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Linear, Maker of #1 Best Selling Home Control Platform, Unveils Next Gen Smart and Internet-of-Things Technology at ISC West

Demos to include breadth of new smart and IoT solutions spanning home control, security, access and health/wellness, plus adds CEU training session, premium giveaways and fun money booth events.

Las Vegas, NV – ISC West – April 2-4, 2014 – Booth 20053 – Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, health and wellness and security solutions, is leading the charge for smart home and Internet-of-Things offerings at ISC West show with several new product announcements, CEU certified trainings, and product demonstrations highlighting innovative new technologies. Linear will also be bringing a unique energy to the show floor with some premium giveaways and fun Money Booth events.

Three of the most highly anticipated demos will include: the Linear GD00Z-1 Z-Wave Garage Door Controller, the latest iteration of 2GIG’s Go!Control Panel known as the “GC3”, and Linear’s Enterprise embedded network appliance and access control system. All three will be shown for the first time at ISC West and highlight Linear’s commitment to developing industry-leading connected technologies for the residential and commercial markets. Linear develops and manufacturers more Z-Wave products than any other company in the world, which is a testament to their smart control solutions.

The company will also be showing the new e3 OneBox, which combines Linear’s award-winning, embedded browser IP-based access control platform with Digital Watchdog’s full feature DW-VMAX digital video recording capabilities, all within one enclosure. Lastly, two new PERS-4200 modules; the UMTS-3G Cellular module and the Wireless Remote Speaker/Microphone (RMS-1) will highlight Linear’s latest effort to serve the needs of dealers involved with health and wellness technology.

ISC West 2014 is the first trade show where the 2GIG Technology brand is featured as part of Linear’s booth. To celebrate the winning combination, Linear is giving dealers a chance to step inside a money booth and walk away a little richer. Attendees simply visit Linear’s booth, receive two product demos, and they’ll be entered for a chance to test their reflexes in a Money Booth stocked with fives, twenties, fifties, hundreds and even an 1,000 dollar bill. They will also be given a t-shirt, and most importantly, learn about some of the most innovative and in-demand products launching at ISC.

With new products and technologies on the horizon, Linear is investing in CEU certified trainings as well as intensive new product overviews and demos to better educate the growing dealer base about home automation, Z-Wave and its core business units. Dates and times for the trainings are as follows at the Titian, Room 2201B:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
o 2pm – 4pm: IP Based Access Control with Jerome Bourassa
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
o 8am – 10am: Go!Control Security with Brian Gabrielson
o 3pm – 5pm: Telephone Access with Jerome Bourassa
Thursday, April 3, 2014
o 8am – 10am: IP Bases Access Control with Jerome Bourassa
o 3pm – 5pm: Go!Control Security with Brian Gabrielson

About Linear LLC
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear LLC is an innovator in the health and wellness, security and access control markets. Since 1961, the company has designed and manufactured more than 2,500 products for residential and commercial use. Today, Linear is focused on wired and wireless technology serving the access control, security and connected business and home needs of its dealers, customers and OEM partners. The GO!Control home management system and a growing range of Z-Wave automation, commercial entry and wellness products position Linear as a competitor in multiple growth industries for the long-term future.

Linear is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) 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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STARPOWER ADDS SVS AS NEWEST HIGH PERFORMANCE AUDIO BRAND

SVS’ award-winning subwoofers are now available at Starpower’s retail and online stores.

Girard, OH – Mach 20, 2014SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces a new partnership with Starpower to become the newest high-performance audio brand available from the highly regarded Texas-based retailer.

“Starpower’s outstanding customer-focused approach to both the retail and custom installation experience makes them one of the premier technology retailers in the US,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. “They have a future-facing business model, an innovative approach and a knowledgeable and experienced team. We are proud to be among the premium AV brands they represent.”

