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January 2014 issue

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Essential Contents

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January 2014 issue

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in this issue...

Regulars

Features

7 From the Editor’s Desk

18 HD Connectivity

9 Essential News

21 ISE Preview

Stay current with the latest from the CI sector

Get all the pre-show news on this CI hot house

16 Essential Habitech

35 Eyestones

Two key lines for 2014

The story behind Sync-Box

33 #Liveinstall

43 Brackets, Racking and Support

More ways to interact with EI

The latest news and views from this online community

36 Case Study: Overture Ltd Celebrating top drawer cinema

40 Essential WyreStorm Full ISE preview from connection kings

48 Day in the Life: M.E.G.A AV Zak Vracevic charts his journey from mixmaster to top installer

51 Essential Q&A

Chris Adair of Adair Acoustic Design is the first challenger of 2014

73 Essential Products

Kick start 2014 with some killer kit

A trio of top brands for 2014

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52 LG’s CI ambition

UK commercial director, CE at LG Electronics, Andy Mackay, explains the company’s move into CI

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A wide range of CI friendly TVs

56 Computers Unlimited / RDI The CU and CYP partnership continues to flourish and all the latest news from the RDI

59 Digital Signage

Find your way to extra revenue

67 Essential AWE

A new home for this dynamic distributor

Atlona solutions are specifically designed for today’s environments that depend on connectivity, advanced signal routing and content sharing.

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Editor’s Desk Show Business! Ever since the magazine’s launch five years ago at the ISE, EI has been a fan of this power-house of a show. This year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest yet and EI is looking forward to meeting friends old and new at the show and talking about the plans we have to make EI even bigger and better this year. Always keen to give those planning on going as much useful info as possible in the run up, we present a full preview of the event in this issue. If you are not going, then the preview still provides a guide to key launches and products coming your way in 2014, as will our show review next month. Our own live events are of course back with a bang this year with Essential Install Live! South first up, moving to a two day event this year (June 11-12). We hope many of you return this year or are able to make the trip for the first time due to the now larger time footprint offered. Sales for the stands available at the show have been brisk and at the time of going to press only seven stands were remaining, so get onto the sales team fast if you are planning on exhibiting as they won’t be available for long. Even if you miss out there, space is available at the show’s Northern sister show, back this year at its new home of EventCity in Manchester on October 15. All your favourite installer led features will also be back for this year including Q&A, Case Studies and A Day in the Life, if you are an installer and would like to get involved with any of those, just give us a shout. Manufacturers or distributors should get in touch if they want to get involved with our regular In-Depth product reports or have an idea for any one-off technical or comment pieces they feel would be useful. The team will also be introducing new editorial features and ways to get involved with INE MAGAZ EI this year, so stay tuned for more info on those. There are now more ways than ever to interact with EI electronically. Our twitter feed is growing all the time so check out @EssentialInstal get involved. The EI App is also growing in popularity as a convenient, new way to enjoy the magazine including embedded H AT BRITIS THE GRE AT BRITISH THE GRE video and live links, download it now for free onto

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Essential NEWS

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AWE is looking forward to 2014 with a new corporate identity and HQ

To go with its new company HQ, AWE has created a new corporate identity. AWE says the new logo reflects the company’s personality, supporting clean lines and a modern look. Following a successful year in 2013, AWE says it is looking forward to starting 2014 with its new corporate identity perfectly representing the thriving CI distributor. “2013 has been a great year for AWE; not only have we had several huge product launches and taken part in multiple trade shows and seminars, but our dedicated online publication ‘Kotekuh’ has been fantastically received by the industry,” commented Stuart Tickle, MD of AWE. “With our new operational and corporate changes, we are now perfectly positioned to focus on enhancing our service to our customers in 2014. “Our new corporate identity really fits with exciting company developments and we are looking forward to receiving feedback from our dealer network, industry peers and customers.” More information: AWE Europe: +44 (0)1372 729777, www.awe-europe.com

CEDIA announces joint agreement with RDI

Entries are now open for the CEDIA Awards 2014

CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has reached a wide-ranging agreement with the Registered Digital Institute (RDI) which will see UK CEDIA Home Technology Professional members automatically become affiliate members of the RDI. Building on a relationship between the two bodies which started in October 2012, CEDIA says the new partnership will bring significant promotional and education advantages for the members of each organisation. In the partnership, CEDIA members will join the RDI as Home Technology professional affiliate members and be listed on the RDI’s trade and consumerfacing websites, www.rdi-online.co.uk and www.getmedigital.com. Both RDI and CEDIA members will also be able to access discounted online and classroombased training offered by their respective organisations. CEDIA and the RDI have also agreed to collaborate on the development and promotion of standards, enhanced training services for members, events and exhibitions and other activities. In other CEDIA news the new board was recently announced following the organisation’s AGM. Six spaces were available on the board this year, with four positions to be filled by HTP (Home Technology Professional) members and two spots allocated to Trade Supplier members. The new HTP members are: Alister Smith (MD of DLUK), Will Brocklebank (director and head of technology at Face to Face Digital) Omar Hikal (co-founder and CEO) of Archimedia and Laura Neuwirth Lazzerini (Studio LGL). CEDIA has also announced that entries for its annual awards are now open with a closing date of April 7. The Gala Dinner announcing the winners will take place in June 2014, details to be announced. More information: CEDIA +44 (0)1480 213744, www.cedia.co.uk

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NV INTEGRATION opens Belgravia showroom This new 3,000 square foot space features a range of solutions, including: home automation, lighting control, multi-room audio visual and a hidden home cinema. The company says each of these systems are perfectly blended into a mixture of living spaces to demonstrate a private residential property. The products featured were carefully chosen to showcase specific features. Invisible speakers will appeal to the design conscious, while Meridian floor standing speakers are used to deliver a rich audio punch. Automation also plays a part with a hidden TV concealed behind artwork and a dual-use cinema with projector and screen lowering from the ceiling when in use. In the cinema, colour matched speakers and subwoofer are included to blend with the scheme of the room. A lighting control system is also included allowing staff to demonstrate single room or whole house effects. NV INTEGRATION says it built the facility to show clients that in the primeresidential sector that they can have technology in their homes, without having to compromise on design.

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This stunning new NV INTEGRATION showroom joins the growing number of top quality install experience centres in the UK

Kensington and Chelsea Streets Ahead The most expensive residential streets and potential high-end install hotspots in England and Wales remain in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, according to latest research from Lloyds Bank. South Kensington’s Egerton Crescent is the UK’s most expensive address with an average property price of £7,369,000 (based on transactions between January 2008 and October 2013 recorded on the Land Registry database for transactions in England and Wales). Many of these properties are large grade II listed Georgian homes with four to five bedrooms. Outside central London, the capital’s costliest addresses are The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead which has an average property value of £6,203,000 and Parkside in Merton (£5,212,000). Outside the capital, the ‘Home Counties’ score highly with properties on Spicers Field in Oxshott in Surrey showing an average price of £3,500,000 – the highest outside London. Outside southern England the most expensive street is Withinlee Road in Macclesfield with an average property price of £1,871,000, followed by Ridgeway in Charnwood in Leicestershire – where the average house price stands at £1,671,000. Other exclusive addresses include The Thorsway in the Wirral with an average property value of £1,584,000, East Downs Road in Altrincham (£1,361,000), Rutland Drive in Harrogate (£1,152,000), Torkington Road in Wilmslow (£1,143,000) and Graham Park Road in Newcastle (£1,126,000). More information: Lloyds Bank +44 (0)207 3562374

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Set in stone! Transform an iPad Mini into an elegant in-wall touchscreen keypad, set in a real stone surround.

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Kordz’s innovative HDMI extension and upgrade solutions are now available from HD Connectivity

Kordz and HD Connectivity join forces Kordz and HD Connectivity have announced that they are partnering to offer Kordz HDMI products to the UK market. HD Connectivity will now offer Kordz core HDMI products, including the award winning NEO-S3 HDMI upgrade kit. “This is a natural collaboration between two like-minded companies dedicated to offering the highest quality HDMI solutions,” said David Meyer, founder and MD of Kordz. “Both Kordz and HD Connectivity believe that great products come from solid understanding of HDMI. Our products work so well because they are engineered that way.” Chris Pinder, MD of HD Connectivity, added: “In Kordz we have a highly specialised partner that shares an affinity for good design and engineering, reinforced with education and real integrity. Kordz founder David Meyer is regarded as CEDIA’s most authoritative voice in CI-centric HDMI education. And together we want to help demystify the new frontiers of HDMI 2.0 and 4K.” Kordz launched its NEO-S3 product at CEDIA 2013 in

Denver, Colorado where it was awarded the Manufacturer’s Excellence Award for Best New Product. David explained: “Kordz NEO defines a whole new category of HDMI extension. It alleviates concerns about passive HDMI cable redundancy by upgrading existing installations to the latest high-speed capabilities. For new installations we can extend to 30m on thinner, more flexible, easier to pull cable, reducing mounting depth at both ends to just one inch. “We have received many requests from UK customers looking to upgrade their existing HDMI cable installation to 4K UltraHD while avoiding unnecessary landfill.” Kordz will be showing NEO-S3 and its HDMI high performance cables on the HD Connectivity stand (7-Q195) at the ISE, 2014. More information: HD Connectivity +44 (0)844 3510190 www.hdconnectivity.com

Meridian recognises Martin’s Hi-fi

Bob Stuart (left), Allen Boothroyd (centre) with Ted Matrtin commemorating a 45-year business relationship

Acknowledging Martins Hi-fi’s proud 45-year heritage in Norwich, Norfolk, company founder Ted Martin was a VIP guest of honour at Meridian’s Huntingdon HQ on December 17 in an event held to recognise the company as Meridian’s longest serving retail partner. Ted and his brother Mike founded Martins Hi-fi in January 1968. Sadly Mike died in

1979 leaving Ted to carry on the business with the same tradition of personal service, integrity and reliability that has positioned the store as one of Norfolk’s leading independent Hi-Fi, home cinema and custom install specialists. Meridian co-founders, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd welcomed Ted who was given an extensive tour of the factory and demonstration areas. Back in 1968, when Martins Hi-fi was established, both Bob and Allen were at University, Bob at Imperial College and Allen at the Royal College of Art, but later, in 1972, they became the design team for Lecson Audio, which was stocked by the forwardthinking management of Martins Hi-fi. Ted would have been particularly interested then, to be shown an original Lecson system as part of Meridian’s showpiece museum. To commemorate the event and the partnership, Meridian produced a one off commemorative plaque to celebrate the 45 year anniversary. Ted commented: “Having heard good things about Lecson back in the seventies led to the first contact with Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd and of course later Meridian. Realising that Bob and Alan had the design and technology that was far ahead of anything else it made sense for Martins Hi-fi to retail their products. Now, 45 years later, Martins are still with Meridian as Premium Partners and Bob and Alan are still leading the field with design and technology.” More information: Meridian +44 (0)1480 445678 www.meridian-audio.com

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Essential NEws

Panasonic Joins the HDBaseT Alliance The HDBaseT Alliance has announced that Panasonic is now a Contributor member of the Alliance. Panasonic has played a role in the development of HDBaseT technology since its introduction in 2010 and already offers 20 HDBaseTenabled projectors and commercial displays, including what the maker says is the world’s first 1080p lamp-free professional projector with HDBaseT. Referred to as DIGITAL LINK, the HDBaseT enabled projectors and displays enable a single CAT5e and above cable to transmit uncompressed HD videos, audio and control commands up to 100 meters. For projects such as digital signage and equipping a boardroom or conference room, Panasonic says installers can realise

significant time and cost savings. Micha Risling, marketing chair of the HDBaseT Alliance, said: “Panasonic is not just a strong advocate for HDBaseT, it is also a market-leading provider of HDBaseT-enabled components, that has played and will continue to play a critical role in growing the ecosystem of HDBaseT products. “Its success with integrating HDBaseT into projectors and professional displays reflects the success the HDBaseT Alliance has enjoyed in terms of growing to more than 80 members offering solutions that enable end-to-end deployment of HDBaseT.” More information: www.HDBaseT.org

amBX works partners Cisco amBX has teamed up with Cisco on a project which both parties say will increase usability and lower the cost of lighting in public buildings and industry. ‘Light as a Service (LaaS), is a two-year innovation project co-funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board, designed to produce light that is powered, connected and controlled by digital networks, increasing control and reducing costs. LaaS will bring together existing technologies, emerging standards and policy obligations to create a new power service developing and integrating protocols, test them in hardware devices and demonstrate the solution in-situ. LaaS will be self-aware and open to new backend devices as well as to front-end consumer applications. Cisco will develop core protocols and integration and will amBX has just been added to the Club Lounge area of the North West Design Centre

provide input to standards bodies, whilst amBX will allow a range of control capabilities for user interfaces such as PDAs, smartphones, tablets and wall controls. Sun-Light Solutions (distributor of amBX) has also announced that the latest Light-Scene Engine for the platform is now available. The new IP based control engine is designed to deliver new possibilities for interactive lighting and drops simple yet powerful amBX Apps and user interfaces from AMX, Crestron, Control4 and DemoPad, etc. into the hands of the user. The system is suited to controlling lights within multiple spaces in the home, meeting rooms, classrooms, teaching spaces, bars, clubs and restaurants. The system offers full ambient, dynamic and interactive lighting control, control of intelligent White, RGB, RGBW and RGBA lights (DMX) and full IP connectivity for remote access, control and programming. amBX technology has also recently been included in The North West Design Centre. This space is used by many northern CI dealers and has partnered with Habitec and The Majik House teams. amBX is included cinema room and also in the Club Lounge. More information: Sun-Light Solutions +44 (0)7887 634990 www.sun-lightsolutions.com

Invision UK releases new guides

Invision UK’s new cabling guide is now available

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Invision UK has announced the release of two new guides for installers to get the best from its growing portfolio. The latest product guide for in-wall audio, video and control, features technical specifications, installation advice, product overviews, model numbers, and ordering information. “Installers working in home technology need to take advantage of this new guide,” explained Mark Taylor, business manager at Invision UK. “By doing so, they can benefit from Invision’s vast knowledge as the UK’s fastest growing home technology distributor. We have packed the guide full of the sort of information they can use to help them work smarter, develop new opportunities, and grow their businesses.” The guide is split into three main sections, each of which provides technical data, installation guidelines and tips: Built-in Audio, Built-in Video and Built-in Control. A new cabling guide is also available showcasing the range of quality cabling

solutions for residential custom installations. The guide provides sections on category cable, structured cable, automation cable, speaker cable and HDMI cable as well as a range of plugs and other connectors. The guide also features technical specifications, installation advice, product overviews and ordering information. “No installer worth his salt would underestimate the need for high quality cabling,” said Mark. “If you’re going to install top-end entertainment systems and other electronics, you need to pull it all together using the best components. Otherwise things like sound quality and data transmission could be compromised. You need this guide if you want to deliver the best service.” Wiring guidelines are also included as is a section on testing; an essential measure in preparation and problem solving to ensure successful installations. More information: Invision UK +44 (0)1359 270280 www.invisionuk.com

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THE BEST VIEW IN THE WORLD

Representing the next level of TV picture quality, LG ULTRA HD boasts a resolution four times higher than Full HD so that, even when viewed close up, it delivers an image that is so incredibly sharp and crisp, it gives you the best view in the world. www.lg.com/uk/ultra-hdtv

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Head Out of the Cloud Who wants their favourite content stored in Nebraska? For choice and performance keep it physical with a hard-driving home entertainment network says Habitech’s Justin Martin-Lawrence.

The affordable Stream system exceeds the versatility and quality of competitors.

It’s a new year in AV, but even today there’s nothing to replace the quality and versatility of physical media. Broadband struggles to download a movie in full quality within any reasonable time frame, which is a major limitation in boxes built to rely on downloaded content. Then there are the AppleTV-based products which don’t support Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD-Master. Purchased media is locked to devicetypes or accounts and full-HD quality is compressed to make it workable with average broadband. UltraViolet has limited content and no Disney support. And 4K resolution? Forget it: massive bandwidth is required to stream or download a typical 160GB file. The truth is that there’s no definitive standard that brings full HD (including audio) content through one platform – hardly the seamless high-end home cinema experience your clients are demanding! For custom integrators there is a single, obvious alternative: a state-of-the art media server. The new Stream entertainment server/player system offers your clients the superior performance of the good old silver disc with the choice and convenience of VOD anywhere in the home. And it preserves the sanctity of ownership, which, when you think about it, will never go away. Since Stream made its debut on the pages of EI last year, we’ve expanded the product platform to include the MicroPlayer - a handy network player for use where there is a screen but no AV system - and the Stream ‘Flow 7’, a versatile Android-powered 7” touch-screen, designed to enhance a wide range of systems in new and legacy installations. In the Stream range you have the tools to create a high performance, multi-zone home entertainment system which exceeds the versatility and quality of competitors, affordable to your clients but with healthy margins attached.

The New Stream Network in a nutshell »» Build quality: Stream offers robust aluminium cases (even Stream Micro); server-grade 24/7 drives and high performance networking. »» The Stream Content Centre is not a Windows-based PC. It’s a Linux-powered media server that stores a bitperfect backup of the original disc. And you don’t need the Blu-ray disc present to play a film. With films, only the main film track is stored and all media is stored by name in a lossless .mkv file - available as multiple streams to multiple players simultaneously over gigabit. »» Impeccable playback quality: frame-rate matched playback and hardware video acceleration on the ContentPlayer (framematch not available on Micro). Full HD Audio supported including Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master on all models.

»» Stream’s smart-titling system uses up to three independent media databases to get the best and most accurate metadata. Advanced media type segregation identifies TV shows and complex media discs and catalogues them accordingly. MyMovies database integration provides accurate regionspecific lookups and better metadata capabilities. More features coming in Q1 and available as an upgrade on any server or player. »» Media selection: ContentPlayer and StreamMicro offer multiple view types to select and play media. Set favourite scenes on films and recall them, choose from multiple languages and audio tracks, view subtitles as required. Both models remember the point that you stopped a selection, so you can resume at that point or start again and they remember video and audio settings per selection as well. »» Music: ContentCentre stores CDs losslessly. They can be played using ContentPlayer/Micro or used as a media resource for your favourite music streaming system: NuVo, Sonos, C4, etc. »» AirPlay: ContentPlayer/Micro fully support AirPlay audio and video. »» Photos: full support for storage and replay of photos in most graphic formats. »» Drivers: Exceptional two-way drivers with full metadata feedback, power management (sleep while not in use, wake on LAN when required), interrupts from doorbells, media themes (such as lights raise/lower when media played/stopped). »» Add ons: ContentPlayer and StreamMicro both support xbmc addons including iPlayer, Spotify and a wealth of other media services. »» 4K Capable: All units manufactured after June 2013 are designed to support 4K UHD playback and Blu-ray 4K.

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Essential habitech

Powerful AV Distribution and Control in One WyreStorm’s versatile Enado interface offers integrators an enhanced level of distribution and control in the home at a competitive price point. Habitech sales manager Timmi Thorsen ticks the boxes…

Enado on iPad

From any web-enabled device, Enado offers seamless control of any WyreStorm matrix, all source products, displays and anything else that needs controlling in the home.

Custom installers, we’re offering you a highly competitive and powerful new home control interface for WyreStorm AV distribution that places the ability to design, programme, monitor and update at your fingertips from any screen. Launching in Europe at ISE, the new WyreStorm Enado control product is a server based, centrally managed IP control system built to address the time demands, installation and business challenges faced by installers. It takes the hassle out of installation, can be managed and maintained off-site and gives users a brilliant web-based control screen accessible anywhere, from any Internet-enabled device (including iOS, Android and Windows devices) all at a competitive price point. With WyreStorm Enado’s browser-based UI, an entire WyreStorm installation can be controlled and monitored from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet, computer, TV or iPod, regardless of manufacturer or platform. Enado will automatically deliver a high-quality, super-intuitive control interface in the correct visual format to any connected device no matter what the operating system, device type or even screen orientation. WyreStorm Enado is dedicated to doing just one thing smart building control - in up to 112 zones – all of the time. The 1U 19-inch rack-mounted WyreStorm Enado Controller sits on a LAN and features 16 assignable IR ports, 8x integrated IP rack-mounted ports, 4x RS232 ports and an array of contact closures. Real-time update technology automatically updates every client device - including those that not have been present at the time of install - when changes are made from any local or remote Internet point. WyreStorm Enado is sophisticated because it makes complex tasks easy to deliver and simple to control; powerful because it’s universally available to clients on all smart platforms, is intuitive to programme and, post installation, will manage configuration, device and feature updates remotely if necessary. If you’d rather spend the time normally dedicated to programming on other parts of the installation and then be able to hand the most intuitive, reliable and upgradable control interface to the client on their phone or tablet, Enado is the answer.

WyreStorm Enado in a nutshell »» Perfect control accessory for WyreStorm products: easy templates, easy to set-up. »» Platform-independent: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, MacOS. The control UI works on almost any product on any OS via a full-screen browser. Works just like an App, without the App. »» Instant update across all UIs: changes to system configurations and new feature updates are made to one central device and are instantly available across all UIs without the need to update any UI app or any additional sub-controllers. »» Control UI OS updates won’t break the system. Because there are no Apps on user interface devices, the UIs never need updating and never stop working because of some OS update incompatibility. »» One controller does it all: all functionality and connectivity is provided inside one, state-of-the-art, dedicated, reliable, device - it’s not an add-on to a complex, expensive, aging legacy system to provide touch-screen control. »» Diagnose systems remotely without a site visit: the Enado Controller can be accessed remotely over the Internet to resolve many problems. »» Add system-wide updates and new features: the central controller can be updated easily and remotely over the internet with secure password access control. »» Design, configure and program simply, from anywhere, through a browser: with WyreStorm Enado, there is no complex programming tool or language to learn. Powerful WYSIWYG design, configuration and maintenance of any installation performed within a browser, on any platform, from anywhere. Get hands-on with Stream and Enado Stand 5-U86, ISE More information: Habitech +44 (0)1420 540054 www.habitech.co.uk

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Essential HD Connectivity

The HD Connectivity ISE Stand (7-Q195) offers an exciting and unique range of HDMI solutions for residential and commercial installations. 2014 will see HDC promoting brands from three countries, British (HDanywhere), American (Just Add Power) and Australian (Kordz) with a focus on three different technologies, HDBaseT, HDMI over IP and native HDMI. HDC is proud of the UK manufactured credentials of the company’s modular HDBaseT products

HDanywhere, Just Add Power and Kordz form a powerful signal trio, see all three on Stand 7-Q195 at ISE

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HD Connectivity (HDC) is very proud of its HDanywhere brand’s status as the only British manufacturer in the HD Distribution products category and a HDBaseT Alliance Member. Key ISE launches being the introduction of a larger Ultra HD 4K-compatible 8x8 chassis size to its Modular 4K series and a HDBT-input module for ‘decentralised’ remote source integration connected to the matrix, such as a games console or Blu-ray player. For those yet to familiarise themselves with the range, designed and built in the UK, HDanywhere Modular is a customisable Ultra HD 4K compatible HDMI matrix switcher that uses a patented system of interchangeable input/output (I/O) module options to enable custom AV professionals to bespoke build HD distribution systems precisely matched to the individuality of every project. Chris Pinder, HDC MD, says: “The 8×8 chassis has ultimately arrived one-year later than we originally planned, but it has allowed us to enhance the spec to accommodate Ultra HD 4K/60 resolutions and a more future-proofed backplane.” Integrators are able to specify which signal transmission technology is used for each TV location. Modules include HDMI, HDBaseT Pro and HDBaseT Lite out and now HDBaseT-IN, all of which can be mixed and matched in a single system, thus eliminating expensive unused capacity and unnecessary functionality.

