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Modero X Series Touch Panels:
Leveraging an Intuitive Human Experience with Ergonomic Technology

See and do more with the most elegant interface designed specifically for dedicated room control. The new Modero X Series Touch Panels provide several industry firsts including a panoramic capacitive multi-touch screen, NFC technology support and integrated camera for HD video chat and conferencing. Modero X Series is the control surface that simply delivers more.

  • New Timeless Design – Featuring edge-2-edge glass, low-profile design
  • Multi-tasking Panoramic Control Surface – Combined with the new PanTastic UI, these touch panels create an impressive control surface to perform a multitude of activities similar to multi-tasking on a computer
  • Two Distinct Sizes: 20 inches and 19 inches – Available in both a 20.3″ with over 145 square inches of usable control surface and a 19.4” with over 96 square inches of usable control surface
  • Three Additional Sizes Coming Soon – New 10″, 7″ and 5″ models are scheduled for delivery in Q2 2012
  • External Phone Connections via Bluetooth or USB
  • Near Field Communication™ (NFC) technologies – Short-range wireless technologies that deliver peer-to-peer communication between RF devices like exchanging data/identities
  • Perfect From Any Angle – Includes IPS (in-plane switching that delivers the widest viewing angles and the most accurate color reproduction on the market

Click here to learn more about the complete line of Modero X Series Touch Panels as well as all our popular products in the 2011 AMX Fall Pocket Guide.

Atlantic Technology is now shipping a significantly redesigned version of its popular FS-7 seven-channel home theater sound bar with a new look, improved acoustics, and higher performance.  Like its predecessor, the new Atlantic Technology FS-7.1 has seven speaker-level inputs allowing for simple and direct connection to any seven-channel home theater receiver.

While the new FS-7.1 looks quite different with its redesigned enclosure and grilles, the major improvements are under the hood. Now the surround drivers are angled forward for improved surround-sound effects in rooms even when the listening room doesn’t have nearby side walls. The company also revoiced the crossover for smoother, more accurate sound and improved power-handling capabilities. It also boasts both keyhole and threaded inserts for easy mounting.

“The original seven-channel FS-7 soundbar was an instant hit,” said Atlantic Technology’s president, Peter Tribeman, “because it was (and still is!) the world’s first and only seven-channel soundbar.  Customers loved the simple hook-up and the sound was great, but a few thought it relied too much on side walls for surround. Well, the new design resolves that and it looks even better.

Like its predecessor, the FS-7.1 works best with a subwoofer, and Atlantic Technology upgraded that too. The new125-watt SB-900 subwoofer has a more powerful amplifier than the 100-watt SB-800, and an improved limiter that gives it the ability to play louder. Together, the FS-7.1 and SB-900 deliver a simple and highly capable two-box solution for outstanding 7-channel home theater.

The FS-7.1 and SB-900 are both available now, with MSRPs of $950 and $350 respectively.

Additional photos and specifications on press release web page.

System 1 improvements  (with no price increase…!)

It’s not often that a product (and one that was a really good one to begin with) can be significantly improved without the usual price increase. But… here’s an exception to that rule. Our System 1, the most powerful of the ATM line of quiet cooling systems, is now Energy Star rated, and moves 40% more air, an impressive 140 CFM (in free air). The original design was rated at 103CFM, a lot of air – but more is better, especially when the noise level stays exactly the same, and so does the price. As an added benefit, the new fan uses power, a mere 49 watts.

Suitable for cooling walk-in closets, large cabinets, high powered video projectors, and just about any installation generating large amounts of heat, the new System 1 is shipping now.

Click HERE to go to the System 1 page on our web site. Scroll to the bottom of the page for specs and installation info.

Atlona Wins Big and Takes Top Honors at CEDIA EXPO 2011

 KIT-PROHD3 and AT-PRO2HD88M-SR Combine to Take Home Three Prestigious Industry Awards

Atlona Technologies®, a leading digital connectivity solutions provider has announced that the company received three awards for its innovative products at CEDIA EXPO 2011. Atlona’s KIT-PROHD3 (digital connectivity testing kit) took home the prestigious CEDIA Manufacturer’s Excellence Award for Best New Product, as well as the 2011 Residential Systems Resi Award, which honor the best products based on their industrial design. Also, Atlona’s AT-PRO2HD88M-SR high-speed HDMI matrix switcher was honored with a Custom Retailer Exc!te Award.

“To have received one of these prestigious awards would have been a great honor. To take home three is simply amazing, and we are very proud to receive such widespread recognition from the industry,” said Atlona president and CEO, Ilya Khayn. “At Atlona, we strive every day to create innovative products that save installers time and money in the field, while providing the highest levels of satisfaction for their clients. It is extremely gratifying to have our hard work acknowledged.”

At CEDIA EXPO 2011, judges were blown away by Atlona’s KIT-PROHD3 digital connectivity testing kit, which allows integrators to diagnose and repair 99 percent of all system digital connectivity issues in minutes, saving both time and overhead cost. Packaged in a high-quality carrying case, the KIT-PROHD3 includes the AT-HD800 signal generator, AT-DIS7-PROHD testing monitor, AT-HDSync HDMI EDID emulator, and the AT-BAT-DIS7PRO battery.

