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Seymour-Screen Excellence Introduces The Absolute Acoustically Transparent Film Screen

The Absolute features a fully-closing motorized lateral masking system

Full-Closing A.T. Motorized Lateral Masking Provides Variable Aspect Ratio with Constant Height

ISF-Certified A.T. 4K Surface and Infinite Black™ True Velvet Material Borders

Ames, IA – August 7, 2012 – Seymour-Screen Excellence today announced the debut of its Absolute curved fixed-frame acoustically transparent film-screen with a full-closing, motorized lateral masking system.

The Absolute is the first on the market to offer a motorized lateral masking system that returns to a fully-closed position. The masking system can be programmed to stop at any aspect ratio from 1.33:1 to 2.37:1.
So as to not compromise sound, both the screen and the masking layers are acoustically transparent.

The Absolute is available with either S-SE’s ISF-certified .98 gain Enlightor 4K or 1.1 gain Enlightor 2 acoustically transparent screen surface. The 4K material is a woven fabric that makes possible placement of the screen over in-wall loudspeakers (as close as desired) without creating a frequency or phase acoustic effect. The 4K material is the only AT screen that has no visible features indicating that it is acoustically transparent, and therefore has no minimum seating distance. Both Enlightor materials are free of the historical limitations of moiré or needing EQ compensation.

The Absolute’s 3.7-inch wide borders are comprised of the company’s Infinite Black™ true velvet material which absorbs 99.7% of projected light making for the sharpest border and over-scan absorption available today. “The masking mechanics are located behind the frame so the bezel depth does not get too thick like other masking screens on the market,” says S-SE managing director Chris Seymour.

The Absolute is available in image widths ranging from 70-inches wide (76-inch diag.) to 170-inches wide (184.5-inch diag.). Featured is a full-perimeter groove tensioning system that locks the screen with a perfectly continuous support. Pricing starts at $12,500 (MSRP).

S.E.A.L. Solutions — a Long Island, NY design and installation company with a discerning clientele that includes Hollywood actors, recording artists and professional athletes — installed a 110-inch wide (119.4-inches diag.) Absolute in its Theo Kalomirakis-designed home theater demonstration room, where it is paired with a Runco Q-750i LED DLP video projector.

Of The Absolute’s performance, S.E.A.L. CEO Chris Wyllie says, “I chose Seymour-Screen Excellence because I found the Enlightor 4K surface provides a bright, clear picture. This is extremely important to me as I’ve never been fully satisfied with even the most expensive vinyl-perforated designs available today.”

About Seymour-Screen Excellence
Founded as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence, SSE combined the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers and specialty AV retailers in North America. Using the latest in materials and design from Patrice Congard, originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen, the company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. www.seymourscreenexcellence.com

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SnapAV’s Surveillance DVR and HDMI Matrix Switcher Drivers Now Control4 Certified

Charlotte, NC – July 18, 2012 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality custom A/V products in the US and Canada, today announced that it now has Control4 Certified drivers for its Wirepath™ Surveillance DVRs and Binary™ HDMI Switchers.

SnapAV has upgraded its Wirepath™ DVRs to be directly controlled via IP using its newly-developed certified driver, located within the Control4 Composer programming software. SnapAV has also developed Control4 Certified drivers for its Binary™ HDMI Matrix Switchers. The certifications make integration into a Control4 system simpler and grants dealers access to comprehensive Control4 technical support when integrating the products. SnapAV is the first manufacturer to have a Control4 Certified driver for DVRs.

“A lot of SnapAV dealers are Control4 dealers,” says SnapAV Senior Vice President Adam Levy. “We are thrilled to partner with companies like this and provide easier integration and better support when both of these products are working together. Combined with the recent software update that allows Wirepath Surveillance DVRs to stream video directly into the Control4 interface, these new certified drivers help our dealers save time and money when using our products with Control4 systems.”

“With over 6,500 drivers from 150 different companies, Control4 enables third-party manufacturers to design leading consumer electronics devices that integrate within the Control4 system.

