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Soundsphere® acquired by MSE Audio®

Overland Park, Kansas – MSE Audio, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, has acquired Soundsphere, a Connecticut-based manufacturer of omnidirectional speakers and speaker systems.

Founded in 1976, Soundsphere is best known for its ceiling-mounted, globe-shaped omnidirectional speakers. These speakers produce a wide, diffuse sound field and are installed in a broad variety of applications including offices, government facilities, warehouses and shopping centers. A wide range of on-ceiling speakers are available along with flush-mount speakers, in-ceiling speakers and speaker systems. All Soundsphere products are made in the USA.

“This acquisition broadens MSE’s commercial speaker solutions, and provides a nice complement to the products offered by SoundTube and MSE’s other lines,” said Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio VP of Sales. “We plan to capitalize on the synergies with these other lines to increase visibility, sales and profitability for Soundsphere.”

The acquisition is effective immediately; former Soundsphere owner Peter Hamilton will remain on-board as a consultant.
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About MSE Audio
MSE Audio companies represent the pinnacle of loudspeaker technology in the premium home theater, audiophile, distributed audio and commercial sound markets. Brands include Induction Dynamics®, SolidDrive®, Phase Technology®, SoundTube Entertainment®, Soundsphere® and Rockustics®; MSE Audio offices are located in Overland Park, Kansas; Park City, Utah; Jacksonville, Florida; Denver, Colorado and Stratford, Connecticut. www.mseaudio.com

BitWise Controls BC1, BC2, BC4 Automation Controllers and Room Remote now available for purchase by authorized US-based dealers 24/7/365 in the BitWise online dealer store

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO — Dec. 23, 2013 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems is now offering authorized US-based dealers the ability to purchase online via the BitWise Online Dealer Store. A much-anticipated enhancement to the BitWise Controls offering as well as a great benefit to dealers, the entire suite of BitWise home automation controllers accessories, GUI templates, and programming modules can now be ordered online any time, day or night by authorized US-based BitWise dealers. 

The hub of any home automation system, BitWise controller models include the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects; and the Room Remote, a hard button tactile remote that can be used as a standalone unit or in conjunction with any other BitWise control unit.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, shades, HVAC and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way communication with serial and networked devices is supported. BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for Apple® and Android® devices as well as with the new BitWise Room Remote for the ultimate in ease and accessibility.

Authorized US-based BitWise dealers can purchase BitWise controllers online in the Dealer Store by visiting http://store.bitwisecontrols.com. Those interested in learning more about BitWise automation controllers or about becoming an authorized BitWise dealer should contact the BitWise sales department by emailing sales@bitwisecontrols.com or by calling (866) 932-2292.

About BitWise Controls

Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call (866) 932-2292.

BitWise Controls Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press

Accompanying image: BitWise Automation Controller models BC1, BC2 and BC4

 

Crimson AV Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Detailed Crimson AV mounting solutions product specifications are now available to current D-Tools System Integrator™ users for immediate use

CONCORD, CA – December 23, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Crimson AV has joined the MVP Partnership Program, making fully detailed information about the entire line of Crimson products available to D-Tools System Integrator™ users free of charge. Combining improved manufacturing processes with enhanced design and engineering to produce the most safe, secure, smooth-moving and streamlined AV mounting solutions for the consumer and commercial audio video markets, Crimson’s award-winning AV mounting solutions are highly regarded within the AV industry.

“We are excited to become part of the D-Tools MVP program,” Said Vlad Gleyzer, Crimson AV president. “At Crimson, our mission is to provide AV mounting solutions that provide tangible benefits; easy installation, enhanced designs, and far better price points. Having the full line of Crimson products available for specification and use by D-Tools users expands our brand’s reach and allows our dealers to simplify the estimation, design and management of their projects, which is a total win for all involved.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process, making it easier for system integrators to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Crimson offers a comprehensive assortment of professional-grade AV mounts to address nearly every residential or commercial AV application, regardless of size or scope,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “Now, through the D-Tools MVP Program, all of the data for Crimson’s robust product line will be made available to integrators worldwide for use in specifying, proposing and installing systems using Crimson products, and we’re thrilled they’re part of the program.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Crimson
Crimson manufactures a comprehensive lineup of display mount solutions designed for a wide variety of Residential and Commercial applications, including Digital signage, Education, Hospitality, Corporate, Worship, Venues, Stadiums and Arenas, Restaurants, Bars and Healthcare facilities.

