mvp4blogD-Tools MVP manufacturers realize the importance of bringing you their product information and have chosen to support the D-Tools user community by joining the program and making their product data directly available through D-Tools SI software.

The 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.

MVP Data Updated as of December 30th

Canton
Integra
Middle Atlantic Products
Onkyo
Panamax
RTI
Suttle

New MVP Members

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Since the founding of Genelec in 1978, professional audio monitoring has been the core of our business. Our unrivalled commitment to research and development has resulted in a number of industry firsts and established Genelec as the industry leader in active monitors. Nearly 30 years later Genelec monitoring products remain true to our original philosophy, offering reliability, neutral sound reproduction regardless of size, as well as the ability to adapt frequency response to the listening environment.. For more information please visit www.genelecusa.com.

Returning MVP Members

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For 100 years, Da-Lite has been designing, manufacturing and marketing the most comprehensive line of projection screens in the world. Today, we offer our widest selection ever of proprietary projection screen fabrics and materials in our history. Whether you need a projection screen for a corporate boardroom or a residential media room, you will find what you are looking for on our website. If you want to discuss your selection or have any questions, feel free to contact us via telephone, Live Chat or e-mail. One of our dedicated and passionate Sales Partners will provide answers and recommendations for your application. That’s the Da-Lite Difference. For more information please visit www.dalite.com.

 

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Draper, Inc., is a Spiceland, Ind.-based manufacturer of gymnasium equipment, projection screens, lifts and mounts for projectors and displays and window shades. In addition to its Spiceland facilities, Draper has manufacturing or sales operations in Placentia, Calif.; Malta, Ohio; Corby, England, United Kingdom; Stockholm, Sweden; and Halmstad, Sweden. Draper products are shipped to dealers throughout the United States and more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.draperinc.com.

 

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For over 25 years, Kramer has been developing creative solutions in video, audio and computer signal management. With research and development grounded in customer feedback, Kramer has introduced many “firsts” in the signal processing industry. Kramer is an industry leader in product quality, reliability and customer satisfaction. With a first-class worldwide distribution network and staff in sales offices and warehouses around the world, Kramer is dedicated to providing valuable product solutions and an unparalleled customer service experience. From the first contact to the after-sale service and support, the door to Kramer is always open. We encourage you to explore our website at http://www.kramerelectronics.com/ to learn more about our technologies, our products and our people.

 

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Middle Atlantic Products, Inc. is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey and is an ISO 9001:2000-registered leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art steel enclosure systems for a wide range of applications, including the commercial audio video installation, custom residential, broadcast, post production, structured cabling and premise wiring markets.

For over 25 years the company has been dedicated to the proposition that the enclosure system is as important as the equipment it protects. Middle Atlantic Products incorporates application-driven engineering into every system it designs in order to meet the individualized requirements of the broadest range of installers. For more information please visit www.middleatlantic.com.

 

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Tannoy, Ltd. manufactures loudspeakers. The company’s products include Reveal monitors; Precision, which combines the Dual Concentric driver and WideBand technology to deliver near field monitoring speaker designs; Precision iDP, a monitoring system that combines the Dual Concentric drive unit and WideBand technology to create monitors; Ellipse iDP studio monitors that provides the professional user with control over the monitoring operation; and subwoofers. It also offers products, such as ceiling speakers and subwoofers, in wall speakers, in stair/stage front speakers, controlled dispersion surface mount, designer surface mount, powered surface mount, landscape speakers, power amplifiers, system controllers, two channel audio and home theatre, and wide bandwith accessories. The company serves pubs, clubs, corporate boardrooms, retail and leisure venues, public buildings, places of worship, and large theatres and professional recording studios. Fore information please visit http://www.tcgroup-americas.com/

D-Tools Manufacturer January News

APC AV

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2009…  The Year to make Lasting Impressions! 

APC AV wishes you happiness, health and fortune as we move forward into 2009.  In these trying times, setting yourself apart through exceptional customer service is more important than ever.  What does customer service mean to you?  Of course, there’s the first impression often made via a friendly smile and a willingness to help, but don’t forget that the “lasting” impression is what’s going to get the customer to refer you to friends and call you five, ten, fifteen years later.  APC AV can help you make that “lasting impression” by offering power protection solutions to ensure power transients will not degrade the AV experience or damage expensive equipment.  As we like to say, “Watch your TV, We’ll watch you TV’s back”.  From basic surge protectors to all-in-one power conditioners with battery back-up and remote network management capabilities, we offer superior products for all of your installation needs. 

