CEDIA Expo Content Overview; New Show Floor Sections in September


CEDIA Expo just added a new section to the show floor in September called the Innovation Hub. This is the newest show program where case studies revealing new and innovative solutions are showcased. “Resimerical” — Residential Technology Integrators Expect 9% Increase in Cross-over, Commercial Projects After conducting a “deep dive” into emerging “new hot spaces,” […]

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RoseWater Energy Group Welcomes David Laikind as Vice President of Sales


RoseWater Energy Group, a provider of integrated energy management and storage systems, has announced that David Laikind has joined the team as vice president, sales. “I heard about RoseWater a few years ago while working at C & E Marketing and we added the line to the Southeast US market,” said Laikind. “Once I saw […]

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Crestron Releases DM NAX AoIP Amplifier to Residential Market


Crestron announced the Creston DM NAX distributed Audio-over-IP (AoIP) amplifier is shipping. This all-in-one AoIP solution is aimed at the residential market. The DM NAX allows a homeowner to toggle between TV audio, streaming music, podcasts, alarms, doorbells and even paging and intercom usage to any speaker in the house. Dealers who have worked with […]

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Planar Launches Planar Studios Initiative for VP and XR Productions


Planar announced the launch of Planar Studios, an initiative designed to revolutionize the virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Planar Studios combines the advanced technologies, industry partnerships and personnel that today’s customers require to create realistic on-screen content in the ever-expanding VP and XR industries. Through the Planar Studios initiative, Planar is empowering […]

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CEDIA Expo 2021 Opens Live Show Registration


The first live trade show for 2021, CEDIA Expo 2021, has opened registration! CEDIA Expo begins Aug. 31, 2021, with pre-show conference sessions and show floor programming running Sept. 1-3, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. CEDIA Expo is expected to attract over 10,000 home integration professionals and 300 exhibitors, including Crestron, Elan, Harman, […]

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Sony Professional Display Line Expands Digital Signage Usage and Functionality


With the introduction of the BZ35J and BZ30J series of 4K HDR BRAVIA Professional Displays, Sony continues to expand its digital signage and presentation display lineup. Building on the previously announced 32-inch FW-32BZ30J model, the new options range in size from 43 to 75 inches to accommodate corporate and education environments of varying sizes. Sony […]

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SnapAV Invests $2.3 Million in Charlotte Quality and Innovation Lab


SnapAV announced a $2.3 million investment in its Charlotte, North Carolina-based Quality & Innovation Lab that significantly expands the company’s product development and testing capabilities with new equipment, more space and a larger workforce. The new equipment will allow for faster, more precise testing for wireless communications and power protection products. Several entirely new lab […]

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Wall-Smart Joins Home Technology Association as Supporting Brand Member


Wall-Smart has joined the Home Technology Association (HTA) as a Supporting Brand member. This collaboration encourages high standards for technology integrators and strives to connect homeowners, architects, builders and interior designers with reputable and qualified professionals in the home technology industry. As a Supporting Brand member, Wall-Smart says it strengthens its commitment to delivering exceptional, […]

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iRoom Announces Drivers for Creston and Elan Systems


iRoom announced drivers for Crestron and Elan that allow integrators to use both Crestron and Elan systems with a wired control keypad next to the iPad. The iPad does not have to be present in the docking station to perform control. The iRoom iO in-wall, on-wall and tabletop iPad Docking Stations are an addition to […]

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Just Add Power Solutions Now Supported by Enado’s Controller Software


Just Add Power announced its video-over-IP distribution solutions are now supported by Enado‘s V5 controller software. Designed for the commercial, enterprise and BYOD applications, this integration provides users with contactless control over a Just Add Power system on their personal devices by scanning a QR code. It also offers online programming capabilities to integrators. Enado […]

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CEDIA Expo Returns in September with WFH (Work From Home) Focus


CEDIA Expo returns this September to Indianapolis. The residential technology event will bring over 10,000 home technology design and construction attendees together with 300+ exhibitors at one of the first 2021 in-person events supporting the technology sector. “We’re all eager to connect again on a human level and get back to face-to-face events as we […]

