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Accelerated ELAN Third Party Development Program Kicks Into High Gear At CEDIA EXPO 2012

Demonstrating its commitment to integrate all of the most popular third-party components, ELAN® Home Systems today announced that it has added more than 30 new drivers to its ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System since May 2012. With new and updated drivers for the latest climate control systems, surveillance cameras, lighting, audio receivers, music sources, security systems, HDMI video switchers and connectivity products, ELAN continues to offer its dealers simple integration with the industry’s top products. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 at ELAN’s Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

According to ELAN Chief Marketing Officer Paul Starkey, “ELAN continues to enhance the g! system’s integration with third-party developers with the addition of more than 30 new drivers that dealers want most. With significant additions to nearly every control category, the easiest-to-install, easiest-to-maintain, and easiest-to-use entertainment and control system just got a whole lot easier for everyone.”

Amplifying this point further, Joe Lautner, ELAN Product Manager & Business Development said, “ELAN partners with other best-in-class entertainment, climate, security, lighting, irrigation and other home automation companies to make sure our products and theirs work together seamlessly. It is this proven integration that makes an ELAN g! System the safe foundation of any Smart Home control solution you desire.”

ELAN has greatly expanded its list of supported climate control systems with new drivers for systems from 2 Gig, Honeywell, Trane and Z-Wave-based thermostats. More than a dozen brands of climate control are now fully integrated with ELAN g!, including systems from Aprilaire, Bryant, Carrier, HAI, KNX, RCS, Tekmar, and Lutron.

The g! System also received several new drivers for Honeywell security systems. Integrators can now choose from a wide range of security options including systems from Ademco/Honeywell, Bosch, DSC, Elk, First Alert, GE, HAI and Napco.

New drivers for video surveillance products from Axis, Panasonic and Vivotek give integrators maximum installation flexibility to incorporate the ideal components for both residential and commercial security applications.

With the addition of several new and updated drivers for Denon and Pioneer, the g! System now supports the latest a/v components from ADA, Denon, Integra, Logitech Squeezebox, Marantz, Niles, Nuvo, Onkyo, Pioneer, Russound, Sony, Yamaha and SpeakerCraft.

To provide users with even more music choices, ELAN has added support for TuneIn, a web-based music service that delivers digital versions of broadcast radio stations from all over the world. Other supported digital music sources include, ShoutCast, Rhapsody, Pandora, Sirius/XM and Apple iTunes.

With new lighting systems integration for products from Rako, integrators all over the world now have a slew of top-tier lighting solutions to spec and install including systems from Centralite, HAI, Leviton, Lutron, PCS, Somfy and KNX.

The g! System also received updates to support Xantech’s new XtraNet line of IR-over-IP connectivity solutions, giving dealers the ability to fully leverage this new more reliable remote control technology.

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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Xantech Launches XtraNet, The First Comprehensive Line of IR-Over-IP Products At CEDIA Expo 2012

Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for over 40 years, today introduced XtraNet, its next generation family of wired and wireless products for integration into commercial and home AV systems, allowing control of any device over an installed IP network. The XtraNet range of products enables native IR, Wi-Fi and serial control of networked A/V devices using any IR remote or wireless, web-enabled iPad®, iPhone®, Android® tablet or Android smartphone. Xantech Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Starkey, made the new introduction at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

The XtraNet product range includes standalone devices that separately provide native IR control over installed wired or wireless IP networks. A separate device adds serial control capabilities. A master device provides comprehensive system control where multiple XtraNet devices are combined on a network. All XtraNet devices are self-configuring when integrated into any wired network.

Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer of Xantech, stated, “For the first time, there is a comprehensive IR-over-IP product line that provides the contractor and system integrator a complete tool kit to handle any job, from new construction to retro. The XtraNet system is the culmination of our 40 years working in IR, and the XtraLink legacy, which began in the 1980s.”

The XtraNet XLIP200 is a basic IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over wired networks, to which it interfaces via an RJ-45 connector, and is configured as an input by default. The XLIP400, configured by default as an output, adds support of up to 128 macros. These macros may be accessed via a web page from any computer, tablet, smartphone or similar smart device connected to the network. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for the iPhone or iPad using commercially available third party apps. The macros are configured as eight system-wide buttons plus four groups of 30 macro buttons that may be dedicated to specific devices in the A/V system.

The XtraNet XLIP400K Kit combines an XLIP400, DL95 universal IR receiver, four 283D IR emitters and a power supply for applications where a standalone native IR repeater is required. That control can be expanded over a wired network, into a second room, for example, with the addition of an XLIP200. The XLIP400K Kit also provides the flexibility for customers to either use their cable remote/TV remote or universal IR-based remote, as well as an iPhone or iPad, to access those devices.

