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Elite Distributor Alliance (EDA), a leading U.S. 12-V distributor has signed an agreement to market Dynaudio’s high-end aftermarket car audio speakers to a wider audience in the U.S. Dynaudio offers three 12-V model ranges: Esotan, Esotec, and the flagship Esotar. Product highlights include specially coated soft-dome tweeters with powerful neodymium magnet systems for smooth, clear high-frequency reproduction and proprietary MSP (magnesium silicate polymer) woofers with large-diameter aluminum voice coils for greater power handling and lower distortion, according to the company.
“Demand for exceptional car audio quality is on the rise, and Dynaudio builds some of the best-sounding speakers available,” says Jim Warren, executive director at EDA. “Our team is very excited about this brand and its addition to our lineup, and we can’t wait to bring these expertly crafted speakers to more U.S. consumers.”
Dynaudio's full range of high-end car audio drivers, crossovers, and component systems is manufactured in-house "to the industry’s highest standards, targeting audiophiles who want to enjoy music the way the recording artist intended," the company claims.
“With 7,000 customers, EDA is the perfect partner to help us expand our 12-Volt presence in the U.S.,” says Dynaudio CEO Andrew Werdean. “Given the company’s commitment to quality distribution, training, service and profitability, we couldn’t be teamed up with a more ideal distribution partner.”
Dish will telecast the World Cup in 4K HDR on channel 540 starting Thursday June 14.
During the tournament customers will also have access to these features during the games:
- DISH Soccer Zone app: DISH’s exclusive Soccer Zone app gives customers the ability to find, watch and record all 64 World Cup matches.
- FOX Sports app: With the FOX Sports app, users can watch every World Cup game live while on-the-go.
DISH has introduced new Amazon Alexa voice capabilities that give customers the ability to set recordings, launch apps and navigate menus on Hopper family set-top boxes. This update enhances the Hands-Free TVTM experience by building on DISH’s existing Alexa voice functions, including the ability to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content.
“We are working to create the best Hands-Free TV options for our customers, and these new voice capabilities are an important step in that direction,” says Niraj Desai, vice president of product management, Dish. “DISH customers already love the convenience that our Alexa compatibility brings to their home, so we’re continuously identifying popular voice commands to enhance that experience.”
Barco says Azione is a natural fit for its products and solutions since many of the company’s partners are already Azione members.
“Building on our successful industry partnerships, including CEDIA, the next logical step for Barco Residential is to align with Azione,” says Tim Sinnaeve, managing director for Barco Residential. “The partnership gives us an opportunity to share knowledge and exchange best practices with Azione’s members so that we can work collaboratively to move the industry forward.”
The European audio software developer Sonarworks announced that its software platform True-Fi now supports more than 150 popular headphones, including popular models from AKG, Beyerdynamic, Focal, Sennheiser and others. Additionally, the company has just launched a worldwide ‘Studio Reference’ standard, enabling music producers and consumers to experience a single, common audio reference — whether they intend to create or listen to music. Further, Sonarworks is planning an imminent launch of its groundbreaking mobile application of its True-Fi software that will support both iOS and Android devices.
The 27 new headphone profiles brings the number of True-Fi’s supported headphone models to 157, including two new noise cancelling additions: the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM2. Each headphone has been meticulously measured and incorporated as a complimentary software upgrade for existing True-Fi users, which is available now.
Sonarworks says the new models supported include:
- AKG K553 Pro
- AKG K72
- Audio Technica ATH-MSR7
- B&O Play Beoplay H4
- Beats Powerbeats3
- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 32 Ohm
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 M 80 Ohm
- Beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 250 Ohm
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II
- Focal Clear Professional
- Focal Listen Professional
- HyperX Cloud II
- JBL E25BT
- Master & Dynamic MH40
- Philps Fidelio X2HR
- Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
- Sennheiser HD 206
- Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
- Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
- Sennheiser HD 518
- Sennheiser HDR 120 II
- Shure SE535
- Sony MDR-XB50AP
- Sony WH-1000XM2
- Ultrasone Pro 780i
- Ultrasone Signature studio
Onkyo USA announced the availability of its “Works with Sonos” firmware update for the three brands in its network: Onkyo, Pioneer & Onkyo Corp., and Integra. Via a Sonos Connect, the new update will allow the below A/V receivers to seamless fit into the Sonos ecosystem and controlled thru the familiar Sonos app.
The Onkyo models are:
The Pioneer models are:
- ELITE SC-LX901
- ELITE SC-LX801
- ELITE SC-LX701
- ELITE VSX-LX503
- ELITE VSX-LX303
- ELITE VSX-LX103
- Pioneer VSX-933
The Integra models are:
Savant, a manufacturer of smart home technology, has announced the addition of new products and features included in the 8.8 software update. This release is highlighted by enhanced functionality for users, creating a more intuitive smart home environment, and a valuable opportunity for Savant integrators the company says.
As part of the new software and product announcement Savant has introduced Savant Music 2.0. This new software music suite includes improved reliability, speed, easier navigation, preset recall, song queues and more. Savant Music 2.0 also features redesigned app control screens, making it easier than ever for users to navigate. Also brand new, a convenient equalizer screen makes it a snap to fine tune the sound on supported devices. Users will also find support for their favorite streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Tidal, Deezer and more, as well as Airplay and PLEX support for locally stored music. Savant Music 2.0 is available now and is built into Savant’s IP Audio device family.
