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Control4 is closing out 2009 with a set of exciting product announcements:

  • New! Control4® Media Player – Ever wish you could just browse all of your movies, no matter where they are stored, with the touch of a button? Now you can add this functionality to your Control4® system and simplify your video viewing experience.  The Control4 Media Player allows you to access a wide variety of digital video file formats, including home movies, stored on NAS drives from any TV in your home. The easy-to-use User Interface makes this the ideal solution for streaming centrally stored digital video content throughout any home. Click here for more information <http://www.control4.com/products/49/55/control4_media_player/>
  • New! Control4® I/O Entender – The Control4 IO Extender is a perfect accessory for any large Control4 system. Enjoy additional inputs and outputs for easy control and integration of all your audio-video components in an attractive, rack-mountable form-factor. Ideal for extending control in large systems when paired with a Control4 Home Controller.  Click here for more information. <http://www.control4.com/products/48/58/control4_io_extender/>
  • Price Reduction! Control4® Home Controller HC-1000 – The Control4 HC-1000 makes it easy to automate any large home or building. When combined with another Control4 Home Controller, the HC-1000 brings lighting-fast responsiveness to your home automation system as well as 500 GB of digital media storage. We’ve dropped the price on this popular product by 50%.

Control4 is the operating system for the smart home, providing intelligent control of consumer electronics products, appliances and systems through an easy-to-use interface. Please contact the Control4 sales team with questions at 801-523-3100.

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 THIEL and Partners Once Again Bring two Active Demos to CES 2010

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Bassano Room 2601 at the Sands/Venetian will once again be home to THIEL and partners Bryston and Wireworld at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. THIEL will unveil three new products, one of which is a very exciting collaboration with Olive, a renowned manufacturer of high performance music servers, which will be demonstrated on site.

In homage to the late Jim Thiel, one demo room will be devoted to the ultimate in two-channel listening featuring a pair of our flagship model CS3.7s. A stereo pair of THIEL SmartSub® SS2s will be perfectly integrated via PXO5 passive crossovers. Amplification is thanks to a pair of 1000 watt, flagship model Bryston 28B-SST2 Mono amplifiers which are in turn fed by Bryston’s top-of-the-line BP26 preamp. The Olive4 digital music server, loaded with a library of lossless audio files decoded by Bryston’s digital-to-analog converter, the BDA-1, will be the source, and WireWorld will provide their premium models for all power, speaker, and interconnect cables in the system.

In the second demo room, THIEL will be unveiling our latest, soon to be released product, the Olive+THIEL, a high fidelity, two channel, all inclusive, digital music playback system that THIEL and project partner Olive are perfecting. The demo system includes the Olive4 digital music server loaded with standard and high resolution lossless music and two powered SCS4Ds, THIEL’s popular bookshelf speaker with built-in 200W monoblock power amplifiers. The SCS4Ds and Olive4 are interconnected via zöet technology for the best possible sound quality.

Show hours at the Sands/Venetian are:

Thursday, January 7: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, January 8: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, January 9: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, January 10: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For an appointment, please call Ken Dawkins at 859-254-9427. We hope you plan to visit THIEL at the Sands/Venetian Bassano Room #2601.









Wisdom Audio’s New L100 and C150 Line Sources

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Today, several high-end projection screen companies have developed innovative material technologies that allow the use of speakers behind the viewing surface so as to not compromise video or audio performance. These new screen materials provide rich visual detail while also keeping the front speakers hidden from the audiences’ view. Marrying the concept of superior audio and video solutions, the screen materials’ design allows for unsurpassed audio quality from the hidden speakers while maintaining high-end video performance.

The L100i (in-wall) and L100m (on-wall) Sage Series models feature the same line source planar magnetic technology found in the Sage Series flagship L150, but measuring a more compact 50 inches in height. They can be completely hidden behind a wide array of acoustically transparent screens, including the popular 2.35:1 aspect ratio screens of suitable width. The L100 incorporates a 50-inch tall planar magnetic line source for mid and high frequencies, accompanied by a woofer array containing eight proprietary high operating pressure woofers. Each woofer cabinet is driven by a single SA-1 amplifier, thereby using a combined 1,000 watts from its two 500-watt amplifier channels for the 8 woofers. Each channel is a two-cabinet system designed to be installed in-wall or on-wall, adjacent to each other, within four or five inches of each other (flanking a stud in in-wall installations).


