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Chief Fortress Seating FSR HAI
Hall Research Kramer Premiere Mounts Vaddio

It’s that time of the year again…(so don’t get caught)

Yes, there’s a nip in the air (for many of us, even in So Cal). We can look forward to shorter days, cooler nights, and the start of the heating season because we don’t ALL live in So Cal or Florida.

For those who live in areas where there IS a heating season (that’s most people in most areas), many air conditioning systems suddenly become heating systems. The ducts that gave you cold air in July now blow hot air, and if you were using the cold air to cool an A-V system, you may have a problem.

It’s always better to have a dedicated cooling system for home theaters and commercial A-V installations. With a dedicated cooling system, you won’t have unwanted heating in December, or lose cooling in July because the people are cool enough, and turn the A/C off.

Active Thermal Management has a complete line of temperature-controlled systems that can quietly cool anything from a desk drawer to a walk-in closet. Call us at (661) 294-7999 or click HERE to open an email.

See us on the web at www.activethermal.com

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Atlona® Now Shipping AT-H2H-44M 4×4 HDMI® Matrix Switcher

Switcher Supports High-Speed HDMI and Digital Multi-Channel Audio Switching and Distribution Across Four Zones

Atlona® today recently that the company is now shipping its new AT-H2H-44M 4×4 HDMI® matrix switcher. A comprehensive signal routing switch that supports high-speed HDMI and uncompressed digital multi-channel audio switching and distribution across four zones, the AT-H2H-44M boasts unique features including advanced EDID management, S/PDIF audio loop outs, multiple control interfaces, in-field upgradable firmware, and ARC (Audio Return Channel).

The AT-H2H-44M’s advanced EDID management feature ensures compatibility across multiple display types, sends communication between sources and displays, and automatically provides a compatible EDID at start up. The unit also features an EDID learning function that can be customized for any connected component such as AVR’s, Set-top-Boxes and TV’s. S/PDIF port loop outs allow audio distribution to zone amplifiers or A/V receivers within a rack, while the video signal is routed via the HDMI output to the zone display. S/PDIF output supports up to Dolby® Digital and DTS 5.1 Master Audio pass through digital formats.

With multiple control interfaces such as RS-232, IR, and the front panel – with future updates for TCP/IP through the unit’s Ethernet port – this 4×4 HDMI matrix switcher was developed with whole-home media control and light professional needs in mind. In addition, the AT-H2H-44M features a field-serviceable firmware port that allows for quick and easy upgrades.

“The AT-H2H-44M HDMI matrix switcher is the perfect solution to consumers’ whole-home entertainment needs,” said Steve Heintz, professional product manager, Atlona. “Packed with a full range of advanced features, the unit ensures that users will have the highest digital quality experience when watching a movie, giving a presentation, and much more.”

The AT-H2H-44M is available now at an MSRP of $1,299.99.

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“Both an Art and a Science in Design”, AudioControl Launches its New 12 and 16 Channel Architectural Amplifiers

Immediate Shipping of AudioControl’s New Architectural 12 & 16 Channel Distributed Audio Amplifiers with Increased Power, Low Energy Consumption, Zone Equalization, Low Impedance Capability, Network Control, and More!

AudioControl today announced the launch of its new series of Architectural amplifiers. AudioControl’s ‘Architect’ line of multi-channel amplifiers provides authoritative power, pristine sonics and installer-friendly equalization controls without sacrificing valuable rack space. The new Architect models are designed for any whole-house audio system that demands high levels of audio performance squeezing 12 or 16 channels of cool running, great sounding, high power amplification into just three space efficient rack spaces.

