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Home Awareness and Energy Management Company enerG Launches at 2013 CEDIA Expo

Easy-to-sell and install, Z-Wave-based home awareness and energy management system provides integrators with an excellent hardware margin and lucrative recurring monthly revenue

BURLINGTON, MA – August 30, 2013 – Home awareness and energy management brand enerG Corp. is tapping the 2013 CEDIA Expo to make its channel debut (Expo booth #428). The company’s Home Awareness System (utilizing the Z-Wave platform) allows homeowners to control, customize, and automate all connected devices in the home and receive important system notifications on their Android and iOS devices.

The enerG starter package consists of a gateway hub, a thermostat and two smart enerG switches at an MSRP of $429, with additional fees for integrators’ installation and enerG’s monthly service plan (starts at $29.99). The system can easily be expanded to include lighting control, garage door access, keyless entry and wireless HD viewing.

Homeowners manage the operation of their connected devices at the enerGhome.com portal. There they can monitor how much energy has been consumed by device and the whole house in both watts and dollars based on their specific utility provider. This allows them to set energy goals, and accordingly, make adjustments to improve consumption.

The company’s mobile app mirrors the portal, making the system readily available on the go. For example, the homeowner can monitor energy usage, adjust thermostats and view video from the app, even opting to select and view multiple locations.

For even greater home control, the system incorporates Geo-Fencing, a technology that makes it possible for the homeowner to define rules or to adjust settings when people leave or approach the home (for example automatically adjusting HD-viewing or temperature, etc.). The technology uses GPS in the homeowner’s smartphone to trigger the settings.

Hardware
The enerG system is scalable and affordable. The pre-packaged systems are as follows:
• $429 MSRP Starter Package (gateway hub, thermostat and 2 smart enerG switches)
• $599 MSRP Connected Home Package (adds lighting and whole house smart meter)
• $1,299 MSRP Home Awareness Package(adds HD Viewing & Cloud based services up to 4 terabytes of recording & viewing video)
• $1,499 Home Awareness Plus Package (adds keyless entry)

Additionally, as many like products as desired can be added to the corresponding enerG package for no additional service fee.

Software
In addition to the hardware and installation costs paid to the integrator, the homeowner remits a service fee to enerG each month to access the system. The fees start at:
• $29.99 per month (Starter and Connected Home Packages)
• $39.99 per month (Home Awareness, and Home Awareness Package Plus)

The integrator receives a commission from enerG each month the system is active.

“We are trying to change the way integrators bring products to the end-user,” says enerG President Greg Brett. “Until now, recurring revenue service (RMR) offerings were only available through security-based systems and maintenance contracts. We found a way to bring to market a range of offerings that customers want and create a RMR stream for the integrator in doing so. This is a complete solution where the integrator makes profit on the product, the installation and the services. enerG provides the software platform, takes care of the monthly billing and markets back to the end-user to help the integrator get back into the home for new opportunities.”

“This type of product line is what our dealers need to expand their base of business,” says Steve Presti of Easy Access Distribution, a New England enerG distributor. “We have done a soft launch of the product in July and dealers have really embraced it. The packages offered are easily sold and have multiple add-on possibilities when specifying a system for a home or small business.”

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

For all enerG media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com or via phone at 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

Monster Middle East Gives Imerge Its Backing

Monster Middle East (MME) has re-affirmed its commitment to the Imerge brand by significantly increasing its stock of the company’s premium quality media servers.

As the exclusive Imerge distributor in the Middle East, MME sees huge potential for the brand, particularly among third party installers, integrators and consultants whose customers demand top of the range products in their homes and businesses.

With the Middle East’s annual sales of luxury goods now exceeding AED 30 billion (USD 8.2 billion) – and with the luxury goods market in the region recording a growth rate of 10 to 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012 (Fondazione Altagamma ‘Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study’), Imerge is ideally placed to appeal to Middle East consumers who expect a premium product.

Jehangir Khan, Regional Director MME, says: “Imerge is a high end product built to professional standards and is therefore well suited to meet the tastes and expectations of Middle East customers. The brand already has an impressive track record in the region, with many systems installed in prestigious residential and commercial properties. The fact that these products offer a centralized database and support all major control systems makes them ideal for installations where there is a requirement for multi-room media access.”

Imerge entertainment servers make it simple for users to store their content and replay it, wherever and whenever they want it, with maximum fidelity and minimum fuss.