SVS is driving a “rising tide” in the AV market as more consumers seek impactful audio experiences to complement large-screen TVs. The launch of their PB-2000 and SB-2000 subwoofers at 2014 International CES have helped SVS set all-time monthly sales records in January and February, dating back to the company’s founding in 1998. $699 and $799 have historically been the best-selling price points for SVS subwoofers, and early indications bear that out for the 2000 Series.

Since its founding in 1995, Starpower has frequently been honored for its work with both customers and the industry, earning many prestigious accolades for its AV installation services and sales/support acumen. In addition to local business and media awards, Starpower has been honored as “Dealer of the Year” by several top AV brands and also earned the highly coveted CEDIA Installer of the Year.

“The passion SVS has brought to the subwoofer category is reminiscent of the glory days of audio, when there was nothing cooler than a killer audio system, and people got truly excited about getting the best performance possible,” said Daniel Pidgeon, chairman of Starpower. “This palpable energy, combined with a subwoofer line that accommodates wide-ranging budgets, listening preferences and room dimensions; has me genuinely excited about what the future holds for our partnership.”

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company’s hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy have proven to be a profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it’s needed.

“We want to engage customers on whatever level they prefer since a focused distribution strategy is core to our mission,” said Jack Travis, SVS director of global sales. “Great partnerships are in the DNA of both SVS and Starpower. We are thrilled that Starpower customers can now demo SVS products in a retail setting while benefitting from the highly skilled installation and technical support services they provide.”

Founded in 1995, Starpower was created to provide clients with the finest experience in high-end, custom installations of audio, video, security and electronic automation. The company recruits, hires and trains each member of its installation team to meet the highest industry standards and sells only the finest brands of equipment.

“Our job is to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. SVS brings a unique energy, passion and product line that will help us deliver on this promise to customers,” said David Pidgeon, CEO of Starpower.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about Starpower, please visit http://www.star-power.com.

About SVS
SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

Press Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080
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Tymphany Launches Into Professional Branded Transducer Market

Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers resets the relationship between performance and cost by building on proven design and manufacturing principles from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa heritage.

Tymphany pro transducerAnaheim, CA – The NAMM Show 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Tymphany HK Ltd., the leading expert in transducer and audio system design and manufacturing, announced today the FSL Series of woofers, the TC Series full-range column transducers, and the BC and H Series tweeter line. These professional audio transducers are built on 85 years of design and manufacturing expertise from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa brands.

Tymphany’s international team of acoustic experts leveraged the latest FEA multi-physics techniques to create transducers that reset the performance to price relationship for professional branded transducers. Independently verified measurements and production tolerance data validate Tympany’s leadership in transducer design and manufacturing. The company seeks to push the industry standard for power handling and sound quality upward, while helping audio companies hit cost targets.

“By combining an innovative, western-led design philosophy with the speed and efficiency of our Asian-based engineering and manufacturing teams, we optimized the new Tymphany transducers to handle the most demanding professional applications while lowering costs for our customers,” said George Bullimore, head of the transducer business unit for Tymphany.

FSL Series Pro Woofers
Available in 5, 6.5, 8, 12, or 15-inch versions, each FSL Series Pro Woofer is voiced with a smooth frequency response and designed for optimal large signal performance. The Ferrite magnet steel frame ensures reliability and enables custom variants for unique or large-scale installations.

BC Series Tweeters
Tymphany is the world leader in tweeter design, and the BC Series is a reflection of the work done by top audio industry minds over eight decades. The series includes a one-inch damped fabric soft dome tweeter with compact faceplate and finned heat sink for improved power handling and enhanced voice coil cooling. Tymphany’s H Series Tweeters feature a one-inch titanium dome and offer compact, high-strength Neodymium designs or cost-effective ferrite designs. All tweeters produce a smooth, extended frequency response with high sensitivity and consistent performance.