Chris argues: “There are three breakthrough aspects to Modular; first, a patented British-built hardware design that offers greater system flexibility and scalability, secondly a web-based operating system delivers an array of system and behaviour management tools and lastly, the ‘heartbeat’ remote monitoring system that saves installers time and money. We’ve had a fantastic integrator response to Modular’s build quality and software features, but frustration at the maximum system size. With the introduction of the new larger 8×8 chassis, it increases the number of jobs that Modular is suitable for, essentially anything with up to eight sources and displays, which is a sweet spot in custom install project size. With the introduction of the MOD88 8×8 chassis, we would hope to realise the ambition of HDanywhere being used in a larger percentage of integrated home projects, growing our CI market share in 2014 and beyond.”

Just Add Power HDIP-2G ‘More Play’ Just Add Power offers its HDIP-2G series as one of the market leading HDMI over IP-based solutions, offering limitless HDMI distribution and video wall scaling. The manufacturer states that no other video distribution solution in the world delivers so much rich function over a single CATx cable and has dubbed its full feature-set ‘More Play’. On live demo at ISE will be some brand new ‘More Play’ features, namely ‘Real-time HDMI Snapshot’, giving the ability to take a real-time HDMI ‘snapshot’ that allows the user to be certain what is being shown anywhere on the HDMI over IP network. Users can preview the video of a source device on a controller before choosing to switch to it for example. Also ‘JPEG Image Splash’, where users can load and push JPEGS to any of the display locations. If the network goes

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down, the saved picture or pictures can automatically be shown instead of an annoying blank screen. Image splash can also be used as a deliberate marketing tool as support for storing multiple JPEG images enables HDIP devices to also function as digital signage players. Chris says: “Using this powerful and innovative system, installers are able to deliver large multi-zone HDTV and video wall projects by harnessing the flexibility and scalability of Ethernet networks, overcoming the sometimes limited and fixed port size input/output constraints of legacy HDMI Matrix to always achieve the right sized system.”

Striking the right Kordz The best and most powerful systems can of course fall over if the right level of cabling is not employed and this is where HDC’s third line of attack for 2014 comes into play in the shape of the Ultra HD and Ultra high quality HDMI 2.0 cables and accessories from Australian manufacture, Kordz. Following the inking of a deal for HDC to deliver Kordz products directly to the UK market in 2013, HDC will feature a live exhibit of the award winning Kordz NEO-S3 and high performance HDMI cables at the ISE. As HDMI 2.0 was unveiled officially to the world at IFA Berlin in September 2013, Kordz, became the first approved HDMI 2.0 adopter in the world. Chris says: “With ISE just around the corner we are looking forward to being able to show our UK and European customers the exceptional performance of Kordz HDMI cables as well as the revolution and excitement that Kordz NEO-S3 has caused for HDMI. “In Kordz we have a highly specialised partner that shares an affinity for good design and engineering, reinforced with education and real integrity. Kordz founder David Meyer is

regarded as CEDIA’s most authoritative voice in CI-centric HDMI education. And together we want to help demystify the new frontiers of HDMI 2.0 and 4K, providing UK installers with the knowledge they really need.” “Our partnership is a natural collaboration between two like-minded companies dedicated to offering the highest quality HDMI solutions,” says David Meyer, founder and managing director of Kordz. “Both Kordz and HD Connectivity believe that great products come from a solid understanding of HDMI. Our products work so well because they are engineered that way.” Kordz launched its NEO-S3 product at CEDIA 2013 in Denver, Colorado where it was awarded the Manufacturer’s Excellence Award for Best New Product. David says: “Kordz NEO defines a whole new category of HDMI extension. It alleviates concerns about passive HDMI cable redundancy by upgrading existing installations to the latest high-speed capabilities. For new installations we can extend to 30m on thinner, more flexible, easier to pull cable, reducing mounting depth at both ends to just one inch. We have received many requests from UK customers looking to upgrade their existing HDMI cable installation to 4K UltraHD while avoiding unnecessary landfill.” David Meyer will be presenting an educational training session at the ISE 2014 entitles ‘4K Video Compatibility and HDMI System Design’ on February 5 at 14:00, Room D201. More Information: HD Connectivity +44 (0)1684 576348 www.hdconnectivity.com/trade

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Essential ISE Preview

Dam Fine Show This year’s Integrated Systems Europe Show promises to be the largest yet, EI presents just some of the highlights from this install showcase. The AMX Stands (1-F2 and 1-F6) will be the place to be to see the new Modero X Series G5 touch panels. Faster, easier to use and visually improved, the Modero X Series now features the ability to run Apps and browse the Web, all whilst having a dedicated home control surface at the fingertips. In addition to its new G5 graphics engine, AMX has also quadrupled the processing power with a new Quad Core Processor claimed to be the fastest in the industry. AMX will also be arguing that cost effective residential room control has never looked so good, thanks to the new Modero S Series range of touch panels. Designed to complement the Modero X, the S Series offers homeowners both design and functionality at an attractive price point. Features include dedicated control, 24 bit colour depth and streaming video capability. AMX will also be underlining that all Modero touch panels are fully SIP v2.0 compliant, making them easily integrated with SIP-based door entry systems, whilst a new multi-surface mount solution allows them to be installed on practically any surface. Also on display will be the new Alero Power Amplifier (ALR-AMP-8). AMX says Alero is different from other multi-room distributed audio amplifiers by affording more design options than ever before; making it a strong option for acoustically demanding and environmentally sensitive installations. AMX says Alero’s compact 1RU chassis offers versatility and practically limitless installation options, even in confined, unventilated spaces. Complementing the AMX Precis DSP Distributed Audio Matrix Switcher, Alero delivers a unified, whole-home distributed audio source switching and amplification solution. AMX will also showcase its Enova DGX Digital Media Switcher range. A modular digital media switcher with a built-in central controller, AMX says the Enova DGX manages and distributes analogue plus digital audio and video including HDMI with HDCP (HDMI/HDCP), control and Ethernet without any of the typical problems associated with HDCP authenticated content distribution and switching. The maker adds that installers can integrate HDCP into system designs and enjoy hassle free plug-and-play operation thanks to exclusive InstaGate Pro technology, while built-in SmartScale technology on every output, ensures that video is perfectly scaled, automatically, for each connected display. Atlona (Stand 1-P122) will have plenty to shout about at the event, not least its new 4K-compatible AT-PROMXM-8 and AT-PRO-MXM-16 customisable, card-based, modular matrix switchers. The units have been engineered to provide multiroom AV signal processing and distribution, single-point control for multiple digital and analogue signal types, delivering a flexible foundation that allows for future system expansion and upgrades. Available in 8x8 or 16x16

configurations, the switchers are custom-configurable with expansion input/output cards that satisfy a wide range of requirements. The devices offer universal cards that support legacy signals including DVI, VGA, composite, component, and S-Video, as well as balanced audio embedding. Additional expansion cards offer full support of Ultra HD (4Kx2K) and DisplayPort and the products offer simplified control via IR and RS-232, while Ethernet connections contribute to simpler setup thanks to GUI and TCP/IP control. Also on show will be the AT-HD-M2C HDMI Multi-channel to 2-Channel Audio Converter which accepts and converts Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround and DTS-HD Master Audio into a two-channel stereo format that is compatible with displays and legacy devices such as an AV receiver or zone amplifier. Crestron will unveil new 4K Ultra HD video distribution products in the form of 4K-compliant DigitalMedia Matrix Switchers and new HDMI over HDBaseT extenders. The HD-EXT3-C and HD-EXT4-C extenders support 4K resolution content and can transmit HDMI long distance (up to 100 metres) via HDBaseT using standard CAT5e/UTP cable. The transmitters may be mounted in a single gang wall box and are available with black or white faceplates. They can also be easily rack mounted. Crestron will also be showcasing its DMCO 7-Series output cards, providing streaming H.264 video transmission capabilities from Crestron DigitalMedia card-based matrix switchers. DM switchers can accept analogue or digital input signals and transmit those signals over HDMI, HDBaseT, multi mode fibre, single mode fibre and now stream over the network via RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol). Streaming video eliminates any distance limitations and DigitalMedia switchers now support a very high-bandwidth video stream - up to 25 mbps - and both Get up close to the latest DigitalMedia developments from Crestron

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Essential ISE Preview unicast (one-to-one) and multicast (one-to-many) protocols. The 7-Series cards can combine two signals over the same stream to enable Picture-in-Picture and Picture-byPicture display and Crestron Instant Switching provides instantaneous, glitch-free signal switching between sources. Checkout Stands 2-C24, 2-E24, 2-E36 for full details. A busy show for WyreStorm (Stand 5-U86) will see the company introduce Enado, its cross platform control solution, which the company says combines powerful hardware and innovative software to provide a more affordable, integrator and user-friendly solution for end-to-end control and support of HD AV distribution systems. WyreStorm says Enado features a high-quality browser-based user interface that redefines integrators’ ability to control distribution systems with the ability to access the platform from any Internetenabled device. However behind the simplicity, the maker says is a robust, innovative and powerful software/hardware combination designed to be installed without programming experience, all offered at a competitive price. The controller is a 1U professional 19in rack mounted unit that features 16 assignable IR ports, 8x Integrated IP ports, an array of contact closures with built-in secure Wi-Fi for connection to any local Internet enabled devices. Enado can equally sit on a traditionally secured LAN and be used to control devices in large buildings or anywhere in the world. The browser-based configuration tool is backed by a comprehensive IR database and built-in device editor and IR learner, means new devices can be created. A series of RS232 and IP drivers for a variety of popular devices will be integrated and available prior to the product’s shipping date. The company will also showcase the Pro Plus MX-0808-PP-POH and modular MX-0808-PP-POHCUSTOM Power over HDBaseT (PoH) matrix solutions. The Pro Plus MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM Modular Matrix is designed to provide integrators with the utmost in switching and installation flexibility, featuring a completely customisable design, RS232 routing capabilities, integrated PoH and a huge selection of input configurations. The MX-PP-POH-CUSTOM models deliver HD video, high-resolution audio, RS232 and IR, as well as low voltage power via a single Cat5e/6 cable. A new, intuitive online web widget enables integrators to select and configure their custom MX-PP-POH-CUSTOM matrix that will be customtailored for any application. Brands available from the Invision stable in the UK are set for a busy show. The company has just announced that it will be the UK distributor for 4K Ultra HD home cinema receivers from AudioControl. Visitors will be able to see the Concert AVR-6 and AVR-8 Ultra HD 4K receivers on Stand 5R117. The AVR-8 is a powerful high-current 7 x 200W per channel amplifier and the AVR-6 also benefits from the same high performing audio and video platform, powering its sevenchannel amplifier at 100W per channel into 8 ohms. Exclusive to the CI channel, the products also offer a five-year warranty. Also available from Invision, IP networking specialist Luxul will feature 10 new products on Stand 5S126, all part of the Luxul Xen family of networking equipment designed specifically for installers. Products on display will include 802.11ac Gigabit wireless routers, high-powered concurrent dual-band wireless access points, state-of-the-art PoE switches and Gigabit broadband router solutions.

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Another Invision brand, Pro Control will launch its Pro.rfz range of extender products increasing the two-way range between ProLink.z processor and Pro24.z remote (Stand 5-R78). This wireless antenna, not only extends range, but enables the additions of multiple modules creating a wireless mesh network. RTI (Stand 5-R78) always makes a big splash and this year looks set to be no different as the company shows its T3x remote control combining a flush-mount 3.5-inch LCD touch-screen and programmable hard buttons with impressive functionality. The controller’s dual RF platform provides one-way control via 433-MHz RF or bi-directional communication with RTI processors utilising 2.4-GHz ZigBee. Wi-Fi is also supported for web browsing, viewing MJPEG video and wireless program updates. Also demonstrated will be the KX1 in-wall keypad, which combines a 1.2in colour OLED display with support for two-way control, allowing users to view cover art and song metadata. The KX1 features customisable hard buttons for quick access to control functions, a convenient backlit volume level indicator, ambient light sensors and an integrated Ethernet connection. The products bigger brother, the 3.5in KX3 Advanced In-Wall Controller will also be on display and all are available from Invision. Available to view on European master distributor Amber International’s stands (1-P18 and P19), URC has recently added further functionality and compatibility to its Total Control system, which now works with an increased variety of third party products and streaming services. Following on from Extra Vegetables’ two-way Sonos integration module for Total Control, the protocol specialist, in collaboration with URC, has created further modules for control of DIRECTV, Roku, Popcorn Hour/Popbox and Dune HD. All modules are easy to install and work with URC Accelerator, requiring minimal dealer setup. URC will also showcase its Total Control App, which is now fully compatible with iOS7. URC has also got involved with the

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Essential ISE Preview security side of automation with the development of a range of surveillance cameras which can be integrated with Total Control. The CAM-DC1 and CAM-DCO cameras are available in two options as an indoor mini-dome, or a vandal-proof outdoor dome camera. The cameras offer H.264/MJPEG compression, motion detection, web-based set-up, administration, control and upgrade - the CAMDC1 keeps in control via a 32-bit embedded CPU running Linux. Visitors will also get the chance to find out more about the new MRX-4SEN Sensor Extender and six new sensors that expand the power of the Total Control system. Individual sensors observe the presence of video, light, audio, current, voltage or contact closure and then status can be conveyed through the MRX-4SEN to the MRX Advanced Network Controller to trigger actions. The company will also offer an insight into how the MRX-2 Network Base Station bridges the digital divide between control of the legacy components and the IP network, receiving commands from an MRX-10 and re-sending them via IR, RS-232 or relays. For Complete Control products, the MRX-2 can be installed independent of Total Control and operated by a smart phone or tablet using the URC CC Control Mobile App for Android. Amber International will also be showcasing a range of new products which are being launched in Q1 of 2014. This includes the TRC-1080, a fully customisable 2in remote control, TRF-ZW1 Total Control Z-Wave Extender, SNP-2

Tempest will be showcasing its range of projector enclosure solutions

Streaming Network Player, MRX-20 Network Base Station and its first gyroscopic remote controls - the TRG-100 and TRG-200. URC is available in the UK from AWE. A novel invention will also be on display from Tempest in the form of its enclosures for projectors, which help to promote ideal environmental conditions for peak performance and also reduce noise. The maker says its Blizzard HUSH enclosures mean the largest and noisiest projectors can be installed and achieve near silent performance, whilst also protecting the machine from dust, salt, smoke, water, impact and theft. The enclosures are lined with acoustic insulation material and feature airtight seals and each comes with a powerful exhaust fan at the end of a 25’/8m padded hose, which is run into a ceiling void or to

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COME AND SEE US ON STAND 1-F20

Looooooong Reach UP TO 180 METERS WITH KRAMER’S SPECIAL XTRA MODE

Kramer’s new line of HDMI HDBaseT range extenders, available as standalone and wall plate versions, sends an HDMI signal up to 130m when using Kramer’s BC−DGKat623 cable, compared to 100m when using a standard industry cable. For demanding applications, Kramer is offering a special XTRA (Long Reach) Mode*, allowing 1080p 60Hz HDMI signals with 8 bit color, to reach all the way to 180m when using Kramer’s DGKat623 cable. Kramer’s 4K-Ready, certified, HDBaseT range extenders provide a simple, direct connection with any other certified HDBaseT products from leading vendors in the industry. * XTRA (Long Reach) Mode is supported on the TP-580TXR/RXR and WP-580TXR/RXR modules.

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Essential ISE Preview the next room to take sound away from the cinema room. Through its Goldilocks system (designed for exterior or interior use) Tempest enclosures are also designed to eliminate overheating and condensation, to protect and keep the beamer at fully optimised performance. Available in sizes for projectors from 3,000 – 15,000 lumens, all Tempest enclosures are compliant with relevant European standards, are compatible with all major projector manufactures and do not compromise a manufacturer’s warranty. Check out the range on Stand 4-V28. Bitwise (available in the UK from Aldous Systems) will be featuring its BC1, BC2 and BC4 Automation Controllers over on the Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53. The BC1 model is described as a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task, the BC2 has similar capabilities in a midsized chassis and the BC4 caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS and Android devices via customisable GUIs. As the reference model, the BC1 is suitable for residential or commercial sites controlling audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades and security systems. The unit features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analogue or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customisable email notifications and two USB ports for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility. The BC2 features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, analogue or digital capabilities and two USB ports for expansion. The BC4 is a single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection. Available in the UK from RGB, Pakedge has a busy show planned on Stand 5-S122 with the introduction of its NP36 Network Patroller which provides access to Pakedge’s BakPak App for remote monitoring and management of networks for multiple projects on a single interface. With an NP36 installed, commercial or residential installers have an effective tool for viewing network maps, checking device status and performing remote troubleshooting. The product is designed for installers to deliver top notch after installation care via the BakPak App via Apple or Andriod devices.

The NP36 unit is 1U in size for rack mounting and once connected, the maker says the setup process is simple with the unit communicating with the BakPak site via the cloud and the connected network automatically synching to the App. Also on show will be the new W7 dual-band concurrent Wireless Access Point (WAP) modules, which partnered with C36 WAP controllers, offer streamlined access and control of wireless networks. The W7 range includes a variety of models (wall-mount, desktop, outdoor and rack-mount) suitable for commercial or residential projects. The maker says the products bring a new level of speed and reliability to wireless networks via four external high dB omnidirectional antennas and inbuilt traffic shaping features which push capable clients from 2.4GHz to the 5GHz band. The W7 also uses Smartwav technology to assess the environment around an AP to direct its signal toward client devices and around sources of interference. Installers can also link both the W7 and C36 units to the cloud via the BakPak App for external maintenance and supervision. Available in the UK from Habitech, NuVo will be launching the latest generation of its multi-zone player for its IP based Wireless Audio System. The P3500 professional series player will power three separate zones simultaneously, from a single rack-mountable unit, with a useful 200W per zone. The unit can work in conjunction with NuVo’s P100 and P200 wireless players and the P3100 professional series player, to create a customised high-quality audio solution for up to 16 zones. All players offer streaming Internet radio and access to networkstored digital audio libraries and feature control through free Apps for Apple and Android. NuVo will also show a variety of pre-developed control drivers for operating the NuVo Wireless Audio System through third-party automation systems including Vantage, AMX, BitWise, Control4, Crestron and RTI. “ISE 2014 will be a fantastic opportunity for NuVo to show our European customers some incredible recent developments for the Wireless Audio System,” comments NuVo’s vice president of technology, Rick Kukulies. “The numerous drivers released in the last few months provide our dealers with an easy-to-implement way to offer unparalleled, streamlined control. And the P3500 is a unique and powerful unit, providing unprecedented quality and flexibility to NuVo’s dealers.” Check out the new kit on Stand 1-N6. Kramer will be offering a look at its full range of digital signage products providing end−to−end solutions for distributing content from digital or analogue

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Amina will launch the iQ2 dual channel flat panel plaster over loudspeaker

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sources, over long distances, to multiple screens. Kramer offers the Minicom Digital Signage line already installed in thousands of screens worldwide. These solutions include the DS Vision Digital, a distribution system for HDMI and Display Port signals to as many as 16 screens based on HDBaseT technology and the DS Vision 3000, a management and distribution system for high definition signals from analogue (VGA) sources over long distances, up to 600m and hundreds of screens. Kramer’s offering also includes a number of Video over IP streaming video products that allow transmission of high definition signals to an unlimited number of screens over virtually unlimited distances, using existing network and cabling infrastructure. Check out how Kramer can deliver solution for projects of all sizes on Stand 1-F20. Amina (1-P19) will launch its brand new iQ2 dual channel flat panel plaster over loudspeaker. The product extends its iQ developer range, aimed at bringing invisible sound to residential and commercial real-estate developers and broadening the appeal of Amina products into multi-room applications. Amina says the iQ2 offers a cost effective solution for applications such as bathrooms and dressing rooms where one physical device is sufficient to cover such a space, but where stereo reproduction is still required. The company is also upgrading the whole iQ series of products to use entirely Neodymium exciters, making the products lighter and easier to install whilst offering improved audio reproduction. The iQ series uses techniques from the Flagship Evolution speaker, such as Opti-Damping and Opti-Drive in combination with a newly designed proprietary Neodymium exciter, to create an aggressively priced invisible speaker family. Amina says zero visual intrusion can now be extended throughout the whole home audio system providing high quality sound reproduction with no compromise on interior designs. The family now has three members, the iQ1 and iQ3 single channel products and the iQ2 stereo two channel variant. All have a front panel size of 16inx12in and a speaker depth of 1.6in. The iQ1 is suitable for bedrooms and other

ancillary rooms, the iQ2 for bathrooms and the iQ3 for reception rooms and all spaces where higher clarity, louder music is desired including surround sound applications in MDU’s. Bowers & Wilkins will present a custom home cinema, built especially for the show featuring Bowers & Wilkins CI 800 Series loudspeakers driven by Classé processors and amplification. Stand 11-H65 will also feature the entire custom install CI Series, including the full range of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers plus its most durable speaker ever, the weatherproof AM-1 Architectural Monitor. Visitors can also see B&W’s compact home cinema speaker Mini Theatre range, ideal for a discreet home theatre installation. Both Classé and Rotel are also set to deliver sneak previews of exciting new products that will see an official launch later in 2014. Luxury cinema seating specialist CINEAK will make available its new FERRIER incliner, now featuring D-BOX Motion technology delivering a total of four motion actuators for the full spectrum of motion: pitch, roll, heave and intelligent vibration. As well as excitement, the chair provides comfort with its DUAL-motorised incline mechanism, allowing the user to adjust the seating position independently for the seat/back and footrest. In addition, the articulating headrest will allow the user to adjust the position of the headrest to provide proper head/back support and have the perfect view of the screen. Another introduction sees the FERRIER chair now available with a unique dual-motorised incliner mechanism, which allows the user to adjust the position of the backrest/seat independently from the position of the footrest. In its striking diamond stitching pattern, the seat offers fine European leather or fabric upholstery, a steel recliner/incline mechanism, an articulating headrest and a black or silver push-button to operate the mechanism. Also on show will be the STRATO incliner featuring ARMANI CASA fabrics. The ARMANI CASA collection has quickly become a success at CINEAK as the collection of over 50 designer fabrics, feature some of the most unique patterns and colour combinations available. See all the new options on Stand 5-S92. Over on the Draper stand (1-M43) the company will be showcasing many of the its handy video conferencing solutions. The Video Conferencing Camera Lift – Credenza for example conceals a camera in a credenza, cabinet or table and raises it quickly and quietly into position when it’s time for a conference to begin. When not in use, the camera is completely concealed. The product features 12in vertical travel and a compact footprint and is described to install in virtually any conference room furnishing. Also available from the Draper Group in the UK is the Euroscreen brand, which will feature the Thor projection screen from the Valhalla range as well as the company’s wide range of screen surfaces. Thor is the base model in the Valhalla family of motorised projection screens and covers sizes from 250cm to 450cm in width and holds several of the Euroscreen standard features, such as an attractive aluminium case, finished in a contemporary white colour. Thor comes with a hard wire motor and wall channel-fixed fitting feature to cut installation time. This standard model has a choice of Arctiq or FlexWhite screen surface. A deluxe version is available with flexible mounting brackets for ceiling installation and the Euroscreen

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Year-round sound AM-1 Weatherproof Monitor AM-1 monitors are designed to sound stunning mounted anywhere. Indoors or out, year round, in all conditions. They’re the most durable, versatile speakers we have ever made, with all of the audio performance expected from a Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. bowers-wilkins.co.uk


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Rako will be demonstrating the power of its up dated App

multifunctional Control Box. The deluxe model is available as tensioned and non-tensioned versions. Lighting automation specialist Rako (5-R92) will introduce visitors to its updated iPhone, iPad and Android App with a totally revised user interface as well as personalised room, scene and channel naming - with images. Users with timeclock units can now set timed events from within the App. The App feeds into Rako’s versatile lighting platform which offers both wired and wireless options which the company says provides the perfect solution to deal with the challenges of either retro-fitted systems, renovation or new builds. With controls for all lighting types Rako concentrates on the challenges of dimming LEDs, offering products for direct control of lamps as well as trailing edge, 0-10V and DALI options for dimmable drivers. Rako offers lamp testing in its lab facilities allowing designers to be certain of dimming performance before installation.

