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Panamax/Furman CEDIA EXPO 2010 Product Preview

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Show Quote:
“We have a number of exciting demonstrations in store for CEDIA EXPO attendees this year,
including the latest 1.2 version of our BlueBOLT(TM) power and energy management platform and a sneak peek of how BlueBOLT will go wireless and extend to smaller, direct plug-in devices throughout the home. We’ll also be showcasing the newest member of the PFPower in-wall family and the next-generation MD2 family of surge protectors. Be sure to stop by our booth and see the future of power and energy management.”

Dave Keller
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

New Products and Technologies on Display at CEDIA EXPO 2010:

At CEDIA EXPO 2010, Panamax/Furman will be demonstrating the latest version of its BlueBOLT(TM) Web-based power and energy management platform. In addition, the company will feature a sneak peek of the future of BlueBOLT, demonstrating how the platform can be extended wirelessly to direct plug-in devices. Also on display will be the new MIW-SURGE-1G and the MD2 family of surge protectors.


Atlona(R) at CEDIA EXPO 2010. Booth 4722

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Atlona(R) at CEDIA EXPO 2010. Booth 4722:
For its third appearance at the prestigious CEDIA EXPO, Atlona(R) Technologies has been gearing up with such innovations as its 3-D compatible switchers, extenders, amplifiers, and converters. The company’s award-winning HDAiR USB-to-HDMI adapter will also be on display, in addition to the DIS7HD 7-inch HD testing monitor, the PROHD82M 8×2 HD video scaler with two matrix outputs, and much more.
Newest Atlona(R) Products in Action at CEDIA EXPO 2010:


Guifx Releases New Weather Icons

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Sleek Icon Set Brings Elegance to Weather Forecasting Applications With Realistic Graphics for Any Weather Condition

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Aug. 23, 2010 — Guifx, an interface design studio specializing in touchscreen interfaces for home automation and embedded systems, today announced the availability of its new weather icons. Designed by Guifx’s world-class artists, the set of 32 realistic icons adds a touch of elegance to any weather forecasting application, and can be mixed and matched to represent any weather condition.

Guifx’s new weather icons allow integrators to differentiate themselves from the competition by providing the end user with unique, easily recognizable graphics for their touchpanel’s weather forecasting applications. For high-resolution touchpanels, the icons are offered in a 512 x 512 size to accent the graphics’ sleek design, and can be quickly batch-resized using Guifx’s CoPilot software for lower-resolution devices.

Utilizing weather icons from Guifx offers significant advantages to installers and manufacturers over outsourcing or creating art in-house. In addition to receiving design quality that is second to none, Guifx’s customers can see what they are getting before they make a purchase, they know exactly how much it will cost, and the weather icons are available for immediate download 24/7. A cost-effective solution, once the icon set is licensed for inclusion in a product or software, its use is unlimited. (more…)

The Lotus Group Announces the introduction of the SMc VRE-1B Preamplifier

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Enough upgrades have been incorporated into Steve McCormack’s VRE-1 preamplifier that a new model designation is called for. Therefore today we are proud to announce the release of the VRE-1B – a preamplifier that is destined to be regarded as a pivotal assault on the highest reaches of music reproduction.

New features include: new wiring, new resistors, brand new XLR jacks from Cardas, a new output transformer, the inclusion of Stillpoints internal standoffs under the circuit boards in both the audio circuit and power supply, and new Corian control knobs. All VRE-1 preamplifiers are upgradeable to VRE-1B status. The Lotus Group welcomes inquiries from qualified dealers and overseas distributors.

Audience Is Now Shipping Its ClairAudient 2+2 Loudspeaker, Featuring The Company’s Exclusive A3-S Full-Range Driver

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

San Marcos, CA, August 11, 2010 – Audience, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing ultimate-performance audio/video equipment, today announced that it is now shipping its ClairAudient 2+2 loudspeaker. The ClairAudient 2+2 is a bi-pole (front- and rear-radiating) design that is compact, yet delivers surprisingly expansive sound.

John McDonald, president of Audience, noted: “Every Audience product is designed with a singular goal – to deliver the highest level of musical realism. In this effort, we spent 14 years to develop the A3-S full-range crossoverless driver, which is at the heart of the ClairAudient 2+2 and every Audience loudspeaker. We are excited about what we have achieved and believe listeners will find that the 2+2 conveys the emotion and essence of music in a very special way.” (more…)

SWAT 2.4, the most powerful Wireless Transceiver

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

SWAT 2.4 is a wireless audio transceiver that allows you to play audio from your audio source to almost any speaker wirelessly. The SWAT 2.4 is the perfect solution for your home theater set-up. There is no need to bother with costly and messy wiring which is especially difficult in older homes. If you want a truly clean and neat system, pair the SWAT 2.4 with Earthquake’s Couch Potato subwoofer. The Couch Potato’s slim enclosure is designed to be tucked under the bed or couch. Now with the SWAT 2.4, you don’t have to worry about wiring a subwoofer that sits in the middle of the room. For a more high end system, use one, two, or even three Supernova subwoofers since one Transmitter can hook up to multiple Receivers. If you don’t like how the subwoofers are set up, you can easily rearrange them with the SWAT 2.4.

