D-Tools MVP manufacturers realize the importance of bringing you their product information and have chosen to support the D-Tools user community by joining the program and making their product data directly available through D-Tools SI software. Read on for the latest manufacturer news and product updates. This month, read news about BEAM by Electrolux, Atlona, URC, Chief, Onkyo and more!

Atlona Technologies to the rescue with the new DVI to VGA or Component Scaler/Converter, the AT-PC530

Atlona Technologies, solutions based manufacturer of Audio Video accessories, answers the call for a DVI to VGA or Component Scaler/Converter with the PC530

Being a solutions based manufacturer of Audio Video accessories, Atlona Technologies pride themselves on seeking out connectivity issues that users may face in the Audio Video industry.  One such concern has been the need to connect Digital Video to legacy sources such as VGA or component displays.  In response to this need sought out by both end users and installers, Atlona has brought about the new AT-PC530, a new video scaler/converter designed for taking DVI signal from any computer or a tele-presence system and scaling it down to VGA or Component video signal.

The AT-PC530 is an innovative scaler designed to convert DVI signal into a variety of HDTV and Computer resolutions through either Component or VGA outputs at resolutions up to 1920×1200 or 1080p or as low as 480i.  Along with a featured On Screen Display to enhance optimal video performance, this unit is HDCP compliant.  The AT-PC530 supports DVI resolutions from VGA (640×480) up to WUXGA (1920×1200) and scales it to Component or VGA resolutions up to 1080p or 1920×1080.

Atlona’s AT-PC530 is currently available for an affordable MSRP of $299.00


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PR Director:

Joshua Carlson, (408) 962-0515 ext 123, JCarlson@atlona.com

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Western Regional Sales Manager:

Michael Hawkins (408) 962-0515 ext 133, Hawkins.m@atlona.com

Central Regional Sales Manager:

Ron Kasmarsik (408) 962-0515 ext 137, Ron@atlona.com

Eastern Regional Sales Manager:

Kevin Billingsley (408) 962-0515 ext 122 Kevin@atlona.com

Account Manager, Broadcasting, Central USA:

Sid Guel (408) 962-0515 ext 234 SidGuel@atlona.com

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URC Adds Jamie Finnegan as National Sales Manager for Commercial Products

Jamie Finnegan joined URC this month as national sales manager for its growing commercial division. Finnegan brings extensive experience both as an integrator and on the manufacturing side. After entering the industry in 1986 in a sales role, Finnegan owned a well-established integration firm from 1993 to 2006 that generated approximately $3 million in annual revenues from both commercial and residential installations. In 2006, Finnegan joined AMX as a direct factory sales rep for its Central region and, after that successful stint, was promoted to regional sales manager for AMX’s Northeast region in 2009.

“URC has a distinct advantage in the commercial space because of our 2-way control and our customization-to-cost quotient,” explains Finnegan. “While expectations for what people can do with user interfaces are at an all-time high, the price they’re willing to pay for those interfaces is at an all-time low. URC delivers cost-effective products that are fully customizable, all on a robust control platform. Add our superior reliability and dealer support to the equation, and it’s no surprise that URC enjoys fierce brand loyalty.”

Kramer Introduces Powerful Presentation Switcher for Multiple Video & Audio Sources

VP-27 Twelve Input Multi-format Presentation Switcher

Kramer VP-27 Press Release
Kramer VP-27 Photos

Hampton, New Jersey – Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the availability of the VP-27 presentation switcher designed for a wide variety of presentation and multimedia applications. The VP-27 offers the benefit of three independent video switchers in one unit.  The VP-27 is capable of passing computer graphics video, s-Video, and composite video at high bandwidth, all with accompanying unbalanced audio signals.  The multi-function VP-27 is a compact, one box, high-performance solution for installations that would otherwise require three separate products.

The multi-format VP-27 switcher combines the functions of a 4×1 switcher for computer graphics video (PC/VGA) signals with audio, a 4×1 switcher for s-Video signals with audio, and a 4×1 switcher for composite video signals with audio; all in a compact one rack unit frame.  The VP-27 offers a computer graphics video bandwidth of 415MHz to ensure the highest quality performance even in the most crucial applications, and is HDTV compatible.

In addition to audio-follow-video switching of unbalanced audio for each video section, the VP-27 also includes a master audio output that can route one of the pre-selected unbalanced audio inputs from the three video switching sections to a separate dedicated output with audio level (gain) control.  The unit also offers a microphone input with input level control and features microphone mix, mute and a microphone talk-over mode that reduces the line audio output level when the connected microphone detects sound.

