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Belden BG Radia Definitive Technology Draper
ELAN Fortress Seating FSR Kramer
Lutron Monitor Audio Savant Schneider Electric
Command Fusion Sunfire Vaddio

Belden Launches Broadcast & AV Blog

Did you know that the Belden website features a blog focused specifically on Broadcast and AV?

Being helpful, having strong relationships with our customers and providing the very best in customer service are not new ideas to Belden, but using a blog to these ends is new to us. We hope that our online content will help you not only solve some of your business challenges, but understand who we are as an organization as well.

Blog contributors are well-known industry experts, including Steve Lampen, Belden’s Product Line Manager, on the Broadcast AV blog (please link to http://www.belden.com/blog/broadcastav/index.cfm

We are committed to our partners’ success and hope that you find some value in our effort. We plan on blogging weekly, so be sure to come back and visit. You can also register to receive alerts about new blog posts via email. Please visit the blog and leave a comment to let us know what specific subject matters you’d like to see us cover.
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In the next 45 days we will introducing the New CC-500! The new CC-500 will set a new benchmark-just like the LA-800 did years ago.

Its design was built around the CC-400 and SS-303 but with 4×8″ dual gap woofers paired with our proprietary Neo Series Drivers which include  2x Neo10’s, 1x Neo8 and 1x Neo3.  This will give these speakers an absolutely stunning performance and the world’s best designated horizontal center channel .  Its an ideal center channel complementing the LA-800 or LA-600.

Preorders are being taken, so if you need the world’s best for the world’s best project, place your orders now.  Please contact us for more information regarding this unique setup.

In other news- The FS-520, FS-420 and CC-220 have many color options. This is a new concept for BG Radia.  We have the standard 9 colors but there are many other color options to choose from Graphite, Flames, Skulls, $100 Bills, and Camoflage to name a few.  Match the color of these amazing speakers with your walls, custom motorcycle, fish tank, anything you can think of. The performace is still amazing in each of these speakers.

We have sent amazing speakers to many of our dealers.  We have  FS-420’s in Black and Red with A P Technology Russia, Torch Red with Innovative Theater and Sound in Tennessee, Orange with Dynamic Home Cinema France.  FS-520’s in Miata Blue with Beyond AV in California.  There are many ways you can make these match your home or you.
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Command Fusion recently completed a quick start video and text guide: Getting started with CommandFusion iViewer and guiDesigner.


Video Guide: http://cmdf.us/PC6I8d

Text Guide: http://cmdf.us/TOJQU5
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New Logo to be introduced at CEDIA 2012 Expo, New Web Site and SoloCinema XTR Active Sound Bar
Definitive Technology announced that it is rolling out a new brand identity, logo and positioning that complements its products and befits its reputation as the most honored company in high performance loudspeakers for discriminating sound enthusiasts. The audio industry will get its first peek at Definitive’s new aesthetics at the company’s exhibit space, location SR3, at the CEDIA 2012 Expo (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association), Sept. 6-8 in Indianapolis, and consumers will see the new logo on the brand’s new SoloCinema XTR Sound Bar available at audio and electronics retailers this fall.

“The new brand mark is a reflection and amplification of our brand values. We create beautiful products that precisely replicate natural sound. We wanted to create an emblem we could stand behind that reflected our design values of precision, purity, and intelligent design,” said Paul DiComo, Definitive Technology Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development.
To hone the look and feel of Definitive Technology, the brand worked closely with the 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.
The company’s bold new logo and graphics package incorporates a custom font with a large capital D and period. It complements the clean, minimal design forms of Definitive products and reflects their precise performance and contemporary aesthetics. The logo and graphics will appear on all new Definitive products and the advertising behind them. Definitive will incorporate the new look in social media channels, as well as an all-new website scheduled to launch in early September.
“The new mark is but one part of the honing of the Definitive Technology image,” said DiComo. “We’ve defined colors, shapes and other graphic elements that reflect our brand’s values. As we extend our product offerings the industrial designs will follow the pure, minimal and timeless contemporary precepts that have been the hallmarks of Definitive products since the founding of our brand. We will always be where precision sound meets iconic design.”

