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Designing an AV Escape

July 2011
The summer is in full swing and your clients want to be backyard-bound. Keep in mind these cool outdoor entertainment solutions for the steamy days and nights ahead:

Draper Motorized Exterior FlexShades
Draper’s Exterior FlexShades offer protection for your windows, while preventing most solar energy from entering your home for maximum solar heat gain reduction. This also helps protect furnishings and floor coverings from fading.

Motorized Exterior FlexShades can be quickly and quietly positioned with numerous control options, or can be integrated into existing home automation systems. Heavy-duty cable guides or side channels secure the shade fabric against wind and weather, with a weather- and insect-resistant solid aluminum headbox.

Draper Exterior FlexShades are also available with crank or clutch operation. Exterior FlexShades are offered in a wide range of fabric choices.

Klipsch AWR-650-SM Outdoor Rock Speaker
Satisfy your summertime urge to rock out with Klipsch rock speakers. Designed to deliver signature Klipsch sound and extend your living area to the garden, pool, patio and more, the AWR-650-SM speaker has over six decades of audio experience in one weatherized package. Available in a granite or sandstone finish that will blend seamlessly with its surroundings, the AWR-650-SM features a durable UV-resistant enclosure so you can enjoy clean, clear Klipsch sound all season long.

Polk Audio Atrium 5c
Polk Audio’s new Atrium 5c is designed specifically for residential and commercial custom installation specialists who need to add great sound to any environmentally challenging application, with a versatile transformer that allows five different tap settings for distributed line sound systems.

The 5c is a compact, two-way speaker featuring a 5” woofer with a mineral polymer cone, set below a .75” anodized aluminum tweeter. Both drivers feature rubber surrounds for long-lasting durability, while mineral-filled composite polypropylene enclosures and powder-coated aluminum grilles both resist rusting.

The 5c more than exceeds military specifications for environmental stability, with no effect on acoustical performance or structural integrity when exposed to salt spray, extreme temperatures, high humidity and ultra-violet light. The system also has a splash-proof rating of IP-X4 (IEC 529), making it adept for marine and waterside environments.

Runco CP-52HD Flat-Panel LCD
The Runco CP-52HD flat-panel LCD display’s enclosure has been engineered for maximum durability, ensuring protection from adverse environmental conditions, including temperature, exposure to moisture, dust, oils and intermittent direct water spray. The aluminum cabinet is sealed to ensure protection from the elements and features a specially designed internal ventilation system to provide adequate cooling. As a result, the Runco CP-52HD surpasses IP56 weather-proof standards, which will allow you to leave it outside year-round, without worry. Best of all, the Runco CP-52HD LCD display is surrounded by the same elegant look and styling that distinguish all Runco flat-panel displays, assuring you the display is as impressive to look at when it’s turned off.

SunBriteTV 4630 HDTV
Engineered with a durable all-weather environmental feature-set, SunBriteTV televisions are designed for permanent outdoor installation. The extra bright 46-inch full-HD 1080p LCD screen is integrated into an all-weather exterior that protects the internal components from rain, dirt, insects and scratches. Its Multi-fan Airflow System keeps the unit cool and dry in temperatures up to 122 degrees F. Internal Thermostatically-Controlled Heater protects TV in temperatures as low as -24 degrees F. The Water-tight Cable Entry System with pass-through design keeps cables dry and allows for easy hook-ups. And its Anti-Reflective Window reduces glare, increases contrast and protects the LCD screen. The Control Feature-Set includes IR input control; Remote Control Lock-out; and Sleep Mode.

SoundCast OutCast
The OutCast weather-resistant, wireless speaker has a broadcast range of up to 350 feet. This powerful wireless speaker receives transmissions through walls, floors and ceilings without the hassle of running wires. Features include the ability to connect your MP3 player, iPod, computer and even your TV to the OutCast; conveniently located controls; portability; blue lighting, which illuminates the wireless outdoor speaker for extra ambiance at night; and setup is simple and straightforward.

