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MOZAEX RELEASES BLUWAVS 7.1 HD AUDIO HEADPHONES; WORLD’S FIRST TO SUPPORT BLU-RAY HDMI 7.1 HD AUDIO

Salt Lake City – August 9, 2012 – Mozaex™, the premiere manufacturer of multi-room Blu-ray entertainment servers and peripherals, announced today it has launched BluWavs™, a revolutionary, patent pending series of 7.1 HD Audio headphones. The company will be demonstrating BluWavs and their entire product line of entertainment servers during the 2012 CEDIA Expo, held in Indianapolis from Sept. 6 – 8 at the Indiana Convention Center, booth 5655.

BluWavs are the world’s first Blu-ray 7.1 Discrete HD Audio headphones

“Mozaex has once again set a new standard in luxury home entertainment with the release of the first headphones to support Blu-ray 7.1 discrete HD Audio” said Mozaex CEO Douglas Kihm. “BluWavs are also the first headphones to include a BluWav ‘Blender’ Audio Console which allows users to fine-tune the volume and EQ of ten discrete speakers to meet their personal surround sound listening preferences.”

The BluWav Blender includes new technology called PLUSH (Personally Leveled Ultimate Surround Headphones). PLUSH allows the listener to instantly select their own personal audio profile for the richest, most enveloping surround sound experience. For example, the volume levels of the 10 discrete speakers and the EQ levels of the front speakers can be adjusted to create a warmer, deeper bass sound, or adjust the center and rear levels for louder movie dialogue and greater spatial effects.

BluWavs combine highest quality music headphones with 7.1 HD Audio and personalization

“Over the past two years, we worked with industry experts to design headphones that combine the absolute best sounding music with the clearest, most immersive 7.1 HD Audio for watching movies,” added Kihm.

“This product is actually a life-long goal of mine, which began about 40 years ago when I built my first pair of stereo headphones and more recently when I began to design a solution for my own hearing loss. I am thrilled to see from the initial feedback that BluWavs not only delivers HD surround sound audio that is many times the quality of stereo headphones, but that others like me appreciate being able to finally watch a movie without sub-titles and without disturbing other people.”

BluWavs patent pending technology addresses a unique niche in a multi-billion dollar market

While the market for stereo music and gaming headphones continues to experience high growth with over $2 billion in total headphone sales in the USA alone, little attention has been paid to delivering a product that offers the best audio quality for both stereo and surround sound media, such as Blu-ray. In spite of a general slowdown in consumer electronics, worldwide sales for headphones continue to experience rapid growth. As reported on February 6, 2012 by Gfk at the BADA (British Audio-Visual Dealers Association), UK sales of headphones are up 26.4 percent in value with a total UK headphone market “worth more than £163m which is equal to the entire market for hi-fi and home cinema sectors which has fallen to a 20-year low of £167m”.

Continued from the BADA report, “UK consumers bought more than 10 million pairs of headphones in 2011 – almost two million more sets than we did in 2010. The price we’re paying is also increasing, with the UK headphone market now worth £163,217,000.”

Mozaex believes that besides the huge growth in the mobile market consumers are paying a higher price for higher quality. BluWavs patent pending technology uniquely addresses the un-served surround sector of this fast growing market. Only BluWavs delivers HDMI 7.1 discrete HD Audio. Other surround sound headphones only support lower quality SD Audio and are typically used on USB or SPDIF computer game consoles or offer “virtual audio technology” that attempts to create virtual 5.1 SD Audio using conventional stereo headphones.

BluWavs meets dealer needs for a truly unique, value-added, non-retail store product

Kihm continued, “BluWavs offers our network of custom home electronic dealers an opportunity to expand their sales with a truly unique, value-added product that their clients won’t find at a consumer retail store. BluWavs are the perfect add-on peripheral to any mid to high-end home theater project.”

BluWavs meets MDU client needs for an unobtrusive way to enjoy HD quality entertainment

BluWavs offers a great opportunity to dealers to meet the growing needs of millions of people who live in condominiums and other Multiple Dwelling Units (MDUs) who are constrained from loudly playing their movies and music. For example, in Europe, 50 percent of people live in MDUs. The U.S. is quickly catching up with more than a third of all U.S. residents living in approximately five million MDU buildings that range from apartments to high rise condominiums.

