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CinemaTech, known as the industry leader in theater seating and sofas, has seen our dealer partners have great success with our new Estrella sofa that debuted at CEDIA 2017.  The Estrella is hand built in Germany and was designed to function like theater seating while looking like a sofa.  It features multiple seating widths, arms, wedges, five metal colors for the legs, inclining seats, chaise lounges and most importantly, separate controls for the headrest and footrest/incline.  The sofas come in leather, fabric or a COL/COM and are the perfect fit for any room of the home.

CinemaTech also continues to see its dealer partners grow their project’s scope and revenue when taking advantage of CinemaTech’s Design Services Program (DSP).  The main reasons for this success are due to the fact that CinemaTech gets involved early while the client still has a budget for the best seating and acoustics, the design program gives the client time to get to know the CinemaTech design team allowing for the design to be what they want for their theater room and the client typically visits one of CinemaTech’s showrooms in Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver and Fort Lauderdale during the process and can see the quality of the seating and acoustic treatments first hand.  Through the DSP program, the client will receive a consolation with CinemaTech’s design team, conceptual 2D drawings of their floor plan, ceiling plan and elevations, assistance with picking materials and finishes and photorealistic 3D renderings of their room.


The latest version of industry-leading DW Spectrum® IPVMS server and client software (Windows®/Linux®/Mac®) is freely distributed on our website, www.digital-watchdog.com. Version 3.2 delivers even more powerful features.

A DW Spectrum® system can be accessed with the DW® Cloud™ web client from all leading web browsers (Google® Chrome, Firefox®, Internet Explorer®, Safari® and Opera®), as well as with the free DW Spectrum® Mobile app for iOS® and Android® devices. DW Spectrum® IPVMS software is included with pre-configured DW® Blackjack® NVR servers or it can be installed on third-party Windows® or Ubuntu® Linux-based systems.

New features in v3.2 include:

  • In-camera analytics support – Users can now use in-camera analytics events when creating rules in the rules engine.
  • Enhanced export – Completely redesigned video export interface with the ability to burn in watermark logos during the export process.
  • Custom camera logical ID – Users can assign a custom logical ID in server API calls.
  • Archive integrity check – Users will receive a notification when viewing archive which has been modified.
  • Export bookmarks from timeline.
  • Contextual help revamp
  • Bitrate throttling – Added the ability to change image resolution and adjust bitrate on cameras.
  • 2-way audio on all ONVIF Profile S devices.
  • Advanced PTZ for additional PTZ cameras.
  • H.265 support for even more cameras.
  • Support for additional analog to IP encoders.

The DW Spectrum® IPVMS updates automatically in systems where previous v3 software is already installed. Learn more at the links, https://digital-watchdog.com/productdetail/DW-Spectrum-IPVMS/!

Draper’s Projection Planner 2.0 has been updated using the latest InfoComm standards and best practices to help you identify the best projection viewing surfaces for your specific application. Calculations using the AVIXA Projected Image System Contrast Ratio (PISCR) Standard help balance projector brightness, room lighting, and screen surface for a clear image with good contrast. Calculations using the AVIXA Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems (DISCAS) Standard define the optimum screen size for the application.


Major improvements include:

  • You can now enter the maximum off-axis viewing angle.
  • Image size recommendations are based on the AVIXA DISCAS standard (calculated to nearest 0.25”).
  • Element height as a percentage of overall height is now considered.
  • If you don’t know the element height percentage, we make a recommendation.
  • Focuses exclusively on AVIXA PISCR viewing categories.

Best of all, you no longer must be registered for our Pro Portal to use this tool. We now provide access through our guest portal, with no registration required. You’ll find it here: https://www.draperinc.com/projectionscreens/projectionplanner.aspx

JBL Synthesis SCL-2

Part of the JBL Synthesis custom loudspeaker range, the SCL-2 offers the highest level of acoustic performance available from a flush-mount loudspeaker. The SCL-2 is designed with a 2.5-way, triple 8-inch (200 mm) driver configuration for low-frequency extension with high output capability and powerful dynamics. A D2415K dual voice coil, dual 1.5-inch (38 mm) annular ring diaphragm Teonex® compression driver with advanced HDI geometry horn works in conjunction with three powerful cast-frame, 8-inch (200 mm) advanced aluminum matrix cone woofers with low distortion motor structures.