The SWAT 2.4 is also ideal for parties and entertaining. For a seamless outdoor audio system, use the SWAT 2.4 and avoid the headache of outdoor wiring. You can play music from your desktop inside and the sound will emit from the speakers outside. The SWAT 2.4 is also great for DJs who don’t want people tripping on wires or want more freedom when setting up their speakers.

Debug Your System:
During Dr. John E. Johnson’s review of the SWAT 2.4, he found that the SWAT 2.4 eliminated the humming noise in his system. There is no ground loop, so not only does the SWAT 2.4 free you of wiring, it frees you from that frustrating hum noise you can not get rid of from conventional wiring. You can even debug your system so that you can pinpoint what is source of the problem is.

ROCK-on Outdoor 2.1 Rock Speaker System

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Granite-52, part of the new ROCK-on outdoor speaker series, is specifically designed to imitate rock-like appearance and easily blend in with any outdoor environment. Made with UV treated, weather-resistant enclosure materials and durable epoxy resin construction, the ROCK-on speakers can withstand the demanding outdoor elements.

The ROCK-on subwoofer, Granite-10D, features high power crossovers that reduce distortions and deliver pure sound that blends in with nature. The Granite-10D brings bass to your outdoor space, something that is greatly needed in today’s rock speaker market. Granite-10D’s port is “S” shaped so water cannot get trapped inside. We have tested and retested our subwoofer to ensure it is up to par with our reputable line of subs. Combined with the Granite-52 speakers, you can turn any backyard into an entertainment center.

ROCK-on outdoor speakers are the ideal choice for listening to music in the garden, by the pool, in the yard, or on the patio.

Granite-52 5 1/4”, full range 2-way rock speaker
Granite-10D 10”, dual 4Ω rock subwoofer

RTI Appoints RTI Systems Asia as Full-Line Distributor in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Aug. 5, 2010 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that the company has partnered with RTI Systems Asia, a division of Mojo Group Asia, to establish a new distribution channel for the company’s professional-grade, integrator-friendly control solutions in Southeast Asia. Under the agreement, RTI Systems Asia will distribute and provide technical support for RTI’s entire line of award-winning handheld and in-wall control panels, central processors, and related accessories throughout the region.

“We are very excited to have partnered with RTI Systems Asia, and we look forward to their support as we continue to penetrate the Asian market with our control solutions,” said Kris Haggstrom, international sales manager at RTI. (more…)

Aaudio Imports Introduces Four Affordable High-Value Amplifiers and Preamp by Aaron of Germany

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Two-, Three- and Six-Channel Aaron Series Components Rise Above Their Price Class with Dynamic Sound Delivering Precision, Nuance and Punch

PARKER, CO, July 15, 2010 — Aaudio Imports, a leading supplier of world class high-end audio products, introduces into the U.S. market a family of four exceptional high-value amplifiers and a preamplifier by Aaron of Germany, a company dedicated to the needs of serious music lovers.
Audio Imports’ Aaron Series includes the two-channel No. 1.a Integrated High-End Amplifier, the two-channel No. 3 Millennium Stereo High End Amplifier, the No. 33 Cineast Three-Channel High-End Amplifier, the XX Anniversary Integrated High-End Amplifier, and the No. 22 Cineast Multi-Channel High End Preamplifier.

The amplifiers and preamp all deliver extraordinary musical performance at a level that engages listeners with their accuracy and emotional impact. They extract from speakers a quality of sound that’s highly focused, dynamic and transparent, revealing music’s most subtle nuances. Powerful yet precise, their sound comes across as well-balanced and highly resolved, with both depth and scale. The company uses top components and hand machines the polished, brushed aluminum chassis in-house at its German manufacturing plant

Affordably priced between $3,200 and $5,500, the Aaron Series amps and preamp possess incredible high-fidelity for their class. They are as good or better than comparably priced components, and compete favorably with components many times their cost.

Aaron Series components are also manufactured to conform to emerging new Green Market standards. All the components comply with the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, an international environmental initiative for reducing the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexevalent chromium, and flame-retarding polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether in electronic equipment.

