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Screen Innovations Announces Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film; a Proprietary Projection Screen Solution for Commercial and Residential Installations

 

New adhesive-based screen lineup to be unveiled at CEDIA EXPO Being Held September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 25, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that a new film-based projection screen material aptly named Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film has been added to the acclaimed Black Diamond™ line. Known for being the first and only multi-directional ambient light rejecting screen technology on the market, Black Diamond by Screen Innovations has forever changed the way the world watches television, movies and other video-based content. Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film takes the experience to a new level, providing integrators a highly versatile solution for both residential and commercial environments. A light-diffusing rear projection film that can be applied to any transparent surface to create a dynamic digital display, it has unmatched light rejection and creates contrast levels ideal for retail and in-window displays, exhibits and tradeshows, corporate lobbies, boardrooms, houses of worship, and even home cinema.

Sold as a viable alternative to flat panel TVs and other displays, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film is available in 60”x99’ rolls that ship on a 2” core or it can be purchased laminated to glass or acrylic as a finished solution. Highly versatile, it can be deployed in many residential locations that would otherwise be deemed unusable for a home cinema.  A typical installation might be on an attic wall or even a garage wall for a unique outdoor movie experience, but the options are extensive. Delivering a large-format home cinema with a superior picture quality and a price point that is much lower than available flat panel offerings even when the projector price is factored in. For commercial applications, the options are profound; retail stores; restaurants and bars; event centers; houses of worship; digital signage; and more. The options and opportunities that Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film delivers are virtually limitless.

Video: http://vimeo.com/74468069

URL: http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/black-diamond-rear-pro-film-1-4/

“We developed Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film to be a blank canvas of sorts. One that integrators can creatively use to craft a unique and memorable experience for clients who have the space to accommodate a large format rear-projection screen,” said Ryan Gustafson, president and founder of Screen Innovations. “This is an inspired solution that delivers a fully immersive experience, no matter where it’s applied or used.”

Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film is 4K rated and available in .8 and 1.4 gains. Utilizing SI’s proprietary multi-directional ambient light rejecting technology, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film features a wide viewing cone and eliminates the need for a dark, dedicated entertainment space, thereby allowing two-piece projection to exist in high brightness areas anywhere, anytime.

Those interested in learning more about Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film and the family of SI screen solutions are encouraged to visit booth #3331 at CEDIA EXPO 2013.

For detailed information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com, email sales@screeninnovations.com, or call (512) 832-6939.

About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.

More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com, e-mailing sales@screeninnovations.com, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

Press kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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NEW D-TOOLS DTCONNECT FEATURE DELIVERS HIGHLY VALUABLE INTEGRATED ANALYTICS AND UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS

MVP Program Partners and D-Tools User Community Can Now Effectively Interact, Communicate, and Collaborate Within the D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 Software Environment

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 25, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will soon launch a new feature called DTConnect that provides highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. DTConnect enables timely pricing updates, special offers, and other information relevant to users of D-Tools’ award-winning SIX 2013 platform. D-Tools will unveil DTConnect during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

A highly valuable enhancement, D-Tools DTConnect provides significant benefits for MVP Program partners:

  • Download Statistics: DTConnect lets MVP Program partners (MVPs) track how many dealers are downloading product data by day, month, or year, and also which specific products are being downloaded most often.
  • Dealer Contact Information: DTConnect allows MVPs to identify integrators that are downloading product information in order to spot trends and better serve customers.
  • Direct Messaging: DTConnect gives MVP partners the ability to create and send messages directly to dealers through the D-Tools SIX 2013 Data Browser, publish dealer pricing, inform dealers of the latest product news, or post completed system designs to make dealers even more effective.
  • Product Catalog Management: DTConnect allows MVPs to review and make simple changes to their product catalog, or download their entire catalog and send detailed changes to D-Tools.
  • Update Company Profile: DTConnect enables MVPs to update their company logo, boilerplate message, and social media links. Changes made will be seen by D-Tools users across the platform, including on the D-Tools website and in SIX 2013.

DTConnect is also an effective tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners to enhance and accelerate their sales and marketing strategies in the following ways:

  • Includes MVP product data in D-Tools SIX 2013, a powerful and effective sales solution now being used by more than 4,400 system integrators worldwide.
  • MVPs can transmit accurate, up-to-date dealer pricing information to authorized dealers downloading product data to use within D-Tools.
  • MVPs can communicate directly to dealers through the D-Tools Data Browser, to help generate new business for their products.