The loudspeaker’s 5.5-inch (140mm)-deep enclosure fits standard wall construction applications and features a Sonoglass™ precision molded baffle assembly with integrated HDI waveguide/horn, and a zero-bezel, magnetically-attached grille.

The loudspeaker’s enclosure can be oriented with the horn closer to the top or bottom, or on its side for center channel or reduced height applications. SCL-2 systems can be mixed and matched with other SCL speakers or any JBL Synthesis loudspeakers.

Designed to provide ultimate performance and the highest levels of dynamics from any in-wall loudspeaker, the SCL-2 can discreetly integrate into any environment and décor. They can also be installed in a traditional application behind acoustic fabric or woven/ perforated video screens without installing the grilles. They feature a discrete matte black baffle, HDI waveguide, and transducers, with a paintable white grille. The SCL-2 is the perfect solution for in-wall LCR or surround channel applications as part of a JBL Synthesis home theater system.

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Just ask ella what you’re looking for and in seconds it’s there. ella is compatible with most brands that are currently being sold and is open to industry standard RTSP video.




Didn’t Make it to InfoComm?

If you didn’t have a chance to make it to the show or stop by the Kramer booth, don’t worry, we compiled all of our highlights and happenings for your reading/viewing pleasure!

We were proud to introduce the award-winning VS-622DT all-in-one presentation system, unveil Kramer Network’s powerful new Video Wall Editor, share the growing family of products with Kramer Maestro touchless room automation, and give Infocomm 2018 a taste of VIA’s latest presentation and collaboration tool the VIA Connect PLUS.

If you didn’t have a chance to catch the jaw-dropping, in-person audio demo celebrating Kramer’s sonic sophistication, you can always check it out here.

Luxul Introduces Control System Drivers for PDU-2, PDU-8, and PDU-16 Intelligent Network PDUs

Drivers Deliver Seamless Integration of PDUs With Control4, Crestron, RTI, Savant, and URC Systems for Power Control Over Connected Devices

 Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that drivers for all major control and automation systems are now available for the company’s PDU-2, PDU-8, and PDU-16 intelligent network power distribution units (PDU). The new drivers enable seamless integration of the PDUs into Control4, Crestron, RTI, Savant, and URC systems, allowing any programmable capability to include power control over connected devices.

Developed by RTI, Savant, and Luxul in partnership with Middle Atlantic Products, the drivers allow devices plugged into the PDU-2, PDU-8, and PDU-16 to be powered up or down as part of scheduled and triggered events. In addition, they provide users with convenient outlet control to power-cycle locked-up components locally using hand-held remotes, touch panels, and other controllers or remotely via control-system apps on mobile devices.

“There is a high demand for control over all home and office electronics through one unified system, and with these new drivers, integrators can easily meet this demand by seamlessly integrating our PDU-2, PDU-8, and PDU-16 into the control system of their choice,” said Mike Grubb, vice president of marketing with Luxul. “Now, any programmable capability can include power-cycle control over connected components, whether it’s automatically resetting an Apple TV or scheduling the satellite/cable box to power-cycle on a regular basis.”

The PDU-2 features two individual IP-controllable outlets; the rack-mountable PDU-8 features eight controllable outlets and one noncontrollable convenience outlet; while the PDU-16 offers eight controllable outlets and eight additional noncontrollable outlets. Fast and easy to set up, the Luxul units allow for the local monitoring and rebooting of unresponsive devices, while their self-healing function performs reboots automatically to avoid costly truck rolls and service calls for integrators. Power management features for the PDUs include MOV surge and spike protection for connected equipment in addition to remote sequencing for controlled startup and shutdown.

