Wednesday, November 19, 2008 D-Tools November 2008 Newsletter   VOLUME 8 ISSUE 10  
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D-Tools MVP News for November
D-Tools MVP News for November
by Tim Bigoness

Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) News for November
by Tim Bigoness

D-Tools MVP manufacturers realize the importance of bringing you their product information and have chosen to support the D-Tools user community by joining the program and making their product data directly available through D-Tools SI software.

Returning MVP Members

We're pleased to welcome CentraLite back to the MVP Program for 2009. CentraLite Systems, Inc. based in Mobile, AL has been designing and manufacturing energy-saving lighting control systems since 1997. CentraLite systems offer high-quality dimming and automated scene control at an affordable price point. The company provides digital control of residential lighting, and some types of light commercial systems—delivering energy savings, enhanced safety and round-the-clock convenience. CentraLite’s open system design allows easy integration of third-party devices. The company’s award-winning products include Elegance™, the ultimate in hard-wired control; the more economical LiteJet™ and Elite Systems; and the low-cost, award-winning wireless system JetStream™ System. For more information about CentraLite’s family of products, call 1-877-466-5483 or visit

Panamax is the country's pre-eminent designer and manufacturer of electronic and electrical protection, filtration and control products. Panamax has achieved an international reputation for our unique solutions to the worldwide problem of power disturbances and has earned numerous industry awards for the quality and variety of its products. Panamax acquired Furman Sound in 2006, which now operates as a second brand within Panamax. Together as part of Panamax, Inc., these two brands address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM and office equipment. For more information please visit

Raxxess is working to provide the custom installation market with the highest quality rackmount installation products on the market. Coupled with world-class customer service and support, Raxxess’ innovative product designs offer exciting new ways to service your installations. Currently, we offer our original ROTR rack and the new Captive ROTR rack which provide unprecedented ease of installation and service, guaranteed to to save you time and money. We also provide Custom Mounting Kits to let you rack up your non-rackmount gear. And of course, we offer a full range of support products and accessories such as drawers, shelves, panels and hardware. For more information please visit

Founded in 2001, Screen Research is a leading provider of state-of-the-art video projector screen solutions designed for custom home theater, commercial, and professional cinema applications. Setting new standards for the industry, our advanced solutions include the patented ClearPix2™ acoustically transparent screen, which enables speakers to be positioned behind the screen for unrivaled audio clarity. Our award-winning ClearPix screens have received THX® and ISF® certifications at the highest grade ever reached by a screen manufacturer. We offer a full range of fixed, motorized, flat and curved screens, many available with remote-controlled masking systems and built-in speakers. Headquartered in Nantes, France, Screen Research’s extensive line of premier-quality products are distributed in more than 25 countries worldwide, through an exclusive network of distributors, dealers, integrators, and custom installers. For more information please visit

MVP Data Updated as of October 22nd

MVP Manufacturer
Date Updated
12 - Nov
Crestron Intl.
11 - Nov
22 - Oct
12 - Nov
Sonic Foundry
11 - Nov
29 - Oct
29 - Oct

D-Tools Manufacturer November News


Furman's M-8Dx Honored With WFX New Product Award

Furman, a world-leading provider of power management solutions, today announced that its M-8Dx power management solution was honored with a 2008 WFX New Product award in the category of Best Building System Product: Electrical Product/System. Presented by "Church Production Magazine" and "Worship Facilities Magazine," the New Product awards recognize the newest and most innovative facilities, management, and tech products on the market today for houses of worship. 

Ideal for powering a rack full of equipment, the affordable ($150 MSRP) M-8Dx rackmount power conditioner features nine 15-A, 120-V protected and filtered AC outlets, two front panel pull-out lights (with dimmer knob), and a laboratory-grade front panel digital voltmeter to monitor incoming voltage. More information is available at and

Wisdom Audio

Wisdom Audio's new website features all new information on the Sage Series

If you have not visited our new website in the last few weeks, we invite you to dive in and learn much more about our new, award-winning Sage Series.We have just completed posting an extensive Image Library of photos, along with Owner's Manuals and detailed Drawings and Specifications.

The Sage Series generated a lot of buzz at CEDIA Expo. We have begun appointing dealers and shipping the line. Our new website is generating a huge increase in traffic by visitors who want to know more about the in-wall demo that everyone is still talking about.

Introducing our new Image Library

We recently completed a few days of photography where we believe we have captured every angle and element of the design and beauty of each Sage Series model. Some of the photography features the unimposing, architectural elegance of a freestanding or on-wall model, while other photos highlight the ability of the in-wall versions to blend into the wall they are mounted in.

The Image Library page is presented as a series of image gallery thumbnails, organized by model. Most Sage Series models are available in in-wall, on-wall and freestanding versions and those photos are grouped within the respective galleries. For specific information on a certain model, please visit the Products section of the website.

You can choose to start at the beginning of a product gallery and navigate through each image in order, or jump into the gallery wherever you would like.
There are currently a total of 89 images for you to peruse and download in both lo-res and hi-res formats.

Be sure to check back often, as we will post additional photography as it becomes available. We also welcome photography of installed Sage Series products by dealers that have obtained permission from their clients.

Getting into the Details
For those of you that want to know more about a certain Sage Series model, we invite you to visit the page for that product where you will find everything you need:

You will find that Sage Series loudspeakers require biamping, are easy for an amplifier to drive because the planar section load they present is entirely resistive, have higher sensitivity ratings than you might have thought, and can handle a great deal of power and fill a room with a volume level that will certainly surprise you (unless you experienced it at CEDIA Expo!). And, you will be amazed at how all of this is possible from such a thin and unimposing freestanding or on-wall speaker, no less an in-wall!

Drawings and Owner's Manuals
Would you like to learn more about how easy the Sage Series is to install and set up? Take a look at the example on the left for the L75 page and you will find that you not only have easy access to the Owner's Manual (where the drawings are available in PDF format), but also DWG and DXF CAD formats available for download and straightforward use by your design teams. As the L75 is available in freestanding, in-wall and on-wall versions, the respective drawings are broken out accordingly.

For more information please visit


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