5 Reasons to Visit the Meridian Booth 5708 at CEDIA 2016

5 Reasons to Visit the Meridian Booth 5708 at CEDIA 2016

Meridian Audio Logo5 Reasons to Visit 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, debuting new partnerships and demonstrating both new and flagship products that emphasize high-resolution performance, ease of installation for the custom installer, and impressive functionality. New, much-anticipated two- and eight-channel amplifiers and a new Zone Controller are on the docket for CEDIA, along with favorites, like the acclaimed Meridian DSP3200 in-wall / in-ceiling architectural loudspeaker, enhanced Sooloos multi-room streaming audio platform, and the new Meridian Design and Specification Service.

Just about a month ago, our client Meridian Audio shared with the industry “5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Meridian Audio at CEDIA Expo Dallas 2016.”

We have to say, we can’t think of five better reasons ourselves. It’s a quick read—compelling and informative. Make sure to log in to your calendar app, because there are a few dates and times you’ll want to remember.  We’ll give you a few minutes to read their post here.

Here's Why You Should Visit Meridian at CEDIA

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While you’re looking, check out these two videos as well!

Make sure to visit Meridian booth 5708 in Dallas and stay tuned for the rest of KMB’s CEDIA series of posts. (Clearly, inspired by Meridian Audio.)  Tell them KMB sent you!

5 Reasons to Visit the Meridian Booth 5708 at CEDIA 2016

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!

Take a moment to see who’s going and what they’re about!

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D-Tools – Booth #2512

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

We’ve actually just announced the integration with a number of third party software providers, including Slateplan, Portal by Supply Stream, TRX.io, ProjX360, Ihiji, and more. These partnerships serve as part of our ongoing mission to provide integrators with a comprehensive end-to-end solution that allows data to flow seamlessly throughout the project lifecycle – from initial client contact through the ongoing service relationship. (Find more on the CEDIA panel discussion regarding that project here.)

See more of Tim Bigoness’ D-Tools Exhibitor Spotlight here.

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Datasat Digital – Booth #4454

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

What you’ll see is the evolution of our products, both in capability and surround formats. Being a finalist for the CEDIA Manufacturers Excellence Awards for Best New Product is an honor, and showcases the exhaustive efforts of our engineering team to stay current and capable. They’ve truly built the best product available.

Read what else Steve Evanitsky of Datasat had to say here.

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Fortress Seating – Booth #5315

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

We’ll have all of our newest and most popular seating models, but our showcase piece is our new Smart Chair. It features some exciting smart technology for audio- and videophiles that will enhance their movie-watching experience. This new technology can be integrated into many of our seating options and will connect to most automation systems. It allows for various customizable features including preset sitting positions and pausing of the movie when someone exits the chair, among other options.

See what else Gabi Wolper has to say about Fortress Seating here.

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Ihiji – Booth #5712

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

We’re showcasing significant additions and enhancements to both Ihiji Invision and Ihiji ServiceManager and will be displaying a new Mobile App for Ihiji Invision, which will further simplify a technician’s already hectic life. Additionally, we’re making recurring revenue and managed services a reality for integrators with big enhancements to our award-winning Ihiji ServiceManager platform. We are also proud to showcase more than 250-plus NEW IP product integrations that we’ll detail more through the show. I’m also teaching RMR and networking courses at the show, which provides attendees the opportunity to return home from CEDIA in Dallas with the foundation for a clear path to recurring revenue within their business.

See what else Mike Maniscalco has to say here.

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Meridian Audio – Booth #5708

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

Many know Meridian to be a manufacturer of high performance, groundbreaking loudspeakers, but for the CEDIA audience, we want the industry to see Meridian as a highly differentiated custom installation brand with a heightened focus on the CI channel that includes new products and enhanced services. During CEDIA we will be emphasizing this commitment and will be unveiling and showcasing the following in booth #5708:

  • Meridian 258 Dedicated eight-channel, rack-mountable power amplifier
  • Meridian 857 Reference two-channel rack-mountable power amplifier
  • Meridian 218 Single zone audio controller for Sooloos and whole-home distributed audio
  • Meridian Design & Specification Service enhancements
  • Meridian Sooloos enhancements
  • Meridian and Barco partnership
  • Meridian and Josh.AI partnership (more news via forthcoming announcements)

All of Meridian’s new product introductions at CEDIA will be…

To read more of Rayner Sheridan’s comments, go here.