“Control4 has long held the view that in order to drive home automation adoption, everything in the home must work together,” said Jim Arnold, SVP of Sales at Control4. “Control4 Certified products improve the operation of home theaters, multi-room music, lighting, temperature control, energy management, and security by improving both compatibility and functionality before installation. We are pleased to add SnapAV to our esteemed list of partner brands. ”

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties.
For more information visit www.snapav.com

About Control4
Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses by offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy, and security through more than 2,200 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 72 countries. By delivering insightfully simple control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.

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SnapAV Ships World’s First Analog DVRs with Live Video Streaming to Control4; Negates Need for Encoders, IP Cameras for Surveillance Integration with Control4

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality custom A/V products in the US and Canada, has upgraded all Wirepath™ Surveillance DVRs to stream live video natively to Control4.

Upgraded software makes possible streaming video to display all connected cameras within the Control4 environment including iOS apps. Other enhanced functionality includes IP Control of DVR functions, including playback, and motion detection setup from Internet Explorer.

According to SnapAV Senior Vice President Adam Levy, the software completely eliminates the need for costly and often time-consuming addition of encoders or IP cameras for surveillance integration into Control4, making SnapAV’s the first and only solution of its kind for Control4.

“For Control4 dealers, this is huge,” says Levy. “It helps them get into surveillance, to sell surveillance more often and to sell surveillance more profitably.”

SnapAV’s Wirepath surveillance line consists of a wide assortment of dome and bullet styled cameras and DVRs with free supporting iPhone, iPad and Adroid Apps.

In addition to being included in all DVRs currently shipping, dealers can access the new software and update older DVRs with this enhanced functionality. The download is available from SnapAV’s award-winning website (www.snapav.com).

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV Appoints Former Dell Supply and Operations Director Brad Redmond to Vice President of Operations

Charlotte, NC – May 10, 2012 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, today announced its hiring of Brad Redmond for the company’s newly-created role of Vice President of Operations.

“Adding a seasoned operations professional from one of the most admired companies in the world is pretty exciting for us,” says SnapAV President Craig Craze. “With the continued growth of the company, we’re in a position where we can invest in world-class talent and there’s no better investment for us to make than in product quality, purchasing and operations. Delivering in these areas means supporting our dealers-plain and simple.”

Over his twelve-year tenure with Dell, Redmond held several operations, procurement and supply chain management positions. In his last position, he served as Business Unit Supply Chain Director, where he managed global supply chain initiatives to manage inventory gaps and overages for the company’s regional distribution centers.

“SnapAV has a very strong reputation for product availability, quality and superb technical support. I’m hoping to bring industry-leading supply chain and quality processes that build upon those core strengths to ensure SnapAV is the #1 reason our dealers succeed,” says Redmond.

Redmond holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Tampa.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

SnapAV Recruits Colin Clark for Business Unit Manager Role; To Manage Several Brands Including Further Expansion of Episode Speakers Line

Charlotte, NC – March 5, 2012 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has recruited Colin Clark for the role of Business Unit Manager.

Clark will manage several SnapAV brands including the further expansion of the Episode Speaker line, reporting directly to SnapAV CEO Jay Faison.

Clark’s vast career includes executive level product development and manufacturing operations roles with Niles Audio Corporation, and most recently The AVC Group.

“I am extremely excited to join the SnapAV team,” says Clark. “Snap has made a dynamic impact on the CI industry, providing everything that really matters to its customers: outstanding support, best-in-class service, and most importantly, exceptional products! It’s a winning combination that I am proud to become a part of.”

Clark possesses both a J.D. and M.B.A. from Florida International University, and a B.B.A. from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV’s New Episode Soundbars and LCRs Boast Superior Sound, Installation Conveniences and Lifetime Warranty

Episodes New OnWall LCRs

Episode's New OnWall LCRs

Charlotte, NC – February 6, 2012 – Episode Speakers (www.episodespeakers.com) –- the audio brand of custom solutions manufacturer SnapAV — is now shipping its first Soundbars and On-Wall LCRs. Shown for the first time at 2011 CEDIA EXPO, the models are the newest additions to an already robust 2nd generation lineup of home theater and 2-channel loudspeakers (presently totaling 73 models – many critically acclaimed), that have steadily come to market these past 24 months.

