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 and CEDIA 2010 previews.

APC by Schneider Electric: Manufacturer Training
Protecting the Whole Home: Large Power Systems and Solutions

Learn to provide the full solution to your customer and grow your
power business, in this training covering the following topics:

• Basic power concepts
• Power anomalies: their creation and impact on systems
• Power myths and safety issues
• Strategies to mitigate power disturbances and safety concerns
• APC Whole Home solutions
• Advanced technologies for network management, redundancy,
and the most reliable systems
• How to design, sell, and install large power systems
• Service and maintenance offerings and opportunities

When: Friday, September 24, 2010
Where : Room A402
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
2 Sessions Available
Time: 10:00am– 11:15 am

Coming soon – an important new product from ATM, the leader in quiet cooling. (But you can get a “sneak peek” at CEDIA in booth 1130)

Ever have to cool an impossible cabinet? You know what an “impossible” cabinet is, don’t you? If you’re not sure, here are a few clues…

It’s usually built-in and often has a granite top and hidden sides, but rarely a recessed toe-kick – it’s just impossible to find a place to put a fan!

But don’t give up hope –  The new ATM System 4 can solve the problem.

Just drop ATM’s new “Six-pack” fan module into a 7 1/2” x 3 1/2” hole in the cabinet floor, put either the wood or anodized aluminum grille in the base trim, put the thermal switch on whatever runs hottest, and plug the wall-wart in—that’s it. The Six-pack is powerful enough to quietly move hot air out through the gaps between the doors. No gaps? Just use one of the stick-on bumpers supplied to create a narrow gap, and let the cooling begin…! Fan speed is temperature controlled, of course. See it and other ATM quiet cooling products at booth 1130.

Atlona Technologies gears up for their 3rd annual participation at the prestigious CEDIA Expo. Solutions based manufacturer of Audio Video accessories, Atlona Technologies, will showcase their latest in innovations this September in Atlanta Georgia at Booth #4722 .

CEDIA 2010 will offer many opportunities to those exhibiting, and Atlona has answered the call in participation with The CEDIA Attendees Choice Awards. Voting can be done via Web or Phone at the CEDIA Show. Below are the Atlona Submissions for this Award.

AT-DIS7-HD: 7″ HD Testing Monitor with HDMI Input

AT-HDAiR: PC to Computer Monitor/HDTV Wireless adapter with Audio

AT-HD620: HDMI/Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Scaler and Switcher

AT-HD570: HDMI (1.3) Audio De-Embedder with 3D Support

AT-HD500: PC / Laptop to HDMI Converter with built-in Scaler up to 1080p

AT-HDVieW: VGA to HDMI Scaler/Converter (USB Powered)

AT-PROHD1616M-SR: 16×16:2 HDMI Matrix Switch with CAT5/6 and local HDMI Outputs

AT-PROHD48M-SR: 4×8 HDMI Matrix Switch with 8x CAT5 Receivers included and 3D Support

AT-PROHD82M: 8×2 HD Video Scaler with 2 Matrix Outputs

Atlona Technologies 7 inch 1080P Testing Monitor Wins 2010 Custom Retailer EXC!TE Award

Atlona Technologies has made headline recently with their answer to almost every installer’s need for testing cable and component installations, where displays are remote or not yet present. This solutions based manufacturer of Audio Video accessories, has addressed this issue with the AT-DIS7-HD, a 7 inch Testing Monitor with an HDMI Input.  The industrious DIS7-HD will be presented with the Custom Retailer EXC!TE Award at CEDIA 2010.  Custom Retailer magazine’s annual EXC!TE Awards are allocated to the most distinguished industry products that stand out for displaying innovative solutions for all custom installation professionals. Atlona is delighted for the opportunity to receive this EXC!TE award for the one tool that no installer or integrator can do without.

This award winning portable display will recognize any HDMI or DVI source at resolutions up to 1080P or 1920×1200, and allow integrators and installers to observe both audio and video signal in real time.  The AT-DIS7-HD also features an EDID learning function that allows this unit to virtually copy the extended display identification data from any HDTV to accurately mimic that TV for testing purposes. With multiple control options including manual and IR Remote, the AT-DIS7-HD is perfect for installers and integrators looking for a simple solution to monitor or verify audio and video settings on remote displays. For those looking to test a wider range of formats, Atlona will soon release an advanced version.  This newer version of the DIS7-HD will support HDMI, VGA, and Component signals along with containing a built in speaker and 3D testing capabilities.