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OneVision Resources – Booth #5712

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

We’re the industry’s first and only turnkey RMR generation platform and started only this year. We’ve been excitedly collecting some amazing data that will surprise a lot of folks. When CEDIA attendees discover what a well-trained service team can do to improve their clients’ technology experience and increase profits for their integration firm, they may be even more eager to begin implementing service contracts as a standard offering.

To see what else Joseph Kolchinsky has to say, go here.

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Stewart Filmscreen – Booth #4108

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

This year at CEDIA 2016 Stewart Filmscreen will have a BIG reveal at the show that will revolutionize the screen category and the way we enjoy movies, music, and more. Our social media marketing campaign introduces new hints each week, using video and catchy copy to introduce a new projector screen technology that only Stewart Filmscreen could pull off. The hints are subtle but reveal something BIG, driven by an unwavering passion and pursuit of perfection to deliver a future-proof 16K+ resolution product. Check out our YouTube channel. We’re having a lot of fun and we’re bringing that energy to CEDIA. Come see what’s new and different – I think you’ll be impressed!

To read more from Vijita U.G., go here.

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Torus Power – Booth #1305

Any hints on what you’ll be unveiling at the show?

We have a couple of surprises in the works, but rest assured that will be showing many of our larger/custom solutions at CEDIA Expo this year. We are the specialists in delivering solutions for 20 amp and larger installations and we will be showing several models that are designed for larger custom installations such as our Wall Mount AVR panel, and our All-In-One panel that was initially designed for recording studios by Arthur Kelm. Kelm is both VP/General Manager/Chief Engineer for Capitol Studios (part of the Capitol Music Group) and also CEO of Ground One AV Inc., a consulting firm that addresses the specific power and grounding requirements of professional recording facilities and high end home installations. His list of clients reads like a who’s who of the entertainment industry. He has been Director of Engineering for Record One, The Complex, Record Plant Studios, Skywalker Sound and consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering. He brings his vast and varied experience, technical knowledge, and impeccable reputation to the marketplace. He now focuses his energies full time on problem solving and creating solutions. The Torus Power All-In-One panel offers an incredible power solution for custom theaters that is very unique — it includes a complete breaker panel so that you can run a theater and multiple TVs or other components in different locations all off of one unit. It really simplifies the larger projects.

See what else Kevin Main has to say here.

Stop by these KMB clients’ booths during CEDIA to get more information on their exciting products. See you there!

OneVision Resources Shares Success Stories at CEDIA 2016


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OneVision Resources Shares Success Stories at CEDIA 2016

OneVision Resources debuts Integrator Service Desk at CEDIA 2016, participates in “Blueprint for Success” breakfast panel, and teaches insightful CEDIA training classes, showcasing how home technologists can pivot to a service-oriented business model for enhanced success

Boston, MA & Dallas, TX (Sept. 8, 2016) — OneVision Resources, a leading provider of smart home technology and IT support services, announces the launch of its new offering, Integrator Service Desk, participation in the Blueprint For Success panel session and breakfast, and providing multiple training opportunities for home technologists at CEDIA 2016, to be held September 13 – 17 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

CEDIA Booth #5712: The Technologist’s Internet of Things Dallas Destination

The OneVision team makes its CEDIA debut in a booth co-hosted with their friends Ihiji, the leading provider of remote technology management solutions for the integration market since 2009. Ihiji provides solutions for home technologists, including Ihiji Invision remote network monitoring and management software and Ihiji ServiceManager, the cloud-based solution that streamlines the management of service plans.

Within the booth, the OneVision team will meet with potential partners to discuss how to build recurring monthly revenue by pivoting to a service-oriented business model, based on OneVision’s experience doing exactly that. OneVision’s position in booth #5712 with Ihiji gives the company the opportunity to showcase some of the tools that enables the Integrator Service Desk concept, based on OneVision’s proprietary Instant Triage© process, to perform so well.

