Archive for August, 2008

SOUNDSENSE SOLVES IN-WALL AND IN-CEILING SPEAKER NOISE PROBLEMS WITH NoiseOut™

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

SoundSense Solves In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speaker Noise Problems With NoiseOut™ Acoustic Speaker Back
While Enhancing Installed Speakers Performance

Denver, CO (CEDIA EXPO) August 17, 2008 – SoundSense will feature and demonstrate its patent-pending new NoiseOut Acoustic Speaker Back in booth #453 at the CEDIA Expo 2008. These high-performance acoustic enclosures are engineered to maximize the performance of recessed speakers while virtually eliminating noise problems in adjacent environments. Designed with the installer in mind, the NoiseOut Acoustic Speaker Back comes as a single unit, completely constructed and ready for installation. Due to the flexibility of the material, the speaker backs can easily be used in both new construction and retrofit applications. NoiseOut Acoustic Speaker Backs are available in two standard sizes, addressing both ceiling and wall applications. Custom enclosures can also be ordered to fit any speaker size. (more…)

Qsonix Demos New Version Music Management Systems At Cedia

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

QSONIX DEMOS NEW VERSION MUSIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AT CEDIA WITH ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE FEATURES AND STORAGE CAPABILITIES

Denver, CO (CEDIA EXPO) August 17, 2008– Qsonix, developer of the simplest and fastest drag-and-drop user interface in digital music management systems, will demonstrate their award-winning Series 110 touch screen based systems and new Version 2.45 software in booth #906 at CEDIA EXPO 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (more…)

Liberty Wire & Cable Names John Dace New General Manager

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Promoted from Position as Vice President of Sales for Liberty

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, Aug. 15, 2008 — Liberty Wire & Cable, worldwide supplier of a broad range of wire and cable products for the audio/video trade, has announced the appointment of John D. Dace as General Manager. Mr. Dace was serving as Vice President of Sales prior to his promotion. (more…)

Daily Blog – Ross Jones – August 14, 2008: OLYMPIC SIZED COMMERCIALS

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

I’m trying to enjoy the Olympics, really I am. But there is only so much a person can be expected to tolerate. Between the seemingly endless commercials, studio patter, travelogues, and human interest stories, there’s barely any of that competitiony-stuff going on.

I will not watch it “live” at all (here in the U.S. Pacific Time Zone, nothing is really live anyway). Plus, I do not have the patience to sit through all the fluff. I also tried recording on my DVR, but three or four hours of HD Olympics every night, in addition to my usually scheduled recordings, fills up my hard drive too fast. Comcast actually has a pretty neat On Demand selection that features a few of the previous days highlights, available free and in HD. My only complaint is that I wish there was more of it.

I understand that TV networks pay a princely sum for the right to televise the Olympics, and have to recoup their investment. But there’s got to be a better way to do it.

RGPC HouseGuard Provides Whole-House Surge Protection

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

RICHARD GRAY’S POWER COMPANY EXTENDS WHOLE-HOUSE POWER OFFERINGS WITH RGPC HOUSEGUARD

Surge Protection is the most commonly requested power management solution; RGPC’s HouseGuard protects a home’s most critical circuits from surges by connecting directly to the AC panel. (more…)

Peter Wellikoff Joins Sooloos As Chief Operating Officer

Monday, August 11th, 2008

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

PETER WELLIKOFF JOINS SOOLOOS AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Accomplished industry veteran will oversee the rapidly growing networked home entertainment platform manufacturer’s operations. (more…)

Leon Speakers Redefines Custom Home Audio With New Profile 404-X-A

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich. ― Aug. 7, 2008 ― Leon Speakers, a manufacturer of custom-built, on-wall loudspeakers for flat-panel displays, today announced the release of the latest addition to the popular Leon Profile™ Series: the ultra-high-fidelity Profile 404-X-A. Beautifully styled and expertly crafted, the Profile 404-X-A delivers high fidelity and high design to any environment. With a depth of only 3¼ inches, it perfectly complements new, thinner flat-panel TVs, and can be custom-built to match the exact height and finish of any display. Furthermore, the Profile 404-X-A is available in a number of wood-veneered baffles and can be painted to match any interior color. (more…)

Furman to Offer AC Power Training Session at CEDIA EXPO 2008 in Denver

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

PETALUMA, Calif. — Aug. 7, 2008 — Furman, a world-leading provider of power management solutions, today announced that industry-recognized engineer Garth Powell will conduct a training session at the upcoming CEDIA EXPO 2008 in Denver, Colo. The hour-long seminar, entitled “AC Power — The Foundation of Every Premium Home Theater System,” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Quartz B room at the Hyatt Regency. In his presentation, Powell will share his experience to aid other industry professionals in achieving the highest sound and video quality through smart use of AC power. (more…)

Daily Blog – Ross Jones – August 7, 2008: VALUE IS A RELATIVE TERM.

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

As happens on a regular basis, I got a call this week from a friend asking for advice about upgrading their home theater system. After years of delay, they had finally purchased a nice 50-inch plasma for their family room, but other than a DVD player had nothing else.

I asked some questions about their needs and priorities; they wanted it to look nice but were more interested in sound quality than aesthetics. They did not want sub-par equipment, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money either. All very reasonable points. After a little more discussion, I suggested two 5.1 speaker systems from manufacturers that, in my opinion, had an excellent price/value ratio. Both systems sold for about $2,000. My friend literally gasped at the price. He makes a very nice living, but the idea of spending $2,000 on speakers was shocking. He’d seen complete packages—ones sold by big box stores—for less than $500. I tried to explain that, at that price point, you get what you pay for. It didn’t seem to make a difference.

This is a common experience. People want a quality home theater, but when they weigh the cost of attaining it, quality often comes out on the wrong side of the ledger. It is important to respect people’s choices as to where they spend their money, especially when disposable income is a scarce resource. But sometimes, especially at the lower end of the market segment, those few extra dollars can translate into a different level of enjoyment.

Daily Blog – Piero Gabucci – August 7, 2008 – Boston Acoustics New Vista Line

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

For those like me who have wondered what direction Boston Acoustics was taking after the introduction last summer of their “Play Smart” Horizon line, breathed a sigh of relieve as BA unveiled to us the promised new Vista line, replacing their E-Series. Newness and built quality is what stands out with Vista – molded MDF with amazing quality finishes, a new Super Wide Bandwidth (SWB) tweeter and organic composite mid-range and woofers. A new subwoofer totally designed in-house and what BA boasted as the first (that they know of) Energy Star compliant.

With the main design concept of curving enclosures, BA’s furniture quality Vista is elegant and amazingly finished in either high gloss piano black lacquer, or optional cherry endcaps.

For a flagship line, Vista is the modestly priced with the top of the line VS 336, 3-way floorstanding unit at $1,699.00 each. The LCR VS 224, 2-way wall-mountable unit at $699.00 each and a pair of bookshelf units, the VS 260 with a 6 ½” woofer at $699.00 or the VS 240 with a 4 ½” woofer at $399.00 each. A center channel VS 325C with dual 5 ½” drivers at $899.00 and lastly the VPS 210 10” powered subwoofer with 500-watt RMS, 1800 peak class-D amplifier at $1,600.00.

The demo with just a pair of the VS 240’s was surprisingly elegant and rich sounding. Although base was not lacking, switching on the VPS subwoofer yielded yet another level of dimension to the demonstration.

Most of the units are now shipping with all by the end of summer.

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