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SnapAV’s Control4 Software Offers Updated Support for OvrC Pro


SnapAV’s new Control4 OS 3.2.2 software update adds full support for OvrC Pro remote equipment management to all EA and CA series Control4 controllers. The update offers partners the ability to remotely manage and service clients’ Control4-connected device for service contracts, troubleshooting, reduced truck rolls and greater system insight. The OS 3.2.2 update also makes […]

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Legrand Solutions Provides Customized Smart Home for Injured Veteran


Legrand announced that donated solutions from its Vantage, QMotion and Luxul brands were utilized in a customized smart home for Marine Sgt. Jonathan Blank, who was severely injured in Afghanistan. Provided by the Wounded Warrior Project and Gary Sinise Foundation as part of the Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) program, the home and its technologies are designed to make Sgt. […]

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CEDIA Partners With the Powerhouse Alliance for Training Program Expansion


The PowerHouse Alliance and CEDIA have partnered to expand the availability of CEDIA’s in-person training programs. As one of the first CEDIA Education Partners in the industry, the PowerHouse Alliance 11 distributor members are committed to hosting in-person CEDIA Training courses at over 55 locations across the U.S. beginning in Q4 of 2021. “Dealers want […]

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Yamaha Leapfrogs Most Other AV Receivers Offering 8K/60 Inputs


The new Yamaha RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A are 11, nine and seven-channel, respectively home theater receivers that manage 4K and 8K signals. Dubbed the AVENTAGE series, all three include seven HDMI 2.1 inputs (supporting up to 8K@60/4K@120 signals and look unique with a center-mounted front-panel volume knob, a color LCD display a rotary jog dial […]

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Google’s Project Starline to Bring 3D Holographic Videoconferencing Booths to AV Market


Google announced the company has been working to perfect Project Starline — a technology project that combines hardware and software to enable friends, families and co-workers to “feel together” — for years. And, the demo was stunning. Watch this video so you’ll understand what I am writing about here: To make this experience possible, Google […]

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SnapAV Partners with Parasol to Improve Remote Support Solutions


SnapAV announced a financial investment in Parasol, a provider of 24/7 remote support solutions that enhance integrator productivity and service levels. The investment complements SnapAV’s recent acquisition of Access Networks, a provider of enterprise-grade networking solutions for the automated smart home. SnapAV’s says its long-term strategy is to help Partners succeed with accelerated growth. “SnapAV […]

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Savant Updates Ring X Line for Enhanced Security


Savant announced the release of Ring X Line integration with the Savant Pro App. Last year, Savant and Ring announced a multi-year strategic initiative, starting with Ring X Line bundles available to Savant authorized integrators via the Savant Store. Now, with the release of Savant’s daVinci 9.4, Savant has updated the design for professional installers […]

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SnapAV Releases New Series Line of Architectural Speakers


SnapAV debuted a new Episode CORE line of architectural speakers including the 1 Series, 3 Series and 5 Series. All series feature a tweeter bridge that acts as a handle during installation, bezel-less grilles and optional construction brackets redesigned to simplify installation. CORE speakers use the same grilles and preconstruction brackets as all of Episode’s […]

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IMCCA Announces Strategic Partnership with CEDIA Expo


CEDIA Expo is partnering with IMCCA (Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance) as a strategic programming partner for the CEDIA Expo to be held Sept.1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis. The IMCCA will bring insights and subject matter experts to a variety of CEDIA Expo 2021 activations, including on the CEDIA Expo Smart Stage and Innovation Hub. Topics will […]

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Access Networks Adds Unmanaged Services Option to ARCC Solution


Access Networks, now part of SnapAV, just added an unmanaged services option that can be added to any access point purchase to its cloud-based solution ARCC (Advanced, Resilient Cloud Controller). ARCC delivers simplicity during deployment, a higher level of control with more tools to customize each job and a lower cost of entry for industry-leading […]

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K-array Launches New Brand, ‘KGear’


K-array today launched a new brand called KGEAR aimed at the Home AV, ProAV install and rental markets. KGEAR’s product portfolio can be divided into two main areas: High Performance and Installed Sound. These include column systems, line-arrays, ceiling and wall mount speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers for applications ranging from large venues and commercial buildings […]

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SnapAV Is Going Public!


