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PMC Brings Superlative Sound Quality to Andrew Lau Wai-Keung’s Private Screening Room

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Internationally acclaimed film director and producer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung has installed a pair of PMC’s flagship BB5 XBD Active loudspeakers in his private screening room in Hong Kong.

Wai-Keung began his career as a cinematographer and has worked on many notable films including Ringo Lam’s City on Fire and Wong Kar-Wai’s As Tears Go By and Chungking Express. In 1990 he made to switch to director with the film Against All, but he continues to act as cinematographer and has performed both roles on nearly all of the 30-plus films he has made.

Wai-Keung’s artistic eye and his interest in stories about the grittier, darker side of life has allowed him to carve a niche and build a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s new breed of action directors. Although film making is his passion, he is also hugely enthusiastic about good sound quality, which is why he has chosen PMC’s BB5 XBD Active Reference loudspeakers for his own screening room.

Supplied by PMC’s Hong Kong distributor Richcoln Company Ltd, the BB5 XBD Active range is always a popular choice with discerning audiophiles. Renowned for their audio fidelity, BB5 Active monitors offer extended bass response and room control by virtue of PMC’s proprietary ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) design. The active electronics are the result of collaboration between PMC and Bryston, which has delivered a loudspeaker product offering unrivalled quality and reliability.

BB5 XBD Aactive loudspeakers are the mainstay of many internationally acclaimed recording facilities, including Prince’s personal studio, Metropolis Studios in London, the Athens Concert Hall and BBC Maida Vale. Added to this, PMC’s BB5 Active monitors played an important part in ensuring that the Beatles ‘Love’ 5.1 album received a TEC Award for mastering, as well as Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Surround Sound Album.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com

PMC Launches Online Retailing for its twotwo™ Monitor Series

PMC twotwo Range

British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is encouraging new customers to try its compact twotwo™ reference monitor series by setting up Reference Monitor Centres at key Hi-Fi retail outlets around the UK.

The new centres are offering high quality demonstration facilities so that customers can listen to PMC’s twotwo product range in an acoustically accurate environment and receive advice from highly trained staff.

The monitors can then be bought online via a dedicated twotwo sales website and either delivered direct to the customer or to the nearest Reference Monitor Centre, all of which are offering a Click and Collect service.

Ian Downs, Pro Audio Sales Manager for PMC, says: “Our twotwo range is ideally suited to young producers and DJs who are working from home and want simple, high performance active monitors with DAC and digital playback sources. These technology-savvy customers are very comfortable with buying online, but they still want access to good demo facilities and well qualified staff who can help them identify the right product for their needs.”

PMC’s Reference Monitor Centres are strategically located in key cities such as Newcastle, London and Bristol. By basing them in Hi-Fi retail outlet, PMC is once again reinforcing its strong links between the studio and the home listening environment.

“It is PMC’s philosophy that there should be no difference between the sound the artist and producer approves in a studio and what the consumer hears at home,” Ian Downs says. “That is why all of our speaker products, whether they are destined for the studio or the home, are based on the same ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) technology that guarantees high quality, distortion-free audio.”

PMC’s twotwo range comprises of three models – the twotwo.5, the twotwo.6 and the twotwo.8, all of which combine PMC’s world-class design pedigree with sophisticated digital processing and active amplification. Ideally suited to nearfield monitoring in situations where space is at a premium, the twotwo range offers professional users high levels of clarity, transparency and accuracy.

Many renowned artists and producers have invested in PMC’s twotwo monitors, including BRIT and MPG Award-winning producer Alan Moulder and BAFTA Award-winning sound mixer Howard Bargroff.