AudioControl’s new Architect amplifiers come in four primary models:
• Architect 1680 EQ – 16 Channel amplifier with speaker equalization
• Architect 1660 – 16 Channel amplifier (without speaker equalization)
• Architect 1280 EQ – 12 Channel amplifier with speaker equalization
• Architect 1260 – 12 Channel amplifier (without speaker equalization)
• All 12 and 16 channel Architect models have the option of adding optional Ethernet control for remote monitoring and network control

The Architect Model 1680 EQ and Model 1280 EQ combine AudioControl’s award winning features, including zone equalization, bussable inputs and LightDrive anti-clipping circuitry, into one compact chassis. With power output levels of at least 65 watts per channel into 8 Ohms, and even more into lower impedances, AudioControl sets the industry standard for high performance multi-zone audio amplification, also achieving less than 1 watt in standby mode, meeting stringent energy requirements around the world.
Alex Camara, CEO of AudioControl commented, “our team has a relentless enthusiasm for perfect sound performance and have lived these values for nearly four decades. The introduction of our new high-power Architect amplifiers is another example of the passion we have to ‘make good sound great’ in all our products, every day. The introduction of the Architect Model 1680 EQ and Model 1280 EQ meets the needs of the Architects, Designers, Custom Installers that use our products everyday in their work and our customers in providing whole-house audio systems that that ‘make good sound great’ and they can rely upon”.
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New FUSION® Series Carts Combine Sleek Aesthetics and User Friendly Features

Chief’s newest carts now shipping

Chief, an industry leader in mounts, racks and interactive solutions, is now shipping its newest FUSION Series carts in North America. The design updates include flexible cable covers to allow access at any point along the column while concealing cables for a clean installation. A turn knob lets a single user smoothly raise and lower the screen to any height between 50 and 70 inches (127-177 cm).

“The newly designed carts were built with the end-user in mind,” said Wade Link, Product Manager. “The updated look fits well in a variety of markets, including educational and corporate settings. Also, the new height adjustment system and accessory shelf with handles makes maneuvering the carts easy.”

The new carts and stands also feature:
• +5/-5 degrees of tilt and effortless display adjustment
• User friendly interface, optimal for screen sizes up to 60 inches and 200 lbs (90.7 kg)
• Black or silver finish
• Smooth rolling and lockable castors for effortless positioning

The aesthetic redesign incorporates rounded edges and sleek features to give the cart a softer, professional feel. Chief engineers created wider columns with rounded edges to make the carts easy to hold during the moving process, and the angled base makes corner positioning a snap.

Shelf and storage accessories for the LPAU cart, as well as the new FUSION stand version, will be available soon.


Chief has two upcoming webinars to help AV installers learn about RackBuilder™ Delivered, the industry-first service provided by Chief at no additional charge. This webinar is accredited for .5 InfoComm CTS Rus.


Thursday, Nov. 15 1-2 p.m. CST

Thursday, Dec. 13 1-2 p.m. CST

Click here to learn more and sign uphttp://news.chiefmfg.com/chief-webinar-set-to-save-you-time

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Introduced for the first time at CEDIA EXPO 2012…Valenti Odéon

 …Valenti (sturdy) & Odéon (theater district in France) were designed by Sheba Kwan exclusively for FORTRESS.

Valenti’s ‘cut-out’ geometric back and arm design adds an intriguing element and is available in wood veneer.  Odéon’s outstanding feature, besides the amazing comfort, is the elegant line in the open arm detail accented with metal posts and matching cup holders.

Seating Designed to Your Specific Requirements

 As shown:         Model: Valenti   Model: Odéon

Upholstery:       Premium Luxtan Black Leather


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FSR’s New DV Wall Plate Interface Allows Analog and Digital Video to Play in the Same Sandbox

Incorporating Legacy Analog and Digital Video into AV Systems Design  Just Got Easier

FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has introduced the Digital / Analog Wall Plate Interface -part of the new Digital Video (DV) family – to aid in the design of AV systems that incorporate legacy analog and digital video.   The DV Family, aimed at professional installations requiring HDMI support, reduces the integration challenges inherent in the deployment of digital video systems.

The Digital / Analog Interface fits in a standard 2 gang electrical box and has a dual Decora faceplate available in white, black and ivory to match the décor of the installation.  It accepts HDMI or DVI input, computer video and analog stereo audio.  The wall plate will auto switch between the analog and digital inputs, or it can be manually switched from the front of the interface. The output is HDMI via a CAT 5e or 6 cable and can transmit 1080p up to 165 feet.

