High-Performance AudioQuest Announces Alliance with Azione Unlimited

High-Performance AudioQuest Announces Alliance with Azione Unlimited

AudioQuest’s cables, power products, DACs, Preamps, and headphones are now available to Azione dealer members

Forming another significant partnership to better support the CI Channel, Azione Unlimited announces newest vendor member AudioQuest. Now, AudioQuest cables, Niagara power products, and DragonFly DAC/headphone amp/preamps — all AudioQuest brands — are available to Azione’s network of 190 leading dealers. Highly differentiated, Azione is the AV industry’s only education and buying group whose equal membership is comprised of custom installers, home technology professionals, and manufacturers.

“We have watched with great interest as Azione has grown to become a sophisticated organization that includes many of the strongest and most performance-conscious dealers and integrators in the country,” says Shaun Schuetz, Vice President of Sales, Americas. “Azione dealers are our retail peers, a group with which we closely identify. Joining Azione will be a bit like joining the family business—a carefully curated dealer-driven family with the proven ability to adapt and develop in-step with where the market is headed.”

 Azione and AudioQuest share a similar value system of superior differentiation, personalized service, and the support of a diverse yet tightknit community that fosters education, connection, understanding, and confidence.

“A great vendor is comprised of fantastic people, exceptional products, compelling marketing, and continued communication,” said Chris Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Cloud9 Smart. “AudioQuest is a truly impressive company which demonstrates all of those traits in spades. The team at Cloud9 Smart simply couldn’t ask for a better addition to the Azione vendor portfolio.”

AudioQuest representatives will attend Azione’s upcoming 2018 Spring Conference, Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia, to be held April 23-25. There, dealers will have opportunities to learn more about AudioQuest’s mission, product line and program.

“AudioQuest’s high-performance offerings allow our dealers to better serve their core, affluent client base, who demand the best audio performance and advanced thinking in cable, power, and headphone accessory design,” says Azione Unlimited President Richard Glikes. “We’ve strategically welcomed several new ‘Perfect Partners’ in what has been a landmark first quarter – Google Home, Sonos, James Loudspeaker, Lyngdorf Audio and SmartC​are. The addition of AudioQuest certainly continues this exciting momentum for Azione and opens up much opportunity.”

For more information about AudioQuest, please visit its website: www.audioquest.com or call (949) 585-0111.

About Azione Unlimited

Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes and headquartered in Chester Springs, PA, the organization is celebrating its sixth year. In addition to two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational middle management meetings, and marketing tools. Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com. Follow on social media: Twitter @AzioneUnlimited or Facebook.com/AzioneUnlimited.

Mayfield Mastering Chooses Torus to Power and Protect High-End Monitor System in  World-Famous Studio

Mayfield Mastering Chooses Torus to Power and Protect High-End Monitor System in World-Famous Studio

Torus Power RM 45 BAL isolation transformer helps mastering facility deliver pristine, consistent sound to top recording artists while protecting the studio’s investment in high-end equipment.

When John Mayfield, owner and founder of Nashville-based Mayfield Mastering, became one of the first studio engineers in the world to install the MB3-XBD-A 3-way active main monitor system from PMC, he knew he had to protect his investment. On the recommendation of PMC USA’s President of Sales and Marketing Maurice Patist, Mayfield turned to Torus Power to deliver the pristine sound quality these best-in-class speakers are capable of, as well as protect the system from the effects of harmful power events, including power spikes, surges, and lightning. 

“The PMC MB3 system retails for about $80,000 and is designed to deliver clear and transparent sound, so you want to make sure that every component involved in the system is perfect,” says Mayfield. “Just as you wouldn’t buy a house without homeowners’ insurance, you can’t put this system in without some kind of protection—and it’s got to be the best protection you can buy.”

Patist connected Mayfield with legendary technical engineer Arthur Kelm—CEO of Ground One AV consulting group and VP of Engineering for Capitol Studios—who spent some time listening to the finely tuned room before helping Mayfield select the right Torus Power unit for the application.

Kelm suggested the Torus Power RM 45 BAL to power and protect the integrated Class-D amplifiers that are part of the MB3 active system. Working closely with the studio’s electrician, Kelm recommended running a fresh 240-volt feed off the breaker box, through the RM 45 BAL, and feeding that directly into the amplifiers for clean, uninterrupted power.

Mayfield, a first-time Torus Power user, says he’s been impressed with the consistent performance the RM 45 delivers. “I put an analog voltmeter on the unit, and it has been sitting at 125 volts. It hasn’t moved one iota since the day we put it in.”

