6 home automation companies merge into 1 super company for the super rich

Six home technology companies are merging to form one super-company that caters to the super-rich. Dubbed VIA International, it will provide a premium home automation experience to people with a lot of money to spend on their homes.

Cyber Sound, DSI Entertainment, Engineered Environments, Paragon Technology, S3 Aurant, and Studio AV are joining forces to become a full-service home technology provider with distribution across the country, or at least where “ultra-high net worth clients” live. Before the merger, the companies were based in regions across the Western United States, in Colorado, Utah, Northern and Southern California, Arizona, and Montana. They build and install systems for home movie theaters, speaker systems, lighting control, security, and energy management.

“The merger of leading home technology integrators to form VIA International will transform the entire residential systems industry,” Randy Stearns, CEO and founding partner of VIA International said in a statement. “Together, we are elevating a fragmented, project-based business model into a consolidated and streamlined service provider that emphasizes providing a concierge-level experience over multiple years in multiple homes, not simply a one-time, product-centric solution.”

TruAudio Becomes Exclusive Worldwide Partner With BoraGear

TruAudio announces that they have agreed to an exclusive partnership to be the sole supplier of BoraGear products throughout the world.

IMAX® CHOOSES MOZAEX®TO SUPPLY CUSTOM PRIVATE THEATER SERVER

IMAX THEATER IS WORLD'S MOST IMMERSIVE IN-HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE

New Remote Control Speaker Switch

The Remote Control Speaker Switch from Lonnie Bedell Electronics switches between 2 sets of speakers by remote control, allowing listeners to stay in the "sweet spot" of the room during A/B Comparisons.

AURALiC Introduces Reference Grade TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

TAURUS MKII's uniquely features patented technologies. Examples: AURALiC's patented ORFEO Class A output module, inspired by the Neve 8078 analog console, rssults in driving capability to deliver 1,000 to 4,500 milliwatts into various loads, for maximum performance out of every quality headphone.

YCD Multimedia Announces New Version of Cloud-Based Content Management System

YCD Multimedia announced Version 5.0 of its cloud-based content management system - YCD|CMS SaaS. The new version greatly improves core features while adding new tools.

Bang & Olufsen Opens New Location in Seattle, Washington

Bringing state-of-the-art audio and video products to South Lake Union

Blucora Completes Acquisition of Monoprice

Monoprice delivers premium-quality products at prices far below other national brands.

RadioShack Turns Up the Volume on AUVIO Music Accessory Line

Combined with In-Demand National Brands, Expanded Exclusive Private Brand Audio Offering Cements RadioShack's Role as the Music Accessory Destination

Denon and Audyssey: 10 Years of Successful Partnership in the Shared Pursuit of Cutting-Edge Superiority in Audio Performance

10 years ago, Denon® Electronics and Audyssey Laboratories joined in a collaboration dedicated to raising the bar in excellence for home-theater room acoustics for multiple listeners. The decade-long collaboration between the audio innovators has resulted in best-in-class audio products and technologies for home, personal and commercial sound systems.

Consumer Electronics Spending Expected to Increase in 2013, According to The NPD Group

Consumers to spend over $550 individually as purchase expectations for new product categories like soundbars and tablets continue to grow.

Class D Amplifiers Kick Off New Channel Program

Compact next-gen amps are first components to be made available to integrators of ClareHome and other automation solutions

Luxul to Provide Detailed Product Information to the D-Tools MVP Program as Part of Partnership Renewal

Current and detailed Luxul product information is now fully updated in D-Tools System Integratorâ„¢ and free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

Mitsubishi Electric Renews and Upgrades Support of Passive House Alliance as Only Cooling and Heating Sponsor

As part of its renewed sponsorship, Mitsubishi Electric will continue to support local training sessions, connect building professionals and consumers with energy-efficient products, promote and consult on Passive House product development, and support efforts to lobby government agencies and revise building codes.

SAVANT® Introduces SmartLighting Wi-Fi Lighting Control System

Savant Systems, LLC has announced the introduction of their SmartLighting Wi-Fi 802.11-based lighting control products, delivering a versatile solution that can be used as both a standalone lighting control platform or as part of a complete Savant automation system. Featuring a dimmer inside each Wi-Fi-connected keypad, Savant has created the ultimate customizable solution ideal for both new construction and retrofit lighting control that can be integrated without rewiring the home or commercial facility. Savant's SmartLighting technology expands the brand's presence in the growing connected home marketplace with a versatile Wi-Fi-based lighting control system. 

 
Once the Wi-Fi lighting control keypads have been connected to existing line voltage and lighting load wiring in the wall, they become a powerful and secure networked device that can be controlled using Savant's new standalone lighting control iOS app or as part of a larger Savant ecosystem. 

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