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Display Development Kicks Off Cool Promotion

Batavia, NY—June 2013—Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, has announced a special dealer promotion with the company’s proprietary Smart Cooling System. For a limited time only, dealers who order the avielo optix, optix 120 (3D), optix SuperWide 235, avielo kroma, avielo helios Studio Edition, helios or Display Development HD3 or HD4, are eligible to receive one Smart Cooling System at no charge. The promotion runs through June 30, 2013.

“It’s no secret that projectors require normal room temperature and proper ventilation for best performance and long-term reliability,” said Jim Burns, co-founder and president of Display Development. “The Display Development Smart Cooling System is custom engineered for each specific installation to provide a true architectural integration solution. By offering a safe and extremely reliable cooling system, our dealers avoid the most common reason for system failures and customer complaints, ultimately resulting in higher profits by spending less time addressing these issues.”

Display Development's Smart Cooling System

For specific program details, current dealers should contact their representative. Prospective dealers interested in learning more about Display Development’s architectural solutions should email the sales team directly: info@displaydevelopment.com.

Benefits of the Display Development Smart Cooling System (SCS)
• Thermal management is the most critical element of reliable projector installations.

• While most projectors are manufactured to be pole-mounted in free space, the SCS allows a true architectural solution with proper concealment.

• Each Display Development Smart Cooling System is engineered to connect directly to the exhaust to ensure the hot air is properly removed from the installation location and both the heat and noise are removed from the listening environment.

• Smart Cooling Systems are thermostatically controlled to maintain an operating
temperature of within 3 degrees of optimum.

• Smart Cooling Systems use large, overcapacity, in-line fans that rotate at lower speeds for whisper-quiet operation, and that can support long duct lengths to provide additional flexibility for unconventional projector placement.

You can also learn more about Display Development on Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

Seymour-Screen Excellence Delivers Retractable Multi-Aspect Ratio A.T. Film Screen; Sets the Standard for Integration of a Reference Theater Screen into Non-Dedicated Rooms

Ames, IA – May 20, 2013 – Seymour-Screen Excellence is now shipping its multi-format retractable (MFR) film screen – a motorized dual-roller acoustically transparent film screen outfitted with a retractable masking system to perfectly frame different aspect ratios.

The foundation of the MFR is SSE’s exclusive Enlightor-4K woven-fabric acoustically transparent film screen surface. This .98 gain surface is both ISF-certified for color purity and is the only acoustically transparent screen that has no visible holes, weave, texture, or minimum seating distance.

The MFR is sold with either a lateral system (2 vertical masks) to display 16:9 while maintaining a constant image height on a 2.35 screen, or a horizontal system (1 mask) to display 2.35 while maintaining a constant image width on a 16:9 screen.

Either of the masking options descends and ascends via a second roller (hidden in the case). SSE specializes in woven-fabric acoustically transparent film screens; all of its masks are made of a black, lightweight acoustically transparent material.

According to SSE Managing Director Chris Seymour, the company is the only brand to trim its retractable models with a fabric velvet border. Employed is the company’s proprietary Infinite Black™ material which delivers substantially more light absorbing power than that of painted borders. The material also frames the screen image with a sharp, high-contrast edge.

Exclusive to all of SSE’s retractable designs is the company’s patented Uni-tab™ system which serves to hide most of the side tensioning cables behind the borders. This continuous tension system eliminates the unsightly hourglass shape common to tab-tensioned screens while providing a completely smooth projection surface.

”The Multi-Format Retractable perfectly achieves the same performance and multiple aspect ratio conveniences of our home theater-optimized Reference Fixed-Frame series,” says Seymour. “This is a win for homeowners that want to experience these same attributes in a non-dedicated room such as a living or multipurpose room, where the film screen can drop in front of a flat panel with the speaker locations no longer an issue, and completely disappear when not in use.”

The MFR case is made from extruded aluminum and finished in choice of black, white or custom colors; additional options include black velvet or glossy automotive coatings. The case measures 5.8-inches high x 5.5-inches deep and can accommodate either on-ceiling or on-wall mounting.

With quiet 120v European 4-wire motors and optional external control box, actuating the MFR screen can be accomplished with SSE’s wall switches, infrared (IR) receivers, Vdc triggers, radio frequency (RF) receivers, RS-232 or several other special order options.

The MFR is available in sizes ranging from 70- to 150-inches wide. The models are completely built in the US and ship within 3 weeks from order. For more information visit www.seymourscreenexcellence.com.