Just In Case Lightning Strikes Twice

The RM 45 features Torus Power’s proprietary Narrow Bandwidth Technology (NBT) for noise filtering, high instantaneous current capability, and toroidal isolation to deliver pure, isolated power regardless of line conditions. It also provides superior protection against power surges and lightning. This last feature was critical in Mayfield’s selection of a Torus Power unit as the building that houses the studio experienced a devastating lightning strike 10 years ago. The resulting power surge destroyed two amplifiers and several other electronic components. “I don’t ever want to be involved in that kind of experience again,” Mayfield says.

Although the studio’s equipment is protected, monetarily, by an insurance policy, building the custom PMC units for replacement and having them shipped from England could take months, potentially sending Mayfield’s business to its knees. With a constant flow of big-name recording artists relying on the technology and talent within the Mayfield Mastering studio, the facility simply could not be out of service for any period of time.

“If lightning were to strike and take the system out, again, it would be devastating,” says Mayfield. “The Torus Power unit ensures that’s never going to happen to me again. I can sleep at night now.”

Clean, Consistent Mastering Every Time

While the initial impetus for the upgrade revolved around protecting Mayfield’s significant investment in the PMC system, he also sought to preserve the integrity of the masters created in his highly respected studio.

Mayfield Mastering works with hundreds of hours of recordings on a given day. Any system inconsistencies could affect the final product, coloring the master mix in a way that diminishes the original recording. “The Torus Power RM 45 BAL unit ensures that the PMC amplifiers are fed with the purest power money can buy. Thus ensuring their optimum performance day after day. That’s the consistency I need,” says Mayfield. “I built the room in 2003, and it has never sounded better. I don’t know of any system that’s better at this point.”

With a room that already sounded “incredible,” as Mayfield described it, he wasn’t sure that any improvement was possible, let alone expecting to hear a tangible improvement in the sound quality. When the Torus Power RM 45 BAL was installed, Mayfield was surprised and pleased to hear the difference, particularly a tighter bottom end. “When you get to this level, you can only make improvements in small and expensive steps,” he says. “I’ve finally got the perfect studio.”

The Right Components Make Work More Fun
John Mayfield has been in the audio industry since 1974 as a recording and mix engineer. He started Mayfield Mastering in 1996, thinking that focusing on the mastering end of the business would allow him to work fewer hours.

While that hasn’t been the case, he’s not complaining about the long days. In fact, he seems to be having more fun than ever with his state-of-the-art monitoring system protected and perfected by Torus Power.

The industry veteran has almost childlike joy in his voice when he concludes, “I’ve got the best system that technology and the industry can provide—and it’s just so much fun to work!”

To learn more about Torus Power visit www.toruspower.com and follow @TorusPower on Twitter and Facebook.

CASTLE Summit Provides Education, Networking, and Tech Showcase for AV, Security and Lighting Professionals

CASTLE Summit Provides Education, Networking, and Tech Showcase for AV, Security and Lighting Professionals

New event from the Integrator Network and the Technology & Business Summit events addresses converging technologies, delivers valuable education, and offers impactful insights

The Technology & Business Summit, a business development and education event produced by Integrator Network and supported by independent manufacturer rep firms across the US, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018 with an expanded schedule that spans from California to New York and the addition of the new CASTLE Summit.

The CASTLE Summit, an acronym for Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting and Entertainment, is a trade-only event that will take place at the Fort Lauderdale/Coral Springs Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2018. The event will include manufacturers, rep firms, dealers, service providers and consultants within the residential and commercial AV, security, and lighting industries.

A focused and fun, education-oriented trade show and industry gathering, CASTLE addresses the crossover between home automation and smart home technologies, security, integrated A/V systems, and DIY products, and offers education providing the skills and tactics needed professionals across these channels need to stay competitive as technologies continue to converge. CASTLE includes three days of education, two days of exhibits and live demos, and plenty of one-on-one time with manufacturers and reps. Day 1 is Manufacturer/Rep Seminars only. Day 2 is Exhibits, Live Demos, a Keynote and Industry Oriented Seminars. Day 3 is Exhibits and Live demos and a different Keynote and Seminars.

Two Keynotes are offered; Both take place from 8:00 – 9:15 AM:

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, features Julie Jacobson of CE Pro magazine discussing The Uberization of Smart Home Services.

  • Thursday, May 3rd, is an All-Star panel session exploring Hot Topics & Disruptive Technologies That Will Affect Your Business with experts Eric Bodley, Julie Jacobson, Frank White, and Bryce Nordstrand.

