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Integrators Upgrade Homes From Multi-Zone Audio To Full Home Control With ELAN g! System

Ask any salesman what their biggest thrill on the job is and they’ll likely tell you one of two things: making a big sale or turning a small sale into a big sale—upselling. Whether selling to a new client or converting a customer who already owns a stepping stone product, upselling provides an important source of revenue and gets the client excited about what the salesman is offering.

Thanks to the popularity of today’s consumer technology and the recent proliferation of easier-to-use home automation systems, electronics integrators are finding that a lot of their clients are primed and ready for the home automation upsell. Homeowners just need to be presented with compelling benefits and value, which many integrators are now offering with the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System.

Or as Jamie Gannon, president of Dynamic Audio Video puts it, ““Why would you spend $3,000 on a proprietary music system when you can install an ELAN g! music system for the same price, and then have the backbone to do full home automation in the future?”

That’s a great question that integrators should be asking every client considering a multi-zone audio system. While this isn’t an immediate upsell, introducing the powerful and versatile g! system has the potential to create future revenue with no competition from other integrators.

“When speaking with the client to determine their needs, I always stress the importance of home control and how it can make their life easier,” Gannon continued. “This year alone I’ve had four clients come back within a month of using the g! system and ask ‘So how do I tie my lights in with the system? What about security and air conditioning?’”

And because the g! system comes from ELAN’s high-performance audio roots and is as affordable as any competing multi-zone audio system, there’s no downside even if the client is adamant on sticking with an audio-only system. With the option of iPhone and Android control plus convenient in-wall color touchscreens and the HR2 remote, it’s easy for homeowners to wade into the waters of home control gradually rather than diving right in. Whether the client is brand new to integrated home technology or already has experience with a distributed audio or lighting system, savvy integrators can use ELAN g! as part of a powerful upsell pitch to bring their home and its technologies into the 21st century.

“Two of my recent clients had distributed audio systems, and I was able to convince them to move up to full home automation with ELAN g!,” said Ryan Heringer, owner of Jonesboro-Arkansas based Sound Concepts. “The g! system made it easy for me to do and easy for them to use. That’s the value in a system that comes from a long history of audio distribution systems. It does audio the right way, simple and easy, and extends those ideals to every function of the system. Any homeowner who already has speakers and wiring in place should absolutely be stepping up to a robust home control platform, even if they don’t integrate other systems like heating and lighting right away. It’s a small investment that can pay big dividends in terms of much easier and more convenient use, expanded functions, imcreased resale value, and even direct energy and monetary savings with automated lighting and heating schedules that ensure optimum efficiency.”

The ELAN g! 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 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. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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®.

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Advanced Installs Impressive Video Display To Enhance CTV/Bell Media’s Olympics Coverage

Reaffirming its position as Canada’s leading audio-visual presentation products and solutions specialist, Advanced recently helped CTV/Bell Media with the construction of an impressive video wall display for CTV’s Olympic coverage in London. Advanced installed two large Orion video walls that were used to broadcast live event coverage across Canada from July 27 through August 12, 2012.

Advanced sent a team of factory-certified technicians to London to manage the installation of the two video displays. The team used their expertise in broadcast audiovisual solutions to provide CTV with on-site support and services throughout the duration of the Olympics.

“We’re extremely proud of how this project turned out,” said Mark Mulford, CEO & President of Advanced. “Advanced has a long-standing relationship with CTV/Bell Media, so they knew that we were the right team for the job. Our technicians have extensive experience in broadcast solutions, and their work resulted in two fully functional video walls that operated flawlessly throughout the two weeks of the Olympics.”

The large video walls consisted of two 7 x 3 display panels, joined together with ultra-thin bezels, which resulted in providing CTV with bright, seamless images. To create a ‘window effect’ overlooking iconic Trafalgar Square a window treatment was installed on top of the videowalls. The set was equipped to deliver both English and French broadcasts across Canada.

