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— System 4 –

— New ventilation product needs only one opening in cabinets —

Active Thermal Management, experts in quiet thermal protection solutions, has announced the introduction of their new System 4 Enclosure Cooling System.

“This is an unusual product for ATM”, said Frank Federman, ATM’s CEO, “in that we recommend it only when other ATM products cannot be installed due to aesthetic considerations; it’s our cooling system of last resort!”

Other cooling systems typically require openings to both exhaust heated air and to allow fresh air to enter the enclosure, but there are situations in which aesthetic considerations rule out two openings. “Built-in” cabinets can also be a problem for the custom installer; frequently the only surface available for ventilation is the front, where openings are most visible.

Using only one small opening at the very bottom of a cabinet, trimmed with either a wood or anodized aluminum grille, the new “6-pack” fan module developed by ATM is powerful enough to quietly force heated air out through the gap between the cabinet’s doors. Where doors close completely, small shims supplied with each system can be used to create narrow gaps. Like all ATM products, the System 4 is completely automatic; fan operation and speed is controlled by the temperature within the enclosure.

Available November, the System 4, ATM part number 00-602-01 (metal), and 00-602-XX (wood),  has suggested retail prices of $245.00 and $260.00, respectively.

About Active Thermal Management:

Active Thermal Management, headquartered in Valencia, California, is the leading manufacturer of quiet, professional thermal protection products for home and commercial installations. Providing highly specialized products for almost every conceivable installation and application, Active Thermal Management produces cooling solutions for large and small system enclosures as well as individual components.

For more information, please visit www.activethermal.com

Atlantic Technology, one of America’s most respected manufacturers of loudspeakers and custom installation solutions, has introduced its WA-50 Wireless Audio System, which can transmit a full-range stereo signal wirelessly up to 150 feet, or 300 feet line-of-sight, and with no time delay or interference. The WA-50 system can accommodate three zones and eliminates the need for long runs of RCA cable for powered subwoofers or remote amplified speaker systems.

“We think custom installers are really going to appreciate the WA-50 wireless audio system,” said Steve Feinstein, Director of Marketing and Product Development, Atlantic Technology. “Installers and end users alike are always looking for a way to eliminate those unsightly long runs of RCA cables. Now they have a quality solution. The WA-50 also has applications for rear surround channels, remote Zones, and outdoor speakers.”

The Atlantic Technology WA-50 wireless audio system is incredibly easy to set up and use. Up to three WA-50 transmitters and an unlimited number of receivers can be used in a system. Simply connect the WA-50 transmitter to the desired RCA audio outputs, and the WA-50 receiver to the RCA line inputs of a powered subwoofer or powered speaker system.  Both the transmitter and receiver have a three-position switch that assigns each pairing to either Zone 1, Zone 2, or Zone 3.

The WA-50 can also be connected to your PC or Macintosh using a supplied USB cable interface. This allows the WA-50 to transmit music from the computer to your high-end audio system or to a portable audio system by the pool for parties.

The Atlantic Technology WA-50 Wireless Audio System, consisting of a transmitter, receiver, USB cable, power supplies, and RCA input and output cables, is now available for a suggested retail price of $199, with additional WA-50 receiver sets available for $89 each.

From its inception in 1989, Atlantic Technology’s mission has been to produce home entertainment products that exemplify the very best in both performance and value. The company specializes in complete high-performance multi-channel speaker systems, state-of-the-art home theater electronics components, and products for custom audio/video installation. For more information on Atlantic Technology and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit www.atlantictechnology.com or call 781-762-6300.

“This is our fourth consecutive year exhibiting at NAB, and we are pleased to once again join the upper echelon of the A/V industry in the unveiling of our exciting new products,” said Kevin Billingsley, sales director at Atlona Technologies. “This year we will be highlighting a number of cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of broadcasters, including a 10-input video scaler/processor/switcher with HDMI output; a 7-inch testing monitor with HDMI, VGA, and component inputs; a complete signal testing kit; a multi-input presentation switcher; and 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SD-SDI to HDMI with stereo audio converter. In addition, we will be demonstrating fiber optic extension and SDI solutions from our Signature Line. It’s an exciting time at Atlona, and we look forward to introducing our latest and greatest to the broadcasting industry in April.”

