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Atlona Technologies CES Preview

“CES is the ultimate event for consumer electronics lovers, and we can’t wait to see the latest and greatest gadgets on display,” said Joshua Carlson, Director of Public Relations, Atlona Technologies. “For Atlona, it’s going to be a very exciting show. We will be showcasing products from our CE line that are designed to meet the high consumer demand for implementing newer technologies with existing home theater and computer systems. Our lineup will include a number of simple solutions that anyone can install and operate, which dramatically extend the capabilities of PCs and laptops. From conveniently streaming media to an HDTV to immersion in the ultimate PC gaming experience, we’ve got consumers covered.”

Atlona® at the 2011 International CES:

At the 2011 International CES, Atlona® will showcase a wide variety of easy-to-use CE products, including innovative wireless solutions that allow consumers to enjoy streaming content from their computer on their HDTV without the hassle of wires. Making its CES debut will be the third-generation AT-AiR3 USB to HDMI converter, which is capable of transmitting a full 1080p wireless signal. Atlona will also highlight simple solutions for bringing computer gaming to the HDTV, incorporating older Mac® computers and laptops with new Mac monitors, and enhancing the home theater experience. For integrators, Atlona has always strived to provide a one-stop shop for digital connectivity solutions. In keeping with this tradition, the company is proud to announce support for all 3D signal types across multiple Atlona products, including HDMI switchers, converters, extenders, and splitters. Incorporating the very latest advances in A/V technology, Atlona’s 3D-compatible products operate flawlessly with every new 3D display on the market.

Atlona® Products in Action at the 2011 International CES:

Wireless Solutions — Enjoy Streaming Content From a Mac® or PC on an HDTV

  • AT-AiR3 Wireless USB to HDMI/VGA Adaptor With Audio (1080p) Atlona® is excited to announce the CES debut of the third generation of its AT-HDAiR: the AT-AiR3. Answering the call for a full 1080p wireless signal, this one-of-a-kind device allows users to connect any USB-enabled computer or laptop wirelessly to an HDTV or projector via VGA or HDMI. Capable of transmitting a signal up to 30 feet, the AT-AiR3 is perfect for viewing streaming media from Hulu, YouTube, and other popular sites, as well as computer-based learning programs such as RosettaStone® or Lynda online training.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-AiR3.zip

  • AT-PCLINK Wireless DVI With Stereo Audio and Dual USB-KVM Extender — With two USB ports and a 3.5-mm audio and DVI port, the AT-PCLINK gives users access to their PC with a secondary keyboard, mouse, display, and PC speakers through wireless transmission. The unit transforms any PC into a sleek, simple access point that can be used up to 30 feet away from the base station.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-PCLINK.zip

Video Gaming — Upgrade a Desktop or Laptop Monitor to an HDTV

  • AT-HD620 HDMI/Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Scaler and Switcher — Convert HDMI signals from any HDMI-enabled source to a Mini DisplayPort monitor. The scaler allows the unit to upconvert any HDMI resolution to match the native resolution of an Apple® iMac® 27-inch or 24-inch monitor.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-HD620.zip

Image Caption: Atlona AT-HD620

  • AT-HD610 DVI With Analog/Digital Audio to HDMI Converter and Embedder — Play favorite computer games on an HDTV, or watch uploaded videos. With the AT-HD610, users can easily connect a DVI-D cable and a 3.5-mm or SPDIF audio cable from a computer to a TV with just a single HDMI cable.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-HD610.zip

Apple®-Based Products — Incorporate Older Mac® Computers and Laptops With New Mac Monitors

  • AT-DP200 DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter — Easily convert any Mac or PC’s DVI or Mini-DVI signal to a digital signal over a Mini DisplayPort connector, which is currently used on the Apple® 24-inch and iMac® 27-inch displays.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-DP200.zip

  • AT-DP400 (Dual Link) DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter (USB Powered) — Designed to convert a Mac® or PC’s dual-link DVI output to a digital signal over a Mini DisplayPort connector, the AT-DP400 is optimized for the iMac® 27-inch monitor, which can support resolutions up to 2560×1440.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-DP400.zip

  • AT-MDP21 2×1 Mini DisplayPort KVM Switch — Connect up to two Mini DisplayPort computers to a single display. The AT-MDP21 has two individual Mini DisplayPorts and four USB inputs and an individual Mini DisplayPort output to a display, as well as two USB outputs for a keyboard and mouse.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-MDP21.zip

Home Theater Solutions — Enhance the Home Theater Experience

  • AT-HDPiX2 Second-Generation USB to HDMI Converter (1080p) — Designed to add an HDMI port to any computer, the AT-HDPiX2 offers limitless applications in both consumer and commercial environments.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-HDPIX2.zip