The Savant Pro 8 App for iOS now features a fresher, lighter design for entertainment services. Control screens in the App for cable, satellite, streaming video service and more now include easy access to commonly used controls such as volume and mute. New configurable button trays allow end users to quickly and easily modify button layouts in order to highlight their favorite command, and more brand icons for smart TVs and entertainment devices are available as well. The 8.8 update also features a new compact home selector view for those users with multiple Savant homes, making control of multiple properties more intuitive than ever.
Savant's TrueImage interface now includes white temperature settings for specific and popular color temperatures from 2700K to 6000k. Additional new functionality encompasses favorite colors presets and color combinations for easier recall, as well as an improved color selection tool for Savant Smart Bulb and Strips. Additionally, an intuitive slider interface allows users to select exact RGB values to achieve the perfect color for their environment.
CEDIA Expo 2018 will feature the large offering of in-person CEDIA training that includes 124 sessions. The trade group says that 34 of these training sessions are new, and have been specifically designed to address the industry’s ever-changing landscape.
“Looking at this year’s training offerings we have a pretty healthy split between business and technical courses, we will have 66 sessions covering technical topics and 58 focused on business. And all of the courses have been created with the integrator business in mind,” says Tom Darling, senior vice president of education and certification, CEDIA.
CEDIA training will begin on Tuesday, September 4 with some of CEDIA’s most popular courses and workshops including the Rack Building and Wiring Fundamentals Workshop, the COI Train the Trainer Course, and the Home Cinema Design Workshop. One change to this year’s schedule is there will not be training courses on Saturday, only certification exams.
CEDIA Expo will be held Sept. 4-8 at the San Diego Convention Center. The show floor will be open September 6-8. Attendees can register for the show, browse course offerings and build their training schedule at the CEDIA website.
Luxul has announced that it has issued firmware update 6.1.8 for its Epic 3 wireless router.
The networking manufacturer states the update corrects the Domotz bug found in Firmware Version 6.1.7 where the "connect" button in the Domotz portal didn't work. Moreover, the company points out that after the Domotz agent has been reconnected, Domotz account information will now persist in future updates.
Luxul recommends to integrators to follow these steps during the update process:
- If you are on Firmware Version 6.1.6 or earlier, this update could take up to five minutes. If five minutes pass since you initiated the update and your router does not appear to be rebooting to call Luxul tech support at 801.822.5450 option 3.
- While the router is updating, do not unplug the power source from the router.
- During a period of this particular update the router’s system and Wi-Fi LEDs will be disabled and turned off. This is normal during this particular update.
- It is always recommended updates be performed onsite; however, they can be applied remotely using Domotz or a VPN.
- If an integrator performs this update via Domotz, using the standalone Domotz Pro Device, it could take up to 10 minutes for the router to show as ‘online’ in the Domotz application. If an integrator is preforming this update via Domotz, using the included agent on the Epic 3, it could take up to 15 minutes for the router to show as ‘online’ in the Domotz application.
- When the update is complete if Domotz is enabled the router will be under high utilization while the Domotz agent is initialized, updated (if necessary) and configured. This can take an additional five minutes beyond the above firmware install. Luxul advises integrators to be patient, and it emphasizes not to make any changes to the router until the entire update process is finished.
- After update is complete integrators will need to setup to the Domotz agent on the device again. According to Luxul, this will only pertain to this update, and will not need to be done on future updates.
Luxul product updates can be found here.
RTI, a global control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, has announced the availability of a two-way driver for Aprilaire's line of WiFi enabled thermostats. The interface allows integrators to add the thermostats into the RTI control and automation ecosystem and provide clients with the comfort and convenience of Aprilaire's air purity and freshness features along with temperature and humidity controls.
"Aprilaire is one of the leading HVAC systems for high-end residential installations and a long-time integration partner of ours," says Mike Everett, vice president of sales, Americas for RTI. "With this partnership, we're able to deliver a powerful driver that takes full advantage of their climate control capabilities and give our dealers the ability to offer their clients an extra level of comfort in their homes."
Luxul has announced a firmware update version 6.1.3 for its XAP-1510, XAP-1500, XAP-1440, XAP-1410, XAP-1240, XAP-1230, XAP-1210, XAP-810 and XAP-310 wireless access points (WAPs).
The update includes OS and driver revisions, interface improvements and bug fixes.
CEDIA has announced that the 2018 CEDIA Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market survey is open.
“We encourage all integration firms to participate.The data that we collect in this survey is incredibly important,” says Dave Pedigo, vice president of emerging technologies, CEDIA. "Home tech professionals who take the time to fill out this survey are helping us better understand the ever-shifting landscape of this industry so we can all better serve its needs."
The annual survey reports on vital market trends and is designed to:
- Estimate the number of companies currently installing industry products
- Determine the size of the industry workforce
- Evaluate the total economic value of installation in the industry
- Identify each channel’s level of significance in the industry
- Report on general market conditions and forecasting
- Provide trend analyses to indicate the industry’s direction
Not only will participants receive a copy of the report, a $1,000 value, but all participants will be entered into a drawing; one winner will receive a 65” QLED Samsung TV, and three winners will be selected to receive a CEDIA Training Pass and $350 towards airfare for CEDIA 2018 in San Diego. Home technology professionals do not have to be a CEDIA member to participate, however this survey is intended for professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
Two of Leviton’s newest lighting control solutions—the Intellect Intelligent Fixture Control System and Lumina RF Standalone Room Controls—have been added to the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Qualified Products List (QPL), in the category of Networked Lighting Control (NLC) systems. Projects across the United States and Canada that include the Intellect system or Lumina RF Standalone Room Controls are now eligible for valuable rebates through local utilities and energy efficiency programs, which reference compliant solutions on the DLC QPL.