TC Series Column Transducer
The TC Series of full-range transducers were specifically designed to meet the needs of the column loudspeaker market. The TC Series was optimized to have an extremely smooth frequency response through the mid-range with a rising response at the top end of the curve. With industry leading sensitivity and low-frequency extension, the TC series sets a new standard for column transducers. The TC series is available in 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, and 4-inch models.

“Tymphany is already designing and manufacturing transducers for the world’s leading professional loudspeaker brands; a branded transducer offering is the natural extension of our complete ODM system solutions,” said Bullimore. “Guitar amps, PA systems, live sound, we really see no limits to what the future holds.”
Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers are available now for evaluation and can be seen at NAMM 2014 in booth A6260.

About Primax Electronics Ltd.
Primax Electronics Ltd. is an electronics manufacturing company based in Taipei Taiwan with manufacturing plants and R&D centers in China and Taiwan. It has been supplying PC peripherals, accessories for smart phones/tablets and multifunction printers to the IT industry in the past 29 years. It is listed in the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

About Tymphany
Founded in the U.S. in 2002, Tymphany™ Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of premium quality, digital electronics systems for the loudspeaker industry. Tymphany is an indispensable ODM partner to many of the world’s leading consumer electronics, automotive and professional audio brands, combining advanced digital circuit design and premium analog speaker components to achieve the highest level of audio performance. The company delivers a wide range of turnkey solutions within its transducers and integrated sound systems portfolio, including Peerless, a world-renowned brand of transducers since 1926. Tymphany is a privately held corporation. More information about the company is available at www.tymphany.com.

SurgeX Launches Defender Series MultiPak to Safeguard Multi-Panel Digital Displays and Signage

Engineered to address the specific noise interference and power protection needs of video wall arrays, the Defender Series MultiPak offers a compact design that easily integrates with wall and ceiling mounting systems.

Knightdale, NC – November 14, 2013 – ESP/SurgeX, the industry leader in energy intelligence and surge protection, is proud to announce the Defender Series MultiPak™, a Multi-Stage surge protector and power conditioner specifically designed to safeguard digital signage arrays. Available in four (SX-DS-154) and six (SX-DS-156) outlet configurations, the MultiPak provides advanced protection against damaging surges, spikes, over/under voltage, EMI/RFI noise, wiring faults, and other power issues that can degrade video display performance. The unit’s compact design fits behind multi-panel installations and easily integrates with wall and ceiling mount systems.

Developed in direct response to the challenges encountered by digital signage manufacturers, the MultiPak was engineered to keep digital displays running properly without interruption. Digital display systems rely heavily on sensitive integrated circuitry for optimal performance. Superior power protection should be a top priority and the MultiPak answers this need by safeguarding equipment from disturbances on video, data, and power lines that can result in fuzzy images, audio noise, and render equipment inoperable—leading to negative perceptions, reduced lifespan, downtime, and lost income.

From top to bottom, every specification in the MultiPak is geared toward keeping video wall arrays running without disruption. In addition to its Multi-Stage surge protection technology, the MultiPak includes other SurgeX patented technologies that contribute to longer product lifespans and better performance. COUVS® (Catastrophic Over/Under Voltage Shutdown) insures multi-panel displays will not sustain catastrophic damage from having too little or too much power voltage coming from the AC line. SurgeX ICE® (Inrush Current Elimination) technology with zero cross turn-on removes the need for time delay circuit breakers or startup sequencing. This allows displays, amplifiers, and other equipment to be powered all at once without worry of blowing a circuit breaker.

With its compact design, the MultiPak can be concealed from view and will fit naturally within common mounting mechanisms. The 15 Amp load rating is robust enough to handle the power delivery demands of multiple displays, all from a single unit.

“We listened to our customers and came up with a unique solution that offers all the surge protection and noise eliminating features needed to keep multi-panel displays working without disruption”, said Stephen F. Galloway, president and CEO ESP/SurgeX. “We’re confident the MultiPak will exceed the expectations of manufacturers and their customers.”