About Seymour-Screen Excellence
Founded as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence, SSE combined the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers and specialty AV retailers in North and South America. Using the latest in materials and design from Patrice Congard, originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen, the company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. www.seymourscreenexcellence.com

New cost–effective KanexPro HDMI Matrix with up to 32×32 I/O’s

May 16, 2013. Getting ready for InfoComm? Don’t forget to check our new, best-in class HDMI™ Matrix Switcher for all your AV integration needs.

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 (also available in 4×4, 8×8 & 16×16) matrix is an ultra-high performance, digital matrix switcher engineered to route HDMI signals from 32 inputs to 32 outputs. The unit provides full HDCP internal management for today’s integration in commercial A/V market, ensuring HDCP key authentication, and administering the handshake internally. It maintains resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, 1080p or 2K, supporting full cross point switching. The matrix supports smart EDID management for rapid integration of sources and displays.

HDMI, Matrix, EDID, HDCP


Fully controllable through RS-232 commands, IR remote and front-panel buttons, this switcher includes 10-global presets for I/O configurations which allows saving and recalling via the front-panel, IR or through serial control at any time.

Today’s Applications

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 matrix switcher is ideal for countless commercial applications such as military, medical and government environments where swift, reliable switching and distribution of high-resolution DVI/HDMI signals is critical to meet pixel-by-pixel needs.
To get a quote or for more information please call us at 888-644-4149 or visit KanexPro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

BenQ to Unveil Brilliant Display Products at InfoComm 2013

Company Expands Leadership With New Digital Signage and Interactive Touch Displays, High Brightness Projectors, Classroom IQ Solutions, and Enhancements to World-Leading SmartEco(TM) Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — May 16, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector brand and globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced its product lineup for InfoComm 2013. With an award-winning family of projectors, monitors, and flat-panel displays, BenQ will demonstrate the industry’s new standard for brightness, image quality, and energy savings within the business, education, and digital signage spaces. more

Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Now Offering Atlona Media Distribution Products

Catalyst AV Enters into Nationwide Distribution Agreement with Atlona

Comprehensive assortment of media distribution products meets Catalyst AV’s standards for performance and value

Burlington, MA – May 14, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty AV products that serves more than 10,000 integrators from 17-locations stateside — with emphasis on dealer support before, during and after the sale — today announced Atlona® as its media distribution products partner.

Established in 2003, Atlona is a leading provider of AV switchers, distribution amps, extenders, converters and scalers, cables and adapters, testing equipment and accessories. Effective this month, all 17 Catalyst AV distribution outlets began stocking Atlona’s media distribution solutions, ready for next-day delivery and where applicable, same-day to its dealer base.

”Atlona is a leader in signal distribution and we are fortunate to have another partnership with a leader in a category served,” says Wally Whinna, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Allnet Distributing. “We’ve begun rolling-out the line to our dealers via special events as well as one-on-one dealer presentations and trainings.”

“We have a strong relationship with the members of this group and work very well together to bring the best products, support and complementary offering to the CEDIA market. The Catalyst AV distribution group has positioned Atlona as the premier connectivity line and with their national reach we will continue to see the growth of their dealer network,” says Mike Grubb, Atlona Senior Sales Manager, Americas.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest) (commercial / and pro AV channels)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Please direct all Catalyst AV media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

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 10,000 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); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

About Atlona
Atlona® is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

© 2013 Atlona Inc. All rights reserved. Atlona and the Atlona logo are registered trademarks of Atlona Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other names and marks are trademarks of their respective holders.

Soundcast Systems Recruits Sean Mitchell, Alan Poe and Nick Berry – Phase One Of Its Growth Strategy

San Diego, CA (May 2, 2013) – Soundcast Systems, developer and manufacturer of high-performance wireless music systems, adds three new members to its leadership team; Sean Mitchell as VP of Finance, Allan Poe as Customer Service Manager and Nick Berry as Director of Sales. The new positions and staff additions follow the company’s recent announcement of securing expanded capital for its accelerated growth strategy now in full swing.

Sean Mitchell is appointed VP of Finance and will be involved heavily in all aspects of our new growth strategy. Sean is committed to streamlining and strengthening our overall operations as we grow. He will be responsible for expanding and enhancing our finance department, including our growth capital planning, financial infrastructure, operations systems, and financial controls. Sean graduated from California State University, Chico with a BA in Journalism with minors in Business Administration and Marketing. He joins us from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he is well recognized as a champion for entrepreneurs and innovators. Sean is relocating from Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife and three children.