Atlona’s DIS7-HD is available now with an affordable MSRP of $349.00, and is currently up for the CEDIA Attendees Choice Awards.

AudioControl announced that their Savoy G3 theater amplifier, has been named a recipient of Custom Retailer’s 2010 EXCITE Award. Each year Custom Retailer magazine invites nominations of products that stand out for being innovative, high performing solutions oriented for the custom installation professional. This year the winners were selected from the hundreds of nominations received and judged by the magazine’s editorial staff.

“Since it’s introduction, the Savoy G3 has received a number of flattering accolades,” stated Tom Walker, President of AudioControl. “A recent reviewer of the Savoy G3 actually proclaimed:

“I haven’t heard an amplifier at any price I’d rather listen to”

Receiving the EXCITE award is yet another confirmation that the features, performance and design of the Savoy G3 are being embraced by our customers.”

The Savoy G3 is AudioControl’s most powerful seven-channel theater amplifier that incorporates a unique and highly efficient Class H design.  This allows it to produce over 200 watts per into each channel, all channels driven, at an 8-ohm load, or almost 1500 watts total audio output. Designed as a matching companion to AudioControl’s new Maestro M3 theater pre-amp processor, the Savoy G3 incorporates a simple yet elegant design. Highlighted by refined Rose Gold lettering on a high gloss black display, the sleek front panel is also accentuated by “cool blue” LED indicators that compliment the exquisite cosmetics of the Savoy G3.

Dealers are invited to view the Savoy G3 the AudioControl’s booth (#1428) at the 2010 CEDIA Expo in Atlanta.

Learn how to Triple your Sales at CEDIA Expo 2010!

September 23-26 • Atlanta, GA

Join Rodney Webb at the Beam/Electrolux booth #428, as he shares priceless sales tips and tricks that can triple your close rates. Rodney has been voted the #1 Sales Trainer to the home improvement industry by Remodler Magazine. Learn more about Rodney at his website.
Thursday and Friday Presentation Schedule:
11:00 am
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm

For a virtual CEDIA Expo registration form Click here.

BEAM Expands Central Vacuum Lineup
Versatile Product Line Increases Opportunities for Dealers


ATLANTA – BEAM Central Vacuum Systems offers custom integrators the industry’s widest range of cleaning systems that offer dealers unmatched installation flexibility and satisfy homeowner demands for cleaning convenience.

“Our product lineup can handle virtually any cleaning challenge facing today’s homeowners, from compact systems that can handle quick cleanups to complete PowerTeams that can deep clean the entire home,” says Larry Hartley, vice president of sales and marketing for BEAM.

The lineup introduced at the CEDIA Expo includes:

The BEAM Q PowerTeam: The state of the art in central vacuum system cleaning capability, the BEAM Q can clean up to 750 square feet of living space from each inlet valve. It includes a height adjustable electric power brush, making it easy to clean a variety of flooring types with the push of a button and a complete set of cleaning tools to easily tackle above-the-floor cleaning.

Hide-A-Hose: The homeowner will never have to carry a long hose around the house again. Hide-A-Hose stores within the central vacuum tubing system and can be extended up to 60 feet, enough to clean up to 2,300 square feet of living space. Simply pull out enough hose to reach the areas to be cleaned, then use the power of the central vacuum power unit to retract the hose back into its built-in receptacle.

SPOT: The quick-cleaning cousin to Hide-A-Hose, SPOT is ideal for quick cleanups in places that can get messy frequently like the laundry room, mudroom or next to the litter box. Its 10-foot hose stores inside the central vacuum tubing in the wall and retracts into the tubing when the cleaning job is finished.

The BEAM Q with the EasyReach Retractable Hose: The only retractable central vacuum hose that can operate an electric power brush, the EasyReach hose stores within itself and can be moved from inlet to inlet – requiring no additional installation.

“BEAM is the leading supplier of central vacuum system products to the custom installation companies and offers integrators some of the largest margins in the installed home products industry,” Hartley says. “Our expanded lineup offers even more opportunities for integrators to grow their business with central vacuum systems.”

For more information about the BEAM Products, visit www.beam.com.

Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems is the world’s leading producer and marketer of built-in central vacuums. The company’s BEAM, Electrolux and Eureka Central Vacuum Systems are sold in 50 countries around the world. Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems is a division of Electrolux Home Care Products North America.


