mvp4blogThe D-Tools MVP program ensures that D-Tools customers get the most up-to-date product specifications available for use in their D-Tools System Integrator projects, making it easier to specify, design, and install world-class systems for their client engagements.

Here is the latest news and product announcements from D-Tools MVP program members.

MVP News for May:



Be sure to stop by booth #4401 to check out the latest from Da-Lite Screen Company. Da-Lite  has responded to the demand for projection screens for custom applications with the launch of the new Da-Lite Design Center.  Long recognized as a leader in the development of innovative projection screens and proprietary materials and fabrics, Da-Lite is now offering its design and engineering expertise for one-of-a-kind projection screen designs that answer the most unique and challenging applications.  Also included in the Da-Lite Design Center’s offerings is the customization of its line of wood products, including media work stations, lecterns and equipment rack carts.

The Da-Lite Design Center is managed by Alex Barrett, CTS.  Alex is the go to person for questions and is the gatekeeper for all things custom.  “We have employed a complete series of Da-Lite Design Center Start Work Requests that are easily accessed from the new Da-Lite Design Center website featured at,” commented Alex.  “Now getting started on a solution to our customers’ special needs is only a mouse click away.”

Da-Lite will also be demonstrating 3D Virtual Grey screen material in our theater, booth #4123. 3D Virtual Grey was developed by the company’s chemists and engineers to deliver the same high performance as 3D Virtual Black in a front projection material that features an amazing 99 percent polar retention in 3D passive stereoscopic applications.

Finally, a special demonstration of the JKP Affinity Screen series will be held at the Da-Lite HD Theater in demo room W203C.  Designed to meet the ever increasing demands of ultra high resolution visual displays, the JKP Affinity line of screens by Da-Lite feature the revolutionary HD Progressive fabric. Features of this breakthrough screen technology include a gain of 0.9, excellent white field uniformity and a depth of modulation not before seen in the industry. The Da-Lite HD Theater will also feature the latest in 1080p DLP projector technology featuring the new Samsung A-900. For more information please visit


HAI is poised to release some exciting new entertainment products.  With these new offerings comes more HAI training and collateral!  Attend the Free Automation Studio Webinar on June 3rd @ 2pm CST.  In this Webinar, HAI will release the website for the Online Learning Center which includes short “How-To” Videos for Automation Studio.

Additionally, the HAI Application Programming Webinar (Part 4) will occur on June 10th, 2009.  HAI recently answered specific programming questions in Part 3 of the Application Programming Webinar series.  This presentation (and many more) can be viewed anytime at  Furthermore, HAI’s Factory Training provides in-depth hands-on training at our New Orleans headquarters.  Immerse yourself in the installation, setup, and programming of HAI systems.  To register, please visit

HAI’s new 3.1 Firmware includes support for Lutron HomeWorks as well as Lutron Sivoia Quiet Electronic Drive Roller Shades.  Visit HAI’s website or blog to learn about all of the new features, including new programming “Triggers”.

Are you attending CEDIA Expo Australia July 15th-17th?  Stop by Booth 126 to visit with HAI and our distributor, Alloys.  HAI will be conducting trainings in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand.  There is a wide range of courses but all will highlight the Clipsal/HAI integration.  Visit for more information.


Kordz EVO HDMI – HDMI (mini)


One of the updates with the HDMI 1.3 specification is the advent of an optional ‘Type C’ connector. This ‘mini’ HDMI connector still maintains a full HDMI signal, capable of the same features of its larger (‘Type A’) common brother. Many of the new high definition digital camcorders offer this new type of connection, allowing for uncompressed 1080p video to be displayed on your screen. Some now also support new features such as x.v.color, giving stunning results.

Kordz have introduced 1 and 2m cables, using our latest ‘GEN4’ cable technology. This has allowed us to offer full ‘High Speed’ support in a compact and flexible cable. Features such as 1080p, deep color & x.v.color are all supported. This has been achieved by utilizing new cable geometry and our new Bitrate Optimized Soldering System (B.O.S.S.) – a process that is completely automated and uses extremely precise contacts, without the damaging use of heat to apply the solder…

For more information on the Kordz Type C mini product offerings, please visit or contact: Michael Schaller @ +01.408.656.6090



Salamander Designs Introduces the Madrid 5028 – A Sleek, Feature-Rich Home Entertainment Cabinet

New 50″ Double-Wide A/V System Solution Boasts Space, Simplicity, Storage and Style

Salamander Designs, Ltd., a leading designer and manufacturer of modern furniture, seating and mounting products for Home Theater and A/V entertainment systems, introduces its second configuration in the increasingly popular Madrid style. Madrid audio/video entertainment cabinets lend a stylish, high-quality furniture solution, packed with practical features, that meets the needs of high-end electronic components and exceeds the expectations of entertainment consumers.

