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BlueVolt Brings Learning Management System to CEDIA Expo for the First Time

BlueVolt (www.BlueVolt.com), the leading provider of online Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the construction, manufacturing and service industries, will make its debut at CEDIA Expo 2012 by showcasing the many benefits of its online training platform. Attendees to CEDIA Expo 2012, held Sept. 5-8 in Indianapolis, Ind., and the BlueVolt booth (#3500) will gain a first-hand understanding of how the company can vastly improve the training efficiencies of manufacturers and suppliers.

With a focus on understanding the unique needs of tradespeople, BlueVolt built its award-winning platform from the ground up to fulfill multiple training needs in the marketplace. Since 2002, BlueVolt has bridged the gap between manufacturers and the people that sell and use their products – distributors and skilled service providers, including professional systems integrators.

BlueVolt’s LMS provides an elearning platform that offers an extension of many company’s classroom training programs and allows dealers and installers access to a robust category of online courses and supplemental materials from any internet-connected computer, tablet or smarthpone, at any time. Many programs feature interactive videos, quizzes and are optimized for learning on the go.

Select course materials are also eligible for continuing education units (CEU) through organizations such as CEDIA.

Unique to the BlueVolt LMS is the company’s innovative $BlueBucks™ program, a pay-for-performance rewards system that recently earned a Brandon Hall Gold Award for excellence in technology. BlueVolt users can redeem $BlueBucks for virtual gift cards at hundreds of retailers nationwide, apply the rewards towards the price of future courses, or donate their $BlueBucks to charity. Since the program’s launch, BlueVolt learners have earned over 2 million $BlueBucks.

For more information on BlueVolt, please visit http://www.BlueVolt.com.

<strong>About BlueVolt
Portland, Oregon-based BlueVolt is the leading provider of online Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the manufacturing, construction and service industries. BlueVolt’s LMS for the extended enterprise delivers easy-to-use training across an entire company and its suppliers, sales channel, associations and customers. The LMS delivers affordable training, verifies knowledge and reports results all in one place. BlueVolt’s unique approach to online training encourages learning with its proven reward program that is valuable to those offering and participating in learning. As of July 2012, BlueVolt has delivered more than 1,360,000 courses to over 223,000 registered users. BlueVolt has won a Gold Excellence in Technology award from Brandon Hall, a Learning Leader award from Bersin & Associates for Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management and also was named to the TrainingIndustry.com Learning Portal Companies Watch List for its innovative approach to learning. For more information, visit www.BlueVolt.com

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ASHLY GEAR HELPS BRING LARKIN SQUARE TO LIFE

larkin_square.JPGBUFFALO, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2012: In a Buffalo, New York urban district that was, just a few short years ago, an uninviting industrial area, the Larkin Development Group has revitalized and repurposed old buildings and converted the area between them into a forward-thinking public space. With a footprint the size of a city block, “Larkin Square” boasts whimsical sculpture, functional green space, more

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’s “MEM GYM” GOES ALL DANLEY!

univ_va_mem_gym.JPGCHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 2012: Known affectionately to the students at the University of Virginia as “Mem Gym,” Memorial Gymnasium was constructed in 1924 to provide a home for the school’s basketball team. In 1940, as President Roosevelt was preparing to deliver a commencement address to the University’s graduating class, of which his son was a member, he learned of Italy’s allegiance with more

Jeff Boccaccio & Derek Flickinger Uncovers the entire HDMI Technology in New Book

HDMI Uncensored, scheduled for release in September 2012, is the first book in a practical educational series dedicated to helping readers understand the inner workings of HDMI. Co-authors Jeff Boccaccio, president of DPL Labs and renowned HDMI expert, and Derek R. Flickinger, an accomplished and veteran integrator, will debut the new book at CEDIA EXPO 2012.

Written in a plain, easy-to-read manner, the new series provides readers with an in-depth understanding of the HDMI system through a simple, conversational style. It features about 100 full-color illustrations in the first book and covers a broad array of topics to aid everyone from engineers, to integrators and consumers.

The series begins with Inside HDMI, a comprehensive look at the basics of HDMI and the common problems that plague it. Future books in the planned series are titled Extending the HDMI Platform and Troubleshooting HDMI, which cover practical applications of HDMI in real world installations and a guide to system troubleshooting, respectively.

