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New Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Inks Deals with Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC

Wide assortment of tried-and-proven media distribution, wire, cable and accessory products for residential and commercial jobs available from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations

Burlington, MA – January 29, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into agreements to nationally distribute Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC.

”Media distribution, a robust network, wire and cable, telecommunications connectors and accessories – these are the cornerstones of today’s complex residential and light commercial installations,” says board member Steve Presti, principal of member-company Easy Access Distribution.

“Catalyst AV’s goal is to benefit installers by delivering the right products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. We’re quite certain that these well-established brands will help us achieve just that,” added Presti.

The Catalyst AV member-companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Muto Communications, LLC is Catalyst AV’s PR agency of record. Please direct media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
The Catalyst AV Board of Directors is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

11 Distributors Form Catalyst AV Nationwide Distribution Network of Specialty Products

11 Distributors Form Catalyst AV Nationwide Distribution Network of Specialty Products

Established local-area professionals supporting integrators through personalized selling and servicing

Burlington, MA – December 13, 2012 – Catalyst AV (www.catalystav.com), a new nationwide distribution network comprised of 11 independent distributors that serve the residential and professional AV channels in the US, today announced its formation.

Operating from 16 locations across the US, the Catalyst AV network serves more than 10,000 professional integration companies. According to board member Mike Hench the group is committed to maintaining sustained inventory levels to assure next-day (and where applicable same-day) delivery in the continental U.S.

The members of Catalyst AV share a common vision as to how better serve the integrator and the manufacturer. This includes fostering personal relationships through one-on-one selling and servicing, offering project consultation and design, and providing top-tier technical support.

The group will use its 16 locations to host manufacturer training events and product showcases. Special emphasis will be placed on technologies that frequently cause installation compatibility issues such as networking, media distribution and home control.

”Given changing market conditions and the growing intricacies of systems integration, we believe in-depth support in all these arenas is crucial for the continued sustenance and growth of the integrator’s business model,” says Hench.

“Taking on the demands of just-in-time inventory and providing real backbone tech support like helping with setup, troubleshooting, debugging, etc., truly makes us a key part of the supply chain,” furthers Hench.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (Pacific Northwest / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (California)
• HCA Distributing (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (Plains States)
• SPD (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (Mid-Atlantic)

The Catalyst AV Board of Directors are:
• Mike Hench – Electronics Source principal (former president of The EDGE Distributors Group)
• Steve Presti – Easy Access Distribution principal (former president of DDG)
• Wally Whinna – Allnet Distributing principal (former executive vice president and co-founder of AVAD)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, line shows and training events.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

SnapAV Revolutionizes Power Products Category with WATTBOX Line; Unique 2-Piece Conditioner Separates Power Unit from Display for Unparalleled Mounting Options

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV's WATTBOX 600 Series Power Conditioner SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 A/V solutions for the residential and commercial channels, today announced the launch of its WATTBOX™ rack mount and standalone power surge / conditioners and power strips. Replacing and expanding upon the company’s Episode® power line, the WATTBOX models are designed to simplify the process of mounting electrical outlets in equipment racks, structured wiring cans and behind TVs. This is achieved via rugged all-metal chassis designs that are more compact, yet yield greater spacing between outlets, and rack models that can be angled and recessed – some with optional display faceplates. The all-new metal chassis products range from $59.95 to $489.95 MSRP depending on model and features.

600 Series 2-piece Rack-Mountable Power Conditioner
A prime example of SnapAV’s design philosophy for the line is the WATTBOX 600 Series 2-piece Rack-Mountable Power Conditioner. Eliminating the common struggle of reaching the electrical outlets within the rack, the 600 Series power unit can be mounted anywhere in the rack including recessed and angled up or down. The 1 RU face plate (displays voltage and current meters and incorporates dual USB charging ports) is simply connected to the outlet bank by an RJ45 cable and separate power cable.

Integrated into the 600 Series is the latest in power conditioning and surge protection technologies including sequenced outlets, isolated filter banks, fireproof MOVs, noise filtration and Safe Voltage protection (for brown-outs).

The 600 Series 12-outlet Sequencing Power Conditioner with optional face plate retails for $489.95.

“Some dealers want the outlet bank at the top of the rack, some want it at the bottom, some want it flush, and some prefer it slightly recessed for wire management,” says SnapAV Senior Vice President Adam Levy. “With WATTBOX, dealers can have it any way they want it. With the unique 2-piece design, they can even add a display for the front of the rack without making a compromise. It is the kind of design that can only come from really listening carefully to dealer’s needs.”

All WATTBOX products are backed by UL Certification and Connected Equipment Warranties.

Later this quarter, SnapAV plans to add IP-addressable products to the WATTBOX line.

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 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators 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 www.commercial.snapav.com

SnapAV Launches E-Commerce Site for Commercial Integrators; Abundant Technical Information and Advanced Ordering Features Save Integrators Substantial Time and Money

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, the fastest growing manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 A/V solutions to the residential channel in the US and Canada, today announced the launch of its e-commerce site for commercial integrators. The URL for the site is http://www.commercial.snapav.com.

Featured are more than 400 product and installation videos, technical drawings, software drivers and calculators. “The site contains virtually every piece of information an integrator needs to know about a product,” says SnapAV Senior Vice President Adam Levy.

SnapAV has built system design services right into the site. In the Engineered Solutions section, integrators find pre-configured engineered solutions complete with one-line drawings and Bill of Materials. A Saved List feature enables building, naming and saving of multiple carts based on clients and/or applications.

“We’ve won more awards for our residential site than any other in the industry,” said Levy. “And with our commercial site we’re taking it one step further. We don’t know of another supplier that is providing a better set of e-commerce tools for integrators.”

SnapAV’s commercial site offers a balanced assortment of high-quality media distribution, CCTV, racks, mounts, power, wire and cable , 70-volt audio products and more — many backed by lifetime warranties — and all supported by the company’s award-winning customer service and technical support teams, including Live Chat.

SnapAV has distribution centers located in Charlotte, NC; Fresno, CA and Dallas, TX. Integrators can also reach SnapAV’s sales and service teams by calling 866.424.4489.

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 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators 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 www.commercial.snapav.com

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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

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