For more information about PMC Reference Monitor Centres, please visit www.pmc-speakers.com/twotwo/demo

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best availablematerials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

VMP Upgrades PDS-LCM2B Ceiling Mount Adapter to Accept Up to 80-Inch Flat Panels

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Jan. 13, 2015 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, residential, security, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce that its popular PDS-LCM2B dual large flat panel ceiling mount adapter now accepts flat panels up to 80-inches. Now shipping, the upgraded PDS-LCM2B MSRP remains at $199.95.VMP PDS-LCM2B flat panel dual ceiling mount adapter

“We have redesigned the PDS-LCM2B to accept a wider variety of flat panels…from as small as 37 inches all the way up to 80 inches,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The redesigned unit will not only accommodate the 200 x 200 hole pattern, but also up to 860mm x 500mm.”

Increased from a maximum of 70-inch flat panels, the PDS-LCM2B adapter now allows the VMP PDS-LCB large flat panel tilt ceiling mount to accommodate two 37- to 80-inch flat panel displays back-to-back with a combined weight of up to 360 lbs. The PDS-LCM2B is the ideal multi-function option for a host of applications, such as in restaurants, bars, health clubs, and arenas.

Additional features of the VMP PDS-LCM2B include:
• Adjustable 0 degree – 15 degree tilt
• Weight: 23.6 lbs.
• Dimensions: 12.1in x 34.8in. x 22in (variable width)
• Black Powder coat finish

“With the PDS-LCM2B, multiple flat panels can be mounted together, combining for both aesthetic and practical purposes,” added Fulmer. “With the connected PDS-LCB’s 360 degree rotation and telescoping mast, the dual ceiling mounted flat panels can be seen from nearly any direction and angle.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Draper Announces Yet Another ISF Certification

(Spiceland, Ind.) – Draper, Inc. has announced its TecVision XH900X Grey projection viewing surface has been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for excellent color reproduction and fidelity. XH900X Grey performs very well in moderate ambient light, is well suited for high resolution content, and is 4K ready. This latest announcement means the entire TecVision Engineered Surface Technology line is now ISF certified.TecVision_XH900X_Grey

To be certified by the ISF, a screen has to have a flat spectral response—or color fidelity. In other words, the screen cannot affect the color of the image enough for the human eye to perceive.
Traditionally, projection screens have fooled the eye that things are brighter by using blue tints, according to ISF President and founder Joel Silver.

“The problem,” says Silver, “is if you accentuate the blue that means you aren’t getting the greens or reds you need to build a color-accurate image. We want to take whatever the artist created and bring it to the screen with fidelity.”
“We basically tie ourselves into something called a pure white matte screen –a screen that is a reference color,” Silver says of testing projection screens for color performance. “Neutral white … not a hint of tint to it. The picture you get is what was it was meant to look like from the factory … not tinted.”

Currently available in six exclusive formulations, TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.0 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and grey surfaces with excellent performance under higher room light levels. All TecVision surfaces are also 4K ready, but what most impressed Silver when certifying TecVision is the ability of some of the high gain surfaces to deal with ambient light while preserving color fidelity.

“Finding the color fidelity of high gain materials close to that of no gain materials was wonderful!” Silver says. “Gain without a price to pay is a wonderful thing. I knew from measuring luminance even without the specifications that these screens were high gain, but I wasn’t seeing the penalty of color shift.

“It’s a great challenge,” Silver continues. “Adding gain without paying a penalty in color fidelity requires careful engineering. Compliments to the engineer!”

For more information on TecVision, visit www.draperinc.com/go/tecvision.htm.

ICE Cable Systems Appoints EMI Sales to Rep Michigan Market

Los Angeles, CA – November 24, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems, a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products, has appointed independent sales representative firm EMI Sales to rep the line in Michigan.

Established in 1968, with headquarters in Sterling Heights, Michigan that includes a 20,000 square foot warehouse — and a satellite sales office in Grand Rapids — EMI Sales serves the custom residential and light commercial channels in the Michigan area.

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout Bulk Wire Carton

ICE Cable’s Big Mouth Payout Bulk Wire Carton

“We are pleased to represent ICE Cable to fill a gap in our market,” says principal Kevin Weber. “Our dealers and distributors are excited about ICE Cable’s product quality, packaging and professional attitude and the great customer service they’ll receive. We will stock a small amount here in Sterling Heights as a convenience for our loyal customers.”