Co-author Jeff Boccaccio is considered an authority on emerging technologies in the audio/video industry. An accomplished communicator, he has been invited to present seminars on sophisticated topics such as radio frequency technology, high definition television, HDMI and emerging technologies at a variety of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) shows, CEDIA Regional Shows, and CEDIA EXPOs. He has also been the keynote speaker at a multitude of shows and events sponsored by specialty audio/video retailers, distribution companies, and manufacturers.

Also bringing his vast knowledge of HDMI to the book is co-author and veteran integrator Derek R. Flickinger from Interactive Homes, Inc. in Drexel Hill, Penn. Flickinger’s skills and experience with the home integration industry and HDMI technology have contributed greatly to the book, ensuring that it accurately covers information for readers of varied backgrounds.

Metra Home Theater Group will hold a special book-signing event featuring Boccaccio and Flickinger at CEDIA EXPO 2012. The signing will take place at Booth #1741 from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, September 6. Attendees will be able to meet both co-authors, receive a personalized copy of their new book as well as enjoy free beer compliments of Metra Home Theater Group.

HDMI Uncensored is available in signed, limited edition hard cover form at the price of $59.95, as well as in paperback for $39.95 and eBook format for $29.95, which will be available in January 2013. In advance of CEDIA EXPO 2012, it is available at a special discounted rate of $34.99 at the CE Pro Store. Pre-orders are now being taken online at http://www.hdmiuncensored.comand books will ship in early September.

For more information, visit http://www.hdmiuncensored.com.

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SYMNET EDGE INSTALLED AT BRISTOL VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADMIN BUILDING

bristol_va_interior.JPGBRISTOL, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 2012: In a regionally-famous slogan, Bristol, Virginia boasts that it is, “a good place to live,” and its school district helps the city live up to that slogan. Recently, the district renovated an historic Bristol building, adding office space for administrators and a 240-seat auditorium for meetings and other events. Operating out of the Roanoke office of Lee Hartman & Sons, veteran A/V integrator Brian McDonald designed the sound system for the auditorium using Symetrix’ new SymNet Edge open-architecture, modular-I/O DSP system. McDonald cited SymNet Edge’s sound quality, ease of integration, user-control options (including ARC-WEB for smartphone-based control), Dante bus networking, and intuitive Composer design software as reasons for its selection.

“I’ve been using Symetrix products for a long time, going all the way back to my years in live sound,” said McDonald. “Symetrix gear has always been very more

Women in CE Announces Fourth Annual CEDIA EXPO Breakfast Event

Tickets Now Available for Purchase at www.WomenInCE.org

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2012 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE), an industry organization focused on empowering women, building networks, and supporting career opportunities in the consumer electronics industry, today announced that its 4th Annual CEDIA EXPO Breakfast event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 1. Tickets are available via the organization’s website at www.WomenInCe.org or can be purchased onsite at the event. Ticket prices are $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

The Women in CE CEDIA EXPO 2012 event will feature a hot breakfast, a keynote presentation (speaker to be announced shortly), and the opportunity to network with industry peers. Every breakfast to date has been standing-room only. Consequently, Women in CE recommends prepurchasing tickets online to guarantee admission to this exclusive event.

“Our CEDIA breakfast is truly unique and now a staple of the show,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE. “Year after year, the sold-out session brings together men and women from all areas of the consumer electronics marketplace to learn, discuss, and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics that are affecting our role in the industry. The contagious smiles, positive energy, and popularity of the event make it a very special networking opportunity to attend.”

The core mission of Women in CE is to provide the women in the consumer electronics industry with an environment promoting networking and professional growth through the development of relationships and new opportunities. Member benefits include networking with peers online and at live events, such as the annual Women in CE leadership forum; discounts for some Women in CE events; admission to the Mentoring Program; access to the Women in CE Member Directory; and access to all Women in CE communications.

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About Women in CE
Women in CE is an interactive community created to provide women in the consumer electronics industry an environment promoting networking and professional growth through the development of relationships and new opportunities. For additional information about membership benefits and to join, please visit www.WomenInCE.org.

