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Control4 Unveils New OS Capabilities at CEDIA Expo 2012

Control4 OS 2.3 release delivers new lighting experience and commercial applications – and optimizes performance and interoperability for residential and commercial installations.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo Booth 4949 – September 6, 2012, 2012 at 8:00AM ET – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light-commercial automation systems, unveiled today the next major update to its award-winning automation operating system. Control4® OS 2.3, set for release in Q4 2012, will deliver a host of enhancements including a new lighting user experience, new applications for light commercial installations, and feature enhancements to boost performance and interoperability.

“Control4 continues to enhance the consumer and dealer experience through the advancement of our automation platform,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “With the addition of new lighting, commercial and interoperability functionality, we continue to deliver solid, high-performance solutions to serve the needs of our dealers and our customers.”

Elegant, Sophisticated Lighting Experience
One of the key attributes of the new Control4 OS release is the introduction of a new, elegant user-experience for lighting. The clean, intuitive UI is available across all control interfaces, making it easy for consumers to control lighting throughout a residence or business from any on-screen device — TVs, Control4® touch screens, smart phones, and tablet devices. In addition to the visual design refinements, consumers will benefit from new personalization and editing capabilities, including the ability to easily edit and toggle between scenes and specific lighting, eliminating on-site dealer presence just to adjust settings when homeowners would like simple changes. Additionally, the new Preference Default function remembers what homeowners like and sets on-screen default values to those preferences delivering the personalized experience.

Control4’s new Advanced Lighting Scenes Agent will roll out with Control4 OS 2.3 and will help dealers program sophisticated lighting effects. The Lighting Scene Agent streamlines dealer programming with single-button on/off toggles for scenes, tracking and display of lighting scene states, and configuration of advanced scene ramping/fading with support of complex scene sequencing including delays between ramps/fades of different lighting zones — all from within the Control4® Composer system design software.

Supporting Commercial Installations
For authorized dealers with light commercial clients, OS 2.3 also adds a number of new capabilities:

• The enhanced Themes SDK enables user interface customization by dealers to thematically brand screens on Control4 displays (TV, touchscreens).
• The new Access Agent, which limits unauthorized access through password protection and hiding selective functions, provides business owners more controlled access to automated capability.
• The new FieldServer driver provides support for commercial HVAC systems through the FieldServer Technologies’ QuickServer Gateway enabling automation access to Delta Controls, GE, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi, Rockwell and other thermostats over device networks including BACnet, Lonworks, Modbus, and more via serial, bus or TCP/IP.
• The new Tandberg driver extends Control4’s support for teleconference systems − supplementing existing support for Polycom and ClearOne.

Control4’s Commitment to Driving Interoperability
Control4 leads the industry in device discovery and interoperability and with OS 2.3 new tools have been added to simplify installation and programming for dealers. The new Control4® Driver Editor enables dealers and developers to create and test new drivers without requiring a full, onsite Control4 system up and running, making it much easier and more efficient to quickly design and develop drivers for third-party products.

OS 2.3 also includes support for Control4® Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), a groundbreaking new capability which will automatically identify and load the correct driver for Control4 devices, as well as an expanding roster of third-party devices. SDDP compatible devices will be automatically identified and configure themselves within Control4 installations and will remain connected with the Control4 system regardless of IP address changes.

“One of the unique capabilities and benefits Control4 introduced to the industry was the ability to easily and uniquely identify Control4 devices during a system installation by simply pressing a button on any Control4 device. Now, we are extending those benefits and simplicity to 3rd party products by providing them with open access to our SDDP software technology so they can embed it within their products to enable device discovery, model identification, and proper software driver association during Control4 installations — saving time and reducing the potential for errors” said Plaehn.

Control4 OS 2.3 will be available in Q4 2012.

For more information visit www.control4.com.