FSR offers a variety of HDMI CAT x receivers, switchers and scalars to complete the design.

For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.

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The Omni LTe system controls homes and businesses by schedule, motion detection, door openings, sunrise, sunset, alarm activation/deactivation and more. The system features an Ethernet port and may be controlled remotely from a PC, laptop, tablet, Smartphone or e-Reader, as well as onsite from in-wall or table-top touch screens. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) devices.

Omni LTe controllers are CP-01 compliant and UL Listed residential security and fire systems, detecting intrusion, smoke and fire, carbon monoxide, water and other hazards with wired or wireless sensors. The Omni LTe can control up to 32 individual lighting loads, accommodate up to four access control readers and coordinate up to four thermostats. The system supports the following protocols and products: X-10, UPB, Omni-Bus, ZigBee, Vizia RF Z-Wave, Clipsal C-Bus, Dynalite, Coolmaster, KNX, HAI Hi-Fi and HAI Hi-Fi 2.

The Omni LTe is available in 13 languages including English, Arabic (AR), Catalan (CAT), Simplified Chinese (CHS), Traditional Chinese (CHT), French (FR), German (GER), Hebrew (HE), Italian (IT), Portuguese (POR), Russian (RU), Latin American Spanish (SPA), and European Spanish (SPE).

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Hall Research Introduces HDMI Audio Extractor with EDID Mgmt

Hall Research has released the Model EMX-HD-AUD Audio Extractor for HDMI with EDID management, cable equalization, audio and video status indication, and USB port for connection to a PC. This versatile device can be used to extract digital and analog audio from HDMI, extend HDMI cable length, pass-thru or learn EDID from any display, and re-clock both TMDS video and DDC data. The EMX-HD-AUD resolves many system level HDMI signal-chain issues by acting as an intelligent intermediary allowing incompatible components to function properly.

The EMX-HD-AUD can also diagnose and analyze HDMI problems. Multi-color LED’s on the unit indicate EDID routing and provide real-time indication of the HDMI video and audio types. The audio outputs include both analog and multi-channel digital TOSLINK. Each of the audio outputs can be independently muted, including the audio in the HDMI output.


The EMX-HD-AUD constructs an EDID table (capabilities list) for the source either from internal memory or from the connected output. The internal EDID data can be “learned” from the output, or uploaded to it from a PC via the USB port. Free Windows™ PC software is available on the product’s website that allows reading, saving, manipulating, and writing EDID tables to and from the unit.

The EMX-HD-AUD is HDMI 1.3 and 1.4 (deep-color and 3D) compatible, and automatically compensates for the signal degradation caused by long video cable runs of up to 50 ft (15 m) on its input and can drive HDMI cables on its output to 30 ft (10 m).

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InfoComm Recognizes Kramer Electronics Training & Education Manager with InfoComm International 2012 Women in AV Award

Kramer Electronics is very pleased to announce Malissa Dillman, CTS−D, CTS−I, Kramer’s Training and Education Manager, has received the 2012 InfoComm International Women in AV Award. This prestigious award acknowledges the important contributions of female InfoComm members, who not only are achieving rewarding and successful careers in the AV industry, but have also achieved excellence in the AV field.

Dillman received the award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions, noteworthy leadership, and dedication to promote the audiovisual and information communications industries. In her capacity as an educator for Kramer, Dillman prepared approximately 300 people to take their InfoComm CTS exam, and taught a combined total of more than 600 people in the past year. She has also served as a role model and encouraged many of her trainees to pursue advanced InfoComm Certifications. She also conceived and successfully executed Kramer’s highly successful “Designing in a Digital Age Road Show” program, creating regional opportunities for industry members to spend a full day earning InfoComm CTS renewal units while receiving essential industry technology training.

InfoComm said in its announcement of their yearly awards, that winners of this award “… are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.”