Editors: For more information and photos, visit www.beampresscenter.com


The BG Radia IC-201 LCR loudspeaker ($1000.00 MSRP) is a unique, high performance in-ceiling speaker solution. Using the company’s legendary planar ribbon technology, the IC-201 delivers lifelike performance for installations where ceiling mount is preferred. The IC-201 is manufactured in the USA with a lifetime warranty and will be shipping in October 2010.

Control4® InfinityEdge™ 7” In-Wall Touch Screen
Affordable total system control in a new, sleek design. Edge-to-edge capacitive glass combined with the elegant Control4 user interface reveals the most visually stunning Control4 touch screens to date. With a new intercom capability, a choice of AC power or Power Over Ethernet, wired or Wi-Fi connectivity options, and four programmable buttons for customized commands, this flexible solution is perfect for every room in the house. For easy upgrades, the same magnet-mount back-box can be pre-wired by an electrician and used for both models. Find out more at control4.com/infinity.

Control4® OS 2.0
Control4 is pleased to announce the availability of Control4® OS 2.0. This next-generation OS offers new home-control functionality, new tools for developers, support for new hardware products, integration of 3rd party applications, and improved media management. Featuring an elegant new user interface, Control4® OS 2.0 will provide Control4 integrators and customers with the most powerful Control4® solution to date. Find out more at control4.com/os2.

Cool Components is excited to be introducing at the CEDIA Expo a host of new and improved products for the custom installation market.  While last year was largely dedicated to rack cooling, this year the focus is on remote cooling systems.  The new Remote Inline Vent System is perfect for venting equipment closets, projector enclosures, and built-in cabinetry.  It is compact enough to install between ceiling joists or good looking enough to be retrofit and wall mounted into a closet.  CCI is also introducing a new and feature rich Advanced System Controller.  Beyond automated control of the fans by turning the fans on and off and adjusting the speed based on temperature, the controller has a 12V trigger and alarm which also features contact closures upon alarm – both NC and NO.  This is definitely the most advanced controller on the market.  Also introducing another Cool Shelf that features fans integrated into this larger 4U rack shelf.  The Slim 6 being introduced will be ideal for a host of applications.  The narrow design makes it ideal for cabinet toe kicks, mounting on paneled doors to vent closets, and a variety of other cabinet applications.  The HiFlo and HiFlo Lite housings have been redesigned and feature a new heavy steel housing where finger guards and filter options can be easily installed.

Cool Components continues to proudly serve the custom installer with the most comprehensive and diverse line of products.  The quality products and top notch service and support make’s CCI the clear choice for all of your cooling needs.  Cool Components is also offering a free training session during CEDIA on Friday at 2pm so register today to learn about more than just our products, learn the fundamentals of cooling and how to sell and profit from selling cooling products all while truly protecting your system installs!

Visit Cool Components at CEDIA booth 3766!

D-BOX is a proud attendee of the CEDIA EXPO this year at booth 745. We are excited to be one of the sponsors of the Future Technology Pavilion. Come and visit us there to try our ground-breaking technology and live the action in one of our D-BOX Ready seating models.

D-BOX would also like to personally invite you to attend our official one day training taking place Saturday, September 25th at CEDIA EXPO 2010 Atlanta. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to receive their certification.

We are committed to providing the best presentation tools to maximize your sales results. To powerfully present the D-BOX experience to customers means creating more opportunities to close your projects successfully.

Contact the D-BOX Sales Team to reserve your space.

We look forward to seeing you at CEDIA!

New Bipolar Series

We will be doing 2 channel and home theater demonstrations of our new Bipolar series of floor-standing powered towers with matching center and surround speakers. We announced this completely revamped line to the trade press in June and CEDIA will be the first opportunity for most dealers and press to hear and see them in the flesh.

Additions to the Mythos XTR Series

The Mythos XTR-50 ultra-slim loudspeaker caused quite a stir when we showed it at CEDIA last year. It was the first truly high performance 1-1/2 inch thin on-wall speaker on the planet. It won the Best of Innovations award in the High Performance Speaker category at CES and our dealers are selling it with enthusiasm. In the 4th quarter we are launching three additional XTR models: a larger model to match 60 inch and larger displays, a smaller model to match 32 – 46-inch TVs and a dedicated bipolar surround model.