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Control4 and Sony Partner to Deliver Exceptional Media Room Experiences

Together Control4 and Sony launch the world’s first AV receivers with built-in home automation.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo Booth 4949 – September 5, 2012 at 5:00PM ET – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, announced that Sony has integrated Control4® automation technology into its new ES receivers (introduced at CEDIA Expo) – delivering best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product. The ES receivers with Control4 automation are available for order now through authorized Control4 and Sony ES dealers.

This is a powerful partnership redefining the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device. Consumers will enjoy top AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, plus the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation that can transform a house into a smart home. With companies like Sony embracing and marketing the benefits of home automation, the custom installation industry benefits as a whole. Together, Sony and Control4 have created an exciting new avenue to drive consumer awareness for the category.

“We are delighted that Sony selected Control4 technology to revolutionize their receiver line and deliver a fantastic automation experience,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Enthusiastic dealer feedback validates the power and promise of our integrated solution. Together, Control4 and Sony are delivering a unique and strategic product for our dealers – providing them with a high impact addition to their product portfolio to grow their business.”

“Sony has delivered many firsts to the industry and now we elevate the category standard again by integrating Control4 home automation in the new ES receiver line,” said Mike Lucas, Senior Vice President of Sony Electronics’ Home Division. “Our partnership with Control4 represents Sony’s commitment to expand automation to a broader consumer base, delivering new opportunity to the growing custom installation market.”

With a Control4 Activation License, authorized Control4 Dealers in the U.S. can enable full home controller functionality to automate whole-home lighting, adjust climate, arm the security system, lock the back door, and manage energy usage, all through the award winning Control4 on-screen UI. For Control4 Dealers, these fully integrated receivers deliver a comprehensive home automation solution with fewer boxes and cables, radically simplifying installation.

The STR-DA5800ES ($2,099 MSRP) and STR-DA2800ES ($999 MSRP) include Control4 automation out-of-the box to create and control a single-room home entertainment system, and are available for order now through authorized Control4 and Sony ES dealers. The Control4 Activation License to enable full-controller functionality is an additional $300 when purchased together with the new ES receivers in the U.S. from Control4.

For more information visit www.control4.com/sony and/or www.sony.com/es.

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AVocation Systems HX-0808HAC/16 8×8 HDMI Matrix, 16×16 Audio Switcher

The Mountain Series units give installers an enormous amount of flexibility when dealing with audio and HDMI in a demanding AV distribution environment.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Booth 5734 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series HX-0808HAC/16, an 8×8 HDMI matrix with an integrated 16×16 analog and digital audio matrix built in to a durable, 3RU housing. With advanced audio controls, additional optical inputs, and full audio conversion capabilities, the new switcher is designed to resolve common HDMI routing and switching issues confronted by installers.

AVocation Systems designed the HX-0808HAC/16 to eliminate many of the limitations installers face when distributing HDMI and other formats across a large number of zones. EDID/key management allows fast, reliable switching while audio conversion of analog, digital coax, digital optical and HDMI provides a wide array of component hook-up options. A single audio source can simultaneously be played in multiple zones in multiple formats (two-channel, full surround) for added flexibility in meeting client’s demands.

Audio control settings including volume, gain, balance, and a six-band equalizer put AV installers in complete command of the viewing and listening experience. For added convenience, additional HDMI matrix control options include IP, RS-232, USB, Infrared and web interface control.

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix switches are compatible with HDMI 1.4 and are HDCP 1.1 compliant. They feature support for 3-D content and 4K video, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee.

All AVocation Systems products are engineered and manufactured in the USA. For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639.

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Leaf Unveils Industry’s First 20×20 Matrix Switcher with 4 Local HDMI Outputs

omplete with an over 300 foot range and sixteen HDBaseT LTB1E remote breakout units, the LTHDMI2020E can receive audio and video from up to 52 potential sources enabling unprecedented whole-home A/V distribution

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo Booth 4949 – September 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM EST– Leaf, a custom brand of HD audio/video distribution and switching solutions, announces the powerful LTHDMI2020E, the industry’s first 20×20 matrix switcher with 4 HDMI and 16 HDBaseT outputs.