More Information: Atlona +44(0)1252 876300, www.atlona.com

total lighting controls

AMX +44 (0)1904 343100, www.amx.com

Mood lighting systems, recalling a pre-programmed scene at the touch of a button, offer sophistication, ease of use and energy saving, controlling all light sources and curtains and blinds, including dimming of LEDs. With seamless integration to home cinema, multi-room audio, security systems and with 'holiday mode' functions the Smart Home dream becomes a reality. Retrofittable wireless modules allow systems to be installed with the minimum of fuss and expanded later while CAT5 wired options cater for the largest of projects. With wireless/wired bridging even combined systems are possible. Controlled from stylish wall-pads, hand-held remotes, iPhone/iPad apps or even automated sensors or timed commands, the user has the power of control. Put simply, Rako offers everything a Smart Home needs from lighting control but with unprecedented ease of installation.

Crestron +44 (0)845 8738787, www.crestron.co.uk WyreStorm +44 (0)1793 230343, www.wyrestorm.com Tempest +44 (0)7867 536522, www.tempest.org Aldous Systems Europe Ltd: +44 (0)1296 719582 www.aldoussystems.co.uk RGB Communications +44 (0)1488 73366 www.rgbcomms.co.uk Habitech +44 (0)1420 540054, www.habitech.co.uk Kramer + 44 (0)1296 330011, www.kramerelectronics.co.uk CINEAK +32 3 3540366, www.cineak.com Draper Group Ltd +44 (0)1536 203101 www.drapergroupltd.co.uk

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Rako +44 (0)1634 226666, www.rakocontrols.com B&W +44 (0)1903 221500, www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk Invision UK +44 (0)1359 270280, www.invisionuk.com AWE Europe +44 (0)1372 729777, www.awe-europe.com Amina +44 (0)1480 354390, www.amina.co.uk

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EXPERIENCE A MOVIE? IF YOU’RE NOT CHOOSING PROJECTION, THEN YOU’RE NOT CHOOSING HOME CINEMA! Large screen projection delivers the home cinema experience like nothing else. Are you experiencing movies as they were intended? • Larger screen sizes provide immersive home cinema at its very best! • Draper offers the most comprehensive selection of viewing surfaces in the industry as well as over 40 unique screen models to choose from!

• With the finest viewing surface selection tools available, Draper can help guide you in choosing the perfect surface for any application. • Draper’s new High Performance XS850E (currently available on Onyx screen models) rejects the ambient light found in many multipurpose rooms, offers great off axis viewing and high contrast in most light conditions.

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Smart thinking Kris Gamble, director of Customised and founder of the #LiveInstall community considers the impact of the keen interest now being shown by multinationals on smart home concepts. Twitter has been a great platform for LiveInstall, we are able to network with other businesses and customers anywhere in the UK and further afield. We can show off our followers work daily with them using #LiveInstall and we keep track of trends in our industry and follow news stories as they emerge. The source of many of these stories this month is CES 2014 in Las Vegas, where some of the biggest technology brands have been announcing their future visions. Samsung, for example, revealed their intention to bring out a Smart Home system linking everything from gadgets to household appliances. Meanwhile, Google turned its attention to cars, announcing that it will be integrating Android into the dashboards of such manufacturers as Audi, Honda and Hyundai. Developments such as these raise significant questions for our industry and it is intriguing to consider the potential impact of the activities of major brands. The media interest surrounding Samsung’s Smart Home fails to note that such systems are readily available. The same goes for LG’s HomeChat system, allowing users control over their home via SMS text messages, a method already offered by the likes of HDL. Samsung’s new service will be limited at first to their own products, before expanding later to support those of other manufacturers; however, this raises the question of whether other brands would be willing to use the platform of such a significant competitor. Whilst such developments undoubtedly bring welcome limelight to the industry, we are led to consider the extent of extra training that might be necessary to bring them to a brand hungry audience who are less willing to adapt to expertise. Google’s latest idea is another step forward in the development of cars as smart systems in themselves; why then is this a flourishing area, now viewed by consumers as the expected norm, while intelligent homes remain the preserve of the luxury home market? For instance, in 2010, luxury homes and apartments

These neat installs in a period property by Trevor Pace (@trevange) of Trevange Services was the latest #LiveInstallBattle winner

Images like this one from Sam at @TheSoundGallery capture the spirit of #LiveInstall giving a behind the scenes real-world look at an install picture

accounted for 70% of the smart home market. This focus is integral and not about to change, but arguably there is a significant barrier to be broken down in order to show consumers the availability and affordability of smart home products. Any attention brought by the brand power of Samsung and their competitors provides an opportunity that the industry cannot afford to miss. Perhaps it signals the start of the home’s fightback against cars in the battle for smart system superiority; Twitter is the perfect medium for us to discuss how to take advantage of this. Follow us on twitter @LiveInstall

The latest opinion Every month we ask the LiveInstall community for their views on current topics. Many of the contributors are looking forward to seeing the latest tech released at ISE, but still remain undecided whether they will attend or not. Trevor Pace, @Trevange, looks forward to seeing more HDMI distribution options for 4K and Paul Wright, @digital_plumber expects a new wave of Android based control systems. We asked dozens of installers this month about what needs to change in UK homes to make properties better equipped for technology and the response was unanimous, a Cat5e/6.6a/7 wired infra-structure is urgently needed to give homes a fighting chance in the future. Finally, we recently concluded the latest #LiveInstallBattle, which also makes use of Twitter to put installers around the country and abroad in a head to head competition, with our followers judging and voting for the most impressive entries. The latest winner to emerge was Trevor Pace (@trevange) of Trevange Services, with his #LiveInstall of a television and audio system in a period home. Thanks to everyone for their involvement and fantastic contributions to the competition. More Information on the #LiveInstall community can be found by following @LiveInstall or visiting www.liveinstall.co.uk

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BUILDING BETTER IP NETWORKS

ProNet is the first integrated platform of tools and training for high performance, reliable IP networking. We’re supporting three tremendously powerful and complementary brands to help you maintain control in the home and earn margin as well. ! Network switches ! PDUs ! UPS ! Routers ! Wireless access points

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Boxing clever

Duncan Summers, director of Eyestones, install company turned manufacturer, tells EI how the company is finding fans with sync-box, an inventive product which recesses a connection suite into the wall.

Steve Noyes (left) and Duncan Summers of Eyestones believe the sync-box is the perfect answer to a professional finish when mounting a TV

Essential Install (EI): “When did you first get the idea for the snyc-box? Duncan Summers (DS): “Recently we have seen a significant change to TV screens. The quality of viewing has evolved to HD and 3D very quickly. With this, physical changes have also developed. The screens are slimmer and lighter with flat brackets also slimmer and lighter. We recognised that there was a fundamental problem - the physical plug top and AV connections are now thicker than the products they are connecting!” EI: So how does sync-box work? DS: “sync-box is a unique recessed power and AV socket, for use when installing wall mounted TVs. It is designed around a standard double socket space using the same module components already being used throughout the UK and Europe. The difference? sync-box is recessed by 40mm and has a unique cover plate which when in location, has a slender 10mm profile. Therefore, it is now possible to install a new ultra thin LCD or LED screen with all cables connected professionally and stylishly behind the screen. For screens mounted on a swing bracket, the cover plate leaves a stylish finish with plugs and AV terminals hidden behind. The cover plate will also be available in various colours and finishes. “Currently the installer has a major obstacle to overcome due to the slender design of the screens and indeed the brackets. This obstacle usually results in the installer hard wiring the power with a fixed fuse spur and secondly, creating a huge hole in the wall behind the screen to ‘stuff’ the AV wiring into. Not exactly a professional solution when installing an expensive product for your customer. sync-box is also completely adaptable for any configuration as it is designed to house Euro or Keystone modules which are available via our website or throughout many distributors across the UK.” EI: In what ways does originally being an install company help you identify product needs and support your customers? DS: “Simple. We experience many challenges on most installs. These can vary from aesthetics, costs, logistics or indeed products. Over the past year or two, we have experienced the same problem time after time - how to install a flat screen TV flush against the wall, while giving the wiring and wall behind a professional finish. sync-box solves all

The sync-box is designed around a standard double socket space but is recessed by 40mm

of these problems. We also have other products which are patent pending, but rest assured, we are confident these will also be ‘game changers’. EI: Tell us about the new premises, what advantages will this offer the company and its customers? DS: “Our premises in Paddock Wood, Kent has approximately 5,000 square feet of storage and production space. Our location is ideal for direct links into the centre of London in 40 minutes via rail. We are 30 minutes from Ashford International station with direct rail links into Europe. Our distribution partners are able to courier to anywhere in Europe on a next day delivery service, or anywhere within the M25 on a same day service.” EI: “As a design company what other services do you provide? DS: “We offer bespoke AV and lighting design solutions for domestic and commercial properties. Our team of skilled and knowledgeable designers have the expertise to find a solution for any given budget. We have designed countless projects with budgets from £5k up to £100k.” EI: How did Essential Install Live! North go? DS: “EI Live! was a ground breaking project for us. The response we received was remarkable with many distribution companies placing pre-orders and some companies requesting exclusive rights for sync-box! Furthermore, we are receiving emails on a daily basis via our website, with either information requests or indeed, customers trying to place orders. We are very proud to announce that Habitech has agreed exclusivity in the CI market for distribution of sync-box.” More information: Eyestones +44 (0)1892 838860, www.sync-box.com Habitech +44 (0)1420 540054, www.habitech.co.uk

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Essential Case Study: Overture Ltd

Overture introduces a fine home cinema Frank G. Moran, director of experienced install firm Overture Limited, takes EI on a journey into high-quality cinema. being papered for example and the fabric walls were filled with more material to pad things down.” As well as a top notch cinema, the install team suggested to the client that by building a bar at one end of the space, the 13 metre long room could still be used as a social/ party area. Frank explains: “We had just finished another project for a client who wanted a ‘pub’ in her (large) house and we had worked with some shopfitters to discreetly install large scale audio and video. It was our idea to put the bar into the Cinema – seemed like the obvious thing to do at the time.

The bar area means the room is multi-use and the music abilities of the system can be taken full advantage of

“In this particular space, the client was also interested in good quality music playback and the ability to play music loud (particularly when the bar had been used to good effect). I always look to encourage clients to use spaces for other activities if it means our systems get used more often.”

Talking Technical

The cinema makes use of Control4’s own lighting control platform

Frank explains that the project came about as the client purchased this mid 18th Century property that the firm had spent about three years installing cables in for the previous owners, who recomneded Overture to the new owners. The new owner of this large period property in North Oxfordshire wanted a cinema, but the team quickly recognised that what had been identified as a ‘party’ room in the basement (with cabling for professional PA speakers, disco lights and even a dance floor installed) would be a much better space than the smaller room previously considered. Frank explains: “Convincing the cleint that the basement room was a much better venue was a subtle process, I just showed him a very large screen with a huge scale audio system and watched the cogs turning as he worked it out for himself!” Although the structure of the room could not be altered, acoustic treatment was applied to the walls and ceiling wherever possible to reduce any anomalies. Frank says: “The Audessy room correction system in the Integra processor we were going to use is pretty good, but you never really know what you are going to get until you fire the system up for the first time. “The property is incredibly substantial with huge stone walls, so bass transmission was never going to be huge problem. The client project managed the job himself and is very savy as far as AV and acoustics are concerned so implemented many more subtle changes to aid the acoustics. The ceilings were lined with an absorbent material before

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So what kit did the team decide was going to best service the needs of this high performance and multi-use space? Miller and Kreisel S150 speakers and X12 Subwoofers (7.2) produce an impressive audio performance, as the building was constructed in 1740, the thick walls and solid structure help to ensure huge bass extension. Parasound Halo amplifiers provide the drive with Integra doing the processing courtesy of the DHC-80.3 and Oppo BluRay provides the source. A Seymour acoustically transparent fourmetre screen, provides the picture platform in concert with the 4K capable Sony VPL-VW1000ES and the seats from FrontRow are set on two levels. Frank says: “We looked at a number of speaker options, but the MK 150s were used because we had lots of experience installing them in other projects and knew that they would provide the coverage and level to fill a room that size. The Parasound Power Amps were chosen by the client and the Projector was selected after a demonstration against a JVC model (and the client was keen to keep his 4K options open). “The processor choice was the most difficult decision for the client to make, but the results prove that it was the correct one. The Oppo BluRay decision was an easy one in comparison! The Control4 components and lighting control were all specified and recommended by myself.” Getting the best performance from the impresive line up of kit of course needed to be aproached with care. Frank says: “Probably the most difficult part was choosing the exact position for the front speakers, all concealed behind the four metre screen. We had to try to work out how high the tiered seating was likely to be (which was also dependant on what chairs were likely to be installed at a later date). The

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T2x

KX2

• Edge-to-edge touchscreen for improved gesture control

• 12 programmable hard buttons

• Accelerometer wakes the unit up & provide control via movement • Three wireless modes built-in ( 433MHz, Zigbee and WiFi ) • New dock for improved battery charging

• Customisable 2.8” (QVGA) colour touchscreen • Integrated 10/100Base-T Ethernet port with PoE • Built-in IR output for direct control of devices • Proximity sensor automatically wakes the unit up when approached

To find out more, call the Invision UK sales team on 01359 270280 or visit www.InvisionUK.com All trademarks are the property of their respective manufacturers. E&OE. Copyright © Invision UK Ltd 2014. Invision UK Limited, Alexander House, 3 Hillside Business Park, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EA.


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Essential Case Study: Overture Ltd

A four metre Seymour fixed screen and a Sony VPL-VW1000ES projector make a great match

client was again very hands on and helpful during this stage of the process.” The cinema is controlled using Control4 for the compents and blinds and the project also took advantage of the new Panelised Lighting control platform from Control4. Overture is a fan of the new Control4 lighting system citing its ease of programming and lots of control options for the client (via iPhone, iPad, keypad or the on-screen display) meaning the customer has a very accessible way of making fine adjustments to the lighting using the large screen. As the property was of a considerable age, this also offered challenges to the project team, but the installation of an additional wireless access point took care of most of the issues. Keen to takes advantage of next generation picture technology, the cleint was keen to include 4K capability, so a 4K capable Sony VPL-VW1000ES takes centre stage in the project. Frank explains: “The client was very impressed with the results from Sky HD when upscaled to 4K. As an industry, we seem to spend our lives covering the bases for emerging technologies and we can’t blame our clients for wanting to make sure they are as protected as well as possible to cover future technologies. “I think that 4K offers tremendous potential, but at the moment it is just that – potential. Would like to think that 4K content might become available, but without a vehicle to deliver (other than a downloadable option) I suspect it will flounder.” So now the project is finished, what does the client think? Frank says: “The owner loves the results, particularly from Blu-Ray (in fact he said he can’t imagine how 4K content

could make it any better). Our favourite part? The bar of course!” As a skilled exponant of the art of home cinema EI was keen to get Frank’s views on the future of the sector: “I think that as we have seen in the stereo two-channel arena, home cinema seems to be polarising into ‘cheapest’ or ‘best’ with the area in the middle becoming the domain of the online retailers and self-build enthusiasts. We love this kind of project, one that allows us some creative licence, particularly with a client who is very communicative and happy to listen. “If we are judged by our results, then I think we should consider that we have done a good job by this installation!”

Essential Kit List Oppo BDP-103EU BluRay MK iW-150 in-wall speakers (2 off – rear surround) MK MP-150 on-wall speakers (3 off – front LCR) MK S150T Surround Speakers (2 off side surround) MK X12 SubWoofers (2 off) Parasound Halo A51 Power Amplifier Parasound Halo A21 Power Amplifier Integra DHC-80.3 Processor Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Control 4 HC-800 Controller Control 4 SR-250 Remote Control 4 - 8 Zone dimming pack/keypads/panel Seymour AV Fixed 2.35 Screen 157.5in wide 67in High Middle Atlantic 5-29-26 rack More Information: Overture Ltd +44 (0)1295 272158 www.overture.co.uk

new SONY projector VPL-VW500ES Native 4K resolution Supports HDMI 2.0 / 60p New RF 3D emitter Triluminous display, wider colour space Auto Calibration feature

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Essential Wyrestorm

The Total Solution – WyreStorm at ISE 2014 Integrated Systems Europe 2014 in Amsterdam sees WyreStorm exhibit its latest Total Distribution and Control Solutions for residential and commercial integrators. WyreStorm gives installers four reasons to make sure it’s stand is high on the list of must see exhibitors. Check out all the latest on Stand 5-U86, 4-6 February 2014. WyreStorm Expands Pro Plus HDBaseT Matrix Range with Two New High Performance Switchers With the introduction of two new Pro Plus HDBaseT matrix models, MX-PP-POH and MX-PP-POH-CUSTOM, WyreStorm says it offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of HDBaseT matrix devices on the market, designed to deliver the utmost in switching and installation flexibility. WyreStorm’s new matrices expand upon the company’s popular Pro Plus HDBaseT range with the addition of integrated Power-over-HDBaseT and RS232 routing capabilities, which enable central powering and control of display zones added to a feature set containing full distribution and control of 1080p 36bit HD video, audio and bidirectional IR control up to 70m. The MX-0808-PP-POH matrix configuration features HDBaseT and duplicate HDMI transmission for an out-ofthe-box matrix solution of power, versatility and reliability. The MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM modular matrix is custom built to exact specifications, providing an AV distribution solution tailored the needs of any system or application. Installers can use an intuitive online system planner to configure their custom matrix, selecting from various digital and analogue transmission cards that can be used interchangeably to create near-limitless system configuration options for any application scenario up to 112x112, with seamless integration with WyreStorm’s award-winning AMP-

001-010 HDBaseT digital amplifier and range of HD receiver and extender products. The WyreStorm MX-0808-PP-POH is now shipping with the MX-0808-PP-POH-CUSTOM available from Feb 2014 and 16x16 models expected to ship by the beginning of Q2 2014.

A World of AV at Your Fingertips with Enado: WyreStorm’s first Cross-Platform, Browser-Based Control Solution This new control interface combines powerful hardware and innovative software to provide installers with a more affordable, integrator and user-friendly solution for end-to-end control and support of HD AV distribution systems and its electronics from anywhere in the world. The intuitive, browser-based user interface is compatible with any Internet-enabled device and is paired with a 1U, 19in rack-mounted WyreStorm Enado Controller, featuring 16 assignable IR ports, integrated IP ports and array of contact closures with built-in secure Wi-Fi for connection to any local Internet-enable devices. The result for integrators is an affordable, scalable, out of the box control system for AV distribution to control devices in buildings of any type or size anywhere in the world from anywhere in the world. To the end user, Enado acts as a traditional App, easily accessible via any iPad, Android device or smartphone; but behind the unassuming simplicity of the Enado interface is a robust, innovative and powerful software/hardware product

The WyreStorm MX-0808-PP-POH will be just one of the highlights on the WyreStorm ISE stand

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Essential wyrestorm

WyreStorm’s much anticipated automation platform, Enado arrives this year

designed to be installed without programming experience all offered at a competitive industry price point. For the integrator, Enado’s innovative software makes installation and configuration easy with a browser-based configuration tool requiring no programming, supported by a comprehensive IR database and a built-in device editor and IR learner so new devices can be created quickly and easily. Including live video streaming previews on the control device, WyreStorm’s ‘single real-time update technology’ enables real-time updates across the system from any Internet point and an automatic recognition and delivery of correct visual format for any connected device. Enado features a host of system-enhancing functions to add value to any integration. The Enado control solution arrives March 2014.

WyreStorm HDBaseT and Seamless Switching HDMI Presentation Switcher Offering a complete end-to-end multiformat AV connection, distribution and control ecosystem solution, WyreStorm’s first Presentation Switcher is a fully featured platform that integrates full HDBaseT technology and connectivity with seamless HDMI-to-HDMI switching for the most versatile presentation system available. Delivering a rich, scalable and fully expandable switching experience, the PS-0902-010 features a wealth of I/O functionality and flexibility, with nine mixed format inputs including HDMI, HDBaseT, Display Port, Composite, Component, VGA, including boosting, upscaling, downscaling and auto scaling capabilities – all distributing over HDBaseT distances up to 100m. Providing integrators with flexibility and functionality as a standalone presentation switcher, the PS-0902-010 is also fully compatible with WyreStorm’s complete line of HDBaseT receivers, amplifier and the new WyreStorm Enado control interface for high quality, easily configured control and live preview of the switcher and connected devices from any browser-enabled device anywhere in the world using Wi-Fi or LAN connectivity to create an end-to-end distribution ecosystem of literally any size. WyreStorm Presentation Switcher will be previewed at ISE 2014, with an expected availability of Q2 2014.

