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Point Source Audio to Launch World’s First Modular Intercom Headset Built for Pro Audio Applications

Petaluma, Calif. — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” miniature microphones, will introduce its CM-i3 intercom headset—offering a revolutionary combination of in-ear performance, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity—at InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913). This robust feature set make these headsets ideal for concert venues, front of house operations, multimedia production, personal entertainment and other professional trades relying on convenient two-way communications.

The CM-i3 intercom headset uniquely offers lightweight comfort and the binaural sound isolation required in a wide variety of specialized fields as well as personal communications. Whereas traditional head clamp style headsets can provide excellent sound isolation, their bulkiness and weight is not optimal for sustained wearing. At just 1.8 ounces, Point Source Audio’s latest product is the first to solve this challenge with a patent-pending solution that reduces the weight by as much as 90% compared to traditional headsets, and possesses incredible ease in switching from left, right, or left and right listening modes to create the desired audio mix.

Providing the ultimate in modularity for audio professionals and enthusiasts alike, the CM-i3 headset is designed using Point Source Audio’s superlative EM-3 in-earphones, but users will have the capability of switching out the supplied earphones with in-earphones of their own choice, if desired. The swappable in-earphones feature offers the ability to create a custom product that satisfies users’ personal preferences for audio quality and greatly improves the product’s serviceability and life.

The CM-i3 headset’s binaural capability provides a more dynamic range of use than traditional monaural headsets which are unable to filter environmental audio or interchange between left and right channels. Rather than requiring the user to remove the entire headset to check environmental sounds or interact with others, the user can simply remove one or both earphones to exit the listening mode or monitor a combination of feed audio and surrounding acoustics. This benefit makes it an ideal solution for control rooms, camera operators, stage and screen technicians and a variety of high-noise environments that require selective noise reduction or cancellation and increased audio intelligibility.

“Our new CM-i3 is a declaration to the audio industry that you don’t have to choose between size and comfort versus performance when selecting an intercom headset,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “We aim to solve the nagging challenge currently in the intercom headset category. To that end, the CM-i3 leverages our company’s expertise in miniaturization to provide long-wearing comfort, dynamic operability and earphone customization—a first-to-market twist.”

Point Source Audio’s CM-i3 intercom headset will be demonstrated to attendees of InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913) in Las Vegas and is expected to be available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide beginning in Q4 2014. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 Miniature Mics Now Available World-Wide

Petaluma, Calif. — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” microphone, has expanded the availability of its SERIES8 miniature microphones globally. As attendees to InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913) will learn, the SERIES8 is available in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. Created for use in broadcast, theater and live production, the SERIES8 miniature microphones have recently been adopted by distinguished venues such as the New York Philharmonic, Universal Studios, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo, to name a few.

SERIES8 mics have set a new standard for performance and durability in a micro size capsule. While the mic elements measure a mere 2-4 mm in diameter, the mics’ robust features are unlike any others on the market today. The omnidirectional microphones feature 148dB max SPL with an “Unbreakable Boom” bendable to 360°. In addition, they are IP57 waterproof rated against water, sweat and makeup, and feature interchangeable X-connectors for wireless compatibility on the spot.

“SERIES8 excels by offering integrators a microphone solution that combines an unmatched decibel rating in a tiny form factor,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “Our design and engineering address concerns over durability and wireless compatibility to meet the needs of the most discriminating audio professionals from the board room to Broadway.”

The SERIES8 cardioid microphones are an ideal solution for performers who require isolation from surrounding performers. The cardioid mics perform best when placed just at the corner of the mouth, which also allows them to maintain an unobtrusive appearance when worn.

With a MSRP starting at $389, PSA’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are now available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about PSA’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Energy Squad ecoInsight Lighting Proposal Tool Creates New Sales Opportunities for Dealers

iPad-based resource allows Energy Squad dealers to easily specify, source and create proposals for LED lighting projects

BETHESDA, Md. – May 16, 2013 – Energy Squad, the consumer electronics industry’s first full service green tech distributor, introduces the Energy Squad ecoInsight Lighting Proposal Tool, a mobile resource that allows dealers to easily specify, source and create proposals for LED lighting projects. This unique software program reduces the time it takes dealers to create energy efficiency proposals nearly in half.