Draper Intros New Screen Surface Selection Tool 

 (Spiceland, Ind.) – When selecting a projection screen surface, there are many variables to consider, including screen gain, surface color and screen material. Matching up screen surface capabilities with room conditions can get complicated very quickly, but Draper Inc. has simplified the process with a powerful new Web tool.
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Draper’s new screen surface selector takes into account variables such as projector brightness, light on the screen, projector location and specs and more to narrow screen surface choices to “good,” “better” and “best.”

“This new tool is unique to Draper and was entirely designed and developed in house. Our Quality Lab team performed numerous performance tests on each surface for gain, ambient light rejection, contrast, and more, all of which support the logic behind the tool,” according to Draper Advertising Manager Penny Sitler. “Members of our field sales staff provided real world input on the performance of these surfaces in a variety of settings, and our web development team spent many hours integrating the results into an easy-to-use and reliable selector.”

The new screen surface selector was developed using InfoComm standards as a basis for screen selection, and designed to be easy to use by people with basic or advanced AV knowledge.

You can check out Draper’s new screen surface selector at www.draperinc.com/ProjectionScreens/SurfaceSelector.asp.
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CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, August 16, 2012 — ELAN® Home Systems today announced that its new VL10 Valet touch screen interface for the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System has been named a 2012 EXC!TE Award winner by CustomRetailer Magazine. The award will be presented to ELAN on Sept. 6 at the 2012 EXC!TE Awards Party at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“It’s thrilling to have our new VL10 Valet recognized by CustomRetailer,” said Paul Starkey, ELAN‘s Chief Marketing Officer. “The VL10 provides our custom installation dealers, consumers and commercial customers with a convenient, always-on user interface that is perfect for use in homes, board rooms and bars. It features ELAN’s user-friendly ‘touch and swipe’ design and is an ideal control solution for kitchens and bedside tables, where it can double as a TV thanks to the included analog video input.”

CustomRetailer Magazine presents its annual EXC!TE Awards to the best products available to the industry. Each year, CustomRetailer invites nominations of products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional. Past winners stand out as particularly impressive, considering the unique challenges custom installers face every day on the job. The impact these products have had on the industry is felt in the installers’ productivity, the dealers’ profitability, the clients’ satisfaction and the industry’s vitality.

The new ELAN VL10 Valet features a 16:9 wide screen format, a built-in speaker and microphone for messaging, simple IP connectivity for communication, non-volatile flash memory, quick & easy programming, a screen saver mode that can display photos and it is compatible with all ELAN system controllers.

The g! family of interfaces is ELAN’s breakthrough series of touchscreen devices and applications that put total entertainment and control right at a consumer’s fingertips. No matter what is being controlled – the home, office, restaurant & bar, conference room or classroom — this exciting group of g! interfaces enable users to control everything in a fast, powerful, and most importantly, intuitive way. Each one of ELAN’s tabletop, handheld, mobile and in-wall interfaces has the uniform g! look and feel, creating a consistent user experience that is both familiar and satisfying. Users simply touch one of the fun g! interface icons and have immediate control of their media, lighting, climate, security, video and much more.
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The JR2’s design suits a wide range of environments from the study to the home theater. It is as comfortable and supportive as it is stunning.  At Fortress, we are always happy to accommodate most requests and in this case, the client-supplied lamps were recessed into the common arms….with beautiful results.


Features include finely handcrafted genuine wood veneer arms and back.  Wood choices include Walnut, Maple, Cherry and Oak and can be stained any color to match the other wood detail in the room. In this case the cup holders were powder coated to match the arm stain. A light strip under the arm base is subtle and illuminates the way. Precision etching detail on plinth base.  JR2 Limited Edition is available in any configuration.

As shown:         Model: JR2 Limited Edition

Single-Dual-Single; 11” Common Arms; 7” Custom Outside Arms; Optional Arm Pads

Upholstery:       Customers Own Material; Customer Supplied Lamps


Seating Designed to Your Specific Requirements

Fortress, a prime USA manufacturer of high-end office furniture, has been solving seating challenges since the 40’s. Bringing this experience to the home theater market, Fortress established itself as a quality builder capable of customizing theater chairs to the users specifications. With a corporate philosophy of “Let’s give it a try”, almost anything is possible.

www.fortresseating.com    800-873-2828
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FSR’s HDMI Wall Plate Extender Sends Signals Further at an Appealing Price 

Woodland Park, NJ  (September 25, 2012) — FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has added the HDMI Wall Plate Extender to its new Digital Video (DV) family of products, a line aimed at professional installations requiring HDMI support. The new extender consists of a single gang Decora style wall plate transmitter and a matching receiver capable of extending HDMI signals at 1080p up to 165 feet. The HDMI Wall Plate Extender joins dozens of new FSR products being offered at extremely attractive price points.

