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New SnapAV Website Offers Easier Shopping Experience, Improved Support

Charlotte, NC – June 1, 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 replaced its US website with a new one. Enhancements include improved layout and navigation, and the implementation of Live Chat for immediate communication with SnapAV product specialists.

“SnapAV’s commitment to constantly improving our website is a big part of what makes us so popular with dealers,? says SnapAV Marketing VP Adam Levy. “With this update, it’s even easier for dealers to access product info, order and get on with their day. The buzz from dealers is that SnapAV continues to make the traditional manufacturer / rep / distributor model seem antiquated.?

?We’ve always strived to keep our website at the cutting edge of the industry,? furthers Levy. “The new site is not only about immediate more

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ihiji Takes Remote Monitoring and Support To Next Level With Control4 Home Automation Systems and ZigBee Device Monitoring Capability; Easy Integration, Offers Extended Visibility into Home Networks

Austin, TX – April 5, 2011 – ihiji, creator of the award-winning remote monitoring and support system invision, today announced that it now offers feature-rich compatibility with Control4® home automation systems and ZigBee devices. ihiji invision enables integrators to reduce servicing costs and increase system reliability while simultaneously empowering dealers to earn recurring revenue through the implementation of service contracts.

“Dealers will now be able to monitor many aspects of Control4 installations with ihiji invision, including ZigBee devices,? said ihiji president and co-founder Stuart Rench. “This represents a significant opportunity for all Control4 and ihiji dealers. They can now approach new or existing clients with a proactive remote monitoring and support solution that integrates easily and ensures improved system reliability and performance through extended device visibility.?

invision is a cloud-based remote monitoring and support system that enables 24/7 two-way communication with control, entertainment, network, HVAC lighting more

Oasis Home Theatre Seating Clarifies Benefits of Relationship with Irwin Seating Co., Steps-up Marketing Efforts and Offers Free Consultative Service for Entertainment Room Seating Selection and Layout

Mississauga, Ontario – Oasis Home Theatre Seating, since its inception in 2006 by former Irwin Seating Company home theater executive Rose Pefhany, markets its own brand of entertainment furniture and is the sole distributor of Irwin’s home theater chairs (US and Canada).

Pefhany wants dealers to know that the Irwin products that were so popular for nearly two decades — prior to the seating giant ceasing its home theater products marketing efforts several years ago — remain available today from Oasis. This includes Irwin’s Quinta, Ambassador and Performance VIP TheatreRockers and Springfield, Davies, Marquee, Sports and Outdoor models.

Oasis builds and sells the luxurious, award-winning Performance VIP and Ambassador loungers (formerly Irwin models that Pefhany had a hand in designing during her employ with manufacturer Irwin), as well as the Quinta and new Sterling loungers.

Oasis has recently launched a website – pointing www.oasishtseating.com and more

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A.T. Film Screen Co. Seymour-Screen Excellence Appoints Independent Sale Rep Firms; Also Currently Interviewing Reps for Open N.A. Territories

Ames, IA – Acoustically transparent projection screen company Seymour-Screen Excellence, which made its market debut at the 2010 CEDIA Expo, continues to progress in the market. Today the company announced the appointment of its first independent sales rep firms.

Appointed are:
· The Meyer Group – Illinois / Wisconsin
· Ace Marketing, Acoustic Solutions – Mid-Atlantic
· Value Added Marketing – New England
· JB Marketing Associates – Upstate New York

“We are empowering dealers to own – and be hailed for — the video portion of the home theater sale again; to super-size the projection screen for the most compelling experience possible. With our videophile quality woven fabric, dealers can do just that – tuck the front speakers into the wall, freeing the area for a larger screen,? says Managing Director Chris Seymour.

SSE is currently interviewing rep firms for the remaining open North America territories (including Canada). Interested reps should contact Chris Seymour at 515.268.3369 or email at chris@s-se.us. more

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SnapAV Adds CI Channel Specialists Amit Kulkarni and G. Paul Hess to Product Development Team

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, today announced the expansion of its product development team with the hiring of Amit Kulkarni, formerly of Sunfire, and G. Paul Hess, formerly of ELAN Home Systems. Both will report to Product Development Director Eric Harper, who joined the company last year from ELAN.

