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New ihiji and SnapAV Partnership enables dealers to detect, diagnose and resolve issues with simple one-click reboots of WattBox™ IP power outlets from any mobile or desktop web browser

New ihiji and SnapAV Partnership enables dealers to detect, diagnose and resolve issues with simple one-click reboots of WattBox™ IP power outlets from any mobile or desktop web browser

Combined functionality cited as having the potential to end costly and cumbersome service calls

Austin, TX – March 11, 2013 – ihiji and SnapAV have partnered to provide simplified cloud-based power management of SnapAV WattBox™ IP products using ihiji’s NetNinja suite within the ihiji invision web portal. This immediately benefits both ihiji and SnapAV’s dealers by providing simple and secure access to all of their WattBox installations from a centralized invision dashboard. Consolidating this data eliminates the need to incorporate multiple remote monitoring systems to gain insight into the health and wellbeing of a growing assortment of connected devices. Dealers can now manage power, network, and control system devices from SnapAV and other manufacturers without the confusion associated with utilizing multiple tools.

Beyond WattBox products, ihiji’s NetNinja suite supports soft reboots of many other devices such as Control Processors, Touch panels and DirecTV receivers, as well as hard power cycles through Power Over Ethernet switches, which enable one-click reboots of PoE ports. By incorporating SnapAV WattBox functionality, this powerful new combination creates one of the most robust, yet cost-effective, remote monitoring and management solutions available.

 

Screenshot: ihiji invision performs SnapAV WattBox power cycle

“We believe the functionality and price point of SnapAV’s WattBox combined with ihiji’s invision service will help dealers maximize their scarcest resources – time and money. By adding support for yet another of the industry’s leading brands to the invision system, we are strengthening our dealer-centric ecosystem while continuing to simplify remote monitoring and management. This highly valuable set of tools and services increases dealer efficiency and enables stronger service contract programs, which is a cornerstone of any successful operation,” said Michael Maniscalco, ihiji Vice President of Technology.

“We’re excited to partner with an innovative company like ihiji,” says David Moore, Vice President of Engineering at SnapAV. “Their product gives our dealers a great option for cloud-based remote monitoring of multiple WattBox products in one dashboard. It’s just one more way to make our dealers’ lives easier, and we want to do that with every product we make and every company we partner with.”

Installing the ihiji invision system is simple. The solution was engineered to eliminate the need for on-site network configuration, port forwarding, and firewall configuration to ensure a rapid and secure installation and ongoing access when a reboot is needed. Dealers benefit from immediate time and cost savings from reduced truck rolls and warranty service calls. As David Moore of SnapAV noted, “This solution quite possibly represents the end of service calls.”

Dealers interested in learning more about how ihiji’s cloud based solution can complement the SnapAV WattBox line or those wishing to gain access to a recently recorded ihiji and SnapAV webinar are invited to contact David Rench of ihiji at (512) 538-0520 or SnapAV Sales at (866) 424-4489.

 

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About ihiji

ihiji, a company focused on disruptive technologies, has created invision, a cloud-based Network Management as a Service (NMaaS) platform for remote monitoring and management of network devices and automation systems. ihiji has received numerous industry awards and repeated recognition for its innovative technology. Originally designed to efficiently maintain and service home networking and automation products, invision has evolved into a scalable and flexible web-based platform for remote network monitoring, support, and documentation. ihiji creates a cohesive partnership with integrators and leading manufacturers to offer inspired solutions to complicated problems that increase both end-user satisfaction and system integrator efficiency. Those interested can learn more by contacting the company at (512) 538-0520 or by visiting www.ihiji.com. Direct ihiji media requests to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283 or katye@kmbcomm.com.

About SnapAV

Established in 2005 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators.  SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses by providing high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and award-winning customer service.  All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. SnapAV’s brands include Episode® Speakers and Electronics, Wirepath® Surveillance and Structured Wiring, WattBox™ Power and Surge, Binary™ Media Distribution and Cables, Strong™ Mounts and Racks, Camden™ Cinema Furniture, and Dragonfly™ Projection Screens. Additional information can be found at www.snapav.com.

 

Casio Revolutionizes Storefront Advertising With New Digital Signage Business at DSE 2013

CASIO REVOLUTIONIZES STOREFRONT ADVERTISING WITH NEW DIGITAL SIGNAGE
BUSINESS AT DSE 2013

Casio Signage Drives Business and
Offers Infinite Applications

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (FEBRUARY 27, 2013) — Coming off the cusp of a successful Consumer Electronics Show, Casio America, Inc. is pleased to showcase its new digital signage business with its ground-breaking approach to storefront advertising at the Digital Signage Expo. As the hero application of Casio’s new digital signage business, Casio Signage takes a revolutionary new approach by leveraging optimum advertising tools and cloud services to attract new customers and increase repeat business. Casio Signage will be exhibited in Casio’s booth (#147) at the Digital Signage Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, 2013.

