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.


ba_logo_rtBayAudio is pleased to announce its new HomeBase underground subwoofer. This compact, high-impact sub adds convincing, party-level bass up to 120 feet away. The underground rated enclosure will not degrade, and is perfect for the backyard, garden or placed under a deck.

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Performance: The HomeBase underground Sub boasts a maximum output of 116db each with 500 watts of amplification. Each HomeBase sub uses one 500w PowerPack. The sub features dual 10″ long-throw bass units in an isobaric enclosure.  Coverage Area: Up to 11,000 ft.

Placement: Place the HomeBase subwoofer as close to the center of the listening environment as practical. Bass information is omni-directional, and will spread evenly from the port.

MSRP: $3,000 each. (500w PowerPack required. For more information please visit www.bayaudio.com.

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Colorado vNet Launches the VibeTM Video System forAffordable, Convenient Whole-house Media Management

Colorado vNet has launched the VibeTM Video System as the newest addition to the manufacturer’s award-winning home automation and distributed entertainment systems. The VibeTM Video System safely stores a homeowner’s movies, music and photo collections on a server for instant access from any TV in the home, via a simple, intuitive interface.

Sold exclusively through ColoradovNet custom integrators, the system offers two models of Server/Player (VS1-100S and VS1-200S), a networked Player (VP1-1S), and three models of Network Servers (VN1-150, VN1-300, and VN1-600) to accommodate a variety of distributed installations and ever-expanding video libraries. Both the Server/Player and Player will play Blu-ray DiscTM media and support high definition televisions or AV receivers with HDMI and component video (720p, 1080i, 1080p), and all major surround sound formats including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio.

Advanced up-scaling technology delivers incredible DVD playback with up to 1080p resolution. A pre-paid lifetime subscription to the Macrovision® All Media Guide (AMG) recognition service provides accurate and beautiful DVD/CD metadata and cover art.

The VS1-100S and VS1-200S Vibe Server/Players archive approximately 100 and 200 DVDs respectively with 1 or 2TB capacity in a RAID 1 configuration, and play up to three unique streams simultaneously. The storage capacity of a Server/Player can be extended by adding one of three Network Servers that vary in size to accommodate expanding video libraries. The VN1-150, VN1-300, and VN1-600 Vibe Network Servers archive up to 600 DVDs for networked playback of up to ten unique simultaneous streams.

The Network Servers offer 1, 2 or 4TB of storage with ultra-efficient RAID 5 redundancy, 24/7 monitoring, and status notifications via email. A Vibe Video Player, the VP1-1S, can be added to a system at any time for networked playback of archived Server/Player or Network Server media from any TV.

hdgiants_logoHDGiants is now delivering high definition iPod-friendly music collections. Get top artists like the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crowe and U2 that transfer seamlessly into iTunes running on a PC. Deliver high quality music to your clients and earn 30% more profit. Click here to learn more.”

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Kaleidescape March Training Opportunities

Kaleidescape is pleased to offer a number of training opportunities in the month of March, including both live and web-based events.  These sessions are available for those who are currently or potentially interested in becoming a Kaleidescape dealer.  All classes are free.  For more information or to register, please visit https://extranet.kaleidescape.com/training/schedule.php.

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Kramer Electronics, Ltd. is pleased to announce the introduction of the VP-728 ProScale presentation scaler/switcher.  The VP-728 is a 9-input scaler/switcher that sets new quality and performance benchmarks in the Kramer line up of ProScale scalers and scaler/switchers with the incorporation of Silicon Optix HQV video processing.

The VP-728 improves upon the high quality scaling technology and ease-of-use found in Kramer’s previous ProScale digital scaler/switcher models: the VP-719xl, VP-720xl and VP-724xl.  HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) processing represents the state-of-the-art in video processing technology, with the highest quality de-interlacing, noise reduction, and scaling performance for both standard-definition and high-definition signals.

The VP-728 incorporates Kramer’s new K-IIT XLTM picture-in-picture image insertion technology. K-IIT XL provides ultra stable picture-in-picture, picture-and-picture, and split screen capability. Any video source can be inserted into or positioned next to a computer graphics video source or vice versa with window positioning and sizing controls.  The unit also has Kramer’s Projector AnywhereTM technology for image rotation and projector keystone correction.

The VP-728 includes all of the great features associated with Kramer’s renown line of ProScale digital scaler/switchers such as multiple aspect ratio support, a built-in time base corrector, a built-in Proc Amp, front panel lockout, video blanking (blue or black screen selectable) and a worldwide power supply.  The unit also has a new and improved user friendly menu interface and can be controlled via front panel buttons, IR remote control or via RS-232 commands.