Unlike other switchers on the market, the LTHDMI2020E features four, back-panel HDMI outputs for in-rack or in-room video and audio connectivity. Sixteen HDBaseT LTB1E remote breakout units can receive audio and video from up to 52 potential sources, plus control data and Ethernet connectivity, up to 100m/328ft away.

In addition to 20, full-1080p HDMI 1.4 inputs, there are 16 SPDIF (coax) digital audio and 16 analog audio outputs that enable the centralized racking of power amplifiers while eliminating the need for a separate audio switcher. Sixteen bi-directional IR ports, plus RS-232, allow passing of control signals to remote devices, all while a sleek front-panel touchscreen makes setup a breeze.

To minimize EDID errors, the Zone Lock feature provides the ability to lock a source to a particular zone. Locking the source to the zone allows the passage of specific EDID data ensuring that the display and source correctly interact. This is useful in systems where only certain displays are possible, for example, 3D, or where locking out a certain source from other zones is desired.

“This is the industry’s first 20×20 switcher with local HDMI connectivity and inbuilt audio matrix switching,” said Dean Vaughan, Director Sales & Marketing of Leaf Audio. “With the ever-growing demands of whole home HD video, our 2020E offers unparalleled connectivity and features for even the most complex custom install project.”

The LTHDMI2020E will start shipping at the end of September and will be available through Control4 dealers for $15000.00, plus $350 per LTB1E breakout unit.

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

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AVocation Systems 8×8 HDMI, 16×16 Audio Matrix is AV Distribution Powerhouse

AVocation Systems HDMI Matrix Masters AV Switching Issues

Designed for demanding audio set-ups, the new HX-0808HA/16 HDMI matrix offers simultaneous or independent routing and key/EDID management for fast, reliable HDMI and audio switching.

HDMI Matrix

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Booth 5734 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI with 16×16 Analog/Digital Audio Matrix (HX-0808HA/16). The HX-0808HA/16 is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include sixteen independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Living rooms, kitchens, media rooms, offices and even outdoor spaces require enhanced HDMI connectivity options as homeowners request the same content in every room, without performance loss. Reliable HDMI switching and routing is critical to meeting this demand. The new HX-0808HA/16 delivers whether an end user is watching one source but listening to another or routing a single source to multiple displays.

“Limitations are frustrating when you just want to enjoy music or video without interruption,” said AVocation Systems marketing manager Trent Mulligan. “Like with all our HDMI matrix products and accessories, we set out to create a reliable solution for common installer problems, while giving end users the functionality they crave. HDMI and audio switching may not be the flashiest technology, but people sure notice when it’s not working properly.”

Each of the eight HDMI, 16 analog audio (RCA), and 16 digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs can be simultaneously or independently routed, providing enough distribution flexibility for the most demanding AV set-ups. The product’s internal management of HDCP keys and EDID’s ensures reliable and low latency switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI with 16×16 Analog/Digital is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA.

For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Pro Audio Technology Appoints ANSR as Manufacturers Rep

PRO AUDIO TECHNOLOGY APPOINTS ANSR AS MANUFACTURERS REP

Associated Network Systems Representatives will represent the speaker, subwoofer and amplifier manufacturer in Northern California and Nevada.

Huntington Beach, CA – August 14, 2012 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of Associated Network Systems Representatives (ANSR) to manage sales representation in Northern California and Nevada.

With offices in Oakland, Sacramento and Reno, ANSR provides design, programming, training and technical services and has a relationship with over 600 CEDIA contractors and retailers in their market, as well as long-term relationships with residential and commercial specification communities. Additionally, ANSR works to guide electrical contractors toward design, installation and business practices that meet CEDIA standards.

“In today’s market, many clients are building their second generation theaters. Demand for higher performance audio has increased as customers have become more discerning and have higher levels of expectation,” said ANSR representative Bob Foppiano. “PRO’s unparalleled dynamics, and industry leading DSP technology make them an ideal fit for ANSR and the growing number of high-end CEDIA contractors we work with.”

