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The Artcoustic SL Series is now fully formed and all models are shipping. Yet again Artcoustic have redefined what is possible in a loudspeaker, with a full range of on-wall options for almost any application. At just 67mm deep, and capable of stunning performance, dynamics and output. Perfect for everything from a bedroom system to a dedicated private cinema.

Target and Multi wo screen

The whole range is available in any RAL colour, as well as the standard black and white finishes

Our signature printed screens offer even more options with Pantone colours and endless printed designs..

The new Target SL is one of the most versatile speakers in the range. At just 20cm x 20cm x 6cm is is compact enough to fit almost anywhere. Designed to suit small room home cinemas, rear channels on more powerful Artcoustic systems, and is also full range enough to be used in multiroom systems without a subwoofer.

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The SonaFlex SF-16M has some very useful features that make it ideal for home and light commercial audio distribution applications. This new training video is one of the best ways to get acquainted with it’s powerful features. You’ll learn how to apply different kinds of DSP filters to each output, build sound scenes, set up overrides, and many other things you wish you could do with other sound systems. These features save you time and extra equipment, so it’s worth while to learn how to take advantage of them. Whether you install one SonaFlex Amp in a home or multiple units in a restaurant or conference center, this video will help you get the most out of the SF-16M.


New Rialto 400 Amplifier/DAC from AudioControl is a Game-Changer for Wireless Audio Systems

Compact, high power audiophile amplifier and DAC dramatically improves quality and performance of analog and digital audio-systems

 AudioControl announces the launch of its breakthrough product, the Rialto 400, a compact, high-powered amplifier with a built-in audiophile-grade DAC (digital to analog converter) designed specifically to provide greater performance and higher sound quality for all analog and digital systems, including Sonos® home entertainment systems.

The Rialto 400’s amplifier delivers over 100 watts of power per channel into 8 ohms and 200 watts per channel into 4 ohm loads. Additionally, the Rialto 400 can be bridged to perform as a mono-block amplifier. The state of the art Rialto 400 features a built-in high-performance Wolfson® DAC that drastically improves audio quality allowing digital and analog audio-systems to perform with better speakers across the home. This choice of an audiophile-quality DAC allows connected digital audio sources such as Apple iTunes® library, Pandora® and Spotify® to provide higher quality acoustics with clearer, more accurate analog signals during playback.

All of the performance and power of the Rialto 400 has been designed and engineered into a compact design that sits at an incredible 8.5” wide, 2.9” tall and 5.4” deep. This compact size makes the Rialto 400 the perfect local-zone amplifier solution for any location across the home or in a traditional rack set-up.

The Rialto 400 is revolutionary in its size and quality of performance,” said Alex Camara, CEO of AudioControl. “Digital audio systems tend to be under-powered and unable to deliver the quality of performance the artist intended. The Rialto 400 offers compact audiophile quality to virtually any place in the home, combining the convenience of digital systems with our high power amplification, world-class DAC technology and introducing AccuBASS to create incredible audio performance.

Equipped with AudioControl’s unique patent-pending AccuBASS circuitry, the Rialto 400 rejuvenates the bass response lost in most digital compression schemes and brings it back to the signal path. This results in a richer and fuller audio performance with better bass and mid-bass response often missing in today’s compressed music. The net effect is that the audience will enjoy a more complete listening experience and hear music much closer to the way the artist intended.

The Rialto 400 has an array of digital and analog inputs, including PCM to connect with digital audio outputs from televisions and a 12V trigger for use with control and automation systems. Toslink, coaxial, line level RCA, 1/8″ audio and speaker level inputs for interfacing with source units without line level are included in the specification. This plethora of inputs eliminates the need for additional expensive outboard components thus making it the most flexible product of its kind.

In order to keep these inputs systemized, the Rialto 400 utilizes AudioControl’s SMART Signal Sensing, which allows the user to prioritize which input to use based on personal preference. When the system is turned on, it is configured to automatically search for the preferred active signal and decipher the appropriate processor needed in communication with one of the system’s digital or analog inputs. For example, if a homeowner decides to switch from using a separate distributed audio system within the home to his or her integrated Sonos® Connect set-up, the Rialto 400 will instantly recognize the change and immediately switch to using the connected digital audio input used by the Sonos®.

The Rialto 400 also features an integrated headphone jack to allow it to be used in other applications such as gaming systems or with personal audio products such as headphones and iDevices.

