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5 Reasons to Visit the Meridian Booth 5708 at CEDIA 2016

Dedicated to the custom integration market, Meridian Audio puts high-resolution performance, ease-of-installation, and immersive entertainment at the forefront of their CEDIA initiatives. During CEDIA 2016 in booth 5708, Meridian will reinforce and showcase its dedication to the custom install market…

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KMB Heads to CEDIA 2016

KMB Communications’ clients are some of the biggest in the AV industry, and we’re headed to CEDIA 16 this year. With sessions and certifications, demonstrations and product releases, CEDIA helps determine the future of the home technology industry. The motto this year is “Think Big,” and KMB’s clients have certainly delivered!

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Taste of Texas at CEDIA 2016

BBQ, Beer, Texas-sized steaks, and Tex-Mex. Not to mention wine from any of 51 unique wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country, from Austin to Fredericksburg and Lampasas to New Braunfels. How can you go wrong? At KMB, we’re never ones to shy away from a delicious meal and perhaps a glass or two—especially when our dogs are barking after a long day at CEDIA. Where will you find us grubbing and sipping this year in Dallas? Read on to find some of the best restaurants near the convention center that are sure to titillate your tastebuds, Texas-style. Meet you there at show close!

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KMB Communications Celebrates Five Years of Success

KMB Communications Celebrates Five Years of Success
As small business owners, we’re all too familiar with dismal statistics that show the vast number of small businesses that fold within the first year. Not only has KMB bucked those odds, but we’re proud to say that, as we celebrate our fifth year in business, we’re stronger, larger, and more successful than we ever thought possible.

Now, let’s just stop for a moment and say this. We know that statement above sounds pretty braggy – but if you know us you know that isn’t the point of the story, and definitely not our way. Instead, it is meant to say that it’s with sincere gratitude and pride we share these facts:

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AV Power Up! – Episode 32: On This Show We #OptOutside For Black Friday (A Special)

Host AV Christa Bender and (her co-host/sidekick for this show) Corey CB Moss welcome KMB Communications CEO and Chief Strategist Katye McGregor Bennett to talk about something that is very important to her as well as her company, which is the campaign that is being conducted by retailer REI, who announced in October it would close its stores on Black Friday and instead encourage people to #OptOutside.

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KMB Communications Chooses to #OptOutside with REI for Black Friday

“We believe that being outside makes our lives better. And Black Friday is the perfect time to remind ourselves of this essential truth. We’re a different kind of company—and while the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we’ll be spending our day a little differently. We’re choosing to opt outside, and want you to come with us,” writes REI President and CEO Jerry Stritzke.

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Did You See These CEDIA Highlights?

As members of the traditional print media, AV bloggers, and custom electronics enthusiasts gather information for their CEDIA Expo — now renamed CEDIA Future Home Experience — wrap-ups, it’s interesting to watch the trends that are developing.

No doubt, video made a huge impact at the show, with high-quality, 4K projection systems taking center stage. Professionally installed home automation looks to be getting easier and more affordable, putting even more power in the hands of consumers without eliminating the importance of the custom integrator. There was a lot of talk of recurring revenue and streamlining business processes for custom integrators and many suggestions on the best ways to do it.

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Award-winning KMB Communications Clients Rock CEDIA Expo 2015

The future keeps getting brighter for KMB Communications and our clients. As women in the AV industry, it is not always easy for us to tout our own accomplishments. (We’ve never been ones to brag, it’s just not our nature.) But when it comes to our clients, we love promoting the amazing things they’ve been up to.

Now behind us, CEDIA Expo 2015—which will be referenced as “CEDIA Future Home Experience” henceforth—was filled with packed booths,

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ISE, InfoComm Top Picks and CEDIA Expo Plans

InfoComm is always an exciting time in the AV industry — we’ve got the top minds gathered in a single space, showing off their new releases (in the case of manufacturers) and creative prowess (in the case of the media), while audiovisual integrators cram as much learning, networking, and partying as they can into five days. After a while, it becomes a blur. If you remember half of what you saw at the show as you deplane at your hometown airport, you’re not doing too badly.

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KMB Communications Forms Strategic Partnership with Wildwood Public Relations

Woman-owned, tech-focused public relations and marketing strategy agencies join forces to elevate and amplify their clients’ messages internationally

After years of enjoying a successful, informal partnership as colleagues in the audiovisual and custom installation industries, Katye McGregor Bennett of KMB Communications and Tanya Houston of Wildwood Public Relations have announced a strategic alliance, extending their companies’ reach more effectively across continents to better serve their clients.

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STARLIGHT Is Now STELLAR Home Theater and Beyond

Texas audiovisual systems integrator celebrates 15-year anniversary with expansion and name change

Audiovisual and home automation integration firm, STARLIGHT, headquartered in Allen, Texas, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and announces a name change to STELLAR Home Theater and Beyond.