OneVision Founder and CEO Joseph Kolchinsky says, “Our business is based on three principles: Respond instantly, be available 24/7, and keep things simple. By combining the art of triage—documenting the symptoms of any given service request, asking the right questions to diagnose the problem, and assessing the urgency of the situation—with the science of troubleshooting to provide a quick fix or workaround, OneVision helps technologists create incredible technology experiences for their clients. We’re excited to continue growing our partnership base in order to provide a nationwide network of the best home technology professionals in the industry.”

OneVision and Friends Host Blueprint For Success Breakfast Panel Session

As today’s home technologists battle increasing costs and decaying profit margins, a migration to a service-centric business model positions a custom installation firm to generate recurring monthly revenue through today’s technology. OneVision Resources joins D-Tools, Ihiji, Supply Stream, and Slateplan to present a free breakfast and discussion panel, moderated by CE Pro Editor-in-Chief Jason Knott, during CEDIA 2016 to explore how this can best be accomplished.

The session “Blueprint for Success: Former Systems Integrators Collaborate to Simplify Your World” will take place in Ballroom C at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8 AM. During the discussion, OneVision’s Kolchinsky, along with Randy Stearns of D-Tools, Stuart Rench of Ihiji, and others, will announce the details of a collaborative plan to create a seamless and effective blueprint for success for home technology professionals. As a group, they are working together to make it easier for home technologists to transition to a service-based business model that emphasizes recurring revenue. Attendance is free, breakfast is included, and registration is not required.

OneVision Resources Presents CEDIA Training Classes

Kolchinsky, along with OneVision Director of Technology Service David Williams, will, additionally, lead two separate classes at CEDIA focused on service teams and building recurring monthly revenue. Kolchinsky’s course, “Service Plans Are Easier Than You Think” will take place on Friday, September 16 at 12:00 pm and will focus on how to structure service plans for easier sales and enhanced profitability —while keeping clients happy at the same time. The course will help home technologists evaluate their business from a service perspective in order to thrive in this new economy. Integrators and technologists who use this proven method can successfully show customers the value, benefits, and cost-savings of a service plan, while reducing truck rolls and improving profitability.

In the second course, “How to Build a Successful Service Team,” held Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 am, David Williams and Joseph Kolchinsky describe the difference between managing a projected-oriented team and a service-oriented team for home technologists looking to pivot their business model toward service and build recurring revenue. Attendees will learn how to structure a service team, organize service requests, manage client expectations and build a proper service culture for sustainable success.

Register online for these classes now and stop by booth #5712 for a meeting with the OneVision Resources team.

“We invite top home technologists interested in joining the service movement to join us for the panel session and breakfast, attend one of our classes, or stop by Booth 5712 to learn more,” concludes Kolchinsky.

For interviews, editorial appointments, or media tours during events, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc. by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing kayte@kmbcomm.com.

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About OneVision Resources
OneVision Resources creates incredible technology experiences. The company partners with home technology professionals with existing client relationships and provides a turn-key service desk focused on providing high-quality support to their clients. The company’s Instant Triage service ensures successful post-purchase interactions by providing always available, emotionally intelligent, and knowledgeable support. In addition, the company drives growth in recurring revenue by marketing, selling, and managing service plans on behalf of its partners. For more information, visit www.onevisionresources.com.

Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett
KMB Communications, Inc.
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Former System Integrators Collaborate to Simplify Your World

Former System Integrators Collaborate to Simplify Your World

Former System Integrators Collaborate to Simplify Your World

Industry leaders present the “Blueprint for Success” breakfast and panel discussion during CEDIA, sharing ideas for home technologists to drastically improve operating efficiencies and generate recurring revenue through service plans

Dallas, TX – August 31, 2016 — Executives from D-Tools (Booth #2512), Ihiji (Booth #5712), OneVision Resources (Booth #5712), Portal by SupplyStream (Booth #1312) and Slateplan (Booth #3016), will participate in a free-of-charge panel discussion and breakfast, moderated by CE Pro Editor-in-Chief Jason Knott, during CEDIA 2016.