They’ll all be at CEDIA to see, touch and hear. For more information, visit us online at www.definitivetech.com

Entertainment Experience will be previewing new color processing technology at CEDIA 2010

We will announce the launch of new, industry changing products and introduce an exciting program for dealers and distributors to bring these products to the market. Jim Sullivan, President and Founder of Entertainment Experience, and one of the pioneers of color video imaging, will be discussing how multi-dimensional color will define the next generation of home theater.

We will host ‘eye popping’ demos and technical training for potential dealer and distributor partners. Innovators from many of the major brands will join us in these discussions about our patent-pending color processing technology, its potential and the business implications as we refine our plans to form partnerships with the leaders in the industry.

Entertainment Experience will be publishing times, locations and registration information for these events in a separate newsletter in mid September. Please look for that newsletter and consider joining us for this exciting new technology. For more information please contact us at questions@entexpinc.com.

See you at CEDIA 2010!

Plasma/Flat Panel
Display Wall Box

The PWB-100 is the essential installation accessory for any flat panel display. It installs easily in the wall behind any display allowing your screen to sit flush against the wall. This unit provides a neat and secure environment for the audio, video, control and power connections.

The PWB-100 is 11”W x 5.25”H x 3.57”D and installs easily between any two standard studs in the wall. Once populated the overall height is 7.39” behind the wall.  Connections and cable entry can be on the top or the bottom depending on installation preference. Designed to mount along the bottom edge behind a Plasma or LCD display,
the PWB-100 provides a single point for all your connections. The unit accommodates up to six single space
Intelligent Plate Solution plates and a UL listed single gang gem box for AC power.

The PWB is available in white or black and is suitable for painting or other finishing, matching any décor. It has a cable exit slot for the display connections and the excess cable can easily be hidden inside of the box making the entire installation as clean as possible. The cover screwsonto the front of the box once all connections are in place.

FSR designed this unit for new and existing construction. Brackets are included for mounting to studs in new construction as well as surface mount clips for mounting to sheet rock or plywood in existing construction.

Included Accessories:

1 – Low voltage back box       1 – UL listed Gem box
3 – Block off plates                     2 – Custom madison clips
2 – Surface mount clips           2 – Stud mount brackets
1- Pass through grommet,
additional grommets available
use part #13342


• Rugged 14 gauge steel back box with
1⁄16” front cover
• Compatible with FSR’s IPS inserts
• Can be installed in new or old work
(mounting adapters included)
• AC and low voltage back box included
• Connectors are hidden behind an attractive cover
• Multiple knockouts in a variety of sizes
• UL listed AC back box provided


• Anywhere a video display is wall mounted!

• Digital Signage
• Electronic Billboards
• Conference Centers
• Museums
• Schools
• General Meeting Facilities
• Airports
• Arenas

Contact FSR:

244 Bergen Boulevard, Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Phone: 973.785.4347 · Fax: 973.785.4207
Web: www.fsrinc.com · E-mail: sales@fsrinc.com
Order Desk: 1-800-332-FSR1

At CEDIA 2010, Panamax/Furman will be demonstrating the latest updates to BlueBOLT®, their cloud-based power and energy management platform; as well as introducing some exciting technology to expand BlueBOLT wirelessly to any 120V household outlet for a realistic whole-house energy management solution.

Kramer Introduces FC-321 SD/HD-SDI to HDMI Format Converter/Switcher

Kramer FC-321 Press Release
Kramer FC-321 Photos
Hampton, New Jersey – Kramer Electronics has released the FC-321 high-performance format converter for SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G HD-SDI signals. The unit converts one of two SDI video and audio signals to an HDMI output signal with the same resolution and frame rate.

The FC-321 accepts a multi-standard SDI signal, either SDI (SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 344M), HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) or 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M) on BNC connectors and converts the video and audio signal into an HDMI signal output via an HDMI connector. This format converter also has a rotary switch for selecting an SDI input stereo channel from among the eight pairs of audio embedded in the signal (0 to 7).

The FC-321 is HDTV compatible and comes in a compact Kramer DigiTOOLS® enclosure with active input and output LED indicators, and operates with the included 5V DC power supply. It can be controlled via the front panel, or with the included IR remote.
The FC-321 sells in the United States at a list price of $1050.00 per unit.

LiteTouch Will debut New Iphone App at CEDIA 2010

This app will allow homeowners with a LiteTouch FIVEk lighting control system to control their lighting and other integrated home sub-systems like HVAC, window blinds and more using their iPhone — whether they are away from home, or sitting on the sofa at home having fun using their iPhone to turn the lights off.

