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New SunBriteTV Pro Series and Signature Series Deliver High Performance and Affordability to Integrators

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 20, 2014 — SunBriteTV today unveiled their upgraded high-performance Pro Series outdoor televisions. SunBriteTV also announced the release of the new 55” and 65” Signature Series models, delivering on their brand promise to commercial facility operators to provide the most comprehensive line of high-performance outdoor TVs in the industry.

The new Pro Series models will feature super-bright 700-NIT LED high heat tolerant displays and SunBrite’s Extended Solar Tolerance technology to completely guard against isotropic blackout in direct sunlight. In addition, the Pro Series models will include Ambient Light Sensors, which automatically adjust brightness based on surrounding lighting conditions.

“With the Pro Series, we’ve taken what was the most rugged outdoor TV ever built and increased the brightness and direct sunlight viewing abilities so that facility managers and integrators can confidently place these TVs in bright sunlight areas in their venues,” said Cameron Hill, CEO, SunBriteTV. “The new and improved Signature Series will represent the most affordable, best-performing outdoor televisions on the market.”

The introduction of the 55” and 65” Signature models, along with the already-available 32” and 46” models, completes what is now the most comprehensive line of affordable outdoor TVs in the industry. The new and improved Signature Series features bright LED panels, power-coated aluminum exteriors, 50% slimmer profiles, lighter weights and improved durability over earlier generation models.

SunBriteTV’s new Pro and Signature Series models will be on display at SunBriteTV’s booth (#C5835) at InfoComm 2014.

First released in 2004, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions incorporate over 10 years of research, design and weatherproof technology, resulting in the world’s first and only time-tested true outdoor TVs. SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are fully weatherproof, protected from rain, dust, insects, humidity, grease and salty air due to a rugged exterior and watertight Cable Entry System.

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Extron Introduces DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 2560×1600, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure. more

D-Tools Showcases Standardization at InfoComm, Fully Integrated Industry Standard Audio, Video, Control and Security Drawing Symbols Now Part of D-Tools System Integrator™ Software Platform

Infocomm Audio Video and SIA/IAPSC[i] Security Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning and integrating all facets of electronic system installations, are used for project designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Electronic Systems Contractors, Consultants, Builders, and other professional trades

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 18, 2014 — InfoComm 2014 Booth #C8318— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the Company will showcase Industry Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols at the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

Now fully integrated into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform, SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and InfoComm J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols are straightforward and easily recognized. In fact, these Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning electronic system installations to facilitate system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–which D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

SIA/IAPSC Security Symbol implementation consists of a grouping of AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol– that D-Tools has converted into separate Visio stencil categories. In addition to Electronic Safety and Security stencils, D-Tools industry standard stencil categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new Drawing Symbols are available now for download and use by authorized D-Tools System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing Industry Standard Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across trades. Not only does this provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools Industry Standard Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com.

InfoComm attendees can learn more about D-Tools during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, by calling (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images & References
D-Tools Logos

D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on SIA/IAPSC Security symbols

D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols

http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References

The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:

http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm

http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents

https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

 

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[1] SIA is the Security Industry Association and IAPSC is the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.


 

ihiji Introduces Powerful New Real-Time Remote Network Management Tools for Commercial Integrators at InfoComm 2014

ihiji ConnectNinja, Auto-Discovery, and Speed Test features make commercial market debut

AUSTIN, TX and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014ihiji, a global leader in remote network management for both commercial and residential technology integrators, will introduce its network management solution to the commercial market at the upcoming InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, June 14-20, 2014 (ihiji booth #N567a). The Company’s powerful demonstration will include an overview of the award-winning ihiji invision network management solution, as well as the new ConnectNinja, Auto-Discovery, and Speed Test features. Together, these features help integrators remotely monitor, service, and maintain all aspects of a client’s network and connected devices more efficiently and securely.

