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DOWNLOAD SYMETRIX SYMNET COMPOSER TODAY

symnet_composer.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2012: Symetrix announces the release of SymNet Composer DSP configuration software. SymNet Composer is a major leap forward for installed sound DSP configuration software.

When performing basic Edge hardware configuration, Composer automatically identifies the type of audio I/O module installed in each of the Edge frames’ four I/O card slots (up to 16 channels of local audio). When connecting multiple Edge frames via Dante gigabit network audio (up to 128 channels total), quick and easy network management is accomplished entirely within the SymNet Composer programming environment. A fully open architecture application, Composer’s fast and fluid navigation accelerates the audio path design process. System designers exercise complete creative control selecting from a library of over 600 proven DSP processing, routing, mixing, and special purpose modules. A designer’s proprietary Super-modules (complex blocks of multiple DSP modules and routings) can be exported more

The OAC Group Set To Ramp Up Russound

Newmarket, NH (May 16, 2012) Russound, the leader in mulitroom audio and video systems announces its new agreement with marketing powerhouse The OAC Group, to take Russound to the next level in marketing strategy and product development.

With the sale of Colorado vNet accomplished, Russound is ramping up its focus on acceleration of marketing, product development, dealer and customer relations, and sales.

The OAC Group will apply its considerable marketing strategy muscle to strengthening the Russound brand and all of its essential components.

Charlie Porritt, CEO of Russound said, “We called on The OAC Group for its track record in high impact strategic consulting and business development. We know from working with them in multiple engagements over 20 years, that they collaborate well with our management, staff and vendors. At the same time, they put their team to work coming up with relevant concepts and designs for new product development, marketing, publicity and sales which they implement effectively.”

The OAC Group’s powerhouse team, led by Oscar Ciornei and his business partners, Joshua Cooper and Mark Donnigan, is comprised of seasoned and proven experts in technology, product design, marketing, public relations and business strategy.

Oscar Ciornei said, “Companies today, more than ever, need coaching at the executive level to help them navigate the competitive road ahead. Our team works hands-on with a number of high profiled CE companies at fast tracking their success. And with Russound, we intend to get back to basics and build upon their strong foundation of high performance, feature packed products that are easy to sell at attractive and profitable price points. It is exciting to be working with Maureen (Baldwin), Charlie (Porritt) and the Russound team once again.”For additional information on Russound, visit: www.russound.com. # # #

ABOUT THE OAC GROUP
The OAC Group is a high impact strategic consulting and business development firm focused on launching and enabling digital entertainment products and services, helping companies achieve fast start growth for maximum success. For over 30 years, The OAC Group has been responsible for generating over $1 Billion in increased CE sales with dozens of manufacturers. For more information, visit www.theoacgroup.com.

ABOUT RUSSOUND
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound® product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., USA, Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.russound.com.

SnapAV Appoints Former Dell Supply and Operations Director Brad Redmond to Vice President of Operations

Charlotte, NC – May 10, 2012 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, today announced its hiring of Brad Redmond for the company’s newly-created role of Vice President of Operations.

“Adding a seasoned operations professional from one of the most admired companies in the world is pretty exciting for us,” says SnapAV President Craig Craze. “With the continued growth of the company, we’re in a position where we can invest in world-class talent and there’s no better investment for us to make than in product quality, purchasing and operations. Delivering in these areas means supporting our dealers-plain and simple.”

Over his twelve-year tenure with Dell, Redmond held several operations, procurement and supply chain management positions. In his last position, he served as Business Unit Supply Chain Director, where he managed global supply chain initiatives to manage inventory gaps and overages for the company’s regional distribution centers.

“SnapAV has a very strong reputation for product availability, quality and superb technical support. I’m hoping to bring industry-leading supply chain and quality processes that build upon those core strengths to ensure SnapAV is the #1 reason our dealers succeed,” says Redmond.

Redmond holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Tampa.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

KanexPro Introduces High Speed HDMI Splitters with full 3D and 4K support

KanexPro (Booth # C7247 at InfoComm 2012), the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce ProBar Series of High Speed HDMI®. Available in combinations of 1×2, 1×4 and 1×8 I/O’s. Engineered for industry professionals wanting to distribute high-resolution video on eight HDMI displays. With no downtime or signal degradation, this HD splitter enables stunning resolutions up to 4K x 2K, 3D support and bandwidth up to 10.2 Gbps.

Fully compliant with EDID and HDCP management the ProBar HDMI splitters can be integrated anywhere from digital signage to healthcare AV where high-resolution signals are mission critical for today’s applications.

Available in 1x2, 1x4 & 1x8 sizes.

HDMI splitters

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.

KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Imerge Launches Ultra Compact Playback Unit – Experience the Mini Client

Imerge, the internationally acclaimed provider of multi-room audio and video entertainment solutions, has launched a new High Definition Mini Client playback device that is ideally suited to installations where space is at a premium.

