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Salamander Adds Memory Foam for Extra Comfort to All Premium Home Theater Seating

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Memory Foam Increases the Customer Comfort of Company’s Entire Collection

CEDIA EXPO, ATLANTA, Sept. 23, 2010 — Salamander Designs, Ltd., a leading designer and manufacturer of modern furniture, seating and mounting products for Home Theater and audio/video entertainment systems, is increasing both the customer comfort and environmental responsibility of its premium Home Theater seating collection.

Salamander Designs is adding a layer of memory foam to the cushions and backs of all its theater seats. This will make all the seats more comfortable. Eco-friendly, soybean-based foam will continue to be used as the core for all seating. This soy foam reduces the amount of petroleum used in polyurethane foam (a core material in cushions). The new combination of foams is more comfortable, more durable and more eco-friendly than the combination of materials used previously.

The memory foam, similar to that used in Tempur-pedic® mattresses, is much denser than conventional foam, with an open-cell structure that provides better support. As a seated person shifts his or her weight, the foam constantly and subtly readjusts itself to provide continuous support.

The new combination of materials further demonstrates Salamander Designs’ dedication to its philosophy of continuous innovation and Environmentally Friendly Operations. “We are committed to making business decisions that are globally responsible and environmentally friendly,” said company president Salvatore Carrabba. “As alternatives present themselves, we make every effort to take advantage of Green opportunities in all aspects of our business.”

Salamander Designs is applying the memory foams to its entire collection of premium Home Theater seating, including the Alex, Talia and Matteo lines. All the seats are hand-made in the USA by dedicated artisans. The company pays attention to every detail to ensure maximum reliability, durability and comfort. The three basic styles come in 27 high-fashion colors and four cover materials, including leathers that use an eco-friendly tanning process. Consumers can still customize their seating selections as simply as before, while enjoying the satisfaction of defining a solution, that is uniquely their own. The Salamander process allows customized seating to be shipped quickly, thus eliminating the usual penalty of a long wait for customization.

Salamander Designs can be seen at the CEDIA Show, Booth 3546, Georgia World Congress Center.

About Salamander Designs

Salamander Designs, Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of furniture for the Consumer Electronics and Audio/Visual markets. Its versatile, advanced product lines feature a high level of configurability and customization that allow consumers to define specific product configurations to meet their needs. Salamander’s Chameleon Collection offers 9 different styles in each of 18 different configurations. The Synergy System is completely modular and allows for a virtually limitless number of product configurations. These, plus the Archetype System accommodate virtually any design preference and A/V requirement. Salamander’s handsome Home Theater Seating can be similarly customized with a variety of materials, styling options and accessories, and its flat-panel display mounting systems make it easier than ever to integrate with A/V furniture or independently mount onto a wall or ceiling. Salamander Designs is based at 811 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield CT 06002.

Furman Signs Distribution Agreement With Invision UK

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

PETALUMA, Calif. — Oct. 11, 2010 — Furman today announced that the company has partnered with Invision UK, one of the U.K.’s fastest growing trade-only distributors of integrated A/V solutions for residential, commercial, and marine applications. Under the agreement, Invision UK will distribute and provide technical support for Furman’s home theater line of power management products, including the Reference i-Series, Elite i-Series, and compact AC-210 A E power conditioner, throughout the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.

Located in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, and supported by a state-of-the-art National Logistics Center in the West Midlands, Invision UK offers a unique combination of A/V market knowledge, personal service, and technical expertise. The company’s trade customers sell and install everything from entertainment systems to lighting, digital signage, security, communication, and computer networks.

“We are excited to add Furman’s power management products to our exceptional portfolio of innovative products from world-class manufacturers,” said Steve Beahan, managing director of Invision UK. “For residential installations, the Reference i-Series, Elite i-Series, and AC-210 A E provide maximum protection and performance for premium home cinema systems, assuring equipment longevity and stunning audio and video uncorrupted by the effects of noisy AC power.”

Furman’s Reference i-Series has been recognized in the U.K. with a 2010 SVI Trade Award for “Best Power Conditioner.” Taking home HiFi Plus magazine’s “Product of the Year” award in 2009, the IT-Reference 16E i features Discrete Symmetrically Balanced Power, Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT), SMP/EVS professional-level AC protection, and Power Factor Technology to provide home theater systems with a pristine, balanced, low-impedance power supply to ensure unparalleled performance. Additionally for Invision UK’s customers, the Reference i-Series SPR-16E i voltage regulator provides 230V stable voltage to connected equipment from any input source between 213V and 245V, as well as SMP/EVS protection and LiFT for maximum performance and longevity of A/V equipment.

Furman’s Elite-10E i offers SMP/EVS protection, LiFT, dual pull-out LED lights, and a 10A capacity. The Elite-16 PF E i adds additional filtration bandwidth, a larger 16A capacity, and Furman’s exclusive Power Factor Technology for uncompromised performance from current-hungry components such as power amplifiers and powered subwoofers.

Rounding out the selection, the AC-210 A E power conditioner’s compact, low-profile design makes it ideal for mounting to the back of a flat-screen television or anywhere that discreetly located, remote power protection and purification are needed. The AC-210 A E features SMP, LiFT, and Auto-Reset EVS circuitry to detect dangerous voltage irregularities and safely power down itself and connected equipment in unsafe conditions.

