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.

Updated MVP Data:

Bay Audio
Leon Speakers
Liberty Cable


T6 Table box


Our new T6 Table box is a larger version of the T3-AC3 / PC1 series.  Ample connector space allows the unit to be populated with a variety of FSR’s IPS insert plates, snap in connectors or can accommodate captive cables to suit the requirements of the user. Three integral AC outlets handle most table top power requirements and are isolated from the other low voltage sections.

A multi tiered plate stacking arrangement and overall depth adjustment have been designed into the product to facilitate the use of larger and longer connector shells. The cover can be in a closed position during use.  Cables are routed through any of the three cable exit holes in the closed cover.

The unit is quickly and easily installed by simply drilling a 6″ hole in the mounting surface, dropping the unit in and installing the mounting hardware.

Models can be ordered with round or square covers in black or clear anodized, or brushed brass finishes.

Please contact our Sales Department 1-800-332-FSR1 for details and additional ordering information.


HAI’s Smart Grid Solutions Honored with Innovator of the Year Award by New Orleans CityBusiness

Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products since 1985, announced that they have been recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness with their second Innovator of the Year award in three years.

They will be featured in a future issue, and were noted as a company dedicated to keeping New Orleans a center for creativity.  The award profiles innovative companies, educators, and nonprofit organizations in the local community.

HAI highlighted their new Smart Grid Solutions and the ground-breaking products and partnerships that have emerged.  Additionally, HAI was recognized for their work with Brad Pitt’s Make it Right homes, providing ENERGY STAR HAI thermostats for every residence to improve energy efficiency. HAI previously won this award in 2006 for their innovative products and ability to quickly recover post-Katrina.

In other HAI news:

HAI announces that the OmniTouch 5.7e Touchscreen, a new addition to the HAI IP-based product suite, is undergoing final testing and will be shipping soon! HAI’s OmniTouch 5.7e (53A00-2) Touchscreen has a 5.7″ viewable screen to facilitate control of lights, temperature, security, audio/video, and more. Using a full VGA screen (640×480 resolution) allows for the display of vibrant icons and crisp text, in addition to improved touch response. Ease of installation is increased with a single Ethernet connection for all communication as well as power using Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) technology. The Touchscreens ship ready to use with HAI’s new interface design, or can be fully customized. An optional Table Top Stand (HAI part number 53A17-1) is also available. Multiple faceplate colors are available to match any décor. The OmniTouch 5.7e can be fully customized using HAI Automation Studio (1126) customization software, including the addition of floor plans and custom images, as well as foreign language support. It also provides the ability to view supported IP cameras and to control TV and entertainment components from an HAI Touchscreen.

IR capability has been added to the OmniTouch 5.7e, utilizing HAI’s Home Theater Extender (86A00-1). Over 300,000 built-in IR codes and a built-in IR receiver facilitate the learning of additional IR codes. This allows homeowners to press one button to turn on desired A/V components, play a DVD, close window coverings, and set the entire house to desired temperature and lighting levels for an enjoyable entertainment experience. For more information please visit


Lighting Control Education at CEDIA
Attending this year’s CEDIA Expo? Learn how to use lighting control to grow your business and maximize your profits at Lutron’s CEDIA Manufacturer Trainings.

Friday, September 11, 2009
• Single-Room Light and Shade Control Solutions
• Selling Retrofit-able Systems Into Any Home
• Next Generation Wireless Light Control System
• Lutron RF-The #1 Choice of the CEDIA Community

Saturday, September 12, 2009

• Grow your business with Lutron Shading Solutions
• Light Control and Green Home Design Standards
• Energy Legislation and Energy Efficient Lighting Design
• HomeWorks® Hardware and Software Update
• Solutions to Streamline Your Installation

sonanceA New iPort® Generation


iPort®, the company that created a new industry standard for controlling and playing music and video content stored on the popular Apple® iPod®, has introduced a new series of in-wall digital media systems designed to integrate a variety of iPod portable media players*-including the iPod touch®, iPod classic®, and iPod nano®-into whole-house music and video systems. The IW product line now features a variety of improvements and functions consolidated into three new models all of which feature USB charging capability.

The iPort IW line comprises the IW-20, IW-21, and IW-22. Each is designed with a unique feature set and different configurations to accommodate a wide range of installation and system requirements while supporting video output of content downloaded from iTunes, TV shows, music videos and more. All models charge the iPod while it is placed in the dock.

The IW-21 and IW-22 models allow IR control of the iPod while the IW-22 adds RS-232 control for communication with third-party control systems such as those made by AMX, Crestron, RTI, NetStreams, Control4, URC, and others.* The IW-20 and IW-21 provide unbalanced audio output for local system installations, and the IW-22 provides balanced audio output for long-distance system installations. In the IW-21 and IW-22 a built-in preamplifier allows variable volume control directly from the docked iPod or via remote control. Optional upgrade kits are available for balanced video output from the IW-21 and IW-22 and balanced audio output from the IW-21.

In conjunction with the launch of the new IW models, iPort has revamped its website to include the latest information with new graphics and content. Users can easily navigate to company information by various categories and can view and download product manuals, brochures, and the latest firmware updates. The site also provides a dealer locator for consumers to find the nearest retailer.