No. 1.a Integrated Amplifier
The No. 1.a Integrated High-End Amplifier is designed to exceed audiophiles’ highest expectations. Successor to Aaron’s legendary, long-running No. 1 Amplifier, the No. 1.a delivers 95 watts continuous power to each of two channels at 8 ohms, 160 watts at 4 ohms, and 250 watts at 2 ohms. The total harmonic distortion (THD) is an ultra low 0.0127 percent at 8 ohms.

The front panel includes an Input selector, a 64-step Volume dial with a Standby function, and a blue two-line LCD display. The rear panel includes six sets of gold-plated RCA inputs, a tape output, a processor loop, a preamp output that makes it possible to connect an additional amplifier for bi-amping, and a set of speaker connectors that accept spades, banana plugs or bare wire. An infrared remote control milled from a single block of aluminum is also supplied.

The No. 1.a is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is

 $5,500 (US MSRP).

No. 3 Millennium Amplifier
The No. 3 Millennium Stereo High-End Amplifier is designed for power, control and precision, delivering music with the impressive dynamics and the natural feel of a live concert. It helps speakers attain their optimal performance so that listeners enjoying the music of small ensembles, such as chamber and jazz quartets, or large orchestras and rock events, will find themselves transported into the actual experience.

The amplifier delivers 100 watts continuous power to each of two channels at 8 ohms, 180 watts at 4 ohms, 320 watts at 2 ohms, and 550 watts at 1 ohm. The THD is an ultra low 0.0087 percent at 8 ohms. The No. 3 Millennium is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is

 $3,950 (US MSRP).

No. 33 Cineast Amplifier
The No. 33 Cineast Three-Channel High-End Amplifier makes movie music come alive with seemingly unlimited dynamics, and an impressively realistic natural feel that makes listeners’ hair stand on end. Designed for power, control and precision, the No. 33 Cineast’s perfect workmanship delivers a listening experience that makes movies unforgettable.

The amplifier delivers 100 watts continuous power to each of three channels at 8 ohms, 180 watts at 4 ohms, 320 watts at 2 ohms, and 550 watts at 1 ohm. The THD is an ultra low 0.0087 percent at 8 ohms. Connections include gold-plated RCA jacks for three input channels.

The No. 33 Cineast is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is

 $5,500 (US MSRP).

XX Anniversary Amplifier
The XX Anniversary Integrated High-End Amplifier is a limited addition two-channel model designed to deliver powerful and precise playback of its owners’ favorite musical performances, exceeding its owners’ highest expectations. It includes connections for six devices, such as a CD player, tuner and recorder, as well as a pre-amp output for bi-amping.

The amplifier delivers 80 watts continuous power to each of two channels at 8 ohms, 140 watts at 4 ohms, 270 watts at 2 ohms, and 300 watts at 1 ohm. The THD is an ultra low 0.0014 percent at 8 ohms. The front panel includes an Input selector, a 64-step Volume dial with a Standby function, and a blue two-line LCD display. The rear panel includes gold-plated RCA line inputs for six devices, two binding post speaker outputs, and two-channel preamp outputs. An IR remote control is also supplied.

The XX Anniversary is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is

 $3,200 (US MSRP), plus $350 for the optional remote control.

No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier
The No. 22 Cineast Multi-Channel High-End Preamplifier is a six-channel model designed to serve as the central control of a high-end stereo or surround sound music system, commanding the operation of up to eight devices, including a CD player, a tuner, a DVD player, surround sound equipment, and a recording device. A breath-taking work of technology and art, the No. 22 Cineast delivers tonal perfection for lovers of stereo sound as well as fans of multi-media experiences.

Features include a volume control that allows users to set the level to the exact decibel, a blue two-line LCD operating display embedded in a 10-mm thick aluminum front panel, and a high-grade IR remote control made from a block of milled aluminum. Connections include six sets of gold-plated RCA inputs and outputs.

The No. 22 Cineast perfectly complements Aaron’s No.3 Millennium amplifier for stereo sound and No. 33 Cineast amplifier for the full pleasure of surround sound. The No. 22 is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is