All Imerge systems are powered by XIVA, its own leading edge technology, and can be controlled by most of the leading automation systems (such as AMX, Crestron and Savant) from Imerge’s dedicated Apple (iPhone, Pad or Pod) control application, or by browsing from another tablet or personal computer.

Imerge systems have the ability to play different media in multiple locations simultaneously without connection slowing down or stopping at the critical moment.

In 2010, Imerge became part of the Prism Sound Group, which is investing in the development of new products. Sold via a worldwide network of custom installation specialists and distributors, Imerge products are widely regarded as being the most innovative in the sector, while its standard of service is without equal.

In recent months Monster Middle East has supplied Imerge products to a number of system integrators and custom installers in the region, for various prestigious hotel projects and large commercial installations.

Daya Shankar Singh, Technical Manager at Atlas Telecommunications, says: “We chose Imerge audio servers because, as an overall audio solution, they give us every feature we could possibly need. We are continually impressed with how seamlessly the S4000 integrates into any of our projects, large or small, from the ease of importing media to the extensive compatibility of the downloadable control system modules. The S4000 is simple to use and integrates well with the other system components that we employ in the majority of our projects. Most importantly, it is very reliable – we just install and forget because we never have to worry about it not working.”

For more information about Imerge in the Middle East, please contact Monster Middle East, NC7, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tel: +971-4-883 04 05. Fax: +971-4-883 04 06. Email: support@monsterme.com

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

AVnu Alliance Global Member Base Rises

New Alliance additions span the Automotive and Consumer market segments for AVB adoption

Beaverton, Ore. – August 29, 2013AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability has introduced three industry leaders from the consumer and automotive markets as new promoter members dedicated to creating a new ecosystem of interoperable AVB devices through certification: Ceton, the worldwide leader in digital cable tuner solutions for the PC and manufacturer of in-home digital entertainment and communication solutions; Freescale, a global leader in embedded processing solutions for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets; and Ricoh, one of the leading providers of office equipment and a supplier of an embedded software platform with a new business line of unique sensors.

AVnu Alliance is seeing a growing momentum in the consumer and automotive spaces beyond the professional AV market, as seen with new member manufacturers and significant progress made in AVB compliance and interoperability specifications roadmap.

AVnu Alliance’s “Automotive Technical Workgroup” has been advancing the Alliance’s specifications for the certification requirements for an AVB system deployed within motor vehicles to give automotive manufacturers confidence that all parts of the complex automotive network will communicate seamlessly with each other. At the same time, the consumer and wireless workgroup are evolving through collaboration and requirements to extend time-synchronized streaming to new network topologies and market segments.

“Ceton is excited to join the AVnu Alliance and support our shared goals for the advancement of high-quality consumer audio and video networking,” said Gary Hammer, president and CEO, Ceton Corp.  “As a company focused on creating the next-generation of consumer entertainment technologies, we believe that low cost and simple to setup and maintain solutions like those enabled by the AVB standard are critical to realizing our vision for amazing new whole-home entertainment experiences.”

The Alliance has also seen advancement with two new adopter members, Luminex, a Belgium-based developer of lighting control, professional audio and video data distribution equipment for the entertainment industry and Renkus-Heinz, a designer and manufacturer of professional loudspeakers and audio electronics.

“We are enthusiastic to have these new members join the Alliance.  The variety of products and knowledge that comes with these new members is going to be instrumental in advancing a new ecosystem of interoperable AVB devices through certification in markets like automotive and consumer,” says Greg Schlechter, chair, AVnu Alliance board member, and initiative manager, Intel Corporation. “The addition of new members of this calibre proves the continued dedication and commitment that the AVnu Alliance has for Ethernet standards-based AV technology for our core markets of professional A/V, automotive, and consumer.”

The AVnu Alliance recently opened its certification testing for AVB-enabled networking bridges and professional audio endpoints, with products in bridge certification testing and endpoint products in the queue, now at its appointed testing house, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and has several products in certification process. AVnu Certification is available to alliance member companies.

 

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

 

Press Contact

Caster Communications, Inc. 401-792-7080

Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com cell: 401-829-0111

Alex Crabb alex@castercomm.com

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SIM2 Hits the Big Apple With Another World Premiere in Final US Stop in Global Road Show

Miramar, Florida—August 2013—SIM2 proudly announces that the final US stop in it 2013 Global Road Show will be New York City on September 4-5. After successful stops in the UK, Miami, Hong Kong, and, most recently, in Los Angeles, to launch the SUPER LUMIS worldwide, SIM2 will conclude its US tour with the Big Apple world premiere of another new product during an ultra-exclusive, invitation-only event for its partners.