“Like the Technology & Business Summits, the new CASTLE Summit is structured to help professionals develop, grow, and fortify their business by developing new skills and exploring new revenue streams,” says Mark Cichowski, CEO of Integrator Network. “There is so much to see and do, we are encouraging people to attend multiple days. The CASTLE Summit provides attendees a new opportunity to experience exactly how distinctly different industries can effectively complement each other. Every year, more professionals from outside the AV trade are attending the Tech Summit events and we realized it was time to expand our reach and strengthen our connections with commercial AV, lighting, and security systems integrators, manufacturers, distributors and associated pros supporting the market. We are excited to see the CASTLE Summit debut in Florida this year. We appreciate the reps coming together to drive this evolving event and the support of the displaying companies working to further develop the converging marketplace.”

With CEDIA as an education partner CASTLE offers top-notch seminars and workshops delivered by entertaining and insightful subject matter experts and providing real-world knowledge. Training on trending technologies, networking and IoT, lighting, security, and network connectivity will be offered while presentations will teach attendees how to sell value, how to make advanced sales, and will detail other business topics. The CASTLE Summit is free to attend and lunch is provided at no charge, enabling attendees to stay for the day — or all three — and soak in all the CASTLE Summit has to offer.

The inaugural CASTLE Summit is conveniently located for attendees from across Florida and the Southeast U.S. “All you really need to do is get there, and we take care of most of the rest,” says Cichowski. “As we open our doors to lighting and security professionals for the first time ever, we expect they will see the tremendous benefit such a small investment of time can deliver in terms of knowledge, networking connections, and business growth.”

View the CASTLE Summit schedule of events here.

Register to attend the CASTLE Summit here.

Book discounted hotel rooms here.

About the CASTLE Summit
The Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting & Entertainment Summit (CASTLE Summit) is a two-day event in Florida, that offers home automation, security, lighting, and integrated A/V systems integrators the opportunity to interface with manufacturers, reps, and dealers in residential and commercial Security, Lighting, and Commercial A/V channels. To learn more, visit www.techsummitflorida.com.

About the Technology & Business Summit
The Technology & Business Summit is a cooperative effort between multiple Independent Manufacturer Rep Firms based in various territories. It is a business development event to benefit integrators and exhibitors of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.techsummitevents.com.

Event Contact:
Mark Cichowski, Integrator Network (949) 472-4141, info@techsummitevents.com


OneVision Resources Introduces AR-Powered Video Tech​ Support

OneVision offers AR support experience


OneVision elevates tech service experience using the latest in video support technology

OneVision Resources, a leading provider of service and support solutions for home technology professionals introduces live-streaming video tech support enhanced by augmented reality. Taking the delivery of remote tech support to the next level, OneVision has integrated this powerful new capability into its comprehensive service platform, improving the service experience for the 35,000+ homes it currently supports.

The addition of AR-powered video support to the OneVision Platform is yet another illustration of the company’s market-leading position when it comes to delivering white-glove, emotionally intelligent, and technically knowledgeable service in a highly-efficient manner. OneVision specialists can now utilize this new tool during service and support events to collaboratively identify, analyze, and resolve issues with smart-home owners using the built-in camera on their iOS or Android mobile devices.

Real-Time View of The System Being Serviced — How OneVision Does It
AR-powered video support supplements the industry-best remote monitoring, management, and troubleshooting practices already employed as part of their 24/7 white-label help-desk. This enables OneVision to provide a level of remote support and service unmatched in the industry, ensuring a positive a technology experience for consumers and a competitive edge for all integrators within the OneVision network.

This enhancement to the OneVision offering gives its technology specialists several advantages. For instance, OneVision specialists will no longer have to rely on a homeowner’s perception or ability to accurately describe a technology issue. Instead, OneVision Specialists will now be able to see actual system status, including status lights and error messages, and can directly experience the issues consumers are facing, which enables faster resolution.

“Smart home technologies have evolved rapidly over a relatively short amount of time. Most consumers are not prepared to properly troubleshoot issues and end up frustrated or worse, giving up on the technology altogether. All too often, they can’t tell service specialists exactly what they are experiencing which leads to frustration and wasted time. With the introduction of this video-support tool, our offering has evolved to not just keep pace but lead the pack when it comes to providing world-class technology management in the home,” says OneVision’s founder and CEO Joseph Kolchinsky.

The Importance of Ensuring Consumers Retain Control — Security Matters
Home and network security and personal privacy is, undoubtedly, a critical consideration when it comes to remote managed services. OneVision’s video-support tool uses a single-use access code that ensures the homeowner maintains control of the call, including when and if to enable a video session with the specialist. The homeowner determines what the specialist can see and has the option to turn off the remote support session at any time. As always, the networking monitoring software and appliances used by OneVision are protected with industry-leading security and encryption protocols.

