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What to do with my TV now that’s it’s already on the wall.

It’s all in the trend of living room decor. More and more people are realizing that it’s not enough to mount their TV on the wall. They want something more. There are 3 popular option, TV mirror, TV frame, roll up TV art. But which is the right option for me?

First TV mirror, cost $2,000 and up, practicality low. It’s great when you don’t use your TV at all, but if you do. You will quickly realized that the glare produce by the tv mirror is causing you to want to smash it with a hammer. No way by any mean should you get a TV mirror if you are planning to use your TV, plus the fact that it cost 4 times the price of your TV, should keep you a million miles away from it.

Then you have the motorized TV art. Cost? $1,500 and up. Benefit? not much except it look real cool when you are not watching TV.

TV FRAME WWW.LCDFASHION.COM

TV picture frame? cost? $300 and up. Benefits? makes your TV look cool (whether you’re watching or not), compliment your current decor, allow you to used it as a digital picture frame, or to display your favorite artwork. By far the most practical, beautiful, and cost efficient.

KanexPro Introduces Audio De-Embedder with 3D Support

KanexPro (InfoComm booth # C7247) , the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce Audio De-Embedders with full 3D support. Audio De-Embedder is a simple device, designed to extract HDMI audio from HDMI signals. It outputs to analog 2-channel stereo and digital S/PDIF simultaneously providing multichannel audio up to 5.1 surround sound. Supports data rates up to 6.75 Gbps to all channels with HDMI 1.3 Deep Color. The audio De-embedder is HDCP compliant, displaying resolutions to 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200.

Input cable equalization on the audio De-embedder compensates for weak source signals or signal loss when using long input cable runs. Supports wide variety of audio formats from two-channel PCM or encoded bit stream audio for Dolby® Digital to 5.1 DTS® Digital Surround.
The Kanex Audio De-embedder is a perfect problem solver for many applications that require audio extraction from HDMI signals.

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.

Russound’s New SLK – Single Line In-wall Keypad Ships, Single-Gang Decora® Styling Makes It A Discrete Keypad Solution

Newmarket, NH (May 29, 2012) Russound, the leader in multiroom audio and video systems introduces its new SLK, Single Line Keypad designed for individual zone control of the C-Series MCA-C3 and MCA-C5 multiroom audio systems.

This stylish single-gang keypad designed for basic zone control contains many powerful features hidden beneath its sleek Decora exterior finish, and with 5 colors options available the SLK is at home in any setting (conversion kit required).

The SLK’s white backlit LCD panel is easy-to-navigate and control. The 5 character display lists current source, volume level and system status information.

For added convenience, users can power the room’s system on/off with a single soft-touch button and even turn off all-zones by simply holding down the power button for 4 seconds. Source selection promptly changes when scrolling through the systems source list with the simple touch of a button.

Additionally, the SLK works seamlessly with “My Russound” application on supported hand-held devices and features an IR receiver for direct control and IR repeating.

For additional information on Russound, visit: www.russound.com.
Russound Single Line Keypad # # #
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.

Sales Inquiries: Tel: 1 (866) 888-7466 toll-free • email: sales@russound.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis, The OAC Group • Tel: 713/665-8758 • email: roberta@theoacgroup.com

All rights reserved. All brands and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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.

AVocation Systems Introduces 8×8 HDMI Matrix for AV Distribution

With industrial design suited for the most demanding HDMI installations, the 8×8 Matrix provides the reliability and functionality dealers need for large AV distribution projects.

Broomfield, CO – May 14, 2012 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, proudly announces the new Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI Matrix (HX-0808H). The new 8×8 HDMI matrix is the first in a series of coveted HDMI products AVocation Systems has planned for 2012.

HDMI distribution has its challenges. Long distances, control of numerous components, and unreliable switching can all present problems in large scale HDMI installations. AVocation System’s new 8×8 matrix provides reliable and true router capabilities: any of the eight HDMI inputs can be routed to any or all of the eight HDMI outputs and EDID/Key management virtually eliminates latency between switch times. The 8×8 matrix also has the ability to take signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays (as opposed to just one), a common failure of many matrix routers. AVocation also includes drivers for most control system partners, a welcome feature for installers working with large home or commercial automation systems.

