Snap One’s New Control4 Connect, Control4 Assist Offer New AV-as-a-Service Option for Partners and Customers

Snap One has announced the launch of Control4 Connect & Control4 Assist — the new software and support offerings that “improve end-user experiences while empowering U.S.-based Control4 dealers to provide superior customer service, increase profitability through recurring revenue, and encourage positive long-term client relationships.” “The homes and businesses of today rely on a wide range […]

Snap One’s New Control4 Connect, Control4 Assist Offer New AV-as-a-Service Option for Partners and Customers

CEDIA Expo 2023, Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Release Post-Show Report

CEDIA Expo 2023 returned to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, and introduced the inaugural Commercial Integrator Expo 2023, expanding its audience to include fixed installation audiovisual systems professionals and technology managers in commercial markets. The combined events drew a crowd of nearly 13,000 industry professionals and hosted hundreds of exhibitors, sound rooms and […]

CEDIA Expo 2023, Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Release Post-Show Report

Extron Now Shipping DTP3 T 101 D One-Gang Decorator-Style Transmitter

Extron is shipping the new DTP3 T 101 D, a one-gang decorator-style transmitter for sending HDMI up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded Cat6A cable. It extends video resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 without compression, ensuring optimal image quality. This HDCP 2.3-compliant transmitter includes EDID Minder, a comprehensive EDID management technology for […]

Extron Now Shipping DTP3 T 101 D One-Gang Decorator-Style Transmitter

Theory Professional Now Shipping sb25aw Surface Mount Loudspeaker

Theory Professional is shipping its sb25aw – a 4-ohm or 70V/100V version of the its sb25 surface mount loudspeaker. The all-aluminum and stainless steel sb25aw is weatherized and offers mounting options for porches, patios, pool decks, backyards, restaurants, bars, hotels, houses of worship, marine and other outdoor speaker applications. The sb25aw incorporates a perforated stainless-steel […]

Theory Professional Now Shipping sb25aw Surface Mount Loudspeaker

Waterfall Audio Launches Niagara XT Line of Loudspeakers

Waterfall Audio just launched a new line of loudspeakers, the Niagara XT. The new range — three models — in glass with a wooden horn and Nappa leather top. Recently, Waterfall Audio also debuted the new JETSTREAM damping technology, which has been developed to control damping in its range of floor-standing glass loudspeakers, including Niagara, […]

Waterfall Audio Launches Niagara XT Line of Loudspeakers

Elevating the Automation Experience for Owners of a Mile-High Penthouse

Coined Denver’s “downtown playground,” McGregor Square represents the next generation of urban living. Combined in the lower downtown district, adjacent to Coors Field, are one city block’s worth of retail shops, restaurants, an expansive food plaza, and modern offices, capped off by a 13-story complex of 103 luxury residences. The pinnacle of this high-end residential […]

Elevating the Automation Experience for Owners of a Mile-High Penthouse

New Company OliverIQ Offers ‘Smart Home as a Service’ Platform

A new company called OliverIQ debuted this week, offering what it is calling a “Smart Home as a Service (SHaaS) platform.” OliverIQ aims to scale its SHaaS platform offering product support, unlimited online and phone support, in-home assistance and security system monitoring. Homeowners get unlimited technical support calls, as well as access to OliverIQ’s comprehensive […]

New Company OliverIQ Offers ‘Smart Home as a Service’ Platform

Razer Blade Gaming Laptops To Include Calman Verified Displays

Portrait Displays has partnered with Razer to introduce Calman Verified displays in the 2024 generation of Razer Blade gaming laptops. Color plays a “pivotal role in shaping the immersive nature of the gaming experience.” A device that reproduces colors is indispensable for gamers, enabling them to fully appreciate the intricacies and artistic nuances carefully crafted […]

Razer Blade Gaming Laptops To Include Calman Verified Displays

Visionary’s PackeTV IPTV Encoders Celebrate a Decade of Orbiting Earth on the International Space Station

In a landmark achievement, Visionary’s AVN443 H.264 (PacketTV IPTV) encoders complete a decade of service aboard the International Space Station (ISS), playing a pivotal role in the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) project. This initiative, exceeding all expectations, has brought breathtaking live high-definition video of Earth to over 318 million viewers worldwide. Launched in early […]

Visionary’s PackeTV IPTV Encoders Celebrate a Decade of Orbiting Earth on the International Space Station

ErgoAV Adds Motion Mounts Featuring IsoTILT

ErgoAV announced the addition of Motion Mounts featuring IsoTILT to its lineup of AV products. Incorporating advanced IsoTILT technology, the Motion Mounts feature tool’less tilting and “ensure TV angles remain stable, regardless of the TV’s size or weight.” With three distinct SKUs covering TVs from 39”-98”+, this product line emphasizes easy installation and mobility, even […]

