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SONYs NEW BRAVIA TVs OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – STARTING WITH THE MOST VIVID HDTV PICTURE EVER

Sony Press Release Jan 9th, 2012

New Models – from entry-level to top-of-the-line – Keep Consumers Connected and Entertained

LAS VEGAS (CES BOOTH #14200), Jan. 9, 2012 – Sony is reaffirming its leadership in the fundamentals of home entertainment, announcing today its new BRAVIA® television lineup. This year Sony introduces three distinct series – the entry-level BX, the step-up EX, and the flagship HX. Each newly introduced model delivers the best picture quality available and offers a range of features to give consumers flexibility in choosing the right entertainment solution.

“Television consumers have told us the mix of formats and features often creates confusion,” said Brian Siegel, vice president for Sony’s television business. “But, we know that the best part of the TV has always been – and will always be – the picture quality. Sony is cutting through that noise to make TV buying easier: three model lines with very clear differences, each designed to deliver the most premium, best-in-class picture ever.”

Innovations in Picture Quality

The new BRAVIA models offer many of the unique-to-Sony technologies and features that consumers have come to expect from a Sony TV, complemented by new enhancements and additional innovations.

Select models incorporate Dynamic Edge LED with local dimming and deliver a brilliant Full HD (1080p) picture with increased brightness and outstanding contrast, particularly in best-in-class deep blacks. Sony’s exclusive OptiContrast™ panel elevates the picture to the front surface of the TV and creates a dark background for rich, vibrant, high contrast pictures even in well-lit rooms.

Picture quality is further enhanced with Sony’s X-Reality™ PRO and X-Reality digital video processors. The dual-chip X-Reality PRO optical engine optimizes video sources by utilizing a vast database of signal patterns and comparing incoming signals with ideal scenes to display unprecedented detail and astonishing color. The single-chip X-Reality engine separates incoming video into its constituent parts of outline, texture and color/contrast, and then applies image enhancements to deliver its outstanding picture. Finally, Sony’s newest version of Motionflow™ XR technology reduces blur caused by quick camera movements, enhancing sharpness and creating a smoother viewing experience for fast-paced sports and movie programming, as well as gaming.

The Lineup

Sony’s HX850 and HX750 debut in the first quarter of 2012 and the HX850 carries forward Sony’s distinctive Monolithic design incorporating Gorilla® Glass by Corning, allowing for thinner, lighter and stronger screen material. Complete with X-Reality PRO and Motionflow XR 960, the HX850 is a fully Internet-connected television with built-in 3D, delivering a premium viewing experience when on, and a stunning addition to home décor even when off.

Consumers wishing to step into Internet-connectivity and Edge LED backlighting need not sacrifice picture quality with Sony’s out-of-the-box Wi-Fi-ready (adapter included) EX640, debuting in the first quarter of the year. The EX series uses Motionflow XR 240 processing, delivering brilliant Full HD 1080p resolution, and integrates Clear Resolution Enhancer providing a vivid, clear, life-like picture.

Entry into the Sony line begins with the BX series, with the BX450 delivering a vivid Full HD 1080p picture with bright images and color. Clear Resolution Enhancer and Digital Noise Reduction provide clear, well-defined images with reduced picture noise.

Connected to a World of Streaming Entertainment

The connected features of the BRAVIA line let consumers discover more content through the Sony Portal, featuring one-touch access to the Sony Entertainment Network and its Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited streaming services, offering on-demand catalog of over 80,000 blockbuster movies and favorite TV shows, as well as a constantly expanding global catalog of more than 15 million music tracks1.

From the BRAVIA home screen, consumers also will find easy-to-navigate apps for Netflix®, Pandora®, HuluPlus™, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube™, Slacker® Internet Radio, Crackle and many more, as well as access to social platforms such as Facebook® and Twitter™. First to market, Sony delivers Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity, with auto-content recognition, which allows viewers one-click access to TV apps with Internet content related to the programming being watched. This interactive content can include show trivia, viewer votes for fan favorites, purchases of items they see on TV, playing along with a favorite game show, or viewing of related videos and photos.