The HDMI Wall Plate Extender has an HDMI input on the front and 2 punch down blocks for CAT x cables on the back. Punching down the CAT x cable directly to the interface has several advantages, not the least of which is the cost savings of paying to have the cable terminated. In addition, this style of connection saves space in the electrical box and reduces the strain introduced by a tight cable radius when terminated cables are used.

The HDMI Wall Plate Extender is available in white, black and ivory to match existing décor.

For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.
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Kramer Introduces the VS−88DTP 8×8 DVI Matrix Switcher
The VS−88DTP can route any or all inputs to any or all DGKat™ twisted pair outputs simultaneously.


Kramer Introduces the VS−88DTP 8x8 DVI Matrix Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VS−88DTP Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher for DVI signals. The unit reclocks and equalizes the signal, and can route any or all inputs to any or all DGKat™ twisted pair outputs simultaneously.

The VS−88DTP has a maximum input data rate of 1.65Gbps and is HDTV compatible. The VS−88DTP has eight DVI−D inputs on DVI−I connectors, and eight DGKat twisted pair outputs on RJ−45 connectors. The unit features Kramer’s re−Klocking™ & Equalization technology, which rebuilds the digital signal to travel longer distances.

The VS−88DTP has a system range of up to 225 ft. (90m) at 1080i, or up to 98 ft.m (30m) at 1080p on Kramer shielded BC−DGKat524 cable. On Kramer shielded BC−DGKat623 cable, the unit has a range of up to 295 ft. (90m) at 1080i, or up to 230 ft. (70m) at 1080p, and on Kramer shielded BC−DGKat7a23 cable, it has a range of up to 330 ft. (100m) at 1080i or up to 295 ft. (90m) at 1080p.

The VS−88DTP features Kramer’s DGKat™ Signal Integration – unique technology for converting digital TMDS signals such as DVI or HDMI as well as control and communication to signals that run over twisted pair cables. For best performance, Kramer strongly recommends using DGKat cables designed specifically for optimum range and compatibility with Kramer twisted pair transmitters and receivers.

The VS−88DTP provides convenient features for easy operation including a front panel lockout button. The unit can be controlled via the front−panel touch switches, through its serial RS−232 and RS−485 ports, via Ethernet, or by the included IR remote control. The unit also includes K−Router™ Windows®−based control software, and Windows®−based Ethernet Configuration Manager & Virtual Serial Port Manager. The unit has sixteen memory locations to store setups for quick access to the most frequently used configurations. The VS−88DTP also features Kramer’s I−EDIDPro™ Intelligent EDID Processing™, an algorithm that ensures “Plug and Play” operation in DVI systems.

The VS−88DTP operates with a worldwide power supply, and is housed in a standard 19” rack mount, with “ears” included.

The VS−88DTP is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information for the VS−88DTP and for all Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products can be found at www.kramerelectronics.com.


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Expands Insulating Honeycomb Shade Collection with Cable-Guided Shades, Skylight Shades and Larger Shade Sizes

Just one year after the 2011 CEDIA Expo launch of its popular insulating honeycomb shade collection, Lutron is pleased to announce that it’s expanding the collection with cable-guided shades, skylight shades and new, larger shade sizes.

Battery-powered, insulating honeycomb shades offer quiet, convenient control at the touch of a button and are priced from $299. The innovative Triathlon® power technology provides an average three-year battery life for a reliable, wire-free solution that’s ideal for existing homes.

Cable-guided insulating honeycomb shades for skylights and other applications
• cables prevent shades from swaying, making vertically-mounted cable-guided shades ideal for French doors or areas of heavy airflow
• cable-guided shades mounted at angles work in skylights or angled windows (angles as shallow as 30 degrees off horizontal to work with most residential skylight applications) shipping January 2013

Expanded sizes for insulating honeycomb shades
• insulating honeycomb shades are now available:
as narrow as 14.5” (368 mm) in all fabric and headrail types, for small windows and doors as large as 96”x 96” (2438 mm x 2438 mm) for applications such as picture windows

Insulating honeycomb shades are offered in single-cell light filtering, double-cell light filtering and room darkening options, making them an ideal solution for any space.
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CEDIA 2012 was the most amazing show yet for Monitor Audio and Kevro International. Our super-sized booth was jammed with dialed-in dealers throughout!  Click image below for Monitor Audio’s CEDIA Recap!

