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WELCOME TO THE BEST OF SHOW AWARDS

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e are pleased to honor exceptional products that were exhibited at CEDIA Expo 2019. This digital Program Guide features all of the nominees in the 2019 awards program, and highlights the winners. The Future Best of Show Award at CEDIA 2019 is given by Residential Systems and TWICE. Exhibitors were allowed to submit a product for consideration by one or more of these publications, and may submit multiple products; they pay a fee for each nomination. Winners were selected by panels of professional integrators and editors based on descriptions provided by exhibitors via a nomination form as well as on judges’ inspection at the convention. This Program Guide reproduces the nomination text and images submitted by the exhibitors. It is divided into sections that list all nominees, sorted by publication; the winners are indicated by an award banner on the top of the page. The awards program allows companies to tell you in their own words why they believe a certain product is noteworthy; and this Program Guide offers an excellent sampler of new technology from the convention floor. We hope you enjoy it.

Table of Contents RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS

Intellithings Ltd. RoomMe.......................................................................... 16

Middle Atlantic Products Forward........................................................................... 28

Alfred International Inc. Alfred DB1 Smart Lock..................................................... 4

Invocasa, Inc. Posterbits by Invocasa..................................................... 17

Nortek Security & Control ELAN Intelligent Touch Panel........................................ 29

Alfred International Inc. Alfred DB2 Smart Lock..................................................... 5

JBL Synthesis SCL-5 In-Ceiling Loudspeaker....................................... 18

One Firefly Mercury Pro..................................................................... 30

Control4 Smart Home OS 3............................................................. 6 D-Tools, Inc. D-Tools Cloud................................................................... 7 Da-Lite Parallax Stratos 1.0........................................................... 8 Definitive Technology Studio Advance.................................................................. 9 Dirac Dirac Live Bass Management......................................... 10 DISH Network AirTV Mini...................................................................... 11

Klipsch Audio Klipsch Pro Cinema Home Experience.......................... 19 Konnected Konnected Alarm Panel.................................................. 20 Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Maestro LED+ Dimmer for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS.............................................................. 21 Luxul Epic Mesh......................................................................... 22 Luxul XAP-1610........................................................................ 23

Panasonic Reference DVD Player DP-UB9000............................... 31 Polk Audio Legend Series................................................................... 32 PowerHouse Alliance A2V Powered Subwoofer................................................ 33 Powersoft Mezzo............................................................................... 34 PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC VeCOAX BROADCAST................................................. 35 PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC VeCOAX MINIMOD-2................................................... 36

DISH Network DISH Over-the-Air Signal Meter.................................... 12

MantelMount MM860 Robotic TV Mount............................................ 24

doqxD doqxD for Google Nest Hub............................................ 13

Marantz NR-1200........................................................................... 25

Samsung 55” The Frame 2019........................................................ 38

Elite Screens Inc. Dark Star® Max UST-FR Series...................................... 14

Meridian DSP520.2 In-Wall Loudspeaker..................................... 26

Samsung 82” Q900.......................................................................... 39

FIBBR Pure2 active fiber optic HDMI cable.............................. 15

Metra Home Theater Group HDMI All-in-One Correction Tool (HDM-AIO2)........ 27

Samsung The Wall Luxury.............................................................. 40

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC VeCOAX PIXEL.............................................................. 37

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SANUS Advanced Full-Motion Premium TV Mounts............... 41

Control4 Smart Home OS 3........................................................... 49

Panasonic Reference DVD Player DP-UB9000............................... 57

Savant Breaker-Companion Modules......................................... 42

Copilot Copilot............................................................................. 50

PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC VeCOAX BROADCAST................................................. 58

Sony Electronics Inc. MASTER Series A9G...................................................... 43 Sony Electronics Inc. MASTER Series Z9G....................................................... 44 Vanco International Evolution EVO-IP EZ..................................................... 45

TWICE Alfred International Inc. Alfred DB1 Smart Lock................................................... 46

Denon AVR-3600H..................................................................... 51 Denon PMA-150H...................................................................... 52 EnGenius Technologies, Inc. SkyKey............................................................................. 53 Epson America, Inc. LS500 120” Laser Projection TV.................................... 54

Alfred International Inc. Alfred DB2 Smart Lock................................................... 47

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Maestro LED+ Dimmer for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS............................................................... 55

Brilliant Smart Home Control....................................................... 48

Marantz SR5014............................................................................. 56

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC VeCOAX MINIMOD-2................................................... 59 Samsung 55” The Frame 2019........................................................ 60 Samsung 82” Q900.......................................................................... 61 Samsung The Wall Luxury.............................................................. 62 Sony Electronics Inc. MASTER Series A9G...................................................... 63 Sony Electronics Inc. MASTER Series Z9G....................................................... 64 Wall-Smart Flush Mounts for Araknis AN-500 Access Point............ 65

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ALFRED INTERNATIONAL INC.

Alfred DB1 Smart Lock C

anadian owned and Toronto based, Alfred International Inc. is a smart lock company that was founded in January 2018 with the goal of finding the perfect balance between security, convenience and design. We believe there is a large hole in the current smart lock and security market. There are either traditional lock manufacturers trying to strap keypads to their existing products, or technology companies learning how to build locks. None of these solutions offer the consumer something beautiful and exciting, all without sacrificing safety, options and features. We are focussed on being industry leaders and experts. With our team having over 30 years of manufacturing experience as a premier OEM and ODM partner for most major door hardware brands, Alfred has a unique foundation of both industry specific knowledge and technologyfocussed agility. The DB1 Series: Following the success of the DB2 Series, we launched the DB1 Series in August 2019. Staying true to Alfred’s focus on style, the DB1 brings a more compact form factor and economically accessible feature set without sacrificing convenience, connectivity or adoptability. Less than 1/2” thin, we drew inspiration from the design language of one of the most premium and recognizable pieces of advanced technology: the smart phone. In kind, the DB1 has some of the cleanest lines in the world of smart locks whilst maintaining a durable and feature rich engineering pedigree. Not just a pretty face, all Alfred locks embody what we like to call the “butler meets bouncer” principle. Fully weather and temperature tested, along with all critical mechanical and electrical components tested to meet or exceed ANSI Grade 1 requirements by 2x-5x, at Alfred we unequivo-

cally believe that safety, security and durability must always the first and last points of focus for any lock. Moving deeper, “smart” is the aim but options and adoptability are the game. With standard built in Bluetooth, simply connect to our free Alfred Home app (iOS and Android) to allow users to setup, control and program their locks. You can assign full time, recurring, or time sensitive Pin Codes with specific associated users (“Members”), with every ‘unlock’ event recorded on the lock. More conveniently you can share secure Bluetooth keys with anyone with the same timing options. With Bluetooth keys, sharing, managing and deleting these credentials is in real time, any where, via the Alfred Home app. Additionally, every time a Bluetooth

key is used, the lock owner is instantly notified who, when and which locked was unlocked. This functionality is all achieved through our app without the need for any remote direct access to your lock (i.e. does not require a hub, bridge, or third party connection). Additionally, we offer a model with Z-wave Plus built-in that allows connection and control with most third party smart hubs like Smartthings, Vera, etc., and our Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge which allows complete remote control and programming through the Alfred Home app virtually anywhere in the world using your phone. The Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge also Works with Alexa, with Google Assistant coming soon. You can connect multiple locks per bridge too (Bluetooth range dependent).

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ALFRED INTERNATIONAL INC.

Alfred DB2 Smart Lock C

anadian owned and Toronto based, Alfred International Inc. is a smart lock company that was founded in January 2018 with the goal of finding the perfect balance between security, convenience and design. We believe there is a large hole in the current smart lock and security market. There are either traditional lock manufacturers trying to strap keypads to their existing products, or technology companies learning how to build locks. None of these solutions offer the consumer something beautiful and exciting, all without sacrificing safety, options and features. We are focussed on being industry leaders and experts. With our team having over 30 years of manufacturing experience as a premier OEM and ODM partner for most major door hardware brands, Alfred has a unique foundation of both industry specific knowledge and technologyfocussed agility. In January 2019 we officially launched at CES 2019 with an unbelievably positive response from the consumer, tech and security communities (consumers, integrators, retailers, security professionals and even competitors). Our products are currently available through our website www. alfredinc.com, Lowes.com, and Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. We will also be available through major retailers very shortly, as well as through professional installation and security channels. The DB2 Series: Our flagship and first launched at CES 2019, the DB2 is our first step toward marrying beauty and exciting design language with industry leading functionality and adoptability. Our patented front panel design is one of the thinnest on the market (< 1/2” thin), and with its gentle curves, satin black brushed metallic face, and fully hidden backlit pin pad, the design is both striking and technologically subtle.

Not just a pretty face, all Alfred locks embody what we like to call the “butler meets bouncer” principle. Fully weather and temperature tested, along with all critical mechanical and electrical components tested to meet or exceed ANSI Grade 1 requirements by 2x-5x, at Alfred we unequivocally believe that safety, security and durability must always the first and last points of focus for any lock. Moving deeper, “smart” is the aim but options and adoptability are the game. With standard built in Bluetooth, simply connect to our free Alfred Home app (iOS and Android) to allow users to setup, control and program their locks. You can assign full time, recurring, or time sensitive Pin Codes with specific associated users (“Members”), with every ‘unlock’ event recorded on the lock. More conveniently you can share secure Bluetooth keys with anyone with the same timing options. With Bluetooth keys, sharing, managing

and deleting these credentials is in real time, any where, via the Alfred Home app. Additionally, every time a Bluetooth key is used, the lock owner is instantly notified who, when and which locked was unlocked. This functionality is all achieved through our app without the need for any remote direct access to your lock (i.e. does not require a hub, bridge, or third party connection). Additionally, we offer a Zwave Plus certified module that allows connection and control with most third party smart hubs like Smartthings, Vera, etc., and our Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge which allows complete remote control and programming through the Alfred Home app virtually anywhere in the world using your phone. The Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge also Works with Alexa, with Google Assistant coming soon. You can connect multiple locks per bridge too (Bluetooth range dependent).

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ith more than a thousand new capabilities across lighting, whole-home music and video, security, comfort, and more, Control4 Smart Home OS 3 sets a new standard for the smart home. Control4 OS 3 was thoughtfully designed to unify all the connected devices within a home, control them from a single platform, and deliver the personalization homeowners want with the professional support they need. Today’s do-it-yourself smart home user experience is fragmented, with dozens of apps and no central control location. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 was thoughtfully designed in response to this fragmentation with the goal of simplifying the smart home. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 removes the complexity of managing multiple devices, accessories, and systems by enabling intuitive, easy access and control for nearly everything across the home. Homeowners are able to quickly swipe between rooms, see only the lights that are on, doors that are unlocked, music or video that is playing, or glance at the entire house in one place using interfaces and gestures anyone with a mobile phone is familiar with. Designed for mobile, touch screen, on-screen, remote, and voice interaction interfaces, Control4 OS 3 is intuitive and easy to control from the user’s device of choice. The mobile phone is optimized for one-hand control in portrait mode, while the TV interface is focused on the entertainment experience from the couch. Homeowners can edit or create smart home scenes, set schedules to automate devices, and modify how devices interact. Furthermore, they can upload their personal wallpapers, photos, or images as the background screen for different rooms. On the interface, devices are categorized by rooms of the house and users can easily favorite their most-used devices and scenes on the

interface. Over 350 new icons enable an at-a-glance view of the vital devices in the home (including security, lighting, one-touch music, video streaming, and much more), to let homeowners see, for example, whether the door is locked or which lights are on without tapping. For example, in the master bedroom, homeowners can view their favorites to ensure the door icons are unlocked, lights are off, and the garage door is closed before going to bed. Control4 OS 3’s Active Media Bar reimagines multi-room entertainment, showing music controls and track details front-and-center, and it’s easy to add or remove rooms, adjust the volume everywhere or within a single room. Control4 OS 3 also adds native support for streaming high-resolution audio with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). Control4 OS 3 systems are built for the

family’s lifestyle from an ecosystem of nearly 14,000 third-party devices and 7,500 Control4 SDDP-embedded products. Built as smart home infrastructure, Control4 OS 3 scales to the needs of any family, from a single-room entertainment experience to a whole-home automation system. A future-proof infrastructure of the home, Control4 OS 3 does not need to be replaced or upgraded when homeowners want new features. Software updates are pushed by dealers and kept up-to-date with the latest functionality. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 enriches the reallife connected home experience. By aiming to encompass all of the home’s connected devices, it breaks through many of the barriers of smart home adoption. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 offers unprecedented user personalization, convenience, and control to allow families to make their smart home lifestyle uniquely their own, with the support of professional installation.

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D-TOOLS, INC.

D-Tools Cloud D

-Tools Cloud intelligently manages sales, system design, and procurement from any web-enabled Mac, PC or tablet. Sales Management — A smart, intuitive UI provides automated sales management. D-Tools Cloud’s built-in CRM helps track opportunities, enables fast, accurate quotes and turns them into stunning multimedia presentations for improved client engagement. Simply enter locations and add products from D-Tools Data Library (including dealer cost from over 50 brands), and easyto-configure templates generate proposals based on that information. Meanwhile, D-Tools Cloud helps track time and labor for the quote. New to D-Tools Cloud: Visual Quoting and Budgeting — Budgeting can be done within the quoting or design interface with the customer, ensuring clear communication. System designs can be shared in the proposal providing a unique experience to potential customers to view the quotes and review budget ranges. Intelligent System Design — Built for collaboration on opportunities, quotes, and system design, D-Tools Cloud’s browser-based and data-driven drawing capabilities remove the need for outside drawing applications such as Visio or AutoCAD. D-Tools Cloud’s browser-based design tools automatically create data-driven signal flow drawings (Line Diagrams) based on a quote’s bill of materials. D-Tools Cloud helps design a system quickly based on suggested items and work completed in the past. If someone would rather draw first and quote later, D-Tools Cloud enables users to start designing directly and any items added automatically populates a bill of materials, reducing the tedious task of synchronizing two systems. D-Tools Cloud’s new Whiteboards enable

users to sketch out and share ideas, collaborate on design, and help clients visualize their project — all in-app. Whiteboards enable users to quickly and elegantly add products to floorplans, or photos, to enable impactful visualizations that enhance client communication and validate system design. D-Tools drawings can be shared in the proposal providing a unique visual experience to potential customers. For internal teams, users can invite teammates into projects and let them pick up where they left off. Change Orders — D-Tools Cloud now enables users to create, track, and manage internal and client-facing Change Orders, helping better manage projects quickly and more accurately in order to stay on-time and to-budget. The new Change

Order feature creates a process that is a much more direct and effective way to manage deviations from the original project scope. Procurement — An easy-to-navigate Ordering UI provides a simple way to manage procurement for client engagements. Quickly select products to be ordered, filter by supplier, brand, category, location or phase, order now, or mark products to be ordered later. Integrated Ordering with Amazon Business — D-Tools Cloud customers now have an easy, convenient way to purchase products through Amazon Business. Business Intelligence — D-Tools Cloud provides powerful analytics through visual dashboards that help users gain valuable insights and influence better business decisions.

