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.

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Atlantic Technology Ships New Retro-Fit In-Wall Subwoofer

Atlantic Technology, one of the most respected manufacturers of home theater and architectural loudspeaker systems, has begun shipping a new passive in-wall subwoofer designed to deliver superior performance for custom installations. The IWTS-28 SUB uses dual 8-inch woofers, features a flexible set of connection and integration features, and is ideal for retro-fit installation in standard 2×4 wall cavities. An optional outboard monoblock amplifier, the 180 Watt SA-180, is also now available to power the new subwoofer.

The IWTS-28 SUB installs in minutes in a wall cutout just 11-1/8 inches wide by 20-3/8 inches tall, and requires standard 2×4 wall depth. It uses the same grill/frame assembly and New Construction brackets as the company’s IWCB-626, IWCB-727, and IWTS-30 LCR in-wall speakers, greatly streamlining the timing for rough-in/painting as well as simplifying inventory maintenance for custom installers.

The Atlantic Technology IWTS-28 SUB is currently available at a total suggested retail price $475.00 ea. plus $75 for the GFR-626 grille/frame assembly. Total combined retail price is $550 for a complete speaker and mounting assembly. For more information please visit www.atlantictechnology.com.

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Atlona Technologies announces new Pro AV model 8×8 HDMI 1.3 over CAT5/6 Matrix Switch with eight additional HDMI local outputs and LAN Control, AT-PROHD88M-SR

Atlona Technologies is excited to announce the release of their most advanced and industrious HDMI1.3 Matrix Switcher in the market today with the AT-PROHD88M-SR.  This Pro AV model is a True 8×8:2 HDMI matrix switch. Atlona’s PROHD88M-SR features eight HDMI 1.3 inputs, and eight independently switchable HDMI and Twister Pair outputs to feed eight separate displays simultaneously. This unit also has the ability of equalization, amplification and re-clocking the signal to ensure accurate HDMI signal transmission through long cables without quality loss. Each output features 1 HDMI and 2 Twisted Pair connections where both are active at the same time. Twisted Pair outputs are used to connect to the eight included receiver modules.

The Atlona 8×8:2 Matrix can be controlled though: IR Back Channel, RS232, RS485, TCP/IP (LAN) or/and supplied remote control.  Along with the advanced control ability with LAN Control, as well as RS485 and RS232 function, Atlona’s 8X8 HDMI Matrix Switcher’s IR functions allow users to access to an additional eight HD sources such as DVD players, Blu-Ray, PS3, Xbox 360 or any other HDMI devices directly, from the location of that HD display.   Including manual control, that is a total of 5 control methods for this exceptional product.  Installation is quick and easy without a needed power supply. With added metal handles in front for portability and positioning in rack mount installation applications, and support of discreet IR codes, installers will surely love this switcher. Atlona’s Pro AV model AT-PROHD88M-SR is officially available today with an MSRP of $6499.00. For more information please visit www.atlona.com.

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In conjunction with HAI Premier Distributor, Alloys, HAI will have a very active CEDIA Australia Expo July 15th to the 17th.  Learn about new HAI products and the upcoming HAI integration with both Clipsal and Dynalite products in booth 126.  Located in Sydney, the CEDIA Australia Expo showcases the greatest technology solutions from the world’s greatest manufacturers.  HAI’s President, Jay McLellan, will be conducting a “Hot Topic” presentation on Friday July 17th from 10:30AM to 11:30 AM titled “Smart Grid and Home Automation”.  HAI will also offer an “HAI New Products” training course on July 15th from 11:30AM to 1:00PM.

Additionally HAI and Premier Distributor, Alloys, will be conducting the following classes in Australia and New Zealand.  For more information, or to register, please visit www.homeauto.com/training

July 13, Sydney, 9am – 5pm, Application Programming
July 20, Melbourne, 2 – 4pm, Introduction to HAI and New Products
July 21, Melbourne, 9am – 5pm, PC Access 3.0 Programming
July 23, Auckland, NZ, 9am – 5pm, Introduction to Home Automation

Trainings will include information regarding HAI’s new Clipsal lighting control integration and upcoming Dynalite integration.

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NAD Premieres High Performance AV Components with Latest HD Technology and Key Features

NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio and audio/video components, introduces upgraded HD versions of the T 785, T 775, T765 AV Receivers and the T 175 AV Tuner Preamp-Processor. Additionally, NAD premieres Modular Design Construction (MDC) in the new Masters Series M15 HD AV Preamp-Processor.

The MDC-enhanced components embody NAD’s unique mechanical design architecture introduced last year, providing enhanced performance, features, flexibility, upgradeability and simplified service.

The MDC-based products include four new entries in NAD’s popular Theater Series – the T 785 AV Receiver, T 775 AV Receiver, T 765 AV Receiver, and T 175 Preamp-Tuner-Processor. It also includes NAD’s first MDC-based Masters Series component, the M15 HD Surround Sound Processor. All are based on current models that have been significantly upgraded with the new MDC architecture and various high-definition and advanced features.

NAD’s exclusive MDC program employs a series of modules that add valuable features, capabilities and connectivity. The initial plug-in modules (AM 100, AM 200, VM 100 and VM 200) cover digital audio and HDMI functions, component and analog video functions, and two-channel and multi-channel analog audio functions.