In addition, the Defender Series MultiPak includes state-of-the-art diagnostic software that enables technicians to easily troubleshoot and diagnose power related disturbances. It offers the ability to customize power protection settings, download time-stamped reports, and diagnose power related service calls proactively.

The all-inclusive MultiPak provides all of the tools needed to protect, manage, and analyze a business’s digital display investments. The SX-DS-154 and SX-DS-156 are currently shipping. To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 27 patents, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio.

SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.surgex.com or http://www.espei.com for further company and product information.

Linear Hosts Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developers Forum

Developers and OEM manufacturers gathered at Linear’s Carlsbad headquarters for a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series chip platform, and to attend training sessions geared at helping them get products to market faster and more efficiently.

Carlsbad, CA – November 15, 2013 – Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, recently hosted the Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developer’s Forum session at their Carlsbad, CA headquarters on November 12-14, 2013. The Developer’s Forum & Unplug Fest is a three-day technical event with trainings, networking and a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. Linear is a Principal Member of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world’s largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services.

Linear’s offices are an ideal location for the forum because, with 2GIG, they are the largest user of Z-Wave products in the world according to Z-Wave chip maker Sigma Designs. A recent expansion to a second office in Carlsbad also equipped Linear with new facilities to support the technical and training needs of members bringing new products to test with other vendor’s equipment. In recent years, Unplug Fest has helped spread the latest information on Z-Wave protocol and platform extensions while providing a learning opportunity, both personally and professionally, for all engineers participating.

The three-day event kicked off with two days of technical sessions where attendees got a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. The new product portfolio enables Z-Wave manufacturers and smart home service providers to bring new products to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory. Forum attendees also learned about Z-Wave Plus certification, programming and testing as well as development tips and tricks.

“As the world’s largest user of Z-Wave products and one of the Alliance’s Principle Members, it was significant to have so many Z-Wave engineers and developers together at once sharing knowledge and collaborating on exciting new home control technologies,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear. “The progress made during this event is a glimpse into the future of home control.”

The next-generation Z-Wave product portfolio from Sigma Designs provides important new advantages for OEMs, developers, service providers and end users. Most notably, the new Series 500 SoC and module products represent a significant technical leap forward. The series features data rates up to 100kbs, frequency agility, four times more flash memory than the existing platform, and extended RF range performance. At the same time, the design consumes even less power than the previous generation chips, providing for industry leading battery life in products that make use of these features. The Series does all this while maintaining full backward interoperability with current generation designs.

In addition to the performance gains afforded by the new Series 500 SoC and module hardware, the Sigma Designs Next-Gen platform also includes both a new Z/IP feature and the ZIPR Gateway. The former is a software engine that transforms IP protocol commands into Z-Wave commands and vice versa. The latter is a reference design for a very inexpensive gateway that can present any Z-Wave device as an IP device, with an IP address and all IP services. These breakthrough features will further solidify Z-Wave’s position as a key enabling technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT).

Among other advances, the new Series 500 from Sigma Designs offers:

• 400% extension of flash memory over the previous generation SoC
• 67% more energy efficient
• A leap in data rate to100kbs vs. 40kbs
• Improved RF range
• Frequency agility
• Backward compatibility and interoperability with previous generation Z-Wave

For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, please visit www.zwavealliance.org. The Z-Wave Alliance can also be found on Facebook.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Pro Audio Technology Appoints Aim High Audio Sales as Manufacturers Representative

Aim High Audio Sales will bring PRO’s line of cinema-quality audio products to the Southeastern U.S. region.

Huntington Beach, CA – October 31, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leading supplier of loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems, today announced the appointment of Aim High Audio Sales as a manufacturer representative. Aim High will bring PRO’s cinema-quality audio solutions to its dealer partners in the southeastern U.S. region, including Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and North and South Carolina.