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DA-LITE

Parallax Stratos 1.0 E

ngineered for high-value residential projects, the contrast-based Da-Lite Parallax Stratos 1.0 ambient light rejection (ALR) surface is made of gray fabric that rejects 80% of ambient light with 1.0 gain for standard throw projectors (1.0:1 or greater). The result is vastly better image contrast, color saturation, and dynamic range than a matte white screen, particularly in a room that is not completely dark. That’s because the gray color of the screen and other proprietary design elements absorb some of the ambient light rather than reflecting it. The single-layer Parallax Stratos surface fits in a variety of tensioned electric and fixed-frame screen products, including Da-Lite’s core lineup of electric screens and fixed frames in nine different configuration options. Also, Parallax Stratos can scale as high as 16 feet in one seamless sheet of fabric to accommodate large-scale installations in just about any design aesthetic imaginable. The screen is mildew-resistant and can be gently cleaned with water. Parallax Stratos 1.0 is a new addition the DaLite Parallax family of premium ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen surfaces. When compared with matte white screens, the Parallax Stratos ALR surface delivers better image contrast, color saturation, and dynamic range, particularly in rooms that aren’t completely dark. The gray fabric of the screen absorbs some of the ambient light rather than reflecting it, making the Parallax Stratos a better choice in rooms where overhead lights can’t always be fully dimmed or there is a lot of natural light from windows. Unlike Parallax Pure, the Da-Lite line of True Optical ALR surfaces that provide 96% ambient light rejection but are limited to 120 inches diagonal, Parallax Stratos is available in seamless sizes up to 16 feet high (and even larger

when seamed). The Parallax Stratos is the right choice for residential integrators who need to enhance color and contrast of the projected image on screens larger than 120 inches diagonal in 16:9. The sheer size of the Parallax Stratos, coupled with its ability to fit in so many options of electric screens or fixed frames, helps residential integrators expand their product portfolios and number of installation applications. The Parallax Stratos is ideal for cost-conscious buyers who need an ALR screen in a variety of scenarios: The home theater is in a multipurpose

room where overhead lights can’t always be dimmed, and/or there are lots of windows/ natural light. The fixed-frame screens must resemble flat panels, but without reflections and glare. It’s a large home theater installation that requires ambient light rejection. Another attractive benefit for both integrators and their customers is that the screen is mildewresistant and can be gently cleaned with water, making it even more easy for homeowners to use.

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DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGY

Studio Advance T

he 5.1 channel Studio Advance sound bar delivers powerful home theater and virtual surround sound with sonic precision and deep, accurate bass from an included wireless subwoofer. With dedicated left, center, right and surround channels driven by nine discrete transducers and amplifiers, the Studio Advance features DSPenhanced sound decoding of multichannel audio for immersive entertainment. Watch movies and shows in hi-res 4K and HDR with an advanced HDMI video section (1 in/3 out). Send audio from the TV to the sound bar via HDMI ARC to more easily control the sound bar with the TV remote. Listeners can also stream music over WiFi with Chromecast built-in, and control their music hands-free via the Google Assistant. With one-button EQ presets, including Movies, Music and Night modes, users can optimize listening for their favorite content. Three additional HDMI outputs enable users to attach three media players for optimal entertainment.

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DIRAC

Dirac Live Bass Management D

escription: Leading acoustics calibration tools produce smoother, more pure home theater audio by a) measuring how sound waves interact with a physical space to create a digital filter that adjusts and aligns the sound waves so they more effectively interact with the room and its seating locations and b) ensuring that the sound waves — from high, mid, and low frequencies and across multiple speakers — arrive to the listener at the same time, producing a clearer, less blurry (muddy) sound. However, while traditional room calibration tools address frequency timing issues across multiple speakers, subwoofers — which produce the low-frequency bass tones — have historically gone unaddressed. As a result, though the speakers’ sound waves are aligned, the uncorrected low-frequency subwoofer waves can still muddy the overall listening experience. Until now… Dirac Live Bass Management addresses and phase corrects a home theater’s speakers and subwoofers across all frequencies and regardless of the number of subs. With DLBM system, listeners can experience pure and balanced sound across all sound frequencies and regardless of the number of speakers and subs. What It Is: Dirac Live Bass Management is the first in a series of Dirac Live modular add-ons introduced by Dirac Research. DLBM addresses and phase corrects a home theater’s speakers and subwoofers across all frequencies and regardless of the number of subs. With an integrated Dirac Live and Dirac Live Bass Management system, listeners can experience pure and balanced sound across all sound frequencies and regardless of the number of speakers and subs. DLBM is offered in two tiers, based on use case and home theater system requirements: Single-Sub and Multi-Sub. 1) Single-sub: Offers advanced setup for a

single subwoofer, while also providing control over parameters and applying frequency filters to all speakers based on measurements. 2) Multi-sub: Allows management of any number of subwoofers, analyzing each one to create a single-optimized sub channel that drives each subwoofer. It also enables precise control of frequency cutoffs for all speakers. Dirac Live modules will be introduced on a yearly basis and will allow integrators and end-users to customize their home theater system based on specific project and customer requirements. How It Works: A home theater system is often comprised of both speakers and subwoofers. Though Dirac Live addresses timing (phase) issues between speaker sound waves, the subwoofer waves have historically been left uncorrected. As a result, crossover areas exist where speaker and subwoofer sound waves overlap. This can create a muddied and unclear sound with uneven bass. With DLBM, the speakers and subwoofers communicate with one another — creating one

cohesive digital system — to mitigate against overlapping sound waves and eliminate these crossover areas. For home theaters with multiple subwoofers, DLBM measures how the bass is spread throughout the room by aggregating the measurement data from each sub and their various positions within the room. DLMB then identifies the gaps (black holes) in the sound waves and distributes the bass evenly across the balance of the room and all of its listening areas. Finally, DLBM corrects the low-frequency sound waves produced by the speaker pair, so the bass produced by each speaker is in sync. With Dirac Live Bass Management both speakers and subwoofers are viewed as a complete system and the room’s speaker and subwoofer sound waves align with one another. That said, for those looking to deliver the clients with the best in home theater performance, Dirac Live Bass Management is an essential tool to ensure a pure and balanced bass experience throughout the entire room.

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DISH NETWORK

AirTV Mini A

irTV has introduced AirTV Mini, a 4K HDR compatible streaming stick, powered by Android TV. The palm-sized device seamlessly integrates Sling TV, Netflix and OTA (overthe-air) channels into a single user experience, creating a whole-home streaming solution when paired with an OTA antenna and an AirTV WiFi-enabled network tuner. Available today, customers can purchase the AirTV Mini for $79.99 from AirTV.net, Sling.com or a DISH-authorized Custom Integrator. The AirTV Mini is a powerhouse streaming stick with more memory and a faster processor than anything else in the category. When combined with the AirTV network tuner and the Sling TV app, the Mini delivers a superior streaming experience, especially for end users who want premium features in a small package. Users simply plug the AirTV Mini into their televisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HDMI port to access the user experience. Once connected, the device will launch directly into the Sling TV app and users will see Netflix integrated into the Sling TV user interface. AirTV Mini users also have access to the thousands of apps available from Google Play. The streaming device, powered by Android TV, has the ability to integrate OTA channels when paired with the AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner and an OTA antenna, each sold separately. Local channel availability depends on geographic location and antenna quality and placement. AirTV Mini fully supports Google Assistant via a dedicated button on the remote. To access Google Assistant, AirTV Mini users simply press the Assistant remote button to quickly get answers about the weather forecast, game scores or traffic and control smart home devices like lighting and thermostats. Viewers can now control

other aspects of their lives beyond viewing their video content, from the convenience of the AirTV Mini remote. The AirTV Mini remote also has the ability to control televisions and sound bars, and features a prominent Sling TV shortcut button and a voice search button to find favorite shows and movies, within the app they are navigating. What sets this new AirTV Mini device apart from other video streaming devices are two features: It blends free local OTA channels with OTT television, something customers have demanded since the advent of streaming (AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner and OTA antenna required to integrate free local OTA channels). It now combines the breadth of its video programming together with the convenience of

utilizing Google Assistant to control any of the 10,000 connected devices in the Google ecosystem. AirTV Mini is an important product for the Custom Integration Community. Not only does it enable high performance streaming of live TV content, but it also offers nearly unlimited customization through app downloads on the Google Play Store. In addition, with a dealer cost of $60, AirTV Mini lets integrators make over 30 points of profit margin. Other popular streaming video devices offer little or no profit to integrators. For the CI Community to thrive, it is important that manufacturers support the notion that dealers make a profit on both equipment and labor. DISH understands this dynamic and supports the business model for the CI Community.

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DISH Over-the-Air Signal Meter T

his portable and waterproof meter is designed to measure and maximize signal strength and quality of OTA (over-the-air) TV antenna installations. Since the introduction of digital technology in the U.S. in 2008, most areas of the country broadcast free, crystal-clear HD OTA TV signals. The OTA TV broadcast signals vary on a number of factors. Such factors include: Distance from OTA TV broadcast tower (longer distance = weaker signals) Terrain factors that influence line-of-sight to broadcast tower (mountains, hills, trees) Objects adjacent or near OTA TV reception antenna (walls, construction materials, power lines, electronic equipment, cars, and even people) Weather conditions This meter is designed to help determine whether a location is suitable to receive OTA TV signals, identify the optimal location to install an OTA TV reception antenna and to fine-tune the direction and orientation of the OTA TV reception antenna itself to obtain maximum TV signal strength and quality. This product is extremely important for the custom install community, who has embraced over-the-air video content for many years. This affordable meter will help installers configure antenna systems with optimal performance AND in less time. In addition to measuring OTA TV signals, the meter can also be used to measure signal strength (power) of channels distributed in QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), a digital television standard and the format by which digital cable

channels are encoded and transmitted via cable television providers. QAM is typically used for multiple-dwelling-unit structures such as apartment complexes and hotels. The OTA Meter wirelessly communicates with the Android or iOS DISH OTA Signal Meter App on the installer’s phone, giving them real-time signal measurements from the over-the-air antenna. Product Connections The OTA Signal Meter has 3 ports: Antenna Input Coax Port: This coaxial port is labeled “Antenna” and is used to connect the meter to the OTA antenna. TV Coax Port: This coaxial port is used to connect the meter to a TV or receiver. It allows the pass-through of the TV signals so installers can use the meter to measure TV signals while also seeing the live channel display on a TV. USB Type C Port: This port is used for two options. First, it can be used as backup power option for the meter by connecting a phone or 5V power bank to provide power whenever the meter’s batteries are dead. Second, it can be used to provide power to the OTA TV’s antenna amplifier using a portable 5V or 12V power bank or a phone instead of connecting the amplifier directly to an AC electrical power outlet. With ATSC 3.0 being a ratified standard, there is a renewed interest in over-the-air broadcasts. ATSC 3.0 promises 4K HDR video, interactive features and more. Luxury clients will demand

this content, and custom integrators are ideal partners to deliver it. Tools like the Over-the-Air Signal Meter will be invaluable to the channel and DISH is eager to provide.

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doqxD for Google Nest Hub d

oqxD for Google Nest Hub is a dual stand and wall mounting application for the Google Nest Hub smart display. It enables the Nest Hub to be controlled and viewed across a 360 degree axis rotation, on your end table, bedside, counter-top, or desk. Combined with the optional doqxD Connecting Wall Mount for Google Nest Hub, the Nest Hub can be attached to any wall surface (drywall, tile, granite, glass) to serve as a smart home control panel. Finally, the doqxD for Google Nest Hub includes a secure protector case for the Nest Hub’s factory cable, enabling a floating look for the Hub wherever it’s located.

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ELITE SCREENS INC.

Dark Star® Max UST-FR Series T

he Dark Star® Max UST-FR Series is a noninvasive motorized free-standing electric projection screen that features a Ceiling/Ambient Light Rejecting (CLR®/ALR) Ultra-short throw Projection material. The design features motorized “scissor-backed” cross risers that raise and lower the material. Matte white screen materials don’t work well with the lights on and that limits them to dark room presentations. The DarkStar® UST material mitigates the washout effects of ambient light while boosting color saturation, contrast and black/white dynamic range. To minimize the projection footprint, the material is specially formatted tab-tension reinforced to work specifically with UST (ultra-short throw) projectors. Most notably, this product eliminates the problem of foot traffic passing between the projector and screen. The product gives the appearance of a fully integrated big-screen display that requires no tools or structural modifications to make it happen. Free-standing (aka. Floor-rising) electric screens are the perfect solution for applications where ceiling or wall-mounted installations are impractical. The Dark Star® Max UST-FR features

a tubular motor that allows swift operation with a superior weight tolerance and operational lifespan. The housing is of durable aluminum construction with a moisture resistant black enamel finish. In addition to a full IR/RF control package, an infrared safety feature automatically stops the screen from lowering if foreign objects such as fingers are detected during operation.

Availability, Warranty EPV Screens’ Dark Star® Max UST-FR Series Projector Screen is presently available in 100 and 120” sizes with a 16:9 aspect ratio. These screens are available through EPV Screen’s line of dedicated residential & commercial integrator products. It comes with Elite’s limited 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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FIBBR

Pure2 active fiber optic HDMI cable F

IBBR’s Pure2 active fiber optic HDMI cable will make its debut at CEDIA 2019 in Booth 2934. Pure2 features a new, more powerful optical engine, increased bandwidth, and the added advantage of a USB pigtail power supply to ensure that the optical engine never runs out of power. FIBBR’s sleek active connector design contains a powerful optical engine that is no larger than a passive design. The Pure2 design adds a power safeguard in the form of a USB pigtail. When a connected device needs an additional boost to properly power the engine, the pigtail provides it from an adjacent USB jack. The pigtail can swing to either side for flexible placement. Designed for evolving video standards, FIBBR’s Pure2 extends its bandwidth to 24Gbps, supporting 12-bit color depth with 4K resolution, 60Hz frame rate, and 4:4:4 color — providing integrators with a reliable way to deliver HDR content without signal loss or interference at longer distances. Pure2 also supports ARC for reliable audio transmission. Pure2 follows the tradition of previous FIBBR models and is made with the highest-quality glass fiber, available exclusively from YOFC, the world’s largest fiber producer, featuring BendRobust technology, an industry first by FIBBR,

allowing the cable to bend 180-degrees. Unlike conventional plastic and glass fiber optic cables that are prone to breakage, especially when called upon to bend eliminates obstacles in cable route planning and placement. Pure2’s innovative design combines Data Display Channel (DDC) and Hot Plug Detection (HPD) signals into a single copper wire, using FIBBR’s proprietary TransFuture™ technology. To ensure fail-safe operation, two microcontroller units on both sides of the cable encode and decode EDID/HDCP and HDP signals using a one-wire bidirectional transmission protocol patented by FIBBR. Firmware update options meet changing compatibility requirements. Pure2 is extremely lightweight — 60% lighter than traditional cabling — this key advantage is critical to protect valuable connected hardware devices from potential harm caused by heavy cabling pulling on delicate connectors. Also with less weight and physical size to deal with, logistics of storage, transportation of the cables, etc., are more easily managed. Pure2 is a rugged cable with the bandwidth to handle evolving video formats and advanced surround sound codecs with their demands for high-speed data transmission and low ground noise. Pure2, like all FIBBR products, are low in

signal attenuation and not affected by electromagnetic interference allowing easy integration in any system.

