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Barix Supports Crestron Rava SIP Intercom and Phone Technology

Solution delivers first interface to enable peer-to-peer device communication between Rava-enabled touch screens and analog door stations

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 21, 2013 — IP audio and control specialist Barix is pleased to announce support of Crestron Rava™ SIP intercom and phone technology. The Barix SIP firmware will simplify integration of Rava-enabled touch screens with analog devices, such as intercom panels, to enable peer-to-peer communication between devices without a central server. This simplifies Voice over IP (VoIP) integration in residential and commercial deployments.

Crestron Rava touch screens leverage SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) to permit voice intercom, telephone and paging (point-to-point and group) among other applications across the home, office or small business. The inclusion of Barix firmware uniquely establishes compatibility between Rava-enabled touch screens and analog door stations. This allows customers to continue to use existing analog installed devices when upgrading to Rava touch screens, providing seamless IP to analog integration.

Systems integrators, meanwhile, eliminate the time and labor associated with configuring servers to enable SIP compatibility between Rava touch screens and connected devices. Barix firmware allows these devices to discover each other on the network, becoming the first Crestron-approved solution to offer such seamless peer-to-peer device connectivity. The result is a reliable, SIP-compatible solution that effectively bridges analog and digital components within Rava environments.

“We’re thrilled to have Barix support our protocol because it bridges the gap between digital (SIP communication points) and analog door stations,” said Fred Bargetzi, Crestron VP of Technology. “We see many homes with independent door station/intercom systems separate from the home automation system or homes with integrated page-all intercom systems when discrete peer-to-peer operation is more desirable. With support of the Rava protocol, Barix now provides a retrofit solution that seamlessly communicates with the homeowner’s existing door station.”

The Barix solution can be deployed today by connecting a Barix Annuncicom IP two-way audio hardware device directly to a door station. Crestron is also working with companies such as eHolovision, which manufactures a series of intercom entry panels for door stations. Barix will soon add the same functionality to these and other third-party panels equipped with Barix IPAM Series modules. This enables peer-to-peer SIP and Rava compatibility without additional hardware.

Both options also provide digital inputs and outputs for control options, such as activating door strikes. The integration with Barix effectively turns a door station and a Crestron Home Control System into an integrated access control solution for the customer.

“Barix has previously worked with Crestron, developing an Annuncicom device version specifically for Crestron residential solutions. That solution offered an IP interface for point-to-point, full-duplex audio distribution and control between analog and digital devices,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. “The new solution evolves the relationship, using Barix’s strong IP audio and control expertise to develop a unique solution that reduces infrastructure, simplifies installation and enhances communication across Rava environments.”

About Crestron
For more than 40 years Crestron has been the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, innovating technology and reinventing the way people live and work. Providing integrated solutions to control audio, video, lighting, computer, IP and environmental systems, Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in corporate conference rooms, hotels, classrooms, auditoriums, and in their homes. Crestron’s leadership stems from its dedicated people who are committed to providing the best products, programs and services in the industry. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

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Spruce up your sound for 2013 with 10% off select acoustic materials

Let’s start of 2013 with a bang and be sure that bang sounds good! If part of your New Year’s Resolution is to replace your old acoustical treatment, redesign your listening space, improve the conference room, or any other sound control project, we have solutions for you! Acoustics First is also extending their New Year’s Special Savings promotion through the end of January 2013. Choose from two modular acoustical treatment systems. The PhaseFOAM acoustical foam system includes a box of linear anechoic panels or a box of bass traps that can mount to a wall or in a corner. Alternatively, the Tone Tile paint-able wall panels install direct to the wall using the provided impaling clips or can be configured as bass traps using optional corner clips or stand-off clips.

Save 10% on http://www.PhaseFOAM.com & http://www.ToneTiles.com stock products | Offer expires 1/31/2013. (While supplies last)

Acoustics First wishes you a Happy New Year and continued success in 2013!