For applications where serial control is required, the XLIP232 adds bi-directional RS232 support. The device includes memory for 128 macros and offers both serial and IR connections. Serial commands can be extended to another device through the addition of another XLIP232 unit.

Where multiple XtraNet devices are combined in a more complex system, the XLIP800, which supports serial RS232/422/485, IR, digital I/O, telnet, UDP, relays and other functionality, ties the components together through its serial and IR ports. The XLIP800 also supports customizable web pages, enabling control access from an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android smartphone via the wireless smart device’s web browser. Commands sent from the XLIP800 master unit can additionally trigger macros in any network-attached XLIP400, XLIP 600 or XLIP232 devices, combining all of the units into a single, comprehensive A/V control system.

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

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, IP control systems, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors and software programming tools for residential and commercial applications.

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.

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Sunfire Makes Bass Invisible With Debut Of In-Wall 8″ Subwoofer At CEDIA Expo 2012

Sunfire®, a specialist in the design, manufacturing and marketing of luxury home theater audio products, today announced the introduction of the all-new Sunfire HRSIW8, an in-wall dual-driver 8” subwoofer that features the brand’s patented Stillbass™ anti-shake technology that virtually eliminates mechanical vibration, improving bass definition while helping to contain the bass to the room in which it is mounted. The Stillbass technology, coupled with Sunfire’s trademark High Back-emf designed woofers, helps provide pounding audiophile-grade bass from a subwoofer that easily retrofits into a standard 16” on-center stud bay. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

According to Sunfire General Manager Mark Weisenberg, “Every day, the engineers and designers at Sunfire are developing new ways to deliver what home owners want from their home entertainment experience; dynamic, accurate bass without donating large amounts of space in the process. We have accomplished that with the HRSIW8. Combining our legacy technologies with our latest thinking in subwoofer power and control, the HRSIW8 is simple to install. Setup is straightforward using Sunfire’s Digital amplifier platform, which includes a wide array of optional adjustments for maximum performance. Now our dealers will be able to specify a budget conscious, high performance in-wall subwoofer that delivers on our brand promise.”

The HRSIW8 features two custom-designed 8” long-throw woofers using ultra low mass fiberglass cones in a sealed cabinet that measures 12.2”W x 24.7”H x 3.75”D, and only requires a wall cutout of 10.6”W x 23.5”H. With six built-in dog-toggle style wall clamps it is a perfect solution for both retrofits and new construction jobs, easily fitting in any standard 16” on-center stud bay. A wire channel is provided on the rear of the enclosure to avoid pinching the wire between the enclosure and the back of the drywall inside the opening. Easily removable magnetic grilles and a cutout template for easy installation are provided.

The HRSIW8’s external rack-mount amplifier is an evolution of the Sunfire digital amplifier used in the company’s SDS subwoofer line. Using Sunfire’s Frequency Filtration Design (FFD) for high fidelity bass, the amp delivers 520W of power with near zero distortion. A wide range of filtering adjustments are included as well as DSP with room equalization and a remote control that provides one-touch access to preset equalizer modes.

The HRSIW8 has an MSRP of $1,700 and features a frequency response of 33Hz-150Hz, maximum output of 106dB, balanced and unbalanced line level inputs, gold plated speaker terminals and adjustable high-pass and low pass filters.

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 and acoustics 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 audio products that deliver exceptional performance – whenever, and wherever, they are heard. Carver’s forty years of scientific research has 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.

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Niles Introduces New Line Of Five Systems Integration Amplifiers At CEDIA Expo 2012

Reaffirming its commitment to meet the growing market demand for powerful, customized audiophile-quality home theater and multi-zone audio systems, Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today introduced a new line of five Systems Integration Amplifiers® that includes the re-tooled SI-1230 Series 2 Amplifier, the successor to the SI-1230 that was inducted to the CEDIA Hall of Fame in 2011. The new line of powerful multi-zone amplifiers provides CI professionals the ideal solution for every application. The introduction was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Niles’ Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

According to Niles Chief Marketing Officer Paul Starkey, “Niles has a long tradition of designing and marketing audio components of the highest quality, and that level of precision and care has resulted in this new line of five high-power, reliable, and installation-friendly amplifiers. With a full line of Systems Integration Amplifiers, CI professionals now have a Niles amplifier for every installation, whether it’s a home theater, a whole-home multi-zone system, or a restaurant or office audio system.”