The session, “Blueprint for Success: Former Systems Integrators Collaborate to Simplify Your World” takes place in Ballroom C at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8 AM.

The Tools to Battle Today’s Business Challenges
Systems integration is a tough business, with home technologists battling increasing costs and decaying profit margins, as the industry transitions to a service-centric business model with customers demanding more from their technology experience than ever before. To that end, a number of software tools, products, and services have been brought to market—many by former custom integrators who understand the pain of trying to make a profit from product sales, and the design and installation of systems—to help home technologists streamline business processes. Today’s technology can help with the following and more:

  • expedite getting contracts signed
  • improve the efficiency and precision with which projects are executed
  • streamline the process of servicing clients

But technologists may still struggle with which tools to use, and how to integrate them–both with each other and into their business—for maximum benefits. Thursday’s unprecedented breakfast event, a unique collaboration between home technology professionals-turned-service providers and software developers, gives CEDIA attendees the opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts, and brainstorm ideas.

Industry Leaders Collaborate to Offer Solutions
Randy Stearns of D-Tools, the worldwide leader in system integration software; Stuart Rench of Ihiji, the leading provider of remote technology management solutions for the integration market since 2009; Joey Kolchinsky of OneVision Resources, a turn-key smart-home service desk and RMR-generation platform; Scott Marchand of Slateplan, provider of modern software for home technology sales professionals, and Kirk Chisholm of Portal by SupplyStream, will discuss why they have transitioned from being custom integrators to service and technology providers for the custom electronics industry.

As a former systems integrator who, like so many, struggled with multiple software solutions and data that was continually out of sync, I set out on a mission to streamline data flow and the resulting business processes for system integrators worldwide. In order to accomplish this objective, D-Tools has developed an API and integration plan that at long last makes it possible for integrators to select and adopt the various tools that best suit the needs of their business,” says D-Tools CEO Randy Stearns, one of five participants on the panel.

Announcing a Seamless and Effective “Blueprint for Success”
At the breakfast, these prestigious companies will also announce the details of their collaborative plans to create a seamless and effective blueprint for success for home technology professionals. As a group, they are working together to help home technologists improve business processes and service for greater efficiency and profitability.

Many of us have been integrators in our past lives, and we understand many of the pain points in the life cycle of a project, including sales, design, engineering, project management, procurement, installation and ongoing support. We’ve each developed unique, specialized solutions to address and solve specific pain points. But we want to go one step farther by making sure that these solutions work well together—we want dealers to enjoy a simple and consistent experience as they move from one solution to the next,” says Scott Marchand of Slateplan.

With the modern integrator’s business growing in complexity across the project lifecycle it’s more important than ever that software and service providers work together to create a more streamlined workflow,” adds panel participant Joseph Kolchinsky, Founder and CEO of OneVision Resources. “The best platform experience will come from collaboration between providers.”

We are happy to be part of a group of forward-thinkers that all recognize the need to collaborate on solutions, processes, and education to help our mutual dealer bases be more successful executing the daily operations of their business,” says Ihiji co-founder and CEO Stuart Rench. “This collaboration will benefit the entire project lifecycle from initial consultation through the long-term service relationship.”

Dealers in the AV industry will benefit immensely as they will be able to more easily implement specialized software and scale up as they grow with seamless integrations,” says Kirk Chisholm of Portal by SupplyStream. “I’m proud to be a part of a group that understands and supports the methodology of using specialization to solve highly specific use-cases through software APIs and then leveraging other services to solve the rest,” he concludes.

The breakfast and panel is free to CEDIA attendees and no registration is required. To learn more, visit the CEDIA Special Event page for this panel here: Blueprint for Success: Former System Integrators Collaborate to Simplify Your World.
Media interviews with Randy Stearns (D-Tools), Stuart Rench (Ihiji) or Joseph Kolchinsky (OneVision Resources) can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com, phoning +1 (425) 328-8640 (mobile), or by Direct Message (Twitter) to @KatyeMcGregor. Media Interviews with Scott Marchand (Slateplan) can be arranged through Jason Wright by emailing jason@slateplan.com or by phoning +1 (415) 272-6842 (mobile) and with Kirk Chisholm by emailing kirk@portal.io.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,000 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