“DTConnect is a feature we’ve been developing for some time that benefits the entire D-Tools ecosystem. It is designed to improve visibility, scope, reach, and results for MVP Program partners and integrators alike,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We’re confident that this (DTConnect) new feature set will be quickly realized as a highly valuable tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners that helps them not only expand their business through D-Tools’ ever-growing user base, but also to facilitate detailed usage reports and trend analysis to refine their approach and improve their bottom-line results. This expanded scope strategically positions D-Tools as more than a workflow-enhancing platform, but rather a business-enhancing, profit-generating software solution.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. D-Tools DTConnect will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in D-Tools booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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IHIJI ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NEARLY 100 NEW FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS FOR CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning ihiji invision system extensively updated to provide expanded remote network monitoring and management capabilities

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji announced today the addition of nearly 100 new features to its award winning cloud-based remote network monitoring and management system, ihiji invision. These extensive additions and enhancements provide even more valuable resources to technology integrators and IT professionals, further assisting them in improving efficiencies and creating a sustainable stream of recurring revenue. The newly increased versatility of the ihiji invision system facilitates remote management, monitoring and maintenance capabilities of an even wider variety of technologies deployed in the field than ever before.

Several of ihiji’s newest features will be showcased at the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colo., from September 26 to 28. Included are ihiji invision’s expanded IT support tools that increase visibility and provide secure access to remote installations. Other additions include new manufacturer integrations, detailed user permissions, Power over Ethernet (PoE) reboots and robust remote management functionalities. ihiji will also be sharing new and improved ways to economically implement its services and will discuss the many benefits that can be derived through Client Care Plans, such as those that ihiji launched earlier this year.

ihiji’s NetNinjas will also be on display. The NetNinjas are a powerful set of features that allow for simple, one-click, cloud-based reboots of devices such as routers, switches, control processors, PoE devices, IP power devices, and touch panels – all from within the ihiji invision system. ConnectNinja is the newest addition to the NetNinjas suite and is used to establish a secure remote connection with any device on a customer’s network. This support mechanism will provide full remote access to integrators and eliminates the need for complex VPN connections or insecure port forwarding. The ConnectNinja also complements the ihiji invision portal’s newer features, such as fully enabled manageable user permissions across individual sites, which is used to heighten secure site access control.

Furthermore, ihiji has developed new integrations to enable cloud-based monitoring and remote reboot capabilities for DirecTV and Sonos devices as well as products from companies such as SnapAV, Panamax, Middle Atlantic, Pakedge, Planet, Control4, Crestron, Richard Gray’s Power Company and more. “At ihiji, our primary focus is to facilitate a far more robust and secure environment for integrators working in the residential, commercial, and information technology channels.” said ihiji Vice President of Technology, Michael Maniscalco. “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to deliver on the promises we’ve made, providing scalable, cloud-based technologies that will best support the fully converged AV/ IT marketplace.” ihiji’s new features focus on the critical task of providing technology integrators and IT Professionals more transparency as to the status of connected devices while improving security in their system core management.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 during CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

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New ihiji ConnectNinja Simplifies Secure Remote Network Access and Eliminates the Need for VPN or Unsecure Port Forwards

Technology integrators and IT professionals immediately benefit from the new remote access features

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji®, a global leader in remote network management, today announced the release of a new feature enhancement called ConnectNinja. Available now, ConnectNinja allows authorized network technicians simple and secure remote access to troubleshoot and configure their client’s devices and networks through the ihiji invision web portal. ihiji invision, a cloud-based remote network management system, simplifies the work of IT Professionals and technology integrators worldwide. Utilizing an intuitive central dashboard, ihiji invision users can detect, diagnose and resolve network issues, saving the time and cost of troubleshooting or rolling a truck.

With ihiji ConnectNinja, users can now resolve more complex issues by accessing devices through the invision portal without the need for VPNs or unsecure port forwards. Tunneling connections into the device through ihiji’s servers, ConnectNinja passes securely through firewalls, connecting users directly to the LAN devices.  The ConnectNinja functionality extends ihiji’s already powerful NetNinja Suite, which collectively serves to remotely resolve issues with networks and devices. Its counterparts include the PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.