“Dealers and installers are well aware of the limitations of HDMI,” said Trent Mulligan, sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems. “The best way to deal with these constraints is to work with AV distribution and accessory products that are engineered to alleviate some of the pain felt by working with HDMI in a distributed environment.”

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 12-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 has built a reputation for engineering affordable AV distribution products that withstand the tests of time, environment and heavy usage,” said Mulligan. “Our 8×8 HDMI Matrix is no different and we are committed to helping dealers deal with HDMI challenges through product innovation and support.”

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. The AVocation Systems Youtube Channel also has helpful product and informational videos.

About AVocation Systems
AVocation Systems was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Richard Reisbick, an engineering, design and manufacturing expert with over 25 years experience in the field. The company specializes in industry leading audio/video distribution products including: HDMI and component matrix routers, VGA and component input selectors, distribution amplifiers, serial splitters, video sensors and more. All AVocation Systems products are made in the U.S.A – Broomfield, Colorado – with stringent quality control standards maintained through the entire manufacturing process. AVocation Systems is not just another matrix company.

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.

Media Contact:
Katye (McGregor) Bennett
KMB Communications
O. (425) 374.8930
C. (425) 328.8640
E. Katye@KMBComm.com
T. @katyemcgregor

Acoustics First’s Paintable Design Friendly Acoustic Panel

For Immediate Release

Acoustics First Unveils Tone Tiles™. (Paintable, Design Friendly Acoustical Panel System)Tone Tile™ Paintable Design Friendly Panels

www.ToneTiles.com

As a follow up to the recent PhaseFOAM™ system, the Acoustics First design team has invented a new wall panel system named Tone Tiles™, www.ToneTiles.com. Tone Tile™ acoustical panels are now ready to be shipped and deployed into any application requiring sound control. This new acoustical system offers acoustical absorption with limitless design potential and installation possibilities.

The white soft drywall texture appearance of the tile allows you to install them right out of the box or paint with a matte finish spray paint to complement colors on site. These sound absorbing panels are covered with a paintable / printable finish, allowing you to match any design scheme.

The unique 2’x1’ size of the panel allows one the freedom to create diverse wall tile patterns and mount around existing room obstructions. Optional 2” Stand-Off Mounting Brackets further acoustical control by creating an air gap, increasing absorption and improving low frequency response. The 2″ space behind the panels also presents an opportunity for back lighting effects. Employing optional Corner Mounting Clips permits the installer to construct one foot wide or two foot wide custom bass traps in room corners.

10 ea. 2′ x 1′ Tone Tile™ panels in each box for $350.00 USD.
Optional Mounting Clips:
Acoustics First 2″ Stand off Clips, Box of 20 Clips AF2SC20 $ 80.00
Acoustics First Corner Clips, Box of 8 pair (8 Left & 8 Right) AFCC8 $ 48.00

-Spray Paint Panels to Complement Color Schemes
-Locally Print Images on Panel Face
-Design Unique Wall Patterns
-Apply Stencil Designs
-Increase Absorption Using 2″ Stand off Clips
-Easily Construct Custom Bass Traps

www.ToneTiles.com

Ryan Larkin
Sales & Marketing
www.AcousticsFirst.com
Acoustics First Corporation
PH: (804) 342-2900

SIM2 Partners with goHDR for world first in television technology at NAB 2012

Miramar, Florida—April 2012—Innovative television technology that’s as clever as the human eye is to be showcased by University of Warwick spinout company goHDR at the NAB Show® in Las Vegas, later this month. SIM2’s first High Dynamic Range Display, the HDR47E monitor, will be used in the demonstration showing the HDR content produced by goHDR.

goHDR will provide the world with its first glimpse of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, screened on the SIM2 HDR display, enabling viewers to see images with exceptional lighting detail. goHDR is developing compression technology that will enable the huge data streams produced by HDR video cameras to be displayed on a TV screen.

