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RTW Welcomes Arjen Hofland as International Sales Manager

Hofland Will Utilize His Pro Audio Experience to Further Expand the Worldwide Distribution of RTW Devices

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 1 APRIL, 2013 ─ RTW (NAB Booth C1844), a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the appointment of Arjen Hofland as the company’s new International Sales Manager. Based at RTW’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany, Hofland will oversee all of RTW’s international sales in different regions around the world.

In its more than 45-year history, RTW has consistently experienced increasing global customer demand, especially as more countries adopt loudness regulations. In his new role, Hofland will work to further this success in markets beyond Germany and the surrounding European countries, working with current customers in South America, Canada, Australia, the Asia-Pacific regions and parts of Europe. He will also endeavour to introduce new distributors and dealers to the benefits of the RTW product line.

With his 25 years of experience in the pro audio and video industry, Hofland brings to RTW a thorough knowledge of, and familiarity with, the pro audio and broadcast industries. He has spent time at several top-tier audio and video companies in and around Europe as a manager and in other sales and technical support positions.

“With Arjen joining the RTW team, we are gaining an expert with a deep understanding of the current needs of the pro audio community, whether in the broadcast, post-production or other markets around the world,” says Mahmoud Chatah, RTW director of marketing and sales. “RTW’s current goal is to strengthen the RTW brand internationally, and we are confident that he will lend the support necessary to the RTW sales team to do this.”

For his part, Hofland is excited about coming aboard at RTW. “I am honored to join RTW, a company with such an excellent reputation and commitment to bringing its customers innovative solutions that are reliable, technologically advanced and set standards in the pro audio market,” he says. “I look forward to working with such a talented, knowledgeable group of people, as we all strive toward the common goal of maintaining and further strengthening the popularity of RTW products around the world.”

For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

Retired Software Engineer Refuses To “Gamble On Cheap Control Solutions” And Chooses ELAN g! System

Retired software engineer Bill Pardee understands more than a thing or two about working with high technology. A career spent designing and implementing software programs convinced him that technology means nothing if it’s not state-of-the-art, easy to install and operate, and future-proof, so when he went shopping for a control system for his Denver, Colorado home he looked for a solution that met all three criteria. After consulting with the custom installation pros at CDI Services, it was clear that the best choice was the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System.

“I could have cut corners and gone with any number of low-cost systems from companies like Verizon or Comcast,” Pardee said, “but I wanted a professional grade solution that I could add to over time, easily and cost-effectively, and nothing came close to matching the g! system in that regard. CDI Services did an excellent job designing and installing the system in a timely manner, and they assured me that I won’t run into any of the reliability issues that are common with low-cost solutions. In the unlikely event that an issue does arise, I take comfort knowing that I have local, experienced professionals who can tend to my system. I won’t be put on hold for a half hour and then asked to try to fix it myself.”

Pardee tasked CDI Services with installing a new multi-room audio system, new TVs, surveillance cameras, integrating his home’s lighting and existing security system, as well as making his garage doors operable from anywhere in the world through his iPhone. Integrators often find a system to call their favorite, and for Shaun Kenney, President of CDI Services, it’s the ELAN g! System. That’s why it’s the only system he recommends to his residential clients.

“When Bill told me what he was looking for in a home control system, I didn’t have to think about it,” Kenney said. “I just said ‘Bill, I’ve got exactly the system you need, and it’s easier than you could imagine.’ I showed him how the iPhone and iPad apps give him fast, simple control of all the systems he mentioned, and how the ELAN HR2 media remote works just like his current TV remote, plus complete control of all the other ELAN g! functions.”

Having mobile control of the home through iPhones, iPads and Android devices was a must-have for Pardee, as he wanted to eliminate worries when away from home. With strategically placed surveillance cameras that give a clear view of the home’s exterior, mobile accessibility means no more wondering about whether the family left the garage doors open or left the lights on. After all, he said, “You can’t put a price on the peace of mind you get from having the security system, lights, cameras and garage door controls right in your pocket.”

He admits, however, that when he’s home, no tablet or smartphone can beat a traditional remote for one important function — controlling the TV.

“ELAN g! lets me access all my music, movies and television in any room, but that doesn’t mean I want to use an app to change the channel,” Pardee commented. “I tried it once, and then never tried it again. Unless you leave the iPhone screen on all the time, which kills the battery very quickly, it takes four or five buttons to get to the TV controls. When I’m choosing a movie or turning on Pandora that’s fine, but I want one button control for changing channels and volume. That’s why the HR2 remote is a must-have. It works just like the remote controls I’ve been using my whole life, but also lets me dim the lights with its touchscreen. In the end, I count myself lucky that I went with CDI and ELAN g! instead of gambling on a new bargain system. CDI knows this industry inside and out, so they delivered above and beyond my expectations.”

As for the components of the AV system, CDI made sure that Pardee got the best of the best and installed a total of 22 Niles speakers throughout the house. That includes a 5.1 system in the family room (4 Niles), a 5.1 system in the master bedroom suite (4 Niles), a pair in the master bath, three pairs outdoors, a pair in the dining room, and two pairs in the great room with a powder room.

“My friends and I are consistently impressed that the Niles speakers add such a big sound to my entertainment system, and how much they enhance the viewing experience,” Pardee said. “The ceiling speakers are about the same size as my recessed light fixtures and blend into the ceiling so as to almost disappear, so it’s like this incredible quality audio just becomes part of the room itself. Amazingly, the outdoor speakers bring that same audio detail to the backyard, making it a true extension of our living space. And we don’t have to bring them in for the winter because they are designed to withstand any kind of weather.”

The system is controlled through several iPhones and iPads, two ELAN HR2 remotes and two ELAN TS2 in-wall touchscreens with several hard buttons for commonly used functions such as volume control. The system controls a total of four TVs, including a 32” LCD mounted above the tub in the master bathroom.

The home’s existing heating, air conditioning and irrigation systems are fully automated systems in themselves, so Pardee chose not to integrate them with ELAN g! at this time. However, Kenney added that CDI could integrate the additional systems in the future without a major cost, and could also add motorized window shades, electronic door locks or additional TVs and speakers.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that 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.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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