BRAVIA HX series models also come with Skype™ embedded. After connecting the Sony camera and microphone (model CMU-BR100, sold separately) users can enjoy free widescreen Skype-to-Skype video calls with friends and family from the comfort of their living rooms (subject to Skype terms and conditions). Users can also make voice calls while simultaneously watching TV.

The DNLA®-certified and Wireless LAN built-in HX models also easily connect to and share content from mobile devices and computers on the same home network, as well as allow consumers a wide variety of control options via Sony’s Media Remote™ and Remote Keyboard apps, for a comfortable, lean-back experience at home. Viewers can ‘throw’ a browsed website from a smartphone to the BRAVIA HDTV for easier viewing, and the app allows control of the web cursor with one thumb, tapping for selecting links, and pinching in and out to enlarge or shrink the viewable areas. The apps are available for download from both Android Market™ and iTunes® App Store, and function as a full remote control with keyboard, allowing easy online content search and playback.

Lastly, the Internet-connected BRAVIA HX TVs ensure consumers will never again have to wonder what song is playing during their favorite movie, TV program, or commercial. Sony’s Track ID® service powered by Gracenote analyzes any selected song playing on the TV, identifies it, and provides artist, album, and song information.

Posted by chantal Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Monitor Audio Trimless in-ceiling and in-wall speakers

Monitor Audio Press Release Dec 9th, 2011

The new CWT series offers versatile installation options for both in-ceiling and in-wall applications. This high performance range of loudspeakers has been created to provide flexible installation in stealthy ‘trimless’ round or square grille styles. Featuring proven technologies and unique design features, CWT models combine high efficiency, wide frequency range and weather-resistance to facilitate flexible system design across a wide range of demanding residential and commercial installations.

Posted by chantal Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Monitor Audio Bronze BX Wins Greatest Overachiever Award!

Monitor Audio Press Release Feb 23rd, 2012

Whether you judge it with your eyes, your ears, or both, Monitor’s Bronze BX system flat out looks and sounds like it belongs in the next price class up, and that’s what makes it special. Credit for this solution must go, in large part, to Monitor’s brilliant Technical Director Dean Hartley and his team, who are masters at the fine art and science of technology trickle-down.

Hartley once told TPV that he believes each new product family, regardless of price, “should leverage every bit of design know-how acquired through work on earlier generation speaker families, no matter how expensive they might be.” One upshot of this laudable approach is that you wind up with modestly priced speaker ranges, such as the Bronze BX family, that borrow technologies and construction techniques from far more costly speaker systems, wherever possible (subject to cost-constraints, of course).

The result is value with a capitol “V.” In practice, this means you also get to enjoy a speaker system where, as our TPV review put it, the “sonic sophistication/dollar ratio is pretty much off the charts.

Posted by chantal Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:13:00 GMT

SONY NAMED CONSUMER ELECTRONICS BRAND OF THE YEAR FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR IN 2012 HARRIS POLL EQUITREND STUDY

Sony Press Release March 27th, 2012

SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2012 - For the second year in a row, Sony was awarded Consumer Electronics Brand of the Year by the annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, reflecting the survey results of over 35,000 U.S. consumers.

“We are very proud that the Harris Poll EquiTrend study continues to recognize the value of the Sony brand and the strong connection consumers have with the brand, our products and services,” said Phil Molyneux, Sony Electronics president and COO. “Sony’s ability to sustain such high brand recognition is a testament of our ability to offer many incredible innovationsfor every aspect of consumer entertainment.”

The Sony “Brand Ambassador” integrated marketing campaign launched in the U.S. last year is also strongly resonating with consumers and is being extended over the next few months. The campaign concept is centered on how Sony products enable amazing experiences that make consumers excited to show them off with their friends and family.

Posted by chantal Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:16:00 GMT

MC3 Wins InAVation Award at ISE 2012

Crestron Press Release February 07, 2012

Crestron Receives Most InAVative Commercial Control Solution for the Second Year in a Row

For the second consecutive year, Crestron picked up the ‘Most InAVative Commercial Control Solution’ award for the MC3 at the InAVation Awards ceremony. Presented at ISE 2012, the InAVation Awards recognize some of the key application areas driving the use and integration of AV technologies throughout the region.

