Archive for March, 2011

Atlona’s Si and Signature Line Matrix Switchers Receive Control4(R) Certification; Provide Seamless Integration With Control4 Home Automation Systems

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — March 3, 2011 — Atlona Technologies(R) today announced that the company’s Si and Signature line matrix switchers have earned Control4(R) certification, ensuring compatibility and smooth integration with Control4 home automation systems. In addition, the company will be hitting the road with Control4 as part of the 2011 dealer education tour.

All components earning Control4 certification must pass rigorous interoperability tests in Control4 labs. Atlona offers a wide range of Control4-certified matrix switchers for home theater, light commercial A/V systems, and large-scale digital signage, government, military, and heavy commercial applications. In addition to Control4 certification, many Atlona matrix switchers feature RS-232 interfaces and use the standard ASCII format, making them compatible with most major control systems.

“At Atlona, we are committed to making the lives of installers easier in the field, while providing the best possible systems for their clients. Earning Control4 certification for our switching products is a testament to that commitment,” said Ilya Khayn, president of Atlona Technologies. “Installers utilizing Control4 automation systems can be confident that our powerful solutions can be integrated seamlessly, providing simplified operation over multiple sources and displays. We look forward to discussing the exciting possibilities with dealers on the Control4 dealer education tour.”

Control4 enables third-party manufacturers to design products that easily integrate with the successful Control4 platform. With more than 6,500 drivers from 150 different companies, Control4 enables leading consumer electronics devices to integrate into a Control4 system.

“Control4 has long held the view that in order to drive home automation adoption, everything in the home must work together,” said Control4 CEO Will West. “Control4-certified products improve the operation of home theaters, multiroom music, lighting, temperature control, energy management, and security by improving both compatibility and functionality before installation. We are pleased to add Atlona Technologies to our esteemed list of partner brands.”

Now in its seventh year, the annual dealer education tour provides dealers with education, technical training, and face-to-face interactions from the Control4 team. On the tour, Atlona will meet with dealers and discuss how they can leverage the company’s Control4-certified matrix switchers for their businesses. The tour will visit 15 cities from March through October, and will offer two simultaneous tracks for attendees, one focusing on sales and management strategies and the other offering technical training and support.

The Control4 dealer education tour will be making the following stops in 2011: – Orlando, Fla. – EHX, March 17-18 – Atlanta, Ga. – March 30-31 – Dallas, Texas – April 13-14 – Phoenix, Ariz. – April 26-27 – Los Angeles, Calif. – May 11-12 – San Francisco, Calif. – May 26-27 – Seattle, Wash. – June 8-9 – Calgary, AL, Canada – June 22-23 – Toronto, ON, Canada – July 7-8 – Boston, Mass. – July 20-21 – New York, N.Y. – August 3-4 – Washington, DC – August 16-17 – Denver, Colo. – September 14-15 – Chicago, Ill. – September 28-29 – Coral Springs/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – October 12-13

Kicking off the 2011 dealer education tour, Atlona plans to give away a free iPad(R). The winner receives the iPad loaded with the Control4 MyHome app, which is available on the Apple(R) App Store(SM). This offer is exclusive to Control4 tour attendees, and all that’s required is for dealers to attend one of the events throughout the year. The contest begins with EHX 2011 on March 17 and ends October 13 with the last stop in Coral Springs/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The winner will be announced shortly after the Control4 tour concludes.

More information on Atlona’s matrix switchers and other digital connectivity solutions is available at www.atlona.com. All Control4 drivers for Atlona products are available in the Control4 driver database.

For details on the Control4 dealer education tour, please visit http://www.control4.com/about-us/events/.

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About Control4(R) Control4(R), a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control over consumer electronics products, appliances, and networking systems through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation of lighting, music, video, thermostat, security, and energy management systems through more than 1,900 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in more than 70 countries. With the most intelligent, open, and affordable control solution on the market, Control4 is the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, residential homes, hotels, businesses, and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution. For more information visit www.control4.com.