“We’ve done the heavy-lifting by forming a secure connection from the appliance back to our server, so communications are encrypted and secure,” said ihiji CEO Stuart Rench.  “With the addition of the ConnectNinja, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for IT Professionals and technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service. The secure remote access feature cuts both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, fully complementing invision’s remote network monitoring functionality.

ConnectNinja makes its debut at the 2013 CEDIA Expo where it will be launched and included as a part of the ihiji invision solution for no additional cost.  ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the dealer.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 at CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520. More information can also be found at www.ihiji.com.

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses low-cost a palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 50% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.
ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

 

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New Robust Series Mounts by Crimson AV Provide a Safe, Secure and Smooth-Moving Installation of Large-Format 70 to 90-inch TVs

New Robust Series Mounts by Crimson AV Provide a Safe, Secure and Smooth-Moving Installation of Large-Format 70 to 90-inch TVs 

GLENVIEW, IL and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #4025) – September 24, 2013 – Crimson AV, LLC, a leading manufacturer of professional-grade Audio Video mounting solutions, today announced that the Company will unveil a new line of mounts designed for large format TVs at CEDIA EXPO, taking place in Denver, Colorado September 26-28, 2013. Arriving ahead of schedule, Robust Series mounts by Crimson AV are already in stock and available for shipment to authorized dealers and retailers throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.

A necessary element for every TV installation, AV mounts come in a variety of styles and configurations. The Robust Series was developed to fill a void that currently exists in the marketplace and consists of three multi-joint models that accommodate 70 to 90-inch TVs weighing less than 200 pounds. RST90 is a tilt model, RSA90 is an articulating model, and RSF90 is a flat mount model. Lateral shift and post-installation leveling facilitates perfectly positioned TVs, while an integrated cable management system preserves design and décor aesthetics. Each model comes with a 400x400mm interface and is expandable to 400x600mm when the optional AD600 VESA Adapter is used. Priced competitively, the Robust Series mounts feature Crimson’s standard 30-day money back guarantee and industry-leading 10-year warranty, while carrying MSRPs starting at $215.00.

The Robust Series includes three models:

RST90

Tilt mount with triple stud mounting that facilitates the most secure installation possible for heavier large-format 70 to 90″ TVs. Includes a horizontal slide mechanism that helps center the TV on the wall as well as post-installation leveling that compensates for uneven ceilings and enables a perfectly positioned TV. A unique all steel click-in-place feature simplifies the installation by eliminating the need to reach up behind the TV with a wrench or screwdriver to secure or remove it.

URL: www.crimsonav.com/products/rst90

RSF90

Flat mount with triple stud mounting that facilitates the most secure installation for heavier large-format 70 to 90″ TVs. Includes a horizontal slide mechanism that helps center the TV on the wall as well as post-installation leveling that compensates for uneven ceilings and enables a perfectly positioned TV. A unique all steel click-in-place feature simplifies the installation by eliminating the need to reach up behind the TV with a wrench or screwdriver to secure or remove it.

URL: http://www.crimsonav.com/products/rsf90

RSA90

Articulating mount with a heavy-duty dual arm scissor action that provides better balance and smooth movement for large-format 70 to 90-inch TVs. Post-installation leveling compensates for uneven ceilings as well as the natural sag experienced with 100lb+ TVs. Lateral and vertical adjustments facilitate precision positioning and provide needed installation flexibility for recessed applications, and integrated cable management provides a clean look.

URL: http://www.crimsonav.com/products/rsa90

Manufacturing a broad assortment of professional grade AV mounting solutions and accessories for nearly any structure or application imaginable, Crimson products are ready to ship same day to integrators, distributors, systems designers and specifiers worldwide. Every product in the comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards and sells for a fraction of the price of other competitive solutions, making it a highly compelling line that provides tangible benefits.

Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #4025 at CEDIA EXPO 2013, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on twitter.

About Crimson

Crimson manufactures a comprehensive lineup of TV mount solutions designed for a wide variety of Residential and Commercial applications, including Digital signage, Education, Hospitality, Corporate, Worship, Venues, Stadiums and Arenas, Restaurants, Bars and Healthcare facilities.