Advanced has the expertise in broadcast solutions to meet the display needs of any situation, and is a complete provider of design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. To set up a meeting or to schedule a demonstration on the latest audio-visual collaborative solutions, contact Advanced at info@advanced-inc.com or toll free 1-800-436-6239.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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Stampede Helps Integrator Create Perfect Chuck Jones Experience At Circus Circus Resort in Las Vegas

When tasked with designing and building a massive digital art exhibit at the Circus Circus Resort in Las Vegas to celebrate the life of legendary animator Chuck Jones, Matt Seibert of Matt Seibert Designs knew that Stampede, the leading distributor of ProAV products, would know the best product solution for the job and have the equipment at the best price. After conferring with his Stampede rep, Seibert confirmed that BrightSign’s media players would be the most affordable, most reliable, and simplest solution for the digital showcase.

According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, “Our reputation depends on providing the best advice, most extensive inventory and superior ProAV knowledge to every dealer, and Matt Seibert’s work on The Chuck Jones Experience is one more shining example of how we help dealers make every installation perfect. BrightSign is a valued partner and we work hard to ensure that our partners’ products get into the hands of as many ProAV dealers as possible.”

Jeff Hastings, CEO of BrightSign, echoed Kelly’s comments, saying, “Stampede has been a valuable business partner, making it possible for ProAV dealers all across the country to get the best BrightSign products quickly and just when they need them. The sales teams and reps know our products well, so dealers can trust their recommendations and advice. We sell more product when the dealers get what they need, when and where they need it.”

The Chuck Jones Experience utilizes more than 20 BrightSign media players, distributed in multiple zones throughout the 10,000 square foot facility and providing content for TVs, projectors and even touchscreens. Visitors are greeted at the entrance with screens looping informational content about the exhibit. Inside the hall, one wall features a dramatic installation that includes 15 LG LCD TVs ranging from 22 to 32 inches that are capable of displaying separate content or tiling together to showcase integrated content that spans the entire wall. The exhibit has interactive elements as well, allowing visitors to draw and color their own cartoons on three big screen NEC touchscreens. A Christie projection system with Pioneer surround sound shows full length cartoons from throughout Jones’s career.

Speaking about the exhibit, Matt Seibert, president of Matt Seibert Designs said, “Jones left an indelible mark on the world of animation, and we felt an obligation to create a fitting tribute to his legacy. This required that we create a unique digital experience that informs and entertains. BrightSign’s media players were instrumental in making that happen. I simply wouldn’t attempt an installation with this level of complexity without the help of my distributor, Stampede, and the simple yet powerful BrightSign equipment. In fact, Stampede provided all of the major equipment, including all of the NEC and LG displays, Christie projectors and Pioneer sound systems throughout the exhibit.

“My Stampede rep confirmed that BrightSign’s players would be the perfect solution for this job and was invaluable in helping to choose displays and other components. Not only are BrightSign’s players easy to implement, they are also more affordable than anything else on the market today. When I’m planning a high-profile exhibit such as The Chuck Jones Experience, I often speak with the AV pros at Stampede to determine the ideal equipment to use, and their recommendation of the BrightSign players gave me the rock-solid performance I needed.”

One of the exhibit’s most insightful attractions is a replica of Jones’s office complete with two 50” LG LCD TVs recessed in the wall and framed to look like a real window. The TVs show a presentation highlighting some of Jones’s most iconic animated creations.

The BrightSign players are made to such a high standard and are so durable that they weren’t even fazed when a 14-inch water main burst on the floor above and flooded the entire exhibit with four inches of water; the players were still playing when maintenance came in to plug the leak!

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For U.S. sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call 1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Niles® Introduces New Outdoor Speakers and In-Ground Subwoofer at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Underscoring its commitment to developing superior quality, high performance speaker solutions for outdoor environments, Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced the CEDIA channel introduction of a new line of outdoor speakers and an in-ground subwoofer, which all feature rugged construction, long-lasting materials and deliver superior audio fidelity for all residential outdoor applications. The new GS Garden Speakers and In-Ground Subwoofer deliver Niles’ legendary high performance sound quality and the speakers’ rugged construction gives dealers an ideal, long-lasting outdoor audio solution.

The announcement was made today by Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer at Niles at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“We’re thrilled to be showcasing our amazing outdoor speaker line to the CEDIA audience. Our new speakers allow homeowners the opportunity to have a powerful, high fidelity outdoor audio system fit into their outdoor environment with minimal visibility.” Starkey said.