The Kramer VP-728 ProScale presentation scaler/switcher has begun shipping and is available at a U.S. list price of $1,795.  Also available is the VP-729 with the same features as the VP-728 but also includes Ethernet control capability.  The VP-729 carries a U.S. list price of $1,995. Complete product information on both models can be found at www.kramermatrix.com .

nuvo_logoNuVo Education

How important is education in our industry? Judging from the response I hear, I would say it is very important. So what can a manufacturer do to best utilize its resources and provide its installers with the product knowledge and installation education to be as successful as possible?

For NuVo, that answer is a multi-pronged attack. Nothing is more valuable than face-to-face training and a real hands-on experience with the equipment. That is the purpose of the Know HOW Hands-On Workshops. In 2009, we have two versions of the class. Our full day class is for the installers new to NuVo. This is the opportunity to gain indepth knowledge of the entire NuVo product line. In each city we will also have a second half-day class specifically for the more advanced NuVo installers. In this economic climate, it is also important to note that the class price has come down to $79 for the full day and $39 for the half-day. You can register for the classes at www.nuvotechnologies.com/training09.

If you cannot be at an event in the field, a wonderful alternative is the newly renovated NuVo UniVersity on our ProZone. It features engaging, comprehensive learning modules for any level installer. When you have completed the courses, take the online Certification exam to become NuVo Certified. Another opportunity is regularly scheduled web classes. These one-hour online presentations are free and cover a specific subject. They are ideal for staying up to date with all of the newest NuVo products. You can also download subject specific white papers from our ProZone.

The opportunities are abundant. Educate yourself in 2009.

Steve Horton
NuVo Director of Education

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Sharp Electronics Corporation announces an exciting end-user offer in support of its 3-Chip DLPÒ Projector line.  During the months of February and March, all end-user organizations that purchase Sharp Professional 3-Chip DLP Projector models are eligible to receive two free lamp modules per projector, with an estimated total retail value of $1,098.

Eligible models, including the XG-P610X, XG-P610XN, XG-P560W and XG-P560WN, must be shipped and invoiced to the end user organization between February 1 and March 31, 2009 to qualify for this program.  The projectors must be purchased through a Sharp authorized XG Series Professional Display Dealership in the U.S. to be eligible for this offer.  Interested end users should contact their local dealers for the full terms and conditions of this offer, including additional restrictions.

Sharp’s 3-Chip DLP Projectors offer a price/performance breakthrough, with high brightness and contrast for exceptional presentations.  Designed for use in integrated systems including conference rooms and boardrooms, lecture halls, houses of worship, training facilities, control rooms, rental/staging and other large venue installations, these models offers unparalleled picture quality and strong reliability.  The Sharp XG-P610X and XG-P610XN (same as XG-P610X, without lens) offers 6000 ANSI Lumens, XGA resolution; the XG-P560W and XG-P560WN (same as XG-P560W, without lens) provides 5200 ANSI Lumens, WXGA resolution.

For more information on Sharp 3-Chip DLP Projectors, please write to Sharp Electronics Corporation, Professional Display Division, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07495, call 866-4-VISUAL (866-484-7825) or e-mail ProLCD@SharpUSA.com.  For online product information, visit Sharp’s Web site at SharpUSA.com/3ChipDLP.

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ALL UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL TRAINING COURSES NOW EARN CEDIA CEU CREDITS

All of Universal Remote Control’s free-of-charge training options-live in-person training, live web-based training and 24/7 self-paced online training-now earn students valuable CEDIA Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

CEDIA’s CEU program ensures that CEDIA Certified Professionals continue to develop their industry and/or technical knowledge base. Each CEU is a numeric value placed on educational courses based on the content and length of each course, according to CEDIA. Because CEDIA Certification is only granted for a 36-month period, custom electronics professionals must provide documentation of obtaining at least 30 CEUs through continuing education before that period expires. Up to half of those required CEUs may be obtained via manufacturer education, such as URC’s ongoing training programs.

“In this difficult economic environment, educational options for custom electronics professionals should be both time-efficient and relevant,” said Mitchell Klein, URC Director of Business Development and two-term Past President of CEDIA. “Thanks to CEDIA’s embrace of approved manufacturer trainings like ours for its CEU program, URC installers can now gain the valuable training on our products they need, while maintaining their CEDIA Certifications in the process.”

Dealers and installers now can earn CEU credits by taking URC’s live courses at trade shows, distributors and other locations, including the upcoming Electronic House Expo in Orlando, Fla. (see www.universalremote.com/training.php for a full schedule); during its live webinars, which are offered six times per week (registered URC Control Room installers can find a full schedule at www.URCControlRoom.com), and through its self-paced online courses, which are available any time, day or night, at www.URCControlRoom.com (registration required).

For more information on Universal Remote Control, visit www.universalremote.com.