The DLC has created a vetting process designed to include only the most future-proof, energy-saving and intelligently designed advanced lighting controls.
“The addition of these innovative wireless lighting control solutions on the DLC QPL validates Leviton‘s continuing leadership in energy codes and standards compliance with both our product lines and our ongoing training initiatives,” says Richie Westfall, vice president and general manager of the Leviton Energy Management, Controls and Automation business division. “This qualification provides our customers with another resource for garnering rebates, saving energy, and designing advanced lighting control systems that are easy to use and install today, and are also ready for the rigorous demands of the future.”
AVAD LLC, a national distributor serving the residential and commercial custom installation market, has announced its new Interactive Catalog – 2018 Accessories Edition. The guide features a variety of custom installation-focused solutions for residential and commercial installations.
The company explains its Interactive Catalog – Accessories Edition includes components that are traditionally behind the scenes and designed to complete custom installation projects large and small. With the recent release of the Interactive Catalog – Video, Audio and Home Automation Editions, the debut of the Accessories Catalog provides a comprehensive assortment of brands and solutions for the residential and commercial installations. The Interactive Catalog – Accessories Edition features mounts, cables, tools, power units, furniture and more from AVAD’s vendor partners, including Chief, Celerity Technologies, Dirt Devil, DYMO, Global Cache, Midlite, Panamax, Peerless-AV, ProConnect, ProFlex, RowOne, Sanus, Peerless AV and many more.
“We are excited to be able to provide our dealers with new Interactive Catalogs, including the Video, Audio, Home Automation and, lastly, the Accessories Edition, to help them in the office and on the job” says Seth Evenson, director of customer experience management, AVAD. “While installation accessories are often hidden in every project, they’re a critical component in any installation, whether it’s residential or commercial, and we’re very excited to be able to provide our dealers with product information at the touch of a button with our interactive catalogs.”
Luxul has announced a new firmware update for its ABR-5000 router. The new update includes Domotz Remote Management software, and minor UI fixes and updates.
Domotz is a third-party control feature that enables dealers to remotely monitor and manage devices connected to their clients' networks. With Domotz, you have the power to turn connected devices on/off, reboot, and receive alerts when devices fall offline.
Luxul explains that its 5.2.3 addresses issues where a VPN client on an Epic 5-based LAN is unable to connect to a PPTP server on the internet. The company points out that PPTP is an obsolete VPN protocol with many known security issues, and that it recommends the newer L2TP or IPSec protocols.
Moreover, it advises if a client on an Epic 5-based network must connect to a PPTP VPN server, use this workaround:
In the Epic 5 user interface, select Administration > Advanced page from the navigation menu. Next, set WAN PPTP Passthrough to Enabled and select Apply. In the WAN Server Address field, enter a ‘dummy’ IP address. If there is a PPTP server running on the LAN, then use the actual IP address of the PPTP server.
Onkyo Corp and Onkyo USA have announced that its network receiver brands are now certified and compatible with the Sonos platform, which earns the products a "Works with Sonos" badge. This compatibility enables users to seamlessly stream music from their Sonos app to their receiver allowing them to enjoy music anywhere, including their home theater. Products featuring the new Works with Sonos capability will include select network AV and stereo receivers and processors from Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer and Pioneer Elite. Onkyo will announce specific models when the firmware update is available on June 6.
The Works with Sonos certification program certifies that the integration meets the Sonos high bar for experience, and that products will seamlessly connect with the Sonos Home Sound System. The certified “Works with Sonos” receivers will be supported by Sonos.
“For more than 70 years, Onkyo has been at the forefront of delivering premium sound and adding Sonos compatibility enables custom installers and home theater fans access to Sonos’ renowned whole-home audio,” says Don Milks, director of product localization for Onkyo USA. “Now the Sonos app that you are familiar with can stream your favorite content to your network receiver adding tremendous value and convenience to any system.”
TiVo announced that its integration with Amazon Alexa will officially roll out this week. This option allows TiVo BOLT, Roamio and Premiere customers to control their TiVo DVRs from Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot or Echo Plus devices using only their voice.
With this integration, Amazon Alexa can do many of the things that customers already do with the TiVo remote. Users can ask Alexa to change the channel, “Alexa, watch CBS,” or launch a streaming app, “Alexa, open Netflix.” You can even skip commercials for SkipMode enabled shows, by saying, “Alexa, skip commercials.” Amazon Alexa can also manage simple media controls like play, pause, fast-forward or go back, which jumps back eight seconds in programming.
Luxul has released a critical firmware update for its Epic 3 router. This update improves system stability and should be performed as soon as possible.
For continued function of these routers this update must be performed on all Epic 3s in the field.
The company advises to follow these procedures during the update:
- While the router is updating, do not unplug the power source from the router
- For a period during this particular update the router’s system and Wi-Fi LEDs will be disabled and turned off. This is normal during this update
- This update could take up to five minutes. If five minutes pass and your router does not appear to be rebooting, please call Luxul tech support at 801.822.5450 option 3
- It is always recommended updates be performed onsite; however, they can be applied remotely using Domotz or a VPN
- If the update is performed via Domotz using the standalone Domotz Pro Device, it could take up to 10 minutes for the router to show as ‘online’ in the Domotz application. Integrators that execute the update via Domotz using the included agent on the Epic 3 are advised the update could take up to 15 minutes for the router to show as ‘online’ in the Domotz application.