A Thing of Adjustable Beauty

For Everyone and Every Space


FlexView™ Series IFP Carts Now Available!


Middle Atlantic inspired with its new FlexView Series IFP Carts that are a triumvirate of optimal interactive flat panel and equipment mounting, accessibility for all heights, and artful aesthetics that accentuate any space.

  • Superior mounting capacity for the largest IFPs or displays ranging from 60”-102”
  • Premium storage and power distribution built in
  • Height adjustable, ADA compliant design
  • Beautiful aesthetics in 5 optional finishes including NEW metallic HPLs

Ultimate Discretion with Audiophile Performance

Monitor Audio’s IV140 Invisible In-Wall speaker is a breakthrough design that delivers ‘best in class’ audio performance in concealed in-wall and in-ceiling applications.

The IV140 offers a unique solution to designers and clients who want to listen to high-performance audio but also want to preserve the interior aesthetic. The IV140 fits into all conventional 4″ stud bays, leaving enough room for cabling. Once installed and skimmed with plaster, the speaker is completely out of sight, with paint, light wallpaper or fabric hiding it from view.

The IV140 features a large low-frequency transducers for punchy, high power bass along with two high-frequency transducers which are bonded to a flat, soft polymer membrane surface to produce sound vibration. This two-way design also features an integrated crossover in the same way as a conventional high-performance speaker to generate a wider frequency range. The result is crystal clear sound quality with smoother overall frequency undulation, balance, and character.

The audio experience is further enhanced by Monitor Audio’s unique hybrid back box design for the IV140 which isolates sound and ensures consistent, controlled performance, regardless of placement. This rigid back box reduces sound emitted from the rear of the speaker, minimizing leakage into adjoining rooms.

The design effectively limits low frequency below 75Hz which can be a major asset, especially when the IV140 is deployed in home cinemas with an additional subwoofer. For projects where more low-frequency extension is required, the rear cover can be removed to create an open back speaker.

Join us at CEDIA from September 4-8 in Booth #1127 to find out more!

Penn Elcom is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 19-inch racking and flight case hardware, maintaining extensive stock holdings all over the world. Our large distribution network allows us to provide quick delivery and competitive pricing for a wide range of stock.

As the designer and manufacturer for a large portion of our products, we pride ourselves on expert knowledge and a devotion to excellent customer service. Craftsmanship and ingenuity are affordable with Penn Elcom and our rack enclosures are packed to the brim with features.

Our flagship rack enclosure, the R4066 has a fully modular top section which accommodates any rack panel or 19” device, full height cable management bars and cable access panels in the top and bottom.

You can choose from tapped M6 or 10/32 rails which are moveable both front and rear as well as steel or shatterproof polycarbonate doors.

Side panels are secured with quick release slam locks and have pre-etched knockouts for optional key locks as well.

Each also come with special dual castor & foot array which are swappable for heavy duty options.

Platinum Tools Professional Tone and Probe Kit

The Made in the USA Platinum Tools Professional Tone and Probe kit gives technicians a high powered tone generator with alligator clips and a high quality tone tracing probe. The ToneMaster high-powered tone generator enables signal detection more than 20 miles away and makes tracing through walls and enclosures easier with multiple tones and power levels suited for network, signal wire, coax, and telephone cable applications.

Four tone amplitude levels include normal and half, high-powered normal and half, with the half amplitude unbalanced for stronger signal effect on twisted pairs. In addition, depending on test requirements, three distinctly different tones can be selected from the front panel.

Paired with the ToneSeeker tracer the ToneMaster makes easy work of tracing and locating cables and cable ends. This kit also includes a No-Fault, RJ12 cable to connect your ToneMaster to either RJ11 or RJ45 jacks and a Tone and Probe Belt Pouch to easily store your ToneMaster and ToneSeeker.  www.platinumtools.com

RTI Introduces New Driver for Luxul Intelligent Network PDUs

Two-Way Driver Allows for Integration of Luxul PDU-8 and PDU-16 Into RTI Control and Automation Systems for Outlet Control and Scheduling

RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced a two-way driver for Luxul’s PDU-8 and PDU-16 intelligent network power distribution units (PDU). Developed by RTI, the new driver allows integrators to integrate the units seamlessly into RTI automation and control systems, providing their customers with convenient outlet control, scheduling, reporting, and customization capabilities.