Visit us at www.apcav.com for more information, on our products.  As 2009 moves forward, keep your eyes open for additions to our AV product line, including energy-saving “Surge Arrests”, that will continue to help you provide the customer service the lasts long after you’ve finished the installation. 

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FSR Introduces “The Kids”

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West Paterson , NJ …..FSR is introducing “The Kids”, the newest members of the Pathfinder Matrix Switcher line.  These small matrix switchers are perfect for small to medium applications and can easily be controlled through the simple front panel buttons or remotely via an easy ACSII command set.  The 4×2 and 4×4 matrix switchers have a second serial port with serial pass-through, optional stereo audio, and a price to fit even small budgets.  “We may call them “the kids”, stated Jan Sandri, FSR president, “but they offer high bandwidth, flat frequency response, and are made in the USA.”

For additional information on all Pathfinder Matrix Units, contact our sales department at 973-785-4347 or visit www.fsrinc.com.

Just out!…FSR’s “At A Glance” brochure

FSR’s latest At A Glance brochure is overflowing with exciting new additions. Offering an overview of their diverse product groups, this handsome brochure highlights just some of the items that are available from their huge line of switching, scaling, distribution and signal processing, room control systems, and floor, table and wall enclosures. A useful tool, great to use as a starting point for system integration and design.

The At A Glance brochure and other FREE literature that focuses on specific products and detailed specifications can be requested through FSR’s website at www.fsrinc.com or by calling their sales department at 1-800-332-FSR1. As always, FSR’s products are engineered and manufactured in the USA!

HAI

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HAI invites you to attend a FREE “Introduction to Home Automation” training class to be held in conjunction with the ISE show in Amsterdam in February 2009.

“Introduction to Home Automation” is a 3 hour class teaching the basics about the Home Automation industry. This class is designed for the beginner and covers topics such as security, lighting, temperature, audio, and video and the various HAI products in these categories. The class is eligible for .2 CEU NBFAA and NTS course credits and is recognized by CEDIA for .5 CEU credits as course # CEUP114.

HAI will conduct two “Introduction to Home Automation” sessions on February 5, 2009. The first session will be held from 9am until 12 noon and the second session from 2 until 5pm at the Amsterdam Marriot Hotel. Both sessions cover the same material.

Thomas Pickral, Jr, HAI’s Director of International Sales will conduct the trainings. Thomas has over 15 years work experience in the home automation field and is a member of many notable professional organizations, including the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) where he sits on the TechHome Division’s Mark of Excellence Awards committee, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) where he sits on the Connected Home Council, Security Industry Association (SIA), National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA), and CEDIA.

All attendees will receive a special discount coupon that can be applied to their purchase of a beginner product package. To register for the classes or to get more information, please visit HAI’s website at http://www.homeauto.com/NewsAndEvents/Training/Schedule.asp?Type=ALL

HAI Now Shipping Access Control Product Line

HAI (Home Automation, Inc.), leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, is now shipping a new line of Access Control products to complement its award-winning home control systems. 

The new Access Control product line consists of a proximity card reader (HAI part number 75A00-1) and accessories that connect to an HAI Home Control System.  Up to 16 readers can be connected to a serial port on HAI OmniPro II and Lumina Pro controllers.  Omni II, Omni IIe, and Lumina controllers allow up to 4 readers.  The reader incorporates an input for a push to exit button and an output for an electric door strike or magnetic lock.   It can be mounted to a door frame or to any flat wall surface and has simplified wiring for residential or small commercial use – everything between the controller and the readers goes over a single 4 conductor or Cat5 wire, including power. The row of two-color (green and red) LED indicators and piezo sounder on the reader provides card validation and system status to the user.

HAI Access Control cards can also be tied in to any home automation functions that the HAI Omni or Lumina family controller is capable of including lighting, energy management, surveillance, and audio.  For example: swiping a card can disarm the alarm, release the door lock, light a pathway into the house, change the temperature, and turn on several zones of a whole home audio system, and select their volume and source.  Each swipe can perform as many actions as desired and these results can be customized by time of day, arming condition, or any other event the HAI home control system is monitoring.  Because each card or key tag is tied to a specific user, all of the actions can also be customized for each individual user. 