WyreStorm NetworkHD: HD over IP that Changes the Way You Design & Specify AV Distribution Systems

Capable of transmitting high-quality, full HD video over an IP network virtually any distance, WyreStorm NetworkHD enables a standard Ethernet networking equipment to replace proprietary HDMI matrices, making installation and management of the AV distribution network simpler and almost infinitely scalable. WyreStorm NetworkHD provides integrators with a simple, flexible and cost effective HD signal distribution and advanced video wall management solution applicable to a wide variety of residential and commercial installation environments of any configuration with simple programming and seamless integration with Enado control to make previously complex set-ups effortless. Featuring the convenience and efficiency of Power-overEthernet, bi-directional IR, IP, RS232 and USB for KVM to ensure all control requirements are covered, the flexibility of NetworkHD enables source components to be centrally located or distributed anywhere on the network removing the limitations of fixed input/output matrices and allowing the customers’ requirements to drive the specification, not the limitations of the technology. WyreStorm NetworkHD expected availability March 2014. Follow WyreStorm on Facebook, Twitter and www.wyrestorm.com Visit WyreStorm on stand 5-U86 at ISE 2014, 4-6 February 2014, Amsterdam, NL

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Get serious about support Start 2014 with a solid base as EI presents the latest info on products that support and present CI hardware. With a new range for 2014, B-Tech AV Mounts has launched a family of flat screen floor stands which includes options for mounting screens in a back-to-back format. The BT8551, BT8552, BT8553 and BT8554 are the company’s answer to increasing demand for stands that are stylish yet robust. The maker says the stands can mount screens in landscape or portrait and offer functionality as well as strength, with the black powder coated bases providing a solid but discreet foundation for two poles to which the screens are mounted. Each unit comes with B-Tech’s Torsion Tilt mechanism for screen adjustment and cable management facilities for a tidy finish and each stand has three height options (1m, 1.5m and 2m) and a choice of either black or chrome for the poles. The BT8551 is made for medium/large screens up to 50in and weighing 35kg, the BT8552 is designed to mount two medium/large screens in a back-to-back format and supports screens up to 50in and weighing 35kg and the BT8553 is built for screens up to 65in and weighing up to 35kg. The BT8554 is the largest of the group and is made to mount two

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large screens in a back-to-back format, supporting screens up to 65in and weighing up to 35kg. The stands also have locking bars for security if being used in public spaces. Suitable for large screen installs in commercial spaces, the company’s Universal Flat Screen Wall Mount (BT9903) is suitable for screens over 65in and can support weights of 130kg. The universal interface fits screens with mounting patterns up to 1100mm x 730mm and has adjustment screws that enable the screen to be levelled once mounted. The unit comes with a simple ‘hook-on’ installation and all mounting hardware is included. When more subtle installs are the aim, B-Tech has its BT8221, an ultra-slim, double arm flat screen wall mount with tilt and swivel. When folded flat, the mount stands proud of the wall by just 37mm, but can accommodate screens up to 65in and weighing 36kg with arms that can extend to 560mm. The unit comes with an easy-tilt mechanism of 15° in either direction and has three swivel-points; 180° on the wall, 360°on the centre point and 180° at the interface. Other features include a cable management system, cover plates and an integrated spirit level to aid accurate mounting. Alltrade is one of the key distributors of B-Tech products and is currently taking orders for this product and the BT9903. SANUS has announced a completely new line in the Premium Series TV wall mounts, which are designed to deliver intuitive, simple installation and high-end aesthetics. Designed with integrated safety features, the maker has included a redesigned and simplified installation template and has trimmed the range to include 11 models to cater for three size ranges; 13in to 39in, 40in to 50in and 51in to 80in. Supersize panels, from 84in to 90in, are still catered for with a number of XXL products. The installation process is made straight-forward with a key-holed wall plate and quick release tabs for tool-less set up. Audible safety locks give reassurance of a safe and secure connection and every model comes with a magnetic level and stud-finder tool, fully assembled interface and preinstalled finger tightening fasteners that eliminate the need for tools. The Premium Series also offers adjustments to level the TV after it is mounted and the range also offers a kick-stand that pulls the TV away from the wall. The range offers options of fixed-position, tilting, full-motion and full motion plus accessories such as sound bar mounts. Installers can get a look at the new range at the ISE event in February. A consistently popular innovator in this sector is Future Automation and the company does not disappoint with its latest creation, the QA260-P2L motorised wall mount. Designed for use with screens of 60in-90in in size, the product delivers both parallel tracking and 150° bi-directional rotation, along with an automated portrait to landscape

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Future Automation offers its powerful new QA260-P2L motorised wall mount

Peerless is introducing its Mosaic Video Wall solution

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rotation. Building on the success of the QA2 bracket, the QA260-P2L has been designed to tackle the issue of moving and storing larger and heavier screens. The addition of a portrait to landscape swivel opens up new storage options as well as giving end users a dual use screen. Utilising infrared or RS232 control and featuring fully integrated cable management, the maker says the mount is easy to control and integrate into current home automation systems. As a key supplier for the brand, Invision says it welcomes the latest innovations from Peerless-AV’s SmartMount XT range. The SmartMount XT was conceived to offer a range of versatile and easy to install mounting solutions, getting closer to the wall and offering extra features that save the installer time and add value. Features include post installation screen roll for levelling and security options for public areas and installers also have the assurance of zero on-line sales presence. “Besides ease of installation, the beauty of the SmartMount XT lies in the 35% reduction in depth it offers,” argues Adrian Summers, sales specialist at Invision UK. “This brings the installation much closer to the wall resulting in a near seamless appearance. We feel confident that SmartMount XT offers the best solution to custom installers.” Featuring a thin, open wall plate design, SmartMount XT is made to give flexibility for cable and power cord management options and whilst the depth of the SmartMount XT range has been reduced, it still allows room for HDMI baluns. In addition, every model features ±12.5mm (0.5in) of vertical micro-adjustment, enabling screen height and roll to be modified by turning a single screw. Also available from Peerless is the ultra-slim, universal tilting wall mount, which holds the display 1inch (25mm) from the wall and offers an easy one-man installation. Attachment and detachment of the vertical adaptors with a safety clip and pull cord offers a secure and quick attachment to the wall plate, without the use of tools. Post-installation height

and roll adjustment ensure that the display can be effectively levelled after fitting, while both forward and back tilt mean the right viewing angle can be achieved. For the commercial sector, Peerless offers its Mosaic Video Wall mount (DS-VWM770), which delivers universal mounting for 46in to 70in flat panels and complete 360° rotation in 15° increments. Ten points of tool-less micro adjustment enable the fine tuning required for a seamless video wall appearance in any orientation, while the articulating arm extension from the wall allows for quick and convenient rear display access and servicing. Peerless-AV is also launching a range of ‘Quick Release’ video wall mounts designed to offer added convenience in accessing mid-array and recessed displays. This spring loaded push mechanism can be restricted with a locking screw when not needed and the carriage extension force can be adjusted to accommodate different weight of screens. Check out all the new lines on Stand H5, Hall 11 at the ISE. Vision Products is a UK company producing a full range of quality TV wall mounts at competitive prices, available to installers only. The ten most popular VISION models cover all sizes and types of TV from 14in upwards, with a choice of fixed, tilt and articulated mounts. To speed installation, the products are provided part-assembled and include an attached spirit level and cable management. The mounts are made from either high quality steel pressings or aluminium castings with a powder-coat black finish and include a full installation kit including wall fixings. All VESA mounting sizes are catered for and mounting patterns up to 820x500 can be accommodated. All of the fixed, tilt and larger articulated models include a TV locking system for safety and security where a padlock can be inserted at the owner’s discretion. This locking system is coupled to a ‘lift & hook’ mounting system making the installation of heavier models safer and easier.

Towers of Power Racks are of course a key tool in any installer’s arsenal and Habitech is keen to bring attention to the wide range of options available from Chief. The distributor says the family of products offers strength, flexibility and advanced features, being engineered from solid steel and delivering a comprehensive range of accessories and consistent thermal management options. Within industry standard 19in frames/enclosures, simple but effective rack layouts are designed to cater for the needs of each component bearing in mind cable routes, connectivity and cooling. In addition, a complementary range of custom rack-mount kits are available for popular system components, each with an adjustable clamp to securely keep components in place. Where components offer only IR control cut-outs are provided to accommodate the placement of an IR flasher. A new Habitech product guide is available providing features, part numbers and sizes for the range, which includes S1 Series ready-to-assemble racks, E1 Series enclosed racks, ROTR Series pull-out and rotate racks, W1 Series hinged on-wall racks, W2 Series fixed on-wall racks and the full range of rack-mount accessories and kits. Chief’s range of quiet fan panels support ‘assisted’/‘forced air cooling’ and help maintain the rack’s temperature by

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Essential Brackets, Racking, Support and Furniture removing the ‘hotter air’ generated by components. The 3U fan panel can also be accommodated within models featuring 3U removable top panels (S1, E1, W1 and W2 series). An optional thermostat controller ensures fans only run when equipment is used. RGB has long been a supporter and distributor of the Middle Atlantic brand. All Middle Atlantic racks have practical features, such as knockouts for wiring or cooling and threaded rack rail with marked rack space increments to speed equipment mounting. RGB says the Slim 5 Series racks are popular as they are available in any height from 8 to 43U. The whole rack comes flat packed and is designed to be easily assembled offering a full array of accessories. The specially designed AXS slide out system gives access to the rear of the equipment and runs on tracks which can be locked into place during maintenance. The AXS also comes with triple hinged cable carriers to secure the cabling and maintain good cable management when the rack is moved during maintenance. Other innovative design features include the in-wall SRSR Series Rotating Sliding Rail System. The SRSR allows the installer to pull the rack out for rear access to equipment connections if built into a wall or cabinet. Available with a 19in or 23in useable depth, the SRSR system extends and rotates 90º in either direction. The company’s thermal management solutions have been designed and engineered to integrate aesthetically into any residential environment with little to no impact on the client. Technology such as thermostatic fan control ensures that systems will run optimally by monitoring system temperature and signalling fans to run automatically. One of these thermosensitive products is the component cooler, which is optimised for components on open shelving, turning on automatically when satellite/cable boxes, receivers and other heat generating components get too hot. RGB has also taken on SurgeX, manufacturer of AC power conditioning products, which offers its own advanced series mode surge elimination technology. SurgeX technology is non-sacrificial and absorbs surge energy to ensure AV equipment is protected. RGB also offers Torus Power which provides total AC supply isolation, meaning that any noise and interference is absorbed within the unit and therefore never reaches the equipment. Another solid performer here is Pro Audio Stash (PAS), recently introducing its own range of power distribution units for partnering with its range of racks. The British manufactured Octopus is an entry level racking product featuring 8 x IEC distribution outlets, surge protection and EMI (electromagnetic interference) filters. Suitable for installations where reliable power supplies are vital for protecting equipment, the maker says the Octopus delivers the consistency of British manufacturing at a competitive price. The production set up allows products to be quickly developed, adapted and customised to cater for specific requirements. The Octopus is designed to provide versatile AC and DC power distribution, with the inputs comprising of C14 fused EMI filters with additional power surge protection and the AC outs are IEC320 C13s. The DC outs are 12 way pluggable screw terminal sockets offering 3 x 5V maximum loads at 2100mA and 3 x 12V DC ins at a maximum load of 1200mA. The surge protection is handled via two 5A circuit breakers

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and the usable voltage range is between 200–240V. Enclosure Systems has announced the launch of its 419 Series floor standing wooden cabinets. Manufactured from real wood veneered MDF board in ash or oak finish, the racks are suited to applications in domestic or commercial settings. Available in 12U & 18U heights and two depths (600mm or 800mm), all sizes include front and rear U printed mounting profiles, quick release door hinges and medium duty castors. The company also has a wall mounted wooden cabinet option with the 414 Series. Again manufactured from real wood veneered MDF board in ash or oak, the units come in 3U, 4U, 6U, 8U, 10U & 12U heights, including mounting rack strips. Also included as part of the range is the desk top POD’s 415 Series with rubber feet to allow installation on desks. Another popular product for the home sector is the 262 T Series floor standing cabinet supplied with glass door including swing lock, rear steel door, lockable side panels, medium duty castors and base plates. Available in Black RAL 9005 or Grey RAL 7035, sizes include 12U, 18U, 27U and 37U and the products are available Ex-Stock for same day despatch, delivery 1-2 days. Available from Sanus is the Component Series AV racks which offer heavy-gauge welded steel construction, swivel casters and height-adjustable feet as well as shelves and blanking panels. The range comes pre-assembled with blanking panels and vented shelves, which include back stops to make sure equipment does not move. Quick-release back and side panels allow access to components and the racks have two 3U cut-out openings on both-top and bottom as well as a removable 3U panel that can be located above or below the rear rack door for added venting or active cooling flexibility. The CFR2136 model with additional accessories to gang racks together and make the side panels lockable is available

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PAS has introduced the Octopus range featuring 8 x IEC distribution outlets, surge protection and EMI filters

in 85in (44U), 70.5in (36U), 55in (27U) and 34in (15U) heights. The company’s Stackable Skeleton Racks provide height flexibility, from 15U to 40U, minimum stock holding as just two of the flat-pack units are required to cover all height options. The new models, CFR1615 (15U) and CFR1620 (20U) can be combined to make five different height combinations, 40U, 35U, 30U, 20U and 15U and Sanus says only 15 minutes is needed to construct each rack. A caster kit is available and an optional on-wall mounted swivel kit can provide increased accessibility.

Furniture expansion Premium Specialist Distribution (PSD) exclusive distributor of Sonorous, luxury AV furniture manufacturer, has announced the launch of a new Trade Ordering Service to support its growing number of install customers. Company MD, Darren Halket explains: “We have seen continual growth since the formation of our distribution arm. After feedback from both independent dealers and the custom install market, we felt it was necessary to support these channels with access to the full Sonorous product range both in terms of competitive pricing to provide a strong profit proposition, but also detailed product knowledge, support and flexibility in logistics to handle drop ship customer orders.” PSD anticipates continued growth in line with growth in premium quality furniture as many households look to replace outdated open style glass ‘oil rig’ type stands. Darren argues: “The combination of a wide range of fully assembled cabinets from the affordable Sonorous Mood Series up to the luxury Elements EX Series provide a real alternative for customers looking to add style to home, whatever their taste or budget. This is especially true given that the TV and associated home entertainment equipment are fast becoming the focal point of many a lounge.” The TV shield offers a clever approach to not only help support a TV but also protect it and bring an affordable solution to a variety of specialised placement options including outside. The TV shield encloses any TV protecting it from damage, theft, tampering and weather. Manufactured using light weight and high strength polyethylene and polycarbonate with the front using the same shatter resistant optically clear polycarbonate used in police riot shields. The front panel also has the ability to be locked. The product allows TVs to be placed in gardens, hot tub areas, pubs, outdoor exhibitions,

stadiums, hotel pools, bus stations, train stations and boats. TVs from 19 to 42in (up to 46in with some LEDs) can be accommodated using the product’s two versions. The company will be available to meet and provide more information at the ISE, call +44 (0)7807 777552 or email alex@thetvshield.co.uk to make an appointment.

More Information: Sanus +44 (0)207 0432926, www.sanus.com B-Tech International +44 (0)844 8000445 www.btechavmounts.com Alltrade: +44 (0)844 225 2700, www.alltrade.co.uk Future Automation +44 (0)1438 833577 www.futureautomation.co.uk Invision UK +44 (0)1359 270280, www.invisionuk.com Peerless AV +44 (0)1923 200100, www.peerless-av.co.uk Habitech +44 (0)1420 540054, www.habitech.co.uk Pro Audio Stash +44 (0)1424 429641 www.proaudiostash.co.uk Vision Products +44 (0)1604 662740 www.vision-products.co.uk Enclosure Systems Ltd +44 (0)1732 886552 www.enclosuresystems.com RGB Communications +44 (0)1488 73366 www.rgbcomms.co.uk Sonorous UK +44 (0)844 3582772, www.sonorous.tv TV Sheild:+44 (0)1298 872233, www.ce-tek.co.uk Premium Specialist Distribution +44 (0)844 3582270 www.psdistuk.com

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Essential A Day in the Life: M.E.G.A. AV Installation

The Mix Master Zak Vracevic owner and founder of M.E.G.A AV first came to England from Serbia as a top music re-mixer, these days his focus is on finding the right mix to deliver bespoke and user friendly projects

Zak uses his knowledge of how music is created to get the best from AV kit

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Zak’s background is in music, achieving success in his home of Serbia as a musician before trying his luck on the London music scene in 1986. Zak eventually became a successful re-mixer for top artists such as Kylie, Gloria Estefan, Bob Marley and many others, but when the music industry changed with the coming of online, the AV work took over. Zak says: “Around the same time as the mixing work was coming to an end, I was looking to have some AV work done on my place. I spoke to a few people who explained that certain things I wanted to achieve were not possible, with my experience of professional AV studios, I knew they were, so I installed my own system. “The project was seen by a friend of my wife who asked who had done the install as she wanted something similar for her home. So around 12 years ago that is how I got started.” Zak explains: “Those first few projects were a big learning curve, but my background in professional studios helped immensely with being able to achieve great sound and picture. I was also involved in mixing movie tracks, so had always had access to the best in screening room equipment as well as audio. “These days I like to concentrate on the larger projects and leave the smaller ones alone. I find that they can often take as much effort, be as demanding, but of course are less profitable.” Early projects involved a property in Putney where two flats on top of each other were converted into one dwelling, which involved the installation of an Imerge server, Denon AVR, Panasonic plasma and an Opus 500 system. Zak says: “We did quite few Opus 500 projects in the early years and despite a few problems with the sensitivity of the amps to power fluctuations, found it to be a good system. We were also big users of Philips Pronto in the early days and all those projects are still up and running.” “Most of my clients are big music lovers and I guess my skill is achieving for them the best sound they can have for

their budget. This does not always mean chucking as much money at the equipment as possible. Understanding how music is created and how rooms react, means I know that if you are going to spend over £25,000 on an AV set up, you need to treat the room as well. I have seen so many projects, where money has been poured into the equipment, without a proper understanding of how audio in particular really works and the client does not get the right performance. A properly set up system with carefully placed speakers, serviced with key ingredients like stable power and good cables, can sound amazing without having to over specify and break the bank.” Zak adds: “These days all the equipment is getting cheaper and better, so choosing the right kit has become a little easier. Consequently, the need to get the installation and set-up correct has never been more important.” Equipment wise Zak is a big fan of the NuVo multi-room music system citing its ease of use, rock-solid reliability,

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Zak has a whole host of satisfied customers created by delivering genuinely bespoke systems for each project

access to Internet radio and general ease of install and compatibility with third party equipment as important aspects. He is also impressed with NuVo’s loudness algorithm and general sound, which takes the product beyond systems like Sonos for listening quality. “I also like the Panasonic PT-AT6000E projector for its price to performance ratio. Whilst we also use brands like JVC, I find lots of people are happy with Panasonic. In general it’s really important to specify only to the level at which the customer can appreciate and notice the difference.” Zak explains: “Also I have always been a big fan of plasma in general. Kuro in the early days (still the best in my opinion, even now) and more lately Panasonic’s top models. So naturally it’s a disappointment that Panasonic will be pulling out of plasma, but we are exploring new screens like Samsung LEDs and some of LG’s products. “We are also just getting into URC Total Control. I have had a long relationship with AWE and we are finding the platform a really good one, easy to programme and with lots of Apple compatibility. I also love the fact I can get on the phone and Mal Fisher of the technical team there will always come back to me with a solution for any problem.” The Chord company is also a key partner for the company as Zak is a big believer in giving the signals the best chance with high quality cables. Newer technologies is an area where the company is more cautious. Zak comments: “All this stuff on curved screens? I think a lot of it is just manufacturers coming up with a new gimmick to sell more screens, I can’t see curved screens working in the installation market. “Also 4K I am yet to be convinced on. There is no content and although there is up-scaling, I tend to rely on the great performance you can get with existing technology, for which there is loads of content for people to enjoy!” Once the kit is chosen Zak makes sure everything is set up and tested before going to site: “I find if there is a problem with hardware it will show up pretty quickly, so setting up everything and testing it before installation is a good way to avoid issues afterwards. Back up is also a huge part of what I offer. All my clients get two years support for free. It’s something that they really appreciate and wins me new custom all the time.”

Getting the work Zak explains: “A lot the work comes from architects and interior designers. My wife being a designer and architect herself means I have good contacts in that area and the quality of the work and the fact that we try to only specify exactly what the client needs, wins us many friends. “We also like to have a say in how the room looks. Providing bespoke built cabinets for large screen TVs for example, does not cost that much, but can take the install up a notch.” Zak is currently nearing the end of a project for an existing client who is renovating a Chateau in the Bordeaux region of France. The project consists of a large multi-room NuVo music system and an impressive home cinema and listening room. The client is also a huge two channel fan so also needs assistance in setting up his prized valve amp based stereo equipment. Zak is particularly proud of the home cinema room, which boasts a 150in 4K Enlightor screen from Screen Excellence, a product he is particularly impressed with. Next project in the pipeline is for a prince from the Emirates region who is setting up a home in London. This project will involve a stand-alone home cinema, an IP TV system and multi-room music controlled from iPads. Even here, where the client is wealthy, the property will only be in use for a few months of the year, so Zak is careful to give them only what they need and not over specify. Zak concludes that the market is definitely showing signs of picking up, with more enquiries coming in than in the previous 12 months. So a busy day beckons with a meeting to finaslise the final push on the Chateaux project and some more planning for the Emirates client. Follow our latest projects and installs on our blog at avinstallationsuk.blogspot.co.uk More information: M.E.G.A. AV Installation +44 (0)207 3941706 www.megaavinstallations.com or by calling

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Imagine being able to unify all of the electronics in your home, allowing you to control everything from a single device that’s part of your everyday life? Total Control from URC allows you to do just that. Using the MRX-10 network controller (pictured) you can control your TV, stream your entire music collection, adjust your home lighting, heating or even see who’s at the front door via CCTV, all with your iDevice. Just some of the amazing capabilities of Total Control. The Total Control range also includes handheld WiFi remotes and in-wall keypads meaning you’ll have total control of your home, from anywhere.