“Luxul is well-known for network products tailored to A/V integrators’ needs, and its recently introduced intelligent PDUs are another great addition to their lineup,” said Mike Everett, Vice President of Global Sales for RTI. “This driver makes it easy to incorporate these devices as an extension of the RTI control system and provides convenient outlet control to power cycle devices on demand or even on a schedule.”

The rack-mountable PDU-8 features eight controllable outlets and one non-controllable convenience outlet, while the PDU-16 offers eight controllable outlets and eight additional non-controllable outlets. Fast and easy to set up, the Luxul units allow for the local monitoring and rebootng of unresponsive devices, while their self-healing function performs reboots automatically to avoid costly truck rolls and service calls for integrators. Power management features for the PDUs include MOV surge and spike protection for connected equipment in addition to remote sequencing for controlled startup and shutdown.

“To create a better customer experience and reduce service calls, an intelligent PDU is a must for any installation,” said Mike Grubb, Vice President of Marketing with Luxul. “At the same time, there is high demand by customers to control all of the electronics in their home or office using one unified system. With the ability to seamlessly integrate our PDU-8 and PDU-16 into the RTI ecosystem, integrators can easily meet both requirements.”

More information about RTI is available at www.rticorp.com .

SnapAV Introduces Media over IP Solution

Binary MoIP makes it easy to install and manage a reliable solution that can be custom configured to fit any job.

Binary™, SnapAV’s exclusive media distribution brand, has released an all-new HDMI over IP solution. Binary’s 900 Series Media over IP (MoIP) system delivers reliable, 4K UHD content with HDR support from countless sources to countless displays.

MoIP includes a B-900 transmitter, receiver, and controller, making it infinitely scalable and able to be used in both commercial and residential settings. Some competitors offer a confusing assortment of products, but MoIP features a focused lineup of three SKUs for added simplicity and affordability.

“Binary MoIP eliminates all of the complexities of deploying IP based AV distribution systems,” said Brian Holden, Senior Director of Media Distribution. “For the matrix switcher buyer, we’ve made it so easy that they can confidently make the transition. For IP customers, it’s a way to save time and money. This product has it all – it can be quickly and easily set up, it’s scalable and flexible, it delivers reliable 4K, and it’s OvrC enabled.”

According to Holden, dealers frequently complain about how long and complicated typical AV distribution setup was. But with OvrC, simple setup, and intuitive user interfaces, a dealer using MoIP can go from power-on to picture in 5 minutes or less

The Binary solution reduces the network complexity and know-how required from most AV distribution systems, requiring only a Layer 2 PoE switch (such as the Araknis 210 or 310 Series).

OvrC, SnapAV’s award-winning remote management platform, helps quicken initial setup by auto-discovering the controller. Plus it provides unparalleled troubleshooting tools after a dealer leaves the job, like real-time video screenshots.

Traditional matrix switchers have limited inputs, but Binary MoIP allows dealers to fit, scale, and upgrade the solution to their client’s specific needs.

Continued Holden, “From basic 6×8 configurations to video walls and robust systems with dozens of endpoints, dealers can deliver an expandable, future-ready solution where new displays and sources can be added to a job by simply adding additional MoIP devices. No need to replace the entire system.”

And while matrix switchers force dealers to downgrade all source content to the lowest video quality that works, MoIP encodes the best video possible and then downscales it at displays to support a blended system of 4K, 4K HDR and 1080p displays.

“Our engineers put MoIP through tortuous testing over numerous months, conducting real-world testing with dozens of dealers to ensure we deliver the ultra-reliable solution they’ve come to expect from Binary,” said Holden.