BluWavs are first to deliver DTS HD Master, Dolby TrueHD and LPCM HD quality audio

Blu-ray Disc® revolutionized home theater with its 1080p video and 7.1 HD quality audio formats.
BluWavs HD Audio delivers bit rates up to 27 Mbps (or 18 times the quality of standard definition formats). Until now dealers were unable to offer their clients exceptional 7.1 HD Audio quality headphones.

BluWavs patent pending technology universally supports all popular HD Audio formats and interfaces, including DTS® HD Master and Dolby® TrueHD HD Audio plus HDMI and Multi-Channel pre-amp outputs.

BluWavs includes vibration subwoofer to deliver music and bass thumping scenes you can feel

Its patent pending technology includes the first vibration subwoofer speaker driver that has its own dedicated bass booster amplifier and crossover which can be adjusted to deliver bass sounds the listener can literally feel. BluWavs are designed to dramatically enhance the user experience when playing movies, music, games and online surround sound media such as NetFlix and iTunes.

USA and Canadian Pricing (Contact Mozaex for International pricing)

BluWavs includes a single Headset and Blender Console. The Blender Console is available at the same price in either a Shelf enclosure or rack mountable. Additional Headsets are sold separately.

Two models are available. BluWavs A10 supports analog inputs while BluWavs AD10 supports both analog and digital HDMI inputs. Both models support 10 speakers per Headset and two Headsets when using the analog pre-amp input or by adding an optional Headset Amp.

BluWavs A10 – Analog – Includes one headset and Blender A10 – Price: $1,695 MSRP USA

BluWavs AD10 – Analog/Digital – Includes one headset and Blender AD10 – Price: $2,295 MSRP USA

BluWav Headset – Includes one BluWav Headset – Price: $895 MSRP USA

BluWav Headset Amp – Optionally adds one Headset to the Blender – Price: $595 MSRP USA

BluWavs are covered by a limited two-year parts and labor warranty plus free product lifetime support.

BluWavs are set to begin shipping on November 1st 2012.

BluWavs Press Image: http://www.mozaex.com/images/BluWavs1.jpg

Contact Information

Mozaex USA: 3785 South 700 East Salt Lake City Utah 84106
Web: www.bluwavs.com or www.mozaex.com
Sales: +01.801.685.9000 – sales@mozaex.com

About Mozaex
Mozaex is a leading manufacturer of Blu-ray® 3D Entertainment Servers and Blu-ray HD Headphones.
Mozaex is a multi-room media server that loads, stores and instantly delivers, Blu-ray and DVD movies, CD music, photos and online media including iTunes®. BluWavs™ are the world’s first 7.1 Discrete HD Audio headphones.

Combining elegant operation with uncompromised reliability, service and quality, Mozaex has become the solution of choice for homes and yachts around the world. Mozaex has shipped more non-jukebox Blu-ray servers than any other company. Since introducing the world’s first multimedia entertainment server in 2004 and the first Blu-ray 3D server in 2010 the company has shipped over 7,500 units worldwide. Mozaex is sold exclusively through a network of 750 dealers that are supported by 10 US rep firms and 19 international distributors in 27 countries.

Disclaimers
All specifications and pricing are subject to change.
All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Mozaex © 2012 All rights reserved

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Panamax/Furman Products on Display at CEDIA EXPO 2012

CEDIA EXPO 2012
Panamax/Furman
Booth 3130

Panamax/Furman Products on Display at CEDIA EXPO 2012:

MR Family of Power Management Products
Panamax’s MR family of elegant home theater power management solutions complements any A/V system, while offering advanced protection from surges/spikes and maximizing equipment performance. With auto-resetting voltage protection (AVM) and protection from catastrophic lightning strikes with Protect or Disconnect(TM) circuitry, peace of mind is never out of reach. These components also account for signal-level surges with universal coaxial, telephone, or LAN (RJ-45) protection. Performance-robbing AC noise is filtered for best system performance with Level 2 Noise Filtration (MR4000) and Linear Noise Filtration (MR4300 and MR5100).