- To learn more about the update and other product firmware visit Luxul's firmware update page.
In addition, Luxul has issued more information related to the update. The company says that when performing this update, if Domotz is enabled, integrators will need to "connect" the Domtoz client running on the Epic 3 to the Domotz Cloud account.
Until this is completed, the site, including the Epic 3 will lose monitoring capabilities and will appear 'down' when viewing from your account on domotz.com or the Domotz app.
To connect Domotz follow these steps:
1.On the Epic 3 UI, go to the "Third Party Software" tab, then "Domotz."
2. Once there, click "Connect."
3. You will then be prompted to enter an email address and password - you must use the same account information that was used to create the Epic 3 account originally.
4. After logging in, you will see a "Resume Configuration" page - you should
see the Domotz Agent Name, and pre-populated location information on
where the agent is running.
5. Click on "RESUME YOUR AGENT."
6. Domotz will then begin to scan for devices on the network and when
completed, will show a "DONE" button - click "DONE" to finish.
7. You can now log back in to your Domotz account on either domotz.com or the Domtoz app, and the Epic 3 will now show "Active."
Paradigm Electronics Inc., a Canadian-based audio company, is celebrating the success of its flagship Persona line of products with the introduction of a Design Studio featuring 18 new premium automotive finishes, one additional standard color, new grilles, and custom metal work. From soft neutrals, to daring bold colors, the finish options promise something for everyone.
Originally announced in late 2017 as 12 new finishes, the final mix of colors available at the launch of the custom Persona Design Studio was expanded to include 18 premium colors and one new standard color—in addition to the four standard color options already offered—three grille color options, and two choices for the metal work (driver cones, PPA lens, and base).
The company says that customers are invited to build their own Persona speakers using its Persona Design Studio. At this web page consumers will be able to mix and match colors, metal and grilles to create their customized speakers. The Persona Design Studio will launch in May of 2018 to coincide with the High End 2018 show in Munich, Germany.
Standard Finishes now include:
- Aria Blue
- New: Carbon Black
- Harmony White
- Sonic Silver
- Vanta Black
New: Premium colors are now available in:
- Amethyst Gloss
- Anthracite Metallic
- Blush Metallic
- British Racing Green Metallic
- Burnt Orange Metallic
- Candy Apple Red Metallic
- Dakota Brown Metallic
- Desert Gold Metallic
- Diamond White Metallic
- Laguna Blue Gloss
- Merlot Metallic
- Parchment Gloss
- Saffron Yellow Metallic
- Seafoam Green Metallic
- Taupe Metallic
- Toffee Metallic
- Vermillion Gloss
- Viridian Gloss
New: Metal is now available in:
New: Grilles are now available in:
Access Networks, a provider of enterprise-grade network solutions for residential integration, has announced its new online store, called My Access is now live. This full-featured online experience for A/V integrators replaces the legacy Access Networks online store with significantly enhanced features and functionality.
As part of the value proposition with My Access, integrators can purchase all of the latest systems, including the Core² and Core³ custom systems, which are now available. Ruckus ICX switches are also available on My Access with a basic preconfiguration, as well as the much anticipated Access Networks Wireless products powered by Ruckus, which are also now shipping. Initially, only company principals and purchasers will be able to login to My Access, however a tiered login structure will be added.
Access Networks Wireless is a family of best-in-class wireless networking products featuring patented technology designed and manufactured for Access Networks by Ruckus Wireless. The lineup includes a wireless controller, three indoor access points and an outdoor access point all optimized for premium residential applications. Access Networks Wireless components come with four years of support provided by the award-winning engineers at Access Networks, eliminating the need to purchase support separately. Each wireless controller includes eight access point licenses, with additional licenses available one at a time as needed. Access Networks Wireless technology is available now on My Access.
Core² and Core³ are the newest generation of Access Networks’ industry-first enterprise-grade network solutions specifically tailored for the automated residence. Access Networks design services are included with the purchase of all Core2 and Core3 network solutions, differentiating Access Networks from any other residential solutions provider. Each system, powered by Cisco, Ruckus and Access Networks Wireless, consists of four essential products; a router/firewall, a wireless controller, a primary switch and an Access Networks proprietary monitoring device called a Helix to facilitate proactive service and support of the entire network system. Integrators will appreciate the scalability and flexibility of Core2 and Core3 systems as well as the streamlined design, purchase and fulfillment processes all part of the best-in-class products and services from Access Networks. Core² and Core³ systems are available now on My Access.
With a global partnership first announced during the 2017 Munich HIGH END Show, DALI’s initial launch of its CALLISTO Wireless Active Speaker System at the 2018 show formalizes the addition to the BluOS family of products, now numbering nearly 20 different solutions across three audio brands.
These DALI products join an ecosystem of BluOS-enabled and BluOS-ready components and speakers from Bluesound and NAD Electronics.
All three brands are also exhibiting BluOS products at the 2018 Munich HIGH End Show, giving European audio enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the BluOS platform.
“We are delighted to welcome DALI to the BluOS family,” said Andrew Haines, product manager, BluOS. “We know DALI’s fans are passionate about music and we look forward to providing them the means for Hi-Res music discovery and multi room enjoyment through the BluOS implementation option.”