“Storefront advertising must be attractive, interesting and versatile in order to entice consumers to enter an establishment,” said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc. “Casio Signage offers retailers and business owners a unique way to make consumers feel welcome, while delivering relevant content in a personal manner. We have no doubt that Casio Signage will
set a new standard for storefront advertising and change the industry as a whole.”

Casio Signage is a cutting-edge storefront advertising tool with the ability to captivate passers-by with a realistic-looking character that talks to them. Using a custom designed screen shaped like a character, content is created to match the characteristics needed to bring people into a store. The character’s appearance and voice can be easily changed to keep customers from losing interest and increase store traffic. Casio Signage is compact and requires no installation work, making it easy to place nearly anywhere. It also offers multilingual support or multifunctional options creating a fully customizable system with content that is most relevant for the customer base.

Together with innovative cloud services such as the distribution of digital coupons, stores with Casio Signage will enjoy an edge
over the competition.

Main Features of Casio Signage

  • Realistic images help captivate passers-by and attract new customers – The screen itself is shaped like a character or person, and speaks to visitors to get their attention and invite them in.

 

  • Content is easily updated to increase store traffic  – Retailers simply provide Casio with a still image and text. Casio then animates the image and adds the voice. No video production is required for stores. This process makes it easy to edit the animation for future use.

 

  • Compact size that can fit almost anywhere – It features a small 18” x 21.10” footprint. No installation work is required.

 

  • Multilingual support – Available languages include English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and more. Customers can select the language they want to hear.

 

  • Cloud services are available for unique retail promotions – Casio can provide cloud services such as digital coupons for customers with smartphones.

 

  • Long-lasting light source – The originally developed Laser-LED Hybrid Light Source by Casio delivers approximately 20,000 hours of life.

 

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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, digital cameras, 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.

CASIO SHOWCASES UNIQUE SIGNAGE SOLUTIONS AT DSE 2013

CASIO SHOWCASES UNIQUE SIGNAGE SOLUTIONS AT DSE 2013 

Projector Stacking System and YA-S10 Converter System Offer Innovative Technology
with An Overall Lower Cost of Ownership

LAS VEGAS, NV (FEBRUARY 27, 2013) — Casio America Inc. , a leader in the digital projection industry, is proud to introduce two new systems ideal for a variety of digital signage applications – the Projector Stacking System and the YA-S10 Converter System. Featuring Casio’s LampFree™ LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source, the Projector Stacking System is available in two different models, the XJ SK650 and the XJ-SK600. The YA-S10 Converter System features cutting edge technology that allows a single projector to display images on curved surfaces. Both systems will be exhibited in Casio’s booth (#147) at the Digital Signage Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, 2013.

“As a leading provider of digital projection technology, we are constantly developing new applications that address the changing needs of the digital projection/signage industry,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We are confident that our new Projector Stacking System and YA-S10 Converter System will increase efficiency and streamline costs for retailers and business owners alike, further raising industry standards and solidifying Casio’s presence as an industry leader.”

The Projector Stacking System, designed with two Casio projectors stacked on top of one another, projects two sharp, high-quality images, which the YA-S10 Converter System control box then merges into one screen. It is available in two different models; the XJ-SK650 and the XJ-SK600. The XJ-SK650 features double stacked Pro Series XJ-H2600 projectors and provides users with up to 6,500 lumens, while the XJ-SK600 features double stacked Signature Series XJ-M250 projectors and provides up to 6,000 lumens. Both of these models provide roughly twice the lumen output provided by a single projector.

The Projector Stacking System includes two (2) projectors, ceiling mount housing and the YA-S10 Converter System control box, which corrects and merges screen images. The system features high-precision correction and an interface that allows easy modifications using a remote control. The YA-S10 Converter System control box focuses on image alignment with each of the projectors in the Stacking System. When the YA-S10 Converter System correction box is connected, both projectors can also project high brightness images at any angle making the Projector Stacking System ideal for digital signage, sports bars, house of worship and many large venue applications.

When used separately Casio’s YA-S10 Converter System enables users to project images onto curved pillars, round areas, flat surfaces or any unique shape. The system is set up to adjust any image misalignment or distortion without the need for additional hardware. Using the YA-S10 Converter System with any Casio LampFree™ projector, images can be corrected for curved surfaces using free-form surface compensation with a lattice of up to 81 grid points for adjustments.

