Archive for May, 2008

MilesTek Launches HDMI Cables & Devices, Versatile Solutions

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Long-Distance and Standard-Length 1.3b Cables, Distribution Amplifiers, Switchers and Device-and-Cable Kits Maximize Digital A/V Performance

INFOCOMM ’08, LAS VEGAS, May 12, 2008 — MilesTek, a global distributor delivering a vast range of networking and A/V integration products, introduces a family of HDMI® Cables and Devices providing versatile solutions for A/V professionals, at INFOCOMM International 2008, the annual convention of the International Communications Industries Association, beginning in June. (more…)

Omnimount Hosts Fourth Annual International Conference

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Annual Conference Brings Together Representatives from 15 Countries for Educational and Networking Event

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – May 12, 2008 – OmniMount, the global leader in consumer and commercial A/V mounting and furniture solutions, hosted representatives from 15 different countries at its fourth annual International Conference May 1-4 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. The three-day event, attended by distributors and reps, serves as a forum to share best practices, gain knowledge of new product offerings and discuss business strategies. (more…)

Denon Announces Winner In “beyond Definition” Online

Monday, May 12th, 2008

For Immediate Release Press Contact: Sara Trujillo
DBA Public Relations
(212) 388-1400



Mahwah, NJ, May 12, 2008, — Denon Electronics, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment components, today announced the winner of its “Beyond Definition” online contest to win a new Denon DVD-3800BDCI BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 Blu-ray Disc Player (SRP: $1,999). In a random drawing, Thomas Proctor of Maryland Heights, MO, was chosen as the winner of the new DVD-3800BDCI. (more…)

Niles Audio Opens New West Coast Distribution Center

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Vista, California-Based Distribution Hub To Enable Improved Customer Service and Fulfillment For Western United States

MIAMI, FLORIDA – May 9, 2008 – Niles Audio Corporation, The First Name in Custom Installation®, has announced the opening of a new west coast distribution center in Vista, Calif. The new distribution center, which began operation May 5th, will help service Niles dealers and installers in the western United States. The west coast hub enables Niles to serve customers more efficiently as regional orders previously required to be shipped from Niles’ east coast distribution center will seamlessly be routed through the new Vista location. Additionally, the new distribution center allows Niles to offer shipping in three days or less on all orders inside the continental U.S., ensuring just-in-time delivery for all of its dealers. The result is a streamlined distribution process for Niles’ entire line of high-performance products, renowned for their unparalleled quality, performance and value. (more…)

Daily Blog – Sumit Chawla – May 9, 2008: BLUETOOTH IN THE HOME THEATER.

Friday, May 9th, 2008

My first encounter with Bluetooth was when the PS3 found a place in my home theater.  I, like many consumers, was upset with Sony’s move to disinclude an IR receiver which rendered the use of an existing universal remote impossible.  This spawned a new market for devices which would enable IR compatibility with the PS3.  I did not go down this route, instead opting to purchase the optional Bluetooth remote from Sony.

The remote was difficult to get used to. It was not backlit, and the button layout was different from the remote I was used to.  It took some time to gain familiarity with the location of the freqeuntly used buttons in the dark.  The part which I found amusing was that, out of habit, I kept leaning forward to point the remote at the PS3 when I first got it.  This was of course unnecessary: Bluetooth does not require the device you are communicating with to be in the line of sight.  There is a distance limit, typically 30 feet or so, but that’s all.  This part I found refreshing.  Yes, there are aftermarket options that you can use, IR repeaters and such, but here was something new and simple which made the operation convenient.

The question is whether Bluetooth will be embraced by other A/V manufacturers.  IR control is mature and probably cheaper compared to a Bluetooth implementation.  But with the proliferation of Bluetooth devices in the mobile space, cost of such devices will come down eventually.  No need for line of sight is but one benefit.  Two-way communication is another advantage which could open up a new realm of possiblities.  We’ll see if the PS3 ends up being a trend setter in this regard!

Daily Blog – Ross Jones – May 8, 2008: THE FINE ART OF SITTING STILL.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I don’t meditate, even though my doctor tells me it would be good for my heart and overall stress level (in California, even a regular M.D. recommends meditation along with exercise and diet).