Control4(R) Press Contact Kimberly Lancaster, Caster Communications, klancaster@castercomm.com, 401-792-7080

About Atlona Technologies(R) Atlona Technologies(R) is a global manufacturer of cutting-edge digital connectivity solutions. The company supplies an extensive range of high-quality products — from cables, splitters, and extenders to distribution amplifiers, converters, switchers, and much more — to a diverse client base spanning the consumer electronics, home theater, computing, retail, systems integration, professional A/V, broadcast, entertainment, medical digital imaging, and digital signage markets. Made from the finest materials and offering unique feature sets, the company’s value-added products can be found in installations worldwide. Atlona provides a wide range of solutions from all three of its comprehensive product lines: Atlona CE (consumer electronics), Atlona Si (systems integration), and Atlona Signature (professional and commercial). More information about Atlona Technologies is available at www.atlona.com.

Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Atlona Technologies is a registered trademark of Lenexpo Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

RBH SOUND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

LAYTON, UTAH – MARCH 1, 2011 – RBH Sound, a manufacturer of high performance home audio and custom installation products, today announced the launch of the company’s new website, www.rbhsound.com. The new website reflects the company’s commitment to its customers and consumers by incorporating many user-requested enhancements and providing a smart and easy-to-understand source of information. The company’s speakers and other home audio products are organized by series and by type, enabling visitors to gain the information they need and navigate the new site with ease.

With over 30 years experience in providing high performance home audio products to specialty dealers and distributors worldwide, RBH Sound remains one of only a handful of companies in the consumer electronics industry still privately owned by the original founder. Roger B. Hassing, President and CEO of the company, expressed his satisfaction with the new site. “We are very pleased with the results,” he said. “As we do with our dealers, we’ve attentively listened to requests and comments from our website visitors. Many of the improvements found on the new website are the result of these requests. Our marketing and graphics design team has done an outstanding job with the redesign of the site, making sure to provide our visitors with a much better web experience. We’re eager to hear what everyone thinks of the new site. Judging from the positive comments we’ve already received about the new design, I know we’ve done something right!”

RBH Sound is best known for its award-winning, high performance Signature Series freestanding speakers, which are available in 30 unique woodgrain veneer finishes. Among the new site’s features is a special page which allows visitors to easily view large on-screen samples of the veneer finishes. However, keep in mind that RBH Sound doesn’t guarantee that this will make choosing just one of these beautiful speaker finishes any easier!

About RBH Sound
Since 1976, RBH Sound has been designing, engineering and crafting high-performance audio products, delivering superior acoustic reproduction at sensible prices.

For more information on RBH Sound, please call (800) 543-2205 or visit www.rbhsound.com.
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Procella Audio Upgrades the P8 Main/Surround Speaker System With Neodymium High-Frequency Compression Driver and New 8-Inch Woofer

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

- Neodymium 1.5 inch compression driver mounted on Procella-designed constant directivity waveguide improves high-frequency extension

– 8 inch woofer driver increases the power handling and output of the P8, especially at low frequencies around the recommended subwoofer crossover point

– New version of the P8 is shipping now worldwide with no price increase, making the speaker an even greater value

Stockholm, Sweden, – March 1, 2011 –  Procella Audio, manufacturer of high-performance high-output speaker systems for home and professional cinema and music applications, revealed today a set of improvements to the THX Approved P8 loudspeaker that elevate its acclaimed performance. The P8 now uses a new 1.5 inch Neodymium compression driver mounted on a custom Procella constant directivity waveguide and a new 8 inch woofer driver, all made specifically for Procella Audio. With these pro audio components, the P8 achieves improved high-frequency extension, higher power handling, lower distortion and even better dispersion control around its crossover frequency. The new version of the P8 is shipping now worldwide, and its price remains unchanged at a suggested U.S. retail price of USD $2,599.00 each.

The Procella P8 is a high-output screen channel or surround channel speaker, designed for high-resolution, wide dynamic range playback of 24 bit/96KHz recordings and soundtracks. It is capable of THX reference level (105 dB continuous) at a distance of 4 meters. Its Identical Voice™ design and crossover makes the speaker ideal for use in systems with Procella P815 and P6 loudspeakers, achieving flat phase response and ultra-low group delay for optimized three-dimensional room response, and symmetrical coverage of high frequencies to all seats in small and large rooms alike. With a shallow depth of just 7.9” and a back baffle angled at 7.5 degrees, the speaker is ideal for wall mounting. The speaker is THX Approved for integration into professional rooms, including THX Certified Screening Rooms and THX pm3 Studios (professional Multichannel Mixing and Monitoring).