About Ihiji
Ihjii (eye-hee-jee) provides cloud-based SaaS solutions that empower systems integrators and technology professionals to cost-effectively deliver remote network management services to their clients. These solutions not only allow for efficient management of the network and devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) inside the modern home and office, they also enable resellers to create a recurring revenue stream for their business by reducing or eliminating unnecessary site visits. In fact, resellers utilizing Ihiji SaaS solutions benefit from improved network performance and uptime, along with fewer service and support concerns. An award-winning global SaaS solutions provider, Ihiji is based in Austin, Texas and is privately held. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com and follow Ihiji on Twitter. If it has an IP… Ihiji.

About OneVision Resources
As former integrators with years of experience in smart home design, integration, and service, OneVision Resources provides high quality, quick-response, white-label monitoring and end-user support for smart home installers nationwide. With a dedicated team of emotionally-intelligent and technically-skilled representatives standing by to offer Instant Triage for smart-home owners, OneVision follows up with white-label marketing and sales of service plans to generate recurring monthly revenue. For more information, visit www.onevisionresources.com.

About Portal
Portal is a web-based, industry-specific product catalog that allows dealers to find product information and make wholesale purchases from all of their suppliers in one place. Portal collects and organizes product data — including pricing, availability, specifications, videos, and more — by industry and category, then presents it in a comprehensive yet intuitive web catalog, making it easier for resellers to find what they need, build accurate proposals, and purchase products from their suppliers. www.portal.io

About Slateplan
Slateplan is a cloud-based software solution provider based in San Francisco, CA. Slateplan’s intuitive software, created for home technology sales professionals, helps them collaborate with customers and quickly define project scope and budget. Slateplan accelerates the sales process, promotes client engagement and eliminates pre-sales engineering hours. For more information visit http://www.slateplan.com/
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KMB Clients Get Ready for ISE 2016

v2_bluebox_thecheesiestHere at KMB Headquarters, we are counting the days to Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) – that is, in between pitching writers and editors, participating in podcasts, writing press releases and contest entries, and staying up-to-date on happenings in the social sphere. Okay, really, who has time to count days, or even glance up from our desks to look at a calendar? (Or eat…)

Point is, we’re ready for ISE, and so are KMB’s clients, who have some great products, new developments, and amazing demos to introduce to the European market and, in some cases, the world.

ISE for the Uninitiated

In case you didn’t know, ISE, the world’s best-attended AV, system integration and communications exhibition takes place this February 9 – 12 at the Amsterdam RAI in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Unlike stateside trade shows, ISE combines the residential and commercial integration markets into one giant show. Since so many integrators also have their hands both markets, and there is definitely product cross-over, ISE, more than any other show, is a one-stop shop to get a birds-eye view and in-depth look at the trends and technology that affect the AV industry in 2016.

ISE Trends at a (Very Quick) Glance

We’re sure to see a big focus on Internet of Things technology, and the security concerns that come with it, as well as home automation standards, wireless technology, and how all these pieces fit together. In addition, we’ll see more practical applications of 4K, exciting developments in screen technology (from our client, Stewart Filmscreen, in particular), and the best in audio, a response to the resurgence in popularity of two-channel listening rooms and increasingly immersive private cinema environments. On the business side, integrators will be exploring new business models, ways to increase revenue through monthly service plans, and tools to streamline operations.

It’s impossible to cover it all in one post. Why not take a virtual tour with us through just some of the stands worth seeing at this year’s ISE?

D-Tools Previews Newest Release of Award-Winning Software

D-Tools-ScreenCaptureD-Tools Inc. really took off in 2015, with Randy Stearns as the newly-appointed CEO, and 12 prestigious awards recognizing System Integrator software as the industry leader. ISE attendees can view live demos of the award-winning SI 2015 software at stand 1-P58, and sneak preview the major new release available this spring, SI 2016. In addition, attendees can see SI software live in action at the Custom Home Europe stand, where Jones Designs principal Keith Jones showcases how the company uses D-Tools for their system design service, DesignFlow.

