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AVocation Systems 8×8 HDMI, 16×16 Audio Matrix is AV Distribution Powerhouse

AVocation Systems HDMI Matrix Masters AV Switching Issues

Designed for demanding audio set-ups, the new HX-0808HA/16 HDMI matrix offers simultaneous or independent routing and key/EDID management for fast, reliable HDMI and audio switching.

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Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Booth 5734 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI with 16×16 Analog/Digital Audio Matrix (HX-0808HA/16). The HX-0808HA/16 is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include sixteen independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Living rooms, kitchens, media rooms, offices and even outdoor spaces require enhanced HDMI connectivity options as homeowners request the same content in every room, without performance loss. Reliable HDMI switching and routing is critical to meeting this demand. The new HX-0808HA/16 delivers whether an end user is watching one source but listening to another or routing a single source to multiple displays.

“Limitations are frustrating when you just want to enjoy music or video without interruption,” said AVocation Systems marketing manager Trent Mulligan. “Like with all our HDMI matrix products and accessories, we set out to create a reliable solution for common installer problems, while giving end users the functionality they crave. HDMI and audio switching may not be the flashiest technology, but people sure notice when it’s not working properly.”

Each of the eight HDMI, 16 analog audio (RCA), and 16 digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs can be simultaneously or independently routed, providing enough distribution flexibility for the most demanding AV set-ups. The product’s internal management of HDCP keys and EDID’s ensures reliable and low latency switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI with 16×16 Analog/Digital is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA.

For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

HydraConnect LLC Debuts New HDMI Matrix Processors With Built-in HDBaseT HDMI Transmitters – Also Now Available for Crestron, iRule, and RTI in addition to Control4

DENVER (8/23/12) — HydraConnect LLC, a Denver-based manufacturer of HDMI matrix processors has introduced its new HSS-3 Matrix Processor for Control4 systems. They have also announced system drivers that will also enable HSS-2 and HSS-3 products to integrate with Crestron, iRule, and RTI home automation systems.

HydraConnect LLC’s new HSS-3 Matrix Processor provides 8 HDMI inputs and 8 outputs with built-in HDBaseT transmitters, enabling cost effective installation to connect video displays up to 330 feet away using CAT5e cables. The companion HDBaseT receivers are unique in that they do not require power supplies, reducing installation headaches. Alternatively up to two of the HDBaseT outputs can be used as local HDMI connections. The HSS-3 retains all of the HSS-2 features such as an integrated audio matrix and CEC control to replace IR flashers.

In addition the HSS-2 and HSS-3 now include HydraConnect LLC’s new Dynamic 2D/3D protocol to automatically resolve EDID conflicts with mixed 2D/3D sources and displays.

“We are excited to now offer our Control4 dealers an integrated HDMI video, audio, and control processor with built-in HDBaseT transmitters to simplify their custom installations. Additionally, we are now able to make our products available to Crestron, iRule, and RTI home automation system installers,” said HydraConnect CEO, David Schanin. “We’ve learned a lot by keeping our efforts focused on Control4 systems over the past few years, but all the HDMI integration and CEC automation tools we have developed are equally applicable to these other systems. Installers will greatly appreciate the simplicity, and set-up automation of our systems, and the ability to all-but eliminate IR flashers.”

The HSS-3 will connect and individually switch up to eight HDMI sources with eight HDMI video displays, switch eight stereo sources among 16 remote speaker zones, and control this equipment using CEC without IR flashers, all seamlessly integrated with a home automation system. The HydraConnect HSS-3 and the earlier HSS-2 models use cloud-based software support that provides automatic upgrades and tech support without customer intervention. The most recent upgrade was the addition of the company’s patent-pending Dynamic 2D/3D display management system, which automatically maximizes viewing options and performance in environments with mixed 2D and 3D components. With the exception of HydraConnect LLC’s HSS family of products, present day switches do not have the capability to dynamically adapt to the 2D/3D environment properly.

“It’s all about systems integration and ease of installation,” continued Schanin. “Customers don’t realize that a major system upgrade, like Dynamic 2D/3D, happened two weeks ago at 3 AM without discs, dongles or a visit from their dealer. Our cloud based update system did this automatically. With the HSS-3 we are adding the greater range and flexibility of built-in HDBaseT extender technology to the HSS-2’s patented CEC control functions and largely automated setup. The HSS processors provide the installer with a simple HDMI and HDBaseT technology solution.”