The Rialto 400 will be available through AudioControl authorized dealers and will begin shipping in February 2013. The product is designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States and is backed by a 5-year warranty. The suggested client price for the Rialto 400 is $799 and allows custom audio installers to maximize the audio performance of their clients installations by “making good sound great”.

International CES 2013 attendees can see the Rialto 400 by visiting the AudioControl booth (#2409) in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Definitive Technology announced today its first Bluetooth speaker system, the “Sound Cylinder,” to bring high performance sound to tablets and other portable Bluetooth enabled devices. Sound Cylinder’s innovative clip system securely attaches the speaker to most tablets and many laptop computers.

Definitive 1_0998J (2)The consumer electronics industry will get its first peek at Definitive’s new Sound Cylinder at the company’s exhibit space, booth 4809 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, at CES 2013, Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas.
Sound Cylinder doubles as a table stand for an attached tablet. A built-in pivoting “kickstand” securely holds the device at an ideal angle for viewing and listening. It connects wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled devices or via an audio cable to any device with an analog audio output jack. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of high quality listening.

Befitting Definitive’s reputation as a leading maker of ultra-high performance component home loudspeakers for discriminating listeners, Sound Cylinder’s audio performance is exemplary. It features a built-in side-firing subwoofer in addition to stereo speakers to provide listeners with rich, full-bodied stereo sound wherever they may go.

“Thanks to rapid advances in portable devices such as tablets and smart phones, enjoying music and video content on the go is within the reach of everyone” said Kevin Duffy, Definitive Technology’s President. “Headphones are fine but they’re not always practical, especially when you want to share an audio experience with others. Sound Cylinder answers the need for convenient high quality audio on the move.”

Sound Cylinder is fabricated with premium materials to achieve a level of attractive appearance, precision fit and luxury finish unusual in portable audio products. The grilles are custom perforated aluminum while the “kickstand” and clamp mechanism parts are injection-molded Magnesium alloy, a costly high-tech material that is incredibly strong yet lightweight.
The product design is the result of collaboration between world renowned Frog Design and the DEI Global Design Center, headed by Chief Design Officer Michael DiTullo. Frog Design is an innovation firm with 12 locations around the globe and more than 1,000 designers, strategists, and engineers. The DEI Global Design Center is a multi-disciplinary design studio located in the Vista, CA office of Definitive’s corporate parent, DEI Holdings.

Sound Cylinder will be available in consumer electronics specialty storefront and on-line retailers as well as Definitive’s on-line store in January 2013. The suggested retail price is $199.





eldorado2The robust El Dorado was designed for the homeowner who asked Fortress to build a chair that would blend in with the other masculine furniture in his home.   He wanted to incorporate specific softly sloped arm elements, side panels with antique nail heads and back pillowing. The results evolved into a beautiful, yet masculine viewing chair.  The wood feet were stained to match the other wood detail in the theater.

The El Dorado is equally at home as a single chair in a library or study as it is as a row of viewing seats in a dedicated theater.  As with all models, the El Dorado is available in any configuration.

Model:             El Dorado

Upholstery:      Premium Luxtan Leather; Color: Saddle

Seating Designed to Your Specifications

With 75 years of manufacturing experience and close association with the design community, Fortress addresses and solves the most challenging seating requirements.  Fortress sets the benchmark for unique designs, customization, exceptional quality and customer service. Fortress’ customization allows for maximum seating in any space.

Custom seating for the discerning customer.    800-873-2828

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FSRs Jon MelchinJon Melchin, FSR Inc.’s Director of Architectural Development, is among the expert speakers participating in the inaugural Smart Building Conference @ ISE 2013 to take place on Monday, 28 January at the RAI in Amsterdam.

The Conference will bring together industry leaders from around the globe to discuss the different AV specialist technologies and products available to design and build smarter, greener and more efficient buildings. Its curriculum was specifically developed to attract architects, design consultants, developers, electrical contractors and other key stakeholders in the construction sector including integrators, distributors and manufacturers.

Melchin’s presentation – Building Information Modeling: What it Means for the AV Industry – will explore Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a 3D design, modeling and simulation technology that has changed the way architecture is practiced.  It will delve into the benefits that BIM offers as a shared knowledge resource including its ability to draw all parties into the initial discussion and design processes.

Melchin is an accomplished speaker and a Passport Provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA-CES) who conducts presentations that result in audience accreditation. His position as Director of Architectural Business Development with FSR underscores his solid relationship with the architectural and design community making his contributions to the Conference especially valuable. Melchin has authored numerous articles that have been published in international trade publications targeting the construction and audiovisual industries.