Both the Projector Stacking System and Convex System are powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which provides Lamp-Free, eco-friendly data projection at a percentage 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 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 with a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment. Since there is only minimal loss of brightness even during long-term use, it is ideal for those heavy-duty applications involving frequent use of projection such as retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, offices and other environments. With an estimated life span of 20,000 hours, both systems ensure low
maintenance and streamlined costs.

Casio’s new Projector Stacking System and YA-S10 Converter System are currently available for purchase. For additional information regarding Casio LampFree™ projectors, please visit www.casioprojector.com.

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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, digital cameras, 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.

MS1600X Powers Multiple Digital Signs with Dynamic Full High Definition ~ One Multi Screen Appliance Powers up to 16 Displays including Multi-Zone Management for Each Screen

MS1600X Powers Multiple Digital Signs with Dynamic Full High Definition

One Multi Screen Appliance Powers up to 16 Displays including Multi-Zone Management for Each Screen

Digital Signage Expo, Las Vegas & San Jose, CA – February 27, 2013 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the release of the MS1600X, a new signage appliance in the WebDT Signage System line, capable of powering content over up to 16 screens. The MS1600 Multi Screen Appliance enables powerful content streaming on anywhere from 2 to 16 displays, and offers content blending, or tiling, across screens. The MS1600X, along with WebDT Content Manager, provides a fully integrated system with 1080p over up to 16 screens and multi-zone management for up to 16 zones.

The MS1600X is powered by the IntelÒ Quad-Core i7 processor, and provides full HD (1080p) video quality to every screen. Running MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ operating systems, the WebDT Multi Screen Appliance displays content files in native resolution, so images are sharp and true to original properties, even when presented on multiple displays or large screens, maintaining optimal picture quality.

The MS1600X is ideal for applications that require high-resolution on multiple screens including digital signage walls, menu boards, flight/transportation information, and creative display arrangements. The MS1600X enables dynamic digital signage deployments in spaces where multiple screens are indoors and viewed in shopping malls, entertainment venues, and airports.

Each of the screens powered by the MS1600X can be remotely managed with the WebDT Content Manager software, which is bundled with the appliance. This intuitive interface software is used for organizing, scheduling, and deploying content to the digital signage network. The WebDT Content Manager provides multiple zone support and planning for each display, so that a screen can be divided into up to 16 zones with different content in each zone. With WebDT Content Manager, all screens can show the same content, each screen can play different content, or content can be blended over several screens. The user-friendly WebDT Content Manager also allows users to create many combinations across multiple screens, such as four zones on two screens, two zones on five screens, and hundreds of other possible screen layouts.

The MS1600X Multi Screen Appliance brings top quality performance and is available now.

About DT Research

DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on embedded computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® Embedded and Windows XP operating systems, WebDT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Content Manager and WebDT Device Manager software. For more information, visit www.signage.dtri.com

MS1600X Multi Screen Appliance

http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Pro Audio Technology Appoints Two New Manufacturer Reps

Excellent margins, modular designs and a full line of cinema caliber audio products fuel Pro Audio Technology’s rapid growth.

Huntington Beach, CA – February 26, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in professional-grade loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of two new manufacturer’s representatives. Growing demand for discrete but powerful audio systems has made Pro Audio Technology (PRO) an appealing brand for dealers. To meet demand, PRO has announced the appointment of Lucas Sales and On Line Marketing as its exclusive representatives in two key territories.

“With no less than 23 large metropolitan areas covered between them, adding sales consultants in these territories is critical for continued growth,” said Larry Reagan, vice president of sales for Pro Audio technology. “With Lucas Sales based in Texas and On Line Marketing centered in Ohio, and each serving the surrounding states, PRO is poised to see strong growth and enhanced dealer support in these regions.“

Common to both firm’s line card is a major video projection and viewing screen line. In each case, the addition of Pro Audio Technology will help the firms solidify their offerings of complete reference A/V packages for high-performance theater and media room installations.

Mark Taylor, principal of On Line Marketing said, “We are excited about the addition of PRO products and the unique benefits they offer. PRO’s technology story perfectly complements the performance-based selling concept we promote to dealers, and will help our accounts attain higher sales and deliver a better audio experience.”

PRO’s multiple speaker series are voiced to a common performance standard and provide solutions that address a broad range of installation needs. By applying a single design philosophy across the entire range of products, installers are free to select models based on application, gaining greater flexibility when designing an audio system.