“We are very pleased with the improvements that we have been able to make to the P8. These new components make the speaker capable of more output at both frequency extremes, increasing both its accuracy and its maximum output,” explained Anders Uggelberg, founding partner and lead designer of Procella Audio. “We have worked closely with our component suppliers to source and develop these new drivers, and they have enabled us to make an enhanced version of one of our key products.”

With a 1.5 inch voice coil and a 1 inch throat, the new compression driver has very high efficiency and low distortion, particularly in comparison to dome tweeters. Mounted on a Procella-designed constant directivity waveguide, it delivers smooth high-frequency response throughout the listening area, and it provides greater extension of the upper highs to 20 KHz.  The new 8” woofer, which can be identified by its round basket shape, has increased output capability in the mid-bass area near its recommended subwoofer crossover point of 80 Hz, as well as higher power handling overall, further improving the P8’s dynamic range and maximum output. A new crossover design completes the upgrades, working in combination with the new drivers to improve the radiation pattern of the loudspeaker in the critical midrange around its crossover point, producing even greater coherency of sound.

About Procella Audio

Manufactured in Sweden and distributed globally, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney and Stockholm, Procella Audio was launched in 2006 by two former Directors of DTS Europe, who created the first Procella speaker system for a 32 seat preview theater at the DTS Europe headquarters outside London. Procella loudspeakers deliver a powerful and dynamic cinema audio experience for the world’s finest home theaters, professional studios and screening rooms. For more information, please visit www.procella-audio.com.

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KEF T Series Flat Panel Speakers Named CEA Mark of Excellence Award Finalist

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

KEF, the renowned manufacturer of innovative, reference-quality loudspeakers, has announced the new T Series Flat Panel Loudspeaker line has been named a finalist for “Speaker of the Year” by the 2011 CEA TechHome Mark of Excellence Award committee.

 

As one of the thinnest high performance home theater and flat panel audio systems, the KEF T Series complements today’s stylish flat panel televisions and offers serious audiophile quality sound from exceptionally thin speakers.

 

The CEA Mark of Excellence Awards program recognizes the best in home electronics products, services and installed technology. Winners of this year’s award will be announced at the CEA Mark of Excellence Dinner Reception held Friday, March 18 at EHX 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

 

“We are proud to have the CEA Mark of Excellence Awards program recognize the truly unique design of the T Series,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “The T Series was designed to deliver superior sound in the form of a low-profile, ultra-thin flat panel speaker. By combining KEF’s legendary sound with this innovative design, we’ve developed the perfect flat panel loudspeaker for virtually any setting.”

 

The new T Series combines two landmark KEF innovations: a radical new ultra-low profile bass and midrange driver, and a large, fully vented new tweeter. Both the drivers and tweeter are incorporated into cabinets only 35mm deep, delivering true high-fidelity sound in a thin speaker that perfectly complements the aesthetics of the latest flat screen TVs. Sweet and pure midrange performance is assured by a new large diaphragm tweeter developed directly from the Concept Blade loudspeaker project.

 

The T Series also features KEF’s innovative Selecta-mount system which uses a clever internal connecting system to automatically adjust the crossover depending on how the loudspeaker is mounted, giving users the freedom to place the loudspeakers wherever they want and still enjoy great sound.

 

Judged by independent systems integrators, manufacturers, consultants and members of the media, the CEA panel recognizes the industry’s most outstanding products across 31 product categories, including home theater speakers.

 

Attendees to EHX 2011 can demo the T Series at the KEF Booth 1101A.