The DALI CALLISTO solution utilizes Lenbrook’s proprietary BluOS technology in the form of a modular upgrade option called the BluOS NPM-1. Adding this module allows the system to be connected wirelessly or hard wired to a home network with access to internet radio stations, popular music streaming services, and lossless music libraries stored on a computer or mobile device. BluOS’s brand-agnostic platform means that any BluOS Enabled device, regardless of manufacturer, can wirelessly connect with up to 64 enabled home theaters, stereo systems, components or compact all-in- one speakers within the BluOS ecosystem, for synced or asynchronous music playback in one or multiple rooms.
Savant, a manufacturer of smart home technology, has announced a partnership with USAI Lighting, a manufacturer of architectural light fixtures for nearly any application. USAI Lighting’s innovative LED solutions focus on achieving the perfect balance between color technology, optical design and superior performance.
In both joint product design and market initiatives, Savant and USAI Lighting will provide integrators with seamless end-to-end lighting solutions that both solve the compatibility issues integrators face with disparate solutions and deliver an unmatched control experience via Savant’s astonishing TrueImage user interface.
“Our partnership with USAI Lighting represents another vital piece of Savant’s forward-thinking strategy that includes lighting, climate, energy management, entertainment and a broad range of smart home functionality,” states Savant CEO Robert Madonna. “Savant enables these advanced technologies to work effortlessly together, providing enhanced lifestyle, environmental responsibility and wellness for the luxury home.”
Roon has announced its 1.5 platform. The whole-house audio company says with nearly 100 of the most respected audio brands in the world, as well as over 100 Roon Ready network players on the market and hundreds more Roon Tested DACs, integrated amplifiers, and networked speakers, the company says that integrators can tailor high performing whole-house systems based on each client's needs.
The company also supports MQA high-resolution audio, and it explains that some Roon Ready devices decode and/or render MQA and some don't. According to Roon, because of the tight integration between Roon and Roon Ready devices, Roon Ready devices also report precisely what's happening to audio signals during playback, so homeowners can easily see exactly what they are hearing.
In addition, because of the Roon 1.5 platform's MQA compatibility, Roon will not only be able to perform DSP on "unfolded" MQA content, but it will do so without destroying the MQA signalling information.
Roon adds that some of the content available available with MQA include the TIDAL streaming service to allow homeowners to stream high-resolution content throughout their entire homes.
Reinforcing its product reliability, Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), a manufacturer of smart connected devices and systems for the residential, security, access control, and digital health markets, has announced a three-year limited warranty on select 2GIG GC2 and GC3 panels and compatible cell radio modules, effective May 1.
According to Nortek Security & Control President Mike O’Neal, the new three-year limited warranty gives dealers and channel partners another strong advantage when specifying and installing 2GIG security & control solutions.
“There is a reason 2GIG products are trusted by millions,” says O’Neal. “Everything we do in design and manufacturing of our products is to earn that trust with exceptional reliability and performance. We control the entire process, from the design and engineering to the manufacturing, which we do in our own facility.”
Chromis Fiberoptics has earned the DPL Seal of Approval from DPL Laboratories, Inc. for its new Procerus4K Series HDMI 2.0 active optical cables (AOCs), made with the company's patented GigaPOF graded-index polymer optical fiber.
According to Jeffrey Boccaccio, president of DPL Labs, "Over the course of the last year many low-power HDMI fiber optical cables have been submitted for testing and failed to meet DPL limits. Chromis has become one of the few fiber companies that has achieved the stringent DPL performance standards.”
Custom installers and consumers alike rely upon the DPL Seal of Approval as an assurance of quality product performance. Cables that meet or exceed DPL Labs standard of excellence offer far better performance and longer-term reliability than typical HDMI cables. These cables, and only these cables, are awarded the prestigious DPL Seal of Approval.
Chromis is a new entry into the AOC market. “We are committed to helping custom installers manage the challenges of UHD video distribution. There are a bewildering array of solutions at their disposal, each with unique benefits and disadvantages, said Frank Graziano, CEO of Chromis Fiberoptics. GigaPOF® AOCs are a great addition to the custom installer’s toolkit - simple, compatible and reliable.”
DISH has announced that its DISH Anywhere app is now available on Android TV devices, bringing more choice and flexibility to how customers watch video content on their big screens. While DISH Anywhere has been available on Android mobile devices since 2013, customers can now use Android TV media players and smart TVs for the first time to access their DISH programming, either at home or on the go.
DISH Anywhere gives Hopper customers the ability to watch 100 percent of their live and recorded content, plus thousands of on-demand titles, from any location on internet-connected mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and computers, and televisions via Amazon Fire TV and now Android TV.
“Media players provide easy access to video content, so it’s no wonder one-third of U.S. broadband households own these devices,” says Niraj Desai, vice president of product management, Dish. “By expanding the DISH Anywhere app to Android TV, we’re giving our customers more ways to view their content on devices they already own, at no additional cost.”
Ravya, makers of pre-engineered and fully customizable turnkey home theaters, has introduced a new lineup called Rayva Complete Solutions. Categorized as Gold, Bronze, or Silver performance packages, complemented by unique, world-class designs, and completely customizable, Rayva has eliminated barriers, making it easier for integrators to sell and install home theaters.