With extensive experience in the design, manufacture and sale of professional-grade TV mounting equipment, and by utilizing lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model, which provides maximum value with minimal cost. Not only do Crimson customers receive the best value, they also benefit from unparalleled customer service, an easy to use website and uncompromising design and build quality, ensuring each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or by writing to info@crimsonav.com. Follow Crimson on Twitter @CrimsonAV and Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Crimson-AV-Mounting-Solutions/129843060418405.

Crimson Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

Office: 406-446-1283

Cell: 425-328-8640

Email: katye@kmbcomm.com

Twitter: @katyemcgregor

Press Kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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NEW D-TOOLS HOSTED SOLUTION POWERED BY AMAZON WEB SERVICES™ PROVIDES CLOUD-BASED STORAGE AND MOBILITY OF SIX 2013 SERVER DATA

Hosted Solution Enables Remote Access and Secure Offsite Storage for Global D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 User Community

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 24, 2013 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that a new Hosted Solution is now available to System Integrator users worldwide. The D-Tools Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. This new feature set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system for use anywhere or any time it is needed. The D-Tools Hosted Solution will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

With the D-Tools Hosted Solution, customers have their very own D-Tools Server Instance powered by the latest generation Windows Server 2012. It includes the D-Tools SIX 2013 Server Management application and comes completely configured with SQL Server 2012. With the D-Tools Hosted Solution, users now have the option to host their Server Instance in the cloud, thereby facilitating a lower cost of entry and eliminating the need for costly in-house servers and expensive IT infrastructure. Combined with D-Tools Software Assurance program, which includes Gold Support and Data Subscription, this compelling combination of features and benefits ensures that users are always on the most current version of the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services™, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. Not only does the pre-configured firewall only allow traffic from the D-Tools application, it can only be accessed from ports 9010, 1433 and 1434. For added security, the connection to those ports can be tied to a specific IP address, enabling only the computers registered on the user’s network to connect to the associated cloud server. For ease of implementation, the D-Tools technical support team performs the installation and setup for each user.

“The D-Tools Hosted Solution is ideally suited to companies that are just getting started or those who are migrating to a service-based model for their IT infrastructure because it offers users a flexible choice of deployment and the ability to migrate to an on-premise solution over time as their needs change,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does it (the D-Tools Hosted Solution) offer users cloud-hosted access to the D-Tools SIX 2013 server, it also provides a connection to the D-Tools SIX 2013 Client without a VPN or expensive standalone servers.”

The D-Tools Hosted Solution is available now and can be secured through a monthly hosting program that starts at $149 per month. A one-time setup fee will be charged in addition to the monthly fee.

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. The D-Tools Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail sales@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

Amazon Web Services, the “Powered by Amazon Web Services” logo, and EC2 are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

  

 

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enerG Selects Catalyst AV Distributors to Take Home Awareness & Energy Management System To Market

BURLINGTON, MA – September 20, 2013 – Home awareness and energy management brand enerG Corp. — which is making its channel debut at the 2013 CEDIA Expo (booth #428) — has selected the Catalyst AV Distribution Network to take the company’s Home Awareness and Energy Management System to market. Catalyst AV consists of 12 individually-owned specialty AV products distribution companies that serve more than 15,000 integrators from 18 US locations.

The enerG Home Awareness and Energy Management system consists of Z-Wave compliant hardware and accessories and a service plan that enables homeowners to customize and control all connected devices in the home, including the ability to monitor and improve energy consumption. Interaction with the system is achieved via the company’s mobile App (Android, iOS devices) or enerGhome.com portal. The system can easily be expanded to include lighting control, garage door access, keyless entry and wireless HD viewing. enerG offers a wide variety of hardware components and related accessories, and associated levels of service to accommodate these options.

Unique to the enerG model is that in addition to benefiting from selling the hardware and doing the install, the integrator receives a commission from enerG for each month the homeowner’s system is active. enerG manages the monthly billing to the homeowner. The company plans to drive new sales and installation opportunities to the integrator by way of marketing back to the homeowner.

”With a nationwide presence, and the group’s demonstrated ability to expertly communicate the benefits of our solutions, the Catalyst AV Network gives enerG a solid infrastructure in which to gain access to an experienced base of dealers that have established relationships with end-users,” says enerG President Greg Brett. “And like us, the Catalyst group is driven to bringing something new and sustainable to dealers, so there’s tremendous synergy here.”