Ihiji Introduces Ihiji ServiceManager

Ihiji, the leading remote-managed services provider for the technology integration market, introduces its award-winning Software as a Service (SaaS), Ihiji ServiceManager to the European market. Designed to help integrators make their businesses more productive and profitable, Ihiji ServiceManager and the company’s network monitoring and management platform, Ihiji Invision, provide professionals the tools they need to set up and maintain recurring revenue service plans. Habitech, along with Ihiji representatives, will showcase the solutions in the Control4 stand, #10-N114.

Torus Power Showcases Complete Line of Toroidal Isolation Transformers

Torus Power, a leading North American producer of toroidal isolation transformer-based power components, will showcase its full line of high-performance, audiophile-grade isTorusPower_TOT-AVRolation transformers. European integrators will get a look, for the first time, at the award-winning TOT AVR with Automatic Voltage Regulation in stand #5-R128.

Often paired with other high-end, high-performance components, including luxury loudspeakers, Torus Power will provide two AVR16CE toroidal isolation transformers to the James Loudspeaker stand, 7-Q190, and other stands to be announced.

Stewart Filmscreen “Refines Home Theatre” … And More

Showcasing a number oFIDELEDY-Handf new introductions for both the commercial and residential markets, Stewart Filmscreen solutions will be all over ISE, in partner stands supporting top projectors and revealing new products in stand #1-F41. Among the company’s new offerings:

  • A 4K+ woven acoustically transparent screen material
  • An LED Enhancement System paired with Christie Velvet tiles
  • Acoustically transparent screen solutions paired with 21-channel Dolby Atmos technology for complete audio visual immersion

Where Else Will You Find the KMB Team?

Of course, our clients come first and we’ll be on-site during build-out and supporting the above companies for the duration of the show. But we are also avid collaborators and partners of UK-based Wildwood PR, who we will support in their sponsorship of the press room. The KMB team (Katye McGregor and John Bennett) will be shooting videos and photos throughout the show while our social media team will be blistering their thumbs with trending news and images live from the show floor using hashtags #ISE2016 and #KMBatISE. Join us – whether live in Amsterdam or remotely on Twitter and Facebook.

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. These trends are inextricably linked – as integrators make less money in service calls for programming high-end control systems, remote networking management and monitoring is a great way to increase profits through recurring monthly revenue. Audio was not forgotten, as new high-end speakers turned heads and perked audiophiles’ ears.

KMB Communications was proud to see our clients playing key roles in many of these trends. Please read on to see the KMB Communications list of CEDIA highlights.

Stewart Filmscreen
The Stewart Filmscreen buzz started even before we touched down in Dallas, with a red-hot sizzle reel that got movie lovers’ hearts pounding with a solid soundtrack in the Hollywood tradition and amazing visuals. The LuminEsse “edgeless” rigid front projection screen system continued to garner positive attention, as did the Ambient Light Rejecting screens – notably, the Firehawk G40, which has been offering low-gain options that minimize reflections and deliver impeccable image fidelity that doesn’t drop off at the edges for more than 10 years.

In fact, many of the products in the Stewart Filmscreen booth, including masking systems like Director’s Choice, Iten, and Cinecurve, have a long legacy of excellence and CEDIA attendees ate this up. Who wouldn’t want to spec the same screen used in director Michael Bay’s private cinema?

In terms of new product introductions, the company’s Tela 80 woven acoustically transparent screen material joined Stewart Filmscreen’s industry standard MicroPerf to provide even more options for discerning consumers. The screen is already winning the hearts of audiophiles and other discriminating end-users, as it appeared in the James Loudspeaker booth and is an option in Quantum Media Systems’ Private Cinema Packages and was showcased in the company’s demo.

Quantum Media Systems
If CEDIA Future Home Experience had a “sleeper hit,” we’d say it was Quantum Media Systems. The company’s Private Cinema Package prototype was previewed in the Stewart Filmscreen booth at last year’s CEDIA event.

This year, the company had its own booth and a fully rolled-out solution, now shipping, with an acoustically transparent Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Tela 80 woven screen, and a first-of-its-kind Commercial Grade Digital Cinema 4K RGB Laser Projector from NEC that uses true DCP technology to deliver newly released and recently released movies that are of the same quality as Commercial Theaters.