“The success of the 2013 Road Show continues to impress—we have received global acclaim for the SUPER LUMIS and other models, and our dealers have come out in large numbers to take advantage of this program,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “We have saved the biggest announcement for the last stop—our New York-area dealers will be the first to see our revolutionary product, which provides a luxury alternative to large, flat TVs and offers a real SIM2 solution. This new model represents another business opportunity for our partners with a new segment offering a wide array of applications in stylish environments such as family or media rooms.”

The 2013 SIM2 Road has given its dealers around the world the opportunity to view SIM2’s most advanced technological achievements to date—the SUPER LUMIS, CINEMAQUATTRO, SIRIO, M.150, LUMIS, NERO, and the limited-edition FUORISERIE home cinema projectors. With the added benefit of one-on-one meetings with key company executives and crucial forecasting information, dealers have been given all the necessary tools for continued growth and success.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Projector Manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of Top Class/High End custom digital video projection systems and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not just branding, but also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Richard Gray’s Power Company Adds IP-Addressable Power Management Solutions; New Lineup to be Showcased at CEDIA EXPO 2013

CHICAGO, IL and DENVER, CO (CEDIA – Booth #2226) – August 27, 2013 – Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC), a US-based manufacturer of AC power and communications network infrastructure protection and enhancement products announced today that the company will demonstrate for CEDIA Expo 2013 attendees a new lineup of performance-enhancing solutions for residential and commercial applications. Designed to provide powerful insight, intelligence and protection, the IPAC-8 Remote IP Power Management System is one of the newest products to the RGPC line that CEDIA Expo attendees will be shown in booth #2226.

The first of its kind within the RGPC line, the IPAC-8 provides IP-addressability and associated remote monitoring capabilities and delivers a safe, clean power environment that enables connected devices to perform at their highest possible level.

Ideal for virtually any residential or commercial environment or application, IPAC-8 features on/off remote (IP) control of 8 individual AC power outlets and local monitoring with an easy-to-read RMS current meter display that provides a quick visual indication of the load, reducing the risk of overloads and tripped breakers. On/off sequences can be defined, and power can be remotely monitored via meter, web or RGPC’s free bundled software, and Http, Https, SNMP, DHCP and UDP protocol is supported. The system includes user-defined alarm thresholds for warning and overload, and event alerts can be delivered via email, trap or audible alarm

IPAC-8 is quick and easy to install and requires no additional mounting hardware. Because IPAC-8 is also ihiji invision compatible, there are no port forwarding or extensive network configuration requirements. It features a space-saving design that provides 1U rack or wall mount options and is backed by a three-year warranty.

Available now to integrators, retailers and end-users in the North American market or anywhere with 120Volts, 50/60 HZ service, IPAC-8 carries an MSRP of $1,000 USD.

About Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC)

Richard Gray’s Power Company is a US-owned and operated manufacturer of AC Power Delivery Systems designed to provide the most suitable working environment that protects, purifies and matches the electrical characteristics and demands of AV equipment, home automation, integrated systems and communications networks, while simultaneously enhancing performance and increasing system reliability to the highest level.

The recipient of numerous technology awards, RGPC provides products, technical solutions and services that ensure a safe, secure and enhanced environment where AC power, communications and data operate in harmony and with maximum efficiency for today’s converged infrastructure and integrated technologies.

www.richardgrayspowercompany.com

Richard Gray’s Power Company Contact Information:

7051 West Wilson Avenue

Norridge (Chicago), IL 60706-4784

Toll-Free: 800-880-3474

Phone: 504-247-0300

Fax: 708-395-2508

Web: www.richardgrayspowercompany.com

Email: sales@richardgrayspowercompany.com

 

Richard Gray’s Power Company Press Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

Office: (406) 446-1283

Cell: (425) 328-8640

Web: www.kmbcomm.com

Email: katye@kmbcomm.com

 

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ICE Cable’s “Big Mouth Payout” Bulk Cable Box Saves Integrators Time and Money

Proprietary cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and heavily reinforced box eliminates headaches caused by common “fall-apart” boxes and tangled cable messes

Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2013 – ICE Cable Systems (2013 CEDIA Expo booth #1552) — which serves integrators both directly and via more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally – is now shipping its new Big Mouth Payout (BMP) bulk wire & cable box. BMP incorporates four distinct design advantages that help the integrator run more efficiently on the jobsite.