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

New RTI Products Provide Dealers With Innovative Solutions Covering a Broad Spectrum for Control

RTI Now Shipping New KX7 In-Wall Touchpanel Controller and SURFiR Companion Remote for RTiPanel App

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 3, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced that it is now shipping its new KX7 in-wall color touchpanel controller and SURFiR companion remote. With these new products ranging from touchscreen controllers to wireless remote controls, RTI continues to design award-winning products that meet the specific needs of professional integrators in all sectors of the CE world. The KX7 is loaded with high-end features, such as a capacitive touchscreen, analog and digital video viewing capability, and a self contained control system — perfect for sophisticated residential and commercial installations. The SURFiR is a low-cost companion remote control, for end-users that enjoy using their tablet or smartphone as their primary controller but want hard-buttons with instant control. more

KanexPro Releases HDBaseT Scaler for Presentation Systems

Introducing the next-generation in ultimate presentation scaling and switching, KanexPro announced today the HDSC12D scaler to its pro-line of high-resolution scalers.
This 12-input high resolution scaler boasts a twisted pair output based on HDBaseT® technology that will compensate for long runs up to 230 feet (70m) while switching and scaling up to 12-inputs. It includes an independent receiver, which extends the HDMI output. Fully HDCP and EDID compliant, this professional scaler can be used anywhere from lecture halls, conference rooms to health care facilities and control centers.

Features:
• Switch & Scale 12-inputs to 2-high-resolution displays
• 4 HDMI + 4 VGA Inputs with 3.5mm Audio
• 1 YPbPr + 1 Composite / S-Video Input with L/R Stereo Audio
• 1 Microphone Input
• 1 HDMI +1 VGA Output with L/R Stereo Audio (For non-HDCP encrypted content)
• 1 HDMI HDBaseT CAT6 STP receiver included
• Extender supports distance up to 230ft [70m]
• Supports scaling input up to 1080p
• 2 x 10 Watt Amplifier
• IR remote control included
• RS-232 & TCP/IP control with third party control systems
• Backed by KanexPro 3 -Year Parts & Labor Warranty

For more information, please visit: http://www.kanexpro.com/item/?id=HDSC12D

Ultimate in Presentation Switching Environments

Extron Introduces Long Distance HDMI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP HDMI 330, a transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. The HDCP-compliant extender provides an effective means for extending HDMI with embedded multi-channel audio from HDMI-equipped devices. In addition, the DTP HDMI 330 accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same twisted pair cable. The compact enclosure sizes and remote power capability make the DTP HDMI 330 ideal for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control in space-challenged environments. more

RTI Appoints Clint Forberg as Eastern U.S. Sales Manager

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Dec. 17, 2012 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it has named Clint Forberg as the company’s eastern United States sales manager. Forberg had served as RTI’s director of training for the last six years before being promoted to his new role with the company, where he is responsible for the sales and marketing activity of RTI’s control solutions in the eastern U.S. more

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Extron Announces a New Compact HDMI Fiber Optic Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the HFX 100 HDMI Fiber Optic Extender, an economical transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio signals over one fiber optic cable. It extends HDCP-compliant HDMI signals over a multimode cable at lengths up to 300 meters (984 feet). Engineered for reliability and exceptional image performance, the compact extender uses all-digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. The HFX 100 is ideal for use in applications that require long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded multi-channel digital audio signals. more

QSC Introduces the New AcousticPerformance™ Line of Loudspeakers


Costa Mesa, CA (December 5, 2012) – QSC Audio Products is proud to announce the launch of the AcousticPerformance™ line of professional, two-way, full-range loudspeakers, ideal for a variety of installed sound reinforcement applications which require higher SPL and a stylish enclosure. All models feature a 3-inch voice coil, high power-capacity compression driver combined with high-output woofers to deliver exceptional full bandwidth reproduction.

“In keeping with QSC’s loudspeaker design philosophy, all AcousticPerformance loudspeakers feature Directivity Matched Transition™ (DMT) which matches the compression driver to the natural coverage angle of the woofer in the cross-over region”, states Phil Sanchez, QSC Loudspeaker Product Manager. “When combined with their axisymmetric waveguides, AcousticPerformance loudspeakers deliver a flat power response with smooth and accurate sonic reproduction and remarkably consistent coverage both on and off-axis.”

AcousticPerformance models may be used in passive (full-range) mode to minimize amplifier channel count or bi-amp mode for greater control and performance. To further enhance performance, bi-amp and full-range tunings using QSC Intrinsic Correction techniques are available for Q-Sys™ and future QSC products.

All models feature M10 mounting points for deployment via eye-bolts as well as mount points for an optional yoke bracket. The AP-5122m multi-purpose enclosure features a 40-degree angle, making it ideal for floor monitor use, and a pole cup for deployment on a loudspeaker stand. The enclosure and terminal input cup on the AP-5122m have been designed to facilitate the cable runs for a clean appearance on stage.