“I am honored to receive this most distinguished award from the association who represents the industry I love so much,” said Dillman. “My husband I have both been fortunate enough to work for many years in the AV industry, so it is a family affair for us. The AV industry is my passion and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it every day.”

Since Dillman joined Kramer Electronics in May of 2011, she has trained over 600 AV professionals from all over the country. She has over twelve years of extensive A/V experience and brings her diversified skills and vast experiences to the classroom when she teaches. Dillman has been active on several important InfoComm Committees, including most recently being one of the inaugural 9 members of the InfoComm Certification Committee. While serving on the Certification Committee she was the Chairman of the CTS Subcommittee, as well as being recognized as a “Subject Matter Expert” for test development. Through her years in the industry, Dillman has also owned and operated an AV installation company, worked as both a Regional Sales Manager and Division Sales Manager at AV dealerships, and also served as a Regional Field Sales Engineer for a prominent industry manufacturer.

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The World’s Best Video Wall Mount is Now Even Better

Premier Mounts’ LMV video wall mount adds single latch for added reliability and efficiency

Premier Mounts (www.mounts.com), an internationally leading manufacturer of mounts, carts & stands, and accessories, announces the updated single latch design for a quicker, easier, and more reliable video wall installation.

The new single latch release adds ease to the LMV installation process by simplifying the release technique and ensuring a reliable opening and closing of the mount. Applying direct pressure to the mount then slowly releasing will allow the single latch to open or close the mount in one smooth motion.Premier Mounts (www.mounts.com), an internationally leading manufacturer of mounts, carts & stands, and accessories, announces the updated single latch design for a quicker, easier, and more reliable video wall installation.

“The single latch update to the LMV is a testament to Premier Mounts’ continued dedication to creating positive customer experiences,” stated Len Dozier, CEO of Premier Mounts. He explains, “Even though the LMV is one of the top-selling video wall mounts, we continually hold ourselves to the highest standard and improve on an already impressive product.”

The LMV supports displays up to 160 lb., or screen sizes from 37″ to 63″, and includes laser cut, precision design spacers customized for specific displays to ensure a seamlessly aligned video wall. The open design provides ample accessibility for display adjustment and maintenance. Customizations for any special projects are available upon request.

The LMV Video Wall Mounting System has been used in multiple digital signage installations from a 10×10 high profile video wall at Terminal D at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, to large financial institutions, universities, corporate lobbies, and retail store locations in the USA and internationally.

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Vaddio Offers Video Industry’s First Two-Year Comprehensive Product Warranty Plan With Free One-Year Advance Replacement Program

Vaddio delivers another first for the video industry: a comprehensive two-year equipment warranty covering all Vaddio manufactured products. Vaddio products are manufactured in the U.S. and because of this, have an outstanding reputation for quality, reliability and durability in the field. Furthermore, all Vaddio manufactured products are backed by the best warranty program in the video industry. In addition to the new two-year warranty program, Vaddio will offer a free advance replacement of any defective Vaddio product for the first year of the warranty period. The program is designed to assure our dealers that Vaddio will provide them with the highest level of live technical support for troubleshooting their systems – and when a defective product is found, a free advance replacement will be sent right away. The new program applies to all Vaddio products purchased as of January 1, 2012.

“Because Vaddio is a true American manufacturer of video products, we wanted to prove to the industry that we could not only design and build the highest quality video products in America, but also have the guarantee to prove it,” explained President of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “We want to show our commitment and support to our dealer/integrators, and their installations, by adding a one-year advance replacement program. This program really helps our dealers get out of a jam when their customers need to be up-and-running and don’t have the time to wait for equipment to get repaired.”
Vaddio is the premiere global manufacturer of PTZ cameras, specialty camera control systems and professional USB peripherals used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast marketplaces. Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Vaddio stands behind manufacturing innovative, quality technology your customers demand. You want cost-effective equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found the Vaddio website, vaddio.com, or at (800) 572.2011.

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