?In 2010 SnapAV brought to market over 300 new products – a true testament to our commitment to equip dealers with nearly everything they need to complete today’s custom job,“ says SnapAV Founder and President Jay Faison. “In 2011 we intend to maintain that same momentum, adding to existing lines and continuing expansion into new categories. Having accomplished product development specialists like Amit and G. Paul onboard is essential for our research and development and directly benefits SnapAV dealers.“ more

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SnapAV Gets into the Higher-End In-Wall Loudspeaker Game with Episode 900 Series

Marketing VP Levy Calls Episode Fastest Growing Loudspeaker Brand in the Custom Installation

Episode HT-950 In-Wall

The Episode HT-950 is Poised for the Demands of Today’s High-Impact Home Theaters

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Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of over 1,000 solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, today announced the arrival of its Episode 900 series of In-Wall loudspeakers.

Incorporating premium high-efficiency 4.5-inch Kapton ribbon tweeters, large Natural Cell Structure (NCS) drivers, compensation EQ switches and integrated sealed ¾-inch MDF back boxes, the series represents SnapAV’s highest performing speakers to date.
The first two available speakers are the dual 7-inch woofer equipped In-Wall HT950 ($1,999 MSRP each) and the dual 6.5-inch woofer HT900 LCR ($1,199 MSRP each). The entire line, including the existing In-Room 900, is timber matched more

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Seymour-Screen Excellence Releases Acoustically Transparent Reference Fixed Frame Projection Screens in North America

Seymour-Screen Excellence Releases Reference Acoustically Transparent Fixed Frame Projection Screens in N.A.

The Only Acoustically Transparent Screens Designed for Future Resolutions (4K+)

No Minimum Seating or Loudspeaker Distance or EQ Required

Ames, IA – January 31, 2011 – Acoustically transparent projection screen company Seymour-Screen Excellence, today announced the release of its new Reference Fixed Frame (RF) screens for North America.

According to Managing Director Chris Seymour the RF screens are upgraded versions of existing models – a result of his design influences and materials sourced in Iowa, where the venture operates from.

New is RF’s Infinite Black™ velvet border material, which Seymour claims absorbs 99.7% of projected light for the sharpest border and over-scan absorption available today. Upgraded is the Enlightor™ 2 material, presently the highest gain woven acoustically transparent (A.T.) material available on the market and the Enlightor 4K, the industry’s only ISF-certified A.T. material designed for super-high 4K resolution Digital Cinema. more

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SnapAV Equips Dealers with Professional Grade Component Matrix Switches

Charlotte, NC – December 13, 2010 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of nearly 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, is now offering two professional-grade component video matrix switches ideal for installations where multiple video-switching is required such as sports and entertainment bars, etc. The switches are sold under the company’s Binary brand of media distribution / interconnect products.

The Component 8×8 Matrix Switch (with Analog and Digital Audio) allows eight A/V sources to be independently switched to eight HDTVs, projectors, surround-sound receivers, etc. MSRP is set at $2,399.

Also available is the Component 6×4 Matrix Switch (with Analog Audio) that enables six A/V sources to be independently switched to four HD displays, amplifiers, etc. MSRP is set at $999. more

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Triad Speakers’ Sales and Marketing Director Paul Scarpelli Set to Retire February 2011

Portland, OR – December 13, 2010 – Larry Pexton, Founder and President of custom loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers Inc., today announced the February 2011 retirement of Sales and Marketing Director Paul Scarpelli. Having joined Triad in 1996, Scarpelli is credited by Pexton as being a driving force behind the brand’s growth to a leading architectural brand in the custom channel. Scarpelli will continue as the face of Triad on the Internet, with contributions to AVSForum.com and other A/V sites, as well as consulting to Triad.

Scarpelli’s duties will be divided among three accomplished Triad employees. Current Director of International Sales and Business Development Mike Budd continues in that role. Existing National Sales Manager Bruce Franklin moves into the role of Director of North American Sales, and Marketing Manager Paul Teixeira becomes Director of Marketing. All three will report directly to Pexton. more

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WallWizard Taps Frank Anderson for Role of Sales and Marketing Manager

City of Industry, CA – November 16, 2010 – New flat-panel TV mount brand WallWizard — designed and manufactured by parent company CLO Systems, LLC –- has recruited custom A/V channel veteran Frank Anderson for the role of Sales and Marketing Manager.

Based in the company’s Southern California headquarters, Anderson will provide sales and marketing support to the brand’s dealer and rep network including order processing and operations logistics.

Anderson says, “It is a genuine pleasure to become part of the CLO / WallWizard team. The company is comprised of very smart and savvy people, all working together to fulfill WallWizard’s promise of More Mount for Your Money. I look forward to serving dealers’ needs, and delivering the type of customer service that they deserve.? more

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