When dealers sell and install Rayva Complete Solutions, Rayva will provide the specifications, designs, and engineering documentation, along with customized interiors that merge aesthetics with acoustics. With the new Rayva Complete Solutions, dealers can now “Bring Their Own Gear,” to maintain effective supplier relationships, meet the client’s budget, and deliver a top-nitch experience. Dealers also have the option to leverage Rayva’s industry partnerships to select products from lines they may not otherwise have access to. Facilitating a flexible purchasing model, Rayva allows dealers to maintain control over the brands and products they install and support to preserve margins while working with the products they know and trust.
“Dealers who sell Rayva Complete Solutions are no longer locked into specific brands or products,” says Rayva president George Walter. “Dealers are welcome to take advantage of our relationships by purchasing directly through Rayva, but the decision is now theirs to make. By eliminating barriers, we’re making it easier than ever for dealers to engage with Rayva without sacrificing the relationships dealers have developed with buying groups, manufacturers, or distributors.”
Also now available as part of the Rayva Complete Solutions offering are numerous new designs by artists from around the world. Curated by Rayva’s executive director Theo Kalomirakis, “These designs break from tradition to bring new vitality to the field of home entertainment design.”
To further aid dealers in selling Rayva’s pre-configured, customizable home theater packages, the company has introduced a proprietary online configurator. Dealers or customers can select from a variety of room parameters and design features, and the app generates a complete home theater proposal in seconds. The client can then experience their dream theater before committing to the project by taking a 3D, virtual reality walk-through of the space.
The SDVoE Alliance has announced that its SDVoE Design Partner Program is up and running. This online training and certification publicly recognizes experts in the creation of SDVoE systems that take advantage of AV-over-IP scalability, yet offer matrix-switch-like performance.
Created in cooperation with leading AV consulting firms HyperSphere Limited and Hewshott International, as well as AV/IT training experts Clavia Ltd., the goal of the program is to certify designers qualified to offer guidance to integrators, installers and end users in leveraging the SDVoE standard for high performance AV network deployments in education, healthcare, enterprise, entertainment, hospitality, retail, houses of worship, government, military, industry and security.
As a service to the industry, the list of certified SDVoE designer partners will be published on the SDVoE Alliance website. End users interested in leveraging SDVoE technology to meet their business needs will be able to tap into the expertise of this specialist community. As the group of design partners grows, their input will be used by the alliance to expand the tools available, including design templates, specifications, and case studies.
“The SDVoE design partner training provides entrée into designing with products from all 39 members in the growing SDVoE ecosystem as we work together to support the alliance’s mission of replacing the matrix switch,” says Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. “We look forward to the contributions of new SDVoE design partners to the pool of knowledge and best practices guidelines related to SDVoE network deployments.”
When Apple AirPlay 2 comes to Sonos later this year, the audio company says users will be able to stream from their iPhone, iPad or Mac to its Play:5, Playbase and Sonos One products. Any one of these speakers will work with Apple's new wireless streaming technology.
StormAudio has announced that its full suite of immersive audio preamp / processors and amplifiers are now part of The Cinema Designer program, enabling StormAudio dealers enrolled in the program to design and present theater and media room layouts in a professional manner.
The Cinema Designer is a cloud-based design tool that pulls from a large database of participating CI manufacturers’ products to calculate and produce 3D CAD drawings, specifying the precise location of the loudspeakers, screen, seating, projector, crucial amplification and processor requirements, acoustic treatments, RT60 value, and more. The tool generates detailed documents, including audio and video calibration reports, and true-to-room aesthetic renders reflecting the way the finished room will look.
“The StormAudio audio processors and amplifiers can drive up 32-channel theaters and now we have integrated native 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos processing across the line. As audio system configurations become more complex to achieve such new heights in surround sound entertainment, a tool like The Cinema Designer is particularly useful for integrators,” says Sebastien Gailleton, StormAudio Product Marketing Director (International). “We are excited to be included as a manufacturer brand inside the software.”
Luxul, a manufacturer of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, has announced that the company has joined WAVE Electronics' 9/3 Kickback Program. Luxul products purchased through the distributor now count towards the program's quarterly achievement levels, helping integrators earn rebates up to 9 percent.
WAVE Electronics is the largest independent custom integration distributor in the nation and carries Luxul's complete offering of routers, switches, access points, and accessories. The purchase of any of these products helps integrators meet the 9/3 Kickback Program's quarterly purchase tiers — ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 — and receive quarterly rebates from 4 to 9 percent.
"This initiative from WAVE speaks volumes to their confidence in Luxul products," says Mike Grubb, vice president of marketing for Luxul. "Offering an incentive to sell more of our solutions means they are really supporting us as the go-to brand for IP networking equipment. And the savings for dealers are unmatched. We're really excited about this opportunity and strengthening our relationship with WAVE."
"WAVE Electronics is excited to partner on a deeper level with Luxul to create the strongest dealer program in the industry," adds Ainslie Fukuda, vice president of purchasing at WAVE Electronics. "Not only can WAVE provide dealers with tech support, marketing assets, and training, but now we can reward loyal Luxul dealers with a handsome rebate."
Savant, a manufacturer of smart home systems, has launched its Ambassador Program. This new service designed to identify and recognize integration firms for their knowledge and proficiency across key Savant product categories. Savant Ambassadors are also recognized for their supportive role leading to product design enhancements and evaluating new technologies, including participation in Savant’s extensive Beta program. The Savant Ambassador Program officially kicks off in April 2018 with a redesign of the company's website where homeowners and building professionals can search for a Savant Ambassador near them.