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Read Adair Chris Adair of Adair Acoustic Design is the first challenger of 2014 to take on the titanic tussle of the Essential Install Q&A. and a cinema where the seats cost more than the entire AV system (excepting the control system). That’s rather like selling someone a Bentley with a fiat 500 engine and bicycle wheels, looks the business, but actually has rubbish performance. You can invite three people living or dead out for a pint (not including family and friends) who and why? Tesla – to talk about his way of understanding electricity, though really I am interested in the conspiracy theories that surround the latter part of his life. Dali Laama (but would he be tempted by a pint in the pub?) Either way he’s one of the wisest men – keeps calm under extreme pressure Phillip Glass – I find his music powerfully moving and full of images, his pieces require collaboration with a diverse array of great artists. Chris Adair would like to have a pint with the Dali Laama and educate Paul McCartney on real audio quality

What are you doing right now? At home sitting beside the fire with my daughter making an art piece. She’s asking when I’m going to set up the cinema system (recently moved house). If you were not involved in AV, what would you be doing? Precisely the same, except she would be asking when I’m going to pay an AV installer to set up the cinema. What project are you most proud of in your career and why? A recent system that combined the best of performance with great usability, beautifully installed and amazing to use. The client was delighted and best of all it has been remarkably reliable! What is the worst thing (outside of your control) that has ever gone wrong on a project? A very ambitious project in 1999 in Cyprus, nightmare electrician, overseas, ‘tomorrow’ was his stock answer. Used the wrong cables, created his own numbering system starting at 1 for each room, but didn’t think to identify each room... What is the best thing about working in CI/AV? I love the client contact related to the shared passion for music/movies and technology. What one thing could the industry collectively do to improve its standing and profitability? Raise their game – promote quality of performance. Most installers cut back on the audio, many don’t even know where to place speakers for optimal performance and roll over for the architect to make it all look great for as cheap as possible, so you end up with supermarket quality sound

You can only watch one movie and listen to one album for the rest of your life, what are they? Koyaanisqatsi (would have said Space Odyssey 2001 but I wouldn’t like to wear out the magic of the movie) Music – well I experimented with this as my favourite album is The Swans – The Burning World, but after repeating the disc in my car for 10 end to end’s a couple of tracks started to lose their appeal, so I’ll choose New Order’s Movement. What is your favourite piece of AV/CI kit on the market right now? Savant Control System You have just opened an AV showroom, how did the launch go? Why now? And what will the store feature? The launch went very well, now the hard work starts! The store will feature a strong, clear select range of Hi-Fi, but unusually we are putting a major effort into headphones and ‘desktop Hi-Fi’. There is a huge interest in headphones and we want to take the Hi-Fi angle on it – listen to them to judge which offer the best value for money. Did you know the manufacturing cost of a pair of £299 Beats Headphones? yes less than a cup of espresso! It’s quite surprising what a great sound you can achieve with headphones without a huge budget, but the idea is to cross market into the home Hi-Fi sales. What is the next big project you have coming up? We’re completing a large house for a well-known pop star for end of January 2014. What’s great is he’s put the emphasis on sound quality – so a large collection of PMC speakers are going in. You may think it’s obvious that a pop star would be concerned about sound quality, but you’d be surprised…for example Paul McCartney, with all his experience, is raving about B&O! More information: Adair Acoustic Design +44(0)207 2532326, www.adairacousticdesign.co.uk

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LG’s CI ambition EI spoke with UK commercial director CE at LG Electronics, Andy Mackay and representatives from the company’s two CI distributors (Invision and AWE) to understand better the company’s recent move to target the CI sector.

OLED and curved screen technology will also be on offer to the CI sector

Essential Install (EI): Could you explain why you have chosen this time to target the CI market? Andy Mackay (AM): “LG is currently working with key partners who can add value to our business. With LG being at the forefront of innovative technology, it is important that we are driving these key core technologies with premium partners.” EI: What do you feel are the current key products in the range for custom installers? AM: “LG is a true industry leader, developing new and exciting technologies that shape the TV category, with the Curved OLED and ULTRA HD 4K family of TVs. LG’s current home entertainment range also boasts the flagship Cinema Screen Smart TV series, that combine sleek and stylish design with the latest Smart TV platform, premium Apps and services.”

LG has a full complement of Smart TV technologies increasingly important to end users

EI: What products do you have coming in the future that will be of interest to installers? AM: “2014 will be the year of ‘Picture Perfect’, as ULTRA HD 4K TVs expand rapidly and OLED technology becomes established.

We will also see more developments in curved screen technology, with distinctive designs and innovative hardware. “Finally, smart, connected technology will continue to evolve and bring a new focus on enhancing the smart entertainment solution for the home. All these cutting edge developments offer huge potential for installers looking to create bespoke solutions for clients.” EI: There are connection protocols that CI’s look for (RS232, IP) as LG has these connections on its commercial products, will they be added to domestic ones? AM: “LG understands the requirements of the custom installer market and the need to be able to have full control on the TV using third party control systems. That’s why in 2014 LG has worked to offer an RS232 solution via USB. With a Serial to USB adapter, integrators will be able to control the TVs as if there were a RS232 port on the back of the TV itself.” Adrian Summers, sales specialist Invision UK: “This is fantastic news for the CI community and really highlights the work done between Invision and LG to give installers the products they have been demanding.” (Ed, the USB solution will be available from Invision and AWE) EI: What steps has LG taken to shift its perception towards a more premium brand in the mind of the consumer? AM: “Already this year LG has advertised its leading UHD TV and the end of 2013 saw LG launch its new TV advertising campaign, focusing on the flagship LG Curved OLED 55EA980W. This is a truly innovative and stand-out product that showcases the brand’s continued commitment to R&D and premium product development – something we’re keen to show off to our key distribution partners as well as consumers. LG also works closely with its key distribution partners, ensuring that we always deliver cutting edge technology to the highest standard, to cement the brand’s premium position. Central to our marketing strategy in 2014 will be driving understanding of new smart technologies

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Essential LG and communicating clear benefits to consumers and LG’s premium branded products. Digital will of course also play an increasingly important role in 2014, as we develop the story of ultimate picture quality via social media channels.” Andy Mackay, UK commercial director – CE at LG Electronics says the company has big plans for the CI sector

EI: What sort of time scale do you think we are looking at in terms of a significant amount of native 4K material being available? AM: “ULTRA HD 4K represents the future of immersive home entertainment and, as with all new developments, will take a while to pass from the realm of the early adopters to mass participation. ULTRA HD 4K content is undoubtedly growing, with broadcasters and film houses exploring how best to support this new, more immersive format. In the meantime, existing owners of LG’s 84LM960V ULTRA HD 4K TV can enjoy their HD programmes in exceptional picture quality due to LG’s built-in Ultra HD Resolution Upscaler. “Using a sophisticated four stage data analysis, this feature takes content of lesser image quality and renders it in high detail, enabling people to enjoy all their favourite TV, movies, sports and games in breath taking definition. “LG is also pioneering the introduction of mainstream ULTRA HD content by working with broadcasters. At CES 2013, LG demonstrated the progress it has made to develop ULTRA HD content and expressed its interest in forming partnerships with further broadcasters.” EI: Can you take us through some of the key performance characteristics of the 84LM960V ULTRA HD 4K TV? AM: “The sheer size of the display, which is equal to four 42in TVs, will give a breath-taking viewing experience. The scale of motion pictures will be so stunning; you will feel that you are in the scene. Naturally, it is incredibly immersive, vivid and crisp, even when viewed from close distances. “To deliver the ultimate viewing experience, LG is committed to combining the best in picture quality with the best in sound. With 2.2 speakers, LG UD Smart 3D TV has two woofers that offer incredible depth and liveliness in sound as in vision.”

EI: What does 800Hz MCI (Motion Clarity Index) processing bring to the party? AM: “The LG 84LM960V is endorsed by the Imaging Science Foundation calibration organisation and provides consumers with access to a full colour management and white balance system. Thanks to 800Hz MCI processing, 3D images are incredibly sharp, as well as fast moving 2D images/action scenes.” EI: What training/support is available on the product? Help with delivering/Installing such a large device? AM: “LG champions a ‘White Glove Service’ whereby LG’s retail partners will work with key custom installers to ensure consumers who have purchased an LG TV are provided with the most premium service - from the retail experience to the moment it is set-up in-home.” EI: What is the view of the potential for the brand from the distributors? Adrian Summers – Invision UK: “Working closely with Peter Unsworth, account manager at LG, has enabled Invision to really push the LG brand to the Custom Install sector. The forum we had with LG at Mercedes Benz World a while back was a great event and really gave the CI sector something to think about when specifying TV brands and LG’s increased focus on our business area.” Stuart Tickle, MD of AWE, says: “Since our distribution agreement began with LG earlier in 2013, we have been really pleased with the uptake of the brand throughout our dealer network. The 960 series of cinema screens, not to mention the stunning 84LM960V are stand-out products that deserve special attention. “In addition, as we offer screens as large as the 84in 4K LG unit, we felt it necessary to offer our trade dealer base specification, site survey, delivery and installation support for all large screen TV projects, which is why we established our Technical Services Division.” More Information: LG +44 (0)1753 491500, www.lg.com/uk

LG will have available in 2014 an RS232 solution via USB control solution allowing its sets to be compatible with third party automation systems

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TV Special Joe Allen, commercial and operations director, Tech²O, explains his company’s interesting take on the specialist TV market. Essential Install (EI): How did the company get started, what was the aim at launch? Joe Allen (JA): “Tech²O was formed in 2008 by three technology-mad entrepreneurs, who were not willing to settle for the common restraints experienced by the typical television sets. Over the course of a five year period, the company has strived to create a wide product range, covering various applications for televisions. The company’s flagship product is the bathroom television, which has allowed us to learn the core competencies in mirror screen technology and waterproof construction. Based on these foundations, our company has gone on to develop a wide product family to satisfy a range of applications.” EI: Who are the main people involved and what are their roles? JA: “Tech²O is a small, close-knit team – still managed by the same three guys who set up the company in 2008. Ben Allen’s role is to cover product development as well as managing the manufacturing, quality control and supplychain processes. I take responsibility for the commercial development of the company. This involves taking responsibility of both on and offline sales and marketing strategies. Jonathan Hardy’s role is in field sales, where he is responsible for building relationships with customers and re-sellers.” Tech²O offers a wide range of specialist TV options including bathroom and living room sets

produced specifically for use in the home, with the in-wall installation allows for a perfectly integrated visual solution. Our Cyber Touch Tables are essentially a giant tablet in the form of a table, with a Windows 8 processor, touch-screen and digital TV. The Cyber Table can also be used for both an on-the wall solution or a table; this product certainly has the wow factor. “One of our most popular TVs are our Mirror TVs designed for a variety of areas in the home. These units are fully bespoke as customers can choose a preferred screen size from 15in to 65in, as well as a mirror size that fits seamlessly over the TV. Our most rugged unit- the outdoor TV, ranges from sizes of 32in to 65in and are available in either regular or high brightness screens; this unit is fully weather-proof and able to withstand temperatures as low as -20°C. EI: What functions/aesthetic qualities make the products suitable for the custom install market? JA: “We are confident that our range of televisions are the most CI friendly on the market. Every television within our range comes complete with Smart TV, R2-232 and HD Freeview that we believe put us ahead of our competition. Every television comes complete with a crisp LED display. By designing our televisions in-house, we can really shape our thinking around the end customer. The flush mountable

EI: What advantages does being run by a close knit small team offer your install customers? JA: “The merits of operating as a small team allows us to offer a personal and accommodating service for all our customers. Every customer is assigned an account manager, a process that we believe offers a complete and personal service that puts the customers’ needs at the forefront. A close-knit team allows for improved communication; decision making and problem solving. Another great benefit of operating as a small team means that over-heads can be kept low, allowing us to offer the most competitive prices within the industry.” EI: What are some of the key products for installers? JA: “We have a total of seven product lines in our range. Every product of ours comes complete with Built-in Smart TV, Built-in Freeview HD, Built in Sky Magic Eye IR Link System, RS-232 Control, Discrete IR Codes and IR IN/OUT Capability. “The superbly designed Bathroom TV comes in a range of four finishes and a range of sizes from 15in to 65in. Our kitchen TV comes in a range of three finishes, available sizes from 15in to 42in. Our Home range is a beautifully designed unit,

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Essential Tech²O of markets from AV companies to Super Yacht builders to the boutique hotels, each customer uses the TVs in different applications. Custom designs and optional colour schemes give our customers the full control over what design and style they are trying to achieve.”

Kitchen, Bathroom, Living Room and Exterior TVs are all available from Tech²O

EI: What technical support or training is available on the products? JA: “We have salesmen on the road that travel around the UK previewing our products to new and existing customers. We also offer product training, as well as a variety of marketing materials to our customers to ensure they get the most out of the products we offer.” EI: What’s next for the company in terms of new products? JA: “We cannot give too much away on future product lines – however can disclose we have a variety of new and exciting ranges coming to market in 2014 that have not been seen before.” EI: Can we expect the company to be in attendance at any CI related shows this year or in the future? JA: “Earlier this year we exhibited at the National Home Improvement show in London and it was a real success. Exhibitions are something that we are currently looking into for the New Year. We believe that the ISE exhibition in Amsterdam is a great show for increasing brand awareness in the AV industry and we are looking to attend in 2015.” EI: Can the team pick out their favourite products from the current range and explain why? JA: “A favourite of many of the guys in the office is the Mirror TV. We believe this product has great potential. It has a number of applications, both in the residential and commercial sectors. This television is a sleek, seamless unit, which offers customers flexibility and functionality. Another product of ours which receives a lot of attention, is the Cyber Table, this has recently been aired on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.”

aspect to our TV’s provides a seamless finish that looks great in any area of your home. We’re passionate about combining functionality and design to create a product, which we think is the key for the custom install market.” EI: What advantages does having a full range of CI solutions for different areas and in different finishes offer customers? JA: “We have shaped our products around the customer, this is reflected in our vast product range. We’re able to offer our products to more and more market areas when we offer choice. For example we sell our Bathroom TV’s to a variety

EI: Does the team think the concept of CI, in particular integrated TVs, will expand in the foreseeable future? JA: “Without a doubt. Technology is always evolving and the demand for CI products is constantly increasing. We believe that people’s awareness of such products is vital to expanding the industry. We want our products to be the ‘must have’ for any home or business owner.” More information: Tech²O +44 (0)1509 608006 www.tech2o.tv, enquiries@tech2o.tv

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Essential computers unlimited / RDI

CYP showcase new solutions at ISE Excitement is building at Computers Unlimited as CYP prepares to launch over 30 new solutions at ISE 2014. As a premium manufacturer partner, Computers Unlimited (CU) has quickly established CYP as a major player in the field of AV distribution and control. As CYP has driven the rapid market adoption of HDBaseT technology, CU says it has provided the perfect sales and support platform to deliver significant success as the channel has grown. ISE will be the showcase for live interaction and demonstration of several new AV distribution solutions from CYP, including the following: 16x16, 8x16 and 16x8 HDBaseT Matrixes; 4K integration solutions; EDID Management; HDBaseT integrated audio amplifiers; HDBaseT extenders with advanced control features; Dedicated 2x2 video wall matrix (seamless switching) and Advanced multi format presentation switches. Richard Chatley, CYP business manager at CU provide an insight into

the preparations and plans for CYP in 2014: “It’s never quiet on the CYP product development front and 2014 is looking at being busier than ever. Our internal teams at CU are currently busy learning about the host of new products and planning promotional activities. With every new innovative HDBaseT solution released in the last two years we have seen our sales increase. The new products scheduled to be launched at ISE will provide even further product advancements and importantly, deliver market leading performance and reliability for our customers.” CU and CYP are also currently busy scheduling new training courses and interactive road shows throughout the UK for early 2014. For more information about purchasing CYP products or details about upcoming training events please call +44 (0)208 3589594 or email digitalhome@unlimited.com

Exclusive RDI Membership Offer

The Registered Digital Institute celebrates Integrated Systems Europe by offering Essential Install readers 20% off annual membership. The Registered Digital Institute (RDI) represents companies active across a wide digital spectrum, where traditional signal reception and electronic servicing skills form part of an increasingly broader picture, including; custom install, energy provision, security and IP connectivity. The RDI has a number of initiatives that support the ISE, with more planned in 2014, the group hopes that its members will be able to develop their skills and knowledge further to reinforce and take advantage of these areas. The RDI works with distributors and manufacturers to make members aware of new products that come onto the market and produce reviews and evaluations of equipment. This is planned to continue with more emphasis on products relevant to systems integration, signal distribution and the connected home in 2014. The RDI believes that learning and development for its members is essential and promotes a digital pathway for those who want to learn more about the Connected Home principles and gain accreditation. This pathway comprises the C&G Digital Home Technology

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Integrator qualification, delivered through FE Colleges. With support from manufacturers, the RDI plans to have bespoke e-learning modules that are manufacturer specific for members in 2014. To celebrate this year’s ISE, the RDI is offering a 20% discount in membership fees for Technical Field Service companies, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, repair centres and service providers. Technical Field Service members will pay just £144 instead of the usual £180 (inclusive of VAT), while companies with 2-9 employees will pay just £168 (inclusive of VAT) instead of the usual £210. Member benefits include use of the Digital ‘Blue Tick’ logo and branding, opportunities to join service frameworks of approved engineers set up on behalf of nationwide clients, free B2B advertising on the Institute website and cost effective advertising on the RDI’s consumer site getmedigital.com. More information: RDI +44 (0)1353 644040 email info@rdi-online.co.uk quoting Essential Install to qualify for the special offer.

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A good sign Offering increasing opportunities in the light commercial sector, digital signage is well worth investigating as a useful addition source of income. EI takes a look at some of the key players.

Brightsign products are used in many high-profile retail DS installs

Jeff Hastings, CEO of BrightSign, a popular brand of digital signage (DS) solutions, says: “Bricks and mortar retailers need to counter the online shopping trend by making visiting their stores a real experience for customers and once the customers are in the store, they need to close the sale before they leave. Digital signage can help with both. Screen based promotions are becoming easier and cheaper than ever to install. A screen and player can be set up for under £500 and the latest interactive technology can be integrated to the point of sale to close the deal on the spot, from the customer’s tablet or smartphone, even when the store is closed.” BrightSign has recently announced some upgrades to its own capabilities with new software and firmware for its BrightSign XD line of solid-state players. Features include the ability to up-scale 1080p video content to 4K, enhanced IP streaming and some useful HTML5 support features. These improvements, included in the release of BrightAuthor 3.7 software and its companion 4.7 firmware, are available to all existing and future users free of charge. Using a pre-release version of the software, BrightSign says its customers are already taking advantage of the new features. 4K display manufacturer Seiki Digital, Inc. demonstrated the impact of BrightSign XD’s video engine, paired with the new software features at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin. Sung Choi, vice president of marketing for Seiki Digital brand, explained: “BrightSign’s new 4K up-scaling feature enabled us to use settings in BrightAuthor to get the best

possible resolution 1080p content playing on our new 4K UHD screens. We demonstrated the same 1080p content on a full HD display side-by-side with one of our new 4K displays. This high-impact demonstration clearly showcased the superior picture quality delivered by BrightSign to our 4K screens.” Integration specialist National Technology Associates is already using the enhanced IP streaming features to deliver video over IP to hundreds of displays in Station Casinos, locations in Nevada in the US. Other additions on the BrightAuthor 3.7 software upgrade include support for full HD video streaming including HLS, SHOUTcast, video streaming in HTML, as well as playback from head-end real-time encoders such as Haivision, Exterity, Visionary Solutions and other devices that provide UDP/RTP/ RTSP streaming. In addition, XD players can now act as IP streaming servers for streaming locally stored content files. BrightSign is also now able to offer a hardwareaccelerated HTML5 engine delivering a more versatile HTML experience without encountering stuttering. BrightSign XD also allows for HTML assets to exist on the BrightSign canvas as independent packages, as opposed to one flat HTML page. This means that HTML5 can be seamlessly integrated with other content, so that transparent HTML widgets, like clocks, weather feeds, tickers, etc can be used without the need to integrate them into a complete HTML page. The upgrade also introduces JavaScript extensions that allow the capabilities of the BrightSign engine to be used via HTML and JavaScript allowing access to serial IO, UDP events, GPIO, CEC and TV tuning. Another useful ally in the DS space is Intevi, a company that can offer a whole range of digital media services and solutions. A recent release offers the combination of DS and IPTV services. The Intevi idt concept, by using a single solution to achieve TV distribution and digital signage, enables Intevi to hit a new price level and means the onsite installation time is shortened, benefiting the integrator and end user.

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Using the Intevi idt concept installers can deliver feature rich multi-media environments mixing DS and TV content

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The idt solution is the first in a new series named Intevi idx and allows businesses, leisure centres, hotels and bars to centrally control any number of live TV channels, overlay specific video zones with branding and broadcast simultaneously to an unlimited number of screens using standard network cabling. By using existing network cabling to transmit video signals, the platform eliminates the need to install coax cabling to each screen. Instead the TV aerial is fed into an idt Ministreamer, which uses a quick and simple setup process to scan for multiplexes, select channels and broadcast as multicast IP. An idt receiver then converts the incoming IP signals back to traditional HDMI video for high HD viewing. The ‘brains’ of the IPTV system is a centralised management and content distribution software engine that controls what TV channels and messaging is seen at each screen. It also provides playback looping, scheduling and day-parting support as well as usage tracking stats. The receiver’s in-built graphical layer allows an administrator to overlay and customise dynamic content with transparent images, logos, real-time promotions, scrolling text messages, RSS and Twitter feeds, breaking news or weather. These can then be triggered independently from a separate paging application or via a web connection or iPad App. The system can also be used to deliver pre-defined corporate messaging, such as fire alarm instructions, sandwich van arrival, administration or IT helpdesk updates. Larger corporates can also use the system to deliver company-wide messages to screens, PC’s and laptops.