NAD’s new HD AV components will be available from authorized NAD dealers at the following suggested (U.S. MSRP) prices and delivery.

MODEL                                                                                     MSRP     Delivery

T 785 AV Receiver                                                           $3,999   July/Aug

T 775 AV Receiver                                                           $2,999   July

T 765 AV Receiver                                                           $2,499   now shipping

T 175 Preamp-Tuner-Processor                                  $2,999   July/August

M15 HD AV Surround Sound Processor/Preamp $3,999   August

For more information please visit www.nadelectronics.com.

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The worldwide popularity of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch is capturing the attention of the home automation industry, providing an ideal platform for home control applications. Earlier in 2009, Remotescape launched a new iPhone and iPod touch application for remote control of Kaleidescape Systems. It’s a complete wireless remote control for every feature of the Kaleidescape System. It combines the beautiful touch-based interface of the Apple iPhone with the rich movie and music data the Kaleidescape System is renowned for. Remotescape provides a compelling control interface which complements Kaleidescape’s whole-home entertainment value proposition, making it an ideal sales tool for Kaleidescape dealers.

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Remotescape resonates well with potential Kaleidescape customers, especially if the customer is already an iPhone or iPod touch owner, and especially if they may be interested in the Kaleidescape System’s music features. Remotescape is currently the best alternative for controlling Kaleidescape’s music features from listening zones that do not have a video display. The application requires no additional hardware, and automatically discovers all Kaleidescape zones on the home WiFi network without any setup.

By providing a powerful, fun, and easy-to-use interface for controlling whole-home music playback, Remotescape software allows installers to include more Kaleidescape music-only listening zones, and the associated equipment and margins those sales provide.

Beyond music, Remotescape includes a unique heads-up interface for the Kaleidescape on-screen display, leveraging the elegant touch screen of the iPhone to provide easy navigation of Kaleidescape’s award-winning user interface. Currently-playing movies and music are presented directly on the touch screen with all the rich data and cover art the Kaleidescape System is known for. Turn the iPhone on its side to discover all the album covers in a scrollable grid view.

The Remotescape application for iPhone and iPod touch is available today for purchase from the iPhone App Store.
Visit the Remotescape web site for more information: www.remotescape.com.

sr_logoIn partner news, Screen Research recently welcomed Mike Barber to its executive team as director of business development. Barber is a custom CE industry veteran in his own right, joining Screen Research after seven years with Meridian America, serving two as national director of sales.

Barber will work closely with Screen Research’s North American sales representatives to facilitate world-class service between the headquarters in France and its broad dealer-base of US consumer electronics integrators. He will spearhead Screen Research’s North American operations from the company’s newly relocated offices in Hiram, Georgia. The Georgia facilities will house the company’s national sales, marketing, and technical support to ensure that every screen specified by Screen Research dealers is fully supported from pre-sales through to installation.

Be sure to update your contact information for Screen Research, as follows:
For general inquiries, email srsales@screenresearch.com.
For technical support, email techsupportusa@screenresearch.com.

And, the new address for Screen Research’s North American headquarters:
Screen Research USA
5604 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy Suite 512
Hiram, GA. 30141
678-567-1503

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Ultralink Unveils The First Of Their Updated Series Platinum MkII HDMI-XL

Ultralink introduces the new ultra long Platinum MkII HDMI-XL cable beginning at 30-foot lengths up to 75 feet.

The extraordinary Platinum MkII HDMI-XL offers fantastic value and a ton of performance when running long lengths of HDMI. Most everyone wants better sound once they’ve heard it, but they don’t quite understand the high associated prices. Ultralink® Platinum MkII® solves the dilemma: Impressive audio and video with affordable over-engineered reference quality cables carrying the look and feel of our perfectionist XLOTM and high-performance Argentum Acoustics® brands at a fraction of the price.

Every Ultralink Platinum MkII-XL features cryogenically-treated silver-plated Laboratory-Grade 6N (99.99998% pure) copper and high density quad-shielding. We use the best dielectric insulation materials including DuPontTM Teflon® and Teflon polymers for the purest signal possible. Our connectors are precision-machined and manufactured to mil-spec tolerances with advanced metallurgy, 24K direct gold-plating to the conductor, and pure Teflon internal dielectrics. For more information please visit www.ultralinkproducts.com.

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URC Unveils Its First ZigBee Control System

As part of its inaugural visit to InfoComm this month, where it launched its first line of commercial installation products, Universal Remote Control (URC) announced its first ZigBee products: the MX-880z remote control and MRZ-260 base station. The MX-880z is a wand-style ZigBee RF (radio frequency) and IR (infrared) hard-button remote control with a two-inch color LCD screen, while its companion piece, the MRZ-260, is a ZigBee RF-to-IR base station. These products, which are suitable for both commercial and residential MDU applications, solve a common problem: they eliminate RF collisions caused by simultaneous button presses in installations where many users are in range of each other.

In conjunction with the product announcements, URC further reinforced its commitment to ZigBee technology by joining the ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. For more information please visit www.universalremote.com.

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