4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern
The BMP box combines a 4-inch payout hole with a proprietary cable-winding pattern. According to ICE president Brian Rizzo, the payout is more than twenty times larger than what’s currently available on the market today. “Our payout and wind pattern help eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling. Removing these obstacles makes a one-man wire pull — for example from atop a ladder — significantly easier,” says Rizzo.

Ascending and descending foot-markers
Incorporated on the cable jackets are ascending and descending foot-markers which make it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains. The result is optimal usage of the entire wind and the elimination of scrap; it also solves the common problem of tracking usage which according to Rizzo can often be difficult when more than one technician pulls from the same box.

Ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard box with reinforced handles
To withstand abuse on the jobsite, the BMP box is comprised of an extremely durable water resistant cardboard along with dual-layer reinforced handles. According to Rizzo the cardboard is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force which far surpasses what is currently available in the channel today.

”BMP is a great example of ICE Cable’s understanding of what’s important to the integrator,” says Wally Whinna, principal of Allnet Distributing and board member of the Catalyst AV network, which distributes ICE Cable nationally. “Advantages like this make it easier for integrators to finish their pre-wire jobs faster and with less hassle.”

All box cables (category, speaker, coax, alarm, control, etc.) by ICE ship in a BMP box, many of which are available in runs as long as 1,000 feet.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout box combines a 4-inch payout and special wind pattern

paul@mutocomm.com.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

ASHLY GETS INTO THE PUNCH BOWL!

PORTLAND, OREGON – AUGUST 2013: Punch Bowl Social is a unique entertainment concept that got its start in Denver, Colorado and is steadily making its way to a city near you. The second and most recent Punch Bowl Social occupies 32,000 square-feet on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland. Within that space, patrons can bowl, sing karaoke, shoot pool, throw darts, play ping-pong, shoot marbles, play board games, rock ‘80s video games, and more. Of course, Punch Bowl Social patrons can also grab a drink (often literally from a punchbowl) or dine on delicious, creative fare. The idea, of course, is that in the age of big screen TVs, the human animal still craves connection, and games and music have provided the context of that connection for millennia. To keep the music engaging, Denver-based A/V integration firm PRIME used Ashly Audio processing at both locations.

“Punch Bowl Social proved to be a far greater success in Denver than the owners had dared hope for,” said Robert Higdon, owner of PRIME. “The Denver location is expansive, but still considerably smaller than the new Portland location. In Denver, we used a single Ashly ne24.24M to do all system routing and conditioning for the Flexsys F8, F12, and F15s over the lanes. The owners were so pleased with Higdon’s solution that they hired PRIME to design and install the system at the new Portland location.

One of the new features at Portland is a pair of karaoke rooms that groups can rent for private parties. A single Ashly ne24.24M outfitted with sixteen inputs and eight outputs raises their sound quality far beyond the standalone karaoke systems that bars typically employ. Four wireless microphones per room allow group performances in combination with a cloud-based karaoke server. A Lexicon dual effects processor provides the professional polish that takes ace karaoke stars to the next level – and softens the rough edges of newbies. Powered loudspeakers from dB Technologies provide robust output, and users can dial in appropriate volumes for the music, their voices, and the effects from an Ashly FR-8 wall-mounted remote control. Because the FR-8 provides a simple slider for each function, users can operate it successfully with zero training.

The main sound reinforcement system at Portland’s Punch Bowl Social uses a separate Ashly ne24.24M. Inputs include five cable boxes, a Blu-ray player, two DJ inputs (one per each side of the building), a jukebox, a paging server, and an Apple Airport Express that can stream Spotify, Pandora, and the like. dB Technologies Flexsys F8 loudspeakers and Sub 15D subwoofers populate twelve output zones logically divided by amusement type. Three separate sets of four bowling lanes get a pair of F12s and a Sub 15D hung by chains from the ceiling. A Crestron control system paired with an Apple iPad mobile pro app provides input selection and volume control. The control features a schematic of Punch Bowl Social from above. Users tap the section they want to control and make the necessary adjustments.

“For every project I’m involved in, I try to give the end user the best sound quality possible,” said Higdon. “I always use Ashly processing, and I carefully tune each zone at commissioning. Sound quality is evident to me because I work with sound for a living, but sound quality is just as important for patrons who aren’t audio professionals. For them, it’s a subconscious thing. If the sound quality is lacking or, worse, annoying, they’ll want to leave. That, of course, is the last thing the owners want. But a well-tuned system is fantastic. My favorite thing to do when a job is finished and open is to go back and watch people enjoying it. I see them singing along, bopping their heads. That’s almost payment enough for me.” Higdon will be accompanying the Punch Bowl Social enterprise as it heads to Austin in a few months.

