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Tributaries’ Unveils Improved PROFIT Connectors

Orlando, FL—January 2013—Tributaries is proud to introduce the all-new PROFIT connectors. The ever-popular PROFIT connectors have been vastly improved now requiring 50% LESS effort for compression and constructed of high impact plastic. The improvement is made possible thanks to the merger of “Pro-Connect” and “Snap N’ Seal” who were purchased by Belden, these two fantastic designs have combined to yield a new connector with the performance of “Pro-Connect” and the ease of “Snap N’ Seal”.

The new connectors feature an elegant gunmetal finish standard for all models. In the coming months, new signal identifier color rings will become available which will conveniently fit into the indented area just below the connector head. Connectors will only require one silver-crimping die to assemble the connectors; this enables the number of components to be kept down only to the essential items, simplifies installation and eliminates the need to swap out crimping dies on the compression tool.

The new style will retain the key features such as: visible entry for RCA and BNC and, 360° radial compressions. The connectors will continue to work with a number of different industry compression tools. While Tributaries won’t be the only manufacturer to offer this new connector, it is the only manufacturer to offer unprecedented quality control performed in its Orlando-based headquarters. Tributaries also guarantees all compression connectors fit on the coax sold by the company.

The newly designed F, RCA, and BNC for RG59 and RG6 are now available. Connectors for TRIBMINI will be available later this year.

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About Tributaries®
Established in 1991 in Orlando, Florida, Tributaries® is an acknowledged leader in the design, production, and distribution of high-quality audio and video interconnect cables, speaker wires, accessories, and electronics. The company prides itself on its customer service, and has won the CE industry magazine Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Awards a total of 13 times in the past 15 years.

For more information, please visit www.tributariescable.com.

New Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Inks Deals with Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC

Wide assortment of tried-and-proven media distribution, wire, cable and accessory products for residential and commercial jobs available from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations

Burlington, MA – January 29, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into agreements to nationally distribute Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC.

”Media distribution, a robust network, wire and cable, telecommunications connectors and accessories – these are the cornerstones of today’s complex residential and light commercial installations,” says board member Steve Presti, principal of member-company Easy Access Distribution.

“Catalyst AV’s goal is to benefit installers by delivering the right products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. We’re quite certain that these well-established brands will help us achieve just that,” added Presti.

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)
• 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)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Muto Communications, LLC is Catalyst AV’s PR agency of record. Please direct 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 is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Display Development Adds New Models to its In-Wall Home Theater Projection Systems Series

Batavia, NY—January 2013—Display Development, innovator of the Architectural Video category, proudly announces the latest additions to its series of In-Wall Projection systems made exclusively for Home Theater applications. The new IW7 and IW8 offer extreme flexibility at an unprecedented value. The IW8 will make its world debut in the Home Cinema Europe Booth #N-153 during the 2013 ISE Show.

“With the introduction of the IW7 and IW8, we can now extend our in-wall projection systems to a wide array of customers, offering innovative, space-saving solutions for environments where a ceiling-mounted projector is not practical,” said Jim Burns, president of Display Development. “As always, we design our systems with integrators in mind, and we pride ourselves on being the only company to deliver a concealed video system that does not sacrifice performance for convenience.”

The Display Development IW7 and IW8 systems include single-chip DLP® projectors, VP 100 video scaler for high performance processing and flexibility, and Smart Cooling technology for efficient, reliable operation. Designed for popular screen sizes, the IW7 boasting 4,200 Lumens, is ideal for brightly lit family/media rooms, while the IW8 outputting 1,800 Lumens, is capable of delivering the color accuracy needed for a true home theater system in a light-controlled environment.

The IW systems create a TV solution that is far superior to a flat panel in terms of image size, fidelity and overall experience, with no impact on a room’s décor, coupled with the ability to provide a completely concealed system when not in use.

Display Development's IW8 In-Wall Video Projection System designed exclusively for home theater applications makes its debuts at #ISE2013.

About Display Development
Display Development is an independent design and marketing group that concentrates its efforts on very-high-performance visual imaging systems. With a proven 20-year track record, the core team of Display Design Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology. For more information, please visit www.displaydevelopment.com.

Display Development Expands International Presence at ISE 2013

Batavia, NY—January 2013—Display Development, manufacturer of custom engineered projection display systems, is expanding its international presence with multiple locations at ISE 2013, including placement with key partners, Home Cinema Europe #1-N53 and Stewart Filmscreen #1-F40.

Among the products being featured, Display Development will show for the first at time ISE, its new in-wall video projection systems at the Home Cinema Europe booth with its International Sales Manager, Joe Manning, (#1-N53). These proprietary systems offer unprecedented installation flexibility, providing superior viewing even in ambient light situations.