“The Energy Squad ecoInsight Lighting Proposal Tool is a dealer resource unlike any other,” said Jonathan Stovall, president of Energy Squad. “No other tool, resource or app has the functionality to serve as a one-stop, full-support solution for specifying and sourcing the industry’s best high performance LED bulbs and fixtures. Now dealers have access to Energy Squad’s complete LED product catalog and the capability of producing client proposals with detailed energy saving value propositions—right on the job site.”

At the heart of the Energy Squad ecoInsight Lighting Proposal Tool—created in conjunction with ecoInsight Inc.—is an easy-to-use iPad® app that intuitively organizes specific information relative to each specific proposal. With the ability to enter all aspects of the energy saving equation in one program, dealers can now efficiently collect project data in real time.

Once information about the lighting needs for a project have been collected, a dealer can instantly access Energy Squad’s entire catalog of LED lighting brands and products to specify the appropriate solutions for the setting. Energy Squad dealers also have the added benefit of turning to Energy Squad’s team of experts via the Energy Squad Support Hotline for immediate assistance in selecting the right product for every application.

Within a very short time, the dealer can create an in-depth proposal for the client, illustrating the project cost and payback period, as well as a comprehensive analysis of long-term cost savings based on the client’s conversion to the specified LED lighting products.

Once the proposal has been accepted, the dealer can again turn to Energy Squad to supply all the products for the project, and rely upon the full-service distributor to assist with technical support, even after the sale.

Energy Squad will also host a series of short informative training videos that walk its dealers through each step of the ecoInsight proposal generating process. The first live ecoInsight webinar will be held Tuesday, May 21 at 11 a.m. EST.

For more information on becoming an Energy Squad dealer and to get a 30-day free trial of the Energy Squad ecoInsight Lighting Proposal Tool, visit http://www.energysquad.com/become-dealer-partner.

About Energy Squad
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Energy Squad is a distributor of environmentally-friendly consumer and custom electronics products. Energy Squad was created with the mission to provide professional systems integrators with access to products, service and support from the industry’s leading providers of LED lighting and green technology. The team at Energy Squad is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of and advancements in green tech. For more information on Energy Squad, visit http://www.energysquad.com.

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TiO Brings Sophisticated Simplicity to Home Automation

New Android-based home automation solution from ACTP will focus first and foremost on user moods and experiences

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 6, 2013 – Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc. (ACTP) is proud to announce the launch of its new home automation brand, TiO (Turn it On). TiO is an entirely new approach to home automation, one driven by an “outside in” philosophy that focuses on the customer experience. TiO home automation solutions will provide professional integrators with an easy-to-install, elegant home automation solution that offers powerful features, maximum flexibility and a new pricing model that will allow home automation to reach a broad base of consumers.

“TiO is driven by our vision to provide homeowners with an experience that seamlessly captures their mood and provides them with comfort and peace of mind,” said Mike Anderson, president and CEO of ACTP. “TiO is unlike any other home automation system because it truly allows the customer to control how the system interacts with their daily life. We’ve designed the TiO system to be simple and intuitive enough for the consumer to perfectly match their moods and create satisfying and powerful experiences in their home. We want to deliver a solution that adapts to the customer instead of asking the customer to adapt to the system.”

TiO’s “outside in” philosophy will drive the company’s team of experts to effectively bring to market home automation solutions that perfectly and effortlessly match the mood of a homeowner and offer relaxing and comforting experiences in the home.

Among those in charge of bringing those solutions to life is an impressive collection of product development, engineering, sales, and marketing experts, including:

Mike Anderson, President and CEO
Anderson boasts over three decades of experience in the consumer electronics and custom integration industries. His background includes ownership of several highly successful integration firms as well as senior management leadership roles with high profile brands like JVC, Niles Audio and Russound. Anderson offers a unique perspective that is informed by his broad expertise in a variety of fields including engineering, business administration, sales, product development and marketing. As the leader of the talented ACTP team, Anderson’s goal is to provide innovative automation solutions that provide comfort, pleasure and peace of mind to ACTP’s customers.

Matt Curtin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Curtin’s began his career with Tweeter Etc. as a salesperson and subsequently Mobile Electronic Manager and Operations Manager. He joined Russound in 2005 and held positions in technical support, training and dealer support. In 2009, he was named Director of Sales Operations and led the dealer support, training and inside sales teams. After a successful 8-year career with Russound, he joined Automated Control Technology Partners in July 2012. With the help of his dedicated team, Curtin’s goal is make TiO the most customer-driven company in the home integration business. He wants TiO to be the integrator’s best friend and most reliable partner.