The KIT was honored with two awards at the show. Presented by Residential Systems magazine, the Resi Awards honor the best products — based on industrial design — from exhibiting manufacturers. The KIT-PROHD3 was selected as the winner in the Custom Installation Accessory category. CEDIA Manufacturer’s Excellence Award winners were determined by a diverse panel of CEDIA residential electronic systems contractor judges on the criteria of innovation, value to the technician, value to the business, and impact on the client’s lifestyle. Atlona’s KIT was named as a winner in the Best New Product category.

Equally impressive was Atlona’s AT-PRO2HD88M-SR 8×8 high-speed HDMI matrix switcher, which won the 2011 Custom Retailer Exc!te Award. Featuring HDBaseT technology, the switcher extends HDMI sources up to 450 feet at 1080p resolution over a single Cat 5/6/7 cable as well as providing analog two-channel stereo, bidirectional RS-232, and zone-specific bidirectional IR pass-through up to 60 KHz. Furthermore, the unit provides support for Deep Color, HDCP, and full 3D, while preserving 7.1-channel digital audio, including DTS-HD and Dolby® TrueHD. Presented annually by CustomRetailer magazine, the Exc!te Awards pay tribute to products that stand out for being innovative and for having high-performing solutions oriented to the custom installation professional.

BG Radia New Product Announcement: CA-100

BG Radia’s first installment of the Classic Array line of in-walls, the CA-100 packs audiophile qualities in a very small package. With  one 5.25″ long throw woofer and one Neo 3PDR tweeter, this seamless two-way system offers an LCR compact design which can be easily mounted in an opening less than 14″ tall, 6″ wide and 4″ deep.  It has a rotatable tweeter if you want to mount is sideways.  By using a classic array and the NEO3 PDR, the CA-100 has expansive vertical and horizonal dispersion characteristics allowing flexible install locations.  Mount them high along side a plasma over a fireplace, or seperate widely to work around room obstructions.
Available right now in limited quantities.

Spec sheet is posted on website. MSRP $500 each. Available in Black or White




Central Vac Installation Made Easy

Many systems integrators have pondered adding central vacuum systems to their product mix, but question whether they have the capabilities to install them. The issue becomes more complicated in the face of a struggling homebuilding industry. While installation seems relatively simple during new construction, more and more custom installation business these days comes from retrofitting existing homes. The fact is that central vacuum systems can be installed in almost any existing knew home without marring interior walls. About one-third of all BEAM Central Vacuum Systems are installed in existing homes.

In many ways installing a central vacuum is quite similar to installation of speaker wires or security systems. To find out more, visit  BEAM Central Vacuum Systems check our installation video or download an installation manual.



CEDIA EXPO 2011: Largest Product Launch in SIM2 Company History

15 Models to Celebrate 15 Years of Home Cinema Excellence

The 2011 CEDIA Expo marks the high-point of SIM2’s 15th-anniversary celebration. The company is proud to unveil its remaining products for an unprecedented total of 15 new models launched in 2011. The new SIM2 models are based on five distinct platforms: CRYSTAL, MICO, NERO, LUMIS, and CINEMA, and include the first home theater implementation of triple-flash 144Hz 3D technology, the world’s first active 3D LED single lens home cinema projector and the new UNITHROW lens system.


“This is a very special year for our company—celebrating 15 years of business, pride of ownership, and a stunning showcase of our R&D excellence,” said Alberto Fabiano, Executive VP for SIM2 USA. “We are flexing ‘our technical prowess this year at CEDIA with 15 new models, including some key firsts. We are offering ‘a projector for every dream’, and thanks to our product development team we can deliver an evolving range of class-leading projection systems at the forefront of video technology, sure to inspire and impress customers at every price point.”


SIM2 has developed this comprehensive selection of models to meet the wants and desires of an ever increasing customer base that expects the very best in quality and performance, from the Luxury Custom Installation customer to the demanding needs of professional studios, with bespoke solutions for every environment and purpose. From the CINEMA, LUMIS, NERO and MICO projectors – with their captivating, unmistakable design and revolutionary technical features, to the CRYSTAL line that packs superb performance into a compact design.


NERO Platform, MSRP starting at $19,990

SIM2’s NERO Series is a four-model line single-chip DLP-based projectors that have the power and precision required to meet the demanding criteria of today’s projection applications: deep black level and accurate colorimetry, large screen size, ambient light conditions, artifact-free motion and the ability to reproduce the extended depth of 3D.  In the NERO, SIM2’s renowned product development team has created a projector line with the light output, color accuracy and image clarity normally only associated with larger and more costly projector. With its compact chassis, NERO has the perfect balance of power, precision and innovation.