This powerful, compact unit works in conjunction with the new Imerge MS1-3D range of media servers to offer local playback of DVDs as well as music and 2D HD movies, including full HD audio.

Weighing just 450g and smaller than two DVD cases, the Imerge Mini Client is supplied with VESA 75/100 mounts so that it can be mounted or hidden behind a TV screen without being obtrusive or detracting from the room décor. On a Super yacht with many cabins, for example, customers can archive and store all of their music and movies on the main MS1-3D server, yet still provide playback to each zone individually and with no compromise in sound or picture quality.

Each Mini Client installed connects to the main MS1-3D server, which can be housed in an equipment room, using GB Ethernet, thus doing away with costly and unsightly wiring. As well as delivering 2D HD playback via the Mini Client, the main server can also store and play DVDs as well as 2D and 3D Blu-ray movies in full 1080p High Definition quality to larger screens and movie theatres. Should other additional 3D zones be required, more MS1-3D clients can be added into the system, thus also providing more local archiving.

Graham Boswell, Sales Director for Prism Sound, which now owns the Imerge brand, says: “The Mini Client, which was shown as a prototype at ISE 2012, was developed in direct response to installers’ requests for a playback unit that was small enough to be unobtrusive, yet powerful enough to deliver the quality that Imerge customers expect. With very low power consumption and being four times smaller than its nearest competitor, the Mini Client is ideal for situations where space is tight as customers can house the MS1-3D server elsewhere and simply tap into its power and archiving capabilities via Ethernet.”

The introduction of the MS1-3D and Mini Client combination consolidates Imerge’s pioneering work in audio and media servers by offering the market a 4th generation entertainment solution that cements its position as a market leader.

The MS1-3D is a complete media server combining the highest quality playback of music and movies with an extensive range of additional benefits, making it the most compelling high-end media server on the market. The unit includes a multiple language user interface for international customers and an iPhone controller app that puts the user in complete control of the system.

The new MS1-3D integrates fully with the companion XiVaSafe high-reliability redundant disk storage array, which ensures that customers don’t lose media in the unlikely event of a disk failure. The network storage can also be used to store user documents and features RAID-6 technology meaning that up to two disk drives can fail without losing content compared to just the one in competing products – an important consideration when systems are remotely located. Imerge-branded server products are complemented by the XIVA on-line music store and a range of hardware and software accessories.

For more information about the Imerge MS1-3D and Mini Client, please visit www.imerge.co.uk

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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 which was hailed for setting new standards in usability and reliability, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008 Imerge launched the state of the art 1080p-capable MP1000 MediaPlayer which unlocked a breathtaking range of new installation possibilities. 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, the MS1 has evolved into the MS1-HD, incorporating Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new XiVA music store.

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

ihiji Network Management as-a-Service Platform Created for IT Professionals Now in Private Beta

Austin, TX – April 27, 2012 – ihiji announces today that the company is in private beta with a next generation platform for Network Management as-a-Service (NMaaS), created for IT Professionals and VARs (Value Added Resellers). Based on the same cloud-based architecture as the Company’s award-winning residential Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) product, ihiji invision, the Network Management solution lowers a company’s capital and operating expenditures, increases productivity, and improves profit margins by minimizing equipment and network outages.

ihiji’s NMaaS platform provides real and effective management solutions. When in use, IT Professionals receive alerts regarding equipment status, making it easier than ever to remotely manage installations and reduce the time taken to isolate and repair issues with network-connected devices. The initial setup is simple and requires only a single low cost network appliance at each location. Subsequent configuration and management can be done remotely using tools within ihiji’s cloud-based portal, including remote access to the site without the need for a VPN connection. Once deployed at the client site, the ihiji appliance securely communicates system health and status data through the portal to the VAR in real-time. With analytics readily available, the VAR can identify the cause or source of issues faster and resolve them more efficiently, often without the added cost or requirement of sending a service technician to the site.

The ihiji solution is both practical and versatile. It is ideal for IT VARs that service Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs), IT organizations who manage a large number of remote branch locations, and, for those instances where a traditional server-based Remote Monitoring and Management tool is not practical due to requirements, scope, or budgetary constraints. “Often times the full toolset provided by a typical RMM solution is more complex than what is needed at a small or medium business or branch location which typically only requires network management and basic server information,” says ihiji VP of technical operations Michael Maniscalco. “The ihiji solution is a cost effective and powerful option that can fill the void within many Managed Service Providers’ (MSPs) offerings. In fact, our scalable platform can be used in tandem with traditional RMM software for installations which require more robust server or workstation management.”

ihiji’s cost effective network management solution enables a business to evolve, progressively moving to more efficient and effective cloud-based services. The low-cost appliance makes multiple site support possible without the added expense of numerous dedicated servers. Likewise, ihiji replaces the expense and
hassle of managing an enterprise RMM infrastructure with the convenience of a single network management tool. Since it is not tied to a particular manufacturer, ihiji’s solution also monitors equipment from multiple vendors – a solid benefit that supports IT organizations working with disparate network equipment. ihiji’s NMaaS platform is simply a dynamic, powerful, and comprehensive solution.

ihiji INV-APP-500 Network Appliance

With this next-generation solution now in private beta, ihiji is seeking participants from the SMB and/or IT VAR channels. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more by visiting http://itbeta.ihiji.com/, emailing itbeta@ihiji.com, or calling 512.538.0520 ext. 2003.