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INTELLITHINGS LTD.

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oday’s smart homes continue to get smarter, more sophisticated, and easier to use. With individualized smart lock codes, encoded key fobs, and geofencing technologies, smart homes can know when a specific person arrives home, while ever-advancing voice assistants further enable homeowners to easily command their smart home devices by using just the sound of their voice. But, while these devices may be smart enough to sense that someone’s in the room, they can’t always react specifically to that person’s presence. A truly intelligent home knows not only that people have entered a room, but it knows who they are and how to automatically adjust the room to their personal preferences. The next generation of the smart home is possible with RoomMe by Intellithings: the first smart home Personal Location Sensor (PLS) that leverages patented presence sensing technology (PST) to make room-to-room, person-specific smart home automations a reality. RoomMe is not a replacement for your smart home system — instead, it exists as an additional layer over your already-installed smart home devices to deliver the intelligence that is lacking in smart home devices: the ability to sense who is and isn’t in each room to trigger personalized smart home scenes for lighting, music, comfort, and lifestyle simplicity. When deployed within a residence, RoomMe PLSs create a virtual Bluetooth Low Energy threshold at the entrance to a room. When you enter a room with a smartphone running the RoomMe app, the PLS reads the unique Bluetooth signature of your smartphone to verify that it’s you; it then updates the RoomMe app about your current room location and verifies whether or not you have control priority over the room. If you have control priority, the RoomMe app

triggers the personal scenes you’ve defined to automatically adjust the lights, thermostat, music, and other smart home devices within the space. Each member of the household can create an account and personalize settings that are specific to their needs and comfort on a room-to-room basis. How does RoomMe handle balancing the preferences of every individual in the household? RoomMe recognizes two different types of users to help decide which preferences take priority: Parent and Child. A user classified as “Parent” has priority over a user classified as “Child”; thus, when a “Parent”-user enters a room in the home, their preferences take priority. If there are two or more users classified as “Parent” in the same room at the same time, the user that entered the room first has priority. A user classified as “Child” can still have their own set of prefer-

ences — they just have a lower priority than those classified as “Parent.” If there are two or more users classified as “Child” in the same room at the same time, the user that entered the room first has priority. Additionally, for each room within your RoomMe system, you can classify a user as “Room Master”. When present in the room, the “Room Master” always has priority. A user classified as “Child” can also be classified as a “Room Master” (e.g. of their own bedroom), which gives them priority even if a user classified as “Parent” enters. To achieve this level of heightened home intelligence, all you need is the RoomMe mobile smartphone app and at least two RoomMe PLSs — one mounted to the ceiling of each room you’d like to monitor for entry and exit to trigger automations.

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INVOCASA, INC.

Posterbits by Invocasa M

ovie Posters Evolved Invocasa (booth #3157) debuts Posterbits - the Interactive Digital Movie Poster service that enhances the beauty of theater projects while delivering ongoing monthly revenue for Integrators. With access to nearly half a million classic, modern, alternative, and re-imagined movie posters, Posterbits is infinitely customizable. It works with any HDMI equipped display and integrates with remote control, automation, and media servers. Other notable features include: Personalized “Poster Playlists” w/ configurable effects Fun custom marquees and “Movie Night” artwork Curated genre and special collections playlists Control of a single or groups of displays Sold through Integrators, Posterbits helps homeowners move beyond paper posters with a modern

solution that showcases their favorite movie artwork through a personalized digital display.

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JBL SYNTHESIS

SCL-5 In-Ceiling Loudspeaker T

he SCL-5 is a two-way in-ceiling loudspeaker system featuring the patented JBL 2409H 1-inch compression driver tweeter mated to a High-Definition (HDI™) waveguide assembly. The HDI waveguide is positioned at an angle and provides controlled directivity in combination with the 6.5-inch cast-frame, Advanced Aluminum Matrix cone woofer. This design allows the SCL-5 to be position far off-axis as is typically the case when used in overhead height channel applications. It also allows the SCL-5 to be used as an in-ceiling LCR or surround channel loudspeaker when traditional in-wall placement is not available. The system features a sealed/acoustic suspension design with an integrated metal back can, retractable fastener arms, and zero-bezel, magnetically-attached round and square grilles. Gold-plated, spring-loaded binding post terminals make installation connections quick and reliable. As a key part of the design, the SCL-5 features a new mounting mechanism referred to as cat claws. As opposed to traditional dog leg mounting points that must be partially tightened before the speaker is secured in the ceiling, the cat claws mounting system allows for the installer to free up both hands while the speaker remains secure in the ceiling. The system works via five

retractable fastener arms that are engaged as soon as the SCL-5 is pushed into the mounting hole in the ceiling. Once in the hole, the five arms are tightened in the traditional manner in order to seal the SCL-5 to the ceiling. To remove the loudspeaker, loosening the five fasteners retracts them out of the way allowing the speaker to come back thru the ceiling hole. The SCL-5 delivers unparalleled in-ceiling performance for 3D audio, providing a high-output performance solution for the latest immersive surround formats including

Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro3D. The system’s HDI waveguide is designed to deliver smooth performance over the broadest possible listening area. Two adjustment switches are provided on the baffle to account for listener axis and boundary gain selections. Designed to provide ultimate performance and the highest levels of dynamics from any in-ceiling loudspeaker, the SCL-5 can discretely integrate into any environment and décor behind acoustic fabric or used with the paintable round or square magnetic grilles.

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KLIPSCH AUDIO

Klipsch Pro Cinema Home Experience F

or decades, Klipsch has been a a leader in professional cinema sound around the world. Home theaters deserve cinema quality sound, too. Therefore, Klipsch has adapted its Pro Cinema speakers for home use and will offer a modular system as an easy-to-order and install bundle. This is the only Pro Cinema Speaker system designed exclusively for the home that comes in one bundle/part number. At just 20.5” deep, this shallow-depth system fits medium to large dedicated home cinemas and media rooms. Integrators simply: Determine the screen size and position Order a Klipsch Modular Pro Cinema System (one part number) Cut hole Insert speakers and connect wires (no repositioning necessary) Hang screen over the speakers Complimentary Klipsch Pro surface mount and high performance in-ceiling speakers are aviliable for surround sound Selling Features Premium cinema speaker solution for medium to large dedicated home theaters and media rooms Order a single part number — we ship

entire system Includes LCR with up to 3” compression drivers and 15” woofers, and two 18” subs Modular design fills the entire space behind acoustically transparent screens (133”, 160” and 180”+ screen sizes) Shallow depth (20.5” deep) Horn-loaded passive or active (crossover) bi-amp solutions

Designed to work with 16:9 or widescreen formats Engineered and built in Hope, AR Easy system design — complete Dolby Atmos capable packages for rooms up to 5000 square feet Ala carte solutions for complete customization in design

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KONNECTED

Konnected Alarm Panel B

reathe new life into your wired alarm system with the Konnected Alarm Panel 2. Building off the significant success of the original product, Konnected leverages the wiring that’s likely been in your home for years and has been lying dormant for people that didn’t want to pay the high fees of security providers like ADT. A simple switching of the panels hidden in a closet not only enables consumers to take their own home security into their own hands without recurring monitoring fees from an alarm company, but it also opens the door to the incredibly robust SmartThings, Home Assistant, OpenHUB and Hubitat ecosystems and making your smart home exponentially more useful. For example, smart home platforms can detect when you’re home and when you’re away based on mobile phone presence and automatically arm and disarm your alarm accordingly making it truly “smart.” Mobile notifications are a core part of all home automation platforms, so now you can configure your smart home to notify you immediately if a window was left open or if the alarm is tripped while you’re away. Also, the motion sensors dotting the walls of your home can now be easily configured to ensure you’re not stepping on Legos when sneaking down to the fridge for a late-night snack. The motion can trigger your smart lights to bring them up to 15% for

a gentle light in the kitchen without disturbing the whole house. Konnected represents an idyllic match between the latest smart home products and taking advantage of the existing wiring that’s already in millions of homes and seamlessly communicating with thousands of the latest smart lights, thermostats, smart locks, voice-activated as-

sistants and more. Since the sensors in the home are already pre-wired, there is no need to worry about replacing batteries and are much more reliable than offerings that rely on Z-wave or Zigbee. Available in simple start kits for the more casual user, Konnected also offers more experienced DIY enthusiasts a myrid of products to make a truly customizable and integrated home.

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LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.

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Maestro LED+ Dimmer for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS

utron’s Maestro LED+(TM) dimmer for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS is one dimmer for any job. This extremely versatile dimmer works with or without a neutral wire and is phase-selectable for controlling a broad range of lighting types. It also has screw terminals (no wire connectors required). Together, these features deliver a fast, easy retrofittable installation for any age home, with any wiring. This product works in both forward and reverse phase dimming. It provides two-wire LED control (without a neutral) in either forward or reverse phase (an industry first), which is a unique advantage of Lutron proprietary technology. The Maestro LED+ dimmer is flexible, with the following load ratings: 250 W of LED 500 W of incandescent / halogen / ELV 400 VA / 300 W of MLV It also has color change front plastics — interchangeable plastics to match the décor of any home.

quickly without the hassle of running out for a different product.

What sets this dimmer apart? Simply put: The Maestro LED+ dimmer is the most versatile and highest performing in-wall LED dimmer on the market.

Neutral wire flexibility The Maestro LED+ dimmer was designed with an optional neutral wire connection. This is key, since many older homes are not equipped with neutral wiring in the wallbox, and it’s difficult to tell whether a neutral wire is present without removing the wallplate and existing switch. When a neutral wire isn’t available, the Maestro LED+ dimmer will deliver Lutron-quality dimming of LED, incandescent, and halogen sources. Adding the neutral wire allows dimming of ELV and MLV light sources, and in some cases improves dimming performance on certain LEDs. A neutral connection enables Lutron’s realtime illumination stability system (RTISS) technology to further improve light stability (flicker), buzzing, and dimming range, enhancing dimmer performance. The Maestro LED+ dimmer is the first Lutron in-wall dimmer to include this highperformance dimming technology, which is also available in other Lutron top-of-the-line solutions, including dimming panels and GRAFIK Eye models.

Saves time Labor shortages and busy schedules require timesaving approaches on every job. Because the Maestro LED+ dimmer provides superior dimming performance for a wide range of lighting types, including LED, incandescent, halogen, electronic low voltage (ELV), and magnetic low voltage (MLV), it eliminates the task of pairing the right dimmer with the right lighting load. And that means professional installers can stay focused, decrease callbacks, and get on and off their jobs

On-the-job readiness Lutron’s innovative and patented C•L technology has been providing industry-leading, reliable LED dimming performance since 2010. The Maestro LED+ dimmer amplifies this technology by providing a phase-selectable option, enabling the installer to select forward or reverse phase dimming control in order to provide the best performance for the type of lighting load — especially for LEDs. (And in some cases, using reverse phase dimming reduces LED flicker and

buzzing — another benefit of the Maestro LED+ dimmer — which it provides with or without a neutral wire.) Combined with an optional neutral connection, the Maestro LED+ dimmer is the only dimmer on the market that is designed and rated for controlling LEDs, incandescent, and halogen light sources in forward or reverse phase, with or without a neutral connection. The Maestro LED+ dimmer also features field-changeable front plastics, so an installer can quickly and easily swap out installed faceplates for one of 25+ different colors — without any rewiring.

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LUXUL

Epic Mesh T

he first of its kind for the CEDIA market, Luxul’s Epic Mesh combines a router and satellite nodes (access points) that require no wired link between them. Each node in the network can talk to all the others, forming a pointto-point mesh for fast, reliable, powerful and high throughput for a truly wireless experience. Providing integrators with flexible installation and placement, the Epic Mesh kit comes with two triband, dual-purpose mesh nodes that can each serve as either a router or an access point. Simple to install, integrators turn one of the two nodes into a router using the Luxul Easy Setup App on their iOS or Android smartphone. The other node becomes the satellite node, which is placed around the residence to create a powerful wireless mesh. There is no need to run additional wires; integrators just plug the satellite node into an available outlet. An innovative tri-band (2x2, 2x2, 4x4) beam forming antenna array enables two 2x2 bands for client connectivity and a third power-

ful 4x4 5GHz dedicated backhaul channel to ensure strong connectivity back to the router, so homeowners get fast internet anywhere in the home. Luxul leverages the most current technology available with Wave 2, utilizing MU-MIMO

for this high-performance WiFi mesh solution and meets the needs of integrators by providing eight SSIDs for networking flexibility. Additional satellite nodes can be incorporated as needed to accommodate installations of any size.

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XAP-1610 I

n today’s connected home, the number of IoT devices continues to grow, increasing the need for robust networking solutions designed to handle heavy internet traffic and deliver high speeds. Featuring advanced Wave 2 technology with 4x4 MU-MIMO, Luxul’s XAP-1610 AC3100 dual-band beam forming wireless access point (AP) answers the call for these high-density networks. The company’s highest-capacity AP to date, the XAP-1610 simultaneously communicates with multiple devices, while at the same time increasing throughput and decreasing network congestion. For end users, the result is blazing-fast speeds up to 3167 Mbps for improved performance, and support for a whopping 128 wireless devices. The AP is designed to enhance transmission and reception performance, producing higher throughput and improving the effective range, as well as providing a more stable connection with usable throughput. The result is a strong WiFi connection across the entire home, enabling internet connectivity, AV streaming, intense throughput online gaming, and access to control and automation systems. In addition, by allowing integrators to cover a wide area with fewer APs, the XAP-1610 reduces installation

costs. When used with Luxul’s wireless controllers, the XAP-1610 delivers an active roaming experience with Roam Assist technology. In wireless networks utilizing more than one AP, this guarantees that mobile client devices are always connected to the best AP for the highest perfor-

mance. The XAP-1610 is simple to install, requiring only a single Ethernet cable that delivers both power and data through the integrated PoE+ port and features a sleek design for unobtrusive mounting on a ceiling, wall, or other flat surface.