With extensive experience in the design, manufacture and sale of professional-grade display mounting equipment, and by utilizing lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model, which provides maximum value with minimal cost. Not only do Crimson customers receive the best value, they also benefit from unparalleled customer service, an easy to use website and uncompromising design and build quality, ensuring each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or by writing to info@crimsonav.com.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contact for both D-Tools and Crimson AV: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com, @katyemcgregor

 

 

 

 

 

Extron Universal XTP Transmitter for Multi-Format Analog Video Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T VGA, a universal XTP transmitter that sends multi-format analog video, audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR control, and Ethernet up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. The transmitter digitizes incoming analog formats, providing signal extension of RGBHV, HD component video, S-video, and composite video signals from remote analog sources for high performance transmission. It supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. To simplify integration, the XTP transmitter provides VGA loop-through for source monitoring and can be powered over the same CATx cable. more

Extron Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI and VGA Signals Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Production Switcher Provides Value and Flexibility to Diverse New Customer Roster

Cypress, CA – Compact and cost efficient, FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher has proven itself ideal for a wide variety of applications. First introduced last year at NAB, current customers of the 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher include houses of worship, universities, public access television stations, major newsgathering organizations, government agencies and network news stations.

Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal house of worship, recently purchased the HVS-390HS as the center of its new control room. Trinity Church regularly webcasts worship services, concerts, and conferences from its iconic Manhattan church, and estimates that the switcher will be used for 450-500 events throughout the course of a year.

“We found FOR-A’s HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher to be exactly what we needed,” said William Jarrett, Trinity Church’s Director of Media, Production & Operations. “The switcher has an easy-to-understand flow, and the ease of use and layout of the switcher inherently made sense to us. The amount of inputs it offers is ideal for our productions, and there’s an elegance about the unit that we really appreciate.”

News organization The Washington Post is another recent customer. The D.C.-based company is using the HVS-390HS along with FOR-A’s VTW-330HS character generator for a video wall application.

The HVS-390HS video switcher is also well suited for schools, and has recently been purchased by both the New York Institute of Technology and Worcester State University. NYIT installed the HVS-390HS as part of a control room upgrade in September. The switcher is being used for hands-on production classes and for video produced for the school’s global digital network.

“The switcher offers great value and features that empower our students,” explained Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. Savran has over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment. “Our 2 M/E switcher provides extensive DVE and keyers options, multi-viewing and routing capabilities, and makes it easy for our students to produce a variety of fast-changing shows.”

Broadcasters ranging from local PEG facilities to worldwide broadcast networks are using the HVS-390HS. Wilbraham Public Access, which serves the local Wilbraham, MA area, recently purchased the FOR-A switcher for use in its television facility. New York’s ABC News is also an HVS-390HS customer, utilizing the switcher for mobile news production for the national network.

Phoenix, AZ-based company Road Dog Show Pros, who specializes in event management and corporate productions, is another new HVS-390HS switcher customer. The company currently has the switcher packaged in a flight pack, where it was first used during a November production in Nashville.

“We purchased the HVS-390HS because of the extensive amount of features it offers at a reasonable price point,” said Andrew Stavro, Road Dog Show Pro’s Technical Director. “A few things that stood out to me are the customizable labels for each source button, the two multi-viewers, and its Web interface. These features make set-up much easier for us. We’ve always found FOR-A products to be high-quality and reliable.”

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS is also ideal for government applications. The switcher is part of the video production setup at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Casio Teams Up With Synnex Corporation To Expand LampFree® Projector Distribution

DOVER, NEW JERSEY, December 16, 2013 – Casio is proud to announce its new association with Synnex Corporation, a wholesale distributor servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Under this new partnership, Casio will increase its presence in the government and education sectors by being the first LampFree® projector line that Synnex distributes across the United States.