Along with Savant’s control platform, integrators have been adopting solutions from Savant such as audio and video distribution, Artison loudspeakers, remotes and user interfaces such as TrueImage, lighting, shades, climate control and energy management. In addition to being highlighted on the Savant website, Savant Ambassadors will also receive the highest level of support from Savant, including early access to new products and software, as well as priority technical assistance.
Moreover, Savant Ambassadors will receive one year of HTA certification dues.
Crestron, a global manufacturer of enterprise control and automation solutions, has announced it will enhance its Crestron Pyng home automation platform to now include support for third-party A/V devices. Crestron has once again partnered with LG Electronics to extend IP control of its displays into the residential market for LG's 2017 and 2018 series consumer OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TV’s. LG’s TVs are the first displays to be included in this release. Support for Pyng video is scheduled to release in the summer.
“Choosing LG as a launch partner for this enhancement was a no-brainer.” LG and Crestron have partnered to provide IP control of their displays for several years with great success in the Enterprise market, and when we were looking to extend that into the residential market, the decision to launch with LG was immediate,” says Bob Bavolacco, partnerships manager for Crestron.
CEDIA members can now connect to the CEDIA Online Community on-the-go with the all-new CEDIA mobile app. The app provides a space for CEDIA members to engage with their peers and participate in lively discussions.
This development is part of CEDIA’s ongoing commitment to offer programs that make it easier for members to connect with one another, both in their own region and worldwide. Following the launch of the CEDIA Online Community in 2016, the online platform has grown extensively, allowing members to engage with one another year-round.
The online forum gives members a platform to freely discuss industry news, share ideas, and provide advice to their peers. Members also have access to a variety of downloadable resources available on the CEDIA Online Community. All CEDIA members are automatically added to the online community and are given a unique profile that can be personalized. Similar to other social media communities, this makes it easy for members to search and connect with those they have previously met or would like to meet.
“CEDIA puts its members in the center of a thriving community where connections are formed and new opportunities for growth can be tapped into,” says Jenny Scott, director of member engagement, CEDIA. “The mobile app offers greater accessibility to this thriving community, and we’re pleased to make this available to our members worldwide.”
CEDIA members can download the app by searching for “Membercentric” in the app store. Once membercentric has been downloaded, the member will simply need to search for CEDIA and log into their community profile to access the app version of the online community. The CEDIA app is available for mobile devices, including iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices.
Nextivity Inc., has announced that Alliance Corporation is the newest master distributor for its Cel-Fi QUATRA in-building enterprise cellular system. As a full-service distributor of products to the wireless telecommunications industry, Alliance will leverage its partnerships with telecommunications contractors, in-building wireless VARs, and integrators in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to extend the reach of Nextivity’s Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid in the middleprise.
“Cel-Fi QUATRA is consistently acknowledged by our channel partners as a disruptive in-building wireless solution and emerging category leader in the middleprise market,” says Werner Sievers, CEO of Nextivity. “To continue this momentum, expand our distribution, and capture an even greater share of the market, we are partnering with Alliance – a top wireless distributor in Canada with a rapidly growing US network of resellers and integrators.”
BrandSource has announced a partnership with STORIS, a provider of software solutions for the appliance, bedding, furniture and electronics industries.
“This partnership can benefit members in many different ways, but perhaps the most important is to be able to provide a fully comprehensive solution to help a dealer manage their business,” says Chad Evans, general manager of Merchandising for BrandSource. “This adds to efficiency, which in turn adds to profitability and success.”
STORIS, based in New Jersey, provides commerce solutions such as serial tracking, integrated customer services, in-store and mobile POS, inventory management, merchandising tools eCommerce, in-store kiosk and business intelligence.
“STORIS is happy to partner with BrandSource to bring technology solutions to the group,” said Doug Culmone, chief operating officer, STORIS. “We know our clients have found value in what BrandSource delivers and we look to leverage our technology platform to give them a competitive edge.”
Just Add Power (J+P), a manufacturer of Ultra HD over IP solutions, has announced that its 3G Ultra HD Over IP series of solutions now deliver Ultra HD video signals over IP with just 16 ms of latency from source to screen. The company explains that its products leverage a common IP infrastructure to allow integrators to choose the model that best meet their clients' hardware and budget requirements.
"We recognize that integrators have a lot of options when it comes to latency and making the best decision to support 4K installations," saysTaft Stricklin, sales team manager, Just Add Power. "We strive to educate our customers about the technology and be totally transparent in our solutions. While it's impossible for any video distribution system to achieve zero latency, J+P stands by our impressive 16-millisecond latency. It's so low, it's undetectable to the human eye. This meets end users' expectation of high-quality video and expands the value of our 3G Ultra HD Over IP platform."
Since the introduction of its Multi-Room Music Systems in 2016, CasaTunes states that the popularity of the product has enabled it to streamline its product line.
The Multi-Room Music Systems are easy to install and scale to as many as 36 zones, and as a result of the products ease of use and features, the company is discontinuing its CT8+, CT-12, CT-16, CT-20, & CT-24 multizone audio products.
CasaTunes emphasizes that it will continue to service and support the soon-to-be-discontinued music servers, and it will continue to manufacture its CT-1,2,3 & 4+ music server products.
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Providing a single solution that supports, sales and technicians for using multiple management platforms is Connect ONE from Connected Technologies, LLC.