One major unique highlight of the LiteTouch iPhone app is that it includes pre-programmed energy saving functionality that a homeowner can activate instantly with the press of a button, making significant energy savings a decision homeowners can make and act on simply by pressing a button on their LiteTouch iPhone app.

Everyone at LiteTouch is truly excited about this unique feel-good, do-good feature, and we hope you and your readers will be too!

Please read the press release below, or read it online at: http://news.litetouch.com/?p=758

Onkyo Debuts its Next Generation of HT-RC Receivers

Onkyo, a brand renowned worldwide for quality home entertainment technology, is now shipping the newest generation of its HT-RC home theater receiver line–adding two new models, the mid-priced HT-RC260 and the more upscale HT-RC270.

Both new models are high performance 7.2-channel systems with the latest 3D-Ready HDMI-1.4a interface for single-cable connection to most modern AV components. This interface supports lossless high-definition surround sound via Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs. Both models also include Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for added sonic dimensions, and Faroudja DCDI Cinema video processing to upscale video to full 1080p output regardless of the source resolution.

The HT-RC270 is THX-Select 2Plus Certified to ensure the best possible sound, and features Audyssey MultEQ for a superior room equalization setup. This receiver is also fully network capable, with DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 compatibility for PC audio and Internet radio via Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio.

Both receivers include seven of Onkyo’s proprietary WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) amplifiers with new three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry for high dynamics and low distortion. Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs are provided for all channels.

The Onkyo HT-RC260 and HT-RC270 are currently available with suggested retail prices of $499 and $849 respectively.

Onkyo HT-RC270 Home Theater Receiver. Click here to web version for more photos.

The Procella Audio booth at CEDIA Expo will feature a THX Certified Screening Room built around Procella’s flagship THX Approved speaker system. Designed and built by Epic Home Cinema of Marietta, Georgia, the THX Certified Screening Room is designed to the same exacting standards as professional facilities. Initial construction began offsite by Dennis Erskine, Sherman Peiffer, Steve Kujala and the rest of the Epic Home Cinema team. Prior to the show, the room will be dismantled, moved to the CEDIA Expo floor, and rebuilt there. Once complete, the room will be tested by THX to earn the highly coveted THX certification for residential Screening Rooms.

In order to earn THX certification, residential screening rooms must closely mirror the acoustic performance of a full-blown commercial theater or professional studio. The room itself must meet THX standards for room design and construction, including room dimensions, acoustical environment, sound isolation and viewer sight lines. Additionally, all audio and video components must have either THX Approval or THX Certification, and the completed room must pass a final evaluation. THX participates in the entire process, from initial design through the construction phase, and ultimately verifies system performance through a battery of measurements performed onsite by THX engineers.

The Procella models used in the theater include three active P815s for screen channels, six passive P8 speakers for the surround channels, and two P18 active subwoofers in the baffle wall. Three additional P10 active subwoofers are located in the side and back walls and used as balancing subwoofers.

The P815, P8 and P18 have all earned THX Approval for integration into professional facilities, including THX Approved Screening rooms and pm3 rooms (professional Mixing, Monitoring and Mastering).

All audio and video components used in the CEDIA Expo room are either THX Certified for home use or THX Approved for professional studios and cinemas. In addition to Procella, the room will feature products from Stewart Filmscreen, Runco, QSC Audio Products, Meridian and Integra. We’d like to thank each of those manufacturers for their support and use of their gear!

Sanus Releases VXF220 All-Weather Full-Motion Mount for Indoor/Outdoor Use

Sanus Systems®, the leading global brand of audio/video mounts, furnishings and consumer electronics accessories, announces it is now shipping an all-weather mount for 42″-75″ flat-panel TVs weighing up to 175 lbs.

The VisionMount® VXF220 All-Weather Full-Motion Mount is manufactured with a special rust-resistant coating and stainless steel hardware and has been rated to withstand rain, snow and salt, making it an ideal choice for indoor/outdoor use. The mount offers robust, dual extension arms that support even the largest TVs and allow the user to extend the TV up to 20″ from the wall, tilt, swivel and pan it in any direction.

Exclusive features include:

  • Virtual Axis™ tilt technology for easy viewing angle adjustment with the touch of a finger
  • FollowThru™ channels for complete cable concealment and protection the entire length of the mount’s dual extension arms
  • The QuickConnect™ system, allowing the mounting head to snap onto the arm assembly and lock into place
  • ProSet™ post-installation height and leveling adjustment

The VXF220 also offers easy installation with the capability to shift the TV left or right on the wall plate for perfect centering on the wall and wall plate mounting holes that accommodate both 16″ and 24″ studs.