 “We are very excited to work with Synnex and believe this partnership will benefit Casio’s growth nationwide,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “Casio is committed to providing its leading LampFree® technology to consumers and this partnership will open the door to new channels for Casio projectors and strengthen our position as a leader in this industry.”

Casio’s portfolio of projectors are powered by its state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source and DLP® technology that provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a fraction of the cost of traditional projectors. Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light, and the light emitted by a red LED are then projected through a DLP® chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared to a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment.

Synnex is authorized to distribute the Casio LampFree® projector across the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. While the company will carry the complete line of Casio LampFree® projectors, some models will be open to all channels of distribution, while others will focus on the Pro AV marketplace. For additional information on Casio’s LampFree® family of projectors, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About SYNNEX Corporation
SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in multiple regions around the world. The Company’s primary business process services are wholesale distribution, contract assembly, and business process outsourcing, or BPO. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX employs over 11,000 associates worldwide and operates in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

Viewbits Launches Miniature Full Feature HD/SDI 1080p Camera for Situational Awareness and Image Processing Applications (Video Conferencing, Surveillance, Medical, and POV)

San Diego, California — Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced today that they are now shipping their new mini 1080p HD camera that supports 60 frames per second — the GNAT 1080p 60™. The ultra-compact camera measures just over 1.65 inches (42 millimeters).

Available in cased or board versions, the GNAT 1080p 60 is targeted for a wide variety of applications, including surveillance, airborne video cameras, avionics, inspection, public transportation, situational awareness, and video.

The 2.1 megapixel camera features a 1/3 inch progressive scan CMOS sensor, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

“Our initial customers are amazed at the GNAT’s price point based on performance,” noted Mike Till, Marketing Manager for Viewbits. “This tiny full feature HD-SDI camera is likely to capture market share from the established Japanese players.”

The GNAT 1080p 60 HD camera is compatible with all HD-SDI capture cards, monitors, and video servers.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful ISP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR) – Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control) – Improves performance in low light conditions
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Board mount version available with Board Mount Lens (DC Iris, TDN Support)
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $445 U.S.
    GNAT 1080p 60 Board version, with power supply: $435 U.S.

    Viewbits and GNAT 1080p 60 are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
    All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and Viewbits
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

    Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
    Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    Middle Atlantic Names Brubaker Regional Sales Manager

    Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Blake Brubaker as Regional Sales Manager for Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

    In his new position, Brubaker will manage sales for the A/V, security, data and residential market segments while ensuring that Middle Atlantic factory sales reps are properly trained and equipped with the right tools to effectively represent the company. He will also provide support with sales calls, trade shows and direct customer contact.

    Prior to joining Middle Atlantic, Brubaker spent 19 years at the Da-Lite Screen Company, working his way up to VP of Sales with overall responsibility for the customer service, residential sales and A/V consultant liaison departments.

    Over the years, Blake has also been closely involved with InfoComm, serving as Exhibitor Committee Chairman and as part of the Professional Education Training Committee. He was also technical consultant for the InfoComm Standards Committee specializing in projection screens.

    Asked about his new position, Blake responded, “I am very excited about being part of the Middle Atlantic family. Having spent much of my career with a U.S.-based manufacturer in the audiovisual industry, this is a perfect fit and really feels like home to me. They are a great group of people who work hard and have fun doing it. You couldn’t ask for more.”

    Middle Atlantic Midwest Sales Director Robert Newhuis added, “We are truly fortunate to have someone with Blake’s experience and success in sales management, knowledge of the industry, and extensive technical background. He represents a major asset and valuable addition to our team in terms of building our customer base and sales for the future.”

    For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

    Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

    Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

    Extron Introduces Two Input DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI and VGA

    Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 232 D and the DTP T UWP 232 D two input Decora®-style transmitters. The DTP T HWP 232 D transmits HDMI, audio, and control, while the DTP T UWP 232 D transmits HDMI or analog video, audio, and control. These signals are sent up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. The DTP T UWP 232 D digitizes incoming analog video for reliable display on a variety of output devices. Both transmitters are HDCP compliant and include independent stereo audio connections. They also offer many integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, remote power capability, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 232 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

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