Housed in UV-stabilized, long-lasting ABS plastic, the Niles GS4 4” Satellite Loudspeaker ensures years of trouble-free performance that can withstand Mother Nature’s toughest extremes, even surviving temperature extremes of -50 degrees to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The GS4, with its wide dispersion characteristics, allows users to enjoy the best outdoor audio experience with the ultimate flexibility in speaker placement.

Also included is the Niles GSS10 10” In-Ground Subwoofer, designed to bring deep, rich bass to the outdoors from an enclosure that disappears into the landscaping. The GSS10 can remain totally hidden from view, giving homeowners the opportunity to provide the powerful bass of a 10” Niles subwoofer without affecting their outdoor design. The GSS10 also features a 10” mineral-filled polypropylene woofer and can output frequencies from 25Hz to 110Hz at up to 110dB.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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.

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ELAN® Expands g! System with an Electronic Door Lock Integration Solution That Sets A New Standard For The Industry

Furthering its commitment to provide dealers and end-users with simple, powerful tools to customize the g! System, ELAN® Home Systems today announced an electronic door lock integration solution that allows users to makes changes to pass codes and lock schedules right from the g! interface, with no technician required. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 at ELAN’s Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“Integrating door locks is a very risky proposition because of the security aspects, so we take it very seriously,” said Robert Ridenour, ELAN Brand Manager. “We’ve given homeowners more options to monitor and protect their homes through user-specific pass codes, email and text message alerts, the industry’s most accessible door lock history function, and the ability to easily and quickly manage user codes from within the g! interface. And we’ve partnered with the biggest electronic lock manufacturers to give dealers and homeowners the widest range of styles possible.

With a re-imagined door lock interface that is displayed in conjunction with the home’s security system information, ELAN has surpassed other control manufacturers and given homeowners the easiest-to-use door lock integration of any control system. That means that they can view and check their security system and change door locks’ status all from one screen on any g! interface device, including iPhones, iPads and Android® smartphones. Also unique to the g! interface is the ability to secure all locks at once without complicated dealer programming.

ELAN has created the industry’s most accessible history function for door locks so users can view a simple table with events for each lock, including when and how a door was locked as well as which user unlocked a door. Dealers can also configure the g! system to send outbound alerts through text or email to the homeowner, giving them instant notification when a lock jams or has a low battery, or when a lock is opened in their home.

“The integration of Yale Real Living locks into ELAN’s g! system increases the functionality of our locks exponentially,” said Jason Williams, General Manager of Yale Residential. “This new relationship fits perfectly with our plan to partner with companies whose products can significantly enhance the value of our locks.”

The new Yale Real Living deadbolt and lever locks are the first products in the Yale Real Living™ portfolio of residential access control and home security solutions. Available with either a sleek capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton keypad, these locks allow users to create personalized events or scenes triggered by the push of a button from anywhere in the home or remotely via the Internet.

When integrated with the ELAN g! System and g!Mobile app, electronic locks have the ability to communicate wirelessly with other “smart” devices in the home, such as lighting controls, thermostats and home security, making home control and personalization accessible to the average homeowner. Whether on a business trip 10,000 miles away or stuck at work when their kids get home, homeowners benefit from added convenience and peace of mind.

“According to recent research, homeowners have stated they are now looking increasingly at door locks to provide more convenience in their home automation systems,” said Larry Goldman, North American sales and business development manager of Kwikset. “Because of this enhanced desire, the popularity of Z-Wave accessories is growing steadily, especially in home security.”

The ELAN g! system is simple to use from anywhere in the world, so homeowners can easily set a temporary pass code for a maid, repairman, or so a neighbor can feed the dog while the owner is on vacation. With ELAN’s new management feature, homeowners can also decide which locks always require a passcode from g! user interfaces, further enhancing security.

ELAN g! currently integrates electronic door locks from the Kwikset and Baldwin brands of Stanley Black & Decker, as well as Yale’s Real Living series.

About Kwikset:
Kwikset’s SmartCode with Home Connect Technology products feature the revolutionary SmartKey® re-key technology with BumpGuardTM protection as the back-up keyway. Introduced in 2007, SmartKey is the first affordable residential lock that allows homeowners to quickly and easily re-key their lock(s) themselves in a matter of seconds and without removal from the door, for improved access control and home security. Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. For more information, please contact Abby Draper at abbyd@imre.com2.