ConnectNinja Feature
ConnectNinja makes the ihiji invision zero-maintenance cloud-based network management solution even more powerful by giving authorized users secure remote access for troubleshooting and configuring devices and networks. One of ConnectNinja’s key benefits is that it eliminates the need for unsecure port forwarding and VPNs for everyday remote access. In addition, ConnectNinja offers simple and secure remote access from directly within ihiji invision’s cloud-based web portal by tunneling connections into the client device through ihiji’s servers. This feature allows technicians to resolve complex issues easily, saving time and money by virtually eliminating the need for truck rolls and multiple site visits.

“ConnectNinja is a powerful feature for the commercial market, especially when you consider high maintenance applications like digital signage or the management of a large number of IP-based devices,” said ihiji Vice President of Technology and Co-founder, Mike Maniscalco. “We’ve done the hard work for commercial integrators by forming a secure connection to devices through our cloud servers. ConnectNinja significantly reduces both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, and with this enhancement, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service.”

ihiji’s ConnectNinja joins other NetNinja features; PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP-addressable power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.
ConnectNinja is included as a part of the ihiji invision solution at no additional cost. Additionally, ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the integrator.

Cloud-Based Remote IP Scan and Auto-Discovery Feature
ihiji invision is introducing one of its most requested features from the commercial market, a new cloud-based remote IP network Scan and Auto-Discovery feature. This new enhancement collects data about all of the IP devices on a given network and provides detailed reporting that includes IP address, manufacturer, mac address, and last-seen/first-seen instances. This powerful new feature can also convert devices that are already in use into ihiji-managed devices, further simplifying the configuration process for technicians and IT managers.

Internet Speed Test
ihiji’s cloud-based Internet Speed Test, an essential tool for testing network latency and Internet connection quality, enables integrators and network managers to check and confirm network functionality as well as relative upload/download speeds at each of their client sites. In addition to taking a snapshot of Internet quality, this test also logs and charts connection quality over time, providing clients and service providers with a long-range profile of Internet quality that includes latency, upload speed, download speed, and network jitter information. These reports let the integrator identify trends to fine-tune the system and improve performance, while also allowing them to demonstrate the improvement in system uptime and availability before and after monitoring was implemented. ihiji’s Online ISP Speed Test will benefit clients and service providers as a critical component of their Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

“Adding cloud-based network scanning and an Internet speed test is not only a natural evolution of the ihiji invision system, it is a necessity,” stated Maniscalco. “We continue to aggressively add more robust network management features that better serve the specialized needs of both commercial technology integrators and IT professionals.”

ihiji executives and technical staff will be on hand to demonstrate these features, as well as many other ihiji innovations during the InfoComm 2014 conference, in booth #N567a.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@kmbcomm.com

Accompanying images to use with publication
ihiji logo & network management dashboard with APP-500 network appliance shown

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Extron Now Shipping New Scaling Presentation Switcher with Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1608 IPCP, new models within the IN1608 product family that feature built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processors for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 IPCP is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP transmitter and receivers for signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters), a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 IPCP is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership.

“The IN1608 has been extremely popular with our customers and we are very excited to be shipping the IN1608 IPCP for delivering total system integration,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “This scaling presentation switcher is now available with a built-in IP Link Pro control processor that delivers powerful capabilities for complete, customizable control of an entire AV system.”

The IN1608 IPCP features a built-in IP Link Pro control processor, with the same advanced features, processing power, and breakthrough technologies found in the standalone Extron IPCP Pro control processors. The IN1608 IPCP delivers high-speed processing and abundant control port capacity for complete, customizable control of an entire AV system, including all source devices and displays, plus room functions. Simply connect an Extron TouchLink Pro touchpanel to the built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch to create a complete AV control system.