However, I do practice the fine art of sitting still. You can relate to this, right? Sitting in a darkened room, in the money seat, with sounds swirling around me (from either two or six directions, depending on my mood). I’m committed for 45 to 60 minutes–the length of the disc–of concentrating on nothing but the music. The cell phone is off, the land-line phone ringer is turned off, the computer is nowhere in sight, and if I’m really lucky, the family is out of the house. My normal multi-tasking mode (wolfing down a meal while returning e-mails and keeping one eye on the TV) goes into hibernation.

For that hour, the outside world drifts away and all of the energy goes into appreciating the genius of the composition, the skill of the musicians, and the art of the producer. It is more difficult to find the time and the space these days, and my kids look at me like only an alien would sit still in the dark for an hour at a time. But that only heightens the importance of making it a priority.

And besides, I can always get a note from my doctor.

Liberty Wire & Cable Announces New, Expanded Product Guide for Wall Plates, Panels &

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Full-Color, User-Friendly Product and Pricing Guide for 2008-2009 Comes Packed with Commercial Project and Installation Solutions for A/V Pros

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, May 7, 2008 — Liberty Wire & Cable, worldwide supplier of a broad range of wire and cable products for the audio/video trade, including custom installers and systems integrators, has announced publication of a new and expanded 2008-2009 edition of its popular Product Guide for Plates, Panels & Assemblies. (more…)

AVAD Expands Presence in Canada with New Ca??ary Facility

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Distributor of Custom Home Electronics’ Second Canadian Location Opens May 5th in Ca??ary

Van Nuys, Calif. – May 5, 2008 – AVAD, LLC, the industry’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has expanded its presence in Canada with the opening of its Ca??ary facility—its second Canadian location. Scheduled to open Monday, May 5th, the new Ca??ary facility will bring AVAD’s unique blend of best brands, in-depth training and superior service to western Canadian custom installers and retailers. (more…)

Omnimount Re-launches Commercial Division Website With New Enhanced Features

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Interactive Product Tours, Featured Product and Announcement Sections Highlight New Website

PHOENIX, Ariz. – May 5, 2008 – OmniMount, dedicated to being a one-stop-shop for professional-grade products, has announced the re-launch of its commercial website, The site has been revamped to include useful tools, such as interactive 360 degree product tours on select products, featured product and announcement sections and comprehensive product sales content, for dealers and distributors. (more…)


Monday, May 5th, 2008

If you have a relatitively new satellite receiver box from DirecTV or Dish Network, it probably has a USB port on the back.

What’s it for?

Well, if you don’t already know, these ports are for connecting an outboard hard drive so you can store recorded movies (recorded from satellite programming) once the hard drive inside the satellite box is full. It’s also useful to archive movies or programs that you plan to keep for a long time. This is especially important since the satellite box sometimes fails and you either have to get a replacement satellite box or reformat the hard drive, either of which will cost you the recorded programs that you want to keep. Think how nice it would be to have a 1 TB hard drive to store those movies that were only broadcast once at 3 am in high definition (like The Guns of Navarone).

Problem is, DirecTV’s USB port is not active at this point, while Dish Network’s USB port is indeed active (you have to pay a $40 fee to be able to use it though).

Recently, one of my DirecTV satellite boxes had a problem, and when I called them up, they said I could try reformatting the hard drive before requesting a replacement satellite box. When I asked about using the USB port on the rear panel to protect my recorded programs, they told me the USB port cannot be used at present. They didn’t know when DirecTV will make it a usable feature.

Well, I ended up just pulling the AC cord out and then putting back in, which rebooted the satellite box software. That seemed to work fine, but operation is a bit slow. I think something may be getting ready to blow on this sat box. But, I can’t move my recorded programs to an outboard drive to save them before the box crashes for the last time.

I am looking into switching my satellite service to Dish Network. The capability of using an external USB hard drive to back up prized recorded programs is a critical feature to me.

So, DirecTV, get that USB port feature working.

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