“Pro Audio Technology offers an extensive line of products that deliver incredible dynamics and unmatched SPL levels, all while keeping the dialogue intelligibility crisp and clear,” said Chris Gilray, president of Marietta, GA based Aim High Audio Sales. “In addition, its SoundTools setup and calibration software makes audio system programming and performance optimization simple for installations of all sizes.”

PRO’s multiple speaker series are voiced to a common performance standard, allowing installers to select models based on application, gaining greater flexibility when designing an audio system. A hallmark of PRO engineering technology, each system is field-configurable and employs the company’s proprietary PRO SoundTools software via its PMA amplifier product range. All crossover functions, high-resolution frequency response shaping, and time correction are achieved in DSP, eliminating restrictive passive filter networks from the signal path. In addition, the integrator is given a powerful suite of DSP controls to compensate for environmental influences, such as speaker placement behind viewing screens or stretch fabric walls, secondary boundary loading, and other factors.

“Our dealers appreciate our flexible sales model and intuitive programming tools, both of which are unique to PRO and contribute to more profitable installations,” said Pro Audio Technology founder Paul Hales. “We’re glad to have the knowledgeable team at Aim High Audio Sales bringing this message to dealers and we look forward to growing with them.”

PRO audio systems deliver the visceral sensations of today’s music and motion picture soundtracks to people who want to experience true cinematic or concert-level performances. For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, please visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

Leaf Continues Rapid North American Expansion, Welcomes New Talent

Enhancing its technical support, marketing and business development initiatives, Leaf expands sales and service throughout North America.

Hallam, VIC, Australia – August 29, 2013 – Leaf, a custom brand of HD audio/video distribution and switching solutions, is pleased to announce the hiring of three new employees within the sales, technical support and marketing departments. With a focus on strengthened brand recognition and the steady cultivation of an increasingly agile North American presence, Leaf aims to broaden its reach, making the company’s A/V solutions and personalized support services widely accessible to a range of global consumers.

With business development across North America stronger than ever, and innovative new product introductions on the horizon, Leaf has welcomed the opportunity to add seasoned professionals to their team, whom are fully ready and equipped to support the brand’s robust growth pattern. The addition of three new team members speaks to the company’s ongoing success in penetrating the A/V market, and is a favorable sign of prosperity for a company who is still relatively new to the U.S. market.

“Leaf has always prided itself on hiring the right people at the right time. Those who can help us think outside the box, breathing new life into marketing strategies, adding enhanced service to our technical support and introducing us to new and exciting partnerships,” said Dean Vaughan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Leaf. “With steady and momentous growth occurring in the U.S. and Canada, we felt the need to support our expansion with professionals who add value to our brand and our end-users’ experiences. We are thrilled to welcome such highly skilled professionals that will help us continue to propel the Leaf brand further and support ongoing growth for years to come.”

North American Sales

Randy Taylor – North American Commercial Sales Manager
Randy’s expertise and longtime industry history will play a pivotal role as Leaf prepares to introduce a wealth of new commercial products to the U.S. Randy first entered the CE industry working with Klipsch where his knack for building mutually beneficial relationships with a broad range of clientele led to dramatically increased sales and responsibility. Throughout his time at Klipsch randy was twice awarded “Salesman of the Year” while consistently tackling new regions, landing coveted accounts and growing Klipsch’s reach across various markets. Randy later fulfilled an 11-year stint as VP of National Sales for Definitive Technology where for the first two years he ran a tow man sales team, helping to grow the company in a multi-million dollar A/V powerhouse while also forging strategic relationships and incentive programs with Ultimate Electronics, Magnolia, The Pro Buying Group and HTSA. Today, randy joins the Leaf team from his position as a National Sales Manager for all TEAC consumer products; working directly with specialty rep firms managing sales and presentations to warehouse clubs such as Cost co and BJ’s Wholesale club along with key catalog customers including Hammacher Schlemmer and Frontgate.