PPC Weather Protection System
Connector maker PPC’s Weather Protection System (WPS) is made to work exclusively with its AllTight series of compression connectors for 50-ohm corrugated and smooth wall feeders and jumpers. The system, of a rubber silicone designed to withstand exposure to sales and other abrasive particles, protects the connectors’ base metals and equipment ports from pollutants, while enabling quick installation and easy access for maintenance calls.

RTI U2 Controller
RTI’s U2 Weather-Resistant Universal System Controller ($499) features eight programmable soft buttons and a high-contrast LCD screen that can display custom buttons, graphics and text in sunlight. It also offers 33 programmable keypad buttons for easy access to frequently used applications. Programming is a simple matter, with RTI’s Integration Designer software.

Niles GeoRealistic Rock Speakers
Niles Rock Speaker cabinet design is crafted to look like a real rock and incorporates the use of integrated textured aluminum grilles. Featuring Niles proprietary injection molded TCC 6” woofer and two 1” Tetron tweeters, these rock speakers can be operated in three modes: monaural, traditional two-speaker stereo or single speaker stereo input — “Si” —where both left and right channels play simultaneously through the dual voice coil woofer and both tweeters to provide a stereo image. Models utilize Niles’ unique Cone Forward design, which position the drive unit as close to the grille as possible, ensuring a transparent, open and dynamic sound with precise stereo imaging without the hollow colorations found in traditional rock speaker designs.

Paradigm AMS X-treme Moisture Series
Paradigm’s new marine models, the latest additions to AMS Series v.3 (the AMS-150RX shown), are designed for full exposure to the elements in any environment where excessive moisture is a problem. Protective Conformal Coating on Crossovers acts as an insulation barrier between the military-spec circuit board and the whims of Mother Nature. Features include Superior High-Power Mineral-Filled Polypropylene Cones (found on all AMS v.3 speakers) paired with treated rubber surrounds; Ultra-Violet/Corrosion-Resistant GRIP Chassis and Mounting Brackets; Glass-reinforced, injection-molded polymer chassis; Ultra-Rigid chassis, which holds things steady on the music front, preventing unwanted resonances and vibrations from throwing the music off course; Corrosion-Resistant Stainless Steel grilles and hardware.

Just like their regular AMS v.3 high-performance counterparts, “X” models include Superior High-Power S-PAL Satin-Anodized Pure-Aluminum Domes; High-Power Ferrite/Neodymium Magnets and Advanced Motor Structures; and Paradigm’s Posi-Grip Binding Posts prevent connections from becoming loose as a result of vibrations and movement.

On-Q Single Stereo Rock Speaker
The On-Q MS1655-SL-V1 Single Stereo Rock Speaker brings high-performance audio to outdoor environments with true single-point stereo from a rock speaker that easily blends with its environment. Available in both slate and sandstone, the MS1655-SL-V1 features a weather-resistant fiber case for year after year of reliable, detailed sonic output.

Russound Acclaim 5 Series OutBack outdoor speakers
Russound’s new Acclaim 5 Series OutBack speakers are available in four models, encompassing three stereo pairs in popular sizes and a single-point stereo model. Sealed enclosures and salt-tested, marine grade hardware ensures weather-resistant performance year in and out. Polypropylene driver cones with rubber surrounds and one-inch Teteron dome tweeters deliver superior full-range audio through a wide range of temperatures and humidity conditions. All four models feature a one-inch tweeter made of Teteron, an advanced synthetic material that is moisture-proof, offers exceptionally wide dispersion characteristics, and eliminates sonic artifacts commonly associated with metal and silk dome tweeters. Multiple mounting options allow for versatile installation possibilities in almost any outdoor environment, whether on a wall, an eave, a pole, a corner or set up as a free-standing stereo pair.

Sonance Landscape Series
The response to the new Sonance Landscape Series has been phenomenal. Homeowners, business owners and hotels are all looking for a beautiful, high-quality, reliable audio solution for their outdoor spaces. Sonance Landscape Series meets that need with buried subwoofers and satellite speakers that offer audiophile-quality sound with a design aesthetic that blends seamlessly into any landscape.  The average system retails in excess of $20,000 and offers the installer the ability to set up a demonstration one day and begin the install the next. Sonance offers turnkey design services for any outdoor environment. Simply submit the landscape plans to and receive a customized layout proposal package.



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