The VXF220 is now available for a list price of $579.99 USD.

SIM2 Multimedia is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality home theater products and leading provider of professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained an enviable reputation with the world’s specialist press; our products are constantly winning awards and accolades from all over the globe. The continuing development of high quality video products based on leading-edge technologies is at the heart of the company’s design philosophy. SIM2 has a formidable R&D department, with a wealth of experience in the design of high performance projectors and display devices, which enables the company to continually raise performance standards with each successive generation of products. As befits a premium electronics brand, the quality of service offered by SIM2 USA Inc. is exemplary. Our US-based office, staffed by highly-trained sales, marketing and technical professionals, delivers an award-winning service to its customers.

SIM2’s projectors can to be found in the homes and studios of the rich and famous, professional film makers and discerning movie enthusiasts all over the world.

The 2010 SIM2 product line-up has all the ingredients required by dealers and installers to create the finest quality home theater systems and media rooms. Our lamp-based single-chip DLP DOMINO models offer exceptional performance vs. price, becoming one of the most popular product lines in the video market today. Full HD images and ease of installation make them an easy choice for smaller theaters and family rooms.

For medium to large home theaters, our premium single-chip DLP Grand Cinema MICO series projectors utilize SIM2’s PureLED technology at the heart of their design. This pure digital design produces images that are only made possible with this exciting new technology; highlighting the ability of SIM2’s R&D team to create class-leading products from the latest technologies.

High-end home theaters and media rooms demand the highest possible performance from projectors and for these systems SIM2 has a choice of two different three-chip DLP series: Grand Cinema C3X LUMIS and HT5000 series. C3X LUMIS series models are compact (approximately half the size of conventional high-end models) and totally unique to SIM2, no other manufacturer has the capability to create such a product. These are designed for use in medium to large home theaters that demand three-chip DLP performance. The HT5000 models are larger, more powerful projectors, which can be used with very large screens (typically 15ft or more) and in a variety of professional applications, such as post-production facilities.

All SIM2 projectors have the ability to be used in anamorphic (2.40:1 aspect ratio) theaters, with the simple addition of a SIM2 FLEX or SCOPE anamorphic option. These are easily integrated with the projectors, thanks to the custom-designed bracket assemblies that are available for each model.

The inclusion of SIM2’s projection systems within the d-tools database, will allow dealers and installers to easily specify and sell our products. To find out more about SIM2, please visit www.sim2usa.com

SurgeX, the only manufacturer of AC surge elimination and power conditioning products, is proud to announce that its XN120 NEMA solution has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious CEDIA Manufacturers Excellence Awards. This compact 120 Volt / 80 Amp unit is hardwired as a subpanel at the service panel or the equipment room and is designed to provide failsafe protection required for multiple circuits. The XN120 has been well received as it has also been selected as a finalist for the Residential Systems RESI Awards. Both awards will be given at this year’s CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta from September 23rd-26th.

Engineered with professional grade Advanced Series Mode® Surge Elimination Technology and Impedance Tolerant® EMI/RFI noise filtering, the XN120 is the only NEMA enclosure protection product in the market that eliminates surges and transients that can degrade AV system performance and shorten service life. The XN120 frees up valuable rack space and eliminates the need for individual powerline conditioners. In most installations, there are panels located in each room that, until now, have needed to be protected separately. But, with the XN120, there is no need to protect each individual panel with a powerline conditioner at every site. When the panels are connected to a single circuit and fed through the XN120, the SurgeX unit will protect each panel on that circuit. There’s no in wall extension cords, nor individual units to install and maintain. One XN120 circuit will protect an average of 8 panels. In addition, every outlet powered by the XN120 is protected even though there is no PLC at the rack.

“The XN120 frees up the valuable rack space that you didn’t have before,” said Rick Komendera, Vice President of Sales for SurgeX. “It protects and conditions from either the equipment room, or the demarcation and acts just like separate subpanel for your AV system. There’s no in wall extension cords, nor multiple individual units to maintain.”