As with all Extron control systems, the IN1608 IPCP is very intuitive and easy to configure with Global Configurator software. The latest version of Global Configurator includes powerful, advanced features such as conditional logic, local variables, and macros. Global Configurator Professional adds unprecedented scalability with Controller Groups, a unique feature that allows an IN1608 IPCP to be combined with additional IP Link Pro processors to create a large-scale control system. This is ideal for controlling multiple systems, rooms, or even remote locations around the world. IN1608 IPCP systems throughout a facility, building, campus, or offices worldwide can be monitored and managed using Extron GlobalViewer Enterprise server-based software.

With the purchase of an Extron LinkLicense with the IN1608 IPCP, a tablet or laptop can serve as the primary control interface for the AV system. A unique benefit of LinkLicense is the ability to use Extron GUI Designer software to design interfaces for specific user roles in an organization. LinkLicense works seamlessly with Extron’s TouchLink for iPad app, and allows an interface to be duplicated to many additional devices. It simplifies deployment of AV system control for BYOD with a single license purchase per system and no per-user fees, and allows a standardized BYOD strategy for AV control across an organization.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/in1608ipcpnsvideo

For more information on the IN1608 IPCP, please visit: www.extron.com/in1608ipcpnspr

Ocean Matrix Introduces New HDMI Over IP Extender / HDMI to CAT5/CAT6 Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – May 27, 2014Ocean Matrix, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast video gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI Over IP Extender. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP transmitter accepts HDMI and converts it to standard TCP/IP to send the signal over your local area network via CAT5/CAT6. The receiver then converts the signal back to HDMI at the destination point. The transmitter has a static IP address and can pair with multiple receivers (up to 8). Multiple transmitters and multiple receivers can be paired on the same network. Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender

“With the distance limitations of HDMI and since CAT5/CAT6 infrastructures exist in virtually every facility we wanted to leverage these systems to provide a low cost, long distance HDMI transmission option,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Ocean Matrix. “Sending HDMI over your entire network frees you of the typical limitations found in send/receive point-to-point systems. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP delivers unparalleled performance in Pro-AV projection networks, digital signage systems and educational streaming applications taking advantage of your existing network and making it your HDMI network.”

The Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender is available and shipping now. To learn more about the OMX-HDMI-2-IP and other Ocean Matrix products visit www.oceanmatrix.com.

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About Ocean Matrix
Ocean Matrix is both a manufacturer and importer of cost effective interface solutions for video & Pro-AV users. Our in-house engineers evaluate every product with state-of-the-art test equipment to ensure quality results at the lowest possible cost. Every Ocean Matrix product features a 1-Year Product Warranty.

Ocean Matrix is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Screen Innovations—The World Needs the Best Bigger

Austin, TX—May 22, 2014—Because we believe that everyone deserves the best, Screen Innovations (SI) has enlarged the Black Diamond™, the world’s most popular ambient-light-rejecting screen. The largest Black Diamond™ screens to date feature 1.4 gain in new sizes: 16:9 120” and 2.35:1 150”, in Fixed and Zero Edge formats. The larger Black Diamond screens, as well as other recently designed additions to the SI family, continue to make SI the fastest growing screen company in the world.

Black Diamond, the world’s only vertical and horizontal ambient-light-rejecting screen, has a multi layer optic that reflects only the light generated by the projector resulting in a 900% boost in contrast. Additionally, Black Diamond is the only screen that greatly benefits dark environments by reducing light scatter by over 75%. The result is the richest, sharpest image, with the best blacks now available from a screen.

Ryan Gustafson, President of Screen Innovations, boldly announced, “At SI, we believe innovation means that a design is never complete, just more perfect with each iteration. He continued, “We are excited to announce that plans are underway to invest in and expand our production capability to better support today’s large display needs. Our customers asked, and we delivered.”

All Black Diamond screens feature active 3D capabilities and are future-proofed and 4K ready. Screen sizes start at 80” fixed, curved, motorized, and popular Zero Edge formats.

Screen Innovations will exhibit at InfoComm June 18-20, 2014, in Booth #419 in the North Hall. Stop by to see the next generation of video projection screens demonstrated with projectors from our partners, DPI, Epson, and Vivitek.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing: Starts at USD $2,199.00
Availability: May 1, 2014

Screen Innovations makes it easy to choose the right screen for each application, based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit www.screeninnovations.com to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.