New Atlona Products on Display at the 2011 NAB Show:

AT-LINE-PRO4 Professional 10-Input Video Scaler/Processor/Switcher With HDMI Output

Part of Atlona’s Signature Line, the AT-LINE-PRO4 boasts 10 inputs for all A/V devices, including four HDMI/DVI, three VGA, one component, one S-Video, and one composite video input. The unit is designed to upscale the signal from any A/V device to the native resolution of the connected display up to 1080p or 1920×1200, ensuring the highest picture quality possible. The AT-LINE-PRO4’s HDMI output is capable of both digital and analog switching, as well as full 3D support for HDMI pass-through. For digital projectors, the unit’s digital coaxial audio output allows audio to be sent to a separate A/V amplifier.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-LINE-PRO4.zip

Image Caption: Atlona AT-LINE-PRO4

AT-DIS7-PROHD 7-Inch Testing Monitor With HDMI, VGA, and Component Inputs

The Atlona AT-DIS7-PROHD is a 7-inch testing monitor designed for those looking to test cabling and installation of different components. This portable display recognizes any HDMI, DVI, VGA, or component video source at resolutions up to 1080p or 1920×1200 (including a huge variety of other HDTV and computer resolutions), and allows integrators to observe both audio and video signals in real time. The AT-DIS7-PROHD can also be used to test 3D sources.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/Atlona_AT-DIS7-HD.zip

Image Caption: Atlona AT-DIS7-PROHD

AT-DRC444 Multi-Input Presentation Switcher Featuring 3x Audio and Video Switching

The AT-DRC444 includes four inputs with one output composite video switch; four inputs with one output VGA switch; and 2 DVI and 2 HDMI inputs with one DVI output switch. Each video input is accompa­nied with its own audio input. In addition, the switcher features a microphone input and allows users to mix the microphone signal with the main audio in “talk-over” mode. The DRC444 is designed to be controlled via RS232, RS485, or IR.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-DRC444.zip

Image Caption: Atlona AT-DRC444

AT-3GSDI-HD2 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SD-SDI to HDMI With Stereo Audio Converter

The AT-3GSDI-HD2 is the perfect device for monitoring and production where camera or computer SDI outputs need to be con­verted to work with HDMI or DVI displays. The unit is a pure digital converter which guarantees no transition loss. The AT-3GSDI-HD2 fully sup­ports all audio formats up to 8-channel and is able to send audio though the HDMI port as well as though a separate stereo audio output. The converter features a re-clocked SDI loop-out to either allow daisy chaining or connection to a local SDI display.

KIT-PROHD3 Digital Connectivity Testing Kit

The Atlona KIT-PROHD3 allows integrators to diagnose 99 percent of all system digital connectivity issues in moments, saving both time and overhead. The kit includes the AT-HD800 signal generator, AT-DIS7-PROHD testing monitor, AT-HDSync HDMI EDID emulator, and five-hour battery in a high-quality Pelican™ case.

The AT-HD800 signal generator allows users to send a variety of high-resolution testing patterns in both 2D and multiple 3D formats. This unit also provides on-screen readouts of all EDID information sent from the display data channel (DDC), allowing users to pinpoint interoperability issues in sources, cables, extenders, switchers, AVRs, distribution amplifiers, and displays.

The Atlona AT-DIS7-PROHD is a 7-inch HDMI/VGA/component testing monitor designed to test display capabilities in any digital AV system. This portable display recognizes any HDMI, DVI, VGA, or component video sources at both HDTV and VESA resolutions up to 1080p or 1920×1200, and allows integrators and installers to observe both digital audio and video signals in real time.