The company is also keen to underline the support available for the platform. Owner and co-founder of Intevi, Adam Wilson, says: “We have an in-house professional services team that is available for our customers to utilise offering initial consultancy, on-site installation/ commissioning, customer training and on-going support and maintenance. With content being king, we also have an in-house graphic designer who can deliver media assets. We also offer monthly training courses on all our product sets to ensure our partners have the skills and knowledge to implement our solutions themselves if required. Any customer of Intevi also has the use of our internal support desk to ensure they are never without assistance when required.” AMX can offer much to the installer interested in DS as a recent example at the Birmingham Hippodrome shows. With a regular annual attendance of over 500,000 visitors, the site sees some serious footfall. Enter systems integrator Inspire Tech and an innovative application of technology, which is helping to keep the Hippodrome’s visitors informed and entertained. Inspire Tech worked with Push The Button (PTB), responsible for the project management, supply and installation of the screens, cabling and custom metal work, to enhance the venue with AMX’s Inspired Signage solution. The digital signage provision begins in the entrance hall where an 11 screen ribbon across new doors into the main reception and box office area displays information about forthcoming and current shows. At the box office, signage is used for both way-finding and queue management whilst two displays located behind the box office area are used for general signage. Each of the three box office positions has its own screen and Inspired Signage player, which are used to advertise its function i.e. sales or pre-booked ticket collection etc. Local control is provided by eight-button AMX Novara CP-1008 keypads, which allow operators to change the signage as necessary and also to call-forward. “It was this level of functionality and control capability that set the AMX Inspired Signage solution apart from the rest.” explains Andy Wilmott, Inspire Tech Ltd. The project also offers three video walls, each with their own signage player and each comprising of six 55in LG screens provide an alternative to the traditional six- sheet, 12ft x 4ft advertising

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Essential digital signage boards which used to be in-situ. In the front of house bar, relay screens can be used as a platform for additional advertising or for a live feed from the auditorium camera via an AMX HDMI UTPro 8 x 8 matrix switcher, DXLink receivers and a centrally-located NI-2100 controller. The installation of DXLink HDMI transmitters and receivers also allows the system to accept local inputs; affording the Hippodrome the opportunity to sell foyer space to third parties so that they can then display their own presentations during events. Portrait-mounted screens installed at each auditorium door provide a platform on which the management can communicate to the audience and display important alert notifications. AMX’s Inspired Composer user interface enables the creation an unlimited portfolio of schedules with start and end times that match requirements. Schedules can be configured to draw content from a variety of sources, individually or in combination and schedule changes can be made days, weeks or seconds in advance. Providing the technological brains behind the Hippodrome’s signage solution, the NI-2100 central controller allows all the screens and players to become integrated as part of a unified digital signage solution. The integration of a NXV-300 Modero Virtual Touch Panel gives Andy at Inspire Tech the ability to remotely access and monitor the whole project. Local control is provided by an in-house iPad, which connects as a native AMX device to the NetLinx master. Another interesting project, this time in the retail sector, was recently completed for the largest shopping mall in Luxembourg by Pyramid Computer creating a way-finding digital signage/kiosk solution. Directing visitors around the centre’s 105 shops, the heart of the system is based around polytouch self-service multitouch kiosks from Pyramid in conjunction with interactive software from 3d-berlin. Situated in the four entrance areas, 32in polytouch kiosk systems offer visitors a simple plan of the shopping centre to facilitate orientation and provide directions to individual stores. They also offer additional search functions so that visitors can look up online information about each store. This service also enables the centre’s management team to conduct detailed evaluations on way-finding using visitor behaviour metrics. The system allows users to search for different categories and once the desired destination is found, shows the fastest route. The screens also provide space for advertising opportunities and special promotions.

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The polytouch kiosk systems use light insensitive projected capacitive touch technology, which the maker says offers reliability and a highly responsive performance. The system also gives the shopping centre the flexibility to implement configuration changes easily and to adapt their systems to support cashless payments, card readers, barcode scanners and other future standards as required. A printer module is planned in the near future, so that visitors can print out directions. Few retail spaces are as iconic as London’s Harrods, so software developers Digitact Ltd were delighted to be given the task of implementing a series of MultiTaction screens into the store from MultiTouch, maker of modular multi-touch LCD screens for large-scale displays. In this case two 55in MultiTaction Cells have been used to create an interactive media platform called BeautyTouch for retailer Urban Retreat. The solution offers a 360° solution to interactive retail marketing for brands looking to give their customers an exciting in-store experience. BeautyTouch helps sales assistants keep customers engaged for longer, deliver brand messaging on demand and lengthens the window of opportunity to encourage a customer to make a purchase. By using gesture technology and Enriched Reality – MultiTouch’s own object recognition technology – the system lets consumers browse, share, email, give feedback and request further information about on-screen content in real time.

Make technology bite with Adder Designer and manufacture of KVM switches, extenders and IP solutions which enable control of local, remote and global IT systems, Adder Technology, has clear insight into what makes DS systems tick. John Halksworth, senior product manager at the company says: “In the digital signage space there are a number of factors that must be considered in ensuring smooth, efficient and cost-effective operation. In public areas the technology behind the digital signage should ideally be located elsewhere due to security reasons. To facilitate this, an extension solution is required to link the screens to the computers, sometimes over great distances. Adder uses IP in its Proof of Display (P.O.D.) technology that is incorporated into the AdderLink HDMI extender range. P.O.D. forms part of the remote monitoring functionality and enables users and advertisers to ensure that the correct signal is being sent to the screen and is being displayed correctly. In the public space, power sources can also be seen as a challenge. Line powered extenders can be used to overcome this challenge, taking power directly from the computer’s USB port so no additional power supplies are needed.

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Essential digital signage Unicam reminds installers it has a wide array of DS and shelf edge video-based systems. Video walls, totems, digital posters, desk/shelf mount screens, touch-screens, transparent panel systems, mirror screens and open frame POS screens for custom integration are all available. Mark Trickett, director at Unicam, says: “Screen technologies have become a fundamental part of the marketing and communication mix now adopted globally by leading brands, corporations and retailers. “There really isn’t an area of any market sector now that doesn’t already have or aspire to have these sorts of systems in place to promote services, enhance their environment and strengthen the corporate message. Unicam sources its screens from a wide variety of channels both locally in Europe and direct from China in order to make the research and selection process easier. All the technologies on offer are backed up with free technical support and nationwide engineer assistance if required. RGB has the proNestor brand of interactive digital displays, which can provide room booking information outside of meeting rooms, in meeting areas and at reception, pulling data from both Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendar. The technology shows meeting room bookings on wall-mounted tablets, multiple meeting room activities on larger displays and is hardware independent so is available on smartphones or tablets. RGB says proNestor Display is a good looking, professional digital signage system that is sure to impress visitors, especially since it can support a company’s branding for an improved corporate image and offer a variety of software options to make the system a complete, scalable and flexible solution. Kramer Electronics has solutions for distributing content from digital or analogue sources, over long distances, to multiple screens, encompassing media distribution, network management, content management and proof−of− performance on various digital signage platforms. Kramer owns exclusive marketing, distribution, development, and manufacturing rights to the successful Minicom Digital Signage line, which includes the DS Vision Digital, a distribution system for HDMI and Display Port signals to as many as 16 screens over long distances based on HDBaseT technology. The product family also offers the DS Vision 3000, a management and distribution system for HD signals from analogue (VGA) sources over distances up to 600m and hundreds of screens. Kramer’s offering also includes a number of video over

IP streaming products that allow transmission of HD signals to an unlimited number of screens over virtually unlimited distances, using existing network and cabling infrastructure. In the light commercial sector, Kramer says its digital signage solutions enhance in-store customer experience, providing an infrastructure that increases retail sales and expands brand awareness. In Quick Service Restaurants, for example, its products are able to deliver all kinds of menu information, as well as entertainment messages to multiple screens, an ability that plays a significant role in increasing sales and revenues through ads and promotions. Check out all the options at the ISE stand 1-F20. NEC offers its E-Series and the V-Series of screens for DS use. The maker says both are ideal for entry level digital signage installations offering configurability, reliability and longevity. The E-Series is a range of affordable commercial LED backlit LCD public displays well-suited for light signage applications requiring up to 12 hours a day operation.

NEC offers its E and V series of displays for impactful DS installs

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February’s Features HVAC

Continuing to find traction in the CI space, environmental control is now a key part of many projects.

> Hometronic wireless system, easy retrofit, minimal disruption > Control any form of heating; radiators, underfloor etc. > Make each room a zone: better comfort and efficiency > Remote access via telephone or web > iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch access > Building size or complexity of HVAC plant is no problem > Interfaces to AMX, Crestron, Control4, Netstreams DigiLinx, Savant, RTI > Interfaces to most major aircon systems (Daikin, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Sanyo etc.) Sensible Heat offers a full backup service to resellers, including design advice, supply and commissioning. We can work with you to create a fully integrated solution – don’t worry, you won’t need to become an HVAC expert! Do the sensible thing and contact us now.

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Lighting and Lighting Control Time for EI to shed light on one of the most accessible and atmospheric aspects of house automation.

For inclusion in either of these features, please contact Daniel Sait, editor in chief on dan@essentialinstall.com or +44 (0)7814 859101 For any marketing opportunities please contact Claire Talty on claire@essentialinstall.com or +44 (0)1634 673163 Deadline for editorial is 31st January

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Essential digital signage Displays are available in five sizes from 32in to 65in with an with an offering including warranty extensions, 24/7 UK ultra-slim, light weight design delivering HD resolution. support, same day swap outs and an authorised repair A range of connectivity is available including three HDMI centre to all its manufacturers. inputs, USB, component, VGA, RS232 as well as digital More Information: audio out. The screens also have integrated speakers, remote monitoring/control via the network and external BrightSign +44 (0)1223 911842, www.brightsign.biz buttons can be locked for public areas. The new flagship for the V Series of large format displays, Intevi +44 (0)203 0053755, www.idx.uk.com the MultiSync V801, is a fully featured 80in display that NEC AMX +44 (0)1904 343100, www.amx.com says offers both outstanding performance and excellent value for money. The large screen has full HD resolution whilst the Pyramid Computer +44 (0)203 3184990, www.pyramid.de Edge LED backlight provides a slim design for sympathetic integration. A strong solution for high impact retail signage, MultiTouch +358 45 6308580 (Finland HQ) the screen achieves 1.77m active display height in portrait www.multitaction.com orientation to present impactful content. The screen also Adder Technology +44 (0)1954 780044, www.adder.com has a STv2 Option Slot for integration of PC/media player, ambient light sensor for reduce power consumption, Unicam +44 (0)871 2262886, www.unicamgroup.com. advanced thermal management and remote monitoring and control via the network. RGB Communications +44 (0)1488 73366 Software specialist Signagelive will showcase its new www.rgbcomms.co.uk Smart Signage software at the ISE on stand 8-L170. The cross-platform support is designed to enable installers to Kramer Electronics +44 (0)1296 330011 create cloud-based DS solutions including multi-zone layout www.kramerelectronics.co.uk designs, HDMI input for live TV, scheduling, advanced device NEC +44(0)208 8362000, www.nec-display-solutions.com monitoring (including screen on/off, CPU and memory control) and drag-and-drop design facilities. Signagelive will Signagelive +44 (0)1799 530110, www.signagelive.com also be demonstrating its cross-platform support capabilities by using its cloud-based software to manage content PSCo Technical Distribution: +44 (0)870 2408484 displayed on: Android media players (developed by Dension), www.psco.co.uk Intel NUC PCs (distributed TDMaverick, the AV division of Tech Data Group) and Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform. Signagelive also offers its system on chip (SoC) software, which replicates the functionality of its core-PC display software, giving access to Windows-grade capabilities on a range of non-PC devices. Written in HTML5, SoC provides support for different content formats including static images, video, HDMI input, IPTV, web pages and RSS feeds. The Intevi idx series of products provide simple PSCo partners with many leading solutions to often complex customer requirements. manufacturers including NEC, Samsung, All products have been developed with intuitive easy to Sharp and Matrox and has exclusive UK use interfaces for digital signage and IPTV. partnerships with LG, eyevis omniSHAPES, Orion and SMS. PSCo says its portfolio is constantly evolving to maintain the broadest range of professional display products including video wall, large format and super high resolution LED. Leveraging vertical knowledge and a unique product offering across key vertical markets, PSCo says it is able to work with resellers, consultants, digital television digital posters digital retail system integrators and installers to create interactive solutions content creation & much more bespoke packages that address the end customers’ specific requirements. To find out more go to: www.idx.uk.com or call +44 0203 005 3755 – email sales@intevi.co.uk PSCo offers technical assistance for pre-sales planning and design, technology assessments and demonstrations, site surveys, pre-delivery inspection, set up, calibration and handover. Its Technical Assurance service is bespoke to each project

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A NEW AND IMPROVED AWE Paul Mott, sales director at AWE, introduces the company’s new look and brand new HQ.

AWE has revealed its new logo

Unless you have been hiding from the CI world for the last few months, then you won’t have failed to notice that we have changed premises and completely revamped our logo. The new AWE headquarters will still be situated in the central location of Epsom, Surrey and will be entirely self-contained, with offices, a showroom, training facilities and a warehouse, all under one roof. The new building, ‘Alexander House’, will not only allow us to hold increased stock levels, enhancing our service, but also provide an exciting new space for our customers, suppliers and members of staff. The new training facility has also been made bigger and better, with a multitude of integrated equipment to help make our award-winning courses even more comprehensive than before. In addition, a showroom is being constructed to showcase our portfolio of products like never before.

Creating identity

2km of Kinetik Labs speaker cable has gone into making Alexander House a fully automated building in its own right

We have also completely overhauled our corporate identity to fit in with the exciting new company developments and are thrilled to be able to reveal our brand new company logo. It was extremely important for our logo to reflect the new company personality - clean lines and a modern look, just like our new HQ!

The old company logo is recognised by many in the industry, so redesigning it was a difficult decision to make. However, there are several advantages to the new branding and we feel that the time is now right to progress to the next phase of the company’s development. We can also reveal that Alexander House, will be completely automated by a URC Total Control system, spanning across multiple audio and video zones. In addition, URC TKP-7000 touch-screens will keep these areas in perfect harmony, whatever the situation. The building also features the latest lighting technology by Philips and control by Philips Dynalite, with the latest super-stylish Antumbra keypads. Our very own Kinetik Labs brand has been utilised within the new building. Nearly every single room contains at least one Kinetik speaker, covered within the ceiling cavity by a Kinetik fire hood, which not only improves sound quality but also conforms to Building Regulations. A staggering 2km of Kinetik speaker cable has been used thus far. The last piece of the puzzle is a new website. We are working on it now and it is starting to take shape. We aim for this to be launched in the New Year. Providing improved functionality, alongside a wealth of product information and new photography, will mean that it is even easier for our trade customers to get exactly the right products they need, when they need them. To watch the new building take shape, follow @awe_europe and the hashtag #awemove on Twitter. More information: AWE Europe: +44 (0)1372 729777 www.awe-europe.com

The company’s new HQ will offer the perfect showcase for AWE’s brands and increase stock holding

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COOSIS BEONE MEDIA PANEL Single HDMI Output Touch Panel Control Slim (14mm) Fascia Plug & Play auto detecting There are front inputs for Composite & Audio, S-video, HDMI, VGA & 3.5mm stereo audio, and these are all automatically converted to a single HDMI output. The input is automatically switched to an active signal and will automatically revert back to the previous when the current becomes inactive.

The BEONE is available now, SRP ÂŁ299 inc VAT tel: +44 (0)1332 830550 | email: sales@keene.co.uk | www.keene.co.uk Keene Electronics Ltd, Old Hall Mill, Old Hall Mills Business Park, Little Eaton, Derbyshire, DE21 5EJ, UK

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Essential Training

Essential Training Every month Essential Install provides installers with a rundown of the key training events. If you have anything you would like to add to the diary, contact Daniel Sait on +44 (0)7814 859101 or email dan@essentialinstall.com

The Armour Home Training Academy – Course Dates Systemline Modular Introduction DATES:

28th Jan, 25th Feb. 11th March Bishops Stortford

LEVEL:

ENTRY

DURATION:

1 DAY

COURSE FEE: £150 Description Systemline Modular is not available without completion of this course. We will discuss the advantages of a completely Cat5 wired system and how Modular is able to distribute audio with hi-fi sound using this well known data cable. Each component of Modular single source is discussed in depth and how they work together to complete a system. Each delegate will work on one of our training systems for a complete ‘hands on’ experience. Skills gained • Ability to sell multi-room audio systems

gives an enhanced user interface when controlling compatible sources such as the Audioserver and Arcam DAB tuners. Skills gained • Multi-source multi-room audio and video solutions can be offered to your clients • RS232 control and how this gives true feedback on display panels • Programmable IR handsets and IR macros to give you multiple commands from one button press.

Systemline S6.2 DATES:

4th Feb Bishops Stortford

LEVEL:

ADVANCED

DURATION:

1 DAY

DATES:

19th March Bishops Stortford

LEVEL:

ADVANCED

DURATION:

1 Day

Description

COURSE FEE: £200

The aim of this course is to build on your DemoPad experience and create projects with an enhanced user interface. You will create two-way interfaces with an AV receiver, displaying volume and sound mode and also creating a gauge control of volume. You will complete exercises in using a camera server, XBMC media player and dependent actions.

Ethernet Control of Systemline

DATES:

29th Jan, 26th Feb, 12th March Bishops Stortford

LEVEL:

ADVANCED

Skills gained

DURATION:

1 DAY

• Ability to sell multi-room audio systems

Systemline Modular Advanced Plus

DemoPad Advanced

COURSE FEE: £150

Systemline S6.2 is not available without completion of this course. This course enables you to enter the exciting world of multi-room audio systems. We will cover all aspects of delivering a system that enables your clients to enjoy the sound of their hi-fi system throughout the house. We will take you step-by-step through every aspect of wiring and installing the S6.2 system and then the practical ‘hands on’ workshop lets you configure a complete system yourself.

• Plan and pre-wire Modular systems using Cat5 Termination of Cat5 to speakers, keypads and RJ45 patch panels

Description The aim of the course is that once completed you will be able to confidently configure a DemoPad project to operate typical AV and multi-room systems using one way control of IR, RS232 or IP devices. You will create a graphical user interface from scratch and work through practical exercises to control an IR, RS232 and IP device for a three source room. You will also learn about the need for fixed IP addresses, RS232 and using Global Cache devices which convert IP to IR, RS232 or contact closure.

COURSE FEE: £150

• Specify, wire and configure Systemline S6.2

Description

• Troubleshoot common problems

This course develops the skills gained from 102 and lets the installer offer multi-source Modular systems. We will cover aspects of wiring Cat5 for multi-source audio and video and also what considerations are needed for controlling each AV source.

• Plan and pre-wire S6.2 systems.

DATES:

18th Feb 18th March, Bishops Stortford

The LRN-7 and KPM7.1 are used in our practical workshop where you will configure a multi-source audio and video Modular system. Later we will introduce the Advanced TouchScreen Keypad, wireless commanders and discuss how RS232 control

LEVEL:

STANDARD

DURATION:

1 Day

Description

DATES:

23rd Jan, 13th Feb, 25th March, Bishops Stortford

DURATION:

1 Day

COURSE FEE: £150 Description

DemoPad

COURSE FEE: £200

For more information and to book: 01279 501111 // www.armourhome.co.uk/training

The aim of this course is that once complete you will be able to configure a DemoPad project to control a Systemline Modular system which uses the Ethernet 6 port hub. You will complete exercises in controlling the system using the published IP commands, learning and storing IR in the system and recalling these using IP commands, which are then applied in a DemoPad project.

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Essential Training The Multi-Room Company

Amina

5 Feb - Key Digital: System integration with Compass Control 12 Feb - Centralite: Lighting management with Litejet 19 Feb - Leviton: Essential home wiring 26 Feb - Russound: Audio Everywhere. Comprehensive multi-room audio design 5 Mar - Centralite: Lighting management with Elegance 12 Mar - Key Digital: Removing the HD distribution headache 19 Mar - Atlantic Technology: Five steps to home cinema 26 Mar - Russound: C Series. Advanced audio distribution

Selling, Specifying and Installing Amina Invisible Loudspeakers

More Information: Multiroom Company +44 (0)1242 511133 www.multi-room.com, email Mike Bonnette mike@multi-room.com

January, 1, Huntingdon, January 30, London, February 2, Huntington, February 19, (North TBC), February 27 Central London, March 12, Huntington, March 27, Central London More information: Amina +44 (0) 1480 354390, www.amina.co.uk

Control4 Control4 Training Dates: 7-10 January, 21-24 January, 11-14 February, 25-28 February, 11-14 March, 25-28 March

CAI

All training is carried out at the company’s training facility in York:

Basic Home Networking & Connectivity 11 March 2014 at Watford, 20 May 2014 at Watford, 29 July 2014 at Watford, 30 September 2014 at Watford, 25 November 2014 at Watford Introduction to IRS 19 & 20 February 2014 at Watford, 23 & 24 April 2014 at Watford, 16 & 17 July 2014 at Watford, 24 & 25 September 2014 at Watford ,12 & 13 November 2014 at Watford Fibre Optics in Signal Distribution 26 February 2014 at Swansea, 12 March 2014 at Sheffield, 8 April 2014 at Watford, 17 June 2014 at Watford, 20 August 2014 at Sheffield, 2 September 2014 at Watford, 18 November 2014 at Watford SMATV & IRS Networks – Design & Build 5 & 6 March 2014 at Watford, 11 & 12 June 2014 at Watford, 17 & 18 September 2014 at Watford To book any of the courses above contact amanda.ward@cai.org.uk or call +44 (0)1923 803030

Control4, Unit 3, Green Park Business Centre, Goose Lane, Sutton on the Forest, York, North Yorkshire YO61 1ET More information and to book courses call +44 (0)800 1217702 or email tfallows@control4.com

Clarity Alliance AV Essentials - home cinema design and setup May 30, June 20, July 23, Aug 29, Sept 24, Oct 29 Network Essentials - Home networking for home cinema and Hi-Fi installations June 11 July 16, Aug 6, Sept 18, Oct 8, Nov 5 Audio Essentials - getting the very best out of two channel systems Dates to Be Confirmed Network Essentials 11 June, 16 July, 6 Aug, 18 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov

Registered Digital Institute Course: Registered Digital Institute 4G Interference and the solutions e-learning Dates – No dates Online e-learning course Course fee - £50 plus VAT for RDI members Description - This course is available for all RDI members to enable them to understand the issues associated with 4G, including the interference that it will create and to be able to confidently provide a solution for their customers when it begins broadcasting on the UHF channels in early 2013.