 $3,900 (US MSRP).
About Audio Imports
Based in Parker, Colorado, Aaudio Imports is a leading supplier of truly world-class high-end audio products to top quality dealers. Its high-end manufacturers, selected from companies around the world, also stand out from the crowd, and include Aaron and Acapella in Germany, Audiotop in Switzerland, Bergmann Audio in Denmark, Einstein Audio Components in Germany, Isoclean Power in Hong Kong, Lindemann and Millennium Audio in Germany, Stage III concepts in the U.S., Weizhi Precision in Taiwan, and Ypsilon Electronics in Greece. Aaudio Imports dealers are true music lovers, selected for their product knowledge, listening skills, and desire to seek out only the best for their customers. For further technical information, visit Aaudio Imports’ Web site at
About Aaron
Aaron is a highly respected designer and manufacturer of amplifiers and other hi-fidelity devices dedicated to perfectly reproducing musical performances and meeting the highest demands of serious music-lovers. Founded in 1986, the company is based in Germany with production centered in the Netherlands. Its initial amplifiers bore the Neumann Audiotechnik brand, which was changed to Aaron in 1989, with the start of a new production line. Aaron amplifiers are tonally perfect, technical works of art with advanced technology and exceptional finishing. They invariably enrich the leisure time of their users. For further technical information, visit

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Pakedge Now Offers Its WAP-W3G Wireless Access Point, Providing Expanded Wireless Connectivity for A/V, Home Networking and Enterprise-Class Installations

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

For Immediate Release
Date: July 20, 2010

Contact: Nick Phillips, 877-274-6100 x116,
Frank Doris / Media Relations, 631-645-5668,

Burlingame, CA – Expanding its range of products for custom-installation audio/video, home networking, security systems and professional use, Pakedge Device & Software now offers its WAP-W3G Ultra-High-Power Wireless Access Point.

The WAP-W3G widens the capabilities of a wired/wireless network, and enables reliable connectivity in situations where cables cannot be installed. It’s ideal for enterprise-class installations, or applications where high-speed, ultimate reliability and flexible operation are required.

The WAP-W3G’s ultra-high-power 802b/g radio configuration and 2.4GHz frequency band provides a wireless operating range up to three times that of consumer products. The unit supports VLANs (virtual local area networks) and multiple SSIDs. This enables a user to segment a wireless network for different devices – for example, computers, A/V system touch panels and gaming systems – to provide the most efficient operation for all the connected devices.

Victor Pak, President and CEO of Pakedge, pointed out, “As today’s multiroom audio/video systems and home networks become more complex, the need for seamless integration has never been greater. Our WAP-W3G is a versatile installation product that helps to make connecting even the most complicated systems easier, while providing a wide range of useful capabilities.”

The WAP-W3G can be configured to operate in Wireless, Wireless Access Point (WAP), Wireless Bridge and Wireless Repeater (WDS). It offers adjustable power output and range, and is optimized for use with A/V system touch panels and control devices. Just a single Cat5e cable provides power and network connectivity, making the WAP-W3G perfect for custom installations. It is fully 802.3af-compliant, and can be powered by any PoE-compliant switch. The unit’s dual antennas ensure the best-possible reception and transmission.

The WAP-W3G can be used worldwide, thanks to its software-enabled country and power output configurability. It supports a wide variety of security standards including WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP, WEP, RADIUS, MAC filtering and SSID Hide. The WAP-W3G’s compact (6.4″ L x 4.2″ W x 1.4″ D) rugged aluminum housing facilitates installation in any interior environment.

The Pakedge WAP-W3G Ultra-High-Power Wireless Access Point is currently available and comes with dual 5dBi omnidirectional antennas, a power supply, Quick Start Guide and Cat5e cable. Please contact for pricing.


Pakedge Device & Software creates innovative networking products for people who demand performance, features, and reliability. Our products use the most advanced wireless and networking technology. They are designed for professionals to install and consumers to enjoy. For more information and system specifications, visit


• Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3af, IEEE802.1f, IEEE802.1 x I
• Data Rates and Frequency Band:
o IEEE 802.11b – DSSS 11, 5.5, 2, 1 Mbps (auto fallback)
o IEEE 802.11g – 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps (auto fallback), Modulation- DBPSK @ 1Mbps, DQPSK @2Mbps, CCK @ 5.5 & 11Mbps, BPSK @ 6 and 9 Mbps, QPSK @ 12 and 18 Mbps, 16-QAM @ 24 and 36 Mbps, 64-QAM @ 48 and 54 Mbps
• RF Frequency Band: 802.11b/g: U.S., Europe and Japan product covering 2.4 to 2.484 GHz, programmable for different country regulations
• Receive Sensitivity (Typical): 2.412~2.472G (IEEE802.11g), up to -91dBm; 2.412~2.472G(IEEE802.11b), up to -90dBm
• Available Transmit Power (Typical): 2.412~2.472G (IEEE802.11g), up to 28dBm; 2.412~2.472G (IEEE802.11b), up to 28dBm
• Operations: Up to Four Multiple SSID; Supports 802.1Q VLANs; Access Point Mode; Bridge Mode; WDS/Repeater Mode
• Built-in overload and short circuit protection
• Dimensions: 6.4″ L x 4.2″ W x 1.4″ D
• Weight: 9 oz.

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