Residential Business News
The Millennium Home
Cliff Young Ltd. presents a leading edge home theater exhibit at its showroom in The New York Design Center. The exhibit showcases Cliff Young’s services and uses high-quality products as a resource for designers, custom installers and architects. Design elements include custom cabinetry, lighting, carpeting and wall paneling. To keep all of the components performing at their strongest level, Richard Gray's Power Company provided power enhancement for the project. Products chosen include Infinity’s Prelude MTS speaker system, Lutron lighting control, Crestron remote control and a digital audio and video system from Marantz.
Stewart Filmscreen Welcomes New Plant
Stewart Filmscreen celebrated its recently built Manufacturing Plant III with an inaugural celebration at the new facility. Company expansion spurred on the construction of this new 4750-square-foot building, and further growth is planned. “Plant III is a major cog in our goal of reducing production lead times, while at the same time increasing quality,” said Grant Stewart, president at Stewart Filmscreen. The building will house multi-use manufacturing space and a space specifically for manufacturing screen material. Visit www.stewartfilm.com.
Infinity Academy Gets the Grade
Attendees have had good things to say following several sessions of Infinity’s comprehensive dealer-training program, the Infinity Academy. The program provides in-depth instruction in the design and technologies used in Infinity loudspeakers. Training sessions take place at the Harman Consumer Group’s Loudspeaker Design and Acoustics facility in Northridge, California. Sessions within the curriculum include “Room Acoustics and the Science of Sound,” “Engineering Lab Tour,” and “Harman International Listening Lab Tour and Testing Session.” For further details, visit the Web site at www.infinitysystems.com,
New Address at Stream Machine
Silicon Valley is home to the new Stream Machine corporate headquarters and expanded demonstration facilities. Showcasing demonstrations like a full home media center and the latest digital VCRs, the facility is located at 580 Cottonwood Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035.
HANA Honors Galante
The HANA Leadership Award went to EH Events and Education and its vice president John Galante. Under Galante’s leadership, the Electronic House Expo has grown steadily since its launch last spring. “The rapid growth and success of the Electronic House Expo should be attributed to John Galante and his staff,” commented the 2000 HANA president Dave Hanchette. HANA is on the Web at www.hanaonline.org. Also see www.electronichouse.com for more on the Expo.
DMX Receives Innovation Award
The DMX Axis™ Internet-based digital delivery system for music received the Frost and Sullivan Product Innovation Award. The award is given to companies that demonstrate “excellence in new products and technologies.” For more information, visit www.dmxmusic.com and www.frost.com.
Thiel Esteemed by The Perfect Vision
High-end home theater magazine The Perfect Vision presented Thiel Audio with its “Editor’s Choice 2001” award. Thiel won the award for its PowerPoint high-performance, surface-mount loudspeaker, part of the company’s history of innovative loudspeaker design. The Perfect Vision can be found at www.theperfectvision.com; and Thiel has a site at www.thielaudio.com.
Cutler-Hammer Homebuilder Incentive Program
Cutler-Hammer has revamped its incentive and education program. The 2001 Builders Program allows residential builders and electrical contractors to offer cutting-edge electrical system technology to new homebuyers. There are various packages offered within the Builders Program based on the level of builder commitment. The program includes information on product rebates, upgrade rebates, model home products and systems, builder training, advertising support and warranties. Cutler-Hammer is part of Eaton Corporation, www.eaton.com.
The Independent Professional Representatives Organization announced its twelfth annual conference, to be held at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 18 to October 21, 2001. This year’s conference title is “Leading the Way,” featuring seminars and panel discussions by industry leaders like Sam Runco, Bob Perry from Mitsubishi, and Rick Blair from Nakamichi. Interested in attending? Look at www.avreps.org.
Home Automation Inc. Adds International Distributors
Integrated automation and security product manufacturer Home Automation Inc. added six new international distributors as part of its global expansion plan. Alpha Data is the new HAI distributor for the United Arab Emirates. CCH Construction System PTE Ltd., Singapore, will represent HAI in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Control Solutions is the company’s India distributor out of Bangalore, India. A security installation business in Istanbul, Aktif Otomasyon and Guvenlik, will be the Turkey representative. And, Home Integration Systems Inc, will represent HAI in Puerto Rico; this distributor’s headquarters are in San Juan.
Builders’ Call to Action
Technology companies like Intel, IBM and Lucent Technologies have joined Wiring America’s Homes, a consumer-education campaign of the Home Automation and Networking Association. The program has developed a basic wiring standards checklist for builders and consumers. William Lane, chairman of Wiring America’s Homes, explained, “We are asking home builders to help ensure that today’s new homes will not be technologically obsolete at move in.” Families that are growing more and more reliant on technology in the home will be able to use the program to determine what is right for them.
Agreements, Partnerships and Acquisitions
AVAD and Silicon Image
A national distribution agreement between Avad LLC and Silicon Image (maker of high-bandwidth semiconductors for mass markets and digital video image processing technology including the iScan line doublers) allows AVAD to distribute Silicon Image products nationwide. Learn more at www.siimage.com and www.avad.com.