*A complete list of iPod models compatible with the new IW models, along with a list of third-party control systems, can be found at


Straight Wire offers us this video with instructions for termination of their Push Prong Connector.

thiel_logoTHIEL Loudspeakers will be meeting with both current dealers and interested prospective dealers at Booth SR-16, hosted by it’s rep firm, WSR Sales and shared with PHC. Although they will not be actively demonstrating product, they will be introducing two new models, including the DewPointTM outdooor on-wall/onceiling speaker and the USS SmartSub® sub woofer.

Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to see a pair of Gibson “Burst” finish, Les Paul Signature Edition CS3.7s. One of only 13 pair to be produced, these very special THIELs will be auctioned off for charity sometime in 2010.

Contact Ken Dawkins, Vice President, North American Sales (, Dawn Cloyd, Director of International Sales (, or Gary Dayton, Customer Service Manager ( to set up specific meeting appointments.

THIEL Loudspeakers designs and builds high performance loudspeakers for home audio and video sound systems. THIEL loudspeakers are thoroughly engineered with innovative design techniques and premium components to provide the highest level of sonic accuracy for extraordinary realism. THIEL offers thirteen hand-crafted models, including: the in-wall and in-ceiling PowerPlane®1.2 and HigherPlane®1.2; surface mount PowerPoint®1.2; the ViewPoint® for use with wall-mounted video displays; the DewPointTM Surface Mount Outdoor Loudspeaker, the SS1, SS2, and SS3 SmartSub® subwoofers; PXO5 SmartSub® crossover; shelf model SCS4, and MCS1; and floor-standing CS1.6, CS2.4, and CS3.7. All are available in a wide variety of real-wood and painted cabinet finishes to enhance any home décor. For more information please visit

In other THIEL news:

Introduced in mid-2007, the THIEL SCS4 has quickly become a favorite among respected reviewers of high performance audio equipment.

The SCS4 is an extremely versatile 2-way loudspeaker that performs equally well as an excellent full-range stereo pair, in a surround sound system, or as a center channel speaker. A sonic force that is as comfortable in demanding music systems as it is playing movie soundtracks or background music, this small, visually unassuming loudspeaker is ideal for any installation, in any room design.

Visit to read reviews of the THIEL SCS4.

tripp-lite-av-power-partner-jpgTripp Lite Pure Sine Wave UPS series – ATTENTION DEALERS WHO DESIGN WITH CRESTRON or AMX

Where does this solution fit best?

Dealers that work with Crestron & AMX, Tripp Lite has 4 UPS systems with drivers for seamless integration – (note 3 of them are from the Pure Sine Wave Series)

What makes the Pure Sine Wave Series different then the rest of the AV UPS systems out there?

The Pure Sine Wave series is the only AV UPS system of its kind to re-generate new clean power delivering a Pure Sine Wave 24/7. (note pure sine wave provides a constant 120v – 24/7 unlike some automatic voltage regulation ups systems which can only provide Pure Sine Wave when it’s on battery).

The Pure Sine Wave series power plant provides the very best in EMI/RFI harmonic filtration along with surge/spike protection and offers a zero transfer time to battery power unlike all the other companies in the AV marketplace with AVR which have a 2 to 8 millisecond delay.

What’s important to your engineers is no matter what’s happening with the voltage on the input side, the output is always a clean Pure Sine Wave – 24/7.  This is a great feature if there is ever a generator on site, because it will never allow the inlet rush of over-voltage current get to the equipment when the generator kicks in.

The AV Power Partner Solution difference.

Todays AV System Designers are looking for a quite solution, The Pure Sine Wave series are much quieter then any equivalent from the computer / IT channel.

On the engineering side they have a larger internal engine for that additional headroom.

Drivers for Crestron & AMX, Tripp Lite give the dealer more choices for any system size starting at $299.95 to $2229.95 MSRP (note the HTR05-1U for $299.95 is AVR)

MSRP unilateral pricing is strictly enforced on The AV Power Partner Solutions.

Addition Feature sets

All of these UPS systems offer the option of IP manageability.

1), Providing remote power diagnostics, control & access.

2), Sending email notification of a power outage, battery status, temperature humidity, or with a contact closure, know if someone has opened the back of the rack etc……. within a clients system.

3), Most important the ability to reboot the system remotely from anywhere in the world, which in the long run saves money not having the cost to roll a truck every time there is a need to unfreeze a system. (as we know in this industry nothing ever locks up)

For more information please visit


URC’s MX-5000 Is the First Remote Control with Haptic Feedback

Universal Remote Control, already the pioneer in control technology, has pioneered once again. Its new MX-5000 is a wand-style two-way color touch screen remote that is the first remote control to offer haptic technology. That means the MX-5000 confirms each touch screen button-push with a tactile vibration that the user feels; users can confirm operation without looking at the remote, so they can more easily maintain eye contact with the television or while talking with friends. In addition, every surface, contour and button of the MX-5000, as well as its screen size, has been designed to “feel right” when used with one hand.

The MX-5000 features a 2.7-inch LCD color touch screen and is equipped with WiFi (B and G), Narrow Band RF and IR. Via any URC base station, the user can enjoy a complete A/V control experience that seamlessly integrates new digital media sources and content with traditional IR and RS-232 components. Dynamically linked via WiFi to a networked A/V system, the MX-5000 serves as a dashboard for everything in the system. Because of its comprehensive two-way database, the MX-5000 can display the current status and browse media from the most popular IP-controlled components, such as PCs, servers, cameras, lighting, HVAC and networked A/V receivers. For more information please visit