Alan Poe is announced to a new position as Customer Service Manager. Alan will be at the helm for Soundcast creating systems to establish a world-class customer experience through a commitment to service, support and product quality control. He will help establish new channel partner and consumer support programs, service standards, marketing lead systems and outreach campaigns. Alan is an industry veteran and is renowned by peers and insiders as a dedicated customer advocate committed to doing whatever it takes for his customers. Alan previously worked for SpeakerCraft in multiple roles including sales, logistics and management during his thirteen-year tenure. He will relocate from Riverside, CA with his family.

As previously noted, Nick Berry officially joins Soundcast as Director of Sales. Nick will enthusiastically lead our overall sales efforts including enterprise sales, strategic relationship development, territory management, new market programs and all retail sales activities. He brings a wealth of consumer electronic retail experience with him as the former Director of Sales and Marketing (2009-13) at SpeakerCraft. Nick recently completed his MBA and holds a BSBA in Entrepreneurship from UNLV. He and his family relocated from Las Vegas, NV in early April.

“It’s a unique opportunity and advantage to add three great talents at one time to our company. We are delighted to add Sean, Alan and Nick to our San Diego headquarters leadership team. Each brings a unique expertise and talent to the table that is certain to elevate our way of thinking, enhance our focus on service, develop world-class products and to further cultivate our brand loyalty with dealers, distributors and most importantly connecting with our end-user clientele.” says Mike Weaver, president of Soundcast Systems.

The staff expansion is phase one of the company’s aggressive business plan underway that also includes new products-to-market in 2013, future product development, multi-market expansion and the infrastructure enhancements and support necessary to grow.

The company will unveil two new products this month and continue its accelerated development of new wireless products that best fit the needs of the modern connected world, with many new innovative models slated for 2013 and 2014.

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ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com
Located in San Diego, California, Soundcast is a market innovator and leader in high-performance wireless audio systems sold globally through multiple markets. Soundcast has one of the most comprehensive patent and intellectual property portfolios of its wireless audio, digital amplification and proprietary high-performance battery technologies in the world.

Soundcast speaker systems feature robust weather-resistant enclosures, hours and hours of play on a single charge and unmatched sound performance that make them the ultimate take everywhere speaker system. Use it anywhere you want to enjoy great music – outdoors, indoors, pool, patio, barbeque, tailgating, RV, boating, beach, or park! With Soundcast Systems, don’t let the music stop where the wires end.

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 671-0110 ext. 3038 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

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

Niles(R) Raises the Bar on TV Audio With New Cynema Soundfield(TM) In-Wall Soundbar System

Without Cutting or Drilling Wall Studs, Unique In-Wall Soundbar Combines Simple Installation With a Modular Design; Offers Unprecedented Flexibility in Speaker Placement for Powerful Audio Performance

PETALUMA, Calif. — May 2, 2013 — Niles(R) today introduced the industry’s first in-wall soundbar with the unveiling of its new Cynema Soundfield(TM) system. A radical departure from traditional soundbars, the Cynema Soundfield features a revolutionary in-wall mounting system that allows it to be perfectly centered under flat-panel displays without the hassle of cutting or drilling wall studs. Continuing Niles’ long history of creating unique solutions for installers, the modular system dramatically simplifies installation and offers the flexibility to place speakers exactly where needed for the ultimate in audio performance while providing an aesthetically pleasing look. more

Screen Innovations Aims to Reinvent the Middle Market With the Addition of Reference Quality Pure™ Zero Edge Projection Screens

Austin, TX  – May 1, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, today announces the addition of two (2) new reference quality screen material options to the Company’s acclaimed Zero Edge line of projection screens. Aptly named, Pure™ White is a 1.3 gain screen, Pure™ Gray is a .8 gain screen, and both feature SI’s sleek and stylish Zero Edge bezel.

Touted by integrators as being “the coolest, most forward-thinking solution to hit the Residential and Commercial entertainment space since the flat panel TV,” Pure™ Zero Edge redefines what white and gray projection screens can do to enhance the visual entertainment experience.

Filling a void onscreen and in the marketplace, Pure White and Pure Gray Zero Edge projection screens feature SI’s proprietary Micro Texture that is nine (9) times finer and smoother than that of the best screen material available on the market today. Capable of reproducing perfect resolution from 1080P to 8K and beyond, Pure delivers image quality that is razor sharp with perfect color and uniformity that provides a sensory experience unlike any other.

