Neptune by Peerless-AV Launches Neptune Shade Series Outdoor TVs


Neptune by Peerless-AV has announced the launch of Neptune Shade Series Outdoor TVs. The new Shade Series product line includes 55″, 65″ and 75″ outdoor TV options, all of which come with a free Neptune Outdoor Tilting Wall Mount. An all-season solution for year-round outdoor entertainment and living, Neptune Shade Series Outdoor TVs can be […]

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PS Audio Now Shipping PerfectWave SACD Transport (PST)


PS Audio is shipping its PerfectWave SACD Transport (PST), designed for disc playback from SACD, CD and other optical disc formats. The new PerfectWave SACD Transport is capable of playing stereo audio from most types of optical discs, including SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD-R*/-RW*/+R*/+RW*(*audio data file only). In addition, the PST will play the […]

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THX Ltd Debuts Portable Consumer DAC/Amplifier Solution


THX Ltd debuted its first consumer electronics device, THX Onyx. THX Onyx offers higher performance than traditional DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) amplifiers by including THX AAA amplifier technology onboard. THX Onyx has both THX AAA and ESS Pro DAC chips inside, as well as MQA support, creating a portable DAC/Amplifier for powering wired headphones. THX Onyx […]

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Planar Releases MGP Series Fine-Pitch LED Displays


Planar expanded its fine pitch LED display solutions with the release of the Planar MGP Series. With the new Planar MGP Series, Planar is trying to make fine pitch LED a closer alternative (cost-wise) to projection or tiled LCD environments including retail settings, classrooms, lecture halls and houses of worship, as well as digital signage […]

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AudioControl X-Series Receivers, Processors Are Roon-Ready


AudioControl says its X-Series audio/video receivers (AVRs) and preamp processors are now Roon-Ready devices. The AudioControl X-Series models can now transparently discover and connect to Roon without any configuration, providing access to bit-perfect digital audio for Roon subscribers via the home network. Founded in 2015, Roon’s mission is to provide the richest possible experience for […]

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Bowers & Wilkins Releases CDA-16 Amplifier


Bowers & Wilkins just announced the CDA-16; a 16-channel/eight-stereo-zones amplifier in a 1U enclosure that allows you to bridge its Class D stereo amplifier channels to create more mono outputs. The CDA-16 outputs 50 watts to each of its 16 channels in to 8-ohm loads, rising to 100W with 4-ohm speakers. Select the bridging function […]

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Nortek Control Adds Integration Drivers for ELAN Solutions


Nortek Control announced an assortment of new integration drivers for ELAN whole-house control solutions. The new drivers continue to expand ELAN system capabilities for dealers who are delivering high-end home and business entertainment, security and control systems. Through the efforts of Nortek Control, other vendors and third-party developers, the following new drivers are now available: […]

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Audio-Technica Announces AT-LP60XBT-USB Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable


Audio-Technica just announced the AT-LP60XBT-USB Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable (wireless, USB and analog) with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The new model expands the company’s AT-LP60X Series entry-level turntable lineup. The AT-LP60XBT-USB ($179.00, available March 2021) includes a pre-installed Audio-Technica phono cartridge and a built-in phono preamplifier, plus audio and USB cables, a 45 RPM adapter […]

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SnapAV Adds Ring Products, Including the Pro-Focused “X Line”


SnapAV announced it is now carrying Ring products, including the pro-focused “X Line.” While Ring is a well-known DIY brand, the company has also released the “X Line” of installer-only products with additional features, making them ideal for upselling in custom projects. X Line bundles include additional features like a Ring Protect Lifetime Basic Plan […]

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Extron Announces Availability of the SSP 200 Surround Sound Processor


Extron announced the availability of the SSP 200 Surround Sound Processor designed for pro AV applications in corporate and commercial environments. This new processor automatically decodes Dolby and DTS formats from HDMI sources to discrete audio outputs. Providing up to ten built-in outputs, plus additional outputs via an EXP port, the SSP 200 provides the […]

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Training From the Learner’s Perspective


Ongoing training and education is, ideally a fact of life. Continuing education or work will include seminars, certifications and ongoing product training. And if you’ve been around long enough, you’ll have spent plenty of time on both sides of the equation as both the learner and the presenter. Training programs, whether they’re presented by a […]

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Optoma Releases New 4K UHD 1-Chip Projectors for Home and Ed


Optoma is aiming for the home or edu-based game with the new UHD35 and UHD38 projectors — both 4K UHD 1-chip DLP-based with 3,600 and 4,000 lumens of brightness, respectively. Both are Consumer Technology Association (CTA) certified True 4K UHD and include what the company is calling an “Enhanced Gaming Mode” with input lag of […]

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Polk Audio Launches Reserve Series Loudspeaker Line


Polk Audio announced the launch of the Reserve Series, a loudspeaker line designed for immersive multichannel home theater systems and classic stereo listening. The series consists of nine models, including three floor-standing models, three center channels, two bookshelf speakers and a wall-and speaker-mountable height module, all designed to give listeners flexibility in terms of configuration […]

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Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Various Assets of WAVE Electronics, Inc.