EMI Sales Contact info:
44262 Phoenix Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Phone: 586-254-0770
www.electricalmaterialsinc.com

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

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Catalyst AV Distribution Network Member HCA Distributing Opens Salt Lake City Branch

Denver, CO – November 21, 2014 – Catalyst AV distribution network member-company HCA Distributing, today announced the grand opening of its Salt Lake City distribution facility. This represents the 2nd location for the company, which is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Located only minutes from the junction of I-15 & I-80

Located only minutes from the junction of I-15 & I-80

The branch encompasses 5,500 square feet of which 2,000 sq ft is allocated to showroom with 3,500 sq ft for warehouse space.

The branch is located only minutes from the junction of I-15 and I-80 in South Salt Lake City. Hours of operation are 7:30AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday. Branch manager Michael Thompson can be reached at michael@hcadist.com and 801.228.0027.

Displayed and stocked are all of the Catalyst AV network lines: Nest, Dropcam, APC, EnGenius, Atlona, TiVo, IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, Vivitek, ICE Cable, Perfect Path, Vanco, Rapid Racks and Mounts and Catalyst Wire & Cable – as well as several dozen more leading audio, video and accessory brands.

A comprehensive assortment of leading  AV solutions for today's integrator

A comprehensive assortment of leading AV solutions for today’s integrator

“There is a tremendous amount of new home building taking place in the Salt Lake City area,” says HCA principal Ron Perron. “With HCA’s expertise, top-notch product lines and ongoing training programs, the new facility will serve our dealers and manufacturer partners quite well.”

The HCA Distributing Salt Lake City branch is located at 427 Lawndale Drive, Unit A, South Salt Lake City, Utah 84115.
Phone: 801.228.0027 / Internet: www.hcadist.com.

About Catalyst AV Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

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Linear to Offer Exclusive Preview of Z-Wave Enabled Light Bulb and Other Home Control Products at CES Unveiled

The largest manufacturer of Z-Wave enabled products will highlight its growing suite of home control solutions and offer a sneak peek of the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb, available in early 2015.

New York, NY – November 11, 2014 – Linear LLC, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, will show a preview of its newest Z-Wave product, the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb at CES Unveiled New York. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available, from the world’s largest manufacturer of Z-Wave products – according to the Z-Wave Alliance.

The new smart bulb is remotely controllable from any Z-Wave hub or controller, consumes only nine watts of energy, and has an estimated lifespan of 25,000 hours. The soft white LED light bulb is dimmable to 100 levels and offers a practical lighting solution for DIY and professional installers who want to bring intelligent lighting anywhere a light socket exists. Just like with other Z-Wave lighting solutions, Linear LED smart bulb users can program lifestyle scenes and trigger the bulb on or off when other events or associated devices are activated. This new product also acts as a repeater to strengthen the Z-Wave mesh network.

“Our Z-Wave Dimmable LED Bulb clears a major roadblock for lighting control adoption, the need to install high voltage switches,” said Linear senior vice president of product and market development, Duane Paulson. “The smart bulb is the easiest Z-Wave lighting control solution to install, operate and manage, it has the smoothest dimming feature on the market today, and it offers practical applications in nearly every room in a home.”

In addition to the smart bulb, Linear manufactures a wide array of other Z-Wave enabled home control products, including: three-way and regular light switches, thermostats, doorbells, key fobs, door/window contacts, dimmer modules and wall outlets; all of which will be on display at CES Unveiled. Linear will also showcase its UL-certified Z-Wave Garage Door Operator Remote Controller, which has been widely adopted through popular platforms such as Lowe’s Iris, Nexia, Staples Connect and more.

Paulson continued, “With our full line of security, access control and lighting solutions, customers can now build a fully-integrated home control system using Linear products.”