Containing 3-front-channels-in-1 for positioning underneath the flat panel TV in entertainment room and bedroom settings, the Episode 300 Series Soundbars are available in 30- and 40-inch widths at $499 and $599 MSRP respectively. For use as either individual front channel or surround sound speakers, also new are Episode 300 Series On-Wall LCRs for medium and large-sized TVs at $199 and $299 MSRP respectively. more

SnapAV Nabs Former Niles Audio Tech Support Manager John Hamilton; Aims to Double Size of Tech Support Dept. and Implement Advanced Support

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has hired John Hamilton as Tech Support Manager.

Hamilton’s career spans product development, sales and training management positions with both consumer electronics manufacturers and systems integration companies. During his 11-year tenure as Niles Audio Corporation’s Tech Support Manager, Hamilton established himself as an industry leader.

In his new role, Hamilton will be charged with the task of doubling the size of SnapAV’s technical support team these next 12 months. He will also handle the development of informational documents including FAQS and technical support bulletins.

”I’m looking forward to taking an already spectacular team to the next level,” says Hamilton. “This is especially crucial given SnapAV’s massive growth and expansion into such categories as media distribution and surveillance, to name few. I see great things in the future and look forward to a long, rewarding career with SnapAV.”

Last year CE Pro Magazine awarded SnapAV’s tech support team with its 2011 Gold Quest for Quality Award.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV Shelters Surveillance DVR Customers from Worldwide Hard Drive Shortage Caused by Thailand Flooding; Acquires Hard Drive Stockpile during Early Stages of Crisis; Vows “No Dealer Surcharges”

Charlotte, NC – November 29, 2011 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 solutions for the custom and commercial AV channels in the US and Canada, has procured a stockpile of hard drives at premium costs in anticipation of the world-wide shortage caused by the recent Thailand flooding.

SnapAV uses the hard drives in its surveillance DVRs. According to SnapAV Marketing Vice President Adam Levy, even though the company paid prices higher than usual for the drives, it is committed to not imposing any surcharges on its DVRs.

“In bringing our surveillance line to market this past summer, we collaborated extensively with our Dealer Council to make certain that the products and pricing were where they (dealers) needed them to be. We will maintain that pricing so that dealers can carry on business as usual – unaffected by these fluctuations in the supply chain,” says Levy.

SnapAV’s expanding Wirepath surveillance line-up currently consists of 8 cameras (dome and bullet styles at 4 levels of performance), and 4 Digital Video Recorders (2 platforms: basic and advanced) with free supporting iPad, iPhone and Android Apps.

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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SnapAV Doubles Size of Charlotte, NC Operations and Opens Dallas, TX Distribution Center

Charlotte, NC – This month SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has relocated to a new corporate office and warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina – doubling the size of its previous Charlotte operations. The company also announced the grand opening of a Dallas, TX distribution center – its 3rd US distribution hub to date. The moves provide over 200,000 square feet of combined warehouse space. more

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SnapAV Enters Surveillance Category with Cameras, DVRs and iPhone / Android Apps; Entire Lineup Supported by Double Money-Back Guarantee

Charlotte, NC – August 4, 2011 – SnapAV (www.snapav.com), a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has entered the surveillance category.

SnapAV’s Wirepath Surveillance line-up consists of 8 cameras (dome and bullet styles at 4 levels of performance)and 3 Digital Video Recorders (2 platforms: basic and advanced) with a free supporting iPhone App (an Android App is on the way). Most of the Wirepath Surveillance products are shipping now.

According to SnapAV Marketing VP Adam Levy, the company spent more time getting input from dealers about surveillance than any other category it has undertaken. Through surveys and collaborative efforts with its Dealer Council, SnapAV learned that presently 89 percent if its dealers use surveillance products, with nearly 60 percent having a surveillance project at least
4 times each year.

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