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Pro Audio Technology Quad-Amplified, Seven Foot Tall SCR-3215sm Loudspeaker

Pro Audio Technology LoudspeakersWith dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers and a maximum output of >130dB; what started as an exercise to push loudspeaker performance limits is now a reality for audio and home theater enthusiasts.

Huntington Beach, CA – July 24, 2012 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the SCR-3215sm loudspeaker, a seven foot tall, 350 pound four-way reference speaker designed for placement behind acoustically transparent screens. The culmination of more than 25 years in high-performance loudspeaker design by lifelong loudspeaker designer and PRO founder Paul Hales, the 3215 is truly a statement product.

Starting with the drivers, Pro Audio Technology went big, opting for dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers which offer a low frequency sensitivity of 102dB with one watt of input power. With over 350 square inches of surface area supported by a massive 30 pound motor system, the 3215 moves a lot of air to produce highly impactful bass. With four-inch voice coils, thermal power handling is maximized, allowing the SCR-3215sm to play at live concert sound pressure levels for extended periods of time without fear of driver failure.

At the heart of the SCR-3215sm’s mid/high frequency assembly is a 41-pound ultra high-output (114dB / 1 watt) compression driver. Its seven-inch carbon fiber diaphragm provides pistonic motion over three and one half octaves, resulting in the most effortless, coherent, and dynamically correct rendering of vocals and instrumentation possible. Dispersion and acoustic power transfer are controlled via a constant directivity horn with over 800 square inches of effective radiating surface – more than 40 times the radiating area of a typical cone midrange.

Upper-mid and high frequencies for the SCR-3215sm are supplied via a state-of-the-art coaxial compression driver utilizing an annular polymer diaphragm for silky smooth midrange and treble and uncolored harmonics to beyond 30 kHz. Mated to a large format 18” x 22” horn, the high frequency system provides 396 square inches of radiating surface to drive the air; or the equivalent of more than 500 one-inch dome tweeters per speaker. As in commercial cinema systems, the SCR-3215sm mid/high frequency assembly employs tri-amplification to maximize the performance of each driver in the system.

When paired with companion PMA Amplifiers the SCR-3215sm speakers are part of a sophisticated digital cinema system employing advanced DSP to redefine the industry’s concept of “accuracy” and sonic realism. Maximum output is >130 dB, making the SCR-3215 the definitive loudspeaker of choice for large to very large room applications, and those who desire a visceral concert experience in their home. Because they are designed to perform behind transparent screens at “Reference Levels” from more than 12 meters away, the 3215’s are also ideal for home theater installations.

“I designed my first loudspeaker when I was 16 and have never stopped looking for ways to improve speaker technology,” said Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology. “The 3215 loudspeaker started as a laboratory experiment to see how far we could push the limits of audio performance, and now it’s a reality with orders already in place. Our dealers can’t wait to let customers hear them in person.”

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com.

Pro Audio Technology custom designs and manufactures DSP-driven loudspeakers and amplifiers with preeminent consumer and professional-grade audio engineering technology to produce sonically accurate, inherently robust audio systems. Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers are built with the amplifier as a critical part of the signal path, resulting in performance optimized systems that deliver a dynamic, true-to-life listening experience. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology is available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers.

SYMETRIX SOLUS 16 REVITALIZES FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF APPLETON

appelton_fum_church.JPGAPPLETON, WISCONSIN: The roots of First United Methodist Church of Appleton, Wisconsin were planted 165 years ago when a frontier preacher named William H. Sampson gave a sermon in one of the few shanties that comprised the nascent town. Sorrows and joys enough to fill a book span the years between then and now, and presently First United is the spiritual home for over 1,300 residents and a cornerstone of community life. Long ago, the church outgrew its chapel and constructed a larger sanctuary on adjacent land. However, the chapel continues to serve the community on a nearly daily basis, hosting organizational meetings, prayer meetings, weddings and musical events – most notably involving students and staff from nearby Lawrence University. Metro Sound & Video recently modernized the chapel’s sound system with a Symetrix Solus 16 processor and Extron user control that will soon be more

SOUNDCAST SELECTS SKINIT FOR ITS SPEAKERS – Make your OutCast stand-out, or blend-in with an exterior wrap

Chula Vista, CA (July 31, 2012) – Soundcast Systems, developer of high-performance wireless audio speaker systems, transmitters and receivers, announced today that they have partnered with Skinit, Inc., the industry leader in on-demand personalization for electronics to provide skin adhesive wraps for its OutCast and OutCast Jr. portable wireless speaker systems.