About Yale:
Yale Locks & Hardware is recognized worldwide as a leader and innovator in the architectural hardware industry, with millions of Yale products used in over 125 countries. Backed by over 150 years of quality and customer-oriented service, Yale offers a complete selection of door hardware for residential and commercial applications. For more information visit www.yaleresidential.com.

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. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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.

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Sunfire Showcases “Atmos”, The World’s Smallest, Most Powerful Subwoofer, At CEDIA Expo 2012

Sunfire®, a specialist in the design, manufacture and marketing of luxury home theater audio products, today showcased its groundbreaking, award-winning Atmos™ subwoofer, the smallest most powerful subwoofer in its class, at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

Continuing Sunfire’s legacy of unique designs, the tiny Atmos delivers performance superior to many 10” to 12” woofers. The Atmos design incorporates dual custom designed 6.5” woofers in a sealed extruded aluminum enclosure that measures just over 8” tall. Utilizing a new proprietary asymmetrical cardioid surround, these drivers are capable of excursions of up to 1.8” that deliver extraordinarily refined yet dynamic bass.

Resembling the variable thickness of the human heart, the cardioid surround provides superior linearity even at the furthest extension of the drivers. This improves fidelity and reliability and delivers bass beyond expectations. To achieve this new Sunfire standard for small-box, high-output performance, the extruded aluminum enclosure was engineered to withstand the increased backpressures that reach up to 24.4 PSI, or nearly two atmospheres of pressure, hence the name Atmos. Backpressure is required to maintain linearity over a long throw distance, allowing the small drivers to move substantial amounts of air.

To maximize bass output over a wider frequency range, Atmos utilizes a seventh generation cool-running 1400W amplifier featuring Sunfire’s exclusive Tracking Downconverter™ technology, which provides the voltage and current necessary to create the driving force required to meet this new standard. Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a contemporary science, was used to design all elements of the Atmos, including the aluminum cabinet, the drivers and the next generation of the Tracking Downconverter amplifier. This patient attention to detail results in unparalleled fidelity and incredibly high output from an impossibly small cabinet.

“Consumers around the world continue to show a preference for smaller and smaller subwoofers that meet their performance expectations of much larger subwoofers. They want to hear and experience all the benefits of great bass without the annoying space requirements required for larger subs. After countless hours of research and design, our engineers have achieved a new benchmark for small, powerful and accurate subwoofers. Atmos is the ideal solution for today’s consumers who demand high performance and reliability out of a small form factor,” said Sunfire General Manager Mark Weisenberg.

Sunfire knows that every room is different, which is why the Atmos includes a microphone and auto-room equalizer circuit that automatically adjusts the subwoofer’s response to best suit the room acoustics for maximum bass quality and performance. And for those thrill-seekers requiring even more bass, two Atmos subwoofers can be connected with a single wire using the master/slave set up. This allows both of the subwoofers to be equalized using one EQ point.

The Atmos has an MSRP of $2,000 and includes line-level unbalanced inputs, line-level outputs with high-pass or full range switch, a 12V DC input for remote turn on, 106 dB of output and a frequency response of 30Hz-100Hz.

The continuing “Science of Sunfire” is the direct result of a design philosophy originally pioneered by Bob Carver that has become codified by the brand. This unique approach to design has resulted in amazingly compact high performance subwoofers that combine the best electronics engineers with specialized, premium materials to exemplify the mantra of “small form, high fidelity with high output and reliability”.

About Sunfire:
Founded by renowned audio innovator Bob Carver, Sunfire designs, develops, manufactures and markets the smallest, most powerful speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers in the world. Sold in over 65 countries, Sunfire combines unconventional thinking with precision engineering to create innovative theater products that deliver exceptional performance – whenever, and wherever, they are heard. Carver’s forty years of scientific research have resulted in numerous patents including the Tracking Downconverter™ power supply used in the company’s subwoofers and amplifiers; and High Pressure, High Back-emf technology found in the company’s loudspeakers. Complete information on Sunfire, its products and technology, is readily available at www.sunfire.com. Sunfire is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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.

