New Torus Power AVR ELITE Complete Power Control and Isolation System to Be Showcased at CEDIA Expo 2020

New Torus Power AVR ELITE Complete Power Control and Isolation System to Be Showcased at CEDIA Expo 2020

AVR ELITE platform is more efficient and offers higher performance, plus remote configuration, monitoring, and control from any web browser. 

TORONTO, ON, CANADA (September 14, 2020) Torus Power Inc. will be showcasing its new AVR ELITE featuring Torus Power Connect Cloud-based monitoring and control, at the virtual CEDIA Expo September 15-17, 2020. Introduced earlier this year, this top-of-the-line model offers the ultimate combination of isolation-transformer-enhanced power management and remote capabilities. The AVR ELITE serves as a power control system for high-performance audio-video systems. It features new PCB designs, a powerful 32-bit processor, a separate power supply board for a higher-quality audio path, a larger LCD display, and tighter voltage regulation. 

The AVR ELITE offers the new Torus Power Connect power control system for remote configuration, control, and monitoring. This feature delivers unprecedented functionality that makes integrators’ jobs easier than ever and facilitates offsite or touchless environment requirements by providing visibility into the system through secure access. The cloud-based system for control, programming, data logging, and reporting allows installers to remotely monitor and respond to user issues and to control and reboot power zones. The Torus Power Connect app works with all mobile devices and tablets and features an Installer Dashboard for power control of single or multiple installations. Updates and feature enhancements are easy to install thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing the integrator to keep the AVR ELITE up to date and performing optimally, without visiting the site. 

In addition to this powerful new feature, the AVR ELITE also features Torus Power’s renowned technology. Isolation Transformers go beyond traditional power conditioners and surge protectors by decoupling and isolating sensitive electronic components from the power source to eliminate transients and improve audio quality. Torus Power isolation transformers dramatically lower the noise floor while adding better dynamics, imaging, and bass. Video is noticeably crisper with brighter colors, deeper blacks, better contrast, and a more captivating overall image. Connected components are also protected from surges, spikes, and brownouts, ensuring systems continue to perform as intended despite harmful power conditions. 

Torus Power’s High Current capability provides performance improvements that can be seen and heard in all AV systems. Advanced Automatic Voltage Regulation protects against voltage fluctuations, accepting 85V to 135V and automatically shutting down when the voltage exceeds threshold, then automatically restarting when voltage returns to the normal threshold. Series Mode Surge Suppression protects expensive equipment from power line damage.

To better understand the difference clean, uninterrupted power can make in AV systems and learn why so many integration professionals and consultants rely on Torus Power to maximize and protect their installations, visit www.toruspower.com and follow Torus Power on Twitter and Facebook.

About Torus Power

Toroidal isolation power transformers by Torus Power are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Dramatically increasing performance levels of connected AV components from video displays to amplifiers and powered speakers, Torus Power products utilize Plitron Manufacturing’s patented NBT technologies and medical-grade toroidal isolation transformers to eliminate virtually all power-line noise artifacts and protect equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events while increasing system reliability and extending product life. Torus Power products deliver higher levels of instantaneous current which ensures that dynamic components and high-performance systems are never compromised, nor starved for power.

Built to rigorous specifications under Plitron Manufacturing’s ISO 9001 quality control system in Toronto, Canada, Torus Power’s toroidal transformers—the heart of the Torus Power product line—utilize similar technologies as those found in leading AV amplifiers as well as in industrial, medical, broadcast, telecommunications, IT, power conditioning, and energy management applications. For additional information, visit www.toruspower.com and follow Torus Power on Twitter and Facebook.

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Design UnCut Live Panel Sessions Connect Integrators and Designers at CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience

To incorporate today’s hottest technology and stunning design is both a challenge and a delicate balance. Nobody understands this better than those in the tech integration or design-build communities. For years, these two fundamentally different industries have tried to create cohesive home environments that are functionally and aesthetically on point yet also have technology integrated in such a way as to complement or enhance one’s lifestyle. Despite the best of intentions, though, challenges persist: Designers and integrators speak two very different languages, approach projects from different perspectives, and often have different agendas. It doesn’t need to be a disjointed relationship. By bridging the communications gaps between the design and integration communities, critical collaboration can occur, resulting in well-designed smart home projects that are efficiently deployed and satisfy customers’ appetites for dwellings that are comfortable, convenient, and beautiful. 