  • AT-HDVieW VGA to HDMI Scaler/Converter (USB Powered) — Upscale the audio and video signals from a PC to the digital HDMI output of a wide range of HDTV and PC solutions, up to 1080p.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-HDView.zip

About Atlona Technologies:

Atlona Technologies® is a global manufacturer of cutting-edge digital connectivity solutions. The company supplies an extensive range of high-quality products — from cables, splitters, and extenders to distribution amplifiers, converters, switchers, and much more — to a diverse client base spanning the consumer electronics, home theater, computing, retail, systems integration, professional A/V, broadcast, entertainment, medical digital imaging, and digital signage markets. Made from the finest materials and offering unique feature sets, the company’s value-added products can be found in places such as the most prominent hotels in Dubai, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., and across hundreds of thousands of home theaters across the globe. More information about Atlona Technologies is available at www.atlona.com.

Atlona Technologies is a registered trademark of Lenexpo Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Complimentary Webinar: Why Color is the Next Big Opportunity in Video

Featuring Jim Sullivan, President and Co-Founder, Entertainment Experience, and former Eastman Kodak executive

Over the past decade, image rendering capabilities for televisions and other video displays have significantly improved. The latest display technology more than doubles the capability to display colors.  However, digital color standards have not changed since the 1970s and are insufficient to render those improvements.

Join us for this exclusive webinar with Jim Sullivan, president and co-founder, Entertainment Experience, who will discuss new technology breakthroughs that revolutionize the color rendering for any video device. In this webinar, you will also learn how to expand your business with this next generation home theater technology that offers:

–        New, high margin services

–        Custom color tables for the ultimate viewing experience

–        Enhancements to your existing installs with  new product and services revenue

Register here for the January 20, 2011, webinar at 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT.

FSR Makes Beautiful Music for Hyatt’s New Aqualea Resort in Clearwater, Florida

Woodland Park, NJ (December 8, 2010) – Hyatt’s Aqualea Resort and Spa located in Clearwater, Florida, recently welcomed guests to its new luxurious complex furnished with an ultra-sophisticated technology package supported by several FSR systems.  Jan Sandri, president of FSR – manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes – announced the Company’s participation in the project from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

The project was installed by Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), a national IP (Internet Protocol) converged technology solutions provider that supplies a broad range of services ranging from audio/visual, voice and data, to low voltage control, alternative power and telephone configurations.

Mark Palm, director of the MCS’s AV Group, who designed and engineered the project noted, “The Aqualea Resort required easy-to-operate systems capable of controlling background music throughout the complex, and video in the Ballrooms and Meeting Rooms. We’ve used FSR extensively for previous projects and were confident that the Company offered the perfect solutions for the Hyatt’s needs.“

MCS configured FSR’s BMS-1032 Background Music System to control music in the Spa and  Pool area from conveniently located wall plates. The plates – FSR’s Intelligent Plate Solutions (IPS) – allow users to create interconnect solutions to suit virtually any AV interface application.  The BMS-1032’s ability to work in conjunction with all distributed music systems as well as any audio source provides a flexible “plug and play” system capable of interfacing with a local MP3 player, a walkman, or any other source of choice. Utilizing a single CAT-5 cable, the digital stereo and control signals can be transmitted and distributed to up to 32 rooms.

Two matrix switchers from FSR’s Pathfinder family, an RGB and a YC model, were chosen to route video signals and connect computers to and from the ballrooms and meeting rooms. The Pathfinder series sets a new standard in high bandwidth and flat frequency response to maintain the clarity and color fidelity of the original image. The RGB model offers 600+MHz @ -3dB bandwidth with +/-1.0dB making it the flattest matrix switchers on the market. The YC offers 200MHz@-3dB bandwidth with +/- 0.5dB flatness to 150MHz.  The Pathfinders protect the Hyatt from early obsolescence by ensuring that capabilities evolve as video types and resolutions are upgraded.

Palm added, “The FSR piece of the project was significant and sizable, yet everything just slid into place. Once the entire system was installed it became part of the background, easily operated without any specific training.”

About FSR

FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

Leon Speakers Featured in the 2010 WIRED Store

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Leon Speakers, worldwide leaders in custom high-fidelity audio, today announced that their Detail Series speakers will be featured in the 2010 WIRED Store in New York City, an annual experiential gallery open during the holidays. Leon Speakers, in collaboration with Stereo Exchange (one of New York’s finest audio/video retailers), will capture the store’s “Shop and Share” theme by demonstrating the fundamental interactivity of custom audio design.