The Madrid 5028 is a sleek, fully assembled, 50″ double-wide cabinet whose clean, minimalist lines recall the strong modern design influences so compelling in mid-twentieth century furnishings. Its contemporary design will appeal to customers looking for a simple, sophisticated solution to their A/V needs that also complements their décor.

Designed, engineered and manufactured by a company on the forefront of the industry, the Madrid is unique in the depth and breadth of its features. For example, it provides ample storage for TVs plus up to five other components (or 3 components and center channel speaker), a pull-out drawer for DVDs and CDs, adjustable shelf, good ventilation, easy accessibility, raceways for concealing and managing wires, and easy compatibility with IR remotes. The understated wood base conceals non-marking casters that make Madrid easy to install, move, service and clean.

The Madrid 5028 ships fully assembled and is available now in Natural Cherry or Espresso Oak from Salamander Designs dealers at a suggested price of $1,299. For more information please visit


Tannoy announce VQ LIVE in partnership with Red Square Audio

Having achieved unprecedented success and critical acclaim in the installation market with their new VQ Series sound reinforcement loudspeaker range, TANNOY have forged a productive and promising partnership with Paul Nicholson’s RED SQUARE AUDIO to develop and market a live/touring version of the product.

Having first heard the system at the 2008 ABTT Show, Nicholson had been keeping a keen eye on the product’s early success in the installation market and felt there was massive potential for VQ as a world class live system. Following some informal discussion of the possibilities, TANNOY welcomed Nicholson’s extensive expertise to the table and he began consulting with their engineering team on adapting the existing VQ Series to suit the touring market.

Within a very short period of time TANNOY had responded to Nicholson’s ideas, resulting in a new and radical departure for the company – a product that promises to take TANNOY into the high end pro audio market – VQ LIVE.

Offering significant and tangible benefits over other brands: sonic superiority, less boxes required, lower costs and full VNET implementation (allowing system commissioning and ongoing venue network control, incorporating real time diagnostics), VQ LIVE has the potential to be a true line array killer.

About Tannoy VQ – Initially developed as a serious alternative to line array in the installation market, VQ delivers the inherent benefits of a point source cabinet while overcoming many of the perceived weaknesses. With unheralded pattern control and extremely high sensitivity, a single VQ cabinet can deliver better SPL coverage and clarity than an array comprising of 4 or 5 boxes. As an example, a VQ 60 will produce 115dB for 1 Watt; and 138dB (144dB peak) for only 200 Watts of amplifier power, with a tightly controlled 60° dispersion pattern across the full frequency range. Be sure to visit Tannoy at InfoComm – Booth #6601 and Demo Room W205A. For more information please visit


InfoComm 09 and Tripp Lite invite you to Booth 4678

Stop by where we will be showcasing our new line of Professional AV Power Solution.

Tripp Lite provides the broadest array of UPS products ranging from 500VA to 16KVA to 3 Phase power to seamlessly integrate with today’s AV system designs.

As today’s new world of AV/IT convergence begins to demand a suite of digital solutions, Tripp Lite offers Pure Sine Wave to Automatic Voltage Regulation, EMI/RFI harmonic filtration with surge/spike protection to safeguard every system.

Tripp Lite’s IP addressable products allow you to monitor power anomalies and sends email notifications to provide Remote Access, Control & Diagnostics from anywhere in the world, saving you time and money. This is the perfect back door for when all else fails!

We will be featuring 4 UPS systems starting with an MSRP of $299 with drivers for Crestron and AMX along with IP Manageable power strips

Just another service that tips the scales within the dealers favor!

Set up your appointment now by calling

Dennis Mariasis 773-869-1273


John Wills 773-869-1251


URC Training Guru to Hold Court in BMB’s CEDIA UK Booth

Attention custom installation professionals who live in the UK: Jeff Wagner, curiously popular national technical training manager for Universal Remote Control, will be available to attendees in the BMB Electronics booth (Stand B5) at CEDIA UK. Jeff will be answering questions, conducting impromptu training, and so forth and so on. URC’s Master Distributor for the UK and most of Western Europe is

BMB Electronics UK Ltd
Unit 1, Shepherds Grove
Industrial Estate West
IP31 2AR
Telephone: +44 (0) 1359 253 555
Fax: +44 (0) 1359 253 559

For more information on Universal Remote Control, please visit