FSR Inc. manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, is exhibiting a compliment of products developed specifically for the European market at ISE in Stand #7-T175.

Approximately 41,000 people from over 130 countries attend ISE, Europe’s largest tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry. Exhibits are open from January 29-31 in Amsterdam’s RAI.

Further information regarding all FSR products can be found at:  Please contact to schedule a visit at ISE!


New Product Development Managernorm

We are pleased to introduce Norm Varney, Kinetics Noise Control’s new Product Development Manager for the Architectural, Interiors, and Home Markets. Norm brings great experience in these areas having worked in acoustics, noise control, and pro audio for over 30 years.  His background includes acoustical engineering and testing work for Owens Corning at their Science & TechnologyCenter in Granville, Ohio.  He also ran his own acoustic design business for over 10 years designing home theater and critical listening rooms for his clients.  Norm has developed products, acoustical testing procedures, and room modeling methods, all incorporated into the design of rooms for exceptional sound quality.


We have a Networking 101 webinar coming up on Feb 6th!

Networking 101 by Luxul

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

We’ll discuss the basic components of a residential or commercial network as well as when, why and how to use them.
• Component definitions
• Ease of setup with XenConnect™
• Profitability with Luxul

Sign Up Link:


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We still have seats available for our Atlanta, GA Designing in a Digital Age Roadshow on February 5th!  There’s a bonus training event the next day that you can attend in order to become a Kramer Certified Digitalist.  You won’t want to miss these back-to-back events! They’re a great opportunity to learn and network, PLUS they’re free.  To score one of these coveted spots register here:

We’re featured in AV Technology Magazine’s “10 Reasons Why Video Extender Sales will Increase in 2013.”  Click the link to check out the article!

Kramer Electronics and Women in AV (WAVE) are uniting to bring you new monthly webinars! During our webinars, experts will cover a range of interests for women; including career advancement, mentoring, personal presence, and cutting edge technical topics such as digital to analog conversion and AV/IT convergence. Check out more info here:

New Kramer Academy Events Announced with Manufacturer Certification!


TruAudio Introduces Versatile CL-70 Volt In-Ceiling Speaker For Commercial and Home Application

TruAudio announces its introduction of the CL-70V In-Ceiling speaker. With both 70 volt and 8 ohm settings, the CL-70v has both commercial and home applications.

“We designed the CL-70 volt to be a versatile speaker for our dealers. There’s the 70 volt and 8 ohm capabilities, but we’ve also designed it with the backbox included so it’s an easy, one-step solution for the installer,” stated Kary Wawrzyniak, Vice President of Technical Development.

The CL-70v is a two way, in-ceiling design. It comes with a 6.5 inch polypropylene woofer and ¾” polyethermide (PEI) tweeter. And its frame and grill can be painted to match any room’s decor.

Its versatile application, ease of installation, and strong pricing make the CL-70v an attractive in-ceiling speaker.


The new CL-70v speakers are available through authorized TruAudio dealers. To learn more about the CL-70v, for additional technical specifications, order options and accessories, please visit or contact TruAudio toll-free at 1-888-858-1555.

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 are 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.

In Other News…..

TruAudio Introduces Simplified Acoustics: Now Offering Acoustic Treatments To AV Integrators

TruAudio announces that it is partnering with Simplified Acoustics in offering AV integrators a line of acoustic treatment panels, 3D fiber optic ceiling systems, and custom acoustic treatments.

“Simplified Acoustics joins our line of Partner Products. They have designed a variety of acoustic treatments for many award-winning home theaters and recording studios and we’re excited to offer both their products and their expertise to AV integrators,” stated Bryan Garner, President at TruAudio.

With Simplified, AV integrators can now offer their clients sophisticated fiberglass panels that will absorb unwanted sound reflections as well as prevent the “smearing” that occurs by lag times and the bouncing of sound off bare walls. These acoustic panels come wrapped in fabric of the client’s choice with Simplified offering the largest variety of fabrics in the industry – over 230 possibilities.

AV integrators can also offer clients the cutting-edge 3D fiber optic ceiling treatments that provide the popular night sky effect – the “Planetarium in a Box”.

Simplified’s 3D Fiber Frame is easy to install with an aluminum frame, impregnated velour fabric and LED drivers. The fibers hang down 12 inches from the frame creating a unique three dimensional star field. By trimming the fibers, integrators can also create a custom star field experience for their clients.


The new Acoustic Treatment Panels and 3D Fiber Frames are available through authorized TruAudio dealers. To learn more about these Simplified Acoustic products, for additional technical specifications, order options and accessories, please visit or contact TruAudio toll-free at 1-888-858-1555.