The new name more accurately reflects the company’s reputation and expanded service offerings. Just as a star goes supernova, creating a “stellar” event and scattering its energy and light across the universe, over the past 15 years Starlight, now STELLAR, has expanded across Texas with multiple design centers in Dallas, Allen, Plano, Westlake, and most recently, Austin. Plans call for a new location to be added in Houston later in the year.

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FORTRESS Seating Features the Three-Seater, Fully Loaded During CEDIA 2016

FORTRESS, Inc.®, leader in home theater, media room, and corporate seating, announced today that being presented alongside some of its most popular chair models, the company will also be showing a Fully Loaded, Three-Seat Unit, a fresh spin for an age-old problem: not enough space in the showroom or experience center, this unique unit incorporates several different designs and accessories.

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New Ihiji Invision Mobile App Debuts in Dallas

Ihiji, the leading provider of remote technology solutions for integrators since 2009, will showcase its new Invision Mobile App and free-of-charge power management capabilities alongside a host of powerful additions and enhancements to the award-winning Ihiji Invision platform and ServiceManager offering in booth #5712 during CEDIA, being held in Dallas, September 15-17, 2016

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Tivoli Theatre: Preserving a Classic

How many times each summer–and once again around the holidays–do you pay $8, $10, or even $15 or more to be herded into a multiplex theater to see a blockbuster unfold on a giant screen? If you’re a movie buff like most of us in the AV industry are, and especially if you don’t have a custom home theater setup at home, we bet you went to the movies at least a few times this summer.

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Stewart Filmscreen Re-launches Website with Enhanced Usability for Easy Projector Screen Specification and Information

Stewart Filmscreen, Academy Award® winning manufacturer of high-performance projector screens, projector screen material, and specialty optical coatings, announced today that it has re-launched its website, providing a straightforward, easy-to-navigate interface for users who want to either specify a screen or browse the extensive Stewart Filmscreen product line.

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Acoustic Frontiers Demonstrates Audible Benefits of Torus Power Isolation Transformer Products at California Audio Show August 14-16, 2015

Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising isolation transformer–based power products, announced today that its RM Series products will be demonstrated at the California Audio Show (CAS) 2015 by Acoustic Frontiers, who will be exhibiting in conjunction with Lone Mountain Audio, in Room 332, August 14–16 at the Westin San Francisco Airport (SFO).

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Stewart Filmscreen Amasses Awards from the Audiovisual Integration Community for Innovative Projector Screen Technologies

Stewart Filmscreen®—the leading US-based manufacturer of high-performance projector screens, projector screen material, and specialty optical coatings—has amassed an impressive number of technology and innovation awards over the years. A two-time Academy Award® winner for technical innovations and the recipient of copious other awards since the company’s inception, Stewart Filmscreen recently brought home two awards for new projection screen technologies shown at InfoComm 2015, including a Sound & Video Contractor Best of Show Award for its LuminEsse rigid front projection ‘edgeless’ fixed frame wall screen and an InfoComm Digital Signage Best of Show Award for its FIDELEDY Vision LED image enhancement system.

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Stewart Filmscreen FIDELEDY Vision Image Enhancement System Revolutionizes LED Video Wall Image Fidelity and Eliminates Moiré Interference

Stewart Filmscreen®— Academy Award® winning manufacturer of high-performance projector screens and specialty optical coatings, announces the release of the FIDELEDY Vision image enhancement system for LED video wall tiles. With usage growing at over 20% per year, LED video wall tiles have become a popular large image solution for digital signage, staging, broadcast and filmmaking applications. Architects, consultants, and stage managers love the shallow depth and bright images, but have expressed a clear need to enhance the harsh, digitized images these displays present. With over 60 years of image fidelity expertise, Stewart Filmscreen engineers, building upon an award-winning heritage with rear projection screen surfaces, developed the FIDELEDY Vision system to give LED video walls a true cinematic appearance.

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STARLIGHT Is Now STELLAR Home Theater and Beyond

Texas audiovisual systems integrator celebrates 15-year anniversary with expansion and name change

Audiovisual and home automation integration firm, STARLIGHT, headquartered in Allen, Texas, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and announces a name change to STELLAR Home Theater and Beyond.

The new name more accurately reflects the company’s reputation and expanded service offerings. Just as a star goes supernova, creating a “stellar” event and scattering its energy and light across the universe, over the past 15 years Starlight, now STELLAR, has expanded across Texas with multiple design centers in Dallas, Allen, Plano, Westlake, and most recently, Austin. Plans call for a new location to be added in Houston later in the year.

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New Stewart Filmscreen® Cima Non-Tensioned Motorized ElectriScreens Ideal for Boardrooms, Classrooms, and Sanctuaries

Stewart Filmscreen® an Academy Award® winning manufacturer of high performance projector screens and specialty optical coatings, is excited to announce the launch of Cima NT non-tensioned motorized projector screens taking place at InfoComm15, being held June 13–19 in Orlando, Florida (booth #2821). The new Cima NT above- or below-ceiling ElectriScreen models deliver the durability, image quality and aesthetics for which Stewart is famous at far more competitive, budget-friendly price points.

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