About Screen Innovations
Based in Austin, Texas, Screen Innovations is a leading manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient-light-rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens that deliver an unparalleled video image in light or dark environments. Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rivals or surpasses traditional displays. Operating under the principle of “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs.” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Visit www.screeninnovations.com or call 512-832-6939. Follow us on Facebook @screeninnovations and on Twitter @SIScreens.

New Comprehensive Company Catalog from ICE Cable Systems Aims to Help Dealers Make More-Informed Structured Wiring Buying Decisions

Available in webzine and PDF formats at www.icecable.com, the 34-page catalog provides a detailed overview of the company’s products and strong adherence to safety and performance standards including UL, ETL, RoHS and HDBaseT. The design layout is much like a high-end car brochure, making for a compelling and easy-to-digest “read”

Los Angeles, CA – May 20, 2014 – Established in 2004, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products that serves the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company has created a full-color 34-page catalog that is available for viewing in webzine and PDF formats at www.icecable.com – with printed versions mailing to all its dealers and distributors now.

”The goal of the catalog is to provide a comprehensive yet easy-to-read piece that will help dealers develop a stronger understanding of the many types of structured wiring, connectors and accessories that we offer – and why our adherence to safety and performance standards such as UL, ETL, RoHS and HDBaseT is so crucial for their businesses. This should help them make better decisions when specifying for the diverse and complex jobs they encounter,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo.

”We wanted to create a catalog that would capture the essence of ICE Cable Systems — the passion that we have for wire & cable — while providing technical information as deep as the reader wants to take it,” describes Rizzo. “To achieve this we are utilizing a layout reminiscent to what you might find in a BMW or Mercedes brochure where the first pages are emotional with cars in action, sensation, speed (all very broad), followed by an exploded view of the engine, and as you get further in it breaks things down to the nitty gritty. Similarly our catalog starts with broad strokes — company philosophy, exploded product pictures and features/benefits — and then gets into the line and specs further in.”

”This catalog should also serve to reinforce ICE Cable System’s position in the marketplace as a premium brand. This is important for us as the view of the structured wiring category is so often that of commodity and shopped on price alone. What dealers need to understand is that bargain-brand pricing often leads to performance problems either out-of-the-gate or down the line,” added Rizzo. “And that’s costly.”

The catalog features sections on:
· Product highlights of the company’s most innovative products
· Product listings (descriptions, colors, compatibilities)
· An in-depth look at cable standards and performance
· Competitors cross reference chart
· How ICE makes premium cable

For more information on the catalog please contact ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or paul@mutocomm.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

H-P Products Vroom® Garage Vac Conveniently Tackles Car and Garage Messes

A valuable add-on product for garage door installers and other technology integration specialists, the Vroom Garage Vac comes in flush-mount and surface mount models and installs in 10 minutes or less.

Louisville, OH – May 14, 2014 – H-P Products, a leading manufacturer of central vacuums and custom tubing-related products, is proud to announce the launch of its new Vroom® Garage Vac, the perfect accessory for any modern garage, workshop or condo. Needing only 2.5 square feet of wall space, the Vroom Garage Vac uses a 40-foot expandable hose to remove tough-to-reach dirt and debris from nooks and crannies without requiring users to lug a bulky shop vac or awkward handheld vacuum everywhere they go.

The Vroom Garage Vac comes in two models; a flush-mount model that can be recess mounted inside a 2×4 stud wall for low profile hard wire installations, or a surface mount version that can be installed anywhere. Both models come with five attachment tools to tackle any cleaning job, including: a telescoping wand and floor tool, a two-piece upholstery tool with horsehair, a dashboard brush, and a flexible crevice tool, all of which are integrated  into the tool caddy or a convenient wall mount.