For additional information on enerG products and becoming an enerG Home Awareness authorized integrator visit www.enerGhome.com

For all enerG media inquiries, contact Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About enerG Corporation
Founded in 2013, enerG provides homeowners a scalable and affordable system that delivers an increased recognition of energy efficiency and home awareness using intuitive control devices. The company connects homeowners and professional installers to better maintain the systems in a home, thus ensuring maximum performance. www.enerGhome.com

Display Development Introduces New 4K Models and Partners with Stewart Filmscreen at CEDIA

Batavia, NY—September 2013—Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, will introduce two new 4K projection systems during the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado. The Reference ONE 4K and Digital Film 10 demonstrated in partnership with Stewart Filmscreen.

The main demonstration in Display Development’s Booth 3812 will be a Reference ONE 4K system using an 18’ Stewart CineCurve with GrayMatte 70 screen material. This system is the only custom residential high-frame-rate 4K projector that provides the ultimate personal cinema solution using Christie Digital projection as the base. The Digital Film 10, Display Development’s 4K system, boasts 22,000 lumens and is sure to provide incredibly bright and crisp images for the Director’s Choice 100 with SnoMatte 100 material demonstration in Stewart Fimscreen’s Booth 1720.

“With the combination of Display Development’s projector with Vari-Scope and a Director’s Choice 100 with SnoMatte 100 material, we have something that is as exciting as 4K or perhaps even more. This system is not only reference quality visually, but also representative of what the pinnacle should be for high end home theater systems to our business partners who service this market.” stated Joaquin Rivera, VP of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen. “We urge everyone to stop by these demos for the best demonstrations at the show!”

“We are thrilled to partner with Stewart Filmscreen at this year’s CEDIA Expo. It’s very important for us to have the best screens available to properly demonstrate why there is such excitement about DLP™ 4K systems,” said Jim Burns, president and co-founder of Display Development. “We’re delivering no less than professional-quality systems for the residential market, without inflated resolution claims, and with multiple options to suit the custom needs of our clients.”

Reference ONE 4K System
MSRP: $280,000-$400,000 depending on configuration

Digital Film 10
MSRP: $175,000

About Stewart Filmscreen:
Stewart Filmscreen is recognized as the ‘benchmark’ manufacturer of projection screens worldwide. The qualities that make Stewart Filmscreen products the pinnacle of optimal function and value are guaranteed by extreme attention to detail throughout all of the activities of the company. In order to satisfy customers and integrators worldwide, Stewart listens carefully, innovates thoughtfully and executes flawlessly, meeting or exceeding all customer expectations. Founded in 1947, Stewart Filmscreen has grown from a small business to an international corporation. Stewart is headquartered in Torrance California, and has an additional manufacturing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Satellite sales and manufacturing operations are maintained in Singapore and in Denmark.

About Display Development
Display Development delivers high-caliber architectural display systems, ranging from under $7,000 to $1,000,000 that are customized based on client expectations, room ergonomics, and environmental demands. Our mission is to provide a superior viewing experience in harmony with room décor. With a proven track record of 20 years, the core team of Display Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology.

HARDPOP CLUB ELEVATES TO DANLEY SOUND LABS SUBWOOFERS AND LOUDSPEAKERS

JUÁREZ, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 2013: The Hardpop Club in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico is both a source of immense local pride and a beacon to serious DJs and electronic musicians around the world. Indeed, the hard-partying citizens and electronic music fanatics of Ciudad Juárez regularly fill the Hardpop Club to its 500-person capacity, and international DJ and club publications consistently rank it within the top one hundred clubs globally. Over the past two years, the Hardpop Club has – with the help of North Carolina-based Clarity, Inc. – switched out its old sound system for a cutting-edge Danley Sound Labs system with abundant headroom, crystalline fidelity, and honest, chest-crushing bass. The improvement over even the best conventional club sound systems is obvious, and artists and fans alike are hailing the new sound at Hardpop Club. In addition, Danley’s new optional club aesthetic makes a bold visual statement that underscores the unique sonic characteristics of Tom Danley’s innovative designs.

As a border town that was especially hard hit by Mexico’s drug war, Ciudad Juárez is both a city and a rallying point, and the returning health of its vibrant cultural life is a metric of hope for its citizens. “The owner of Hardpop Club is in a city that is attempting to recover from its bad reputation,” said Bill Weir, vice president of technology at Clarity and the mastermind behind the club’s sound design. “He feels that he has to go above and beyond to attract A-list performers from around the world. He wanted a new sound system that would be unique and that would reinforce Hardpop Club’s position as a leader in the industry.” With its focus squarely on the music – most of the club’s patrons are electronic music fans first and club-goers only second – that meant taking the new sound system to the next level.