Elevating the Service Experience — All About the Experience
Adding augmented reality (AR) capabilities to the concept of video support is not just about leveraging the latest tools to drive efficiency.  For OneVision, this powerful technology is being harnessed to deliver an exceptional support experience for consumers. “OneVision’s new AR-powered video support offering makes the service experience more efficient, more effective, and more personalized. This represents the next phase in a rapidly evolving segment of the smart home service industry, where integrators must keep pace with technology to continue exceeding client expectations,” concludes Kolchinsky.

About OneVision
OneVision Resources empowers home technology professionals, giving them the technology platform, services, and processes they need to simplify home technology management and deliver exceptional service to their clients. OneVision’s comprehensive platform combines the latest in service technology with a world-class remote support team, allowing them to not only remotely monitor, manage, and secure their clients’ home environments in a seamless manner, but scale rapidly and profitably. OneVision and its 40+ partners support more than 35,000 connected homes and actively monitor over 5,000 smart home products.  

For more information, visit www.onevisionresources.com.

Stewart Filmscreen Joins USAV, a PSA Company, as a Preferred Manufacturer Partner

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Stewart Filmscreen joins USAV





Stewart Filmscreen brings tiered pricing structure, training, innovative 16K+ capable screen materials, and seamless large-format screen sizes to the commercial AV buying group

Stewart Filmscreen® announced today that it has partnered with the USAV buying group as a vendor under the group’s Preferred Manufacturer Partner (PMP) program. Now, Stewart Filmscreen’s products will be available to USAV’s network of ProAV integrators through the U.S. and Canada.

USAV (www.usavgroup.net) is a PSA Company (www.psasecurity.com), the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative made up of the most progressive audio-visual and systems integrators in North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in pro audio-visual, security, fire, and life safety installations.  

By adding Stewart Filmscreen to its lineup, affiliate partners of USAV will immediately receive access to a top-tier pricing structure and access to the entire line of Stewart Filmscreen products and services. This includes the vast selection of Stewart Filmscreen commercial AV products for various Pro AV market sectors, including Education, Government, Financial, Corporate, Broadcast, Post Production/Screening, Theme Parks, Simulation, Museums, and Large Venue/Auditorium applications. USAV affiliate partners will also now have access to the only screens on the market that are 16K+ capable, as well as the only seamless screens available in sizes up to 40ft by 90ft.

“For over 70 years, Stewart has provided innovative, high-quality, future-proof projection screens to discerning buyers and audiences around the world,” says Shannon Townley, president and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “We are proud to be able to offer our expertise and unrivaled track record for manufacturing screens and materials that push the limits of what’s possible to all USAV affiliate partners.”

Stewart is providing in-depth training materials for USAV members, including sales training and screen binders with sample screen materials from across the Stewart Filmscreen line, demo units, and extensive marketing materials and program benefits unique to USAV.

“We are extremely excited to have Stewart Filmscreen as a partner alongside our other best of breed Pro AV brands,” says Chris Whitley, President of USAV. “We are looking forward to adding Stewart’s innovative, market-tested solutions to the USAV lineup, providing our members the best option for projection screen materials and manufacturing expertise.”

About Stewart Filmscreen®
Stewart Filmscreen Corporation is the premier manufacturer of professional projection screens since 1947. Headquartered in Torrance, California, with additional manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Singapore, Stewart Filmscreen is the preferred choice for major movie studios, discerning integrators and consultants, architects, and audio-video enthusiasts, alike. With unparalleled ISO 9001:2015 manufacturing capabilities and unrivaled image fidelity, two-time Academy Award®-winning Stewart Filmscreen produces the most optically immaculate projection screens for the most demanding customers in the world. Utilizing proprietary material science, innovative manufacturing methods, along with a solutions-driven design team, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need.

Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. Imagine it. Done.

About USAV, a PSA Company
USAV, a network of ProAV integrators through the U.S. and Canada, is part of PSA, the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative made up of the most progressive audio-visual and systems integrators in North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in pro audio-visual, security, fire, and life safety installations.  

PSA’s mission is to empower its owners to become the most successful systems integrators in the markets they serve. PSA brings this mission to life by partnering with industry-leading product and solution providers, delivering unparalleled education and training programs and by offering a variety of distinctive services that can enhance any company’s operations. Learn more at: www.usavgroup.net and www.psasecurity.com.

Media Contacts
Stewart Filmscreen: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com.

USAV and PSA: Kim Garcia, (303) 450-3467, kgarcia@psasecurity.com

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