Bert Culpepper, Director of Software Development
Culpepper brings an impressive background in software engineering to the ACTP team. He has worked in a number of different engineering and software development roles with companies such as Scientific Research Corporation, L-3 Communications and Mitsubishi Electric. Culpepper’s goal is to develop bulletproof solutions that turn complex technologies into simple and elegant customer solutions.

Kyle Anderson, Director of Operations
Anderson will utilize his talents in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and quality control processes in his role as the Director of Operations for ACTP. Having previously served in management roles at Envirotech Integration Systems, a Dallas-based integration firm, and Best Buy, he has a deep understanding of the needs in the custom installation channel and consumer demands. Anderson’s goal is to ensure that TiO products are delivered on time with zero defects.

David Fonseca, Creative Marketing Director
Fonseca is a talented and award-winning brand development expert. As the previous Creative Director of Niles Audio and owner of FYI Studio, he has a unique combination of insight into creating brands from the ground up and experience within the custom and consumer electronics industry. Fonseca is a key member of the marketing and product development teams as he is responsible for all aspects of TiO’s branding, interface design and messaging.

Mike Matson, Controller
Matson oversees the day-to-day financial operations for ACTP and its brands. He boasts an impressive resume with over two decades of experience as a controller, finance manager and CPA ranging in roles that include serving as the VP of Finance of IDS Sports, Regional Controller for AmerisourceBergen and Accounting Manager at Conn’s Home Plus. Matson is not your average “bean counter” and his goal is to provide the best support possible to TiO’s valued dealers and partners.

Timothy Dunigan, Training Manager
Dunigan brings significant experience in the consumer electronics and IT industries. His CE career began as a technical specialist for a Florida-based custom audio/video company. He joined Russound in 2007 as a product trainer and later became International Sales Manager. His expertise includes classroom instruction, curriculum development and online training development. Dunigan’s goal is to make TiO the easiest home automation solution to learn and master. He will use his passion for training and education to help every TiO dealer do their job as efficiently and successfully as possible.

Cody Kasten, Technical Support Manager
Kasten has outstanding technical knowledge, passion, and dedication which he brings to the technical support team everyday. During his 15 years in the industry, Katsen has held a variety of roles including Technician, Lead Integrator and Field Manager of several successful integration companies. Kasten owned and operated his own firm, Wire Pro Communications, from 2003 to 2009. His consummate professionalism and dedication to the customer make him TiO’s most valuable player.

“We feel great about the talent we have been able to bring onboard,” said Anderson. “We have a great blend of industry veterans and some newcomers who have really challenged our thinking. This diverse group has been able to come together quickly and we have really pushed the envelope of the product development process. It has been a great few months and we look forward to sharing more about the TiO product line in the coming weeks. I think integrators and consumers are going to love our approach.”

TiO systems will run on Android-enabled devices, allowing users to better utilize the world’s most popular mobile platform. Promising to stand as one of the easiest home automation systems to set up, each system will be easily configured by a professional integrator via the convenience of an Android tablet.

In addition to ease of setup, TiO systems will also offer professional integrators the luxury of specifying systems based on a nearly flat system pricing structure—a benefit that sets it apart from other home automation systems. Integrators can easily scale and upgrade systems, adding any combination of elements, to meet their customer’s needs.

TiO will unveil its initial product offering in June 2013 and will demonstrate product for the first time at InfoComm 2013, June 12-14 in Orlando. The product is expected to ship by July 1.

For more information on TiO and to sign up to be among the first to receive information on the upcoming product launch, visit http://www.tiohome.com. Integrators and consumers can also follow TiO on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TiO/554597937908465
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tiohome
Google+: http://www.gplus.to/tiohome

About Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc.
Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc., recently located in Orlando, Florida, provides a wide range of building automation solutions for distributed digital entertainment and automated control of lighting, climate, security and other systems. ACTP is the parent company for several building automation and control brands. The company was founded upon the guiding principle of bringing to market brands that redefine building automation and deliver innovative solutions built with the end-user experience at the forefront of all activities. For more information on ACTP, visit http://www.actpglobal.com.