“Northern California and Nevada represent exceptional opportunities for growth for Pro Audio Technology due to the large number of high performance theater projects in the territory,” said Pro Audio Technology founder, L. Paul Hales. “We’re committed to increasing our presence in the region and ANSR will help us connect with dealers who understand the value of offering high-performance alternatives to their clients.”

ANSR also represent SurgeX, Lutron, ReQuest, Russound, Sonance, Savant, Trufig and several other prominent manufacturers in the CEDIA marketplace.

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, 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.

Pro Audio Technology Quad-Amplified, Seven Foot Tall SCR-3215sm Loudspeaker

Pro Audio Technology LoudspeakersWith dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers and a maximum output of >130dB; what started as an exercise to push loudspeaker performance limits is now a reality for audio and home theater enthusiasts.

Huntington Beach, CA – July 24, 2012 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the SCR-3215sm loudspeaker, a seven foot tall, 350 pound four-way reference speaker designed for placement behind acoustically transparent screens. The culmination of more than 25 years in high-performance loudspeaker design by lifelong loudspeaker designer and PRO founder Paul Hales, the 3215 is truly a statement product.

Starting with the drivers, Pro Audio Technology went big, opting for dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers which offer a low frequency sensitivity of 102dB with one watt of input power. With over 350 square inches of surface area supported by a massive 30 pound motor system, the 3215 moves a lot of air to produce highly impactful bass. With four-inch voice coils, thermal power handling is maximized, allowing the SCR-3215sm to play at live concert sound pressure levels for extended periods of time without fear of driver failure.

At the heart of the SCR-3215sm’s mid/high frequency assembly is a 41-pound ultra high-output (114dB / 1 watt) compression driver. Its seven-inch carbon fiber diaphragm provides pistonic motion over three and one half octaves, resulting in the most effortless, coherent, and dynamically correct rendering of vocals and instrumentation possible. Dispersion and acoustic power transfer are controlled via a constant directivity horn with over 800 square inches of effective radiating surface – more than 40 times the radiating area of a typical cone midrange.

Upper-mid and high frequencies for the SCR-3215sm are supplied via a state-of-the-art coaxial compression driver utilizing an annular polymer diaphragm for silky smooth midrange and treble and uncolored harmonics to beyond 30 kHz. Mated to a large format 18” x 22” horn, the high frequency system provides 396 square inches of radiating surface to drive the air; or the equivalent of more than 500 one-inch dome tweeters per speaker. As in commercial cinema systems, the SCR-3215sm mid/high frequency assembly employs tri-amplification to maximize the performance of each driver in the system.

When paired with companion PMA Amplifiers the SCR-3215sm speakers are part of a sophisticated digital cinema system employing advanced DSP to redefine the industry’s concept of “accuracy” and sonic realism. Maximum output is >130 dB, making the SCR-3215 the definitive loudspeaker of choice for large to very large room applications, and those who desire a visceral concert experience in their home. Because they are designed to perform behind transparent screens at “Reference Levels” from more than 12 meters away, the 3215’s are also ideal for home theater installations.

“I designed my first loudspeaker when I was 16 and have never stopped looking for ways to improve speaker technology,” said Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology. “The 3215 loudspeaker started as a laboratory experiment to see how far we could push the limits of audio performance, and now it’s a reality with orders already in place. Our dealers can’t wait to let customers hear them in person.”

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

Pro Audio Technology custom designs and manufactures DSP-driven loudspeakers and amplifiers with preeminent consumer and professional-grade audio engineering technology to produce sonically accurate, inherently robust audio systems. Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers are built with the amplifier as a critical part of the signal path, resulting in performance optimized systems that deliver a dynamic, true-to-life listening experience. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology is available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers.

The New Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom System Safeguards What Matters Most

With live video, whole-home intercom, trigger mechanisms and remote monitoring, homeowners now have a single system for centralized security at home or away.