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MANTELMOUNT

MM860 Robotic TV Mount A

Home Automation Star is Born: The MantelMount Robotics MM860 Drop Down & Swivel TV Mount Three years in the making, the MM860 Robotic Mount is the ideal solution for upscale installations such as over a fireplace. For a unique viewing experience coupled with a huge wow factor, the MM860 Robotic Mount delivers! The automated MM860 TV mount smoothly drop-downs and swivels simultaneously into position for the ultimate comfort in eye-level viewing. It works with or without a home automation system and allows for multiple memory presets. The patented multi-axis hub, proprietary software, and precision electronic actuators lower and swivel the TV in one fluid motion. The MM860 has multiple remote control options through the included 433 MHZ RF remote, IR-based Logitech Harmony remotes and popular home automation systems. Its power-sensing technology detects when the TV is turned on and automatically lowers it to a favorite preset position. The custom electronic actuators allow for smooth, barely audible movement. Like all our Pro Series mounts, the MM860 comes with a heat-sensing monitor, the difference being that it will automatically retract and return to the home position if an unsafe temperature is detected, thereby safeguarding the investment in your television. Unique to the MM860 is the power-loss recovery that keeps its last location in memory, eliminating the need for a reset after power interruption (perhaps from unexpected power outage). Vertical and horizontal travel limits are configured through both software and hardware, providing a virtual safety shield that prevents the TV from ever touching the wall or mantel. The MM860 Robotic mount has a plug and play network. It is DHCP-enabled right out of the box and it’s easily identifiable on the network. The MM860 comes complete with an on-board

webserver for simple brower-based configuration. It’s easy to download the latest software and firmware updates from the internet directly to the control module. Our communication protocols allow this automated mount to be managed with IP and RS232 protocol through ethernet, dry contacts, or a serial IRDA port. The MM860 Robotic Mount fits TV’s 55” to

100” and max load of 125 lbs, with a mounting pattern of 600mm x 600mm. It is constructed from heavy duty steel 3 — 5.5mm thick. The off-the-wall distance is 20.5” — 24”, the swivel capacity is 25 degrees, max vertical drop is 30”. The MM860 Robotic Mount will not be sold direct to consumer; it can only be purchased via MantelMount’s Preferred Pro Series Dealers.

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MARANTZ

NR-1200 M

arantz’s new NR1200 high-performance stereo receiver is engineered to deliver exceptionally detailed, high-fidelity music playback from a slim, elegant chassis while including all of the modern features and connectivity consumers demand. The Marantz NR1200 is an ideal centerpiece for any high-resolution entertainment system. It combines superior audio quality and stable power output to loudspeakers while also offering greater connectivity for audio and video sources. At its heart, the AVR features a newly designed 75 watt per channel (8-ohm, 20Hz — 20kHz, 0.08% THD) amplification section that boasts discreet left and right channel circuitry to optimize performance. The NR1200 has been engineered throughout using carefully selected audio parts ideally suited for two-channel Hi-Fi performance, including custom-designed power capacitors and dual DACs all extensively tuned

by Marantz sound masters. The power transformer is wired independently to the circuits of the amplifier, preamplifier, tuner and front display, which improves channel separation, reduces crosstalk and preserves audio purity. It also includes 5 HDMI inputs, each one supporting HDCP 2.3, 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HLG, High Dynamic Range

(HDR10), 21:9 video, 3D and BT.2020 passthrough. With HEOS Built-in, the NR1200 can get access to almost unlimited music delivered to any room throughout the home using other HEOS Built-in-capable speakers or electronics for a wireless, whole-home entertainment experience.

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MERIDIAN

DSP520.2 In-Wall Loudspeaker M

eridian has introduced the DSP520.2 InWall Loudspeaker, enabling integrators to deliver authentic, superior audio performance that clients expect for their home cinema or media room installations. Characterised by their high SPL’s and strong bass performance capabilities, the DSP520.2 InWall Loudspeakers are the first to be powered by the new Meridian ‘CLASS-M’ DSP engine. The double precision Aux filter improves resolution on low frequencies, and the built-in Dynamic bass protection technology maximises bass extension, achieving incredibly low frequency agility and punch in a 4” deep cabinet. The DSP520.2 integrates Meridian’s new ‘DYNAMIC’ Hi-Res amplifiers, for renowned audio quality in a wide range of installation applications. Each drive unit is driven by a pair of powerful, high bandwidth, ultra-HD amps for guaranteed performance and complete control, comfortably exceeding the Hi-Res audio standard for electronics. The amplifier’s high mass toroidal transformer is electrically screened, potted, and optimised for the lowest possible mechanical noise, whilst post filter feedback delivers lower output noise and improved total harmonic distortion (THD), allowing even the smallest details to be heard. This new feature also provides greater control, accurate detail, and precise spatial resolution, giving a much larger soundstage. The loudspeaker uses an all-new quad-amp design with a bridged pair of amplifiers for each of the two drive-units. Each pair of amplifiers are capable of delivering over 100W RMS into 8 Ohms. The DSP520.2 has bass extension down to 40Hz and, when five loudspeakers are used in a stack configuration, the result is high fidelity and a scarcely believable SPL of over 105dB at 9.4m/30 feet. This is incredible output for a

4” deep loudspeaker and testament to the high power and low distortion acoustic and electronic design and engineering. The DSP520.2 features 1 x 140mm long throw bass driver and 1 x 85mm wide-range drivers for full-frequency response, maximum dispersion, and wide listening area. It also comes equipped with the latest on-board Meridian technologies including Centre Elevation. This technology raises the perceived image location from an under-screen loudspeaker so that it appears to come from the centre of the screen, resulting in lifelike and spacious sound. Centre Elevation is also available when the DSP5240.2 is used in L + R mode below the television, raising the vocals to match the on-screen action. With a mounting depth of just 100mm/4”, the DSP520.2 Loudspeakers are perfect for delivering discrete yet impactful sound in any home cinema or media room application. Their sleek, slim profile and frame system allows for easy installation and precise positioning on almost any type of wall, whilst the grille can be painted to blend seamlessly into any interior. All the elements are designed for simple, flexible and precise positioning and installation into almost any type of wall — making installa-

tion extremely easy. The narrow, self-contained, all-metal enclosure is fitted to its metal mounting frame which is designed for mounting into newbuild partition and stud style walls or for retrofitting into stud or brick/stone-built walls. The paintable, perforated steel grille supplied with the loudspeaker can be fitted where required. The grille is held in place by powerful rubber-coated magnets which are attached to the aluminium extrusion that forms the front panel of the loudspeaker enclosure. With the latest DSP technologies from Meridian on-board, including Enhanced Bass Alignment, Centre Elevation, Dynamic Bass Protection and L + R mode, the DSP520.2 is an ideal choice whether used in stereo systems, full surroundsound set-ups, soundbar applications or other single-speaker installations. When an integrator’s client uses their system to watch movies or listen to music, they want zero distraction, so this product has been developed to provide a fully immersive experience that is desired. Meridian’s unique suite of proprietary technologies includes FIFO buffering, DSP upsampling, apodising filters and MHR (Meridian High Resolution) to get the very best performance from all digital sources.

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HDMI All-in-One Correction Tool (HDM-AIO2)

xclusively engineered by Metra Home Theater Group®, the HDMI® All-in-One Correction Tool instantly fixes most of the common issues installers see in today’s home theater projects. Providing a quick, easy and efficient solution, this product is designed to be a tool that can help identify most of the common issues between HDMI enabled devices and repair them instantly. This unique, one of a kind product stands out and high above any other product. Simply plug in this device and its cutting-edge technology will do the rest. Its predecessor, the HDM-AIO, was a toolbox favorite for custom integrators and home theater professionals. Now this next generation, the HDM-AIO2, has a smaller footprint and lower price tag, along with a completely redesigned circuit board to increase efficiency and provide faster input switching. When is it needed? When an HDMI signal is initiated there is a 5V trigger sent from the source to the display to wake up the display, the display responds with the Hot Plug Return Trigger to let the source know that it is there and ready to negotiate. However, this process can get sidetracked quite easily by several factors. These factors can include: Voltage and or current that is too low on either the 5V / Hot Plug return. Hot Plug is not interrupted between source selections (this is necessary for the EDID reset). Insufficient voltage and current being returned down the TMDS channels.

EDID (DDC) Rise Time is too high due to capacitive loading on the low speed data bus.

Once it is correctly installed and connected to a controlled relay, the HDM-AIO2 will resolve all of these problems should they be present. The HDM-AIO2 provides a hot plug interrupt, fixes EDID start up issues, supplements voltage/ current in the TMDS feed, 5V feed and hot plug feed, plus provides voltage matching for both input and output of the device. This ensures that the common rail voltage is consistent from source to sink. Its EDID capacitive stripping corrects the most common EDID problems, including audio dropouts, “Mode Not Supported” and “Frequency Out of Range” error messages. Once it is correctly installed and connected to a controlled relay, the HDM-AIO2 will usually resolve all of the problems listed above. The HDM-AIO2 supports up to 24Gbps bandwidth and all versions of HDCP formats. It includes impulse synchronization and overall, the most cutting edge technology available to solve HDMI headaches. No other product on the market has all of these features in one device. No one needs to stress while troubleshooting for hours at the end of a project anymore. Ethereal’s next-generation HDMI All-in-One Correction Tool will become a favorite in every CI toolbox. HDM-AIO2 Product Specifications: Supports all HDCP formats Supports 24Gbps, (4 x 6 Gbps)

Supports 4K/60, 4:4:4, HDR, 12bit Color Regulated 5 volt injection Regulated hot plug injection (controlled by contact closure on a control system) Hot Plug return delay of 100ms TMDS Voltage and Current insertion EDID capacitive stripping Corrects most common EDID problems, including: Audio Dropouts “Mode not Supported” “Frequency out of Range” Faster input switching Impulse synchronization 5V 1A power supply and instruction manual included

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MIDDLE ATLANTIC PRODUCTS

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nstallers spend hours inside the rack, carefully placing a countless number of rack screws, zip ties, and other tools to bring a plethora of devices together into a comprehensive system for homeowners to enjoy. Middle Atlantic Products’ Forward family of toolless options was created to make rack installations easier and faster for installers. Utilizing years of extensive research and continuous feedback regarding top integration pain points that the company solicits from its integrator community, Forward’s line of panels, cable management and other rack accessories was born. Forward keeps the entire lifecycle in mind, allows today’s systems to be installed at tomorrow’s speed while delivering greater system reliability, efficiency, and flexibility to the rack. Forward is designed around an innovative new rackrail and Middle Atlantic’s patented universal mounting pattern that allow the family’s blank and vent panels, cable management, lighting, and other rack solutions to be quickly installed without tools. In a rack, space is finite, which is why Middle Atlantic has transformed the traditional rackrail into a multipurpose solution. The rackrail, when coupled with Forward options, becomes a flexible workhorse that allows integrators to easily achieve reliable rack layouts with less time, labor, and hardware. Forward Rail features a new take on the conventional L-shaped design, providing two planes of mounting possibilities: First, the front face of the rail features a square hole designed to engage with Forward blank and vent panels and horizontal cable management options by simply clicking into place without tools or hardware. In addition to this hardware-free functionality, the rail maintains the 10-32 tapped holes for rack screw mounting of equipment. Second, the side of the rail is punched with Middle Atlantic’s patented Universal Hole Pattern. This feature allows for vertical cable manage-

ment from top to bottom or from one rack unit to another throughout the enclosure. Forward also includes: Forward Lighting Research indicates black racks in dark closets are one of the most common complaints from integrators. With Forward lighting, technicians no longer have to use one hand to hold up a flashlight or phone and perform intricate work with the other. Forward lighting mounts directly in any of the horizontal slots alongside the rackrail brackets (typically where patented Lever Lock™ engages), providing a flexible, 0-RU lighting solution that mounts vertically and shines at an optimal 45 degrees. It also includes an IR sensor to switch on automatically when the door opens and a dimmer to adjust the brightness. Forward Cable Management and Power Bracket Solutions The Forward cable management accessories offer limitless cable routing flexibility — including horizontal and vertical solutions that range from simple C and D rings to full-height grids that engage with the rackrail brackets — without the need for tools. Likewise, the family’s power bracket slips into rackrail bracket slots and accepts any buttonmount power strip, such as Raritan PDU solutions and Middle Atlantic’s PDT Series. Forward Blank and Vent Panels Much time can be spent screwing panels in to achieve the best rack layout. With Forward, integrators can now accomplish this in a matter of seconds rather than minutes. The Forward blank and vent panels simply click into the new rackrail without requiring additional hardware. Forward UPS Base

With today’s AV equipment needs, a UPS is vital on every job. However, installing one can be a challenging, two-person job due to its size and weight. The Forward UPS Base eliminates this problem with a 2200VA Premium Series UPS that comes preinstalled and ready to plug in out of the box.

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NORTEK SECURITY & CONTROL

ELAN Intelligent Touch Panel T

he ELAN Intelligent Touch Panel leverages face recognition and voice control technology to completely automate media, lighting, climate, shares, security and more. These enhancements allow for a fully interactive control experience that goes far beyond a standard touch panel. Face recognition analytics from NSC’s IntelliVision enables the panel to respond to individual users with a personalized menu, and to automatically create scenes — such as media, climate and lighting — personalized for the user. A dual digital MEMS microphone-array provides exceptional voice control for the ELAN system as well. Users can even choose their preferred voice interface — including Amazon Alexa — without needing to fill the house with voice assistant hardware. On the video front, the panel displays a highresolution picture with monitoring and playback from ELAN Surveillance cameras and NVR. Additionally, Two-Way Audio and Video enables exceptional communication with the video doorbell, paging, and ELAN Intercom. ELAN Discovery simplifies installation by auto-discovering the intelligent touch panels on the network and configuring them with just a click. For further ease of installation, each panel mounts using a standard 2 gang (US) box, which means no custom bracket is required.

With these new intelligent and interactive panels, ELAN is making the smart home experi-

ence smarter, more connected and more intuitive.

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ONE FIREFLY

Mercury Pro M

ercury Pro is the elite website solution for the most discerning technology professionals. On August 13, 2019, One Firefly announced the launch of their latest website product: Mercury Pro. This innovative web solution is a premium step-up product from the agency’s existing Mercury Collection websites initially launched in 2014. Mercury Pro features a wide array of customizable website theme options; carefully crafted, industry-focused copy designed to speak to specific buyer personas; compulsory SEO configuration; and access to One Firefly’s exclusive library of photos and videos. With Mercury Pro, One Firefly aims to help custom electronics professionals present their brand message to the world through mobile-first web design that features the industry’s best luxury lifestyle video, imagery and messaging. More information can be found at www.onefirefly.com/mp

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PANASONIC

Reference DVD Player DP-UB9000 E

njoy premium picture and sound quality with this Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Reduced vibration and compatibility with Hi-Res Audio help achieve vibrant sound reproduction, while the HCX processor delivers impressive 4K detail. The chroma processing technology on this Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player enhances the color of HDR content and provides excellent color balance and sense of realism.