About TiO
TiO is a brand committed to providing “Sophisticated Simplicity” through a unique approach to control and home automation. TiO was founded with the mission to advance the home automation industry by utilizing outside-in philosophy that focuses on end-user experiences as the foundation for all product development. TiO strives to bring to market products that empower the end-user through the company’s mobile-driven approach to the home automation experience; one that truly adapts to the end-user’s lifestyle. TiO products are sold exclusively through authorized dealers and are designed specifically to enable professional installers the flexibility to easily specify and scale systems to accommodate the unique needs and demands of a variety residential and commercial applications. Visit http://www.tiohome.com.

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AVAD Adds bCODA Jak USB Streaming Device to Lineup

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – May 2, 2013 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced it now offers dealers access to the bCODA Jak, a portable content streaming device for Android-based smartphones and tablets, with an iOS version coming soon. The wireless plug-and-play tool connects to any device with a USB port to share content such as music, photos and videos, presentations and other data onto a computer, a large screen television or projector, or even through a mobile entertainment system.

Helping smartphone owners get more out of their device and extend content to shared spaces, each Jak is capable of simultaneously connecting up to 20 devices to the linked gadget. Popular applications include live management of several music playlists for a DJ-style entertainment environment, business meetings with multiple presenters or group photo sharing. Capable of streaming full HD (1080p) video and high-quality (mp3) audio, the Jak works with any USB 3.0-enabled host device and is backwards compatible with older USB versions.

“AVAD’s value to dealers as a one stop shop for residential and commercial solutions requires that we offer portable and convenient products for content sharing,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “The reality of technology in the new millennium is that media and data have to be more versatile than ever, and bCODA’s latest technology helps people save time and money while also bridging the gap between formats and viewing platforms.”

The Jak transmits data consistently with no drops or loss in quality and streams only when connected, eliminating concerns about security, bandwidth or file integrity. The device never stores content at any time in the process; therefore even if it is lost or stolen the source data cannot be accessed or controlled. The MultiShare Jak application is available for free in the Google Play app store and there is no need for additional cables, downloading driver software updates, or upgrading hardware.

For more information on the bCODA Jak, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.bcoda.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 23 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About bCODA
bCODA is a division of a leading OEM/ODM company, a primary supplier of Bluetooth devices. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and its U.S. operations are based in Los Angeles. For more information about the products, visit bcoda.com.

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Nest Learning Thermostat Now Available at AVAD

Custom electronics distributor offers thermostat that programs itself, saves energy.

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 22, 2013 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced it now offers dealers access to the award-winning Nest® Learning Thermostat™ from Nest Labs. Compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems, the Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for their home, and turns itself down when they are away.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is designed to address the reality of home energy consumption: that the thermostat controls about half of the average home’s power—more than appliances, lighting, TVs, computers and stereos combined. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that programmable thermostats can save home energy bills up to 20% annually by eliminating excessive heating or cooling. The Nest Learning Thermostat enables energy saving features that are specific to each customer by using sensors and software algorithms to monitor usage patterns and measure each home’s thermal profile.

“AVAD values the Nest mission of getting serious about saving people money by continually working to perfect home energy efficiency,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “We are expanding our home control and HVAC portfolio in an effort to expand the AVAD vision of Custom Install 2.0 that helps integrators stay ahead of the competition by bringing exciting, trending products to all of our customers.”

The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. The Nest app is available for iOS and Android devices for free. Nest’s unique features can help save energy and keep customers comfortable. The device includes a host of proprietary features that are capable of managing heating and cooling units including gas, electric, oil, solar, hot water, geothermal, forced air, heat pump and radiant systems:

• Auto-Schedule™- No more programming hassles. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
• Auto-Away™- Nest automatically turns itself to an energy-saving temp when you’re not home.
• Airwave™- Automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool but your AC runs up to 30% less.
• Energy History- See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use.
• Nest Leaf- Appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient, guiding you to energy savings.
• System Match™- Make sure you’re getting the most out of your high-efficiency system. System Match turns on specific features for forced air, heat pump or radiant to help you save and keep you comfortable.
• Remote Control- Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to change the temp or adjust your schedule from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

For more information on Nest, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.nest.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Nest
Nest is focused on addressing home-energy consumption with an elegantly designed solution – one that people actually enjoy using. Founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest brings together a world-class team with the broad backgrounds needed to deliver an amazing product that blends technology with ease of use. Nest is privately funded and based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.nest.com.