Equally graceful on a shelf, TV stand, or rack, the MR family offers a touch of class and elegance with a soft yet sophisticated industrial design. Decorative blue crescent lights accent the white digital voltmeter (MR4300 and MR5100) and power status display anchoring the front panel. On the MR4300, two downward-firing media lights illuminate any equipment cabinet or rack, providing users with well-lit access to their media player or system controllers in a theater, media, or living room. All decorative and media lights can be dimmed or turned off completely to eliminate distractions from the home theater experience.

The MR4000 is available now. The MR4300 and MR5100 will begin shipping in October.

Photo Link: http://bit.ly/M4dXUs
Caption: MR 4000

MD2-ZB Smart Plug and BB-ZB1 Gateway
The MD2-ZB smart plug provides energy monitoring, load control, scheduled conservation, and surge protection in a compact form factor that plugs directly into any standard 120V, 15A outlet. Utilizing ZigBee(R) wireless communications, the MD2-ZB can be monitored, controlled, programmed, and remotely accessed via Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based BlueBOLT(R) energy management and control platform (with BB-ZB1 gateway). For integrators, BlueBOLT reduces service calls through remote control of the MD2-ZB’s two discrete AC outlets from any Internet-enabled device. Additionally, the platform provides real-time and historical power related data, including energy consumption in kWh and dollars. This data allows integrators to schedule conservation periods to eliminate wasted power and decrease utility bills.

Offering a thin profile of 1.5 inches, the MD2-ZB houses two side-mounted outlets and provides status, network, and wiring fault indicators, in addition to push-button “override” power switches to instantly power outlets on/off from the top of the device. The unit’s Protect-or-Disconnect(TM) circuitry completely disconnects AC power to connected equipment in the event of a catastrophic surge. To accommodate the look of any room, the MD2-ZB’s front cover can easily be removed and painted to match the wall color.

The MD2-ZB and BB-ZB1 will be available later in 2012.

Photo Link: http://bit.ly/RsHr4N
Caption: MD2-ZB

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Caption: BB-ZB1

Panamax/Furman Manufacturer Product Training at CEDIA EXPO 2012:

Panamax:
Panamax Home Theater Power Management Solutions
Friday, Sept. 7: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Course Code: MPT667

Panamax National Trainer Marshall Currier will discuss how to maximize profits while minimizing reoccurring service calls, drive up system performance, and drive down equipment failure and troubleshooting. Topics will include proper UPS system design, low-voltage protection, and BlueBOLT(R) IP control and integration. Attendees will learn about the right solutions for their installs with the next generation of power management!

Furman:
AC Power – The Foundation of Every Home Theater System
Friday, Sept. 7: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Course Code: MPT1055

Furman Senior Product Designer Garth Powell will discuss common concerns regarding AC power quality when installing premium home theater systems. Topics will include AC protection, filtration of AC line noise, ground isolation, voltage regulation, current compression, battery backup, and IP control. There will also be a Q & A session.

More information is available here: www.cedia.net/expo/2012-att-mpt.php.

Company Quote: “At CEDIA EXPO 2012, we will be making a number of exciting product introductions for the home theater and beyond. Providing an incredible value for entry to mid-level home theater systems, the advanced protection and filtration technologies behind our MR series of power management products demonstrate that a low cost doesn’t have to come at the expense of style or performance. In addition, we will be introducing the first BlueBOLT-enabled product in our MD family of direct plug-in devices: the MD2-ZB. When used with the BB-ZB1 gateway, the smart plug brings the power of our BlueBOLT platform down to a very affordable level while providing consumers with a true indicator of their power consumption throughout the entire home.”

– Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Panamax/Furman

Watch for Winners!

Panamax/Furman MD2-ZB — CEDIA 2012 Manufacturers Excellence Awards Finalist for Best New Product

Panamax MR Family — 2012 ResiAwards Finalist for Power Management

Company Overview:
Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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YouTube: www.furmansound.com/youtube
Facebook: www.furmansound.com/facebook

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“Wrecking Crew” Documentary Highlights 133rd AES Convention Special Events

SAN FRANCISCO: With more Gold and Platinum credits than The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis and Elton combined, “The Wrecking Crew,” is the most storied, yet anonymous group in recording history. Session players behind hit records for superstars ranging from The Beach Boys to Sinatra, Jan & Dean, The Mamas & The Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds… And ‘The King himself,’ this mythic amalgam of obscure artists is now the subject of an almost impossible to find documentary. AES Convention Special Events Christopher Smith has coordinated a rare screening of this elusive film for the 133rd AES Convention, which will be held in SF’s Moscone Center October 26-29.