Last week, Altamont Capital Partners announced that it has acquired certain assets of WAVE Electronics, Inc. (“WAVE”), a HomeAV distributor with nine branches across the U.S. With a product portfolio spanning the entire home ecosystem, WAVE is trying to be a single-source solution provider to a base of independent integrators and national accounts. Altamont’s investment […]

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Squirrels Releases Reflector 4 Screen-Mirroring and Media Streaming Receiver App


Squirrels released Reflector 4, a screen mirroring and media streaming receiver application for Mac and Windows that wirelessly receives content from AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast devices. Reflector 4 is the first new iteration of the software receiver Reflector 3. Key improvements include better performance, new device frames for customizable content-sharing and a redesigned app […]

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iRoom Adds Eight Sales Representative Firms Within US


iRoom, the Apple-certified manufacturer of iPad docking and control solutions announced that it has added eight sales representative firms in the U.S., giving the company expanded coverage and support for both commercial and residential dealers. iRoom iO welcomes The New York Marketing Team, Fluxus Group, Phoenix Marketing Group, Performance Sales & Marketing, Bulldog Audiovisual Sales, […]

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SurgeX Now Shipping Squid Power Management Device


SurgeX is shipping its Squid power management device; a boxed network control, AC and DC analytics and front-end protection with patented Multi-Stage surge elimination, along with the remote analytics and monitoring features of the SurgeX enVision. Squid includes SurgeX Axess ELITE capabilities such as sequencing, scheduling, auto-ping, IP Control, and monitoring and features built-in diagnostic […]

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Elan Enters Commercial AV Market; Expands Home AV Presence, Too


Nortek Control announced an integrated set of System Controllers for ELAN control solutions. Driven by the new ELAN 8.6 Software, ELAN products now include control from a single room media system to a large, luxury estate or, according to Nortek, a commercial venue with multiple buildings. And now, the ELAN System is more flexible than […]

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Yale and August Smart Locks Integrate DoorBird IP Video Door Station Technology


Yale and August smart locks have integrated DoorBird IP video door station technology. Home owners can connect their smart lock to the smart door station for a seamless “approach to entry” experience. The new integration works with the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, any August Smart Lock with a Wi-Fi Connect, and the Yale Assure Locks […]

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Denon Appoints New President


Denon added Trip Randall as the brand’s new president. The addition is a step in Denon’s plan to revitalize marketing, boost direct-to-consumer sales, bolster existing sales channels and introduce new products. Randall brings more than two decades’ worth of experience at Nike, where he drove the company’s nascent e-commerce strategy and led Nike’s Running business. […]

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PK SOUND Installation-Focused Version of Trinity


PK SOUND has released an installation-focused iteration of Trinity, its new flagship large-format line array element in an all-black enclosures. Trinity Install’s SPL can be controlled with variable coverage in both the vertical and horizontal planes. Intelligibility is improved by directing the system’s energy away from reflective surfaces as coverage is adjusted to meet the […]

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Da-Lite Now Shipping Agility Battery Motor for Designer Contour Electrol


Da-Lite announced that its optional Agility Battery Motor for the new Tensioned Designer Contour Electrol and Designer Contour Electrol ceiling- or wall-mounted electric screens is now shipping. Available in diagonals up to 110 inches in the 16:9 HDTV format and 113 inches in the 16:10 wide format, this motor option is ideal for retrofit installations […]

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Despite Best Buy Being Out of Stock of Nearly Everything, Consumer Electronics Sales Were Down in 2020


Like many other sectors, the consumer electronics market has also been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The surge in global demand for PCs quelled the pandemic’s negative effect on consumer electronics spending, which still slipped to $1.02 trillion in 2020, globally — down from $1.2 trillion in 2019. According to data presented by, global […]

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DMF Lighting Launches CI-Channel-Exclusive Purchasing Portal


DMF Lighting launched a purchasing portal exclusive to the CI channel. The portal features the ability to order complete lighting kits, housing, modules and trim without ever looking at a product number. The integrator simply selects the type of application, the lighting source features, the preferred visual aesthetic of the trim, and the quantity. The […]

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Nortek Control Launches New ‘2GIG EDGE’ Security and Automation Panel


Nortek Control launched the 2GIG EDGE Security and Automation Panel integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and edge analytics; it uses facial recognition for “touchless” disarming and arming of alarms. Engineered using edge analytics, it includes compatibility with live feed ONVIF cameras to the 2GIG EDGE panel allowing homeowners to use existing ONVIF devices for their […]

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Atlantic Technology Launches Gatecrasher3 PowerBar


Atlantic Technology just launched the Gatecrasher3 PowerBar, three products in one: a Dolby 3.0 LCR sound bar, a Streaming Music System and a Wireless Multiroom Audio System. Using three ways to be wireless, SKAA, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Gatecrasher3 is designed to replace the AV Receiver at $799. This Dolby 3.0 sound bar can be […]

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Crestron Announces New In-Wall, In-Ceiling, Landscape Speaker Line


Crestron announced a lineup of in-wall, in-ceiling and landscape speakers developed through a partnership with Origin Acoustics. Crestron is also announcing the DM NAX matrix/amplifier and streaming music player for high-performance audio-over-IP and native integration with Crestron Home. The new line of Crestron Speakers made by Origin Acoustics fall within two performance tiers: Reference and […]

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In Person, Online and Tough Choices


People often throw around the expression that “history repeats.” In truth, the original axiom — it’s attributed to Mark Twain, although I suspect it’s even older — states that “history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme.” It’s certainly true that if you stick around long enough, you begin to see patterns — that what’s happening […]

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