“We are proud to be part of goHDR’s new video technology showcase in Las Vegas. Our HDR47E monitor is a technological tour-de-force developed by SIM2 engineers to make full use of the real-life dynamic range of HDR images,” says Alberto Fabiano EVP SIM2 USA Inc. “The goHDR presentation will be, yet again, another opportunity to show the world SIM2′s technology leadership: an experience that streams down to our entire line of precision products hand-made in Italy.”

Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualization at WMG, University of Warwick and Innovation Director at goHDR, explains: “High Dynamic Range video is the next big step in TV imaging – similar to the change from black and white to color TV. For the first time, viewers will be able to see scenes on TV just as they would in real life, without losing detail in the glare of bright sunlight or in deep shadow.”

“The data stream produced by HDR cameras is huge – equivalent to a CD worth of data per second. To address this issue, goHDR has produced two products: an Encoder which compresses the data to allow it to be transferred to a display, and a Media Player, which reverses the process and allows the pictures to be viewed with all the glorious lighting detail preserved,” says Professor Chalmers.

“We are very excited to be working with SIM2 to display HDR content on the world’s first commercial HDR display,” says Professor Chalmers. “TV viewers will get an exclusive glimpse at the significant difference that this technology will make to their viewing experience. HDR is coming. At NAB you will be able to see what the future will be like.”

Over the past two years goHDR has had exclusive access to the world’s first true HDR video camera, built by German company SpheronVR, and has produced a number of short films to showcase the technology. This will be the first time the company has been able to demonstrate its work, using SIM2’s HDR47E monitor, to a wide audience, outside the laboratory.

The film clips produced by goHDR are also available on the company’s website (www.gohdr.com) where they have been specially treated, using a technique called tonemapping, to give an idea of what they would look like on an HDR display.

Note to Editors:
goHDR is a software business, whose niche is to provide advanced data compression algorithms to all those who are developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Its aim is to be the leader in the software that enables HDR video. For more information, go to www.gohdr.com

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SIM2 High Dynamic Range (HDR) HDR47E monitor to be used in goHDR demo at NAB 2012

and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Media Links First to Launch New SMPTE 2022-1/2/5/6 Compliant Multi-Port JPEG2000 and Uncompressed 3G-SDI, 3D Dual Link, HD-SDI and DVB-ASI IP Transmission Solutions at NAB 2012

Media Links Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Global Links announces new four-port video transmission interfaces for the MD8000 transport solution. The MD8000-UVTX and MD8000-UVRX support JPEG2000 compressed and uncompressed 3D dual-link, 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI and/or DVB-ASI signals over SONET/SDH, IP and DWDM based networks.

The new MD8000-UVTX and MD8000-UVRX modules are high-density and cost-effective solutions that support higher bit rate services across the MD8000 series of transport solutions. The boards will be available in two versions for transmitting and receiving either uncompressed or JPEG2000 SMPTE 2022 compressed signals. The MD8000-UVTX transmitter board accepts up to four HD/SD-SDI and/or DVB-ASI inputs, as well as two ports of 3D dual-link or 3G-SDI. It encapsulates and distributes the signals across a non-blocking Layer 2 switch fabric, where signal replication is supported over multiple 1GbE, 10GbE, OC-192/48/12/3 network interfaces.

The MD8000-UVRX receiver board reproduces up to four video outputs received from the non-blocking Layer 2 switching fabric inherent in all of the MD8000 platforms.

These new cards allow facilities to take advantage of an existing SONET/SDH or IP based network by transporting compressed or uncompressed video source signals simultaneously to multiple destinations.

The multi-format boards support either electrical or fiber connections, providing a straightforward path to SDI over fiber applications for long distance transmission. Additional functions include signal error correction, hitless switching and auto-protection switching, which come standard on all Media Links MD8000 video interfaces.

These new solutions are compatible with common digital video broadcast formats and therefore suitable for use in traditional broadcast and production applications including; remote trucks, live-events distribution, and fixed installations. These units can also be used to aggregate signals from multiple edge locations where only a small number of video channels are collected into a video switching facility. This offers increased savings associated with rack space and power requirements.

The new MD8000-UVTX and UVRX 3D dual-link, 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI and/or DVB-ASI transmission / receiver set of boards will be demonstrated at NAB 2012 booth SU6912.

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