The three new 2-channel Niles Systems Integration Amplifiers, the SI-250, SI-2100, and SI2150, feature audio circuitry constructed using the finest materials available, including 1% metal film resistors, high quality capacitors and oversized heat sinks that ensure proper cooling without the need for a noisy fan. In order to provide tremendous bass and dynamics to every speaker, the amplifiers deliver 50W, 100W, or 150W RMS per channel at 8 ohms and 100W, 220W, or 270W RMS per channel at 4 ohms respectively. For applications requiring high output, such as subwoofers or rock speakers, each of these amplifiers can also be operated in a bridged mono configuration, resulting in the delivery of 225W, 400W, or 550W respectively.

What’s more, each amplifier channel features an independent level control enabling precise volume matching to the rest of the system. They also feature gold plated stereo inputs, cascade stereo outputs, and five way binding posts to ensure perfect connection without corrosion for years to come.

The SI-1230 Series 2 Systems Integration Amplifier is a fully configurable 12-channel power amplifier that provides 30W per channel (80W when bridged) and features a unique BusMatrix™ selector that allows each channel to be set to left bus, right bus, left plus right bus (summed stereo), or the channel’s dedicated input.

The new Niles SI-1650 16-channel amplifier features a unique web browser configurator that allows each channel to select from any of the 16 inputs or combination of inputs. The powerful and versatile amplifier delivers 50W per channel and includes a high power mode that produces 100W per channel for 8 channels. The amplifier’s high pass and low pass filters allow it to be used with subwoofers and make it ideal to match with Niles popular line of GS Garden Speakers.

All five Niles Systems Integration Amplifiers come with a two-year limited warranty, include a removable line cord and rack mount ears, and feature three turn-on modes: Music Sense, External Voltage Trigger, and Manual Turn-On via the front panel switch. They also each provide a 12V DC output whenever the amplifier is on, allowing operation of voltage-triggered devices like motorized screens and curtains.

The 2-channel models measure 438cm wide by 56cm high by 344cm deep and fit in a single rack bay. The 12- and 16-channel models measure 438cm wide by 145 cm high (including feet) by 411cm deep and require three rack bays.

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. 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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ELAN Introduces g!Mobile App For Android Devices Built On Powerful New Software Architecture At CEDIA Expo 2012

Continuing its commitment to provide integrators with consistent enhancements to the g! Entertainment and Control System, ELAN® Home Systems today announced the immediate availability of its g!Mobile app for Android® devices, built on an innovative software architecture the company also debuted today. According to ELAN’s Director of Control Group Joe Lautner, the company’s new programming architecture makes it much easier and faster to integrate new features and graphical user interface enhancements. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 at ELAN’s Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“Our engineers have implemented an innovative approach to make it easy to deliver powerful, simple and consistent user interface enhancements on all devices that homeowners use,” Lautner said. “This new approach allows us to manage a single GUI that provides a consistent interface with full functionality and cool animations on every g! user interface device including computers, ELAN HR2 remotes and TS in-wall touch screens, iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets.

“We have lofty goals for new g! features and user interface functionality that make the g! system easier to install, easier to update and maintain, and easier to use. Today we are introducing the most powerful Android app for home entertainment and control, as well as launching a new approach to user interfaces that allows us to quickly bring to market new features and enhancements, delivering the best possible end-user experience.

“End-users benefit by getting all of their devices updated at the same time and being able to use nearly any touch screen device with their system. This provides dealers with a solution that is easier to sell and saves installation and support time because they no longer have to program each interface device.”

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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CORE Brands Introduces More Than 25 New Products At CEDIA 2012!

Demonstrating the breadth and scope of its combined product development and marketing capabilities, CORE Brands LLC, a division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment, today introduced more than 25 new audio, control, and power management products and system solutions at CEDIA 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The introductions were made by the Group’s BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands at four different exhibits in the Indianapolis Convention Center.

According to Paul Starkey, CORE Brands Senior Vice President of Marketing, the number of new product introductions speaks directly to the Group’s ability to offer dealers and integrators a line of integrated audio, control, and power management solutions that are unmatched by any other manufacturer. “In every market segment, and at wide-ranging price points, CORE Brands offers a solution that delivers the very best performance value,” Starkey said today. “We believe this to be unique for dealers at a time when operational simplicity and profit are top of mind.”