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 are 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.


Vaddio Relaunches Live Demo Program with New Conference Rooms, Training Facilities and a State-of-the-Art Automated Classroom

Real-Time Product Demonstrations for Integrators, Dealers and End-Users  

VaddioLIVE DemosVaddio announces the relaunch of the VaddioLIVE Demo Program to bring real-time product demonstrations to dealers, integrators and end-users. VaddioLIVE demos offer an ideal way to learn more about automated classrooms, training facilities and conference rooms. See how Vaddio products perform in the real world by scheduling a demonstration in real time, available through soft clients or cloud based networking.

“One of the main objectives for moving into a new space was to add several live demo rooms available through any software application,” explained President of Vaddio, Mark Steen. “People want to see how the products work in a real-life application and because we can’t always recreate the rooms in the field, this is the next best thing.”

One time slot allows users to choose up to three VaddioLIVE demo rooms. Each room is uniquely set up in common; real-life work configurations that will help users visualize the ways Vaddio products can make communication easy.

The available rooms are as follows:

  • MGM – Corporate Training Room: Affordable Training Room for the Enterprise
  • Mirage – Small Conference Room: UC-Enable Your Small Conference Room Across the Enterprise
  • Wynn – Corporate Boardroom: Bridging Professional AV with Your PC
  • Hard Rock – Record or Stream Your Live Event like a PRO
  • Venetian – High Education Classroom: Automating Your Classroom for Lecture Capture Across the Campus

Demonstrations are available for scheduling online at 8-4 PM Monday through Friday (CST / GMT – 6). For more information on VaddioLIVE please contact Bernadette Yard at (763) 971-4466 or


Wisdom Audio Brings its Award Winning Loudspeakers To ISE For The First Time

On display at Wisdom Audio’s Hall 5 exhibit will be the award-winning Sage Series, Wisdom Series, and Insight Series-Wisdom Audio will also be partnering with digital audio processor manufacturer Datasat to deliver an active home theater demonstration in Hall 3, booth B136.

Wisdom Audio, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance planar magnetic transducers for architectural speaker applications, will be demonstrating their systems at Wisdom Audio’s ISE exhibit, located in Hall 5, booth T-110 at Amsterdam RAI. This marks Wisdom Audio’s first appearance at ISE, giving international residential integrators and music and film aficionados a first chance to experience the remarkable clarity and dynamics of Wisdom Audio’s systems for the first On display at the Wisdom Audio Hall 5 exhibit will be the award-winning Sage Series, Wisdom Series, and Insight Series. Featuring the latest planar magnetic thin-film technology, these loudspeakers represent an uncompromised engineering effort to achieve the ultimate in music and film sound reproduction. A 2.1 channel demo of the in-wall Insight Series P4i will also be active at the booth.

Wisdom Audio’s Chief Business Development Officer Luc Guillaume said, “Wisdom Audio’s debut at ISE represents a milestone. Many international custom installers travel each year to CEDIA and CES to hear Wisdom Audio in the US, but it was time for us to increase our presence and reach out to more international dealers. As we are introducing a new range of in-walls with the Insight Series loudspeakers, the timing couldn’t have been better.” For a more integrated theater demo experience, Wisdom Audio will also be partnering with digital audio processor manufacturer Datasat to present a demonstration in Hall 3, booth B136. The theater demo highlights Wisdom Audio’s perfect complement to high definition video, underscoring the benefits of their thin-film planar magnetic transducer technology to achieve an ultimate theater experience.

The 12-seat theater will feature Wisdom Audio’s active L75 Sage Series speakers, bi-amped front stage, in combination with the bi-amped surround channels of P38 Sage Series and SCS subwoofers. The Wisdom systems will work in unison with Datasat’s RS20i Preamplifier/Equalizer and matching amplifiers. Rounding out the speaker complement is a 120-inch acoustically transparent video projection screen from Screen Research and a 3 chip DLP projector from projectiondesign. All loudspeaker cabling and interconnection will be provided by Tributaries Cable. Finally, the acoustical treatment of the theater is provided by MSR Acoustics

“Wisdom Audio is proud to be demonstrating the performance of its high end audio solution in combination with these renown brands of our industry,” said Wisdom Audio’s Luc Guillaume, Chief Business Development Officer. “The emotion of film and music is what got most of us involved in this industry to begin with and I hope all attendees will experience the same feeling during our demonstrations.”