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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Get It There Fast with AMX QuickShip

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AMX announces our newest program aimed at assisting our authorized dealers and distributors in getting our most popular signal distribution products ordered and delivered quickly – these products are guaranteed to ship within three business days of AMX receiving the order.

These products:
– Satisfy any high-resolution analog audio/video requirement
– Are easy to program, control and install
– And are competitively priced

Experience the most reliable signal distribution products being enjoyed by customers around the world.

We invite you to learn more about QuickShip including a full list of applicable products at AMX.com.

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HAI will be attending several upcoming trade shows, including Expo Seguridad in Mexico City (Booth 728) and ISC West (Booth 18135) in Las Vegas.  In Mexico, HAI will be offering the “Introduction to Home Automation” training course.  In Las Vegas, HAI will be training on Security, Energy Management, Access Control, and Home Automation.

New language editions (Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, and German) for all 3 versions of the Philips Pronto remote control are now available.  This adds to HAI’s English, Chinese, Russian, Italian, European French, and Hebrew versions.  Pronto-Link is a free download.

HAI expanded upon the Lutron RadioRA partnership with the recent HomeWorks integration.  Integrating the HomeWorks lighting control system gives installers and homeowners another choice in sophisticated lighting and window shade control with seamless integration.

HAI’s Automation Studio allows complete customization of the OmniTouch Portable 10 and the OmniTouch 5.7e.  HAI’s Home Theater Extender allows audio video component control from these Touchscreens.

HAI is offering a special promotion, Free Custom Engraving for our House Status and Scene Switches.  This allows homeowners to put “Bedtime” or “Sconces” to identify a room or scene.

HAI recently won five CEPro Mark of Excellence awards for their exceptional products and services. For more information please visit www.homeauto.com.

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Join the Media Center Network and become part of a valuable community focused on providing integrators with resources to help them succeed and profit with the MCE platform. We have brought in experts who have more than 20 years of experience with Microsoft (no, they do not work for MS). However, they are a great resource for dealers with “best-practice” ways of avoiding the pitfalls of MCE, getting tips and learning about shortcuts to installing the application. Interested in becoming a member? It’s free! Click on the link below and be a part of the MCN’s strategy webinar on March 31st that will help shape the future of the network and ensure that it provides the most valuable resources for dealers to build their business. Please visit http://hdgiants.ning.com/

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Introducing the Kaleidescape Mini System: A Complete Multi-Zone Entertainment Server in a Compact and Affordable Package

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Kaleidescape, Inc., the market leader in entertainment servers, today announced availability of the Kaleidescape Mini System, an innovative product that puts your entire collection of movies and music at your fingertips. The Mini System is the first Kaleidescape product to integrate a complete multi-zone Kaleidescape System into a single component, and the first to include a remote control. Its elegant industrial design is beautifully suited for a living room, and it installs as easily as an ordinary DVD player. Priced about 40% less than the current Kaleidescape System, the Mini System is affordable and well-suited for a variety of projects.

The Mini System can be expanded by adding Players so you can enjoy your entertainment collection in other rooms of your home, by adding Servers to accommodate your growing collection, or by adding other Mini Systems to do both. The Mini System has a movie zone and two additional built-in music zones to provide “whole-house entertainment” out-of-the-box.

Browsing your collection on a Mini System is simple and rewarding. With the press of a button, your movies or music are sorted by title, actor, artist, director, genre, year-of-release or run time. Kaleidescape’s Movie and Music Guide Services automatically cross-reference your entertainment collection to help you rediscover your favorites and share them with family and friends. High-resolution cover art provides an endless panorama to help you quickly identify the movies and music that are “just right” for the occasion.

The Mini System is available immediately at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $7,995 in the United States, and includes a standard one-year limited warranty. Price reductions on the 1080p Player, 1080p Mini Player and Disk Cartridges for the 1U, 3U and 5U Servers are effective March 16, 2009, and their new MSRPs in the United States are $2,995, $1,995 and $995 respectively. For additional information, please visit www.kaleidescape.com.


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Onkyo Introduces the World’s 1st AV Receiver with Dolby ProLogic IIz
– Adding an “Over-the-top” Vertical Dimension to Surround Sound

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As the first installment of its 2009 product line-up, Onkyo has introduced three new home theater receivers, including the world’s first to offer Dolby’s new ProLogic IIz processing, which can produce sound effects above the listener’s head. Theses models, which range in price from $299 to $599, also include an array of advanced HD audio and video technologies from Onkyo, Dolby, DTS, Audyssey, Faroudja, and others that were previously only available at higher price points. The TX-SR607 features six HDMI inputs, and is the first AV receiver with a front-panel HDMI input.

With the debut of the new TX-SR607 receiver, Onkyo has the distinction of becoming the world’s first manufacturer to launch a 7.2-channel home cinema receiver featuring the all-new Dolby Pro-Logic IIz mode. Designed to take home cinema sound to new heights (literally!) DPL IIz introduces a vertical aspect to the sound field through the addition of left and right-channel front height speakers mounted above the main speakers. Based on the initial positive reactions to demonstrations of this technology to dealers, Onkyo anticipates good demand for expanded height channel capabilities in future models.

These new models are well equipped for Blu-ray and other HD audio and video source components, with HDMI repeaters plus Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio processing in the TX-SR607 and TX-SR507. The entry-level TX-SR307 has HDMI pass-through switching on three inputs, while all three models support 1080p, Deep Color, and x.v.Color. The Onkyo TX-SR307 and TX-SR507 will be available in March, and the TX-SR607 in April with suggested retail prices of $299, $399, and $599 respectively. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.

triad_logoWith the growing popularity of wall-mounted, shallow video displays, Triad continues to develop appropriate loudspeaker solutions. The OnWall Mini LCR 3.0 ($1,500 retail), introduced a year ago, is one of our biggest sellers. It contains three high-quality LCRs, and it is available in custom widths up to 66″ in 1Ž4″ increments. Recently introduced, the OnWall Mini LCR 3.0 SE ($3,000 retail) is the same form as the 3.0, but it uses Seas drivers, similar to what Triad uses in the lauded Gold LCR. With one or two Triad InWall or InCeiling subs, the 3.0 SE becomes the heart of a serious home theater system.

We are currently working on another two products designed to work well with shallower televisions, smaller screen sizes, and/or lower budgets, but still with exemplary sound. Within months, we will release the OnWall Mini LCR 2.0 ($1,200 retail), which is the same form as the 3.0, only less than 4″ deep, and containing a left and a right speaker. Shortly following the 2.0 release, we will introduce the OnWall Mini LCR 2.0 SE ($2,400 retail), again with a left and right speaker using expensive Seas drivers for the best sound in this product segment.

All four of these speakers include free paint matching, and custom sizing (width) at a small upcharge. We can provide these important custom services because we build almost all our speakers to order here in America, and always ship freshly-made products. These four speakers will be available in a premium gloss black finish, as well. For more information please visit www.triadspeakers.com.

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Universal Remote Control Invites You to “Write on Our Wall…”

Become a Fan of URC on Facebook! You’ll always be up to date on the latest URC training schedules, product releases, software updates and other cool stuff. Watch how-to videos, meet the URC crew and share the URC experience with other fans. URC on Facebook: Yet another way to put the control in your hands. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Universal-Remote-Control-Inc/124689385257