The system supports three methods for controlling sources and displays, utilizing RS-232 over IP, customizable 2-way IR routing and CEC. Plus, it includes drivers for today’s most popular control systems, including Control4, Crestron, ELAN, URC, RTI and more.

Concluded Holden, “From setup to support to scalability, there’s just nothing like MoIP on the market today. This will open the door for a lot of dealers to confidently make the move to IP – which will help them continue to grow their businesses.”

You can shop the all-new MoIP solution at snapav.com. For more information about Media over IP, visit snapav.com/shop/en/snapav/binary-moip.

Sonance had a busy 2017 and early 2018 with the introduction of over 20 new products. With new technologies to align performance across multiple categories like the new Sonance Laminated Core Transformer for our 70V products, freshly engineered and tested driver technology for many of our new speakers, and Laminar Flow Port design for some of our new subwoofers, Sonance has elevated nearly every category within the brand.

One product category that has been completely revolutionized is Sonance Subwoofers. Sonance has introduced ten all new subwoofers. Of them, the family of cabinet subwoofers seems to have had the biggest buzz around the industry.

Welcomed additions to the Sonance line are Sonance Impact subwoofers and the ultra-compact Sonance D8 subwoofer.

Impact subwoofers come in three sizes of beautifully constructed wood cabinets with a sleek gloss black finish. For ultimate performance, each subwoofer features a sealed amp plate and a Laminar Flow Port design for minimized distortion and maximum low frequency response. For the greatest flexibility, Impact subwoofers have built-in wireless transmission when paired with the optional Sonance Wireless Transmitter. Adding to the flexibility and performance of Sonance Impact subwoofers is the all new SonARC for Subwoofers application, free to download from the App Store, which instantly connects to the Impact subwoofer for simple configuration and setup as well as the option to thoroughly calibrate the subwoofer to the room using 16 variable bands of automatic parametric equalization.

Similarly, the all new D8 ultra-compact subwoofer also features optional wireless connectivity and simple app-based configuration. With dual 8” opposing square drivers, the D8 is impressively powerful in a tiny 7.5” x 8” x 9” form factor. The D8 is constructed from an extruded aluminum enclosure, available in either a matte black finish with black cloth grilles or matte white finish with gray cloth grilles, providing sleek design solutions to match the room’s décor.

Sonance is pleased at the response to these new products. We believe that the industry finally has a complete offering for design aesthetic, performance, and flexibility within the cabinet subwoofer category.

Now Available! TRENDnet’s AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, model TEW-829DRU, features three concurrent WiFi bands to maximize device networking speeds: two separate high performance 802.11ac networks (5GHz1: 1733Mbps / 5GHz2: 867Mbps), and a 400Mbps Wireless N network. It features dual-WAN ports for load balancing or fail-over modes, and encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) access for remote users. Advanced web content filtering service powered by Router Limits™ TEW-829DRU This wireless router features advanced management, QoS, VLAN, VPN, and other capabilities to ensure optimal performance, scalability, and protection of your network. Intelligently manage your offices’ web access with our advanced contenting filtering tool, increase employee productivity and finally take control of your internet.


Video Mount Products DVR-LB1 & DVR-WA

The DVR-LB1 lockbox has been designed specifically for the peace of mind of those who require DVRs be installed in specific settings that may be prone to theft or vandalism. High-end electronics have become a staple in today’s security, CI, residential, and commercial marketplaces. As these expensive technologies and equipment, including DVRs, find homes in more and more commercial and professional settings, additional security measures need to be taken to insure these electronics are not harmed or stolen. The DVR-WA are a pair of heavy duty, easy-to-install DVR lockbox wall mounting arms designed to work in conjunction with VMP’s acclaimed DVR-LB1 and DVR-LB3 DVR lockboxes. The DVR-WA allows the installer and end-user to free up much needed shelf space, as well as provide for additional security measures. www.videomount.com