Sam Lucas, principal of The Charles Lucas Sales Company said, “Pro Audio Technology compliments our high end custom installation products for home theater. They offer great dynamics, high SPL and most important clear vocal intelligibility. We are delighted to offer the very best in home theater systems.”

A hallmark of PRO engineering technology, each system is field-configurable and employs the company’s proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) via its PMA amplifier product range. All crossover functions, high-resolution frequency response shaping, and time correction are achieved in DSP, eliminating restrictive passive filter networks from the signal path. In addition, the integrator is given a powerful suite of DSP controls to compensate for environmental influences, such as speaker placement behind viewing screens or stretch fabric walls, secondary boundary loading, and other factors. Different than a typical room correction system, the PMAs don’t change the frequency response of speakers to accommodate sitting positions, which can fundamentally alter the sound, but rather adjust output to compensate for room conditions, which lets the speakers perform as the designer intended.

Information on PRO’s new manufacturer’s representatives and their respective regions is below.

Charles Lucas Sales Company
Territory: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma

On Line Marketing
Territory: Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, please 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.

B.M.C. Audio Introduces New Generation of Power Amplifiers

The AMP M2 Delivers High-End Reproduction that’s Natural,
Neutral and Transparent Plus a Wealth of Exclusive Features

GESEKE, GERMANY, Feb. 2013 — Balanced Music Concept (B.M.C.) Audio, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance, high-value audiophile components, introduces the AMP M2 Mono Power Amplifier at the recently completed International Consumer Electronics Show.

The AMP M2 delivers exceptional musical reproduction consistently, purely and transparently. Listeners experience only unbridled power and music’s finest details, without any intrusion of the amplifier itself. Perfectly balanced, the AMP M2 runs cooler than traditional Class A designs, and silently. Its musical dynamics remain constant for every volume level, and without compression. It also exhibits no signal path feedback on the theory that it’s better to avoid distortion from the start than to try correcting for it later.

The AMP M2 possesses a surprisingly powerful dynamic vitality for its relatively compact size, an 88-pound weight that only begins to suggest its exceptional build quality, an elegant design, and three of B.M.C.’s exclusive advances, and a very affordable price given its superb performance and broad use of high-quality materials. The channel separation produced by two separate AMP M2s cannot be surpassed.

B.M.C.’s exclusive innovations include its Load Effect Free (LEF) technology, Digital Intelligent Gain Management (DIGM), and Current Injection (CI) technology. They ensure listeners only experience the amplifier’s power and music’s finest details.

The M2 delivers 200 watts into 8 Ohms, and 380 watts into 4 Ohms with a frequency response of 1Hz – 200kHz (at 1W). A fully regulated power supply with a massive 2-kW toroidal transformer and balanced current capacitors contribute background silence and rock-solid stability.

LEF technology raises speaker output, the quality of the AMP M2’s audio reproduction, and the amplifier’s efficiency. It achieves these by handling speakers’ current demand separately from the voltage demand, relieving the Class-A transistor of all duties other than providing perfect signal reproduction.

DIGM technology is a volume and amplification control that lets listeners adjust left/right output balances in 1-decibel increments by setting the M2’s gain on B.M.C.’s DAC 1 Digital-to-Analog Converter. The DAC 1 optically transmits the value to the M2. This avoids unnecessary input-signal attenuation and excessive amplification, contributing to a more natural musical quality. As a result, DIGM eliminates the need for a preamp circuit, avoids excessive gain, and allows direct connection to a DAC. Additional benefits include a very short signal path, low noise, and the ability to reduce noise further by reducing volume.

CI technology further increases signal purity and the immediacy of the M2’s musical reproduction. It does this by processing a signal source’s current until it attains the desired loudspeaker output voltage, replacing, as a result, any gain stage by an original signal. Combined, B.M.C.’s LEF, DIGM and CI technologies draw listeners into a new world of tonal experience.

The AMP M2 exhibits the modular construction and massive build quality typical of B.M.C. components, with a sturdy aluminum chassis for housing and the finest components available for the electronics. Large Power and Volume buttons and an easily read Power Meter enhance the front panel.

On the rear panel, balanced XLR and XLR-CI inputs, unbalanced RCA inputs, one pair of speaker outputs with gold-plated binding posts, and an AC power connection help the AMP M2 take advantage of its many technologies.

The AMP M2 Mono Power Amplifier is available now from authorized B.M.C. Audio dealers at a suggested price of $7,990 (U.S. MSRP).

About B.M.C. Audio
B.M.C. Audio, based in Germany, is a developer and manufacturer of innovative audiophile components that combine a radically different approach with unconventional technologies, modular designs and affordable prices for music lovers with the highest expectations.