HAI and BellSouth
The 2001 Dream Home Showcase of Carpenter Village, in Cary, North Carolina, is the site for a partnership between HAI and BellSouth Residential Solutions. Carpenter Village is made up of 900 detached residential units, “a prime example of the traditional American neighborhood, but with all of the benefits technology can provide,” said Tom Gentle, BellSouth national sales manager. HAI and BellSouth teamed up to create a system where eight village homes are equipped with a BellSouth Digital Passport Service integration wiring system, along with HAI home automation controller and accessories, for complete control. Visit www.homeauto.com.
Philips and Sonic Solutions
DVD authoring applications provider Sonic Solutions and Philips are working together to create DVDs that will play on set-top and PC-based DVD-video players. The discs are made using the Philips dual-writer DVD+RW data recorder with Sonic DVDit!. See www.sonic.com and www.philipsusa.com.
DMX and AEI Music Network
Liberty Digital subsidiary DMX Music Inc. announced plans to merge with AEI Music Network to create an international, multimedia e-business music entertainment company. The new company delivers multiple channels of professionally programmed, commercial-free music to homes and businesses via Internet, satellite and broadband networks. Its new board of directors will include three directors appointed by DMX and two appointed by AEI. Michael Malone, chairman and CEO of AEI, is chairman of the board. And Lon Troxel, president and CEO of DMX, is president and COO.
Panasonic Interoperability with Snell and Wilcox Products
Panasonic and Snell and Wilcox announced a joint development that enables seamless integration of DVCPRO and MPEG systems. The interoperability was developed in response to an initiative by the National Broadcasting Company. Using the new technology, broadcasters can use both compression systems and avoid compatibility issues and picture quality loss.
Kenwood Joins Panja Partner Program
Kenwood USA Corporation’s four new home theater receivers, a DVD-audio/video mega changer, and a DVD-video mega changer, are fully compatible with the Panja Partner Program software via the RS-232 port on each model. The RS-232 connection allows Panja to develop software for 2-way communications between Kenwood Sovereign components and the Panja control system for increased control over IR communications.
New on the Web
Crestron Launches Online Dealer Resource
A new special section of the Crestron Web site, the Crestron Design Center (at www.crestron.com/designcenter), will offer information and tools that system designers need to configure a whole system. The site will feature modules, engineering specifications, design tips, application diagrams, FAQs, the Power Calculator and a “Whose Products Do We Control” section. In addition, browsers can find Fast-Track product resources with lists of all Crestron products and corresponding download links.
A calculation tool for the Room Adaptive Bass Optimization System from Infinity Systems Inc. is available online. Infinity started offering a fast, accurate R.A.B.O.S. calculation utility at www.infinitysystems.com to help achieve ideal bass response in a listening room. The R.A.B.O.S. system is part of the Prelude™, Intermezzo™ and many of Infinity’s Interlude models. It overcomes below-100Hz room resonances with a built-in single-band parametric equalizer. Visit the Web site for details.
World-Exchange.com Launches Discount Program
World-Exchange.com’s launched consumer electronics shopping Web site with discounts on branded audio and video components, home theater products and home entertainment electronics. Featured brands include Pioneer, JVC, Toshiba, Denon, Panasonic, Marantz, Yamaha and others. The site uses a “Certified Mint” program to sell perfect-condition dealer display models and customer returns at competitive prices. Certified Mint products are covered by World-Exchange.com’s warranty, honored by over 20,000 service locations throughout North America.
Electrical Safety Web Site
Eaton Corporation’s Cutler-Hammer has developed www.homesafetycentral.com, to provide up-to-date information on improving electrical safety in the home. Site content will cover new technologies that protect against electrical fire, power surges and electrical shock. The site will also focus on the Fire-Guard arc fault circuit interrupter, or AFCI, a circuit breaker that can detect and mitigate arc faults. Beginning in 2002, AFCI’s will be required by the National Electric Code in all new construction for 15- and 20-amp bedroom outlets.
Tandem/Allnet Distributor Award
Tandem/Allnet Marketing, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, was a contest winner in the Sound of Sonance Awards Competition for Sonance dealers and distributors. The competition is designed to showcase the best system design and application of Sonance audio products and included categories such as “Best Distributed Audio System” and “Best Home Theater System.”
Crestron announced its new regional sales managers: Richard Voorhis (in the South) and Mark Swiderski (for the Midwest)…Personnel changes were afoot at Da-Lite Screen Company. Wendy Long was promoted to marketing manager, and Josh Garner was promoted to internal sales manager. Da-Lite hired John Izzard to be Warsaw manufacturing manager. Harold Knapp was named vice president. And, Bill Bocchini was named vice president of operations for Visual Structures Inc.…Formerly VP of engineering, Charles Randall was appointed president and a member of the board of directors at McIntosh Laboratory Inc. …Roger Stamm is the international sales manager for Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., responsible for growing the company’s business in Latin America…Dennis Locke is chief financial officer at Sonance. Maryanne Palermo is quality systems manager. Ron Maurer is vice president of operations. And Leslie Stevens was named marketing director.