 Adding the C150 Center Channel…

Considering the fact that the center channel handles the majority of soundtracks’ vocals and dynamics, we also offer a no-compromise option to those customers who want the best performance possible from their center channel, the C150 Center Channel. The C150i (in-wall) and C150m (on-wall) models incorporate a 50-inch tall planar magnetic line source for mid and high frequencies, accompanied by two woofer arrays, each containing eight proprietary high operating pressure woofers for a total of sixteen woofers. Because the C150 is a line source, it requires installation behind an acoustically transparent screen and is not able to be mounted horizontally either below or above the screen. In such installations (as in professional cinemas), having the center channel information delivered from behind the screen lends a sense of coherence and vocal localization that provides an even more engaging experience for the listener. Of course, for those who wish to do so, it is entirely possible to use the C150 for the left and right channels behind the screen, as well.


 As with all Sage Series systems, the 7.3 channel SC-1 System Controller is the heart of the system. It provides the active crossover between bass and midrange/treble, system-specific EQ, as well as Audyssey™ MultEQ® XT room correction on all 17 output channels for consistent no-compromise performance in every installation.

For those customers seeking a high performance architectural loudspeaker that can be installed in locations where the flagship L150 is not practical, the L100 is the solution. Merging the benefits of an integrated loudspeaker with the superior qualities of a true PMD line source and outstanding low frequency performance, the L100 stands far above conventional architectural speaker systems. Capable of unprecedented dynamics, low distortion, high resolution, faithful timbre reproduction, three dimensional sound staging and freedom from compression, this system should be compared with the best freestanding systems and needs to be auditioned to be fully appreciated.

Learn more about the advantages of line sources here.






Throughout its history, Leon Speakers has never been in the habit of standing still in the face of industry change. In keeping with this trend, the company announced it is continuing to expand its market presence with sales representative and distributor additions in support of its direction as a provider of high-fidelity, immersive custom audio solutions for luxury “Living-Space Theater™,” where theater systems don’t just match the display, but integrate seamlessly into any room where the A/V experience is enjoyed.

 Leon Speakers has added five independent sales reps in the U.S. to accommodate its growing dealer base in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and Hawaii. In addition, the company has added two new distributors, one in Canada and one in the U.K. to meet the demand for Leon’s new and enhanced solutions abroad.

 Additions to Leon’s rep force include:

Leon’s new distributors include:

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Sonance, the company that invented the in-wall speaker, has expanded the Visual Performance Series to include 70 unique speaker models, by far the broadest and deepest offering in the industry. The Visual Performance speakers combine elegant, modern style with outstanding audio performance. Designed with micro-trim grilles having only .20” of trim, the Visual Performance speakers have a clean, sleek appearance that seamlessly integrates into any designed space.

The expanded Visual Performance speakers allow consumers to move from the Original Series speakers with larger flanges to the more elegant appearance of the Visual Performance at a lower price point than previously available.  The 4” models start at $300 per pair up to $900, 6” models range from $350 to $1400 per pair. The 8” models, available April 2010, are from $1300 to $2850 per pair.  Further information about Visual Performance and other Sonance speakers and accessories can be found at www.sonance.com

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Reach into the URC Toolbox!

Universal Remote Control’s new URC Toolbox draws on the power of its dealer and industry partner community to make URC products even more powerful and easy to install.

Located on the members-only URC Control Room site (www.urccontrolroom.com), the URC Toolbox is an interactive online marketplace that further enhances the functionality and programmability of URC remote controls and associated URC products. It enables URC dealers, installers and industry partners to share, buy and sell control modules, templates, graphics and other programming elements they create for URC products. Most modules are available free of charge, but users can also opt to sell their creations, generating a back-end revenue stream for their businesses in the process. Users can upload, download or purchase modules, or just browse for inspiration.

Developers keep 80 percent of the revenue generated by their contributions to the URC Toolbox. All financial transactions are conducted through the popular PayPal service. Pricing is the decision of each developer.

URC also plans to offer a variety of hardware and software items through the Toolbox, including replacement batteries, charger bases, cables and more. All of URC’s MX-6000 control modules are free to download from the Toolbox, as are podcasts of URC training classes.

Check out the URC Toolbox today, and leverage the power of your peers!


ELAN Home Systems is pleased to introduce “g!” –  a new generation of products that leverage the best of what ELAN and HomeLogic have to offer. For the past two years the companies have been working with dealers and homeowners in developing this fully integrated, IP-based home entertainment management solution. To learn more, visit www.gvangelist .com and register for the g! game, where you will have opportunities to win some very cool prizes. Of course along the way, you will also learn all about the g! products and how they can help you deliver powerful, easy to deploy solutions.

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