In the Design UnCut panel session, “Hidden In Plain Sight: How to Conceal Tech or Make a Statement With It,” TriPhase Technologies shares a project in which Leon Speakers were customized to function as a decorative accent in a bookshelf while filling the space with music.

But how do designers and integrators build a mutually beneficial business strategy? Finding common ground and committing to transparent, open communication is a good first step. Control4 and Leon Speakers, along with Veronika Miller, founder of Modenus Media, and Katye McGregor Bennett, founder of KMB Communications, get the conversation started during the CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience, Sept. 16 and 17, during two informative Design UnCut live panel sessions. 

Sponsored by Control4, “Home Tech Top 10: Products Designers Need to Know About,” provides designers with recommendations from leading home technology integrators and manufacturers on specific smart products and systems that can blend in, disappear within, or complement a home design. Loudspeakers from Leon, for example, not only sound great but resemble stunning pieces of art. Similarly, voice control capabilities built-into automation systems such as those from Control4 can reduce the need for the handheld remote controls that typically clutter coffee tables. Experts on the panel, held live online, Sept. 16, 10-10:45 a.m. ET, include Jamie Briesemeister, CEO and sales and marketing director at Integration Controls, Brad Hintze, senior director of product marketing at Control4, and Ed Gilmore, owner of Gilmore’s Sound Advice. 

After learning about the many design-forward smart home solutions available today, CEDIA attendees can go a step further and uncover in a second Design Uncut session innovative home tech concealment techniques practiced by integrators. Co-sponsored by Leon Speakers, “Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Conceal Tech or Make a Statement With It” goes undercover and in the field to explore creative ways to completely hide technology, as well as ways to showcase technology artistically as stunning visual components of the room design. During the session, held Sept. 17, 4-4:55 ET, experienced integrators from around the country share techniques employed on specific projects, such as TRIPhase Technologies’ unique implementation of custom-designed, octagon-shaped Leon speakers as accent pieces in a large built-in bookshelf. In addition to TRIPhase Technologies’ integrator/designer team of Rocky Settecasi and Shanna Haecker, panelists include Noah Kaplan, president of Leon Speakers, Ed Gilmore, owner of Gilmore’s Sound Advice, and Alexandra Centeno and Angel Centeno of SDI Boston. 

Produced as part of an ongoing series of Design UnCut webcasts, the two CEDIA Expo panel sessions each wrap up with a Q&A for audience members to pose questions and gain deeper insights. Pre-registration is required: Go here to register for Home Tech Top 10: Products Designers Need to Know About and here for Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Conceal Tech or Make a Statement With It. 

Leon Ente SoundTile Now Available in 3 Models for Increased Design Versatility

Leon Ente SoundTile Now Available in 3 Models for Increased Design Versatility

With 2 new models added to line, Leon’s award-winning Ente SoundTile can be mixed and matched, offering integrators and designers multiple audio configurations.

[Ann Arbor, MI] – September 14, 2020 – Combining art and audio in one, Leon’s Ente SoundTile delivers reference-grade audio by Leon speakers powered by a Sonos Amp®, all elegantly concealed behind an artwork grille that makes the installation look more like a work of art than a sound system. First introduced at CEDIA Expo in 2019 to much industry accolade, the Ente SoundTile was originally only offered in a two-channel audio configuration. Now Leon has expanded the line to include one-channel and zero-channel options so that integrators can mix and match models to create diptychs, triptychs, and more with the artwork while keeping the sound and style consistent. 

“We designed the Ente SoundTile to change the way that people think about architectural audio. Instead of having the speakers hidden away, we wanted them to be on display and actually add to the design of the space,” says Noah Kaplan, Leon Founder & President. “These new Ente models will give designers and integrators even more options to mix art with audio in any residential or commercial environment.” 

The Ente SoundTile is resonating not only with integrators but also with the design community.  “I love the simplicity and style of the Ente SoundTile,” remarks Toni Sabatino, Owner of Toni Sabatino Style, Riverhead, N.Y. “The ease of listening to your playlist from a piece of beautiful art adds so much to the space.” 