Front panel controls on the VP-27 include four selector buttons for each of the three video switcher sections, microphone input level control, and a master audio output level control.  A Panel Lock button on the front panel ensures security, and prevents tampering. The VP-27 is controlled directly by the front panel buttons, via IR through the included IR remote control, or by using RS-232 serial commands transmitted by a touch-screen system, PC, or other serial controller.

The VP-27 sells in the United States at a list price of $795.00 and is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

Chief Introduces the First Folding TV Mounts

The FIT™ Series mounts feature an innovative green design so it ships with nearly half the packaging

Minneapolis, MN. USA (June 2010) – www.chiefmfg.com – Chief, the industry leader in AV mounting and rack solutions, is excited to announce new FIT Series mounts in both fixed and tilt designs.

Chief’s FIT Series mounts fit flat panel TVs 26”–63” and support up to 175 lbs. The fixed mounts boast a sleek 0.79” depth, while the tilted version is slightly larger at 1.96” to support the 12° fingertip tilt.

Other features include the open wall plate for easy placement, cable routing and connection, and the GlideLock™ system that allows installers to secure the TV to the wall plate without tools. An innovative green design where the hinged wall plate lets the mount fold reduces packaging material by nearly half, which is a great feature for meeting LEED requirements without compromising on design.

Look for the FIT Series wall mounts at the Chief InfoComm booth C4435.

About Chief

Chief is a division of Milestone AV Technologies, a Duchossois Group Company, and has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts, racks and accessories for TVs, displays, projectors and other AV components.

Chief continues to design innovative solutions and helpful online applications, like Chief’s exclusive MountBuilder™ and RackBuilder™ applications that complement the technology they support. With numerous product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering quality products and knowledgeable, helpful customer service. You can follow @chiefmfg on Twitter or become a fan of Chief on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota, California, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com.

You can now offer your clients Cleaner, Healthier Living. Built-in, as BEAM Central Vacuum Systems by Electrolux has joined the D-Tools MVP Program.

“We look forward to helping system integrators participate in the growing green building industry by providing products that improve the air quality of today’s homes,” says Larry Hartley, vice president of sales and marketing for BEAM Central Vacuum Systems. “This partnership will go a long way toward helping increase the penetration of central vacuum systems in the U.S. and provide D-Tools integrators with the most frequently specified central vacuum brand in the world.”

Jaime Bell, marketing manager for Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems, adds that joining the D-Tools MVP program expands upon BEAM’s industry leading dealer support programs by providing new channels for integrators to obtain product and product installation information.

“We believe this will be a win-win. The information now available to MVP integrators will help them grow their business, while growing our business at the same time,” Bell says.

BEAM products are manufactured and marketed by Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems, headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, a division of Electrolux Home Care Products, North America. For more information, visit www.beam.com.

Extend HDMI and IR Together over Dual CAT6

Tributaries proudly announces a new HDMI extender the HXC6IR that not only extends an uncompressed HDMI signal over dual CAT6 but it also can pass the IR signal at the same time, saving time and money in installation.

Consisting of 2 units; a transmitter and a receiver, each powered by universal  a 5 volt/1 amp power supply, and each weighing no more than 7ounces, these small devises are fast and easy to install. Simply place the transmitter next to your HD source, and then place the receiver next to your display. Complete the installation using two Tributaries HDMI cables, the IR blaster and IR receiver (included) and two runs of CAT6. The IR function provides for one way remote control of the source equipment at the display without the extra work of installing additional in-wall wiring, blocks and IR cable terminations.

Like the HXC6, the HXC6IR is a HDMI 1.3 compliant product that supports up to 12-bit (same as 36-bit) Deep Color and new lossless compressed Digital Audio: Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS®-HD Master Audio with a bandwidth of 2.25 GHz.