“This is an exciting time for Leaf as we prepare to launch a new wave of products in the U.S.,” said Dean Vaughan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Leaf. “With Randy leading the adoption of our new commercial solutions, he will be instrumental in this process; helping to vet and attain strategic business opportunities, while shaping relationships with key customers, dealers, and distributors. We are thrilled to welcome all of our new team members and looking forward to continued company growth.”

Technical Support & Service

Scott Sorensen – US Technical Support Specialist
Scott brings an immense understanding of the end users’ needs and expectations, which he takes from his 7+ year as a custom integrator in Layton, UT. Scott has grown in responsibility and leadership, beginning as a custom integrator, building up to a lead installer and further evolving into a service department manager where he helped to troubleshoot and solve technical issues on a variety of small and large scale installations. Well versed in audio and video distribution, with significant field experience, Scott brings a wealth of system design experience to the Leaf team. His ability to navigate and support a variety of automation platforms – including Control4, URC, Russound and more – combined with heavy programming experience makes Scott a valued addition as Leaf continues to intensify its integration and reach across the automation market.

Integrated Marketing & Design

Micah Orvis – US Lead Graphic/Web Designer
Micah joins Leaf from Desert Tactical Arms, where he held a recent position as lead graphic designer. As a professional graphic artist with 5 years of full-time, in-house design experience, Micah delivers fresh, inventive design concepts and a breadth of online design knowledge. Skilled in branding, web design, print and digital design as well as videography, Micah will bring a whole new level of style and detail to Leaf’s marketing, press and lead-gen materials. Also, a gifted photographer Micah’s specialization in product photography will be a valuable asset to upcoming product launches and current website revisions.

As Leaf’s presence and authority steadily increases across the United States and Canada, the manufacturer is currently preparing for additional hires including regional sales managers, marketing personnel, inside sales representatives and more.

For more information about Leaf, please visit http://www.leafaudio.com/

About Leaf
Applying the uncompromising performance needs of demanding A/V systems, Leaf was born to bring cutting-edge audio/video distribution and switching solutions to both residential and commercial applications. With a wide range of technologies for delivering integrated entertainment throughout the home and business, Leaf products include HD splitters, matrix devices, scalers, amplifiers, and more for distributing HD content over HDMI using a range of configurations including HDBaseT and HDBaseT Lite technologies.

Press Contact
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Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

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For more information on Leaf, please visit http://www.leafaudio.com/

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Wyrestorm’s Modular MX-PP-POH Delivers a Totally Custom-Built HDBaseT Matrix Solution

With its completely customizable design, RS-232 routing capabilities, integrated Power over HDBaseT and near-limitless selection of input configurations, Wyrestorm’s MX-PP-POH is the company’s most flexible, scalable, fully featured HDBT matrix yet.

Memphis, TN – June 5, 2013Wyrestorm, a global manufacturer that specializes in the design and development of innovative HD distribution products, takes truly custom AV distribution to the next level and new price point with the introduction of the MX-PP-POH Pro Plus Matrix, a totally modular, built-to-order addition to Wyrestorm’s popular Pro-Plus line of HDBaseT™ matrices, that is compatible with all leading control systems. The MX-PP-POH (power over HDBaseT) provides commercial and custom residential system integrators with the utmost in switching and installation flexibility thanks to its choice of eight or 16 fully customizable expansion bays, RS-232 control signal routing, and Power over HDBaseT capabilities—all backed by an extensive nationwide dealer training program to start in August 2013.

Building on the HDBaseT foundation at the heart of Wyrestorm’s Pro-Plus line, the MX-PP-POH supplies HD video, high-resolution audio, RS-232 and IR, as well as low voltage power via a single Cat5e/6 cable (removing the need for power supplies for each display receiving device), making it more convenient than ever before for installers to deliver feature-rich multimedia distribution systems with rock-solid reliability, enhanced flexibility, and the utmost in scalability.

