Samsung Introduces Terrace, Its First Outdoor 4K QLED TV and Accompanying Sound Bar

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Samsung Electronics announced the release Thursday of The Terrace — the company’s first outdoor 4K QLED TV (and accompanying sound bar). The Terrace is a Samsung Smart TV — and is released as a consumer model in the U.S. and Canada. (Samsung says rollouts in Germany, Australia and New Zealand are in the works for […]

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URC Launches Total Control Integration With Lutron QSX HomeWorks Processors

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URC has launched a two-way IP module for integration of its Total Control system with Lutron’s new QSX HomeWorks processors. The module, which can be used to integrate with Lutron’s HQP7-1 and HQP7-2 processors, is available beginning May 19 to authorized URC installers via URC’s dealer portal. The integration of the Lutron HomeWorks QSX processer […]

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CEDIA’s New White Paper Can Help You Understand and Prepare for Wi-Fi 6

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CEDIA has released a new white paper titled “Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): High Efficiency Wi-Fi.” The white paper dives into the new Wi-Fi 6 standard that has been designed to address some of the most prevalent wireless networking issues and provide high-efficiency Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless networking standard — and it’s fundamentally different […]

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PS Audio Releases Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier

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PS Audio announced Monday the introduction of its Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier — a 200 watt-per-channel amplifier (into 4 ohms). The Strata integrated amplifier is balanced from input to output for sound quality and quiet operation. Its preamplifier stage features PS Audio’s analog Gain Cell (a control center that eliminates the sonic degradation that can […]

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NSC Announces Xantech TV Director App for Controlling ACM, VoIP Systems

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Nortek Security & Control LLC announced the Xantech TV Director App Monday. The app, made for controlling the Xantech Advanced Control Module (ACM) and Premium 4K Video over IP (VIP) system, requires little to no setup or configuration. It also offers a way to deliver intuitive source control without a dedicated control system’s added cost. […]

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Crestron Home Adds Lutron Integration That Simplifies Lighting and Shading

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Crestron announced an addition Monday to its Crestron Home software; through an alliance with Lutron, Crestron Home will integrate with Lutron lighting and shading control. Specifically, it will work with RA2 Select, RadioRA 2, and HomeWorks with QS and QSX control systems. Focusing on ease of deployment, Crestron Home will automatically detect Lutron hardware on […]

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Screen Innovations Releases New Mounting System to Accompany Solo and Solo Pro Screens

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Screen Innovations introduced a new mounting system that accommodates the lightweight, compact form factor of SI’s Solo and Solo Pro motorized screens. The Solo Suspended Ceiling Mount System preserves the room’s aesthetic through a design-focused mounting solution that eliminates visible technology and mounting hardware. The new Solo Suspended Ceiling Mount System follows the latest lighting […]

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URC and Fusion Research Enter Direct Dealer Sales Agreement

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URC and Fusion Research announced a new URC direct dealer sales agreement Thursday. The companies also announced Total Control 2.0 integration of Fusion Research Solo and Duet Music servers. Starting May 14, 2020, authorized URC direct dealers in the U.S. can purchase Fusion Research Solo and Duet music servers from URC for end-user sales to […]

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Artison Releases Two Models of Reacting Cancelling Configuration Architectural Subwoofers

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Artison, a Savant company, has unveiled two new models of Reactance Cancelling Configuration (RCC) architectural subwoofers. The RCC160 MKII In-ceiling Subwoofer is designed to deliver evenly distributed bass reinforcement from the ceiling and provide a balanced, blended audio experience. The RCC160 MKII is designed for active entertainment spaces such as great rooms. When the RCC160 […]

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Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

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Many of us are approaching our third month of stay-at-home orders (while others on the West Coast are looking at their fourth month). We — or at least I — spend much of our time thinking/dreaming about when this will come to an end so that we can get back to a normal routine. However, […]

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Atlantic Technology Ships FS Series Wireless Powered Subs

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Atlantic Technology is shipping the FS Series wireless powered subwoofers, two new slim elegant compact subwoofers that deliver bass to any TV, soundbar or audio system. By using low-latency SKAA wireless audio technology these subs seamlessly work with Atlantic Technology’s line of wireless multi-room SKAA speakers, soundbars and amps as well any other brand of […]

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As CEDIA Expo Welcomes Crestron Back, Let’s Issue a Challenge to Dump the Apps

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CEDIA Expo announced that Crestron Electronics will return for the 2020 show, optimistically scheduled to take place Sept. 8-12 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. And, CEDIA Expo also said Crestron will work with closer to continue the advancement and success of the custom integration channel. “After what has been a challenging year for […]

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Extron Just Dropped the Coolest In-Wall Touch Panel Ever

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Extron is shipping the new TLP Pro 300M 3.5” portrait wall mount TouchLink Pro Touchpanel. The TLP Pro 300M is designed to control video, audio, lighting, shades, HVAC, security and other systems within virtually any environment. This touch panel is equipped with a 320×480 resolution capacitive touch screen built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla […]