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SAVANT® Launches New Look Lighting Control System
Savant brings simplicity of configuration and an unparalleled user experience to lighting control

Savant Systems LLC, having delivered the first Apple®-based home automation and commercial control system, has announced the introduction of Savant Lighting Control, transforming the LiteTouch® products into a dynamic lighting control solution that can be used as part of a complete package within Savant’s automation and energy management ecosystem or as a standalone lighting control system. Savant Lighting Control will take advantage of Savant’s expertise in highly efficient software-based system configuration, compact powerful hardware devices and renowned user interface options, giving integrators and designers highly versatile and scalable lighting control solutions. Savant Lighting Control will maximize energy efficiency, safety, convenience and ease of use all from a cohesive single platform.

By offering both Savant Lighting Control and the company’s automation and entertainment products, integrators can now deliver the most complete and intuitive home automation solution. Users can activate lights via Savant’s stylish array of premium keypads as well as the company’s award-winning iOS and Mac apps including TrueControl™ and TrueImage Control™.

Savant Lighting Control can also be implemented as a versatile standalone lighting solution, utilizing the same interoperability that LiteTouch has offered to 3rd party control vendors. Savant’s backwards compatible hardware and software design allow for support and system upgrade of all LiteTouch systems that are already installed in the field. Savant will continue to support 3rd party lighting control systems through the company’s Partners in Excellence Program.

“Savant brought game-changing innovation to several critical elements of the control and automation space and implementing the same powerful advantages to the lighting control category is a very natural extension of our business,” explained Bob Madonna, Savant CEO. “Our initial lighting control product designs are focused on expanding the range of system configurations and price points, giving integrators a powerful and competitive solution set that represents only the beginning of Savant’s innovation in the lighting control segment,” Madonna stated.
Savant Lighting Control will be available fall, 2012 through both the Savant and LiteTouch dealer networks. Savant Lighting Control will be available fall, 2012 through both the Savant and LiteTouch dealer networks.

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Schneider Electric’s Uninterruptible Power Supply Products First to Achieve ENERGY STAR® Qualification
Power protection devices achieve inaugural approval in ENERGY STAR program’s new category

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management,  announced select Back-UPS™ and Smart-UPS™ (uninterruptible power supply) models have become the first-ever UPSs to earn the ENERGY STAR qualification under the federal program’s new UPS category. Acknowledged for meeting standardized energy efficiency requirements and passing the program’s testing, the selected Smart-UPS and Back-UPS products have been recognized for their abilities to both save customers money while helping to protect the environment.

“Schneider Electric has committed to lead in the industry in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.” said Laurent Vernerey, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT Business. “Customers rely on APC by Schneider Electric’s UPSs to provide safe, dependable protection from downtime and hardware damage. Earning the ENERGY STAR mark for our products solidifies our ability to operate at high efficiency without sacrificing reliability.”

Jointly established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), the ENERGY STAR program is aimed at reducing pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy, while also making it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy efficient products. Companies inducted into the program exemplify a commitment to developing offerings which empower customers to capitalize on the operational and financial benefits inherent in energy management.

In addition to delivering significant overall savings and providing critical, reliable functions within small to medium businesses and homes, the Schneider Electric Smart-UPS and Back-UPS were qualified by an independent laboratory on the following criteria to become marked as ENERGY STAR:

  • Efficiency: UPS products considered must achieve operational efficiency in the top 25 percent of the market, thus allowing customers to realize lower electrical operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint;
  • Performance Tested: All UPS products are subject to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR test procedure, under the supervision of a third-party certification body; and,
  • Published Results: UPS products must achieve specific test results, including efficiencies at 25, 50, 75 and 100 percent loads, as well as no load losses and other characteristics which are published on the EPA’s web site, http://www.epa.gov/.

“We are pleased to extend the ENERGY STAR certification to energy efficient UPS products as part of our effort to promote efficiency in data centers,” said Robert Meyers, Data Center Product Manager, ENERGY STAR. “As data center equipment becomes more environmentally friendly, we’re thrilled to include this new product category, as well as further promote the ability of companies across industries to make informed, transparent decisions around purchasing energy-conscious equipment.”

