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Parasound and Boston Acoustics form alliance Parasound, San Francisco, and Boston Acoustics, Peabody, MA, have formed an international sales alliance
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Nov 1, 1998 12:00 PM, Amanda Solomon

Parasound and Boston Acoustics form allianceParasound, San Francisco, and Boston Acoustics, Peabody, MA, have formed aninternational sales alliance to broaden both companies' reach in marketsoutside the United States and Canada. Parasound's internationaldistributors will now be serviced by Boston Acoustics' internationalregional sales managers.

Sound Associates acquires Theatre TechnologySound Associates, the New York-based sound equipment and installationcompany, has acquired Theatre Technology. Louis Shapiro, TheatreTechnology's president, joins the staff of Sound Associates in their NewYork office.

Fujitsu announces warranty programFujitsu General America, Fairfield, NJ, has introduced the Plasmashieldextended warranty program for the company's plasma display monitors. Thenew warranty covers parts and labor for three years and ensures thatcustomers receive priority service. More information may be obtained bycalling 888-888-3424 ext. 444 or by e-mailingplasmashield@fujitsugeneral.com.

Crestron opens officesCrestron Electronics, Rockleigh, NJ, has opened the Crestron Southwestoffice at 6309 N. O'Conner Road, Suite 119, Irving, TX 75039; phone:972-402-8400; fax: 972-402-8493. An additional office, Crestron UK, islocated at 17 May Bate Ave., Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 5UK, UnitedKingdom; phone: +44-181-549-8088; fax: +44-181-549-1700. Randy Reitz leadstechnical support at Crestron Southwest; Robin van Meeuwen is managingdirector of Crestron UK.

LMG goes on-lineLMG's Web site at www.lmg.net includes the company's equipment catalog, atop 10 new items listing, equipment pricing, project quotes and projectcontacts. LMG is an international provider of A-V technology rental andsales services based in Orlando, FL.

Lutron forms divisionLutron Electronics has established the residential interactive systemsdivision to better serve custom installers and specialty A-V retailers bothdomestically and abroad. Rick Schuett, vice president of residentialinteractive systems, will head the division, with Roger Stamm appointeddivision marketing manager. With headquarters in Coopersburg, PA, Lutron isa designer and manufacturer of lighting controls and architectural lightingcontrol systems.

Escient acquires companiesEscient, Carmel, IN, has acquired CDDB LLC, an Internet database company.As a result, CDDB LLC becomes CDDB, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary.Escient has also acquired all assets and employees of Canal Technologiesand StellarWind Development, LLC, two Indianapolis-based technologycompanies.

Atlas/Soundolier receives patent awardsAtlas/Soundolier has received three U.S. patent awards for the designs of acompression driver motor structure, loudspeaker mounting bracket and clockmounting bracket. Atlas/Soundolier is based in Fenton, MO.

CSI wins awardCommunications Specialties, Inc. (CSI), Hauppauge, NY, has earned the KPMGPeat Marwick LLP/Hofstra University Entrepreneurial Spirit Award inrecognition of being one of the 25 fastest growing private companies onLong Island. The annual award recognizes the area's top 50 private firms aswell as the fastest growing private companies.

LCS relocates headquartersLevel Control Systems (LCS) has moved to a larger headquarters in SierraMadre, CA. The new facility provides more than twice the space of the oldlocation, also in Sierra Madre, with room for an improved demo and trainingarea as well as additional office space. LCS is a developer of audiocontrol systems for theater, location-based entertainment and soundreinforcement.

HSP and HAI announce agreementHome Systems Plus (HSP), Owings Mills, MD, and Home Automation, Inc. (HAI),New Orleans, have reached an agreement whereby HSP will acquire the Aegisbrand of home control products from HAI. HAI will become the primaryproduct development and manufacturing source for the product line, nowunder HSP's ownership and direction. HAI will also recognize HSP as itsprimary route to the custom A-V and total home systems integration market.

Telecast acquires BlitzTelecast Communications has acquired Blitz Communications and itssubsidiary companies Blitz Vision and Interactive Television, together withTP Sound Services and the non-hotel business of Samuelson Communicationsfrom Caribiner International. Blitz founder Charles Beddow continues aschief executive officer, with Michael Breen appointed chief operationsofficer. Blitz is a UK-based provider of A-V equipment and technicalservices at business communications events throughout Europe.

Extron launches videoconferencing servicesExtron Electronics, Anaheim, CA, now offers videoconferencing supportservices to A-V dealers and consultants. Videoconferences consist ofdemonstrations and technical training to help introduce new products to A-Vprofessionals. They also allow Extron representatives to providetroubleshooting and diagnostic services, to "attend" dealer sales meetingsfor question-and-answer sessions, and participate in dealer demonstrationsfor an end user.

Kayye Consulting makes Web site debutKayye Consulting, Chapel Hill, NC, has a Web site at www.kayye.com thatincludes a comprehensive directory of pro A-V manufacturers, dealers andconsultants, as well as a glossary of pro A-V-related terms. The site alsofeatures technical white papers on subjects such as display technologies,line doubling and quadrupling, scaling and the future HDTV standards.Visitors may submit frequently asked questions (FAQs), which industryexperts will answer within 48 hours, free of charge.

AMX West opensAMX, Dallas, has opened its AMX West office at 3137-H Airway Ave., CostaMesa, CA 92626; phone: 714-241-0365; fax: 714-241-0365. The 4,100 ft2 (381m2) facility will provide local sales, technical and training support forAMX Partners in the West Coast states. Chas Thornhill is general managerand Anna Stamatelatos is operations manager at AMX West.

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