Putting traditional “shop-vacs” to shame, the Vroom® Garage Vac is equipped with a 12-amp motor for maximum suction and performance, and it comes with an industry-best six year warranty. The easily-replaceable five-layer, one-gallon microfiber filtration bag ensures no dust, debris, or allergens are exhausted, significantly improving the air quality where the Garage Vac is used.

“It’s no secret garages and basements tend to be some of the messiest areas in the house with some of the poorest air quality,” said Amy Wesely, H-P Products Marketing Manager. “The Vroom Garage Vac was designed top to bottom for the demands of garages and workshops and it is the best offense against sawdust, car dirt, sand, and all the other debris that invade and accumulate. Plus, it’s great as a low-profile central vacuum system for condos or smaller homes.”

According to the 11th Annual State of the Builder Market Study done jointly by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 18 percent of all new homes included central vacuum. That is a 64 percent increase since 2007, making it the second-fastest growing technology product category installed in new homes behind only home theater. It is also one of the most profitable categories for installers, frequently earning 50-point margins.

The Garage Vac presents easy upsell opportunities when working with new build projects and clients getting new garage door installations. The Garage Vac’s size and weight (only nine pounds) make it a great buy for workspaces, small businesses, and condos that would benefit from a convenient, space-saving wall-mounted vacuum system.

Wesely continued, “From an installers perspective, there’s never been a better time to sell central vacuum systems. Demand is high, competition is low and there are innovative products like the Garage Vac that are ideal for a multitude of difference customers and projects. ”

For more information about the Vroom® Garage Vac and other H-P Products, please visit www.vroomyourgarage.com.

About H-P Products

Since 1945, H-P Products, Inc., premier manufacturer of central vacuums and tubing-related products, has been internationally recognized for its operations developed on the genuine principles of producing high-quality products, while servicing the needs of a wide customer base. Superior service and performance practices have positioned H-P as a leader in the tubular products and central vacuum industries. With more than 60 years of manufacturing success, H-P continues to grow as a result of its diversified product line and flexible fabrication capabilities, and is committed to researching and formulating technologies while pioneering the industry.

Triad Speakers, Inc. adds Cost-Effective Models to Invisible DesignerSeries Line

DesignerSeries is a comprehensive line of high-performing, vibrating-panel sound systems that mount behind-the-wall, making them invisible to the eye. The company has added 3 new entry-level models that range from $500 to $700 MSRP each.

Portland, OR – May 13, 2014 – Triad Speakers, Inc. has added 3 new entry-level models to its DesignerSeries line of behind-the-wall loudspeakers: the DSi-1 ($500 MSRP each), the DSi-2dc dual-channel stereo version ($700 MSRP each) and the higher-performing DSi-3 ($700 MSRP each). The addition of the new models brings the DesignerSeries to 11 models in total. Prior to the DSi-1, MSRP for entry-level was $650.

The DesignerSeries are passive speaker panels comprised of a powder-coated aluminum frame, a rigid aluminum honeycomb core (with paper skin covering) and transducers. All the components — along with the use of a required high-pass cross-over filter (sold separately) — work in concert to create a vibrating element that produces sound waves. The result is a full, warm sound.

All DesignerSeries panels easily mount in between walls studs in typical home construction. The panel’s paper skin provides a high-bond surface for adhesion to plaster, drywall compound, mud skims and veneer. Once covered and painted the panels are invisible to the eye.

According to Triad Speakers’ Marketing Director Paul Teixeira, the 3 new DSi models boast a small footprint (measure 15.75-inches H x 11.8-inches W x 1.6-inches D), thus allowing for even greater installation flexibility.

“Our ability to hit lower price-points on such sophisticated technology gives the Triad dealer more options to place music throughout the house,” says Teixeira.

The DSi-1, DSi-2dc and DSi-3 speakers all carry a 10-year limited warranty. The speakers are shipping now. For more information visit www.triadspeakers.com or call Triad Speakers toll-free at 1.800.666.6316.

For all Triad press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and 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. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

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