Wirepath Home Systems, LLC (doing business as SnapAV), announced Wednesday that its parent company has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the proposed initial public offering of the company’s common stock. The manufacturer and distributor is in the connected home technology market […]

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SnapAV to Acquire Access Networks


SnapAV announced Thursday it will acquire Access Networks later this month. The acquisition will expand SnapAV’s networking portfolio and solutions, and add new products and services such as system design, configuration, monitoring and support. “Adding Access Networks to the SnapAV portfolio enables our partners to tackle any size commercial or residential network project,” GPaul Hess, […]

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Legrand’s Vantage Brand Collaborates With WAC AiSPiRE for Lighting Solution


Legrand’s Building Control Systems division announced that its Vantage brand has formed a strategic alliance with WAC’s AiSPiRE brand. The alliance pairs Vantage’s customizable lighting controls with AiSPiRE’s human-centric luminaires to create a low and high-voltage solution. AiSPiRE’s lighting fixtures are designed using light from the full visible color spectrum. When combined with the programming […]

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SnapAV Adds Ecobee Smart Thermostats


SnapAV has added the ecobee smart thermostats, giving every SnapAV partner access to the product line. The newly available product line includes three smart thermostat models, sensors, junction box adapters and a power extender. SnapAV says this offers partners a solution that learns user habits to deliver enhanced comfort and cut energy costs by an […]

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Hunter Douglas Adds New Sustainable Fabric Options to PowerView Automation Line of Shades


Hunter Douglas PowerView Automation line has a new set of sustainable fabric options. The new fabric is produced from recovered shoreline plastics and is Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze, a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Hunter Douglas apparently works with Bionic, a mission driven material engineering company that has established coastal […]

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RTI Ships Water-Resistant Remote Control for Pools, Hot Tubs, Outdoor Areas


RTI is shipping its water-resistant U3 Remote Control, which is designed to be used in and around hot tubs, pools, patios and decks. With its IP66 rating, the U3 remote has control (with two-way feedback) of connected electronics in environments too harsh for standard remotes. It even floats for easy retrieval if dropped in the […]

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Luxul Intros Three New L2/L3 Gigabit Switches


Luxul introduced three new additions to its portfolio of managed L2/L3 Gigabit switches: the 48 PoE+ SW-510-48P-F; 24 PoE+ SW-610-24P-R; and 48 PoE+ SW-610-48P-F. Designed for large residential and commercial networks, the units are packed with features for simple network expansion and management, while offering switching capacities of 104Gbps, 128Gbps and 176Gbps, respectively. To accommodate […]

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Blustream Intros Line of HDBaseT AV Distribution Products


Blustream announced a new line of HDBaseT AV distribution products for residential and commercial integrators including 8×8 and 6×6 HDBaseT matrixes; an HDBaseT receiver; an HDBaseT extender with audio return channel (ARC) control; and a four-way HDMI switch with HDBaseT. Using color space conversion (CSC) technology, the 6×6 HMXL66ARC and 8×8 HMXL88ARC HDBaseT matrixes support […]

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SnapAV Intros ‘Partner Pledge’ Program


SnapAV introduced its “Partner Pledge,” an enterprise-wide initiative with a goal to amplify the company’s ongoing efforts and investments across the business, including product quality, partner support, purchasing experience, and more. SnapAV says that over the last three years, it and Control4 have invested millions of dollars in new product quality initiatives, including upgrades to […]

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Vanco International Intros Five New PulseAudio Products


Vanco International just announced five new products in the PulseAudio line that addresses both residential and commercial spaces. The lineup includes: PulseAudio PAV1100 100-Watt Single-Channel Commercial Amplifier: Like the PAV140, the PAV1100 is a 100 Watt Class-D power amplifier that is marketed as a “plug and play solution” for any 70-volt/100-volt speaker application. It can […]

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