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

Catalyst AV Specialty AV Products Distribution Network Appoints Custom Partners, LLC to Serve Metro-NY Territory

Burlington, MA – August 12, 2013 – Nationwide specialty AV products distribution network Catalyst AV — which formed in December 2012 — has filled its metro-NY slot with the appointment of Custom Partners, LLC.

Custom Partners was founded in 2003 by Rich Radimer and Ron Wood – both principals of independent sales rep firm Proact Sales. Along with distribution manager Bryan Bentley, outside salesman Mike Baker, and sales manager Patty Russo, the distribution company has more than 100 years of combined experience selling consumer electronics.

By way of the affiliation, Custom Partners picks-up many Catalyst AV lines including Vivitek projectors, ICE Cable, Perfect Path cables, Vanco accessories, Catalyst AV HDMI interconnects and ClearView surveillance.

”The timing is great for Custom Partners joining the Catalyst AV group,” says Chris Wyllie of Long Island-based integration shop S.E.A.L Solutions. “Custom Partners’ warehouse is easy to get to from all 5 boroughs of New York City and Long Island. For a business like mine, where we’re constantly on the road, having value-added lines like this easily accessible to us makes all the difference in our day-to-day operations.”

With the addition of Custom Partners, the Catalyst AV network grows to 12 member companies totaling 18-locations stateside, bringing the amount of integrators served to more than 14,000.

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

Custom Partners LLC is located at 151 Fairchild Avenue, Unit 4, Plainview, NY 11803.
Phone: 516.352.7533; Fax: 516.352.7923. Website: www.custompartners.com.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 14,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

DANLEY SOUND LABS LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBS WIN THE SHOOTOUT FOR INCLUSION AT MT. MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH’S NEW SANCTUARY

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 2013: Lou Jones, president of NBS Media Systems in Charleston, South Carolina, has been working with the members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church for over twenty years. He helped to design and install their previous three sound systems, each a response to the church’s continued growth. Recently, Mt. Moriah expanded yet again, building a new 2,250-seat sanctuary on its property. Again, Jones and his company helped the church meet all of its audio/visual needs. He arranged a sound reinforcement system shootout, pitting three well-regarded line array systems against a Danley Sound Labs point source system. Danley came out on top sonically and, as a bonus, was the least expensive system under consideration. The church used some of the money it saved to add a few extra Danley boxes, which absolutely guaranteed clear, high SPLs required for the full impact of its energetic gospel services.

“They wanted to be absolutely certain that they would have a sound system capable of delivering high-end, concert-quality SPL and low-frequency output for their full production, which includes a 150-voice choir, drums, bass, guitar, sax, keyboards, B3, and soloists,” said Jones. “And they wanted to be rider-ready for touring Christian acts.” It was destined to be an impressive sound system, and the church wanted to be sure it would get the best components available. At the request of the church officials, Jones arranged a loudspeaker/subwoofer shootout, sequentially bringing in four well-respected manufacturers, including Danley Sound Labs.

Except for Danley, the other three systems were all line arrays, consistent with the size and format of the room. All of the systems sounded good, but the church’s task was to pick the best. “They were impressed by the Danley system,” said Jones. “They liked its warm, hi-fi quality. The subs were also tremendous and more than capable of putting out the kind of solid low end that they were hoping for. They had the money in the bank for even the most expensive of the four systems, so their decision was based purely on performance. Nevertheless, the Danley system would save them some money. In addition, the Danley point-source system affords them better sight lines than they would have had with a line array.”

Engineers at Danley Sound Labs assisted Jones with a system model. Three Danley SH-96 HO full-range boxes provide main coverage in an exploded LCR arrangement. The new “HO” suffix on many of Danley’s full-range loudspeakers denotes a new high-frequency element that allows the entire box to operate at higher SPLs with Danley’s characteristic flat, undistorted response. A pair of Danley SH-95-HOs provide delay on either side, and two more SH-95 HOs deliver down-fill for the choir. Two Danley SH-Micros serve as apron fills, and two SH-Minis fill in the dead zones on the Deacon and Deaconess boxes on the platform. Eight Danley SH-LPMs serve as stage monitors. A pair of flown Danley DBH-218 subwoofers convey ample low end from either side of the stage. The DBH-218 is Danley’s nuanced take on conventional subwoofer design. Finally, forty-five Tannoy ceiling-mounted loudspeakers distribute sound throughout the rest of the building. A Yamaha M7CL accepts 48 of 96 possible inputs at a time, and three Biamp Nexia processors provide routing, crossovers, and loudspeaker conditioning. Crown CTs-Series amplifiers power the system. He system also includes a full compliment of stage microphones and six Shure SLX combo wireless mic systems – each including a Shure SM58 handheld mic and a Countryman E6 head-worn mic with belt-pack.