The Atlona AT-HDSync is the perfect device for fixing any EDID, hot plug, or sync issue. Almost 90 percent of all issues when installing HDMI equipment are related to missing EDID or incorrect read-out.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-KIT-PROHD3.zip

Image Caption: Atlona KIT-PROHD3

Fiber Optic Extender Solutions on Display at the 2011 NAB Show:

At the 2011 NAB Show, Atlona will showcase a wide range of fiber optic extension solutions from its Signature Line. Manufactured in the USA, Atlona’s fiber optic transmitters and receivers offer a miniature profile and provide extremely long-distance extension up to 1,500 feet at 1080p or 1920×1200 over a single multi-mode fiber. As cost-effective solutions, the products are interchangeable, allowing the use of a VGA transmitter and HDMI or DVI receiver and eliminating the need for an additional converter. In addition, fiber has an unlimited bandwidth. Sender and receivers can easily be changed to accommodate new standards, making them future-proof solutions. Providing convenience for installers, a built-in EDID learning function allows fast syncing without the need to reconnect. Atlona fiber solutions being highlighted include:

  • VGA/component video with RS232, audio, and IR transmitter/receiver modules (AT-RGBF30R-IR, AT-RGBF30S-IR)
  • HDMI with RS232, audio, and IR transmitter/receiver modules with HDCP and EDID support (AT-HDF30R-IR, AT-HDF30S-IR)
  • Wall-plate-style HDMI and DVI transmitter/receiver modules with HDCP and EDID support (AT-HDFW10R, AT-HDFW10S, AT-DVIFW10R, AT-DVIFW10S)
  • Miniature HDMI and DVI transmitter/receiver modules with HDCP and EDID support (AT-DVIF20R, AT-DVIF20S, AT-HDF20R, AT-HDF20S)

AT-3GSDI20SR Miniature Fiber Optic 3G/HD/SD-SDI Digital Video Extension Kit

The AT-3GSDI20SR is capable of sending 3G SDI signals and is one of the world’s smallest 3G/HD-SDI baluns. This unit allows the transfer of 1080p HD-SDI signals at 3Gb/s, supporting a single-channel SMPTE-424M 3G HD-SDI, SMPTE-292M HD, or SMPTE-259M serial digital video signal over single- or multi-mode fiber. The AT-3GSDI20SR requires no adjustments from users, making setup quick and painless, and supports a wide variety of video formats including SDI, DVB-ASI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/Atlona/AT-3GSDI20SR.zip

Image Caption: AT-3GSDI20SR

AT-3GSDI-16 1×6 SDI/HD-SDI/3G HD-SDI Distribution Amplifier

The AT-3GSDI-16 is a high-performance distribution amplifier for SDI (SMPTE 292M) and 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M) signals. The unit takes one input and distributes the signal to six identical outputs. The Atlona SDI/HD-SDI/3G HD-SDI distribution amplifier can work with high resolutions up to 1080p and full bandwidth up to 3Gbps.

Company Overview:

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 installations worldwide.

Atlona provides a wide range of solutions from all three of its comprehensive product lines: Atlona CE (consumer electronics), Atlona Si (systems integration), and Atlona Signature (professional and commercial). More information about Atlona Technologies is available at www.atlona.com.

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

For more information, press only:

PR Director:

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

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AudioControl BVHD-20 – Now Shipping – Extends High Speed HDMI Signals: Certified For Zero Bit Errors

AudioControl is pleased to announce the details of the new BVHD-20, the latest addition to their line of active balanced signal extenders. The BVHD-20 extends High Speed HDMI signals over dual Cat-6 network wiring making these units ideal for use with 3D systems. AudioControl includes matching CAT-6 optimized RJ-45 connectors for maximum performance. Each unit of the BVHD-20 is 100% built and tested by AudioControl at their U.S. based factory and then issued a Certificate of Performance ensuring the HDMI output of each unit has ZERO bit errors.

BVHD-20 Key Features
–                  Extends High Speed HDMI with Ethernet signals over dual Cat-6 cabling
–                  Supports HDMI features of Ethernet, 3D and audio return
–                  Up to180 feet extension of 1080p video
–                  Includes matching RJ-45 connectors for optimum performance
–                  Each unit is individually 100% tested and performance certified for ZERO bit errors and supported by a Certificate Of Performance
–                  Designed and manufactured by AudioControl in its USA factories – Five year factory warranty

Complete information is available on the BVHD-20 product page of the AudioControl web site.


The recent International Builders Show brought to life the adage, “The Best Things Come in Small Packages.”

Builders today are building homes that are an average of 200- to 300 square feet smaller than they were just a few years ago. They’re also healthier and much more energy efficient. And many of the products featured at the show were products that help make smaller homes more livable.