ErgoAV Adds Motion Mounts Featuring IsoTILT

rAVe January 2024 Temperature Check Survey — Now CLOSED

This survey is now closed — keep a lookout for our February 2024 temperature check survey! Welcome to the first Temperature Check Survey of 2024! This month, we’re setting the scene by asking a few questions that gauge your predictions for the AV market. Gary always makes predictions with his Kayye’s Krystal Ball article (coming […]

rAVe January 2024 Temperature Check Survey — Now CLOSED

Strange Re-Tales: Fraud and Big Shorts

I haven’t done one of these in a bit: reminiscing about my often surreal experiences working in retail. So here are two unrelated anecdotes I thought about recently for the first time in a long while. At one point, I worked for The Bay. For you Americans, The Bay is Canada’s version of Sears. Except […]

Strange Re-Tales: Fraud and Big Shorts

DIY Automation Beefs

Remember that one guy in your classes who would ask the professor a “question?” I used quotes because their question was always a thinly veiled excuse to expound and fill up the air with their own opinions. I never liked that guy when I was in school. As a result, I try to avoid being […]

DIY Automation Beefs

Premium Audio Company Releases Firmware Upgrade for Its AVRs

Premium Audio Company (PAC) has released a firmware update for its flagship audio video receivers (AVRs) to improve audio playback, functionality and room correction experience. The company says firmware updates will allow users to optimize performance on the Integra DRX-8.4, Onkyo TX-RZ70, Elite VSX-LX805 and Pioneer VSX-LX805 models launched in Spring 2023. PAC says Auro-3D […]

Premium Audio Company Releases Firmware Upgrade for Its AVRs

LG Integrates WindowSight’s Platform on Its TVs

WindowSight says it provides tech that allows you to turn your TV into an art gallery, and now the company has partnered with LG to integrate the platform into its TVs. WindowSight and LG say the companies have joined forces to “amplify the artistic potential” of LG TVs. A new “Nature and Photography” theme featuring […]

LG Integrates WindowSight’s Platform on Its TVs

Z-Wave Alliance Has New Board of Directors and Details Events for 2024

The Z-Wave Alliance announced the newly elected Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors, shared updates on the organization’s upcoming core initiatives and announced upcoming 2024 events. Effective today, the updated roster of roles and representatives spanning the connected home and IoT industry is as follows: Chairman of the Board — Avi Rosenthal, bluesalve partners Vice Chairman […]

Z-Wave Alliance Has New Board of Directors and Details Events for 2024

Dirac Live Bass Control Now Available for 7 Denon, Marantz AV Receivers and Preamplifiers

Dirac announced that Dirac Live Bass Control will be available in several existing and upcoming AV receivers and preamplifiers from Denon and Marantz. In total, seven mid-range and high-end Denon and Marantz units will be able to run Dirac Live Bass Control following an over-the-air software update that will allow customers to purchase a license […]

Dirac Live Bass Control Now Available for 7 Denon, Marantz AV Receivers and Preamplifiers

SunBriteTV Adds 75-inch Model to Veranda Series Smart Outdoor TV Lineup

SunBriteTV today announced a new 75-inch model in its Veranda 3 Series Smart Outdoor TV. The 75-inch model is the largest addition to the Veranda 3 Series. The Veranda 3 Series is ideal for full-shade outdoor areas and includes 4K resolution and a 1,000 nit peak brightness direct-lit screen. Engineered to withstand the harshest climates, […]

SunBriteTV Adds 75-inch Model to Veranda Series Smart Outdoor TV Lineup

FX Luminaire Adds New Dimmer for Low-Voltage Fixtures

Now contractors can add dimming control to any project with the FX Luminaire, using a push-button design that works with any low-voltage fixture. Compatible with all low-voltage transformers, the new dimmer is an add-on accessory for any landscape lighting system. Its fully potted design enables easy installation in standard junction boxes or in the field […]

FX Luminaire Adds New Dimmer for Low-Voltage Fixtures

Savant Systems Buys J Geiger Shading

Savant Systems announced it has acquired J Geiger Shading, a window treatment company that designs and delivers architecturally conscious shading. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We continually look for ways to expand and enhance our offering to bring more value to our dealers and their customers,” said Bob Madonna, Savant Systems CEO. […]

Savant Systems Buys J Geiger Shading

Black Friday on the Distribution Side

Black Friday has come and gone. Not for the first time, I am struck by the differences between working in distribution and frontline retail. Chatting with one of my vendor contacts on Friday, I reflected that Black Friday was a quiet day for me. The only emails I received on Black Friday — both of […]