Furthering its commitment to making the choice for energy efficient equipment simple and clear, Schneider Electric also plans to pursue ENERGY STAR certification for additional UPS products over the next year. For more information on Schneider Electric’s complete line of UPS products please visit www.apc.com. Additional information about ENERGY STAR products can be found on the program website: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_how_earn.
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The new HRSIW8 utilizes Sunfire’s patented Stillbass™ anti-shake technology to provide 520W of stunning bass from an enclosure that literally disappears into the wall, creating a seamless home theater experience.

 Sunfire®, a specialist in the design, manufacturing and marketing of luxury home theater audio products, announced the introduction of the all-new Sunfire HRSIW8, an in-wall dual-driver 8” subwoofer that features the brand’s patented Stillbass™ anti-shake technology that virtually eliminates mechanical vibration, improving bass definition while helping to contain the bass to the room in which it is mounted. The Stillbass technology, coupled with Sunfire’s trademark High Back-emf designed woofers, helps provide pounding audiophile-grade bass from a subwoofer that easily retrofits into a standard 16” on-center stud bay. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

According to Sunfire General Manager Mark Weisenberg, “Every day, the engineers and designers at Sunfire are developing new ways to deliver what home owners want from their home entertainment experience; dynamic, accurate bass without donating large amounts of space in the process. We have accomplished that with the HRSIW8. Combining our legacy technologies with our latest thinking in subwoofer power and control, the HRSIW8 is simple to install. Setup is straightforward using Sunfire’s Digital amplifier platform, which includes a wide array of optional adjustments for maximum performance. Now our dealers will be able to specify a budget conscious, high performance in-wall subwoofer that delivers on our brand promise.”

The HRSIW8 features two custom-designed 8” long-throw woofers using ultra low mass fiberglass cones in a sealed cabinet that measures 12.2”W x 24.7”H x 3.75”D, and only requires a wall cutout of 10.6”W x 23.5”H. With six built-in dog-toggle style wall clamps it is a perfect solution for both retrofits and new construction jobs, easily fitting in any standard 16” on-center stud bay. A wire channel is provided on the rear of the enclosure to avoid pinching the wire between the enclosure and the back of the drywall inside the opening. Easily removable magnetic grilles and a cutout template for easy installation are provided.

The HRSIW8’s external rack-mount amplifier is an evolution of the Sunfire digital amplifier used in the company’s SDS subwoofer line. Using Sunfire’s Frequency Filtration Design (FFD) for high fidelity bass, the amp delivers 520W of power with near zero distortion. A wide range of filtering adjustments are included as well as DSP with room equalization and a remote control that provides one-touch access to preset equalizer modes.


The HRSIW8 has an MSRP of $1,700 and features a frequency response of 33Hz-150Hz, maximum output of 106dB, balanced and unbalanced line level inputs, gold plated speaker terminals and adjustable high-pass and low pass filters.

The continuing “Science of Sunfire” is the direct result of a design philosophy originally pioneered by Bob Carver that has become codified by the brand. This unique approach to design has resulted in amazingly compact high performance subwoofers that combine the best electronics and acoustics with specialized, premium materials to

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AV Bridge: Take control of your performance.

Vaddio’s AV Bridge lets you record or stream your audio and video like a PRO.

Whether you want to create a video or stream live to the world, AV Bridge provides the USB connection from your audio/video feeds back to your Mac or PC. With the power to work with any of the industry-leading video applications – Apple’s Final Cut Pro or iMovie, Avid’s Media Composer, Adobe Premiere  or Microsoft Movie Maker – the AV Bridge works with any OS that supports USB 2.0. And if you want to broadcast your event live, the AV Bridge features an integrated streaming server – that when connected to the Internet – streams live to the world.

Now here are the boring technical details.

AV Bridge can support switchable balanced or unbalanced audio – and switchable HDMI, RGBHV, SD or HD component video inputs. Video inputs can be up or down converted as required. Outputs include USB 2.0 with HD UVC/UAC device support (Read as needs no custom USB drivers) and an Ethernet network interface for both IP control and streaming, supporting RTSP and HLS streaming clients. So take those bad videos off your YouTube channel and show them what you’ve got.