Available Models

Ente SoundTile: (1) Ente SoundTile with (2) channels of audio and (1) Sonos Amp designed for single SoundTile installation.

(New!) Ente SoundTile-1×2: (2) Ente SoundTiles with (1) channel of audio each and (1) Sonos Amp designed for installation of 2 or more SoundTiles.

(New!) Ente SoundTile-Zero: (1) Acoustic ArtTile without speakers or amplifier designed for installation of 3 or more SoundTiles.

The Ente SoundTile is handcrafted out of Baltic Birch and available in Matte Black or Matte White. It features reference-grade Leon ULTIMA speakers and a Sonos Amp (unless specifying Ente-SoundTile-Zero) and is covered with a perforated metal grille with screen printed artwork selected from either Rosentiel’s extensive gallery or Leon’s Artist Edition Collection that currently features fine art photography from renowned music photographer Roberto Rabanne.

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About Leon Speakers

Leon brings a creative approach to the AV industry by designing and manufacturing customizable speakers and technology concealment solutions that enhance the sound and style of any space. For over 20 years, they have been a leader in the conversation on merging design with technology, creating innovative products that serve both the Residential and Commercial markets. Learn more on their website

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Media Contacts

Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640 or katye@kmbcomm.com

Company Contact: Carolyn Ceccoli, Sales & Marketing Director at Leon Speakers, (734) 926-4092 or cceccoli@leonspeakers.com

Leon Connects Design and Integration Communities with Informative Live Panel Discussion, Plus Design-Forward Soundbars at CEDIA Expo Virtual, 2020

Leon Connects Design and Integration Communities with Informative Live Panel Discussion, Plus Design-Forward Soundbars at CEDIA Expo Virtual, 2020

Leon’s Noah Kaplan discusses how to fuse technology into any room design during Design UnCut panel session; FrameBar Soundbar and TcFIT-U Mounting Solution showcased at Leon’s virtual booth. 

[Ann Arbor, MI] – September 14, 2020 – As the number of smart devices and systems in homes continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important for designers and integrators to understand how to effectively fuse those technologies with a home’s décor and architecture. Leon, a leading manufacturer of design-friendly speakers, along with a panel of design and tech experts, will provide valuable insights, tips, and guidance to attendees during a live online discussion at CEDIA Expo Virtual, Sept. 17, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. EST. Co-sponsored by Leon, “Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Conceal Tech or Make a Statement with It” will offer designers and integration pros techniques for hiding displays, speakers, and other technologies, as well as ways to showcase those technologies artistically, as stunning visual components of the room design. 

“Technology continues to play a vital role in homeowners’ lives, whether they’re using tech for enjoyment, work, or to help manage the household,” says Leon President Noah Kaplan. “Unfortunately, all too often the technology overpowers the room aesthetic, making the space feel more like a science lab than a comfortable, beautiful living area. Our goal with this panel session is to impart practical information that integrators and designers can use when working with clients on home tech projects.” 

 Co-hosted by Katye McGregor Bennett of KMB Communications and Veronika Miller of Modenus Media, as part of an ongoing series of Design UnCut webcasts, “Hidden in Plain Sight” establishes an open forum of communication between designers, integrators, and manufacturers. In addition to Kaplan, panelists include Brad Hintze, Senior Marketing Leader, Control4; Jamie Briesemeister, CEO and Co-Founder, Integration Controls; Rocky Settecasi, Systems Designer, TRIPhase Technologies; and Shanna Haecker, Owner and Designer, TRIPhase Technologies. 

NEW PRODUCTS FEATURED AT VIRTUAL BOOTH

FrameBar for Samsung The Frame TV: Leveraging the good looks of the popular Samsung The Frame TV, Leon showcases at its virtual CEDIA Expo booth FrameBar, a discreet, ultra-thin soundbar designed to match the width and finish of The Frame TV to provide enhanced audio and an unobtrusive aesthetic. FrameBar is available in 2 models and is built-to-order to match the exact width of any model of The Frame TV 43” and above. A variation of Leon’s popular HzUT soundbar, it features 2.5” audiophile-grade woofers and 22mm cloth-dome tweeters in an ultra-thin cabinet only 2.375” deep that mounts flush to the wall. FrameBar comes in 4 finishes: White, Black, Brown, and Beige, to match The Frame finishes offered by Samsung, and it features flat moulding with an exposed cabinet edge on the front of the soundbar. While FrameBar ships standard with a black fabric grille cloth, there is the option to upgrade to a collection of designer grille fabrics to give the installation an even more customized look. 