Cloud-hosted Connect ONE provides a complete package—and an enabling technology for managed services and new monthly recurring revenue streams. It lets security dealers offer security, access control, mobile credential access, video and critical environmental monitoring and more from one simplified user interface. The company emphasizes there are no upfront costs or software to install and maintain and dealers only pay for the services they use.
Connect One provides functionality and user features that include:
- Connect ONE interfaces with the complete line of Bosch Security, DMP, Elk Products and Honeywell Turbo controls and provides an easy way to add managed services through the cloud.
- DoorBird Video Doorbell integration for residential and commercial customers to notify users' smartphones when an entrance button is pressed. Using the app, they can view live video, open doors and even initiate two-way-audio.
- The Connect ONE Ticket Module streamlines the tracking of critical event responses, incidents and repair tickets at one or multiple locations. It interfaces directly with the Connect ONE security system application or can be deployed as a standalone service, with no control or on-site equipment.
- ScanPass Mobile Credential convenience application provides quick access control in a barcode-sticker solution that doesn’t require card readers or door controller hardware. Any smartphone, tablet or other connected device provides entrance accessibility.
- Connect ONE also supports popular Nest indoor and outdoor cameras, allowing users to view and control all cameras from the single interface, even multiple locations at the same time.
- The Connect ONE Gateway Module gets security dealers entrenched in the growing internet of Things. The module lets dealers track temperature, humidity and critical environmental devices for agricultural, hospitality and other vertical markets. Emails and reports sent in real time alert managers with information about out-of-normal ranges or levels.
Silicon Labs and Sigma Designs, Inc., have announced the completion of Silicon Labs’ acquisition of Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave business, including a team of approximately 100 employees for $240 million in an all-cash transaction.
Z-Wave is a developer of mesh networking technology for the smart home. More than 2,400 certified, interoperable Z-Wave devices are available from the Z-Wave Alliance of more than 700 manufacturers and service providers worldwide.
“Adding Z-Wave to Silicon Labs’ extensive IoT connectivity portfolio allows us to deliver a unified vision for the wireless technologies underpinning the smart home market,” says Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. “A secure, interoperable customer experience is at the heart of how smart home products are designed, deployed and managed. Our smart home vision is one where multiple technologies work securely together, where any device using any of our connectivity options easily joins the home network, and where security updates and feature upgrades occur automatically.”
Tributaries' UHDT TITAN-10 passive, all-copper 10-meter HDMI cable has been certified by DPL Labs and now the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) to support 18Gbps data rates.
Through its ability to support data rates as high as 18Gbps, the UHDT-10 HDMI cable enables integrators to setup AV systems capable of delivering 4K at 60Hz video, along with high dynamic range (HDR) content to provide homeowners with a state-of-the-art AV experience.
The passive cable employs a new metallurgical design that minimizes signal loss for distances as far as 10 meters (32 feet) to allow integrators to employ the cable between AV receivers and projectors or displays.
Capitol, a national consumer electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential system integrators, has announced that it is now offering a selection of TVs from Haier America’s Digital Products Group.
“Haier TVs are among the most popular in the market, and certainly one of the most requested by our customers,” says Curt Hayes, president and CFO, Capitol. “In particular, Haier’s UHD models achieve a level of performance and intuitive usability that we typically associate with higher priced products. With 4K sales increasing at a rapid pace, Haier TVs are poised to add to our customers’ profitability throughout the year.”
Cosemi Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed connectivity solutions, has announced that its HDMI 2.0 active optical cables (AOCs) have been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for 18Gb/s performance. Dedicated to improving the quality of electronic imaging, the ISF conducts extensive field and lab testing to ensure visually superior, color-rich images and stunning clarity.
According to Dr. Nguyen X. Nguyen, CEO for Cosemi, achieving ISF certification for its HDMI 2.0 AOCs up to 20 meters in length brings an even higher level of confidence to users.
“Our goal is to bring the unparalleled benefits of fiber optics to a broader audience with our best-in-class AOCs,” notes Nguyen. “Being tested and certified by an independent third-party lab not only underscores the fact that our technology makes true 4K 60 4:4:4 UHD resolution a reality, but it brings further assurance that our AOCs remain reliable under intense conditions.”
Increased bandwidth capacity, faster speeds (up to 6 Gbp lane/18 Gb/s aggregate), longer distances (up to 100 meters), are supported by Cosemi’s HDMI 2.0 AOCs.
The SDVoE Alliance has announced that Canare Electric Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of cables, connectors, assemblies, converters and related products for the professional audio and video industry, has joined the alliance as an adopting member.
"AV over IP is the way of the future and we are proud to join the SDVoE Alliance as a member of the group proactively working toward standards and interoperability in pro AV,” says Yoshiki Chigusa, general manager at Canare. "We look forward to introducing this latest technology to our customers in our ever-expanding product portfolio.”
Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has announced the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform, featuring the Company’s first family of system-on-chips (SoCs) purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT) using advanced 10nm FinFET process
The QCS605 and QCS603 SoCs are engineered to deliver powerful computing for on-device camera processing and machine learning, with exceptional power and thermal efficiency, across a wide range of IoT applications. The SoCs integrate Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced image signal processor (ISP) to date and the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, along with a heterogeneous compute architecture including a cutting-edge ARM-based multicore CPU, vector processor and GPU. The Vision Intelligence Platform also includes Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced camera
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