“Clubs are obligated to refresh their sound and look every so often and Hardpop Club was due for an upgrade,” explained Rich Mason, president of Clarity. “Electronic dance music is one of the most demanding forms of music on a sound system because its creators fully and deliberately exploit the entire frequency range – from 20Hz to 20kHz. Rather uniquely, Danley offers a lot of legitimacy in the low end, particularly the bottom octave. Beyond supplying a ton of bass, Danley subwoofers are truly musical. Because Danley full-range boxes are horns, we can keep energy off the walls, and their phase coherency is phenomenal. Hearing a loud Danley system is a unique experience because it is devoid of the distortions inherent to conventional subwoofer and loudspeaker designs.”

Four Danley SH-96HO full-range boxes paired with four Danley DBH-218 subwoofers comprise the main output of Hardpop Club’s new system. Because of their excellent pattern control, which extends octaves below conventional designs, Weir was able to toe the SH-96HOs in to keep energy off the walls and on the main floor, reducing the room’s decay time by 300ms. Four Danley SM-96 full-range boxes paired with four Danley TH-118 subwoofers fill in the sound from the back of the room. Weir was careful to use the DSP capabilities of the Powersoft K- and M-Series amplifiers to properly delay and phase all of the system components so that everything sums in phase in the middle of the room and so that no components are fighting. A pair of Danley SH-46s and a pair of Danley TH-212 subwoofers at the DJ booth inspire great performances. A Lake LM44 DSP provides modest overall system tuning.

“Working with Danley on this project was great,” said Mason. “We suggested a number of add-ons or options that would raise the Danley brand in the eyes of club owners, and they took us up on every one. The most conspicuous suggestion was a bold color contrast between the horn and the rest of the box. For Hardpop Club, the horns are red and the boxes are black. It doesn’t even look like a speaker!”

“High-SPL sound reinforcement systems are typically either forgiving and lack resolution; or they have the resolution but are merciless and unforgiving of material produced in a less than stellar fashion. The greatly reduced distortion in the mid-band Danley means that even with material that’s less than perfect there is a level of effortlessness that is always present. And since the large format horns are full range and have no convergence error, the sound in the venue is exceptionally warm, friendly and consistent,” says Weir.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SPARTAN STORES HEADQUARTERS SOUND MASK WITH ASHLY PEMA 4250.70 DSP/AMPLIFIERS

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 2013: Spartan Stores operates over one hundred locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana under the Family Fare, Glen’s Market, D&W Fresh Market, Felpausch Food Center, and VG’s Grocery brands. Its operations are headquartered Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the company originally opened as a coop in 1917. Spartan Stores continues to flourish in the 21st Century, and it recently added office space at its corporate headquarters to accommodate additional personnel. Because cubicles would populate the open space, Spartan Stores hired ASCOM Communications Contractors of Holland, Michigan to design a masking system that would allow its employees to focus amid the noise of conversations, as well as afford them privacy in those conversations. ASCOM used the Ashly Pema 4125.70 combination processor/four-channel amplifier to give Spartan Stores a reliable and cost-effective sound masking system.

“The Ashly Pema 4250.70 gives us all of the processing power we need – including the noise source itself – and four 250-Watt amplifier channels in just two rack spaces,” said Tim Vandermeer, project manager at ASCOM. “We divided the space up into multiple zones so that each could be precisely equalized to meet the sound masking NC 40 standard. Moreover, if they come back to us to request paging functionality or music playback, we can simply add the feature. That’s always a much better answer than, ‘sure, but it will cost you a bunch extra.’ We can also add scheduling, if they like.”

In addition to the Ashly Pema 4250.70 and the necessary wiring, the only other component in the system is a collection of forty Atlas M1000 loudspeakers. For more effective masking, the loudspeakers are installed above the suspended ceiling facing up. “Although the DSPs and amplifiers of some other manufacturers can often be challenging to connect to, the Ashly products are always fast and trouble-free,” he added. Vandermeer used SysTune to tailor the Pema 4250.70’s equalization curves to precisely match the prescribed sound masking frequency response.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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