WIRED, the cutting-edge magazine known for innovation and design, has curated more than 200 engaging products, along with interactive installations, for its annual WIRED Store gallery. The shopping space includes everything that’s new and next in consumer electronics, gaming, active gear, home goods, eco-lifestyle items, apparel and children’s toys in the three-level historic Tower Records building in the NoHo neighborhood of New York City.

Located at 692 Broadway (at 4th Street), the WIRED Store will be open to the public between November 19 and December 26 from 11am to 7pm Wednesdays through Sundays. (The Store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.) Visitors are invited to explore the gallery, test products and attend events at the WIRED Store throughout the six-week span. Customers may purchase featured products online at www.wired.com/wiredstore beginning November 19.

“We are excited to partner with Stereo Exchange in New York City and provide custom speakers for the WIRED store, a forum of modern tech-culture and interactivity,” said Ethan Kaplan, Marketing Director at Leon Speakers. “As a custom manufacturer, all of our speakers are inherently interactive – built to the exact specifications of our clients. Our involvement in the store demonstrates how we interact with our clientele on a daily basis and ultimately provide a high-fidelity audio experience that disappears within the environment.”

The WIRED Store will be outfitted with several pairs of Leon’s Detail Ds115 bookshelf/surround speakers, each one custom built, painted – silver cabinets with electric-blue faces – and equipped with 5″ Peerless woofers and 1″ silk-dome tweeters. These decor-matched speakers can be heard by shoppers throughout the store, delivering a high-fidelity audio experience to the entire space.

Leon is excited to showcase the possibilities for interactivity in inanimate products, such as speakers. At the core of Leon’s philosophy is a belief in promoting relationships between the manufacturer, the designer, the systems integrator (like Stereo Exchange) and, ultimately, the client. These connections are essential to designing a seamlessly integrated home entertainment system. To support this model, Leon Speakers offers clients a vast range of custom options at every stage of production, and the company’s unwavering dedication to creativity and craftsmanship places it at the forefront of the custom audio industry.

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About Leon Speakers

Leon Speakers, established in 1995 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a worldwide leader and pioneer in the design, research and refinement of high-performance, audiophile-grade on-wall loudspeakers. Today, this innovative company meticulously handcrafts a full range of elegant loudspeaker solutions, seeking to bring immersive home theater experiences into luxury living spaces. Leon Speakers solutions are available exclusively at high-end audio/video retailers nationwide. For more information, please call +1 (888) 213-5015 or visit http://www.leonspeakers.com.

Straight Wire’s revolutionary, reusable, solder-less PUSH PRONG RCA.  Recognized as a Product of the Year by Electronic House magazine and as an Excite Award winner by Custom Retailer magazine. This innovative “Push-Prong” RCA plug was developed to fill the  growing demand for terminating custom cables in the field, quickly and with no solder. The Straight Wire “Push-Prong” RCA can be re-used by simply unscrewing the barrel and bending out the prongs  to remove the cable, cut to length and re-terminate.

The plugs are designed to work with any solid conductor 23 AWG coax – a broadcast industry standard. The user is not forced to use a proprietary cable size and design. Straight Wire offers a full line of premium silver plated 23 gauge coax cables – single, double (Siamese), triple (parallel) and their award winning Silver Bundle series under a round jacket including 2, 3, 5 and 6 coaxes with a Cat5E.

Straight Wire’s patent pending “Push Prong” RCA is an innovative, re-usable, solder-less plug designed for quick,easy terminations with no special tools!  The plugs work with any solid conductor 23 ga. coax, favored for mostprofessional applications.  Unique chisel-point prongs offer great mechanical and electrical performance.  Simple yetelegant tapered brushed chrome barrels with gold plated center pins provide a high end cosmetic appearance.

Straight Wire’s patented “Push Prong” RCA’s and BNC’s are solder-less plugs designed for quick, easy terminations with no special tools!  The plugs work with any solid conductor 23 ga. coax, (.16” diameter coax used in most broadcast/pro installations).  Unique chisel-point prongs offer great mechanical and electrical performance.  Elegant tapered brushed chrome barrels with gold plated center pins provide a high end cosmetic appearance.

Click here to watch the Switch Sustainability Module Video

The new Sustainability Module will bolt right into the Switch Cloud Platform and everything we have built for the commercial energy management sector – including renewable energy sources, weather stations, smart metering and in-wall displays for residential apartments and office tenants.

The next big trend in building automation will be all about data, specifically ‘Green Data’ and providing residents, tenants and property managers with enough detail for them to make decisions that boost energy efficiency and cut power costs for their homes and businesses.  The goal is to put educational and comparative information into the hands of anyone associated with the company or the building.