Venues are flexible, depending upon the location of candidates, but will be held within a 30-mile radius of London either in: south west (near Heathrow), west (near Slough), north (Milton Keynes/Luton) or north east (near Stansted). The price is £100 per person for Clarity Alliance Members and for non-members the price is £200 per person. The price includes a full day’s training, lunch and refreshments, certificate of completion. For more details visit www.clarityalliance.co.uk call +44 (0)20 8150 6741 or email info@clarityalliance.co.uk

Working at Height Refresher Course On-line module: Cost £60 plus VAT

The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA)

4G Interference and Solutions On-line module: £50 plus VAT 4G Technical Course On-line Module: Cost £50 plus VAT Flat Panel TV Installation Cost £50 plus VAT DTT Freeview Installation and Accreditation Cost £50 plus VAT More details: RDI www.rdi-online.co.uk

Pulse Marketing Course: Introduction to Cinema ‘Introduction to Cinema’ is aimed at improving the knowledge base of both those new to cinema, as well as existing cinema installers. The price for this course is £95.00 plus VAT per person. For more information: Pulse Marketing +44 (0)845 5618884, www.pulsemarketing.com

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CEDIA Technician EST1 Bootcamp: Feb 12, May 28, Sep 25, Nov 25 Health and Safety: Feb 13, May 30, Sept 29, Nov 24 Structured Cabling Workshop: Feb 18, April 8, Oct 14 Technical School and EST2 Exam: Feb 24, June 2, Sept 29, Nov 24 Residential Networking: Feb 25, March 11, June 3, July 8, Nov 25 EST2 Certification Exam: Feb 28, May 30, Oct 3, Nov 28 Designer Level 1 Certification Exam: Feb 28, May 30, Nov 28 Networking School: March 11, July 8, Oct 21 Advanced Residential Networking: March 12, July 9, Oct 22 Wireless Residential Networking: March 13, July 10, Oct 23 Intro to Residential CI and Integration: March 18, June 10, Sept 16, Nov 13 Introduction to CAD Design: March 19, Oct 16 CEDIA Structured Cabling Assessor: March 20, June 12, Sept 23, Nov 18 Wired for Technology: March 25 CEDIA Certified Presenter: March 26, July 16, Nov 12 Let’s Make Money: April 10 CEDIA Outreach Instructor: April 23, June 18, Oct 15, Dec 10 Residential Networking Specialist Exam: May 30 Home Cinema Design Workshop: June 11, Aug 26 More Details: CEDIA +44 (0)1480 213744, education@cedia.co.uk www.cediaeducation.com/home

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Essential Training KNX (Ivory Egg)

Rako Lighting

KNX Certification Course

Rako Foundation Course: May 9, June 6, July 11, August 8, September 5, October 10, November 7, December 5

January 20-24, March 10-14, May 19-23, July 7-11, September-29 - October 3, November 10-14 This 5 day course takes place at Ivory Egg HQ, and finishes off with the required exam to become a KNX Partner. Essential Sales Training Programme Various Dates Gira HomeServer training January 16-17, March 13-14, April 24-25 September 22-23, November 6-7 ***NEW*** KNX Heating Training - February 2014 - 2 levels available

Rako Advanced Course: Aimed at installers with previous Rako programming knowledge May 23, June 20, July 25, August 22, September 19, October 24, November 21, December 16 All courses are free of charge although delegates are asked to secure their place with a £50 reservation fee. To book a training date please contact Sarah +44 (0)1634 226666 or email sarah@rakocontrols.com

Novice Day Feb 19 / Level 1 February 20 More information +44(0)1243-572700, info@ivoryegg.co.uk www.ivoryegg.co.uk

RGB Communications Savant Level 1 Core Training: May 20, June 24, July 24, September 18, October 23, November 20

Habitech/ProNet ProNet at Habitech HQ Alton: May 7

Pakedge: June 19, September 25, November 13 Savant Level 2 Advanced: May 29, October 9

ProNet Level 2 - An Introduction To Networking: Habitech HQ, Alton: May 7, June 4, July 2, August, 6, September 3, October 8, November 5, December 3

Savant - An Introduction - CEDIA CEU Accredited: May 1, June 5, July 2, September 3, October 2, November 6,

ProNet Level 3 - Advanced Router configuration and management: Habitech HQ Alton: May 8, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 9, November 6, December 4

Middle Atlantic - Integrating the Rack - CEDIA CEU Accredited: June 27, September 5, November 14

ProNet Advanced and Ruckus Wireless: Habitech Showroom North West Design Centre, Manchester: April 23, April 24

Networking & Wi-Fi for AV Systems - CEDIA CEU Accredited: June 18, September 24, November

ProNet advanced (day 2): Habitech HQ, Alton: May 8

Audio Essentials: June 6, December 10

Wyrestorm Training: March 13, April 12 Habitech HQ Alton, 21 Caker Stream Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2QA

Projection - The basics & beyond: June 20, September 12

Those interested should contact Lorna Jones: +44 (0)1420 540054, www.habitech.co.uk

Eurosat Nationwide Roadshow Many manufacturers introducing advanced product lines to incorporate LTE filtering alongside a host of exciting developments within the visual entertainment market 03 September 3 - Holiday Inn London Road, Ipswich, 6pm to 9.30pm September 5 - Cinnamon Banqueting Suite, London NW9 7BP, 6pm to 9.30pm September 11 - Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club, Exeter, 7pm to 9.30pm September 12 - St Leonards Hotel (Ringwood), Bournemouth, 7pm to 9.30pm September 18 - Aztec Hotel & Spa, Bristol, 7pm to 6.30pm September 19 - Cardiff International Legacy Hotel, Cardiff, 7pm to 9.30pm Sept 25- Midlands Branch, Argyle House, Walsall, 2pm to 8pm Please contact your local branch for full details, visit www.eurosat.com for local contact details

All courses take place at company HQ in Hungerford, Berks. Contact details +44 (0)1488 73366, www.rgbcomms.co.uk, info@rgbcomms.co.uk

Invision UK Available Courses for 2013: - Elan g! Level one - Elan g! Level two - RTI webinar - RTI intermediate programming - Pro control webinar - Networking theory and practice - Luxul - Wyrestorm product and system training - Home cinema design All training (apart from online) takes place at Invision UK HQ, Alexander House, Unit 3 Hillside Business Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7EA.

CYP

Full details, dates and venues can be found on the Invision training website: www.invisiontraining.co.uk or call +44 (0)1359 270280

Course: Authorised Demopad training workshops, CYP Europe September 16 - CYP HQ - Shepperton October 8 – Dawnvale Design Centre - Oldham October 14 - CYP HQ - Shepperton October 29 - CYP HQ - Shepperton November 12 - Dawnvale Design Centre - Oldham November 14 - CYP HQ Shepperton November 28 - CYP HQ - Shepperton December 10 - CYP HQ - Shepperton Dec 12 - Dawnvale Design Centre – Oldham

To be included in the training diary, contact Daniel Sait on +44 (0)7814 859101 or email dan@essentialinstall.com

More information: CYP Europe, +44 (0)203 137 9180, email sales@cypeurope.com or visit www.cypeurope.com

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NEW PRODUCTS A CANDY STORE OF CI CENTRIC KIT Get flexible with CYP Power and flexibility are on offer with CYP’s new brace of HDBaseT Matrixes

CYP says it has launched its most flexible HDBaseT Matrix’s yet: the 16 x 16 and 8 x 16 HDMI HDBaseT Modular Matrix with PoE. Consisting of two models at launch (16 HDMI input x 16 HDBaseT output PU-16HBT and 8 x 16 PU8H16HBT) the maker says the range offers innovative technology to give installers unparalleled levels of performance and flexibility. Able to send HDBaseT signals over lengths of up to 100m via CAT 5e/6/7 cable infrastructure, both models support two-way IR, RS-232 and PoE. Pre-configured to work with the CYP PU-507RX or PU-507WPRX HDBaseT receivers, which are powered using the PoE feature from the matrix, both models are supplied with dual removable internal power supplies, allowing for easy inspection and maintenance with zero downtime. In addition, each bank of eight HDMI inputs (2 x PU-16HBT and 1 x PU8H16HBT) and two banks of eight HDBaseT outputs are also easily exchangeable were maintenance or replacement is required. This approach means installers can create a sixteen-zone AV multi-room system with the knowledge that any maintenance will result in minimum disruption for the user. To aid set up and configuration, a DVI output for a local monitor is included allowing installers to easily test all inputs and outputs, whilst IP control allows for remote access and integration into third party control systems such as DemoPad.

Simply Control A complete end-to-end user interface and control option for any WyreStorm AV Matrix

More Information: CYP Europe, +44 (0)203 1379180 www.cypeurope.com

An extra helping of Extra Vegetables

AWE and Extra Vegetables offer installers the chance to marry Total Control to Sonos

AWE has announce it will be providing Extra Vegetables’ new two-way Sonos integration module for URC Total Control. Sonos continues to be popular with installers providing a flexible and easy to install entry point for multi-room music systems as well as offering support for streaming services including Spotify, Napster, last.fm, Deezer, MOG and TuneIn. The Extra Vegetables module provides complete two-way control of a Sonos system from Total Control touch-panels, remotes and iOS Apps. This includes Sonos Play:3/5, Connect, Connect:Amp and the new PlayBar. The system allows the user to browse and search artist, album and track details on Total Control interfaces and ‘selected’ in Total Control is immediately reflected in the Sonos Desktop Controller and vice-versa. The user can also add favourite tracks from music services to Sonos Favourites and join zones in Total Control or via the Sonos Desktop Controller, with changes reflected in both. Mal Fisher, technical manager at AWE, says: “The opportunity offered to customers by the Extra Vegetables module creates a completely integrated solution, which brings their favourite music services perfectly in-line with their favourite control system.” More Information: AWE Europe: +44 (0)1372 729777, www.awe-europe.com

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M R X 710 / 510 / 310 A/V RECEIVERS

GENERATION 2 HAS ARRIVED!

No Trade Offs: High-End Performance AND Ease of Integration Seven channels of power on MRX 710 and 510, five channels on MRX 310. Advanced load monitoring keeps a constant eye on output. ARC 1M an enhanced version of our award-winning room correction system now connects via Ethernet, includes a higher level of digital signal processing and offers an option to print ‘before and after’ room-measurement graphs. We’ve doubled the HDMI connections, increased HDMI switching speed and included 4K upscaling and pass-through. Remote control apps for Apple and Android! IP and Serial control drivers for full integration with automation. Easier to read on-screen menus and improved status displays. Bi-amp your front L/R channels on MRX 710 and 510. Optical and coax as well as analogue inputs now send music to Zone 2. And that’s just for starters …

INCLUDES

www.anthemavs.co.uk

Distributed in the UK by Anthem AV Solutions Tel 01825 750858 E-mail info@anthemavs.co.uk


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Live Doublewide with Antiference

Antiference says it now offers the UK’s widest choice of DVB-T modulators

Antiference says it has launched the UK’s most extensive range of DVB-T modulators with its Conexer modulator range featuring the DMSD multiple input SD products and the DMHD01 HDMI HD DVB-T/C model with IP streaming. The Conexer DMHD01 HDMI modulator generates an HD channel from any HDMI source which can be supplied over a coaxial network to TVs or STBs. The product is compatible with all Freeview HD TVs/STBs and the modulator is also compatible with most Freeview TVs. The DMHD01 is configurable as a digital terrestrial DVB-C digital cable TV modulator or as an IP streamer for multicast streaming. The IP streamer supports UDP and RTP on a local computer network. Input options for the HD modulator include: HDMI, component AV, VGA (PC) & analogue L & R audio. Inputs for the SD modulators are composite AV (scart) on RCA connections. All models have an RF input loop through which can be used to ‘loop’ multiple units together and the LCN function which allows the user to set the location in the channel guide for the services. The DMHD01 & DMSD01 are both fully programmable via an LCD screen menu system and all models can be programmed via Windows based USB software which can be downloaded from the company website. More information: +44 (0)1675 465487, www.antiference.co.uk

NuVo and AMX get friendly NuVo has released a certified driver for integrating with the AMX platform. Available for download from the AMX dealer website, the driver is designed to simplify dealer set-up and provide listeners with an easy-touse interface, enabling any of AMX’s NetLinx central controllers to operate the NuVo system. Without programming, installers can allow NuVo customers to select zones, navigate content, adjust volume and more, all through an AMX device. “Pursuing compatibility with automation partners and ensuring that integration is easy to implement is part of our commitment to both dealers and end-users to provide high-performing audio systems,” says NuVo’s vice president of engineering, Rick Kukulies. “This driver was developed in order to elevate the user-experience in projects where both NuVo and AMX systems are employed. The AMX certification of the software says we’ve accomplished that.” The NuVo Wireless Audio System was conceived as a high-fidelity wireless solution designed specifically for custom installers to provide flexibility, scalability and high-quality audio performance. NuVo is available in the UK from Habitech. Habitech +44 (0)1420 540054 www.habitech.co.uk

NuVo has just released a driver to achieve full compatibility with AMX systems

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A pleasant stay with Legrand

The new Legrand guest room management system offers increased control, comfort and efficiency

Legrand has launched a guest room management system that it says provides ease of use, customisation and control for guests, reception staff or the hotel head office. Fully compatible with Fidelio, Suite and Opera hotel reservation systems, the system is designed to optimise comfort, energy efficiency and aesthetics providing intuitive, ease of use for guests and control of individual rooms, floors or the whole building for the hotel. Pre-programmed with an entry scenario (access control,

temperature set and courtesy light) and exit scenario (temperature set, lights off), the room settings can be altered to suit the guest’s requirements when they make their reservation, when they check in or when they arrive. Guests can select from a number of pre-set scenarios, including comfort (do not disturb, temperature set, dimmer), sleeping (do not disturb, lights off) and eco scenarios (open window, eco temperature). These settings can be monitored and controlled by the hotel’s reception, enabling lights to be switched off or heating to be turned down while the room is vacant and can be linked to the hotel’s building management and HVAC system via KNX or BACnet. Designed to offer co-ordination with Legrand’s Arteor and Synergy ranges of wiring accessories, the system enables centralised control of the room with an eight button unit that can be customised with the hotel’s choice of symbols and branding. The unit can be used in combination with manual switching in the room or remote access by hotel staff. More information: Legrand +44 (0)870 6089000 www.legrand.co.uk

Stay in touch with Zennio Touch-MyDesign allows the user to choose whatever design they like to adorn their control points

Touch-MyDesign is a Capacitive Switch that allows customers to fully incorporate their own design by using icons, backgrounds or minimalist high resolution photographs, thanks to the new printing system for the high-strength tempered glass of Zennio. Available in the UK from Ivory Egg, each TouchMyDesign in a unique and exclusive device, where the user chooses his/her own iconography, images, texts, vertical or horizontal position, number of touch buttons and functions to be executed. The units also include a temperature sensor and a thermostat that can control up to four stages of cooling. In addition, the device has five LEDS in the switch itself that can be used as additional buttons allowing the user to assign direct functions such as adjusting the temperature and lighting. The makers are confident the products offer the right level of functionality needed by the installer, whilst also offering the design community a non-intrusive solution, which can match any interior scheme commercial, residential or hotel based. More information: Ivory Egg +44 (0)1243 572700, www.ivoryegg.co.uk

Stingray hits one for six

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Available from Genesis Technologies in the UK, Stealth Acoustics is introducing the latest addition to its ‘StingRay’ family of advanced, all-weather outdoor speakers. Combining quality audio performance and reliability with a discreet, easy to conceal design, the manufacturer says the compact Stingray 6 will open up new business opportunities for European installers, especially when working in confined spaces. So named because of its 6in cone woofer, StingRay 6 is still only 15in wide, 7in tall and less than 4in in depth, so can be easily hidden in outdoor environments to provide audio for swimming pool, garden, spa, cinema projects, as well as themed entertainment and industrial paging applications. Offered in stock, matt white and flat black colours, the StingRay 6 can also be fully customised using paint or exterior vinyl graphics to blend seamlessly into any architectural or design-led environment. Audio quality is promoted via the cone woofer, coupled with a high-power, neodymium tweeter to create a true

two-way speaker, which is designed to provide even sound dispersion at frequencies from 50Hz to 18kHz. There are no grilles or other openings to allow moisture into the enclosure as the speaker uses Stealth’s FidelityGlass solid-front radiating surface enclosed in a fibre-infused ASA plastic marine-grade enclosure, resulting in an environmental protection rating of IP-68 as measured to IEC standards. More information: Genesis Technologies +44 (0)203 2394120, www.genesistechnologies.co.uk

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Surround yourself with Meridian

The G65 Surround Controller was created to be the beating heart of a Meridian Digital Theatre

Meridian Audio has announced the introduction of the new-design G65 Surround Controller, billed as the definitive surround processor of the G Series. In conjunction with the Meridian HD621, the unit allows connection of a diverse range of audio and video sources with unified control over time alignment, bass management and surround sound processing. The G65 builds on the achievements of the flagship 800 Series, with new circuitry developed specifically for the product. Designed to sit at the heart of a Meridian Digital Theatre, the G65 is designed to drive Meridian DSP Loudspeakers as well as providing balanced analogue outputs for conventional systems. Meridian technologies include Smart Source, which automatically selects the correct settings for optimum listening, whilst Meridian’s Apodising up-sampling system improves audio quality and can correct problems in an original digital recording. Meridian Room Correction dampens low-frequency reverberation in the room to improve clarity and imaging. The G65 also includes new menu features to seamlessly control Enhanced Bass Alignment as well as Centre Elevation found in Meridian’s DSP Loudspeaker range. The model also features a card-based construction using seven-layer boards making it possible to build cards to handle specific audio tasks, rather than using large multifunction boards. Configuration is achieved by running Meridian’s proprietary Windowsbased MConfig application, connected to the G65 via a serial or USB link or direct from the front panel. A comprehensive back-lit learning/ programmable MSR+ remote is included. More information: Meridian +44 (0)1480 445678 www.meridian-audio.com

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A Simple Solution

Simple Audio has increased its control capabilities with Apps for Apple, MAC and Windows

Simple Audio has announced the release of a new free of charge iPad App and more updates to the Roomplayer App. Simple Audio released its first HD streaming products last year offering high-quality sound and a unique multi-user, multi-library approach. The new update builds on this with the release of a new iPad App, which promises to give the user easier access to their music. Also released is a new look desktop application for Mac and Windows that takes the system to a new level of flexibility. The Simple Audio iPad App gives access to personal digital music collections, online music services and favourite Internet radio stations. Anyone can download the App, create a user profile and view all the music or just their playlists and favourites. The App for Windows and Mac puts the focus clearly on users’ and music with a new white interface, which is designed to make artwork as well as album and artist information stand out, whilst updates to user profiles make it easier for multiple users to set up their own profile, view music libraries and personalise their own view of their music. The intuitive search brings back results from local music libraries or subscribed streaming services. Plus the new sleek capability is designed particularly with classical music lovers in mind. Both Apps also provide access to the 30 million tracks available on the Deezer online platform. More Information: Simple Audio +44 (0)141 4405220 www.simpleaudio.com

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Essential contacts

Contact Directory Call +44 (0)1634 673163 to book your Essential Contact entry Access & Door control

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Cave Products Ltd

T: +44 (0)1279 420529 E: sales@caveproducts.com W: www.caveproducts.com

Control 4

T: +44 (0)800 1217702 E: emea@control4.com W: www.control4.com

Ivory Egg (UK) Ltd T: +44 (0)1243 572700 E: info@ivoryegg.co.uk W: www.knxshop.co.uk

Legrand Electric Ltd

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk Accessories & Mounts

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Antiference Limited

T: +44 (0)1675 465487 E: sales@antiference.co.uk W: www.antiference.co.uk

AVF Group Ltd

T: +44 (0)1952 670009 W: www.avf.co.uk

Bryant Unlimited

T: +44 (0)208 4044050 E: sales@bryant-broadcast.co.uk W: www.bryant-broadcast.co.uk

B-Tech International Ltd T: +44 (0)1327 300787 E: info@btechavmounts.co.uk W: www.btechavmounts.com

Enclosure Systems at Canford T: +44 (0)191 418 1177 E: sales@enclosures.co.uk W: www.enclosuresystems.co.uk

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G.J. Electronics Ltd

T: +44 (0)1303 814224 F: +44 (0)1303 814073 E: sales@gjelectronics.co.uk W: www.gjelectronics.co.uk

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

HD Media Partnership

T: +44 (0)1242 580688 E: HDPartner@aceonline.co.uk W: www.aceonline.co.uk

MDA Designs

T: +44 (0)844 9099898 E: info@mda-designs.co.uk W: www.mda-designs.co.uk

Milestone

T: +44 (0)207 0432926 E: andy.graham@milestone.com W: www.milestone.com

Peerless-AV

T: +44 (0)1923 200100 E: sales@peerless-av.eu.com W: www.peerless-av.com

ProAudio Stash

T: +44 (0)1424 429641 W: www.proaudiostash.co.uk

TDI

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

Vision

T: +44 (0)1604 662748 E: sales@vision-products.co.uk W: www.vision-products.co.uk

Vogel’s Products UK Ltd T: +44 (0)330 2020980 E: info.uk@vogels.com W: www.vogels.com


Essential contacts Advanced TV

Audio Visual (continued)

Sync-box

T: +44 (0) 1892 838860 E: office@eyestones.co.uk W: www.sync-box.com Aerial Distribution

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk AMPS

iKON AVS

T: +44 (0)1299 250991 E: sales@ikonavs.com W: www.ikonavs.com

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) T: +44 (0)1908 366700 W: www.uk.yamaha.com

Control 4

T: +44 (0)800 1217702 E: emea@control4.com W: www.control4.com

DLS Sweden

T : +44 (0)1555 667288 E : enquiries@dlsaudio.co.uk W: www.dlsaudio.co.uk

Elipson – exclusively from BBG Distribution Ltd T: +44 (0)1923 205610 E: sales@bbg.eu.com W: www.bbg.eu.com

Enclosure Systems at Canford T: +44 (0)191 418 1177 E: sales@enclosures.co.uk W: www.enclosuresystems.co.uk

G.J. Electronics Ltd

T: +44 (0)1303 814224 F: +44 (0)1303 814073 E: sales@gjelectronics.co.uk W: www.gjelectronics.co.uk

Audio Visual

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Alltrade: SONOS, Celexon T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Amina Technologies Ltd

T: +44 (0)1480 354390 E: inspired@amina.co.uk W: www.amina.co.uk

Artcoustic Loudspeakers T: +44 (0)1245 400904 E: salesuk@artcoustic.com W: www.artcoustic.com

Anthony Gallo Acoustics T: +44 (0)1555 666883 E: enquiries@anthonygallo.co.uk W: www.anthonygallo.co.uk

Aquavision – Available from Invision UK T: +44 (0)1359 270280 E: sales@invisionuk.com W: www.invisionuk.com

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

Legrand Electric Ltd

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

MDA Designs

T: +44 (0)844 9099898 E: info@mda-designs.co.uk W: www.mda-designs.co.uk

The Multi-Room Company Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511133 E: info@multi-room.com W: www.multi-room.com

MidwichHome

T: +44 (0)1379 646889 E: midwichhome@midwich.com W: www.midwichhome.com

PictureFrame.TV

T: +44 (0)20 81446060 E: info@pictureframe.tv W: www.pictureframe.tv

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av solutions (CONTINUED)

Pro Display

Smartcomm Ltd

Pulse Marketing

UkeuroAV

T: +44 (0)870 7668438 E: sales@prodisplay.co.uk W: www.prodisplay.com

T: +44 (0) 1494 471912 E: info@smartcomm.co.uk W: www.smartcomm.co.uK

T: +44 (0)8455 618884 W: www.pulsemarketing.com W: www.homecinemagallery.com

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Smartcomm Ltd

T: +44 (0)1494 471912 E: info@smartcomm.co.uk W: www.smartcomm.co.uk

Smart-e Ltd

T: +44 (0)1306 628264 E: info@smart-e.co.uk W: www.smart-e.co.uk

TDI

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

UkeuroAV

T: +44 (0)1303 844000 E: info@ukeuroav.com W: www.ukeuroav.com

Unicam Audio Visual

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com av solutions

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

iKON AVS

T: +44 (0)1299 250991 E: sales@ikonavs.com W: www.ikonavs.com

Legrand Electric Ltd

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk

Sync-box

T: +44 (0) 1892 838860 E: office@eyestones.co.uk W: www.sync-box.com

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T: +44 (0)1303 844000 E: info@ukeuroav.com W: www.ukeuroav.com Cables

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Alltrade: Coaxial, CAT5/6, Fibre, Speaker T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Antiference Limited