The Reference System ONE 2K in the Stewart Filmscreen booth (#1-F40) will showcase the perfect solution for high-end applications with a 4-way masking screen system for premium performance, and extreme flexibility to accommodate a wide array of image sizes and aspect ratios. Producing up to 30,000 ANSI lumens, the Reference System ONE 2K utilizes Display Development’s unique light path and signal processing. The industry’s leading lens mechanism increases the Reference Series Systems’ rock solid performance with programmable aspect ratios.

Working with its Norwegian partners, Display Development also announces locations for the avielo projector line at ISE:

Home Cinema Europe: #1-N53
A state-of-the-art high-end home theater featuring avielo helios Studio Edition E featuring RealScope™ as well as ADA, RBH Sound, D-Box, and Screen Innovations.

JBL Synthesis: #1-N73: avielo helios Studio Edition featuring RealScope™

Procella: #7-Q170: avielo optix SuperWide235

Wisdom Audio: #5-T110: avielo helios Studio Edition

About Display Development
Display Development is an independent design and marketing group that concentrates its efforts on very-high-performance visual imaging systems. With a proven 20-year track record, the core team of Display Design Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology. For more information, please visit www.displaydevelopment.com.

Pro Audio Technology ”Called-In” by HGTV’s Cousins on Call TV Show for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Remodel

Pro Audio Technology ”Called-In” by HGTV’s Cousins on Call TV Show for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Remodel

The HGTV show details a surprise total renovation of the Odom’s home screening room

Huntington Beach, CA – January 25, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, participated in the Prime Time HGTV show, Cousins on Call, which follows real-life cousins and best friends Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, as they transform outdated, dysfunctional homes to create dream living spaces.

In the episode, titled “Khloe and the Cousins Surprise Lamar”, Pro Audio Technology worked with Joseph Cali Systems Design of Santa Monica, CA to install a new state-of-the-art home cinema system. All new loudspeakers, subwoofers and power amplifiers with more than four-thousand-five-hundred watts of total power, were installed to create a no-holds-barred home theater surprise for the NBA star.

According to HGTV’s website:
“Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom love their LA home. But they do have one room that they’ve never liked and rarely use. Plus it’s purple, the color of Lamar’s old team! So while Lamar is away on an NBA road trip, Khloe brings in the Cousins to transform unused space into a state-of-the-art theater. The couple wants a comfortable place to watch games or movies with their friends and family. So John and Anthony will design custom redwood accents to give the high-tech theater a warm and homey feel.”

“It was a real pleasure working with Anthony and John, the Cousins on Call crew and Joe Cali to create a home theater that meets the refined style demands of Khloe Kardashian Odom but that also achieves the visceral audio performance she knew Lamar would love,” said L. Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “It took careful planning to get the right blend of aesthetics and performance, but there’s no doubt this theater will recreate the emotion and impact of movies, live sporting events, or whatever entertainment they’re enjoying.”

The episode, Khloe and the Cousins Surprise Lamar will air on HGTV at the following times:

Wednesday, January 23 – 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Wednesday, January 30 – 8:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 16 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 – 5:30 p.m.

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

Acoustics First releases video on Vibration Isolation

Acoustics First has conjured up yet another video demonstration. As the fourth in a series designed to help explain common acoustic principles, this video briefly reveals what is necessary to provide vibration isolation.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission

As the quandary of vibration isolation can quickly prove to be obtuse and relatively difficult to understand. Common problems like footfall from upstairs neighbors, industrial noise from machinery and HVAC equipment or isolating speakers and scientific devices can require completely different approaches. Most often, an on site assessment should be completed by a qualified engineering professional to determine an appropriate acoustic solution. In many cases the solution will require a modification to the structure and implement more than a single strategy.

This simple vibration demonstration challenges to provide a basic understanding of how acoustical materials may be used to prevent the spread of mechanical noise and vibration through existing structures like walls, floors and ceilings.

In this acoustic demonstration, a surface mounted piezo transducer connected to an analog meter will register levels of sound vibrations transmitted to the table. A vibrating device placed directly on the surface will transmit sound vibrations and resonate loudly throughout the table. These vibrations will register on the analog meter. By inserting isolation materials between the device and the surface, the mechanical sound transmission is reduced and sound no longer registers on the meter.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission


Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

Barix Supports Crestron Rava SIP Intercom and Phone Technology

Solution delivers first interface to enable peer-to-peer device communication between Rava-enabled touch screens and analog door stations

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 21, 2013 — IP audio and control specialist Barix is pleased to announce support of Crestron Rava™ SIP intercom and phone technology. The Barix SIP firmware will simplify integration of Rava-enabled touch screens with analog devices, such as intercom panels, to enable peer-to-peer communication between devices without a central server. This simplifies Voice over IP (VoIP) integration in residential and commercial deployments.