Upon winning the award, Petra van Meeuwen, PR Manager, Crestron International commented, “Once again we are delighted to win the commercial control solution category at the InAVate awards. The awards are voted for by the industry, and this year with a record number of votes cast, we are delighted to come out on top in a very competitive category.”

The MC3’s exclusive programming architecture lets programmers independently develop and run device-specific programs for AV, lighting, HVAC, security, etc. Even as the system grows, processing resources can easily be shifted from one 3-Series processor to another without rewriting any code. The end benefit is dramatically simplified upgradability with minimal downtime, whether implementing changes on site or remotely via the network.

The Crestron MC3 presents a giant leap forward in control system design. Featuring the all-new Core 3 OS control engine, the system integrates entertainment, AV distribution, security and environmental systems. And, with built-in infiNET EX® wireless technology, native mobile and Web-based control, and onboard media rendering, the MC3 affords vast new, more affordable ways to control everything.

Posted by chantal Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:31:00 GMT

SONOS TAKES CONTROL WITH NEW APPS FOR MAC and PC

Sonos Press Release 03.20.12

NEW SONOS APPS MAKE FINDING AND PLAYING MUSIC AT HOME EASIER THAN EVER

Sonos, Inc., the leading manufacturer of wireless music systems, today announced Sonos System Software 3.7, an update that includes brand new controller apps for the Mac and PC to radically enhance the music experience in the home. This free software is available to all Sonos customers via a one-button update to their system. “We’re focused on providing our customers with the simplest and fastest way to experience music throughout their homes,” said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos, Inc. “The new apps for Mac and PC make discovering and playing music easier and more enjoyable than ever.” The completely redesigned Sonos Controller apps for Mac and PC include a host of new features for Sonos customers to enjoy, including:

  • A Mini Controller lets you control the music while you’re working in other apps A single search box lets you quickly find artists, albums, songs and stations across all your music sources—music library, Internet radio and music services.
  • Simple drag & drop interface now lets you add one or multiple songs to your queue, room or group of rooms for instant music gratification
  • One touch Party Mode volume control lets you easily raise or lower the volume in all your grouped rooms simultaneously
  • New design and functionality provide greater consistency with other Sonos Controller apps

Other features of Sonos 3.7 software include: - New language support - We’ve added Brazilian Portuguese to the list so now you can control Sonos in 12 languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish. - Android devices on SonosNet - Android smartphones and tablets can now use SonosNet, Sonos’ wireless network, to connect directly to Sonos and the Internet.

Posted by chantal Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:19:00 GMT

High-Tech Helps Save Energy at one of Subways First Eco-Restaurants

Control4 Press Release

Control4 automation solutions and Eragy energy management lower utility bills to pay for the system in just three years.

Salt Lake City, UT – April 5, 2012 – A new, high-tech Subway franchise in Kokomo, Indiana recently received the state’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) commercial project certification thanks in part to a Control4 automation system. As part of Subway’s Eat Fresh, Live Green™ Eco-Restaurant initiative, the restaurant earned accolades for its use of intelligent automation technology for saving energy and for its green-building methodologies.

George Estep, franchisee of the newly opened Subway, had experienced the sting of his monthly electricity bills at his other restaurants and knew that building a “green” restaurant was about more than just recycled construction materials and native plantings. “Rising utility expenses were a factor in deciding to make this location a showcase of energy efficiency,” stated Estep.

Estep teamed up with Brandon Pitcher, Chief Sustainability Officer at Indiana-based real estate development firm, Fortune Management, who presented a vision for a store that was high-tech, economically sound and environmentally conscious. Pitcher then commissioned Huston Electric to create a fully automated lighting, HVAC, and occupancy sensor-driven system powered by Control4 that would allow the building to act and react automatically to predetermined commands.