T: +44 (0)1675 465487 E: sales@antiference.co.uk W: www.antiference.co.uk

Armour Home Electronics T: +44 (0)1279 501111 E: sales@armourhome.co.uk W: www.armourhome.co.uk

Asheridge Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1494 794770 E: crigby@ascomms.com W: www.ashcomms.com

Atlona

T: +44 (0)1252 876300 E: sales@true-colours.net W: www.atlona.com

Bryant Unlimited

T: +44 (0)208 4044050 E: sales@bryant-broadcast.co.uk W: www.bryant-broadcast.co.uk

B-Tech International Ltd T: +44 (0)1327 300787 E: info@btechavmounts.co.uk W: www.btechavmounts.com

Cave Products Ltd

T: +44 (0)1279 420529 E: sales@caveproducts.com W: www.caveproducts.com

Eurosat Distribution Ltd T: +44 (0)208 2084444 E: sales@eurosatlondon.com W: www.eurosat.com


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Cables Management (continued)

D-Line (Europe) Limited

FS Cables

T: +44 (0)191 2360960 T: +44 (0)191 2360979 E: enquiries@d-line-it.co.uk W: www.d-line.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1727 840841 W: www.fscables.com

G.J. Electronics Ltd

T: +44 (0)1303 814224 F: +44 (0)1303 814073 E: sales@gjelectronics.co.uk W: www.gjelectronics.co.uk

Controls

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Habitech Ltd: Structured Cable Products (SCP) T: +44 (0)1420 540054 E: sales@habitech.co.uk W: www.habitech.co.uk

iKON AVS

T: +44 (0)1299 250991 E: sales@ikonavs.com W: www.ikonavs.com

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

Unicam Audio Visual

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com

Peerless-AV

T: +44 (0)1923 200100 E: sales@peerless-av.eu.com W: www.peerless-av.com

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Solutions Group (UK) Plc T: +44 (0)8456 444000 E: sales@solutionsgroup-plc.com W: www.solutionsgroup-plc.com

TDI

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

Triax UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)845 6010578 E: sales@triax.co.uk W: www.triax.co.uk

Vision

T: +44 (0)1604 662748 E: sales@vision-products.co.uk W: www.vision-products.co.uk Cables Management

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Dimmer Switches

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Control 4

T: +44 (0)800 1217702 E: emea@control4.com W: www.control4.com

Futronix Ltd

T: +44 (0)1883 373333 E: sales@futronix.com W: www.futronix.com

Ivory Egg (UK) Ltd T: +44 (0)1243 572700 E: info@ivoryegg.co.uk W: www.knxshop.co.uk

Legrand Electric Ltd

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

Rako Controls Ltd

T: +44 (0)1634 226666 E: sales@rakocontrols.com W: www.rakocontrols.com

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enclosures (continued)

Audio Visual Material Ltd

Legrand Electric Ltd

T: +44 (0)1252 510363 E: mnisbet@avmltd.co.uk W: www.avmltd.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk

BBG Distribution Ltd

Peerless-AV

T: +44 (0)1923 205610 E: sales@bbg.eu.com W: www.bbg.eu.com

T: +44 (0)1923 200100 E: sales@peerless-av.eu.com W: www.peerless-av.com

Habitech

TDI

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

The TV Shield (A division of Ce-Tek) T: +44 (0)1298 872233 E: sales@thetvshield.co.uk W: www.thetvshield.co.uk

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

The Multi-Room Company Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511133 E: info@multi-room.com W: www.multi-room.com

True Colours

T: +44 (0)1252 876300 E: sales@true-colours.net W: www.true-colours.net

UkeuroAV

T: +44 (0)1303 844000 E: info@ukeuroav.com W: www.ukeuroav.com enclosures

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Cave Products Ltd

T: +44 (0)1279 420529 E: sales@caveproducts.com W: www.caveproducts.com

Enclosure Systems at Canford T: +44 (0)191 418 1177 E: sales@enclosures.co.uk W: www.enclosuresystems.co.uk

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ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Aerials & Cable Equipment Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511511 E: sales@aceonline.co.uk W: www.aceonline.co.uk

Alltrade: Global, Fracarro, Televes T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Asheridge Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1494 794770 E: crigby@ascomms.com W: www.ashcomms.com

Cave Products Ltd

T: +44 (0)1279 420529 E: sales@caveproducts.com W: www.caveproducts.com

Eurosat Distribution Ltd T: +44 (0)208 2084444 E: sales@eurosatlondon.com W: www.eurosat.com

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Satellite By Fibre

T: +44 (0)845 6430144 E: sales@satellitebyfibre.co.uk W: www.satellitebyfibre.co.uk


Essential contacts Fibre (continued)

Furniture & seating (continued)

Solutions Group (UK) Plc

Norstone - exclusively from BBG Distribution Ltd

T: +44 (0)8456 444000 E: sales@solutionsgroup-plc.com W: www.solutionsgroup-plc.com

T: +44 (0)1923 205610 E: sales@bbg.eu.com W: www.bbg.eu.com

TDI

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

Peerless-AV

T: +44 (0)1923 200100 E: sales@peerless-av.eu.com W: www.peerless-av.com

Fibre, Cable & Tools

PictureFrame.TV

Satsearch

T: +44 (0)20 81446060 E: info@pictureframe.tv W: www.pictureframe.tv

T: +44 (0)845 6430144 E: sales@satsearch.co.uk W: www.satsearch.co.uk

Pulse Marketing

Fibre Installation & Repairs

T: +44 (0)845 5618884 W: www.pulsemarketing.com W: www.homecinemagallery.com

Satellite By Fibre

T: +44 (0)845 6430144 E: sales@satellitebyfibre.co.uk W: www.satellitebyfibre.co.uk

The TV Shield (A division of Ce-Tek) T: +44 (0)1298 872233 E: sales@thetvshield.co.uk W: www.thetvshield.co.uk

Furniture & seating

Ateca - exclusively from BBG Distribution Ltd

Unicam Audio Visual

B-Tech International Ltd

Vogel’s Products UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)1923 205610 E: sales@bbg.eu.com W: www.bbg.eu.com

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com

T: +44 (0)1327 300787 E: info@btechavmounts.co.uk W: www.btechavmounts.com

Cineak

T: +32 3 3540366 E: info@cineak.eu W: www.cineak.com

G.J. Electronics Ltd

T: +44 (0)1303 814224 F: +44 (0)1303 814073 E: sales@gjelectronics.co.uk W: www.gjelectronics.co.uk

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

MDA Designs

T: +44 (0)844 9099898 E: info@mda-designs.co.uk W: www.mda-designs.co.uk

Milestone

T: +44 (0)207 0432926 E: andy.graham@milestone.com W: www.milestone.com

T: +44 (0)330 2020980 E: info.uk@vogels.com W: www.vogels.com Hardware

The Multi-Room Company Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511133 E: info@multi-room.com W: www.multi-room.com HDMI & HDMI Distribution

Aldous Systems (Europe) Ltd T: +44 (0)1296 719582 E: sales@aldoussystems.co.uk W: www.aldoussystems.co.uk

Alltrade: CYP, Triax, Antiference T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Antiference Limited

T: +44 (0)1675 465487 E: sales@antiference.co.uk W: www.antiference.co.uk

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Essential contacts HDMI & HDMI Distribution (continued)

Asheridge Communications Ltd

Triax UK Ltd

Atlona

Unicam Audio Visual

T: +44 (0)1252 876300 E: sales@true-colours.net W: www.atlona.com

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com

Eurosat Distribution Ltd

Wyrestorm Technologies Europe Ltd

T: +44 (0)1494 794770 E: crigby@ascomms.com W: www.ashcomms.com

T: +44 (0)208 2084444 E: sales@eurosatlondon.com W: www.eurosat.com

G.J. Electronics Ltd

T: +44 (0)1303 814224 F: +44 (0)1303 814073 E: sales@gjelectronics.co.uk W: www.gjelectronics.co.uk

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

HD Connectivity Ltd

T: +44 (0)1684 576 348 E: tradesupport@hdconnectivity.com W: www.hdconnectivity.com/trade

HD Media Partnership

T: +44 (0)1242 580688 E: HDPartner@aceonline.co.uk W: www.aceonline.co.uk

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Smart-e Ltd

T: +44 (0)1306 628264 E: info@smart-e.co.uk W: www.smart-e.co.uk

Solutions Group (UK) Plc T: +44 (0)8456 444000 E: sales@solutionsgroup-plc.com W: www.solutionsgroup-plc.com

TDI

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

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HDMI & HDMI Distribution (continued)

T: +44 (0)845 6010578 E: sales@triax.co.uk W: www.triax.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1793 230343 M: +44 (0)7921 003954 W: www.wyrestorm.eu

Home Automation & multi-room systems

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Aldous Systems (Europe) Ltd T: +44 (0)1296 719582 E: sales@aldoussystems.co.uk W: www.aldoussystems.co.uk

Amina Technologies Ltd

T: +44 (0)1480 354390 E: inspired@amina.co.uk W: www.amina.co.uk

Armour Home Electronics T: +44 (0)1279 501111 E: sales@armourhome.co.uk W: www.armourhome.co.uk

Artcoustic Loudspeakers T: +44 (0)1245 400904 E: salesuk@artcoustic.com W: www.artcoustic.com

Genesis Technologies

T: +44 (0)203 2394120 E: info@genesistechnologies.co.uk W: www.genesistechnologies.co.uk

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Habitech Ltd: NuVo Technologies; ControlFX, Vision HD T: +44 (0)1420 540054 E: sales@habitech.co.uk W: www.habitech.co.uk

HD Connectivity Ltd

T: +44 (0)1684 576 348 E: tradesupport@hdconnectivity.com W: www.hdconnectivity.com/trade


Essential contacts Home Automation & multi-room systems (continued)

Home Automation & multi-room systems (continued)

iKON AVS

Uvem Limited

Ivory Egg (UK) Ltd

Wyrestorm Technologies Europe Ltd

T: +44 (0)1299 250991 E: sales@ikonavs.com W: www.ikonavs.co

T: +44 (0)845 4561220 E: info@uvem.com W: www.uvem.com

T: +44 (0)1243 572700 E: info@ivoryegg.co.uk W: www.knxshop.co.uk

Legrand Electric Ltd

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk

The Multi-Room Company Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511133 E: info@multi-room.com W: www.multi-room.com

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

MidwichHome

T: +44 (0)1379 646889 E: midwichhome@midwich.com W: www.midwichhome.com

Pulse Marketing

T: +44 (0)8455 618884 W: www.pulsemarketing.com W: www.homecinemagallery.com

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Smartcomm Ltd

T: +44 (0)1494 471912 E: info@smartcomm.co.uk W: www.smartcomm.co.uk

Smart-e Ltd

T: +44 (0)1306 628264 E: info@smart-e.co.uk W: www.smart-e.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1793 230343 M: +44 (07921 003954 W: www.wyrestorm.eu Home Cinema

Amina Technologies Ltd

T: +44 (0)1480 354390 E: inspired@amina.co.uk W: www.amina.co.uk

Artcoustic Loudspeakers T: +44 (0)1245 400904 E: salesuk@artcoustic.com W: www.artcoustic.com

Gecko Inc Ltd

T: +44 (0)845 2622882 W: www.geckohomecinema.com

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

PictureFrame.TV

T: +44 (0)20 81446060 E: info@pictureframe.tv W: www.pictureframe.tv

Pro Display

T: +44 (0)870 7668438 E: sales@prodisplay.co.uk W: www.prodisplay.com

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

UkeuroAV

SIM2 UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)1303 844000 E: info@ukeuroav.com W: www.ukeuroav.com

T: +44 (0)1825 750850 E: info@sim2.co.uk W: www.sim2.co.uk

Unicam Audio Visual

Smartcomm Ltd

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com

T: +44 (0)1494 471912 E: info@smartcomm.co.uk W: www.smartcomm.co.uk

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Essential contacts Home Theatre seating

Lighting Control (continued)

Pulse Marketing

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)845 5618884 W: www.pulsemarketing.com W: www.homecinemagallery.com

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

Habitech

The Multi-Room Company Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511133 E: info@multi-room.com W: www.multi-room.com

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Rako Controls Ltd

HVAC Control Systems

T: +44 (0)1634 226666 E: sales@rakocontrols.com W: www.rakocontrols.com

Intelligent Controls (UK) Ltd

n Smart Homes, there’s a olved in a project from the hen the integration of the rastructure is in place and able to smart control. This heating and cooling sys-

T: +44 (0)1342 717748 E: support@intelligent-controls.co.uk W: www.intelligent-controls.co.uk

Ltd specialises in the omes, to front end systems using North® Products. hat are able to control rth Zip® systems, which djustment of underfloor conditioning systems. An o access controls remotely.

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Ivory Egg (UK) Ltd T: +44 (0)1243 572700 E: info@ivoryegg.co.uk W: www.knxshop.co.uk

oducts can be integrated, e controls engineer at the on of HVAC systems with , BacNet, Lonworks®, IP, gration into smart systems. d to standardise these the AV Programmer.

Mains conditioning & distribution

Habitech

Integrated reception system (IRS) 

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Vision

T: +44 (0)1604 662748 E: sales@vision-products.co.uk W: www.vision-products.co.uk

Isol-8 Teknologies Limited T: +44 (0)208 8568856 E: nic@isol-8.co.uk W: www.isol-8.co.uk

Lighting Control

ACA-Apex Ltd

media servers

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Aldous Systems (Europe) Ltd T: +44 (0)1296 719582 E: sales@aldoussystems.co.uk W: www.aldoussystems.co.uk

Armour Home Electronics T: +44 (0)1279 501111 E: sales@armourhome.co.uk W: www.armourhome.co.uk

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Control 4

T: +44 (0)800 1217702 E: emea@control4.com W: www.control4.com

Futronix Ltd

T: +44 (0)1883 373333 E: sales@futronix.com W: www.futronix.com

Mirror TVs

Ivory Egg (UK) Ltd

Legrand Electric Ltd

Impact Screen Solutions

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk

Essential Install

T: +44 (0)845 4561220 E: info@uvem.com W: www.uvem.com

Aquavision – Available from Invision UK

T: +44 (0)1243 572700 E: info@ivoryegg.co.uk W: www.knxshop.co.uk

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Uvem Limited

T: +44 (0)1359 270280 E: sales@invisionuk.com W: www.invisionuk.com

T: +44 (0)1273 735476 M: +44 (0)7515 995776 E: sales@impactscreensolutions.co.uk W: www.impactscreensolutions.co.uk


Essential contacts Mirror TVs (continued)

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

MirrorMedia Ltd

Projectors, Projection Screens & Projector Lift Models (continued)

Genesis Technologies

T: +44 (0)203 2394120 E: info@genesistechnologies.co.uk W: www.genesistechnologies.co.uk

T: +44 (0)870 3866333 E: sales@mirrormedia.com W: www.mirrormedia.com

Habitech

PictureFrame.TV

Habitech Ltd: JVC, Weis (screens)

Pro Display

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd

Redline Sound Solutions

Impact Screen Solutions

T: +44 (0)20 81446060 E: info@pictureframe.tv W: www.pictureframe.tv

T: +44 (0)870 7668438 E: sales@prodisplay.co.uk W: www.prodisplay.com

T: +44 (0)1268 858222 E: info@red-line.co.uk W: www.red-line.co.uk

Unicam Audio Visual

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com PA Systems/Distribution

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 E: sales@habitech.co.uk W: www.habitech.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1273 735476 M: +44 (0)7515 995776 E: sales@impactscreensolutions.co.uk W: www.impactscreensolutions.co.uk

JVC Europe Limited T: +44 (0)20 8208 7676 E: hdworld@jvc.co.uk W: www.jvc.co.uk

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

Pro Display

Power Socket

Sync-box

T: +44 (0) 1892 838860 E: office@eyestones.co.uk W: www.sync-box.com Pro Audio Manufacturer

Midwich

T: +44 (0)1379 649200 E: sales@midwich.com W: www.midwich.com Projectors, Projection Screens & Projector Lift Models

Audio Visual Material Ltd T: +44 (0)1252 510363 E: mnisbet@avmltd.co.uk W: www.avmltd.co.uk

Draper Group Ltd

T: +44 (0)1536 203101 E: joseph@drapergroupltd.co.uk W: www.drapergroupltd.co.uk

T: +44 (0)870 7668438 E: sales@prodisplay.co.uk W: www.prodisplay.com

Pulse Marketing

T: +44 (0)8455 618884 W: www.pulsemarketing.com W: www.homecinemagallery.com

Redline Sound Solutions

T: +44 (0)1268 858222 E: info@red-line.co.uk W: www.red-line.co.uk

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

SIM2 UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)1825 750850 E: info@sim2.co.uk W: www.sim2.co.uk

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Essential contacts Projectors, Projection Screens & Projector Lift Models (continued)

Satellite & UHF Distribution (continued)

Antiference Limited

True Colours

T: +44 (0)1675 465487 E: sales@antiference.co.uk W: www.antiference.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1252 876300 E: sales@true-colours.net W: www.true-colours.net

Eurosat Distribution Ltd

Vogel’s Products UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)208 2084444 E: sales@eurosatlondon.com W: www.eurosat.com

T: +44 (0)330 2020980 E: info.uk@vogels.com W: www.vogels.com

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd

Projector mounts

T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

B-Tech International Ltd T: +44 (0)1327 300787 E: info@btechavmounts.co.uk W: www.btechavmounts.com

Satellite By Fibre

T: +44 (0)845 6430144 E: sales@satellitebyfibre.co.uk W: www.satellitebyfibre.co.uk

Peerless-AV

T: +44 (0)1923 200100 E: sales@peerless-av.eu.com W: www.peerless-av.com

Triax UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)845 6010578 E: sales@triax.co.uk W: www.triax.co.uk

Vogel’s Products UK Ltd T: +44 (0)330 2020980 E: info.uk@vogels.com W: www.vogels.com

Vision

T: +44 (0)1604 662748 E: sales@vision-products.co.uk W: www.vision-products.co.uk

Racks

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

smart glass

Pro Display

T: +44 (0)870 7668438 E: sales@prodisplay.co.uk W: www.prodisplay.com

Enclosure Systems at Canford T: +44 (0)191 418 1177 E: sales@enclosures.co.uk W: www.enclosuresystems.co.uk

Habitech

T: +44 (0)1420 540054 W: www.habitech.co.uk

Milestone

T: +44 (0)207 0432926 E: andy.graham@milestone.com W: www.milestone.com

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk Satellite & UHF Distribution

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Aerials & Cable Equipment Ltd T: +44 (0)1242 511511 E: sales@aceonline.co.uk W: www.aceonline.co.uk

Alltrade Aerial & Satellite Limited T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Speakers/SUBS

ACA-Apex Ltd

T: +44 (0)1525 379933 E: info@aca-apex.co.uk W: www.aca-apex.co.uk

Aldous Systems (Europe) Ltd T: +44 (0)1296 719582 E: sales@aldoussystems.co.uk W: www.aldoussystems.co.uk

Amina Technologies Ltd

T: +44 (0)1480 354390 E: inspired@amina.co.uk W: www.amina.co.uk

Armour Home Electronics T: +44 (0)1279 501111 E: sales@armourhome.co.uk W: www.armourhome.co.uk

Artcoustic Loudspeakers T: +44 (0)1245 400904 E: salesuk@artcoustic.com W: www.artcoustic.com

Alltrade: SONOS, BluCube

T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Anthony Gallo Acoustics

T: +44 (0)1555 666883 E: enquiries@anthonygallo.co.uk W: www.anthonygallo.co.uk

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Essential contacts Speakers/SUBS (continued)

Tools and Test Equipment (continued)

Asheridge Communications Ltd

DLS Sweden

T: +44 (0)1494 794770 E: crigby@ascomms.com W: www.ashcomms.com

T : +44 (0)1555 667288 E : enquiries@dlsaudio.co.uk W: www.dlsaudio.co.uk

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd

Elipson – exclusively from BBG Distribution Ltd

T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1923 205610 E: sales@bbg.eu.com W: www.bbg.eu.com

Solutions Group (UK) Plc T: +44 (0)8456 444000 E: sales@solutionsgroup-plc.com W: www.solutionsgroup-plc.com

Genesis Technologies

T: +44 (0)203 2394120 E: info@genesistechnologies.co.uk W: www.genesistechnologies.co.uk

Triax UK Ltd

T: +44 (0)845 6010578 E: sales@triax.co.uk W: www.triax.co.uk

Habitech Ltd: Sonance, DLS T: +44 (0)1420 540054 E: sales@habitech.co.uk W: www.habitech.co.uk

Tv Cabinet Manufacturers

The TV Shield (A division of Ce-Tek)

Harry B Litherland & Co Ltd

T: +44 (0)1298 872233 E: sales@thetvshield.co.uk W: www.thetvshield.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1253 607830 E: sales@hblitherland.co.uk W: www.hblitherland.co.uk

MidwichHome

Video

T: +44 (0)1379 646889 E: midwichhome@midwich.com W: www.midwichhome.com

Control 4

T: +44 (0)800 1217702 E: emea@control4.com W: www.control4.com

Redline Sound Solutions

T: +44 (0)1268 858222 E: info@red-line.co.uk W: www.red-line.co.uk

Redline Sound Solutions

T: +44 (0)1268 858222 E: info@red-line.co.uk W: www.red-line.co.uk

RGB Communications Ltd T: +44 (0)1488 73366 E: info@rgbcomms.co.uk W: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Smart-e Ltd

T: +44 (0)1306 628264 E: info@smart-e.co.uk W: www.smart-e.co.uk

TDI

T: +44 (0)1256 397770 E: info@tdigroup.co.uk W: www.tdigroup.co.uk

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

T: +44 (0)1908 366700 W: www.uk.yamaha.com

Trade Association for Content Delivery

CAI

T: +44 (0)1923 803030 F: 01923 803203 E: office@cai.org.uk W: www.cai.org.uk Training provider

CAI

waterproof TV

Alltrade: Videotree

T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

Aquavision – Available from Invision UK T: +44 (0)1359 270280 E: sales@invisionuk.com W: www.invisionuk.com

Marata Vision

T: +44 (0)1923 495595 E: info@marata.co.uk W: www.marata.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1923 803030 F: 01923 803203 E: office@cai.org.uk W: www.cai.org.uk

Peerless-AV

Legrand Electric Ltd

The TV Shield (A division of Ce-Tek)

T: +44 (0) 870 608 9020 E: uk-wdsales@legrand.co.uk W: www.legrand.co.uk Tools and Test Equipment

Alltrade Aerial & Satellite Limited

T: +44 (0)844 2252700 E: sales@alltrade.co.uk W: www.alltrade.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1923 200100 E: sales@peerless-av.eu.com W: www.peerless-av.com

T: +44 (0)1298 872233 E: sales@thetvshield.co.uk W: www.thetvshield.co.uk

Unicam Audio Visual

T: +44 (0)871 2262886 E: sales.uk@unicamgroup.com W: www.unicamgroup.com Essential Install

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