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TcFIT-U Mounting Solution for Sonos: Offering integrators another soundbar solution that blends seamlessly with a flat-panel TV is the TcFIT-U. Designed specifically to beautifully house and mount any Sonos® soundbar to a TV, including the new Sonos Arc®, the TcFIT-U system includes a signature Leon custom grille and is built to match the exact width of the TV.  

Developed with versatility in mind, the Tonecase FIT Universal comes in 3 models that offer adjustable depth to accommodate any Sonos soundbar, including the Beam, Playbar, and Arc. It mounts directly to any TV up to 98” diagonal using one of Leon’s undermount brackets, and the entire unit is covered with a custom-width fabric grille that comes standard in black with the option to upgrade to a collection of designer grille fabrics. TcFIT-U can be integrated into Leon’s Edge Media Frame, a product that encases a TV and soundbar with a contemporary frame that is available in a selection of wood and metallic finishes. In addition to Sonos soundbars, the TcFIT-U can house a variety of soundbars from other manufacturers, as well. 

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About Leon Speakers

Leon brings a creative approach to the AV industry by designing and manufacturing customizable speakers and technology concealment solutions that enhance the sound and style of any space. For over 20 years, they have been a leader in the conversation on merging design with technology, creating innovative products that serve both the Residential and Commercial markets. Learn more on their website

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Media Contacts

Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640 or katye@kmbcomm.com

Company Contact: Carolyn Ceccoli, Sales & Marketing Director at Leon Speakers, (734) 926-4092 or cceccoli@leonspeakers.com

Access Networks Expands Wi-Fi 6 Line, Adds Tools and Support for Greater Customization and Simpler Configuration of Enterprise-Grade Networking Solutions

Access Networks Expands Wi-Fi 6 Line, Adds Tools and Support for Greater Customization and Simpler Configuration of Enterprise-Grade Networking Solutions

A full range of Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points, ala carte availability of Sophos router and firewall, new cloud-based Core systems, online design and configuration tools, and technical support through live chat round out Access Networks’ offerings at the CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience, September 15-17, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 14, 2020) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider, continues to evolve its offerings to deliver the best networking solutions for homes and bandwidth demands of every size and scope. As the residential integration community’s first provider of Wi-Fi 6 Certified wireless access points, Access Networks has expanded its Wi-Fi 6 WAP line to include three different models to provide dealers with the perfect solution for every project. Access Networks leverages its support of Wi-Fi 6 with unbundled router/firewall options and a more streamlined purchasing, design, and deployment process. For example, the company’s highly acclaimed Sophos router with advanced firewall protection can now be purchased by integrators as a separate component rather than bundled with an Access Networks Core system. This, combined with newly implemented cloud-based configuration of Core systems, live chat for both tech support and sales-related questions, and online design and ordering, helps integrators streamline their design and deployment of residential networks. 

Debuting during the CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience, these new products and services, as well as a number of training opportunities held throughout the event, demonstrate Access Networks’ commitment to offering the best products, service, support, and ongoing education to support the modern smart home.

NEW Wi-Fi 6 Certified Wireless Access Points 

Adding to its best-in-class lineup of networking products, Access Networks introduces a comprehensive line of Wi-Fi 6 certified wireless access points. Comprising the well-rounded portfolio is the A550, A650, and A750. The availability of these three Wi-Fi 6 certified wireless access points allows integrators to choose the best WAP for the size and scope of a project, offering customers the best possible Wi-Fi experience as family members work and learn from home. Designed for large homes with heavy Internet traffic is the most robust WAP in the line, the A750. The A550 supports homes and Wi-Fi demands of smaller scope, while the A650 caters to mid-range applications. 

NEW Ala Carte Availability of Sophos Router and Firewall Protection

Seamless, reliable, and safe connectivity is a huge area of concern for consumers as they spend more time using home networks for working, learning, entertaining, and controlling IoT devices. Access Networks has been providing integrators and consumers with enterprise-grade firewall protection as a component of its comprehensive Core systems. Now, they’ve expanded the Sophos offering with the addition of several varieties of unbundled routers/firewalls. Available are five different models of Sophos router with integrated XG Firewall, offering varying levels of protection. Suggested retail prices range from $550 for an entry-level router to $2,400 for the most advanced model in terms of throughput speed and hardware capabilities. With these options, integrators can choose a router that best fits the needs of each project.  