The building was fit with programmable light switches, thermostats, motion sensors, daylight sensors, and an eGauge energy monitoring device that communicates wirelessly with the Control4 system. The processes were then automated so interior and exterior lights would switch on and off based on pre-set opening and closing hours, bathroom and kitchen lights function based upon occupancy, and two exterior light level sensors harvest daylight to automatically conserve power. When the sensors reach a set percentage of light, near 60%, the dining room lights on the side room will shut off, thereby “harvesting” the natural light coming into the dining area. Thermostats were also programmed to rise or drop automatically based on business hours alongside an in-ceiling ERV air recovery unit also controlled through a Control4 switch. A monitor in the lobby displays the Control4 navigator with the Eragy App in real time, acting both as an education and informational display tool.

In order to measure the project goal of a return on investment within 36 months, Huston turned to Eragy, a leading provider of smart energy software applications and services, to monitor the building’s overall power usage. The Eragy system monitors electrical loads throughout the restaurant so that energy usage can be tracked and accessed remotely, allowing the restaurant staff to quickly understand projected monthly energy costs even before they get their bill, and make prior adjustments as needed.

Being able to monitor and record the shops’ energy savings allows Estep to track just how much money he is saving on his monthly electric bill. The energy savings alone is projected, at its current rate, to pay for the system in just over 2 1/2 years – sooner than their original goal. At that point, the energy savings becomes additional profit to the business’ bottom line.

“Control4 and Eragy allowed us to combine high tech with a positive environmental impact,” stated Huston’s Nate Cushman. “By organizing the different systems to work together, we’ve created effortless control with environmental consciousness that allows this Subway location to monetize their energy savings.”

The store displays the energy usage on a large monitor for customers to enjoy and discuss. “We invested in an intelligent system because it made solid economic sense,” said Pitcher. “We went public with Eragy’s Watts On Now! app to expose customers and staff to the real world energy usage it takes to make a Subway operate. We want our store to provide creative and interactive experiences to our customers so they gain an understanding about economic and environmental issues.”

“Eco-restaurants reflect our commitment to social responsibility and sustainability,” said Marketing Director Elizabeth Stewart, who heads the Subway brand’s corporate social responsibility efforts. “We have pledged to make our restaurants and operations more environmentally responsible and it’s exciting when a franchisee takes this level of effort with their restaurant. They set a great example of just what can be done.”

With today’s affordable technology solutions, even small restaurants and businesses can deliver a high-tech experience to customers, while also enjoying energy savings.

Posted by chantal Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:34:00 GMT

Pioneer Debuts New Elite Receivers

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Pioneer this week announced the launch of a pair of new Elite-branded AV receivers. The line includes the Elite VSX-42 (suggested retail price, $450) 7.1-channel and VSX-60 (suggested retail price, $650) 7.2-channel receivers.

The two receivers sport such features as AirPlay, DLNA certification, Bluetooth audio streaming, and access to such audio services as Pandora and Sirius XM Radio.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Seura Releases New Storm Outdoor TV Line

By Nancy Klosek April 3rd, 2012



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Séura has announced that it has entered the outdoor TV category with its newly introduced Storm 1080p weatherproof LCD TV line. The line, shipping now in limited quantities, includes 42-, 47- and 55-inch screen sizes, and uses the company’s LuminOptics technology which it said works together with a colorless dual-layer anti-reflective safety glass to render a bright image in sunny environments.

Séura’s Precision O-Ring System, similar to sealing technology used on car doors, makes the TVs weatherproof in their aircraft-grade metal enclosures, and to combat overheating, the Activ Airflow System brings cool air in at the bottom of the TV and moves it to the front of the LCD screen and across the electronics, expelling warm air through the enclosure’s back. A removable bezel permits easy access to internal parts and enables the cleaning of glass and filters without having to uninstall the set for maintenance, the company says. The sets are outfitted with two HDMI ports as well as VGA, AV, USB and RS-232 connections.


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Posted by chantal Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:24:00 GMT

iHome Launches AirPlay Speaker

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iHome this week announced its latest AirPlay-equipped speaker, the iW2 Wireless Speaker System.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:11:00 GMT