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About ihiji
ihiji is a provider of cloud-based Network-Management-as-a Service (NMaaS) platforms for remote monitoring and support of IP-enabled devices. Highly focused on the development of disruptive technologies, the Company’s cost effective Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) solutions enable Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and IT Professionals to progressively evolve to more efficient and effective cloud-based services.

The recipient of numerous industry awards and repeated recognition for its innovation, ihiji’s products lower a company’s capital and operating expenditures, increase productivity, and improve profit margins by minimizing network and equipment outages.

Originally introduced to efficiently monitor, maintain, and manage residential networking and automation products, the secure, scalable, and flexible ihiji platform is now being leveraged by SMBs, VARs, and IT Professionals alike.

ihiji works with partners and leading manufacturers to provide inspired solutions to complicated problems that increase efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Those interested can learn more by contacting the company at 512.538.0520 or by visiting www.ihiji.com.

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ASHLY KLR-5000 AMPS CHOSEN FOR RONDINELLI AUDIO RENTAL RIGS

george_rondinelli.JPGDUBUQUE, IOWA – APRIL 2012: Rondinelli Audio serves the community of Dubuque and the surrounding tri-state region of northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin, and northwest Illinois. With unswerving integrity, Rondinelli Audio sells musical instruments and professional audio equipment from its retail location on the west side of Dubuque, in addition to handling installations for churches, clubs and schools. But with gear and expertise aplenty, owner George Rondinelli effectively handles installations and runs a first-rate music production service. Acts spanning the gamut, from the Little River Band to B.B. King to Uncle Kracker, rely on the Rondinelli Audio to deliver great-sounding, glitch-free shows. Indeed, many aspiring presidential candidates have positioned themselves for a win in the Iowa caucuses with high-energy campaign rallies serviced by Rondinelli. Recently, the company needed more powerful amplifiers for their subwoofers, and George chose Ashly Audio’s new KLR-5000 amplifiers, citing their performance, more

ASHLY GEAR CHOSEN FOR SEDONA’S ENCHANTMENT RESORT

enchantment_clubhouse.JPGSEDONA, ARIZONA – APRIL 2012: Words hardly do justice to Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. The upscale retreat is tastefully nestled within a red rock canyon in a way that makes the views from the pools, rooms, restaurants, lounges, and spa breathtakingly open and serene. It is a rare amalgam of backcountry camping’s beauty and modern hospitality’s comforts in which neither aspect is compromised.

Enchantment Resort began an eight-million dollar renovation to its main building, the Clubhouse, this past November. This building houses the resorts front desk, restaurants, bar, specialty wine bar, pool and pool bar, and an activity center. The Clubhouse renovation was completed and reopened just in time for their peak spring break season, which typically brings 100% occupancy. With an entire makeover of all restaurants, bars, public areas, front desk, retail shopping, and a new pool almost three times the more

dB AUDIO AND VIDEO INSTALLS REALISTICALLY-PRICED PANASONIC-BASED HD VIDEO SYSTEM AT LIVING HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

livinghopechurch_stage.JPGBOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – APRIL 2012: Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky is not unlike other mid-sized churches. “Although we had always been happy to embrace new audio and video technologies over the years, the fact that we had fallen behind crept up on us slowly,” said the church’s creative arts pastor, Jon Farmer. In order to stay true to the church’s stated relationship with supporting technologies – “to better connect people with our message,” in Farmer’s words – Living Hope recently undertook a significant overhaul of its video system. Aided by the experts at dB Audio and Video of Gainesville, Georgia, the church now has a full HD presentation and recording system centered on Panasonic cameras, switchers, and projectors. Despite the truly vast improvement in performance, the cost was only a fraction of what it would have been just a few more

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS PROVIDE AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE COVERAGE AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA’S TRASK COLISEUM

trask_coliseum.JPGWILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 2012: The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is part of the state’s 17-school university system and currently enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Basketball is big in the Tar Heel state, and UNCW’s Seahawks basketball team draws crowds composed of students and locals to the 6,100-seat Trask Coliseum. Constructed in 1977, Trask recently benefitted from a $2 million makeover that included new floors, seating, scoreboards, a new video board, and a new high-intelligibility sound reinforcement system. South Dakota-based Daktronics designed and installed the multi-purpose arena’s new A/V system, which includes Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers. Daktronics chose the Danley SH-100B and SH-100 boxes based on their exceptional intelligibility, pattern control, and value.

“We were on a very tight budget,” explained Mike Maloney, regional audio sales associate with Daktronics. “We always strive for high-efficiency systems, but at UNCW, more

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