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AVAD Helps Dealers Expand into Security through New Offerings from DSC and COPS Monitoring

AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced a new offering of products for security systems and security monitoring services through distribution agreements with industry leaders DSC and COPS Monitoring. In expanding its products, training programs and services to include security—in addition to boasting the industry’s best brands of residential and commercial AV products—AVAD reinforces its commitment to serving as the custom installer’s single solutions-provider for any application. AVAD will present attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009 with an opportunity to learn more about DSC, COPS Monitoring and more as part of its “One Call Does it All” demo in booth #1761. more

Atlona Technologies Showcases Competitive Edge in Audio Visual Technologies as a CE Pro BEST Awards Finalist

August 27th, 2009 — Atlona Technologies has proven its place as a stand out company within the AV industry with production of its AT-HDAiR and AT-PROHD88M-SR, creating a buzz that has earned them a spot as finalists in the 2009 CE Pro BEST Awards.

The CE Pro BEST (Best Electronic Systems Technologies) Awards are making their debut this fall at the annual reputable CEDIA tradeshow, presenting honors to the top products in 38 categories with one overall winner. CE Pro is largely recognized as a leading publication for the custom electronics industry and a highly reliable authority on such technology. Atlona is facing rivals from an initial pool of 77 different companies with over 100 products creating a very competitive contest.

Atlona’s competing products include the AT-HDAiR, a wireless USB to HDMI or VGA converter that transmits HD video from one’s laptop or computer to an HD more

Firefly Design Group Introduces New Online Portal for Streamlined Interaction with Custom Installers

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – August 27, 2009 – Firefly Design Group, a premier engineering and marketing firm in the custom electronics industry, has launched a new online portal used to increase the efficiency of communication and project management with custom installation professionals. Accessible from any location and available at no charge to Firefly Design Group clients, the Firefly Design Group Portal, designed in partnership with designecentral, provides an easy-to-use central dashboard where custom installers can easily order services, organize project materials, upload documentation and project specifications, and receive communications and materials from Firefly Design Group.

“As Firefly Design Group has continued to evolve, we realized that in order to truly serve the documentation and project management needs of the custom installer, we have to streamline the communication process,? said Ron Callis, president and founder of Firefly Design Group. “In addition to offering a central platform where installers can more

Bedrock Learning Offers Industry-Certified Courses through david

Holland, Mich. – August 26, 2009 – Bedrock Learning, a globally recognized leader in residential technology training and business support products, has announced it is now offering online training courses and business materials through david (Digital Audio Video Integration Distributors). Bedrock Learning will present attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009 with more information on the courses offered through david, as well as additional information on its full offering of educational materials, in booth #1630 on the expo floor.

Bedrock Learning’s courses, including materials for audio, video, home theater, lighting control, home networking, project management and more, provide a comprehensive overview of residential technologies essential for integrators, technicians and sales staff. In addition to providing the convenience of online training, Bedrock Learning’s courses are a cost-effective way for individuals and companies to improve career and business prospects and validate knowledge and understanding.

Providing educational materials to more

AVAD to Distribute Home Automation and Security Products from HAI

Van Nuys, Calif. – August 21, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced it has entered in a distribution agreement with Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), a leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products. Through the partnership, AVAD dealers will now have access to HAI products, including a full range of home automation products and accessories designed to accommodate any lifestyle and budget. AVAD will feature new products from HAI as part of its “One Call Does it All? demo at booth #1765 at CEDIA Expo 2009, held September 10-13 in Atlanta, Ga.

The HAI line of home automation products now offered by AVAD includes the easy-to-install HAI OmniTouch 5.7, a 5.7 inch color touch screen, offering one-touch control of security systems, temperature, lighting, entertainment systems and more. AVAD dealers will also be able to offer their clients more

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Architecture and AV Intregration Synergy

ih06a_200.jpgThe following information is courtesy of the 2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level I: $67,500 – $120,000

IH6

Date design began: 01-06-06
Date installation was completed: 05-14-07

FEATURE ESSAY

1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The client desired synergy between the architecture, interior design, and electronics integration in the home. They required full sub-system integration that allowed user interfaces to be consolidated while also providing a high level of functionality. Frequent parties with music throughout, watching movies, and convenient control of lighting and climate were the primary needs. Ease-of-use, more

Florida Home Improvement Radio Show Builds Project Demo House from Ground up Featuring Hard Wired High Definition Entertainment System

ORLANDO, FL – Josh Smith, producer for the In the House Radio Show, set out to demonstrate his show’s home improvement expertise by demolishing an existing two bedroom cottage and building a replacement house. Essential to the project was the mandate that the main entertainment center be located in the living room, hard wired for 5.1 surround sound, with an eye level, wall mounted flat panel television and no visible wires for power, audio and video using the HDMI format.

“The garage is equipped with air conditioning, an insulated door, plenty of storage for tools, as well as refrigerator hookups and a painted sealed floor, making it the perfect mans-cave,? explained Smith. “The garage has also been hard wired for a wall mounted TV, so we needed a way to allow for dual viewing of HDTV in the living room and the garage.?

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ELITE SCREENS, GMBH IS NOW IN EASTERN EUROPE WITH VETERAN AV SALES MANAGER

HAMBURG, Germany., August 10, 2008 — Elite Screens GmbH an innovative company that specializes in affordable high quality projector screens for the European AV market, today announced its expansion into Belarus, the Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltic States. To accomplish this, they are bringing aboard Dmitrijs Maļinovskis, an 11-year veteran sales manager in the Eastern European audio-video market.

“There is a growing need for projection technology in the Eastern European countries and Elite Screens is proud be part of the solution,? said Dave Rodgers, marketing manager of Elite Screens’ world corporate office near Los Angeles, California. “We’re excited about unleashing Dmitrij’s talents on this market. His efforts to protect the interests of his customers while forming sound business relationships speak volumes on his character and I am proud to work with him.?

Dmitrij or “Dima? to his colleagues graduated from the University of Latvia (LU) in more

ADAM Audio USA Redefines Mission With New Staff And Facility

roger-fortier.jpgHicksville, NY––Capitalizing on the success of its professional monitor systems to redefine its mission and maximize sales, ADAM Audio USA has named Roger Fortier as Vice President and is moving to expansive new headquarters in Hicksville, New York.
Fortier, who will be responsible for Consumer Audio and Residential Installation products, brings a wealth of experience to his position. He has worked as a consultant and sales executive for such respected brands as Martin Logan, Krell Industries and Madrigal Audio Labs.
As part of ADAM Audio’s redefined sales and marketing mission, he will be joining company president Robert Caputo in a dedicated effort to maximize the brand’s profile, sales and marketing penetration in the professional and consumer markets.
ADAM will be introducing its Classic Mk3 and TENSOR Series hi-fi and multi-channel systems along with new Architectural Design active in-wall solutions at the CEDIA Expo more

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Tackling Line-of-sight Issues in a Home Theater

lht20b.jpgThe following information is courtesy of the 2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Large Home Theater, Level V: $340,000 – $465,000

LHT20

Date design began: 06-15-07
Date installation was completed: 03-01-08

FEATURE ESSAY:

1. Synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The challenge was to comfortably fit an audience of ten into a room with limited sight lines and provide cinema-scope movie entertainment and effortless operation. The space already existed when the integrator was brought into the project. Without being able to expand the room, careful attention was paid to line-of-sight and video projection light cone. All current movie and more

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