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AudioXperts 4TV 2112 is the Recipient of the Prestigious 2013 red dot Award for Product Design and Innovation

BOSTON, Mass. – April 23, 2013 – AudioXperts, the luxury audio brand committed to delivering unique audio solutions and “exceeding expectations”, has been honored as the recipient of the prestigious red dot award for product design for the 4TV 2112 Audio Entertainment Console.

Since 1955, the red dot award’s international panel of renowned experts has recognized products for their innovation and industrial design. AudioXperts’ 4TV 2112 Audio Entertainment Console will join an elite family of previous winners that includes the Range Rover Evoque by Land Rover, the Apple® iPadTM 2, the Dassault Falcon 2000S transcontinental jet, the Geograph Rainforest Watch by Les Ateliers Louis Moinet among others.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this highly coveted design and innovation award,” said Eli Harary, president of AudioXperts “It’s especially gratifying to our entire team because the 4TV 2112 is the very first product that our new luxury audio brand has introduced to the market.”

The 4TV 2112 Audio Entertainment Console was amongst 4,600-plus entries in pursuit of the “red dot award: product design 2013”. The sophisticated, yet elegant design of the 4TV 2112 impressed the discriminating panel of 37 judges and allowed the product to stand out among the rest.

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot, has pointed out that strong design competence and economic success nowadays go hand in hand: “The winners of the ‘red dot award: product design 2013’ are the protagonists of a highly developed design culture and design industry. These days it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between well-designed products. It is often only in the details that the special qualities become apparent. However, those product creations that pass the test before the critical eyes of the international red dot jury will not disappear into the crowd and will be able to fend off global competition.”

AudioXperts will be honored at the official red dot award ceremony on July 1, 2013 and will be featured as part of the “Design on stage – winner red dot award: product design 2013” exhibition at the red dot design museum in Essen, Germany.

AudioXperts’ 4TV Audio Entertainment consoles are available for purchase around the world through the finest AV specialty retailers and distributors.

For more information on AudioXperts, visit http://www.audioxperts.com.

About AudioXperts
The AudioXperts Team brings over 100 years of combined expertise and passion in order to provide consumers with products that exceed expectations. By incorporating the finest materials and applying the latest technologies, in sophisticated, flexible and intuitive designs, AudioXperts ensures an extraordinary user experience and unparalleled pride of ownership.

Missouri-Based Dealer Wins 2013 Camaro in AVAD/Niles Partner Promotion

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 8, 2013 – AVAD LLC, the leading provider of innovative solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, in partnership with Niles Audio, awarded a brand new 2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1SS to electronics integrator Curtis Shelton of Saint Louis, Mo.

Mr. Shelton participated in the contest promoting Niles Audio products through his company Galaxy Security & Sound. All active AVAD customers were eligible to participate in the contest, which ran from October 1st through December 28, 2012. Dealers were entered into the contest each time they purchased Niles Audio’s series of custom installation audio systems, components and accessories, increasing their chances of winning the grand prize with each purchase.

“I’ve been an AVAD dealer for fifteen years because of their large variety of AV products, easy local access and the friendships we have built with the AVAD crew,” said contest winner Curtis Shelton. “Niles products have been a part of our selection for over twenty years and the quality, looks and warranty of their speakers practically sell themselves. I appreciate everyone that has made this fabulous giveaway possible and most humbly accept it on behalf of my family at Galaxy Security & Sound.”

“The loyalty and ingenuity of AVAD customers merits a huge prize,” said Jim Annes, VP and General Manager at AVAD. “Considering our contest partner Niles and their renowned installer-friendly custom audio products, the exceptional Chevy Camaro was a fitting prize that symbolizes the distinctive strength and workmanship that is built into Niles Audio systems every day. AVAD is proud to be a partner with this great manufacturer.”

The Camaro Coupe 1SS is powered by a 6.2L 426-horsepower V8 engine. The vehicle comes equipped with 20” aluminum wheels, electric power steering, Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones, and a three-month trial of Sirius XM® Satellite Radio. EPA averages 16 MPG and an estimated 24 MPG on the highway.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment www.nortek-inc.com. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Dealers Name AVAD 2013 Industry Leader in Tech Support, Website Functionality and Shipping Freight Programs

Custom electronics distributor takes top honors in CE Pro’s Quest for Quality Awards

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – April 1, 2013 – AVAD LLC, the leading provider of innovative solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, has been awarded the top honor, a Platinum Award, in three specific categories–Tech Support, Website and Shipping–based on the results of the 2013 CE Pro Quest for Quality Awards. The renowned distributor is the biggest recipient of distributor honors this year with awards in five of the six categories, also winning Gold Awards for Training and Sales/Marketing Assistance.