Linear’s 2GIG home control platform serves the needs of more homeowners than any other installed home control platform in the world. Linear and their parent Nortek have global reach, which includes distribution and market share in every continent across a range of channels, supported by smart-tech development and manufacturing centers across Asia, North America and Europe. Linear will continue to develop innovation in integrated systems and IoT connected products, state-of-the-art product ID design and high volume manufacturing.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

To stay current with the latest activities from Linear, you can follow them on www.facebook.com/linearcorp, www.twitter.com/linearcorp,or www.linkedin.com/company/linear-corporation.

About Linear LLC

Linear LLC is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of intelligent access control, security, personal wellness and home automation products. Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Linear supplies its technology to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.

Copyright© 2014 Linear LLC. All rights reserved. Linear and the Linear logo are registered trademarks of Linear LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others

RTI Releases eGauge Two-Way Driver for Powerful, Real-Time Energy Monitoring

Two-Way Driver Enables Seamless Integration Between RTI Systems and eGauge 3 Series and eGauge2 Products

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Nov. 5, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has introduced a new two-way driver for eGauge Systems products. Developed by RTI, the driver allows installers to integrate the eGauge 3 Series and eGauge2 electric energy meters into an RTI control system, giving customers convenient, real-time measurements of a building’s electrical consumption. more

Triad Speakers Appoints Mid-Atlantic Territory Rep Firm NuTech Group

Portland, OR – November 4, 2014 – Custom loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced the appointment of the NuTech Group as its new independent sales representative in the mid-Atlantic region. Based in Pennsylvania and Virginia, NuTech is a
25-year old company that specializes in the Custom Installation and Custom Retail channels.

“Representing many of the finest brands in the industry, NuTech provides assistance in sales presentations, system design and tech support,” says NuTech principal Brett Neiderman. “A highly-regarded specialty company, Triad fits perfectly with our firm’s product assortment. Dealers can also access Triad inventory locally through our sister company Tech Source Distributors.”

With a main telephone number of 215.654.1224, the NuTech Group is located at 120A Keystone Drive, Montgomeryville, PA 18936.
The company’s salespeople can be emailed at:
-Brett Neiderman: Brett@NuTechGroup.com
-Tim Painter: Tim@NuTechGroup.com
-Chad Neiderman: Chad@NuTechGroup.com
-Stephen Meo: Steve@NuTechGroup.com
-Jay Petroff: Jay@Techsourcedist.com

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and currently Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products.

Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com. Follow us on Twitter @TriadSpeakers and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

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Riedel Communications SATIS 2014 Product Preview

Visit Riedel Communications at SATIS 2014, Nov. 18-20, at Stand E24

Riedel Products at SATIS 2014:

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface
The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype(R) user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft(R), the new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on their live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The unit offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-STX-200_front.jpg
Photo Caption: STX-200

Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Based on AES67 and AVB
The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel’s first fully networked platform based on the AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a high-resolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The TNG-200 application transforms the platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs, including their choice of matrix size starting with 40 x 80. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation, as it allows for a standard premium-quality stereo audio connection to Riedel panels.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Tango-Front.jpg
Photo Caption: Tango TNG-200

RSP-2318 Smartpanel
The new RSP-2318 Smartpanel offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and A/V professionals communicate. The world’s first smartpanel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a unique feature set that includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1 RU. These features make Riedel’s new smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel. AES67 and AVB connectivity are standard, with AES3 over CAT/coax optional. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Smartpanel-Front.jpg
Photo Caption: RSP-2318 Smartpanel

Other Products on Display:
- MediorNet and MediorNet Compact
- MediorNet MetroN Core Router
- Artist, Performer, and Acrobat Intercom Systems
- RockNet Audio Systems

Company Quote:

“We are returning to SATIS with a remarkable array of new solutions that alter the way broadcast and A/V professionals manage communications and signal transport. From our innovative new Smartpanel to the new Tango platform to our STX-200 professional interface for bringing Skype content into live production, we will show how broadcasters can realize new levels of operational and creative freedom.”
– Francke Berger, Sales Engineer France, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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