As with all SurgeX products, the XN120 boasts Advanced Series Mode® Surge Elimination Technology and Impedance Tolerant® EMI/RFI noise filtering which eliminates all surges without the side effects that come with traditional surge suppression products. Unlike sacrificial MOV based surge protectors, the XN120 completely eliminates ALL surges up to 6,000 Volts/3000 Amps without producing disturbances that can degrade the performance and shorten the service life of an A/V system. Because of this technology, installers have the confidence that their power protection unit will actually protect the equipment they are installing and not degrade or damage it over time.

With SurgeX A-1-1 Certified Advanced Series Mode® technology, equipment will run better, sound better, and improve picture quality. SurgeX has recently extended its industry leading warranty from ten to now an industry leading eleven year Connected Warranty which not only protects the SurgeX equipment, but also every device that is plugged in to a SurgeX product.

Installers interested in taking a look at the XN120 can do so at CEDIA EXPO the Georgia Convention Center in the SurgeX booth #4146. For more information about SurgeX, visit www.surgex.com.

At CEDIA, Tripp Lite will be showcasing our Portable AC Unit, the SRCOOL12 /


When the cooling system is not properly designed around the head end equipment, the heat emitted from the AV gear along with poor ventilation can shorten the life let alone kill the system. Enter Tripp Lite’s Portable AC Unit. It provides nearly twice the cooling power of our leading competitor and with either a directional vent or general louvered vent, it can provide general cooling or cool air can be directed to hot spots. But what installers and end users love about this AC Unit is that it requires NO MAINTENANCE — no drip pan or water collection tank that needs to be emptied every few hours — a built in evaporator expels the condensate into the exhaust air stream. AND there are no special outlets needed for this unit. It plugs into a standard outlet.

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Click Here for Tripp-Lite CEDIA Specials!

Tripp Lite is proud to announce that its TLP1210SATG ECO-Surge™ Suppressor is a recipient of CustomRetailer magazine’s EXC!TE Award.

With its innovative green outlet array, the TLP1210SATG saves energy in custom installations without compromising power protection. Eight Power Save outlets cut AC power to peripheral devices when the Master device (such as a TV) is not in use. The ECO-Surge Suppressor also features a unique wattage selection switch, assuring compatibility with a wide range of Master devices.

CustomRetailer magazine is honored to present our 2010 EXC!TE Award to Tripp Lite for the ECO-Surge Suppressor,” said publisher Carol Campbell. “Each year, we invite nominations of products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional. The impact of these products is felt in the installers’ productivity, the dealers’ profitability, the clients’ satisfaction and the industry’s vitality.”

“We’re thrilled that the ECO-Surge Suppressor has received this mark of recognition from CustomRetailer,” said Tripp Lite Senior Product Manager Karenann Brow. “With its innovative green design, this surge suppressor saves money, conserves electricity and helps to reduce the carbon footprint of custom installations. And as more and more end users demand environmentally friendly solutions, it provides custom installers with multiple margin-building attachment opportunities.”

Everyone in the custom installation industry understands the importance of CEDIA EXPO. This year, it’s even more important for URC. CEDIA EXPO 2010 will be the site of the greatest product launch in URC’s history.

URC will introduce 10 new products at CEDIA 2010. Eight are home automation products; two are remote controls. With the monumental unveiling of the URC Total Control product line, URC immediately expands beyond home theater control to become the whole house control company of choice. Total Control from URC: Scalable from one room to an entire home.

We’re keeping the details under wraps until the show, but to give you a hint of what’s coming, check out this Flash presentation. It gives you a brief peek behind the curtain.

Learn and Earn with URC University!

At URC’s online educational center, URC University, you can track your training progress, take self-paced classes, sign up for webinars, even sign in electronically for live events! All of your learning experiences will be documented, creating a transcript that provides an archive of your completed courses. Certificates of completion are easily downloaded for any and all completed courses, and remain available any time in your transcript. You’ll find course materials in one place, and you can easily download handouts, manuals and related items.

And how’s this for more incentive to attend URC University? You can earn BlueBucks by successfully completing the quizzes that are offered for many of our self-paced classes. Like frequent flier miles, BlueBucks can be accumulated and redeemed for gift cards at hundreds of national retailers and restaurants.

Access URC University via The URC Control Room. Visit soon and get certified for our Network Series products online!

URC: The industry’s best training keeps getting better!

Sage Series Training
Jon Herron of Wisdom Audio will conduct training on the Sage Series. Topics include a technology overview, installation tips, and a review of the set-up and calibration of the system. The training will be held on Saturday, September 25, 8:00 – 9:30 am, in Room GWCC-A308a.