Carlsbad, CA – June 2012 – Linear LLC, the leader in residential and commercial access control, emergency response and security solutions, announces the new Linear® VMC1 Video Security Intercom System, a centralized security solution that delivers live video, audio, whole-home intercom, door releases, alarm triggers, and remote monitoring features in one highly-capable and flexible system.

The VMC1 Master Station is the central hub of the system and has a 5.6″ color video screen that can monitor any door equipped with a camera. Traditional security systems with multiple camera stations can be difficult to monitor since the homeowner isn’t always available or in front of a screen when someone rings the doorbell. With integrated live video support, the VMC1 System provides access to up to three color video cameras or video door stations, allowing users to view activities inside and out from the master station, or with optional accessories, from a TV display, or select portable devices. When not at home, the VMC1 System can also deliver a live video signal or email a snapshot picture of the front door visitor to a smart phone or computer via the internet for quick identification.

In addition, from the VMC1 Master Station, music can be shared with any room station, either from the AM/FM tuner or from auxiliary devices such as MP3 players or smart phones. While all room stations allow room-to-room or whole-home communication, the Master Station video screen allows users to speak with and see visitors at monitored doors. The system can support up to three remote electronic door release mechanisms to unlock a door or gate and has two control output switches to turn on lights, trigger an alert on an alarm panel or even activate thermostat controls. By combining visual monitoring with the ability to enact a security response in the home, the VMC1 is a serious deterrent and one of the most sophisticated video security intercom systems available.

With all the security and control functionality, one might overlook the whole-home intercom functionality of the Linear VMC1. Seeking to address a range of communication needs, the intercom enables users to speak to a single room, a group of rooms or the whole house (up to 20 rooms). Whether you’re telling the kids to get ready for bed, calling houseguests for dinner or using the system to make a company-wide announcement in a small office, the VMC1 initiates hands-free conversations to any room station. One or more rooms can also be monitored or kept private, depending on preferences.

The new VMC1 Video Security Intercom System comes in handsome white, black or bronze finishes to complement any décor.

For more information about the VMC1 Video Security Intercom and Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

For over 50 years, Linear LLC has been an innovator in the security market. Linear’s legacy includes the early application of passive infrared detection and radio frequency (RF) transmission, technologies that revolutionized the wireless security and access control industries. Today, Linear delivers class-leading wired and wireless products into a variety of markets serving the access control, security and home technology needs of its customers. A subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., Linear continues to expand its product and engineering prowess, leveraging the knowledge gained from strategic acquisitions and custom product development which will help lead the company into the next 50 years. To learn more, visit www.linearcorp.com.

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Havells Launches ENERGY STAR® LED Lamp Portfolio

ENERGY STAR rebates and energy savings combine for quick payback on nine new LED lamps.

Atlanta, GA – June 28, 2012 – Havells, a global leader in the lighting industry, is now offering their full line of ENERGY STAR® rated LED lamps. Havells new long-life LED portfolio provides a wide range of bulb types with dimmable options, high light output, and guaranteed energy savings for all types of industrial, commercial, hospitality, and residential lighting applications.

Built with state-of-the-art LED chip technology, the new Havells A19, Decorative, Globes, MR16, and PAR LEDs are UL listed and meet or exceed ENERGY STAR’s strict standards for energy efficiency and performance. These LED lamps are available in 3000k warm white and offer an excellent color consistency of 80 CRI. Havells LED Lamps are also mercury-free and release virtually no ultra-violet (UV) or infrared (IR) emissions, making these lamps a genuine eco-friendly alternative for industrial and commercial lighting.

“Havells is proud to launch a full portfolio of LED ENERGY STAR products,” said Havells USA General Manager Kevin Doughty. “Moving forward we look to expand our portfolio, while making sure our products continue to meet and exceed the high standards of ENERGY STAR.”

The fully dimmable 8W A19 LED produces 450 lumens and is a great replacement option for a 40W incandescent. Using only $0.96 a year in estimated energy costs based on 3 hours of use per day at a rate of .11< kWh, the 8W A19 LED provides a lifetime savings of $141 per lamp when used in place of its incandescent counterpart.