Starting with a clean, 8 module compact chassis that measures only two rack units high or a 16 module chassis at three rack units high, dealers will be able to take advantage of Wyrestorm’s new, intuitive online web widget to configure the MX-PP-POH with a near-limitless combination of both analog and digital transmission cards, custom-tailored for both residential and PRO AV applications. Wyrestorm provides design ideas and concepts so integrators can easily identify configurations to meet various applications – as a boardroom presentation switcher, enhanced HDBT splitter, or a full HD video and audio distribution solution for a large scale entertainment and commercial display systems.

Examples of the numerous modular transmission card configurations include:

• An HDMI input card with HDBT 70m output (with embedded RS232 transmission), a mirror HDMI output, IR transmission, and Power over HDBaseT —the perfect choice for use with AV receivers or activating a slave outputs by using a Wyrestorm extender product. This card provides 16 or 32 active outputs depending on chassis selection.

• A DVI input card, with HDBT 70m output (with embedded RS232 transmission), IR transmission, and Power over HDBaseT—ideal for professional AV applications that don’t require audio distribution.

• An analog audio input card with HDBT 70m output (with RS232 transmission), a mirror HDMI output, IR transmission, and Power over HDBaseT —perfect for adding audio-only devices such as iPod docks, audio zone players, and media servers to your AV distribution system removing the need to run duplicated digital/analog audio products

• A VGA plus stereo audio input card with, supporting resolutions from 640×480 up to WUXGA 1920×1200.

• And non-switching HDMI Pass Thru card with HDBT 70m output (with RS232 transmission), IR transmission, and Power over HDBaseT for use with cascading matrix devices making systems such as 16×32, 16×48. This card will also be used for HD to IP wireless streaming video preview function which is a feature within the new Enado user interface due for release later this year.

• A simultaneous SPDIF Optical Out/Stereo Audio Output card HDBT 70m output (with RS232 transmission), IR transmission, and Power over HDBaseT—designed to provide local AV receivers or traditional multi-room amplifiers with digital or analog audio.

Owing to the MX-PP-POH’s modular design, on-site changes or updates will be easier than ever before, and dealers will have the flexibility to craft truly custom matrices, in configurations as diverse as 3×8, 4×8, 6×8, 8×12, 6×14, 12×16, 10×32 or any permutation in between. Add Wyrestorm’s AMP-001-010 HDBaseT Amplifier for zone amplification and video output, and you have a self-contained, one-brand video and audio distribution solution with full HD capabilities, with EDID management, HDCP compliance and complete control of all connected devices.

All MX-PP-POH orders will be assembled to the custom specifications of dealers in US and EU, with local delivery within 10 days of order, with optional custom delivery timing. Pricing of each unit will be dependent upon the dealer’s custom specifications. In addition, Wyrestorm’s line of non POH Pro Plus matrices, MX0404-PP, MX0606-PP, MX0808-PP and MX0808-PP-AUD, will continue at a new lower price point which will open HDBaseT stability to all dealers & projects regardless of project size or budget.

For more information about Wyrestorm Pro AV Solutions, visit www.wyrestorm.com.

Wyrestorm Announces Mark Dziekan as National Sales Manager for Pro A/V Business

Memphis, TN – March 4, 2013 – Wyrestorm, a global manufacturer specializing in the design and development of innovative HD distribution products for custom residential and commercial applications, is proud to welcome Mark Dziekan to the company as the National Sales Manager, dedicated to developing Wyrestorm’s presence in the professional audio and video market within the U.S.

With more than 25 years of executive sales, marketing and business development experience within the electronics industry, Dziekan brings a wealth of knowledge, key relationships and strategic experience to Wyrestorm. In the NSM role, he is tasked with building the Wyrestorm’s non-residential business by leveraging his strategic relationships with display manufacturers and industry consultants, as well as establishing a network of sales representation for the company’s professional audio and video sector. Dziekan has a history of successfully growing vertical business units within commercial A/V domestically, holding various positions at leading video manufacturers including Toshiba America, NEC, Sharp and Panasonic, and most recently as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lightware USA, a commercial digital video signal management hardware and software provider.