“Although gargantuan music licensing fees temporarily preclude wide distribution for ‘The Wrecking Crew,’ numerous international Film Festival screenings have created a compelling ‘must see this’ buzz for it,” explains AES Convention Committee Co-Chair Jim McTigue. “We are extremely fortunate to have arranged a special screening for our 133rd Convention Attendees. In fact, we may want to add a word to our ‘Listen… Learn… Connect…’ AES mandate. I suggest ‘Enjoy…’”

Produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary, late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, the film features interviews with Brian Wilson, Cher, Roger McGuinn, and many Wrecking Crew members, including Glen Campbell, a durable superstar, in his own right. Christopher Smith reports that Tedesco will hold a Q&A (with special guests) following the screening.

Also highlighting the 133rd AES Convention Special Events Program is:

GRAHAM BLYTH ORGAN CONCERT: On Friday, Oct. 29th from 8:00 until 9:00PM, SF’s historic, 160-year-old St. Marks Church will provide the indelible acoustic setting for a performance by perennial AES Convention favorite, Graham Blyth. An internationally recognized Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, Blyth has performed at AES Conventions around the world since 1993.

Photos:

1. Beach Boy Brian Wilson with Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine
2. Wrecking Crew guitarists Tommy Tedesco and Carol Kay 3. Wrecking Crew Documentary Logo

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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SnapAV Launches E-Commerce Site for Commercial Integrators; Abundant Technical Information and Advanced Ordering Features Save Integrators Substantial Time and Money

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, the fastest growing manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 A/V solutions to the residential channel in the US and Canada, today announced the launch of its e-commerce site for commercial integrators. The URL for the site is http://www.commercial.snapav.com.

Featured are more than 400 product and installation videos, technical drawings, software drivers and calculators. “The site contains virtually every piece of information an integrator needs to know about a product,” says SnapAV Senior Vice President Adam Levy.

SnapAV has built system design services right into the site. In the Engineered Solutions section, integrators find pre-configured engineered solutions complete with one-line drawings and Bill of Materials. A Saved List feature enables building, naming and saving of multiple carts based on clients and/or applications.

“We’ve won more awards for our residential site than any other in the industry,” said Levy. “And with our commercial site we’re taking it one step further. We don’t know of another supplier that is providing a better set of e-commerce tools for integrators.”

SnapAV’s commercial site offers a balanced assortment of high-quality media distribution, CCTV, racks, mounts, power, wire and cable , 70-volt audio products and more — many backed by lifetime warranties — and all supported by the company’s award-winning customer service and technical support teams, including Live Chat.

SnapAV has distribution centers located in Charlotte, NC; Fresno, CA and Dallas, TX. Integrators can also reach SnapAV’s sales and service teams by calling 866.424.4489.

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com www.commercial.snapav.com

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Tecom Shoots a Demo TecPodium Video in a Real Classroom

As part of Tecom marketing videos, recently added a video which was shot in a real College classroom environment. See the TecPodium features and easy to use control interface.
Designed with lecturers, for lecturers – TecPodium meets the presenter’s every need and application and allows him to concentrate on content and delivery instead of on confusing controls.

See the TecPodium Demo Movie here…

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Miller-Bell Media Productions Relies on New JVC ProHD Camcorder for HD, SD Projects

WAYNE, NJ – When Miller-Bell Media Productions, LLC (formally GIG 2 Me Music & Video) was established in 1998, co-owner Gary Bell purchased two JVC GY-DV500 professional DV camcorders, which were eventually replaced by a JVC GY-DV5000. In February, when the company decided to make the transition to HD production and adopt a tapeless workflow, Bell chose to stick with JVC and purchased a GY-HM710 ProHD camera.

“I’m a JVC loyalist,” Bell declared. “I just love the look JVC cameras give me. The image quality is excellent. Plus, I have a new client that needed special effects for an HD commercial, and the GY-HM710 produces nice, clean keys.”