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POLK AUDIO

Legend Series P

olk Audio’s new Legend Series are the most sophisticated loudspeakers the company has ever introduced. The new line is led by the flagship L800 tower speaker, which delivers powerful sound designed to blow away similarly priced components. Polk Audio integrated its celebrated Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) technology into the L800 tower speaker, creating a fully immersive listening experience from two channels. SDA technology cancels out interaural crosstalk, greatly reducing speaker distortion and enveloping the listener in a deep sound stage, almost like wearing giant headphones with fantastic imaging. Aside L800’s SDA technology, the Legend Series — including the L100 and L200 bookshelf speakers, L400 center channel, L600 tower speakers, and L900 Atmos module — are first and foremost fantastic speakers that can be used for home theater or 2-channel listening applications. Reproduction across the line is well-balanced, with deep bass, crisp highs and enveloping properties. Other improvements to the new line of Legend Series speakers are an enhanced Power Port design, built to extend bass (an average of 3dB lower) and improve air flow through the speaker cabinet to reduce unpleasant chuffing. The Legend Series also uses newly designed turbine woofers and pinnacle tweeters, developed specifically for this new line.

The Legend L800 tower speaker is the only speaker of its kind to maintain full stereo separation from the source to the listener’s ears. As a result, L800 SDA speakers seem to disappear as the sound fills one’s listening room with surprising realism. Considerations were made to improve on the original SDA design introduced in the 1980s, including angling the front

baffle to aim more precisely toward the listener, similar to how audiophiles might toe-in a regular tower speaker. An enhanced Power Port design provides outstanding bass response, while new turbine woofers and pinnacle tweeters ensure accurate fidelity.

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A2V Powered Subwoofer T

he A2V Powered Subwoofer line was custom-designed for the PowerHouse Alliance by a seasoned team of audio engineers and experts who, collectively, have over 200 years of experience across a variety of brand-name audio companies. A2V Powered Subwoofers offer integrators high-quality options that are easy to install and offer great margins. The team designed the subwoofer with key components to reduce resonance and noise, while maximizing sound quality. Equipped with a fast and high-performance driver, the A2V subwoofer can support a range of installations, from both home theater to 2-channel or multi-channel music listening. Integrators can make the A2V Powered Subwoofer their go-to for a variety of installations. The fast and efficient driver and unbeatable performance at the price-point give it the ability to work for home theater to multi-room audio projects. As homeowners are looking for better quality audio systems, theaters, and multi-room audio experiences, dealers need a larger range of product choice. While some clients may seek a name-brand product, dealers can rely on the quality of the A2V Powered Subwoofer to provide less-discerning customers with a high-performing option that will fit their budget — and provide the integrator with a great margin. The cabinet is solidly constructed from 3/4inch MDF wrapped with a beautiful black oak vinyl finish. Adding to the solid cabinet construction is a combination of internal corner, key-joint, and rail bracing. There is also a fully isolated enclosure for the amplifier separating all electronics from noise and vibration. The dedi-

cated amplifiers are highly efficient, fully Class-D with a switch-mode power supply, rated to 300W. Inside the cabinet is a proprietary woofer with a cone made from laminated polypropylene over dome paper, as well as a durable one-inch butyl rubber surround. To optimize the subwoofer’s power-handling capability and to boost efficiency, the woofer construction replicates much higher-end subwoofer models with a square, edge-wound copper voice coil, maximizing the surface area to support the magnetic field. The voice coil design offers 10% to 12% more efficiency than subwoofers with standard voice coils. To reduce turbulence, the A2V Powered Subwoofer features rear-firing, double-flared port tubes that are customized to the cabinet. Once installed, the subwoofer is easy to operate: A phase control switch is intuitive for users to select between 0 and 180 degrees. There is also a main power switch so that users can shut off the unit when going on vacation or during long periods of no use. For day-to-day operation, the A2V Powered Subwoofer includes a signalsensing on/off feature that forces it into standby mode after 15 minutes of inactivity, reducing power consumption to an energy efficient .5W. Integrated feet keep the subwoofer from jumping on hard surfaces, while requiring no additional installation hassle. The grille features a proprietary weave and is wrapped in an acousticallytransparent fine-mesh cloth, topped off with a brushed diamond cut silver A2V logo. The A2V Powered Subwoofer comes with a two-year warranty for repair or replacement. The subwoofer is a value-priced product that’s a bargain for the quality design with custom and

proprietary features that support its versatility, audio quality, and features. Designed like a highend speaker with sturdy and heavily braced MDF cabinets, black oak vinyl, custom port tubes, a controlled driver, and more, the A2V Subwoofer is tested to provide a great experience. The A2V Powered Subwoofer was put through rigorous testing and has SUV/CE certification. Given their build quality and performance capabilities, the A2V Powered Subwoofer is completely unique at its price point, designed with custom and proprietary components. The A2V Powered Subwoofer is available nationwide for fast pickup or delivery from the network of PowerHouse Alliance distributors. Dealers can easily get a demo of the subwoofer to hear and feel the quality of the product at their nearest location, which will become an easy place to restock as they incorporate it in a variety of client installations.

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POWERSOFT

Mezzo

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ezzo is a highly reliable and flexible system from one of the leading innovators in amplifier technology — and an ideal fit for integrators working in the home and residential integration markets. Built in a svelte, half-rack enclosure and sporting plenty of connectivity options, Mezzo is expressly designed for the AV/IT markets, and perfect for home and residential installations. The new line consists of eight amplifier models in all, each offering different power and connectivity options. While Mezzo is capable of delivering an unprecedented degree of power and flexibility in a highly compact design, it is self-configuring and simple to operate. Further, the system can be operated and monitored remotely, making it ideal for integrators seeking reduced installation times and more efficient deployment of A/V staff in the field. Mezzo: powered to fit your needs The eight available models in the new Mezzo line consist of four power sizes, each offering an option with ‘A’ (analog) or ‘AD’ (analog-digital), which adds Dante/AES67. The power sizes include smaller option of 320W in 4 x 80W and 2 x 160W variants, and a larger option of 600W in 4 x 150 or 2 x 300W. All of the eight models are networkable and feature automatic setup for audio parameters, significantly reducing deployment time during installation. Further, all of the units offer load monitoring, so users can monitor system parameters such as temperature, power usage and performance over time. These parameters can be monitored and controlled via Powersoft’s own ArmoníaPlus System Manager, or through an external control system or a plug-in in a DSP matrix platform. The AD models include Dante and AES67

integration, and also add an internal Gigabit Ethernet switch and a second port, meaning that multiple products can share the same network cable. This feature can convenient in a retrofit, or if the user needs to share a network connection between a projector and an amplifier for instance. Perhaps most impressive is Mezzo’s overall flexibility and power sharing capabilities. The smaller 320W power sized models are able to deliver 80/160W per channel into 2, 4, 8 or 16 ohms as well as 100, 70 or 25V. Meantime, the larger 600W power sized models can deliver 4 x 150W or 2 x 300W, and can drive two 16 ohm as well as 25, 70 or 100V. While this is impressive in terms of flexibility, each channel has sufficient headroom for power sharing according to the specific installation needs. This means one model can drive zones of varying sizes, and design changes

can be accommodated on the fly without having to alter equipment choice. Flexible installation scenarios to suit your needs Mezzo also features equally impressive installation options. Each unit comes with rack mount accessories to fit two units into a standard 19” rack, or 1 unit in a 11” compact rack. Alternatively, the unit can stand alone on rubber feet in a credenza or be mounted on the wall - behind a video screen, for instance. The unit is ultra-quiet and requires no ventilation and can therefore be used in dusty environments, under a desk or in locations where an audio closet may not available. Further, in terms of performance, Mezzo also delivers enough power to drive many subwoofers. This potentially means a significant space savings in locations that will no longer require 19” racks.

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC

VeCOAX BROADCAST T

he VeCOAX BROADCAST is a one stop solution, that connects all your signals in one place: finally, one revolutionary box to manage everything including groundbreaking 4K over COAX and a lot more. The newest technologies are condensed in one box, offering the Broadcast needs for rackmount, dual power supply, 24/7 operation and hot swap customizable modules, for extreme reliability and future proof. Together with an integrated IP switch allowing perfect separation between management and IP streaming for max security in big installations. The VeCOAX BROADCAST can install Multiple Input Cards to accommodate all your signals such as OTA Antennas, Dish Antennas, HDMI SDI AV Video sources feeds, Incoming IP Streaming from Internet or other sources, 4K Video Sources, IPTV, Videowall Processors, Media & Computer Players, and any other combination of TV Signal Feeds. The VeCOAX BROADCAST is so simple and efficient! The VeCOAX broadcast is designed specifically for high-quality broadcasting, but it can be customized for a diverse assortment of applications, including, but not limited to, residential homes, corporate, hospitality, government and

houses of worship. Providing broadcasting quality at an affordable price point, the VeCOAX broadcast creates a reliable, versatile solution for any integrator project. Integrators can combine multiple units for additional channels, highdensity DTV processors, meanwhile, conserving rack space and installation costs.

The VeCOAX BROADCAST has been awarded PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2019 from the National Association of Broadcasters in April. As well awarded in Commercial Integrators Best of 2019 at InfoComm in July.

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VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 P

rovideoinstruments VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 is one of our original products that have not only change how integrators use HDMI converters. With its robust design and high-quality engineering, the VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 distributes an HDMI source with full 1080p video encoding over a coax network to an unlimited number of televisions. Innovating standardized products with its small compact look and performance. The VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 is simple to use, with a color display to provide integrators with a simple plug-and-play installation, and setup is easily completed on the device. The ultra-compact design of the VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 allows it to be mounted and installed anywhere without compromising quality and functions. With endless capabilities and universal compatibility, the VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 eliminates the need for new cables or adapters and creates a simple, affordable and reliable solution for high-quality video distribution.

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC

VeCOAX PIXEL

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rovideoinstruments VeCOAX PIXEL is a first-generation product that innovates the standards of everyday units. With its impeccable small size, slick look and vibrant Ferrari red color, the VeCOAX PIXEL stands out not only in appearance but as well as performance. The PIXEL can fit anywhere and installs within minutes, it offers 720p Dolby HDMI to any existing TV Coaxial Cables as HDTV Channel to unlimited TV sources. Perfect for Security cameras and surveillance systems. The PIXEL replaces Video Extenders & Matrixes for a fraction of the cost, to Send HDMI Video as TV Channels direct to TVs, no need for special cables or parts at each TV. It’s so simple and efficient! The VeCOAX PIXEL was awarded Commercial Integrators Best of 2019 at InfoComm in July.

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SAMSUNG

55” The Frame 2019 T

V when it’s on, Art when it’s off. The Frame transforms the empty black void left by traditional TVs into an innovative, gallery-like art display. Featuring 1000+ pieces of art and exceptional picture quality, The Frame represents a harmonious balance between form and function. In the average home, users watch TV for about five hours every day, meaning 80% of the time TVs exist as a blank screen. As users increasingly embrace large screens they encounter an interior design predicament; that screen can become an unappealing focal point within a room. The Frame solves this problem by acting as a functional piece of home décor that elevates the design of any living space when it’s not in active use. When it’s not being used to enjoy TV or movies, The Frame’s Art Mode displays digital pieces of artwork. Aside from the 20 exclusive artwork selections that come pre-loaded on The Frame in 2019, Samsung’s Art Store provides access to over 1,000 pieces of art and photos curated from the most prestigious artists, galleries and museums from around the world. Users are transported to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and more through artwork that suits their personal tastes and enhance their home décor. Users can even upload and display their favorite personal artwork or photographs. New this year, The Frame features pristine QLED picture quality, offering deeper contrasts, deeper and darker blacks and 100% color volume. When mounted, The Frame hangs flush to the wall with Samsung’s proprietary No Gap Wall Mount, and the One Invisible Connection eliminates the clutter of cords. Interchangeable bezel options - black, white, beige and brown — allow users to further customize their Frame to complement the color of the room.

In an industry first, Samsung smart TVs feature the new Apple TV app and supports AirPlay 2. The Apple TV app allows Frame viewers to access Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows. Additionally, Frame users can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their TV. The Apple TV app works seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV services, including Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. As a TV solution for the custom installer, The Frame provides simplicity and ease. Its design elements, including the One Invisible Connection Cable and No-Gap Wall Mount, make for a more seamless aesthetic and integration of its technology into an end-user’s home. Both components allow custom installers to hang The

Frame virtually anywhere so it can blend seamlessly into any living space without unsightly cables or wires. Furthermore, The Frame represents a sale opportunity that other TVs do not a screen that’s just as much a design piece as it is a practical device. Elegantly blending form and function, The Frame fits into rooms and spaces that wouldn’t otherwise benefit from a TV and acts as conversation-piece for videophiles and design enthusiasts alike. The Frame gives consumers the freedom to truly personalize their living spaces and the flexibility to change the design whenever they like. It is truly a disruptor in its category, one that transforms a TV into an elegant piece of art, as innovative as it is eye-catching and conversationinducing. The Frame is available in 43”, 49”, 55” and 65” sizes.

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SAMSUNG

82” Q900 T

he Samsung 82” Q900 delivers super-bigscreen clarity and a cinematic viewing experience with 8K resolution, AI upscaling and cutting-edge lifestyle capabilities. With incredible design features like Ambient Mode, the Q900 stands out when it’s on and blends in when it’s off. TV resolution technology has vastly improved in recent years, but to harness the full power of higher resolution TVs, what were once referred to as big-screen TVs won’t cut it any longer. According to IHS Markit, the market for 75-inch or bigger TVs was 2.1 million units in 2018; in 2019 it is expected to grow by 43% to 3 million units and reach 5.8 million units by 2022. As screens grow larger, resolution becomes ever more critical. To deliver the unparalleled performance no matter what the screen size, Samsung has introduced more ultra-large screen TVs, including the 82” Q900 8K QLED TV. The Q900 represents the best of TV technology with 100% color volume and proprietary Direct Full Array Local Dimming, enabling the Q900 to maintain color fidelity, even at its peak brightness of 4,000 nits, while displaying stunning HDR10+ content without color saturation. The Ultra Wide Viewing Angle improves off-axis viewing for the most stunning image from LED, no matter where you’re seated. And the larger the screen size, the more important resolution becomes to ensure no detail or depth is lost — that’s where the Q900’s most impressive picture quality innovation comes in… 8K AI upscaling. 8K AI upscaling technology transforms lower resolution content, whether 480, 720p, 1080p and even 4K, so users experience a stunningly trueto-life image in incredible 8K. Samsung’s upscaling technology uses AI-based machine learning to create thousands of algorithms that are then embedded on the Q900’s Quantum Processor 8K and updated as needed.

Samsung’s Quantum Processor analyzes the pixel location, color, and shape of each detail against a database of millions of low- and high-end videos and images. It then categorizes content with similar characteristics and learns the upscaling process for each category from low to high resolution. As a result, the processor can create 33 million high-resolution 8K pixels in real time by sharpening details, eliminating jagged edges, reducing noise and restoring pixels as needed, and at faster rates than would be possible with human engineers. The recent advent of AI upscaling and 8K resolution makes the Q900 a dream-come-true for

videophiles. Installers can significantly improve their bottom line re-pitching customers for new business, upgrading 4K HDR with the latest and greatest TV technology. In an industry first, Samsung smart TVs feature the new Apple TV app and supports AirPlay 2. The Apple TV app allows Q900 viewers to access Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows. Beyond superior picture quality, Samsung’s Q900 features groundbreaking design elements including the latest version of Ambient Mode, which allows the wall-mounted TV to mimic the pattern of the wall to create an astonishing visual effect in which the Q900 blends seamlessly into the wall.

