Invision UK makes major product launches at CEDIA HTE1 July 2011
Grandbeing, Autonomic, Mozaex, Pakedge, Polk Audio and RTI were among the brands whose latest developments were showcased by distributor Invision UK during CEDIA HTE.
In the wake of a distribution agreement between Grandbeing and Invision UK, the latter exhibited a number of new Grandbeing products at CEDIA HTE, including innovative HD distribution and switching solutions, matrices, splitters, converters, extenders and cables.
Receiving its UK launch at CEDIA HTE, Autonomic’s new MMS-2 Mirage Media server (pictured) combines traditional service functionality with Internet cloud technology. Designed to provide homeowners with global access to their content and streaming media servers, the new server is the two-zone version of the company’s original MMS, now called the MMS-5 (for five zones).
Invision UK also oversaw the UK launch of the Mozaek Solo 2 3D all-in-one 12TB Blu-ray 3D Server. The Solo 2 3D supports up to 300 Blu-ray or 1500 DVD movies and is based on ‘best of breed’ components including the Intel i3 processor and NVidia GPUs, 3D Vision, CUDA and PureVideo technology.
New from Pakedge was the WAP-W5N Wireless Access Point and companion CTL-W5N Wireless Virtualisation Management Controller. The Pakedge system incorporates Virtual Cell Technology to tie the operation of all the wireless access points in a home network together so that they all appear as a single wireless access point to a device (client) such as a laptop, iPad, touch panel or a Wi-Fi phone using VoIP.
A new addition to Invision UK’s Custom Home Cinema product range, Polk Audio’s Blackstone TL350 5.0 satellite/centre system comprises four TL3 Blackstone satellite speakers and a Blackstone TL3c centre channel speaker. Advanced Time Lens (TL ) technology is used to align the acoustic centres of the tweeter and mid-bass drivers for superior imaging, while the acoustic lens incorporated in the grille smooths the tweeter’s frequency response.
Invision UK also highlighted a raft of new developments from RTI. The RTiPanel app enables control via the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, while the four-zone AD-4 and eight-zone AD-8 distributed audio matrix switchers offer low-cost solutions for residential/marine music distribution as extensions to RTI’s control system. The RTiDock, meanwhile, is said to feature rackmount or desktop options and a host of features not found on other iPod docks, including the ability to sync with iTunes over the network through Virtual Sync technology.
Also showcased was a two-way driver for KNX-compatible devices. Utilising any of RTI’s XP series of control processors, this software driver works together with the CTG-KNX/IP Gateway device to provide seamless integration of all functions and feedback of a KNX system on RTI’s two-way-enabled handheld and in-wall controllers. The driver utilises the Ethernet network as a communication link between KNX-compatible devices and any RTI XP series processor. Two-way comms allow for visual feedback from compatible electronic devices such as HVAC, lighting and motorised blinds on RTI’s two-way enabled controllers.
Lance Escobar, RTI sales specialist at Invision UK, reflected on this development: “With Philips Pronto having exited the market last year, we have a large number of dealers who have switched to RTI. We believe RTI is in a prime position to dominate the market, and with this new driver as well as other solutions, we can easily provide our customers with an exceptional control experience with complete integration of all systems and components.”
Summing up the RTI presence at CEDIA HTE, Pete Baker – vice-president of sales & marketing for RTI, commented: “RTI has everything that dealers need to provide the sophisticated control experience their customers crave. At this year’s show, we are launching a number of groundbreaking new products for the UK market. From next generation controllers with revolutionary feature sets and a new two-way KNX compatible driver, to distributed audio systems which raise the bar for powerful capabilities and amazing value – along with exciting solutions that provide intuitive control from Apple devices.”