HAI Now Shipping All-New Version of PC Access Programming Software

PC Access is the software used to program all HAI Omni and Lumina family home control systems.  It allows the user to set up, program, and monitor a home control system over a network, serial or modem connection.  HAI offers a dealer version with full access to all set-up items and a simpler end user version for homeowners wanting to program their own HAI system.

There are four versions of the new PC Access 3.0 software available; Dealer PC Access (HAI Part Number 1105W), Spanish Dealer PC Access (HAI Part number 1105WSP), End User PC Access (HAI Part number 1106W), and Lumina PC Access (HAI Part Number 1111).  Current registered users of PC Access can upgrade to the new PC Access 3.0 software for free and all registered users of 3.0 will receive future updates for free as well.

HAI products are available through a worldwide network of Distributors and installing dealers.  For more information regarding HAI products, please visit http://www.homeauto.com/ or call 800-229-7256.

Sonic Foundry

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Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced London Business School, counted among the world’s best according to the Financial Times and BusinessWeek, selected Mediasite as its class capture platform.

“All major business schools are coping with an insatiable demand, primarily student-driven, for video and podcasting,” said Russell Altendorff, Director of Information Systems for London Business School. “The demographics of our students are changing. We see an increasing volume of Executive MBA students who are highly mobile, and with our new centers in Dubai and Hong Kong, over the last two years we increasingly have a whole cohort of students taught abroad and as a result we need to deploy more distributed learning.”

The School had already been filming lectures and events extensively, but sought to automate this process to more efficiently meet the huge demand for a greater volume of filmed classes and events. Staff will begin capturing courses for the Executive MBA program this spring, and the plan is to then scale to record lectures for both Full-Time MBA and Executive Education programs.

“Using Mediasite, we can not only provide online content as a service to our customers, but also as an adjunct way to support the learning process, so learning can occur not only through reading, reflection and face-to-face teaching, but also can be reinforced through access to instruction online,” said Altendorff.

“During our review, we were impressed with the comprehensiveness of the solution, how Mediasite addresses the very real and practical day-to-day demands that we as a support organization meet along the pipeline from class to website,” said Altendorff. “Mediasite offered more administrative tools and diagnostics, more comprehensive features than its competitors, and that was important for us because we aim for 100 percent up time for all technology in a lecture theatre. For us, the more slick the back office is, the better, and Mediasite is a mature and well-developed product.”

“We were equally impressed by the service levels of Sonic Foundry and the quality of Mediasite’s install base. It was very powerful to talk with people who are using Mediasite and have been for some time, and to hear them speak so highly of their experiences with the product and the company,” added Altendorff.

London Business School will integrate the Mediasite EX Server platform within their Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP directories for security and user authorization. Mediasite RL Recorder will be integrated with AMX room control and automation systems in one of the schools major lecture theatres, which also features remote control network cameras, wireless microphones for presenters, two display screens and a new touch screen, light pen PC system. Mediasite ML Recorder will be used in a mobile rack system to capture guest lectures and special events throughout the campus. For more information please visit www.sonicfoundry.com.

Universal Remote Control

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Universal Remote Control, the pioneer in control technology, proudly announces its groundbreaking MX-6000 two-way touch screen. The MX-6000 removes menu clutter from the TV screen, aggregates and controls digital media from home PCs and iPods, and makes it all fun and easy to use and install. The MX-6000 brings unparalleled simplicity and automation to home entertainment, and embraces digital media in a unique and powerful new way. Through this single coffee table device, an installer can provide an end user access to all components in a home theater, as well as media on PCs, iPods and other content storage devices in the home. The user never again needs to learn a new interface for every entertainment choice because all components share a consistent logic. The MX-6000 also eliminates menu pollution from the TV screen; users perform all control functions and navigate menus and metadata on the MX-6000 screen while others in the room enjoy TV programming uninterrupted.

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The MX-6000 puts menus and cover art in the user’s hands instead of cluttering the TV screen—and it gives any PC an intuitive, friendly A/V server interface. This breakthrough product uses dual RF transmitters—802.11b/g WiFi for network control, plus narrow band RF (radio frequency) for traditional control—to ensure that home theater components don’t suffer the agonizing delay of waiting for the remote to join the home network.

The $1,499 MSRP MX-6000 offers a compelling content management solution by effectively bridging the gap between digital media and the home entertainment system. All of the digital media in the home can be explored, accessed and enjoyed through the MX-6000. There is no longer a need for the user to go to the PC or an iPod for access and control; it’s all there on the MX-6000. For more information, please visit http://www.universalremote.com/.