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The Wall Luxury

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he Wall Luxury is the latest iteration of Samsung’s next generation display technology, delivering a revolutionary viewing experience with pure blacks and vibrant colors. With extraordinary picture quality and truly epic clarity, The Wall Luxury is the epitome of luxury living. It’s slim depth with a flush surface enhances any environment’s aesthetic seamlessly and its

modular, large-format functionally can extend to hundreds of inches in size while delivering outstanding brightness, contrast and viewing angles. Users can add or remove unlimited LED screens to and from The Wall Luxury without impacting performance or presentation quality. The display’s self-emitting MicroLED pixel modules produce brilliant imagery free of color filters or

backlighting and envelop viewers through elevated peak brightness and a near infinite contrast ratio. With endless applications, from luxury homes to commercial spaces, The Wall Luxury is a versatile display that adds vibrant colors and breathtaking images to any environment.

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SANUS

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Advanced Full-Motion Premium TV Mounts

ANUS Advanced Full-Motion Premium TV Mounts unite high-end performance with high-end design. The result is a next-generation mount that thoughtfully incorporates the display into the home in a way that is both functionally and aesthetically modern. Inspired by the sleek look of today’s TVs and high-end kitchen appliances, Advanced Full-Motion Mounts feature a brushed metal exterior and are available in two distinct finishes: brushed stainless black with charcoal grey trim and brushed stainless silver with black trim. Offering a lower profile depth than traditional full-motion mounts, Advanced Full-Motion Mounts position displays closer to the wall for a more streamlined look. Beneath their stylish exterior lies an ultra-strong, solidsteel frame that provides maximum support to ensure TVs stay securely in place. Expertly engineered with a FluidMotion design, Advanced Full-Motion Mounts provide unparalleled smoothness — users can effortlessly extend, tilt, and swivel their displays regardless of weight or thickness. The mounts’ included Steady Set functionality ensures that TVs stay exactly where users want them — no drifting, shifting, or unwanted movement. And with its simple and intuitive design, Advanced Full-Motion Mounts offer a hassle-free, 30-minute installation. Over the past decade, flat-panel TVs have become slimmer and lighter, but TV mounts have largely remained the same. With the introduction of the SANUS Advanced Full-Motion Premium TV Mounts, that has changed. The first of their

kind, the mounts’ combination of aesthetics and performance sets them apart from other solutions on the market, and helps integrators differentiate their product offering. The Advanced Full-Motion Mounts’ sleek brushed metal exterior allows them to not only blend in seamlessly with the décor of any room, but to enhance its overall aesthetics and prevent installers from having to hide the mounts out of sight. At the same time, the mounts’ high-performance features provide users with an optimal TV viewing experience. With

FluidMotion, they can easily move their displays to achieve the ideal view, while Steady Set ensures they will stay exactly where placed. For a quick, hassle-free installation process, the mounts offer SANUS’ signature 3-step install and out-of-box experience. Install features include forward-facing security screws and preassembled and hinged wall plates; post-install leveling; lateral shifting; in-arm cable management; neatly organized packaging; and a wallplate template.

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SAVANT

Breaker-Companion Modules S

avant Breaker-Companion Modules are an industry first; providing panelized lighting control and energy management functionality that delivers individual load-level control throughout the home as well as utility-grade reporting of energy usage data. Designed in partnership with sister-company Racepoint Energy, Savant Breaker-Companion Modules have been engineered to deliver both control and energy management functionality of lighting loads as well as other devices throughout the home. These innovative modules have been designed to fit into standard electrical panels as a functioning companion (hence the product name) to any circuit breaker in the home. There has never been a smart home solution like Savantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breaker-Companion Modules, engineered to deliver control and energy management of lighting as well as other electrical loads such as household appliances throughout the home all from a compact, easy to install form factor. Their compatibility with standard electrical panels eliminates the need for excessively large, more costly specialty panels, and their compact size ensures design application flexibility for integrators while eliminating the need for low-voltage wiring within the panel.

Because these innovative modules can be used for many individual electrical load applications throughout the home and are fully compatible with the Savant control ecosystem, technology integrators have a tremendous opportunity to

deliver better smart home functionality, critical energy usage data across all electrical load types as well as the foundation for a net-zero compliant home design.

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SONY ELECTRONICS INC.

MASTER Series A9G T

he A9G is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV available in 77”, 65” and 55” classes, all in a very slim form factor. Images come to life with the super-wide viewing angle, precise contrast and absolute blacks of OLED technology, and over 8 million self-illuminating pixels are precisely and individually controlled by Sony’sPicture Processor X1 Ultimate. In addition to the processor, the A9G has Pixel Contrast Booster for more color and contrast in bright areas. As a result, the A9G provides premium picture quality approaching that of a professional-grade monitor, showing images and colors as they truly are. The processor improves SD and HD content to near 4K HDR quality and shows 4K content in stunning clarity. Acoustic Surface Audio+ provides a totally immersive sound experience with the sound coming from the entire screen, enveloping viewers in exciting new entertainment experiences, providing pictures and sound in perfect harmony. In addition, a TV Center Speaker Mode provides choice to use the TV as the center speaker. The A9G is very slim in depth and will fit close to the wall at around half the distance of Sony’s previous model. This OLED TV is more than just beautiful. It is designed so that it appears to be floating on the wall, leaving only the brilliance of its picture. For the ultimate in picture quality, the A9G

pairs the brilliance of 4K clarity with the brightness, color and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR). Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity and detail. The A9G HDR TVs feature Netflix Calibrated Mode, IMAX Enhanced and Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos to deliver the viewing experience just as the creator intended. The A9G also comes with energy saving

features such as: Dynamic Backlight Control, or pixel-level lighting control, which helps improve energy efficiency by adjusting display brightness as picture content changes; Power Saving Mode helps save energy by adjusting the display brightness; and Display Off Mode helps save energy by turning the picture display off without needing to put the TV into full stand by mode, so audio can still be enjoyed.

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MASTER Series Z9G L

arger TVs are becoming more popular and Sony’s goal with delivering new Z9G 98” and 85” class TVs is to maximize the super-large screen experience in the living room. In order to deliver premium picture quality in such extralarge screens, Sony is introducing extra resolution with its first consumer 8K television. With twice the number of horizontal lines and vertical lines, 8K provides four times the pixels of 4K (or 16 times the resolution of HD). This higher resolution results in a more immersive viewing experience as 8K resolution means the largersized TVs look great up close with virtually no pixel differentiation. Experts know that picture quality is not only about resolution. As screen sizes get larger, the processor plays an even more critical role in delivering premium picture quality. Utilizing a proprietary algorithm, Sony’s powerful Picture Processor X1 Ultimate has been optimized to handle the 33 million pixels of 8K. The same processor also enables the newly developed 8K X- Reality PRO to upscale any content to near- 8K picture quality using a new, dedicated 8K database to refer to for even more precise, detailed upscaling. With a long history and expertise in developing professional cameras and monitors, Sony recognizes that precision in constructing fine signal processing components results in an immediately visible difference to the whole image. In addition, completely new dedicated 8K technologies have been developed for the Z9G series, including a Backlight Master Drive feature with full-array local dimming and 8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO. The Backlight Master Drive on the Z9G has ultra-dense LED modules that are independently controlled, delivering unprecedented contrast with punchy brightness and pitch blacks. To optimize this backlight system,

8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO uses the saved energy to intelligently boost the brightness in the areas where it needs to be boosted. Accurate sound position is another key factor as TVs get larger. Taking the experience gained from its OLED Acoustic Surface Audio, Sony has expanded the concept to the Z9G LCD TV with Acoustic Multi-Audio. To deliver the Sound-from-Picture Reality experience, the new Acoustic Multi-Audio on the Z9G utilizes four front-facing speakers — two on the bottom and two on the top — to deliver a faithful sound position. Viewers will hear the sound coming from the screen, and not where the speaker is located. In addition, the Z9G has a TV Center Speaker Mode for people who have a home theater setup, whereby the TV becomes the center speaker. The sound experience is also enhanced by Dolby

Atmos, which adds a wide, rich sound field. The Z9G also features X-Wide Angle to ensure the picture retains its quality regardless of the viewing angle, enabling a wider viewing angle that reduces color shifts when viewing the screen off-axis, so colors stay true no matter the viewer’s position. While X-Motion Clarity minimizes motion blur without sacrificing screen brightness. The Z9G also comes packed with several environmental features such as: Dynamic Backlight Control, or pixel-level lighting control, which helps improve energy efficiency by adjusting display brightness as picture content changes; Power Saving Mode helps save energy by adjusting the display brightness; Display Off Mode helps save energy by turning the picture display off without needing to put the TV into full stand-by mode, so audio can still be enjoyed.

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VANCO INTERNATIONAL

Evolution EVO-IP EZ B

uilt off Vanco’s award-winning and innovative Evolution EVO-IP platform, the newly launched EVO-IP EZ from Vanco’s Evolution line is a cost-effective HDMI over IP system solution that is ideal for integrators who want to incorporate most of the features offered by EVO-IP, but into cost-conscious installations with lower bandwidth requirements. EVO-IP EZ simplifies installations by utilizing the same control box and GUI platform as the original EVO-IP, but with one less SKU that can be used as either a transmitter or a receiver. EVOIP EZ is the perfect solution for installers looking for a matrix, switching, and splitting platform for video resolutions up to 1080p@60Hz. The EVOIP EZ also includes analog and digital audio breakouts, IR and RS232 passthrough, and full cloud control through the current EVO-IP apps and interfaces. Cloud control allows installers to schedule events and remotely monitor the system from the iOS or Android app. Both EVO-IP and EVO-IP EZ can be seen and used simultaneously on the same system. EVO-IP EZ was created in response to market demand to provide a simple, cost-effective, low bandwidth HDMI over IP solution that works with the current EVO-IP cloud control and

monitoring capabilities but with less SKUs. It was intended to deliver expansion to the EVO-IP product line and provide installers with options for a variety of installation sizes based on feature and resolution requirements. EVO-IP EZ is an

award-winning product because it makes HDMI over IP simple and does so at a fair price point and functionality that will remain competitive for years to come.

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ALFRED INTERNATIONAL INC.

Alfred DB1 Smart Lock C

anadian owned and Toronto based, Alfred International Inc. is a smart lock company that was founded in January 2018 with the goal of finding the perfect balance between security, convenience and design. We believe there is a large hole in the current smart lock and security market. There are either traditional lock manufacturers trying to strap keypads to their existing products, or technology companies learning how to build locks. None of these solutions offer the consumer something beautiful and exciting, all without sacrificing safety, options and features. We are focussed on being industry leaders and experts. With our team having over 30 years of manufacturing experience as a premier OEM and ODM partner for most major door hardware brands, Alfred has a unique foundation of both industry specific knowledge and technologyfocussed agility. The DB1 Series: Following the success of the DB2 Series, we launched the DB1 Series in August 2019. Staying true to Alfred’s focus on style, the DB1 brings a more compact form factor and economically accessible feature set without sacrificing convenience, connectivity or adoptability. Less than 1/2” thin, we drew inspiration from the design language of one of the most premium and recognizable pieces of advanced technology: the smart phone. In kind, the DB1 has some of the cleanest lines in the world of smart locks whilst maintaining a durable and feature rich engineering pedigree. Not just a pretty face, all Alfred locks embody what we like to call the “butler meets bouncer” principle. Fully weather and temperature tested, along with all critical mechanical and electrical components tested to meet or exceed ANSI Grade 1 requirements by 2x-5x, at Alfred we unequivo-

cally believe that safety, security and durability must always the first and last points of focus for any lock. Moving deeper, “smart” is the aim but options and adoptability are the game. With standard built in Bluetooth, simply connect to our free Alfred Home app (iOS and Android) to allow users to setup, control and program their locks. You can assign full time, recurring, or time sensitive Pin Codes with specific associated users (“Members”), with every ‘unlock’ event recorded on the lock. More conveniently you can share secure Bluetooth keys with anyone with the same timing options. With Bluetooth keys, sharing, managing and deleting these credentials is in real time, any where, via the Alfred Home app. Additionally, every time a Bluetooth

key is used, the lock owner is instantly notified who, when and which locked was unlocked. This functionality is all achieved through our app without the need for any remote direct access to your lock (i.e. does not require a hub, bridge, or third party connection). Additionally, we offer a model with Z-wave Plus built-in that allows connection and control with most third party smart hubs like Smartthings, Vera, etc., and our Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge which allows complete remote control and programming through the Alfred Home app virtually anywhere in the world using your phone. The Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge also Works with Alexa, with Google Assistant coming soon. You can connect multiple locks per bridge too (Bluetooth range dependent).

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ALFRED INTERNATIONAL INC.

Alfred DB2 Smart Lock C

anadian owned and Toronto based, Alfred International Inc. is a smart lock company that was founded in January 2018 with the goal of finding the perfect balance between security, convenience and design. We believe there is a large hole in the current smart lock and security market. There are either traditional lock manufacturers trying to strap keypads to their existing products, or technology companies learning how to build locks. None of these solutions offer the consumer something beautiful and exciting, all without sacrificing safety, options and features. We are focussed on being industry leaders and experts. With our team having over 30 years of manufacturing experience as a premier OEM and ODM partner for most major door hardware brands, Alfred has a unique foundation of both industry specific knowledge and technologyfocussed agility. In January 2019 we officially launched at CES 2019 with an unbelievably positive response from the consumer, tech and security communities (consumers, integrators, retailers, security professionals and even competitors). Our products are currently available through our website www. alfredinc.com, Lowes.com, and Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. We will also be available through major retailers very shortly, as well as through professional installation and security channels. The DB2 Series: Our flagship and first launched at CES 2019, the DB2 is our first step toward marrying beauty and exciting design language with industry leading functionality and adoptability. Our patented front panel design is one of the thinnest on the market (< 1/2” thin), and with its gentle curves, satin black brushed metallic face, and fully hidden backlit pin pad, the design is both striking and technologically subtle.

Not just a pretty face, all Alfred locks embody what we like to call the “butler meets bouncer” principle. Fully weather and temperature tested, along with all critical mechanical and electrical components tested to meet or exceed ANSI Grade 1 requirements by 2x-5x, at Alfred we unequivocally believe that safety, security and durability must always the first and last points of focus for any lock. Moving deeper, “smart” is the aim but options and adoptability are the game. With standard built in Bluetooth, simply connect to our free Alfred Home app (iOS and Android) to allow users to setup, control and program their locks. You can assign full time, recurring, or time sensitive Pin Codes with specific associated users (“Members”), with every ‘unlock’ event recorded on the lock. More conveniently you can share secure Bluetooth keys with anyone with the same timing options. With Bluetooth keys, sharing, managing

and deleting these credentials is in real time, any where, via the Alfred Home app. Additionally, every time a Bluetooth key is used, the lock owner is instantly notified who, when and which locked was unlocked. This functionality is all achieved through our app without the need for any remote direct access to your lock (i.e. does not require a hub, bridge, or third party connection). Additionally, we offer a Zwave Plus certified module that allows connection and control with most third party smart hubs like Smartthings, Vera, etc., and our Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge which allows complete remote control and programming through the Alfred Home app virtually anywhere in the world using your phone. The Alfred Connect Wifi Bridge also Works with Alexa, with Google Assistant coming soon. You can connect multiple locks per bridge too (Bluetooth range dependent).