“Resolving the most common complaints associated with white and gray projection screens, Pure™ reproduces projected images brilliantly without any measurable color shift or visible texture,” stated Ryan Gustafson, president and founder of Screen Innovations. “It redefines the middle market by providing the coolest, most impressive and cost effective solution for video purists, enthusiasts and everyday viewers alike.”  

Designed to be quickly and easily installed, Pure Zero Edge screens do not require any additional assembly once unpacked. Mounting options include on-wall or flown from the ceiling by slender cables. New optional LED Lighting is built in to the frame and now incorporates six (6) custom preferences and 256,000 colors, including 6500 kelvin white. This unique feature set provides an incredibly sleek appearance and immersive entertainment experience that can’t be achieved with any other screen.

Pure Zero Edge

Pure Zero Edge can be flown on cables or wall mounted, and optional LED lighting can be added.

Available in large-format projection screen sizes up to 120” in 16:9 and up to 150” in 2.35:1, the Zero Edge line now includes Pure White 1.3 gain, Pure Gray .85 gain, Black Diamond 2.7 gain, Black Diamond 1.4 gain or Black Diamond .8 gain screen materials. Prices start at $1599 MSRP and are based on configuration.

The most affordable, innovative and versatile screen technology available, Pure Zero Edge carries a lifetime replacement policy and sets a new aesthetic standard that is currently unmatched in the Residential or Commercial marketplaces. Those interested in learning more about Pure or the SI value proposition are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com or call (512) 832-6939.

To download SI product images, videos, logos and associated marketing materials click on the following link: www.screeninnovations.com/downloads/.

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About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based 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 which deliver an unparalleled video image in either 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, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “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.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com or call +1 (512) 832-6939 to learn more about the SI family of products and services available. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations.

 

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

SYMETRIX INTRODUCES EXTERNAL CONTROL EXPANDER FOR SYMNET

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces release of the SymNet xControl, an external control expander for use with the SymNet Edge and Radius family of DSP products useful in conferencing and paging applications. For those installations where Edge and Radius’s eight onboard control inputs and eight logic outputs require expansion, xControl provides an additional sixteen inputs, sixteen outputs and two RS-232 ports.

In typical conferencing and paging applications, external control inputs accommodate closures from push to talk (PTT) microphone switches while control outputs directly drive LED indicators associated with the PTT mics. Additional output applications may include the triggering of external relays or camera switching devices.The xControl’s flexibility lends support to both everyday and ‘outside-the-box’ applications.

For serial communications with third party projectors, camera controls, routers, and lighting either of xControl’s two RS-232 ports may be configured to receive or transmit commands. An added bonus is Power over Ethernet (PoE) which means xControl may be mounted outside of a rack room and connected to the system with a single CAT5/6 cable via a PoE network switch. Occupying only a 1U, two of the half-rack devices can be mounted side-by-side or xControl may be surface mounted. For either type of mounting, all hardware is included. For direct powering, a PoE injector is included. SymNet Composer open architecture software provides comprehensive set-up and management of xControl.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

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Dads & Grads: Hisense K610 Smart TV, For Dorms & Dens

Suwanee, Georgia, April 25, 2013 — Dads and grads tend to have very different ideas of what defines an amazing gift, as one is gearing up to go to college and the other is buttoning down to pay those tuition bills. There is one thing they can agree on though, the Hisense K610 LED 3D Smart TV, feature-packed with breathtaking picture quality, is guaranteed to put on a smile on both of their faces.

With a super fine 13mm bezel and built-in WiFi, the 50” and 55” Full HD 1080p K610 series makes a statement in any room. With the latest Hisense Smart TV interface, the K610 enables access to thousands of Vudu™ HD movies, Netflix®, YouTube™, Pandora® and more, while bringing forth stunning details with crystal-clear, vibrant colors and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

“The Hisense K610 is the perfect gift- whether you’re trying to make your graduate’s new college dorm feel a little more like home, or upgrading your own empty nest by treating your partner for Father’s Day,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “The Hisense K610 is fresh and stylish, with all the Smart functions and features on the market, making it a top gifting choice this season.”

For more information about Hisense’s range of innovative products, visit www.hisense-usa.com.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a Georgia based subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense USA offers a broad range of highly affordable consumer electronics products in the North American market, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. In 2010 Hisense established an R&D center in Georgia to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America, including hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and more. Around the world, Hisense has production bases in South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and sales offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, the Middle East a

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