“Our partnership with Invision UK will extend our presence in the European residential market, in addition to providing our current customers with more convenient access to our power and energy management products,” said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman. “We are also working hard to bring more solutions to Invision UK and its customers, such as our BlueBOLT(R) energy management platform, which provides consumers with a convenient way to track their energy usage and lower their energy bills.”


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

STOW, OH, September 27, 2010 — Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its AT-LP240-USB Direct-Drive Turntable System (USB and Analog), a premium-quality analog and USB turntable designed for home use. Built to deliver exceptional music reproduction, the AT-LP240-USB utilizes a direct-drive high-torque multi-pole DC motor for unwavering speed stability. The turntable also features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force and anti-skate adjustment and removable universal cartridge mount (cartridge available separately), along with a damped cast-aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed indicator and felt slip mat.

The turntable’s USB output allows direct connection to a computer without any special drivers, making it easy to transfer favorite records to digital music files that can be played back on a portable audio device like an Apple® iPod®, iPhone™, iPad™ and iPod touch®, or in the car or at home.

The AT-LP240-USB also offers a hydraulic tone arm lift and removable stylus target light to aid in perfect cueing, and adjustable arm height to dial in the vertical tracking angle (VTA), an important feature for achieving the most accurate-possible record playback. Its adjustable feet enable the turntable to be perfectly leveled.

The AT-LP240-USB includes a turntable, PC- and Mac®-compatible software, a USB cable, audio adapter cables, removable dust cover, 45 RPM adapter and accessories. It plays back 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. Its built-in selectable phono preamp enables the turntable to be connected to a wide variety of music and home entertainment systems, powered speakers, and to A/V receivers that do not include a phono input. The included Audacity® software converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files. The Audacity software also offers audio editing features including equalization and click/noise removal.

Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica Consumer Marketing Manager, noted, “The new AT-LP240-USB expands our lineup with a superbly constructed high-performance USB and analog turntable designed for ease of use and top-quality sound.”

The AT-LP240-USB is currently available exclusively at J&R Music and Computer World and at a suggested retail price of $499.00.

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Panamax/Furman’s BlueBOLT(R) Power and Energy Management Platform Makes Waves at CEDIA EXPO 2010

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

BlueBOLT(R) Wins CE Pro BEST Award, While BlueBOLT-Enabled M4315-PRO Takes Home CustomRetailer Exc!te Award

PETALUMA, Calif. — Oct. 6, 2010 — Panamax/Furman today announced that its BlueBOLT(R) power and energy management platform was honored with a CE Pro BEST Award in the “Power and Thermal Management Accessories” category at CEDIA EXPO 2010, while the BlueBOLT-enabled M4315-PRO was recognized with a CustomRetailer EXC!TE Award and was selected as a finalist for several other industry-leading awards. Introduced at the show, the company’s latest version of the BlueBOLT platform, version 1.2, received a warm welcome from attendees.

Judged by an industry panel made up of a dozen respected industry leaders and the editors of CE Pro, the CE Pro BEST (Best Electronic Systems Technologies) Awards recognize the best new products and technologies for the custom installation channel in key categories. This year in the “Power and Thermal Management Accessories” category, the judges were impressed with Panamax/Furman’s BlueBOLT platform.

BlueBOLT technology provides hosted cloud-based power control and energy monitoring for A/V systems. BlueBOLT’s breakthrough features include a full suite of energy monitoring and management functions; remote outlet control for hard reboots of connected equipment; e-mail alerts when power anomalies occur; scheduled conservation to reduce standby power waste; monitoring of incoming voltage in near-real time or over history; and permissions settings to provide secure device access at administrator, installer, or client level.

The EXC!TE Award, presented annually by CustomRetailer magazine, pays tribute to products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing solutions oriented to the custom installation professional, such as the BlueBOLT-enabled M4315-PRO. For an optimal home theater experience, the 15A M4315-PRO combines the unprecedented control and energy management features of BlueBOLT with “pro” level linear noise filtration for enhanced audio and video system performance. The M4315-PRO was also selected as a finalist for both the CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Award for “Best New Product” and the Resi Award in the “Power Products” category.

In addition to impressing judges, Panamax/Furman also made a huge impact with attendees at CEDIA EXPO with the introduction of BlueBOLT version 1.2. To help users conserve energy and lower their utility bills, BlueBOLT version 1.2 greatly expands the energy management feature set, in addition to providing new control options. The BlueBOLT platform calculates the energy used by connected devices and reports it, historically and in real time, in kilowatt-hours as well as dollars. Users can also set energy budgets for their equipment and receive alerts when their usage is near or exceeding their allotted budget. BlueBOLT version 1.2 also includes an auto-reboot feature for networking equipment, eliminating the all-too-common need to hard-reboot modems and routers.

“CEDIA EXPO 2010 was a great success for us and our BlueBOLT platform. We are truly honored to have been recognized with both a CE Pro BEST Award and Exc!te Award, and are proud to have been named a finalist for so many other prestigious awards,” said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman. “But the true measure of this platform’s effectiveness comes from dealer feedback, and the response to BlueBOLT at the show was overwhelming. Dealers are finding that it is a unique tool for reducing service calls and providing easy-to-integrate, easy-to-use energy management features. And the excitement over the future development of the platform continues to grow.”

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