A big draw at the BEAM booth was the new Hide-A-Hose. It stores the entire central vacuum hose within the tubing inside the wall. You simply pull out the length of hose you need, start cleaning, then use the power of the central vacuum system to retract the hose into the inlet valve when finished.

Not far from the convention center in Orlando, sits the KB Home Greenhouse. It’s Builder magazine’s latest concept house and it was designed by Martha Stewart. The 2,667 square foot home is so efficent, it produces as much energy as it uses. It also includes a BEAM Serenity IQS Central Vacuum System to help maintain healthy indoor air quality.

Pictured is D.J. Singleton, BEAM’s Southwestern Territory Sales Representative, with the Serenity power unit during a reception at the concept house.

Kick Start Your 2011 Revenues with the eeColor Revolution.

As the world’s first and only 3D, multi-dimensional color video technology, eeColor dramatically improves the contrast, brightness and color of any television or video display device without changing the artistic look of the media or memory colors like flesh tones and blue skies. This revolutionary technology can significantly boost your revenues with high margin products and enhanced services for your new and existing installs. Help your customers see what they’ve been missing and take their viewing experience to the next level.

Exclusively for D-Tools Customers, you can experience eeColor by signing up for the following:

  • Early Adopters Program. Be one of our select dealers in the eeColor Early Adopters Program. You’ll get a chance to test drive the HDMI plug-and-play TruVue eeColor Processor and experience first- hand how images jump off the screen for any media, on any television or projector, in any room lighting. You’ll benefit from additional revenue opportunities by adding state-of-the-art color to your installs and special dealer pricing packages.
  • eeColor White Paper. This complimentary white paper discusses the importance of color calibration of video displays for achieving optimal image quality. You’ll also learn more about the science of color and eeColor technology.

Don’t miss out on the eeColor revolution! Email tammy.smith@entexpinc.com to learn more about the eeColor Early Adopters Program and to receive your complimentary eeColor white paper. For more information on eeColor, visit www.eecolor.com.

Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products since 1985, announced that the Lumina Pro Family product suite will be available in German, Portuguese, Spanish (European and Latin American), Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Italian, Catalan, and French languages in February.

The foreign language home control systems have the same functionality as the English Lumina Pro control system, including control of security, temperature, lighting, entertainment, and more.

All owner’s manuals and installation manuals are in the appropriate language.  All foreign language product suites will include the Lumina Pro International in Enclosure (44A00-22), Lumina Pro International for Structured Wiring (44A00-23), PC Access programming software, OmniTouch 10pe Touchscreen, OmniTouch 5.7e Touchscreen, and OmniTouch 5.7 Touchscreen (except Chinese, German, and Portuguese). With the exception of Chinese, German, and Portuguese, which use English for the initial configuration, the new offerings feature controller voice and console menus in the respective language.  Two International Lumina Consoles are also available with universally recognized icons for all languages.  (HAI Part Number 33A00-25, or 33A00-26 which includes speaker/microphone).  Hi-Fi 2 by HAI distributed audio system has the ability to display Unicode languages on the audio keypad for volume and source control.  To assist with design and installation, HAI offers International Promo Kits that feature a vast assortment of advanced HAI automation products.

Additionally, all foreign languages of HAI’s Snap-Link Mobile for iPhone will be available by the end of February.  The iPhone app provides a clean and complete interface in 13 languages. The new languages, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Russian and Dutch, join HAI’s already available versions in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish.

“The Lumina Pro home control systems is perfect for homes that want automation and already have an existing or preferred security system,” explains Allison Read, HAI Director of International Sales & Marketing.  “Homeowners, by means of their native language, can use their iPhone to control lighting, temperatures, audio, and more.”

HAI products are available through a worldwide network of Distributors and installing Dealers in over 80 countries.  For more information on HAI, please visit www.HAI-International.com or email internationalsales@homeauto.com.

The addition of five new products designed to solve real world problems for the Electronic Systems Contractor. Planet Waves, known for its cable & HDMI™ solutions has changed the process of coaxial cable termination forever with our new Universal F Connect. Our new Matrix Plug simplifies wiring hook-up to many of today’s most commonly available Matrix Audio Switchers. Planet Waves HDMI™ cables, always the “Perfect Length”, highest grade and quality of HDMI interconnects available, now adds Ethernet capability including “Long Length” signal transfer at High Speed 1080P / 3D over HDMI™. In addition, new Port Savers and HDMI™ Right Angles that also include High Speed W/Ethernet are added to provide a complete HDMI solution.