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Xantech Launches New XtraLink Infrared-Over-Coax Kits at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years, today announced the launch of its new XtraLink infrared-over-coax kits, designed to allow remote control operation of a satellite receiver, cable box, DVD player or other device from a second room using existing coaxial cabling. These new Xantech XtraLink IR-over-coax kits support the latest generation of LCD and plasma display screens and work in all lighting conditions. Xantech Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Starkey, introduced the new product at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

Introduced in response to the growing residential market demand, and with input from contractors and system integrators, the new XtraLink kits allow IR remote control functionality to be implemented over previously installed coax cabling without impacting the cable and antenna TV signals currently being carried, and without the need to install additional cable runs.

The DL85CK DinkyLink Coax IR – Surface Mount and HL85CK Hiddenlink Coax IR –Table Top kits include an injector, which introduces the IR signal into the existing coax cable, and a coupler that interfaces between the coax cable and the device being controlled. Each kit, which take only minutes to install without the need for tools, also includes Xantech’s best-selling, Hall of Fame Dinkylink surface-mount IR receiver, IR emitters, power supply and coax jumper cables.

For installations that require IR-over-coax remote control to more than one room, Xantech is also introducing the DL85CX Dinky Link Coax Expansion Kit and HL85CX Hidden Link Coax Expansion Kit. Each kit includes an IR receiver, injector, power supply and coax jumper cable for use in conjunction with a standard DinkyLink or Hiddenlink Coax IR Kit as appropriate.

According to Starkey, “Our new XtraLink IR-over-coax kits have been designed with contractors and system integrators in mind. As more look toward expanding their business into residential installations, the use of existing cable makes everyone’s lives easier, including the end user. We are proud to offer the new IR-over-coax kits and our compatible products to this unique and growing market.”

Visit www.xantech.com for more information.

About Xantech:
Xantech designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch-panels and IP control systems for residential and commercial applications, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors, and software programming tools. Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.com. Xantech is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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.

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Niles Introduces New Line of Durable Audiophile-Quality Outdoor Rock and Planter Speakers at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced the CEDIA market introduction of its next generation of rock speakers designed to deliver an audiophile-quality performance to any residential outdoor setting, in a case that is strong enough to stand up to anything that Mother Nature can deliver. Featuring Niles’ signature rugged design and long-lasting materials, the Niles GeoRealistic™ Pro Series Rock and Planter Speakers are engineered to deliver the highest quality audio fidelity and weather any outdoor climate.

The announcement of the new speakers was made today by Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer at Niles at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“These new speakers were designed to fit into any residential outdoor setting, without compromising aesthetic design. Our development team traveled the country to find real rocks that matched the look we wanted for our speakers, and specialized custom molders were then handcrafted to match them. Only Mother Nature could do better.” Starkey said.

Engineered with a focus on durability, the GeoRealistic™ Pro Series speakers feature a new NoFade™ Protective Finish and a new four-layer fiberglass weave, ensuring that the speakers are at least five times more durable and long-lasting than the current model of rock speakers, even under the most extreme UV conditions. The advanced conformal coatings on the crossover boards will protect the speakers against moisture, dust, and chemicals, assuring proper electrical connections even in the harshest environments.

The Niles Planter Speakers are designed to perfectly blend into any outdoor environment. Available in two types, the PB6Si Pro rectangular box shape, and the PS6Si Pro circular planter, each speaker is available in two colors, terracotta and weathered concrete.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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.

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ELAN Outlines Visionary Strategy For Its ELAN U Online Learning Portal At CEDIA EXPO 2012

Asserting that the long-term viability of a control system is only as good as the learning resources that stand behind it, ELAN® Home Systems today outlined a bold new vision for a completely revamped ELAN U online learning portal. The vision, presented today at CEDIA 2012 by ELAN Chief Marketing Officer Paul Starkey, calls for a 100% online, multi-purpose learning resource that offers self-paced automated courses, student record-keeping administration tools, 24/7 forum access, a searchable database of every ELAN knowledge asset, and syncing to the ELAN g!tools software administration tool that is vitally important to field installers. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 at ELAN’s Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“The company that introduced the custom installation industry to the promise of online training in 2004 is now introducing the same industry to the reality of an online learning portal that integrates academics with products and real-world field installation trouble-shooting resources,” Starkey said today. “Over the next 12 months, our dealers and reps are going to experience first-hand what a 21st Century online university can do for them in their day-to-day learning and work environment.”