The CE Pro Quest for Quality Awards, which is now in its third year, honors manufacturers and distributors based upon results of a readership survey conducted by CE Pro in early 2013. Looking beyond products, the survey contained open-ended questions and asked respondents to evaluate the quality of services provided by the manufacturers and distributors within the industry.

“Far exceeding the norms of a customer service team behind a 1-800 number, AVAD has always sought to put together a full package of value-added benefits to enable our dealers to grow their businesses,” said Jim Annes, vice president and general manager of AVAD. “Our dealers put in long hours, and we want them to know that AVAD is there when they need us for help designing, configuring shipping, and beyond. The success and growth of our business is dependent on the success of our customers. AVAD will continue to invest in services that enable our customers to grow and be industry leaders.”

While many distributors rely on third-party technical support, AVAD has invested in its dealers’ business by providing an in-house team of product and systems experts that make up the service team that is now Platinum award winning two years running. Whether they’re in the office or the field, AVAD offers support tailored to all of a dealer’s needs, from solution design to post sales support.

At the AVAD website, www.avad.com, dealers can find resources on AVAD events, current promotions, product information, brands and information on AVAD’s national freight policy, which enables customers to pick up, ship or fast track orders as necessary to streamline their operations and timelines.

AVAD University’s educational programs, acknowledge with a Gold award in 2013, have long been recognized as one of the leading training programs in the industry and previously won a Quest for Quality Platinum Award in 2011 and 2012. Held throughout North America at AVAD branches, as well as online, these educational programs are tailored to increase dealers’ industry IQ and business acumen, allowing them to stay a few steps ahead of the competition. Online and classroom product and business training, technical certification and complete system coursework is offered at the convenience of the dealer to accommodate their schedule.

Earning the second Gold award, AVAD’s sales and marketing efforts are customer-focused to raise dealer awareness of a continuum of promotions and incentives that are designed to make it easier to do business in the industry.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About CE Pro
CE Pro (Custom Electronics Professional) is the leading trade publication for businesses that specify, install and integrate technology for homes and light commercial, including audio, video, automation, security, lighting controls, energy management, motorized shades, assistive devices and more. CE Pro magazine is published in print, and as a digital issue. Leading industry Web site CEPro.com generates roughly 700,000 page views per month. CE Pro can be found at http://www.cepro.com and on Twitter @ce_pro.

Pakedge Brings Impressive Assortment of New Wireless and Wired Networking Products to ISE 2013

Foster City, CA –Pakedge Device & Software, a leading provider of advanced wireless networking products, will introduce several new products to the professional installation industry at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2013, held January 29-31 in Amsterdam.

Attendees visiting the Pakedge stand (5-U115) will have the opportunity to experience:

• The W6 family of high-powered wireless access points offering improved data throughput, reliability and stability along with greater configuration options compared to conventional designs
• The W5N2 Wireless Access Point with Dual-Band Radio which incorporates the company’s exclusive “True Roaming” Residential Virtual Cell Technology to enable multiple wireless access points in a large network to function as a single “virtual” wireless access point (WAP)
• The P20E 20-Port Power Distribution Unit, designed to provide the highest degree of AC power protection and comprehensive on/off power startup and shutdown capabilities

“As attendees to ISE 2013 will see, Pakedge’s advanced networking products offer professional installers a significant advantage when it comes to effectively and efficiently configuring and managing a home network,” said Victor Pak, Chief Executive Officer of Pakedge Device and Software. “These new product introductions are an extension of our commitment to providing professional installers with the most advanced wireless networking products available as well as solutions for any and all networking challenges.”

Offering a range of installation flexibility, the W6 series includes the W6 wall-mount/desktop, W6C in-ceiling/in-wall, W6R rack-mount and W6O outdoor WAP.

The W6 series offers three wireless deployment options to accommodate any size network. First, they can be used in a standalone WAP configuration utilizing their built-in “intelligence” that enables them to be easily configured. Second, Pakedge provides a PC and Mac software discovery tool named “Where’s My WAP” to quickly find and easily change its IP address. Finally, Pakedge offers a hardware macrocell wireless access point controller (C36) that enables access points in a very large wireless system to be centrally deployed, configured, monitored and updated.