Data granularity is everything.  There is little value in simply giving a resident or commercial tenant an online version of their electricity bill.  They need more detail, they need to know when and how their energy is used.  This is where you see real results and the technology starts paying for itself.  We predict green data will be the next big growth area – and what will make the automation industry truly smart.

With Switch Automation, you can determine when, where and how energy is being used in your building, and allow residents or managers to make adjustments to take advantage of off-peak pricing and weather conditions.

Our technology lets your home or building learn your patterns of energy usage, lets you record and measure actual usage against your savings goals, compare your usage against others, and pull in real-time information from the internet.

It also gives you the ability to log how much energy you’re using and what it’s costing you, and measure that against your savings goals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Comparing your usage against others in your building, as well as against your own historical records is an effective way to minimise energy use.

Companies involved in building green buildings have made a significant capital outlay not just in the building itself but also in their company reputation as a sustainable company.  We are providing the tools for them to shout about it – to their residents, tenants, visitors, shareholders and the public visiting their premises.

Tributaries proudly announces the addition of Go! Technology™ to the new HDMI with Ethernet (HEC) Cables. With the addition of Go! Technology™ to the longer length cables, Tributaries can now boast of passing “Eye Pattern” testing in cable lengths previously unattainable. All Tributaries cables are now prominently labeled as “High Speed with Ethernet” or “Standard Speed with Ethernet”.

What is Go! Technology™?

Go! Technology™ is a passive network placed inside an HDMI connector. Using the combination of a resistor (R), inductor (L), and capacitor (C), an RLC circuit, this network creates a high pass filter that eliminates unwanted low frequency information. The performance of the filter is optimized by the selection of components according to the length and gauge of the cable. The performance improvement gained by using Go! Technology™ is evident in the “Eye Pattern” test shown below. By increasing the size of the “eye”, there is less chance for jitter, which results in better picture and audio quality.

Without Go! Technology                With Go! Technology

Being a passive network, Go! Technology™ requires no power from the HDMI bus, thus the DC voltage remains constant.  Built in to only one HDMI connector, Go! Technology requires the cable to be directional.  An arrow is printed on the sleeve of the HDMI connecter in which the Go! Technology™ network is housed.

Which Cables Use Go! Technology™

Go! Technology™ is housed in the connector of the following lengths of Tributaries’ HDMI cables.

  • Series 3: 5m* & 6m*
  • Series 5: 6m*, 8m*, 10m†, 12m† & 15m†
  • Series 7: 8m*, 10m*, 12m†, 15m†, & 20m†
  • Series 9: 10m*, 12m*, 15m†, 20m† & 25m†

These HDMI cables are certified: * High Speed with Ethernet or Standard Speed with Ethernet.

Eye patterns are available for every series and every length.

Go Further With Go! Technology™

Many installers are using active (AC powered) systems where a cable would also be appropriate. With the availability of cables made with Go! Technology™ the decision of whether to use an active device or a cable is simplified. If a 1080i screen or projector is the display, then a Standard Speed cable in Series 9 is available to 25m (82ft)….  If 1080p is required, a High Speed cable in Series 9 is available to 12m (39ft).  Again, longer lengths would require an active solution.

How Much does it Cost?

The addition of Go! Technology™ to the cables adds a small premium to the price. However, if that cost is weighed against the cost of active electronics, wiring and labor, the additional cost of Go! Technology™ is inconsequential.

Go! Technology. Just Plug it in and Go™

– Featuring an innovative modular approach to loudspeaker design, the Wisdom Series
LS4 and LS3 wideband

Carson City, NV, November 23, 2010 – Wisdom Audio introduces their state-of-the-art modular line source loudspeaker systems, the Wisdom Series LS4 and LS3. Designed by a team directed by David Graebener of Wisdom Audio, these incredible reference level products feature extremely high efficiency, tremendous dynamic range and the ultimate in sound quality. Their remarkable performance and world-class architectural
industrial design by Ashcraft Design of Los Angeles make them ideally suited for todayʼs high-performance music rooms, upscale home theaters and professional post production screening rooms.
“Through customer feedback, we identified an opportunity to address both the ultra high-end audio market and installations for large theaters where high sensitivity and maximum SPL are critical,” states Mark Glazier, Wisdom Audio President. “We applied the cumulative planar magnetic transducer design experience of our team to create the Wisdom Series LS4 and LS3, resulting in a totally fresh concept, the most advanced speaker we ever made and, we believe, the best performing domestic speaker system available. They completely shatter all preconceptions about speaker performance and placement, while offering the uncompromising customer that prefers to see the speaker in the room a truly unique solution. These products truly amaze.”