D-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. Read on for the latest manufacturer news and product updates.

The Ultimate Experience in Home Theatre.

D-BOX Technologies designs and manufactures leading edge high-technology motion systems mainly suited to the needs of the entertainment industry. With its unique, patented technology, D-BOX Motion CodeTM uses motion effects specifically programmed for each film, TV program or video game, which are sent to a motion generating system integrated within either a platform or a seat. The resulting motion is perfectly synchronised with all onscreen action, creating an unmatched realistic, immersive experience. To date, D-BOX Motion CodeTM is available on more than 850 titles. Accordingly, many prominent Hollywood studios have started embedding D-BOX Motion CodeTM on selected high definition Blu-rayTM releases. By reaching agreements with the leaders of both the motion picture and gaming industries, D-BOX’s award-winning motion technology is gradually proving itself as a new global standard in the entertainment world.

D-Tools users can access D-BOX’s motion system samples directly in the library.

D-BOX. You’ll never want to watch movies without it.

For more information, please visit www.d-box.com

Sonance Cinema Speakers

With the introduction of in-ceiling speakers, the Sonance Cinema Series provides the ultimate flexibility for room layout and space considerations. The Sonance Cinema Series comprised of Cinema Cabinet, In-Wall, and In-Ceiling  are all identically voiced so performance levels and speaker models can be combined in the same room, providing the ultimate home theater experience. With unique micro-trim grilles, featuring just 0.2 inches of trim, that can be painted in a single step to match surrounding surfaces, Sonance brings you the ultimate in aesthetic design as well as acoustic performance.

Switch Automation specialises in the design, development and production of automation control solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and multi-dwelling applications.

Switch Automation products feature state-of-the-art technologies built on open standard, internet enabled architecture using simple structured cabling ensuring your project is completely future proof. With a wealth of experience, Switch Automation is the system of choice for supplying a completely integrated solution for a wide range of applications.

Switch Automation is a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) member and are proud to have developed systems that have been recognised by our industry for quality and innovation including the 2007 & 2008 Smarthouse Best of the Best awards for Best Automation System and Best Management System.

iPhone App

Our eagerly awaited iPhone application will be released in the first quarter of 2010.

Energy Management

Stage II of our Energy Management module is about to start in earnest with solar and water tank management and a range of more detailed graphs and reports.

Website Update

The website has been updated to include the latest specification sheets for our new hardware.  See >>Products >> All Product Spec Sheets

New hardware images have been placed on the website for your marketing requirements in the Resources section.  These images include the new 8” and 15” touch screens and the Grandstream handset.

Best of the Best 2010

Check out the Best of the Best awards for 2010. Our IPI-TDS – IP Touch door station won best door station.

Triad’s newest subwoofer line, the OmniSubs, offers typically high Triad performance, but at a value price. The three new subs; Mini OmniSub, Bronze OmniSub, and Silver OmniSub; all are feature-laden, with EQ, user preset equalizations, programmable auto-turn on, both speaker and line level inputs, boundary compensation, and more. The 8″, 10″, and 12″ subs feature reliable, powerful, efficient BASH amplifiers of 200, 300, and 500 watts. New long-excursion drivers offer prodigious output and extension. All OmniSubs come in a handsome, compact, black enclosure, with convenient front-mounted controls. Available before March, 2010.

Universal Remote Control Offers ZigBee Support

URC is addressing the needs of installers working in MDUs and commercial environments with its line of ZigBee products. ZigBee’s RF technology and unlimited addressing enable any number of simultaneous users, eliminating the collisions from simultaneous button presses that plague traditional RF products.

URC’s ZigBee MX-880Z is a wand-style, LCD remote control with support for both IR and ZigBee RF. It offers fast, simple PC programming software that includes URC’s extensive IR database, powerful customization, labeling for up to 48 devices, advanced If/Else logic and a motion sensor that detects movement and activates backlighting.

URC’s MRZ-260 is an addressable ZigBee RF-to-IR base station with integrated antenna. It offers four independent IR Engines, making it virtually four base stations in one! The MRZ-260, which includes a built-in front panel IR blaster, enables up to four MX-880Zs to simultaneously control four IR components connected to one MRZ-260.

URC’s RFTX-1 Antenna Module is a Narrow Band transmitter for IP or ZigBee base stations. The RFTX-1 can control URC’s Lighting Control products, including dimmers and switches.