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BRILLIANT

Smart Home Control

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rom lights, music, climate, security, and doorbells to whatever comes next, the Brilliant Smart Home Control makes it easy for everyone at home to use and enjoy all of the available smart home products and experiences. Brilliant simplifies your smart home experience by giving you touch, voice and motion control over all your smart home devices. It installs in minutes in the place of any standard light switch and connects everyone in the home with controls that are easy to access and use. This revolutionary control system creates unity in a family home and allows a smart home ecosystem to be united and user-friendly. Since launching late last year, Brilliant has been busy adding new integrations and features. With updates released every 2 weeks, the company has pushed 22 releases since its initial launch. New features include a direct integra-

tion with LIFX, a new Schlage integration that will lock/unlock your doors, and the announcement of a coming soon integration with ButterflyMX for the multifamily residential apartment industry that will allow residents to see visitors and buzz them in from any Brilliant Control in their apartment. Also new is “Live View,” a way to remotely look into a live camera view of any Brilliant Control and communicate with the people in your home without needing to install additional devices or cameras. Parents, singles, and pet owners can now feel more connected to their homes as they can remotely view and communicate with any room with a Brilliant Control installed using the all-in-on Brilliant mobile app. The innovative new feature brings the basic functionality of standalone home monitoring cameras to Brilliant without the need to install unsightly cameras and wires throughout the

home. This new feature also transforms Brilliant into a whole-home communications platform and is available as a free over-the-air update to all customers. Schalge, ButterflyMX and Live View will all be announced at CEDIA 2019. Additionally, Brilliant announced the launch of its national Builder Program in May, designed to help home builders respond to the increasing demand for smart home technology and integrate smart home tech as a standard feature in new build homes. The program benefits a wide range of new construction projects, including singlefamily homes, apartment buildings, condos and assisted living units, by helping builders craft specific Brilliant-powered smart home packages that are customized to fit the needs of each home builder and their home buyers.

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ith more than a thousand new capabilities across lighting, whole-home music and video, security, comfort, and more, Control4 Smart Home OS 3 sets a new standard for the smart home. Control4 OS 3 was thoughtfully designed to unify all the connected devices within a home, control them from a single platform, and deliver the personalization homeowners want with the professional support they need. Today’s do-it-yourself smart home user experience is fragmented, with dozens of apps and no central control location. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 was thoughtfully designed in response to this fragmentation with the goal of simplifying the smart home. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 removes the complexity of managing multiple devices, accessories, and systems by enabling intuitive, easy access and control for nearly everything across the home. Homeowners are able to quickly swipe between rooms, see only the lights that are on, doors that are unlocked, music or video that is playing, or glance at the entire house in one place using interfaces and gestures anyone with a mobile phone is familiar with. Designed for mobile, touch screen, on-screen, remote, and voice interaction interfaces, Control4 OS 3 is intuitive and easy to control from the user’s device of choice. The mobile phone is optimized for one-hand control in portrait mode, while the TV interface is focused on the entertainment experience from the couch. Homeowners can edit or create smart home scenes, set schedules to automate devices, and modify how devices interact. Furthermore, they can upload their personal wallpapers, photos, or images as the background screen for different rooms. On the interface, devices are categorized by rooms of the house and users can easily favorite their most-used devices and scenes on the

interface. Over 350 new icons enable an at-a-glance view of the vital devices in the home (including security, lighting, one-touch music, video streaming, and much more), to let homeowners see, for example, whether the door is locked or which lights are on without tapping. For example, in the master bedroom, homeowners can view their favorites to ensure the door icons are unlocked, lights are off, and the garage door is closed before going to bed. Control4 OS 3’s Active Media Bar reimagines multi-room entertainment, showing music controls and track details front-and-center, and it’s easy to add or remove rooms, adjust the volume everywhere or within a single room. Control4 OS 3 also adds native support for streaming high-resolution audio with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). Control4 OS 3 systems are built for the

family’s lifestyle from an ecosystem of nearly 14,000 third-party devices and 7,500 Control4 SDDP-embedded products. Built as smart home infrastructure, Control4 OS 3 scales to the needs of any family, from a single-room entertainment experience to a whole-home automation system. A future-proof infrastructure of the home, Control4 OS 3 does not need to be replaced or upgraded when homeowners want new features. Software updates are pushed by dealers and kept up-to-date with the latest functionality. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 enriches the reallife connected home experience. By aiming to encompass all of the home’s connected devices, it breaks through many of the barriers of smart home adoption. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 offers unprecedented user personalization, convenience, and control to allow families to make their smart home lifestyle uniquely their own, with the support of professional installation.

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COPILOT

Copilot C

opilot is the first automated Customer Experience platform for consumer electronics companies. The platform was created by a team who spent 10+ years developing and designing apps in the IoT space and recognized that many small and mid-size IoT companies were not collecting or leveraging critical end user data at their fingertips for their business. By analyzing and segmenting data from smart and connected consumer devices, Copilot provides a critical advantage to companies that manufacture these products, enabling them to automatically interact with various customers based on their behavior, and improving the overall Customer Experience. By deploying customized, timely messages to a productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end users, Copilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s automated engagement campaigns enable businesses to deliver higher customer satisfaction and long-term value: - Boosting revenue through promotional campaigns, upselling and referrals - Improving user onboarding issues and preventing returns

- Increasing opt-in rates and app engagement - Delivering more favorable customer reviews and higher ratings

Copilot is available free for three months, to best demonstrate the value before the business commits to purchase.

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DENON

AVR-3600H T

he latest 9.2 channel AV receiver from Denon offers legendary audio quality and trusted performance, while creating an immersive, multidimensional sound experience. Featuring a variety of three-dimensional audio formats including IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™, DTS Virtual:X® and new Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, the AVRX3600H is the core of the next-generation home theater. It supports the latest video technologies, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and 4K Ultra HD. An advanced HDMI section (8in / 3out) features HDCP 2.3 processing on all ports with eARC and ALLM support. Stream Spotify®, Pandora®, Tidal and more with HEOS Built-in or Bluetooth®. Easily control the AVR-X3600H with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple

Siri voice control. The Denon Setup Assistant provides a seamless setup experience, while Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room calibration walks users through audio optimization. It is also capable

of 11.2 channel processing to extend the system with an additional power amplifier.

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DENON

PMA-150H T

he compact and beautiful PMA-150 digital amplifier offers high fidelity playback from both digital and analog sources in a stunning, compact package. It easily connects all popular digital and analog sources, including CD players, TVs, turntables, and USB devices. HEOS Built-in technology enables access to music over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wired Ethernet using the HEOS app, or streamed directly via Apple Airplay 2 and Spotify Connect. Leveraging Denon’s Advanced AL32 Processing Plus analog waveform reproduction technology and powerful Direct Digital Feedback Amplification (DDFA), discerning listeners with an eye for design need not look any further to dramatically upgrade their listening experience. Every electrical component in the PMA-150H was carefully selected and custom-designed by Denon sound engineers to fine-tune audio performance and meet the highest quality standards. The amplifier delivers a robust 70 Watts of power-per-channel (4ohm, 1kHz, THD 0.1%) and supports both 4- and 8-ohm speakers. Additionally, it is equipped with a dedicated headphone amplifier circuit featuring a high-speed, ultralow distortion wideband amp paired with a fully discrete final output stage. To accommodate a wide range of headphones, the PMA-150H has an adjustable headphone impedance control, with three settings for low, medium and high imped-

ance models. The headphone jack offers a 6.3mm (1/4-inch) connector for compatibility with premium home and professional studio headphones. The PMA-150H’s compact design (11”W x 4.1”H x 12.6”D) features an elegant soft aluminum matte top and bottom panels with premium OLED, gloss black and silver accents. In addition, Denon leveraged its AV receiver

engineering expertise to build autosensing into the first optical port and simplified IR learn to easily connect to most TVs. Once enabled, volume, mute and input selection can be controlled via a TV remote. Users can employ their voice to control the PMA-150H with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and the Google Assistant to adjust the volume, skip to the next track, and more.

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ENGENIUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

SkyKey

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nhance wireless network efficiency with SkyKey. SkyKey is an on-premises network controller with cloud management capabilities. For IT managers or administrators at small and medium businesses who need to quickly and easily manage access points and switches, SkyKey’s intuitive interface and simple plug-and-play integration securely provides efficient device management, cloud accessibility that allows cloud management of multiple SkyKey’s from a single portal, and visibility without requiring a dedicated server. SkyKey benefits include Flexibility — IT administrators choose cloud or direct on-premise network management giving full control over the managed network. SkyKey also allows administrators to use a combination of both methods to create the most efficient process for their company. Convenient — With its compact size and magnetic backing, SkyKey fits in small spaces and stays securely on the server. Efficient — SkyKey provides a single place to view status and analytics of each device and perform administrative tasks of both wired and wireless devices. Simple — No complex installation or integrations — simply plug and play. Secure — Because SkyKey is installed at each deployment site, the device offers an always on, secure single sign-on service.

SkyKey allows installers to easily deploy and manage up to 100 connected APs and switches.

With flexible controller deployments, secure tunnel connections and enterprise-level support of mesh to quickly optimize routes with immediate self-healing SkyKey offers complete on-premises network security and efficiency with a licensefree management structure. SkyKey management interface offers rich reporting, real-time monitoring and analytics

for complete insight into network needs. Focus in on potential problems and address them immediately before they impact users. Customers can easily deploy multiple networks and scale growth of networks with SkyKey with single sign on cloud access.

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EPSON AMERICA, INC.

LS500 120” Laser Projection TV

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ntroducing the Epson Laser Projection TV — Be Amazed. With an immersive 4K HDR viewing experience, Epson Laser Projection TV(1) represents a new generation of digital projection that redefines the everyday television experience by offering a stunning picture up to 120-inches. Equipped with Epson’s proprietary 4K PRO-UHD(2) 3LCD technology, Epson Laser

Projection TV combines an advanced Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector — along with a high-resolution Ambient Light Rejecting Screen with unique Optical Layering Technology — to produce vivid colors and deep blacks for an exceptionally bright, colorful, and sharp picture — in virtually any viewing environment. Whether you’re watching a live sporting event, streaming your favorite series, gaming on the lat-

est generation of consoles, or simply watching a blockbuster movie — Epson Laser Projection TV will simply amaze you. (1) TV Tuner not included. Purchase of separate TV Tuner and Antenna are required to watch free over-the-air local channels (2) 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally to double Full HD resolution. Resolution is Full HD in 3D Mode.

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LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.

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Maestro LED+ Dimmer for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS

utron’s Maestro LED+ (TM) dimmer for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS is one dimmer for any job. This extremely versatile dimmer works with or without a neutral wire and is phase-selectable for controlling a broad range of lighting types. It also has screw terminals (no wire connectors required). Together, these features deliver a fast, easy retrofittable installation for any age home, with any wiring. This product works in both forward and reverse phase dimming. It provides two-wire LED control (without a neutral) in either forward or reverse phase (an industry first), which is a unique advantage of Lutron proprietary technology. The Maestro LED+ dimmer is flexible, with the following load ratings: 250 W of LED 500 W of incandescent / halogen / ELV 400 VA / 300 W of MLV It also has color change front plastics — interchangeable plastics to match the décor of any home.

quickly without the hassle of running out for a different product.

What sets this dimmer apart? Simply put: The Maestro LED+ dimmer is the most versatile and highest performing in-wall LED dimmer on the market.

Neutral wire flexibility The Maestro LED+ dimmer was designed with an optional neutral wire connection. This is key, since many older homes are not equipped with neutral wiring in the wallbox, and it’s difficult to tell whether a neutral wire is present without removing the wallplate and existing switch. When a neutral wire isn’t available, the Maestro LED+ dimmer will deliver Lutron-quality dimming of LED, incandescent, and halogen sources. Adding the neutral wire allows dimming of ELV and MLV light sources, and in some cases improves dimming performance on certain LEDs. A neutral connection enables Lutron’s realtime illumination stability system (RTISS) technology to further improve light stability (flicker), buzzing, and dimming range, enhancing dimmer performance. The Maestro LED+ dimmer is the first Lutron in-wall dimmer to include this highperformance dimming technology, which is also available in other Lutron top-of-the-line solutions, including dimming panels and GRAFIK Eye models.

Saves time Labor shortages and busy schedules require timesaving approaches on every job. Because the Maestro LED+ dimmer provides superior dimming performance for a wide range of lighting types, including LED, incandescent, halogen, electronic low voltage (ELV), and magnetic low voltage (MLV), it eliminates the task of pairing the right dimmer with the right lighting load. And that means professional installers can stay focused, decrease callbacks, and get on and off their jobs

On-the-job readiness Lutron’s innovative and patented C•L technology has been providing industry-leading, reliable LED dimming performance since 2010. The Maestro LED+ dimmer amplifies this technology by providing a phase-selectable option, enabling the installer to select forward or reverse phase dimming control in order to provide the best performance for the type of lighting load — especially for LEDs. (And in some cases, using reverse phase dimming reduces LED flicker and

buzzing — another benefit of the Maestro LED+ dimmer — which it provides with or without a neutral wire.) Combined with an optional neutral connection, the Maestro LED+ dimmer is the only dimmer on the market that is designed and rated for controlling LEDs, incandescent, and halogen light sources in forward or reverse phase, with or without a neutral connection. The Maestro LED+ dimmer also features field-changeable front plastics, so an installer can quickly and easily swap out installed faceplates for one of 25+ different colors — without any rewiring.

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MARANTZ

SR5014

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he Marantz SR5014 is an Ultra HD 4K 7.2 channel discrete power amplifier with 100W per channel (8-ohm, 20Hz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 20kHz, 0.08% THD 2ch. drive). The extensively tuned Marantz SR5014 produces the most musical sound, no matter the source, from vinyl to digital streaming. Most importantly, it allows users to completely immerse themselves in movies and TV

with elevated, high-resolution surround sound formatting from Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. It allows users to stream music from leading music services and features voice control compatibility via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Each of the 8 HDMI inputs are fully compatible with the latest specifica-

tions, including 4K Ultra High Definition video, 60Hz video, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), and support ALLM. Driven by decades of Hi-Fi expertise, the Marantz SR5014 powers premium home theater for all your entertainment at a sub $1K price point.

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PANASONIC

Reference DVD Player DP-UB9000 E

njoy premium picture and sound quality with this Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Reduced vibration and compatibility with Hi-Res Audio help achieve vibrant sound reproduction, while the HCX processor delivers impressive 4K detail. The chroma processing technology on this Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player enhances the color of HDR content and provides excellent color balance and sense of realism.