Since long runs of conventional HDMI cables are not possible, many custom installers use accessory HDBaseT HDMI extenders and CAT5e for long cable runs. By building eight HDBaseT transmitters into the HSS-3, installers can speed installation and set-up by eliminating one more connection in the chain. These extenders use Power Over Ethernet (POE), so there is no need for a “wall wart” power supply on the receiver end of the cable, which allows flush mount of flat screen TVs. To support local AV Receivers in the HSS rack, two of the output channels can be selected to use local HDMI connectors instead of HDBaseT.

The HydraConnect LLC HSS-3 also eliminates the need most IR blasters and extra controllers, thanks to its fully-integrated CEC control for nearly all sources and displays, plus it provides integrated IP support for DirecTV satellite receivers. Automatic EDID set-up and management ensures maximum video resolution and all audio format support. There are no HDCP key limitations on number of simultaneous displays. The company’s FlashConnect™ technology ensures near instantaneous video switching and no picture loss when adding or removing displays to or from a video stream. The HSS-3 supports 3D, resolutions up to 1080p, HDMI 1.4a-pass-through, 36/30/24 bit deep color (225 GHz), automated EDID and CEC processing, and is HDCP 1.4 compliant. It also supports all the latest HDMI audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. A/V remix allows the viewing of one video source while listening to a separate audio source. For Control4 installations, HSS-3’s fully integrated Control4 Composer support includes bidirectional volume control feedback for Control4 Navigator.

The HSS-3 will be available to authorized HydraConnect dealers in October. The new HydraConnect System Drivers for Crestron, RTI, and iRule will be available to dealers in October.

About HydraConnect LLC
HydraConnect manufactures and sells systems that integrate HDMI functionality and connectivity into Control4, Crestron, RTI, and iRule home automation environments. HydraConnect was founded in 2010 by Schanin and Tony Anzelmo, two A/V professionals with over 60 years of combined electronics design, development, and manufacturing experience. For more information, visit www.hydraconnect.com or call 720-583-4364.

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Contact: David Schanin
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Gail Kasper to Deliver Keynote Address at Women in CE’s Fourth Annual CEDIA EXPO Breakfast Event

Author of ‘Another Day Without a Cage’ to Share Personal Story of Success Achieved Through Adversity

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Aug. 22, 2012 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE) today announced that Gail Kasper, author of “Another Day Without a Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment to Total Empowerment,” will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s fourth annual breakfast event at CEDIA EXPO 2012. Kasper will present “Breakthrough,” a candid insight on overcoming odds in order to achieve personal success. The Women in CE event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 1. more

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SYMETRIX EXPANDS SYMNET AUDIO DSP WITH RADIUS 12×8

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 2012: Symetrix announces the Radius 12×8, a Dante™-networkable, fixed I/O, open-architecture digital signal processor expanding the innovative SymNet platform.

Radius may be installed as a standalone processor or used in conjunction with SymNet Edge or third party Dante(tm) network-enabled devices to achieve the scalability and flexibility needed to meet the specifications of the simplest to the most complex installations.

“The Radius 12×8 is an extremely powerful installed sound DSP making use of one of the industry’s most popular input/output form factors – 12×8,” said Paul Roberts, CEO. “In response to integrator feedback, the SymNet Radius 12×8 includes ARC-WEB, our simple, yet powerful, browser-based user-control technology, compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.”

Audinate’s award-winning Dante technology is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Dante delivers a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols.

Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO remarks “Symetrix has done their research and is seizing the opportunity with the launch of the Radius 12×8, their second Dante-enabled product to hit the market this year. ” Ellison adds, “With the new Radius, customers will be able to easily connect to the many other Dante-enabled products now available which in turn offers a broader networked solution for everyone.”

KEY PRODUCT BENEFITS AND FEATURES
• Plug-and-play networking enables multiple Radius and Edge units to function as building blocks in a scalable system design, from one DSP to many.
• Easy transition to Radius 12×8 with advanced training available online 24/7 and Symetrix technical support staff available for design assistance.
• Twelve mic/line inputs, eight line outputs.
• Configure with SymNet Composer software with over 600 DSP modules.
• Internal gigabit and 10/100 switches eliminate the need for third-party switches in most systems.
• Network audio expansion using Dante protocol over standard IT networks. 64 transmit and 64 receive channels. Ultra low latency.
• User control: Symetrix ARC wall panels, ARC-WEB web app, SymNet SymVue, third-party touch screens.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

SnapAV Revolutionizes Power Products Category with WATTBOX Line; Unique 2-Piece Conditioner Separates Power Unit from Display for Unparalleled Mounting Options

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV's WATTBOX 600 Series Power Conditioner SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 A/V solutions for the residential and commercial channels, today announced the launch of its WATTBOX™ rack mount and standalone power surge / conditioners and power strips. Replacing and expanding upon the company’s Episode® power line, the WATTBOX models are designed to simplify the process of mounting electrical outlets in equipment racks, structured wiring cans and behind TVs. This is achieved via rugged all-metal chassis designs that are more compact, yet yield greater spacing between outlets, and rack models that can be angled and recessed – some with optional display faceplates. The all-new metal chassis products range from $59.95 to $489.95 MSRP depending on model and features.