Black Friday on the Distribution Side

Klipsch Announces Re-Engineering of All-Weather Surface Mount Speakers

Klipsch announced a total re-engineering of its all-weather surface mount speakers with the all-new Residential Surface Mount and Professional Surface Mount lines. These products will replace longstanding AW/CA/CP models, adding new features for improved sound quality and durability. The new RSM and PSM lines deliver vastly improved sound performance and dispersion thanks, in part, to […]

Klipsch Announces Re-Engineering of All-Weather Surface Mount Speakers

Key Takeaways from CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Attendees and Exhibitors

CEDIA Expo 2023 and its co-located event, Commercial Integrator Expo 2023, emphasized an increased desire for tradeshows, conferences and events to connect industry professionals. The event, a celebration of excitement for residential and commercial channel professionals, was bustling with highly engaging exhibits, interactive educational opportunities and invaluable networking opportunities. Patrick Laidlaw, director of business development […]

Key Takeaways from CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 Attendees and Exhibitors

SmartThings Announces Collaboration With Eve Systems

SmartThings, Samsung’s global connected living platform, announced a collaboration with Eve Systems, transforming home energy management through advanced power monitoring and expanding the number of SmartThings compatible brands and products that support energy management. With Eve Energy, a Matter-compatible smart plug and power meter, consumers will now be able to track energy consumption for everyday […]

SmartThings Announces Collaboration With Eve Systems

Coastal Source to Ship Hardscape Razor Outdoor Speakers

Coastal Source announced it is shipping the full line of patent-pending hardscape Razor outdoor speakers that made its formal debut at CEDIA Expo 2023 in Denver. Spread across three sizes (the Razor 100, 200 and 300 Series) and eight models (satellite, 2.5-way, 3-way, high power 3-way, stereo soundbar, LCR soundbar, line source and quad-driver subwoofer), […]

Coastal Source to Ship Hardscape Razor Outdoor Speakers

rAVe December 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

As the year comes to a close, we want to know your thoughts on how ProAV has changed throughout 2023. You can check out the results of last month’s rAVe Temperature Check here. This month’s survey is now CLOSED. Keep an eye out for this month’s results and for next month’s survey! 

rAVe December 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

HARMAN Acquires Roon, a Music Management Discovery and Streaming Platform

HARMAN a Samsung Electronics company, announced the acquisition of Roon, the music management, discovery and streaming platform for music enthusiasts. Roon is a music player platform for browsing and discovering music and includes compatibility with almost any audio device. Roon is available for all popular operating systems and manufactures a line of hardware server appliances […]

HARMAN Acquires Roon, a Music Management Discovery and Streaming Platform

RTI Announces Partnership With AiN Group

RTI today announced its partnership with the AiN Group. AiN Group is a national buying community of over 300 best-in-class dealers throughout the US that provide innovative and integrated smart home, commercial, and outdoor automation solutions. The relationship gives AiN Group members access to RTI, Blustream, and Pro Control solutions. “We’re excited to partner with […]

RTI Announces Partnership With AiN Group

Snap One’s ClareOne Wireless Security, Smart Home System Now Integrates With Google Nest

Snap One today announced that the ClareOne Wireless Security and Smart Home system now features support for Google Nest integration, enabling partners and their customers to combine some of the most popular smart home devices with the simplicity and power of ClareOne. Snap One partners can immediately begin leveling up their proposals and installations with […]

Snap One’s ClareOne Wireless Security, Smart Home System Now Integrates With Google Nest

Acoustic Transducer Company Announces C4 Sub Mk 2 Active Subwoofer System

The Acoustic Transducer Company (ATC) announced the C4 Sub Mk 2 active subwoofer system. The C4 Sub Mk 2 deploys the proprietary 12-inch SS75-314SC sub-bass driver, powered by a newly developed 300W class AB amplifier design, both elements hand-built and installed within a substantial cabinet at the company’s Stroud-based production HQ. The C4 Sub Mk […]

Acoustic Transducer Company Announces C4 Sub Mk 2 Active Subwoofer System

Snap One Adds Luma Insights AI-Based Surveillance Solution for Control4 Customers

Snap One introduced Luma Insights, a powerful new AI-based surveillance solution for Control4 customers that leverages the power of artificial intelligence to enhance Luma Cameras as well as the Control4 Chime inside a customer’s Control4 System. The Luma Bridge device comes bundled with a three-year subscription to the Luma Insights service, which allows partners to integrate […]

Snap One Adds Luma Insights AI-Based Surveillance Solution for Control4 Customers

Snap One Expands Episode Home Theater Speakers Line

Snap One announced the availability of an expanded family of Episode Home Theater speakers with two performance levels: Episode Home Theater and Episode Home Theater Reference. Snap One says the six Episode Home Theater Series models employ a common set of materials and components to ensure consistent performance when mixed and matched, even with products […]

Snap One Expands Episode Home Theater Speakers Line