Based in Lancaster, Calif., Miller-Bell produces a variety of television commercials and infomercials, plus corporate and government video projects. For a small shop like Miller-Bell, perception is everything – and a small camcorder simply does not provide the professional appearance required. While the GY-HM710 is smaller and lighter than earlier shoulder-mount models, Bell said its large lens and flip-out LCD screen makes a serious impression on his clients.

“Everyone claims they can do video production. There’s no way that I could walk in with a handheld camera,” Bell said. “For me, a shoulder-mount camera is a professional camera.”

When the company was a tape-based operation, Bell had a strict policy to never rewind footage in the field to avoid erasing content by mistake. The GY-HM710, however, records to inexpensive, non-proprietary SDHC media cards, so he can shoot footage and provide instant playback for his clients. “The LCD on the camcorder is so clear, they are just blown away,” he added.

Miller-Bell is also seeing operating cost savings with the use of SDHC cards. Bell estimated he has saved close to $500 on tape this year – and with JVC’s native file recording, he does not need to spend time transcoding footage for editing. “Being able to drag and drop to Final Cut Pro is amazing,” he said.

While Miller-Bell was ready to make the jump to HD, not all of its clients needed the upgrade. In fact, one of Bell’s first projects after purchasing the GY-HM710 was a branding video for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, which serves Lancaster, Palmdale, and unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County.

The AVTA had previously hired Miller-Bell to produce a video documenting the construction of their new Lancaster facility, which opened in 2004. The new video was to provide a look back at the ATVA’s 20-year history and include archived footage from the earlier project. Rather than shoot the new footage in HD, the client specifically requested SD footage so it would match the archival footage.

“There’s still a huge market for SD out there. Some of my clients are still in that SD niche,” Bell explained. “I needed a camera that could shoot SD and HD to satisfy the different types of clients I have.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Pro Control Products on Display at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Pro Control
CEDIA EXPO 2012
Booth 2034

Company Quote:
“At CEDIA 2012, we will be highlighting a number of solutions that combine the sleek look consumers crave with the advanced functionality they demand. On display will be our cost-effective solutions, which include our powerful ProLink processors and stunning Pro24 controllers. Together they take full command of even the most complex systems. In addition, visitors to our booth will experience our ProPanel app for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or any Android device. Taking control apps to an entirely new level, ProPanel offers unique features such as preprogrammed templates, full two-way feedback, and high-resolution graphics for the latest iPad. For integrators, all Pro Control solutions are programmed using our advanced auto-programming software, which keeps programming efficient while offering advanced control and unmatched customization for their clients.”  Mike Everett, general manager for Pro Control more

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Revolabs’ Dealer Network Can Now Add the Fusion and Executive HD to Their GSA Schedule 70

Wireless Microphone Systems Provide Exceptional Audio Quality and Security of 128-Bit Encryption for Federal Government Agencies

SUDBURY, Mass. — Aug. 8, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that its dealer network now has the ability to add the company’s Fusion and Executive HD wireless microphone systems to their General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70. For federal government agencies, the systems deliver exceptional audio quality for audio and video conferencing, voice lift, and more, in addition to providing the security of 128-bit encryption. more

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Sennheiser and Full Compass to Co-Sponsor Vocal Recording Clinic Featuring Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound

Audio specialist Sennheiser and Full Compass Systems, a national leader in professional audio, professional video, A/V, lighting and musical instrument sales, are co-sponsoring a special audio recording clinic on Tuesday, September 11th at the Full Compass facility in Madison, WI. The event will feature renowned, Grammy® award-winning sound engineer Leslie Ann Jones, who will demonstrate vocal recording techniques and cover best practices when recording live vocals in the studio.

Attendees will be provided with a pair of Sennheiser HD 449s, enabling them to monitor both recording and playback. The event will feature door prizes including a K-array Piccolo audio system, a Neumann TLM 102 microphone and a TRUE Systems P-SOLO microphone preamplifier.

Leslie Ann Jones, who is Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. She began her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975 before moving to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now.”

From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows.

In 2003, Leslie was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical, and received a Grammy Award for The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Berg: Lyric Suite, which won Best Chamber Music Album. This year, she won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works by Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams.