Presenting a clean, unobtrusive look, AcousticPerformance grilles are unadorned, eliminating the need to cover-up logo treatments, which can be difficult to hide or remove. The grille is also lined with acoustically transparent backing, adding to the enclosure’s professional appearance.

AP-5102/5122/5152 models are available in black (RAL 9011) and white (RAL 9010) finishes. AP-5122m is available in black only. To minimize impact and disposal fees at the job site, all AcousticPerformance loudspeakers are packaged in environmentally friendly, recyclable cartons.

Key Features of the AcousticPerformance Line:

•DMT™ (Directivity Matched Transition) ensures smooth, coherent power response across the listening plane
•3” diaphragm compression delivers a clean and powerful high frequency response
•M10 fittings and yoke mount fittings offer flexible deployment options for a variety of applications
•Clean industrial design with unadorned grilles complement most decors and settings
•NL4 Speakon™ connector and covered barrier strip terminals*
•Bi-Amp / Passive Switchable
•Constructed from 15-ply Baltic birch plywood
•16-Gauge powder coated steel grilles
•Available in black (RAL 9011) and white (RAL 9010)*
•Complete EASE, CAD & BIM information available online
* Except for 5122m

For more information, visit the AcousticPerformance product page at http://qsc.com/products/speakers/ap/

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital signal processors, digital sound transport, and network audio for professional audio systems worldwide. qsc.com

New RTI Products at ISE 2013

Integrated Systems Europe 2013
Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI)
Stand 5-S92

Company Quote:

ISE provides a great opportunity for us to reconnect with our dealers in the EMEA region, and this year we will dazzle them with our latest handheld and in-wall touchpanel controllers, a new XP processor with on-screen control support, powerful and flexible multiroom audio solutions, and much more. In addition, integrators can check out RTI’s expansion into video distribution with new HDMI video matrix switchers as well as the introduction of our APEX control platform. Within the APEX platform, the latest version of Integration Designer will offer a number of key enhancements to provide strong support for remote programming and cloud services. Celebrating 20 years in the industry, this is going to be our biggest and best ISE yet, and we can’t wait to see everyone. — Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI more

Paradyme Sound & Vision to Host Open House, Music Matters Event

Sacramento, CA – Paradyme Sound & Vision, the premier choice for high-fidelity audio, smart home and car entertainment technologies in the greater Sacramento market, will host its second annual Music Matters event on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 4-9PM. Music Matters is an open house event that welcomes guests to learn about streaming audio technology and how to dramatically improve the sound quality of music for maximum enjoyment in the home.
 
“At Paradyme Sound & Vision, music is our passion,” shares founder Leon SooHoo. “We are thrilled to provide our customers with the opportunity to hear from pioneers in streaming music technology during a night exclusively devoted to enhancing the reproduction of music.”
 
Paradyme welcomes special guest Geoffrey Marks from Sonos to discuss the present and future directions of streaming music within the home technology industry. Representatives from prominent home audio and automation companies will lead 30-minute sessions in four sound rooms. Attendees will see and hear streaming music presentations on the finest music systems available, including loudspeakers and audio components from: AudioQuest, Classe’, Integra, McIntosh, Paradigm, Pioneer, B&W, GoldenEar, Martin Logan, NAD and PeachTree.  
 
Whether you enjoy music on CD’s, via Pandora, MOG, iTunes, or Rhapsody, if music is an important part of your life, Music Matters is the event for you. Join Paradyme Sound & Vision for Music Matters on Thursday, December 6th from 4:00-9:00PM at the company’s Sacramento showroom located at 1732 Fulton Ave. Light hors d’oeuvres & refreshments will be served. Seating for the event is limited so guests are asked to RSVP for the event at http://musicmatters2012.eventbrite.com; email info@paradyme.com; or call (916) 971-3600 x130.
 
For complete details visit http://www.paradyme.com/musicmatters.
 
About Paradyme Sound & Vision
Since 1976, Paradyme Sound & Vision has established itself as Northern California’s premier source for high-fidelity audio, smart home and car technologies. Paradyme Sound & Vision offers the finest selection of whole-home audio and video, home automation, car entertainment and residential integration services. Paradyme Sound & Vision has built a reputation for unmatched integrity and service; delivering the highest level of customer service to thousands of satisfied customers for more than thirty years. The company boasts a collection of local and national awards of excellence.
 
Paradyme Sound & Vision Contact: Leon SooHoo 916-971-3600

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