For more information on URC’s ZigBee products, visit www.universalremote.com.

Concrete, brick, or masonry walls? Wisdom Audio has the perfect solution.

Wisdom Audio recently took one cement wall to CES.  Yes, cement. Many markets in the world do not use sheetrock construction and instead pour solid walls (the perfect in-wall cabinet, by the way). To date, accommodating client requests for “hidden” speakers in concrete, brick, or masonry walls has been more than a little challenging. Wisdom Audio has responded to requests from these markets with a unique solution – the SE enclosure. Every in-wall they offer (some over 6 feet tall) can be installed in this custom enclosure, which itself is attached to the wall forms and concrete is poured around it.

The form is then removed and the SE enclosure is ready to receive the respective Sage Series in-wall speaker components. Lastly, proprietary and adjustable magnetic strips can be contoured perfectly to match the often-imperfect cement wall surface, and a stainless steel, flexible grille is magnetically held in place and appears to simply float over the wall’s surface.

Planet waves is proud to announce the addition of two unique products and additional HDMI™ cable lengths designed to solve real problems for the Electronic System’s Contractor. Planet Waves, known for its revolutionary cable solutions announces the addition of HDMI™ cables and adapters separating ourselves from all other HDMI™ suppliers in the industry.

// port saver

A ground breaking new product from Planet Waves, and is an instant solution to depth, angle, and attachment issues when mounting any display. Planet Waves Port Savers allows the user to plug the HDMI™ cable in after the display is mounted, simplifying installation and removal of any display. Port Savers are available in three variations allowing  for easy hookup and disconnect and can be locked to any Planet Waves HDMI™ cable with the new HDMILok from Planet Waves.

Item# Description
PSDN Port Saver – 8” angle down with lock receptacle
PSUP Port Saver – 8” angle up with lock receptacle
PSLT Port Saver – 8” angle left with lock receptacle

// HDMIlok

Turns any Planet Waves HDMI cable into a locking HDMI™ cable. The HDMILok clip provides a secure connection for our HDMI™ cables to source components as well as Planet Waves’ new Port Savers. This unique clip easily and securely locks the Planet Waves HDMI™ cable to any component with an HDMI™ lock screw, allowing for secure installations every time.

Item# Description
HDMILOK HDMI™ Locking Clip

// HDMI the perfect length

In addition to these two new HDMI™ accessories, we proudly make one grade of HDMI, always the highest grade and quality that we can. The current cable in production is a High Speed HDMI™ cable capable of transmitting signals to support HDMI™ 1.4 spec for High Speed without Ethernet. This includes full 1080p support up to 25 feet.

Making one cable makes it easy for us to make many sizes. We offer our HDMI™ cable in 1ft increments up to 6ft long, as well 10, 15, and 25ft varieties. This selection of HDMI cable lengths compliments our connection system – always the “Perfect Length” for clean, organized custom installations.

Item # Description
HDMI01 1ft High Speed HDMI™
HDMI02 2ft High Speed HDMI™
HDMI03 3ft High Speed HDMI™
HDMI04 4ft High Speed HDMI™
HDMI05 5ft High Speed HDMI™

// planet friendly packaging

Planet Waves has introduced a new way of packaging cables for retail display – removing the plastic clamshell from the equation. Planet Waves interconnects are now available for retail sale in our Planet Friendly Packaging™. Using only recycled materials and soy based ink, we are providing premium quality interconnects without the waste.

In addition by offering just two product categories we simplify the decision for your customers. The Adjustable Length Universal Interconnect uses Planet Waves’ patented connector technology for single, double, triple, bundled 3 wire, and bundled 5 wire interconnect solutions. This allows your customer to easily cut the cable to length to produce the shortest signal path between two points, and clean up their cabinets at the same time. Available in pre-terminated lengths of 1 meter, 2 meter and 4 meter, these are the perfect compliment to your storefront offering a premium product with added value and zero environmental footprint packaging.

As an added bonus these cables are 80% made in America with only the connectors coming from overseas.

Our High Speed HDMI makes your customer’s choice easy:

a high quality cable that meets the HDMI™ 1.4 spec for passing 1080p ultra high band width content, again packaged in a Planet Friendly Package so it’s easy to open, and not adding to the landfills.