The dimmable 6W PAR20 LED delivers an impressive 250 lumens of warm white light while the dimmable 10W PAR30 provide 450 lumens. The dimmable 17 W PAR 38 offers a powerful light output of 765 lumens and a 75% energy savings over non-LED lamps. Each PAR lamp has a 25-degree spread for uniform light distribution paired with warm natural color rendering. With a minimum of 40,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, these LEDs are an effective retrofit replacement for incandescent and halogen PAR lamps.

The 3W Decorative Candle and 3W Frosted Globe deliver a warm glow that is ideal for decorative or general lighting in homes, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Both lamps have a short payback period and have low maintenance costs.

The 4W 165 Lumen MR16 is a powerful upgrade compared to traditional halogen reflector lamps and offers an 85% savings over the course of a year. This popular GU5.3 pin base lamp is great for replacing the decorative and track lighting found in restaurants, bars, hotels and lobbies.

Thanks to their luminous efficacy, energy efficiency and low maintenance, along with numerous ENERGY STAR rebate options, Havells LEDs are a cost-effective retrofit option for more applications than ever before. Excellent color rendering plus their high quality, no UV emissions, makes them ideal for museums, art galleries, shops, and virtually any application sensitive to product fading. Their incredibly long life translates to low maintenance costs, making these LEDs an excellent option for hard to reach settings like grand staircases and high ceilings. Adding to their versatility, LEDs also thrive in cold temperatures making them the best light source for coolers, freezers, and wine cellars. Their extremely low IR output also makes them ideal for heat sensitive food items like fish and chocolate.

The new Havells ENERGY STAR LED portfolio is now available and shipping. With five warehouses strategically located across the U.S., Havells provides fast delivery and service to meet the tightest turnarounds. Every Havells LED lamp comes with a 5-year warranty that guarantees each LED lamp will operate for 5 years under a normal usage of 12 hours per day/7days per week. For more information about Havells Energy Star LED Portfolio, visit www.havells-usa.com or call: 1-800-922-6693.

As the North American Division of Havells India and a global leader in the lighting industry, Havells USA designs and manufactures a full range of lighting solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Havells offers a wide range of LED, incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, high intensity discharge lamps as well as fixtures and ballasts to meet the specialized operating and performance requirements of each lighting task.

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AVocation Systems New 8×8 Matrix Offers Independent or Simultaneous HDMI and Analog/Digital Routing

Broomfield, CO – June 20, 2012 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio (HX-0808HA). The HX-0808HA is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include eight independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Distributing audio over HDMI can present challenges for many installations. With HDMI signals fed directly to displays, listening to the same source through a set of speakers in the same room is not always possible with a conventional HDMI matrix. AVocation’s new matrix provides eight HDMI, eight analog audio (RCA), and eight digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs that address this problem specifically. Each input/output supports simultaneous or independent routing of HDMI or analog/digital audio. Digital audio can also be broken out and routed independently for maximum flexibility.

Any of the eight HDMI inputs on the HX-0808HA can be routed to any or all of the eight HDMI outputs (likewise for the audio inputs/outputs) and EDID/Key management takes care of latency between switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

“It’s crucial for us to be dialed in on what dealers are looking for in future products, and we can only do this by listening to them, and learning the problems that come into play when routing audio with HDMI,” said Trent Mulligan, sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems. “The HX-0808HA is an introductory piece that is the first in a line of upcoming products to address these problems. Our ultimate goal is to solve all of the audio problems that can arise when distributing HDMI.”

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639.

About AVocation Systems
AVocation Systems was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Richard Reisbick, an engineering, design and manufacturing expert with over 25 years experience in the field. The company specializes in industry leading audio/video distribution products including: HDMI and component matrix routers, VGA and component input selectors, distribution amplifiers, serial splitters, video sensors and more. All AVocation Systems products are made in the U.S.A – Broomfield, Colorado – with stringent quality control standards maintained through the entire manufacturing process. AVocation Systems is not just another matrix company.

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