NBS also designed and installed the HD video system for the project. This system includes three two Vaddio HD-19 and one Vaddio HD-20 1080p remote PTZ camera (and they are adding a fourth), controlled by Vaddio’s joystick controller. Video processing and distribution is done using a Roland V1600HD video switcher. Camera inputs are all HD/SDI and outputs to projectors and flat-screens are DVI. There are five Digital Pro E-Vision 7,000 lumens/WUXGA DLP projectors. Two projectors are “stacked” per side to illuminate 16’x10’ VU Easy fixed screens on either side of the proscenium. The fifth E-Vision projector illuminates a Draper 137-inch 16:10 ratio screen above and in front of the choir seating position and behind the proscenium arch (not visible from the audience). Additional flat-screen monitors are located in various areas on the platform on rolling low-profile mounts so that the celebrants can see the video presentation. There are also flat-screens installed in the Pastor’s Study and conference room with numerous other locations in the building being “roughed-in” for the addition of future displays.

The theatrical lighting system was designed and installed, in partnership with NBS, by High Output with local offices in Charleston and headquartered in Boston. Mark Shore from the Boston office was High Output’s lead engineer and designer on the project.

The theatrical lighting system includes twelve LED Prism Projection RevEAL Profile 14 degree color-changing fixtures at the front of house pipe batten position. There are three lighting pipe battens suspended over the platform area, behind the proscenium with thirty LED Elektralight ElektraLED 1018 color-changing wash fixtures with Source 4 barn doors. The system includes a 1×12 opto-splitter, a programmable wall controller and a Leprecan LPC-96V 96-channel console with touch-screen at front of house.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABSDanley 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

DUKE ENERGY POWERS CONFERENCE ROOM WITH SYMETRIX SYMNET EDGE DSP WITH AEC

CLIFFSIDE, NORTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 2013: Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station dates back to the 1930s. It was renovated several times over the decades. It’s most recent renovation, costing nearly $2 billion and incorporating advanced pollution control technologies, went on line recently. The project also included major upgrades to the 1930s-era office space and conference room. The 75-seat venue is now fully-modernized based on a teleconferencing system built around a SymNet Edge Dante network audio DSP, with four-channel AEC card providing state-of-the-art acoustic echo cancellation and noise reduction.

A/V integration firm A Sound Experience of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, designed and installed the system. “Duke is an enormous company and they perform training in different locations,” said Preston Hinson, owner of A Sound Experience. “They required an easy way to assemble people and the conference room was the place to do it.” Even before Duke officials requested teleconferencing capabilities, Hinson had planned to use a SymNet Edge DSP for the room’s audio processing and sound reinforcement. His decision was based on the ease of design and configuration with SymNet Composer software and the fact that SymNet Edge is Dante network enabled. “It’s a large building and there were a lot of scenarios they want to explore in the future,” said Hinson. “We wanted to give them a Dante system so that we can move audio with simple CAT5 wiring which, combined with SymNet Edge, future proofs the system.”

A video presentation system for training was the driver for the conference room renovation. “They didn’t think they had the budget for teleconferencing,” said Hinson. “But with the SymNet Edge frame as the basis for the design, it was a simple and cost-effective to add a SymNet AEC Card to the Edge frame’s modular I/O structure. That relatively small addition gave them all of the hardware and software necessary for state-of-the-art teleconferencing, including acoustic echo cancellation. The result was clean, clear, intelligible audio in the Cliffside room and in the remote locations it connects to.”

Inputs to the system include wireless lavalier and handheld microphones, remote location audio, a DVD player, and VGA and HDMI video. URC KP 4000 in-wall touch panels control A/V source selection, as well as individual and overall volumes. Self-powered ISP Technology SM 650B/W loudspeakers fill the room with sound, and a BenQ 6000 lumen projector delivers crisp video. A Furman sequencer powers the system.

“The system was designed to be simple and end-user friendly – it’s transparent and straightforward,” said Hinson. “There’s a lot of processing going on inside the SymNet Edge and the AEC card that makes it simple and robust. If Duke wants to expand the system in the future, it will be easy for us to move audio via Dante on CAT5 cable.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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