics.  The Smart Module brings Green Energy savings to the Ceiling Box by turning power on and off to non-critical equipment based on the current being drawn by the projector. In effect, when the projector is shut down, the non-critical devices in the ceiling box are power off as well, and when the projector is powered on, so are the other devices. This reduces the amount of power being consumed by the room when it is not in use.

The CB-224 is ETL listed and has approvals for safety  (UL 60950-1) and visible smoke (UL-2043). Units are currently shipping.

About FSR

FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.
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Pakedge’s K62U Gigabit Router and 24-Port Audio/Video Bridging System
Wins Electronic House 2012 Products of the Year Award

 Pakedge Device & Software  announced that its K62U Preconfigured, Multi-VLAN, Gigabit Router and 24-Port Configurable Audio/Video Bridging System; Preloaded with Parental Website Controls and System Antivirus has received a 2012 Products of the Year award from Electronic House magazine.

The Electronic House 2012 Products of the Year award winners were chosen by a panel of industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro.

The Pakedge K62U provides the highest levels of audio/video bridging and smart home networking performance, along with easy installation and robust security including Pakedge’s exclusive

Unified Threat Management (UTM) parental website controls and system antivirus protection.

“We are proud that our K62U has been recognized with a 2012 Products of the Year award in the Computers, Networking Devices and Storage category,” said Victor Pak, president and CEO of Pakedge. “The K62U offers features and functionality that are designed specifically for custom-installation home networks and the most demanding audio/video bridging applications.”

The Pakedge K62U includes the Pakedge R6V router, SW-24GBM fully managed 24-port gigabit Ethernet switch and mounting brackets. It offers extensive connections including 23 VLAN gigabit switch ports to accommodate larger networks, five preconfigured VLANs including a secure guest VLAN, and two fiber ports for longer cable runs.

The K62U comes preconfigured for a wide variety of applications, from basic networks to complex residential systems. It also provides dual WAN (Wide Area Network) ports and a DMZ port for easy connection of web servers, ftp servers or gaming consoles without additional configuration.

The Pakedge K62U provides extremely high parental and security protection, thanks to its Unified Threat Management functionality that blocks viruses, questionable websites and other unwanted content at the router before it can get past the firewall. UTM lets parents and administrators  assign different  levels of user access.  Parental website controls block at the gateway level eliminating the need for excessive software, as well as ensuring safety for the whole home or office. The Anti-Virus system is constantly and automatically updated with new virus protection profiles. It is capable of identifying 18,000 virus types.


Pakedge Device & Software creates innovative networking products for people who demand performance, features, and reliability. Our products use the most advanced wireless and networking technology. They are designed for professionals to install and consumers to enjoy. For more information and system specifications, visit www.pakedge.com.
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Premier Mounts has two new floor stands for 2×2 and 3×3 video walls based on our dedicated flat panel mounts MVW46. Designed for the Rental & staging markets, these floor stands can quickly assembled and dis-assembled. With two extra brackets on top of the floor stand we can turn these free standing video walls into “flying” video wall suspended from a ceiling.

Model #

MVWS-2X2-4655 http://www.mounts.com/product?product=MVWS-2X2-4655

MVWS-3X3-46 http://www.mounts.com/product?product=MVWS-3X3-46

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SAVANT® Offers Cloud Compatibility
 Savant delivers the first iTunes Match-compatible integrated control and multi-room audio solution.

 Savant Systems LLC, having delivered the first Apple®-based home automation and commercial control system, has announced iTunes Match℠ compatibility for Savant SmartSystem controllers, making media storage ubiquitous and user-friendly to the highest degree.

iTunes Match is a subscription service available from Apple that via compatibility with the Savant environment, enables users to automatically sync music and playlists between their home computer, any compatible iOS devices and their Savant system. This means that both transfer and access of music files has been made dramatically easier, including music purchased from iTunes, CD’s Imported from a personal collection, or purchased from another online service. Subscribers will benefit from a seamless interface —playlists from computers or iOS devices will automatically sync to iCloud®, making their music library available to them at multiple residences and eliminating the chore of manually updating your collection in each location.

“As Savant continues to be at the forefront of Apple integration, iTunes Match compatibility is great news for our customers because it offers the ultimate in convenience and efficiency when creating and accessing your music collection,” commented Savant CEO Robert Madonna. “Think about it — any song uploaded to your iTunes account from any registered device at home, your secondary residence or on the go will automatically be added to your Savant multi-room audio/video library and will be available to play throughout your home,” Madonna added. Compatible music formats includes AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, and more. iTunes Match also supports up to 10 devices — including your computer, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV. These devices will all sync automatically, locating new playlists or songs as needed.
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Triad Frameless Rounds are In-stock and Shipping!
Triad Speakers “frameless” in-ceiling speakers for distributed audio applications are now shipping in quantities.  The line includes three sizes labeled Mini, Bronze and Silver, plus a dual tweeter version of the Silver products.  Available are 4 sealed (SealedRound) and 4 open back (OpenRound) versions of each product – each optimized for its specific acoustic environment.  The dual tweeter (DT) versions offer multiple configuration options as dipole or bipole, or dual-channel speakers.

All of the new models feature die-cast aluminum housings.  Neither grill style utilizes any bezel whatsoever.  Available are round or square grills that attach via magnets.  The sealed versions are designed to meet the UL 2043 plenum rating standard – their enclosure and mounting casting are metal, therefore all parts penetrating the ceiling material are inherently fireproof.  Incorporated into the SealedRound are three security tabs for securely fastening the speakers for false ceiling mounting.

The 4 SealedRound models range in MSRP from $300 to $500 (each); the 4 OpenRound models range in MSRP from $200 to $400 (each).  In-house custom paint matching by Triad is available for all models.

About Triad Speakers

Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. www.triadspeakers.com
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Installers: Visit the URC Control Room!

If you’re installing URC products, take advantage of the FREE resources available through the URC Control Room. Built and maintained EXCLUSIVELY for URC dealers and installers, the URC Control Room features sales/marketing materials, technical resources, training and education, videos, our app marketplace (the URC Tool Box), our installer forum and much more! Contact your URC distributor or sales rep today to get your registration code, and log on today to enjoy everything the URC Control Room offers you and your business

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Velodyne’s Digital Drive PLUS wraps up the year with more awards

It’s official. The DD-18 plus ended the year by winning Home Theater and High Fidelity’s “2011 Bad Ass Award” award.

“The Velodyne DD-18+ is so good, it is almost a scientific instrument…this subwoofer is so adept at performing, it would get curtain calls in a Broadway play.” That’s straight from the reviewer’s mouth.

The series is already legendary for its technologically advanced sealed designs, active servo control and high fidelity, and low distortion output. In fact, it sets the industry standard for lowest distortion bass at under ½%. In addition, the One-Touch Auto-EQ PLUS automates the seamless blend of subwoofer, system and room environment.

And have you seen the way it looks?

The Digital Drive PLUS series was also awarded Electronic House’s “2011 Product of the Year” and Audioholics.com’s “2011 Bassaholic Certified Extreme”.



Velodyne’s EQ-Max wraps up a successful year

It’s not easy to live in the shadow of a Digital Drive PLUS, but Velodyne’s EQ-Max kept up the momentum in 2011. The EQ-Max was named CE Pro’s “Best in Show” during the 2011 CEDIA Expo.

The EQ-Max is the first subwoofer in its price range to feature fully functioning remote control and auto equalization software.

Keep an eye on Velodyne in 2012.
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