 

About KEF

KEF, a division of GP Acoustics, is a UK-based company that has earned a reputation as the premier manufacturer of stunning, audiophile-quality speakers for modern home theater, hi-fi and custom installation applications. KEF products, distributed around the world, have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. KEF is a brand name long associated with style, quality and technical innovation. Founded in 1961 by a British electrical engineer named Raymond Cooke on the banks of the River Medway, KEF is driven by a passionate belief in the power of innovation and quality. Still occupying the same riverbank site, KEF remains passionate about its patented, proven technologies such as Uni-Q® and ACE®. These characteristics, traditions and, above all, quality, secure KEF’s reputation as a world class manufacturer of the best speakers in the world.

 

About KEF America, Inc.

KEF America, a division of KEF Audio, offers loyal North American audiophiles a line of innovative speakers and components unmatched in the industry for quality and innovation. Headquartered in Marlboro, New Jersey, KEF America shares the same guiding principles as its British counterpart: ground-breaking design, exceptional sound and an unshakeable commitment to excellence. For additional information about KEF and its award-winning products and unique technology, please visit www.kef.com.

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Niles Audio ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers Named CEA Mark of Excellence Finalist

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Niles Audio, The First Name In Custom Installation®, announced that its new ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers have been selected by the 2011 CEA TechHome Mark of Excellence Awards as a finalist for “Speaker of the Year”. Niles’ ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers provide an uncompromising combination of designer-oriented aesthetics, high quality sound performance and ease of installation. The loudspeaker lineup was developed with the interior decorator in mind, offering a small footprint and low-profile, magnetically-attached grilles that give the unobtrusive appearance that today’s customers desire.

Presented annually, the Mark of Excellence Awards program recognizes the best in home electronics products, services and installed technology. Winners of the 2011 Mark of Excellence Awards will be officially announced at a special reception on Friday, March 18 at EHX 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

“The new ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers redefine designer aesthetics and superior sound,” said Mike Detmer, president of Niles Audio. “This advanced loudspeaker lineup addresses the unique needs of custom installers and the specific demands of their customers by offering uncompromised aesthetics, predictable audiophile-grade performance and simplified installation.”

All Niles’ ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers feature a unique, integrated custom-tuned Rear Wave Control (RWC) enclosure that ensures consistent, predictable audio performance while significantly reducing unwanted sound from bleeding into adjacent rooms. Each loudspeaker features a unique shape that easily fits through a cut out hole to greatly simplify installation, making it the perfect retrofit solution for any project.

The thin-bezel, ultra-low profile grilles—available in round or square—are magnetically attached, reducing installation time and providing a clean, crisp finish. The grilles are also rust-resistant, eliminating service calls for loudspeakers installed in moisture-prone areas. Niles’ patent-pending spring-loaded mounting clamps accommodate for a variety of mounting service materials; giving installers additional flexibility.

All ICS Ceiling Mount series feature Niles’ patented and award-winning Directed Soundfield pivoting woofer and tweeter technologies, which enable the woofer and tweeter to be pivoted independently up to 15 degrees in any direction. Directed Soundfield technology allows professional custom installers to place the loudspeakers where they look the best in the ceiling and direct the loudspeaker sound into the optimum listening area.

The loudspeakers can also be specified along with the matching RWC surround effects loudspeaker from Niles to create a high-performance home theater system. Additionally, the loudspeakers have been voiced specifically to bring the best out of compressed music from sources like iPods, Pandora and Rhapsody while boasting the capability to handle more dynamic sources like Blu-ray discs.

All models are designed with a custom-tuned rear enclosure, and premium components, including copper caps, high-level crossovers, and Kapton voice coil formers to ensure exceptional sonic performance. For superior sound quality, the ICS Loudspeaker “Elite Performance” models feature Niles’ proprietary IMPACT (Improved Aluminum Ceramic Technology) driver material for the woofer and tweeter. The “SI” models include both a dual offset tweeter array as well as a dual voice-coil woofer to deliver stereo imaging from a single loudspeaker, making them ideal for applications that are unable to support more than one loudspeaker.

About Niles Audio
California-based Niles Audio is a 33-year-old company recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users which enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: NILES® Audio (www.nilesaudio.com), ELAN® Home Systems (www.elanhomesystems.com), Xantech® (www.xantech.com), ATON® (www.atonhome.com), and Sunfire® (www.sunfire.com). The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s (www.nortek-inc.com) Home Technology Group.

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