Featuring an easy-on application as well as a “residual-free removal,” Skinit allows you to personalize the exterior of any OutCast speaker by browsing and selecting a skin design from their vast online library of colors, patterns, photography, art, professional sports leagues, colleges, universities and even an customized option for creating your own unique design – from bold, to nearly invisible, the choices are extensive.

“With OutCast’s wireless portability and flexibility to fit and play anywhere, anytime, the need for varied exterior finish options is a no-brainer. And, to meet this need and make the product more fun, aesthetically pleasing and personal, we are thrilled to announce a new exterior skin wrap option by Skinit, that allows clients to pick, choose and order their own unique “flavor and style” preference for their speaker,” said Mike Weaver, president of Soundcast Systems, Inc.

And with Skinit, Inc., the automated online design and order system effortlessly guides you step-by-step through the browsing, choosing, personalizing, and order approval process. Soundcast Systems dealers and clients can view Skinit options, pricing, and order information at http://www.soundcastsystems.com/skinit.

In addition, to support its dealers with retail storefronts Soundcast will offer point-of-sale retail wraps for both OutCast models that illustrate the features and applications of each model.

Visit Soundcast Systems at Booth #3324 at CEDIA Expo, Indianapolis, IN – September 6-8, 2012 – New Skinit exterior speaker wraps will be on display in a variety of colors, themes and patterns.

Soundcast OutCast Speaker Systems with Skinit personalized wraps

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ABOUT SKINIT, INC. – www.skinit.com
Skinit, Inc. is the industry leader in On-Demand Personalization Technology including the manufacture and distribution of customized products for electronic devices. Skinit’s online ordering and customization tools allow consumers to create branded, designed, and personalized electronic device covers, or skins, using strong durable vinyl products. Skinit also offers B2B On-Demand Personalization Platforms as complete turn-key or stand-alone hosted software and service solutions which drive manufacturing technologies such as laser etching, paint on-demand, digital print, film conversion and others. Located in San Diego, CA USA.

ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com
Located in Chula Vista, California, Soundcast is a market innovator and leader in wireless audio systems for residential and commercial development applications. Soundcast uses the renowned high-tech frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) bulletproof technology that continually searches for open channels and connects instantly to avoid interference from other products. Soundcast wireless products perfectly deliver a far-reaching broadcast range of pure, clean and crisp audio transmission through walls, doors, floors, ceilings and even outdoors. With Soundcast Systems, don’t let the music stop where the wires end.

For information about Soundcast and its innovative products, please visit www.soundcastsystems.com

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 671-0110 ext. 3034 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Soundcast Press Contact: Roberta Lewis, The OAC Group • Tel: 713/665-8758 • email: roberta@theoacgroup.com
Skinit, Inc. Press Contact: Kim Puckett • Orange Public Relations • Tel. 317/284-1607 • kim@orangepublicrelations.com

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SYMETRIX SOLUS AFFORDABLY INTEGRATES AUDIO AND CONTROL IN HISTORIC SWISS CHURCH

reformierte_pfarrkirche.JPGMESSEN, SWITZERLAND – JULY 2012: Home to nearly 1,500 Swiss residents, the charming pastoral municipality of Messen in northwestern Switzerland claims numerous buildings of deep historical significance nestled amid the rolling foothills of the Jura Mountains. Among them is Reformierte Pfarrkirche, a church whose foundation was laid before the year 1000 A.D. and whose current walls have been standing since 1480. Despite its age, or perhaps because of it, Reformierte Pfarrkirche was overdue for an A/V system upgrade, which Pro Sound Beschallungstechnik recently provided. Although the plans originally called for multiple hardware units to provide audio processing and system control, Pro Sound Beschallungstechnik simplified things and cut costs without compromising anything by using an open-architecture Symetrix Solus 8 processor for total system integration.

“Historic structures do not have to be incompatible with contemporary expectations for audio and video support,” said Harry Horlacher, pro more

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