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he VeCOAX BROADCAST is a one stop solution, that connects all your signals in one place: finally, one revolutionary box to manage everything including groundbreaking 4K over COAX and a lot more. The newest technologies are condensed in one box, offering the Broadcast needs for rackmount, dual power supply, 24/7 operation and hot swap customizable modules, for extreme reliability and future proof. Together with an integrated IP switch allowing perfect separation between management and IP streaming for max security in big installations. The VeCOAX BROADCAST can install Multiple Input Cards to accommodate all your signals such as OTA Antennas, Dish Antennas, HDMI SDI AV Video sources feeds, Incoming IP Streaming from Internet or other sources, 4K Video Sources, IPTV, Videowall Processors, Media & Computer Players, and any other combination of TV Signal Feeds. The VeCOAX BROADCAST is so simple and efficient! The VeCOAX broadcast is designed specifically for high-quality broadcasting, but it can be customized for a diverse assortment of applications, including, but not limited to, residential homes, corporate, hospitality, government and

houses of worship. Providing broadcasting quality at an affordable price point, the VeCOAX broadcast creates a reliable, versatile solution for any integrator project. Integrators can combine multiple units for additional channels, highdensity DTV processors, meanwhile, conserving rack space and installation costs.

The VeCOAX BROADCAST has been awarded PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2019 from the National Association of Broadcasters in April. As well awarded in Commercial Integrators Best of 2019 at InfoComm in July.

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS LLC

VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 P

rovideoinstruments VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 is one of our original products that have not only change how integrators use HDMI converters. With its robust design and high-quality engineering, the VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 distributes an HDMI source with full 1080p video encoding over a coax network to an unlimited number of televisions. Innovating standardized products with its small compact look and performance. The VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 is simple to use, with a color display to provide integrators with a simple plug-and-play installation, and setup is easily completed on the device. The ultra-compact design of the VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 allows it to be mounted and installed anywhere without compromising quality and functions. With endless capabilities and universal compatibility, the VeCOAX MINIMOD-2 eliminates the need for new cables or adapters and creates a simple, affordable and reliable solution for high-quality video distribution.

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SAMSUNG

55” The Frame 2019 T

V when it’s on, Art when it’s off. The Frame transforms the empty black void left by traditional TVs into an innovative, gallery-like art display. Featuring 1000+ pieces of art and exceptional picture quality, The Frame represents a harmonious balance between form and function. In the average home, users watch TV for about five hours every day, meaning 80% of the time TVs exist as a blank screen. As users increasingly embrace large screens they encounter an interior design predicament; that screen can become an unappealing focal point within a room. The Frame solves this problem by acting as a functional piece of home décor that elevates the design of any living space when it’s not in active use. When it’s not being used to enjoy TV or movies, The Frame’s Art Mode displays digital pieces of artwork. Aside from the 20 exclusive artwork selections that come pre-loaded on The Frame in 2019, Samsung’s Art Store provides access to over 1,000 pieces of art and photos curated from the most prestigious artists, galleries and museums from around the world. Users are transported to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and more through artwork that suits their personal tastes and enhance their home décor. Users can even upload and display their favorite personal artwork or photographs. New this year, The Frame features pristine QLED picture quality, offering deeper contrasts, deeper and darker blacks and 100% color volume. When mounted, The Frame hangs flush to the wall with Samsung’s proprietary No Gap Wall Mount, and the One Invisible Connection eliminates the clutter of cords. Interchangeable bezel options - black, white, beige and brown — allow users to further customize their Frame to complement the color of the room.

In an industry first, Samsung smart TVs feature the new Apple TV app and supports AirPlay 2. The Apple TV app allows Frame viewers to access Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows. Additionally, Frame users can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their TV. The Apple TV app works seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV services, including Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. As a TV solution for the custom installer, The Frame provides simplicity and ease. Its design elements, including the One Invisible Connection Cable and No-Gap Wall Mount, make for a more seamless aesthetic and integration of its technology into an end-user’s home. Both components allow custom installers to hang The

Frame virtually anywhere so it can blend seamlessly into any living space without unsightly cables or wires. Furthermore, The Frame represents a sale opportunity that other TVs do not a screen that’s just as much a design piece as it is a practical device. Elegantly blending form and function, The Frame fits into rooms and spaces that wouldn’t otherwise benefit from a TV and acts as conversation-piece for videophiles and design enthusiasts alike. The Frame gives consumers the freedom to truly personalize their living spaces and the flexibility to change the design whenever they like. It is truly a disruptor in its category, one that transforms a TV into an elegant piece of art, as innovative as it is eye-catching and conversationinducing. The Frame is available in 43”, 49”, 55” and 65” sizes.

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SAMSUNG

82” Q900 T

he Samsung 82” Q900 delivers super-bigscreen clarity and a cinematic viewing experience with 8K resolution, AI upscaling and cutting-edge lifestyle capabilities. With incredible design features like Ambient Mode, the Q900 stands out when it’s on and blends in when it’s off. TV resolution technology has vastly improved in recent years, but to harness the full power of higher resolution TVs, what were once referred to as big-screen TVs won’t cut it any longer. According to IHS Markit, the market for 75-inch or bigger TVs was 2.1 million units in 2018; in 2019 it is expected to grow by 43% to 3 million units and reach 5.8 million units by 2022. As screens grow larger, resolution becomes ever more critical. To deliver the unparalleled performance no matter what the screen size, Samsung has introduced more ultra-large screen TVs, including the 82” Q900 8K QLED TV. The Q900 represents the best of TV technology with 100% color volume and proprietary Direct Full Array Local Dimming, enabling the Q900 to maintain color fidelity, even at its peak brightness of 4,000 nits, while displaying stunning HDR10+ content without color saturation. The Ultra Wide Viewing Angle improves off-axis viewing for the most stunning image from LED, no matter where you’re seated. And the larger the screen size, the more important resolution becomes to ensure no detail or depth is lost — that’s where the Q900’s most impressive picture quality innovation comes in… 8K AI upscaling. 8K AI upscaling technology transforms lower resolution content, whether 480, 720p, 1080p and even 4K, so users experience a stunningly trueto-life image in incredible 8K. Samsung’s upscaling technology uses AI-based machine learning to create thousands of algorithms that are then embedded on the Q900’s Quantum Processor 8K and updated as needed.

Samsung’s Quantum Processor analyzes the pixel location, color, and shape of each detail against a database of millions of low- and high-end videos and images. It then categorizes content with similar characteristics and learns the upscaling process for each category from low to high resolution. As a result, the processor can create 33 million high-resolution 8K pixels in real time by sharpening details, eliminating jagged edges, reducing noise and restoring pixels as needed, and at faster rates than would be possible with human engineers. The recent advent of AI upscaling and 8K resolution makes the Q900 a dream-come-true for

videophiles. Installers can significantly improve their bottom line re-pitching customers for new business, upgrading 4K HDR with the latest and greatest TV technology. In an industry first, Samsung smart TVs feature the new Apple TV app and supports AirPlay 2. The Apple TV app allows Q900 viewers to access Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows. Beyond superior picture quality, Samsung’s Q900 features groundbreaking design elements including the latest version of Ambient Mode, which allows the wall-mounted TV to mimic the pattern of the wall to create an astonishing visual effect in which the Q900 blends seamlessly into the wall.

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SAMSUNG

The Wall Luxury

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he Wall Luxury is the latest iteration of Samsung’s next generation display technology, delivering a revolutionary viewing experience with pure blacks and vibrant colors. With extraordinary picture quality and truly epic clarity, The Wall Luxury is the epitome of luxury living. It’s slim depth with a flush surface enhances any environment’s aesthetic seamlessly and its

modular, large-format functionally can extend to hundreds of inches in size while delivering outstanding brightness, contrast and viewing angles. Users can add or remove unlimited LED screens to and from The Wall Luxury without impacting performance or presentation quality. The display’s self-emitting MicroLED pixel modules produce brilliant imagery free of color filters or

backlighting and envelop viewers through elevated peak brightness and a near infinite contrast ratio. With endless applications, from luxury homes to commercial spaces, The Wall Luxury is a versatile display that adds vibrant colors and breathtaking images to any environment.

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SONY ELECTRONICS INC.

MASTER Series A9G T

he A9G is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV available in 77”, 65” and 55” classes, all in a very slim form factor. Images come to life with the super-wide viewing angle, precise contrast and absolute blacks of OLED technology, and over 8 million self-illuminating pixels are precisely and individually controlled by Sony’sPicture Processor X1 Ultimate. In addition to the processor, the A9G has Pixel Contrast Booster for more color and contrast in bright areas. As a result, the A9G provides premium picture quality approaching that of a professional-grade monitor, showing images and colors as they truly are. The processor improves SD and HD content to near 4K HDR quality and shows 4K content in stunning clarity. Acoustic Surface Audio+ provides a totally immersive sound experience with the sound coming from the entire screen, enveloping viewers in exciting new entertainment experiences, providing pictures and sound in perfect harmony. In addition, a TV Center Speaker Mode provides choice to use the TV as the center speaker. The A9G is very slim in depth and will fit close to the wall at around half the distance of Sony’s previous model. This OLED TV is more than just beautiful. It is designed so that it appears to be floating on the wall, leaving only the brilliance of its picture. For the ultimate in picture quality, the A9G

pairs the brilliance of 4K clarity with the brightness, color and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR). Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity and detail. The A9G HDR TVs feature Netflix Calibrated Mode, IMAX Enhanced and Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos to deliver the viewing experience just as the creator intended. The A9G also comes with energy saving

features such as: Dynamic Backlight Control, or pixel-level lighting control, which helps improve energy efficiency by adjusting display brightness as picture content changes; Power Saving Mode helps save energy by adjusting the display brightness; and Display Off Mode helps save energy by turning the picture display off without needing to put the TV into full stand by mode, so audio can still be enjoyed.

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MASTER Series Z9G L

arger TVs are becoming more popular and Sony’s goal with delivering new Z9G 98” and 85” class TVs is to maximize the super-large screen experience in the living room. In order to deliver premium picture quality in such extralarge screens, Sony is introducing extra resolution with its first consumer 8K television. With twice the number of horizontal lines and vertical lines, 8K provides four times the pixels of 4K (or 16 times the resolution of HD). This higher resolution results in a more immersive viewing experience as 8K resolution means the largersized TVs look great up close with virtually no pixel differentiation. Experts know that picture quality is not only about resolution. As screen sizes get larger, the processor plays an even more critical role in delivering premium picture quality. Utilizing a proprietary algorithm, Sony’s powerful Picture Processor X1 Ultimate has been optimized to handle the 33 million pixels of 8K. The same processor also enables the newly developed 8K X- Reality PRO to upscale any content to near- 8K picture quality using a new, dedicated 8K database to refer to for even more precise, detailed upscaling. With a long history and expertise in developing professional cameras and monitors, Sony recognizes that precision in constructing fine signal processing components results in an immediately visible difference to the whole image. In addition, completely new dedicated 8K technologies have been developed for the Z9G series, including a Backlight Master Drive feature with full-array local dimming and 8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO. The Backlight Master Drive on the Z9G has ultra-dense LED modules that are independently controlled, delivering unprecedented contrast with punchy brightness and pitch blacks. To optimize this backlight system,

8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO uses the saved energy to intelligently boost the brightness in the areas where it needs to be boosted. Accurate sound position is another key factor as TVs get larger. Taking the experience gained from its OLED Acoustic Surface Audio, Sony has expanded the concept to the Z9G LCD TV with Acoustic Multi-Audio. To deliver the Sound-from-Picture Reality experience, the new Acoustic Multi-Audio on the Z9G utilizes four front-facing speakers — two on the bottom and two on the top — to deliver a faithful sound position. Viewers will hear the sound coming from the screen, and not where the speaker is located. In addition, the Z9G has a TV Center Speaker Mode for people who have a home theater setup, whereby the TV becomes the center speaker. The sound experience is also enhanced by Dolby

Atmos, which adds a wide, rich sound field. The Z9G also features X-Wide Angle to ensure the picture retains its quality regardless of the viewing angle, enabling a wider viewing angle that reduces color shifts when viewing the screen off-axis, so colors stay true no matter the viewer’s position. While X-Motion Clarity minimizes motion blur without sacrificing screen brightness. The Z9G also comes packed with several environmental features such as: Dynamic Backlight Control, or pixel-level lighting control, which helps improve energy efficiency by adjusting display brightness as picture content changes; Power Saving Mode helps save energy by adjusting the display brightness; Display Off Mode helps save energy by turning the picture display off without needing to put the TV into full stand-by mode, so audio can still be enjoyed.

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Flush Mounts for Araknis AN-500 Access Point

all-Smart flush mounts for Araknis AN500 Access Point are Wall-Smart’s new ceiling mounts. The flush mounts line is made of PreConstruction and Retrofit mounts, designed to address different needs for a variety of projects and timelines. The Pre-Construction mount is entirely flush with the ceiling and consists of an unpainted bezel that will be painted with the surface finish for a complete fit. With the PreConstruction mount, all one needs to remove the device is simply by pushing. For an easier installation without the need for construction, the Retrofit mounts provide an elegant, nearly-flush mounted option. The mounts are made of two parts, a base unit, and a bezel unit. The painted custom bezel is supplied white with a Matte finish. The Retrofit mount is nearly flush (protrudes 0.16” from the ceiling), and provides the most aesthetically pleasing result with minimal visual impact on the surrounding decor. Thermal operating thresholds along with peripheral POE and Wi-Fi adapters were taken into consideration when determining the optimal orientation of the Araknis AN-500 Access Point device in the Wall-Smart mount. The Pre-Construction mounts come without any metal parts to allow a complete Wi-Fi spectrum. The Retrofit mounts include minimum metal parts. Many clients hide access point devices, so they won’t impact the surrounding decor. This creates a problem when a dealer comes for a service and cannot access the device. Wall-Smart’s ceiling mounts for Araknis AN-500 allow clients to install the devices flush in-ceiling while keeping them fully accessible for service. The Pre-Construction mounts provide a

totally flush look, while the Retrofit mounts allow easy installation of the access point without construction. The mount is painted with the ceiling finish to truly appear to be a part of it. The mount’s external texture can be easily transformed for any desired look and feel. Wall-Smart flush mounts for Araknis AN-500 Access Point flush mount a device that would otherwise protrude significantly from the ceiling. The last thing anyone thinks about is the aesthetics of an access point device in a smart home, even though it bothers many homeowners. With this new solution by Wall-Smart, homeowners will barely notice its existence surface-wise, and

dealers will have no problem removing it for service. Today, homeowners are looking not only at technological advancements, but also aesthetic solutions. The Wall-Smart ceiling mounts provide a unique integration between technology and interior design. These flush mounts can simply be painted over, to truly appear to be part of the surface. The Wall-Smart wall mounts are made of MDF. Wall-Smart uses moisture resistant MDF that has been researched and developed by Wall-Smart to have better compatibility with the drywall. Moisture resistant MDF is compliant with TSCA Title VI.

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