LUMIS 3D Platform: MSRP starting at: $38,000

The LUMIS 3D projectors are totally unique to SIM2 and represent the culmination of over 10 years of innovation and research in the field of video projector design and technology. The LUMIS 3D line features a choice of three active models (the LUMIS 3D-UNO, LUMIS 3D-SOLO and LUMIS 3D-SOLO HC) and one passive model (LUMIS 3D-DUO), each differing its own level of sophistication, whilst offering unprecedented picture quality for the discerning customer. The LUMIS 3D Series is the first and only on the Home Theater market to utilize triple flash 144 Hz 3D technology—the same technology used by cinemas to produce natural-looking, flicker-free images.


The LUMIS 3D Series emulates the best 3D cinema projection systems, in terms of color fidelity, definition and depth of image. These are all conveyed accurately with the LUMIS 3D SOLO, as is the fluid motion of fast-action movies and sports, adding up to an incredible 3D experience at home.


Designed for use in Reference Home Cinemas, Media Rooms and Family/Games Rooms – in both 2D and 3D, LUMIS 3D projectors feature three user modes, each optimized for the various demands of movie, sports and 3D viewing:


  • PureMovie. This mode reproduces movies in their native format (24fps, etc.), for a more ‘film-like’ image. Recommended for movie watching in 2D.


  • PureMotion: Fast-action sports viewing benefits from smooth motion, free from the ‘smear’ and ‘judder’ that can affect image quality.


  • PureMotion 3D: The demands of 3D are such that careful processing must be carried out to ensure artifact-free images with smooth motion are created on-screen.


MICO 100 Platform, MSRP, starting at $23,000

The MICO 100 series is a truly revolutionary line: a potent mix of two of the latest cutting-edge technologies – LED and 3D, in a stunning new cabinet design, adding depth to the existing line of MICO models. This introduction is the world’s first active 3D LED projector line – and yet another landmark product set for SIM2.

SIM2 has developed an enhanced version of its PureLED technology for the MICO 150 and 160 models, a true all-digital system, with a trio of LEDs (red, green and blue) acting as both light and color source for the DLP® chipset. The purity of color and the ability of this technology to deliver light as and when it is needed provide the MICO 160 and150 with the ability to produce rich, dynamic and colorful images, offering a 25% increase in light output over the existing MICO models. The MICO 160 uses SIM2’s ProPower electronics, a true dual-channel signal processor that surpasses the home theater standard for 3D projection, and offers the same optimized picture modes as those used in the LUMIS 3D Series for 2D and 3D viewing.


For customers who do not require the extended contrast ratio and higher light output provided by the new enhanced PureLED technology, SIM2 offers the MICO 140 model, which uses PureLED as its basis.


CRYSTAL Platform: MSRP starting at $7,000

The CRYSTAL Series Full HD single-chip DLP design offers bright, crystal-clear, high-resolution images. The stunning, modern look of the CRYSTAL Series, courtesy of renowned industrial designer Giorgio Revoldini, represents a new era in projector design for SIM2. Both the 35 and 45 models are offered clad in a luxurious glass-accented cabinet in high-gloss white or black. As an elegant alternative to large, flat TVs, the CRYSTAL Series integrates beautifully into any living space while offering whisper-quiet operation.

Cinema Platform, MSRP starting $90,000

The new CINEMA line is the culmination of SIM2’s rich history of designing and manufacturing high-performance home cinema projectors.

Comprising of the CINEMA 90 and CINEMA 100 models, this NEW line of 3-chip 3D DLP projectors is designed for use in Reference Home Cinemas where very large screens (typically over 15 feet wide) are used and high light output is mandatory. This delicate balance between sheer power and the ability to accurately define the dynamics of an image is crucial for true high-end image quality. The CINEMA series, powered by a dual 400W lamp system, is the new high-end reference standard, against which all others will be judged.

SIM2’s CINEMA line delivers images with both very high brightness (up to 10,000 lumens) and high contrast (up to 10,000:1). SIM2 has created a new electronics platform (SIM2 PRO POWER) for the Cinema line, specifically designed with the future in mind. The creation of a new electronics platform that has the processing power required to optimally reproduce video formats like Full HD 3D was a strict requirement when the unit was designed. The Cinema line’s advanced video processing electronics, with enhanced keystone, ‘warping’ and spatial color correction capabilities ensure that any required image manipulation, from a vertical stretch in 3D, to an edge-blended multi-projector set-up, is easily achieved.  An array of dedicated inputs is available including HDMI 1.4 and 3G HD-SDI.

Alberto Fabiano concludes: “Continuing our leading-edge tradition, we believe the collection of products we’ve assembled at CEDIA Expo 2011 will inspire and impress our dealers and ultimately, help them propel their projector business to a whole new level” “We are convinced that SIM2, with its manufacturing experience, will once more prove that an excellent projector can only be brought to market by an experienced team of design and production experts.

Whilst the CI world seems to be focusing on lowering prices, SIM2 is consistently staying its course of designing and manufacturing exclusive, high performance products that offer a unique and solid solution to CEDIA members that will facilitate their business growth for years to come