“Wyrestorm has established a strong dealer base in the U.S. residential market over the last two years. With a solid foothold, we now look forward to the opportunity to introduce our HDBT and HD distribution solutions to the commercial sector,” states Wyrestorm CEO Derek Hulbert. “With embedded HDBT functionality in displays being just around the corner, Mark’s experience, particularly with display manufacturers, is vitally important to help strategically position and grow this division of Wyrestorm’s business.”

Adds Dziekan, “Based on my experience, Wyrestorm is well-positioned for success within the U.S. commercial A/V market. The company has quickly established itself as an early adopter of HDBT technology and offers commercial system integrators a creative portfolio of HD audio and video distribution products that combine the technology, features and flexibility they need for any scale project. This new role solidifies the company’s commitment to this sector and I look forward to the opportunity and challenge to immediately impact their business.”

Wyrestorm’s award-winning products for residential and commercial A/V applications include: HDMI & HDBT extenders, the first HDBaseT Class D digital audio amplifier, matrix switchers, splitters and converters, among others.

For more information about Wyrestorm, visit www.wyrestorm.com. To learn more about the Wyrestorm’s solutions for the non-residential sector, contact Mark Dziekan at markd@wyrestorm.com.

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Pro Audio Technology Appoints Two New Manufacturer Reps

Excellent margins, modular designs and a full line of cinema caliber audio products fuel Pro Audio Technology’s rapid growth.

Huntington Beach, CA – February 26, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in professional-grade loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of two new manufacturer’s representatives. Growing demand for discrete but powerful audio systems has made Pro Audio Technology (PRO) an appealing brand for dealers. To meet demand, PRO has announced the appointment of Lucas Sales and On Line Marketing as its exclusive representatives in two key territories.

“With no less than 23 large metropolitan areas covered between them, adding sales consultants in these territories is critical for continued growth,” said Larry Reagan, vice president of sales for Pro Audio technology. “With Lucas Sales based in Texas and On Line Marketing centered in Ohio, and each serving the surrounding states, PRO is poised to see strong growth and enhanced dealer support in these regions.“

Common to both firm’s line card is a major video projection and viewing screen line. In each case, the addition of Pro Audio Technology will help the firms solidify their offerings of complete reference A/V packages for high-performance theater and media room installations.

Mark Taylor, principal of On Line Marketing said, “We are excited about the addition of PRO products and the unique benefits they offer. PRO’s technology story perfectly complements the performance-based selling concept we promote to dealers, and will help our accounts attain higher sales and deliver a better audio experience.”

PRO’s multiple speaker series are voiced to a common performance standard and provide solutions that address a broad range of installation needs. By applying a single design philosophy across the entire range of products, installers are free to select models based on application, gaining greater flexibility when designing an audio system.

Sam Lucas, principal of The Charles Lucas Sales Company said, “Pro Audio Technology compliments our high end custom installation products for home theater. They offer great dynamics, high SPL and most important clear vocal intelligibility. We are delighted to offer the very best in home theater systems.”

A hallmark of PRO engineering technology, each system is field-configurable and employs the company’s proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) via its PMA amplifier product range. All crossover functions, high-resolution frequency response shaping, and time correction are achieved in DSP, eliminating restrictive passive filter networks from the signal path. In addition, the integrator is given a powerful suite of DSP controls to compensate for environmental influences, such as speaker placement behind viewing screens or stretch fabric walls, secondary boundary loading, and other factors. Different than a typical room correction system, the PMAs don’t change the frequency response of speakers to accommodate sitting positions, which can fundamentally alter the sound, but rather adjust output to compensate for room conditions, which lets the speakers perform as the designer intended.

Information on PRO’s new manufacturer’s representatives and their respective regions is below.

Charles Lucas Sales Company
Territory: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma

On Line Marketing
Territory: Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, please visit www.proaudiotechnology.com.

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

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