600 Series 2-piece Rack-Mountable Power Conditioner
A prime example of SnapAV’s design philosophy for the line is the WATTBOX 600 Series 2-piece Rack-Mountable Power Conditioner. Eliminating the common struggle of reaching the electrical outlets within the rack, the 600 Series power unit can be mounted anywhere in the rack including recessed and angled up or down. The 1 RU face plate (displays voltage and current meters and incorporates dual USB charging ports) is simply connected to the outlet bank by an RJ45 cable and separate power cable.

Integrated into the 600 Series is the latest in power conditioning and surge protection technologies including sequenced outlets, isolated filter banks, fireproof MOVs, noise filtration and Safe Voltage protection (for brown-outs).

The 600 Series 12-outlet Sequencing Power Conditioner with optional face plate retails for $489.95.

“Some dealers want the outlet bank at the top of the rack, some want it at the bottom, some want it flush, and some prefer it slightly recessed for wire management,” says SnapAV Senior Vice President Adam Levy. “With WATTBOX, dealers can have it any way they want it. With the unique 2-piece design, they can even add a display for the front of the rack without making a compromise. It is the kind of design that can only come from really listening carefully to dealer’s needs.”

All WATTBOX products are backed by UL Certification and Connected Equipment Warranties.

Later this quarter, SnapAV plans to add IP-addressable products to the WATTBOX line.

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 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators 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 www.commercial.snapav.com

Audio-Video Corporation Outfits Atrium at Mount Saint Mary College With HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – To accommodate a broad variety of events in the newly renovated atrium at Mount Saint Mary College, located in Newburgh, New York, Audio-Video Corporation of Albany installed a new sound system featuring HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series column loudspeakers and JBL Control® Contractor ceiling speakers.

The atrium, which caters to various events at the college including dinner functions, presentations, movies and more, needed an integrated audio/video system to eliminate the hassle of running wires and setting up speakers every time a function was to be hosted.

To do so, Marc Happes, Application Engineer at Audio-Video Corporation, installed five JBL CBT 50LA-1 column speakers along the front wall of the building, with four Control 24CT ceiling speakers under the overhang of the balcony for reinforcement. On the second floor, which is used as an overflow area for additional seating, four Control 24CT Micro ceiling speakers were installed as well.

The narrow and vertical coverage angle of the CBT’s proved to be perfect, while the thin compact design allowed them to blend into the wall without a distraction. “We avoided any architectural problems and were able to direct the speakers to project even coverage throughout the entire room,” Happes stated. “Trying to fill the large space with even coverage for the type of applications they are running without feedback was a challenge, but the CBT’s were the perfect solution.”

Happes and his team selected the Control 24CT and Control 24CT Micro ceiling speakers, as they have become a standard for Audio-Video Corporation. “Their coverage pattern and frequency response is the best out there for this application. The Micros, with their short back cans, were a blessing as there was not much space above the ceiling to mount the speakers on the second floor,” Happes explained.

Audio-Video Corporation has been a HARMAN dealer for many years, and deploys HARMAN products whenever possible. “HARMAN has everything we need to build complete systems,” Happes continued. “The support has always been great and the products are bulletproof out of the box. It’s great to have a company we can rely on.”

For more information on Audio-Video Corporation, please visit: http://www.audiovideocorp.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

WEST PALM BEACH CHURCH RE-ENERGIZED WITH ASHLY NE AMPS AND PROCESSORS

holynamejesus_church.JPGWEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 2012: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida has seen tremendous growth in its fifty-eight year history. In the military surplus warehouse that served as its first sanctuary, early sermons competed with wildlife, rain, and muffled announcements from the dog track across the street. HNJCC grew into – and out of – a more

BUOYED BY SYMETRIX JUPITER AND ARC-WEB TECHNOLOGY DEGANGE SOUND SOLUTIONS FINDS ITS NICHE IN THE INSTALLATION MARKET

john_degange.JPGBELMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 2012: Last fall, Daddy’s Junky Music Store, a New England retailer of thirty-nine years, closed all twelve of its locations. One employee, John DeGange, who had risen to the position of installed sound manager, walked away and started all over again. With a client list, established industry contacts, and a working more

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

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