The Planet Waves Universal F Connect sets a new standard in the termination of Coaxial Cable. The usual process of terminating coaxial cable involving stepped stripping and crimping tools has been eliminated. Two step stripping tools typically create a painful process of exposing the coaxial dielectric followed by pushing and twisting of an F connector onto the cable in order to “prep” it followed by crimping via a costly tool. Planet Waves one step strip tool (Part #SSFBT) removes the cable jacket, shield, and dielectric in a single step leaving just the copper center conductor exposed to the correct length. The Coaxial Cable is then simply inserted into the Universal F connector. Our patented screw completes the connection while holding the connector securely in place. The result is a connection that has been fully tested for superior 75 ohm signal transfer while offering speed, efficiency, and labor savings, and like all Planet Waves ends they are completely reusable!


The Planet Waves Matrix Plug is a long-awaited solution to the time consuming task of hooking up and wiring some of today’s most popular Matrix switchers and Phoenix 5T connections. The Matrix plug is the combination of Planet Waves’ award winning termination system mated to a Phoenix 5T connector. This new plug allows two Planet Waves cables to be terminated quickly and easily to either of the two pre-determined polarity configurations, plug versions “A” or version “C”. The Matrix Plug was designed to provide ease of hook-up, time savings, and clean installations when wiring any input or output to a Matrix Audio Switcher or device utilizing a Phoenix 5T connector for unbalanced analog audio input or output. Matrix Switchers from AMX typically utilize both versions A & C. Creston and Extron equipment typically utilize version C. Refer to your particular device to select the correct Matrix Plug for each application.

Tune in next month to learn about HDMIE high speed  w/ ethernet & long length w/ ethernet and the port saver w/ethernet!

Universal Remote Control

Unraveling the two-way module mystery.

What is a two-way module?

Why are they important?

What types of modules are there?

How does URC’s PSX-2 two-way module empower you to
take over control of any iPod or iPhone?

Learn the answers to all of these questions—and much more—
any time you want to—online and at your convenience—by viewing URC’s exclusive two-way module presentation.

It’s part of URC University, and you
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Follow this link:

If you’re already a member, you’ll be asked for your sign-in information and be redirected to the presentation. If you’re not a member of URC University you’ll be taken to the page that allows you to sign up. There is no cost or obligation.

URC University is FREE to all professional custom installers. It’s warehouse full of self-paced, online training programs and other resources that AV pros need.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity.

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Carson City, NV, February 10, 2011 – Wisdom Audio, manufacturer of the world’s most advanced architectural loudspeakers, announces today the addition of Jerry Hanna to the position of Vice President Business Development. Former Vice President and General Manager of Rich Green Ink, a leading systems integrator, Hanna will assume his new responsibilities immediately.

Hanna is a thirty-year industry professional possessing an exceptionally broad perspective of the high-end home entertainment marketplace, including a nearly tenyear period directing international business for Madrigal Audio Laboratories and brands such as Mark Levinson and Revel. Deep experience and a history of success at the retail, systems integration, and manufacturer levels make him a valuable new addition to the Wisdom Audio team. Over the course of his career, Hanna has forged longstanding relationships within the industry that will further secure Wisdom Audio’s position as a leader in advanced audio technology including Wisdom’s architectural speaker solutions.

“I am extremely pleased to have joined the Wisdom Audio team and look forward to furthering the national and international distribution of this highly respected brand,” said Mr. Hanna. “With the opportunity to plan and direct company business development, I intend to help communicate the considerable value of our technologically advanced loudspeaker solutions to a broader audience and promote the desirability of Wisdom
systems among discriminating customers worldwide.”

“Jerry’s proven success in management and extensive technical and product knowledge makes him an incredible asset to the Wisdom Audio team,” said Mark Glazier, President, Wisdom Audio. “I am confident he will bring a wealth of creative momentum along with the technical expertise that already embodies the Wisdom brand and will continue to secure us as industry leaders in architectural speaker technology.”