For further technical information, visit B.M.C. Audio’s website at www.bmc-audio.com or Aaudio Imports at www.aaudioimports.com

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New FlexGlass™ Rear-Projection Screen Material by Screen Innovations Features Zero Hotspot, Wide Viewing Angles, and the Ability to be Rolled on a 2-foot Core to Reduce Freight Costs and Job Site Handling

SI now shipping  FlexGlass™ to integrators worldwide for use in Command, Control, Simulation, Digital Signage, Retail, Hospitality and other Commercial or Residential application 

Austin, TX – February 18, 2013 Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of the acclaimed multi-directional ambient light rejecting Black Diamond projection screen technology, recently began shipping the much-anticipated FlexGlass™ flexible rear-projection screen material. Designed to resolve size, space, and shipping concerns, as well as to deliver an impressive and unrivaled image quality for Commercial applications, FlexGlass is poised to become a top-rated solution for rear-projection applications.

With an increased focus on – and presence in – the Commercial AV market, SI has launched itself yet again into an aggressive product development cycle to produce technologies and associated solutions for an ever-changing technical marketplace. FlexGlass is an innovative new rear projection screen material that offers all of the benefits of the best rigid optical panels with the added benefit of custom and curve capabilities that can only be achieved with a flexible screen material. Delivering unmatched edge-blend capability, zero hotspot, almost infinite viewing angles, and the ability to be rolled on a 2-foot core to significantly reduce freight and job site handling issues, FlexGlass is an ideal choice for multiple-projector, edge blending, and short throw projector applications; all of which serves to fulfill a very real need in the marketplace.

“FlexGlass™ is an absolutely amazing product,” said Richard Cope, CEO of NanoLumens. “Not only does it give us the uniformity, contrast, and viewing angles that we need, but its ability to be rolled on a 2-foot core allows us to get it into places where other screens simply cannot go.

“FlexGlass™ offers a very wide viewing angle and good contrast that’s excellent for rear-projected edge-blending because of its very high half-gain angle, low absolute gain and darker tint. It’s semi-rigid, which allows FlexGlass to be rolled in long seamless sheets onto 2-foot cores, doing away with the logistical problems often associated with getting rigid glass or Plexiglas sheets into buildings, upper stories, elevators and small doorways,” said Rajeev Surati, Chairman, President and Founder of Scalable Display Technologies. “Being semi-rigid also means FlexGlass can be used in curved configurations, as one of our customers has done for a large cylindrical cave configuration. Being lightweight, it’s truly portable, which is another plus. In fact, we use FlexGlass for a 20-foot by 6-foot display provided to our partners who use it to show off their large visualizations at tradeshows and other events.”

See video – how FlexGlass works: http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/flexglass-rear-pro/

 

“The introduction of our new FlexGlass™ rear-projection screens and other Commercial product solutions serves to further establish SI as a force to be reckoned with in the Commercial market,” said Ryan Gustafson, President of Screen Innovations. “It’s my belief that our new Commercial lineup will surpass that of traditional standard-bearers. What you see now is only the beginning. By Infocomm 2013, SI will have many new and innovative products ideally suited for Commercial applications. Come see us at Infocomm and you’ll see what we’re all about. The possibilities are endless.”

An assortment of proprietary screen materials and a highly innovative design and engineering team ensures SI has – and continues to develop – unique solutions that deliver tangible results at a competitive price. Those interested in learning more about SI’s Commercial product offering, joining the Screen Innovations community, or for a preview of FlexGlass and other Commercial solutions, are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com, write to josh@screeninnovations.com, or call (512) 832-6939.

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

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About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) 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 producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Designed to solve complex installation challenges, sold at affordable price points, and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding design and décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rival or surpass 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 projection screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com or call (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

E.  Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

W. www.screeninnovations.com

T. @SIScreens and @katyemcgregor

F. www.facebook.com/screeninnovations

 

 

Atlona(R) LinkCast(TM) Wireless HD System Now Available in Europe

EU Edition LinkCast Wirelessly Connects up to Four HD Sources to Displays or Projectors at Resolutions up to 1080p

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 11, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that its award-winning LinkCast(TM) Wireless HD System is now available for the European market. The EU-certified LinkCast Wireless HD System provides an easy and affordable way for users to get content in their home theaters from as many as four HD sources — including laptops, game consoles, Blu-ray(TM) players, and more — to displays, projectors, or AV receivers without the hassle and clutter of cables. more

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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.

Please check out @Tributaries to follow on Twitter and be sure to like us on Facebook.

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

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