W6 devices are optimized for use with smartphones, tablets, laptops and home control devices. The W6 software takes an entirely new approach to 802.11n performance, in handling environmental wireless “noise” and the interference resulting from the fact that Wi-Fi is an unregulated frequency spectrum. The W6 family’s proprietary algorithms optimize the devices’ signal-to-noise ratio, leading to higher throughput at longer ranges and more stable performance. W6 devices are especially well suited for use with 802.11n devices that use a wider channel width, because the wider the channel, the more susceptible the device is to interference. Pakedge W6 products utilize Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connectivity for a more efficient installation.

Pakedge’s W5N2 Wireless Access Point with Dual-Band Radio enables seamless Wi-Fi roaming without handoffs for any Wi-Fi device, whether a laptop, touch panel, iPad®, VoIP Wi-Fi phone or other portable device.

In a non-virtualized or traditional Wi-Fi configuration wireless networks cover a large area and require multiple WAPs to achieve adequate coverage. However, when a Wi-Fi user moves from the coverage area of one WAP to another, there is typically an interruption in service as one WAP “hands off” to another. The result is an interrupted video stream, phone call or data stream, or lost commands from a touch panel.

In contrast to traditional Wi-Fi, the Pakedge W5N2 and its companion CTL-W5N Wireless Virtualization Management Controller provide an extremely reliable Wi-Fi roaming solution. The W5N2 and CTL-W5N use Residential Virtual Cell Technology to link the operation of all the wireless access points in a network together so that they all appear as a single wireless access point to a device (client), even though many wireless access points are installed.

A single dedicated “virtual WAP” is created for each device on the network. This dedicated WAP can be customized to the client around speed and bandwidth, to optimize the performance of the applications the device needs to run. Similar to a wired Ethernet port, this “virtual port” eliminates latency, jitter and competition for bandwidth, since there is always only one client on each “wireless” port. This results in “fair airtime” for each device, preventing slower clients from taking more than their fair share of airtime and slowing down the performance of other devices.

The W5N2 is compact and easy to install. It’s pre-configured for use with the CTL-W5N and Pakedge routers and VLAN (virtual local area network) switch solutions. If additional W5N2s are plugged into the network, they will automatically be preconfigured. The unit has simultaneous dual-band radios with omnidirectional antennas, supports 802.11a/b/g/n, has and offers comprehensive security and encryption features.

The W5N2 offers a host of additional advanced capabilities such as self-monitoring, rogue device detection and suppression, automatic power and channel setting, co-channel interference management and other features. It is powered by a standard 802.3af PoE power source.

The P20E has auto-ping and equipment reboot functionality. Simply connect a device to a specific outlet on the P20E and provide the P20E with the IP address of the device, and the P20E will ping the device every 15 seconds. If it does not receive a response, the P20E will automatically reboot the device. This provides “self-healing” network characteristics without the interaction of the dealer. For example, if a control processor, receiver or even connection to the internet goes down, the P20E would sense this and reboot the device automatically. There is no need for dealer and client interaction or support. This saves the dealer a support call to the homeowner’s residence. The P20E will also send an email to notify the dealer so they can inform the homeowner of the correction of the network.

The P20E features 20 AC outlets, making it ideal for use in larger-scale security installations and smart home networks. Each outlet can be individually turned on and off according to an automatically programmed startup/shutdown boot sequence, to ensure that connected devices will be safely powered up or shut down.

The Pakedge P20E can be remotely operated via access to a LAN (Local Area Network), giving users the option to turn specific AC outlets on and off and reboot equipment from a remote location. In addition, the P20E can be remotely operated using e-mail when access to the LAN is not available.

The P20E can be programmed to schedule power reboot events monthly, weekly or daily. It can also monitor AC power consumption and send a warning message when the aggregated AC draw from a system exceeds a pre-defined threshold.

For more information on Pakedge Device & Software, visit http://www.pakedge.com

About Pakedge Device & Software
Pakedge Device & Software creates innovative networking products for people who demand performance, features, and reliability. Our products use the most advanced wireless and networking technology. They are designed for professionals to install and consumers to enjoy. For more information and system specifications, visit www.pakedge.com.

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