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Former Genzyme CEO Finds ELAN g! Is The Perfect Prescription For Easy-To-Use Home Control

Home entertainment and control must be easy to be useful, and perhaps no one knows this better than former Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer. When he hired Groom Construction of Salem, Mass. to build an addition to his Marblehead, Mass. home, he also contacted Connected Systems Group to make every piece of technology easy to operate — including more than 200 motorized window shades throughout the home. Having some experience with a more complicated and sometimes frustrating Crestron system, he knew that there had to be a better way.

“Everything I want from a home entertainment and control system has been perfected in the new ELAN® g! system,” said Termeer. “The touch screens, the interface, the speed, and even the iPhone app are so good that I just sat down and started using the new system without having to consult a manual or ask any questions. It was painless, and it took me 10 minutes to learn the whole system from top to bottom.

“As the former CEO of one of the world’s leading biotech companies, I know that every investment has to be evaluated in terms of the return it will generate,” he continued. “The ELAN g! system was absolutely the right investment for me when it came to upgrading my home and giving me simple control of everything from lighting to security.”

One of the reasons Termeer needed an easy-to-use system was the fact that the home addition includes a new indoor swimming pool built inside an all-glass conservatory with more than 100 windows — each with its own motorized shade. With such a massive shade array simple operation is a necessity. The custom integrators at Connected Systems Group programmed the shades in groups so letting in a little or a lot of sunlight is as easy as pushing a button. Using a combination of Lutron shades and an English brand so that they could completely cover every inch of glass, allowing the entire conservatory to go from night to day with a single button.

According to Philip See, President of Connected Systems Group, “One of Mr. Termeer’s Maine properties has a Crestron system that he’s had a lot of issues with over the years, which is why we decided the ELAN g! system was the best choice for his new home addition in Marblehead. Now that he’s had time with the g! system, he’s eager for us to go to Maine to replace his Crestron system with ELAN g!, as well as put a g! system in a condo in Boston.”

This Elan g! system integrates more than 200 motorized window shades, 16 motorized windows, 90 Pulseworx lighting loads, pool fans and Pentair pool and spa equipment, eight thermostats in the new addition, 10 surveillance cameras with DVR, a Hunter irrigation system and controls the property’s two entrance gates, each with a camera. When someone approaches the gates, the g! system automatically turns on the gate camera and displays the video feed on the touch screens in the kitchen and swimming pool room.

As for the home’s media, the system gives Termeer fast, simple control over 13 zones of audio, 11 TVs and a home theater that features a 110” motorized screen, a SIM2 projector on a motorized lift and a 7.2 surround sound system. The theater produces professional quality sound, partly thanks to the acoustical backing applied on the custom-built ceiling.

Termeer controls his g! system from four iPads with the g!Mobile app, a 10-inch ELAN touch screen in the kitchen and a 7-inch ELAN touch screen in the swimming pool room.

The ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users’ televisions and mobile devices. And the system’s IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room – or across the globe.

Individual “apps” for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video and photos with the flick of a finger. Access is fast and secure through any ELAN home interface or globally with mobile Internet enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Netbooks and PC Tablets. Since the intuitive interface empowers users with personalized scheduling and detailed history views, high consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed for a greener lifestyle – and substantial energy savings.

About Connected System Group:
Connected Systems Group, based in Swampscott Mass., is operated by Philip See and Blair Denman, who together have more than 40 years of combined experience in IT, networking, control, home automation and high end audio and video. They are actively involved in the process of designing systems to match each client’s needs. Connected Systems Group takes pride in being a custom solutions provider focused on relationships with its customers. Since 2002, the company has been offering homebuilders and homeowners the latest technologies at affordable prices and designs every home system to meet each client’s exact needs and desires. For more information visit www.connectedsystemsgroup.net or call 617-548-9147.

About Groom Construction:
Groom Construction is a leader in commercial and luxury home construction, retail remodeling, and energy related services. Since 1979, the company’s growth and success has been based on the steadfast commitment to Groom’s two founding principles: building quality projects and building quality relationships.

Having assembled a top executive management team and affiliate relationships, Groom Construction is capable of ensuring unconditional project satisfaction and customer support. From cost analysis, value engineering, purchasing and estimating to supervision of field operations and subcontractors, each function is carried out reliably and efficiently. To learn more visit www.groomco.com or call 781-592-3135.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

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