The first release of the new ELAN U online learning portal strategy is making its debut today at CEDIA 2012 and it includes the immediately availability of an entirely new and revamped curriculum of courses that cover every basic aspect of the ELAN g! System. What’s more, this first release eliminates the traditional need for a first day ‘face-to-face’ training session, which means that every dealer can begin their online learning program quickly and at no travel cost to them. “Dealers registering for this release become registered users automatically as we roll out additional courses and capabilities over the next 12 months,” Starkey explained. “Furthermore, there is no charge for the online training or for portal registration. However, participants must be pre-approved by ELAN.”

At the same time, the first release includes the roll out of a sophisticated new search engine that allows learners to immediately access all product information, integration notes, related training and marketing images, as well as up-to-the-minute technical alerts. Also included is complete access to ELAN increasingly popular technical forum which has rapidly evolved to become a vital social media community for dealers and installers looking to share information and ideas.

“Our new ELAN U online portal is being designed to integrate learning, community, and real-world installation experiences together in one portal,” Starkey concluded. “We live in a world that is now inextricably anchored on the Internet. Dealers have always wanted instantaneous answers to their questions and now there is no reason why they cannot have those answers. Today we are implementing the first release of this new portal.”

Since its debut in 2004, thousands of ELAN U learners have completed more than 500,000 courses. In 2011 CE Pro magazine designated ELAN U as a Gold Award Winner in training as part of the magazine’s 2011 Quest for Quality Awards Program.

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. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). 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.

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Niles® Unveils Two New Powerful High Fidelity Compact Subwoofers at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Expanding its line of powerful high-fidelity subwoofers, Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced the CEDIA channel introduction of two new stylish compact subwoofers engineered with designers in mind, the SW6.5 and the SW8. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“With these new stylishly-designed compact subwoofers, installers can place a high-powered, highly attractive and easily concealed subwoofer virtually anywhere for a home theater or home audio system,” said Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer of Niles. “These subwoofers outperform their larger rivals and offer superior sound quality and design for all residential installations.”

The SW6.5’s and SW8’s ultra-compact sizes and fingerprint-resistant piano-black finishes present an aesthetically pleasing profile that is easy to blend into any décor. Pairing a long-throw front-firing woofer with dual long-throw side-mounted passive radiators, the compact subwoofers deliver the power of subwoofers four times their size, making them perfect for any setup requiring more bass in less space.

In addition to the designer-friendly features, the SW6.5 and SW8 have even more technical features that make them perfect for the custom installation industry. They both feature automated turn-on via 12 volt trigger or audio signal sensing and include a built in CAT5 balun to enable audio delivery over easy-to-use CAT5 cable. Additionally, both models come with a built-in bracket-mount that is compatible with the optional OmniMount® 30.0 ST-MP to allow easy wall or ceiling mounting, making it perfect for all residential installations. Installers can further increase the subwoofers’ placement flexibility by going wireless with the optional Niles SW-T wireless transceiver and SW-R receiver that easily attaches to a built-in mounting port on the rear of the subwoofers.

As for the audio, the SW6.5 produces 200W RMS power and up to 800W peak power through a 6.5” active driver and two 6.5” passive radiators with a frequency response of 42-200Hz. This unbelievable power is delivered from a cabinet that is smaller than 10 inches-cubed and weighs only 11 pounds.

The SW8 ups the ante, producing 300W RMS power and up to 1200W peak power through an 8” active driver and two 8” passive radiators with a frequency response of 36-200Hz. Once again, this room-filling bass performance comes from an amazingly small cabinet about 12 inches-cubed that weighs only 16.5 pounds.

The subwoofer’s long throw active drivers feature a black anodized aluminum cone that provides superior rigidity compared to conventional paper cone designs. The dual anodized aluminum cone passive radiators provide additional driver surface area that combine with the active driver to produce higher output than a larger single active driver. Both models include both LFE and stereo line level inputs and unbuffered stereo pass-through line outputs, allowing up to four subwoofers to be wired from a single receiver output. The adjustable frequency control features a bypass positions, eliminating low pass filtering within the subwoofer, and variable phase control (0°-180°) allows for precise phase matching with the main speakers.

About Niles®:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. Niles is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users that enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, Internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

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