Available at three price points, the Private Cinema Packages offer ease-of-installation for custom integrators, along with custom calibration and unmatched service from Quantum Media Systems technicians. While the system is priced lower than commercial systems of the same quality, it’s designed for the high-end market. As AVS Forum Editor Scott Wilkinson says in this video, “If you can afford it, you want it.”

Grimani Systems
The dedicated home theater was alive and well at CEDIA Expo 2015 (now CEDIA Future Home Experience) and, with it, loudspeaker systems that exceeded expectations and up-leveled the definition of immersive audio. Writer Brent Butterworth kicked off the positive praise for Grimani Systems’ new CinemaOne Ensemble, a fully networked, high-performance audio system for private theaters, in his CEDIA wrap-up on the Soundstage! Global website. “[E]verything about Grimani’s new system astonished me, from the configuration to the design details to, most important, the sound quality,” writes Butterworth.

Mentioning the broader, more consistent dispersion that turns every seat in the room into “the sweet spot,” with a solid center image, Butterworth pointed out, “[T]here are many pricier systems out there that can’t do what this one does.”

Grimani Systems makes it easy for installers to spec and integrate the CinemaOne Ensemble, offering expert system design, tuning and support for every system.

Torus Power
Torus Power had, dare we say, one of their most successful trade shows ever, with the introduction of a long-awaited new toroidal isolation transformer with automatic voltage regulation in a smaller footprint and a lower price point, the TOT AVR. Combining the best of the affordable TOT series and popular AVR series, the unit received industry praise and a well-deserved CE Pro BEST Award.

You’d think this would be enough to cast Torus Power in any CEDIA Expo highlight reel, but the company from Canada also brought an outstanding experience to the show floor for everyone to enjoy, with a concert demo by acoustic bass virtuoso Dean Peer and percussionist Bret Mann.

Inspired by writer Bob Archer’s comparison demo, where he recorded guitar chords through an AVR2 power transformer and then without it, to demonstrate the low noise floor and clean sound, Torus Power invited Peer and Mann to play a set live through an AVR unit. Hearing was believing for CEDIA attendees and we’d like to believe a number of audiophiles and the trade press left the booth with a new appreciation for the benefits of power isolation products.

With previews of its new SI 2016 software, D-Tools showed off upcoming features that include integration with SupplyStream and SpringDeck, enhanced integration with QuickBooks Online to easily send estimates and proposals, and a new Proposal Wizard for faster, more professional bids.

Even with all the amazing goodness on the horizon, we’re happy to say that the trade media recognized SI 2015 as a great advancement in operational software for custom integrators. The software took home three awards, and training sessions were well-attended.

Finally, much of the buzz at the D-Tools booth focused on the appointment of Randy Stearns as CEO. Randy brings his extensive experience as president and founder of leading residential integration firm Engineered Environments to the company, along with his enthusiasm for the System Integrator solution. If CEDIA Expo 2015, Stearns first show as D-Tools CEO, is any indication, more amazing things are on the horizon for the company.

There were so many highlights for our client, Ihiji, it’s hard to list them all. On the heels of new office space in downtown Austin, a new website, and even stronger, more solid branding, Ihiji rocked CEDIA Expo with a brand new booth, the introduction of ServiceManager software, and many packed-house training sessions. Recurring monthly revenue, as we noted, was a hot topic at the show, and with the addition of ServiceManager Software-as-a-Service to the Ihiji offerings, it’s easy than ever for integrators to implement tiered service plans to increase profits while simplifying operations.

Ihiji shares all their show highlights in this awesome CEDIA Expo Recap Video and a mesmerizing timelapse video of the new booth build.

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Did you miss any of these manufacturers on the show floor? Not to worry. Check out top industry publications like CE Pro, Residential Systems, DealerScope, Hidden Wires, and websites like Projector Central, rAVe, AV Nation, and so many more. This is, of course, by no means a complete list of the CEDIA coverage our clients have garnered, and we thank ALL the trade media for their perpetual support and ongoing interest.