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Savant’s New Hand-Held Remote Comes Equipped With Siri Voice Control

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Savant just launched the new Pro Remote X2 hand-held remote. The Savant X2 can control entertainment, lighting, climate, shades and more and uses Siri voice control. The Savant X2 includes built-in icons for control of favorite services, favorite channels and Savant Scenes and features an all-aluminum chassis and uses a 3.1-inch glass touch screen. It’s […]

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The Not So Selfish Gene

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By Julian Philips SVP Global Workplace Solutions at AVI-SPL The seminal but often hastily misunderstood work by Dr. Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene” argues that it is humble genes and not organisms, let alone species that dictate evolutionary progress, and that we as human beings are merely vassals as genes seek their own immortality. Scientists […]

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Sumiko Acquires Distribution Rights for Rotel Electronics

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Sumiko has been appointed as the new U.S. and Latin America distributor for Rotel Electronics. Rotel has nearly 60 years in the industry, known as an audio and video electronics brand. With the purchase, Sumiko’s goal was to complement its current business portfolio and brand roster, extending customer reach with the addition of a wider […]

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Screen Innovations Releases Fontus, Enabling Motorized Screen and Shade Control

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Screen Innovations has announced the immediate availability of Fontus. This new product enables the company’s low-voltage motorized screens and shades to be powered and controlled via any traditional two-conductor wiring. SI’s Fontus allows integrators to utilize wire that may already exist inside a commercial building or home to connect screens and shades to a modern […]

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AMC Theatres Is Threatening Universal Studios Like It’s 1999

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Back in the old days, like a decade ago, everyone went to a movie theater to watch “first-run” films — especially blockbusters. We all loved the immersive experience, the better audio, the taste of the popcorn and the giant screen. Now, not so much. Although, in this COVID-19 environment, I’d give nearly anything to sit […]

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VESA Releases DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 Standard

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) standard. DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 provides seamless interoperability with the new USB4 specification published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), and fully enables all of the features in the latest version of the DisplayPort […]

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Blackmagic Design Lowers Price of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to Under $2K

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Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price for the popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K of US$1,995. This is a reduction of $500, which will help make this camera more affordable for users working on digital film as well as live production with the new ATEM Mini switchers. With the current demand for multi-camera […]

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BlackWire Designs Offers Yamaha’s CIS Line of Audio Products to Custom Installers

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In an effort to help custom installers break into the light commercial market, BlackWire Designs, a distributor, recently announced that the company is offering Yamaha’s CIS line of audio products for small- to medium-sized commercial installs. For Yamaha installations with mixed AV control, BlackWire is also offering an exclusive, newly released driver that integrates MTX […]

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Nortek Intros New Panamax BlueBOLT-Enabled Advanced Power Conditioner

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Nortek Security & Control LLC is introducing the Panamax VT1512-IP Advanced Power Conditioner, a BlueBOLT-enabled, ultra-slim form factor vertical rack power conditioner and power sequencer. Measuring a slim 1.7×1.75×37 inches, the VT1512-IP is a full-featured power conditioner providing protection and filtration for maximum longevity and performance of connected equipment. The Panamax VT1512-IP is BlueBOLT enabled, […]

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Legrand’s Building Control Systems Vantage EasyTouch Glass Keypad Station Ships

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Legrand’s Building Control Systems (BCS) division has announced that the Vantage EasyTouch Glass modular keypad station is now shipping. EasyTouch Glass is a highly reflective, mirrored look with a tactile surface aesthetic. The keypad is available with up to five programmable buttons for different scenes — such as “welcome,” “away” or “party” — allowing users […]

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If You’re an Integrator, Help CEDIA By Taking This Survey

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CEDIA is calling on professionals in the residential technology integration industry to respond to a new survey concerning the business impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic. The study, conducted in collaboration with The Farnsworth Group, covers topics including project bidding, ongoing jobs, impact on current operations and near-term outlook. The survey is seeking participation from integrators […]

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CEDIA Calling All Technicians to Participate in Survey

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CEDIA and its recently-launched certification commission are calling on technicians to participate in a survey designed to shape the future of CEDIA Certification and education initiatives. The CEDIA Technician Survey, which is open through April 22, involves feedback from technicians or those who supervise technicians. The commission and information gathering initiative are part of CEDIA’s […]

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Peerless-AV Expands Line of All-Season Outdoor TVs

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Peerless-AV has expanded its line of all-season outdoor TVs with the 86” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV (UV862). Delivering native 4K resolution (3840×2160) and a brightness that is three times that of the average of indoor TV, the new 86” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV is shipping in May. Peerless-AV’s 86” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV operates at […]

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Crestron Now Offering New Horizon Keypads With Custom Control

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Crestron has released new Horizon keypads, dimmers, outlets and keystones. The Horizon product line offers custom control, from dimming lights and listening to music, to adjusting shades and plugging in appliances, (such as a hair dryer in the bathroom or an espresso machine in the kitchen). The collection is available in multiple button styles, backlight […]

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