Leading the parade of new introductions are SpeakerCraft’s TV Speaker system and multi-room wireless audio solution; ELAN’s Android and Door Locks App, as well as streaming content and drivers, Niles’ System Integration Amplifiers, mini- and garden-subs; Xantech’s groundbreaking new line of IR and IP connectivity solutions, Panamax’s MR Series of power management solutions that combine form and function for today’s home theater environments; Furman’s Contractor Series CN-15MP MiniPort that extends SmartSequencing™ Technology to components outside the equipment rack; the first BlueBOLT-enabled product in the MD family of direct plug-in devices: the MD2-ZB; Proficient Zero wireless additions, Soundbar & TV Speaker along with various in wall/in ceiling releases; and Sunfire’s new ATMOS sub with precedent setting anti shaking technology and HRSIW8 in-wall sub.

“And these are just the highlights of what our brands are offering dealers at CEDIA 2012,” Starkey emphasized. “The addition of these products to an already rich portfolio of CI channel products of over 1,000 active products, gives the dealer a range of choices with unprecedented association to each other.”

“It is difficult to find a dealer who is not using one of the brands today, and our goal is now to have each dealer using 5 or more of our brands,” he added. “Product development is the key initiative for our brands in the next year.”

The full range of CORE Brands products and solutions can be seen at the Group’s four CEDIA 2012 exhibits. ATON, ELAN, Niles, Sunfire, and Xantech are exhibiting in Booth #902. BlueBOLT, Panamax, and Furman are exhibiting in Booth #3130. SpeakerCraft is exhibiting in Booth #5524 and Proficient is exhibiting in Booth #2442.

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, CORE Brands is a 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. CORE Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world.

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CORE Brands To Make Its CEDIA 2012 Debut With A Spectacular Party At Blu!

Celebrating its debut at CEDIA 2012 in the most spectacular way possible, CORE Brands, the recently introduced Nortek Technology Solutions business unit comprised of the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands, today announced it will host a party to remember on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Indianapolis’s trendiest nightclub, Blu (240 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis).

According to Paul Starkey, CORE Brands Senior Vice President of Marketing, the by-invitation-only party will run from 8 p.m. to midnight and feature music from Chicago’s hottest cover band, Green Thirteen. “Dealers attending CEDIA undoubtedly know every one of our ten iconic brands, but now they will have the opportunity to get to know all of our brands in an entirely new way as part of the industry’s single largest audio, control and power management solutions provider! The debut of CORE Brands at CEDIA marks the start of an exciting new chapter of opportunity for our dealers and this party will help make our debut an event to be remembered.”

Dealers can get tickets to the party from their respective representatives by visiting individual CORE Brands CEDIA exhibits. ATON, ELAN, Niles, Sunfire, and Xantech are exhibiting in Booth #902. BlueBOLT, Panamax, and Furman are exhibiting in Booth #3130. SpeakerCraft is exhibiting in Booth #5524 and Proficient is exhibiting in Booth #2442.

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, CORE Brands is a 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. CORE Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world.

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Stampede Brings Fall 2012 Big Book Of AV Tour To Five Cities Across The United States

North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour continues next Thursday, September 13, when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. kicks off its Fall 2012 Big Book of AV Tour (BBOAV) with an event-packed program at the Sheraton Detroit Novi in Detroit, Michigan. Following its record-breaking spring tour, the Fall 2012 BBOAV Tour features more products, seminars, and special events, with every aspect specifically designed to help ProAV dealers better meet the needs of their customers. Dealers can register now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where they can also find directions and a full list of raffle prizes. The Detroit event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

According to Stampede President and COO Kevin Kelly, “The Fall 2012 Big Book of AV Tour is the only place that ProAV dealers can see the industry’s newest products and attend seminars focused on digital signage, low cost video conferencing, and touch technology all in one place. As the Big Book of AV grows, the tour grows along with it, and we’re excited to once again bring our dealers the latest and greatest products, insight and advice for creating and maintaining a successful and profitable business.”

With a catalog that now features more than 1,000 pages of the top ProAV solutions, Stampede continues to provide the largest range of ProAV solutions in the industry. “This incredible product selection means our dealers aren’t limited to choosing from just one or two solutions, and have a full range of options that help them create more customized solutions to satisfy their individual needs,” Kelly emphasized. “Add in our expert sales and support team that is expertly trained in ProAV, and you’ve got a winning combination that can’t be beat. We keep our dealers coming back for our expert advice and product selection, two things that we do better than anyone else in the industry.”

All attendees will receive a $50 AMEX gift card, plus an additional $25 AMEX gift card for each training session they attend, and will be treated to a continental breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a lunch buffet from noon to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a prize drawing each hour, with the lucky dealers taking home a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, clean power processors, speakers, gift cards, or even a 42” LCD TV with a Sharp soundbar and Blu-ray player!