Crestron Rava touch screens leverage SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) to permit voice intercom, telephone and paging (point-to-point and group) among other applications across the home, office or small business. The inclusion of Barix firmware uniquely establishes compatibility between Rava-enabled touch screens and analog door stations. This allows customers to continue to use existing analog installed devices when upgrading to Rava touch screens, providing seamless IP to analog integration.

Systems integrators, meanwhile, eliminate the time and labor associated with configuring servers to enable SIP compatibility between Rava touch screens and connected devices. Barix firmware allows these devices to discover each other on the network, becoming the first Crestron-approved solution to offer such seamless peer-to-peer device connectivity. The result is a reliable, SIP-compatible solution that effectively bridges analog and digital components within Rava environments.

“We’re thrilled to have Barix support our protocol because it bridges the gap between digital (SIP communication points) and analog door stations,” said Fred Bargetzi, Crestron VP of Technology. “We see many homes with independent door station/intercom systems separate from the home automation system or homes with integrated page-all intercom systems when discrete peer-to-peer operation is more desirable. With support of the Rava protocol, Barix now provides a retrofit solution that seamlessly communicates with the homeowner’s existing door station.”

The Barix solution can be deployed today by connecting a Barix Annuncicom IP two-way audio hardware device directly to a door station. Crestron is also working with companies such as eHolovision, which manufactures a series of intercom entry panels for door stations. Barix will soon add the same functionality to these and other third-party panels equipped with Barix IPAM Series modules. This enables peer-to-peer SIP and Rava compatibility without additional hardware.

Both options also provide digital inputs and outputs for control options, such as activating door strikes. The integration with Barix effectively turns a door station and a Crestron Home Control System into an integrated access control solution for the customer.

“Barix has previously worked with Crestron, developing an Annuncicom device version specifically for Crestron residential solutions. That solution offered an IP interface for point-to-point, full-duplex audio distribution and control between analog and digital devices,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. “The new solution evolves the relationship, using Barix’s strong IP audio and control expertise to develop a unique solution that reduces infrastructure, simplifies installation and enhances communication across Rava environments.”

About Crestron
For more than 40 years Crestron has been the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, innovating technology and reinventing the way people live and work. Providing integrated solutions to control audio, video, lighting, computer, IP and environmental systems, Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in corporate conference rooms, hotels, classrooms, auditoriums, and in their homes. Crestron’s leadership stems from its dedicated people who are committed to providing the best products, programs and services in the industry. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

BenQ Introduces New RL2455HM Gaming Monitor With Blazing-Fast Response Time

Latest Monitor Offers Gamers Crisp, Blur-Free Experience to Take Console Gaming to a Whole New Level

LAS VEGAS — 2013 International CES — Jan. 7, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the expansion of its RL Series of professional gaming monitors with the launch of the new RL2455HM. Built on the advanced technology of the RL2450HT — featured on the Major League Gaming (MLG) 2012 championship circuit — the RL2455HM has been enhanced thanks to feedback directly from the gaming community. Gamers now get a blazing-fast 1-ms GTG response time, 2-watt stereo speakers, and dual HDMI(R) ports for the ultimate in connectivity and control. The monitor also comes packed with advanced custom settings, such as BenQ’s Black eQualizer, Display Mode, and Smart Scaling to give players an edge over their opponents. more

BenQ’s New W1070 and W1080ST Projectors Reshape Home Entertainment

Company’s Full HD 1080p 3D Projectors Offer Consumers Brilliant Balance of Value and Performance

LAS VEGAS — 2013 International CES — Jan. 7, 2013 — BenQ America Corp. today strengthened its leadership position in the home entertainment space with the introduction of its price-defying W1070 and W1080ST projectors. At $1,099, the W1070 provides full HD 1080p 3D projection using the high-end DLP(R) Dark Chip 3 (DC3) typically reserved for higher-priced models. The W1080ST — a short-throw full HD1080p 3D home projector at only $1,299 — brings big screen entertainment to any home theater regardless of space configuration. more

New RTI Products Provide Dealers With Innovative Solutions Covering a Broad Spectrum for Control

RTI Now Shipping New KX7 In-Wall Touchpanel Controller and SURFiR Companion Remote for RTiPanel App

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 3, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced that it is now shipping its new KX7 in-wall color touchpanel controller and SURFiR companion remote. With these new products ranging from touchscreen controllers to wireless remote controls, RTI continues to design award-winning products that meet the specific needs of professional integrators in all sectors of the CE world. The KX7 is loaded with high-end features, such as a capacitive touchscreen, analog and digital video viewing capability, and a self contained control system — perfect for sophisticated residential and commercial installations. The SURFiR is a low-cost companion remote control, for end-users that enjoy using their tablet or smartphone as their primary controller but want hard-buttons with instant control. more

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