NEW Cloud-Based Configuration for Core Systems, MyAccess Partner Portal Adds Online Chat and Design Services

Remote access and support of home technology is a huge growth area for integrators as they seek alternative methods to effectively serve clients. Access Networks is doing its part by providing dealers with a variety of new tools and resources to streamline the design, configuration, and deployment of network solutions. For starters, the company is transitioning its Core systems to the cloud. Integrators will soon have the freedom to configure a complete system via the cloud and access those settings virtually to handle future modifications simply and quickly. 

Maximizing network design and deployment efficiency have been main areas of focus for Access Networks, and MyAccess now has new features to support that. Technicians can now receive answers to technical questions via live chat on the MyAccess technical support page. With fast, live response, technicians have the information they need to keep their projects running smoothly. Live chat is also available with the Access Networks Client Services team for answers to non-technical questions. 

And when it’s time to design and deploy a Core system, integrators can now customize a solution via a dynamic online design form on MyAccess. Based on information an integrator enters into the form about the project–such as building materials, the number and type of clients, and the number of ports–a design is automatically generated and reviewed by the Access Networks team. 

Access Networks Emphasizes Education with Course Offerings 

With the rollout of new technologies like Wi-Fi 6, network requirements and demands are changing rapidly, and it’s sometimes hard to keep pace let alone convey the right information to your clientele. To help integrators effectively design, sell, implement, and manage enterprise-grade networks, Access Networks presents several valuable training sessions during CEDIA Expo Virtual: 

“Wi-Fi 6 is Here!” September 16, 12 p.m. EST, presented by Nathan Holmes, Director of Training & Development

Wi-Fi 6, the newest and most efficient Wi-Fi standard ever developed, is here along with client devices that are designed to use it. Learn why you should already be installing products that support the newest networking standard.

“Selling Enterprise-Grade Networks Made Easy with Andrew” September 16, 3 p.m. EST, presented by Andrew Ward, Sales Manager

Explaining to your clients the importance of an enterprise-grade network may sound complicated, but with Andrew it’s simple. In this 30-minute sales training course, Andrew explains why enterprise-grade matters and how to effectively sell your clients the networks they need. 

“Best Practices: WLAN Design & Implementation” September 17, 12 p.m. EST, presented by Bobby Giebenrath, Partner Training & Development Manager 

In this class, Bobby will guide you through what to consider when designing and implementing a high-performance wireless network. 

“AVoIP: Streaming Onto Your Network One Source at a Time” September 17, 3 p.m. EST, presented by Nathan Holmes, Director of Training & Development 

Sending audio and video over IP (AVoIP) has become the go-to standard for distributed AV. Proper design of a LAN that can support the high bandwidth requirements of AVoIP is critical for ensuring a great client experience. Learn how to design the correct network to support your preferred AV over IP solution. 

Sophos Training Courses

Also available to integrators is a series of training courses required to sell Sophos routers ala carte. For more information on how to get started, integrators are invited to visit the Access Networks booth at CEDIA Expo Virtual or contact the company’s Client Services team at clientservices@accessnetworks.com.

Get to know the Access Networks Team During CEDIA Expo Virtual, 2020

CEDIA Expo Virtual Attendees are encouraged to visit the Access Networks online booth on or after September 15th, not just for valuable learning opportunities and new product intros, but to meet the Access Networks team who will be available to discuss company strategies, learn more about products and network trends, share insights, and collaborate. See Booth listing here: https://cediaexpovirtual.com/page/73235/all-brands.

About Access Networks

Access Networks is the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home. We design and maintain sophisticated network solutions based on a simple premise: keeping our customers connected. Access Networks assists custom integrators by working to specify, select, source, and configure the networking gear before it is shipped to the project site. From design and deployment to service after the sale, we are here to ensure our network solutions meet the bandwidth demands of today’s AV and control components and enhance the overall technology experience. Visit www.accessnetworks.com and follow Access Networks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or media tours please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.