The 2012 Big Book of AV Tour will feature more than 40 exhibitors including Atlona, Benq, BrightSign, Canon, Chief, Christie, Draper, Epson, Gefen, Hall Research, Hitachi, Hitachi StarBoard, Ken-a-vision, Kramer, LG Panels, MediaPOINTE, Mitsubishi, Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, Samsung, Sharp and Sony. Other stops on the Fall 2012 Tour include:

October 7, 2012 Kansas City, MO
October 24, 2012 New York, NY
November 8, 2012 San Diego, CA
December 5, 2012 Atlanta, GA

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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Core Brands Unveils New Brand, Training and Sales Management Organization at CEDIA 2012

Moving swiftly to integrate its product development and marketing functions into a dynamic new brand management organization that drives both innovation and collaboration, Core Brands LLC today announced the implementation of a focused management structure comprised of eight individual brand managers. The brand management team will report directly to Core Brands Senior Vice President of Marketing Paul Starkey.

“The formation of Core Brands combines the expertise of ten iconic brands into one powerful new business organization that will bring more opportunities to our more than 4,300 dealers and integrators around the world,” Starkey said today. “Our new brand management structure makes a focused team responsible for driving the innovation in the areas of control, audio, and power management.”

According to Dave Keller, Senior Vice President of Sales, Core Brands is taking the additional step of moving its field support team and six trainers closer to dealers and introducing an expanded training schedule that more than quadruples the number of face-to-face training sessions over the next 12 months. “What’s more,” Keller emphasized, “face-to-face training is also being combined with new online training initiatives and electronic mini communications programs in ways that will provide dealers and integrators with the necessary product information that will help them to sell and install solutions more efficiently and profitably than ever before.”

Regarding the overall sales organization, Keller said today that Core Brands will retain its four current United States sales rep networks to keep consistency and the best level of ground support for its dealers. “In order to maximize our effectiveness at the local level, we are moving to six U.S. sales regions each with a Regional Sales Manager. “Our goal is to make the decision point for dealers and reps very accessible at the local level,” Keller explained, emphasizing that two immediate impacts are expected by these changes. First, the company expects dealers to have easy access to the lines in the Group to maximize efficiency and profits for all dealers. Secondly, the field support organization allows more factory support at the local level, thus increasing the productivity of the dealers with all of the Core Brands product lines.

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands is a 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. Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world.

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NanoLumens To Participate In Upcoming Almo Professional E4 AV Events In Dallas And New York

NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that introduced the world to large format flexible LED display technology, will again team up with Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, at the upcoming E4 AV training and networking events in Dallas on September 13 and New York on October 3, 2012. An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 tour can be viewed here.

According to NanoLumens’ VP of sales, Dana Michaelis, NanoLumens will showcase its NanoFlex™ 112” and NanoSlim™ 114” LED displays at both events. “NanoLumens looks forward to participating in the Almo E4 A/V events this fall,” Michaelis said today. “Exhibiting at the spring events provided us with a strategic opportunity to take our displays out into key markets, and we are eager to reach even more installers and end-users at these new stops.”

“NanoLumens has been an excellent addition to our E4 event – the technology is so unique that it always draws a tremendous amount of interest,” explained Melody Craigmyle, VP of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “Attending E4 partners have a special opportunity to learn more about how the NanoLumens products can be designed into any shape or size and to the exact specifications of their digital signage and rental and staging installs. This keeps our partners competitive and makes what they can offer their customers, in terms of displays, truly limitless.”

The NanoLumens NanoFlex will be showcased in a 112” model of the lightweight LED display that can be elegantly curved and wrapped around contoured walls and structures to meet the specific needs of any environment, including corporate lobbies, high-end retail stores, stadiums, and anywhere else digital signage is needed.
 
NanoLumens will also feature a 114” model of its NanoSlim display, which is designed to provide a sleek digital signage solution for even the most discerning clientele. NanoLumens uses their patented technology to build beautiful, thin, lightweight large format LED display solutions unlike anything in the display market today. Available in 6mm, 5mm, and 4mm pixel pitches, the displays offer customers a more cost-effective alternative when flexibility is not a requirement.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.
 
NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible. 

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are offered in standard configurations as well as design-specific configurations to fit virtually any size, shape or curvature in both the NanoFlex line of flexible displays and the NanoSlim line of fixed frame displays.
 
The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

The E4 Dallas event will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas while the E4 New York event is on October 3 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. Both events will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

About Almo Professional A/V’s E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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