Additional Features:

Extends 12 bit color / 1080p up to 20 meters over dual CAT6
Extends 8 bit color / 1080p up to 45 meters over dual CAT6
Extends 8 bit color / 1080i up to 45 meters over dual CAT5E
1-CAT6 and 1-CAT5E: Connect the CAT5E to the DDC in/out for same result as using dual CAT6
HDMI input compensation, clock/phase adjustments and the elimination of jitter
Supports the full range of IR transmission from 20-60KHz
Supports HDMI input and output cables up to 15 meters
CAT6 can be cascaded using Tributaries HXC6R repeater for greater distance.
Supports CEC bypass
Supports xvYCC

Retails for $400.00

Onkyo Debuts Three THX Certified, 3D-Ready, Network Receivers with Audio Streaming and Multi-Room Functionality

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ, 6/1/10 — Onkyo, a world-renowned name in quality home entertainment, announced the release of three new mid- and upper mid-range network A/V receivers for 2010: the TX-NR1008, TX-NR808, and TX-NR708. Each of these models is THX® Select2 Plus™ certified and offers the latest processing and user-friendly features to support multi-room set-ups, network audio streaming, iPhone®/iPod®-compatible USB, and fully immersive 3D capable home theater with multidimensional surround sound to match.

All of these models have seven of the latest HDMI® 1.4a connections, specifying compatibility with the new 3D video formats, which promise to bring an exciting new dimension to movies and games in the home. These new receivers are also compatible with the mandatory formats for 3D broadcast content of “Side-By-Side (Half)” and “Top-and-Bottom” 3D video formats.

HDMI is also the conduit for 1080p video upscaling of all video inputs, regardless of native resolution, via Faroudja DCDi Cinema™. On all three of the new Onkyo receiver models, DCDi Cinema works to remove jaggies during the video signal deinterlacing process, resulting in smooth progressive-scan video images.

Each of these network receivers includes a rear-panel Ethernet port that links it directly to the internet or to a home PC. Users can then enjoy superior fidelity from a wide range of audio file types, including MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and LPCM. They can also access a range of different streaming Internet radio services, from Pandora®, Rhapsody, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio®, and newly expanded services from Napster, Mediafly™, and Slacker™ internet radio.

The Ethernet connection brings the added convenience of easy firmware upgrades, which enhance the unit’s functionality going forward. Each receiver is also Windows® 7 compatible and DLNA 1.5 certified to allow audio streaming from other network-enabled equipment throughout the home.

Audio processing on all three models includes the studio master-quality of the industry’s two leading lossless codecs, Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™. Complementing these are the expanded surround dimensions of Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz and Audyssey DSX™. The former provides the option of adding extra height channels for improved ambience, while the latter adds either height or width channels. With the 7.2-channel TX-NR808 and TX-NR708, these extra channels replace the surround rear channels. Meanwhile, with the 9.2-channel TX-NR1008, users have a host of different speaker configurations to choose from.

This flexibility extends to multi-room set-ups. Onkyo’s new A/V receivers open the door to distributed audio in up to three rooms in the home. With the TX-NR708, users can take advantage of a powered Zone 2 or a Zone 2 line out. Meanwhile, the TX-NR808 provides a powered Zone 2, along with pre-outs for Zones 2 and 3. Finally, the TX-NR1008 can deliver 5.1-channel surround sound in the main room, plus fully powered stereo audio of two different sources in Zone 2 and Zone 3.

Along with the two extra amplifier channels and one extra HDMI output, the TX-NR1008 offers further advantages over its two siblings. It is equipped with advanced ISF video calibration controls for independent optimization and fine-grained adjustments of every video source. And it sports an extra 192 kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DAC to handle the heavy demands of multi-channel audio processing.

Each of the three Onkyo models includes a full suite of Audyssey equalization and room-correction technologies to ensure optimal audio performance in any environment and at any volume level. Chief among these is Audyssey MultEQ®, which corrects for time and frequency-response problems caused by room acoustics, and which calibrates speakers for optimal audio balance throughout the listening space.

All three receivers have an iPhone®/iPod®-compatible front-side USB port that allows on-screen display of album art and navigation via the included remote. Other noteworthy features shared by this trio include an analog RGB input for video content from a connected PC; PLL jitter-cleaning circuit technology; and Onkyo’s new overlaid graphical OSD for seamless adjustment of settings during a viewing session.

The TX-NR1008 and TX-NR808 include Onkyo’s bi-directional and customizable preprogrammed remote control to simplify the process of programming all the components in the system.

With these latest releases, Onkyo looks to consolidate its position as a provider of the most up-to-date home entertainment features backed by rock-solid performance and intelligent design.

The Onkyo TX-NR708 and TX-NR808 will be available at the beginning of July with suggested retail prices of $899 and $1,099 respectively. The TX-NR1008 will ship to dealers at the end of July and will have a suggested retail price of $1,399.

Since 1946 Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to created award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.

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